The US Represented Weekly Update

birdHello USR readers,

We hope you’re enjoying life. We’ve had fun shaping this past week’s offerings. For instance, in one entry, Leonardo da Vinci explains why stupidity and superstition are bad things. In Tim Gleason’s “One Morning in the Lunch Line,” a young man stubbornly refuses to accept anything less than his own culinary preference. Eric Stephenson’s “The Dream of the Gray Whale” shares what it’s like to be a struggling outlier fleeing home in order to find something else. McKenzie Bartels‘s “Mental Health, Grade Obsession, and the American Student” argues that educators and administrators need to better prioritize academic goals through greater mental health awareness. In “No Damsel in Distress,” Devon Berry analyzes a martial arts studio where, “[b]y practicing unconventional tactics and realistic escape maneuvers, we added a real world aspect to our training. Soon, we had the entire school involved in what we fondly called our surprise fight club.” In a story about a hunt, Eric Stephenson describes what it’s like to go “Over the Ridge.” In “Respect the Millennials: They Have a Country to Fix,” Daneal Liller argues that young Americans are finding innovative and ambitious ways to cope with an unsteady and rapidly transforming economy despite the carping of their predecessors. We also included a passage from Hamlet, and the Visual Arts section will soon be up to speed. Once we’re where we need to be in this regard, we’ll have a fun contest. We’ll keep you posted on this.

Best!
The USR staff