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Media Matters: Hollywood’s culture shift on sexual misconduct should focus on prevention

Media Matters: Hollywood’s culture shift on sexual misconduct should focus on prevention

by Adrian Chu, Columnist

November 14, 2017


Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

2016 was the year where many beloved movie celebrities died. 2017 is beginning to look like the year where celebrities are dead to me. First came the Harvey Weinstein allegations in early October, news that did not surprise many. Often the butt of public jabs on TV shows, Weinstein's less than stellar...

MoviePass should take advantage of the theatrical experience

MoviePass should take advantage of the theatrical experience

by Adrian Chu, Columnist

October 23, 2017


Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

From its website crash shortly after it reduced its monthly fee from $50 to $9.95 in mid-Aug. to its inability to meet overwhelming demand for its cheaper service, MoviePass’s rocky debut does not bode well for the company attempting to disrupt the movie theater model. Increasing its workforce by...

Sports Standards: A glimpse into sports entertainment

Sports Standards: A glimpse into sports entertainment

by Alex Wang, Opinion Editor

October 7, 2017


Filed under Alex Wang, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

Spectators see only what is shown to them. A baseball player hitting a home run to win a World Series. A football player charging through an entire defensive line for a touchdown. The news of another record-breaking basketball contract. This is entertainment and this is what the viewers want to see. Even...

Keeping up with Krishna: Spirited away

Keeping up with Krishna: Spirited away

by Krishna Bheda, Columnist

September 29, 2017


Filed under Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

The night breeze gives me goosebumps as the smell of barbecue and hot dogs flood my senses as I try to shield my eyes from the bright Saturday night lights. I am in the midst of a crowd of students following the green flag held by the Class of 2018’s president in efforts to win back flight zone. Huddled...

Media Matters: There’s something wrong with the movie industry

Media Matters: There’s something wrong with the movie industry

by Adrian Chu, Columnist

September 28, 2017


Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion, Showcase

There's something wrong with the movie industry. It might be the box office numbers. 2017 has been a year of exceptional weekends: the lowest grossing weekend since 2001, the lowest grossing Memorial Day weekend since 1999, or the lowest grossing Labor Day weekend in over a decade. Combined, 2017...

The shorter work week: an alternative to the universal basic income

The shorter work week: an alternative to the universal basic income

by Adrian Chu, Opinion Editor

January 13, 2017


Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

McDonald’s first drive-thru restaurant opened in Sierra Vista, Arizona in 1975 allowing diners to order food without leaving their cars. 41 years later, McDonald’s plans to replace all human cashiers from their 14,000 stores with touch-screen kiosks. Beginning in cities with the highest minimum...

That’s a Wrap: Coachella fashion trends steal from elements of Native American cultures

That’s a Wrap: Coachella fashion trends steal from elements of Native American cultures

by Melina Nakos, Reporter

April 26, 2016


Filed under Audio, Columnists, Melina Nakos, Online Exclusive, Opinion

Coachella, an annual music and arts festival in Indio, California, is a showcase of new fashion trends which often include versions of Native American cultural garments. The usage of Native American symbols in white fashion may seem innocent, but if people do not make efforts to understand their privilege...

Few will participate in space tourism, but many will benefit

Few will participate in space tourism, but many will benefit

by Derek Yen, Aquila Columnist

April 23, 2016


Filed under Columnists, Derek Yen, Online Exclusive, Opinion

Commercial space travel is a thrilling prospect for many. Humans have admired the heavens as long as Polaris has burned in the sky – but only a handful of astronauts have ever left the earth. Several companies are currently researching spaceflight technologies with the hopes of providing a program for pri...

Beyond the Game: Bryant and Curry’s careers highlight the importance of sports media

Beyond the Game: Bryant and Curry’s careers highlight the importance of sports media

by Alex Youn, TALON Sports Editor and Aquila Columnist

April 21, 2016


Filed under Alex Youn, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

372 miles separated the end of an era and the rewriting of history. In Los Angeles, 37-year-old Kobe Bryant capped off his 20-year, illustrious career with a vintage 60-point clutch performance, a Hollywood-esque denouement to his NBA life. Meanwhile, in Oakland, the reigning NBA MVP, 28-year-old...

Media Matters: Resist autoplay and pick videos wisely

Media Matters: Resist autoplay and pick videos wisely

by Adrian Chu, Reporter and Aquila Columnist

April 15, 2016


Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

It’s late at night and you take a break to watch a quick YouTube video. You open up a silly video of a parrot singing. A series of autoplays later, you find yourself watching a video on how to play the harmonica even though you don’t own one and never plan to, and the only thing in your head is ...

Media Matters: Excessive violent media online leads to desensitization

Media Matters: Excessive violent media online leads to desensitization

by Adrian Chu, Reporter and Aquila Columnist

April 12, 2016


Filed under Adrian Chu, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

After any tragedy, such as the bombing in Ankara on Mar. 13 or the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Mar. 22, one can expect to see a flood of information relating to the incident, condolences to victims and symbols of solidarity. However, there is some content that will never show up in a Facebook fee...

Beyond the Game: Single-elimination games expose flaws in social judgment

Beyond the Game: Single-elimination games expose flaws in social judgment

by Alex Youn, TALON Sports Editor and Aquila Columnist

April 4, 2016


Filed under Alex Youn, Columnists, Online Exclusive, Opinion

May the best team win. An unpredictable combination of grueling losses whittled 68 teams down to just one: the Villanova Wildcats, who, in a storybook ending, upset the top-seeded University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Tar Heels 77-74 on a three-point buzzer-beater. As with every March Madness t...

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