All posts by LT Media

BOHEMIA: An Introduction to Gen-Z’s Identity Crisis

Bohemia no longer represents what it used to; it’s merely a reflection of what it used to be and has assumed a new identity.

By Josh Ilano

Scroll through an Instagram filter list or the Target wishlist of any prospective college freshman—at least once you’ll see the phrase “Bohemian.” At first glance it seems like another annoying millennial co-opted neologism like “cheugy,” but it’s much more than that. Bohemia and its commodified “BoHo” aesthetics have penetrated the identity zeitgeist in ways that sever its head. 

As a fellow Zoomer, I’ve observed that we are attracted to two separate aesthetics in academia: the Metropolitan and the College Town. Either the calm, small town whose prosperity is defined by its proximity to said college [think CSU, Wyoming State, BYU] and then the opposite, the college whose proximity to its city is where the appeal lies [think DePaul, USC, NYU]. For the most part, college has turned into a monolith of identity. It could be for prestige or for research, but what fascinates me is this phenomenon with colleges and their attraction towards Bohemianism. 

18 Ways to Embrace Boho Style in Your Home | Better Homes & Gardens

To clarify, beyond the Queen anthem, “A Bohemian is simply an artist or “littérateur” [intellectual] who, consciously or unconsciously, secedes from conventionality in life and in art” [1]. Think Vincent Van-Gogh with a canvas  strapped to his back or Ernest Hemingway in some Parisian night-club. It’s a counterculture movement seceding from the qualms of modern society, and with any counter culture we have the gatekeepers of said culture. It’s when members of a culture restrict the consumption of their object of affection by the people in the “out-group”— hence, gatekeeping. I attribute society’s apologia to gatekeeping as a defense mechanism deployed to the underbelly of modern markets. Our modern consumerist culture has turned Bohemian culture into a commodity. Let me repeat that—we’ve turned a culture into a commodity. Bohemians like Van-Gogh have been ultra-romanticized in their ventures that we’ve created an environment that fosters artistic dishonesty (i.e., Phoebe Buffay from the sitcom Friends). A character that is able to rent a New York apartment, with a hundred-thousand dollar appraisal, off of a masseuse’s salary. The only reason we attribute this character to Bohemia is specifically because of her personality; we’ve conflated personality with culture.  We can use a character like this to compare to real-life bohemians like artist Jean-Michel Basquiat whose apartment reflects the authentic fringe to bohemia. It’s Home Goods compared to Goodwill; it’s Whole Foods compared to Trader Joe’s. While Buffay adheres to the lines in which NBC/Universal has decided appropriate, it dilutes the image in totality. Basquiat’s apartment was by necessity, but Buffay’s was for aesthetic. 

Many economic philosophers and theorists have this concept of commodity: that soon all aspects of life, culture, and even art will enter the space of commerce. This very idea carries over to Bohemia. With any fringe culture it’s only a matter of time until we cherry-pick aspects of the subculture to create a bite-sized version of it. Like vinyl to the audiophile or the chemex to the coffee aficionado, social media calls out to the content consumer that you, too, can participate, all you need is the right loose-knit, fat-thread afghan on your blanket ladder. However, this commodified Bohemia differs from the atypical artist. I’m talking about the simplified “Boho Aesthetic” or what I call “Pinterest Bohemia.” The adulterated jewelry accounts and filters. It’s an aesthetic obsessed with eclecticism, but, if anything, it’s eclecticism with a lack of follow through. “Boho” is putting a tie on tarot.  

Things like macrame, self-love quotes in Helvetica, hyper-specific regulations to coffee, VSCO film, or Yerbamate. Objects and activities that are just atypical enough to feel unique but not enough to stick out like a sore thumb. This is the plastic cover that collegiate begging panders to. It’s a simple 1-2-3 of exposed brick, lattes, and Edison bulbs that plagues Millennial Hipsters already; it has just been repackaged for the Zoomer. We’ve turned a culture of art into variables, in which I’ve derived an equation. 

A Kitschy Living Situation + A Niche Obsession (that is not actually niche) = Pinterest Bohemia

Examples Include:  Apartment Lofts + A24 

Van/Bus Life + The Arctic Monkeys 

Nomadic Couch Surfing + Astrology 

This dialectic has made me declare that regardless of rural or metropolitan college aspirations, they will pander the same exact way, they just differ in aesthetic form. This makes sense as perhaps college is the greatest microcosm of Bohemia. Thousands of young people following their dreams, either first broke or completely reliant on parental support. It’s the breeding ground for this culture to thrive, so we are marketed it—marketed a simplified version to decorate our dorms with or idolize in films like Before Sunrise. We rely on vaguely European objects and staples as a fastpass towards originality. 

