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Loving on Cloud Nine --- Sofia Rojo-Kratochvil ’23

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Describing love, Franklin University Switzerland student Natalia de Leon calls it “heavenly” and as if “you’re on cloud nine.”  Open to receiving and giving love, Natalia enjoys this sentiment and affirms that “there are different types of love.” She emphasizes that knowing what type of love is being received can curate a better understanding of how you show affection towards your loved ones. Well versed in this, Natalia listed some examples including:  Nurturing Familial Love  Affectionate Friendship Love Romantic Partnership Love  Each type nurtures each aspect of Natalia’s warm-spirited soul. The “common denominator in all of these types of love is happiness,” she states.  “Effortless.” With mutual respect and understanding, love brings a soft breeze of “peace” and “no stress.” She emphasizes the importance not only lies in recognizing the type of love but how one loves.  She places high importance on how others receive love as she believes it is a tool that helps “set clear boun

The Postcolonial Identity --- by Natalia de Leon '22

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Growing up in Guatemala, I never realized the postcolonial environment that surrounded me until I left for university. My postcolonial identity permeated unto little things. When a friend was proofreading an essay of mine, she brought to my attention that I had not capitalized the word "Indigenous." It did not come from any sort of malicious intent. However, I am proof that little things like that are so subconsciously in your head as an effect of being raised in a postcolonial environment with a privileged postcolonial identity. "The distance enables us to actually more clearly see how our countries operate," says Franklin University Switzerland 's Postcolonial Studies Professor Kate Roy . It was until I left Guatemala that I noticed the lasting effects colonialism has in the country and even on my identity. Of course, I knew that there was strong Spanish influence in Guatemala, but I could not clearly visualize the legacy that colonialism had left absolute

Surviving an EX --- by Saverio Multin '22

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Hello to all of my heartbroken, sad, miserable and depressed people. Thank you for joining me on this quick article about the realities of an ex and what happens next. Before we go any further you must know some realities you must face. Life is very short, but in reality, it’s actually longer than you think. You tend to grow up fast but you sometimes forget to look around. Sometimes you forget to look around and see the reality of the truth. Sometimes we even forget to see what we have in front of us is really not so bad after all. From this as you can already tell by the article name we’re getting into the aspect of the ending of a relationship. And just to warn you it’s not gonna be so happy. A lot of people will sugarcoat the fact of what really happens at the end of a relationship and they’re only going to tell you what you want to hear. No one‘s going to tell you the reality that it’s going to suck no matter what happens. This is scary to hear and this is probably something that y

The Latinx representation in the media is messing up Latinx identity --- by Angelica Berrios '23

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The title may seem alarming but it’s true. Latinx is a gender-neutral term for Latino and Latina and is a term that has been popularized in recent years as a more inclusive term. According to UCLA’s 2020 Hollywood Diversity Report, Latinx people were more than 18% of the population but only had 5.3% of the roles in the Hollywood entertainment industry. In the U.S. alone, the Latinx population is so prominent and is one of the biggest minority groups, so how come the media is not reflecting that? In terms of why the media is not reflecting a big part of its population lies in the issues of these so-called Hollywood “gatekeepers”, which is a term used to describe any person that has the highest power in an industry and can control what is presented, who are predominantly Caucasian and do not understand the history of most minority groups. Most Latinx stories in the media fall into the same stereotyped umbrella and the complex history of Latinx people is mostly swept under the rug. Centur

Appreciation of Arts in Lugano --- by Hannah Rose McNeely '23

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  “Everything you look at in life has a drawing underneath it,” says Clarice Zadanski, head of the art department at Franklin University in Lugano. “Art is not just something we do to blow off steam or relax, art is what makes us human and makes our world a form of expression.” What does creativity do for society? Why should society care about creativity? How do the arts benefit our lives? Art is the universal language that has the power to build bridges across oceans of difference; it helps us discover the connective threads in our human tapestry. The importance of the arts is constantly being questioned, disregarded, and taken for granted in many ways, starting with a lack of knowledge, funding, and education. With a population of only just over 60,000, Lugano is not necessarily known for the arts, therefore artists experience a lack of visitors and tourists. The LAC, Lugano Arte e Cultura, is the leading art museum in the city and has expanded Lugano's population in the past dec

Shopping sustainably, locally, and consciously across the world --- by Jenna Jordan '23

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It's 8 AM on Tuesday morning and the sun is rising over Napa, California in the United States. The ice on the vines is defrosting, the birds are beginning to chirp, and the locals are heading to do their grocery shopping. About nine hours prior, and 6,000 miles away, in Lugano, Switzerland, these locals had already done the same. However, the commonality of this morning routine is not in the rising sun or the necessary grocery-run, but in how and where this shopping takes place. These Tuesday morning grocery markets are made up of local farmers, butchers, and bakers. The colors of red, pink, and vibrant green help in differentiating the fruits and the veggies, demanding for consumption.  There is no question these sensations are not from the industrial supermarkets in these cities, but this is the description of a farmers’ market. However, a descriptive illustration cannot do these markets justice. Though Napa and Lugano differ in geographic location, they are similar statistically

Privacy Violation: the hottest TikTok trend --- by Letizia Stefani '22

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  TikTok has a basic interest in collecting personal data, including biometric data such as face recognition and voiceprints. “Biometric data, together with genetic and health data, are at the top of the personal data scale of sensitivity: they represent the highest level of invasiveness with regard to personal identity, confidentiality, and private life,” says Rosario Imperiali, a lawyer specialized in Italian and international data protection legislation. The dissemination of this data is generally prohibited. “There is the highest level of invasiveness with regard to confidentiality and [from a] privacy right standpoint,” says Imperiali. TikTok, the Chinese video-sharing social media platform is owned and developed by ByteDance, a Chinese multinational internet technology company. It has gained much popularity around the globe; as the most downloaded social media app, the community has grown rapidly surpassing the 1 billion users in August 2020. It may have gained a ton of users, bu