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The Artist’s Block: Emily Madeira

Emily Madeira

September 13, 2019

"St. Sebastian" by Emily Madeira Media Used: Mixed media, including watercolor, pencil, and gold acrylic. Time to complete: 1 week Interesting Fact: This piece is part of a larger series of Saint portraits that she is working on.   ...

Netflix’s “Sugar Rush” is enough to satisfy viewer’s sweet tooth

Netflix’s “Sugar Rush” is enough to satisfy viewer’s sweet tooth

Jordan Durkin

September 13, 2019

When it comes to deliciously themed cupcakes, confections and cakes, Sugar Rush is the place to be. The Netflix original series currently features two seasons, and on July 13th, the second season was released. Each episode has three rounds where four teams of two compete to win $10,000.  Each team ha...

Paintings created by artificial intelligence gain popularity, but pose questions on artistic value

Paintings created by artificial intelligence gain popularity, but pose questions on artistic value

Liam Umbs

September 13, 2019

At a Christie’s auction last October, a mathematical equation sold for $432,500, 45 times higher than its estimated value. The reason? The equation was the algorithm behind The Portrait of Edmond de Belamy, the first painting made by artificial intelligence (AI) to be featured at a high profile auction. Almost ...

“Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark” captures horror of the books despite PG-13 rating

“Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark” captures horror of the books despite PG-13 rating

Jacynth Apora

September 13, 2019

The book series Scary Stories topped the American Library Association’s list of the 100 most frequently challenged books from 1990-1999. People demanded for the books to be removed from libraries. But it inspired the movie adaptation Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark that earned $21 million at its box...

Literary translators strive to preserve authenticity while expressing creativity

Literary translators strive to preserve authenticity while expressing creativity

Liam Umbs

September 13, 2019

“ἄνδρα μοι ἔννεπε, μοῦσα, πολύτροπον, ὃς μάλα πολλὰ” Though this phrase may appear to be nonsense, it is actually written in Ancient Greek. If you were to ask ten people who understand Ancient Greek what that line is, they would all tell you that it i...

Message of suicide in music sparks controvery

Message of suicide in music sparks controvery

Rebecca Heath

September 13, 2019

On Oct. 26, 1984, 19-year-old John McCollum was found dead in his home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while listening to Ozzy Osbourne’s album, “Blizzard of Oz.” With lyrics such as “Suicide is the only way out” and “Get the gun and try it,” his family alleged that one of the album...

Art helps children with special needs to express themselves

Art helps children with special needs to express themselves

Carla Vreeland and Isabella Castelo

June 20, 2019

When it comes to the development of children, art plays a significant role, especially for children with special needs.  A study conducted by assistant professor Karen DeMoss of the University of New Mexico found that integrating art in the education of students of all achievement levels creates a m...

Aspiring writers weigh the odds of pursuing their craft

Aspiring writers weigh the odds of pursuing their craft

Isabel Lindsay

June 20, 2019

Every author has to face rejection from a publishing company at least once during their career. However, for one particular author, who happens to be Stephen King, his experience was particularly unfortunate, as his first novel was rejected over twenty-five tines. After finally being accepted by a com...

New documentary shows realistic view of Bundy

New documentary shows realistic view of Bundy

Kaitlyn Hammond

June 20, 2019

Wicked, evil, vile. Among many others, these words can easily be used to describe serial killer Ted Bundy. But with the recent release of Netflix’s “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile,” I was afraid I would hear him described as “handsome,” “intelligent” or even worse, “charming.” ...

“Fitspo” accounts harm users’ self-perceptions

“Fitspo” accounts harm users’ self-perceptions

Carla Vreeland

May 10, 2019

Juice cleanses, kale chips, spin classes and Lululemon apparel: these represent the epitome of fitness in 2019. Fitness and wellness bloggers frequently display these health ‘standards’ on social media through fitness inspiration, or “fitspo,” accounts. According to Pew Research Center of Internet...

Pop-up museums offer unique spaces for photography

Pop-up museums offer unique spaces for photography

Liam Umbs

May 10, 2019

To make the most of their social media feeds, users often “do it for the gram.” Pop-up museums promote Insta-fame, especially during warmer months. In a colorful room filled with candy, sugar and sweets, one visitor jumps off a diving board at the end of a giant tub filled with sprinkles. Th...

“Finstas” allow for self-expression, but create a new platform for cyberbullying

“Finstas” allow for self-expression, but create a new platform for cyberbullying

Rebecca Heath

May 10, 2019

Failed selfies or embarrassing stories won’t be found on a normal Instagram account. Instead, teens have turned to ‘finstas’ to post the truest content about themselves. The name finstagram, commonly shortened to “finsta,” comes from the combination of “fake” and “Instagram.” Accordin...

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