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A much needed end to midterms

A much needed end to midterms

Chloe Mieras, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Top Stories

When midterms are winding down and the weekend of Halloween is upon the Case Western Reserve University campus, students are in desperate need of something fun to do, and the University Program Board (UPB) knows this too well. The groups fall halloween-themed fall concert, Trick or Trap, featured rap...

Things get even weirder, mostly in a good way

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

"Stranger Things 2" is the sequel to The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things,” which became an instant classic last year after it was released by Netflix. The first season followed the journey of friends Mike Wheeler, Lucas Sinclair and Dustin Henderson as they try to find their friend Will Byers...

Playlist of the week Nov 3 – 9

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Squeeze” - Aminé Aminé, who is best known for his platinum single “Caroline,” is currently touring North America and Europe for his album “Good For You.” However, that hasn’t stopped him from releasing more music. On Oct. 27, Aminé released bass-heavy “Squeeze,” where he raps a...

“Now Circa Then” uses the past to tell a modern story

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

On Oct. 27 and 28, Players’ Theatre Group (PTG) took over the Eldred Black Box Theater to bring to life the classic story of a young girl moving to New York City, this time with a twist. The small theater held audiences for two shows featuring third-year student Hira Qureshi as Margie, a Pakistani...

A spooky spin on an old trope

Harrison Bloom, Staff reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

So tell me if you’ve heard this concept before: A bitter, mean-spirited person, by a strange stroke of nature, is forced to relive the same day over and over again, and in the process of trying to break this cycle learns to be a better human being. Most would probably say yes, thinking of  “Groun...

Ty Dolla $ign experiments with album

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

In a musical landscape dominated by trap rap and pop hits, R&B offers new opportunities for growth and experimentation. “Beach House 3” by Ty Dolla $ign attempts to explore a fresh take on this tried-and-true genre. Along the way, it traverses elegant beats and interesting interludes, but som...

Bakelite film highlights the inventor of the first plastic

Hope Yashnik, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The automobile is well-known as Henry Ford’s invention. It is hard to think of a light bulb without Thomas Edison coming to mind.  However, synthetic plastic, an invention just as significant as the car and the light bulb, does not yield the same instant name recognition for Leo Baekeland. On Nov. 3...

Niall Horan’s debut album reaches No. 1

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

With his debut single album, “Flicker,” Niall Horan has become the third former One Direction member to have a No. 1 album in America, a feat accomplished only by another British invader: The Beatles. Horan was one of the more subdued members of One Direction, and “Flicker” feels incredibly ...

“Riverdale” falters at the start

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Riverdale” is back. Thank god. The hit CW show cultivated a monstrous fan base, from teens living for the hormone-fueled melodrama to adults who loved the “Archie” franchise. The pilot and the finale of season one were executed beautifully, showing that the writers know how to set up and ...

“Into the Woods” takes the stage

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

The CWRU Footlighters is Case Western Reserve University’s very own student-run musical theater group. Every semester, they put on a musicalーusually in Carlton Commonsーwhich is a fully staged production. They have put on a variety of productions, ranging from “Legally Blonde” last year ...

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