Trump Breaks Campaign Promise but Continues Efforts to Weaken Obamacare

On September 25, President Trump’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was overturned when Republican senator Susan Collins voted against the motion. Repealing and replacing Obamacare was one of Trump’s main campaign promises; it is evident now that the president will be unable to fulfill his promise, at least within his first year in office. According to the New York Times, Republicans, believing … Continue reading Trump Breaks Campaign Promise but Continues Efforts to Weaken Obamacare

Art in Science: “Leave of Absence” by Michael McGowan

As a life science major, the majority of the texts I read are academic, scientific, and generally lacking in emotion. Although these readings are informative, they make me appreciate the few times when I stumble across science literature that pulls at the heartstrings. The Beat is a student-initiated journal that combines the worlds of science and art. It’s a collection of artwork, photography, and creative … Continue reading Art in Science: “Leave of Absence” by Michael McGowan

The Chicken and the Egg: Reading and Writing

More often than not, students believe that the only way to improve their writing is to use fancy vocabulary words and to memorize arbitrary grammar rules. However, they’ll quickly find that blindly focusing on technical skills is not the answer. Rather, the answer may not even lie in the act of writing itself. Studies show that reading and writing go hand-in-hand: the more you read, … Continue reading The Chicken and the Egg: Reading and Writing

Introduction to Introductions

Writing the introduction paragraph is always my favorite part of any essay. A good introduction sets the tone and structure of the entire paper. Writing a strong, solid introduction sets your paper up for success. Different styles of papers (i.e., analysis, narrative, research) call for different kinds of introductions. In general, the “funnel” introduction is the most common for papers involving literary analysis. As the … Continue reading Introduction to Introductions

Abbreviations and Milk Tea: Differences in Chinese and English

Pearl milk tea, or 珍珠奶茶 (zhen’zhu nai cha), is the staple, most iconic dessert drink of the Bay and Taiwan. Often abbreviated in English to PMT, the delicious concoction is never referred to as ZZNC in Chinese. Rather, its name is shortened from four characters to two: 珍奶 (zhen nai). So what are the differences in abbreviating English words versus Chinese words? In English, phrases … Continue reading Abbreviations and Milk Tea: Differences in Chinese and English