‘Batman v Superman,’ super flop
Apr20

‘Batman v Superman,’ super flop

*******Possible Spoilers********** Out in theaters now, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has mixed reviews. The PG-13 film has its most positive ratings from the loyal DC Comics fan base, though some of the fan base and most of the movie critics found the movie to fall flat to the hype surrounding the film. The film takes place after the events from the 2013 film Man of Steel, which was also directed by Zach Snyder. Man of Steel has an overall better rating then Dawn of Justice. Man of Steel has a 56 percent from Rotten Tomatoes and Dawn of Justice has a 29 percent from Rotten Tomatoes. Dawn of Justice opens with another Batman backstory. It then moves to the events that happened at the ending of Man of Steel. But it is shown as the destruction caused by Superman through the eye of Bruce Wayne. After all that, the story fast forwards a few years into the future, where Superman is being praised for his heroic duties, while Batman’s obsession of Superman has caused him to be more ruthless. The story progresses once more when a civilian, who lost his legs due to Superman’s fight in Man of Steel, defaces a statue built in honor of Superman. Shortly after these events, Bruce Wayne meets Clark Kent at a party hosted by Lex Luthor. While attending the party, Wayne spots a woman unlike the others who is later revealed to be Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is portrayed by Gal Gadot, who is most known for her work in the Fast and Furious films. Wayne is at the event to steal some information he needs to figure out something he is searching for by putting it on an external drive. While Wayne is distracted, Prince moves in to steal the drive. Throughout the film Wayne is plagued with nightmares that show a post-apocalyptic world where Army officials are seen wearing a black armband with a Superman logo. During one of these nightmare sequences, we see a cameo from the Flash who is portrayed by Ezra Miller. Miller is best known from his work on Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2012, and Trainwreck, 2015. Batman really commits to defeating Superman after an explosion leaves Superman as the only survivor. Prince returns the stolen drive to Wayne, claiming it is coded and she is unable to retrieve her picture. Wayne solves the code and there he finds files on Cyborg, The Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and a thing of kryptonite in Luthor’s possession. Then begins the fight of the century, with Luthor as the grandmaster. Overall the movie...

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Social media: A breeding ground for bullies
Apr20

Social media: A breeding ground for bullies

With the advent of social media, we can constantly keep up with everyone and everything. While having instant access can be good, it also allows social media users to comment anonymously. This can sometimes lead to cyberbullying. Recently under fire from social media, is 20-year-old R&B singer-songwriter, Kehlani Parrish, who releases her music as Kehlani. Kehlani is from Oakland, California and prior to fame was part of the teen pop band PopLyfe, who finished fourth place in the sixth season of America’s Got Talent. Kehlani came under fire when rumors popped up that she cheated on her boyfriend, professional basketball player Kyrie Irving, with her ex-boyfriend PartyNextDoor, a fellow singer-songwriter. Once news sources leaked the information, social media lit up with negative comments. Commentors shamed Kehlani and called her inappropriate names. Even though this did not become a trending topic on social media, it was still a mass cyberbully attack. According to Dictionary.com, cyberbullying can be defined as the act of harassing someone online by sending or posting mean messages, usually anonymously. While those who posted about Kehlani might not have been anonymous, they fit the first half of the definition really well. These users were posting things that they would not say to Kehlani’s face, if they ever met. The cyberbullying got so bad that Kehlani attempted suicide. Her friend, PartyNextDoor, found the singer and called 911. Fortunately, she was found in the right amount of time and survived her attempt. When she awoke from her living nightmare, she posted a picture of her arm with the IV in it to her Instagram account, detailing what happened and how thankful she was to be safe. The picture went viral with the hashtag, #staystrongKehlani, trending on social media sites. One thing most people forget when making not-so-pleasant comments, especially about their private life, is that there is an actual person behind that public persona. Kehlani’s post made people realize that their comments did actually effect someone. Many celebrities reached out to Kehlani, while some added to the cyberbullying noise. Singer Chris Brown took his opinions to Twitter, shaming Kehlani and implying that she posted a picture from the hospital in order to stay in the media. Fortunately, other celebs called Brown out on his actions and his followers began dropping like flies. While the advancement of technology and social media has been great, it has also made people more susceptible to bullying. Cyberbullying is a category of its own, because while it may not be physically painful, it can cause a lot of mental and psychological damage. And because cyberbullies are often anonymous, it can make it impossible for...

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Popular series return as part of Spring TV lineup
Feb16

