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Democrats and Republicans. Blue or Red. One or One. For most of America’s history, there has been a system of two parties overwhelming the rest, whether it be called the Democrats and Republicans or the same values under older names. They’ve always been at war with each other for power within the government. This past election cycle has been a demonstration of the flaws within that system, as it does not display the feelings of the majority. In George Washington’s Farewell Address, he famously warned against the issues that could come from partisan fighting. “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.” All those years ago, George Washington knew of the dangers that could come from this two party system, and how it…

I love musicals. Some of my earliest memories include my mother tap-dancing around the kitchen singing songs to me from Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, or her own version of Singin’ in the Rain. My mom used to call me into the room anytime The Sound of Music  was playing on TV, because that musical was my favorite. As I got older and began to discover other musicals, I became lost in the amazing range of talent within musical theater. From Newsies, to Fun Home all the way to (of course) Hamilton, musicals have been a truly integral part of my life. So when I heard about the new musical movie, La La Land, I was more than excited to let another musical into my heart. I’m going to just come out and say it – I hated La La Land. With all of the hype building around this movie…

With over 400 clubs and organizations at Stony Brook, it is difficult to figure out what to get involved with at the beginning of the semester. Often times our majors can make us feel trapped into joining certain clubs and organizations. We imagine our future employers one day looking at our resumes and smiling because we spent all of college doing the sort of clubs and activities that match our occupations. Whether you’re a STEM, arts or business major, it’s easy to feel pressured into sticking to clubs more conventionally appropriate for the kind of work you will be doing once you leave Stony Brook. While joining clubs closely connected to your major is valuable, important and can often be a source of motivation to continue studying your field of interest, it is always good to try and expand your activities. If you stick to joining only clubs related to…

“Gymtimidation.” The term has recently come into pop culture to express a fear or nervousness about going to the gym. This is something that I, a regular on the elliptical and treadmill at the Stony Brook Recreation Center, would agree with in most cases when it came to going downstairs to the weight room. Nothing scared me more than the thought of people watching me work out. My brother has always been into lifting and has been trying for years to get me to go work out with him. Yet this insecurity always stopped me. I was curious about weightlifting, and to finally settle my curiosity, I decided that I should try it. I set a mark: for two weeks, I was going to try and stick to a weightlifting and exercise program. My journey began where most journeys begin:  internet forums. Thankfully, before I found myself in misinformation, a…

Sir George Martin, frequent collaborator and legendary music producer of The Beatles, passed away on March 8th, 2016 at the age of 90. Martin is considered the true “Fifth Beatle” for all of his efforts in the studio and out. The legendary lineup of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr may not have ever been, if it weren’t for Martin. When The Beatles auditioned for Martin at Abbey Road Studios, they were still working with their first drummer Pete Best. It was Martin who suggested that they fire him and get a new drummer, Starr, who became a permanent member. Martin was able to bring to the table what the members of The Beatles could not bring: years of experience in the studio and a trained ear. He demonstrated his expertise in his orchestral arrangements for many Beatles songs,adding trumpets and string instruments, and displaying a feel…

Death of a Bachelor is the fifth studio album from Panic! At The Disco. The mid-January release was their first to go number one on the Billboard 200 charts. Brendon Urie, Panic! lead singer/songwriter, took full artistic liberty on the project, experimenting with different styles of music throughout the album. A Panic! album would not be complete without great pop-rock songs to sing and dance to, and Urie provides energy packed songs like the album’s opening tracks “Victorious,” with great guitar sections, and “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time,” with a consistent baseline that carries the song. These two rock pieces are not alone. Songs like “Emperor’s New Clothes,” “Golden Days,” and “House Of Memories” are scattered throughout the album. The other side of the spectrum from these rock-pop tunes were the nostalgic songs that took you back to the 40s and 50s. These songs are where Urie pays…

When it was announced that a studio would begin working on The Peanuts Movie in 2012, I was afraid. As a lifelong fan of the Peanuts comic strip, my first thought was that this was going to be a cheap cop-out in order to make money off of toys and merchandise. Sure, Charlie Brown and his friends had been in movies before- their television specials have become an iconic part of the Holiday season. It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas are two of the franchise’s most popular television specials. The difference between these specials and the movie was that the creator and animator himself, Charles M. Schulz, was able to oversee and help with the creative process of the television specials. Schulz passed away in 2000, and it was my fear that without the creator around, things could go south for America’s beloved characters. I…