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Not just for laughs: Portrait of a stand-up comic

Making people laugh can be hit or miss; after all, jokes are often made at the spur of a moment.It happens at the dinner table, during a phone call, in the middle of a car ride, and all thosecasual moments when one’s wit and humor spontaneously strike gold. Standing onstage, however, the setting changes; for…

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Sound check: Musicians in the midst of isolation

Music is intangible, yet is closely intertwined with human experience. From the radio tunes kids used to wake up to on Sunday mornings, the playlists that accompany commuters on crowded bus rides, to the certain songs that lull people to sleep at night, music has always been a part of life. Throughout time, it has…

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No filter needed: A glimpse into the lives of social media managers

Likes, comments, tweets, and shares—these are the benchmarks of social media posts. These are deciding factors that could make or break the online presence of a business and determine its potential success. With more and more people signing up for well-known social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, brands and businesses have almost…

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Sweet success: The renaissance of local chocolate

There are very few things as universally loved as chocolate. Whether in the form of a bar, served as a truffle, or coated with a candy shell, chocolates seem to be the type of sweets that never go out of style. The chocolate industry is also currently on the rise, with the 2020 Worldwide Cocoa…

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Fitness first: Hitting the gym in the New Year

To many people, the New Year season means a fresh start, with everyone seemingly enveloped by newness and change. Anything seems possible at this time of year, as the fireworks and horns usher in the clean slate that everyone looks forward to. A New Year’s resolution that many have in common is hitting the gym…

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A valid alternative: Understanding in vitro fertilization

The ability to bear offspring is often called the miracle of life. Given how natural conception is often considered the standard, it can be taken for granted just how many factors have to line up in order for this to occur successfully. The World Health Organization reported in 2010 that 15 percent of reproductive-aged couples—those who are…

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Beyond the box: The process of game development and design

From stepping into the staggering galactic war setting in Imperium, strategizing one’s next move through analytical skills in Tetris, to emulating the toils of a farmer in Stardew Valley, the gaming world is indeed a diverse realm for one’s entertainment and escape. Video games have been a vessel of innovation for many, ushering in the…

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Two sides of the same coin: Homeschooling and formal education

In the formal education system, many students finish their schooling without experiencing a learning environment void of loud school bells, multiple classroom introductions, and required school uniforms. Homeschooling is a learning system that is vastly different from what many are familiar with. Back to basics As a seven-year-old, Therese Paman was homeschooled after her parents…

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Navigating loss and living six feet above

Life will always ask the questions, while death gives the answers. Witnessing your loved one wrestle their life away brings a variety of emotions and reactions that fill your mind. It makes you wonder if there could be any other possible ending to this nightmare one cannot wake up from.  But the result almost always…

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Animals in captivity: Manila Zoo understood

Manila Zoo, the mini jungle at the heart of an urban city, is a place shrouded in mystery and stereotypes. It has often been the center of news reports and unwarranted scandals. The LaSallian wades through the enigma surrounding Manila Zoo with the help of Jazz Ong (AB-OCM ‘18), a passionate volunteer for Zoo Crew,…