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‘Wednesday’ is plagued by the influence of the CW

By Ryan Yau, Staff Writer
November 30, 2022

The new Addams family spinoff “Wednesday” released last Wednesday.  The eight-part miniseries focuses on a teenaged Wednesday Addams as she transfers to an outcast-only boarding school—“outcast”...

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‘Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin’ keeps terrible mystery writing alive

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
November 30, 2022

Trigger Warning: Sexual assault, abuse, murder, and suicide. A few weeks ago I wrote a column on the 2010 hit show “Pretty Little Liars” and the masterful consistency of its Halloween episodes....

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The babygirlification of Ghost in COD is threatening the incels

By Rachel Choi, Copyeditor
November 30, 2022

Video game franchise “Call of Duty”’s newest installment “Modern Warfare II” was released on Oct. 27, and its revamped visuals and characters have been received positively across the board. However,...

We should ditch Friendsgiving

By Karenna Umscheid, Staff Writer
November 24, 2022

It’s become common to acknowledge that the history of several American holidays is rooted in colonialism. An example includes the refusal of many to recognize Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’...

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The original ‘Gossip Girl’ ate up Thanksgiving episodes

By Hadera McKay, Opinion Editor
November 16, 2022

Thanksgiving—along with being one of the more deeply-offensive and antiquated colonial holidays celebrated in this God-forsaken country—is also a time for unbridled family chaos.  Drunk aunts overshare...

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Gobble gobble: Thankskilling and Birds Aren’t Real reflect new Marxist canon.

By Bryan Liu, Staff Writer
November 16, 2022

I’m an addict. I can’t stop watching low-budget, B-list horror flicks that are certifiably shit. I would consider films like “Sharknado,” “Llamageddon,” “Dead Sushi,” and “Velocipastor”...

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Bird flu is flying, turkeys are dying

By Rachel Choi, Copyeditor
November 16, 2022

Let’s imagine: you’re sprinting to the nearest Walmart at full speed and hurtling straight towards the poultry section. You’ve finally mastered spatchcocking in theory, and you need that turkey to...

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The ideal birth control: No Nut November

By Maddie Barron, Staff Writer
November 16, 2022

Despite the magic in the air this holiday season, there won't be many sleigh bells jingling in anyone’s chimneys this winter.  With the current array of contraceptive options available in a post-Roe...

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Meditated so hard my ass cracked: Buddhism is not Islamophobic

By Bryan Liu, Staff Writer
November 9, 2022

When Siddartha Gautama went outside of his opulent palace for the first time and saw poverty, disease, and old age, he drew a central conclusion: existence is pain, life is suffering, and we’re all going...

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The Supreme Court should stay affirmative about affirmative action

By Rachel Choi, Copyeditor
November 9, 2022

On Monday, Oct. 31, the Supreme Court held a hearing regarding the legality of race-conscious admission programs, more commonly known as affirmative action, through a lawsuit by the anti-affirmative action...

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Republican candidates appear soft on abortion in a Post-Roe election season. Don’t trust them.

By Meg Richards, Staff Writer
November 9, 2022

The morning Roe V. Wade was overturned, a thick silence hung in the air. Everything felt surprisingly small at the moment, but bigger than the human brain could feasibly comprehend. It was both overwhelming...

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Is Kyrie Irving worth keeping?

By Aidan Crooke, Beacon Correspondent
November 9, 2022

If you’re the Brooklyn Nets’ general manager Sean Marks, you’ve likely got a lot on your plate right now. You’ve fired Head Coach Steve Nash and promoted Jacque Vaughn in his place, two of your...

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Acknowledging Black rappers goes beyond listening to their music.

By Hadera McKay, Opinion Editor
November 2, 2022

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, Kirshnik Kari Ball, better known as rapper Takeoff, was shot and killed outside of a bowling alley in Houston. As a talented technician and one-third of the popular rap group, Migos,...

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Food fights will not save the planet

By Hailey Akau, Illustrator
November 2, 2022

Real-life food fights are rare––for good reason. In addition to wasting a perfectly good meal, throwing food in any context creates unnecessary and disgusting cleanup work and ultimately achieves...

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WNBA All-Star suffers misfortune as Russia’s scapegoat for power

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
November 2, 2022

An eight-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist has been in Russian custody since Feb. 17, and was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison in August—all because she entered Russia...

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Wisconsin women’s volleyball deserves your respect

By Vivi Smilgius, Editor-in-Chief
November 2, 2022

After a dynamic week of Big 10 play, the University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team advanced to no. 3 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. The team ascended two spots after a clean...

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Commodifying murder cases for the sake of a Halloween costume is unethical

By Christina Horacio, Copyeditor
October 26, 2022

As suspected, Netflix series “Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” skyrocketed, racking up 496.1 million hours of streaming, making it the ninth most popular English-speaking Netflix series of all time....

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ set the standard for Halloween episodes

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
October 26, 2022

Picture this, it’s 2011.  Rebecca Black has just released “Friday,” Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have won Best Kiss at the MTV Movie Awards, and the second season of what would become...

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Dracula on the streets, Frankenstein’s monster in the sheets

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
October 26, 2022

Halloween brings out an aspect of peoples’ creative side that can be easily transferred to a steamy bedroom. Oct. 31 is the day to dress up in scary, sexy, funny, and thought-provoking costumes—but...

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America’s biggest haunted house: the echo chamber

By Meg Richards, Beacon Correspondent
October 26, 2022

Alt-right fringe conservatives are repackaging the same witch-hunt rhetoric that got the likes of Disney’s Sanderson Sisters hanged 400 years ago. The newest right-wing moral panic surrounds the recently...

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