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“Bangerz” is bangin’

“Bangerz” is bangin’

Maggie Moriarty, Writer
November 4, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"Cyrus sings about a broken love that has left her feeling like someone else and doesn’t recognize. It shows Cyrus’ vulnerable side, but in a way others can relate to and can dance to."

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Album review: Arcade Fire proves they are no Mumford & Sons:

Album review: Arcade Fire proves they are no Mumford & Sons:

James Petroskey, Contributor
November 4, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

Arcade Fire could easily have gone the same route as Mumford & Sons. When artists create something that is culturally relevant, or better yet, popular, the expectations of that artist change. Consumers, fans and record labels all expect more. They want more of that special something that made them w...

Top 10 must see sports movies

Top 10 must see sports movies

Joe Callagy, Writer
November 4, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, TV/Movies

"If you haven’t seen it yet and call yourself a basketball fan, get out from under that rock and watch it."

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Tips and tricks for your iOS 7 update

Tips and tricks for your iOS 7 update

Molly Boushell, Writer
November 4, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Technology

"So you've updated to iOS 7... and good, bad, or indifferent, it’s probably not what you were expecting."

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Are smartphones making us lonely?

Are smartphones making us lonely?

Jim Lyons, Writer
November 4, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Technology

"Social media erases the worry of stutters, pauses, or silences during a conversation, but these little interpersonal faults are how we truly get to know each other."

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Lessons to be learned from Pretty Little Liars

Lessons to be learned from Pretty Little Liars

Tess McGeer, Contributor
October 24, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, TV/Movies

"Murder, ominous text messages and four teenage girls with great hair and terrible luck. Welcome to the world of Pretty Little Liars."

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Music review: Immortal Technique revolutionizes Pearl Street

Music review: Immortal Technique revolutionizes Pearl Street

Frank Dutan, Contributor
October 23, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"Immortal Technique never failed to remind the crowd that hip-hop has always been about rebellion."

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All new TV seasons to fall into

All new TV seasons to fall into

Samantha Gillis, Writer
October 23, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, TV/Movies

"There is always a lot of hype around big Hollywood names coming to, returning to, or slumping to TV, depending on how you look at it."

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All the leaves are brown: Fall playlist

All the leaves are brown: Fall playlist

October 22, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

1. “California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Papas Although this classic song takes place on a winter’s day, the opening lyrics “All the leaves are brown/and the sky is gray,” epitomizes fall weather as leaves begin to change colors and the weather begins to cool. The songs spectacular...

A strange history of Hip-Hop

A strange history of Hip-Hop

Mallory Braun, Writer
October 21, 2013
Filed under Entertainment, Music

"Music is cyclical. It goes out of style and is then recycled and revamped to capture the attention of a new audience. Hip-hop characterizes this phenomenon impeccably."

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