Hey There Nostalgia: Revisiting Middle School Music

By Olivia Bono In the age of YouTube and Spotify, we can listen to any song we want from any era. So why is it that when we hear our favorite middle school jams in Okenshields—be they “Stereo Hearts,” “Dynamite,” or even “Cotton Eye Joe”—we drop everything (except maybe our trays of fried rice because we really don’t want to have to go through that … Continue reading Hey There Nostalgia: Revisiting Middle School Music

Television as Text: Confronting Realities in Donald Glover’s Atlanta

By Jacque Groskaufmanis I watched the first episode of Atlanta in the Fine Arts library, sitting next to a literal Greek statue and a fancy, old-timey map of 1970’s Manhattan. Donald Glover’s show portrays the city of Atlanta and the vibrancy and violence that exist within it. The scenes are emphasized in an unsettling way, set against the background of the ivory tower that is … Continue reading Television as Text: Confronting Realities in Donald Glover’s Atlanta

Art in the Internet Age: An Analysis of www.Billlwurtz.com

By Nathaniel LaCelle-Peterson It is with little fanfare that the Internet has seeped into the day-to-day routine of life. It is a quiet medium that regurgitates pictures of my friends smiling and pointing at waterfalls or platefuls of chicken-waffles, the day’s news, the day’s think pieces about yesterday’s news, and the vague affirmation of strangers quantified in likes, “wows,” and retweets. There’s rarely a waking … Continue reading Art in the Internet Age: An Analysis of www.Billlwurtz.com

Vampires, Werewolves, and… the Economy? The Effects of the Twilight Saga on Local Economies in Washington State

By Magdalene Murphy At the top of the Olympic Peninsula, that dark and rainy spit of land that sticks out from the westernmost edge of the continental United States, sits the unremarkable town of Forks, Washington. It is unremarkable, of course, except for being the backdrop to one of the biggest pop culture stories of the past decade: The Twilight Saga. It’s also located in … Continue reading Vampires, Werewolves, and… the Economy? The Effects of the Twilight Saga on Local Economies in Washington State

Thirteen and Online: Growing Up in Video Game Communities

I grew up on online videogames. It began with a game called Blockland, where you played as a little Lego man who could walk around and build stuff out of blocks among other little Lego men doing the same. As a default, the game contained practically no rules. For instance, I could acquire preposterously overpowered rocket launcher as a little Lego man but I was … Continue reading Thirteen and Online: Growing Up in Video Game Communities

Leaving the Vault: Townie-Gownie Relations in a Mutie-Normie Roleplaying Game

By Melvin Li The year is 2161. It has been close to a century since the United States, Soviet Union, China, and other global powers have extinguished almost all life on Earth after a two hour nuclear exchange on October 23, 2077. North America is a lifeless, radiated desert filled with bands of bloodthirsty raiders and hordes of ravenous mutants. The most dangerous threat in … Continue reading Leaving the Vault: Townie-Gownie Relations in a Mutie-Normie Roleplaying Game

Villain or Victim? After 13 Years, Ben Affleck Returns as the World’s Worst Superhero

By Laura Kern In his 2013 Oscars acceptance speech, Ben Affleck choked up thanking his wife and children. His tears charmed the world as viewers dabbed at their eyes like proud grandmothers. In the fifteen years between his two Oscar wins — the first in 1998 for Best Screenplay for Good Will Hunting, and the second for Best Picture for Argo — audiences watched Affleck … Continue reading Villain or Victim? After 13 Years, Ben Affleck Returns as the World’s Worst Superhero

White Girls Watching Lena: What We Can Learn From Dunham’s Flawed Public Feminism

By Jael Goldfine I’ve never known what to think about Lena Dunham—what to make of her, how to speak about her, how to relate myself to her, or whether I should at all. As a millennial woman, I’ve felt obligated to have an opinion about Lena Dunham—a strong one—but have skated by with a variety of mumbled, non-comments, requested mostly by women whose opinion I … Continue reading White Girls Watching Lena: What We Can Learn From Dunham’s Flawed Public Feminism

Every Line Spoken by Cho Chang in all 8 of the Harry Potter Films

Compiled by Jael Goldfine “Two pumpkin pasties, please? Thank you.” “Harry, erhm, watch yourself on the stairs, it’s a bit icy at the top.” “Yes?” “Sorry, I didn’t catch that.” “Oh, uhm, Harry, I’m sorry but someone’s already asked me. And, well, I’ve said I’ll go with him.“ “Harry!! I really am!! Sorry!” “It’s Professor Trelawney!” “Expelliarmus!” “Yeah, I’m okay. Anyways, it’s worth it. It’s … Continue reading Every Line Spoken by Cho Chang in all 8 of the Harry Potter Films

Bernie Sanders & Pope Francis: Apparently both these people have albums… here’s what we learned from listening to each

By Katie O’Brien and Nathaniel Coderre Bernie: In 1987, local recording studio owner Todd Lockwood approached Mayor Bernie and asked him to collaborate on a folk album with other Vermont musicians. Surprisingly, Bernie loved the idea, telling Lockwood, “I have to admit to you, this appeals to my ego.”   Bernie has been hammering the same line home since 1987, and it repeated throughout the … Continue reading Bernie Sanders & Pope Francis: Apparently both these people have albums… here’s what we learned from listening to each