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Gangsterism makes the man in Cape Town

March 4, 2015

By Taylor Rapalyea Staff Writer When Ronel Stevens found out she was pregnant, she prayed for a girl. The 31-year-old was worried that if she had a boy, he would get mixed up in the gangs that rule certain parts of Cape Town, ...

Who are the South African Police?

March 4, 2015

By Taylor Rapalyea Staff Writer Our group was packed into a van, cruising down a highway in Johannesburg, when we heard a brief siren. At first we were confused —we couldn’t crane our necks far enough to spot a police offi...

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April 16, 2014

On my time at the Simmons Voice

April 14, 2014

I had written just one article for the Simmons Voice when I nervously approached last year’s editor-in-chief, Anne Karasek, to ask about the position of Arts & Entertainment editor. It was about internships or something....

An evening at the Boston Symphony Orchestra

April 8, 2014

By Taylor Rapalyea Staff Writer The Boston Symphony Orchestra conjures images of class and sophistication, gleaming brass binoculars, and all-black ensembles, which is why it was hilarious that I was sitting in front of a group...

Simmons without Joan Abrams

March 5, 2014

By Taylor Rapalyea Staff Writer There’s a common phrase said around the Simmons College Communications Department, usually said with a hint of fervor and a touch of awe: “I want to be Joan when I grow up.” “I think...

The tweet heard ’round the world, Plus ‘12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Alright, alright, alright’ and other Oscars ’14 happenings

March 5, 2014

By Taylor Rapalyea Staff Writer In an effort to forget the horrors and misogyny that were the 2013 Academy Awards—thank you Seth MacFarlane—Ellen DeGeneres hosted the Oscars ceremony this year. It was a lighthearted affair,...

Work to be done in the White Mountains

February 26, 2014

By Taylor Rapalyea Staff Writer   At 6 a.m., the air is cold. The sun hasn’t risen yet, but the trees are ablaze with color. This small section of New Hampshire remains undiscovered by leaf peepers, though it exemplifies...

‘Shadows of Liberty’ filmmaker comes to Simmons on Feb. 28

February 25, 2014

By Taylor Rapalyea Staff Writer   Simmons College has the honor of hosting filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay for a screening of his new documentary, “Shadows of Liberty,” on Friday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. A panel discussion...

Think before you speak: racially-based microaggressions prevalent at Simmons

February 25, 2014

By Taylor Rapalyea Staff Writer   “You didn’t mention he was black.” My colleague expressed her surprise when I mentioned that one of my friends is in fact, not white. We had been discussing a recent study conducted...

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