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Issue 7

December 5, 2022
Letter from the Editor

Hello everyone, I am so excited to introduce the first print-issued Collegian of the year and our last issue of the quarter! We publish online on the ASWWU website every Thursday at 8:00 a.m.   So far this quarter, we have covered subjects like mental health, the history of the Walla Walla Native American tribe, the […]

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December 5, 2022
Why are you here?

Why are you here? No, I don’t want a discourse about the birds and the bees, nor do I have a desire to postulate about an existential quandary. I’m interested in a much narrower answer. Why are you here? Why are you at Walla Walla College?   I know all the cliché answers: “My friends are […]

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December 5, 2022
Winter Break Fever

In late 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about something strangely wonderful to many Walla Walla University students: school started two weeks early to account for a combined Thanksgiving and winter break. Because students started classes two weeks before school normally starts, there was enough time in the academic calendar for students to finish their courses […]

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December 5, 2022
Nestor Osorio, the New Athletic Director of WWU

Nestor Osorio joined Walla Walla University during fall quarter 2022 as the new athletic director. Here are some cool facts about him. Nestor Osorio was born in Argentina, has visited more than 50 counties, can fluently speak, read, and write in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and loves not only playing sports but also studying them. […]

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December 5, 2022
The Theory of John McVay

“I have started playing pickleball and I rather like it. If I could just figure out how to stay out of the kitchen, I’d be better.”   The face of President John Mcvay is a familiar one around campus. Many know of him, but I venture that most truly know little about him. That is about […]

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December 5, 2022
You Can’t Read 100% of the Articles I Don’t Write

Encounter new proverbs and experiment with times and places to say them.   Ah, the English language. The language of Shakespeare, science, America, the unnecessary letters of Q and X, and weird proverbs that make no sense. Who’s to say what they mean, who said them first, or why other people decided they would say the […]

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December 5, 2022
Justin’s Secrets to Happiness

There aren’t many students on campus who don’t know Justin Corral, senior biology major. Those few who don’t are missing out on knowing a person who is filled with a spirit of warmth and positivity and who values connecting with people. Corral understands how to deal with disappointing days by remembering what is truly important. 

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December 5, 2022
Spotlight on Carol Healy

Walla Walla University’s Portland Campus — the place all your nursing student friends disappear to just after you’ve gotten to know them. A mystery to those on the main campus and a brief stop for nursing juniors and seniors, the Portland Campus plays a vital role in developing student nurses and leading them into their […]

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Issue 6

December 1, 2022
Letter from the Editor

Hello and merry Christmas! This issue is all about Christmas and other winter holidays.   Our feature is on how some of WWU’s Hispanic students celebrate Christmas. Other articles in this issue include a discussion on consumerism and Christmas, tips for setting SMART New Year’s goals, interviews with students about how they find God during Christmas, […]

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December 1, 2022
 What’s Important About Christmas 

When people think of Christmas, they often worry about the Christmas gifts they must buy for their friends and family, indicating that Christmas has become an extremely consumerist holiday. Therefore, it’s important to understand what Christmas truly means to individuals beyond the consumerism of Christmas. Students gave their responses on how they remember the important […]

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December 1, 2022
Double the credit, twice the fun

You might asking, be “Why should I a busy college student, join a small  group?” Jesus Christ. If you’ve never joined a small group, try finding one to fit your needs.  Small groups. When you hear the term what immediately comes to mind? A group of elderly people huddled together praying? A family gathered for […]

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December 1, 2022
Native American Experiences

Kole GreyEyes is a freshman psychology major from Puyallup, WA, and a member of the Navajo Nation who spoke of his experiences as a Native American and what his heritage means to him.  The Navajo are a Native American people of the Southwestern U.S. and contain about 400,000 individuals, many of which still live on […]

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December 1, 2022
Does SMART Get You Far?

