Natalie Yuhas

 

Managing Editor

 


Wed

27

Apr

2016

Farewell and Thank You, Boston College

Natalie Yuhas

 by Natalie Yuhas

 

 

 

One of the very first memories I have at Boston College is sitting in the hallway of my freshman year dorm with the rest of the girls who lived on my floor. It was uncomfortably hot and our RA was giving us instructions on the upcoming Freshman Convocation, our first real introduction to the Boston College community where we would walk down Linden Lane together as the Class of 2016.

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Tue

26

Apr

2016

History: The Boston Marathon

by Natalie Yuhas

 

 

Marathon Monday is a tradition beloved by the entire city of Boston, and especially by Boston College students.  Every Patriots’ Day, members of the Boston College community gather on Commonwealth Avenue to cheer on the marathoners running past campus. It’s a day filled with camaraderie and spirit that make this city and this campus so special.

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Tue

29

Mar

2016

Letter to My Younger Self

by Natalie Yuhas

 

Dear 13-Year-Old Natalie,

 

Right now you are sitting at your desk in the 8th grade at St. Rita. You’re staring at the questionnaire about yourself that will go in the Class of 2008 memory book next to your picture. You’re anxious about what to write down because this is how you will be remembered forever once you move on to high school.  I know you are stuck on one blank space on this form. One stupid question. What was your favorite memory at St. Rita? You will look to your left and to your right to see what your friends have put down. Most people will write the zoo trip you took or the 8th grade musical, but we both know you got kicked out of music class this year for accidentally rolling your eyes at your teacher. The musical wasn’t your thing. That’s okay. After thinking about it for way too long, you are going to write down something nerdy, but really important: “My favorite memories were making the history videos in seventh and eighth grade.”

 

 

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Tue

23

Feb

2016

Timshel

by Natalie Yuhas

 

 

The idea that love is a choice has always been difficult for me because I am insufferably indecisive. I drive my family and friends crazy when I refuse to give any input at all about where to eat or what to do.  While it doesn’t really matter that much when talking about trivial decisions, it starts to become more of a problem when I have to face big decisions for after college and for the rest of my life. Making decisions scares me because so much about the future is uncertain and dependent on decisions we make now. I don’t want to choose the wrong thing. How can I know what the best decisions are? How can I love others fully if love is a choice and I am so indecisive?

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Tue

26

Jan

2016

Infinite Authenticity

by Natalie Yuhas

 

 

As much as I dislike the arbitrary holiday of New Year's, there is something inspiring about the idea of a fresh start. I think it is important to evaluate yourself every now and again and understand where you are currently and where you want to go. New Year’s Resolutions give you the chance to do just that. I took resolutions as particularly important this year because 2016 is the year I will graduate and start a completely new chapter of my life. I want to leave Boston College knowing that I got the most I could out of the experience as I could and to enter into “real” adulthood as the best version of myself I can be at that time.

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Tue

08

Dec

2015

Christmas Truce of 2015


by Natalie Yuhas

 

As embarrassing as this may be to admit, I’m extremely fascinated by World War I. It started when I signed up for a British short stories class my junior that made me think about the war in a different way. Not only was it extremely deadly due to industrial and technological innovations at the time, but there were also massive societal changes that happened during and after the war. There was not a person who didn’t feel its effects, whether they were on the battlefield or maintaining the homefront.

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Tue

17

Nov

2015

Love Your Neighbor; Love Yourself

by Natalie Yuhas

 

I’ve stretched myself as thin as it gets this semester among classes that require more time and effort than I’ve ever had to put into school, an internship that sucks up a ton of my time, and the various obligations and responsibilities of extracurricular activities.  While I’m technically still hanging in there, I have been completely failing in relationships that are important to me. I haven’t been the friend I want to be to so many people I care about because I just don’t have the time, and when I do, the days leave me so physically and emotionally exhausted that I’m either in a bad mood or otherwise stressed out. I’m furious at myself for the utter selfishness of it all. 

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Tue

27

Oct

2015

Faith in Action: Bystander Intervention

by Natalie Yuhas

 

According to a 2013 report released by The U.S. Department of Justice with survey data from the National Crime Victimization Survey, between the years of 1995 and 2013, there was an average annual number of 31,302 (6.1 per 1,000) female college students who experienced  rape or sexual assault. Even more alarmingly, the study found that 80% of sexual assault crimes went unreported among students, noting that 26% of students found the issue to be “a personal matter” and 12% considered it “not important enough to report.”

