September 3, 2014


Columbia student will carry her mattress until her rapist exits school
September 2, 2014

While most students at Columbia University will spend the first day of classes carrying backpacks and books, Emma Sulkowicz will start her semester on Tuesday with a far heavier burden. The senior plans on carrying an extra-long, twin-size mattress across the quad and through each New York City building – to every class, every day – until the man she says raped her moves off campus.

“I was raped in my own bed,” Sulkowicz told me the other day, as she was gearing up to head back to school in this, the year American colleges are finally, supposedly, ready to do something about sexual assault. “I could have taken my pillow, but I want people to see how it weighs down a person to be ignored by the school administration and harassed by police.”

Sulkowicz is one of three women who made complaints to Columbia against the same fellow senior, who was found “not responsible” in all three cases. She alsofiled a police report, but Sulkowicz was treated abysmally – by the cops, and by a Columbia disciplinary panel so uneducated about the scourge of campus violence that one panelist asked how it was possible to be anally raped without lubrication.

So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art. “The administration can end the piece, by expelling him,” she says, “or he can, by leaving campus.”

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As painful as I know the constant reminder of attending school with her rapist must be, I’m glad she won’t be the only one forced to remember. I hope the rapist drops out immediately…or better yet, I hope he faces the justice he deserves. 

(via hiits)

September 2, 2014

Logistics ruin everything

September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014

August 13, 2014

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July 16, 2014

day trippin to Florence  (at Florence, Oregon)


day trippin to Florence (at Florence, Oregon)

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March 29, 2014
Having Sentiment or Disregard

I find myself having moments of genuine sentiment in which I am both concerned and overjoyed. There is seemingly no reason to have great feeling over a simple issue that is ever-present in my and other people’s lives, but then I find my empathy has the chance to overwhelm my disregard and indifference in some moments. 

March 28, 2014
Why You Can Only Feel Euphoric “in the Moment”

If you read about political change on a monumental scale, such as legalization of marijuana or the annexing of another country’s land, you feel that “big things are happening.” The status quo changes greatly, and while that might have a minor effect on your life something big is happening. A possible aspect of thinking about grandeur is compacting a large event that can take years and years to occur into a single thought. In comparing that grand event to the past, or comparing a possible grand event to the present, you feel that something incredible occurred as things have greatly changed. However, in experiencing a change that occurs over the long term the grandeur of change can be lost. Most are aware how powerful the internet is, but it grew in power and use over an elapsed period which reduced people’s everyday experience of feeling awe inspired by it. However, when you simply think of the internet today in comparison to any point in the 1990s, you stop and say, “wow, that’s really beyond incredible.” To illicit feelings of grandeur, the feelings must be presented in a particular moment or compaction. This could very well be why you feel at peace at very specific moments, why you feel briefly euphoric for a few minutes while listening to a song or being educated on a truly unbelievable event, among other types of things that a person might consider grand.

March 27, 2014

Some good insight and stories from L.A., who knew

March 27, 2014
The Moments That Inspire Us

                You’re excited, nostalgic, sentimental, and joyous at the same time. Your hair stands on end at the back of your neck as waves travel through your body, warm and cold sensations at the same time. You get the feeling from listening to music that is truly amazing, from seeing an unbelievably adorable animal, seeing your loved one for the first time in months, and the list goes on. During these moments you go from going about your everyday life to feeling “grand.” When music flows the way that it seems it should on an instinctive level, when the future seems to hold incredible events that one can be a part of as a witness and small contributor, and in general when you truly feel in the moment that life has an unimaginable amount of good waiting for you and others. When that tune in life is resonating just right with you for even the smallest amount of time you feel more connected to the rest of humanity and what it means to be happy, because you are experiencing an experience that is unique to the human race.  You become closer to what you are and you become closer to other beings who are also what you are.

March 9, 2014

March 9, 2014

Boy when I saw that you had milk, I drank it so fast, I drank it so so fast!

February 27, 2014

Steel reserve got a 5/5, please…

February 27, 2014


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