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Olivia Rodrigo releases her highly anticipated second album, GUTS (2023), two years after her debuting critically acclaimed album SOUR.

Olivia Rodrigo plateaus with “GUTS”

Kate Gordon, Life Editor September 15, 2023

Expectations were high for Olivia Rodrigo’s sophomore album. “SOUR,” her 2021 debut album, won Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2022 Grammys and landed Rodrigo a whopping seven nominations. Its lead single,...

The long flowing robes of the statue make it resemble a Greek philosopher, an unusual artistic decision if the statue, in fact, depicts the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius.

‘Marcus Aurelius’ statue seized from CMA in looting investigation

Elie Aoun, Director of Print September 8, 2023

A headless bronze statue thought to depict Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was recently removed from the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) as part of an investigation by New York officials into looted antiquities...

Margot Robbie (left) and Ryan Gosling (right) outshine the lackluster script with boisterous and exciting performances.

“Barbie” was not “Kenough”

Rebecca Warber, Copy Editor September 1, 2023

I owned countless Barbies growing up, but I always wanted more. I vividly remember roaming the aisles of Target and Walmart, begging my mother to buy me just one of the many dolls lining the shelves. Unsurprisingly,...

Beyoncé continues to rock stadiums from Paris to Las Vegas—but at what cost to attendees? Some may find it difficult to enjoy her
killer setlist because of the loud volume and rowdy concertgoers eager to show their support for the singer.

Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour: The diva slayed

Aambar Agarwal, Social Media Editor September 1, 2023

The first post-pandemic summer marked the hedonic return of obsessed fans to overcrowded concerts, especially for the Swifties and Beyhive, who spared no expense to express their adoration for Taylor Swift...

Speak Now (Taylors Version) features a mature, updated album cover consistent with the tone of her new recording.

Speak Now (Taylor’s Version): a youthless replica or a mature retelling?

Kethan Srinivasan, Staff Writer September 1, 2023

At the time of its release, “Speak Now” was one of Taylor Swift’s most remarkable bodies of work. It is—as of now—her only self-written record. Swift swaps the rainbow-tinged romance of “Fearless”...

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