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The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Photo by Zara DeGroot.

DeGroot: Our fellow students and food insecurity — where will your next meal come from?

Zara DeGroot April 22, 2016

Last December, I was walking through the plaza and was handed a flier that said "Rams Against Hunger." It caught my attention so I stopped by the booth. It was here that I learned the shocking statistic...

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DeGroot: One unpaid internship is enough — don’t give away your work for free

Zara DeGroot April 18, 2016

One of my journalism professors asked me recently what my dream job would be right out of college. Professional dog walker? Winner of "The Bachelor" season 25? Mrs. Harry Styles? Oh, my dream job in my...

Experiencing CSUs Rec Center for the first time

Experiencing CSU’s Rec Center for the first time

Zara DeGroot February 28, 2016

It's a Wednesday night, and I'm sitting at my kitchen table alone. I've just devoured an entire Totino's pizza and am now indulging in my after-dinner ritual of wallowing in self-disgust. Between gulps...

HBOs Girls portrays young adulthood realistically

HBO’s ‘Girls’ portrays young adulthood realistically

Zara DeGroot February 22, 2016

Season five of Lena Dunham's highly criticized, zeitgeist show "Girls" premiered yesterday, coming as winter's saving grace to its loyal viewers and fresh content to type about to its equally loyal, yet...

Why I am cynical about Valentines Day

Why I am cynical about Valentine’s Day

Zara DeGroot February 11, 2016

I'm not an overly cynical person, but I can be when I want to. And right now, I'm going to be. Though I don't have that strong of opinions about Valentine's Day, I'm going to pick a side and run with it...

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Fort Collins band Punch Drunk Munky Funk plan to tour US

Zara DeGroot February 5, 2016

In 2012, Michelle Pietrafitta wanted to be apart of FoCoMx, a two day festival in Fort Collins featuring music from across Northern Colorado. But she was new to the area and didn’t have a band. She quickly...

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Could this be Leo’s year?: 2016 Oscar predictions

Zara DeGroot January 27, 2016

This could be Leo's year. Or not.The 2016 Academy Awards are drawing near, and anticipation around potential winners is rising. Though I thought "Magic Mike XXL" was deserving of a nomination in every...

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Mediocrity should not be celebrated or encouraged

Zara DeGroot January 26, 2016

In high school, I had a math teacher who was intimidating, brilliant and a very tough grader. He proved to be very influential in my education — mathematics-wise and beyond. One day in class, he began...

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Intolerance for differing opinions and beliefs will get us nowhere

Zara DeGroot January 19, 2016

From a young age, we were encouraged to fight for what we believe in and for what we thought to be right. We were told to hold onto what is good in the world and fight for that, like what Martin Luther...

Fort Collins baby barista goes viral

Fort Collins’ baby barista goes viral

Zara DeGroot December 3, 2015  What's better than cute kids and cappuccinos? How about a cute kid making a cappuccino. Meet Adler — a toddler-turned-internet sensation. He is the...

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End of semester stress should not keep you from being intentional with those around you

Zara DeGroot December 1, 2015

The Christmas and holiday season is approaching fast, and we have two weeks ahead of us to try to raise our lowest grades and cram for the ever-dreaded finals week. These next few weeks are going to be...

There is too much negativity surrounding Victorias Secret Fashion

There is too much negativity surrounding Victoria’s Secret Fashion

Zara DeGroot November 17, 2015

Women are notorious for putting other women down. This is a perpetual, yet very disappointing phenomenon among the recent movements regarding feminism and women's empowerment.The Victoria's Secret Fashion...

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