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Tue

27

Oct

2015

Clinton Kelly, Authenticity, and Discipleship

by Natalie Yuhas

 

When my brother got me Clinton Kelly’s book, Freakin’ Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally be Better than Everybody Else, for my birthday one year, I was so excited that I accidentally ripped the book jacket in half in my aggressive attempt to take the wrapping paper off. It was so uncouth of me. I knew Clinton Kelly would disapprove. But I just couldn’t help it because I love, love, love Clinton Kelly. I just love him. There were entire Saturdays throughout middle school and high school that I devoted to watching him and Stacy London help women untap their potential through fashion and self confidence in What Not To Wear marathons.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

PRO: Should Catholics Be Able to Divorce and Remarry Within the Church

by Natalie Yuhas


With Pope Francis’ recent reforms to the annulment process in the Catholic Church, it calls into debate a question Catholics have been wrestling with for quite some time: Should Catholics be able to divorce and remarry within the Church? Currently, the answer to that question is “no,” mainly because of doctrinal reasons that support that answer.  However, that argument is outdated and limits what the Church is, or should be.  The mission of both the Church and of Christ Himself support that Catholics should be able to divorce and remarry with the Church.

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Tue

29

Sep

2015

Moments That Matter

by Natalie Yuhas

           

“It must be a great disappointment to God if we are not dazzled at least ten times a day.” Mary Oliver, Blue Horses: Poems

 

Nothing makes me want to pound my head repeatedly against the desk quite like discussing the question of, “What is art?” So, when the professor posed that question on the first day of one of my English classes, my eyes immediately glazed over as better students than me engaged in a debate with the professor on the purpose of art. I was barely paying attention at all, until the professor projected a Monet painting up on the board that caught my eye.

 

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Tue

28

Apr

2015

Elephants Stick Together


by Natalie Yuhas

 


“Remember, elephants stick together,” my mom warns me as she gives me a stern gaze from across the kitchen table, implying that I should definitely not knock her piece back to home in my next move in the family game of Sorry!, even if it is the most strategic option for me. “It doesn’t count as cheating,” she insists when my brothers and dad complain that we are teaming up. “Elephants stick together.”

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Tue

24

Mar

2015

Forgiveness as Love

by Natalie Yuhas

 

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” CS Lewis

 

The importance of forgiveness is something that has been drilled into our heads over and over again for our entire lives, especially as Christians.  Normally, I have thought of myself as being a pretty understanding and forgiving person, but something I have struggled with lately is how to handle it when the person or people you love and completely trust really hurt you, especially when you never get the apology you wanted. 

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Tue

24

Mar

2015

Saint of the Issue: Rita of Cascia

by Natalie Yuhas

 

St. Rita of Cascia was born on May 22, 1457 and was canonized on May 24, 1900.  She is the patron saint of lost and impossible causes, sickness, wounds, marital problems, abuse, and mothers. Due to a reference to St. Rita in The Rookie, she is also unofficially credited as being the patron saint of baseball.

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Tue

24

Feb

2015

Fr. Himes Encourages Finding Happiness Through Others

by Natalie Yuhas

 

The Happiness Project campaign and Happiness Talks, put on through UGBC and the Office of Health Promotion, is based on the book by Gretchen Rubin and focuses on both what it means to be genuinely happy to each of us as individuals and small acts of kindness.  As the keynote speaker on Thursday, February 23 for the Happiness Project Talk, Fr. Himes addressed a full crowd of students on what happiness means to him. Other speakers included three students who addressed what it means to them to find their genuine happiness and what challenges they have faced along the way.

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Tue

24

Feb

2015

Embracing the Uncomfortable

by Natalie Yuhas

 

“God bless the souls who shook up mine.” Milk Carton Kids, “Memphis”

 

Confession of a now English major: I never read the books for my high school senior year English class.  By the time second semester rolled around, high school work seemed mundane compared to all the adventures I knew were waiting for me at Boston College. I tried the first couple pages of The Catcher in the Rye and hated it. Holden as a character was whiny and annoying, the plot was boring, and who really cares where the ducks go when it gets cold or that his sister is riding a carousel? As you may have guessed, the quiz on the book didn’t go so well, and not only because SparkNotes failed to fill me in on some of the finer details of the book and I claimed the teacher made the quiz too impossible for anyone to pass. (Sorry, Mrs. Kenny.)   I had totally missed the point of the whole book.

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Wed

28

Jan

2015

Baby Steps

by Natalie Yuhas

 

It’s almost a month after the start of 2015 and I have fallen through on every single one of my resolutions.  When the new year started, I convinced myself that it didn’t really count until I started the new semester back at BC.  When I got back on campus, I told myself that the new semester didn’t actually begin until after I had settled into a routine and figured out my classes.  Here I am three weeks later, and I still have not committed to any of my New Year’s resolutions. All of a sudden, life got crazy busy again, and I got sucked into the endless struggle of balancing work, school, friends, and everything in between.

