The Power of Yoga: “The Breath of Life Inside of You”

By Lara Cornelius, Staff Writer Many of us have probably seen the recent BBC India video that has gone viral of Nanammal, a 98 year old yoga teacher in India, who continues to teach and practice advanced poses that even her younger students struggle to replicate. In this ‘Bend It Like Granny’ video, Nanammal claims her good […]

Tensions Rise in Venezuela

By Lara Cornelius, Staff Writer Yesterday in Venezuela, opposition groups took part in anti-government protests across the country and at least three people, now numbering 7, were killed, and more than 50 people were injured. National Guard troops and militias used rubber bullets and tear gas against thousands of people. These protests involved crowds of […]

Eyes Open: Africa

By Lara Cornelius, Staff Writer There I was. A 6 foot 2 inch tall, 18 year old blonde, and smack dab in the middle of a suburb in Ghana. I was the pink elephant in town. Women and men stared at me with curiosity, the “bruni” (white girl), like I was some sort of alien […]

The Globalization of Assisted Suicide

By Lara Cornelius, Staff Writer Last November, Colorado approved a medical aid in dying ballot by two-thirds majority that allows those who suffer form a terminal illness to take doctor-prescribed sleeping medication that is life-ending. Aid in dying, or Proposition 106 (known as the End of Life Options Act), is a widely debated issue that […]

Shape Up for Spring with Some Self-Love!

By Lara Cornelius, Staff Writer As graduate students, and as individuals in general, we all struggle to learn the balance between work and play. The flow of our daily routine between studying for classes, working, and taking care of our mental, physical, and spiritual health isn’t always the easiest to keep rhythmic.  At some point […]

My Trip to Russia: Journey from the Heart to the Soul

By Lara Cornelius, Staff Writer I always get this melancholy feeling when I land in Moscow. After spending the night in London, I immediately recognized the feeling that I was no longer in the United States or Europe. This landscape and language unconsciously evoked emotion that tug at my soul as I walked outside of the […]

Uber: Owning A Car is Becoming A Thing Of The Past

Last Tuesday, just after the California DMV revoked self-driving vehicle registrations, Arizona governor Doug Doucey welcomed Uber’s self-driving pilot program to Tempe. His statement: “Arizona welcomes Uber’s self-driving cars with open arms and wide open roads. While California puts the brakes on innovation and change with more bureaucracy and more regulation, Arizona is paving the […]

Love-Spoons and Black Noodles: V-Day Around the World

By Lara Cornelius, Staff Writer Oh, Valentine’s Day. As shelves in the U.S. brim with Russell Stover heart-shaped boxes, oversized teddy bears, and Hallmark cards, other countries engage in their own ways of declaring love, indulging, and gift-giving. Most countries have their particular customs and traditions of celebrating Valentine’s Day, but they seem to have […]

Pussy Riots and Protests: The Fight for Equal Rights

By Lara Cornelius, Staff Writer In 2012, a group of five Russian girls wearing bright ski masks danced mockingly in an up-yours-style protest before the altar of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. The band members performed their “punk prayer” in a wild exhibition that eventually sentenced three of them to two years in a penal […]