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by Jessica Yu
Juice cleanses, low-carb and low-fat diets, cabbage diets,
raw diets, and calorie restrictions ; there are tons of diets that
you can choose from, many of which promise fast results and
instant weight loss. These diets are oftentimes dangerous, and
weight can be gained just as quickly as it was lost. If long term
lifestyle changes are not made, it is quite difficult to lose weight.
No one wants to be on a diet forever, so there is always a
constant struggle between the body and food.
by Tori Moore
If you grew up in the Mitten, you already have images floating around of the great lakes, roller coasters, and those weird stick/tube shaped popsicle/freezepop/ice-creams that no one knows what to call (you know the ones). Below are a few ways every Michigan native does summer. Even if you aren't from our great state, take notes, 'cause it's fun.
1. Cedar Point
"Cedar Pooo-ooint, Fun and Only." Even though it was in Ohio, Cedar Point was the greatest summer escape, every. single. summer. But somehow, you never got tired of it. With nearly 20 roller coasters, a kids' park, a water park, and great food. it's hard not to have a good time, no matter what the age. Whether you stuck to the ferris wheel or tested your bravery on the dragster, it was always one of your best summer memories. Don't forget your photo with Snoopy!
Faygo - Detroit's very own pop! (Yes, we say pop here. What is soda?!) After a long day of riding your bike back and forth, it was nice to go to the Party Store (or the liquor store, or the corner store, whatever you called it) and crack one of these babies open. We all had a favorite flavor, whether it was Rock'n'Rye or Redpop. They tasted best with a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos or Barbecue Lays. The best part? They were much cheaper than the average Coke or Pepsi all while having a million flavors.
by Corey Gray
I believe that the horror genre is the best genre. It has
such power to elicit a visceral reaction from the watcher and
completely shake them unlike any other genre. Too often
people don’t give horror a chance because they think it’s too
scary. They think that horror is all about cheap jump scares
and flat plots, but there’s so much more to a strong horror.
For anyone who wants to dip your toes into a darker
atmosphere, more high stake situations, and a little bit of
blood, but you don’t want to have to constantly cover your
eyes, here’s a list of movies that may not all be classified as
horror, but they sure all do pack a spooky punch.
1. Spring (Directed by Aaron Scott Moorhead,
If you’re just looking to dip your little toe into the
depths of horror, then this is definitely a good option
for you. This has the concept of a strong sci-fi horror,
but it was deftly woven into an atmospherically and
historically bright romance. It tells the story of an
American man looking for an escape from his life. He
ends up in Italy and sees a stunning girl in a red dress
and the rest is history. The horror aspect is the perfect
pungent relief from what would’ve been just another
romance, but it doesn’t steal the show, it enhances and
adds to the complexities of the film and provides for a
great foil to the well meaning and charmingly mundane
leading man. This is a brilliant example of a beautifully
by SeoJin Ahn
The Rainbow List is a bibliography of books with significant
characters and content related to the LGBTQ youth and is created
by the Rainbow Book List Committee. The following are eight
books of varying lengths, projected demographics, and content.
1. Newman, Lesléa. Heather Has Two Mommies.Written
by Lesléa Newman, illus. by Laura Cornell. 2015. 32p.
Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763666316). 37 yrs.
In which a child learns that not all families are alike, but love
each other the same nonetheless.
by Asma Gaba
1) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012):
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a movie adaptation of the
novel by the same name written by Stephen Chbosky. It
follows Charlie (played by Logan Lerman) as he navigates
his first year of high school. He’s the very definition of
socially awkward, and is bullied mercilessly. He’s beginning
to hate high school in earnest when two seniors, Sam and
Patrick (played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller,
respectfully) take him under their wing.
This movie is emotional, tangible, and carries in it
spectacular meanings. In this coming-of- age film, Charlie is
forced to confront his intense personal struggles all while
attempting to enjoy the world of new music, friendship, and
love that Sam and Patrick introduce him to. This is a
wonderful watch for young adults, especially high schoolers.
It teaches us that no matter the hardships one might face,
there will always be a way out. Personally, The Perks of
Being a Wallflower is an all-time favorite movie of mine.
Etsy is full of cute and fun shops selling everything and anything
you could ever want! I did a little searching through some of my
favorite shops to bring to you a list of cute pins and patches
perfect for anyone looking to customize everything!
