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  • The music auxiliary car wash will be held on Sept. 30

  • The homecoming football game is on Sept. 22

  • Fall drama auditions will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18-20

  • Homecoming will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23

Offbeat comedy “Brigsby Bear,” shines with heartfelt weirdness

Offbeat comedy “Brigsby Bear,” shines with heartfelt weirdness

Harry Westergaard, Film critic/reporter

September 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Film, Showcase

Brigsby Bear is one of those wonderful films that is nothing but original. Say what you will about the quality of the thing- but you will not see another motion picture that resembles it all year. Sufficient to say the premise is a little out there. It deals with James (Kyle Mooney of SNL fame) ...

Plus-sized problems

Plus-sized problems

Sophie Stephens, Online Feature Editor

September 18, 2017


Filed under Columns, Fashion, Opinion, Showcase

Even if you don’t keep up on all the latest fashion trends religiously, there’s a good chance you heard about one of the most important events in the fashion world: New York Fashion Week (NYFW). NYFW is an exemplar time for designers to get their name out in the world through expensive runway...

Fashion Friday: Jackson Elkins ’18

Fashion Friday: Jackson Elkins ’18

Olivia Dachtler, Photographer

September 15, 2017


Filed under Fashion, Showcase

As the seasons change, so does the wardrobe of Jackson Elkins '18. Check out all of Elkins's essentials for the upcoming fall season.

How not to dress the part: a Dress Codes for Small Towns review

How not to dress the part: a Dress Codes for Small Towns review

Luke Reynolds, Reporter

September 15, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

Announcer: It's time for Another Unpopular Opinion! Here's your host, Luke Reynolds! *audience mostly claps and cheers, some boo* Luke: Thank you, thank you! I know some of you are pretty much sick of hearing people gripe about books they didn't like, but others seem to love it for some reason...

Bookworm approved

Bookworm approved

Carmela Cohen Suarez, Reporter

September 14, 2017


Filed under Reviews, Showcase

Bookworm | Noun |: A person unusually devoted to reading or study. (According to Merriam-Webster.com) Emma Gibson '20 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling “It's kind of the first series that got me into reading,” Gibson reflects. She believes she has read the series a total...

Alter my state: an Antisocialites review

Alter my state: an Antisocialites review

Luke Reynolds, Reporter

September 12, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Reviews, Showcase

Back in 2014, a debut self-titled record dropped in the middle of a dry summer. Alvvays (pronounced "always") quickly became music critic darlings with the release of that album, landing on end-of-the-year lists in several music magazines and even topping the US Radio 200 through the College Medi...

Best Netflix Arrivals, September 2017

Best Netflix Arrivals, September 2017

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic/Reporter

September 10, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Film, Showcase

Another month means another set of titles Netflix will be dragging away from your seeping, over saturated watch list. However, conversely, this also means that the immensely popular online streaming service will be adding a host of new titles for your viewing pleasure. With everything from original c...

It’s the final countdown: a They Both Die at the End review

It’s the final countdown: a They Both Die at the End review

Luke Reynolds, Reporter

September 4, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

Death has always scared me. Once in a while I'll find myself thinking about when it'll happen in my life. Will it be when I'm in my early 20's and trying to survive college? Will it be when I'm old and gray after many satisfying years? Then there's always the how. Will it be a car crash? Will it be of...

Ben Folds excels at tour kick-off in Davenport

Ben Folds excels at tour kick-off in Davenport

Harry Westergaard, Film Critic/Reporter

August 28, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Music, Showcase

Ben Folds performed at the Adler Theater in Davenport, Iowa last Saturday. It was the evening of August 26th, the kickoff of Adler’s own Alternating Festival and the first stop of Folds’ 2017 Paper Airplane Tour. In case you are not familiar with Ben Folds, he is a classically trained pianist. He firs...

Let’s get crazy: a No Good Deed review

Let’s get crazy: a No Good Deed review

Luke Reynolds, Reporter

August 28, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

When I read Goldy Moldavsky's debut novel last year, I had one heck of a good time. Kill the Boy Band was a crazy dive into the absolute insanity that can be fangirl culture, but it was also tempered with what good can come out of that same place. Add to that a dangerous mission, a diverse cas...

Tell me sweet little lies: a Big Little Lies review

Tell me sweet little lies: a Big Little Lies review

Luke Reynolds, Reporter

August 20, 2017


Filed under Entertainment, Reviews, Showcase

Lies. We tell them for so many different reasons. Sometimes it's because we want to protect our friends and not hurt their feelings. Sometimes it's because we want to hide what's going on in our lives. Sometimes we even tell them to ourselves, desperate to believe things farthest from the truth. It wou...

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