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Movie review

Bohemian Rhapsody: the story behind Queen

Released last month, Bohemian Rhapsody is a biopic of the well-known British band, Queen. The film portrays the story of how Freddie Mercury, the lead singer, came together with the other members of Queen to create a diverse palette of music. While I have listened to many of Queen’s songs, I didn’t know much about their backstory. That being said, I was hooked from the first scene and really enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody. Read more...

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Movie Review

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald needlessly boring, lacks focus

Home on Thanksgiving Break, I wanted to see a movie with my high school friends. Since we’d seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when it came out in 2016, we decided to watch the sequel. Read more...

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Cultural event

Troy kicks off holiday season with Victorian Stroll

This Sunday, Troy was cast back into 19th century England. The 36th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll filled the streets with performances, decorations, people, and holiday cheer. Despite the poor weather, visitors swarmed Troy, many of whom—even children—dressed in classic 19th century clothing. Features included rides on an antique fire truck, live birds of prey, several food trucks, a pop-up market of craftsmen and vendors, and various musical displays. Local shops and eateries also took part with special seasonal offers and various events of their own. The celebration concluded with a menorah and Christmas tree lighting, accompanied by the Troy High School Concert Choir. Read more...

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ON-CAMPUS EVENT

ISA puts on great Diwali show

Diwali, also referred to as Deepavali, is the Hindu festival of lights, that signifies the win of good over evil. In Hinduism, the story of Diwali revolves around Lord Ram and his battle with the demon king Ravana. Ram defeats Ravana to bring his wife, Goddess Sita, back home after 14 years. Read more...

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TV series review

Netflix animation She-Ra disappoints

I never saw myself watching this show; but after hearing about the controversies it stirred up, I was intrigued enough to give the show a try, and I actually enjoyed myself in the process. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is a modern adaptation of a character from the He-Man franchise. Read more...

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CAMPUS EVENT

Campus event sheds light on ethical allyship

On November 12th, the Multicultural Leadership Council and the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers partnered together and hosted an event about ethical allyship. The purpose of the event was to spread knowledge about how to be an ethical ally. Presenters included Director of Multicultural Programs Chenthuran Jayachandiran and Assistant Director and Lecturer at the Archer Center Audrey Scranton. New to the topic of ethical allyship, I left the presentation with a greater understanding of the term and its application. Read more...

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On-campus event

RMA Concert features various small music groups, talented performances

Last Sunday, the Rensselaer Music Association held a concert to showcase Rensselaer’s many small music groups. The Rensselaer Chamber Brass, Clarinet Choir, Composition Club, Rensselyrics, Flute Choir, Daydreamers, Strings Theory, and the Experimental Music Quintet all performed a variety of unique pieces. RMA is a student-run organization that promotes and supports music groups on campus, and the Winter Small Groups Concert is an event they hold annually in the RPI Playhouse. Each group performed wonderfully, and the concert was an intimate, glowing example of the musical talent at our university. Read more...

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Movie Review

Green Book comments on racism, importance of friendship

When dealing with racism, some films, like The Blind Side or Crash (2004) aim to stir up tensions and divide critics. Thankfully, Green Book doesn’t fall into this category. It’s not trying to desperately beg for an Oscar by serving the audience an edgy, dark take on racism. It aims to be a simple, solid movie that everyone can enjoy. Read more...

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TV Series

Castlevania: a graphic, riveting animated fantasy

Movies and TV shows developed from video games are notorious for being complete garbage. This perception has been a trend that only a few have been able to unlatch themselves from. Pokémon is often thrown in as an example, but it varies greatly in quality from generation to generation, and isn’t directly based on the stories of the games. Castlevania treads into dangerous waters—it’s a show that faithfully follows its game equivalent’s story. Read more...

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Movie Review

Crazy Rich Asians flashy, glamorous

With its flashy scenery and glamorous outfits, Crazy Rich Asians will have you falling in love instantly. This movie, released in August, provides a beautiful combination of family drama and fairytale romance. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t peel my eyes off the screen. Read more...

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TV series

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ends on a suspenseful high note

Before watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I would’ve claimed that Netflix has yet to produce a dark, serious, compelling, live-action teenage drama. But I believe that they’ve finally done it with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. This show blew me away with its quality, style, and themes. Read more...

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CLUB EVENT

BSA hosts first art show

Refreshing display of local art garners crowd

On Friday, the Black Students’ Alliance hosted its first-ever art show in the Greene Building Gallery, as a prelude to its annual fashion show in February. Read more...

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Campus Event

Union After Dark features Black Tie Stereo, student performances

On Saturday, the McNeil Room was cleared of tables to make room for Union After Dark: Board Games Edition with Black Tie Stereo, a four-piece pop band based out of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Read more...

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Activism

Making Strides rallies 18,000, raises $680,000

On Sunday, October 21, many people gathered around in support of breast cancer awareness and funding. In partnership with the American Cancer Association and AVON, the 23rd annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer rally was held at Washington Park in Albany. People could donate and walk or run five kilometers in support of this rally. A total of 18,000 people came to this event to walk and learn more about breast cancer and how they could help. In total, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk raised $680,000. Read more...

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Research Spotlight

Using consumer behavior to leverage marketing

Rich in marketing experience, Associate Professor Jeffrey F. Durgee is on the hunt to better understand consumer behavior. Durgee’s research is centered around the relationship between people and products—specifically, the relationship between a consumer and a brand, or a collector and a collection. With such insight, he can present a sociological perspective to marketing. Read more...

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Event Review

Spirits, specters, storytelling at RPI

“Colleges are great places to find ghost stories. They are old, and are places with lots of extreme emotion,” said Maeve McEneny, our tour guide. That set the stage for a cold, chilly, and spooky night of ghost stories. McEneny is part of The Original Albany Ghost Tour and has been doing the Spirits of Rensselaer Ghost Tour since 2015. Read more...

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Downtown Troy

Food trucks, music, costumes

This month’s “Troy Night Out” on October 26th hosted the Harvest Festival, a small gathering of food trucks and music in downtown Troy. There were numerous art shows, Halloween decorations, and plenty of costumes on adults, children, and even pets. Read more...

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TV Review

Making a Murderer kills it

When Making a Murderer first arrived on Netflix in late 2015, it caused a maelstrom of unrest, excitement, hate, and righteous fury among those who’d watched it. The non-fictional documentary series depicted the horrific miscarriage of justice that two men, Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, had to endure thanks to the negligence and corruption of those in positions of power. These men were falsely convicted for the murder of Teresa Halbach, according to the documentary. Read more...

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TV Series Review

Hilda, a new Netflix cartoon with potential

There’s been a resurgence of new, quality cartoons lately. However, most are no longer on traditional networks, such as Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon; they’re on Netflix, and Hilda is another solid addition to its portfolio. Read more...

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On-campus review

Talk with Nobel laureate Dr. Arnold

Just 12 days after receiving the Nobel Prize in chemistry, Dr. Frances H. Arnold visited RPI and presented her research. I got there, over half an hour early, and almost all the seats were already filled—ten minutes before the presentation, there were people sitting in aisles and standing in the back. Read more...

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