So, What Happens in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory?

If you were born in the 1970s or later, chances are you grew up watching either Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder or, in the case of much of my generation, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp. Regardless of which film you grew up with you were sure to be... Continue Reading →


Break Down or Study Break

While people all over the U.S. just had Thanksgiving, students may have been looking forward to it the most. The Monday before break I was in the communal bathroom in my dorm, getting ready for my 8 a.m. class when the girl I always make small talk with in the morning looked me dead in... Continue Reading →

A Feat of Engineering

This August, the week before we left for school, a few friends and I took a day trip to Warren Dunes State Park. The weather was perfect- we spent the whole day lounging on the beach, climbing the dunes, and wading in Lake Michigan. At one point during the day we decided to make a... Continue Reading →

How to Handle the Cold

Humans generally do not handle the cold that well. There are, of course, a few noteable exceptions.  The Mongols, who are -to date- the only people to have conquered Russia in the winter, complained that spring made for worse conquering weather because the muddy ground was more difficult for their horses than the winter which... Continue Reading →

Cockroaches: They Will Outlive Us

There are many animals that have acquired what seem to be superpowers through their use in popular culture, despite the facts to the contrary. We see sharks as cold-blooded murderers lurking just out of sight at every beach, waiting for their moment to slash and bite – yet according to statistics from the CDC, cows... Continue Reading →

Find Your Patronus

I am among the many Harry Potter fans who have taken the patronus quiz since the Pottermore website published it on September 22nd, 2016. Going into it I knew that, depending on my answer, my patronus could be anything from a hare to a black bear. So imagine my excitement- and surprise- when I got... Continue Reading →

The Wand That Chose Me

Harry Potter has always held a special place in my family’s library. When I turned six years old, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire had just come out and my parents and older sister (already dedicated fans of the series) began reading the books to me as bedtime stories. Once we got to the... Continue Reading →

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