Mind, Body & Soul

Can College Students Be Healthy in Isla Vista?

Athina Mihalopoulos considers some forms of healthy eating here in Isla Vista.
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Taking a Mental Breather With Music

Michelle Shteynberg mulls over the effects of music on mental health.
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New Year, New Habits … Or Not.

Samantha Lopez reflects on the difficulties of maintaining resolutions nearly four months after the start of the new year.
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Turn Down Your Speakers, It’s Time to Start Listening for the Snowy Plovers

Lola Watts reflects on the beauty of Santa Barbara's often overlooked natural environment.
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“Euphoria”: A Case of Ecstasy or Misery?

Zuri Wilson unpacks explorations of mental health and drug abuse in the hit TV show "Euphoria."
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A Late Look at Lunar New Year 2022

Writers Yiu-On Li, Toni Shindler-Ruberg and Alice Zhang share their connections with Lunar New Year in the 21st century.
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A Letter to All Ex-Book Readers: It’s Time To Restart.

Lola Watts implores readers to start reading again.
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Introverts Are Not Immune — But Everyone Thinks We Are

Yiu-On Li provides an introspective reflection on the impact of the pandemic on introverts.
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Jingling to the Jukebox

Katie Caracciolo explores the emotional nuances contained in holiday music's snowy package.
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The Troubling Commodification and Appropriation of Spirituality

Maggie Modovsky explores the troubling commodification and appropriation of spirituality as a trend.
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The Deep Invasive Roots of Christian Nationalism

Megan Ramsey explores the current and historical roots of Christian extremism.
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Thriving Not Surviving; The Thriving Initiative Shows Us What Healing Could Look Like

Taylor Clark explores the Thriving Initiative's inclusive community-centered approach to mental health at UCSB.
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Stop Calling Women “Females”

Kenneth Moody discusses the outdated and sexist origins of the term “female.”
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Men, I Strongly Urge You To Get a Bowl Cut for Your Hot Girl Summer

Mindy Riu breaks down the secret sexiness of Spock's bowl cut.
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An Open Letter to the Person That Thinks It’s Ok To Eat Cereal With Water

Christine Tu addresses the watery horrors of aquatic breakfast cereal consumption.
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