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William Penn: Paving the Way for an Equitable Pennsylvania

William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, championed for liberty of conscience – or “religious freedom” – during an era of bitter religious conflicts that led to persecution throughout Europe.

Using his tolerant Quaker ideologies to form the basis of Pennsylvania’s government, Penn’s colony quickly became a melting pot of ethnicities and religious identities where settlers could seek refugee to embrace their beliefs.

Today, Pennsylvania remains a melting pot rich in culture, identity, and history.

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Evil Eye: The History and Cultural Significance

A piercing blue gaze meets yours from the beads of a bracelet, pendant of a necklace, or key chain danging from a waist.

This symbol, the “evil eye,” can be traced back to 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian tablets and continues to prevail in modern fashion, according to a 2017 Indian Journal of Scientific Research study.

Today, many cultures still use it as a form of protection from envy – why? How did a blue eye translate into a protective symbol against a timeless, universal superstition about envy?

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The B Word and Its Influence by Rebecca Gibson

Rebecca Gibson shares her personal experience as a bisexual member of the LGBTQ community as well as what she’s learned while studying for her master’s degree.

This article will also be featured in the sixth issue of The Burgundy Zine

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A Multigenerational Look at Video Game Culture

From the Vectrex to virtual reality, video games have birthed an entire culture, connected generations, and even pathed the way for lucrative career opportunities in the last decade.

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How Smoking was Denormalized

Cigarettes? Yuck. Cigars? Even yuckier… As the kids these day would say. Teen tobacco use was at an all-time low with only 10.4 percent of youths smoking in 2017, Truth Initiative reports. This marked a 45 percent decline since 2011, when 18.6 percent of teenagers smoked cigarettes.

How did we get here? When did smoking stop being cool, despite it remaining an over romanticized aesthetic?

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