Category Archives: Mystic Magic

Mystic Magic: The Key to Organization


Photo taken by Unity Bowling.

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

     It is the last few days before break. If you are anything like me, you are also counting down the seconds before you can go home on break. In the meantime, though, there are projects and essays being assigned. 

     Break is close enough to touch, but do not fall behind while you wait for it to arrive. It is easy to push aside due dates when you have a week of rest imminent.

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Mystic Magic: Five Gift Ideas


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Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

     November is officially here! The Walgreens I work at is already stuffed with Christmas items, and I have yet to do my present-shopping. Now is a good time to think about gifts, because before you know it, it will be that gift-giving season!

     As a college student, though, you may not be able to buy presents for everyone. A solution that I use every year is creating something for my friends that are personal to them. While listening to your favorite holiday tunes, here are some ideas for excellent holiday presents.

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Mystic Magic: Happy Holidays?

Happy Holidays

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Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor 

     There has been a little debate that has arisen within my friend group. This debate is something I am sure a lot of readers can understand, and hopefully more than a few will take my side.

      Now that Halloween is over, is it Christmas? When is it an appropriate time to break out the favorite holiday tunes? Is it too early to put a blow-up snowman in the yard and erect a tree in the living room?

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Mystic Magic: Counting the Days


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Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

     This past weekend, despite being the first weekend around my favorite holiday, was a train wreck. While I should have been having a good time, dressing up with my friends and hanging out, instead I was stressing about everything I had to do.

      The stretch between fall break and Thanksgiving break seems to crawl on. The days pass slower, everything is colder and darker, and most students are hitting their mid-semester slump. This weekend, I hit mine particularly hard.

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Mystic Magic: 6 Things to do for Samhain


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Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

     There is only one more week before Halloween! Samhain is the original Celtic festival that was turned into Halloween, starting with Pope Gregory III, who created All Saints Day, according to The article continued that Samhain became Halloween because it was the eve before All Saints Day, or All Hallows Eve, and then morphed into Halloween. 

     What all of this means is that Samhain = Halloween, but now less pagan. However, there still exist rituals for people who would like to celebrate Samhain, and chow down on some discounted chocolate.

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Mystic Magic: Mid-Semester Stress


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Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

 This past weekend, I was super busy and stressed. Usually, this is just how Fall semester goes, but not this early. It has only been a few weeks, but the amount of homework and work-work I had to do was getting to me.

     Over the weekend, I was getting over a particularly difficult essay that I was not proud of and had another report due for the same class. On top of that, I had two shifts at work that felt longer than they were, and a family event planned that my mom informed me they would not actually be coming as soon as me and my roommates got there.

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Mystic Magic : And Mischief


Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

     This upcoming weekend in Staunton, VA, the Queen City Mischief and Magic (QCMM) festival is happening once again! As a fan of most things Harry Potter, this is by far one of my favorite events of the year.

      I have gone to the QCMM for the past two years. I cannot remember exactly how my family discovered it, but it has quickly become one of our traditions. The first year, it was just my aunt, my mom, and me. We met up with a friend of mine and their family and simply enjoyed all things Harry Potter as we wandered the streets of downtown Staunton.

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Mystic Magic: Autumnal Equinox


Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

This coming Monday, Sept. 23, is the Autumnal Equinox, when summer finally ends and the leaves start to change color. Also known as Mabon, it is a celebration at the end of the harvest season.

      Like any other celebration, there are lots of different activities you could do to welcome the autumn season.

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Mystic Magic: Fall Vibes

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor  

With re-emergence of the pumpkin spice latte, including at our dear Muse, it has reminded me that it is almost that time of year again. The Autumnal Equinox is quickly approaching, so we must ask ourselves this question: what is better than to curl up with some good entertainment and a warm drink in the fall? 

      I, personally, am a reader, so my good entertainment of choice would be books. I have a few recommendations to get both into the fall spirit and add a touch of spookiness as October approaches.

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Mystic Magic: Wizards In The Park

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Grace Cavanaugh ~ Copy Editor

This weekend, I took a trip to Indianapolis with my mother, my aunt, and my sister. We went because the people behind Pokemon Go recently created a new game called “Wizards Unite.” It is based on Harry Potter, where you play as a witch or wizard attempting to cover up various instances of magic in the Muggle world.

      The event, called Wizards Unite Fan Festival (WUFF), went on all weekend, although we only went on Saturday. It was a lot of fun! There were specialized merchandise for the event, for both Wizards Unite and Niantic, the company that created the app.

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Nerd Factor: Unique Features of Commencement 2019

Dr. Mike Robinson ~ UL Communication Studies Professor

The 2018-2019 academic year has brought a number of changes to our institution.  It should come as no surprise that the 2019 Commencement ceremonies will reflect that dynamism.  As our graduating seniors should already appreciate, for the first time the ceremony will be split into separate events, with the undergraduate procession on Saturday.  The Nerd Factor would also like to call your attention to some other unique features of the 2019 ceremony.

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First Year Vibes: Being Full of Life

Anna – Catherine Keung ~ Assistant Editor

Recently, I started listening to “Let It Happen” by United Pursuit and it has very beautiful song lyrics of “You’re full of life now / and full of passion / that’s how He made you / just let it happen.”

Regardless of your religious beliefs, I hope you agree that being full of life is a great quality to have. I know in college, it is not always easy to be that way. You may even be wondering, what does it mean to be “full of life?”

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Mystic Magic: Shades of Magic

Grace Cavanaugh ~ Staff Writer

There are plenty of amazing books out there about magic. This week, I want to talk about V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic, the first book in her Shades of Magic trilogy.

These books caught my eye every time I went to the Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, but I never thought about them when I had money to buy books. In fact, none of them were on my “To Be Read” list.

When I finally bought my own copy of A Darker Shade of Magic, it took me even longer to start reading it. As college students, we do not have much free time. Eventually, though, I started reading the book, and then I could not put it down.

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