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Clubs, Clubs, and More Clubs!

When deciding to go to UCAS, there are a few things that need to be sacrificed. Extracurricular activities such as sports and clubs are two of these things. Sports are a huge part of a lot of people’s lives. It’s hard to give up things that you love in order to fit new things into your life. Time management is key if you plan on staying sane. It’s extremely important to surround yourself with things unrelated to school, such as clubs. A lot of sophomores don’t know that clubs can be an amazing escape from school. Currently UCAS offers a few clubs, such as the Writing Club, TSA, and choir.   read more

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The NFL kickoff

The one sport in the United States that could turn a community against itself, leave states at each other’s throats, and give thousands of people bragging rights over their fellows for a full year, could only be football. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Football League (NFL) are both huge parts of the football community. The NCAA started their football season this August on the 26th while the NFL started on September 8th. It was a huge day for the NFL as the first game of the season was the Denver Broncos, last years Super Bowl champions, and the Carolina Panthers, who took second place in the 2016 Super Bowl, faced off in a game of epic proportions. read more


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


The TechSpec; “Unhackable” RFID Chips

A lot of us are getting to the point where we are starting to own and use credit cards. However, a lot of us dont think about the security/ I mean, they are just a card, right? They actually have a little chip embedded in them known as an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip, and the scanners that you use to swipe the card, read the magnetic strip, and scan the RFID chip. But thieves can use the same process to steal your money. In fact, it’s so easy someone with a powerful enough scanner can get all the information on your card, without even coming within 1 foot of you. That’s why MIT and Texas instruments have worked to make “Unhackable” RFID chips. read more


What Cheesy Spring Quote Are You?

Aquarius – “If we had no winter, the Spring would not be so pleasant” – You are constantly thoughtful. You revel in other’s happiness, and would go to great lengths just to see someone you love smile.

Pisces – “Winter is on my head, but eternal Spring is in my heart” – Compassion is your most memorable quality. You are quick to help anyone who needs it, even if they shrug you off, you’ll still go and help them to the best of your ability. read more


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


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.


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


In the Eye of the Storm


Mississippi and Alabama recently experienced a tornado on February 2nd. Within this past week, nearly a dozen of tornadoes have hit the south, according to the Weather Channel. A total of four tornadoes were confirmed in Birmingham, following their surveys of the areas damaged by the storms Tuesday night. Before the storms worked their way into Alabama, they left plenty of damage behind in several Mississippi towns Tuesday afternoon. Four tornadoes were confirmed by the NWS in Jackson.

While tornadoes in movies seem fun, and adventurous, a tornado is actually “a mobile, destructive vortex of violently rotating winds having the appearance of a funnel-shaped cloud and advancing beneath a large storm system”. A tornado usually lasts less than 10 minutes, but has been recorded to last up to several hours. Signs of a tornado includes the sky turning a greenish color, heavy rain and/or hail proceeded by either fast or calm yet intense wind shifts. read more


The Daily Jam: One of These Things by Nick Drake

Nick Drake understands your confusion. He understands what its like to have infinite possibilities of what you can be and how you can define yourself. That’s what this song is about. “One of These Things” is a song about everything you could be. Along with a catchy back track this song comes out to be a perfect tune. Throughout the song Drake reflects on everything he could’ve been, and, in the end, what he should’ve been. Overall, a great song with great lyrics.

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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