Andi Sink

Andi Sink
Editorial Staff

Andi is a fourth-year student majoring in Media Studies. When they’re not in class, working weekends at Ulta Beauty, or impulsively dying their hair, they enjoy sewing, playing the guitar and reading comics at the park. Their favorite flowers are sunflowers and lavender.


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When I took on the position of Editor here at Iris, I felt very hesitant to use phrases like “editorial vision” when referring to my goals for the magazine.

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As anyone who’s turned on the TV or opened twitter in the past 6 months knows, “gender” is the new buzzword, the new culture war.

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Compared to the fall, the spring season carries with it a palpable shift in tone. Especially speaking as a fourth-year student here at UVA, I haven’t been able to go a single week without suddenly being ambushed by a wave of “it’s almost over.”

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It is my firm belief that all writing is, at its core, about community. Anything worth writing about will find its most powerful moments centered around the people who care for us and the ways we care for them in return.

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This issue, we delve into all the ways we use clothes to communicate.

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That is what ghosts are to me–evidence of previous existence. These echoes and artifacts are the subject of this week’s issue, in honor of Halloween and all things spooky and scary. 

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This issue, we step back from the “everything, all the time” mentality to hone in on what makes a trend compelling, dangerous, ubiquitous and everything in between.

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Letter from the Editor for the first issue of the 2022-2023 academic year.

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When Little Boy spent summers at the sea

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We’ve all heard about which Beatles album or obscure 90s indie band every music nerd insists is the pinnacle of musical creation, but what about the newer acts?

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As someone who hasn’t had the option of shopping in any brick and mortar store since the 9th grade, I never thought I would ever be able to accumulate enough clothes in my size to have any kind of style—let alone a distinct style that was my own.

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It’s been a little over a month since Wordle, a daily brain teaser in which players must guess the five letter word of the day in six tries or less, took the Internet by storm.