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2023: A Year of Film in Review

Charles Sutton, Unresolved Optimist | January 17, 2024

Movie theatres have been a significant part of American culture for decades. A gathering place for everyone. Occasionally, huge movies became cultural events. Everyone saw them at the theatre; they were universal experiences that became part of pop culture and regular conversations everywhere. In 2023, there were some such movies. We will be talking about the shock wave of the Bomb in Oppenheimer and...

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<em>The Babadook</em>

Thomas LaFay, Belated Horror | November 16, 2023

[Content Warning: If you're unaware, this is a horror film. Some pretty dark stuff follows.] A rumbling sound then three sharp knocks: BA BA DOOK DOOK DOOK. That’s when you’ll know that he’s around. In The Babadook, directed by Jennifer Kent, a single mother, depressed because of the death of her husband, starts being stalked by a monster, whose presence frightens her son and causes her to...

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Steeler Nation, Let’s Weld!

Evan Tomcik, Dead Cap Calculator | March 20, 2024

"Superficial winning" doesn't have a dictionary definition, because it's a phrase that not many people use, but if it had one, it'd be the Pittsburgh Steelers of the past few years. Perennial lightning rod Mike Tomlin has a 17-season streak of finishing above .500, and yet, under him, the Steelers have only a single trip to the conference championship in the past decade. Their last Lombardi was 15...

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MLB: 2024 Preview

John Morris, California Padgers Enjoyer | March 20, 2024

Spring training is coming to a close, and Opening Day 2024 is just days away. After quite the eventful offseason, baseball fans are excited to see the big names back in action, some of them in new uniforms. Most notably, Shohei Ohtani signed a record breaking $700 million deal with the Dodgers this past December. Not long after his fellow countryman, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, signed with the Dodgers as well. Some...

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Honkai Star Rail: Are we Creepin’?

Marcel Coney, Debtor | October 30, 2023

Honkai Star Rail is an immersive turn-based open-world RPG game released in late April 2023, the fourth in the Honkai series. As the player, you tag along with the Astral Express crew to explore and help save planets across the universe from seeds of disaster known as "stellarons." There are many aspects to the game that can be seen in other Hoyoverse titles, but one of the most unique aspects is...

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<em>Starfield</em>

Izzy Wortman, Crimson Fleet Admiral | September 27, 2023

Ah, I'm back after a nice long summer abroad. The month of September brought along many things: a new school year, the movie The Creator (which I'm hyped to see) and a very special game made by Bethesda Softworks: STARFIELD. Some background information: Bethesda Softworks is a game developer from Maryland, who have created some of the world's best RPGs, including Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, and...

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Food Be the Food of Love, Actually

Mario G. Morales-Bermúdez, Chef d'Affection | February 13, 2024

The last time I showed up around these parts to talk about food, because I have a gift for staking out popular positions that will be shared by absolutely everyone in time, I chose to talk about how cooking during lockdown taught me the value of not wasting anything in your kitchen. I stand by that, to be clear, especially as every grocery store chain openly gouges us, gives us some sorry excuse we...

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Horrifically Verifiable Candy Rankings

Thomas Steele, Supplier of Truth with a Sweet Tooth | October 30, 2023

By the time you are reading this, it will be the end of October, which means that it is the autumn. The leaves will be changing, the flavors will be pumpkin, and most importantly, you and all of your neighbors will be setting up your Halloween decorations. There is no doubt about it: we are now in the spoopy season. However, when that fateful October 31 comes around, and you need to know whether to...

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Summer “Vacation”

Liam Clark, Recovering Reprobate | September 29, 2022

As I roam and traverse this empty hall, I start wondering if it's the same at all As the raucous building that I used to hear Throughout all the days of yesteryear. Here I am, though I should really be free; This is basically an educational tyranny. Learning my lessons all over again? If this is for real, I might go insane. I'm at the room now, though I'd rather hide From the ultimate...

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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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Songs of the Vietnam War

Chase Collings, Son of Middling Fortune | March 20, 2024

In 1955, the United States began sending aid to the Republic of Vietnam (commonly known as South Vietnam) in the fight against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (commonly known as North Vietnam) and the guerrilla force known as the Viet Cong, who were believed by Americans to be Communist, though this was not exactly true. Ten years later, the first official American troops made it over, marking the...

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Power Ballads

Laszlo Jurasinski, Thorn In The Rose | February 13, 2024

The musical history of the twentieth century is incomplete without the bands that made rock and roll central to popular music, from Elvis and Buddy Holly, through the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Pink Floyd, and their successors. You may ask, however: what does this have to do with Valentine’s Day? Well, there was a time when rock and roll became romantic: the eighties. It was the time...

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Ten Greatest Bowls of ALL TIME

Dylan Phannao, Paterarch | February 7, 2024

With the Super Bowl coming up soon, there's one question on everyone's mind: what are the top ten greatest bowls of all time, starting at #10, according to me, a writer for a high school magazine? Well, read on and enjoy #10: Bowling The tenth greatest bowl of all time is bowling. Some of you may be thinking "why is this included?" Bowling does not have anything to do with bowls, nor are there...

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The History and Evolution of the Driver’s Test

Ronan Turkovich, Curbside Parker | September 27, 2023

Almost everyone takes it, everyone remembers it differently, and everyone sits in the same place after passing it: behind the wheel. People are usually eager to share personal anecdotes about the famous driving test. Some pass on their first try, while others fail for such “transgressions” as yielding to a frenzied squirrel crossing the street rather than driving onward. Driving instructors are...

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Brain Rot and its Consquences

Dylan Phannao, Skibidi writer | January 17, 2024

You wanna know how i got this drip? My father, was a sigma, from ohio. And one night, he goes off sussier than the imposter at 3 am. Mommy gets the baby gronk rizzing up livvy dunn to defend herself. He doesn't like that. Not. One. Bit. So, me watching, he takes the OG fortnite rizzler to ohio, laughing the ocky way while he does it. He turns to me and says, "What the dog doing?" He griddys at me with...

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Creating a Cult!

Dylan Phannao and Minghui Li | November 16, 2023

[DISCLAIMER: This article is for entertainment purposes only. We here at the Shield do not endorse or condone any illegal or unethical activities. We (Dylan and Minghui) do, however, find it hilarious.] Have you ever wished to have loyal followers who will listen to your every command? Do you want a community of people who share your thoughts? Are you charismatic and want to lead people with absolute...

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