November 8, 2014

While some are planning their turkey dinners or starting their Christmas shopping, an estimated 400,000 writers in 200 countries are attempting to finish a novel by the end of the month.


November is National Novel Writing Month. The event began in 1999. It challenges p...

October 28, 2014

The University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” features a special Halloween performance.


The audience is invited to dress up for Friday night’s show and stay for a costume contest and Halloween ball...

October 28, 2014

Former press secretary Jay Carney shared stories from his career Monday night at University Auditorium, focusing on his time at the White House.


About 500 people came to hear him speak. A line formed at the University Auditorium box office and stretched down the sidewa...

October 23, 2014

Helen S.  grew up in traditional Catholic family. She has six siblings. She went to mass every Sunday. She went to Catholic school.


During high school, Helen broke this mold. She came out as a lesbian.


The Vatican’s most recent “Report After Debate” includes a section...

September 14, 2014

Cars lined up down the dirt road leading to Two Tails Ranch on Saturday morning for the third annual Elephant Appreciation Day.


Volunteers in bright yellow shirts took the reduced admission fee of $10 per person and guided guests to park in a large field.


Between 3,000...

April 22, 2014

While we live in a society where thin women draw the envy of many, there has been recent backlash in the form of “Real Women Have Curves” campaigns and internet phenomena. They  are rejecting the model standard of thinness and calling for full-figured women to love the...

April 14, 2014

Growing research indicates that nuclear power has a wide variety of benefits and uses. It is also a safe, clean and sustainable source of energy.


“What we have to do is let people know, first of all, that we can control radiation, and the other side is that nuclear pow...

March 25, 2014

R. Patel is the eldest of two daughters. Her family migrated to the United States from India. She remains deeply rooted and  involved in her native culture. We spoke about the nature of attractiveness in Indian society.


“Celebrities are a big deal with Indians,” she sa...

February 25, 2014

Gabriela Sanchez is of Hispanic descent; her family can be traced back to Venezuela and Nicaragua. I asked her to discuss the differences and similarities in perception of beauty between the Hispanic and American cultures.


She initially pointed to the different process...

February 4, 2014

The effects of presentations and perceptions of beauty in society are not solely felt by women. The male perception of women can be impacted as well. Additionally, men are just as likely to be affected by the way their attractiveness is defined by the masses, which is...

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My blog features original, reporting and a series on the perceptions of beauty within our culture. 


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