What’s Different About The Shape of Water?

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When was the last time a mute character was the main character in a movie or T.V. series? When was the last time a female mute character was the main character? Almost never, until now. The Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro, has a mute female lead role, Eliza, played by Sally Hawkins. She also has a best friend, Zelda, who is played by Octavia Spencer. Zelda also often plays the role of…

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Education and a Controversial Miss America

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The annual Miss America pageant includes a question-and-answer portion in which women have twenty seconds to give a detailed response to questions related to national and global current events. The answers tend to be non-controversial, even if they do have strong private opinions about the topic. This year, however, Cara Mund, Miss North Dakota (and now Miss America 2018), along with many other contestants, did not follow in the same path. When Mund was asked:…

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Wabi-Sabi: How Perfectionists are Ruining Art

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This semester, I’m taking English 355, “Small Press Publishing,” with Professor Jo Van Arkel. I’ve been looking forward to this class since I saw it in the Drury course catalogue as a freshman. The nerd in me is loving every second of this class, and I’ve found that what we’re learning in there is also relevant to a larger conversation about perfection and process. The class is as much about navigating the waters of publishing…

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“Witch Hunts”: Now and Then, Myths and Realities

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“Witch hunt” is a phrase that has been thrown around in social media a lot recently, from Donald Trump’s tweets to people boycotting and harassing people who wore PacSun clothing in an attempt to destroy the business over a shirt. The use of the phrase, “witch hunt,” implies mass hysteria or paranoia around something arbitrary or nonexistent. Unfortunately, “witch hunts” have been going on for centuries, and there are a lot of false assumptions made about…

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