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Falling Down a Manhole:

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).
Student(s) Spotlight: Mundo Magazine

Student(s) Spotlight: Mundo Magazine

Klaudia Barbarossa, Staff Writer March 15, 2021
Senior Martin Ruiz spontaneously gathered a few of his friends together in order to create an Instagram magazine known as Mundo Magazine... This magazine is nothing like what you are picturing...in the best way possible. It’s edgy but surreal. It’s spicy and fearless.
To All the Viewers: This Series Isn't 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.
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.
In Defense of Clichés

In Defense of Clichés

Anthony Zito, Staff Writer March 14, 2021
How predictable, how derivative, how cliché. However, clichés, or sayings or story elements that are considered overused in today’s media, aren’t always the scourge of every good story. While we can all agree that a story riddled with clichés can easily lose any dramatic weight it intended to carry, these common, easily recognizable elements of a given genre can supplement a brilliant original story.
Opinion and Analysis: Sia’s Selfishness Clouds Ethics in

Opinion and Analysis: Sia’s Selfishness Clouds Ethics in “Music”

Matthew Beymer, Staff Writer March 14, 2021
Amid the recent “Scammys” controversy, a new token of injustice has once again permeated the entertainment industry at the Golden Globe Awards... With the nomination of pop singer Sia’s musical drama film Music, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has placed an inauthentic and pernicious representation of autism in the limelight. 
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. 
America’s Next Top Mistake

America’s Next Top Mistake

Kaydence Liu, Staff Writer March 14, 2021

Imagine being in an abandoned building, strapped to a harness, and hung above a giant hole with at least twenty feet below you. How is it possible for someone to focus on their facial expressions when...

Carmen Sandiego: Robber and Role Model

Carmen Sandiego: Robber and Role Model

Arabela Damarillo, Staff Writer January 8, 2021
The quality of Netflix's Carmen Sandiego is as elusive and wonderful as the eponymous heroine herself.
Polkadot Stingray: Japan's Star Rock Band

Polkadot Stingray: Japan’s Star Rock Band

Natalie Greene, Staff Writer January 8, 2021
Who is Polkadot Stingray? Why has no one heard of them? Read Natalie Greene's article to learn more about the successful Japanese rock band.
My Impression of Hunan Impression

My Impression of Hunan Impression

Yuli Choi, Staff Writer January 8, 2021
Explore Hunan cuisine and Sichuan spice in Yuli Choi's review of Hunan Impression!
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?
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