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’12 Years a Slave’ to be added to high school curriculum

’12 Years a Slave’ to be added to high school curriculum

Michelle Christman, Staff Writer

April 15, 2014

It seems no one can stop talking about the Oscar-winning hit, 12 Years a Slave. Directed by Steve McQueen and based off the autobiographical novel by Solomon Northup, the film has received almost universal praise. However, the National School Boards Association recently announced its plans to invol...

Franco’s inappropriate flirtation could just be publicity stunt

Shriya Bhindwale, Features Editor

April 13, 2014

I have always considered James Franco one of the most intelligent actors of our time -- he went to Columbia School of Arts, teaches classes at the University of California, Los Angeles in his free time, and hits the trifecta of entertainment: acting, directing/producing, and musical theater. Perhaps...

Closing applications drains iPhone battery, despite common belief

Closing applications drains iPhone battery, despite common belief

Brianna Reynolds, Opinions Editor

April 13, 2014

When the 10% battery notification lights up on iPhone screens, iPhone owners use many tactics to save battery, including turning down brightness, connecting to WiFi, and clicking out of open applications. But some prove to have the opposite effect. By double-tapping the iPhone home button and swiping...

Frozen’s unique story appeals to all audiences

Frozen’s unique story appeals to all audiences

Michelle Christman, Staff Writer

February 21, 2014

Disney’s latest release, Frozen, has received universal praise from critics around the world. Some critics claim it to be the best Disney animated picture in recent history, and the film has grossed well over nine hundred million dollars worldwide. The soundtrack has topped iTunes’ best-seller char...

‘Flappy Bird’ falls — for the final time

‘Flappy Bird’ falls — for the final time

Jamie Altman, Editor in Chief

February 20, 2014

Seemingly out of nowhere, ‘Flappy Bird’ spread like wildfire among smart phone users. Twitter feeds were consumed with screen shots of high scores and complaints about the near impossible application. But on February 8, game creator Dong Nguyon declared he had had enough. “I am sorry 'Flappy...

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