Why Elon Musk Deserves to be Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

Tyler Wang

Elon Musk is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2021. Is this a bad thing? Many of the world’s critics think so. The Guardian opens its piece on Musk with the following: 

“Time magazine’s decision to make Tesla billionaire Elon Musk its person of the year for 2021 has been criticized because of his attitude to tax, opposition to unions and playing down the dangers of Covid.” – The Guardian “Naming Elon Musk person of the year is Time’s ‘worst choice ever’, say critics.”

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The Unrealistic Portrayal of Teenagers in Movies and Shows

Elizabeth Grimes

If you say that you haven’t found yourself mirroring the amazing glamorous lives of the people you see on screen, then you’re lying. We’ve all wanted to be smart like Rory Gilmore, rich like Blair Waldorf, or adventurous like the Pogues and live the same as so many other popular characters. From the millions of TV shows and movies available to watch, some really stand out and make a large impact on our generation. Teen-oriented series have grown to be incredibly popular over the last few decades. These media can have amazing plotlines, actors, and representation, but very few do a good job of illustrating realistic teenage lives. 

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Ask Angel – Dad’s Not So Secret “Hobby”

Angel answers the question…

Let’s say you have a completely normal family (not that I’m assuming that your family isn’t normal of course but this is hypothetical.) In your very average family, your mom comes home by 3:30pm and your dad goes to work and comes back by 5pm. Everyday this is the same routine. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? Well, I thought the same thing until I found out the truth. A few days ago, my hockey practice ended early. Because my mom wasn’t coming home until later in the evening, I had to take the bus home. And when I came into my house – I was met by the worst surprise of my life. My father was sitting in the coach with another woman laughing their heads off. And then he kisses her. I was so stunned that I didn’t even get to see the woman’s face. I haven’t told him or my mom what I saw, but I managed to keep my interactions with him minimal… I have no idea what to do. Should I tell my younger brother? My mom? Should I confront my dad? Threaten him? I’m so lost. I’m imploding. Continue reading Ask Angel – Dad’s Not So Secret “Hobby”

Teen Alcoholism

By Isabel Warner

Regular drinking is a bad habit. Alcohol damages internal organs and increases the risk of developing cancer and dementia. The depressant nature of alcohol may cause a person to engage in risky or illegal activities or carry out physical or sexual assault. Significant cognitive and learning damage is caused when alcohol is consumed before age 21, at which point brain development is completed. Most teenagers know this, and yet many abuse alcohol.

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For the Record: 5 Albums

By Andrew Stankaninets

There’s been a lot of buzz in certain circles about the new wave of pop-punk that’s seemingly all the rage – the snarling guitars, soaring melodies and instantly identifiable snotty SoCal accent. But this style didn’t pop up out of nowhere; the subgenre is basically as old as punk itself. Using the simplicity of both styles of music as a starting point, pop-punk mixes pop hooks and choruses with punk speed and combativeness to create something distinctly new. If you’ve been interested but don’t know where to start, I’ve decided to revisit and spotlight five albums that are great entries for curious listeners, from the very inception all the way to the present.

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Vaccination Obligation: Do We Have to Share our Status?

By Abigail Brown

With almost everything closing again and the new Omicron variant spreading like wildfire, it’s getting more and more dangerous to not be vaccinated. Not necessarily in the sense that you might get sick, but more in the sense that it’s too controversial to keep your vaccination status a secret.

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The 2021 Communal Fatigue

By Kiyari Kufat

Can you believe that 2021 is finally over? It seems it was either a really great year or a terrible year for most people. However your year was, I’m sure it was far from normal. The past few years have been pretty crazy, but this one has been especially stressful and by the end of it most of us were feeling pretty drained. There are several possible reasons for this communal fatigue, some of which are clearly related to COVID.

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Movie Review: House of Gucci

By Ben King

6/10

“Father, son, and house of Gucci”, proclaims Lady Gaga in the very first trailer for Universal’s House Of Gucci, a true crime biographical drama about the assassination of Maurizio Gucci. The instantly iconic – and memeable line from Gaga cemented the film as one of the most anticipated releases of 2021. With big names attached to the project (Ridley Scott, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino), House Of Gucci looked to be a delectable thanksgiving treat. Alas, the film committed the biggest cardinal sin in Hollywood history – being a bore. 

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What is the Definition of a Good Year?

By Armin Najmaie

By the time you are reading this, it is probably already the new year, and you have left 2021 behind.  But just for a moment, I would like for you to look back at that past year. On New Year’s Eve, I remember thinking to myself: “2021 could not possibly be any worse than 2020.” Well, I guess I was right…Or was I?  

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Grammy Nominations and Predictions

By Michael Goussios

From ABBA to Olivia Rodrigo, this year’s Grammy nominees range from music veterans to industry newcomers. Such a wide selection of artists has sparked a lot of speculation as to who will take home these coveted awards. As far as the top four categories go (Best New Artist, Song, Record, and Album of the Year), there are many strong contenders. I will be going over the nominees and my predictions which artists will score big on music’s biggest night!

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