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iBoss is not a catalyst for education; it’s a wall

Being a senior at UCAS, I have experienced both times with and without iBoss enabled on our school network. In my sophomore year, internet throughout UCAS was filtered indiscriminately, and students were often complaining about how they couldn’t access youtube or other sites they frequently visited. Then, throughout my junior year, the firewall seemed to have dissipated entirely. Now, I have witnessed the disturbing resurgence of iBoss’s reign over the UCAS school network.

I can understand the purpose of an internet filter at schools. The filter is a fantastic safety net to protect students from shadier parts of the web and can sometimes steer them away from legal trouble. The firewall also is a wonderful tool to help students stay focused on school work by blocking games and other such content. These two purposes I agree with entirely, as I have witnessed the beneficial effects of both. On my PC at home, I’ve installed software to achieve a similar purpose, and I can set hours for the software to block certain websites so that I can finish school work. read more

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When Darkness Turns to Light: The All American Rejects

Who knows where you will find good music? Some rely on friends with good taste, others comb through the internet or Spotify, while some even go through collections of CD’s from their parents or in a used bookstore. Any of these could lead to an amazing discovery of a band that will change your life. I’m happy to introduce you to, The All American Rejects. If you are into Blink 182, definitely check them out.

They are currently inviting fans to participate in a project called “Kids in the Streets” which is also the title of one of their albums. Fans are to submit a piece of art centered around their favorite moment in life. More information found here.  read more

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Lullabies For The Drowning

The Battle of Land and Sea is a one woman band of Sarah Golden. She has released one album in the genre ‘indie folk’. According to her Facebook page, she is currently working on a new record. Her music is not well known, so it is almost impossible to find lyrics online. Therefore, they are not all accurate.  Her music sounds like the sort of lullaby you would listen to as you were sailing.

“Saltwater Queen” is the song that gets trapped in your mind as you wade farther out into the ocean. It almost sounds urgent, something that not many of her songs have. Most of her music sounds like it got trapped in honey and it slowly oozes from your headphones. read more

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The Insomniac’s Dream

To the Insomniacs who dream only of sleep, here is a mix to help. Or at least keep you company to make the night pass easier.

What if you slept, and what if in your sleep you dreamed, and what if in your dream, you went to heaven, and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower, and what if when you awoke you had that flower in your hand – Ah, what then?

I Will Follow You Into The Dark- Death Cab For Cutie

Each Coming Night- Iron and Wine

Re: Stacks -Bon Iver

Gray Skies- Radical Face

We All Go The Same- Radical Face read more

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Romance V. Nomance

Two different playlists to take your pick of, whether you are serenading your sweetheart or celebrating Singles Awareness Day. Click the headings to listen to the playlist on YouTube.

Romance

Birdy- Skinny Love

Bon Iver- Skinny Love

Of Monsters and Men- Love Love Love

Ed Sheeran- Give Me Love

Ed Sheeran- Photograph

Snow Patrol- Chasing Cars

Snow Patrol- Make This Go On Forever

The Immigrant- Summer of Love (She Said)

Daughter- Candles

Death Cab For Cutie- I Will Follow You Into the Dark

Hozier- Like Real People Do read more

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What Is Zika?

Many UCAS students aspire to be doctors, so it is important to keep up on recent medical issues. The Zika virus originated in a forest in Uganda and was discovered in 1947. It is a mosquito-transmitted disease similar to Dengue, Yellow Fever, and the West Nile virus. It was recently declared a “global emergency” by the WHO. (World Health Organization). In adults, the illness presents itself as joint pain, fever, rash, and red eyes. It usually resolves within less than a week, but there is no treatment or vaccine. However, it has been linked to severe birth defects if a pregnant woman contracts the disease. Babies are born with abnormally small heads. This causes neurological abnormalities due to the effects on the brain, as well as eye problems. Neurological effects include seizures, vision complications, hearing problems, and developmental disabilities. There is no treatment for the birth defect microcephaly. It is suggested that pregnant women avoid countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. In order to prevent the spread of Zika, the control of  mosquito populations is the best option. read more

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WAKE UP

A mess of a mix to get you moving in the morning. Find it on YouTube here.

Walk the Moon- Anna Sun

White Stripes- Seven Nation Army + Glitch Mob Remix

Bleachers- I Wanna Get Better

blink-182- I Miss You

Nirvana- Come As You Are

X Ambassadors- Renegades

In The Valley Below- Peaches

Cage the Elephant- Come a Little Closer

Moose Blood- Pups

AWOLNATION- Run

Imagine Dragons- Shots

Grouplove- Ways to Go

Passion Pit- Take A Walk

Glitch Mob-Fortune Days

The Black Keys- Lonely Boy

Portugal. The Man- You Carried Us (Share with us the Sun) read more

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Music More Colorful than her Hair

Ashley Nicolette Frangipan, aka Halsey, well known for her colorful unique hair and electropop music, has blown up in popularity. Her stage name came from an anagram of her first name and a street she spent a lot of time on when she was young. Her musical start came from posting covers of songs on Youtube. She even did a parody of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble”. Her first album came out in 2014, and is called Room 93. She released two remix albums in 2015, for which she is currently on a North American tour. read more