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“The Haunting of Hill House:” Classic Story With New Spin

“The Haunting of Hill House:” Classic Story With New Spin

Eduardo Alfonzo, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018


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With Halloween around the corner, everyone is in the mood for something scary to watch. Once again, Netflix has provided us with great content: “The Haunting of Hill House.” Made by the creators of the Netflix film “Gerald’s Game,” another great piece from Netflix, “The Haunting of Hill Hou...

“The Favourite:” The Women Who Rule

“The Favourite:” The Women Who Rule

Sydney Bembry, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2018


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Director Yorgos Lanthimos, best known for “The Lobster” and “The Killing of the Sacred Deer,” returns with his new film, “The Favourite,” starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Coleman, as the highest monarch. Set in eighteenth century England, Lady Sarah (Weisz) is the pathetic Quee...

“Bad Times at El Royale:” Good Times at the El Royale

“Bad Times at El Royale:” Good Times at the El Royale

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

October 17, 2018


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Clocking in at two hours and 21 minutes, “Bad Times at El Royale,” is a punchy, yet long exercise on the deconstruction of the crime thriller, neo-noir genre, made famous by directors such as Quentin Tarantino. Despite its length, director and writer Drew Goddard, of “Cabin in the Woods” ...

Coffee Conversations: Poet & Painter Tatiana Nicoll on the Healing Power of Self-Expression

Coffee Conversations: Poet & Painter Tatiana Nicoll on the Healing Power of Self-Expression

Angelica Acevedo, Editor-in-Chief

October 3, 2018


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For junior education major Tatiana Nicoll, unapologetically expressing herself has been a consistent trait throughout her life. From dancing to painting, Nicoll has dabbled in many different forms of expression — but one art form that she developed during her time at St. John’s is poetry. When...

St. Augustine Hall Art Exhibit Premieres

St. Augustine Hall Art Exhibit Premieres

Renee King, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


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For this year’s Founder’s Week, many of the University’s departments are hosting events pertaining to the Vincentian values of St. John’s. This year’s theme is “Called to Action.” In one of this year’s closing events, the St. John’s Department of Art and Design set up a quaint ...

Sensación Hosts Salsa Workshop in DAC

Sensación Hosts Salsa Workshop in DAC

Alessia Pisciotta, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


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Amidst the hustle and bustle of common hour, Sept. 27, Sensación Dance Team hosted a salsa dancing workshop in DAC. Many eager students and some faculty showed up to learn some moves, step out of their comfort zone and support this Latinx Heritage Month event. “We’re hosting this event to tea...

NEW YORK’s BEATING HEART Marjorie Eliot’s Parlor Jazz in Harlem

NEW YORK’s BEATING HEART Marjorie Eliot’s Parlor Jazz in Harlem

Samantha DeNinno, Culture Editor

October 3, 2018


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555 Edgecombe Street is not an easy building to find. Hidden behind scaffolding, it has an easily passable entrance. But, on the streets above and below, the sounds of soft jazz can be heard drifting out windows and through buildings. Only after following the deep saxophone notes that echoed on t...

“If Beale Street Could Talk”: Jenkins Strikes Again

“If Beale Street Could Talk”: Jenkins Strikes Again

Sydney Bembry, Contributing Writer

October 3, 2018


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Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning film “Moonlight,” returns with the film adaptation of James Baldwin’s beloved novel, “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Narrated by Tish (Kiki Layne), the film follows her and Fonny (Stephan James), a young black couple in 1970s Harlem falling in love...

Moments & Movements A Look Back on New York Fashion Week

Moments & Movements A Look Back on New York Fashion Week

Destinee Scott, Staff Writer

October 3, 2018


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Remember when it was rare to see plus-sized models on the covers of magazines and on runways? Well, things have really changed as plus-size models have been paving the way for some of the fashion industry’s biggest names. Only recently have brands begun to venture out of the “skinny model” no...

Coffee Conversations: Photographer Madeline Mancini

Coffee Conversations: Photographer Madeline Mancini

Samantha DeNinno, Entertainment Editor

September 26, 2018


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Madeline Mancini, sophomore and one of two recipients of St. John’s University’s Visual Art Scholarship, believes in the power of art to tell stories. Hailing from the suburbs of Las Vegas, Nevada, her photography has been influenced by travel and the desire to challenge norms, from a gender-...

Five Boroughs, Five Minutes: Smorgasburg

Five Boroughs, Five Minutes: Smorgasburg

Destinee Scott, Contributing Writer

September 26, 2018


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You may remember scrolling through your Instagram or Twitter feeds and seeing pictures of half-carved out pineapples with food inside or burgers with buns made of ramen. Smorgasburg, or as The New York Times describes it, “The Woodstock of Eating,” is the place where all those aesthetically pleas...

Eleanor Oliphant is More Than Fine, She’s Great

Eleanor Oliphant is More Than Fine, She’s Great

Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor

September 26, 2018


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She’s a little kooky and generally awkward, but she’s Eleanor making her way through her maze of a life and she’s been doing fine, so far.   “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman tells an endearing, and often relatable story of a routine-oriented woman whose life shift...

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