The Monarch

A “Love Story” with Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

A “Love Story” with Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Kriti Vamshidhar, Staff Writer May 12, 2021
Fearless (Taylor's Version) brings so much to the table: the addition of six songs from the “Vault,” an array of unreleased songs excluded from the original version of her 2008 album Fearless, the fact Swift gets to profit off of this album, and the nostalgia taking us back to our childhoods. There is no doubt in my mind that her newly re-recorded album is the perfect symbol of everything Swift has overcome thus far and all the success that is yet to come in her future.
Jenny LeClue: Directionless Detective Work

Jenny LeClue: Directionless Detective Work

Arabela Damarillo and Naomi Carvalho May 12, 2021
We were first tipped off to this video game by its criminally good animation and killer trailer. Needless, to say, we entered this case with stars in our eyes. However, despite the optimistic start, this case quickly cracked us.
Meme Marketing is Dream Marketing 

Meme Marketing is Dream Marketing 

Natalie Greene, Staff Writer May 12, 2021
How many times have you come across memes related to a show or movie you’ve never seen before? Have you ever consumed a piece of media just because of the number of jokes made about it? If so, you've experienced "meme marketing," a surprisingly powerful tactic to build up excitement and bring popularity to media mainly utilized by fans.
TwoSetViolin and the Evolution of Classical Music

TwoSetViolin and the Evolution of Classical Music

Erin Chung, Staff Writer March 15, 2021
Contrary to popular belief, the classical genre remains relevant, and even pivotal in society, through social media and entertainment. In particular, the YouTube channel TwoSetViolin has brought the genre to a wider audience by exhibiting classical music with a modern twist.
Cara Juan: Capturing the Beauty of the Unnoticed

Cara Juan: Capturing the Beauty of the Unnoticed

Mason Ng, Staff Editor March 15, 2021
“I definitely like to draw what I like to draw,” Cara declares when asked about her style. Apparently, the admirers of her work— the almost 900 followers of her growing Instagram art account— like what she draws as well. But for Cara, there’s more to art than winning contests and gaining followers.
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 26: Taylor Swift attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Taylor Swift: Misogyny & the Media

Sophia Fijman, Staff Writer March 14, 2021
There are no double standards quite as prevalent as that of the entertainment industry— a glaringly obvious example being standards to which artists of different genders are held. Across 9 studio albums, Swift’s journey from Southern sweetheart to outspoken poet has garnered rampant hate from the media and the easily-influenced general public. 
Harry Styles: The First to Defy Gender Norms?

Harry Styles: The First to Defy Gender Norms?

Kaydence Liu, Staff Writer January 8, 2021
Styles’ Vogue cover will most likely become an iconic fashion moment. Styles in the blue dress, however, has become well-known for a more important reason—and not just because people thought the outfits were “interesting.” Many celebrities have previously defied gender norms, so why should Styles’ Vogue look become iconic while others don’t receive a fraction of his attention for their contributions?
In Support of Tabletop Games

In Support of Tabletop Games

Anthony Zito, Staff Writer January 7, 2021
As everyone knows, video games are all the rage today. With their flashy graphics, hours-long storylines, and dubious return policies, it is no wonder why they capture the attention of so many seeking an escape from boredom that will last for hours on end. However, I come to you with an alternative, one primed for a comeback as our world inches towards reopening and people flock to friends, family, and freedom from isolation. I speak, of course, of tabletop games. 
The Queens Gambit: Dominating Chess One King at a Time

The Queen’s Gambit: Dominating Chess One King at a Time

Mason Ng, Staff Editor November 9, 2020
Pawn to Queen 4. Pawn to Queen 5. Pawn to Queen’s Bishop 4. Pawn takes pawn. Knights and rooks dance around checkered squares while black and white battle it out, vying for control over the center of the board. It’s silent, except for the faint ticking of the clock, as tension rises between the two players. And viewers are on the edge of their seats for everyone’s favorite sport… chess?
Teslas for Voting? Only in 2020

Teslas for Voting? Only in 2020

Camille Jiménez, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
Known for all kinds of crazy stunts, notorious YouTuber David Dobrik has done everything from taking a convertible through a carwash to giving away 10,000 dollars to strangers. But his latest idea is something you might not expect. Though he’s given away Teslas in the past, this time, he’s taken this gift to a whole new level: rewarding five of these sleek electric vehicles to five random fans. The simple criteria? Registering to vote.
Enola Holmes: Romantic but Not Revolutionary

Enola Holmes: Romantic but Not Revolutionary

Kriti Vamshidhar, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
If you’re looking for a movie with murder plots, action, and a cute love story, Enola Holmes is definitely the movie for you. However, if you’re hoping for a film about a strong-willed woman who doesn't need a love interest … don’t bother. Even with Mille Bobbie Brown and Henry Cavill starring in this new Netflix film directed by Harry Bradbeer, it falls short of its true potential to showcase just one independent female protagonist. 
Our Haunting Reality: The Social Dilemma

Our Haunting Reality: The Social Dilemma

Has social media trapped you too?
Matthew Beymer, Staff Writer October 1, 2020
It’s time to face the truth—we have quickly met the age of a haunting and inexorable reality dominated by the power of social media. Directed by Jeff Orlowski, The Social Dilemma vilifies social media for this domination that draws our society closer to dystopia.
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