Get Schooled with Wizards

By Samantha Santoro It’s no secret that inequality exists within the US education system. While city public schools often suffer low attendance and poor funding, other schools are thriving. You’d think we’d agree on the equal access to quality education, and yet, education wasn’t a topic discussed much this election. Still, we can do our part. That’s where Wizards…

Mentorship Matters

By Cora Welton Think back to a challenging point in your life. Who supported you? Who helped you become the person you are today? My theater coach shaped the person I’ve become. She was an unapologetic feminist and supported me, on and off the stage, for the duration of my high school career. She taught me invaluable life lessons: Fighting for what…

Use Your Head

By Michaela Johnston Use your head. These three words, featured on red pins at music festivals around the world, changed Richard Guerra’s life. The 2014 BU College of Communication grad is the founder and editor-in-chief of Lost in Sound, an online magazine that encourages music-fanatics to rage-responsibly. Lost in Sound pulls together album reviews, multimedia event previews and…

A Day in the Life of an SFR Food Runner

By Amanda Brancato Ever wonder how a food run with Student Food Rescue works? Here’s what the Sunday 11am to 1pm food runners experience each week! 10:45 a.m. Velma, the 12-passenger white van, sits patiently in her parking spot. She’s waiting for the five Boston University students to begin their Sunday SFR food run.     11:00…

Public Health: What Does It Entail?

By Gary Prendiville Google “public health” and you’ll get a broad definition: the health of the population as a whole, especially as monitored, regulated, and promoted by the state. Nice and professional, right? But what does it actually mean? Public health has an extensive and diverse reach. While public health is large scale in focus, the importance of individuals should…

A Note on Pluralism

By Sofija Chroneos   Human: The word unites us. Regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or political belief. We’re all human, right? Then why do I feel more divided than ever? In Voices, pluralism is something to celebrate. We must honor the stories of those who have been silenced. People matter. All people. Our voices are all the more potent as we…

Open your eyes and #GoBeyond

By Zoe Hawryluk In times of crisis, we are overwhelmed by the question, “What can we do to help?” Oftentimes we don’t receive an answer, or an answer is not readily available. As millennials, we are frequently told to “stop tweeting and start doing.” While Twitter and Facebook may help get issues well known across the…

The Value of Music Education

By Hannah Harn In many schools, it’s often mandatory for students to learn an instrument or participate in a music-based activity. But what exactly is music education? It can range from Beginner’s Trombone to Competitive Show Choir.  Music education has profound effects. Students in music programs consistently perform better on standardized tests and show increased brain development. California choir director Moana…

Only One Earth

By Sam Nelson At the end of October, Branch Out welcomed Boston University Professor James Lawford Anderson to speak on sustainability. Dr. Anderson received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a petrologist, Dr. Anderson studies igneous rocks (rocks formed from magma) and specializes…

Compassionate Communication

By Hannah Leve Wizards began in 1994 to promote curiosity in children. As the years have passed, Wizards has evolved to defy existing stereotypes about participants in STEM. While many students are science-minded, the term “STEM” can be intimidating. Wizards strives to break down this barrier. As a woman in science, Celeste is close the issue. While awareness…

Happy November – AKA Happy Transgender Awareness Month!

By Sofija Chroneos “You are not bound by the decisions and beliefs of others, you are your own person and you are valid.” This is how Kai Britt, current college freshman from Pennsylvania, responded to his place in a gender binary world. As a transgender man, Kai was assigned female at birth and now identifies as male. In Voices, we…

Trick-or-Treating with Siblings!

By Selina Henn “30 pieces!” exclaimed Layla, giving the final tally. She beat her sister by two pieces, but was willing to trade a Jolly Rancher, her sister’s favorite, for some more chocolate. Her Big, Amita, smiled as they closed the deal. Last Saturday, a few days before Halloween, children were dressed in costume and counting candy on…