Month: April 2019

The End of an Era Has Arrived With “Avengers: Endgame”

132 characters. 21 movies. One cinematic universe. On April 26, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes gear up for one more fight in “Avengers: Endgame.”

The next “Avengers” installment is 11 years in the making. Dating back to “Iron Man” in 2008, Marvel has been rapidly pushing out movies to conduct a narrative that leads into this next entry. They have coined this is as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and each movie has its own place on the timeline, holding details that are relevant to understand what is about to take place.

“On My Block” Tackles Real Life Issues Through Entertainment

“On My Block” is a Netflix Original Series that premiered March 2018 and followed four teenagers growing up in the rough neighborhood of Freeridge while balancing school, relationships, gangs, and family. The second season premiered March 29, and picked up with the aftermath of Ruby Martinez, played by Jason Genao, and Olivia, played by Ronni Hawk, being shot while celebrating Olivia’s quinceanera as a result of gang violence.

City Girl Tells Narrative Through Music

City Girl is an independent artist and producer based in Los Angeles, California. Her music blends lo-fi ambiance and pop into an atmospheric experience that puts listeners into a trance. She currently has one EP and 5 albums. Her third album, “Neon Impasse,” was the first I heard by her and made me want to listen to more of her work. On her Spotify About page, instead of a conventional biography, she has put a narrative of “Neon Impasse”, adding more context to the album’s songs, and potentially giving listeners something to imagine while enjoying her music.

My Experience Registering for Classes

By now, all students except freshmen, who will register on April 22, have enrolled in courses for the 2019 fall semester, but the lingering stress of registration day is still present. EWeb is great for looking up available courses and figuring out your schedule before your assigned registration period, but in my own personal experience over these past few years at Eastern, I have found myself completely frustrated with how slow the system is during registration time.

Cursive Writing Deserves a Comeback

I was ecstatic when I found out about the growing policy on cursive writing in approximately 24 states in the country. Schools are beginning to implement the cursive writing style in their classrooms, teaching children as early as the elementary level.
I was always interested in writing with this style. For me, it is an art of expression and identity; handwriting can show one’s own uniqueness. Since I was a child, I would always practice cursive writing, expressing ideas or copying quotes from books until my hand would get tired. Whenever I write in cursive, the sentences that I create seem more raw and rich with emotion and meaning; they become a part of me.

Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Plan

Last Wednesday, April 10, 2019, Bernie Sanders released the newest version of his “Medicare for all” plan, which would establish a federally funded, single-payer system where the government taxes its citizens to finance healthcare for everyone in the United States. This latest version of the plan does not have many significant differences to previous ones, except that this version is backed by many of Sanders’s rivals for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination.

This Day in Sports History: April 18

On April 18, 1966 NBA hall of famer Bill Russell was named the first African American coach in NBA history. Bill Russell was the cornerstone of the Boston Celtics’ dynasty of the 1960s, an uncanny shot blocker who revolutionized NBA defensive concepts. A five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a 12-time All-Star, the angular center amassed 21,620 career rebounds, an average of 22.5 per game and led the league in rebounding four times. He had 51 boards in one game, 49 in two others and a dozen consecutive seasons of 1,000 or more rebounds.

The Crisis of the Asiatic Cheetah and its Defenders

In times of crisis, humanity should often look in on itself to examine if it will be the heroic, caring beings we so often make ourselves out to be, or if we will stand by while innocents are punished from unwarranted crimes. This is a question that has been brought up lately revolving around the conservation efforts of the Asiatic Cheetah.
In January of 2018, eight researchers from the Tehran-based Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF) were arrested by the Iranian government and were charged with “corruption of the Earth”, espionage, and collusion to espionage after conducting research of the native cheetah species. Since then, most of the research team has been in jail or were killed.