Off The Beat

  • Adjusting to annual fall return of students Greg doering047cut.mercury

    They’re back. They being K-State students, of course. While classes at K-State officially start on Monday, I have already had to adjust my morning routine to accommodate the extra traffic. Mostly this means I leave my house a little .

  • Surviving moving day Chris.mercury

    I made it. My most recent iteration of “pick your life up and move it down the street or across the world” concluded about two weeks ago, after a 48-hour blitz of boxes, garbage bags and mattresses strapped to car .

  • Finding the music again Kristina.phatch

    I was the definition of band geek in high school, and while my new undertaking might not look the same as marching band, it’s giving me some of the happiness I found through those years. A few months back, .

  • Resolving to break snooze-button addiction Bethany047cut.phatch

    I’ve always heard how being a morning person is beneficial to pretty much every aspect of life. Morning people get a jump on their days, are more productive and because they are perfect, also workout before going to their .

  • A bumpy first trip to Midwest

    I entered the state of Kansas for the first time in my 23 years of life approximately 18 hours before I started my job at the Mercury in June. My mom and I had planned to complete the drive from Massachusetts a .

  • Did dream tell of Cosby’s dark side? Brian mug.phatch

    As it turns out, the man known as America’s dad can’t be trusted around your daughters. Bill Cosby testified that he got Quaaludes in the 1970s for women he intended to have sex with, according to a 2005 deposition .

  • Conducting some home experiments

    It may be self-apparent since I’m writing this column, but I need to make something very clear — I am not a trained scientist. My education in mixing chemicals and documenting the scientific method pretty much concluded in high school, .

  • Amazement, exhaustion on vacation

    Of all the impressive sights in Washington, my favorite is the view looking east from the Lincoln Memorial. The dome of the Capitol in the background, the Washington Monument and a sea of Americana in between made what amounted to .

  • Cutting away some of life’s excesses Bethany047cut.phatch

    Sometimes I can be a bit of an idealist, and one of my aspirations is to be a minimalist. My accumulation of things isn’t out of control by any means, but there are certainly things I don’t need, .

  • Wary coffee convert finds the jolt Kristina.phatch

    I recently stopped into a local coffee shop and tried a new drink. Five years ago, I probably wouldn’t even have been in the shop in the first place. I’ve been a slow convert to the coffee world. .

  • Celebration of ‘townie season’ Bethany047cut.phatch

    This weekend was Aggieville’s second annual Nothing Festival, a holiday for townies, who are people living in a college town but are not affiliated with a higher educational institution. The Nothing festival is all about celebrating a little more .

  • Recalling complicated relationship with car

    Alejandro and I have a love/hate relationship. We’ve been together since June 2010. Alejandro is a dark gray 2004 Volkswagen Beetle, appropriately named after a Lady Gaga song. “I know that we are young, and I know that you may .





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