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Reflections on West Bend High School in the DeVos Era

This post originally appeared on The Radical Notion.

As a middle schooler, when you pictured your upcoming years of high school, did you ever imagine suing your administration for discriminating against you and your friends?

The West Bend High School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) existed for years, but was unrecognized by their school. They had an advisor and regular meetings, but official recognition from administration would allow them to advertise their events around campus, have a photo in the yearbook, and request funding if they ever needed it (they didn’t, they just wanted to hang posters).

Samlin Miller, former president of the West Bend High School GSA, explained that having a visible school-sponsored GSA would help educate and acclimate the school’s LGBTQ students. Without spaces like these clubs, students struggling to understand their identities may have nowhere to turn.  Continue reading Reflections on West Bend High School in the DeVos Era

More Than Just the Number

“Now batting…for the Yankees…Number 2…Derek Jeter…Number 2.”

For 20 years, Bob Sheppard’s voice graced Yankee Stadium, old and new, with these eleven words.  Even though he had died four years before Derek Jeter hit a walk-off single in his final at bat in his final home game, Jeter was announced by the centenarian every time he took his first home at bat of the game.  This is who Derek Jeter was, and is, as a man: someone who respected the integrity of the game and the names that came before him.  He wanted the “Voice of God” to announce him because it would not have been the same, or right, to be announced by anyone else.  It was a small token of appreciation for what Sheppard had done for more than 50 years of his life, and this is my small token of appreciation for what Derek Jeter has done not just for me personally, but for The Bronx, New York, for 20 years of his life.  Continue reading More Than Just the Number

Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival Taking Over Miami Next Week

This fall, musicians and celebrity chefs are coming together for Chipotle Mexican Grill’s Cultivate Festival, described by organizers as the “one-day food, music and ideas festival is truly a family affair meant for all ages.” Boasting a Kids’ Zone, several celebrity appearances, and some awesome musical guests, the goal of the event is to engage attendees in “educational activities to help families learn about where their food comes from and why it’s important.”

When/Where

Saturday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL

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Holistic Therapy in Huddersfield

You may have seen odd round marks on the likes of Michael Phelps and Alex Naddour at the Rio Olympics earlier this year and wondered what they were. Well, they’re not burns or bruises; they’re from an ancient form of alternative holistic therapy called “cupping.”

There are three different types of cupping: flash cupping, sliding cupping and the regular method, which typically involves 10 cups. There is also dry and wet cupping, the latter of which can often include bloodletting. The treatment is typically used to treat a variety of ailments, such as pain and inflammation, and also to aid in blood flow and help with relaxation. Typically it’s also used as a type of deep tissue massage. Continue reading Holistic Therapy in Huddersfield