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Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

Horrified, I grabbed my laptop and started rewatching as many episodes as I could, for the unfathomable had become reality: The Office was leaving Netflix. The show I always turned to and counted on to cheer me up, to relieve my stress, to make me

Retriever rescue welcomes dogs from Istanbul

OPERATION TURKEY DOGS BRINGS GOLDENS TO DENVER Istanbul, Turkey has an overwhelming stray dog population, many of which are golden retrievers. A local rescue, Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (GRRR), is one of a handful of golden retriever rescues in the US involved with

Beauty and the Beast fuels remake aspirations

A SPECTACLE OF COSTUMING, SET DESIGN, AND SPLENDOR For fans of the 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast film, the 2017 live-action version of the film is sure to amaze and mesmerize. For those unfamiliar or less interested in the animated film, the live-action film

Theater honors talent of disabled communities

PYGMALION ENTERTAINS IN AURORA Phamaly Theatre Company (an acronym for the Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League) was founded in 1989. Tired of the lack of opportunities people with disabilities had to participate in theater, five students from the Boettcher School in Denver set

Award shows: tone down the politics

TAKE TIME TO CELEBRATE THE ARTS Everyone has a voice, and everyone wants to have it heard. However, there is a time and place for expressing certain feelings. Award shows, such as the Golden Globes or the Academy Awards, are a time to celebrate the

Auraria Campus emergency preparedness

WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF A CAMPUS LOCKDOWN Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) aims to ensure that students, staff, and faculty on campus feel safe and prepared in the case of an emergency. In the heart of Denver, dangerous situations can arise out

CD Review // TRAIN

a girl a bottle a boat (Columbia Records) Train’s eighth studio album, a girl a bottle a boat, released Jan. 27, shifted the originally roots rock band all the way into current pop stylings. The album has a fun pop sound but lacks depth and

Teaching for the Test: Lazy and Unhelpful

FOCUS ON KNOWLEDGE College is about learning. It is about obtaining knowledge and experience to improve life personally and professionally. A class should enlighten and engage a student and better prepare them for the world ahead. Unfortunately, though, classes are too often just seen as

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How Far I’ll Go (Walt Disney Records) Lin-Manuel Miranda dazzled audiences with his creative songwriting in his Broadway hit, Hamilton. On Oct. 27, Miranda proved his outstanding songwriting abilities and that his pen writes beyond the stage with the release of Alessia Cara’s new track

CD REVIEW: Regina Spektor

Remember Us To Life (Sire Records) Regina Spektor is a storyteller and contemporary lyrical genius. This talent is once again showcased in her most recent album, Remember Us To Life. The album packs each of its 46 minutes with insightful lyrics and memorable melodies. Spektor