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Lewinsky, like a Phoenix

April 9, 2015

After 17 years of reclusiveness, Monica Lewinsky has reemerged with a new mission. While the dust to the Clinton scandal settled, Lewinsky had fled to the United Kingdom to escape public shame and ridicule. She popped up every so often over the past two decades, whether with a handbag line or a reality show, in […]

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The Airborne Toxic Event introduces new sound

March 26, 2015

With their latest album Dope Machines, The Airborne Toxic Event sheds its alterna-rock skin and undergoes a musical metamorphosis, resulting in a surprising and exquisite synth-pop sound. Upon first listen, the album may taste bitter to fans and familiars of the band’s traditional work. Machines, however, still manages to succeed as a synth-pop record, despite […]

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Gaga showcases new style

February 26, 2015

Who says you can’t transition from disco sticks to Irving Berlin? One of the most surprising performances at this year’s Grammy’s came courtesy of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Yes, that Tony Bennett. Yes, that Lady Gaga. Singing the title track of their Grammy winning collaborative jazz album Cheek to Cheek, the duo successfully wooed […]

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Deciphering the appeal of Katy Perry

February 12, 2015

From a gargantuan chrome lion to a gyrating shark, Katy Perry’s halftime show was nothing short of a visual feast. In true K.P. fashion, the spectacle included a fantasia of colors, props, and costumes. The halftime show’s aesthetics roared loud enough to establish dominance over post-Super Bowl conversation topics. For instance, much of the talk […]

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Be a Man: With All the Force of a Body Standard

January 22, 2015

Chris Pratt’s rapid physical transformation reminds one of the scene from The Princess Diaries in which Anne Hathaway’s old photographs break juxtaposition to reveal a post-makeover version of the same girl. Pratt went from playing average bodied goofball on NBC’s Parks and Recreations to Guardians of the Galaxy’s muscular leading man. The body transformation began […]

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Tinsel Talk: Crack heard around the world

November 18, 2014

Kim Kardashian: style icon, reality star, mother, business woman. The Armenian-American bombshell has topped many a headline over the past few years with topics ranging from her love and family to real estate and favorite foods. However, one topic in particular seems to constantly reoccur: the booty, its physical validity, its shape in a bathing […]

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Tinsel Talk: ‘Teardrops’ on our guitars

November 12, 2014

Taylor Swift made a triumphant return to the music world this week with her latest album, 1989. While critics and fans alike have praised the record—which takes its name from Swift’s birth year— many refuse to acknowledge its existence or potential. Unfortunately, many people don’t like Taylor Swift. Actually, that’s an understatement: people who don’t […]

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Ariana Grande’s diva side exposed

October 1, 2014

In recent appearances, fan favorite Ariana Grande has shown she is everything but sweet. Ariana Grande seems like a Sour Patch Kid in reverse: first she’s sweet, then she’s sour. When this Mariah Carey Jr. broke onto the scene with her hit song “The Way,” featuring irrelevant white rapper Mac Miller, people were convinced of […]

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Writer Eric Schlosser discusses new work

September 17, 2014

This past Wednesday, September 10, Eric Schlosser, author of Reefer Madness and Fast Food Nation, paid a visit to Rollins College to speak about his most recent book Command and Control. A work of historical nonfiction, Command and Control the details the timeline of nuclear energy and warfare from the Manhattan Project to the modern […]

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Tinsel Talk: Comedy queen’s legacy inspires student

September 10, 2014

Sarafian pays tribute to Joan Rivers and relates her stand-up comedy to big life lessons. Behind the counter of a department store perfumery, Ms. Piggy asks her co-worker, “Do you think I’m pretty?” Both cashiers are uniformed in frilly pink dresses similar to the Dr. Seuss-like ensemble worn by Lena Dunham at this year’s Emmys. […]

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