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Unpacking The Wordle Phenomenon

Unpacking The Wordle Phenomenon

Stephanie Ahn '24 unboxes the story behind the 6x5 grid that took the world by storm.
Stephanie Ahn, Staff Writer April 17, 2022
It’s just very simple. And that’s exactly how Wardle intended it to be. It turns out the origins of Wordle were meant to be a gift for his partner, not a money-maker. Its simplicity appeals to so many—thus why the game has made its way into so many people’s daily routines
Wattpad: Fanfiction Only or Legitimate Publisher?

Wattpad: Fanfiction Only or Legitimate Publisher?

One word: Wattpad. Two opinions: good or bad? A disscusion of the website Wattpad and how its use has gone beyond cringey fan-fiction.
Emilia Rodriguez, Staff Writer April 16, 2022
Not everyone has immediate access to legitimate publishers, but they do have this free publishing website at their fingertips, so many teens and young adults turn to Wattpad as a way to display their creativity to the world. However, if everyone is able to freely write whatever and however they want, can Wattpad be considered a legitimate way to publish?
Working for the Knife: Mitski’s Laurel Hell and the Exploitation of an Artist

Working for the Knife: Mitski’s Laurel Hell and the Exploitation of an Artist

A review and analysis of Mitski's album Laurel Hell
Jinny Kim, Staff Editor April 14, 2022
This beautiful yet morbid image of laurel bushes is the perfect description to use for Mitski’s sixth studio album, Laurel Hell. A major recurring theme of this album is feeling stuck—feeling like there’s nothing left to give to something that’s supposed to be beautiful, whether it be music or a relationship.
Dont Look Up: An Allegory for Climate Change & COVID

Don’t Look Up: An Allegory for Climate Change & COVID

A review of the Netflix original "Don't Look Up"
Kaydence Liu, Staff Writer February 20, 2022
Adam McKay’s "Don’t Look Up" mostly captured the essence of a satire through great performances from the cast and hilarious lines, and it was an enjoyable watch despite the reminders of the climate crisis and the uneasy feelings that came with them. But if you didn’t like the movie as much as I did, at least you got to see Timothée Chalamet declare his love for fingerling potatoes.
Developments in Representation: Encanto & Valorant

Developments in Representation: Encanto & Valorant

A look into how Encanto and Valorant have incorporated racial representation
Isabella Canales, Stephanie Ahn, and Alessandra Chang February 20, 2022
A&E writers explore how Encanto accurately represents Latino characters with both the animation and writing, and how Riot Games' addition of a Filipina character in Valorant is both a sign of progress and room for improvement. 
Kylie Swim: Sink or Swim?

Kylie Swim: Sink or Swim?

Is Kylie Jenner's new swimwear line, Kylie Swim, just another PR scandal used to gain fame?
Camille Jimenez , Staff Writer February 20, 2022
Poor fabric. No coverage. Jacked up prices. These are some of the most common sentiments regarding the swimwear from the relatively new brand Kylie Swim. Is this poor quality an honest mistake, or a stunt for more fame?
Women Take the Stage: A&E’s Tribute To Women’s History Month

Women Take the Stage: A&E’s Tribute To Women’s History Month

It’s No Longer “His” Story As Women Reclaim Their Still-Ongoing History
Kriti Vamshidhar and Arabela Damarillo February 20, 2022
Watch two Monarchs as they examine feminism from two different places in pop culture: a game show and a girl group.
Hermione, Annabeth, and Female Characters Physical Appearances

Hermione, Annabeth, and Female Characters’ Physical Appearances

The negative impacts of changing female characters' appearances in book-to-movie adaptations
Isabella Canales, Staff Writer December 8, 2021
In changing some small details of female characters particularly, movie adaptations can take away an essential part of the character and their development, as well as diminish the uplifting effect that these features have on young impressionable audiences looking for someone like them.
Among Us, Twilight, and Cursed Meme Culture

Among Us, Twilight, and Cursed Meme Culture

Among Us meme culture...Sus or not?
Natalie Greene, Staff Writer October 18, 2021
Among Us exploded in popularity in the summer of 2020 and continued to climb for an extremely long time, despite endless predictions that it was about to lose popularity. And while yes, near the beginning of 2021, Among Us as a game was no longer as hyped, it did not fade away into obscurity like many other fad games did. No, instead Among Us morphed into its final form: a cursed meme culture.
Bananas: A Reminder That Art is Not Dead

Bananas: A Reminder That Art is Not Dead

A satirical critique of Maurizio Cattelan’s "Comedian," more famously known as the banana taped to a wall
Guhan Karthik, Staff Writer October 16, 2021
    Let us draw our attention to the pinnacle of modern art, created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, which is quite literally a banana duct taped to a wall. But don't let its simplicity take away from its true value. Sold in 2019 for around $120,000, this artwork serves to remind us that the culture of art is, in fact, not dead.
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 Music

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. 
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