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Parasite – A Modern Classic

Parasite – A Modern Classic

Olivia Barry, Author

March 18, 2020

On February 9, 2020, Bong Joon Ho's Parasite made history as the first foreign film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture; needless to say, it was well deserved. There has not been a single moment that I haven't thought about this movie since I first saw it this past November. Every frame, every wo...

Sharenting: Where Is The Line?

Sharenting: Where Is The Line?

Meg Kennedy, Staff

March 18, 2020

"Sharenting," or oversharing your child's life on social media, has become more and more of an issue as our years online grow. We all have that family member known to share every second of their child's lives on Facebook or Instagram, but many of the these parents are unaware of the dangers of oversharing...

What Senior Retreat Meant To Me

What Senior Retreat Meant To Me

Emily Fitz-Patrick, Author

February 12, 2020

This year, Mercy seniors were told to pack our things, drive forty minutes to Sparks, Maryland, to the O’Dwyer Retreat House for senior retreat. Although I hate to admit it, sometimes I live for retreats. I love looking inwards, healing everything that needs healing. I love connecting with others, ...

True Crime

True Crime

Sara Matvey, Editor

February 12, 2020

Influxes of true crime movies, tv shows, podcasts, and Youtube channels are being mass produced to fill American's desire for crime entertainment. True crime is a genre of movies and tv shows that features true stories of murder, serial killers, and abductions. They delve into the minds of the perpetrators...

Little Women – How Greta Gerwig Captures Womanhood

Little Women – How Greta Gerwig Captures Womanhood

Olivia Barry, Author

February 3, 2020

Caution: Spoilers for the 2019 film Little Women As we shift into the new decade, the fight for female representation in Hollywood, both onscreen and off, is beginning to feel stale. We've been here before; in fact, it feels as if we've stayed stagnant, stuck in the same spot in regards to women ...

Why It’s Important to Support Local Bookshops

Why It’s Important to Support Local Bookshops

Meg Kennedy, Author

January 27, 2020

Visiting an independent bookstore is one of those experiences that never feel the same way twice. Last time I visited my local bookshop, my friends and I stepped inside to greet a small German Shepherd lounging in an arm chair. As you entered passed the non-fiction books and endless copies of Stephen...

The Uprising of TikTok

The Uprising of TikTok

Sara Matvey, Editor

January 22, 2020

TikTok was released in the US in 2017. Its predecessors were Vine and Musical.ly, which both took the world by storm. On TikTok, users can create three to sixty-second looping videos where they dance, do skits, lip synch, and show off their talents. Over 1 billion people have downloaded TikTok since...

Shazam! – The Importance of Not Taking A Movie Too Seriously

Shazam! – The Importance of Not Taking A Movie Too Seriously

Olivia Barry, Author

January 10, 2020

Superhero movies - they're inescapable. Since Marvel's Iron Man hit theaters in 2008, superhero movies have dominated the box office. This past July, Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame surpassed 2009's Avatar as the highest grossing movie of all-time, garnering 2.798 billion dollars. Thus far in 2019,...

How Strange TV Shows on Nickelodeon Shaped Gen-Z

How Strange TV Shows on Nickelodeon Shaped Gen-Z

Sara Matvey, Editor

December 4, 2019

I don’t know much about shows on Nickelodeon currently; however, I do know that all the shows from my childhood are strange. Shows like the Drake and Josh, iCarly, Victorious, Big Time Rush, and Spongebob all shaped the way that Gen-Z acts and reacts. Below is some brief information about each show. ...

The Last Christmas

The Last Christmas

Emily Fitz-Patrick, Author

December 2, 2019

The ginger doll rests on my lap. Her eyes are an ice blue, like mine, and her pink booties are tied tightly ‘round her ankles. And as the fire spews an ember towards the hardwood floor and leaves it with a black hole, the candles burn bright, overflowing with wax. I turn to the little boy staring at...

An Attitude of Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

Emily Fitz-Patrick, Author

November 18, 2019

Reader, Today we're taking a look at gratitude--the ancient language of happiness. From early humans to current ones, gratitude has shaped the mentality of so many people in countless positive ways. Recently, psychologists have taken an interest in how gratitude can change lives. From "gratitude journals,"...

Fabulous Failure

Fabulous Failure

Emily Fitz-Patrick, Author

November 18, 2019

You're probably wondering why I titled this article "Fabulous Failure," when no one wants to fail. Failing means that correction and revision need to be made. Sometimes it's easy to deal with failure, when you're practicing a sport two days before the game, and you can't seem to get the ball in the goal--but...

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