Students should get involved to find their college family Monday, Apr 27 2020 

By Ben Goldberger —

For most incoming freshmen, college is the first time they will be living on their own without their family. This immediate rush of independence can be invigorating for many students, but it’s often hard to adjust to this sudden change. 

This switch from constantly being surrounded by family members to being without anyone is usually a very difficult one to deal with, and it leads to many students either dropping out or moving back home and commuting to class. 

In order to replace the family and friends from home, students need to surround themselves with other students, and one of the biggest ways to do that is by joining clubs/organizations.

At U of L, it is extremely easy to find a group that shares common interests. Through EngageUofL, students can comb through all 523 organizations that they could join. These include greek life organizations, service clubs and organizations where students of the same background or interests can spend time together.

These groups are a great way to find your “college family” and help students get involved with the university and surrounding area. 

Freshman Joshua Stump joined marching band in the fall semester, and he found an instant family through the activity.

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It’s a lot easier to sit in your dorm room and watch Netflix all night, and sometimes that is what students need after a long day of education. But if they take the time and effort to put themselves out there and do the research to find groups that they would be interested in joining, they can find people with the same interests as them to surround themselves with. 

Students can also start their own organization if they cannot find one that fits their interests. 

If students can find a group of their friends and a staff sponsor, they can start any sort of club they want to. The group can be about anything from a tv show fandom, food club, quidditch team and anything students can think of. This is a great tool for students to feel involved with their school and pursue their passions and interests with people who share the same interests, and all students should take advantage of this opportunity. 

College is a hard transition from living at home for sure, and it is normal to feel homesick and alone sometimes. There are seemingly infinite opportunities for students to find people with similar interests as them and find a group of great friends. College is a safe place for students to discover their passions, try new things and figure out what they like or don’t like. Clubs and organizations are the best way to do so, and all students should join at least one, if not more, in their time at U of L.

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Shows and movies to watch on Netflix to help get through social distancing Wednesday, Apr 1 2020 

Features editor Zoe Watkins shares some Netflix recommendations to watch while at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

By Zoe Watkins–

There’s a lot of free time on everyone’s hands now since social-distancing practices have been extended until the end of April. However, do not fret, as there are still a lot of activities one can being doing around the house, such as watching an abundance of shows and movies. Since the masses voted earlier this year about what their favorite streaming services are, here are some picks of TV shows and movies from the popular Netflix platform to watch during these times.

Hairspray (2007)

It’s an oldie, but a goodie. This musical turned movie brings out that energetic feeling with its sing-along songs.

The movie follows Tracy Turnblad in Baltimore of 1962. When she and her friend get the chance to audition for their favorite dance show, Tracy was able make it onto Corny Collins though angering the current reigning dance queen in the process. Soon, Tracy learns that black kids are only able to dance on the show once a month which she decides isn’t fair. With the help of her friends, Tracy helps bring racial integration to the show and in the process hopefully become the new dancing queen of the Corny Collins Show.

This song-packed movie is a good way to sing away the blues during these troubling times.

Black Mirror (2011)

If feel-good movies aren’t the best to watch right now, there are still some dark shows that could catch someone’s interest. “Black Mirror” is just one of those series that likes to mess with the idea of technology being taken too far.

If something a bit more dark and mature sounds appealing, then this would be the best fit as freshman Heather Martin would describe this series.

“I would not start it if you don’t do good with character deaths but if you do, the story line with the main character and his internal struggle keeps you interested and on your toes,” Martin said.

Our Planet (2019)

If the inside is starting to grate on the nerves, this documentary series will provide some relief and help bring some nature into the home.

Even though there are only eight episodes, each one is about 50 minutes. The series documents a variety of differing ecosystems around the world. From the reefs of the vibrant seas to the windy grasslands of North America, the show views all sorts of aspects of mother nature.

The Good Place (2016)

This show offers its own comedic twist to what the afterlife is like especially when someone ends up going to the wrong place.

The show first comes off as just any regular comedic show, but soon offers its own random quirks that make it special such as how the main character must solve her own mistakes that have crept into the utopian world. It also offers a good story-line that usually isn’t shown in these types of shows and it can sometimes become emotional.

“The Good Place comes off as something that sound like a normal sitcome but the jokes and twists keep you going back to it,” Martin said.