But what does this say about the consumer? How does this insatiable consumption of these commodities expose our deepest desires?  

Gen Z is in the midst of an identity crisis: a crisis in individuality. Social media has given an entire generation the option to be more than transparent, to be known. We all walk the line between fitting the trendy social norm and finding something unique to define ourselves—and that line is razor-thin. It’s the same reason the binary of the Breakfast Club social archetypes have carried in our culture since the ‘80s regardless of their lacking prevalence. I hypothesize this is why the idea of Bohemia has been on the rise since the late 1800s. It’s college students seeing Hemingway and Van-Gogh and trying to emulate their lives because they interpolate their lives into the ultimate signifier of success. That if we subscribe to this BoHo culture we can be as prominent as they were. 

Since Van-Gogh, the disparity of what has been considered “Bohemia” has deviated so remarkably it touches bastardization. The entire idea of democratizing and commodifying eclecticism or counter-culture in general is antithetical to its thesis. The second you try to enter it into the mainstream it becomes null. Pinterest Bohemia has entered what postmodernists call the hyperreal. In layman’s terms, Bohemia no longer represents what it used to; it’s merely a reflection of what it used to be and has assumed a new identity. The identity which stemmed from cultural revolution has now assimilated into what BoHo is! 

This doesn’t mean that Zoomers or Bohemia have lost all identity. Bohemia will continue to exist, just in different forms of Punk or Nomadic culture, and Zoomers will move on from this just as we did with Musically or Vine. Through this mishmash of culture is how we are able to create movements that linearly transcend the ones before it. It’s the beauty of progressivism. Through this mode of commodity and hyper-individualism we can theorize and search for this new revolution.  Welcome to Gen-Z’s Identity crisis. 

An Opening Night Success: Once Upon a Mattress

A captivating show full to the brim with comedy, alluring musical numbers, and an enchanting story, Legend High School’s hard-working theater company has once again performed an enthralling musical in this year’s production of Once Upon a Mattress. 

By Cassidy Knox

All images courtesy of Isabel Roguske (10)

Once Upon a Mattress is a musical that follows the story of a queen who has forbidden others from getting married until her son was to be wed to “a real princess.” Putting all of the princess’s suitors through unfair tests to find out if they are a true princess, others in the land grow tired of the never-ending test, prolonging everyone else’s marriages, and they set out to do something about it. In this fabulous twist on the classic story of “The Princess and the Pea,” the musical comes to light on Legend High School’s stage, all for your enjoyment. 

With the direction and choreography of Katie Glide, technical direction of Ashley Wallace, musical direction of Phill Hatton, and head seamstress, Joan Stewart, these directors have put together a wonderful show through their dedicated hard work and passionate teaching. Talking about what he is most proud of pertaining to the show, Mr. Hatton (Choral Director for Legend) says he is “most proud of how much work the cast and crew has put in, especially in all the long hours they all put in in the past few weeks.” The theater student leadership team with members like Izzy Roguske (10), Thomas McLaren (11), Ash Munoz (11), Braydon Smith (12), Josh Stuart (12), and Emi Sekol (10) has also put in countless hours to make this show the joyful performance it is. Assistant director Izzy Roguske talks about how proud she is of “the teamwork everyone put together, and how even though there were some rough times during the process [of putting together the musical] it all came out to be a beautiful show.” 

The performing cast in this musical are truly amazing with their shocking vocals and hilarious acting. Norah Sergrist (10) playing the charismatic Princess Winnifred delivers an amusing performance complete with her stunning vocals–every note crisp and clear. Her onstage dialogue, along with Ben Jaridnes’s character (12), Prince Dauntless, is a truly wonderful part of the show. Norah reflects on what she is most proud of with the show saying, “It’s everyone’s energy; honestly this was the best run we’ve ever had. This was amazing.” Sydney Roguske (12) playing Queen Aggrravain, and Iris Pixler (11) playing Lady Larken put on two unforgettable performances as they both bring their characters to life through their brilliant acting.  Sydney Roguske’s favorite experience in the musical developing process is that “[she] loved really developing the character as a whole.” Iris Pixler talks about her favorite experience in the show’s development saying, “Coming to theater every day for rehearsal, and seeing everyone smile and being surrounded by people whom I love” is her best memory. Nora Sturm (10) playing the Lady in Waiting also talks about what she is most proud of when recalling the rehearsals leading up to this dazzling performance: “All of the choreography that [the actors] did, it was insane. [They] spent so much time on it, and it went so well.”

