As college students, we don’t want to miss out on the irreplaceable experience of being on campus. We want to attend class, not only to hear them lecture but to form actual human interactions with them. We wish to communicate with our classmates and we most definitely want to party! However, with the rise of COVID-19, once ordinary realities transformed into wishful thinking — a distant memory.
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What would a silent world sound like? Perhaps a world void of any form of communication, shackled by empty words, numb from stillness, dismantled from literature. Or perchance a world whose ears are simply deaf to the voices of those in need.
For some of us in the world, the fight to belong somewhere in this vastly large, yet woefully vacant place has been relentless; hurled into an endlessly turbulent expedition, some of us have been fervently yearning for the sweet comfort of an accepting community. On the other hand, some of us have been privileged enough to be indoctrinated from birth into automatic social acceptance, power and prestige.
As we approach the end of this semester, many students are left burned out, exhausted and overwhelmed with the seemingly endless demands of college. Coupled with the increasingly demanding academics, the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated students’ existing feelings of continuous stress. In fact, 71% of college students have indicated increased anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, it is essential for students to find ways of dealing with these demanding stressors. This is where meditation comes into play!
Undergraduate Badger, Reem Salah, knows that when she fills out the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau, she will be fulfilling a constitutional obligation; but with that right, she will also be sacrificing a part of her identity, and it’s completely out of her control. Despite the years of implicit bias and microaggressions she has faced growing up in Wisconsin as an Arab American, her culture, her ethnicity, her identity — all of that was completely disregarded, trivialized and instantly erased as she checked “white” on the Census’s race question.
For years and across cultures, the art form of female impersonation has been performed publicly, dating back to the 19th century. In the early 1900s, men used to role play as women during opera, putting on wigs and dresses to evoke the illusion of a biological woman, because women, at the time, were not allowed to perform on stage. These acts of historic female caricatures have carried into modern times, unfolding into a full-on entertainment business.
Finally! After two decades in filmmaking and the digital outbreak of the Black Lives Matter movement, it seems as though Pixar has finally responded to the cries and voices of those who have been silenced for years.