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From YouTube star to pop star

From YouTube star to pop star

By JoAnna Alexander, Intern

January 26, 2018


Filed under Music, Reviews, Showcase

Former YouTuber and music sensation Troye Sivan released his new song “My My My!” on Jan. 10. In the past, Sivan has created hit songs like “Wild” and “Youth.” Sivan’s songs are dream pop, which is a subgenre of alternative rock. His fans expected a lot from the pop icon, and he has exceeded t...

Go Plane: Great concept, poor execution

Go Plane: Great concept, poor execution

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

January 26, 2018


Filed under Apps, Reviews, Showcase

Set above a blue sky, the controllable plane in mobile app “Go Plane” can actively dodge incoming rockets through the swipes and movement of a player’s finger. The app features a variety of unlocks and is packed with possible challenges, unfortunately caused in part due to multiple technical issue...

Constant Track

Constant Track

By Adam Schwartz, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2018


Filed under Apps, Reviews

Rider is an app that tests a gamer’s reaction skills. This game makes users follow a constant path, with small obstacles arising during the game, which can make it hard for players to advance and increase their scores as they play more. One unique feature is the bike-flipping part of the game. The bi...

The Game Stop: Harvest Moon Skytree Village

The Game Stop: Harvest Moon Skytree Village

By Amelia Abraham and Cordy Wettstein

January 24, 2018


Filed under Features, The Game Stop, Video Games

Harvest Moon Skytree Village is a repetitive, unintuitive game. Players spawn as a young adult on a farm, after selecting their gender and preferred name, and are greeted by the Harvest Goddess, who explains that Skytree Village was once able to be lush and beautiful when the Villagers cared. This gave ...

‘Assembly Line’ is simple, yet addictive

‘Assembly Line’ is simple, yet addictive

By Colin Haroutunian, Intern

January 10, 2018


Filed under Apps, Reviews, Showcase

Recently updated on Dec. 24 by its developer Olympus, the free app Assembly Line makes up for its lackluster, simplistic graphics in return for a game built around the creation of a variety of logic-based assembly-line processes. The major objective of the game is to create an efficient virtual assembly...

“Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band” by Green Day review

“Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band” by Green Day review

By Elizabeth Ballinger, Page Editor

December 13, 2017


Filed under Reviews

Photo credit: Green Da y Just over a year since their last album, “Revolution Radio,” was released, punk rockers Green Day have come out with a compilation of their greatest hits, spanning an almost 30-year career. It features songs from their first studio album, “Kerplunk!,” all the way to ...

Sims 4: Cats & dogs gains features but loses pets

Sims 4: Cats & dogs gains features but loses pets

By Allison Lackner, Editor

December 5, 2017


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, Video Games

“Sims 4 Cats & Dogs,” the newest expansion pack for “Sims 4,” speaks for itself -- cats and dogs can now be integrated into gameplay. Introducing a pet into a Sim’s household makes it more realistic — but at the same time is a lot to handle. While the pack includes new clothing options...

“Air Born” exceeds former expectations

“Air Born” exceeds former expectations

By Katelynn Mulder, Editor

December 1, 2017


Filed under Books, Reviews, Showcase

“Air Born” by J.L. Pawley is a mix of fantasy and science fiction that is sure to attract any fiction lover. With many new twists, the novel hardly resembles “First Flight,” the first draft of the book previously available on Wattpad and Amazon. This allows for both old and new readers to exp...

Constant coordination

Constant coordination

By Adam Schwartz, Staff Reporter

November 17, 2017


Filed under Reviews, Showcase

Executing technique and hand-eye coordination, “Darts of Fury” allows players to compete with friends and family in an entertaining game of skill and patience. The objective of the game is to hit the highest point values to lower one’s score with three darts. Once the darts are used up, it...

“Feelings” causes all the feels

“Feelings” causes all the feels

By Alex Goossen, Intern

November 13, 2017


Filed under Music, Reviews, Showcase

  Hayley Kiyoko’s new single, “Feelings,” is about the feeling you get when you start to develope a new crush. The beat manages to be both soft and upbeat, the bass is smooth and adds a rich taste, the drums pop methodically. The whole song’s atmosphere is relaxing and works with the ...

Taylor Swift adapts to new “Reputation”

Taylor Swift adapts to new “Reputation”

By Emily McCloskey, Intern

November 13, 2017


Filed under Music, Reviews, Showcase

After much anticipation, Taylor Swift dropped “Reputation.” Selling over 700,000 copies on its first day, “Reputation” is the most talked about album this fall and is predicted to sell over 2 million copies — surpassing her past albums, each of which saw sales of over 1 million in the first ...

Latest episode of “The Walking Dead” resolves cliffhanger

Latest episode of “The Walking Dead” resolves cliffhanger

By Katelynn Mulder, Page Editor

November 10, 2017


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, TV Shows

Season eight, Episode three of “The Walking Dead,” “Monsters,” proved to be an interesting but lacking conclusion to the events of the previous episode. With the constant fighting now between Rick and Negan's forces, viewers are kept constantly on the edge of their seats. But much like previous s...