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Students perform The Mad Ones as part of USI Theatres Fall 2021 productions.  Samantha Brown (Evelyn Pigman) and Kelly (Clare McGregor) sing about their future in front of Sams mom Beverley (Grace Koltz) and Sams Boyfriend Adam (Nate Jenkins).

Theater students nail live performance comeback with “The Mad Ones”

Sydney Lawson, Staff Writer October 21, 2021

On a dimly lit stage, Samantha Brown (Evelyn Pigman) sorrowfully sings out, “Can you do something as simple as not knowing where you’re going? What does it feel like?” Such is the theme of “The...

Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the Columbia Pictures  sequel to Venom. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is playing in theaters.

“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” disappoints as a sequel

Sydney Lawson, Staff Writer October 21, 2021

Have you ever loved a movie and were excited to watch its sequel, and then the sequel fails to live up to expectations? “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” falls victim to mediocre sequel curse.  I was...

Panama Canal Stories intertwines five human stories over the span of 100 years to show the impact of the Panama Canal. USI Spanish Club showed the film Sept. 30. 2021.

“Panama Canal Stories” demonstrates the Panama Canal’s impact

Tegan Ruhl, Staff Writer October 19, 2021

Chances are, you’ve heard of the Panama Canal. However, there’s a richer history behind the canal your teachers probably didn’t teach you in school.  “Panama Canal Stories” is a movie about...

Banned Book Week 2021 was Sept. 26 - Oct. 2. A banned book is one that is made unavailable in libraries or stores.

Banned Book Week highlights the dangers of censorship

Sydney Lawson, Staff Writer October 6, 2021

Have you ever been captivated by the words of a book? Lost in a world created or reflected by the mind of an author? Has a book ever challenged your ideology?  A challenged book is one that has faced...

Ryan Reynolds stars as Guy in Free Guy. Guy becomes free when we discovers he is a non playable character in a video game.

Free your time for “Free Guy”

Tegan Ruhl, Staff Writer October 5, 2021

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in a video game? Don’t worry, 20th Century Studios “Free Guy” will answer that question for you.   “Free Guy” follows Guy (Ryan Reynolds),...

Addie LaRue written by  V.E. Schwab tells the story of Addie LaRues never ending life.

Addie LaRue is a girl out of time with all the time in the world

Sydney Lawson, Staff Writer September 28, 2021

From the first page of V.E. Schwab’s “Addie LaRue,” I knew this story was going to be special. The captivating writing style and mysterious, whimsical characters made my heart leap by the end of...

Cry Macho is Warner Bros. new film directed and starring Clint Eastwood. Mike Milo (Clint Eastwood) takes Rafo (Eduardo Minett) on trip that lacks action to Texas from Mexico.

“Cry Macho:” The western nobody asked for

Tegan Ruhl, Staff Writer September 23, 2021

Drama, action, gunfights and an exciting plotline are everything good western movies have and what “Cry Macho” lacks. Directed by Clint Eastwood, this Warner Bros film centers around Mike Milo (Clint...

Squid Game is a Netflix original show in which characters compete with their lives in childhood games for billions of won. The circle, triangle, square and circle represent a squid as the court for Squid Game. The offense tries to get from the top circle to the bottom circle while the defense tries to keep them out of the bottom circle.

Netflix’s “Squid Game” adds terror to nostalgia

Sydney Lawson, Staff Writer September 23, 2021

What if you could win forty million dollars by playing childish games like hopscotch or freeze tag? Would you participate, even if losing meant death? This is the exact scenario desperate players find...

 “Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal, and Greed” is a Netflix original documentary about Bob Ross and the supposed scandals following his life.

“Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal, and Greed” is a happy accident

Tegan Ruhl, Staff Writer September 21, 2021

“Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal, and Greed” tries to convince the audience that Bob Ross’s success was not a happy accident but the result of betrayal and greed.   Netflix original documentary...

Halseys “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power came out Aug. 27, 2021 on all media platforms.

Halsey’s newest album is their most vulnerable yet

Sydney Lawson, Staff Writer September 16, 2021

Halsey’s “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power'' is a “concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth” with an emphasis that there does not have to be a bodily dichotomy between...

“Worth” follows the lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, played by Michael Keaton, as he tries to compensate the victim’s of 9/11 families. The trending Netflix original movie shows the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001 from a new perspective.

“Worth:” The aftermath of 9/11 told 20 years later

Tegan Ruhl, Staff writer September 11, 2021

“How much is life worth?” This is the ringing question in Netflix’s new movie “Worth.” “Worth” is the trending Netflix original based on the true story of lawyer Kenneth Feinberg. Feinberg...

“Cruella”: Classic Villain, New Perspective

“Cruella”: Classic Villain, New Perspective

Sydney Lawson and Tegan Ruhl September 3, 2021

“If she doesn’t scare you… no evil thing will.” The old song still rings true in Disney’s new take of the classic villain Cruella De Vil. “Cruella” is the origin story of an orphan...

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