A poster of Venom: Let There Be Carnage where Venom is reaching through Carnage's mouth while being held back by red restraints.

‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ improves on its predecessor with dynamic action and fun humor

It has been interesting to see DC and Warner Brothers have more critical success with their supervillains than their superheroes. Releases such as “Joker” (2018) and “The Suicide Squad” (2021) effectively repurposed characters that audiences are used to seeing as antagonists to create some of the most exciting and innovative comic book movies in recent […]

A poster of Candyman. The Candyman stands with his back facing the camera, hooked hand in air. The words "say it" are written on his back in yellow letters. Beside him in the same yellow color reads, "Candyman." Above "Candyman" reads, "A film by Nia DaCosta and producer Jordan Peele."

‘Candyman’ (2021) goes ‘beyond the conventions’ of horror to tackle America’s history of racial violence

From its title, its advertising, its familiar premise of a supernatural creature who preys on innocent people, “Candyman” (2021) appears to be just another generic horror film. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. While this movie does contain scary moments, unsettling ideas and graphic imagery, it uses these constructs to provide contemporary social […]

Movie Review: ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ is one step forward for Asian representation but not for plot

Grossing $258 million worldwide since its release, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings” is making strides for the movie theater industry since the pandemic, but does it deserve the appraisal? I came into “Shang-Chi” with rather high expectations. It was clear to me from its cast members, action scenes and storyline that Marvel wanted […]

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State representative Melissa L. Shusterman ’89 on the importance of women in politics

For many, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential loss was discouraging. For Melissa L. Shusterman ’89, State Representative of the 157th District of Pennsylvania, it was motivating. “A woman losing the presidency meant that many industries could continue to harass and intimidate women, overlook them for positions of power and continue paying them less than men,” Shusterman […]

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Updated digital repository allows for increased access to scholarly publications

Under the leadership of digital initiatives developer Adam Malantonio, digital repository librarian Nora Egloff and director of digital scholarship services Charlotte Nunes, the college’s Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) recently opened their fourth updated digital repository. This updated version of the archive increases accessibility to thousands of resources for all members of the Lafayette community as […]

WJRH goes remote, members explain the challenges of streaming radio shows from a distance

Since 1947, WJRH has provided an outlet for Lafayette students to stream their favorite songs, hold events and run talk shows on a federally licensed FM station. While a virtual semester may not seem compatible for the station’s functioning, members have maintained their creative ideas and adapted their technology to remote services, allowing them to […]

Tori Schoen ’20 provides illustrations for new children’s book ‘Why Can’t I Play With My Friends?’

It is difficult to imagine what is going through the mind of a child living through the pandemic with all of the restrictions and risks it has imposed on everyday life. This past Monday, Tori Schoen ’20 and her former tutor Sherry Lottero, published their picture book, “Why Can’t I Play With My Friends? A […]

Award-winning author Sarah Shun-lien Bynum discusses her novella ‘Many a Little Makes’ and her reasons for writing

For Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, writing is a way to think through relationships and dynamics and to make sense of things she “cannot rationalize consciously.” This past Tuesday, Bynum read an excerpt from her novella “Many a Little Makes.”  The reading marks the first event in the Closs Virtual Reading Series, organized by English professor Jennifer […]

Savanna Toure ’21 becomes first Lafayette student to win Truman Scholarship

Savanna Toure’s goals of studying medicine and doing biomedical research after Lafayette are now even more attainable after receiving both the Goldwater Scholarship and Truman Scholarship, two notable and selective awards given out at the national level. Toure ’21 is the first student at Lafayette to receive the Truman Scholarship. Toure admitted she was not […]

Despite incomplete utilization of fantastical world, ‘Onward’ captivates with heartfelt characterization and ‘brilliant ending’

Much like its title, “Onward” is a film that gets better as its story progresses forward. The movie’s first 15 minutes set up its world, and the characters are rather dull and uninspired. However, once the plot essentials are set and the journey gets started, the mystery becomes captivating enough to keep the viewer in […]

Portraying the ‘vastness and complexity of people’: Larry Fink speaks on power on photography

Photographer Larry Fink presented his audience at the start of his talk with one simple question: “What are human beings, truly?” This simple questions initiated Fink’s discussion this past Wednesday with the campus community about some of his most famous photographs. Fink has been working as a photographer for 65 years. In 2017, he won […]

Student Artist Spotlight: A melody and a message: a look at new band ‘Womansplainers’

One of the college’s newest bands, the Womansplainers, possesses a wide range of musical talent – and a desire to fight for feminism through music. The band is a part of the Lafayette Interdisciplinary Musical Society (LIMS) which promotes independent music groups on campus. Band members include vocalist Katie Rice ’21, guitarist Sasha Neefe ’21, […]