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Remy M. Maisel
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Remy Michelle Maisel is a college student by day, and an amateur media critic, literary enthusiast, and pundit by night-not unlike Hannah Montana.

Remy is an undergraduate at Penn State. She has experience editing several publications in high school, and has received several honors and awards including publication in Teen Ink magazine and induction into the National Honor Society. She also received a merit scholarship to Penn State, where she is now focusing on being a writer and crew member for PSN TV shows including After Hours, a late night comedy show.

Remy finds herself drawn to the world of complex, alarming, and often funny human behavior that is politics, and the bread-and-circus that is the 24-hour news cycle. She likes to weigh in on everything from social issues, religion and politics, books and television/movies, to the highs and lows of her complex relationship with her horse. If you aren’t supposed to discuss it at a dinner party, you can find it on her blog. Offering her often sardonic, but always honest and heartfelt perspective as a college student, woman, and self-described “it-getter,” she hopes that she can inspire people to think critically about what kind of person they want to be. Remy tries not to be a jerk, but, failing that, hopes to make you laugh.

Remy has a deep appreciation for satire, and has finally learned that one should always laugh, and never take oneself too seriously, and she agrees with Jon Stewart that America needs to “take it down a notch.” When she grows up, she wants to be Meg the Intern on The Colbert Report.

Entries by Remy M. Maisel

Friday Night Light

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 2:27 PM

Almost every Friday night, for the last 6 years, I have cooked Shabbat dinner for my friends in my home and then sat them down to watch a movie. Before that, my mom would cook and most of our family gathered. But since then, wherever I live, and whichever...

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Tea Party Congratulates Itself for Helping America Reach New Low

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:20 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Eleven days into a federal government shutdown that has left national monuments shuttered and hundreds of thousands of government employees furloughed, some U.S. government officials are starting to perk up.

"Literally nobody else does this," an elected member of the Tea Party caucus told this reporter...

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Furloughed Government Employees Accept Their Due Blame for Government Shutdown

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 10:59 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In a surprising turn of events that has drawn criticism from the Democrats and widespread Republican support, furloughed federal government employees have accepted the blame for their current hiatus from work.

Gathering Friday on the steps of the Capitol building, government workers held up signs taking...

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A Guide to Celebrating Jewish Holidays

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 2:58 PM

Autumn is Jewish holiday season. With so many festivals, fast days, and calendar holidays popping up every week, it can be hard to keep track. Luckily, just a vague memory of what the holiday marks is all you need to get through the celebration with this handy flowchart:

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Off the Books

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 3:43 PM

Something strange happened to me around when I started college: I stopped reading books. Not "I stopped reading." Not "I stopped reading stories." Not "I stopped reading for long periods of time without interruption." I just, specifically, stopped reading books.

I would estimate that I spend at least an...

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A Call to Arms

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 5:09 PM

Sheeple of New York City, for how long will you sit back in fear as King Bloomberg robs you of your God-given rights? And citizens of Elsewhere, USA, it has long been said that as goes Manhattan, so goes the nation. Will you stand idly by as your brethren

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Crazy About Guns

(8) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 5:50 PM

I've been told I have a very expressive face. I don't know about that, but I do know that I replaced the adolescent eye-roll with the Stephen Colbert eyebrow raise™ years ago. So I can only imagine what my face was doing when I walked into my friend's kitchen and...

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Tragic Death of Santa Claus Finally Prompts Serious Conversation About Gun Control

(13) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 11:24 AM

Hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered on the National Mall on Sunday evening to mourn the tragic death of Santa Claus, who was shot dead on Friday night as he entered a Pennsylvania home through the chimney to deliver presents to Nathan, 4, and Emily, 6, who had both been...

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How to Joke About Race (And How Not To)

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 12:54 PM

A photograph of the Penn State Chi Omega sorority chapter's "Mexican-themed" party, originally found on the student-run blog Onward State, is circulating after being picked up by other websites, including Jezebel and Gawker, sparking a discussion about racial insensitivity and what's funny.

I'll get...

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Dr. Keith Ablow Is In

(32) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 9:22 AM

Bill O'Reilly doesn't get "Gangnam Style." It's just people "doing the pony." Eight hundred million views on YouTube? What justifies that?

The "unintelligible words" -- or as some people call it, Korean -- emanating from a "little fat guy... jumping up and down" are so strange to him, in...

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'Writers' Bloc': Going Behind the Fourth Wall With J.R. Havlan

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 10:51 AM

Can the technique of conducting a review in entirely rhetorical questions, as Pete Wells of the New York Times did to verbally flay Guy Fieri, be employed in praise rather than verbal evisceration? No.

Will there still be lots of rhetorical questions in this review? Here's one now!

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Please Stop Trying to Convert Me

(1913) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 11:23 AM

I should start by saying that I identify myself as being culturally Jewish and spiritually agnostic. That is to say, I don't really believe in God -- though I won't really speak in absolutes on that issue -- but I identify with the cultural aspects of the Jewish religion and...

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Residents Apologize to Neighbors for 'Too Scary' Halloween Decorations

(4) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 3:34 PM

Jacob and Anna Mueller, occupants of a house in a residential area of the town surrounding Penn State, apologized today for a Halloween display that their neighbors deemed "offensive, grotesque, and generally too scary for our kids to see when they walk home."

The Muellers took down the offensive decorations...

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Voter Fraud The Daily Show and The Daily Caller Can Agree On

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 11:23 AM

An editorial headline on The Daily Caller Friday reads:

DNC voting fiasco a reminder of need for voter ID laws

Now, I know what you're thinking: But, Conservative Activist Yates Walker, might a connection between a voice vote on a largely symbolic issue of reinstating language...

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Partaking of Polow and Pique

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2012 | 4:08 PM

Last Monday, at 11:30 am on a beautiful, brisk fall day, I met nine other Penn State undergraduates and two professors under the Gateway to the Sciences in the center of our University Park campus, in conservative business dress and with nothing but ID and a notepad on me.

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Reacting to the Media Reacting to Penn State Reacting to the NCAA Reacting to Penn State's Institutional Failure

(15) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 6:47 PM

For myself, as a media consumer and as a Penn State student, these past months have been interesting times. Unfortunately, this has served to prove that a lot of people, from Stephen Colbert to my economics professor last semester, were dead on when they said that the Chinese say "May...

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Press Liqui-Gel for Rapid Release*

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 4:00 PM

AUSTIN, PA -- UT Austin student Paul Benefiel, Patient Zero of the great PAC outbreak of 2012, and Remy Maisel of Penn State have agreed to overlook the long-running volleyball rivalry between Penn State and UT Austin that neither was aware of in order to partner up and claim second...

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Is it Stupid to Study Colbert?

(40) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 4:53 PM

Stephen Colbert just can't seem to stop causing trouble. First, he stood not 20 feet from President Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner and tore down the unpopular president with a mock-laudatory speech that went viral overnight. Then, he ceased merely reporting on the ripples in the pond...

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We Want Second Prize: Solving the Riddle of Colbert's Super Fun Pack Treasure Hunt

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 9:30 AM

Stephen Colbert has called us losers. He got us (and 999 other fan groups based at universities) to buy his Super Fun Pack, filled it with what seemed like a series of gag items, and then asked us all to solve an extremely complex treasure hunt. If we solved it,...

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Good-Bad Movies with Dan, Elliott and Stuart

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 12:28 PM

The Flop House podcast, hosted by Dan McCoy (writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and his friends Elliott Kalan (writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Stuart Wellington, is a comedy podcast that uses bad movies as vehicles for brilliantly...

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