Scream-A-Thon

It’s the time of year where the air becomes chillier, sweaters become thicker, and it becomes time to sit and cuddle a bowl of popcorn until the sun comes out again; or what modern society likes to call Netflix and Chill. As Halloween is almost here, I’ve made a list of movies and shows to help you procrastinate this fall because realistically, who doesn’t miss specials on the Family Channel, Teletoon and YTV?

Scream: Apart from the Scream movies that we know and love, there’s a new Netflix original series called Scream that proves to the media that slasher films can be made into a bomb television show. The actors and crew have done a great job in making one of the most unique TV series that I’ve seen in a bit aside from the fact that there’s only one season (check out American Horror Story or Bates Motel — if you haven’t already).

Halloween Town (1-4): If you don’t love these movies, I’m left to believe there is something wrong with you because nostalgia hits when anyone mentions Marnie Piper or Aggie Cromwell.

Insidious (1-3): Most people are only aware of the first movie but there are actually three amazing films that follow the same story line, and surprisingly keep getting better as time passes.

Any Final Destination Movie: Alright I know these movies aren’t scary but I still think they’re fun time to watch during Halloween, plus they always make for great drinking games.

The Shining (or anything adapted from Stephen King) : I think almost everyone has seen this but me, but everyone has told me to watch The Shining so it makes the cut.

Whats your favourite scary movie? 

Till next time,

S

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Joey Tribbiani Appreciation Post

If you haven’t gotten the hint: I absolutely adore the 90’s sitcom Friends, thus I’ve decided to pay tribute to the one and only Joey Tribbiani. I feel like Joey’s overlooked sometimes because he’s so immature and pretty, but I personally believe he’s one of the smartest characters in the show.

Joey looks at life through such a clear lens, and when shit hits the fan, Joey’s the only one who can think clearly because he barely thinks at all. When everyone takes a trip to Phoebe’s friend’s beach house to find the location of her real mother — Joey literally sits back and becomes a narrator for the two part episode since he doesn’t overthink the small details of life, he just lives.

By the end of the series Joey’s the only one that ends up with a spinoff, so that must count for something, right? Anyways, without further adieu, here’s a few things I’ve learned from Joey Tribbiani:

  • Simplicity makes you Smarter 
  • There’s no such thing as a Selfless Good Deed
  • Life could always be Worse (eg. being robbed willingly)
  • It’s normal not to share food… ‘JOEY DOESNT SHARE FOOD’
  • You can have crushes on your friend without ruining your friendship (*cough* Rachel *cough*)
  • Duck’s and Chicks are perfectly normal pets

Till next time,

S

#GetOutandVote

Today is the day Canada, we’ve been hearing it in the news, or reading it on social media; now it’s finally time to fill out the ballot and make a difference.

I’m feeling very refreshed this year as almost all my peers are actively involved in this years elections, constantly updating me on the latest news from each party. If you’re having trouble figuring out your political views, or you just want to see if you live up to what you say you are; here’s a cool quiz to do before you vote.

https://canada.isidewith.com/political-quiz

The important thing is that you need to physically fill out a ballot yourself, so GET OUT AND VOTE.

Till next time,

S

What are You Thankful For?

Canadian Thanksgiving is full of stuffing, cinnamon and pumpkin, but most importantly it’s filled with love from your family and friends. I look forward to coming home every Thanksgiving– not only for the copious amount of food. I genuinely feel refreshed taking a weekend with my favourite people in the world, to think about all the amazing things we have going for us.

Mid-terms and papers are magically starting to appear, and reading lists are beginning to grow; but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a minute to be thankful for:

  • The 3 F’s: Friends, Family and Food (duh)
  • Weekends
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Laughing till your stomach hurts
  • Sunshine, Sunsets…. Anything to do with sun, stars and the moon basically
  • Clean Water- and the ability to have 8 glasses a day
  • Kindness of Strangers: someone at Starbucks left their change for the next customer, which was me (yay for free coffee & good karma)
  • Art in every way, shape or form
  • Autumn (crunchy leaves, pumpkins, scarves, scary movies ect.)

Obviously there are millions of things to be thankful for, but don’t forget to take a minute to actually reflect on it.

Till next time,

S

The Economics of Textbooks

Being in my third year at Carleton, I’m all to familiar with the debt accumulated from textbooks. I’m in english honours and spend about $700 per semester on books that repeat the same material and usually end up as weights until exam period rolls in.

Thinking back to elementary school is a tad painful; we didn’t pay a fortune for tuition and received free textbooks when needed. You would think that since we’re paying for a spot they would at least make our course material affordable, but no, the Visa card continues to suffer.

My roommate Jess came home from textbook shopping last month raving about her economic’s course because of the professor, Jim Stanford. I don’t know much about econ, but from what I know about any business oriented course is that books and clickers usually balance out to around $200 (or more) a course, and the price almost triples if you’re in any science major. The interesting thing about Mr. Stanford, is that he sells the course textbook (which we wrote) for only $30.

I’m going to repeat for emphasis: $30 FOR A TEXTBOOK. 

At last, we see an author and professor who stands by his economic principles. Imagine if every professor stood by the values and principles they teach; our education system would be surreal.

Till next time,

S

This Fascinating Generation of Ours

Being born in the modern age isn’t an easy task to face. We’ve been introduced to radical versions of style, political views, culture, sexuality, technology, and so much more. There are influences from every direction, all at once, and all socially accepted. There are no guidelines for us to follow and no adults to look at as examples. Then, after taking in all the world has to offer, we are expected to cope with every single obstacle we face in a flawless manner.

To the people who are already doing that; kindly spread your wisdom.

To the people like me, who cant’t understand things like why women still have lower wages; don’t worry. This is only one of the many problems we deal with today. We don’t know what birth control will really do to us. We don’t know what herbicides and pesticides will do to us. Vaccinations and Medicine. The Reality of Mental Illnesses. Everything.

Our mental maturity may seem immature, selfish, or free spirited, but realistically we are some of the most talented, well-rounded people I have yet to know. We are exposed to so many things at once, making it so hard to grasp a single thing that makes us unique, moulding this generation to appear flighty and indecisive. Society makes us feel like if we aren’t really good at one thing, we’re useless.

This is how past generations should be able to relate, as they suffered through their own set of social restrictions. We are told to pick one major, one profession, and expected to be crazy passionate about it for the rest of our lives (or until our pension plan starts). I understand that this is what’s considered the ‘proper’ way to live, but in the modern age we don’t want to think about anything other than exploring and making the present a better place to live.

We don’t even know how cool we are as we’re ragged on for our clothes or sexual experimentation, and won’t be truly appreciated until we’re gone. So I’m here to remind every single individual, even if we might not see it; we’re helping create one of the most historic generations ever.

Till next time,

S

All Hail Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose has easily become one of the biggest social icons in media today due to her known modelling campaigns, role as ‘Stella’ in Orange is the New Black, and her silent video “Break Free” on Youtube.

The 29 year old, Australian bombshell creates an incredibly beautiful video that has a powerful message regarding self-accepting gender fluidity. The video has received over 12 million views in the past year, which shows how society is not only starting to accept gender fluidity, but appreciating it as well.

I didn’t even know the girl was Ruby at the beginning of the video, as she goes from being a blonde prep, to the dark haired inked up Ruby Rose that we know and love. When she washes off makeup all over her body to reveal her tattoo’s, I realized Ruby Rose is possibly one of the most stunning people I have ever seen before, and gender fluidity aside; she uses this video to remind society that tattoo’s are a symbol of wearing your heart on your sleeve. Don’t be so quick to judge body art.

If you haven’t watched the video, do it now:

Till next time,

S