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Styled by Raynee Quillen
While many of us can share the same experiences, we are all destined for different paths. Yet, as we climb the ladder towards our goals, there are moments when we feel discouraged. We may see one of our peers receiving higher marks for the same efforts that we implemented. We may see someone with the same desires as us progressing faster. Before we realize it, we may be sinking down the rabbit hole of comparing and contrasting our lives to others. We’ll start to forget that we are not all the same and attempt to mimic others while sacrificing our own identities.
With new TV shows and streaming services constantly being released, many viewers find themselves watching several episodes of a series in one sitting or binge-watching. You start episode one of Squid Games on Netflix, and the next thing you know you’ve spent more than 8 hours watching the entire season. You start the first episode of Outer Banks, and two days later you’ve watched all 989 minutes, or 16.5 hours, of the series. At the end of a series, some viewers are left feeling fulfilled, while others feel empty. However you feel, most viewers are likely to keep binge-watching.
In 2020, quarantine put an end to spontaneous human connection. There weren't any casual conversations with friends on the way to class. Nor was there any light-hearted small talk with your classmates. What there was, however, was a lot of weary silence and an unfulfilled desire for connection.
Presented through the imagery of a young thirteen-year-old girl suddenly transforming into a giant red panda anytime she feels strong emotions, Pixar has developed a brand new narrative in “Turning Red” that explores a topic which audiences have not seen presented in animated films in as vibrant a fashion as this: Puberty. The main character, Meilin (Mei) Lee is torn between exploring a real teenage lifestyle with her friend or honoring her mother. The film does an excellent job of exhibiting Mei’s utmost respect and love for her mom while also revealing the desires she has for boy bands, crushes and having close friends. While putting the mind of a developing thirteen-year-old girl at the forefront is a prodigious action taken by the animated film industry, there are several other refreshing themes throughout “Turning Red” that are worth the recognition.
Six guesses. Five letters. One word. Everyone has heard about Wordle, the daily word guessing game that’s swept the internet into a frenzy. Every day, people attempt to guess a five-letter word faster than their friends and post their attempts on Twitter and other social media platforms to share their enjoyment and brag about who solved the Wordle first. You don’t need me to explain it to you because you have probably played it every day for the past few months. But what about this simplistic language game makes it so fun and exciting for people of all ages? What made this game an internet sensation, and is there any possible way to recreate it? Can anyone make a game that reaches the same level of popularity? Like all things, there’s a science to explain why this game is so popular.
Styling, makeup and creative direction by Parker Blackburn
Street performing has existed for centuries. It is a way for individuals to showcase their talents, express themselves and connect with their community. These small, unconventional and unexpected performances have the power to disrupt the bustle of a street and unite a crowd with a universal appreciation of a certain skill. A spirited performer who is willing to share their passion with their community allows onlookers to take a step out of their own lives and appreciate the art around them. People might stop for only a moment, or they might not stop at all, but in just a moment, street performers can remind us of the joy that can be found in creating, movement or art.
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"You dress gay," a stranger observes, her eyes following every inch of my straight, opposite-sex-loving body until they reach my six-inch heels.
Every Sunday looks the same here in South Carolina, especially if you’re a Catholic. The churches are vast, inside and out, with colored-stained windows depicting different scenes from the bible. Their intricate designs set a feeling of security in these faithful people.
Written and Styled by Isha Singh
As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, many students find themselves losing motivation and being burnt-out by the pressures of college. Historically, the end of the semester is characterized by arduous final exams, culminating projects and hours spent in T-Coop. All of this, in addition to setting our clocks to “fall back” for Daylight Savings, can leave many students feeling the “winter blues.”
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Native Americans are not hidden away on reservations in the west. They’re interlaced into our demographics and an integral part of our history and culture as a country. You may be surprised to learn that although the Catawba is the only federally recognized tribe in South Carolina, there are nine state-recognized tribes and at least six state-recognized groups or organizations too.
As the fall season kicks in, that means Halloween is just around the corner. People are starting to set up their haunted houses, curate their spookiest costumes and come up with the best tricks to keep everyone on their toes. However, those aren’t the scariest things this season. For some, the most heart-pounding moment is when they’re serving a customer at their respective restaurants. Instances of horror in the food industry could be the looks they get from a judgmental “Karen” whenever they get their order wrong, seeing that a family of five didn’t leave a tip on a table and the worst of them all: having to tell someone that no, they don’t serve Sprite but they do in fact have Sierra Mist. For Halloween, instead of the usual stories about werewolves and vampires, four students at the University of South Carolina tell their most horrifying food industry stories.
From a young age, women all over the world are expected to shave, pluck and wax their body hair. This ideal is so ingrained into society that many don’t see the unfair double standard and sexist implications. While the movement to reject this standard began with second-wave feminism, women are still burdened today with one question: to shave or not to shave?