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Thank U Ariana Grande for saving pop music

(02/12/19 1:15am)

Ariana Grande is hard at work. Less than six months after the release of her fourth album, “Sweetener,” she managed to score two Grammy nominations, two number one singles and release her fifth studio album, “Thank U, Next.” In an interview with Billboard Magazine she said, “My dream has always been to be — obviously not a rapper — but, like, to put out music in the way that a rapper does. I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren't.” Grande not only challenges these standards—she shatters them. 

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” — some things are awesome

(02/13/19 3:06am)

When “The Lego Movie” premiered in 2014, general expectations were dismissive and cynical. Animated movies centered around children’s toys and licensed merchandise are typically cheap, disposable fodder destined to either fill space on television channels or distract children on long car rides. But “The Lego Movie” shattered the mold with hilarious writing, creative visuals and an earnest appreciation of child’s play. As a direct sequel to the surprising favorite, “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” is saddled with expectations in the opposite direction. Although it fails to reach the spectacular heights of its predecessor, “The Lego Movie 2” is a fun and uniquely appealing movie in its own right.

The soup to make for the times when you wish you were at home

(02/13/19 5:24am)

It’s after 8:00 p.m. on a Tuesday, and you just got out of your organic chemistry exam — or maybe it was microeconomics. Whatever the class, we’ve all been there. The temperature is a nice, chilly 42 degrees, and it’s raining — because we are in Charlottesville, Va. after all. There are two things I can think of that would make me feel better in this situation —  a big bowl of hot soup and my dog. One of the two of these is possible, thanks to this recipe.

UPC works with studios and student organizations to reach a wider audience

(02/14/19 3:36am)

The University Programs Council hosts a plethora of events to enhance University student life, including movie screenings shown at Newcomb. From “A Star is Born” to “Green Book,” UPC has made it a priority to show a variety of movies to students free of charge to create nights of relaxation for all students.

The best and worst of the protein bars

(02/14/19 12:37am)

Especially for college students, protein bars are without a doubt one of the most convenient ways to squeeze in some nutrients when your schedule just doesn’t allow a lunch break. As a big fan of protein bars myself, I have tried quite a few and have found the musts and the busts in the world of protein bars. Despite alluring packaging and deceivingly low calorie counts, many bars sneak in added sugar and loads of other junk. There are hundreds of options for easy protein bars, but among the options, there are some clear winners and losers. 

BATTS & LYON: It’s time to celebrate forgiveness by listening to the six chapel bells ring

(02/13/19 4:02am)

At 12:30 p.m. on February 14th, six consecutive chimes will ring from the carillon of the Chapel at the University followed by the Good Ol’ Song. The ringing of the Chapel bells traditionally signifies the occurrence of notable events and moments of remembrance at U.Va., including the inauguration of our university presidents, historic athletic wins and the deaths of members of the 7 Society. The six chimes Thursday will be no exception. As the University continues to celebrate its Bicentennial and reflect upon the Honor System’s 177 years of existence, the Chapel bells will ring to recognize and celebrate the six years since the institution of the Informed Retraction. For the first time, the Informed Retraction introduced a degree of forgiveness to the Honor System for reported students.

I could not be a fictional hero

(02/14/19 6:08am)

Everyone likes to imagine themselves as the heroic character from the movies they watch or the books they read, especially when they’re little. I would literally have given my left pinky toe to live in Rick Riordan’s world of “Percy Jackson” — which tells you a lot about me, really. For one, I place little to no value on my toes. Who needs them? I honestly think that they only have a metaphorical value — like when you say “it keeps me on my toes, or “tip-toeing around something.” In a literal sense, toes might as well be the appendix of the human body. I hear the exchange rate of toes, in terms of U.S. dollars, is approximately 38.4. That’s worse that the Nicaraguan córdoba. Heck, my grandmother only has five toes, and she seems to be doing absolutely fine. 

IRC hosts event to honor Black History Month

(02/12/19 5:14am)

In honor of Black History Month, the International Residential College hosted an event entitled “Where Do We Go From Here?” Saturday afternoon to discuss Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D-Va.) blackface scandal, Attorney General Mark Herring’s blackface confession, cultural appropriation at Bid Day, the Beta Bridge vandalism and issues of diversity at the University. 

Being ill as an introvert

(02/12/19 12:55am)

It’s tough to be an introvert when you’re irreparably ill. Afternoons once spent drinking coffee in a solitary corner are now consumed with aggressively kind doctors discussing your bodily functions. An already limited capacity for small talk is stretched thin as you must divulge your major and career plans with the sweet nurse stabbing a needle in your arm. There’s the daily responsibility of updating friends, family and acquaintances on how you’re doing. Not to mention the weekly ritual of calling the doctor, the pharmacy, physical therapy and health insurance company to cancel, schedule or modify appointments.