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As I nervously wait for her to join the Zoom, Barbara Chrem’s (N ‘22) wide smile comes into view and eases all tension. A screen doesn’t do her energy justice. She’s immediately interested in how I’m doing amid a seemingly endless final exam season. Barbara grimaces as I give her a strained smile—she’s been there. Luckily, senior year is almost over, and she’s coasting along to graduation. Our introductory interaction highlights an indisputable fact about Barbara: First and foremost, she’s a people person.
Witches exist in more than just legends and fairytales. From Ghana to Romania to your hometown, witches are everywhere. A new wave of witches is emerging thanks to the internet and various social media platforms like TikTok. But what exactly is a witch?
There's a genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist taking the world by storm, and it’s not Tony Stark. Instead it’s the man that inspired the character of Tony Stark—Elon Musk. Unsurprisingly, Musk is constantly innovating and seeking out new avenues to make daily life more efficient. However, Musk has also made a name for himself through his promotion of COVID–19 misinformation, hypocrisy regarding artificial intelligence, and transphobic memes. But this time around, Musk isn’t making the news over his controversial persona or technological prowess. Rather, it’s something unprecedented—taking over Twitter.
TikTok alt–girls define themselves as the opposite of the mainstream. From finely curated alt–rock playlists to grungy thrifted outfits, the alt–girl aesthetic is seemingly ubiquitous. But what exactly does she look like? Well, that’s where the problem begins.
Social media apps dominate college campuses. They act as methods for students to connect and share memes, struggles, personal antidotes, and anything else that crosses their mind. But a new generation of social media apps are embracing anonymity—from Snapchat to Yik Yak, apps are embracing the unseen. Most recently, a new app called Sidechat is making waves in the anonymous app space, blowing up on college campuses across the nation—but what exactly is it?
In the current era of social activism, a brand's stance on social and political issues is more important than ever. Gone are the days where sketchy labor practices and ill–sourced materials are accepted without a second thought. More and more consumers are questioning the ethics of fast fashion, the implications of racist advertisements, and the problematic histories of established brands. Now, businesses are publicly pressured to put more effort into the core values they uphold and social causes that they endorse.
Reading is for nerds. Or is it? Recently, it seems like reading is for comfy sweater–wearing trendsetters who love spilling spicy details about their favorite must–read books. On TikTok, enjoying books has gained a massive cult following as users around the world build a community over their shared interest in reading.
What is a philosopher? Are they writing an academic paper from the comfort of a worn leather armchair in their roomy office? Or are they sitting upon a hill, gazing into the distance as they ponder the meaning of life? The philosopher has adopted many appearances and methods throughout different cultures. Today, the archetypal philosopher is seen as a middle–to–upper class, well–educated white man. However, the rise of modern philosophers is actively challenging this perception and bringing new issues to light.
With the success of fanfiction–turned–movie–series "After" being met with both surprised acceptance from fans and snobbishness from the high–brow community, fanfiction suddenly became considered a legitimate form of literature. Despite the perception of fanfiction as a fringe form of art common in only niche fandom subcultures, it is broadly defined as amateur fictional works involving elements of existing property including movies, music acts, television shows, books, and more. But while you might not have secretly read fanfiction under the covers, squealing as a dark–haired, mysterious lover gripped Y/N's waist, you’ve certainly read fanfiction in English class or for a book club.
In Western culture, the concept of love has multiple meanings depending on the context. From describing friendship to hobbies to romantic partners, it seems clear that love is all around us. But while the word "love" is often connoted with romance in modern English, the ancient Greeks made the idea of love more specific by establishing six different words to describe different dimensions of love.
Does Hollywood's new heartthrob follow in the footsteps of handsome stars like George Clooney, Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Gosling, and Harry Styles? Not exactly. On the surface, the only thing that Pete Davidson has in common with other Hollywood dreamboats is his history of dating other celebrities. However, his latest girlfriend has turned heads everywhere—the soon–to–be–divorced Kim Kardashian.
According to alpha male YouTubers, simping is dead. In true heteronormative fashion, many of these YouTubers claim that ladies aren’t attracted to men that kiss the ground they walk on. Instead, ladies want the complete package: a dominant man with purpose, a great physique, and wealth–right?
Artists and entrepreneurs are flocking to the emerging cryptoart industry. Flourishing with opportunity, this new medium allows artists to explore the intersection between digital culture and traditional art. Bringing this growing sector of the art world to Philadelphia, City Caps is a cryptoart company centered around creating Non–Fungible Token (NFT) sports–themed social media profile pictures inspired by cities and their teams.
Six friends, all spunky twenty–somethings, are living together in a vibrant city facing relationship drama, job struggles, and wacky hijinks. But no matter what happens, their bond remains strong. Any guesses on the sitcom’s name? Here’s a hint, it’s not Friends.
Millions of teenagers fawn over their sexy TV counterparts. The teens featured in popular series like Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars, and more are sultry, mysterious, alluring—the perfect bait for a hormonal teen audience. However, there’s a strange dissonance bubbling under the surface—they’re not actually teenagers. Oftentimes, the actors in these series are played by adults in their mid–twenties. With older casts, teens on television are oversexualized, leading to many teens initiating sexual activitiy earlier in their lives.
The sound of Pop–punk is unmistakable—fast tempo, infectious melody, a wall of sound composed of roaring electric guitars and thumping drums, and very angry youth.
I’ve been fond of Adam Sandler ever since I was a kid. It started with his 2008 film, Bedtime Stories, a feel–good movie featuring a hotel repairman who tells his niece and nephew bedtime stories that spontaneously come true. His works aren’t masterpieces, and his sense of humor can be grating at times, but his genuine nature makes me root for him and his characters. So, when whispers spread that Sandler was shooting a Netflix sports drama called Hustle at the Palestra, I was determined to meet him.