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Columns from 2016

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Exposure to the Arts at Young Age Fosters Creativity in Children, Heather Gibson

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He Used the Internet - I Used the Encyclopedia, Rebekah McCloud

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Don't Let Clutter of Extraneous Thoughts Get in Your Way, Traci Evison

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Do we really need more 'stuff'?, Michael Bass

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Political Ads Might Not Change Your Vote- But They May Get You to the Polls, William Steiger

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Tapping Into the Issue of Phone Privacy, Elizabeth Santiago

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March Madness Lesson: How 'And One' Can Boost Your Career, Michael Preston

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Censorship Is Not All Bad, Barry Jason Mauer

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We All Have the Right to Read What We Want, Yolanda Hood

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My Newfound Respect for the Hard Work Performers do Before Stepping on Stage, Heather Gibson

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Our Youth Is to Keep or Surrender As We Choose, Rich Sloane

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Volunteering May Teach You Something About Yourself, Traci Evison

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Don't be Afraid of Failure, Michael Bass

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Online Advertising: Overwhelmed or Overjoyed?, William Steiger

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Challenge Yourself to Learn More Than is Being Taught, Elizabeth Santiago

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Our Best Hope in a World Filled With Emergencies? Education, Barry Jason Mauer

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If You Want to Be On Time, Make Sure You End On Time, Michael Preston

Columns from 2015

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This Year Show Compassion – for Others and Yourself, Yolanda Hood

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The Good, the Bad and the Quintessential Christmas Music, Heather Gibson

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A Holiday Greeting That Applies to Everyone, Terri Susan Fine

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Generosity Creates Its Own Ripple Effect, Traci Evison

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Toward a More Scientifically Literate Public, Michael Bass

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More Ethics Training in Classroom Will Benefit Workplace Behaviors Later, William Steiger

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The Conversation That Determined My Views on Gender Equality, Elizabeth Santiago

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Criticism – The Thing We Hate the Most Makes Us the Strongest, Michael Preston

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The United States Could Use a Therapist General, Barry Mauer

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Today's Libraries (and Librarians) Have Shaken Off Stereotypical Images, Yolanda Hood

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The Next Time Someone Has Something Bad to Say About Your Work..., Heather Gibson

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You Don't Need Any Special Talent to Join Fight Against Hunger, Terri Susan Fine

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The Best Leap of My Life Could Be Yours, Too, Traci Evison

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Don't Just Blindly Follow All 'Green' Trends -- Do Your Research First, Michael Bass

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Will Millennials Fill the Expected Flood of Open Sales Positions?, William Steiger

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We Need to be That 'Shining City on the Hill' for Syrian Refugees, Elizabeth Santiago

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Want to Make it in This World? Better Learn to Collaborate, Michael Preston

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How Do You Make a Society Wise?, Barry Jason Mauer

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I Don’t Control a Lot of Things- but I Can Control What I Read, Yolanda Hood

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I Question Whether We Have Learned 'Citizenship' in Our Generation, Terri Susan Fine

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Let Theatre Take You to a New World — Without Ringing, Glowing Phones, Heather Gibson

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We All Grieve in Different Ways on Different Days, Traci Evison

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A Toast! To the International Year of Light, Michael Bass

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Temporary Lack of Amenities Taught Me to Appreciate What I Have, Vu Tran

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Broad Changes Are Needed to Move Toward Social Harmony, Vanessa Lopez-Littleton

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My NBA All-Star Team of Socially Conscience Players, Richard Lapchick

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‘Be Nice to People’ – Grandmother’s Advice Could Fix Many of World’s Problems, Anthony Major

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When You Have a Chance to Influence the Universe..., Todd Dagenais

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'Give Light and the People Will Find Their Own Way', Rick Brunson

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What Will Matter to Me in the Coming Presidential Election, Melody Bowdon

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This is Our Home - So Please Help Care For It, Alaina Bernard

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In Defense of 'Depressing' Books, Laurie Uttich

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Take Time to Edit Your Own Writing – You Just Might Improve It, Vu Tran

