The day is July 30th, 1960. It is a sweltering Saturday in Peru, Illinois, known first as the River City, and secondly as The City of Clocks. It is the beginning of a new decade — the rise of hippies, flower children, traumatic assasinations, and space advances. The American Football League has officially played their first game, and North and South Korea wage their first battle since the Korean War in 1953.

This day is very special to me, and not because of football or foreign relations. …


On November 18th, 2020, a policeman found my father’s dead body in the downstairs bathroom of my childhood home. He had sat on the cold, black linoleum decomposing for two weeks, surrounded by 32 boxes of Budweiser 30 racks. Maggots ate what flesh was left of my father as his blood ran cold, and his organs began to disintegrate.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 14.1 million adults in the United States struggle with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Of those 14.1 …

Shan Cawley

Shan Cawley is currently a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, where she studies higher education and the digital divide.

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