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Study playlist

By Sara Rasmussen | October 22, 2017
“Demons” - Vitamin String Quartet (Imagine Dragons)“Signs” - Drake“Colors” - Halsey“New Americana” - Halsey“The Planets, Op. 32: Venus, the Bringer of Peace” - Gustav Holst“Moonlight Sonata” - Beethoven“Hoppípola”- Vitamin String Quartet (Sigur Rós)“Save Me” - Muse“Come Fly with Me” - Frank Sinatra“Baby I’m Yours” - Arctic Monkeys
Stealth Ulvang (right) and Wesley Schultz of the The Lumineers perform at the MS Dockville Music Festival in Hamburg, Germany in 2013. The Lumineers released their second studio album “Cleopatra” on Friday April 8 and while the lyrics on the album are meaningful, the overall tone remains dark, said Scene Columnist Alexis Malapitan.

Lumineers album integrates motivation with dark undertones

By Alexis Malapitan | April 14, 2016

The Lumineers have graced fans and listeners with a more motivational album than their previous album after their four-year hiatus.Reaching No. 3 in Billboard’s Hot 100 in late 2012, the folk-pop trio proved they were more than just a one-hit-wonder...

The red crepe evening suit was one of the many fashion pieces featured at the “Art Deco and Women’s fashion” exhibit Thursday in The NIU Art Museum.

Art museum honors evolution of fashion

By Alexis Malapitan | April 11, 2016

DeKalb | The NIU art museum debuted its spring exhibit Thursday, which included the evolution of fashion through the years.“Between the Wars: Contrasts, Parallels, Shifts and Patterns” and “Beyond Gatsby: Common Luxury in American Art Deco” opened...

“Pandemic,” released Friday, doesn’t seem to have a clear original story, said scene columnist Alexis Malapitan.

‘Pandemic’ movie lacks innovation

By Alexis Malapitan | April 4, 2016

“Pandemic” touches base on modern viruses but doesn’t do so in a creative or interesting way.“Pandemic” serves as an action, sci-fi thriller about the outbreak of viruses. The film stars Rachel Nichols, Missi Pyle and Mekhi Phifer as they take...

Students gather for the Reality Bytes film festival April 9, 2013, in Cole Hall. The festival includes submissions from film students around the world.

Students to compete in annual film festival

By Alexis Malapitan | April 4, 2016

DeKalb | The Reality Bytes independent film festival will feature high school student films for the third time in 15 years.Reality Bytes is an independent film festival where films are submitted from film students around the world. This year, film screenings...

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was released Friday and stars Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman. The film’s actors seemed to really commit to their roles in the film, which led to an entertaining and action packed experience, according to columnist Alexis Malapitan.

Affleck, Cavill don’t disappoint in ‘Batman v Superman’ film

By Alexis Malapitan | March 28, 2016

Two comic book legends, Batman and Superman, come face-to-face for the ultimate showdown with an impressive cast.“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was released Friday and stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill as...

Dance teams to compete in final Face-Off competition

By Alexis Malapitan | March 3, 2016

DeKalb | The Liberated Minds Organization will host its last Face-Off competition after seven years. The organization will celebrate the last Face-Off with a weekend of events including a DJ battle and a Face-Off after party.Face-Off is an annual dance...

Parachute hypes up crowd with lights, old favorites

By Alexis Malapitan | February 29, 2016

American rock band Parachute brought the house down during its first DeKalb performance with pops of color and beaming lights.DeKalb High School’s A cappella group, Enharmonic Fusion, opened up the show beautifully by doing mashups of popular songs...

Present Perfect Modeling Organization pray before last year’s Afrocentric fashion show on Feb. 26, 2015, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom. This year’s show will begin at 8 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom.

Modeling group gets Afrocentric for show

By Alexis Malapitan | February 25, 2016

The Present Perfect Modeling Organization will celebrate 31 years of its Afrocentric Fashion Show while honoring Black History Month.Present Perfect Modeling Organization will showcase fashions to correlate with different scenes. The “Afrocentric”...

Grammy Predictions

Grammy Predictions

By Alexis Malapitan | February 15, 2016

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, will premiere 7 p.m. tonight on CBS and will include some major fan favorites like Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.The Grammys are an exciting time for music lovers everywhere as fans gather around to see...

Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day Treats

By Alexis Malapitan | February 11, 2016

Valentine’s Day is a time to spread love and happiness – and what better way to do it than with baked goods. Here are some sweet treats that you and your loved ones can enjoy.Brownie HugsIf you love chocolate just like I do, then you will love these...

Rapper Wiz Khalifa experiments with sounds, musicality in album

By Alexis Malapitan | February 8, 2016

Rapper Wiz Khalifa draws inspiration from other rappers and experiments with different sounds in his new album “Khalifa.”After countless Instagram teasers, Twitter beef with Kanye West and three Grammy nominations, the “See You Again” singer has...