Attending the Legend theater program’s Once Upon a Mattress musical is a remarkable experience that no one at Legend should miss out on. From the lights and costumes to the remarkable acting and sensational vocals, this musical production warrants the standing ovation they got on opening night, predictably following in  the other shows to come. I would encourage everyone who hasn’t attended a show to go and see it on the remaining dates: April 14th, 15th, and 16th all at 7:00 p.m. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend this striking musical production.

The Legend Music Scene

An exploration of some of Legend’s bands including Homeland and Undissassembled.

By Josh Ilano

“Let there be sound.” There was sound. “Let there be light.” There was light. “Let there be drums.” There was drums. “Let there be guitar.” There was guitar. “Oh, let there be rock!”

“Let There Be Rock” by AC/DC

Music is the lifeblood of Legend. Whether it be the rhythmic b-a-n-a-n-a-s chanted at football games, the orchestra brushing sweet melodies at our concerts, or our vivacious home-grown bands. 

Every high school has their cover band, but it takes true artistry to make something great. It has never been easier to play around with Garageband presets on an iPhone, look up a Youtube tutorial, and begin a musical pilgrimage. This democratization of sound has ushered in an era of music like no other. We’re seeing Frank Ocean influence Ska and glockenspiels appear in Midwestern Emo. Colorado (especially the Denver-Metro area) has always been blessed with bold independent bands like Khemmis or The Sickly Hecks and venues like The Bluebird or The Gothic. A sentiment that has explicitly permeated into Legend, which has fostered a tribe of exceptional voices in the DIY-music-space, spearheaded by the bands Homeland and Undissassembled. 

Homeland is a math-rock band started by Brendan Herrod (class of 2020) on bass, Benji Bennick (class of 2020) on lead guitar, current senior Evan Brinkerhoff on rhythm and vocals, and Noah Sondrol on drums.

In recent memory, Homeland flexes their music theory skills in their latest single, “Better Off” (available on Spotify & Apple Music) with a 6/4 time signature and unpredictable baseline. “Better Off” is a valiant debut— an upbeat breakup song in the same vein as Haiti’s Kaiyote with a tinge of Joy Again. Brinkerhoff’s buttery timbre lifts the song to an almost ethereal state, intersected by Benji Benick’s soaring guitar solos. Homeland has a tone, style, and presence that is simply unparalleled. 

Here’s what frontman Evan Brinkerhoff had to say on the DIY-music scene: “Parker has an unusual amount of really good musicians. It has WAY more mediocre musicians, but the chunk that are actually really good that all come from Parker is honestly astonishing. So it’s important to highlight these standout talents and promote the art they make” 

Parker has an unusual amount of really good musicians. It has WAY more mediocre musicians, but the chunk that are actually really good that all come from Parker is honestly astonishing. So it’s important to highlight these standout talents and promote the art they make

Evan Brinkerhoff (12)

Music and the arts lend themselves to students who may fall through the cracks. To the students who aren’t coming here to dissect rats or do long division. So, as Parkernites it’s our responsibility to support these kids and their endeavors. 

On the other side of the spectrum, Undissassembled (commonly shortened to the moniker Undies), is a punk band with just as much moxie as volume. Undies feels like taking time back to the 2007 culture of trading cassettes and myspace band pages. They’ve created a chilling zeitgeist with their bombastic sound, exemplified in their showmanship. Drummer Eddie Eaton (12) describes their sound as “Pure, energetic Punk Rock.” However, most importantly, they are genuine. Punk is not an aesthetic, it’s a statement; and Undies remind me what music, specifically live music, is supposed to be–fun.

Undissassembled performing at Railbender Skate Park on September 11th, 2021

The DIY and independent music scene is a force to be reckoned with. Gen Z has been enveloped into the rapid “whiz-bang-pop” lacquer of the current music industry. Our generation is so obsessed with the “now-now-now” that we seldom apply ourselves. So as a Zoomer, it is refreshing to see bands like Undissassembled and Homeland tearing down the status quo in Parker and redefining local music. Rhythm guitarist for The Ghoulies and Legend English teacher, Mr. Yergert, put it perfectly:  “Building a scene is really important to keep music going. The music is not really the scene, the people are, and if no one is going to shows, it all dies. There are no national acts without local acts.”

Here’s a curated playlist of Denver-Metro Bands you should check out:

Winter Sport Report: Girl’s Swim and Dive

A preview of the 2021-2022 swim and dive season.

