I knew I had to see the movie Parasite as soon as I saw the trailer last fall. I rarely go to the movies, but last November, a friend and I immediately made plans to see the South Korean film when we learned it would come to an independent theater in our college town. Frustratingly, after we arrived at the first screening of the weekend, the theater ran into technical difficulties; we had to leave halfway through the movie and return later to watch the second half. In hindsight, though, I’m glad we did. The emotional sucker punch that is Parasite would have been overwhelming for me to view all at once. 

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It seems like this is happening more and more. A public figure accidentally mentions something meant for private ears over an open mic. Someone else makes an ill-willed joke, possibly not realizing the consequences of that action. After all these blunders, the phrase “crisis management,” takes on a new meaning. Taking care of these problems requires a special kind of person - an expert in the field of fixing errors. Judy Smith is that person.

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The novels assigned to students in American English classes throughout grade school are often labeled “classics” such as “Of Mice and Men,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Pride and Prejudice,” etc. Rarely do students understand the essence of the story they are assigned, nor do they care enough to venture into anything other than the Sparknotes summary. I know this because I was one of those students, feigning apathy in the face of yet another classic slammed down on our desks. 

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Ever since the Beatles and Elvis divided a sea of screaming fangirls in the 1960s, mainstream media has been pitting male entertainment professionals against each other. Right on the heels of the Backstreet Boys vs. N’Sync rivalry, these celebrity match-ups came to a head in 2008, when we saw adolescents sort themselves into Team Edward and Team Jacob with the release of the first installment in the Twilight film series. For many of us, this was the first time that the chiseled Robert Pattinson appeared on our horizons. It wouldn’t be the last. 

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Dream Hampton is many things: a writer, a cultural critic, a social activist, a community organizer, and an award-winning filmmaker. There’s something about Dream and her work that makes you pay attention. It might be her fearlessness and fighting spirit, almost as if she was born to speak out and stand up. After all, she’s named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Although she spells her name in lowercase out of humility (and in homage to feminist Bell Hooks and poet E.E. Cummings), her legacy is larger-than-life. 

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