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#BlackLivesMatter – So Keep the Conversation Going, Vanessa Lopez-Littleton

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Does Major League Baseball Look Like America?, Richard Lapchick

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Live, Learn – and Let Live, Anthony Major

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Get to Know the Custodians, Todd Dagenais

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It's the Duty of All of Us to Stop Sexual Abuse, Rick Brunson

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Advocating for Children is Everyone's Responsibility, Melody Bowdon

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A Community is More Than a Group of People, Alaina Bernard

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Do What You Love (and the Money Might Follow), Laurie Uttich

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My Mistake as an Immigrant Student Was Viewing My Difference as a Drawback, Vu Tran

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Sagging Pants Does Not Equate to Sagging Values, Vanessa Lopez-Littleton

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I'm Hopeful the Power of Sport Will Expand to Spur Social Change, Richard E. Lapchick

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History Curriculum Needs More Coverage of Black Inventors, Anthony Major

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Don't be a Leader Who Turns Around to Look – and Nobody is Following, Todd Dagenais

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Corrective Lenses Needed When Looking at Race Issues, Rick Brunson

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Leave Them (Texting) Kidz Alone, Melody Bowdon

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Our Failure to Understand Mental Illness has Debilitated Nearly 60 Million Americans, Alaina Bernard

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Bearing Witness Even When It Seems Too Much to Bear, Laurie Uttich

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Take the Opportunities of Travel to Always Learn Something New, Vu Tran

Columns from 2014

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The Future Will Require Learning How to Exist in a Multicultural Society, Vanessa Lopez-Littleton

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Much of Society's Unrest Caused by Barrage of Negative Stereotypes in Films, Anthony Major

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No Longer Can We Keep Our Eyes Closed to Human Trafficking All Around Us, Richard Lapchick

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'So You're Telling Me There's a Chance.', Todd Dagenais

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Listen Up – This is the Most Meaningful Part of My Job, Rick Brunson

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Saying Thanks Isn’t Always Simple, Melody Bowdon

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It's a Small World After All – and We're All Connected, Alaina Bernard

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The Social Media Mirage (and What We're Missing), Laurie Uttich

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Winter is Coming – With its Pressures, Joys, Vu Tran

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Black Infant Deaths Point to Flaw in U.S. Health Care System, Vanessa Lopez-Littleton

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Sports News Puts Focus on Society's Problems, Richard Lapchick

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Redefining America's Ethnicity, Gender and Race, Anthony Major

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What Is the Cost of a Bad Hire?, Todd Dagenais

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'One Small Candle of Truth…Dispels a Lot of Darkness', Rick Brunson

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Weathering the Storm Surge of Social Media, Melody Bowdon

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Get Outside the Box – and Go Outside!, Alaina Bernard

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Don’t Label Teens Dying in Our Streets – We Mourn Them All, Laurie Uttich

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Be the Best You Can Be- and Then Some, Vu Tran

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Are Diversity and Inclusiveness Really Possible?, Vanessa Lopez-Littleton

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The Failure of College Sport as an Equal Opportunity Employer, Richard Lapchick

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Life Is Like a Salad Bowl (or Should Be!), Anthony B. Major

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As Migrant Crisis Hits U.S. Border, Texas Town Keeps it Classy, Rick Brunson

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'Would You Let Your Daughter Color Her Hair Blue?', Rebekah McCloud

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The Echo Chamber Is Getting Louder, Tom Cavanagh

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More ‘Fans in Stands’ Help Boost University’s Brand, Rich Sloane

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Lazy Days of Summer: Time to Relax and Contemplate, Mark Routhier

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Appreciating the Simple Moments More Than Onslaught of Technology, Leandra Preston-Sidler

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What My Grandfather Taught Me About Strategy, Bob Porter

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I Wish the Sport I Love – Soccer – Could Help Eliminate Injustice Around World, Erin O'Flaherty

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Where Are Your Papers?, Rebekah McCloud

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A Parent's Dilemma: When to Let Child be Responsible for Own Actions, Maritza Martinez

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This is What Happens When We Forget That Speech Has Consequences, Nathan Holic