Category Archives: Commentary

Students should take advantage of Spring Break

By Ana Berbel, Assistant Editor

Spring break is approaching quickly and after having school take up most of your time, it can be hard to decide what to do during this week of vacation. If you are struggling with coming up with ideas to take advantage of the break, here are five things that you could do.

“18 Victoria” showcases talented Hilltop Players

By Emily Salvatori, Editor

The semester’s theater season opened with the show “18 Victoria” on Feb. 22. The production’s cast, set and technical elements all work together well to tell the story of three siblings in a strained relationship as they deal with the death of their father. As they struggle to reconcile, it is announced that an asteroid will soon hit the Earth.

‘Black Panther’ sets new standards in filmmaking

By Gabrielle Blanchard, Contributing Writer
To say that I’ve been waiting for “Black Panther” would be an absolute understatement.  I read comics and I’ve closely followed the Marvel Cinematic Universe (most commonly referred to as the MCU), and for the past few months, anxiously counted down the days until The King of Wakanda made his cinematic debut. As a black woman, I knew quite a bit was riding on the success of this movie, and I had to see it the very first day it came out.

Nutting Gallery features work by Polish artists

By Sammie Stewart, Contributing Writer
On Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Nutting Gallery opened a new exhibit called “Fragmentation.” The exhibit features art by three Polish artists— Michalina Wawrzyczek- Klasik, Michal Klasik and Artur Masternak. 

Favorite artists that remind me of my mother

By Sammie Stewart, Contributing Writer
Everybody has a song that reminds them of someone, whether it be a ballad that reminds you of your significant other, a pump up song that reminds you of your best friend, or any other song. Music is something that brought my mother and I very close together. We went to multiple concerts together and bonded through the different artists.

Approaching your campus crush: Do’s and don’ts

By Trevor Piccone, Contributing Writer
With Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching, campus is being adorned with the classic pink and red hearts we know and love. Sweethearts are preparing for the day where they get to dole out their attention solely to their significant other and smother them in affection.

Places singles should avoid on Valentine’s Day

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor
We all know that stress that comes around once a year when you look on the calendar and see that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is a headache. Being single on Valentine’s Day is difficult, because no matter where you go, you’ll be surrounded by couples and your feelings of jealousy and loneliness will creep into the back of your mind. 

Nutting Gallery showcases tree-themed faculty artwork

By Yijing Shen, Contributing Writer
The annual faculty exhibition opened on Jan. 17 in the Nutting Gallery. Robert Villamagna, the gallery’s director, came up with the idea of having an annual art faculty exhibition. Every year, he picks the theme from all the art faculty members’ votes. This year’s theme is “Tree.” 

Music affects our lives in a positive way

By Sammie Stewart, Contributing Writer

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I have been listening to music for as long as I can remember. Now, there is not a single day that goes by that I don’t listen to music. Music is fun to listen to, however, there is something scientists have been studying for years: does music affect mental health in any way?

Top 5 activities to partake in over break

By Ana Berbel, Distribution Manager

Christmas break is a good time to relax and spend time with the family. Having a whole month free makes it seem like it is a long time, but it is easy to let it slip away.

You may find yourself making up on the sleep you lost during the semester, not knowing what else to do. If that is your case, or if you just want some ideas on what to do to have fun, then this list is for you.