After a white-water rafting trip in a New York state park during my sophomore year at Pitt-Bradford, I found out that the outdoor club was offering a free paintball game. I had always liked martial sports but had never played paintball. Since I didn’t want to brave new territory alone, I invited my housemates Pat and Colin to come along. Continue reading “Things were Simpler out there”
By Salynda Hogsett
I’ve only given one successful haircut: my dad needed a few long hairs trimmed from around his ears.
Fast forward a few years and you’ll find me a month into my sophomore year at college. A new friend wanted his hair buzzed down with a razor on a #2 guard, faded around the ears. Easy enough except for the fact that clippers that he had borrowed from his friend kept making harsh buzzing noises like they were about to fly apart and eat his head. The haircut itself went pretty well, but then it was time for the fade. I didn’t think it would be that hard, but one smooth motion later I had shaved a completely bald stripe around his ear. By some miracle, he and I are still friends, but I haven’t cut hair since.
By Tyler Elias
If you’re anything like me, than at least three times a day you think to yourself, “The world would be a better place if I were left in charge,” but you lack any and all qualifications for such an ambitious step. In fact, you can’t even convince yourself to get out of bed on time more than three times a week, let alone hold a position of such authority. Continue reading “Beginner’s Guide to Taking Over the World”
By Colin Almeida
Forgive the insubordination, but this old friend has an order for you. Go out there and give them hell. You were born to do this. –Garrus Vakarian
Garrus Vakarian, aka Archangel the turian sniper, former Citadel cop, best friend to the legendary commander Shepard and all-around badass. I love this guy, I really do. He’s sarcastic, calm in the heat of a firefight, and always has your back throughout the Mass Effect game series. Continue reading “Garrus Vakarian”
By Brady Major
When you are creating a protagonist for one of your mystery stories, often one of the greatest ways to discover who they are and how they tick is by applying to the narrative an equal yet opposing force in the form of a partner that challenges and supports them in interesting ways. More than mere “sidekicks,” these partners need to stand on their own two feet as characters in their own right. Continue reading “Partners in Crime: Crafting an Effective Ally for your Mystery Protagonist”
By Salynda Hogsett
“We’ve come upon a situation, and I need to free up some spaces on your floor soon.
“I need you two to make a move. The good news is that you’ll be staying on the 3rd floor either in apartment 304 or apartment 308. I’ll need you two to get together to decide which room you will use together and let me know soon.
“We very much appreciate your cooperation on this.
Like many, or hopefully at least a few, I have spent a vast majority of my time staring blankly into the starry night sky (or sometimes directly into the sun) and asking myself the time-honored question of, “Is there intelligent life out there besides me?”
Now, let us tackle the big question, and I mean big. Like universe-big or Peyton Manning’s forehead big. Is there intelligent life out there? Continue reading “Searching Space for Intelligent Life”
By Nancy McCabe
A couple of bars of “Hey Soul Sister,” and we were off, the debut of the Allegheny Mountain Cloggers on stage at the Pitt-Bradford Cultural Festival. Two basic steps, a triple, a cowboy. Continue reading “Why Clogging is Not Blogging and Blogging is Not Clogging”