Taylor Swift's 'Folklore': new sound adds to artist's lore [review]

Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’: new sound adds to artist’s lore [review]

July 28, 2020

To say that Taylor Swift has made a name for herself within the music industry would be an understatement. Swift has practically dominated the genres of pop, country, and rock, and fans like me have grown to love her ever-evolving style. But when the artist abruptly announced on July 23 via social media that she would be dropping an alternative album...

Adding a closet into the MIX: ISU alum on radio hosting during COVID

MIX host Chris Petlak on air from his wife's closet during the Illinois Stay at Home order

Olivia Plangger and Mantra Dave

July 15, 2020

Shifting from a spacious radio studio to a close-quarters closet did not faze Chris Petlak, host of Chicago's 101.9 THE MIX's evening radio programming when the Stay at Home order was issued in March. Although the circumstances looked unusual, Petlak's wife's closet's sound quality was the best his home could offer: "It's the quietest room in the house,...

Crave Chronicles: Episode Two – Wing Stop v. Buffalo Wild Wings [video]

May 21, 2020

In the second episode of Crave Chronicles, Jessalyn Baer, Jaxon Creasey, and Olivia Plangger compare wings from Wing Stop and Buffalo Wild Wings.

5 throwback movies to watch

5 throwback movies to watch

April 1, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting schools down until at least April 30, students have more time to fill than ever before. The current chaos across the globe is stressful for all - and nothing helps us to calm down like a familiar film. With shelter at home orders requiring us to stay inside, streaming services offer a plethora of potential watches. Here are five classic movies available to rent or stream from the comfort of your living room.

Top 10 underrated Taylor Swift tracks

Top 10 underrated Taylor Swift tracks

March 21, 2020

Taylor Swift has become one of the most loved and hated artists to dominate the music industry. Those who are unfamiliar or unwilling to accept the artist’s success have tried to drag her down, but most - if not all - have been left unsuccessful. In 2009, Kanye West famously interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards....

5 podcasts you should be listening to

5 podcasts you should be listening to

March 21, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting schools down, students have more time to fill than ever before. Across the nation, people are curing their boredom through podcasts - with over 150 million people tuning in to podcasts of their choice each month. If you have already listened to the Inkspot’s very own podcasts like Social Buddies and Point of Two, here are five diverse podcast series that should appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Tune in through Spotify or the Apple Podcast app.

Why the nation is rooting  for Netflix's 'Cheer'

Why the nation is rooting for Netflix’s ‘Cheer’

March 19, 2020

Cheerleaders are victims of generalization: thought of as overly energetic blondes whose lists of skills include nothing more than chanting and shaking pom-poms. As the more popular teams take the field or the court, cheerleaders are restricted to the sidelines - with the main job of maintaining a smile on their face and keeping the crowd entertained when play stops. What is often concealed about these athletes is the amount of skill it takes to do their true job, skill which is hidden by the makeup and rhinestones that blind spectators who are unfamiliar with the sport.

NCHS' Favorite Teacher: March Madness

NCHS’ Favorite Teacher: March Madness

March 13, 2020

Updated: 4/1/2020 With the cancelation of the NCAA March Madness tournament, fans should not be prevented from fulfilling their bracket-filling fix. While basketball might not be airing on CBS, the Inkspot’s Teachers of NCHS: March Madness bracket attempts to fill the void, pitting 64 teachers against each other from the school's core depar...

Big screen board games

Big screen board games

February 15, 2020

With the film version of Battleship (2012) and the Theatre department performing an on-stage adaptation of the movie Clue (1985), based on the popular board game, I couldn't help but wonder what other board games were deserving of coming to life on the silver screen. Hollywood continues to move away from original pictures, with more movies based...

Classics for Couples: Best board games for two players

Classics for Couples: Best board games for two players

February 14, 2020

When couples get bored with going out to the movies or grabbing ice cream, why not just stay home and relax. The easiest way a couple can still have fun without spending money is board games. Chances are you have these lying around your house somewhere. Which games are the best picks though? The Inkspot staff has compiled a list of the five best board games for two players. If a couple is “board” of the same old routine - these games offer competitive play, aren’t over complicated, and you probably already own them.

Movie Guide: How to spend your Valentine's Day

Movie Guide: How to spend your Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2020

Celebrate the day of love by spending the night watching a romance, by yourself, with your significant other, or with friends and family.

Quality over popularity: 2019’s most notable albums

Igor is Tyler the Creator's sixth studio album, written and produced in such a way that pushes the album beyond hip hops usual boundaries.

Aidan Beigie, Staff Writer

February 10, 2020

At 18-years-old, pop artist Billie Eilish was awarded five Grammy awards, including Best Album and Best New Artist.  While  Eilish is deserving of recognition, it is important to remember that When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? was not the artist's first album. Three years ago, Eilish released her debut pop record - Don't Smile at Me. ...

In the February print edition of the Inkspot, Kelsey Kern provided her picks for the Academy Awards major categories.
Here are some of the highlights from that story.

And the Winner is… Supposed to be…

February 9, 2020

When the 92nd Academy Awards air Sunday, February 9, the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will recognize cinematic excellence. At 7 p.m. on ABC, 32 movies, nominated across 25 categories, will compete for the top award in film - the Oscar. In 2018, Hollywood produced an abundance of high caliber films, making the Academy...

Crave Chronicles: Episode One – Dunkin’ Donuts v. Krispy Kreme [video]

February 8, 2020

In the premiere episode of Crave Chronicles, Jessalyn Baer, Jaxon Creasey, and Olivia Plangger compare Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts chocolate glazed donuts.

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