Opinion

Dear Disney, Give Us More Movies Like ‘Moana’

Walt Disney Studios made some of the most magical and unforgettable stories ever told. They made iconic films like “Cinderella,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Lion King” and many more that a lot of people grew up watching. It seemed that Disney could crank out imaginative adventures nonstop. However, then they ran out of ideas.

Chartwells’ Monopoly on Food?

Chartwells is Eastern’s official food vendor. The university and Chartwells have an extensive contract, and they provide all the food on campus— from what you eat at Hurley, to the Student Center food court, to the library cafe, and even at campus events. Chartwells essentially has a monopoly on food at Eastern.

Girls in Boy Scouts: What’s the Deal?

Last year on Feb. the 1st, Boy Scouts officially allowed girls to join the organization. They changed their name from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA. It is something that has been sitting at the back of my mind since the announcement spread, but now has come back to the forefront for a good reason: Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday.

Volunteering at the Center for Community Engagement Changed My College Experience

In high school, you are expected to complete numerous community service hours, which helps when you are applying to colleges, so the admissions office can see if you are a well-rounded student. At first, I must admit, I only did community service for college applications, but over time I grew to have a passion for it. Ever since I came to Eastern one of the things I was excited to do was get involved with community service volunteering. When I found out about the Community for Center Engagement (CCE), I was thrilled. Although I only did special events in my freshman year, this helped me get a better understanding of the Willimantic area. My first semester during my sophomore year, however, I pushed myself to do more with the CCE.

Spring Semester is Better

October brings two experiences I know I am not going to miss once I graduate college: midterm grades and registration. As you wince at your alarm waking you up minutes before 7 a.m., racing to your laptop and praying E-Web doesn’t crash, thoughts of glorious spring semester probably enters your mind. Spring semester is arguably better than fall semester for numerous reasons.

Eastern Students Celebrate Halloween

Spooky season is here. With Eastern Connecticut State University being such a diverse campus, here are some ways people celebrate the end of October. Since Halloween is here, I decided to ask students around on campus how they celebrate All Hallows Eve in the past and here at Eastern. I asked each student three questions: what is their favorite candy, their favorite Halloween memory, and what activities they were planning on doing this Halloween. They said the following:

Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Sept. 24, 2019, that the House of Representatives will open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Pelosi’s announcement follows a whistleblower complaint that President Trump pressured Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, to investigate Joe Biden’s son days after freezing $400 million in aid designated for the country. Trump has admitted that he spoke with Zelensky over the phone about Biden’s son as an example of corruption, but has denied behaving inappropriately.

Animatronic Movie Monsters Remain Superior to CGI

When a T-Rex stomped onto the big screen in 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” it was more massive, terrifying, and realistic than the CGI Indominus Rex from “Jurassic World” in 2015. Some of the most iconic movie monsters were created using practical effects. However. nowadays, movies that are meant to be centered around supposedly incredible monsters have become oversaturated with computer graphics. The T-Rex from “Jurassic Park” is noteworthy because it was created using practical effects. The terrifying dinosaur (which was the center of the scariest sequences in the classic film as it attacked the main characters) was created using a full-sized animatronic. Therefore, when you are looking at the dinosaur on screen, you are looking at a full-sized dinosaur. Still, the fourth movie in the franchise, “Jurassic World,” resorted to CGI which made the dinosaurs look to cartoonish to be scary.

Dear Brownie Dropouts: The Girl Scout Experience

Most girls you talk to will tell you, at some point in their lives, they were a Girl Scout. Many may also inform you that their time as a scout did not last long. Recently, I had a discussion with a co-worker who told me she was a Brownie dropout; a common term I’ve heard over the years: someone who didn’t make it past the second level, leaving the organization before they’ve finished grade school.

What the Halloween Season Means

The Halloween season is upon us and that means that things are going to be getting spookier as the month of October rolls along. Though the leaves are changing colors and there are many things to do, going out to do those things leave me open to ghosts, goblins, and all sorts of spooky, supernatural threats. The only thing I can think of to help me through these scary times we live in is. . . candy! Candy will comfort me until the end of the month, let’s narrow down the list o and figure out what my top five confectionary delights are.