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Kehlani, The Weeknd, Billie Eilish and More

New Music From The Week Of January 7th

By Ronak Dsouza

It’s finally 2019 and that marks another year of great music to look forward to! While not as many full-length projects have been released recently, there are still a lot of great new songs to check out.

First, Kehlani starts off 2019 with a bop with the release of her new song, “Nights Like This.” In the track, Kehlani realizes that she was fooled by her lover into thinking that she had to stay with her. “Nights Like This” is very catchy showing off Kehlani’s light vocals. The song also features fellow R&B hitmaker, Ty Dolla $ign, with makes for an infectious tune due to the combination of the two’s voices.

Speaking of R&B, The Weeknd also enters 2019 with a banger with his feature on the song, “Lost In The Fire.” While The Weeknd is listed as a feature on the song, he is the star on the track with his enchanting voice and his lyrics. However don’t dismiss the main artist, Gesaffelstein, who creates a very catchy beat to match The Weeknd’s smooth vocals.

Finally, Billie Eilish asserts her prominence and dominance in pop and music, with her new track, “WHEN I WAS OLDER.” Eilish utilizes her signature soft singing style which creates a very ominous mood. This combined with the creepy beat, creates a very somber and unique listening experience. The song is a part of the soundtrack for the award-winning Netflix movie, ROMA.

Be sure to also give a listen to Normani and Sam Smith’s collaboration “Dancing With A Stranger,” Future’s songs “Jumpin On A Jet” and “Crushed Up”, Lana Del Rey’s new track “hope is a dangerous thing for a women like me to have – but I have it,” and the remix to Halsey’s hit single, “Without Me,” which features Juice WRLD.

Let’s Do it Raw

What exactly is a raw diet and is it good for your pets?

By Henley Holland

 

Now, for those of you that might not follow cute animal accounts on Instagram, there has been a recent spike in popularity for a raw diet for most pets (particularly dogs or ferrets). Even in modern days, racing greyhounds and sled dogs are most commonly fed raw diets, but with the rise of social media, the idea has started to move down into domestic households for more than just dogs. While veterinarians are still debating whether or not this diet is optimal for many pets, there are known benefits and risks as well.

Some benefits of a raw diet can include a shinier coat, healthier skin, higher energy levels, and cleaner, stronger teeth. But, especially without the proper knowledge and research done in advance, this diet can pose a significant threat to both the owner and the pet. Bacteria from raw meat (especially seedier products) can be lethal to humans and animals, failing to balance the diet properly can be detrimental to the animals health, and raw bones can break teeth, puncture internal organs, and even become a choking hazard if not handled properly.

Now, one common misconception is that raw food diets consist only of the raw meat and bones, which is where that danger of malnutrition comes into play. Muscle meat, raw or ground bones, organ meats (such as kidneys or livers), raw eggs, vegetables mixed in or stuffed into the meat (obviously with vitamins necessary for their health), raw eggs, fruit, and even yogurt. Many backers of this diet insist that the lack of processed materials going into their dog’s diet is tremendously beneficial, and while it might cost a bit more, the overall health of their pet is worth the cost.

So, while the jury is out on whether or not a raw diet is truly superior, before you consider switching to this diet, contact your vet and do your research beforehand; it will prevent a lot of issues down the road with such a drastic change. Know that this diet is expensive, requires extensive and meticulous planning in order to keep your pets healthy, and is still controversial in this day and age. But perhaps your interest has been piqued, so my advice to you, is to read for an hour or two on it before you commit and contact your vet. They did not go to school for almost a decade and saddle themselves with extensive debt for no reason, I promise!

The Best Things to do Around the Holiday Season

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By Zoe Cox

So it’s finally the holiday season; the season everybody has been looking forward to since the beginning of January. School is finally out, testing is finally over, and finally, it’s time to relax. However, while doing nothing and having no responsibilities seems like the dream, after two weeks, it may get absolutely boring. So instead of staying at home and watching Netflix all break, get out and try something new! There are plenty of things to do in Colorado, especially during the holiday season.

Colorado is known for its Rocky Mountains, and long ski slopes. Although we take it all for granted, traveling to the Rocky Mountains during any time of the year is a trip you will not regret. Between the beautiful views and fun activities going skiing or snowboarding is the perfect thing to do over the holiday break. There are plenty of places to go such as Keystone, Breckenridge, Winter Park, and many more. Skiing is a fun thing to do with both friends and family, and is a trip you’ll never forget.

