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Some Things to Know about the Construction

Some Things to Know about the Construction

Olivia Zhu August 26, 2022

We’re all excited for the construction at Memorial! New bathrooms, furnished classrooms, and an upgraded art department are just a few of the many changes. Below you’ll find some things to know about...

Madison Youth Arts Center Updates

Madison Youth Arts Center Updates

Olivia Zhu August 26, 2022

Completed in the summer of 2021, the Madison Youth Arts Center, located in downtown Madison on E. Mifflin Street, is now a bustling center for youth opportunities in the arts. A beautiful building highlighted...

How to Start the School Year Strong

How to Start the School Year Strong

Olivia Zhu August 26, 2022

We're now back to school Spartans! After a long, relaxing summer, adjusting back to the rigor of school may be challenging. To help you start the school year strong, here are some tips to follow: 1....

Top 5 Most Overrated Movies of Summer 2022

Top 5 Most Overrated Movies of Summer 2022

Alexandra Saffman August 25, 2022

Minions: The Rise of Gru Is it actually funny or is it just incomprehensible? Regardless, the Minions gave adolescent boys an unnecessary confidence boost and was big on orientalism. Go watch Despicable...

NFT…D – Not Fully Tangible Dream

NFT…D – Not Fully Tangible Dream

Alexandra Saffman August 25, 2022

The sale of non-fungible, i.e. unique and irreplaceable, tokens, more widely known as NFTs, continued to sink over the summer after peaking in sales in January of 2022. NFTs, at their most basic level,...

2022 Emmy Nominations

2022 Emmy Nominations

Alexandra Saffman August 25, 2022

America’s biggest awards show for excellence in television and emerging media, the Emmys, released record nominations this July, while simultaneously being called out by many for its potential snubs....

Abortion Access in a Post-Roe Wisconsin

Abortion Access in a Post-Roe Wisconsin

Alexandra Saffman August 25, 2022

After the US Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in June 2022, abortion providers in Wisconsin were forced to shut down their practices in response to a 173-year-old state abortion ban. While this statute...

2022 World Cup & 2023 Womens World Cup Odds

2022 World Cup & 2023 Women’s World Cup Odds

Vince Kim August 25, 2022

The 2022 Qatar World Cup is set to begin on November 21. With the draw officially complete, let’s see what this tournament has in store for us by looking at some of the favorites to win. For starters,...

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JULY 07: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals looks on before batting during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on July 07, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

MLB: Soto to Padres, Judge on Record Breaking Pace, and Remembering Vin Scully

Vince Kim August 25, 2022

With another wild trade deadline in the 2022 MLB season, some major deals were signed in the final hours on Aug 2. Most notably, the San Diego Padres became the biggest “winners” of this year’s trade...

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 31: The scoreboard announces a record attendance during the UEFA Womens Euro England 2022 final match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on July 31, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

Euro 2022’s Impact on Women’s Soccer

Vince Kim August 25, 2022

The Euro 2022 Final on July 31 between England and Germany set record-high attendance and television viewership. With an attendance of 87,192 fans at Wembley Stadium, the game broke the record for the...

Will the USMNT Make It Out of Group B?

Will the USMNT Make It Out of Group B?

Vince Kim August 25, 2022

The USMNT bumped up their FIFA ranking to No. 14 following blow-outs against Morocco(3-0) and Grenada(5-0) in addition to draws against strong teams like Uruguay and El Salvador. Drawn in Group B in the...

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 31: J-Hope performs during day 4 of Lollapalooza at Grant Park on July 31, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)

BTS’ j-hope’s Historic Lollapalooza Performance

Vince Kim August 25, 2022

Korean rapper j-hope made history at Chicago’s Lollapalooza on July 31 after becoming the first Korean artist to headline a “major US music festival”. Debuting as a solo artist alongside other headline...

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