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Hugh Hefner: a clear dichotomy

Hugh Hefner: a clear dichotomy

Kimia Mohebi

October 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The sovereign leader of sexual liberation is dead. Hugh Hefner, at the age of 91, died Sept. 27. On that Thursday morning, most major media platforms wrote articles on him, his legacy and the history of his massive Playboy empire. Some, almost tearfully, said goodbye and thanked him for creating a spa...

Editorial: Be aware. Say Something. Act.

Editorial: Be aware. Say Something. Act.

The Editorial Board

October 25, 2017


Filed under Opinion

The beat of music. The cheers and screams of the crowd. Then, the first round of gunshots. And then, different kind of screams: terrified, panicked screams. Then, groans of pain, disguised by the relentless tat-tat-tat-tat-tat of the rifles firing down into the crowd. And then, ten minutes later: si...

Diversity in Hollywood exists

Diversity in Hollywood exists

Anish Natarajan

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In past years, diversity has become something of a controversy in Hollywood. Each year, new movies come out with the great claim of having casts from different countries and backgrounds all over the world. But a question we should be asking ourselves is: Do we really care? Films such as “Moonlight...

Modernize your definition of beauty

Modernize your definition of beauty

Harper Wayne

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Beauty in our society is often decided by a certain set of words from the dictionary with an attached set of criteria to match. The question I am posing: Why have we attempted to define beauty when it is fluid and individualized? We are born into this world without a head full of hair, without teeth and ...

Shakespeare through the phone

Shakespeare through the phone

Kimia Mohebi

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

“(678) 999-8212” (sung: six, seven, eight, triple nine, eight, two, one, two). If this phone number rings any bells for you (pun certainly intended), or you have the sudden urge to wear baggy pants and not one, but two, gold chains, there’s a chance that you know of the musical masterpiece that...

Villains singing their way through teaching

Villains singing their way through teaching

Katya Kiseleva

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Let me set this straight: I've never been a Disney fanatic. But for whatever reason, this past summer, I've experienced some kind of Disney Renaissance. One day a video titled “Epic Disney Villains Medley,” by Peter Hollens featuring Whitney Avalon, popped up in my recommended on YouTube. As the...

Editorial: Extreme weather indicates climate change

Editorial: Extreme weather indicates climate change

The Editorial Board

September 28, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As the people of the Caribbean Islands stand amid the wreckage from their respective storms, they’ll think to themselves: “Well, that was downright unpleasant and terrifying — but on the bright side, we can be assured by the fact that some random strangers out there are praying for us.” Or so...

Editorial: Free speech provokes discussion

The Editorial Board

August 30, 2017


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Illuminated by the flickering of their torches in the night, they surrounded the statue and made themselves clear. At the forefront of the gathering was self-identified alt-right member Richard Spencer. “We are a people,” Spencer said. “We will not be replaced!” Uproarious agreement echoed thr...

Shape your society

Shape your society

Kimia Mohebi

August 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Jan. 28, 2017 — I specifically recall running into my mom’s room, telling her that for some reason, I felt the sudden urge to go visit the IMAM foundation mosque in Los Angeles. This place was a staple of my childhood, the hub of all of my 6-year-old social activity and an optimal location for the...

Support what you demand

Support what you demand

Ashley Goldstein

August 30, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Though we live in a time that is considered progressive, there is still a long journey before true equality and fair representation is reached. According to a study conducted by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Marc Choueiti, and Dr. Katherine Pieper from USC, only 34 of the top 100 films from 2016 actually featu...

Editorial: ’13 Reasons Why’ interpretations may vary

The Editorial Board

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Editor's note: "13 Reasons Why," in which Hannah Baker records 13 accusatory tapes for the people who incite her suicide, has gained great popularity — and notoriety — since release. Our board couldn't agree on a singular take, so here are five. Remember the cruelty Those moments in film when we endure the pr...

Go on a diet from our diet culture

Go on a diet from our diet culture

Ashley Goldstein

May 11, 2017


Filed under Opinion

In a world that brims with spray-tanned abs, Photoshopped thigh gaps and face-tuned skin, there’s no wonder why our society is so obsessed with looking perfect. Unfortunately, something that seems to define perfection — especially in American culture — is weight, or the lack thereof. The larger one a...