Monthly Archives: December 2017

My Favorite Part of Christmas

By: Wesley Reno, Entertainment Writer

Before I moved away from home, I would spend every Thanksgiving driving to a family member’s house and engaging in the traditional festivities of the holiday. Some of the most memorable parts of the holiday, however, weren’t those that I spent at Thanksgiving, they were the moments I spent driving to and from it.

Whenever we were in the car on Thanksgiving, my parents would play the album December by George Winston to prepare for the coming holiday season. The beautiful piano performances that make up the album are the soundtrack to my childhood holiday memories. Because of this, George Winston’s album will always be something that transports me back to being a child in my mom’s Nissan Maxima. Continue reading

The Best of 2017

By: Wesley Reno, Entertainment Writer

2017 has been a pretty awesome year in terms of the music that has come out. Incredible artists have released incredible projects across many different genres. Without this year’s music, important political conversations would not be taking place in Washington D.C. and around the globe, depression would be more isolating, relating to other human beings would be more difficult, and, simply put, life would have been worse because of a multitude of other reasons. In this article I would love to highlight my 3 favorite albums of the year (not ranked, because that would be impossible).

The first project that I encourage everyone to check out is Sorority Noise’s You’re Not As _____ As You Think. The Midwest-emo, post-hardcore group explores themes of experiencing grief after the passing of a friend in this release, and without a doubt, they deliver one of the most emotional performances in musical history. Upon first listening to this album, I bawled at “Second Letter From St. Julien,” and immediately posted about it on Facebook. The lyricism, musicianship, and feel of Cameron Boucher and the rest of the band beautifully collaborate to compile an album that I would consider perfect. Continue reading

‘Lady Bird’ Review

By: Mark Farmer, Entertainment Writer

Source: impawards.com

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird released in theaters this past month, starring Saoirse Ronan in the film’s titular role. A senior in high school, Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson struggles in coming to terms with her changing life and personality as she prepares to graduate from high school and move on to college.

Gerwig’s latest film has been gaining major traction, as reviews have begun showering the movie with praise. Lady Bird has not only earned a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, but has also beat 1999’s Toy Story 2 for being the site’s most-reviewed film sitting at a perfect score; Out of 185 aggregated film scores, every single one of them positively reviewed Lady Bird. This is most impressive, given that it’s Gerwig’s first solo directing and writing effort. In her ten-year-tenure within Hollywood, Gerwig has co-written and co-directed a number of critically acclaimed films, but certainly nothing towards Lady Bird’s veracity. Is the flick worthy of such unadulterated praise? Continue reading

Clemson, OU, Georgia, and Bama to Play in CFP

By: Nick Jacquin, Sports Editor

Source: al.com

It has been a roller coaster of a year in the world of college football.  In the end, there are four teams left standing with a chance at a national title, as the College Football Playoff field has been set.

The Clemson Tigers head into the Sugar Bowl game as the top team in the country where they will square off against the Alabama Crimson Tide.  The other semifinal features a Rose Bowl game pitting the Oklahoma Sooners versus the Georgia Bulldogs.  

While the CFP Committee feels that these are the best four teams in the country, there are some questions to be asked.  Clemson, Oklahoma, and Georgia appeared to be locks after winning their respective conference championships, but the fourth seed was a questionable one.  The Ohio State Buckeyes knocked off the previously unbeaten Wisconsin Badgers in the Big 10 Championship, while Alabama was idle after being left out of the SEC Championship.  Ultimately, Alabama played a weaker schedule, but it was Ohio State’s 31-point loss to a much weaker Iowa team that proved to be costly in leaving them out of the final four. Continue reading

Cardinals Remain a Possibility for Stanton

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: businessinsider.com

With the Major League Baseball offseason hot stove in full swing, the biggest name being discussed is slugger Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.  This past Friday, officials from the St. Louis Cardinals front office met with Stanton’s representatives to discuss a possible trade with Miami. This came just one day after the San Francisco Giants front office also met with Stanton’s representatives. The Cardinals and Giants are currently the two favorite teams to land the reigning National League MVP, with the Dodgers also a possible consideration. The Cardinals are historically cautious about taking on huge contracts, but they seem to be ready to break the mold in order to make themselves a playoff contender once again. The off-season has been slow so far, but once a Stanton deal is made, the other dominoes of the free agent market will quickly begin to fall.

    The Cardinals have been one of the most aggressive suitors of Stanton this offseason, and understandably so. The team has been lacking a consistent middle-of-the-order bat since the departure of both Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday, and Stanton could be just what they need. The Marlins’ right fielder slugged 59 home runs last season on the way to his first MVP award. Stanton would also complete a very dangerous looking outfield, combined with the breakout of Tommy Pham and an improved year from Dexter Fowler. Continue reading

Presidential (Re)tweets Spark Debate

By: Neal Kisor, News Writer

Trump’s Twitter escapades are a hot topic for many political followers. Many people, including Trump’s most staunch defendants have criticized his Twitter usage. Trump gained a new opponent in the past week when his tweets and retweets led to disputes between him and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The dispute began after Trump retweeted an anti-Muslim video from “Britain First”, an extremist group. The video sparked many harsh reactions from British government officials. Theresa May denounced Trump’s decision to retweet the video after calling Britain First a “hateful organization.” The British ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch, wrote a letter to the White House in protest. Many British officials are labeling Trump racist and incompetent because of the retweet. Continue reading

‘Weinstein Effect’ Propels Claims in All Fields

By: Neal Kisor, News Writer

Recently, the world of Hollywood and media have been stirring over a swath of sexual misconduct claims and allegations. The claims began to snowball after Harvey Weinstein received over eighty claims of sexual abuse. Many people were astonished over the allegations associated with Weinstein. For a small group of people who were affected by celebrities and politicians, this coming-forward was encouraging.

Since the Weinstein allegations, dozens of people have come forward to reveal other celebrities, news anchors, and politicians of sexual abuse. Among those are CBS journalist Charlie Rose, comedian Louis C.K., actor Kevin Spacey, NBC journalist Matt Lauer, Michigan U.S. Representative John Conyers, and many, many more. Continue reading

‘Pickles’ Populate Oregon Coast

By: Neal Kisor, News Writer

Oregon shoreline residents had a small, slimy surprise arrive on the coast this past week. They came in the thousands, tiny bioluminescent and translucent alien-like creatures which resemble tiny dill pickles. People walking along the coast had no clue what these creatures are, all they know is that they’re quite slimy. However, the appearance of the pickle-creatures may reveal something shocking.

While many beach-goers and even scientists didn’t know what these blobs were, they’re a curious species called a pyrosome (or fire body). Pyrosomes, while they may look like one continuous body, are actually colonies of individual organisms. Think about pyrosomes as little slimy snowballs, they cling to each other and grow longer and longer. Some pyrosomes have even been reported being sixty feet long. However, the pyrosomes that have washed up in Oregon have only been around two to three inches long at most. Continue reading