Take Two #119: Sleep cycles, more than just a habit

By Kyra-lin Hom

I'm sure you've heard the term 'night owl' before. What about its counterparts 'morning lark' and 'hummingbird?' All three are common references for human sleep patterns: night owl and morning lark are self explanatory extremes with the flexible hummingbird landing right in between. But did you know that these aren't just casual social categories? They are in fact lay terms for different chronotypes. New research is proving that these aren't just habits. They're in our genetics.

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Take Two #118: 3 Mandatory Classes High Schools Need


By Kyra-lin Hom

I've never been shy with my opinions regarding our current education situation. So it should be no surprise to any of you that, though I treasure my undergraduate education, I fully acknowledge its failure to prepare me for the working world.

The liberal arts structure is designed to churn out inquisitive scholars not competent workers. And as much as we may romanticize the mystery-solving scholar, how many impassioned undergraduate students actually pursue fields of scholarly research post-graduation? I don't have any statistics available, but I'm sure we can all agree the numbers aren't high. Yet our love affair with the liberal arts has still trickled down into our high schools as well.

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TT 117: People not Products

By Kyra-lin Hom

I apologize if I offend anyone this week, as the topic I'm about to broach is a sensitive one. Relatively recently (I've been debating on whether or not to touch this for a few weeks now), a Duke University student was publicly outted against her will as a porn star. There are so many hot button items here, where do I even begin?

First, some background. This young woman – go ahead and Google for her name if you really care – was accepted to Duke University out of high school. She's obviously bright and wants the stellar education Duke offers. But with a price tag after tuition, room, board and books of over $60,000 per year, there was no way she could afford it. She could either a) settle for a lesser school, b) bury herself in over $240,000 of crippling student loan debt or c) find a way to pay for it herself. She chose to dive full tilt into plan c and willed herself into one of the most lucrative markets open to young women today: her body.

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