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Ava Kalina


Opinion columnist Ava Kalina, pictured above (right) with her sister (left) in childhood, enjoyed catching fireflies in her backyard as a child -- but is worried about the rapidly falling rates of her beloved bugs.

I want my grandchildren to catch fireflies

The sticky, warm air of the DC Metropolitan area has always been a haven for the precious Lampyridae, commonly known as fireflies, lightning bugs, glowworms or moonbugs (even though they are technically beetles).


Give your body some love

“If you’re craving sweets all the time, then you’re not giving yourself enough love,” the woman said. Her words changed my life. 




The world is ours

Seniors, we love you, but that confetti doesn’t magically disappear after you snap the photo for the front of your grad card. You are literally popping centuries’ worth of plastic into the environment just for a single snapshot.  



Ava Kalina recreates Fridge & Pantry's Southwest quinoa bowl (left) and Mediterranean quinoa bowl (right) at Maplestreet Commons.

Fridge and Pantry Street Station

Over these two years [of eating in dining halls], I’ve procured many salads and rice bowls I’ve been proud of, but my own mind can only invent so many recipes, so this week I decided to recreate the beloved Fridge & Pantry (F&P) quinoa bowls. 


We are the Lost Generation

We don’t know who we are anymore. We are constantly waiting for life to start, only to realize, it may never, and this is just it.