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A group of teens walk outside of a GameStop in the early 2000s. Columnist Jane Knight proposes to bring cringe back to combat unrealistic beauty standards.

Opinion | Cringe cures modern tween anguishes

By Jane Knight, Columnist July 29, 2021

Whip out the One Direction CD and hop in my mom’s car losers, we’re going to Hot Topic. Everyone had a different style of being cringe in their tween-to-teenage years. Whether it be wearing tattoo...

Oscar Wilde (left) poses for a photo in 1852. P. G. Wodehouse (right) poses for a photo in 1904. Columnist Eddie Ryan claims that both authors have many parallels in their work.

Opinion | Wodehouse-Wilde nexus continually endures

By Eddie Ryan, Columnist July 7, 2021

Readers of Wodehouse and my previous piece might have in mind another writer who used butlers and English bachelors to satirize high society. In fact, the parallels between Wodehouse’s body of Wooster-themed...

Author P.G. Wodehouse poses for a photo in the 1930's. Columnist Eddie Ryan claims that Wodehouse's novel “The Code of the Woosters” perfectly encapsulates British social conventions through his use of comedic remarks.

Opinion | Wodehouse novel depicts British social conventions through comedy

By Eddie Ryan, Columnist June 30, 2021

P.G. Wodehouse’s novel “The Code of the Woosters” offers a delightful reprieve to readers weary of everyday stress and boredom. Whatever the unwholesome mixture of these elements one flees, Wodehouse...

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Vanessa Nadal Miranda attend an event for the film

Opinion | ‘In the Heights’ boldly adapts from stage to screen

By Samuel Rahman, Assistant Opinions Editor June 17, 2021

Lin-Manuel Miranda, of “Hamilton” fame, wrote his first musical, “In the Heights,” during his time at Wesleyan University. It is nothing less than a love letter to the NYC neighborhood of Washington...

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Opinion | Mind your Orwellian manners

By Eddie Ryan, Columnist June 10, 2021

Literature needn’t always descend into the grime of politics, though it usually offers some implicit commentary. Nevertheless, when it is made to deftly confront grave political realities, its message...

Opinion | Pleasure misguides those seeking satisfaction

Opinion | Pleasure misguides those seeking satisfaction

By Dylan Gray, Senior Columnist May 4, 2021

Feeling good is bad. In a society so enslaved by the pleasure principle, we have been conditioned to hedonism. We seek what is most gratifying at the moment and often throw caution to the wind. While this...

A screengrab of social media influencer Liza Koshy on Ashley Graham's video podcast

Opinion | Influencers embody bootstrap ideology’s ideals

By Andrea Martinez, Columnist April 29, 2021

The bootstrap ideology is the belief that hard work directly correlates to success and wealth. Aside from the individualistic culture it cultivates in a capitalist society, it has also become ingrained...

Dominique McElligott, Antony Starr, Jessie T. Usher, Chase Crawford, Aya Cash and Erin Moriatry star in “The Boys.” Columnist Matthew Krauter argues that the show highlights the dark sides of superheroes in a way that the Marvel franchise has not.

Opinion | “The Boys” illuminates superheroes’ dark sides

By Matthew Krauter, Senior Columnist April 26, 2021

Despite a year of vacant movie theaters, the cultural craze over Marvel’s superhero film franchise has presently persisted in streaming services through shows like “WandaVision” and “Falcon and...

Taylor Swift performs on stage during her Reputation tour in May 2018. Columnist Noah Nelson exclaims that Swift is a genius for implementing hidden easter eggs throughout her song lyrics and music videos.

Opinion | Taylor Swift evokes genius with Easter Eggs

By Noah Nelson, Senior Columnist April 23, 2021

When one thinks of iconic Americans, many names come to mind like Elvis Presley, Lucile Ball, John Wayne, Shirley Temple, Mark Twain, Henry Ford and Marilyn Monroe. Nowadays, it’s safe to say global...

Opinion | Diversity in media originates at local level

By Dylan Gray, Senior Columnist April 16, 2021

Recently, there has been an extensive conversation over greater diversity and representation in media. It is good that, as a society, there has been a greater emphasis on making sure that all members feel...

Lil Nas X's cover art for his new song

Opinion | “Montero” spotlights Christian intolerance toward homosexuality

By Micky Horstman, Columnist April 16, 2021

Lil Nas X redefined gay culture within the music industry with his release of “MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name).” The song debuted on the Billboard Top 100 and Rolling Stone Top 100, with 46.9 million...

Opinion | “Nadiya’s Time to Eat” cooks with heart

Opinion | “Nadiya’s Time to Eat” cooks with heart

By Rayna Wuh, Columnist April 9, 2021

Netflix's “Nadiya’s Time to Eat” is a warm, relatable cooking show hosted by the 2015 “Great British Bake Off” winner Nadiya Hussain. Between the vibrant pastel colors of the kitchen and Nadiya’s...

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