By Aubrey Francis

With the end of fall near, the girls’ swim team is nothing less than excited for the upcoming winter swim season. Starting up at the beginning of November and going through to February, a new season is upon us. As stated by Cassidy Knox (10), “I am excited to be back into the season with the girls. Also, for the season to be longer and bond with the new freshman.” Although the excitement is through the roof for the girls, there are some nerves through it as well. Knox adds, “I hope there’s no covid outbreak, as it will shorten our season, and I don’t want that again.”

This season’s competition is intense, with the top goal being to beat Legend’s main rival, the Chaparral Wolverines. Another member of the 2020-2021 girl’s swim and dive team, Mary Kozleski (10), provided some insight into her role. Kozleski’s swim events on the team are long-distance freestyle and sprint butterfly. Her responses revealed a common theme highlighting the girls’ swim team’s culture and companionship toward one another: “I am excited for the meets and the energy that is given during the events. I’m also looking forward to working harder and improving with the rest of the girls.”

Just as Knox said, the team is super positive and creates a safe space for everyone involved. “I’m a little nervous about making my best times and putting all of my efforts into the season,” she said, referencing her worries. She further explained how being on the team makes her feel and stated, “I love being on the team because of all the energy and support they give. All of the girls have an amazing personality!”

The 2020-2021 Swim Teams’ Pink Out Meet

A favorite meet for the girls is the Pink Out, where they dress in all pink to show support for breast cancer. They wear pink shirts and caps as part of their support. You can support them at a few of their fundraisers this year, including the team car wash and attend their meets. They have a varsity/JV scrimmage on Saturday, 11/20 @ 9 a.m. at Cherokee Trail High School. Based on the interviews, it’s safe to say that the swim team is a shining light of positivity spreading community throughout the school! Come out and support them this season.

A Helping Hand

Information about Legend High School’s newly formed Medical Club.

By Cassidy Knox

In a world seemingly full of selfishness, it is a breath of fresh air to see people devoting their time to making real change. That is what Legend High School’s recently established Medical Club is trying to accomplish. This club recognizes that anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 people die waiting for an organ transplant each year, and 90% of adults support organ transplants but only 45% are registered organ donors (UNOS). Working with Lumincare Hospice and Project Angel Heart, president Nandhana Vivek heads the club that meets every Thursday after school from 3:15-4:15 in mobile 7.

The Medical Club is still accepting members. If you join, you can stay connected with club events using the Remind app. When joining the club, all members get a chance to become a UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) Ambassador, which gives young people a chance to advocate for becoming organ donors. Each meeting usually consists of crafting food bags and birthday cards for the residents of Lumincare Hospice. Club meetings are also spent learning about UNOS and barriers for organ transplants.

When asked about her motives for founding this club, Vivek stated, “Hearing about everyone’s experiences [with organ transplantation], is so eye-opening,” and she believes that “if we can make somebody else’s life better, then it’s a big deal.” She also hopes to get as many people involved with Medical Club as possible, as it will help in creating the greatest difference in the world. Vivek would like all Legend students to know that “If [you] join, you will be able to get service hours while also doing something to make somebody else’s life better.”

Vivek hopes to acquire more members to become organ donors to “potentially save a life” and help Project Angel Heart and Lumincare Hospice better the lives of people who are affected by life-threatening illnesses. Legend’s Medical Club is truly providing a helping hand to those in need—making the world a kinder and safer place.  

Who: Any Legend student
What: Medical Club
Where: Mobile 7
When: Thursdays @ 3:15-4:15 pm

Eight Things to Do with Your College Mail

Too many mailers? Here’s some ideas.

By The Boy Scout Girls

Every day, colleges around the nation flood household mailboxes with letters, pamphlets, booklets, and posters. Each college claims to have the most beautiful community, the most helpful professors, and the most friendly students. AM I WRONG? NO! Do you want to hear the cold, hard truth? Colleges are dirty, rotten liars, and they want your money. Your 2.5 GPA probably doesn’t warrant that letter from Harvard, but they’ll send it anyway. Chances are, you will not get accepted, so what do you do with the leftover mail? 

  1. Tinder? I Hardly Know Her!

Boy Scout? No need. Learn to start a fire. When you are in the forest and in need of a flame, the wood and tinder may be too damp to use as a firestarter. College mail is easily accessible and extremely dry. Let’s burn it!

  1. Piñata Time

As a high schooler, it’s not unusual to have anger issues. The tedious process of filling out college applications is difficult for even the best of us. Begin with a fun crafty activity. Using paper and a simple water-flour mixture you can create a statue in literally any shape–and I mean any shape. The options are endless. Then, using a baseball bat, or something of that variety, you can destroy said statue. This provides quick relief and comes highly recommended by every therapist ever–trust us, we asked! To be clear, it is very good for the soul.

