Tinder: The Match.com of Our Generation

Written by Casey Mitchell


Image by Allison Merchant


When my dad asked me how I met my boyfriend, I made up an elaborate ruse about how we were introduced via friends of friends. When my boyfriend’s mom asked him how we met, he made up a story about us meeting at a concert. However, the truth is even more romantic: we matched on Tinder about a year and a half ago.


Given that we’re from different cities and a few years apart in age, it’s not uncommon for people to wonder how we got together. I usually don’t lie about it, but questioning from adults usually leads to me improvising an unconvincingly vague anecdote to avoid their confusion and judgment. When I give the real story to people my age, I’m sometimes met with surprise but increasingly they’ll offer their own anecdote about knowing someone who met their significant other on Tinder.



To be honest, I didn’t have any expectations when I downloaded the app. It was a fun way to pass the time and I got some laughs out of swiping through profiles with my friends. Cruel, I know. My boyfriend, on the other hand, later admitted that for him the app was a contest among his friends to see who could get the most matches with hot girls.


But as I started to chat with some of these matches I found that very few people would directly ask to “hook up,” or even meet up at all for that matter. It seemed that everyone was just on the app, wandering aimlessly, looking to chat with a few cool people to break up the monotony of everyday work or school life. Not to mention that Tinder can act as a pretty huge ego-booster.

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A Superhero Like No Other

Written by Kat Stellato

Photos by Matt McGraw

Ariell Johnson is a new kind of superhero.

The 33 year old owner of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, located at 2578 Frankford Ave, is leading the way as the first black female comic book shop owner in a culture dominated by white men. Although Johnson doesn’t think of herself as anything but a black woman, she does realize the implication of what she represents.

“I realize for other people, specifically for other little girls for other black little girls for other just children of color to see someone doing something that they are an outlier, you know when you think comic books you think very straight, very white, very male and so for me to exist in that space is strange but despite that I’m still doing it so you know hopefully that is an example to other people who maybe feel out of place in the thing that they enjoy would give them you know, courage and willpower to do it anyway,” said Johnson of her newly acquired position.


Johnson was inspired to create a space after Crimson Moon, a coffee shop that Johnson frequented as college student to read comics, closed its doors.

“I really liked the space she [the owner of Crimson Moon] created. I liked my pattern of getting my comics on Friday and going somewhere and sitting and reading them out in public and not feeling like oh I have to run home into my little nerdhole to enjoy my comic books. It was the wanting of that feeling of community along with the comics that started the process.”

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