Other recommendations: “The Witcher” (2019), “My Girl” (1991), “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975), and “Gilmore Girls” (2000)

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Stay at home date ideas that will make the night special Tuesday, Feb 4 2020 

By Blake Wedding —

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and with it, comes the question of how to celebrate. To make things simpler and a little more stress-free, here’s a list of what to do at home instead.

1. Cook at home and Make a Valentine’s Dinner 

It’s traditionally thought one of the best ways to show affection for significant others on Valentine’s Day is by taking them out to dinner somewhere fancy and expensive. 

College students don’t always have the money to take someone special to Chris Ruth Steakhouse, so sometimes it can be a better idea to make dinner at home. 

In most cases, people find it more romantic that someone took the time to prepare dinner for them instead of taking them out and spending far too much money on them because it’s more personal.

2. Netflix and Chill

Most people would rather binge watch their favorite show with their significant other, rather than spend about thirty dollars to go see a movie they may not even enjoy. 

To make things more romantic, preparing dinner beforehand and having their favorite show or movie prepared by the time dinner is over.

3. Personalize Valentine’s Day By Designing Everything Around Their Favorite Things

One way to make Valentine’s Day truly special and memorable is by simply showcasing thoughtfulness. Including a partner’s interests and showing how much they are valued is important. 

Try personalizing all of the evening’s activities around them. Get their favorite foods and movies, and make them gifts to remind them why they are so special.

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Battle of the Streaming Services: Which deserves your money? Thursday, Jan 23 2020 

 By Madelynn Bland —

It’s official. Cable and satellite subscriptions are becoming outdated and newer ways to access TV are gaining numbers.

There has been a sharp spike in the popularity of video streaming subscriptions, especially for students. Rather than paying about $100 or more a month for TV subscriptions, everyone is jumping ship to streaming services like Netflix or Hulu.

However, there’s much debate surrounding which streaming service is most worth your money. While there are some people who can afford a subscription to all of them, most people have the tough decision of picking a favorite to use. 

“These services reflect our changing media landscape. Streaming services are perfect for students: they have the agency and access to the media they want, often without commercials, that they desire,” Siobham Smith-Jones, a communications professor at the University of Louisville, said.

The Louisville Cardinal recently ran a Twitter poll to see which streaming service was the current star among students. The favorite: Netflix, followed by Disney+ and Hulu.

Netflix

Netflix made it to the top of the list with 66.1 percent of the votes. Despite being one of the first popular streaming services, Netflix has kept fresh content, nostalgic favorites and award-winning hits on its platform.

The popularity of many of the Netflix originals is enough alone to entice some people.

However, as more and more television brands are introducing their own streaming services, shows and movies are being removed. But never fear, Netflix has produced hits such as “Stranger Things” and “House of Cards.” A few even received Oscar nominations for this year’s Academy Awards. According to the New York Times, 24 of their original movies were on the 2020 ballot like “Marriage Story” and “The Irishman.” 

Disney+

Since its launch in November, Disney+ has quickly become a fan favorite especially for students as much of the content is nostalgic.

Besides childhood favorites, fans of the old animation style get to see old classic movies that have been locked away in the infamous Disney vault.

Also on the platform is all of the TV shows like “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Hannah Montana” and “That’s So Raven” which have been dearly missed by many college-aged kids. Disney+ is the only streaming service offering access to all of the Star Wars and Marvel movies, including spin-offs such as the popular “The Mandalorian,” which is a huge deal-maker for some people.  

Hulu & Prime Video

Hulu and Prime Video are other good options and may be the most cost-efficient for students. Arguably, Hulu has the best deal for college students.

On their website, the video subscription company is partnering with Spotify to allow students to combine Spotify Premium, Hulu and Showtime for just $4.99 a month. With Hulu, you also get access to award-winning Hulu Originals like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Act.”

Prime Video is another good contender, and is included with all Amazon Prime subscriptions. Therefore, if you have access to a Prime subscription, this streaming service comes at no additional cost. Along with titles like Oscar nominated “Lady Bird,” it also offers award-winning originals like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Late Night.”

Both of these streaming services seem to be the best for budget-savvy students because they are combined with additional services. 

Really, the streaming service chosen is down to individual preferences. What may meet the needs of one person might lack in the eyes of another.

The best research would be to take advantage of the free-trials of these services to truly see what would be the best option. However, Smith-Jones advises to be careful with subscribing to too many. “Just a word of caution: those subscriptions services can all add up.”

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