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Don Toliver recently put out a new album called “Life of a Don”. In my opinion, Toliver is a very boring artist. The Travis Scott protege has only gotten less and less interesting as time has gone on and he has proven to be a rapper that I just can’t get behind, despite his ever growing popu…

“The Way Down: God, Greed, and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin” was honestly hard for me to watch. Before I continue explaining how I felt about the documentary, I want to inform all of you to view it with discretion. While it was not gruesome to watch, instead it was saddening to hear people’s st…

In 1962, the world was introduced to Sir Sean Connery as Bond, James Bond, in “Dr. No”. The film that single-handedly launched the longest-running film franchise in history. Following Connery's legendary outing was George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and then in 2006,…

“15 Minutes of Shame” is a documentary about the recent rise in cyberbullying and “cancel culture” across the internet, particularly in social media. This film is a compilation of stories of people who have been bullied, canceled and harassed due to the online world, as well as a brief timel…

James Arthur is releasing his new album, “It’ll All Make Sense In The End”, on Nov. 5. He is an English singer and songwriter who started singing at the age of fifteen, and he rose to fame right after he won the ninth season of the X Factor in 2012. Arthur gained lots of popularity after the…

An abomination. That is the only word to describe this sad excuse for a film. It’s been a long time since I’ve been insulted so greatly by the horrid quality of a movie. This movie is a barrage of corniness and borderline offensive material disguised as an uplifting piece of sap. 

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Zac Flasch is in his third year at Valparaiso University, majoring in music composition. He composes music for a variety of music groups on campus, including choirs, orchestras and chamber groups. Flasch is also involved in the Valparaiso University Chorale and leads the praise band in the l…

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“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” brings hope for theater-goers and movie makers alike as life slowly goes back to normal. After opening Oct. 1, the “Venom” sequel has brought in more money than the original, having the biggest opening weekend during the pandemic. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, th…

“Titane,” the extremely violent, grotesque, pitiless yet devilishly humorous new film from Julia Ducournau (“Raw”) has taken home the prestigious Palme d’or at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. Despite generally favorable reviews from critics, audiences are on the fence as to whether or not the…

When I found "Love for Sale" by Lady Gaga on Spotify, I expected to be greeted by a stereotypical electronic pop album, which is what you would expect from an artist who has been a mainstay of the pop genre for a while. However, I was greeted with something entirely different. "Love For Sale…

Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were among the most famous televangelists in America. Together, they built a multimillion-dollar empire and lived a life of luxury with multiple houses, expensive cars and more money than God until their conglomerate came crashing down …

To call the new X Ambassadors album interesting, unique and eclectic would be an understatement. For those unfamiliar with X Ambassadors, they are a New York rock band. They released their first album, "Renegades," in 2015, followed by "ORION" in 2019. The songs that rocketed them to fame in…

Natalie Schmidt is a senior biomedical engineering pre-med major. She has been in a lot of different music-related extracurriculars throughout her college career: she was in chorale freshman year, and music director of Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI), a professional music fraternity, her sophomore ye…

“Climate Night” on late night shows to spread awareness and raise urgency about climate change. On Sept. 22, seven late night hosts across various networks teamed up for a climate night-- using each of their shows to raise awareness of the climate change issue. The seven shows included “The …

There are very few bands that manage to maintain their sound and overall message quite as well as “The Score.” This duo band from New York formed in 2011 and started by releasing demos on SoundCloud and releasing small EP’s. Their first breakthrough was in 2015 when their single called “Oh M…

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Back in 1996, Nicolas Cage won Best Actor at the 68th Academy Awards for his performance in “Leaving Las Vegas.” During a typically understated acceptance speech, he gushed, “I know it’s not hip to say it, but I just love acting and I hope there will be more encouragement for alternative mov…

Kayla Smith is a third year general arts major at Valpo university who creates art in a variety of mediums. She always knew she wanted to be an artist and has been using her art skills in a variety of contexts and styles, which are truly unique.

On Sept. 17, Lil Nas X finally released his first album, “Montero.” Since he first became known for “Old Town Road” in April 2019 (four months after its original release), the rapper/pop artist has dealt with multiple controversies and backlashes from fans, “activists” and the music industry…

I am a huge James Wan fan. He is definitely one of the most outstanding directors of the last 20 years and everything he touches turns into box office and critical gold, even if it contains a weak script. He has brought up a few of the most popular franchises in all of horror, “Saw”, “The Co…

Baby Keem is a rising Hip Hop artist with the world at his fingertips. He combines a baby-voice delivery with funny one-liners to create a very interesting listening experience for his fans. He produces most of his own tracks and gives them a chill atmosphere. Arguably one of the most intere…

Olivia Maass is a sophomore with a major in elementary music education at Valparaiso University. Along with that, she is also a pianist and a violinist. Her passion for music drove her towards the major she wanted and also taught her a life lesson. 

For the first time in human history, four private civilians with non-professional astronaut backgrounds are going to space in low earth orbit for three days. The first all civilian mission to space is being covered by Netflix in an exclusive docuseries. The first two episodes released Sept. …

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Before listening to J Balvin's new album “JOSE”, I knew nothing of the artist, so I figured it best to do some background research so I would have some understanding of what I was about to listen to. Upon a quick Google search, it was revealed that he is one of the top-selling artists of Lat…

Ricky Paz is a second-year music education major with a primary focus on percussion with hopes to give back to the drum corps community and the marching arts by becoming a band director. He has done a lot in the two years of being at Valparaiso University, including taking on educational opp…

After four long years, a global pandemic and intense fan speculation, Lorde has released her third album: “Solar Power.” At just sixteen years old, she released her first album and the chart topping success, “Royals.” Since then, Lorde’s lyrics have grown alongside her and her fanbase. Contr…

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“American Horror Story” has once again come out with another spine-chilling season. The newest season “Red Tide” has been their most disturbing season yet. This is also their first double feature season, meaning there are two stories in one season. The show falls under the genres of drama, h…

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“Things Heard and Seen” has made its way up Netflix’s top ten chart, making it number three on the list. This film, released on April 30, was influenced by the book “All Things Cease to Appear” by Elizabeth Brundage. The genres it falls under are horror, drama, thriller and mystery. 

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Abby Seeber is a senior creativewriting and theatre double major here at Valparaiso University. After graduation, she hopes to become a comedy writer. 

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“Without Remorse” was released on April 30 on Amazon Prime. The film was based on the novel written by Tom Clancy. The genres it would fall under are action, thriller, drama, mystery and many others. The film included a lot of explicit language and bloodshed, making the film rated R. 

A Little Piece of Seven is the Midwest’s premier tribute to Avenged Sevenfold, located in Lowell, Indiana. The tribute band consists of five best friends, three of whom attend Valparaiso University. 

Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough try their hardest to make this movie have a spark, but ultimately “Monday” left me feeling like I usually do on real-life Mondays: disappointed and tired.