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Book Review: Wicked

Book Review: Wicked

By Robert Mullins, Reporter

June 11, 2020

Lately, I have taken a break from my classics to read a more contemporary novel. This week, I am reading Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. It is a revisionist look at L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The novel abrogates readers’ prior knowledge...

Book Review: The Sun Also Rises

Book Review: The Sun Also Rises

By Robert Mullins, Reporter

May 29, 2020

Published in 1926, The Sun Also Rises is Ernest Hemingway’s debut novel. It depicts a group of American and British acquaintances who travel to the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain. The novel is also fraught with allegorical meaning, with many of the character’s traits and sometimes their ph...

Book Review: The Scarlet Letter

Book Review: The Scarlet Letter

By Robert Mullins, Reporter

May 8, 2020

In The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne, Hester Prynne is a Puritan woman accused of having an amorous relationship outside of her marriage. This claim is only substantiated by the birth of her daughter, Pearl, which effectively makes any possible defense of Hester untenable. As punishment, the st...

Future Diary: Not a Very Good Show

Future Diary: Not a Very Good Show

By Aidan Higgins, Editor

April 26, 2020

Once in a blue moon, the cruel, heartless television gods who reign down from the heavens above find themselves overcome with compassion and bless their earthly subjects with a television show that is flawless in every sense of the word. When the gods opt to act with such magnanimity, every element of...

How the Nature vs Nurture Debate Contradicts Free Will

How the Nature vs Nurture Debate Contradicts Free Will

By Aidan Higgins, Editor

February 27, 2020

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the psychological argument I have alluded to in the title, the nature versus nurture debate is an intellectual conflict that has been waged across various fields of study (including, but not limited to, biology, psychology, and philosophy) since the mid-1800s....

Who Done It?: A Review of Clue

By Justin Caulfield, Assistant Reporter

December 12, 2019

Clue on Stage is an interesting and intriguing play made by the Mercy and Xavier High School Drama Club, based on the Paramount movie from 1985. The play includes the iconic characters from the board game that is known to many generations of fans: Ms. Scarlet (Abigail Malczon), Prof. Plum (William Lallier),...

Madden NFL 20 Review

Madden NFL 20 Review

By Sam Rector, Assistant Reporter

November 21, 2019

A few months ago, the video game Madden NFL 20 was released by EA Sports for PS4, XBox, and Microsoft Windows. People have grown wary of the franchise and EA in general, but I’m here to tell you this Madden is worth the buy.  I’ll be the first to tell you I wasn’t a fan of Madden 19. Last year’s ...

The Egg

The Egg

By Aidan Higgins, Senior Reporter

October 3, 2019

PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that the reader reads The Egg prior to reading this article. “Treat others as you would treat them if they were you…for they very well may be.” In essence, this is Andy Weir’s The Egg, a short story that offers an unorthodox explanation of the nature of humanity...

My Favorite Games of 2018

My Favorite Games of 2018

By Kevin Galasso, Editor

January 24, 2019

When I look back at 2018 in terms of video games, I see a year that was full of both ups and downs. While there were many great games that released in 2018, there was also a lot of subpar and disappointing games. Games like Fallout 76 and Metal Gear Survive left gamers in disgust over their poor qualit...

Rap Just Isn’t What it Used to Be

Rap Just Isn't What it Used to Be

By Aidan Higgins, Assistant Reporter

January 17, 2019

"Like you seen him twirl, then he drop, n**** / And we keep them 9 millis on my block, n**** / And Monte keep it on him, he done dropped n***** / And Trigger he be wildin', he some hot n***** / Tones known to get busy with them Glocks, n**** / Try to run down and you can catch a shot, n****" The lyrics...

Xavier and Mercy’s Anon(ymous): Captivating and Emotional

Xavier and Mercy's Anon(ymous): Captivating and Emotional

By Laurenz Mosquito, Senior Reporter

December 3, 2018

"Where I come from"—these are the words that stick with you after seeing Xavier and Mercy's production of Naomi Iizuka's Anon(ymous). Full of potent imagery and well-placed humor, the play proves to be a relevant commentary on modern issues regarding cultural displacement, immigration, and family,...

Perseverance: Just What We Need

Perseverance: Just What We Need

By Samuel Simko, Assistant Reporter

October 18, 2018

  My name is Samuel Simko. Maybe we’ve met before, maybe we’ve seen each other in the hallways. I may not know you at all. No matter the situation, I know that we share a bond: we are freshmen. We are totally new to this thing called ‘High School’, let alone becoming a senior in 3-4 years....

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