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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. 
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...

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?
A Take on Tea: Bridging Cultures and People

A Take on Tea: Bridging Cultures and People

Emily Vu, Staff Writer January 8, 2021
I have substituted plastic cups for ceramic mugs and ditched drives to Tastea for walks to my kitchen. Not only has the switch to homemade tea saved me a pretty penny; I’ve gained a priceless appreciation for other cultures, the rich history of tea itself, as well as this simple beverage’s power to unite us.
Protagonist In Name Only

Protagonist In Name Only

Anthony Zito, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
The legendary outlaw pirate Captain Jack Sparrow. The wisecracking superhuman Deadpool. The struggling firebender Prince Zuko. These are all “anti-heroes,” figures that fight for good despite having traits that are far from noble. This article is not about those kinds of characters. 
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.
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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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