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America’s international empire must crumble

The United States’ removal from Afghanistan was a long time coming. One can argue about the consequences of this removal, namely the Taliban’s caretaker government swooping in to take over the country, but the primary takeaway should be this: The United States needs to keep their hands out of other …

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Smooth Bananas: The Career of Willow Smith

American rapper and singer Willow Smith has received a resurgence in popularity due to songs going viral on TikTok. Her career is only beginning to take off. Smith, the daughter of actors Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, began her career in acting alongside her father in the 2007 film “I …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a new hero, and he brings all the force of 2008’s “Iron Man” in a package that highlights the great talents of Asian-Americans. The film, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, stars Simu Liu as the titular hero Shang-Chi, a seemingly mild-mannered valet with a secret …

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Smooth Bananas: ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’

Since her debut album in 2015, Halsey has become quite the superstar. One might even say she’s grabbing for more power with their most recent album, “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power.” The album, produced by film composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and released by label “Capitol,” …

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Most useful topic you can learn about: philosophy

Regardless of your degree or career path, there is a subject that is directly applicable to your daily life and it’s probably something you’ve already used; you’ve probably used it this very day. This grand topic you’ll want to invest some time in is philosophy. Philosophy is not so much …

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Rotten Bananas: Disney vs Shang Chi

The next Marvel Cinematic Universe offering is upon us. “Shang Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings” releases in theatres today, but vigilant fans have noticed something odd in contrast to other MCU films: there has been almost no marketing done for Shang Chi by official avenues at Disney. Let’s lay …

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Smooth Bananas: ‘Solar Power’

Lorde has been staying out of the music spotlight for several years, but she has returned to the scene with a bright foray into self-reflection: “Solar Power.” The album, produced by Lorde and Jack Antonoff and released by label Universal, is the third studio album from the New Zealand singer-songwriter. …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘Marvel’s What If?’

Marvel Studios is finally embracing one of the most used tropes in comics: the alternate universe. The series, created by A.C. Bradley and directed by Bryan Andrews, is a currently running TV series produced by Marvel Studios and streaming on Disney+. The series is an anthology of shorts dedicated to …

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We owe the people of Afghanistan a home with open arms

One of the more cogent topics in politics right now is the terrible situation in Afghanistan. The United States bears responsibility for the situation unfolding the way it has and we owe to the people of Afghanistan to make things right. If you flip on the news right now, you’ll …

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Whitley Chesney sings graduate voice recital

Whitley Chesney, soprano, performing at her graduate voice recital. The recital was held at McCray Hall and included songs in French, English, German, and Italian. Daniel Tustin A recital of any instrument at the master’s level is a feat. The master’s recital of Fort Scott USD director of choirs Whitley …

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