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From the Farm to France: Three former Stanford players prepare for Women’s World Cup

The eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup is set to kick off this summer in France and run from June 7 to July 7. Games will be played in nine venues across the soccer-fevered country, which is the reigning FIFA Men’s World Cup championship. The stage is set now, however, for the world’s female stars to take the spotlight, and the United States — the reigning champion and 2-1 favorites to repeat — certainly has a target on its back.

Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ is a chaotic triumph, not for the faint of heart

“French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD,” reads IMDB’s plot summary of French filmmaker Gaspar Noé’s latest cinematic creation, “Climax.” What this plot summary, and any summary of the film…

To practice what is preached

In a New York Times article published on Monday about the rising hostility toward Muslims in France, a scene is described in which Muslim women paying homage to the victims of last Friday’s horrific attacks were harassed for their faith. One of the women responded to the harasser, “The Quran says that nobody can take a life… [The killers] have nothing to do with us.” Another pleaded, “We are calling for peace and love.” Unfortunately, there was little they could say or do to combat the conflated perception of what is practiced by some terrorists under the guise of Islam and what is actually preached by the Islamic faith.