  1. Practice Your Origami Skills

There are many different cranes, rings, and other origami crafts you can create with your newfound paper supply. Try making a paper crown for the queen that you are. You will feel invigorated. Life will become better. Cool paper. 

  1. Make some epic paper airplanes

Let your imagination take flight with this super fun craft. Nothing relieves stress like having a little fun. And even better than that, you can include the whole family. Have fun together and bond with them before you tragically leave for college. The colorful, thick paper will look far better than typical white paper once it’s all shaped up. It may be too heavy to fly properly, but it will bring everyone together and provide much needed stress relief. 

  1. Compost material

Plain and simple, college mail has led to the deforestation of at least a million trees–trust us, we asked. It’s high time we give back to mother nature. Good for the environment. Feed the ground? Yes! She is so hungry. With this fun new activity you will rid the world of climate change. Climate change no more. No more. It’s done, you did it. You did so good. Such a good job. 

  1. College? More like Collage!

Collages are fun keepsakes where you can store your favorite memories. Collages can be very colorful, much unlike the dull mail they send you. With the unfathomable mass of colleges that attempt to reach you, it can be difficult to remember each one. This is easily cured by a collage. You can think about college all the time. Flip through your collage before you go to bed—we know students simply cannot get enough. Moms are sentimental. They will want to remember this time forever. The collage of all the colleges that pretend to want you will make your mother feel proud. Maybe it will help her forget how much she is paying for you to get an education.

  1. Rip Them Up & Throw The Pieces

Teenagers feel sad–a lot. We need help expressing our emotions and sometimes slam poetry just isn’t enough. Try ripping up your college mail and throwing it up into the air. Direct your anger towards colleges and show them just how much you hate them. The little pieces of paper will make fun little confetti. Celebrate your graduation by throwing around the mail from colleges that you will not be attending. 

  1. Read them?

Haha, just kidding. That would be weird–no one reads them. All of the mailers are exactly the same. If you are looking to be put to sleep, they can make a great bedtime story.

We hope you found this  helpful. If you didn’t, please read it again and change your mind. We love you and the Earth does too! 

Yours Truly,
The Boy Scout Girls

Kacey Musgraves Reveals More Than Ever on ‘star-crossed’

Kacey Musgraves’ newest album is a must listen.

By Millie Walkenhorst

Kacey Musgraves grasped the attention of the public when her 2018 album, Golden Hour launched into success, winning album of the year at the Grammys. In her long-awaited follow up, Kacey, dancing the line between pop and country, dives deeper into what is more often the reality of love: heartbreak. Literally, “setting the scene,” as Musgraves explains herself, Kacey chose to release “star-crossed” and “justified” as singles, preparing her listeners for a new era of her near-decade long career. Following the timeline of her marriage and recent divorce, Kacey begins the album with songs like “good wife,” and “cherry blossom,” which detail her budding romance and desires to be successful in her marriage. She then moves into feelings of marital frustration, anger, sadness, and then finally moving on, in the Spanish-influenced finale, “gracias a la vida,” originally written by Violeta Parra, a Chilean composer. 

Musgraves shows incredible growth from her naive look on love in Golden Hour with star-crossed, where her rose-colored glasses are removed. She opens up, revealing more about her personal life than she has in any album before, and it certainly pays off in her phenomenal lyricism. With lyrics like, “two lovers ripped right at the seams, they woke up from the perfect dream,” and “I won’t cry when the cold wind blows, gonna let it shine,” she takes listeners through an emotional journey that covers everything from growing up to dating after divorce. The album features a girl-power anthem called “breadwinner,” and then presents a stark contrast on the song “camera roll,” which details looking back on positive times of a relationship through photos, when you know the positive memories you associate with those photos aren’t what was reality. 

Breaking hearts, she pens, ”What a trip, the way you can flip, through all the good parts of it, I shouldn’t have done it.” She connects her past album, Golden Hour, to the present, with lyrics like, “There’s one, where we look so in love, before we lost all the sun, and I made you take it.” She frequently refers to her past album, as, “the sun,” on par with its title. Kacey also created a short movie based on her lyrics and story, to truly immerse the audience in the narrative she is telling. Her ability to captivate an audience, given the stark contrast between Golden Hour and star-crossed, exemplifies her incredible lyrical talents, as well as her undeniable vocal talent. Whether you are experiencing heartbreak or not, star-crossed is the perfect album to bring the feeling to life.