You Should Be Grieving Over The Museu Nacional

If You're Grieving Over the Notre Dame, You Should Be Grieving Over The Museu Nacional Too

A perspective on the reactions to the Notre Dame, Brunei's Anti-LGBT Laws, Museu Nacional, and the recent boat sinking in the DRC.


"Good morning class" the 5th-grade teacher announced.

"Today, we will be presenting our projects on current events that have happened in the last year today. Does everyone have their posters?"

"Yes," the students said together.

"Ok great. Who would like to go first?"

She called Abigail, Jake Roberto, and Mike to present their projects first.

"Hi everyone, so as you all know, one of the most historical and treasured buildings in the world, the Notre Dame, caught on fire recently. And while the roof was damaged, the building itself is ok" she said. As Abigail continued to explain what had happened regarding the fire of the Notre Dame, most people in the class began to become very sad, many began to cry.

After she had finished her presentation, everyone stood and clapped loudly, even the teacher was in tears.

"Jake, please come up to present your project"

Jake, the only kid raised by two moms in the elementary school presented on Brunei's Anti-LGBT laws and gave his passionate opinion on the policies. (Lamb) "With Brunei passing these laws, they are homophobic and need to learn to be accepting of other people that are different from them". Everyone clapped for Jake's presentation, but unlike Abigail's, no tears were shed.

"Roberto, you may come up to present your project"

"Hi everyone, my name is Roberto, and I will be talking about the burning of the Museu Nacional, the National Museum in Brazil that held over 200 years of Brazilian history until it caught on fire last September" Roberto explained. "Unlike the Notre Dame, the National museum's artifacts were close to completely destroyed; we Brazilians have lost 200 out of our 500 years of history we have as a country". He continued to state that his parents told him that it was due to the lack of government funding that contributed to the fire. (Phillips)

Everyone in the class was shocked about this; they hadn't known about what had happened, nor did they know what to do. They were deeply troubled by the issue, but unlike the Notre Dame, did not cry.

"Mike, you may come up and present your project"

"Hi everyone, so recently, there was a boat that had sunk in Lake Kivu, a lake in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So far, 33 people have been rescued, but over 150 people are still missing" (Wembi).

Everyone in the class began to lose attention to Mike's presentation and started to talk to among themselves. The teacher began to yawn but continued to listen to Mike while the other children continued to talk about other topics.

The words "Notre Dame" was mentioned again and again in the students' conversations. In fact, the talk became so loud that it drowned out Mike's voice when talking about his current event about the ship sinking in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

When Mike finished his presentation, the teacher said: "Thank you for the presentation, and for telling us about life in the Congo".

Mike was shocked she said this, and replied, "No ma'am, this is not life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This was a terrible event that happened, hundreds might have potentially died; this is not normal".

"Well, then why don't other news places like CNN or NBC cover these stories? Trust me, they're normal" the teacher responded.

Mike, who spoke French only with his Congolese parents, had no words for this. He sat back down in his seat.

No one clapped, and the teacher called up other people.

They spoke about US Politics mainly, and the recent situation at the border; all of their presentations received applause.

Bibliography and Further Readings

Fernandez, Belen. "Notre Dame and the Case of Misplaced Empathy." Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera, 16 Apr. 2019,

Lamb, Kate. "'It's Dangerous to Go out Now': Young, Gay and Scared in Brunei." The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 6 Apr. 2019,

Phillips, Dom. "Brazil Museum Fire: 'Incalculable' Loss as 200-Year-Old Rio Institution Gutted." The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 3 Sept. 2018,

Wembi, Steve. "150 People Missing After Boat Sinks in Congo, President Says." The New York Times, The New York Times Company, 17 Apr. 2019,

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.

It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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All good things must come to an end.


It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

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1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

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Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

Final Date: Mid-late 2019

5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)


Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes



Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)


Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)


Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

2 seasons//16 episodes

11. Crashing (HBO)


Final Date: End of 2019

3 seasons//24 episodes

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