Category Archives: Arts and Entertainment

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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Appreciating Poptropica

Morgan Roberto Managing Editor

Created by Jeff Kinney, Poptropica is an online virtual world that has moved onto new platforms like the Nintendo DS, app, books, and more. The player creates a character and moves about the islands. They solve puzzles and complete tasks in order to play out the story and win medals. They can use said medals to purchase items and outfits for their character and house.

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What is Leaving Netflix in January

Megan Solensky Staff Writer

As most Netflix account holders are aware, many TV shows and movies hold a shelf life on the platform. This change happens as licensing expires and attempts are made to keep the streaming service fresh with the latest content. Many notable titles will be removed in February 2022. As the country still battles an ongoing pandemic, stay inside and catch up on the following flicks before they expire.

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The Timelessness of The Muppets

Rebecca May Ristow A&E Editor

Jim Henson had a long and successful career creating iconic characters on both Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. These characters were all fondly referred to as “Muppets,” a combination of the words “marionette” and “puppet.” In today’s world, the availability of media is abundant and ever changing. Almost anyone can make content and all of it is at the tips of our fingers, making it rare for a series to stick around for several years. So what is it about The Muppets that has prompted decades of popularity and reiterations?

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Attack on Titan is Back

Morgan Roberto Managing Editor

            The new season of Attack on Titan is here. Coming out with its fourth episode this week, the show has been airing at 3:45 pm Eastern Time every Sunday. Fans all over are excited to see their favorite characters back and better than ever (for the most part) and manga readers can’t wait to see their favorite panels finally animated. Let’s look at what’s happened so far.

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