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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...

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.
To the Koreaboos: The Romanticization of East Asia and Its Negative Impact

To the Koreaboos: The Romanticization of East Asia and Its Negative Impact

Alessandra Chang, Staff Writer October 1, 2020
It is undeniable that East Asia is a breathtaking place, so much so that there are people who can only dream of living there in the future. But when does this love for a country become obsessive, and almost dangerous?
Imagine All the Celebrities....

Imagine All the Celebrities….

Celebrities and influencers are living on a different planet!
Jinny Kim, Staff Writer October 1, 2020
Workers are getting laid off, healthcare workers are risking their lives, and far too many people are losing their loved ones to COVID-19. "You may say I’m a dreamer…but I know I’m not the only one" who would prefer for successful celebrities and influencers to use their platform for something other than meaningless words of encouragement.
The Legend of Korrasami

The Legend of Korrasami

The underlying homophobia in the entertainment industry
Mason Ng, Staff Writer October 1, 2020
Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Not so long ago, the Avatar: The Last Airbender fandom lived in harmony. Then, everything changed when The Legend of Korra attacked. In 2012, its release split ATLA fans into two groups: those who loved it and those who, well, didn’t.
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