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“Unapologetically” is a country dream

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Kelsea Ballerini’s second album “Unapologetically” elevates Ballerini to country queen royalty among the likes of Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert. Of course, that’s completely my opinionーthere’s no ranking for these thingsーbut just listen to “Miss Me More” and try to deny that th...

Rihanna shines on N.E.R.D. comeback track

Amy Yu, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The long dormant side project of The Neptunes, N.E.R.D., has returned with a surprise comeback that is sure to turn into a bop.   Released Nov. 1, “Lemon” is the first new song from N.E.R.D. since their album, “Nothing,” was released in 2010.  The funk rock/hip hop trio comprised of Pharre...

Starbucks’ Halloween drink has mixed reviews

Weiwei Kong, Contributing Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Food

Over the past few years, Starbucks has released more specialty limited-edition drinks. At the beginning of the year, the Unicorn Frappucino was added to the menu and began a craze amongst students and other community members. In order to help celebrate Halloween this year, Starbucks introduced the Zombie...

Have fun off campus this weekend

Sarah Parr, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events

Friday, Nov. 3   What: Night Market: Fengjia Where: Thwing Atrium Time: 6-9 p.m. Notes: Free entry but multiple tickets must be purchased for food, games and activities at five tickets for $2 or 14 tickets for $5; Taiwanese American Student Association’s sixth annual night marke...

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...

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