Category Archives: Commentary

Erin Geil’s “Podunk Moon” takes readers on an emotional journey

By Gabrielle Blanchard, Assistant Editor

As a fan of sci-fi, time travel, and romance, I was excited to read Erin Geil’s Podunk Moon: An Anthology. In this book, Geil weaves together a non-fiction poetry anthology that spans from 2003 to 2016 (though, the stories are told in reverse) and is followed by an excerpt from one of Geil’s other stories, The Great American.

But the focus here is meant to be on Podunk Moon.

My dreams came true because of Shania Twain

By Daniel Morgan, Contributing Writer

We turned around as we heard loud drumbeats coming from the second stage of PPG Paints Arena where she, wearing a glittery black gown with matching cowboy hat, appeared in spotlight. Shania Twain strutted down the from first bowl to the main stage where I was eagerly awaiting in the front row.

When she triumphantly asked, “Are you ready, Pittsburgh?” I knew my dreams were coming true as the greatest night of my life began.

What to do when you can’t attend Comic Con

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

If you spend any time on social media, chances are your news feed blew up with pictures and headlines from San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). Unless you are one of the lucky 130,000 attendees at this year’s convention, you can easily get lost in the abundance of SDCC news.

However, just because you couldn’t attend the convention doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the fun. Here are some ideas on how to keep your geek spirit lifted without that precious SDCC badge.

Pro-sports should consider changing up schedules

By Walker Polivka, Contributing Writer

The PGA Tour recently announced their new schedule for the 2018-19 season. The new schedule involves several major changes to the schedule, including the addition of two new tournaments, the removal of a playoff event, moving The Players Championship from May back to March, and moving The PGA Championship from August to May.

The new season will wrap up around Labor Day, which has been something the PGA Tour has long sought to do so they wouldn’t have to compete with the NFL for ratings during the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

This recent revamp of the schedule got me thinking about what other sports could do to improve their schedules. I’ve listed below five changes to other professional sports’ schedules that would improve their schedules considerably and make things more enjoyable for the fans.

Sore legs and amazing memories: My first hiking trip 

By Daniel Morgan, Contributing Writer

This past month, my aunt and uncle invited me to spend a few days with them and my cousin at a cabin in Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.

“Tag” movie hides heartwarming message in comedic action

By Macy Santicola, Contributing Writer

On the surface, Tag, directed by Jeff Tomsic, appears to be just another off-color comedy in the same vein as The Hangover. For the most part, it is; but at the heart of the film that hit theaters June 15 is a story about friendship.

“Cloak and Dagger,” “Pose” challenge current TV landscape

By Gabrielle Blanchard, Contributing Writer

If there’s anything a television network loves, it’s to promote shows as being “must-watch” television, unique and different from anything else that you’ve ever seen before, and the idea that everyone is watching it, so you must watch it as well. It is an age where tweeting counts as much towards a show’s success as live viewing and one where streaming and “delayed views,” watching from a DVR, counts towards a show’s success.

The problem with many of these shows is the fact that they lack genuine diversity. One or two characters that aren’t white, cisgender, or heterosexual are often there to fill a ‘quota’ and more often than not, these characters are stereotypical, cliched, and not nearly as well-thought out as their white counterparts.

Broadway celebrates success, rewards originality at 72nd Tony Awards

By Daniel Morgan, Contributing Writer

The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards gives those who may never see a Broadway show a collective glimpse at New York City’s most popular and acclaimed productions, which collectively brought in over 13.7 million attendants and $1.7 billion, the Broadway League’s biggest and highest-grossing season in history.

Posh Boutique holds unique designer finds

By Logan Arneson, Contributing Writer

Posh Boutique is a woman’s designer store located in Downtown Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland. Posh sells everything trendy from stylish fur mink coats to elegant jewelry. Ever since its grand opening in October of 2017, Posh has quickly caught the attention of many shoppers in the Frederick area.

HBO’s Westworld excite audiences with new season

By Gabrielle Blanchard, Contributing Writer

Based on the 1973 film of the same name, HBO’s Westworld takes place in the theme park of the same name, run by the mysterious Delos Incorporated company. At $40,000 per day, Westworld is a playground for the wealthy to, as Delos promotes it to be, indulge in their deepest fantasies. It is an immersive theme park populated by human-like androids known as ‘hosts.’ These hosts are designed to be as close to human as a robot can be, but still ultimately controlled by the technicians working behind the scenes.