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TikTok: Cultural Titan or Cultural Downfall?

TikTok: Cultural Titan or Cultural Downfall?

Christopher Vargas and Ryan Jayne

April 5, 2020

TikTok, the refined social media platform previously known as Musically, has taken over the pop culture realm of most teenagers today. Often an outlet for spare time, the app has becoming highly controversial. Today, two staff writers will express their thoughts and opinions over the next best, or wor...

Millenial Take on West Side Story

Millenial Take on West Side Story

Ricardo Rios, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

West Side story is a cult classic and one of the most popular modern iterations of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It follows two rival New York street gangs, the Sharks and the Jets. One of the gang members falls in love with a member of the other gang, and the tale of forbidden love ensu...

The Excessive Truth of Valentine’s Day

The Excessive Truth of Valentine’s Day

Lauren Klemowich, Staff Writer

February 13, 2020

Red roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, giant stuffed teddy bears, and jewelry store ads are all signs that Valentine's Day is upon us, but is Valentine’s Day an excessive holiday? The origins of Valentine’s Day tells a dark tale about the Romans that many do not know about. The Romans wer...

American Dirt Lacks the True Migrant Experience

American Dirt Lacks the True Migrant Experience

Karen Portillo, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

The release of Jeanine Cummins' novel, American Dirt, has prompted a nationwide controversy. The book is about a Mexican mother and her son fleeing to America after their family members were killed by a drug cartel. Despite the important issues the book focuses on, the criticism is centered on how a...

The Unbelievable Death of Jeffrey Epstein

The Unbelievable Death of Jeffrey Epstein

Lauren Klemowich, Staff Writer

January 23, 2020

From believing that the United States did not land on the Moon to thinking 9/11 was an inside job, conspiracy theories and hoaxes have plagued the internet. Live Science claims that at least 50% of people in America believe in one or more conspiracy theories. One of these conspiracies that has covered t...

My Complicated Relationship With Gwyneth Paltrow

My Complicated Relationship With Gwyneth Paltrow

Alayna Reddick, Editor

January 17, 2020

When Gwyneth Paltrow walked the red carpet for the 2020 Golden Globes, all I could think was “Oh, Gwyneth.” While many thought the see-through, brown “dress” was a reinvention of the naked look popular in the early 2000s, all the dress reminded me of was my unfounded, yet intense, distaste for Gwyne...

FAFSA Verification: What It Means

FAFSA Verification: What It Means

Charlize Quinto, Staff Writer

November 13, 2019

When you checked your confirmation email from FAFSA, was there an asterisk (*) next to your EFC? Did it look like something like this? If so, that means you’ve been selected for verification! Don’t fret, it happens to many students. It doesn’t mean that there was something wrong with your application. One-third of FAFSA applicatio...

Don’t Wear a Culture, Wear a Costume

Don’t Wear a Culture, Wear a Costume

Charlize Quinto, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

As we all welcome the autumnal season, we also welcome the heavily anticipated time of the year (for most)— Halloween!  While you plan your costume, there is something you should consider: “Is my costume culturally offensive?” You have probably seen it before. A guy shows up to a party wear...

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