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Melanie Graf was an International Studies major at Boston College, with a concentration in Political Science. She wrote her Honors Program thesis on Greek Political Culture and the economic crisis. She is currently a Hellenic Legacy Fellow, studying Modern Greek and interning in Athens through the Greek America Foundation.

Repower Greece: The New Game Plan

My laptop always freezes when I need it most. When Firefox has at least ten tabs open, when Facebook chat has four heated conversations...

A Comforting Winter in Greece Amidst The Crisis

When home for the holidays, I initially welcome the onset of New York’s holiday season, but as it progresses, I find myself packing my...

The Parthenon’s Ever-Changing Veneer

The ruins of the Parthenon crown the modern city of Athens with a hazy ambiguity. To the world outside of Athens, the stunning monument...

The Bone I’d Like to Pick with Greece: Where Have All the Dances Gone?

Every college campus has its local hang-out place. Aside from the fact that this place probably offers the cheapest food around, it is also...

The Other Side of Athens

To most who arrive in Athens, the city resembles something between a complex of industrial factories, and the dodgy areas of Detroit. Smokestacks shooting...

Is the Economic Crisis Partially Rooted in “Philotimo”?

Look up the Greek word philotimo and you will find one of the longest entries in your dictionary. Ask a Greek what he means...

Time to Clean Up the Garbage and Repower Greece

For two and a half weeks, my commute to work has involved step-stoning through wide expanses of trash. Plugging my nose has become second...

When Americans Walk the Streets of Athens…

When Americans arrive in Athens, there are a variety of typical reactions. My, what tiny cars you have! No toilet paper in the toilets-...

The Many Faces of Starbucks

To the American abroad, Starbucks is a sort of haven, an oasis of familiar civilization amidst the wilderness of foreign cultures. You can order...

Mentality of Pallikaria and its Role in the Economic Crisis

My favorite Greek word is pallikari. I grew up like every other Greek-American, impressing everyone at my lunch table as I would call my...

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