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<em>The Mummy</em> (1999): A Retrospective

Sam Topa, Egyptologist/Couch Potato | May 6, 2021

As I'm sure all my loyal readers have noticed, I haven't written an article for the Shield in quite a while. Unfortunately, schoolwork and hobbies have left me with limited free time, meaning I've had very little opportunity for movie-watching. However, in my busy schedule, I've still (for some reason) managed to make time for one film: 1999's The Mummy. Unlike many young people, I didn't watch The...

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<em>The Leader:</em> Zhong Jun’s Masterpiece

Daniel Dancuta, Official CCP Analyst | February 11, 2021

The Leader, or 领风者, is a Chinese animated series, which more or less the whole cosmos has acknowledged as propaganda. The web series was started with the express purpose of showing teenagers how awesome Marxism is. It was shown weekly on Bilibili in 2019 and caught the eye of many pro- and anti-Marxist figures. The show is comprised of seven enthralling episodes, each displaying important moments...

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Olympic Drug Testing is Unfair

Daniel Dancuta, Natty Olympic Cognoscente | December 16, 2021

What is anti-doping? Anti-doping constitutes a large range of activities with the specific motive of eradicating doping (the use of PEDs) in sports. PEDs, or performance-enhancing drugs, are considered to be an unfair aid when rising to the top of almost any sport. Some processes or PEDs banned in the Olympics include: blood doping (the process of extracting and storing one's own blood and then injecting...

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NFL Playoff Projections and Super Bowl Pick

Andy Magioncalda, Owner of a Crystal Football | December 16, 2021

With the season over three-quarters of the way done, its time to start looking into the future, and decide who takes home the Lombardi Trophy. American Football Conference AFC East Champions: New England Patriots Great. And just when we all thought that the dynasty was over, the evil empire is already back. New England is once again one of the NFL's elite clubs, led by a dynamic rushing attack,...

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This indie rhythm game has a frog that spits fire beats

Ethan Weiss, Inexpressible Divine Teller of Truth | December 16, 2021

https://youtu.be/4L59IJCYre4 Have you ever played an RPG game? How about a rhythm game? Well, why not both at once? Everhood is a game where music and a great story combine to create a rhythmic RPG masterpiece. Chris Nordgren and Jordi Roca (aka the Foreign Gnomes) are the two geniuses behind this game. DISCLAIMER: I played this game on expert, and it was the first rhythm game I played. Gameplay Everhood...

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<em>Genshin Impact</em> Anniversary: Is the Community Crazy?

Benjamin Weiss, Aspiring Celestian | November 16, 2021

Genshin Impact is a open world role-playing game that took a good portion of the gaming community by storm just over a year ago. I had high hopes for this first anniversary, as someone who has played nearly since the original release. To understand my expectations, here are some brief pieces of information that should probably be covered before I dive into the article. Genshin Impact is mainly known...

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Theological-Style Proof of a Quesadilla

Charles Sutton, Dealing Out Cases of Truth | December 16, 2021

The following statements are proofs meant to convince the reader that quesadillas are in fact the greatest food, ever. These proofs are in the style of Saint Thomas InstituteonDeweyAvenue's proofs of the existence of God. This is not, in any way, a direct comparison of quesadillas to God. It is merely a sign of reverence and respect to the "lord" of all foods: quesadillas. Surface Area The tortilla...

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Life-Saving Candy Review for Halloween Enjoyment

Charles Sutton, He's Mr. Sweets Miser | November 8, 2021

In the course of American childhood, one may come across a certain odd tradition called "trick or treating." If you're not familiar, it goes like this: on the last night of every October, kids approach their neighbor's houses and ask for candy. Most of the time, their neighbors comply. They stock up on candy a few days before, eat said candy, and sometimes, go back to the store for more candy on the...

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A Poem

Bobby McCann, Swift in his Death-Dealing | February 11, 2021

I left you, mother, at such a young age, and turned to sadness and sorrow and rage. The Danes had family and friendship alike, and they tasted better than sheep and the like.   They would fruitlessly run right away, whenever I opened the hall to light from the day. Then I began coming at night, leaving them with quite a blight.   Never would I be normal like them, they...

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A Catholic Learner’s Guide To Biblical Monstrosities #1: The Seraph

Gabriel Knapp, Monster Hunter: Bible | April 29, 2020

Greetings, fellow sinners of McQuaid Jesuit! I’m Gabe Knapp, resident biblical beastmaster and heresiarch, and I’ve come bearing horrible truths and unimaginable fears. This is the first (vocation willing) in my series of biblical "survival guides," starting with Seraphs.  As students of McQuaid Jesuit, we find ourselves close to religion on the daily, particularly Catholicism and other denominations...

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Polos and Backpacks: Kanye and <em>The College Dropout</em>

Matei Jucan, Ballerific Like It's Terrific | November 16, 2021

Kanye West. Where to even begin? He’s arguably the most renowned rapper of the 21st century rap. Everyone knows who Kanye is, especially since his fame reaches far beyond his music. He’s been involved in multiple controversies, designed one of the biggest shoe lines in the world, and until recently was married to Kim Kardashian. While many associate Ye with fame and riches, he wasn’t always...

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<em>Growth & Development</em>, by 22Gz

Matei Jucan, Gang Wrapper | October 18, 2021

Introduction The newfound influence of the New York drill game is rapidly growing as more and more rappers from Brooklyn to Tribeca attempt to encroach upon the mainstream. The drill scene originally emerged in Chicago, but died out due to a lack of popularity before returning in recent years in the UK, from where it butterflied its way over to New York. Popular UK drillers such as SL, Dave, and Russ...

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Veterans’ Mental Health

Alex Steele | November 8, 2021

According to a report published by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2016, an average of 20 veterans die from suicide every day. That is a serious issue and it does not appear to be going away. Data from the VA shows that 30 percent of active duty and reserve personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health problem requiring treatment. Of these 30% only half of...

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Discourse on the USA and Socialism: Part 1

Daniel Dancuta and Bobby McCann | May 6, 2021

“Socialism, the Snake with Blue Eyes” is a speech written by 2020 McQuaid Jesuit senior Aiden Nasca. It was uploaded to YouTube and won third place in the 2020 Senior Speech Competition. Clearly, the speech is about a complex and controversial issue. This video prompted us to create a response, to analyze some of the points made, and add a level of nuance to a very misunderstood topic. These...

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Cave Allegory and Simulation

Bobby McCann, Cave Lighter | October 18, 2021

The purpose of this article is to give an account of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, and then show, through Baudrillard’s ideas of simulation and hyperreality, that it is unusable. The first part can serve as a general introduction to Plato’s concept of Forms, while the second part can also serve as an introduction to Baudrillard’s Simulacra and Simulation.  I: The Allegory In Plato’s Republic,...

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Discourse on the USA and Socialism: Part 1

Daniel Dancuta and Bobby McCann | May 6, 2021

“Socialism, the Snake with Blue Eyes” is a speech written by 2020 McQuaid Jesuit senior Aiden Nasca. It was uploaded to YouTube and won third place in the 2020 Senior Speech Competition. Clearly, the speech is about a complex and controversial issue. This video prompted us to create a response, to analyze some of the points made, and add a level of nuance to a very misunderstood topic. These...

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