SMART goals have become an innovative strategy for students to quantify their goals with value-driven methods heading into the new year.  50% of Americans set themselves up with a New Year’s resolution. Within a month of the new year, 40% of Americans that set this goal fail in following through with their New Year’s plan. […]

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December 1, 2022
Marketing and Christmas

Christmas break is just around the corner, and it is the most wonderful time of the year. For many companies, this is also the busiest time of the year when most sales take place. Black Friday and Cyber Monday open the Christmas shopping season which is utilized as a marketing tool to sell products. Christmas, […]

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December 1, 2022
A Different Kind of Christmas

The Hispanic community has their own distinct winter holiday traditions.  For many in the Hispanic community, the time around Christmas day runs into one long celebration. For Mexicans, Christmas time can last for nearly a month.  “We start celebrating around the 15th of December and it’s called Posadas,” said junior exercise science major Danyah Morales. […]

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December 1, 2022
Algorithms Upon Algorithms

Spotify can tell you more about your friends than your friends can.   Sometime soon, Spotify will release “2022 Wrapped,” this year’s report on your favorite genres, artists, and songs. [1] Especially for those of us who struggle to describe the type of music we like, Spotify’s data mining puts into words what we could only […]

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Issue 5

November 17, 2022
Issue 5 and Thanksgiving

Hello and happy Thanksgiving! If you haven’t already guessed, this week’s issue is Thanksgiving themed. We have many festive articles for you to enjoy including movie ideas for the drive/flight home, tips for how to prep your car for winter, and student perspectives on gratefulness. 

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November 17, 2022
Winter Road Trip Tips

Many students at Walla Walla University are headed home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you get to fly. Otherwise, buckle up, because your drive could be as close as College Place or several hours away. Here are some tips on what to bring to ensure a safer drive home. 

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November 17, 2022
Gratefulness and Happiness

As Thanksgiving edges closer and closer, students at Walla Walla University take a personal perspective on what gratefulness means in their lives.   Hannah Wayne, a junior communications and marketing major, said gratefulness to her means “being around people that I love and appreciate.”

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November 17, 2022
Thanksgiving, Eh?

When most people think of Thanksgiving, they picture the beloved American holiday. However, Canadians have their own rich Thanksgiving tradition and history. Canadian finance major Luke Ganson said that the way Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated is pretty similar to the United States. “Usually what happens is we have a bunch of family over and […]

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November 17, 2022
Favorite Movies

There are many movies a student might consider watching when traveling home. Ultimately, the individual decides what specific movie they want to watch. Through the answers of several students, we find out some of the favorite movies to watch when traveling home.   The following students responded to the question, “What is your favorite movie to […]

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November 17, 2022
Look at That Thing I’m Pointing at Over There!

Perusing these practical tips will get you through Thanksgiving smoothly when things get political or personal.   The irony of Thanksgiving is that many of us are more grateful that it’s over than we are during the holiday itself, and it’s all because of adversarial friends and family members. You know the ones, they’re the relatives […]

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November 17, 2022
Why I love Walla Walla College

What makes our school such an awesome place to go to? According to Sean Hayes, ‘It’s just friggin’ awesome.” Who am I to argue with logic like that? Walla Walla College is plain style straight-up. How many other schools are as cool as ours? I mean really, by my count, none.  I took the liberty […]

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Issue 4

November 10, 2022
Letter from the Editor

Welcome everyone! The weather is getting colder and thanks to daylight savings the days are literally darker. Although monitoring your mental health is always important, this time of year it is even more critical to take care of yourself and check in with your friends as seasonal affective disorder rears its ugly head.   The theme […]

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November 10, 2022
A Musician’s Humanity

Artists can be easily dissatisfied with their performance and lead unbalanced or depressed lives. However, accepting imperfections—the humanity of art—can help artists regain their belief in themselves and have the drive and courage to perform.   This year’s new chair of the music department, Dr. Karlyn Bond, explored how a musician can live a balanced […]

