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Brave Frontier

Brave Frontier

By Addison Toutant, Staff Reporter
February 10, 2015
Filed under Reviews, Video Games

In a time where free-to-play mobile games are either quick cash-ins or lack substance, Brave Frontier stands out. Brave Frontier is based in the world of Grand Gaia, which is divided into six continents. The player, who is a summoner, is brought into the world by Lord Lucius, the guardian of the world....

Jupiter descending

Jupiter descending

By Josie Bennett, Assistant Editor
February 10, 2015
Filed under Movies, Reviews, Uncategorized

  A year after its failed  pre-release in 2014,  Jupiter Ascending has now reached theaters. The initial release, while viewed by a limited audience, received such negative reviews that the film’s full release was delayed and the entire movie was reworked. However, the movie itself is not...

PhotoMath fails to help

PhotoMath fails to help

By Billy Moin, Assistant Editor
February 6, 2015
Filed under Apps, Reviews

Stars: 1.5 They’re all over Twitter: links to math apps that will supposedly do homework and help raise GPAs. But PhotoMath doesn’t get the job done. PhotoMath is an app that uses a phone’s camera to scan a math problem that it then solves. However, the app has multiple problems. When first opened,...

Impossible Road

Impossible Road

By Alex Harring, Intern
February 4, 2015
Filed under Apps, Reviews

Rate: 2.5 stars If you're looking for a game that lives up to its name, Impossible Road is the perfect stop. But if you want a game that's easy to understand and play, then this app isn’t the right fit. Impossible Road boasts a cool blue and white design, however, its beauty is only skin dee...

Candy Crush Soda Saga

Candy Crush Soda Saga

By Lauren Sexton, Intern
January 28, 2015
Filed under Apps, Reviews

Rate: 1 star Candy Crush Soda Saga is nothing but a bitter addiction. The award-winning Candy Crush Saga was released in 2012 and quickly developed into an obsession. Soda Saga was similarly marketed as a game with mind-bending puzzles and good graphics—a perfect recipe for a fun time. But this...

Sims 4: The Outdoor Retreat

Sims 4: The Outdoor Retreat

By Allison Lackner, Intern
January 27, 2015
Filed under Reviews, Video Games

  Rate: 4 stars While the wilderness has never the most attractive place, with bugs chewing on skin, noisy birds and crickets and the flesh-eating animals, a new game pack may make Sims fans willing to take on the outdoors. Origin released Sims 4 The Outdoor Retreat earlier this month. The...

The Namesake proves to be a page-turner

The Namesake proves to be a page-turner

By Dora Juhasz, Web section editor
January 15, 2015
Filed under Reviews

When Evan’s father committed suicide, it left his life in a tragic puzzle that seemed hopeless to piece together. The Namesake tells the painfully raw story of a gifted high schooler who just suffered the loss of his father in a way that has left a terrible emotional scar. After learning that h...

Purity Ring

Purity Ring

By Kaley Makino, Web Section Editor
December 14, 2014
Filed under Music

Last week Kim Kardashian may have broken the Internet, but this week Purity Ring shattered the electronic music scene. The two-part synthpop duo released an original song and video titled "Push Pull" for the first time, after a two year hiatus—and it doesn’t live up to the suspense. Purity Ring,...

Beyoncé’s Platinum EP

Beyoncé’s Platinum EP

By Haley Reid, Managing Editor
December 4, 2014
Filed under Music

Beyoncé’s mob of loyal fans thought that things couldn’t get better. Nearly a year after Beyoncé unexpectedly released the greatest Christmas present one could ask for, she has decided to expand the franchise of her self-titled album, BEYONCÉ. Queen B’s Platinum Edition EP features two new tr...

Mockingjay, Part 1

Mockingjay, Part 1

By Dora Juhasz, Web Section Editor
December 1, 2014
Filed under Movies, Reviews

Director: Francis Lawrence 123 minutes PG-13 five stars The widely anticipated release of Mockingjay, the third part in The Hunger Games trilogy, matched with the same heart-pounding nature as its precursors. The first film of a two-part sequel was released on Nov. 21 and gave viewers a tan...

Four stars for “Four”

Four stars for “Four”

By Mora Downs, Assistant Editor
November 25, 2014
Filed under Music, Reviews

Rate: 4 stars With three best-selling albums, millions of Twitter and Instagram followers and over 15o awards, One Direction has ruled the music world since their debut. Their fourth album Four was released on Nov. 17 and has been in the top five albums on iTunes since. This album was announ...

Nightcrawler leaves a lasting impact

Nightcrawler leaves a lasting impact

By Dora Juhasz, Web section editor
November 13, 2014
Filed under Reviews

When brilliance combines with obsession and mania, it becomes the perfect recipe for a dark adventure. In the new movie Nightcrawler, actor Jake Gyllenhaal blazingly plays Lou Bloom, a compulsive manipulator who is willing to put not only his life, but others’ lives in heart-pounding danger for a ...