Interview: Composer David Arnold discusses ‘GOOD OMENS’ and scoring film

Award-winning composer David Arnold provided the Amazon Prime mini-series Good Omens (2019-) with a structure through his compositions by taking the wonderfully weird substance material that the show provides and converting it into charming, whimsical, delightfully peculiar arrangements of music. Arnold, most recognizable for his work on Independence Day (1996,) Casino Royale (2006,) and Godzilla (1998) recalled that composing score was something that he fell … Continue reading Interview: Composer David Arnold discusses ‘GOOD OMENS’ and scoring film

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The Problem with “Stan” Twitter

If you have any online presence, more specifically, if you are a Twitter user, you are likely to be familiar with the subcommunity of “Stan” Twitter. “Stans” or users that categorize themselves in this cult-like subculture often run fan accounts for specific franchises of entertainment. Popular “stan” groups include Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment, Korean Pop or “K-Pop,” anime, and Ariana Grande’s fanbase. Thought these are … Continue reading The Problem with “Stan” Twitter

A Look Back at Anime Central 2018

Proudly stated as one of the largest anime, manga and Japanese culture conventions in the Midwest, Anime Central or ACEN had reached an impressive number of attendees in 2018, reaching  91,609 cosplayers and congers alike. With a number of attractions, activities, and live events, the convention is known for bringing in an outstanding crowd. Much like the success in past years, ACEN 2018 was another … Continue reading A Look Back at Anime Central 2018

Our Addiction to Dirt, Drama, and Calling People Out

The internet is an interesting place – it can be both really great or really awful, depending on what’s happening. However, one of the things that adds to the not so pleasant side of it is the culture of finding “dirt” to cause drama, or “calling people out/exposing” them. Many celebrities have found themselves as a topic of drama, and have been called out by … Continue reading Our Addiction to Dirt, Drama, and Calling People Out

How to Handle a Long Distance Friendship

Between college, moving around, and internet relationships, long distance friendships are becoming more and more common. Despite the easy access to communication today’s technology offers us, there are still some challenges that arise with keeping a friendship going when distance interferes. Here are some tips to help keep close with all of your long distance friends: Communication is Key As much fun as it is … Continue reading How to Handle a Long Distance Friendship

The Battle Against Skin-Whitening Products In The UK

The BBC has found that several high-street shops are continuing to sell skin-whitening products such as creams, even after they were prosecuted for doing so. Trading Standards have acknowledged that it is a “really big problem”, as they are responsible for taking control of any creams and prosecuting businesses that are selling them. However, the businesses are not bothered by the fines and are continuing … Continue reading The Battle Against Skin-Whitening Products In The UK

Living in a Former Communist Country as a Teenager: Romania’s Battle with Progress

During the 24 years between 1965 until 1989 when Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania’s communist leader, ruled the country, Romania underwent severe changes and the nation had to endure brutal restrictions and injustices. For instance, Romanians were not allowed to speak out against the government, religious freedom was non-existent, there were food/water shortages, people were not able to change homes or jobs freely, any form of birth … Continue reading Living in a Former Communist Country as a Teenager: Romania’s Battle with Progress

It’s Time to Break the Stigma Behind Mental Illness

              Although a big topic of controversy and notoriety in recent years, mental illness is something many of us are often still weary of directly talking about. When thinking of mental illness, many people would imagine millennials, “snowflakes,” crying depression to get attention. The truth is, mental illness is a spectrum. Different people suffer to different degrees, and it’s … Continue reading It’s Time to Break the Stigma Behind Mental Illness

GLUETRAVELS: Taiwan

Visiting other countries is always an amazing experience and something that a traveler will remember for the rest of their life. I discovered this summer that learning more about other cultures helps a person to expand their thinking and become more global. Traveling to Taipei, Taiwan was something that I never thought that a homebody like me would do, but after staying for a couple … Continue reading GLUETRAVELS: Taiwan

