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Keeping a connection whilst in a long distance relationship 

Lidya Dereje, Contributing Writer March 11, 2021

When one hears the words “long distance relationship,” it initially stirs a bit of intimidation. Well, at least it did for me. Think about it, you’re not able to see your significant other the...

Review: Netflix’s Bridgerton is a classic period piece with a few modern problems

Review: Netflix’s Bridgerton is a classic period piece with a few modern problems

Mandi DeLong, Campus Life Correspondent March 3, 2021
Based on the book series of the same name, “Bridgerton” follows the titular family in Regency-era London during the “social season,” the period during which young women came out into society in search of a husband. The first season of “Bridgerton” adapted the first book of the series “The Duke and I,” following the eldest daughter Daphne Bridgerton’s (Phoebe Dynevour) first social season and her encounters with the Duke of Hastings Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page).
The streaming platform industry is becoming crowded. That's a problem

The streaming platform industry is becoming crowded. That’s a problem

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer November 9, 2020
Some of the biggest benefits to streaming platforms over cable have been the variety of shows instantly available to viewers and their cheaper price in comparison. However, those benefits are slowly being overshadowed as time goes on and more streaming services are created.
Review: “Enola Holmes” is a delightful experience that will leave viewers eagerly awaiting the next mystery

Review: “Enola Holmes” is a delightful experience that will leave viewers eagerly awaiting the next mystery

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer November 8, 2020
“Enola Holmes” is genuinely delightful and sure to be a favorite on my watchlist for the foreseeable future. With such amazing actors, timely themes and compelling characters, it’s the perfect film to check out and fall in love with.
Dear world, please let little girls grow up at a normal pace

Dear world, please let little girls grow up at a normal pace

Jacqueline Lamothe, Contributing Writer September 20, 2020
Sex sells, no matter how much the world wants to deny its incurable desire for vices. The sexualization of the industry has always been at the forefront of controversy and contentment all at once by sexually-charged music and music videos, literature, film and other forms of entertainment. 
Review: The Umbrella Academy’s second season is even stronger than the first

Review: The Umbrella Academy’s second season is even stronger than the first

Mandi DeLong, Contributing Writer September 12, 2020
The second season of the Umbrella Academy takes the best parts of the first season and builds on it. All of the siblings are given important character development throughout the season and grow both as individuals and as a family. A far cry from the distant and hurt siblings from the first season, the Hagreeves siblings are all given separate and unique plotlines that allow them to shine. Their development is all natural and leads to many heartwarming moments as they begin to heal from their respective traumas and find themselves as a family again.
“Disclosure” is essentially a reel of transgender film history supplemented with commentary by contemporary trans film industry workers like Laverne Cox, Sandra Caldwell, Lilly Wachowski and Yance Ford.

Review: “Disclosure” documentary critically examines transgender representation in the media

Ivy Marie Clarke, Arts & Culture Editor August 22, 2020
“Disclosure” ultimately seeks to challenge trans representation by presenting harmful depictions alongside successful trans stars in the pursuit of awareness and positive change. 
Here’s what you should watch on Netflix during quarantine

Here’s what you should watch on Netflix during quarantine

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer April 13, 2020

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, people have been urged to stay in their homes and practice social distancing to help limit the spread of the virus. With the sudden isolation, many have been finding...

How to nurture your relationships during a self-isolation period

How to nurture your relationships during a self-isolation period

Ivy Marie Clarke, Lead Arts & Entertainment Writer April 13, 2020
Now more than ever, it’s important to stay in touch with your support systems, no matter the distance. Here are some ideas for how to bridge the gap.
Review: “Locke & Key” is another hit for Netflix

Review: “Locke & Key” is another hit for Netflix

Mandi DeLong, Staff Writer March 31, 2020
With many twists and turns, intriguing characters, a compelling plot and stellar exploration of themes, “Locke & Key” should be your next Netflix binge watch.
“Love Is Blind”: The show we didn’t think we needed

“Love Is Blind”: The show we didn’t think we needed

Hunter Gause, Contributing Writer March 25, 2020
Would you be able to fall in love with someone and commit to them, without seeing them? Netflix’s newest hit show, “Love Is Blind,” gave the term “blind date” a whole new meaning and pushed the boundaries of finding love.
Review: ‘The Circle’ sparks conversations about gender, sexuality and identity online

Review: ‘The Circle’ sparks conversations about gender, sexuality and identity online

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor February 25, 2020
At first glance, the show seems like it wants to warn viewers of the dangers of social media, but the players’ disdain for catfish reveals the deeper message: even online, people want to see real, authentic humans and forge connections with them.
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