Movie Review: “Frozen”

Samantha Cooper
Staff Writer

By now, you’ve probably seen “Frozen.” If you haven’t, you’ve either been living under a rock or you’re anti-Disney. If you are the former, see it. If you are the latter, see it. The movie which came out in November is STILL showing in some theaters. By the end of February, the movie had grossed over $985,000,000 worldwide, which puts it as the second highest grossing animated film ever.
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Scoop’s Corner: Summer plans prove daunting

Samantha Cooper
News Editor

When did you declare your major? When did you get your first internship? Did you ever change your major? How many times? Why did you change your major? Was it difficult? I know these questions are something we all ask at one point or another. I’m thinking about declaring and I’m really unsure as to whether I should do it now or if I should wait. I already know what I want to major in – communications with a journalism emphasis. But I don’t know if I want to double major or major and minor in something else. And of course, the question is: In what? In my mind I’ve already considered English, history, and anthropology. I’ve only taken one class in each, except for English because of the writing proficiency requirement, so it’s a tough decision.
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Valentine’s Day is a waste of time!

Samantha Cooper
Staff Writer

Let me start by admitting that I don’t hate romantic gestures. I don’t hate the idea of giving flowers or chocolates or little gifts to loved ones. I hate that all supreme romantic gestures seem relegated to one day a year and people feel obligated to do something like spend hundreds of dollars on an overpriced dinner, flowers, jewelry or cheesy stuffed animals. Those who don’t have a significant other feel pressured to find one or feel ostracized when the holiday comes around. I have never received a real Valentine (other than elementary school when we were forced to give out Valentines) or gone out on a date or anything like that… But I’ll try to separate my personal life aside and explain why I am, quite logically, Anti-Valentine’s Day.
1) Valentine’s Day originally had a different meaning and was the feast of a saint who was known for performing weddings to soldiers who were forbidden from marrying. This somehow transformed into the commercialized pink, red, and white holiday we have today.
2) Valentine’s Day was much more fun in elementary school. It was fun making Valentines and then giving the “cool” valentines to the people you liked. Plus, you got to have candy and cupcakes and fruit punch and you got to do a whole bunch of fun holiday activities rather than actual work.
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Scoop’s Corner: Expecting the unexpected

Samantha Cooper
Staff Writer

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since writing my last article, it’s that when the unexpected happens, the only thing you can do is to go along with it and hope that everything turns out for the best. I learned this in the weeks leading up to winter break – do you remember getting an e-mail about a student whose laptop was stolen when they went to get a snack? That student was me. Cue thirty-six anxiety-filled and panicked hours. E-mails were sent to my professors. Phone calls were made to the police, my parents, and the Apple Store. A new laptop was procured the next day. For that, I was thankful. I’m lucky enough to have parents who could afford me a new, and very expensive, laptop.
Of course, I had also lost all my notes, outlines, and half-written final essays. I didn’t store anything of sentimental value unless you count the typed-up versions of my newspaper articles and my fanfiction. (The fanfiction was actually a major loss, considering all my notes for my current story were there and I didn’t have another copy). It was brutal. I had to re-read and take notes on readings I had finished weeks ago and construct those into something resembling my former essays. This, of course, also ruined my study schedule as at the time I planned to be polishing up my essays, I was writing them. Luckily, everything worked out. I had a new laptop, extensions, and a snow day. I caught up relatively quickly.
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Scoop’s Corner: Semester’s end

Samantha Cooper
Staff Writer

Wait a minute…this is it? My first semester of college is over? How did this happen? Where did the time go? I’m not ready to be a second-semester freshman! That means I’ll be one step closer to becoming a sophomore and having to pick a major. Then I’ll have to go abroad. Then I’ll become a senior and have to graduate and enter the real world and get a job and an apartment. Then eventually, I’ll have to get a boyfriend and get married and have kids and then they’ll go off to college! I’m just not ready for any of that yet. I can barely make a bowl of macaroni and cheese on my own. Can’t I just stay a freshman? I like it now that I have a schedule and I don’t get lost. I have people who I socialize with on a semi-regular basis.  I’m over the “Which way is Van Meter…How the heck do I get to Hoffberger…What do you mean Alice’s closes at five o’clock…How do I handle all this work” stage (Okay, maybe not the last one, but you get my point). Time has flown by and I just don’t know where it has gone. It’s scary.
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