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This past weekend, the men’s tennis team traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship (ITA). The team started off with two tough losses against Emory University and Case Western Reserve University, but later defeated Kenyon College to place seventh in the tournament. The No. 14 team had a rough start, but as the tournament progressed they found their rhythm. The team played well in...

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Professional athletes are contemporary America’s pseudo-holy men. They are born with physical gifts that predetermine their fate as linebackers, power forwards and pitchers. In accordance with Malcolm Gladwell’s theory, many spend around 10,000 hours in various modes of self-punishment, modes manifested through excessive wind sprints, weight training and ball drills that erode the average-human-within-them’s rambling consciousness until they live in the light of the zone at all times. If they’re truly worthy, they become the...

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A man is born in the province of Yan and grows up in the province of Chu. Once he has reached a certain age, he sets out to return home, so that he can pay his respects to the ancestors. Upon the road, he joins other travelers. These other travelers decide to deceive him. As they approach the province of Jin, they point to the wall surrounding it and say, “Look, it is the wall...

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America’s exercise culture is growing. We have friends joining the Crossfit movement, notice more bikers dangerously close to our cars and read intense articles about esoteric “extreme fitness” classes that have strong followings in New York City and other crowded metropolises. Yoga, too, is blossoming. A survey financed by “Yoga Alliance” and “Yoga Journal” revealed some interesting statistics regarding the practice and its meteoric rise. Apparently, there are roughly 37 million yogis in the U.S.;...

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Soon, some of you upperclassmen will leave to travel abroad. It’s a great time. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and the people you share the world with. It won’t all be roses and blissful drunken nights “” it’s only natural to miss some parts of home that cannot translate into another culture. It may be a significant other, or your family. Maybe you’ll miss Whataburger, English or the ability to walk around your home...

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Basketball is back. Across the world, true fans have a renewed sense of hope, as well as a fuller, more meaningful purpose. True love is a beautiful thing. And what is it to love the game but to appreciate the artistic fusion of athleticism and skill, individual prowess and a team’s cohesive chemistry that is NBA play? It’s hard to remember better all-around play from the entire league “” tanking efforts have stalled and most...

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Big Bend is one of the darkest places in the nation. Deep in the bowels of west Texas, the national park’s unique lack of light pollution results in breathtaking night skies. It’s rare that we escape civilization for the sake of indulging in nature’s artwork “” part of this is probably due to culturally embedded Fear of Missing Out, and the consequential risks involved with leaving town for a weekend “” but it’s mostly because...

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In 1981, John McEnroe defeated Bjorn Borg for the US Open championship. It was the 14th time the two tennis players had battled, and McEnroe’s victory split the series at 7 to 7. The two young men were undoubtedly the best in the business, with gloriously bright futures ahead if they chose to honor their hard work and talent. But they didn’t. Borg walked out of the stadium that day before the award ceremony even...