Love letter from Russia
Feb08

Love letter from Russia

Dear Beyoncé, Thank you. Your super-secret album “BEYONCÉ” came out at the right time in my life. It’s as if you knew the catchy songs about women empowerment and the phat beats would be the perfect remedy to inspire me. I danced to “Partition,” “Drunk in Love” and “Blow” as I was slinging pizza at Greeks Pizzeria. “Pretty Hurts” and “Blue” helped calm me down as I read through boring textbooks. As I edited stories for the school...

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Sochi moments
Feb07

Sochi moments

Olympic volunteers The Olympic organizing committee received 200,000 volunteer applications from 101 countries. Volunteers must be fluent in English and may assist in transportation, medical services, doping-control, servicing the delegation, technology, ceremonies, press operations, accreditation, events, sport, National Olympic and Paralympic committees, arrivals and departures, language services, Olympic and Paralympic Family...

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Go out on the town: The bar guide to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games
Feb06

Go out on the town: The bar guide to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Traveling to a new country has its shares of ups and downs. You get to experience new culture, but you have to leave your favorite bar or club behind. Finding one that suits your desires could be difficult and frustrating. Luckily, customer reviews and tour guide Pavel Senkiv have narrowed down a long list of nightspots in Sochi, Russia, if you’re heading there for the Olympic Games. Harat’s Pub http://www.harats.ru/ Sochi,...

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Confessions of a Momma’s Boy
Feb03

Confessions of a Momma’s Boy

It’s been almost six months since I decided to join the ranks of BSU at the Games. Six months ago I was excited. Ryan Sparrow pitched the trip so well that first day that I called my mom immediately after and told her, “We have to find a way to get me on that plane in February.” Without hesitation she said, “You have to go. We can figure this out.” My mom knows everything. She might not be able to tell me the capital of Russia or...

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Some U.S. athletes express dismay over Russia’s anti-gay laws
Feb03

Some U.S. athletes express dismay over Russia’s anti-gay laws

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said everyone is welcome to the Winter Olympic Games regardless of sexual orientation. Putin made his statement on Oct. 28, 2013, when he welcomed International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach to Sochi. “We will do everything … so that both the participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of ethnicity, racial heritage or sexual orientation,” Putin said, according to RIA...

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