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The Value in Foreign Films

The Value in Foreign Films

Hanna Khosravi and Jaclyn Saik

October 18, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-2

Denis Erguven’s 2015 film, “Mustang,” proved to be a little-engine-that-could at the Academy Awards last winter — it may not have won as the Best Foreign Film of the year, but its legacy seems to transcend one award given to one film on one night. “Mustang,” a small Turkish movie comprised...

Follow the Fun — Or the Money

Follow the Fun — Or the Money

Booker Martin and Brian Huebner

October 16, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

Expensive Advertising, Cheap Product Reaching a worldwide revenue of nearly $100 billion, the games market continues to rise; it’s obvious why developers and publishers alike want a piece of the action. This desire to dominate the industry motivates companies to make the most impressive product p...

How Shane Koyczan is Expanding Slam Poetry

How Shane Koyczan is Expanding Slam Poetry

Madison Woo, Staff Writer

October 16, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

The room is filled with fragile silence. The stage is dim and bare while the audience waits in hushed anticipation. In an instant, the lights flash, shining on a single performer. He shifts to center himself in front of the microphone, takes a deep breath and pierces the air with his words. Shane Koycz...

No New Friends, Some New Trends

No New Friends, Some New Trends

Miranda Li, Emma Kwan, and Emma Van Geuns

October 16, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

The ax has swung. The rug has been pulled out. The changing nature of the music industry is forcing artists bred by old philosophies to adapt to new realities. As the streaming model grows, the way in which artists create, market and sell their work is changing rapidly to keep pace with the Internet ...

Emma’s Dilemma: #AcademicAutopsy

Emma Kwan, Staff Writer

October 16, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

It’s been about two months since we started school — okay, more like one and a half months —  and for some reason I decided that this would be the perfect time to do what I’ve decided to call a #TwoMonthAcademicAutopsy. Yes, that’s a very long hashtag that I just made up, but it’s fittin...

Action films are growing stale. What’s needed?

Action films are growing stale. What’s needed?

Akhil Jakatdar, Opinions Editor

October 5, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1

Earlier this summer, Universal Pictures released the fifth “Bourne” movie in “Jason Bourne.” Featuring a star studded cast as usual with Matt Damon, Julia Stiles and Tommy Lee Jones, “Jason Bourne” was a movie I was very enthusiastic about watching. But my enthusiasm swiftly ended approx...

Local folk musician drops debut

Local folk musician drops debut

Danny Vesurai, Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1, Showcase

On the red-walled, cozy second floor of Red Rock Cafe, local musician Jake Wichman is seeing the fruition of a months-long project and a life-long dream at his EP release show. Once he’s lulled his audience with a soft and swaying love song after a lively, energetic opener, Wichman transitions int...

Uncharted 4 Review: Longing for Adventure

Uncharted 4 Review: Longing for Adventure

Booker Martin, Senior Writer

October 3, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

Nathan Drake jumps off a cliff as a grenade explodes behind him, free-falling for a split-second before he grapples a nearby branch. He dangles there, the Italian coastal waters hundreds of feet below. This is not a scripted cutscene, but rather one many actions players can perform in Naughty Dog’s ...

Pumpkin Spice’s Rise to Fame

Pumpkin Spice’s Rise to Fame

Adrienne Mitchel, Staff Writer

October 1, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

There are a couple ways to tell if it’s truly fall. You could take the old-fashioned approach and go outside for a walk and feel the crunch of leaves beneath your feet and the cool breeze on your skin, or you could choose the modern route and go to a store and see endless shelves packed full of orange p...

iOS 10: What’s New?

iOS 10: What’s New?

Emma Kwan and Emma Van Geuns

September 30, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Web Exclusive

Recently, Apple released its much anticipated iOS 10 update. They boast that this is their biggest update yet, making major changes to their interface such as redesigning their messaging platform and lock screen, improving upon Siri, and adding a story to your photos. Beyond this, they have created ...

Gordon Jack Publishes Debut Novel

Gordon Jack Publishes Debut Novel

Rachel Lu, Senior Writer

September 29, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue-1, Showcase

The idea behind school librarian Gordon Jack’s debut novel, “The Boomerang Effect,” began when he noticed that while there was a wide range of humorous children’s literature, there were not as many humorous young-adult books. “I think that’s a real shame [because] those are my favorite...

Is this the swan song for music radio?

Is this the swan song for music radio?

Cameron Avery, Staff Writer

August 24, 2016


Filed under Arts & Culture, Issue 0

For years, the radio — that is, old-fashioned, AM/FM radio — has been on a steady decline. Though the number of Americans who tune in to the radio each week (93 percent in 2016, according to Nielsen Ratings) has remained steady over the past decade, that statistic belies a different story: radio...

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