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Following The Standard’s transition to a new editorial board, the 2022-23 editors explain the customization of their laptops. Each individual shares the way in which their laptop decor, or lack thereof, reflects their identity.

Editorial board expresses itself through laptop decals

Eden Leavey, Features Editor: Print June 15, 2022

To begin each Journalism: Editors class, members of the editorial board take turns answering the “Question of the Day.” To introduce the 2022-23 editorial board, each editor responded to the question:...

Exploring the lives of Mariam and Laila – two women in Kabul, Afghanistan – “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini tells a harrowing story of struggling to survive under the control of the Soviets and the Taliban. Despite being published 15 years ago, the book resurged  in popularity with more than five million views under its TikTok hashtag.

#BookTok Review: ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ narrates heartbreaking reality of misogyny

Clara Martinez, Lead Culture Editor May 27, 2022

To close out the BookTok bookshelf for the year, I read a novel that has been on my reading list far longer than its popularity on the TikTok For You page. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini...

Upon hearing the word “fashion,” external features and one’s perceived public image come to mind. Public figures of the 2010s and 2020s such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Serena Williams and Lady Gaga have challenged this limited view of style through fashion reflecting one’s beliefs and sparking needed conversations about sexuality, class and race.

Controversy and couture: politics meets fashion

Annika Skorski, Staff Writer May 20, 2022

Shuttering cameras, bright flashing lights. Amid a crowd of A-list celebrities at the 2021 Met Gala, New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ascends the iconic red carpet with the words “tax...

This year’s Met Gala theme of “Gilded Glamor” seemed simple enough to follow, yet many celebrities were led astray by their designers. A handful of looks escaped this fate, and the following looks left others looking out of place.

Top 5 Met Gala looks

Anna Reznick, Staff Writer May 20, 2022

Since 1948, celebrities have gathered on the first Monday of May dressed in notably extravagant looks for the Met Gala, a themed fundraiser hosted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute...

The Oscars’ reputation took a huge blow in March after actor Will Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage. The award show’s reputation as a sophisticated ceremony has gradually deteriorated over the past few years, facing mounting criticism over its handling of political issues.

Academy Awards decline with behavior, diversity, relevance issues

Nick Landler, Staff Writer May 10, 2022

It seems “the slap” is the only thing for which this year’s 94th Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, will be remembered. After awards announcer Chris Rock made a crude joke about Will Smith’s...

Exploring the lives of Mariam and Laila – two women in Kabul, Afghanistan – “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini tells a harrowing story of struggling to survive under the control of the Soviets and the Taliban. Despite being published 15 years ago, the book resurged  in popularity with more than five million views under its TikTok hashtag.

#BookTok Review: ‘One of Us is Lying’ makes up for stereotypical characters with captivating plot

Clara Martinez, News Editor: Print April 6, 2022

One phrase continually used is the claim that “the book was better than the movie.” As I only compelled myself to experience this story through literature, I cannot be sure whether this rings true...

“Family Guy,” an adult animated sitcom, narrates the story of the Griffins, a white, middle-class family and their talking dog, Brian. The show’s self-referential humor ultimately exposes many of the prejudices of American society.

‘Family Guy’ critically examines American society

Antoine Warnery, Staff Writer March 25, 2022

"Family Guy," the adult animated sitcom, returned for its 20th season in September 2021. The first episode of this landmark season aired on Fox and can be streamed on demand exclusively on Hulu. Premiered...

Leadenhall Market displays empty halls lined with lit shops. London’s charm meets modern-day shopping in this market where the historic architecture is combined with contemporary clothing stores, restaurants and souvenir shops.

Top 5 hidden gems in London

Abby Dichter, Staff Writer March 14, 2022

Everyone knows the classic must-see tourist destinations in London: the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Tate Modern, Big Ben. But, lesser-known attractions may bring a more traditional London feel, providing...

Yogurt: a breakfast, pastry and dessert? Yogurt toast has been the internet’s latest food obsession.

Feast or Flop: Yogurt toast

Emma Lucas, Staff Writer March 4, 2022

Feast or Flop is back! I wish I could accompany the statement of my return with “better than ever,” but the inspiration for this recipe came from the depths of despair, desolation and disease. My isolation...

Diversity in children’s movies has gained traction in light of a collective call for global reform. However, it is vital to realize that depictions of characters can influence how children perceive society, thus emphasizing importance for diverse representations of movie characters.

Diverse representation in youth media spurs social progress

Rahil Punshi , Staff Writer February 18, 2022

Children’s movies follow a typical formula: catchy songs, key moral takeaways and a predominantly white cast. In the last few years, representation has begun to improve with increased diversity, but...

With the rising popularity of comparing zodiac signs, some community members have begun to evaluate the accuracy of their assigned characteristics and predictions based on birthdate. Students representing each of the 12 zodiac signs weigh the importance of aligning their designated traits with identity.

Students explore influence of zodiac signs on individuality

Eden Leavey and Clara Martinez February 16, 2022

?From Capricorn to Aquarius, every individual has a zodiac characterized by a distinctive set of traits. These traits are determined by the position of the stars on their birth date. Zodiac signs have...

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