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Ricky Patricia Soberano

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“Just go to class,” said my cousin, a former Stony Brook University student, before I shipped off #FarBeyond. This idea somehow seemed silly at the time. Knowing he was Alpha class of a reputable fraternity, I understood his perspective but I figured community college trained me to do better than that. However, after three years spent in this institution, even without becoming a Greek, I skipped with the knowledge that I was sabotaging myself. My justifications varied by circumstances. Sometimes it’d be to catch up on some sleep, finally eat or take a relaxation break before a nervous breakdown occurred. My biggest reason to skip was to catch up on work for another class that I found to be of higher importance. College provides the structural freedom that most people have never experienced. Professors trust that you’re responsible enough to make decisions and not be a child when you’re incapable…

Take Anti with a grain of salt. To put it nicely, the album sounds like a mess. With an industry that is constantly evolving, Rihanna tries to bring the various styles together. However it leaves the listener confused. Even the album art seems out of place and context. It feels like she cooked it up after reading an album recipe compiled of whatever Kanye West thought was cool at that moment, marijuana and glitter. The cover is meant to be a photo of Rihanna on her first day of kindergarten, it’s been heavily edited to show that she’s bringing something new to the table. In a sense, Rihanna’s previous albums’ styles should be categorized as hard. They’ve been loud and edgy. Only “Consideration,” “Desperado,” “Woo” and “Needed Me” keep true to form. “Consideration” features SZA and is rough in the best way possible. Its intense callousness pulls listeners into her…

Welcome to Victoria, Australia. Although this glorious country is known for its koalas, kangaroos, the outback and basically every creature that could possibly kill you, there’s a lot more to it than one might expect (if you survive). This Aussie state is home to The Great Ocean Road, laid-back people in the bustling streets of the city of Melbourne who are beautiful inside and out and a culture overflowing with diversity that rivals that of NYC. The Twelve Apostles This collection of stacked rocks can be found right off of the Great Ocean Road. Because of erosion, there are only eight of the natural structures left for  curious tourists’ eyes to see. Although it is not officially considered a Wonder of the World, it is still regarded almost if not equally as highly. The Dandenong Ranges In…

Lucie Mullen took her painting down from what was becoming a progressively barren wall. Her portrait was like that of a stained glass Madonna, but instead, her face was modeled for another member of her close-knit community, a photo-artist named Johnny “Mike” Hollingworth. The bare walls were just the first part of the routine for the members of the Patchogue Artspace community. Just a day after the end of their Faces of Artspace exhibit, they had already returned their pieces to their apartments and were already planning for the next exhibition. They all live at Artspace, a community of affordable apartments designed to accommodate artists. At the Patchogue Artspace, most of the artists know each other, and the influence flows back and forth. Rich Belsky, who’s dressed in a newspaper boy cap and rolled up sleeves, works in glass. Sonia Vera-Leon and Lisa Destefano didn’t wear shoes for the trip…

Maryam Awan’s Blades of Hope Book One: Prevail In a post-apocalyptic time, weapons have vanished off the face of the Earth and the world has turned to martial arts for protection. The Caretakers, an enigmatic militia group, come to alleviate the aggression and fear that people are suffering due to the tragic losses and financial strain of this new age. The graphic novel follows the lives of five females who vary in country of origin, backstory and the martial art that they have mastered. The five are brought together by the “International Kombat Games” that promises to bring wealth to the martial artist who wins and who will also become the latest recruit for The Caretakers. The lead, Suriani “Blade,” throws the five together despite their differences to further her cause of finding out if The Caretakers had something to do with the world’s destruction. Blades of Hope thrives on…

As the second day of New York Comic Con came to a close, vampires and humans in cosplay headed over to Terminal 5. If a “nightcrawler” could survive risking a day in the sun for the con, then I suppose they could survive the Blade Rave. Thankfully “Blade” himself decided to give the bloodsuckers a break that night. The Crystal Method had the floor of “daywalkers” dancing to Mortal Kombat mixes and took them to a different world with a psychedelic light show. Everyone grinded and moved in a hypnotic trance that was only paused when a scene of Wesley Snipes’ “Blade” took the place of the trippy images. Floors up, the “purebloods,” or VIPs, watched the shenanigans of the lesser vampires with secret smiles and disdain. With the same pretentious poise and boring attitude, every fictionalized version of the vampire elite was brought to real life. Those below didn’t…

A 2014 study published in The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors reveals that sorority recruits experienced higher levels of anxiety during the rush process. “Many, many, many people found the recruitment process to be distressing,” Associate Director of Clinical Training at the University of Pennsylvania Dr. Melissa Hunt, said. Hunt co-authored the study, “The Effects of Sorority Recruitment on Psychological Well-being and Social Support,” with graduate student Colleen Kase. The study showed that students who were accepted to sororities experienced a growth in feelings of happiness and belonging, but almost everyone experienced higher levels of anxiety and stress. “Rush” occurs at the beginning of the semester as freshmen or other new members try and secure a pledge of membership. Rushing is the process of meeting with several fraternities or sororities to eventually get matched up and start the recruiting process. In most schools in the country, “rush”…

The first time I heard a song with Disclosure in the artist line was a few months ago when one of our music writers let his never satisfied craving for good music bug me until I handed him the AUX cable in my car. The song was “You & Me” by Disclosure and Eliza Doolittle – Flume Remix. I still fucking love the song and have memorized how it rises and falls, the lyrics, the beats and how the singing blends deliciously with the instrumentals. That was months ago, and I’ve never regretted it until now. I regret it in the sense that that single song, amongst others with Disclosure, built this superficial expectation of what I figured Disclosure’s latest album, Caracal, would sound like. I assumed my appetite for electronic style and phenomenal singing would be more than satisfied. I was wrong to put so much trust into one…

Sex sells. This has held true for centuries. Pin-up girl themes, Playboy magazines and pornography are proof of that. Every genre of music takes this into account and artists regularly exploit it; whether it is in a classy and appealing way or a dirty and almost vulgar way is subjective. The Weeknd is the perfect mix of both. Abel Tesfaye as The Weeknd has been around for years, but only in the past year has he worked to become a household name. In a distant, erotic but sweet dream, The Weeknd released “Earned It” as an accompaniment to the BDSM-themed film Fifty Shades of Grey at the end of 2014. The song was a testament to the crooner’s ability to dominate not only in his usual genre but also on the pop charts. The vocals by themselves can be appreciated by all types of fans but the entire package comes…