1. Urge To Chill Enamel Pin
https://www.etsy.com/listing/281782834/urge-to- chill-funny- pin-
For those who need a lazy day, everyday!
by Jessica Yu
For those of us who love online shopping, we all know
the feeling of checking the shopping cart total and closing the
tab, realizing that you wouldn’t be able to afford the items in your
cart. If you’re looking for affordable shopping sites that’ll let you
shop to your heart’s content, check out these stores!
1. Aliexpress (http://www.aliexpress.com/)
Aliexpress is a Chinese website that sells anything that
you can think of, from vacuums and cellphones to
clothing and furniture. The prices are dirt cheap; you
can buy clothing for $3 and stationary for 50 cents.
Aliexpress is known for selling many dupes for designer
clothing and makeup as well. The shipping is always
free with no minimum amount required. However,
packages usually take many weeks to deliver because
of the lengthy process of China customs. If you’re into
good deals and can wait patiently for your items, then
this store is for you.
2. Stuff You Can Afford
Stuff You Can Afford compiles quirky and interesting
items from Amazon that are all under $20. You can buy
1500 ladybugs, LED color changing faucet, or even
stink bombs. If you’re interested in an item the site will
directly take you to Amazon, where you can purchase
it. Items from Stuff You Can Afford make great gifts for
3. Jolse (http://jolse.com/)
Jolse is a Korean cosmetics website, selling a wide
variety of skincare and makeup products at an
unbelievable price. All of its products are from popular
Korean brands such as Etude House, Nature Republic,
and Tony Moly. Even if you’re not familiar with Korean
cosmetics, it is worth a try given the prices. You can
buy eyebrow pencils for $4, eyeliner for $8, and packs
of face masks for only $10! After shopping on Jolse,
looking at Sephora will be a drastic change.
4. SheIn (http://us.shein.com/)
SheIn is an online fashion store, with items similar to
Zara’s, at a fraction of the cost. Tops and blouses are
usually about $10-$20, with dresses averaging about
$20. The quality of the clothing is excellent and if you
ever in doubt, there are plenty of reviews of SheIn
online. The store frequently gives out coupons as well,
and has flash sales too.
by SeoJin Ahn
BDS stands for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against
Israel until they allow the Palestinians to regain lands and rights.
These are some brands to use as alternatives to Estee Lauder and
L’oreal and more.
by Asma Gaba
Hanging out with friends is fun, especially in the summer where
the three months are fair game for adventures and lazy days. As
enjoyable being with a group of people can be, I cherish my alone
time greatly. Typically, being with people can leave me beyond
exhausted. Enjoying my own company is something that I
learned over time, and I’d love for other people to find out how to
by Corey Gray
‘Renaissance’, from the French ‘naissance’ means birth. The Renaissance was
the rebirth of art in a time of stony-faced practicality and low spirits. The
Renaissance was about inspiration and exploration, and that energy is deftly
harnessed in Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette.
The Modern Renaissance palette comes with fourteen 0.02-ounce shadows.
Compared to the beloved Urban Decay Naked palette, that’s less than half the
amount of product per shadow, but with the Modern Renaissance palette, you do get
two more shadows than the Naked palette for $12 less. You get ten matte shades,
and four stunning shimmer shades. It’s a warm-toned palette, featuring mostly
neutrals and a few berry shades, all with Renaissance themed names that really add
to the very classic vibe of palette. I wouldn’t say that these eyeshadows are the most
pigmented, but they are incredibly buttery, blendable, and can be built up to be very
opaque. The color selection is really reminiscent of richly vibrant Renaissance
paintings, and is surprisingly incredibly versatile. In the few weeks that I’ve had this
palette, I’ve been create such wildly different looks, whether it be a casual and
natural eye, a dramatic smoky eye, or a soft terracotta poolside look; the
possibilities are as endless as your imagination. My palette is looking so rough
because it has become my go-to. Honestly, the magic of this palette is how inspiring
it is. I’m not sure if it’s the elegant soft pink faux suede packaging, the shade names
that transport you to the sun-kissed beaches of the Italian coast, or the refined, but
not stuffy or expected color selection.
Now, I was planning of filling this review to the brim with Renaissance
themed puns, but my pun reserve was fresc-out, and honestly this palette can really
stand on it’s own without any extra sauce. This is an incredible palette for travel
thanks to its slim packaging. It comes with a duo-sided brush, and a large, decent
quality mirror. For only $42, this palette is a great deal, and is absolutely stunning
for creating both breezy and heartbreaking summer looks.