Alecia Gortsema

Alecia Gortsema

How to do a ‘Think Week’ and the Many Benefits

Boredom and relaxation breed creativity and fresh ideas. In a society laden with a hustle mentality, nearly everyone could benefit from having a ‘think week.’ Coined by the co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, a ‘think week’ is exactly what it sounds like: a week to do nothing except think and read.

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President Biden Signed a Bill to Protect Transgender Children

Last week, President Biden signed an executive order to help protect transgender children and their access to healthcare. With many conservative state laws aiming to increase barriers for transgender children, Biden’s goal is to counteract their efforts with his new LGBTQI+ order.

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Op-Ed: Grey’s Anatomy Needs to End

Shonda Rhimes and Meredith Grey, I love you, but I can’t miss you if you don’t leave. After 18 seasons, it’s time to throw in the towel. Respectfully.

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Fitzpatrick Wins the US Open

The 27-year-old English golfer, Matthew Fitzpatrick, has won the 122nd U.S Open, making it his first major golf championship title. Fitzpatrick is the first Englishman to win the U.S. Open since Justin Rose in 2013 and is the youngest player from England to win a major since 1970.

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How Juneteenth was Celebrated This Year

With Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday just one year ago, the significance of the day is being celebrated by the masses. Whether big or small, this year’s Juneteenth celebrations were more widespread than ever.

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Activists Urging for Juneteenth to Become a State Holiday

Last year, June 19 became Juneteenth National Independence Day, a United States federal holiday. The legislation gained traction after the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and the bill passed the House 415-14, making it the 11th federal holiday.

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Japan Makes Insulting People Online a Punishable Crime

It’s no secret that online hate has serious mental health ramifications. Japan has taken this issue very seriously as ‘online insults’ are now considered a punishable crime in the country.

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President Biden Addresses Soaring Inflation and Reassures Americans

Amid soaring inflation that has been a source of panic for many American citizens, President Biden delivered a hopeful message while blaming Republicans on Tuesday night.

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Op-Ed: Discover Weekly is Spotify’s Best Feature

I go in phases with music. The genre I listen to, how frequently I play it, the inspiration it gives me, and my desire to find more.

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Op-Ed: The Best Cities for Theater

With the expansion of 4D movie theaters, I worry about true theatre. You know, the kind with live performers, an orchestra, intricate costume design, and lots of drama? Ever heard of it? Yikes. Shakespeare would be so disappointed.

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Yellowstone Mountain Renamed to Honor Native Americans

Mount Doane of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming will now be called First Peoples Mountain. On Thursday, June 9, the National Park Service announced the change after a unanimous vote by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

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NBA Finals Game 5 Recap

Monday night, the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 104-94 in game 5 of the NBA Finals in San Francisco.

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