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Lizzo makes waves in music industry

Lizzo makes waves in music industry

Story by Maya Hodison, Staff Writer

October 18, 2019

Best known for her hit “Truth Hurts,” which was deemed the #1 song of the summer by Billboard, Lizzo has made waves in the music industry within months. She has been in the rap game for around ten years but has recently sparked national interest. Melissa Jefferson, known on stage as Lizzo, was born in Detroit a...

The problem with “Tall Girl”

The problem with

Story by Will Hanson, Arts and Entertainment Editor

October 16, 2019

“Tall Girl” is a Netflix original movie following a girl in high school with insecurities about her height. The film stars Ava Michelle of “Dance Moms” fame in the lead role and is directed by Nzingha Stewart. “Tall Girl” serves as Michelle’s first large acting role, where she stars ...

“Joker”: An expertly crafted nightmare

Story by Will Hanson, Arts and Entertainment Editor

October 10, 2019

“Joker” is co-written and directed by Todd Phillips. The film follows a man named Arthur, and his descent into crime as he becomes The Joker. The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Frances Conroy. Joaquin Phoenix shines in the title role of The Joker. He gives a powerful...

“13 Reasons Why” remains controversial

Story by Will Hanson, Arts and Entertainment Editor

October 5, 2019

*Trigger warning* This article contains topics of sexual violence and suicide. Suicide, sexual assault, abortion, and mental illness are large areas of discussion in present-day society. These triggering topics and more are large themes present in the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why.” “13 Reasons ...

Theatre performs ‘Still Life with Iris’

Theatre performs 'Still Life with Iris'

Story by Nathan Hills, Staff Writer

September 25, 2019

The Baker University Theatre department will begin showing “Still Life with Iris” by Steven Dietz the morning of Sept. 26 through Saturday Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. The play is the first youth theatre play to win the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays Award. “I...

Taylor Swift’s “Lover” is refreshing for pop music

Taylor Swift's

Story by Nathan Hills, Staff Writer

September 22, 2019

With her first album since 2017’s “reputation”, Taylor Swift uses the synth-pop sound that she debuted with “1989”, while using her signature elaborate and country-inspired lyrics that give her songs the ability to convey a story and emotion. Rather than using the album to focus on what...

“Hustlers” dances to the top

Story by Will Hanson, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 17, 2019

“Hustlers” is written and directed by Lorene Scafaria and is inspired by a New York Magazine article written by Jessica Pressler. The film follows a group of former strip club employees who come together to take advantage of their clients from Wall Street. It stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Jul...

“It Chapter Two” fails to float

Story by Will Hanson, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 9, 2019

“It Chapter Two” is the finale of the “It” storyline and the sequel to the 2017 horror hit, “It.” The film is written By Gary Dauberman of “Annabelle: Creation” fame and directed by Andy Muschietti. The film stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Skarsgård and Bill Hader among others...

Martinez introduces new album through feature length film

Martinez introduces new album through feature length film

Story by Will Hanson, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 6, 2019

K-12 is the directorial debut of American singer/songwriter Melanie Martinez. The film follows the character Crybaby (Martinez) as she and her friends battle the oppressive school system called “K-12.” The film is written by, directed by, and stars Martinez in the lead role. The story and themes...

Senior shares cultural wealth through dance

In the summer of 2016, Lela Hautau had the opportunity to travel to Tonga with her father. It was the first time he went back to visit in over 20 years. Hautau danced for the Royal Family and met the Queen of Tonga.

Story by Lily Stephens, Multimedia Editor

May 7, 2019

Almost everyone on Baker’s campus knows senior Lela Hautau, a California girl with Tongan roots . Whether she is your resident advisor, sits next to you in choir, always says hello to you at Mungano or helps edit papers for your English class, this woman is everywhere. At 8 p.m. April 29 Hautau was ...

Theater professor preps students for the “real world”

Emily Kasprzak began teaching at Baker in the fall of 2018 and is currently teaching Musical Theater Dance and Costuming and Make Up

Story by Isabel Ashley, Staff Writer

May 7, 2019

It is not uncommon for recent college graduates to feel clueless on how to enter the professional world, especially those seeking careers in the arts. Assistant Theater Professor Emily Kasprzak decided to focus on preparing her theater students to seamlessly enter their respective fields with her clas...