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Food for Thought’s “A Dark Side of Love”

Sami Wanderer, Contributing Writer

February 20, 2019


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The DAC Coffeehouse was lit by a string of fairy lights and decorated with simple but elegant red and white balloons and paper hearts as St. John’s poetry club, Food For Thought, hosted “A Dark Side of Love,” a Valentine’s Day-themed open mic. The event, hosted annually by the organization, centered around ...

Shared Shelves: Dr. Sue Ford – Toxicology

Shared Shelves: Dr. Sue Ford – Toxicology

Priyanka Gera, ssistant Culture Editor

February 20, 2019


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Toxicology is often referred to as the “science of poisons,” but it is perhaps better defined as the science concerned with the safety of chemicals. From forensics to the Department of Energy to Apple, toxicologists have a crucial role in almost every field because humans keep creating ways to co...

Curated Collections: Kanopy Black History Month Picks

Curated Collections: Kanopy Black History Month Picks

Jewel Antoine, Contributing Writer

February 20, 2019


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Kanopy is an award-winning video streaming service that provides access to over 30,000 documentaries and films to subscribers — including St. John’s University students, provided through the university library. This February, in celebration of Black History Month, Kanopy has an entire category...

“Thank U, Next” Review

“Thank U, Next” Review

Anna Boylan, Contributing Writer

February 20, 2019


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Ariana Grande is back again with her fifth studio album, “Thank U, Next,” released only six months after her previous album, “Sweetener.” Audiences heard three of her songs that were released individually  before the highly anticipated album dropped on Feb. 8, the first being “Thank U, Nex...

“Alita: Battle Angel”: A Flawed Yet Well-Made Adaption

“Alita: Battle Angel”: A Flawed Yet Well-Made Adaption

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

February 20, 2019


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With past live action anime adaptations like “Ghost in the Shell” and “Death Note,” many people might believe that “Alita: Battle Angel” would fall under the same idea — another bland adaption. Surprisingly, “Alita: Battle Angel” proves different. Directed by Robert Rodriguez (...

A New Wave of Funk

A New Wave of Funk

Crystal Simmons, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


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Unbeknownst to some and adored by many, Toronto native singer and musician Francesco Yates is generating a new wave of pop-funk. At 23 years old, this young performer has already worked with artists such as Pharrell Williams and has recently opened for Justin Timberlake’s “Man of the Woods” tour....

New Projects in Independent Music

New Projects in Independent Music

Renee King, Contributing Writer

February 6, 2019


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Girlpool: “What Chaos is Imaginary” Girlpool’s latest record, “What Chaos is Imaginary,” begins with a thud. It is a thud, a crash and a woozy reverberating guitar that signals the album’s beginning on the opening track “Lucy’s,” and with this, it marks a career shift for the ...

The Controversy of “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

Gina Varvaro, Contributing Writer

February 6, 2019


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At the 2019 Sundance Movie Festival, the new Ted Bundy film, titled “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,”  took to the big screen for the first time. The film’s trailer was released to the public on Jan. 25 and social media immediately turned into a frenzy. The film stars Zac Efro...

Netflix’s Deadly Art: “Velvet Buzzsaw”

Netflix’s Deadly Art: “Velvet Buzzsaw”

Alexis Gaskin, Assistant News Editor

February 6, 2019


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What can be best described as the Hope Diamond curse meets the art world; the Netflix Original, “Velvet Buzzsaw,” is a weird and intense story of the egotistical and money hungry people behind the scenes of the art industry. Simply put, the characters in this film meet the deadly and graphic d...

Top Movies of 2018

Top Movies of 2018

Priyanka Gera, Assistant Culture Editor

January 30, 2019


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The Horror Film “A Quiet Place” “A Quiet Place” is the most unique film of its genre for 2018. This mostly-silent horror film was a step in the right direction for deaf actors (and nightmares of monsters with acute hearing for others). Directed by (and starring) John Krasinski and his ...

Netflix and Hulu Release Competing Fyre Festival Documentaries

Netflix and Hulu Release Competing Fyre Festival Documentaries

Anna McFillin, Contributing Writer

January 30, 2019


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Netflix and Hulu both released their own documentaries on what really happened at the Fyre Festival on the island of Great Exuma in April of 2017. From a viral picture on Twitter of cheese and bread sandwiches to numerous Instagram posts of the tragic campsite with tiny white tents on gravel, ...

“Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

“Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

Sydney Bembry, Contributing Writer

January 30, 2019


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Netflix has audiences glued to their computer screens once again with their latest original hit, “Sex Education.” Starring Asa Butterfield, most known for his roles in “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” the show follows Butterfield’s Otis, son of two sex therapists...

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