Betsy Costillo

Name: Betsy Costillo
Position: Page Editor
Graduation Year: 2005

Stories (7)

Bush's fitness plan for America

By Betsy Costillo | April 28, 2005, midnight | In Print »

As the U.S. rapidly progresses towards becoming a nation of the inert and obese, President George W. Bush has decided to take action by creating the Healthier U.S. Initiative. The program is designed to help Americans, especially children, live longer and healthier lives by challenging them to be physically active every day, eat a nutritious diet and make healthy choices.

Growing up as an adopted child

By Betsy Costillo | Nov. 21, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Many people tell me that I look like my mother; they say that the shape of our faces are similar, and that we have the same nose and mouth. These comparisons are quite amusing to me, considering my mother and I aren't biologically related.

An explosion of culture

By Betsy Costillo | Oct. 7, 2004, midnight | In Print »

Three women sit outside on a stage, their long, black hair flowing down the backs of their intricately beaded and feathered ceremonial dresses. Drum in hand, one woman begins beating a slow, steady rhythm, and soon the other two join in, faster and louder. Suddenly all three open their mouths and cry out in a piercing chant that echoes through the hearts of the audience.

High school hierarchy at its best: Mean Girls tells it all

By Betsy Costillo | April 30, 2004, midnight | In Print »

High school cliques. The Alpha Female. The cute guy, and the ultimate revenge. Sound familiar? Based on the book Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman, this classic story of high school hierarchy and teenage warfare, written by Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey and directed by Mark S. Waters, will hit home with all teenage girls who have experienced the nasty world of high school.

Blazer rappers make a great First Impression

By Betsy Costillo | March 22, 2004, midnight | In Print »

"Not many of us will cure any diseases or slay any dragons, but every single one of us, every single one of us, is called to be a king or a queen, a hero in our ordinary lives. We don't build statues to worship the exceptional life, we build them to remind us of what is possible in our own.”

Should the morning-after pill be sold OTC

By Betsy Costillo | Feb. 20, 2004, midnight | In Print »

In the U.S., one million adolescent girls become pregnant each year, according to Planned Parenthood. Over 80 percent of those pregnancies are unintended, and nearly half of them result in abortion. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the power to halve the number of unwanted pregnancies by approving the over-the-counter sale of Postinor-2 nationwide, a decision that would make the contraceptive immediately available and ensure user privacy when purchasing the medication.

The saga of The Last Samurai

By Betsy Costillo | Dec. 2, 2003, midnight | In Print »

"Saki! Saki!” screams Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) in his deliriums, craving the alcohol that captors deny him. Cruise, perfectly cast in this story of two contrasting worlds, gives one of his best performances in Edward Zwick's The Last Samurai, the epic story of a group of warriors trying to save their way of life in the face of a changing empire.