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Rick Singer, mastermind behind the college admissions bribery scheme, on the right; Matthew Modine, who portrays Rick Singer in Operation Varsity Blues, on the left.

“Operation Varsity Blues” & The Deceit of College Admissions

Jinny Kim, Staff Editor May 12, 2021
So: you want to get into a “top 10” school. What do you do?
Meet A&Es Senior Editors!

Meet A&E’s Senior Editors!

A&E Editors May 12, 2021
Our amazing senior editors — Helen, Lauren O., and Lauren T. — are graduating this year! To celebrate their hard work and contributions to A&E, we wanted to share some of their all-time favorites as well as some advice for new writers.
The Geography of Tyler, The Creators Discography

The Geography of Tyler, The Creator’s Discography

Camille Jiménez, Staff Writer May 12, 2021
Tyler’s discography takes us through the various stages of his life as he develops into the mainstream artist he is today — all while enthralling listeners with high production-quality. So what albums and tracks made Tyler, the Creator evolve into the artist that fans know today? Let’s take a dive in!
Falling Down a Manhole: Soul, A Review

Falling Down a Manhole: “Soul,” A Review

Naomi Carvalho, Staff Writer March 16, 2021
Picture this: you’re a struggling artist who has been working for years, and finally, you land your dream gig—only to be dunked into a manhole right after. Such is the plight of Soul’s main character, Joe Gardner. That description also aptly fits the 34-year-long struggle to land a Black lead in a Pixar film; it takes far too long to finally happen, and when it does, unfair circumstances send it right down the toilet (manhole).
To All the Viewers: This Series Isnt Always and Forever

To All the Viewers: This Series Isn’t Always and Forever

Kriti Vamshidhar, Staff Writer March 15, 2021
The first two movies were a buildup to the pair finally having a solid relationship, but once they finally established one, it seemed as if the writers had no idea how to keep that charm. TATB: AaF spent way too much time solely on Lara Jean and Peter's relationship, reducing the characters themselves to just one-half of a couple.
A Mix of Horror & Comedy: Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye

A Mix of Horror & Comedy: “Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye”

Sophia Fijman, Staff Writer January 8, 2021
Missing campy horror-comedy in January? Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye is the cheesy thriller you’re in search of. Gravity Falls meets Welcome to Nightvale in this new web series about twin journalists—Artemis and Paul Schue-Horyn—investigating the strange and unusual of a small mining town for their podcast. In this hilarious yet thrilling story, the duo becomes wrapped up in a string of mysteries about the unexplained corruption and hidden evils of Connor Creek.
The Scammys Return: The Biggest 2021 Grammy Snubs

The “Scammys” Return: The Biggest 2021 Grammy Snubs

Christina Mau, Staff Writer January 8, 2021
It’s a beautiful year in Grammy land if you’re Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Phoebe Bridgers, or any of the other artists who deservedly racked up nominations for the 2021 awards; however, many other artists are left wondering why their hard work went ignored. It may be the Recording Academy’s most embarrassing year yet—forever marked as The Scammys.
Celebrating Eddie Van Halen, the Mozart of Rock Guitar

Celebrating Eddie Van Halen, the Mozart of Rock Guitar

A tribute to Eddie Van Halen, guitarist of rock band Van Halen
Vikram Nagapudi, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
Guitar God. Musical Innovator. Magnificent Songwriter. Known to many as the greatest guitarist of all time, Eddie Van Halen completely transformed the genre of rock and influenced several bands that we love listening to today. Tragically, he passed away on October 6th after losing a battle to throat cancer, but the legacy he has left should be celebrated by every music fan.
Rina Sawayama: No Ordinary Superstar

Rina Sawayama: No Ordinary Superstar

Kayla Le, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
From high-fashion supermodel to international sensation, Rina Sawayama has not had the standard route to becoming a pop star. In her music, she expresses her struggles having emigrated from her native land: microaggressions, parental problems, intergenerational trauma, and exploring sexuality.


A look into the group behind "stan LOONA" + their growing popularity
Olivia Mailhot, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
LOONA has always received massive amounts of support from fans, from the aforementioned “stan loona” meme to fans buying multiple copies of their albums to help them chart on Billboard. Fans were (and likely will always be) LOONA’s #1 marketing technique. But why is that?
Heroes in Deed (and in Song!)

Heroes in Deed (and in Song!)

Arabela Damarillo, Staff Writer October 1, 2020
What makes a children’s movie iconic? Is it the humorous appeal or gorgeous animation? Well, sort of. While all of these are important, the true stars of children’s movies are the ones that hide in plain sight: the songs.

Dada: Crazy Art for Crazy Times

Adarsh Krishnan, Staff Writer October 1, 2020
Though there's no need to follow the extremes of Dadaists in their art, by emulating the concept of being unapologetically different in our lives, perhaps we can make the world a more interesting place.
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