Brandy Melville: One size or no size

Jordan Javelet
Opinion Editor

The first time I encountered Brandy Melville brand clothing, I was at a PacSun in California with my sixteen-year-old cousin Justine. Several crop tops and skirts from the brand’s summer fashion line were on display at the front of the store, and Justine immediately reached for one of the crop tops and started cooing to my aunt about how cute it was.
It was a simple black crop top. It probably took less than one square yard of fabric to make. The fabric was a blend of cotton, spandex, and rayon. It was nothing special, and I assumed that Brandy Melville was just one of those elite California brands that charged twenty bucks for something I could get for four dollars at Forever 21 or H&M. I figured that the value was in the brand name, not the clothing itself.
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WWJO: What would Jesus order?

Jordan Javelet
Opinion Editor

My mother works as the communications coordinator for a small suburb of Denver, and part of her

The print image of Jesus tat was given to my mother (Photo: Jordan Javelet)

The print image of Jesus tat was given to my mother (Photo: Jordan Javelet)

job involves answering and routing phone calls from citizens to the various departments housed in City Hall. One citizen, an eccentric old man with a great need to have dialogue with someone about something, calls the City of Arvada government offices repeatedly – as in, at least four times a week. My mom patiently helps him out every time he calls, and about a month ago, the man was so overwhelmed with gratitude for my mom’s help that he drove to City Hall to give my mom what he claimed was a “signed, numbered original” of a famous artist’s pencil drawing of Jesus’ face.
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The selfie of Dorian Gray

Jordan Javelet
Opinion Editor

“Dorian made no answer, but passed listlessly in front of his picture and turned towards it. When he saw it he drew back, and his cheeks flushed for a moment with pleasure. A look of joy came into his eyes, as if he had recognized himself for the first time….Yes, there would be a day when his face would be wrinkled and wizen, his eyes dim and colourless, the grace of his figure broken and deformed….The life that was to make his soul would mar his body.” –Oscar Wilde, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
I like to take selfies as much as the next almost-twenty college student with an iPhone and an Instagram – which is to say I like to take selfies a lot. Selfies have become something of a staple in the world of social media, which means they’ve become something of a staple in the world, because I think it’s safe to say that society is getting to a point where the real world and the virtual world overlap almost constantly.
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How to be an efficient and respectful traveler

Jordan Javelet
Opinion Editor

Goucher College draws students from all over the country – and the world – which means most of us deal with airline travel at least four times per year (maybe a few more if we decide to go home for Thanksgiving and Spring Break). And since all of us will go abroad at some point during college, it’s pretty safe to say that everyone here at Goucher has or will have flown on a plane by the time we graduate.
With that in mind, I’ve come up with some helpful tips to make traveling easier.
DO pack wisely. Packing up your entire closet to ensure you have all the clothes you need might feel necessary, but in reality, packing minimally translates into NO CHECKED bags, and that saves time at every airport departure and arrival point. Packing minimally also means that your suitcase doesn’t break your back when you go to heave it up on the security belt or to place it in the overhead bin. Remember, there will probably be laundry facilities wherever you are traveling to, so you can count on a clean set of clothing without packing something new for every day of the trip.
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The pros and cons of life without social media

Jordan Javelet
Opinion Editor

It’s been a month since the last time I logged into Twitter, two since the last time I checked my Facebook (which has since been deleted). I don’t have a Pinterest, an

Logos from many popular social media sites, such as Facebook, Youtube, Google Plus, Reddit, Myspace, and others. (Photo: Google Images)

Logos from many popular social media sites, such as Facebook, Youtube, Google Plus, Reddit, Myspace, and others. (Photo: Google Images)

Instagram, or a LinkedIn. In fact, the only social media site I use is Tumblr, but I don’t really use it to talk with anyone or interact with people who are in the same fandoms as I am. It’s more for mindless entertainment than anything “social.”
I like to think that my decision to not use social media gives me an interesting perspective on the whole phenomenon – while maybe there is a certain hipster glamor to staying off of Facebook, I am in no way trying to assert superiority over those who do use social media, especially considering there was a time when I did use social media platforms regularly to communicate with others and to stay up-to-date on my friends’ lives. Really, my choosing to abstain from social media stemmed more from the need to get off Facebook and start doing homework than anything else, but I’ve come to notice a few interesting things, both good and bad, that have come from my refusal to use social media.
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