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November 10, 2022
I Am Once Again Asking About Multitasking

Some say it’s impossible to multitask. I say, just multi-ask and I’ll show you how it’s done via a series of happy and helpful tips to help you further optimize the spreadsheet schedule that has become your life.   The plight of the 21st century citizen is having too much to do with too little time […]

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November 10, 2022
Exercise Can Save Lives:

“The importance of exercise is not adequately understood or appreciated by patients and mental health professionals alike.” [1]  Exercise has a huge impact on mental health for almost every individual. It boosts self-confidence and alleviates anxiety and depression.  According to a study published in 2004, it is proven that exercise relieves symptoms of anxiety and […]

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November 10, 2022
Students and Mental Health

According to a study done by Fortune, college students are almost twice as likely to experience elevated stress and anxiety compared to adults in U.S. [1] If we don’t pay enough attention to our metal health, it can ultimately lead to depression and exhaustion.   Matthew Vaughan is a counseling liaison at Walla Walla University who […]

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November 10, 2022
The Silent Killer

Men feel pressured not to express concerns about their mental health, leading them to suffer devastating physical and mental consequences.  Mental health crises are on the rise, with studies uncovering the hardships of mental health among men. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention stated, “In 2020 men died by suicide 3.88 times more than women,” […]

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November 10, 2022
Dr. Kilmer’s Talk on Drug Use

Dr. Jason Kilmer presented this past Tuesday at CommUnity via Zoom. According to his biography page, he is an “associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington and is an investigator on several studies evaluating prevention and intervention efforts for alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs with college students.” [1] During his […]

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November 10, 2022
A Question of Friendship

Last week I received a letter in the mail asking if I could write a story, poem, or something dealing with addiction. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a recovering addict and the question I’m going to answer in this story is how addiction has affected my life, as in my family, friends, […]

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Issue 3

November 3, 2022
Issue 3 and American Girl Dolls

Hello again, everyone! The theme of this week’s issue is “no theme” because there were just too many cool things we thought you needed to know that don’t fit into a theme. We have a variety of articles for you to read, including what the most popular hot drinks on campus are, a humor review […]

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November 3, 2022
Favorite Fall Drinks

The variety of students’ choices regarding which hot drink to enjoy during fall is intriguing because there are many differences. However, through the perspectives of multiple students, we come closer to fully understanding what type of hot drink is being enjoyed the most by the student body. In a poll on The Collegian Instagram, between […]

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November 3, 2022
Music Minor Music Reviews 

Taylor Swift’s newest album came out October 21, 2022. An album like this has major implications for your social life and conversation in the next month, so let me tell you about it. [1]  Swift’s top five songs on Spotify right now are “Anti-Hero,” “Lavender Haze,” “Snow On The Beach (feat. Lana Del Rey),” “Maroon,” […]

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November 3, 2022
Projectors, Paperbacks, and Plants, Oh My!

“All I know about the library is that it has books and I’ve studied there a handful of times.” [1] The library here at Walla Walla University, for many, is a place to study and do research. However, lying just below its bookkeeping surface are useful and interesting features that students should be aware of.

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November 3, 2022
William Frohne: Places You Don’t Want to Miss

William Frohne is a physical education major student at Walla Walla University who grew up and lived most of his life in Walla Walla. When asked what it’s like growing up in Walla Walla, Frohne shares that it’s like a “mixed bag; there are a lot of awesome things about it, but also has things […]

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November 3, 2022
A Land Once Claimed

The Walla Walla, Umatilla, and Cayuse tribes fought to stop the development of their respected land byn. The Walla Walla tribe is the source of legends such as “The Monster Who Came up the River.” This famous story spoke of the great coyote who slayed the ocean monster. The ocean monster devastated the tribe to […]

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November 3, 2022
An Interview With River Neil

