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Historically, The Academy Awards have struggled to recognize actors, directors, and writers of color. This year's Oscars, however, flipped the script, with nine of the twenty nominations going to people of color

Diversity and the 2021 Oscars

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

On March 25, the 93rd Academy Awards took place at Union Station in Los Angeles. This year's new venue and covid safe precautions did not seem to deter from the usual showcase of Hollywood cringe. However,...

Passionate fans play an important role in making a franchise popular and successful, but they also have the power to tear down franchises that they disagree with.

Opinion: Stop bullying actors for doing their jobs

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer April 29, 2021

With the recent release of the show “Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” a new Captain America is introduced as a more corporate version of Steve Rogers. Played by actor Wyatt Russel, the character is...

Tension between Bucky Banres and Sam Wilson builds after Steve Rodgers retired as Captain America. In

Review: To make amends

Kennedy Tetour, Art Director April 16, 2021

The Marvel fan base has been in a flurry recently due to the finale of the hit show “Wandavision,” the first update from the MCU since 2019 when “Spiderman: Far From Home” was released. With the...

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Review: “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”

Elle Smith, Staff Writer April 13, 2021

Ask any teenage girl about their current childhood music taste, and 9 out of 10 of them will inevitably mention Taylor Swift at least once. A good majority of said teenage girls probably spent their pre-teen...

It's not always easy to find what you're looking for on Netflix, which makes it easy to miss movies like Okja, a powerful and quirky film that comments on animal cruelty, the environment, and the issues with capitalism.

Review: 10 hidden gems to discover on Netflix

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer April 8, 2021

When scrolling through Netflix, it feels like there are endless titles to explore. But, finding an actually enjoyable movie sometimes requires some in depth searching. And why do that when you can go back...

The story of Sylvia Likens is heartbreaking because it was preventable, and everyone involved in the case should be held responsible for this tragedy.

Crime Scenes: Watching it happen

Alayna Trimingham, Copy Editor March 26, 2021

Sylvia Likens was born to fairly poor carnival workers. Her sister, Jenny, had polio and was left with a limp. Sylvia Likens’s mother was arrested for shoplifting in July of 1965. That left their father...

Was America’s first female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, a cold-blooded killer or a victim of circumstance? Undoubtedly, she deserved prison time, but may not have deserved the death penalty.

Crime Scenes: Murderer, or misunderstood?

Alayna Trimingham, Copy Editor March 19, 2021

America’s first female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, on October 9, 2002 was "taken away to meet God and Jesus and the angels and whatever is beyond the beyond.”  Wournos was born in Rochester,...

Dancers and singers from this year's musical revue  pose at the end of a  song during tech rehearsals. This year's spring musical will take special precautions to ensure a safe performance, such as masks and social distancing.

Spring musical premieres this weekend

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer March 12, 2021

The lights blind the actors as they take their places on the stage. The audience bustles with anticipation. Although only made up of about 25 people, they are excited as ever. The actors take their positions...

Victim Cindy James knew that her attacker was her ex-husband, but feared the consequences of telling anyone. Some claim her death was a suicide, the facts tell a different story.

Crime Scenes: Blaming the victim

Alayna Trimingham, Copy Editor March 12, 2021

Agnes goes on a visit to her best friend Cindy James at her house. She knocks on the door. When there’s no answer, she lets herself in. Anges assumes Cindy is just taking a bath and can't hear her, until...

If Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr. can blame

Opinion: “GTA” is here to stay, Marcus C. Evans Jr.

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor March 11, 2021

The pandemic has slowed, and it seems to me that Illinois Representative Marcus C. Evans Jr. (D-Ill. 33rd District) is getting bored. But, instead of watching movies, picking up a new hobby, scrolling...

The third installment of the

Groovy Movies: To all the bad movies I’ve watched before

Kennedy Tetour, Art Director March 10, 2021

My hatred for actor Noah Centineo may be astronomical, but I think we need to talk about the new “To All the Boys” movie. I have officially seen all of these movies, and they’re stuck in a sort of...

Though Black History Month may be over, art created by black creators should be celebrated all year long. Reviewer Emma Westermeier recommends these films for the power and impact of their stories.

Review: 10 meaningful films by Black creators

Emma Westermeier, Staff Writer March 5, 2021

Though Black History Month may now be over, it is important that the stories and history of African-Americans not be forgotten. In many ways, the entertainment industry remains one of the most influential...

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