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You must keep breathing

You must keep breathing

Nik Cunningham, Publications Editor

September 11, 2020

Shoulders are things that can fall to the ground, right? Saying the word ‘free’ forces you to smile, correct? This podcast forces you to relax...at first, anyway. I’m not going to lie- I tried to stay awake during this podcast. I really did. But Hester’s voice is so soothing that I’ve ended up falling asl...

“The Umbrella Academy” portrays family dysfunction with a superhero twist

“The Umbrella Academy” portrays family dysfunction with a superhero twist

Will Phillips, Lifestyle Editor

August 27, 2020

Is your family dysfunctional? It surely doesn’t hold a match to the family in “The Umbrella Academy”, which follows a group of anti-heroes equipped with unmatched superpowers (and daddy issues). The Netflix Original is based on graphic novels by Gerald Way.  The show starts with an eccentric billionair...

Why ‘The Midnight Gospel’ is the best show for quarantine

Why ‘The Midnight Gospel’ is the best show for quarantine

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

May 7, 2020

What do singing zombies, philosophical debates, blackholes and saxophone playing angel-Satan relationships have in common? The show, “The Midnight Gospel”. I was apprehensive when I first started watching this show. I thought it was going to be all about religion. I was going to watch it just fo...

Persistence in beating the odds shown in ‘Self-Made’

Persistence in beating the odds shown in 'Self-Made'

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

April 16, 2020

“Self Made” is a limited series based on the life of Sarah Breedlove or “Madam C. J. Walker,”   the first female self-made millionaire in the United States.  The series follows her rise from humble beginnings to becoming a brand name.   Netflix and many celebrity executive producers ba...

Netflix’s ‘Locke & Key’ full of unique mysteries, relatable characters

Netflix's 'Locke & Key' full of unique mysteries, relatable characters

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

“Locke & Key” seems to open a new door to mystery at every unexpected moment. The recently released Netflix series, based on a comic book series from the minds of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, exceeds all expectations as the Locke family dives into a new, adventurous and magical world. ...

Hulu’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ still has room to improve

Hulu's 'Little Fires Everywhere' still has room to improve

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

“Little Fires Everywhere” is a new Hulu original series, originally written by Celeste Ng, that adapts the tale of the Shaker Heights residents, the Richardsons, and the bohemian travelers, the Warrens. The series features heavyweight actresses and executive producers, Reese Witherspoon (Elen...

BTS’ ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ explores themes of individuality, personal growth

BTS' 'Map of the Soul: 7' explores themes of individuality, personal growth

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

March 5, 2020

BTS are continuously killing it with their passionate personalities and endless exploratory themes. Their recently released album “Map of the Soul: 7” is no exception. This new album continues the delve into the groups’ inner psyches and characters following last year’s “Map of the Soul: Per...

USI Theater’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ hilarious, utterly sincere

USI Theater's 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' hilarious, utterly sincere

Emma Corry, Feature Editor

February 25, 2020

Growing up can be trying for any young teen. It’s even harder if you’re a Jewish-Polish teen living in 1930s Brooklyn.  The Great Depression and an inevitable world war can’t compare to the greatest challenge of all: your own family. “Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon was USI Thea...

Netflix’s ‘P.S. I Still Love You’ falls victim to sequel curse

Netflix's 'P.S. I Still Love You' falls victim to sequel curse

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

February 23, 2020

As a rule, sequels usually aren’t as good as the originals. “P.S. I Still Love You” is the sequel to, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” The film was released on Feb. 12, just in time for Valentine’s Day.  It features the previous main cast along with some new additions, such as Jordan Fi...

‘Return of the Hero’ exhibits satisfying, unexpected ending

'Return of the Hero' exhibits satisfying, unexpected ending

Darrian Breedlove, Opinion Editor

February 16, 2020

Having a story end with all its problems solved isn’t always the best ending. “Return of the Hero” is a historical comedy film set in France in 1809, as recently shown on campus as part of a French film series. The story follows Captain Neuville, who proposed to Pauline and is set to marry ...

‘The Ghost Bride’ captivates with inspiring heroine, exciting mysteries

'The Ghost Bride' captivates with inspiring heroine, exciting mysteries

Alyssa Osborn, Staff Writer

February 11, 2020

Li Lan, a daughter of a spice trader, is proposed to marry into a wealthy family, but the marriage is far from normal.  The young woman is thrust into solving a murder which leads her to the Netherworld in Netflix’s “The Ghost Bride.”  The Taiwanese drama is an exceptional series based on t...

Grammys left audiences wanting better

Grammys left audiences wanting better

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

February 4, 2020

Each year, the supposed best of each musical category wins a Grammy which is determined by the Recording Academy, the organization that gives out the awards.  Prior to the event, the Academy was embroiled in a battle with the recently suspended Deborah Dugan, the president and chief executive of...

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