The bassline: The evolution of secret codes embedded in vinyls

Kyla Walker PO ’21 explores the popularity and theory behind backmasking, the act of embedding secret codes in vinyls.

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Regularly scheduled programming: ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ is ‘Glee’ meets ‘The Office’

TV columnist Claire DuMont SC ’23 reviews spin-off “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” and its portrayal of high school theater. “‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ also thrives in its ability to find the balance between making fun of high schoolers and taking itself seriously,” she writes.

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Popped up: How influencers are stealing power from fashion magazines

Pop culture columnist Hannah Avalos Pomona ’21 investigates the way social media has hyper-individualized fashion. “A decline in the influence of fashion magazines has prompted an increase in choice when it comes to personal style, which in turn has fostered increased diverse discourse on beauty,” she writes.

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Couch potato: Billy Eichner and Tig Notaro reckon with the cult of celebrity

TV columnist Gabriella Del Greco SC ’21 examines the critique of celebrity culture in “Billy on the Street” and “Under a Rock with Tig Notaro.” “Both “Billy on the Street” and “Under a Rock” reckon with the cult of celebrity. Watching famous actors … go unrecognized is a balm to the soul,” she writes.

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Career corner: Didn’t get an offer for your top choice? That’s not a bad thing

Career columnist Olivia Truesdale SC ’21 talks about why your career isn’t over if you don’t get the job you were hoping for. “When it comes down to it, all experience is experience even if it isn’t quite what you had anticipated doing,” she writes.

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The downbeat: Wilco released ‘Ode to Joy,’ so here’s an ode to Wilco

Music columnist Ella Boyd SC ’21 pens an ode to the Chicago alternative rock band Wilco and their new release, “Ode to Joy.” “Filled with their signature stripped down songs, soft vocals and haunting lyrics, Wilco continues to create meaningful music that’s sure to stand the test of time,” she writes.

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Food files: Compe-taters take their mark for the battle of the breakfast spuds

Triangle potatoes, tater tots, home fries, oh my! With only so many options and so few meal swipes, Erin Slichter PO ’21 investigates where best to eat breakfast.

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