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Actually being active

By Alexandra Diantgikis

@adiantgikis

 Suno, BU's Indian acapella fusion group performs at Nourish International's "Cultural Jam: Benefit Show" on February 1/PHOTO BY Michelle Jay

Suno, BU’s Indian acapella fusion group performs at Nourish International’s “Cultural Jam: Benefit Show” on Feb. 1/PHOTO BY Michelle Jay

The truly brilliant thing about the Boston University chapter of Nourish International is that they are active. They are not merely trying to raise awareness for a cause or trying to gain recognition for their good deeds, but they are actively trying to make a change in the world. Nourish aims to raise enough money to go to the Dominican Republic to improve the education system there. They want to make a difference that will make the world a little bit better.

It is easy to share a link to a cause on Facebook or retweet an activist’s story on Twitter. That’s all well and good. It makes you feel like you’ve done some good, but in truth, that is pseudo-activism. It’s a simple gilded action that seems like it’s more than it is.

Remember Kony 2012? Everyone got really amped about that. Every other online post was about Kony: how he was an awful man, a terrible tyrant, how he had to be stopped and that no one would rest until he was in prison. But ultimately, no one really ever seemed to actually do anything about it. (And in the end most stories were in some way incorrect. Anyway…)

The point of the matter is: we can’t keep thinking pushing buttons on a keyboard will change anything. We need to get motivated – to act. If we see an injustice in the world, we have to do something to make it right, because if we let it go by, then so will others and we’re all guilty for it.

The beauty of being a student is that we have the ability to go out into the world and make a difference. And if we can all get active and share what we have, there might be less hardship and hate in the world.

The art of shopping for used books

By Alexandra Diantgikis, Staff Writer

Books have more than one story to tell/ PHOTO BY Hilary Ribons

Books have more than one story to tell/ PHOTO BY Hilary Ribons

When you’re in a literature course that requires twelve books, a trip to the used bookstore is a must. Not only will it save you a bundle, but also I personally find it to be a great adventure.

Wandering through a bookstore and browsing the shelves is enough to put any avid reader in a good mood, but when the books are nearly seventy percent off, book collectors of all kinds are ecstatic.

There are no restrictions. There is no guilt in purchasing eight books when you’re currently reading three and have a small mountain of unread books back at home. There is a certainty that this sentence will be uttered if not to anyone but yourself: “They are all so cheap!”

I say go for it. Indulge. You can never have too many books. But there is some strategy to finding the right ones.

If I’m browsing through the shelves and happen across a book I’ve wanted, I usually grab the one that looks to be in the best condition. Despite the fact many used books contain marginal writing, dog-eared pages, and underlining, I welcome those charismatic touches. I feel it gives the book character.

You can tell how many people owned the book before you, what they thought at certain times, and what kind of life the book has had. Sometimes comments are insightful and make you consider the text in a way you hadn’t before. Sometimes they are absolute rubbish and you get to argue with the commenter. But you enter a kind of discourse with the book’s past owners – a weird sort of book club.

Used books have this other element that a new book can’t compete with. They have a past and story to tell other than just the text on the page.