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Mon

08

Dec

2014

Camp Kesem Chestnut Hill Gives Children of Cancer Patients the Chance to be Kids

by Natalie Yuhas

 

The word “kesem” means “magic” in Hebrew, and that is exactly what Camp Kesem aims to give to children who have parents affected by cancer.

 

There are 1.7 million cases of cancer each year in the United States, which means there are more than 3 million kids who are affected by a parent’s cancer.  These kids often suffer quietly, which can lead to academic, social, emotional, and developmental problems.  Established in 2001 by Iris Rave, a Stanford University student at the time, Camp Kesem is a nationwide, nonprofit community of college leaders who help kids who have a parent with cancer just be kids. Campers, ages six to sixteen, experience a week at sleep away camp, which is full of fun activities such as sports, arts and crafts, and drama. Along with these activities, kids get the opportunity to share their experiences in “Cabin Chats” with their counselors and fellow campers.  Camp Kesem does not provide therapy for kids, but instead focuses on having fun and supporting them. Because of the financial burden on families with a cancer patient, Camp Kesem is completely free for campers.

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Mon

08

Dec

2014

#Blessed

by Natalie Yuhas

 

Boston College got rid of the CTRC, and now the lines to print on the third floor of O’Neill are ridiculously long, especially because only three printers are actually working. #blessed  

 

I got the last pick time for classes and everything I really wanted to take was already closed by the time I got to register. #blessed

 

Went to spin class for the first time and I fell off the bike. #blessed

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Wed

19

Nov

2014

Strength in Numbers

by Natalie Yuhas

 

“We need others physically, emotionally, intellectually; we need them if we are to know anything, even ourselves.” CS Lewis

 

The time had finally come: a Friday afternoon after an incredibly long and stressful week. Actually, it was a Friday afternoon after a string of incredibly long and stressful weeks.  Everyone told me that junior year would be tough, but I didn’t think that I would constantly be feeling like I’m drowning.  So when I finally had the opportunity to

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Wed

19

Nov

2014

Faith in Action: Boston College Habitat for Humanity

by Natalie Yuhas

 

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds simple, decent, and affordable houses for people in need. Through volunteers and donations, Habitat for Humanity is able to provide these new houses and also repair houses for low-income families on a local, national, and global level. They have 1,500 local affiliates in the United States and 70 national organizations.

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Wed

22

Oct

2014

Sr. Miriam Teresa First to be Beatified on US Soil

by Natalie Yuhas

 

At a Mass in Newark, presided over by Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, in New Jersey on October 4, Sister Miriam Teresa became the first person to be beatified on American soil. Bishop Serratelli said. “Sr. Miriam belongs to that circle of chosen souls whom God himself elects for special graces, not merely for themselves, but for all his people.”

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Wed

22

Oct

2014

Be Where Your Feet Are

by Natalie Yuhas

 

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34)

 

 

For as long as I can remember, the concept of time has made me incredibly uneasy. When I was six, I found myself in a moment of absolute panic because I couldn’t imagine myself ever finding someone I would love enough to spend the rest of my life with. Who could ever be as great as my family to make me want to leave them? Why couldn’t time just stand still? My family was perfect at that moment and I was so happy, but I knew that one day things would inevitably have to change. The thought that one day my brothers and I would all grow up, move out, and have our own lives away from my parents and each other was terrifying. I was six years old and I was worrying about something that wouldn’t happen for another twenty or so years. Six.

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Tue

23

Sep

2014

Boston College Retreats Offer Students Time to Reflect

by Natalie Yuhas

 

Classes are in full swing, workload and extra curricular activities are beginning to pick up, and students are finally settled into a routine. With all the responsibilities of student life comes stress, and routine can quickly turn into the feeling of being stuck in a rut. Consider taking time this semester to go on a retreat so that you can recharge, reflect, connect with others, strengthen your faith, and learn how to make the most out of your Boston College experience. There are options listed below for students of every year and every faith background.

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Tue

23

Sep

2014

Black Mass Takes Place in OKC; Archdiocese Able to Retrieve Host before the Event

by Natalie Yuhas

 

A black mass, scheduled by the group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu and organized by Adam Daniels, took place at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall on September 21. Black masses are sacrilegious and satanic ceremonies that ridicule the Catholic Mass, generally by violating a consecrated Host in a sexual and disrespectful ritual. Daniels claimed that a friend had mailed him a Host stolen from a Catholic Mass.

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