There are great opportunities to explore the outdoors in and around Walla Walla. If you’re wondering what outdoor opportunities Walla Walla University provides to students, River Neil can help! He is this year’s ASWWU Outdoors Head and is excited for students to join in on the fun. Neil is a senior history major from Bend, […]

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November 3, 2022
Things you can do with a Wal-Mart plastic bag

Just when you thought your Wal-Mart adventures were through, we thought of yet another use for the store of falling prices and amazing icees.  Often, when one returns home with Wal-Mart booty, the goods go in the cupboard, pantry or on the floor, and the bag ends up in the trash. But in reality, a […]

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Issue 2

October 27, 2022
Fall and The Office  

Howdy howdy! Thanks again for joining the Collegian this week for our fall themed issue. In this issue you can read about Dr. Westerbeck’s cozy fall recipe, overall tips for surviving fall, the best places to see fall colors, a fall themes ASMR humor column, an article about mental health as the weather gets colder, […]

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October 27, 2022
Self-guided ASMR: Fall Edition 

ASMR for the fall season. The sun is setting, leaves are turning, school is starting, and tingles are tingling.   Welcome back to the first episode of Collegentlewhispers, sponsored by The Collegian. This episode will be self-guided. Anything between asterisks is the action you perform, while all the other text can either be read silently or […]

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October 27, 2022
Fall Coziness

Many recipes are dependent upon the colder season shifts in the weather to rise in popularity. One example of this is a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe, which honors director Professor Cynthia Westerbeck found in Taste of Home Magazine and has since generously and consistently made for students. [1]  One word that describes these cookies […]

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October 27, 2022
Fall Tips

As the fall season approaches, it can be easy to hunker down and wait out the winter. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some things you can do to stay safe and add a little spice to your fall.  One thing to remember as days get shorter is that daylight saving […]

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October 27, 2022
Casey Shearer’s Student Athlete Journey 

Casey Shearer is a business accounting major who plays golf for the Walla Walla University team. His experience of what it’s like to be a full-time student and play university golf is worth your appreciation. Shearer dedicates 10 hours per week to golfing, including two practices and playing 18 holes every Sunday. He has full concentration and commitment […]

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October 27, 2022
Fall Comes Knocking Around

As fall carries on, students become tense against the steady increase of schooling while mental health is being stretched and tested in the cool season at Walla Walla University.  The calendar weeks wait for no one; as students at WWU are expected to buckle down on class material, each pursuit is met with another challenge. For […]

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October 27, 2022
Fall in the Air

The near future affords a great opportunity to view the fall colors before the snow comes. During the past few weeks, I’ve compiled my favorite areas to watch nature’s fireworks. · Mill Creek Road: Mill Creek Road is just around 30 minutes from College Place. There are plenty of trees and foliage changing into many […]

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October 27, 2022
Autumn Diatribe

Fall is my favorite season. Doesn’t everyone say that? It’s getting to the point of almost being a cliche. But really, who can help it? It gets cooler, so you can breathe again. There are more colors, or at least they’re richer, and a crimson comes back into cheeks again that can’t be reproduced in […]

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Issue 1

October 20, 2022
Commit to Community

Here is a list of things I love about Walla Walla University in no particular order: stopping to hug a friend in the middle of the crosswalk, lingering after vespers, ASWWU Senate, chatting with The Atlas baristas, Village Hall covered in snow, and my professors who make me learn things I didn’t know I wanted […]

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October 20, 2022
Welcome to The Collegian

I am so excited that you have decided to join us! The letter from the editor is a short, recurring column where I get to tell you all about what to expect in each issue. Sometimes our issues will include a theme and sometimes they will be standalone articles on important topics.   Our theme for […]

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October 20, 2022
Crafting the ASWWU Website

Crafting the ASWWU Website  By Mikhail Beresnev Hello everyone, my name is Mikhail Beresnev, the chosen ASWWU webmaster for the 2022-23 school year. A little bit about myself: I was born in Russia and lived there till I was eight years old before moving to Hawaii, then to New York, eventually ending up in Walla […]

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October 20, 2022
Fantastic Films and Where to Find Them

Hi everyone! I’m Jenna Wagner, the ASWWU Video head editor for this year. I get to work with a great team of videographers to produce content for Walla Walla University students, faculty, and community members to enjoy throughout the school year. In other words, my team is like ASWWU’s own production studio.  