If skiing or snowboarding isn’t for you, and you’d rather do something that involves staying close to home, no worries! There are plenty of things to do, such as driving around and looking at Christmas lights, making cookies with friends or family, or going sledding. Each and every one of these activities can and will create memories that will last forever, and could potentially be newfound traditions.

However, if kicking back and staying at home seems way more entertaining than anything else, then maybe make good use of your time in the holiday season. Watch a holiday movie, listen to the holiday music, and create holiday crafts. There are plenty of things to do during this year’s holiday break, and if not, there is always next year!

 

XXXTentacion, Gucci Mane, Benny Blanco and more

Music Releases from the Week of December 3rd

By Ronak Dsouza

 

Even though the Grammy nominations came out this week, signaling a wrap-up to this year, there are still many music releases to quench your constant thirst for new music.

The biggest album that was released this week was Skins by the late XXXtentacion. Even though his untimely death occurred earlier this year, he still has a lot of unreleased music, which was released on his album, Skins. The lone feature on the album is the hip-hop star, Kanye West. The standout track is “BAD!” which does not have any rapping, but is pretty catchy.

Another big rap release this week came in the form of Evil Genius, Gucci Mane’s brother. Evil Genius has nineteen tracks and numerous features from Atlanta favorites like Migos and Lil Yachty to relatively new rappers like Youngboy Never Broke Again and Lil Skies. The standout track is “Wake Up In The Sky,” which features Kodak Black and Bruno Mars. While song has been popular for a while now, it still stands a great song to lift your mood or spirits.

Switching genres to electronica, make sure to check out Benny Blanco’s new album, FRIENDS KEEP SECRETS. As with many electronica albums, the list of features is long even with the album only containing seven songs. While the album contains the hit “Eastside” with Khalid and Halsey, the song you must listen to on the album is “Roses,” which features Juice WRLD and Brendon Urie. While this may seem to be a weird pairing, this also turns out to be a pretty entertaining collaboration.

Also be sure to check out Brett Young’s Ticket to L.A., the Mary Poppins Returns soundtrack, “Good Years” by Zayn, and “Testimony” by Kodak Black.

How to cram for finals

By Maddy Schick

DISCLAIMER: This is not a reason to wait till the last minute, this is just tips in case you found yourself in this situation.

  1. Don’t study in your room.
    • Your home can be distracting, try an office or the library for a quieter environment.
  2. Caffeine
    • Although not good for you, if you’re stuck cramming it should help you stay awake enough to get everything done
  3. 50-10 Rule
    •  Study/Work hard for 50 minutes, then take a 10 minute break. This will help keep you focused and in working mode.
  4. Take a friend with you.
    • Preferably from the same class, they’ll be able to help answer questions and get more covered in a shorter time.
  5. Study out of order.
    • Don’t go in order of unit, your brain will remember more if you study different things in different orders

Cram studying isn’t a safe way to prepare for finals, but the tips above should help you with getting everything covered and in a good time. Next time, start studying a week before the test day for best results.

A Thank You Note to Aaron Sorkin

To Kill a Mockingbird Reboot

By Caleb Stuart

On December 13, 2018 To Kill a Mockingbird opens on Broadway starring Jeff Daniels. The new script has been penned by Aaron Sorkin and I, for one, am very grateful that a reboot of the famous book and movie is finally occuring.

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all-time favorite novels but I didn’t really appreciate the movie. I felt that it did not do the book justice because it focuses more on the Tom Robinson trial and less on the actions of Scout, Jem, and Dill. That is not to say that the film is not good (Gregory Peck won his only Oscar for his portrayal of Atticus Finch) but it missed, what I felt to be, the central components of what made the novel incredible.

It has taken nearly 60 years for there to be a reboot and I cannot be more excited that it has been written by Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin is the writer of my favorite movie (A Few Good Men) and my favorite television show (The West Wing). He knows how to give even minor characters the characterization and credit that they deserve. Sorkin knows how to create a compelling courtroom drama while also showing what is going on when the lawyers are off the clock, which is something I find extremely fascinating.

It has been nearly 60 years and I assumed that we would never get another version of To Kill a Mockingbird. In today’s day and age, with the racial conflicts that we have, I think it something that we need and I excited that it Aaron Sorkin is taking the helm.

