Black Friday: A Worldwide Success

The craziest shopping day in America is coming up and retailers are already rolling out their 2014 hours and deals. “Black Friday,” as the day after Thanksgiving is commonly referred to, is the highest sales day of the year for malls, retailers, and outlets alike. In 2013, Americans spent $12.3 billion in overall sales. Americans […]

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The Power of Foreign Language

After reading and agreeing with one of my classmates, Jack McNenny, blog on the lack of foreign language in our schools, I became interested in how countries throughout the Middle East implement foreign language throughout their education, and how it differs from the United States. But They’re Just Children.. Americans tend to view the concept of […]

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Like a Girl

The socialization of young women in our culture occurs through many institutions and by means of numerous materialistic items. The familial institution is crucial to how a young woman perceives herself and the world, but her peer group, school, and toys all play a role into her view of what is right and wrong, and […]

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All About them Babies: Part 2

Today, we will continue the discussion on differences between the U.S. and the Middle East. However, there are many more differences in infancy than pregnancy in each region, because there is no universal way to raise a child in our world. The other major idea to keep in mind is that there is no universal […]

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Miss Beautiful Morals

When you think of beauty pageants, you think of young beautiful women strutting their stuff in front of judges, a live audience, and television viewers. Every year millions of people are glued to their TVs watching Miss Universe or Miss America and we all have our favorite beauty queen. We watch as they show off […]

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All About them Babies: Part 1

Childbirth is a woman’s issue. Childbirth is a woman’s issue. Childbirth is a woman’s issue . . . I’ve seen this phrase countless times during my research for this post, and maybe it’s just me, but something about these five words put together in this order is extremely unsettling. My first response to this sentence […]

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A Whole New World of Controversy

Earlier this year, a Broadway adaptation of Disney’s 1992 movie Aladdin opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City. It received mostly positive critical reviews upon its premiere and was nominated for 5 Tony Awards, with James Monroe Iglehart, who plays the role of Genie, taking home the award for best featured actor in a […]

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Booze and Breakfast

Homecoming at Ohio University is an event that takes place every fall. The campus lights up with school spirit and festivities allowing everyone to showcase their love for the school. As an OU student, it is almost considered a part of our culture to join in on some sort of activity during Homecoming weekend. The […]

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A Culture, not a Costume

Ohio University has a well-known reputation for having one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the United States, and yes, the pressure of a perfect costume is oh so real. Every year around this time, I scramble to come up with a costume that’s original and entertaining. As I browsed the web last week for […]

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Conservative Vs. Flashy

When looking at the clothing between the Middle Eastern population and the American population, we see a big difference. People in the Middle East are very conservative and people in America tend to be the exact opposite.  In the Middle East, their typical style of clothing is very conservative. Many women dress in clothes that don’t […]

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Who can help Syria?

Fires have been started across the Middle East from Tehran to Tunis, Aleppo to Benghazi to Cairo, and now Gaza and Tel Aviv. The Middle East is up in flames and we probably wont see them put out in our time. No one can predict where the violence will spread, or get it under control. […]

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