In Praise of Online Teen Zines

Gone are the days where our fingertips have felt the smoothness of glossy paper. Our noses no longer recognize the scent of fresh print. Eyes no longer skim through horoscopes and anonymous confessions–on paper, at least. For generations, print magazines have been safe spaces for many, teens especially. With the with the advancements of technology and our dependence on it, unless you’re a technology-hating purist … Continue reading In Praise of Online Teen Zines

What It’s REALLY Like Being in a Long Distance Relationship

Long distance relationships are nothing new. But unless you’re in one, or have been in one, it’s likely you don’t know much about them! As someone who is currently in a long distance relationship, I’ll tell you upfront that having your partner thousands of miles away is nothing easy. Quite frankly, it has been one of the craziest emotional roller coasters I have ever been on. As … Continue reading What It’s REALLY Like Being in a Long Distance Relationship

What Is Pastel Feminism?

Googling the term won’t give you the exact results, but what you’ll get won’t be unimportant in this context.  Recently, someone on Twitter reacted to a dismissive article on the progress of Filipino feminism by asking what the Filipino equivalent of white feminism was because the article in question was the epitome of it.  Exclusive feminism has always been something that has angered me and … Continue reading What Is Pastel Feminism?

Melanin Mix-Up

In an entertainment industry where lack of diversity remains a prominent issue, films such as “The Hate U Give” carry a lot of weight. Within the last month, actress and model Amandla Stenberg released the official trailer for the new movie on her Instagram and was immediately faced with criticism on many social media outlets. The #1 New York Times best-seller, which follows the rise … Continue reading Melanin Mix-Up

A Look At A New Wave of Eco-Friendly Policies

Plastic straws have been the target of many environmentalist’s attacks recently, as they serve very little purpose, and can only be used once before being disposed. Companies and cities have been responding to consumer complaints by banning the use of single use plastic products, and providing a more environmentally conscious option.   This Monday, Starbucks announced it’s decision to eliminate the use of plastic straws … Continue reading A Look At A New Wave of Eco-Friendly Policies

Can You Measure “Wokeness”?

Almost every day we see men in power take advantage of and continuously harass women just because they can.  Not only that, but it seems like everywhere you look, instances of abuses (especially of minorities) are often present. You may see people defending and coddling them and their actions for whatever reason they make up, but luckily, feminism has become more widespread and accepted in … Continue reading Can You Measure “Wokeness”?

How to Make a Difference in Local Gun Control Laws

On Thursday, June 28, five employees of the Capital Gazette: Wendi Winters (special publications editor), Rebecca Smith(sales assistant), Rob Hiaasen (assistant editor), Gerald Fischman(editorial page editor), and John McNamara(staff writer) were killed, among others who were injured, in a shooting inside the newsroom, in Annapolis, Maryland. The suspect is Jarrod Warren Ramos, a 38-year-old man. Unfortunately, this is yet another chapter in this oddly familiar … Continue reading How to Make a Difference in Local Gun Control Laws

Why There Shouldn’t Be Catholic Private Schools In Canada

In some provinces of Canada, our tax dollars fund both the Catholic and Public school boards. In the last few years, education reformers have been pushing to change this system. With increasing diversity, lack of funding and ethical issues, why should we have to pay to fund two separate boards instead of just combining them?   In Ontario, most of a school’s funding comes from … Continue reading Why There Shouldn’t Be Catholic Private Schools In Canada

Why We Should Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth, a holiday on the 19th of June, celebrates the end of slavery and the newfound freedom. It’s mainly observed in the United States and not very well known among races outside of African Americans. Also known as Freedom day and Emancipation day, it honors the day that Major General Gordon Granger, who was part of the Union, announced to Texas the abolishment of slavery. … Continue reading Why We Should Celebrate Juneteenth