So, Aaron Sorkin, I say “thank you.”

Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday

‘Tis the season full of shopping

By Zoe Cox

Two of the biggest shopping days of the year have recently passed. From places such as the mall, or a local clothing store, everywhere around us, retailers do everything they can to attract shoppers to their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Whether you choose to stay at home to shop, or you decide you want to complete your Christmas list in stores, these days have both pros and cons in order to get all our you shopping done for the holiday season.

Although they have the same concept, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have their differences. In both situations, stores provide several deals for all of your shopping needs. However, Black Friday is in stores, and Cyber Monday is online. In the past few years, Black Friday has extended to more than just one day of the year. Stores have advertised their Black Friday deals starting as early Thursday before, in order to draw in as many customers as they can in such a short amount of time. For some, Black Friday is a holiday tradition they spend with their friends and family. Despite the long lines, busy stores, and chaos, Black Friday’s massive sales give everyone a head start on their holiday shopping.

For those who prefer to shop from the convenience of their own home, Cyber Monday offers a more cozy and less chaotic alternative to waiting in a long like before the sun rises. Cyber Monday is a more calm day of shopping, less advertisements and chaos, but still an amazing set of deals. Obviously, it hasn’t been around for as long as Black Friday, but it is just as popular to people all across the United States.

Of course, both of these nationwide shopping traditions come with a lot of stress. Black Friday is full of chaos, long lines, and crowds. Cyber Monday is filled with stress of shipping, finding the right size, and items selling out before you are able to purchase them. However, both Black Friday and Cyber Monday have better deals than any other days of the year, and they get everyone in the holiday spirit.

So, if you are up for an adventure of hustle and great deals, Black Friday is the perfect option for you. However, if you would rather stay at home and clean up the house after a long Thanksgiving with the family, Cyber Monday is the better fit for you in finding the best deals for the holiday season.

Toxic Standards

The effect of portraying disturbing characteristics as desirable, persisting in movies and delineated by men, on society

By Lauren Penington

80’s movies hold their charm and popularity in today’s society. However, a good portion of these retro films hold a worrisome amount of rape culture properties that have managed to assimilate themselves into society’s most revered characteristics. Stalkers, rapists, and haressers are praised for their disgusting behavior; getting the girl and setting a disturbing standard.

What passes for love is truly mediocrity, urged along by the presence of troubling factors in the media, namely the acceptance of trash as treasure, the acceptance of lackluster men as paragons. Due to these character traits displayed on the big screens, people have welcomed a new wave of low. Truly concerning aptitudes that reveal themself in the scum of the earth are romanticized to the point that it appears ludicrous not to. This, in turn, not only damages our morals and beliefs, but our perception of the world and thereby our standards and self worth.

For instance, the idea of pursuing the girl until she submits. Critics praise the boy who sticks it out, the boy who waits for the girl to settle for him or suddenly realize her overwhelming love for the underdog. He who respects rejection and doesn’t pursue the girl is an instant joke, seen as a pushover, lacking the balls to continue on his “quest.”

There are several classic cinema examples that ring this warning bell. This isn’t to say that these movies aren’t of quality, but that they hold these troubling themes within them, pushed along into society by the films’ success and popularity.

One of the most prominent that emerges from the mix is Sixteen Candles. Traditionally thought of as a sweet romcom, the movie holds some questionable details within. The entire relationship of our protagonists begins with a drunk fling. After drinking too much, Caroline is sent home with our oh-so-sweet underdog, the Geek. These two get busy, while Caroline is too drunk to consent of course, and afterwards decide that they had fun and are obviously soulmates. Now, we can’t unload all of that… But, in essence, it is this type of portrayal of men in cinema that is so toxic to the general population. The idea that all men have this habitual instinct that can’t be denied, and the further idea that it is sexy. Frankly, there is nothing more disturbing than the idea that men are controlled by an innate desire for sex. Not only is it an untrue theory, but spreading it into the minds of society as a desirable and alluring trait poisons the minds of our youth. People have accepted it as an irrefutable fixture, and both boys and girls seem to be raised on the fact that it is their duty to fulfil.

