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Bill Wurtz Takes Online Creators by Storm

Jasmine Fernandez, Copy Editor

October 18, 2017


Filed under Editorial

With YouTube’s creative populace skyrocketing in recent years, it’s no surprise that audiences are unearthing hidden gems from the platform’s woodworks. Among these gems lies Bill Wurtz, the creator accredited with nearly 400 videos including history of japan and history of the entire world, i guess. Recently...

Betsy DeVos Rescinds Dear Colleague Letter

Dennise Reynoso, Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Editorial

On Sept. 7, Secretary of State Betsy DeVos announced that the administration will make changes to current college campus policies concerning sexual assault and violence. DeVos explained that the “Dear Colleague Letter” put in place by former president Barack Obama, will be overturned due to appar...

Justice for Freddie Gray, Justice for All

Makayla Riley, Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Editorial

On Apr. 12, 2015, Freddie Gray was arrested for allegedly carrying a knife in public. Video of the arrest shows the 25-year old being dragged headfirst in a police van. A week later, Gray was pronounced dead after suffering from a chronic spinal injury and not receiving medical attention. New videos h...

Heathers Reboot

Nathalie Sibal, Writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Editorial, Entertainment

On Aug. 27, the Heathers T.V. reboot teaser trailer debuted during the MTV Video Music Awards. The trailer opens with a fellow student informing the lead character, Veronica Sawyer, that Heather Chandler is looking for her. The scene transitions to the new, diverse, and rebellious looking Heathers that...

Emmy Wins Representative of Larger Need for Diversity

Oscar Flores, Co-Copy Editor

October 4, 2017


Filed under Editorial

It is rare to find something to relate to or, at the very least, sympathize with in visual media.  Movie theatres and TV channels are overstuffed with larger-than-life stories that present to the masses fantasies which act as an escape from one’s life.  Escapism is a good thing, but fictional sto...

A Shift

Valeria Ostorga, Writer

September 27, 2017


Filed under Editorial

This past month on Twitter, news feeds have been filled with a plethora of controversial topics; some of which consist of neo-nazis and white supremacists.  In the midst of this, on Friday, Sep. 1, what seemed to be a natural scroll through Twitter suddenly became more significant than the day before...

North Korea Strikes Back

Jasmine Fernandez, Copy Editor

September 20, 2017


Filed under Editorial

As 2017 enters its final months, there’s a lot on people’s minds: the political world has been bursting with activity since Donald Trump’s election and even prior under the Obama administration. Besides attempts at travel bans, the possible repealing of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals),...

The Spinner Epidemic

James Torrico, Writer

May 24, 2017


Filed under #WhatsTrending, Editorial

As the new wave of trends arrive, there is one that is the most notable and that happens to be the Fidget Spinners. Fidget Spinners are toys that made of a different variety of metals and bearings that creates a spinning motion of the toy. The Spinners are sold as a “stress-relieving toy” by allowing the person u...

Tribeca Film Festival 2017

Oscar Flores, Writer

May 16, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Editorial, Entertainment, Movies

Highly regarded as one of the central hubs for showcasing upcoming independent films, the Tribeca Film Festival began April 19 and ended on April 30.  The event provided attendees with a wide spectrum of films along with panels featuring known performers and directors such as Alejandro Inarritu and ...

Challenging the Odds

Ajla Nasic, Writer

April 14, 2017


Filed under Editorial

On March 8, a statue titled Fearless Girl captivated the natives of New York and tourists alike after it was placed off Wall Street in front of the renowned statue, Charging Bull. The resilient portrayal of a young girl has garnered a massive amount of both positive and negative attention in regards to the subjectiv...

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