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Behind The Mask: BTS Album Review

Image from BigHit's Website

Abbey Scott, Editorial Editor

March 2, 2020

After debuting as a seven member K-Pop group in 2013 with their album “Skool Luv Affair” in Seoul, South Korea, BTS have broken many records such as most viewed video in 24 hours, first K-Pop act to present at the Grammy Awards, first K-Pop group to be nominated for a Billboard Music Award, ...

A Final Goodbye: Review of Mac Miller’s “Circles”

Photo of Mac Miller's posthumous album 'Circles' from Mac Miller's website.

Abbey Scott, Editorial Editor

January 29, 2020

Malcolm James McCormick, known by his stage name Mac Miller, stepped onto the rap scene back in 2007 with his first mixtape ‘But My Mackin' Ain't Easy’ at the age of 15. Since the mixtapes release 13 years ago, Miller has released six studio albums, two extended plays, two live albums, 13 mix...

“Isn’t It Romantic” Brings Fresh Take On Traditional Rom-Com Cliches

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

February 19, 2019

Released Feb. 13, Isn’t It Romantic was the refreshing take on the classic rom-com that was needed this Valentine’s season. Isn’t It Romantic tells the story of Natalie (Rebel Wilson), a New York City-based architect with a ‘glass is half empty’ attitude toward life. This cynicism has r...

‘On the Basis of Sex’ movie does justice to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

January 13, 2019

Warning: Contains movie spoilers.   Released nationwide Jan. 11, On the Basis of Sex tells the compelling story of now-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she perseveres in the face of adversity to become one of the figureheads of the 1970’s women’s rights movement. The opening...

‘Boy Erased’ movie tackles sensitive subjects with grace and care

Grace Altenhofen, Editor-in-Chief

January 13, 2019

Warning: Contains movie spoilers and references to sexual assault.   Disturbing and powerful, Boy Erased tells the story of Jared Eamons, played by emerging actor Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), the son of a small-town preacher who is forcibly outed as gay to his parents. At first ...

Nicki Minaj: Not A Queen Anymore

Mystika Allison-Barnes, Opinion Editor

October 3, 2018

You can’t argue against it.  Nicki Minaj has been the undisputed queen of hip hop since the release of her debut studio album “Pink Friday”.  With her aggressive, witty, clever and sometimes relatable bars, completely over the top outfits and hairstyles and a larger than life personality and ego, we...

Rampage Movie Review

May 9, 2018

On opening weekend, Rampage made $35.7 million and was directed by Brad Peyton. Even though I wasn’t planning on seeing Rampage, I still had a great time. Rampage is about animals that get mutated and then get huge. Definitely a sight to see. Some of the effects were a little mediocre, but I still ...

Truth or Dare Movie Review

May 9, 2018

On Friday the Thirteenth Blumhouse Productions released ‘Truth or Dare?’ and the film made $18,667,855 opening weekend. The movie has a very simple premise: answer a question truthfully or you die, do your dare or you die. It plays off of the childhood game, you guessed it, truth or dare. However, it ...

Rich Brian’s Amen Album Review

March 29, 2018

Rating: 2.5/5 Best Songs: Occupied Attention See Me Enemies Since “AMEN” is the debut album of a web comedian, expectations for Rich Brian’s (formerly known as Rich Chigga) project were pretty low.  Taking this into account, however, Brian’s album isn’t actually trash or somethin...

Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Album Review

Mystika Allison-Barnes, Writer/Designer

March 29, 2018

Rating: 3/5 Best Songs: Supplies Say Something Montana Pop icon, Justin Timberlake takes us into the wilderness with his fifth album “Man of The Woods”.   The first half of the album includes more upbeat, hype production, prompting Timberlake’s lyrics and delivery to be the same.  Unfortunately, most of these songs sacrif...

iPhone 8 vs. iPhone X

Zeva Rose Gebhard

November 30, 2017

Apple’s newest iPhone family is now in the hands of SM North’s students. “I was wanting the new iPhone 8 since I had the iPhone 5S before,” Junior Aya Alsaid said, “I realized that the new updates that were coming in were making my phone slower and causing it to glitch.” Alsaid needed to...

The Experience: My Day at a Bernie Rally

Carina Smith, Editor

February 26, 2016

Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist announced his campaign rally at Bartle Hall on Monday. Just two short days later, Sanders met with over 7,000 people to try and promote his campaign before the Kansas caucus on March 5 and the Missouri caucus on March 15. And I was there- right...

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