PHOTO GALLERY: Behind the Scenes
Feb09

PHOTO GALLERY: Behind the Scenes

BSU at the Games/R. Floyd BSU at the Games/R. Floyd BSU at the Games students cheer to the camera after landing in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The group spent four days traveling to get ahead of the Wednesday snowstorm. BSU at the Games/R. Floyd BSU at the Games/R. Floyd BSU at the Games director addresses his students after landing in Sochi, Russia. BSU at the Games/T. Irby BSU at the Games/T. Irby CBS News...

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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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A day in Amsterdam- a new outlook on life
Feb07

A day in Amsterdam- a new outlook on life

Due to snowmageddon part two dumping nearly a foot of fresh powder on the Midwest United States, my flight for Amsterdam left a day early. This meant I would get to spend an entire day in Amsterdam before I had to catch my flight to Moscow. Not a bad trade-off for bad weather, right? Now I could go on for forever about how wonderful Amsterdam is and how beautiful and charming the buildings are, but I noticed something a little better....

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Is there meat in this?
Feb07

Is there meat in this?

When you make the switch to vegetarianism, you develop hawk eyes. You can detect bacon crumbles in your creamy potato soup, and you become suspicious to any meal that was prepared by someone else. Trust issues? Yes, but it’s not you, it’s me. The paranoia is well warranted. Meat can be found in almost everything, from actual meat dishes to broths and salad dressings. Even gelatin in Jell-O is a by-product of meat processing. So...

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When can we start working?
Feb07

When can we start working?

Hour 42: I’ve been awake for 42 hours straight. For some reason, the plane was impossible to sleep on, and I found Anna Karinina more entertaining. Also, I just could not shut my mind off. Thoughts of “what if” poured into my sleepless mind: What if I can’t find a story? What if my story takes more than one day? What if I don’t come out with a story a day? What if I forget how to talk to people? What if these threats aren’t just...

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