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Nivedha Kannapadi

Undergraduate at the University of Virginia

Are Vegetarians a Joke?: The Role of Vegetarians in Comedy

A woman clad in tie-dye, with colorful beads threaded through her matted hair enters the screen of a popular TV show. Before she even opens her mouth, we can guess her role. She probably uses mind-altering drugs that have a…

4 Comments / 515 View / October 31, 2014

Antibiotics: Friend or Foe?

When the Black Plague hit 14th century Europe, the knowledge about microorganisms was so limited that the most scientific explanation for the cause of infection was an imbalance in the four bodily humors. It was a time when culture teemed…

2 Comments / 375 View / October 4, 2014

“Nude” Underwear and Other Microagressions

A white man tells an older black woman to move to the back of the bus. Californian newspapers portray Mexican American zoot suitors as violent criminals. The United States government attempts to exclude those of Chinese origin from America. These…

0 Comments / 673 View / September 12, 2014

Why Reading For Pleasure Is On Its Deathbed

It’s one of the first few days of summer. The breeze echoes my mood as it lazily blows the leaves of the tree I am under and even the sun saunters through the blue sky. Finally, as the stress of…

1 Comment / 233 View / September 7, 2014

Why We Can’t Stop Keeping Up with Kim: Evolution and Fame

Kim Kardashian announced, some time ago, the release of her new book Selfish. And what, pray tell, is the subject matter of this coffee table book? Selfies. 352 pages worth, to be exact. And, despite the ridicule that this book…

0 Comments / 427 View / August 22, 2014

The Science of ALS, Harvard Research, and The Ice-Bucket Challenge

I peered into the icebox at the local grocery store at 9:30 on a Wednesday morning and found it empty. However, just as I was about to walk away dejected, I spied a lone bag of ice hiding in the…

0 Comments / 401 View / August 19, 2014

Shetye Misunderstood?: Why the Fashion Spread About Rape Deserves Another Look

“Don’t wear those shorts. They’re too short.” “Take off that chain. It attracts too much attention.” “Change out of that dress. It makes you stand out too much.” To a girl born and raised in America, taught by the glossy…

0 Comments / 304 View / August 14, 2014

Is Less Sleep Better For You?

Choose two of the three: good grades, a social life, or sleep. It’s no lie that college students are the demographic most overstretched in terms of academics, extracurricular activities, career-related internships, and social events. Often in this flurry of activity…

0 Comments / 342 View / August 7, 2014

Love Experiments in The Age of The Internet

Seventy-one percent of users on online dating sites believe in love at first sight and forty-nine percent rate physical characteristics as the most important factor in finding a suitable match. The significance of appearances in relationships is widely understood and…

0 Comments / 241 View / August 3, 2014

Why My Parents Came Here and Why I’m Not Going Back

My heart races with excitement as I step out of the airport, surrounded by hundreds of people speaking my native tongue. The air is thick with mosquitoes, the smell of rotting bananas, and smoke from stalling scooters. I fill my…

0 Comments / 630 View / July 26, 2014