By Leslie Hamilton, Features Writer
Gift-giving is a difficult, expensive, awkward and time consuming process, and that’s without adding the stressors of being a broke to semi-broke college student trying to buy reasonable and thoughtful gifts for your family, friends and possible significant other. As a rule of thumb, always prioritize your immediate family and significant other when it comes to gift giving; but also realize that if you can’t afford a gift, your immediate family will typically be the most forgiving about a lack of gift reciprocation on your part. As for friends, typically only your closest friends will purchase a gift for you and by default, you will probably do the same. If unsure if your friend group is doing gift exchanging this year, ask for clarification so that you are not alone in purchasing or not purchasing gifts; the same could be applied to significant others. That being said, most parties would appreciate a homemade gift if you are short on money this holiday season, regardless of their relation to you.
By Tim Maninger, Features Writer
It is not quite New Year’s yet, but no doubt some are already considering the resolutions they will make for 2016. Unfortunately whether the goal is to get healthy, break a habit, or try something new, most of the time it is forgotten within the first few weeks of the new year. This loss of motivation may have any of a number of causes, but many times it may simply be the way a goal is expressed and the reasons behind it. Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist and associate professor at Harvard business school, and in an interview with Business Insider she explains some of the science behind setting goals. She argues that the way goals are made and thought of can be as important, if not more so, than actual drive to accomplish said goal, and gives four main problems with the way people set goals: dealing in absolutes, framing in negativity, focusing on the outcome, and relying on outside forces.
By Spenser Webb, Entertainment Writer
British rock band Jeff Lynne’s ELO (formerly Electric Light Orchestra, or ELO) recently released their fourteenth studio album “Alone in the Universe”. The album is the band’s first release under their new name. Some may call into question Lynne’s ego after the rebranding, however it should be noted that Lynne is the sole member of ELO still in the band and also wrote and performed almost all of the songs himself. The only other active members on the album are Steve Jay who performs only the shaker, tambourine, and engineers the sound, and Lynne’s daughter, Laura, on backing vocals.
By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer
In only his fifth directorial feature, director Jonathan Levine tries his hand at the often-overused Christmas comedy genre. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie as three 30-something friends who have managed to grow apart without growing up. With adulthood causing the three friends to rethink their friendship, they decide to spend one last Christmas Eve evening together. Levine has worked with Rogen and Gordon-Levitt before when he directed “50/50,” and with the producers of Rogen flicks like “This is the End” and “The Interview” on board, you pretty much know exactly what to expect going into the theater. That being said, this film feels oddly fresh in a genre so overplayed and so specific.
By Emma Pliska, Features Writer
The semester is finally starting to come to a close! Some people are getting ready to go off on co-ops, some people are coming back next semester, but some people are graduating in December! Congratulations to all those who are graduating in a few weeks, and here are some benefits to those who are graduating – whether you’re graduating a little early, or a little late!
By Stephen Showers, Features Writer
Get out your calendar, your planner, cancel appointments, and prepare yourself for December 18th, the Star Wars: Episode VII premiere! Perhaps the most hotly anticipated film of all time, this new Star Wars movie is going to bring the child out of every audience member. Disney has been teasing fans for a long time by releasing trailers, character info, toys, and video games. Everything down to the individual frames of the trailers has been analyzed and broken down in an attempt to glean some information about the future of the Star Wars universe. Spoiler alerts ahead!
By Grace Deitzler, Editorial Writer
Often, I argue the opposite viewpoint of an issue, even if I disagree with it. I find it a solid means of ensuring full understanding of my own opinions and views. That said, I will now offer my two cents on the current refugee crisis: