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It’s Scarier Than You Think

Written by Vanessa Mutesi Spooky times are ahead of us but even spookier times are happening on the continent of Africa. As person from the younger generation, I know how powerful social media is. We have all seen all sorts of scandals that blow up in the public eye and are taken to the courts of public opinion. This time around, it is not a matter of public opinion but rather a matter of using social media to shake things up and shake it all up for change. If you have seen the hashtags of #EndSARS, #ShutItAllDown then you know that there is a lot going on, on the African continent. From the police brutality crisis in Nigeria where a government is literally killing its people, to the rape outbreak in countries such as South Africa and Namibia; it is safe to say that Africa is bleeding. Different African countries are at the hand of poor leadership and it is up to the citizens of the countries and their allies to make a difference. As a person who uses social media often, both on a personal and professional level, I know the difference it can make in amplifying a cause. From creating threads and trends to simply retweeting hashtags, can make a difference. As the crisis in Nigeria has erupted I have found social media to be my way of being an ally. While I cannot physically be there to protest and stand by my fellow brother and sisters, I know that I can ensure that their voice is heard on my platform. So to you reading this; what are you doing with your platform to fight the good fight?

Lessons From The Bachelor(ette) – By a Major Fan Girl: Episode Five

Written by Kaelyn Spickler Bachelor Nation’s televisions have been blessed with the newest season of The Bachelorette, which first premiered on October 13, and here’s the scary thing- bachelorette, Clare, already believes she met her husband.  Just minutes into her meeting with 31-year-old former pro football player, Dale, Clare announced that she thinks she met her husband. This sent Bachelor Nation into a frenzy as this had never been said on the first night. In fact, this had never been said at all until the final rose is about to be handed out. Of course, Dale later received the first impression rose from a gushing Clare who said she had been waiting for that.  It’s too early to tell if this is one of those romanticized moments of love at first sight, but bachelorettes do have a trend of picking the man they give their first impression rose too. Longtime fans may remember Ali Fedotowsky giving Roberto the first impression rose and going on to become engaged to him. The same trend occurred four seasons back to back with bachelorette Kaitlyn and Shawn, bachelorette JoJo and Jordan, bachelorette Rachel and Bryan, and bachelorette Becca and Garrett. Only time will tell if the first impression rose magic works on Dale, but the majority of Bachelor Nation is convinced it will.  Suspicions of Clare messaging Dale before the show went into overdrive throughout the first episode but viewers were left even more confused when she admitted to messaging a different contestant before the show began. How many men was Clare messaging before the show? Do these men have the upperhand? Dale receiving the first impression rose definitely gives him an upper hand along with a target on his back from the other contestants.  This season will be sure to teach us one…

The Haunting Reality of Political Theater

Written by Devon “Your Local Pumpkin Correspondent” Mitchell As the presidential election haunts Americans with each passing day, another spooky and tantalizing phenomenon is possessing politics. This phenomenon is none other than political theater. This term was used when Trump enlisted the help of the presidential motorcade to make a statement about his strength during his bout of COVID-19. Most recently, voters witnessed political theater during the opposing town halls held on the night a presidential election was supposed to happen. In case you’re not up to date, a debate was supposed to take place last Thursday but was ultimately canceled when Trump refused to do it virtually. Old as a mummy, Biden, decided to host a town hall on ABC. The Great Pumpkin, Trump, could not stand this, so he decided to hold his own town hall on NBC. This, my friends, is political theater at its finest. On one side we’ve got Biden criticizing his opponent for not taking his COVID quarantine seriously and decidedly making a statement about how he cares for the voters, thus holding his own town hall. Then we’ve got Trump making a statement about how COVID will never stop him and his opponent is a little scaredy-cat. These political candidates are just continuously trying to rile up voters and taking over dramatic actions to seem superior.  I’ll be completely honest, I said I would watch both town halls, but I didn’t. I sat down and began to, but within the first five minutes, I felt ill. Both guys were saying the same thing they always do and you could clearly tell they were catering to their audience. Plus I remembered I voted like two weeks ago. As mind-numbing as it is, this is not the end of political theater. This is a ghost…

Crafty Witches

Written by Mia Shelton Hello to all my Witches and Frankenstein! Are you sitting bored in your dorm room with your friends? Have you watched all the good Halloween movies available on Netflix, leaving you itching for something fun to do? Well don’t you worry- here is the perfect Halloween craft to keep you and the tribe entertained. We are crafting up a paper pumpkin! Here are all the ingredients in order to cast your pumpkin spell (all of which can be found in your dorm room): Scissors, paper, pen, hair ties/ string, and a ruler. First ingredient: paper and ruler. Measure out strips of paper to be the same length, perhaps 12 inches. Cut ten of these strips, more or less is fine. The amount and length of strips are up to your personal preference! This will determine the height, and girth of your paper pumpkin. Second ingredient: scissors. Use your trimmers to carve your strips as evenly as possible. Third ingredient: your pen. Use your wand to engrave something spooky into your strips. This part is the best, you have full creative range on what you can do! Use all the colors of the night and draw something super scary! Fourth Ingredient: hair ties/ string. Use two old hair ties cut in half or you can also use one long piece of string. Then mend the two together; creating a long venomous snake. Take your scissors again and puncture holes at the top and bottom of your strips. Use this venomous snake to feed the strips through the top and bottom. You will start to see your pumpkin arch outwards. Once you have both the top and bottom fed through the hair ties, tie knots to keep it secure. Presto! You have a beautiful pumpkin to keep in…

“Supernatural” to Air Series Finale After COVID-19 Delay

Written by Charissa Roberson The paranormal TV drama “Supernatural” is coming to an end this November, after a record 15 seasons on the air. The series finale was originally set to premiere back in May. However, the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic shut down production on films and TV shows across the country, including “Supernatural,” which only had two episodes left to film in the entire series. Co-showrunner Robert Singer confessed that the delay was more stressful than it would have been on any other season of “Supernatural,” since they had to stop so close to the end (Entertainment Weekly). For lead stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, the five-month-long break was the longest they had been away from their characters, Sam and Dean Winchester, since the show began. Despite the complications, the stars of “Supernatural” noted a positive element to the delay. “I feel like this almost gives us an opportunity to refocus and go into the last two episodes and hit them with everything we got,” Ackles said in April (Entertainment Weekly). Co-star Misha Collins voiced a similar sentiment. “One possible unintended benefit of it is that it will draw out the end of the show and we’ll be able to savor the end for a little bit longer,” he said (Entertainment Weekly). In August, filming of “Supernatural” was finally able to resume with appropriate safety measures in place. Because of the new COVID-19 restrictions, some adjustments had to be made to the final scripts. “For example, for the finale, we had a big, super extravagant thing planned for that episode, and it wasn’t feasible,” said co-showrunner Andrew Dabb. “But we found an alternative to get to the same place, plot-wise and, more importantly, emotionally, that worked great” (TVLine). The last seven episodes of “Supernatural” began to air…

Get That Halloween Drip (but Not the Nose Kind)

Written by Jasey Roberts How is it possible for it to already be the season of pumpkin spice and everything nice? So soon? Where has the time gone? It seems both like yesterday and like decades ago that I was writing an article about how it’s March and we have our whole lives ahead of us and what’s the deal with this COVID-19 thing, anyway? I’ve been informed that a good friend of mine, BA section editor Zach Dalton, is also writing an article about Halloween costumes, so instead of focusing on specific costume ideas which I was never very good at anyway (last year my girlfriend and I donned bathrobes, spray painted our hair gray, got matching ironic coffee mugs and called ourselves a boomer couple), I’m going to instead pen a short plea about Halloween to my fellow students, both on-campus and off. You know how you have a body, right? One that’s capable of moving and eating and wearing clothes? Clothes, like, say, a sexy bumblebee costume, or a bedsheet with eyeholes, or if you’re boring a bathrobe? You know how everyone around you has a very similar body that is also capable of moving and eating and doing all of those incredible things? Well, part of the fun of Halloween is we get to remind ourselves that ghosts, skeletons, and zombies are scary. We are scared of these things because there’s a very strong likelihood that we might become one of them someday. These bodies we have are, to quote the bard, “mortal and unsure.” Despite our amazing capabilities, we have surprisingly (sometimes hilariously) little control of our faculties. See, anxiety, addiction, raging indigestion and, most notably now, COVID-19. It’s the old human condition at play: we can fashion wings for ourselves and soar over the…

The Girls of Autumn

Written by Kristi Rolf  If you have been active on social media over the past month or so, I’m sure that your feed has become full of fall-themed posts. There seems to be a particular demographic who embraces this season more than others: Millennial and Gen-Z women. These women generally immerse themselves in the aesthetic of the season, donning boots, sweaters, blanket scarves, and jeans as they fill our Instagram feeds with pictures of pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and vibrant foliage. As harmless and wholesome this trend is, it isn’t immune to becoming the butt of the internet’s latest joke. Anything can be poked fun at on social media and this annual phenomenon of fall-fever has been dubbed Christian Girl Autumn.  This term first appeared on Twitter in August 2019 as the sequel to Hot Girl Summer, a phrase from the music of rapper Megan Thee Stallion that went viral that July. A viral tweet from user @lasagnabby that read, “Hot Girl Summer is coming to an end, get ready for Christian Girl Autumn” sparked a slew of memes. As the meme resurges this fall for a second year, I feel like Christian Girl Autumn is a familiar tradition. The young women lining up outside of Starbucks in their familiar fall fashion are as predictable as the return of the pumpkin spice lattes they are waiting to order.  The idea of Christian Girl Autumn relies heavily on a stereotype, but it reminds me that fall is an exciting season for all types of people. While some look forward to quaint and cozy fall activities, others are drawn to spooky Halloween traditions, and many welcome cooler weather as the herald of the upcoming holiday season. While it’s tempting to see the annual slew of autumn content on social media as repetitive…

Quarantine-O-Ween

Written by Marisa Seager Although this year has been anything but predictable, we can still have control over some of the smaller things. Here are five different ways to celebrate Halloween during the pandemic. Decorate or carve pumpkins As simple as this might seem, you can still participate in this tradition! By yourself or with a few friends, get some supplies together and start crafting. If you need inspiration, you can always scroll through Pinterest, like I do from time to time. However, there is always the option of pumpkin kits from retail stores if you aren’t as artistic as others. Enjoy some Halloween treats Head to the store and pick up some fun themed cookies, baking mixes or even those that are preassembled and ready to decorate. At this time of the year, there are also some fun ready-to-eat foods that you can purchase, like the Halloween donuts at Krispy Kreme. Play some spooky themed video games Even if horror games are not your favorite pick, there are still everyday games that have launched fall and Halloween updates. In “Animal Crossing,” you can now participate in planting and harvesting pumpkins, crafting new fall DIY recipes and purchasing candy daily in preparation for the big event on Halloween night. In “Overwatch,” you can participate in “Halloween Terror 2020,” which is three weeks long. There are weekly challenges, new challenge missions and of course Halloween-themed skins, which can also be obtained from seasonal loot boxes. Catch a showing at the Grandin Theatre All month long, this locally owned theatre has been showing weekly movies that are best when watched in the month of October. Just the other weekend I was able to see “The Silence of the Lambs,” which was a great, socially distanced experience. This year they will be showing…

Lakers Back on Top

Written by Carter Weissenfluh The Los Angeles Lakers have found themselves in familiar territory after winning their 17th championship in franchise history. There were a lot of emotions and obstacles on this championship run for the team, primarily with the season being cut short due to COVID-19 which left players unsure if they were going to ever finish this season. A few months later, the NBA provided a bubble in Orlando, Fl. where all teams worthy of the playoffs went to compete for a title. Only one of those teams finished on top above everyone else.  During the Lakers run in the playoffs, they needed as much motivation as they could get considering all they had in the bubble were themselves- no family members or fans were allowed. It was just the teams and a basketball court competing for a championship. The team brought out the Black Mamba jerseys for the late, great Kobe Bryant. Players like Anthony Davis said, “when we have that jersey on, we feel that we can’t lose and that he (Kobe) is watching down on us.” This Lakers team looked like they were on a mission once the playoffs started and didn’t stop until they finished the job.  Lebron James’ goal when joining the Lakers was to deliver a championship as he has done with every franchise he has played for. He was able to accomplish that goal this year, as he captured his 4th championship and 4th finals MVP. James touched on how much this title meant to, not only him, but the entire franchise considering everything that had happened in 2020. This championship now puts the Lakers on par with their longtime rival the Boston Celtics. Both historic franchises now possess a league-high 17 championships.  After beating the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets,…