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The joys of “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” in a time of quarantine

Image courtesy of first-year student Ethan Deemer in his recreation of the Village at 115th House 5

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

April 16, 2020

I won’t say I handled the shift to remote learning particularly well, at first. Like many, I was mad that the rest of the semester was taken away, and, as the pandemic worsened and social distancing and stay-at-home became enforced, every morning felt like a new barrage of bad news and frustration. ...

“Sonic the Hedgehog” is just fine, but that’s enough

Despite blacklash, “Sonic” is a decent movie.

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

February 21, 2020

The thing about “Sonic the Hedgehog” is that it is entirely aware of what type of movie it is.  Movies based on video games are notoriously hard to pull off, with almost every one ending in disaster, most notably 1993’s atrocious “Super Mario Bros.” with Bob Hoskins, and this movie see...

Playing bingo with Cleveland’s drag queens

Playing bingo with Cleveland’s drag queens

Lydia Mandell, Contributing Reporter

February 6, 2020

“If you must drink and drive, drive someone else’s car,” Drag Queen Veranda L’Ni announced to a hall jam-packed with bingo players. Laughter filled the dimmed hall as the 18+ crowd sat at the edges of their seats, waiting to hear the number they needed to win prizes that justified the age minimum....

How “Call Her Daddy” is empowering women

Aura Rossy, Accounts Manager

November 30, 2018

When you first tune in to the Barstool Sports’ “Call Her Daddy” podcast, your mind may overflow with judgements and misconceptions. The voices of the two women that fill your ears are high-pitched and energized, as if they consumed five cups of coffee before showing up to record. They may remind y...

Socks, NERF blasters and tag… oh my!

Socks, NERF blasters and tag... oh my!

Mary McPheeters, Copy Editor

October 12, 2018

Have you noticed a bunch of students running around with NERF blasters in green bandanas for the past week and a half? You’re not imagining things. These students have been playing Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ), a 10-day long, campus-wide game of tag that simulates the zombie apocalypse. The game is abo...

The final episode of Lara Croft’s journey

Tracy Wang, Staff Reporter

September 28, 2018

The charming archeologist, scholar, adventurer and warrior Lara Croft is back. “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” is the third and final game in the reboot trilogy that follows the origin story of Lara Croft. In “Shadow of the Tomb Raider,” Croft explores the lush environments of South America. Thanks to th...

Video game builds tension, friendships

Paul Palumbo, Staff Reporter

April 20, 2018

“A Way Out” is a strange game which stands totally without peer, for better and for worse. It’s a third-person adventure game which, at first glance, is very simple—you do not do much aside from basic puzzle solving, quick-time events and some rare rudimentary third-person shooting. The main...

Come for the gameplay, leave for the story

Paul Palumbo, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2018

“Far Cry 5” is an open-world, first-person shooter game that will have you sneaking and firing through fictional Hope County, Montana in attempt to wrestle control away from The Project at Eden’s Gate cult. In the game, you’ll arm a resistance of locals to stop Joseph Seed and his family from...

Students celebrate Holi at CWRU

Smruthi Maganti, Arts and Entertainment Editor

April 13, 2018

Once again, early April at Case Western Reserve University saw students and community members of all ages and cultures gathering in Freiberger Field to celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of color. Holi commemorates the beginning of spring with traditional food and drink, as well as throwing colored pow...

“Celeste” is a satisfying challenge

Paul Palumbo, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2018

Climbing a mountain should be as good for the soul as it is for the calves. “Celeste” is a 2-D platformer where quick thinking and even quicker reflexes will help the main character, Madeline, climb to the very summit of the Celeste Mountain. While Madeline has the ability to climb vertical walls...

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