Mystic Magic: Mid-Semester Stress

Illustration by Nicole Freewalt

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: 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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