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Leslie Reece Schichtel
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Leslie Reece Schichtel graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a BA in both English and communication studies and was a sports producer with NBCOlympics.com for the 2012 London Olympic Games. In addition to blogging with the Huffington Post, Schichtel covered the CMA Fest with the Country Music Association and has worked in the communications departments at CMT and MTV Networks. She is currently pursuing a master's degree at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

Entries by Leslie Reece Schichtel

Golf, Baseball and Biomechanics: The Underlying Science of Sports

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 12:04 PM

It's Game Six of the 2013 World Series. St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha steps up to the mound, winds up and smoothly delivers a pitch on its way to meet the Boston Red Sox Shane Victorino's bat. The bat makes contact with a "whack," delivering a game-changing, three-run...

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Electronic Duo Coyote Kisses Releases Thundercolor EP (INTERVIEW)

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 6:34 PM

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Coyote Kisses have solidified that they are a force to be reckoned with. The electronic duo of Joe Sussingham and Bryce Bresnan, both 22, released their latest project, Thundercolor EP, a week ago, and it has already climbed the...

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The Faces of The Everygirl: Danielle Moss and Alaina Kaczmarski

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 2:12 PM

What happens when you meet up with a new friend for coffee? If you asked the co-founders of The Everygirl, they might say -- well, their company.

When Syracuse University alum Alaina Kaczmarski sauntered into a Chicago Christmas party in December 2010, a mutual friend introduced her to...

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White Sox Pitcher Chris Sale: Not Too Worried About Verducci Effect

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 7:08 PM

On the heels of SoxFest, 23-year-old Chris Sale is back in Florida and packing for spring training in Arizona.

Anticipating the start of his third season with the White Sox, the young lefty has already established himself as an asset to the White Sox organization. Last season, he was...

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Did Manti Te'o Have a Hand in the Scam?

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 5:22 PM

When the breaking news came yesterday, the most inspirational sports story of the year was revealed to be a lie. Today's news revolves around the question whether Te'o was a mere victim of a hoax or whether he had a hand in the deceit.

In his statement...

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Planning: An Art or a Science?

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 1:23 PM

I was raised believing that "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Thus, I became an unremitting planner who had dozens of agendas that built upon several different options and courses my life may take. Talk about overwhelming! Long story short, I was under the impression that planning...

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RateMyProfessors.com Rankings Released

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 12:58 PM

With the uncertainty of the election season coupled with tough economic times, high school seniors may find relief in the 2011-2012 RateMyProfessors.com rankings. While the site is predominantly utilized as a tool to help current college students strategize their way through university life, the site has compiled and...

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The Unforgettable Moments of CMA Fest 2012

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 7:04 PM

As I boarded the plane en route to Nashville to fulfill my responsibilities as a student journalist for The Country Music Association (CMA) at CMA Fest 2012, my friends and family expressed their jealousy and desire for me to tell stories of their favorite artists, such as Brantley Gilbert, Luke...

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Emily's Southern Charm Reigns in The Bachelorette, Episode 3

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 6:39 PM

This season of The Bachelorette is more alluring than recent seasons -- all of which now blur together as replays of the same types of dates, personalities and dramas.

Is it because the Bachelorette Emily Maynard has a child? No, former Bachelor Jason Mesnick also came as a package...

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5 Striking Spots for Chance Meetings

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 1:29 PM

Meeting people does not have to be intimidating or even difficult. Oftentimes, it happens when we least expect it, and it can happen anywhere.

Because we meet people all the time and in unlikely places, it's important to note that we are always in the public eye. It may even...

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There's Danger in Playing Chess with Politics

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 11:22 PM

The object of a game of chess is to vanquish one's opponent. To do so, both players strategize each piece's trajectory to eventually lock the opponent's king in a checkmate, and thus win the game. However, there's a certain danger in attempting to checkmate the opponent in the realm of...

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God, Family, Country, Vanderbilt

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 6:18 PM

We say congratulations to graduates; however, I believe that we should congratulate the universities as well. Here is my tribute to my now alma mater.

Congratulations, Vanderbilt University. You managed to unleash 1600 more Commodores into the world to execute the motto "conquer and prevail." But Vanderbilt, you also conquered...

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Your Game Plan to Conquer Finals Week

(4) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 6:18 PM

Welcome to the most popular time of the year for complaining over schoolwork. Instead of adding to the unproductive noise that usually detracts from everyone's focus, combat it with these helpful tools.

7. Switch locations as you transition between subjects.

Personally, I am a coffee shop studier, so I have...

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The Hunger Games & the Race Issue

(3) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 8:19 PM

America claims to be a land of the free and of equality. With this freedom comes the responsibility to respect -- a solemn recognition that for me to be free, I must both expect people to respect my freedoms and I must respect theirs.

That being said, I was stunned...

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The College Senior's Bucket List

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 3:42 PM

Yet another email with the subject-title "Graduation" reminds me of a day that will bring both smiles and tears. These emails, announcements and commencement-themed parties only force me further in denial that I will be leaving Nashville in a mere four weeks.

My mind spins back to three years ago;...

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ABC's The Bachelor: A Reflection of College Romance

(6) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 5:35 PM

As the latest season of The Bachelor concluded on March 12 and as my final year as a college student winds down, I have recognized that the troubles plaguing relationships following the television show resemble the trajectories of relationships I have seen during college. These two sets of relationships fall...

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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: Seeking the Natural Beneath the Superficial

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Authors of children's media define brilliance. Not only have they realized how to reach the broadest range of audiences, but they have also understood how to relate meaningful content. Children's movies and books have a twofold effect: impressionable children learn morals, which in turn places parents in a position to...

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The Games of Life: Sorority Recruitment and Kick-Starting Careers

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 4:45 PM

Every year, freshman girls line up with the hopes of joining the Greek community. As a freshman myself, I did not understand the mechanisms and inner-workings that occurred well before formal recruitment began. I had expected to show up in my designer jeans and Banana Republic blouse to the display...

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