This can also be seen in Revenge of the Nerds whereupon, yet another nerd, initiates intercourse with the “girl of his dreams.” In this version of the tale, he does so under the guise of being her actual boyfriend – wearing his costume and acting as the persona. After their erotic scene, she removes the nerds mask to display his true identity and decides that it was truly the pair of them that were meant to be, not her and her actual boyfriend and based upon nothing but the mere interaction that had occured moments before.

These are movies that are revered as classics, as “must-sees.” With the sordid details contained within them, this arguably the most provoking fact of all. Why does society continue to lavish praise atop these individuals that commit frankly heinous crimes? The first step is noticing the pattern, which we have found. The next step is breaking it. Break the chain and show the world what love truly is, not these illusory fabrications of life. Be a part of a healthy relationship, based on respect and true love, not a drunken fumble of a creepy, possessive man. No one loves a rapist. No one loves a stalker. Leave the girl alone and find the one that loves you back.

Gobble, Gobble, but not for the Bark or Meow

Your Thanksgiving feast should be just for the humans in the house

By Henley Holland

It’s finally November folks! That crisp fall bite is still in the air and the aroma of turkey, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin are just waiting to permeate the wind as well. Now, while we humans might enjoy that food coma after Thanksgiving, it can be dangerous to eat that much fatty food in one sitting, but it can be catastrophic to let our pets indulge as well.

Fatty, processed foods are extremely hard for animals to digest, especially in large quantities. So before you set aside a plate of scraps for Fido, consider the following: those poultry bones can splinter and devastate the digestive tract of any pet in your house and many treats contain ingredients and chemicals that are toxic to animals.

Xylitol, an artificial sweetener in many sugar-free baked goods, can be deadly if consumed by your cat or dog. The yeast in many doughs can cause dangerous bloating in your pets as well. Not to mention, many ingredients included in Thanksgiving feasts such as chocolate, citrus, caffeine, raisins, dairy, onions, nuts, and salt can be anywhere from mildly dangerous to deadly to cats and dogs alike.

So, when you and your family get together to enjoy the holiday, ensure the food stays up on the table where your furry family members cannot reach it. Confirm the trash is secure where those troublemakers can’t go digging through and accidentally harm themselves, but, most of all, do not allow any human members, especially the young ones, slip the family pet some little treats throughout the day. Those good intentions have the capability to turn deadly, something no one wants to experience during the holidays.

Grande, Boomin, H.E.R. and More

Music Releases From The First Week Of November

By Ronak Dsouza

The amount of new projects and songs that were released the week of November 3 was insane and has been every music lover’s dream. From pop, to hip-hop, to R&B, every genre has received some great new music.

On Saturday, pop superstar, Ariana Grande dropped a surprise single titled “thank u, next,” right before the airing of Saturday Night Live. The song quickly gained a lot of attention and received a lot of streams.

It’s rumored she made this song to diss her ex-fiance, Pete Davidson, who is part of the Saturday Night Live crew. This theory is definitely confirmed by “thank u, next,” in which she talks about her past relationships, how she has moved on from each of them, and how she is now focused on herself. This song is perfect for those moving on from a breakup and for those learning to love themselves.

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For hip-hop heads, the long-awaited return of producer Metro Boomin arrived with the release of his album, Not All Heroes Wear Capes. The album is filled with guest artists such as Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Young Thug, and Drake. The album greatly delivers in the production aspect, displaying Metro Boomin’s expertise with beatmaking with the different beat changes and transitions from song to song. The standout track on the album is “Space Cadet,” which features hip-hop newcomer Gunna. The track is melodic and hypnotic due to the beat and Gunna’s flow. This album for those wanting to turn up in their car with their friends, because of the amazing beat production.

For a more slowed down music listening experience, H.E.R. released her follow-up EP to I Used To Know Her-The Prelude EP titled I Used To Know Her – Part 2. The sequel contains more songs than the first EP with eight new songs. Part 2 also differs from The Prelude, having zero features. The standout track is the opening song, titled “Carried Away,” with H.E.R.’s dreamy vocals used on a enticing guitar loop. This project is great to keep in the background while getting some homework done, because H.E.R.’s voice will not distract you from finishing your homework.

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Here are some other notable releases that you should give a listen: “Dip,” by Tyga, with Nicki Minaj being enlisted for the remix, “Machine” and “Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons, the Calvin Harris and Benny Blanco collaboration, “I Found You,” and Takeoff’s solo debut album, The Last Rocket.