The Tam News

Writing Wrongs: Writing Rights

Writing Wrongs: Writing Rights

By Bella Levaggi

June 11, 2014

If you’ve picked up a copy of the Tam News this year and thumbed your way to the opinion section, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen my name beneath a cartoon rendering of myself, created by the incredibly talented Cassie Jeong. Perhaps you even stopped long enough to glance at the multitude...

Writing Wrongs: He wears short skirts, I wear t-shirts, and clothing is genderless

Writing Wrongs: He wears short skirts, I wear t-shirts, and clothing is genderless

May 23, 2014

Clothing keeps us warm in Marin’s uniquely irritating weather patterns, and I appreciate the way it keeps “everything under wraps.” But clothing is more than that. Our society prescribes ritual and meaning to it, based on myriad factors. Despite this all, though, I’d like to advocate the simple–though...

Writing Wrongs: The Myths of Dragons, Santa Claus and Reverse Racism

Writing Wrongs: The Myths of Dragons, Santa Claus and Reverse Racism

By Bella Levaggi

April 22, 2014

When I was five, I thought that dragons were real. “Dragon Tales” captivated me and I used to “wish and wish with all my heart” that I too could one day fly away to Dragon Land and learn valuable life lessons alongside my scaly friends. Alas, I have since been told time and time again that dragons...

Writing Wrongs: When Aiming for the Real Thing Isn’t Enough

Writing Wrongs: When Aiming for the Real Thing Isn’t Enough

By Bella Levaggi

March 24, 2014

This month, I was ready to write a short column heaping the entirety of my secret rainbow glitter stash upon Ellen Page, who used a Valentine’s Day speech for the Human Rights Campaign as a platform to publicly come out as gay. I was going to make a lot of points about the importance of celebrity visibility...

Writing Wrongs: And the Oscar Goes to… Systemic Discrimination!

Writing Wrongs: And the Oscar Goes to… Systemic Discrimination!

By Bella Levaggi

February 13, 2014

It’s pretty easy to not think about any of the politics behind something like the Academy Awards. The elegant outfits, cutthroat competition, and opening monologue are great distractions for someone like me, who naively believes in the spirit of honest competition and the notion that the most deservi...

WRITING WRONGS: Mackle-no-more

WRITING WRONGS: Mackle-no-more

By Bella Levaggi

December 21, 2013

I spend a lot of time on Tumblr, where hoaxes and satire run rampant and are often confused with fact. Therefore, I am skeptical when scrolling down the homepage, lest I join the league of Internet fools by falling for an unsubstantiated rumor. When I saw blogs linking to a promotional video of Ma...

WRITING WRONGS: The 18 Percent

WRITING WRONGS: The 18 Percent

By Bella Levaggi

November 19, 2013

What do “The Avengers,” “Lincoln,” “Django Unchained” and “The Hobbit” all have in common? Yes, they were all successful feature films, garnering critical praise and monetary success. But they share another similarity: none of them pass the Bechdel Test. While the structure of a written colu...

Hawk Talk: Affirmative Action

Hawk Talk: Affirmative Action

By Bella Levaggi

November 8, 2013

In 2006, the state of Michigan passed a public referendum that barred the preferential treatment of college applicants based on gender or race. This move against a practice commonly referred to as “affirmative action” was later contested in court, and has now come before the Supreme Court of the...

In Defense of Alphabet Soup

In Defense of Alphabet Soup

By Bella Levaggi

October 29, 2013

A lot of today’s social and cultural hot button issues can seem hopelessly mired in a maze of terminology. To an outsider, there seems to be a million specifics to keep track of, and it can get confusing and overwhelming. The myriad letters for sexuality and gender expression combined with pronouns...

The Miley Debacle

The Miley Debacle

By Bella Levaggi

October 1, 2013

The week of August 26 was quite eventful. News headlines everywhere boldly advertised the image of former Disney sweetheart Miley Cyrus as she engaged in a style of dance commonly referred to as “twerking” at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Also of note was the surge in calls for action regarding the...

Let Them Wear Lycra: The Benefits of a Weak Sports Culture

Let Them Wear Lycra: The Benefits of a Weak Sports Culture

By Bella Levaggi

June 10, 2013

Star quarterback? Homecoming football game? Die-hard athletic alumni? When you compare Tam to other schools that the media has led us to believe exist elsewhere in America, there are more than a few differences, namely in our sports culture. I couldn’t tell you the name of our star baseball pitcher,...

Hands Off, Hollywood, Leave My Books Alone!

Hands Off, Hollywood, Leave My Books Alone!

By Bella Levaggi

March 24, 2013

These days many Tam students experience a story twice: once as a novel and again when it is inevitably adapted as a major motion picture. This trend, though sometimes enjoyable, is accelerating the decline of the film industry’s willingness to think outside the box. Hollywood has devolved into a group...