NBA Goliaths Duke it out in a Game for the Ages

The basketball gods answered the prayers of every NBA fan last night. In the post-game words of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: “It was one hell of a game.” Looking back at the series, the Heat seemed destined to win Game 6. Neither the Heat nor the Spurs had snagged consecutive wins through the first five […]

Live from London: Bonding with the locals

One of the best parts of London is that there is no language barrier, which should make it easier to meet locals. However, the British social culture is also more “closed” than the American social culture. In other words, strangers in London don’t normally strike up random conversations with each other, much less with Americans. […]

Basketball in its purest form: Jeremy Lin in Taiwan

All Jeremy Lin needed to do was step foot in Taipei, Taiwan, to cause a major frenzy of Linsanity, but he decided to take it to the next level along with his former teammate, David Lee. On one of their nights in the city, they surprised locals by showing up at a pick-up court with […]

Job Markets Evolve with Technology

With the I-Phone 5 just released, it’s evident that today’s technology realm is evolving faster than ever. Everything is sleeker, batteries last longer, and the world is changing because of it—whether it be for better or for worse is up for debate. Gone are the days of waiting for a response in the mail, or, […]

College students should take advantage of study abroad experiences

Making the jump from high school to college proves to be a huge feat for some, with new people, new classes and a new environment. And in this entire bustle, another type of new experience is often lost: the study abroad experience. Luckily, I go to Pepperdine University where international programs are highly encouraged as […]

The 21st Century Art of Texting

Excessive laughing, missing vowels, speedy fingers, a sense of timing—sending a text message is no simple matter, especially since no one is picking up a phone to call anymore. From recent experience, I realized that texts are being used as a means of reading people’s emotions. I do also realize that I’m probably five years […]

Potential Olympic basketball age limit poses issues

There’s no denying that Team USA dominates when it comes to basketball. This year the men’s team earned its third consecutive gold medal, while the women’s team hasn’t lost an Olympic game since 1992. Perhaps because of this unprecedented dominance, the idea of a 23-year-old age limit was proposed for Olympic basketball. Currently the USA […]

Women’s sports demand respect

Everyone knows the men’s sports are more fun to watch than the women’s sports. Right? Men are better, faster and stronger. That seems to be the train of thought of the overwhelming majority in the USA, but after watching the London 2012 Olympics, I beg to differ. The ladies dominated the USA gold medal count, […]

Twitter fuels the Olympics

Four years ago if someone told me that Twitter would play an integral role in the 2012 Beijing Olympics, I wouldn’t have believed you. It wasn’t until about two years ago I began using Twitter. Now it makes perfect sense to me as to how twitter is such a large role in the games this […]

Chick-fil-A “war” creates animosity between opposing sides of gay marriage debate

In my hometown state of California, the gay marriage debate is a big deal. Otherwise known as Prop 8, the right to same sex marriage has a flurry of loud, proud supporters—though the opposing silent majority has won the debate every time elections come around. When this whole Chick-fil-A situation arose, I knew it would […]

Romantic movies distort reality

Seeing American society as it is today, I think it’s fair to say that the two greatest motivations of sin in society are money and sex. A great example of this is the movies produced nowadays. There are always a great number of romantic or sex-based movies playing in theaters. I can easily rattle titles […]

Basketball as a universal sport

Basketball is a universal sport. It crosses language barriers. It’s more than just a game. Well, at least that’s what the NBA advertises and claims. However, after spending a couple months in London, I quickly realized the faults in those statements. Try to find a free, 24/7 basketball court in South Kensington in London—they don’t […]

How an American girl survived a game of pick-up rugby in London

For Londoners, American football appears to be a wussy sport. The NFL has helmets and padding, while rugby has none of that. On the other hand, to Americans, rugby appears to be the lame sport. They can only pass backwards and there are not nearly as many juke moves nor are there any stiff arms. […]

Pippen, Deng, Outkast’s Big Boi highlight Nike World Basketball Festival

LONDON, ENGLAND— To say basketball “isn’t a big deal” in London is an understatement. A few weeks ago, my friend and I went on a mission to find a court to play on. The nearest one was indoors, but charged a hefty $67 fee per hour. The nearest free one? —A 30-minute Tube ride away. […]

The West Bank wall and hope in Israel

Prior to my trip to Israel, I’ll admit I had stereotypes. I feared for my safety at first, but those fears quickly disappeared as I began to learn about the culture and encountered the friendliness of the locals. Then, before our group drove into Bethlehem, I had more stereotypes. As a Christian, I imagined the […]

England celebrates 60 years of reign

LONDON, ENGLAND — Imagining an American president in office for a span of 60 years seems unfathomable. However, when it happens in the Great Britain monarchical system, it’s a cause for great celebration. This year marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne, and the people of England are definitely celebrating. The feat of […]