Death Cab for Cutie Fuses Vintage Roots with a New Vibrant Sound

by Sam Farrell ‘12 In just about every sense, Death Cab for Cutie has represented the Indie platform and everything it has stood for the past six years. Even before they had their coming-of-age, before radios were blaring “Soul Meets Body” and “Crooked Teeth,” they were honing their indie roots with three gold albums from 1998 to 2001 that many … Read More

Latest X-Men Prequel Will Fly Far

by Cal Wilson ‘14 Let’s get straight to the heart of the matter. “X-Men: First Class” blows away any comic book based science fiction movie preceding it. Everything from its plot to the acting performances to special effects contributes to a action film that enthralls the audience. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, who also contributed to the screenplay, “X-Man: First Class” … Read More

Lady Gaga: This Generation’s Madonna

by Whitney-Marie Halaby ‘14 The notorious Lady Gaga, known for her unique choice of dress, her provocative songs and her outspokenness for gay and transgender rights, is continuously evolving into something new. But, as she becomes this generation’s Madonna, controversies follow her. The most recent uproar surrounded her song “Judas,” a single from her second album “Born This Way.” The … Read More

‘Hangover 2’ Generates Laughs, but Plays it Safe

by Brett Melnick ’12 Stolen tigers, kidnapped comrades, lost teeth, Mike Tyson and the Vegas strip: this was the formula to what some call the best comedy of the decade, “The Hangover.” The movie, directed by Todd Phillips, took audiences by surprise by earning critical acclaim and winning the Golden Globe award for best comedic motion picture. The original movie, … Read More

Café Rio Offers Nice Atmosphere, But Disappointing Food

by Abby Inwood ’13 When Chipotle opened a few months back to compete against California Tortilla, students probably believed they had all the Tex-Mex options they needed. Not only did they have the two national franchises, but also local restaurants such as Sol Azteca and El Andariego. Surely, four restaurants within a mile or two of each other qualifies as … Read More

Panera Takes Olney to Healthier Level

by Taylor Fernandes ‘14 With the help of its neighboring grocery store Harris Teeter, Olney’s new Panera Bread has been a success in more ways than one. Panera has found a way to satisfy lengthy lines of customers and keep them healthy at the same time. Surrounded by other new restaurants and stores, Panera Bread gets a lot of business. A … Read More

‘Source Code’ Explodes with Intrigue

  by Leah Schroeder ’13 If at first you don’t succeed, die, die again. In Duncan Jones’s “Source Code,” Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) re-lives and manipulates the last eight minutes of the life of another man, Sean Fentress, through an experimental program called source code. His goal is to identify the bomber of a Chicago commuter train and determine … Read More

Spring Trends Gain Appeal

by Hannah Chertock ‘12 With each change in season, the fashion world reveals what will soon be the trends and fads in the consumer realm. Common themes always appear in the collections of top designers such as DKNY, Chanel, and Dior and these commonalities dictate what will soon be in style that season. Ralph Lauren, for example, just unveiled his … Read More

Momsen’s Sexual Antics Overshadow Talent

by Andi Hubbell ‘11 Dim, dingy and rundown, the Ottobar in Baltimore hardly seems like an ideal venue for a performance by a 17-year-old actress turned songstress. However, Taylor Momsen, frontwoman of alternative rock band The Pretty Reckless (TPR), is no Miley Cyrus or Demi Lovato. The headstrong, outspoken “Gossip Girl” star refuses to conform to the cookie-cutter mold followed … Read More

I Think You’ll Love, ‘I Think I Love You’

by Darby Whitehair ‘12 David Cassidy, the man who dominated the stage in the 70’s as a singer and actor, was the object of affection for thousands of teenage girls. Even now in his sixties, he still makes his fans’ hearts skip a beat. Allison Pearson, a devoted fan of Cassidy, channels her old obsession into her novel “I Think … Read More