Help! My Ex Is Insisting on an Embarrassing Name for Our Child Out of “Tradition.”

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Dear Prudence,
I am pregnant and 30. My ex is 36. It was a long-term but causal relationship. My ex and I agreed to be civil and co-parent, but have been stuck on this one issue. We are having a girl, and it is a family tradition on his side to name the baby after the grandmother.
The problem is I was planning to give my daughter my last name. The combination of the two is stupidly cutesy: think Rose Garden or Mary Merryton or Julia Gulia.

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Help! My Ex Is Insisting on an Embarrassing Name for Our Child Out of “Tradition.”

Dear Prudence is Slate’s advice column. Submit questions here. (It’s anonymous!)
Dear Prudence,
I am pregnant and 30. My ex is 36. It was a long-term but causal relationship. My ex and I agreed to be civil and co-parent, but have been stuck on this one issue. We are having a girl, and it is a family tradition on his side to name the baby after the grandmother.
The problem is I was planning to give my daughter my last name. The combination of the two is stupidly cutesy: think Rose Garden or Mary Merryton or Julia Gulia.

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As the Pandemic Continues, College Students Return to a Different Campus

A class is conducted by a instructor wearing a face mask on the steps outside the classroom on the campus at State University of New York at Stony Brook. (Photo by J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday RM via Getty Images)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was produced for Student Nation, a program of The Nation Fund for Independent Journalism dedicated to highlighting the best of student journalism. For more Student Nation, check out our archive or learn more about the program here. StudentNation is made possible through generous funding from The Puffin Foundation.

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As the Pandemic Continues, College Students Return to a Different Campus

A class is conducted by a instructor wearing a face mask on the steps outside the classroom on the campus at State University of New York at Stony Brook. (Photo by J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday RM via Getty Images)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was produced for Student Nation, a program of The Nation Fund for Independent Journalism dedicated to highlighting the best of student journalism. For more Student Nation, check out our archive or learn more about the program here. StudentNation is made possible through generous funding from The Puffin Foundation.

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As the Pandemic Continues, College Students Return to a Different Campus

A class is conducted by a instructor wearing a face mask on the steps outside the classroom on the campus at State University of New York at Stony Brook. (Photo by J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday RM via Getty Images)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was produced for Student Nation, a program of The Nation Fund for Independent Journalism dedicated to highlighting the best of student journalism. For more Student Nation, check out our archive or learn more about the program here. StudentNation is made possible through generous funding from The Puffin Foundation.

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Prom, after a senior year interrupted

On an evening in early June, Joviana Duhaney was surprised to find herself inside a gorgeous mansion, crowned her high school’s prom queen.
“People were coming up to me and they were like, ‘Jovi, I voted for you,’ and I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? I’m not running for anything.” She didn’t even know where or how to vote — she was too busy having a good time.
For the students of Lawrence High School, prom at the Pen Ryn Estate in Pennsylvania was a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Op-Ed: Why we may never know if the coronavirus leaked from a Wuhan lab

Early in this century, post-SARS, and in a period when China started allowing more students and scientists to study abroad, collaboration and exchange between American and Chinese scientists blossomed.
Many of China’s top scientists today were educated in the West. These include George Gao, the head of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, who trained and taught at Oxford and Harvard; and Shi Zhengli, who directs the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and received her PhD in France.
Many, like Dr.

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I’m a Luxury Travel Agent. My Clients Are Losing Their Minds Right Now.

There’s a roller coaster at Hersheypark called the Storm Runner, famous for launching passengers from standstill to a screaming 72 miles per hour in two seconds flat. That is very much what it feels like to be a travel agent right now—we spent a year at a dead stop, and now we’re screeching through cobra loops and barrel rolls.
At the start of the pandemic, my entire job consisted of canceling reservations and chasing refunds. I spent March and April of 2020 undoing all the work I’d completed for the six months prior. Over the next year, my business dropped by 97 percent.

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I’m a Luxury Travel Agent. My Clients Are Losing Their Minds Right Now.

There’s a roller coaster at Hersheypark called the Storm Runner, famous for launching passengers from standstill to a screaming 72 miles per hour in two seconds flat. That is very much what it feels like to be a travel agent right now—we spent a year at a dead stop, and now we’re screeching through cobra loops and barrel rolls.
At the start of the pandemic, my entire job consisted of canceling reservations and chasing refunds. I spent March and April of 2020 undoing all the work I’d completed for the six months prior. Over the next year, my business dropped by 97 percent.

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