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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a third term on Wednesday. Courtesy of National Public Radio

In Syrian war, strength through neutrality

The continuation of Assad's power in Syria brings the country closer to becoming ground zero of an all-out battle between the two major sects of Islam, Shia and Sunni, spanning the entire Middle East.
The cover of <i>The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test</i> depicts the colorful, psychedelic art that was popular in the '60s Courtesy of The Brick Row Book Shop

Summer reading (that's not required)

Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading, especially when it's too hot and sticky to even think about leaving the house. Here are a few books that I would consider great reads when you're on a long car ride, at the beach or stuck at home on those buggy, humid days.
Dan (Mark Ruffalo) and Gretta (Keira Knightley) begin a friendship and a radical project of recording an album outdoors in the middle of New York City. Courtesy of nbcnews

If only it would “Begin Again”

“Begin Again” has the ability to strike a chord with all viewers, music-loving or not. It is a heartfelt movie about friendship and trial, and the importance of music in both, set against the backdrop of a possibility-filled New York City summer.
Tammy and Pearl begin a booze-filled and raunchy trip of self-discovery across the north-eastern United States. Courtesy of Washington Post

A Jumbled and Forgettable "Tammy"

With comedic star-power and personality, McCarthy has been dominating the movie scene with her charismatic and raunchy performances. This time around though, her crude but intriguing charm seems barely capable of keeping her film venture from sinking into an abyss of dullness and plot atrophy.
The Wax Room at the Phillips Collection. Courtesy of The Phillips Collection

Summer boredom busters

With summer come those lazy days where you have no plans and end up sitting in your house with nothing to do. Instead of lying around, call up some friends and try some of these summer boredom busters.

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What's the best part of summer?
  • Swimming in the pool
  • Watching TV
  • Sleeping all day
  • My awesome job/internship
  • Hanging out with friends
  • Going back to school!
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#RealChange from Hashtag Activism

Social media has redefined traditional social activism.

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Task force recommends that Maryland schools start after Labor Day

A Maryland state task force voted 11-4 to recommend that Maryland’s public schools open after Labor Day in late May. The policy could extend summer vacation by a week or more for most Maryland schools.

Professional composer and soprano visit Blair

Blair Theatre's "The Canterbury Tales" gives us many laughs

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The boys are back in town

"Infiltrate the dealers, find the supply," orders Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) and with these words Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back undercover in "22 Jump Street." Filled with guns and drugs, "22 Jump Street" will have viewers laughing away at cheap and dim-witted jokes, while adding tension with climatic action scenes of gunfights and car chases.

Star struck by "The Fault in Our Stars"

Darkness and light, Love is might

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2014 SCO NBA Mock Draft

This year's NBA draft class is projected to be one of the deepest in recent memory with lots of undeniable talent. The ultimate question is which team will find the next LeBron James and which team will waste their pick on a bust.

The rise of Major League Soccer

Blazers fall to Cougars in state semifinals