“Join the World’s Largest Treasure Hunt”: Geocaching 101

By: Rachel Stewart Lately, a movement dubbed “look up” has been sweeping pop culture.  This movement urges us , as the name suggests, to look up from our electronic devices and “experience the real world.” I, Rachel, the new-age Henry Clay, “The Great Compromiser” has found a way to appease both sides of this debate with one simple act: geocaching.  Geocaching involves an app on your phone, … Continue reading “Join the World’s Largest Treasure Hunt”: Geocaching 101

Halloween is Racist?

By: Rachel Stewart Think back to a few days ago, on All Hallows Eve. Think back to the food, the drinks, the parties, the fun, and most importantly: the costumes.  On Halloween, the veil between our world and the spirit world lifts, and monsters come to play.  What’s the scariest monster?  A vampire, werewolf, goblin, or ghost?  The answer to this has been debated for … Continue reading Halloween is Racist?

Man-Booker Prize Winner Announced!

By: Rachel Stewart The Man-Booker Prize winner was finally announced on Tuesday, October 13.  The novel that received the prize is A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James.  The announcement comes after the long-list of thirteen books was announced on July 29, with the shortlist, narrowed down to six books, following on September 15. Marlon James is a Jamaican author who lives in Minneapolis, and … Continue reading Man-Booker Prize Winner Announced!

Houston, We Have A Review: The Martian

By: Rachel Stewart Rating- 4/5 stars Recently, on October 2, the movie The Martian, landed in theaters.  This movie is based on the 2011 science fiction novel of the same name, by Andy Weir, that focuses on a man, Mark Watney, who becomes stranded on Mars and has to survive completely alone.  I personally read the book before I saw the movie, and I thought … Continue reading Houston, We Have A Review: The Martian

The Epic Battle: Literary Merit vs. Enjoyment

By: Rachel Stewart We all have things we define as “guilty pleasures,” especially when it comes to books. Perhaps it’s a risqué romance novel or a childhood favorite that we can’t seem to let go of.  The term “guilty pleasure” in and of itself is almost contradictory.  If it’s enjoyable, and deemed a “pleasure,” then why must the adjective “guilty” be attached to it?  Why … Continue reading The Epic Battle: Literary Merit vs. Enjoyment

Oh Man, The Man Booker Shortlist is Announced!

by Rachel Stewart On September 15, the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced.  The Man Booker is a prestigious prize, and according to its website, “the world’s most important literary award.”  Every year, the prize is awarded to one book that was written in English and published in the United Kingdom.  The winner receives £50,000, and all shortlisted authors receive £2,500 and a designer-bound copy of their … Continue reading Oh Man, The Man Booker Shortlist is Announced!

Celebrity Lemur of Zoboomafoo Dies at 20

By: Rachel Stewart The lemur Jovian, who was the star of the PBS children’s show Zoboomafoo, died on December 3. He was 20 years old, and housed at the Duke Lemur Center, who announced his death on their website, Duke Today. In a statement, they said he died from kidney failure. He played the fun-loving lemur named Zoboomafoo on the much-loved children’s show of the same name that … Continue reading Celebrity Lemur of Zoboomafoo Dies at 20

The Windy City Report

By: Rachel Stewart, Jackie Thompson, and Anna Starkey On Thursday, November 6, three juniors, Jackie Thompson, Anna Starkey, and Rachel Stewart, set out with Anna’s mom to a mystical land called Chicago, Illinois.  Our mission: college visits.  Our time frame to complete this mission: two days.  We have since returned from the mission, and can report that it was a success.  We also can report … Continue reading The Windy City Report

Charles Manson soon-to-be Married Man

By: Rachel Stewart Charles Manson, convicted mass murder, is now a married man, according to the state of California.  On November 19, Afton Burton, who now goes by Star, obtained a marriage license.  They are not “officially” married yet, because there hasn’t been a wedding, but plans are in the works. Several years ago, Star moved from Illinois to Corcoran, California, near the Corcoran State Prison, … Continue reading Charles Manson soon-to-be Married Man