An Increase In Female Candidates For November’s Primary Elections

After one of the most arguably obscure, insane, and frankly unbelievable first halves of a presidency America has witnessed, change might be upon us come the November midterms. And this change will be driven by women.   This female push follows the highly controversial reign of 45th President, Donald Trump. After seeing his administration implement atrocious and unjust policies, such as the latest immigration policy … Continue reading An Increase In Female Candidates For November’s Primary Elections

Everything You Need To Know About Trump’s Cages

This is America. New photos have surfaced of immigrant children separated from their families living in cages at the hands of customs and border patrol agents, and it’s stirring up quite the heated storm among the public. Outrage erupted over social media, as well as on several news outlets, including CNN. Indeed, several protests against ICE’s detainment methods are being organized across the country. Still, … Continue reading Everything You Need To Know About Trump’s Cages

Trump’s New Immigration Policy Is Cruelty

The Trump administration’s brutal policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border has instigated numerous protests where human rights took to the streets in cities across the U.S. President Trump’s administration confirmed that it had split families who crossed the southern border without immigration documents. Refugees and asylum seekers were cruelly separated from their children, without being told where their kids were … Continue reading Trump’s New Immigration Policy Is Cruelty

Developing Countries Should Not Be Punished for Global Warming

With every tree cut down, the world is growing more and more concerned. We are slowly starting to realize the unavoidable price of destroying mother nature. The conversation around global warming is getting more and more substantial among us with each passing day. The Paris Climate Accord is one of the most common examples of global initiatives taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is a global … Continue reading Developing Countries Should Not Be Punished for Global Warming

This Man’s Story Proves That Prejudice Still Exists

Rory McGuire is 24 years old, and from Ayr, in Scotland. For practically all of his life, he has experienced bullying because of a facial deformity – a vascular birthmark that covers his lip. At the young age of 6, Rory felt he was “different”, and even as a child was subjected to comments such as “sausage face”, “how can you look in a mirror … Continue reading This Man’s Story Proves That Prejudice Still Exists

Learning Languages – Here’s Why I Think It’s Important

A lot of high schools now have made learning languages mandatory, at least for the first few years. My school, in particular, is a language school, so for the first three years of high school, I had to study two languages, and I studied Spanish and French, and later chose to continue Spanish to a higher level. However, something that I’ve noticed is that a … Continue reading Learning Languages – Here’s Why I Think It’s Important

What is Rape Culture? An Examination on How Our Society Works

Trigger warning: mention of rape and other sexual violence. As we look at what’s going on today, there’s no question that our society is a society of rape culture. With the victim-blaming of women that stand up for themselves after they’ve been sexually assaulted, we know that our society does not treat men and women equally. Of course, we say that, but what does rape … Continue reading What is Rape Culture? An Examination on How Our Society Works

8 Reasons Why Standardized Testing Is Not a Fair Measure of Brilliance

For more than 6 months, each Wednesday my ACT tutor has sat with me at my dining room table teaching me to guess the same letter when I run out of time, and how to get around reading passages by looking at the answer choices first. In other words, how to beat the test at its own game. On one hand, this strategy is what … Continue reading 8 Reasons Why Standardized Testing Is Not a Fair Measure of Brilliance

Interview with Instagram’s ”Catcalls of NYC”

I’ve been following Sophie on @catcallsofnyc through Instagram for a year or two before deciding to reach out to her for an interview. She willingly and happily agreed to a set of 6 questions answered through email. My thanks to Sophie for being kind enough to allow this interview to happen! What is @catcallsofnyc? @catcallsofnyc is an Instagram account that collects stories of street harassment … Continue reading Interview with Instagram’s ”Catcalls of NYC”

Why You Should Give Instagram a Break, and Soon.

I don’t remember the last time I met a young person who didn’t have an Instagram account, yet I can recall just yesterday overhearing a group of friends discussing how to get their feeds to “look better”, whatever that means. About three billion people have social media, and it feels like most of us are totally preoccupied with it. Now, I’m not bashing Instagram, or … Continue reading Why You Should Give Instagram a Break, and Soon.

