Student Voice: Sometimes the blues is just a passing bird – the end

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor Two years ago, former Editor-in-Chief Melissa Hartz made the bold decision to give me a column in The Pillar. The subject: my life, the people I’ve met, both weird and way too normal, I drank...

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Essay: Grotesque Port Authority, New York City and Hoboken

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor Port Authority: A man with a black bag full of what smells like feces. White jacket, a sports team logo on the back. Young. Looks normal except for the horrible stench coming from his black bag. He...

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Personal essay: Joseph Ratzinger is at the end of his rope

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor The Pope was at the end of his rope, but I was stuck talking to a gay faction of luchadores about the fabrics they used to make their long sparkly gowns. I was busy watching hundreds...

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Indie artist Torres strikes a note with new self-titled album

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor Every so often I wake up in a panic, my brow soaked in sweat, and wonder whether I’m wasting my life. I mean, I could be. Writers are prone to making big mistakes, huge mistakes. How else...

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Excerpt from a thesis: What Lily said, why girls cry

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor Later - this must’ve been a couple years after because I was wondering how I’d survived and you think about that kind of stuff only after you’ve gotten yourself out of whatever mess you put yourself...

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First-person account: Sandy and the lonesome, crowded recreation center

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor 1- We are setting up shop in the Ferguson Recreation Center after Hurricane Sandy knocked down most of the power grid in the Northeastern corner of New Jersey. She brought with her winds that tore...

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Some reflections on writing a science-fiction novella

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor While writing my senior thesis, a science fiction novella about humanity’s place in the universe (I know), I have sometimes lost sight of how small we are compared to the rest of the universe. If we...

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‘The Dark Knight’ returns for a new adventure

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor When I first heard that DC Universe Animated Original Movies, DC Comics’ direct-to-video animated film series, was adapting Frank Miller’s 1986 graphic novel, “The Dark Knight Returns,” the “batphile” in me quickly rose to his feet...

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Journals for people who don’t know where they’re going

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor At the end of Spring ‘12, things were looking up. I had a good semester. I had self-discovery. I was about to start a new internship. I was looking forward to the heat, to the...

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Excerpt from a creative thesis: The Grand Design

JOHN SAAVEDRA JR. Student Voice Editor 1 The next time you declare that you have something or someone to come home to, I want you to remember that that statement can have both good and bad connotations. It can mean the...

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