Popular series return as part of Spring TV lineup

From superheros to sitcoms, this Spring’s TV lineup has something for everyone. Here are just a few of the things to look forward to in the coming months. Legends of Tomorrow, TV-PG This season, on the long awaited spinoff of the CW’s popular shows Arrow and the Flash, we will get a look at the minor characters who play both heroes and villains as they pair up with Rip Hunter, portrayed by Authur Davill. Hunter decides to go against the Grand Time Council and put together a ragtag team of heroes and villains who are forgotten about, and who play no major role in the timeline. This team consists of White Canary, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, Captain Cold, Atom, Heat Wave and Firestorm. When they realize that Rip Hunter is on a revenge-like quest and their futures were forgotten, they become upset and want nothing more to do with Hunter’s mission. But, when they realize they have an opportunity to time travel and become legends, things change. black-ish, TV-PG One of ABC’s most popular programs returns to finish season 2 by asking a question that everyone would like to know, can a man and a woman be friends? The episode focuses on the main character and narrator, Dre Johnson, who is portrayed by Anthony Anderson, and his wife Rainbow, portrayed by Tracee Ellis Ross, who becomes jealous and a little freaked out when Dre’s childhood best friend and international pop star Gigi, portrayed by Tyra Banks, stops by to visit. Rainbow tells Dre she finds it weird that the two spend so much time together and that Gigi takes Dre to red carpet events and to celebrity hotspots. During Gigi’s time with Dre, she tells him that her boyfriend doesn’t like their friendship. So in attempt to make Gigi upset, Dre begins to call Rainbow his “bestie” and do the same activities that he did with Gigi. In the end Gigi’s boyfriend and Rainbow realize that Gigi and Dre are really just friends and they would rather allow the two hang out than deal with their significant other’s ridiculous best friend activities. Fresh off the Boat, TV-PG Television’s favorite Asian American family is also back. After ending the first half of the season on a Christmas episode that was as funny as it was festive, the Huang family are getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year with their family back in Washington D.C. Unfortunately something occurs and they are stuck in Orlando. Still in the spirit of celebrating the Chinese New Year, the Huang family sets out to find others. They find themselves at the Asian-American Association of Orlando, where...

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Teens don’t see the danger behind popular online challenges

Who doesn’t love a good challenge? Whether you’re participating in one or watching one online, it can be exhilarating to be a part of something semi-dangerous. I know when I get bored or just feel like procrastinating, I’ll go to YouTube and watch challenge videos to see if they are a success or fail. Fail videos are some of my favorite kinds of videos to watch because of the participant’s reaction to the fail. They can be hilarious. The problem is that most people don’t realize that these fail videos are often dangerous and could be life-threatening. Recently the duct tape challenge began gaining attention. In this challenge someone is duct-taped to a chair, or a person just duct tapes their body. Then you see how long it takes to get out. It is making headlines because of a fail that nearly cost someone his life. On Jan. 16, 2016 Skylar Fish, a 14-year-old, and his friends took part in this challenge. During his challenge, he tripped and hit his head on the corner of a window frame, then hit the concrete floor. The fall resulted in Fish suffering an aneurysm and shattering his eye socket and cheek. His mother, Sarah Fish, is currently trying to raise awareness about social media and internet challenges, after experiencing the dangers firsthand. Despite pleas from parents and those who have been seriously inured, these challenges continue to happen. Popular challenges are: the Kylie Jenner challenge, the cinnamon challenge, the knockout challenge, the salt and ice challenge and the knife game, also known as the knife song. The Kylie Jenner challenge was a big social media challenge in 2015. A simple click on #kyliejennerchallenge on any social media platform will bring up thousands of videos of people participating in the challenge. Participants in this challenge hold a glass up to their lips and create a suction. The suction causes their lips to swell, thus creating Kylie’s signature full, pouty lips. But, the damage this challenge causes is both internal and external. The effect of the challenges causes the participant’s lips to temporarily swell up. But the challenge can cause bruising and scarring around the lips, which can cause the lips to be permanently swollen and disfigured. And because the glass isn’t flexible, and there is friction created inside the glass, the cup can break around the lips. This can lead to some serious cuts that could require stitches. Then there is the salt and ice challenge that can cause second or even third-degree burns on the part of the body where the salt and ice were placed. The cinnamon challenge which challenges participants...

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Campus resources help students stick to resolutions

With every new year there is always a load of people who decide that the upcoming year is the year that there will be a change in their life. Like always, in January, resolutions are in full swing. The beginning is always when New Years’ Resolutions are going strong. But most people give up on their resolutions a quarter of the way through the year. This is caused by many reasons: there is not enough time, no motivation to continue it, or you just don’t know of any resources to help you accomplish your goals. Here at UMHB, there are many solutions, and the best part is that they might not cost a thing. Here are some ways to take advantage of a few of the many campus resources. Explore healthy campus dining options If you have a meal plan, you can get some great healthy options at the Residential Dining Hall in the Bawcom Student Union Building. They offer healthy wraps instead of bread, a salad bar, and often serve brown rice or couscous with lean meats. You could also stop by the Mabee Market or Starbucks for a healthy meal instead of buying another large order of fries at Chick Fil A. Take advantage of Mayborn Campus Center If you are hoping to run a half marathon or lose some weight, then, look no further then the Mayborn Campus Center. And with hours ranging from 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays, there’s no excuse for missing that daily workout. The fitness center includes elliptical machines, treadmills, spin bikes, pin select machines and plenty of free weights. And if you need the motivation of a fitness class, Campus Recreation offers group fitness classes at no extra cost to students. There’s everything from spinning to yoga to Zumba and many more. These classes are offered at multiple times on multiple days. Dr. Mickey Kerr, a professor in the Exercise and Sport Science department, said in order to keep up with fitness goals, students need to pick something they enjoy doing. “Pick something doesn’t feel like it’s drudgery,” he said. “Make it an activity you look forward to because your success depends on your mindset.” Take advantage of academic centers While some might be focusing on their health in the New Year, others might be making academic goals. “If this is what you would like to accomplish this year, then you should stop by the Center of Academic Excellence, CAE, or the Writing Center,” said Emily...

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