The awards season is full of controversy

BY: LILY JANDRISEVITS Awards season always seems to be engrossed with controversy. I am always anticipating the night of the Oscars and Golden Globes, but by the end I am exhausted not only by the length of the events but by the disappointing wins. This year’s Golden Globes was no different. The night lead to the win of “1917” for Best Motion Picture- Drama, almost as anticlimactic as “Greenbook” winning Best Picture at the Oscars last year. Sure, “1917” is unique in the sense that it’s supposed to look like the whole movie is directed in one shot, but among … Continue reading The awards season is full of controversy

Movie review: Gretel and Hansel-No spoilers edition

BY: MEGHNA CHATTERJI Meg’s Rating: 4/10 Most horror movie fanatics have mixed feelings about PG-13 horror films—for a good reason. What is deemed “too gory” for adolescents is exactly the content that makes the horror movie genre so good; being too watered-down is one reason why PG-13 horror films don’t have a good reputation. In this review, I’m going to dive deeper into why Gretel and Hansel didn’t reach its full potential, avoiding spoilers of course. If you’re a real horror fan, you may recognize the director, Oz Perkins, from something other than directing movies. In 1983, Oz Perkins played … Continue reading Movie review: Gretel and Hansel-No spoilers edition

NBA just isn’t as watchable as it once was

BY: SIMONE WALKER It’s no secret, NBA ratings in that past two years have tanked, and rightfully so. The game simply just isn’t what it used to be. From star players out “resting” for certain games, the lack of intensity and competitiveness on defense, and the creation of “super teams” has resulted in the decline of ratings. According to Nielsen Figures, viewership across major broadcasters such as ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV is down 15 percent year-to-year. The increasing number of games that teams play without their star players is trampling the league. So far, 22 out of 35 games … Continue reading NBA just isn’t as watchable as it once was

This Wilson baseball glove is quite the catch

BY: NICK LEMIRE The gear and equipment that baseball players use is something that matters immensely. Gloves, bats, batting gloves, cleats, catchers gear, and sunglasses are some of the various accessories associated with baseball. Each piece of equipment has different values and abilities. Players of all ages and levels have certain preferences, especially when it comes to their glove. This review is going to cover the Wilson A2000 baseball glove. My experience using the A2000 has been primarily a positive experience. My glove is something that I use for the majority of my days in a year. Whether I’m using … Continue reading This Wilson baseball glove is quite the catch

The Chinese New Year: 2020 Year of the Rat

BY: THE CHINESE ONE CLASS 过年好 means “Happy Lunar New Year,” which is a traditional and informal way to greet people during the Chinese New Year period. The first day of the Chinese New Year of 2020 was on Saturday, January 25th. This date changes each year as it follows the lunar calendar, based on the cycles of the moon. The entire celebration lasts for fifteen days during which businesses suspend work and everyone reunites with family. 2020 is the year of the Rat (鼠年). The Chinese Zodiac Cycle is based on the ancient Chinese legend in which 12 animals … Continue reading The Chinese New Year: 2020 Year of the Rat

Assigned seating hurts the overall movie experience

BY: JOANNA SNYDER The easy days of walking into a movie theater and choosing the perfect seat are over. All moviegoers are now expected to choose their own seats while purchasing their tickets, in person or online. When this new idea came to be, I was not sure how to feel about it. However, I now can say I am not in support of this method. I believe it’s unnecessary and should stop being practiced across all movie theaters. I don’t understand why assigned seating was implemented in the process of going to the movie theater. Technically, I know this … Continue reading Assigned seating hurts the overall movie experience

A shortage of volunteers in service organizations

BY: KYLE VANSYCKLE What does volunteering mean to you? To me, it means providing or getting involved without expecting reward, pay, or recognition.  The dictionary states volunteering as, “freely offering to do something”. I’m a volunteer firefighter for Clifton Park, and nothing frustrates me more than when we don’t have enough people to go to a fire alarm activation or a community event.  With so many events, work, and entertainment opportunities available to the community, it may be hard to find people willing to volunteer.  According to the New York Labor Statistics, 58.1 percent of the population was full time/ … Continue reading A shortage of volunteers in service organizations