Spatial Culture of Eastern

Malek Y. Allari Editor-In-Chief

            In the book Cultural Studies: A Practical Introduction, Michael Ryan argues that Cultural Geography teaches us that if the world around us shapes our lives, we also make the world around us over in ways that embody and embed our thoughts, imaginings, ideals, and meanings(12). This idea can be shown in the Eastern community, where not only the campus holds its own “culture,” but also every residential hall has one.

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The Ukraine Issue

Aicha Ly Opinion Editor

On Twitter, there is a video circulating of a 14 year old who just recently died from leg injuries sustained when she was riding her bike on the streets of Ukraine, attempting to fight to live until she could not anymore. A young Ukrainian couple has gone viral for suiting up to fight off Russian invaders right after getting married. Families have been torn by the devastation of a war raging with Russia, choosing between life and death as all men aged 18 to 60 (peoples brothers, partners, friends, fathers, sons) have been ordered to stay and fight alongside their 6th, and current president–Volodymr Zelensky. Some people have decided they would rather die fighting than to leave the country they love so dearly, whereas others find themselves with no choice but to leave for the sake of future ambitions and loved ones. Regardless of the variety of choices and situations, one thing remains clear: Ukranians are not going down without some sort of fight, and were clearly underestimated by Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Another key point to realize is that this situation is much more complicated than social media makes it appear.

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A Critique of Eastern´s FYI Programs

Aicha Ly Opinion Editor

            Anyone who has spent their first year at our institution, Eastern CT State University, has most likely completed an FYI course. For those who transferred into the university or those who are unfamiliar with FYI courses, FYI courses are “First Year Introduction” courses. They are set up as split modules, one part of the class dedicated to a liberal arts topic and another part led by more senior students who have taken the position of peer mentors in which they are given the responsibility to aid in the social and academic transition to college of first year students. The course I took in my first semester (Fall 2020) was Holistic Crisis Management, which is a business oriented class. However, there are more light hearted FYI courses such as CT’s Jurassic Park which is being offered this semester.

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Settling the Black History Month Controversy

Aicha Ly Opinion Editor

Recently, someone asked me “What is the purpose of Black history month? Black history is a part of all history and if we are trying to overcome racism through unity isn’t it counterproductive to discriminate against other races by differentiating one month specifically for Black people?” This is not the first time I have heard this question. To some, who believe they are colorblind when it comes to race and think this is the best approach to peace, Black history month is unnecessary and possibly even racist. Therefore, when faced with the existence of this month, one question comes to mind: why?

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Reality of Peace

Malek Y. Allari Editor-In-Chief

Let us pose a question. Is the world truly at peace right now? Some will answer yes, and some will answer no. Some will stand with the 5th amendment and say nothing. Another question. What if the whole world spoke one language, people looked the same (skin color and other appearances), served one country, and lived with a smile on their faces; would it be considered world peace? Some people will say that it is impossible, and some will wish for it. It might/not bring world peace, but it might/not bring equality.

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The Presence in GreedFall

Malek Y. Allari Editor-In-Chief

            In GreedFall, the presence of the player in which they intervene with the virtual world of 17th fantasy France is hugely set by their actions and responsibilities. The game starts off with the player being a cousin and nephew of the minister and is considered of royal blood. At the beginning of the game, the player kicks off the story with no knowledge of the social standing, the storyline, or what is the history behind the characters. Unlike other games like Rise of the Tomb Raider,  the NPCs of Greedfall strike a conversation with the player.

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The Bechdel Test and Feminism in Media

Rebecca May Ristow A&E Editor

            Most commonly applied to movies and TV shows, The Bechdel Test was named after American cartoonist Alison Bechdel. Bechdel, most well known for her comic strips and graphic novels, founded the test as a way to roughly estimate the presence of women in a piece of media. The standard requirement to ‘pass’ the test is that two women must talk at some point in the film about something other than a man. Sometimes, people add on the rule that the women must be named characters. These rules originated almost by accident, showing up in one of Bechdel’s comic strips. Two women are depicted going to the movies together and one of them explains that she only watches films that pass those rules. Finding nothing in the theater that does, the two women go home. Originally, the strip was intended to explore the idea that women, especially queer women, are often alienated in media. The ending of the comic references this in its final joke, when the woman remarks that the last film she was able to watch was Alien.

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Why Do We Love Sitcoms?

Rebecca May Ristow A&E Editor

            Almost every young adult has a favorite sitcom. Even though we didn’t grow up with Friends, we’ve all seen the show at least once. The Office is practically considered a classic by young adults, only rivaled by the die-hard Parks and Recreation fans. Some people love New Girl, while others vouch endlessly for the appeal of The Good Place, How I Met Your Mother, or Community. All of these shows follow similar formats, focusing on extremely outrageous groups of main characters as they get themselves in even more ridiculous circumstances. Situational comedy is sometimes called lowbrow, or made fun of for being simple or relying on stereotypes. So, why do young adults love sitcoms?

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The Place of the Past

Malek Y. Allari Editor-In-Chief

Paris is Burning is a documentary by Jennie Livingston representing the drag culture that was dominated by the LGBTQ+ community and people of color. One of the most important topics of cultural studies that the documentary touched base on was the importance of place. In cultural studies, the place could be physical, mental, and social. A physical place could be a place where a person is living, born, or raised in. The mental place is the mental state that the person is going through. Finally, the social place is in what class does a person fits in, whether it is high, middle, or lower class.

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The Amazon’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Trailer Excites Fans with New Content in 10 Years

Jessica Vieira Contributing Writer

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for Lord of the Rings fans. From twenty-two new posters teasing characters, and behind the scenes photos courtesy of Vanity Fair, to a brand new teaser trailer for Super Bowl Sunday, the show’s year-long silence has officially been broken. This is the first new Lord of the Rings content being created since The Hobbit movies came out in 2012.

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