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October 20, 2022
Picture This

Hello everyone, my name is Samuel Piner, and I am ASWWU’s photography head for this year. I decided to take this job because I love being able to capture memories in my life, and I wanted to offer that to the students of this campus. My vision for this year is to bring people together […]

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October 20, 2022
A Year’s-Worth of Photos 

Hello! My name is Josie Tkachuck and I am this year’s department head for Mountain Ash. Mountain Ash is Walla Walla University’s yearbook, so my job is to work with my team to create a physical representation of the year and all the memories it holds. I am very excited to be putting the essence […]

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October 20, 2022
Marketing Events and More

The weekend is coming, and you don’t know what you’re going to do with your free time. You start scrolling through Instagram and come across an ASWWU post. You click on it and see that an event is happening this weekend. Perfect! You spend the next couple of days planning to have a great weekend […]

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October 20, 2022
Financing the Departments

Hello friends, my name is Drew Irvine, and I am the ASWWU Financial Vice President for the 2022-23 school year. Responsibilities that I have include creating and managing the budget for all the departments throughout ASWWU, managing the credit cards used within the organization, and accounting for all the transactions made throughout the year. I […]

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October 20, 2022
Spiritual Growth for the Campus

Seven months ago, when I decided I would run for ASWWU Spiritual Vice President, it was difficult to set a clear vision and goal for the job. As many of you already know, and as the freshmen learned during their first two weeks on campus, there are many institutions and groups working on campus with […]

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October 20, 2022
Something for Everyone

Something for everyone—an idea that no matter who you are or what you like to do, ASWWU Social can be part of your path to community here at Walla Walla University.   When I got to Walla Walla last year, I knew a few people, but my extroverted self was eager to find more. That is […]

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October 20, 2022
Caution Crosswalk Collisions

Over the past few weeks, three students have been hit by moving vehicles in the crosswalks of College Avenue. The problem has grown with the recent time change. The evening College Place rush-hour happens right after dusk when there are still many students crossing the street. Lighting in these crosswalks is poor, and in some […]

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October 20, 2022
Director of Human Resources

Hello everyone! My name is Sydney Payne and I am ASWWU’s Human Resources Director. My job is to hire all the ASWWU employees. As the human resources director, I oversee all the ASWWU employees’ timecards and work records. I work closely with the Financial Vice President and ASWWU president, as well as with the University […]

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October 20, 2022
A Senate for the Students

For any of those who have gone into The Atlas for a warm drink or who have studied in The Atlas, then you have already participated in decisions that have come through Senate. The Atlas, the rock wall, social events, and more have all started out as bills that came through Senate. Senate is a […]

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October 20, 2022
Diversity and Wellness in Our Campus

Hello everybody, I am the head of the ASWWU Diversity and Wellness department. The role of diversity and wellness is very broad. I do things like reach out to campus clubs and groups, help make connections for planning events for the different heritage months, work with the Health and Wellness Center to spread awareness of […]

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October 20, 2022
An Inside Look at The Collegian

Hello and welcome to The Collegian! We publish articles every Thursday morning here on our site for you to read and enjoy. The topics of these articles range from the humorous to the serious, but with every article our goal is to create a strong and informed community.

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October 20, 2022
Managing The Atlas

My name is Breanna Scully, and I am the manager of The Atlas, the campus coffee shop. I have worked as a barista at The Atlas since my freshman year, and during that time I fell in love with the coffee and atmosphere that The Atlas provides. Creating quality drinks is a passion of mine […]

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