Red for Ed: Arizona Teachers Protest

On Thursday, April 26, Arizona educators marched in a sea of red to demand more funding for schools and pay increase. In 97-degree weather 10,000s of teachers, students, and supporters marched to the Arizona Capitol. The movement started a few weeks back. Arizona teachers wore red shirts to school to show their involvement and support towards Red for Ed. They staged walk-ins before school, protesting … Continue reading Red for Ed: Arizona Teachers Protest

How Stormy Daniels Is Trumping The White House

It is in recent times that the GOP’s greatest opponent is no longer rival nations, and harsh leaders, but one woman who stands up to fight Trump and is clearly winning. Stephanie Clifford, an adult film star known by the name “Stormy Daniels”, has stated that she had an affair with President Trump, and was paid to keep quiet by Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer Michael … Continue reading How Stormy Daniels Is Trumping The White House

How #DenimDay Has Taken Los Angeles By Storm

In April of 1999, the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing skinny jeans. The justices came to the conclusion that she must have helped get the jeans off, thus implying consent.Women in the Italian Parliament started the movement the following day by wearing jeans in support of the victim. This quickly spread to the United States – more specifically … Continue reading How #DenimDay Has Taken Los Angeles By Storm

My Journey with Anxiety & Self-Esteem

For as long as I can remember I have been dealing with anxiety. I have always worried about the tiniest of things and overthought even the most irrelevant stuff. If you’ve ever experienced a full-on panic attack where you felt like you were drowning and couldn’t breathe, or choked on your words because the anxiety was getting the better of you, you know how frustrating … Continue reading My Journey with Anxiety & Self-Esteem

Why You Should Be Allowed to Vote at 16 in the UK

In most of the UK, the voting age is 18, apart from in Scottish Parliament and local elections, where you can vote at 16. The Welsh Assembly is also considering allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections there, but in England, the government is continuing to keep the voting age at the legal age of adulthood – 18 years old. Personally, I believe that … Continue reading Why You Should Be Allowed to Vote at 16 in the UK

I’ve Lost All Motivation For School

The first time I experienced mental burnout as a result of school occurred in my sophomore year of high school. The last few weeks leading up to my AP World History were dwindling by the second, while I struggled to fit in study-time in-between color guard practices and volunteer work. I was so stressed that even when I did have free time, I spent it … Continue reading I’ve Lost All Motivation For School

How Education Is Being Used As A Weapon

Ever since I was a little kid, I always believed that education is a powerful tool. I knew if I wanted to be successful in life, I would have to do well in school. I still believe in the saying, “education is a powerful tool,” but these words hold very different meanings to me today. From a young age, I have been heavily involved in extra-curricular … Continue reading How Education Is Being Used As A Weapon

Should You Listen To Music While Studying?

When you’re a teenager, you probably don’t really like silence. The world is so full of noise that when that noise disappears, you don’t know what to do. You crave something to hear, and one of the first things a lot of us turn to is music, which can be helpful sometimes. But the thing is that sometimes you need the silence, and one of … Continue reading Should You Listen To Music While Studying?

Here Is Why I Think Marijuana Should Be Legalized Worldwide

The decriminalization of marijuana has been a hot topic recently. The liberal party of Canada has been at the forefront of the conversation regarding marijuana legalization. Prime minister Trudeau’s Liberal government will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana. In the United States, it is legalized in nine states and Washington, DC and decriminalized in 13 states. I personally think marijuana should be legalized and here is … Continue reading Here Is Why I Think Marijuana Should Be Legalized Worldwide

#MarchForOurLives and #BlackLivesMatter – an OpED

Classes are resuming as American students return from a spring break consisting of weeks that have captured the nation’s attention – in two very, different ways – regarding the exact same issue: gun violence. On March 24th, 2018, members of Never Again MSD in coordination with Every Town for Gun Safety led the March of Our Lives rally in Washington, with young student activists leading … Continue reading #MarchForOurLives and #BlackLivesMatter – an OpED

