Catherine Taipe

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  • Misrepresentation of migrant caravans

    Time and time again, we see the bolded headlines and aerial shots of groups walking, each story starting with “BREAKING!” and ending with another update about the current Central American migrant caravan. Yes, it is considered one of the largest caravans to assemble and travel northward toward the U.S.-Mexico border. Yes, they are all seeking asylum. And yes, they are walking thousands of miles fo...

    Forum | November 5, 2018
  • Band Aids Don’t Fix Bullet Holes: A Letter To America’s Sweetheart

    Dear Taylor Swift,

    It feels like just yesterday when “Teardrops On My Guitar” was blasting from my desktop computer while I did math homework, when I listened to “White Horse” while thinking about my fourth grade crush, when I listened to “22” while daydreaming of being older and cooler, and when I listened to “You Belong With Me” while sleeping through a long road trip. For a chunk of my chil...

    Pillbox | October 15, 2018
  • Jeffree Star: Why We Have to Stop Waiting for People to Change

    If you don’t live under a rock, you know Jeffree Star as either the highly successful makeup artist on YouTube, the entrepreneur who runs his own makeup brand, or the guy on the very viral Shane Dawson “docu-series.” He has been in the YouTube makeup game since 2015, building his career from the ground up, and now enjoying the fruits of his labor: Gucci clothes, Barbie pink everything, and endless...

    Pillbox | October 8, 2018
  • Making Spanish gender-neutral friendly

    Sept. 15th marked the start of Latin Heritage Month. Latin Heritage is something to be proud of, and to celebrate. Labeling your heritage is an important part of many people’s identities. I am Ecuadorian-American. I am Latina. It seems simple enough, right? For some, however, labeling in the Spanish language has become difficult, particularly when a label for you doesn’t seem to exist.

    Forum | September 24, 2018
  • Mac Miller, Ariana Grande, and Stan Culture Gone Awry

    Derived from rapper Eminem’s hit 2000 song of the same name, “stan” can mean a multitude of things, from a successful fan account that posts photos, news, and updates about an artist almost religiously, to a troll with intentions of bullying anyone who criticizes their icon of choice. Stan culture has grown and changed significantly with the aid of Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and other social medi...

    Pillbox | September 17, 2018