School Uniforms Are Extremely Problematic And Restrictive

Here in England, most, if not all, of our high schools require school uniforms. Each school has particular colours that they class as “the school colours”, and our school uniforms are made up of them – my school’s colours are navy blue, black, grey and white. Most school uniforms include a blazer and/or a jumper, trousers or a skirt, a shirt and a tie. Now, … Continue reading School Uniforms Are Extremely Problematic And Restrictive

The Problem Of JUULing and Vaping In Teens

Recently my school district shared a blog post detailing the characteristics of JUULs, a brand of vape, most likely as a guide to oblivious parents whose children may have been keeping one right under their noses. It’s easy with that brand — they are shaped as USB chargers and can charged in the same ports as USBs as well. It’s a clever device; clever enough … Continue reading The Problem Of JUULing and Vaping In Teens

5 Ways To Prepare For A Theater Audition

Have an audition coming up and want to be prepared? Here are five ways that you can prep yourself for your theater tryouts!   Become familiar with the show. If you don’t already have a good understanding of the show, make sure that you do before your audition. Learn the names and traits of the main characters and become familiar with the plot and major … Continue reading 5 Ways To Prepare For A Theater Audition

The Flaws of Canada’s Criminal Justice System

They say lady justice is blind, for her blindfold represents objectivity, the ability to allocate justice without the fright of bribe, without the influence of money, wealth, power and identity. But is my justice a reflection of lady justice’s virtues? A while ago I was reading a Maclean’s article which compared Canada’s prisons to residential schools. It truly pointed out some of the more astonishing statistics regarding the … Continue reading The Flaws of Canada’s Criminal Justice System

So, How Many Boys Have YOU “Hooked Up” With?

High school is full of “memories”. Depending on who you are, these might range from the best party to the best musical, to the best game, or even the best grade. All of these aspects are important, and I for one will take away something from all of these different facets of the crazy thing called high school. I, however, want to focus on the first: parties. … Continue reading So, How Many Boys Have YOU “Hooked Up” With?

The Dangerous Phenomenon Known As “Juuling”

After asking ten student’s at my own high school about their experience with “juuling,” all but one shared previous experiences of “juuling”, while six of the ten admitted to owning one of their own. For those unfamiliar with this up and coming sensation, the Juul is one of the many alternatives to e-cigarettes. Shaped and often confused for a USB flash drive, Buzzfeed News identifies … Continue reading The Dangerous Phenomenon Known As “Juuling”

Women’s History Month: Take Action

What is Women’s History Month? It’s already March 6th, which means that Women’s History Month has already begun. March is the month that celebrates and highlights women’s accomplishments and contributions to events in history and contemporary society. WHM dates as far back as March 8, 1857, when women from New York City, who were working in factories, stages a protest over working conditions. However, it … Continue reading Women’s History Month: Take Action

The BENEFIT of PROCRASTINATION

Unfortunately, we all do things that grant us inevitable stresses. Now, feeling stressed isn’t necessarily something you have to feel, but let’s face it, most people get shaky from time to time, some of us more than others. A few go with the flow and shrug off the anxiety. A hearty kudos to them. But whether it be work, school, family, friends, hobbies, or whatever… … Continue reading The BENEFIT of PROCRASTINATION

Nova Scotia Teachers Union Looking at Potential Job Action After Government Accepts Glaze Report

2018 in Canada has already gotten off to a bad start. After a happy and uneventful January, members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union are preparing for an illegal strike after a report submitted to the provincial government by consultant Avis Glaze containing life-altering recommendations that could be fatal for the education system. “Our education system is once again under attack from the McNeil government,” … Continue reading Nova Scotia Teachers Union Looking at Potential Job Action After Government Accepts Glaze Report