During this difficult time it is important to focus on the positives in life and pay attention to the good news being shared.
Graphic by: Mishal Nizar
MAY 13, 2020. VOLUME 10. ISSUE 5.
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Metea baseball player up to bat. Full story on page 9. Photo by Leland Pan.
Over the past couple of months, coronavirus is all everyone is talking about. Every news source has constant coverage of the numbers of deaths and cases due to coronavirus, and people watch, fearing that they will be impacted by it. Since the stay at home order has been in place since mid March, people and their families have started to become restless. They tend to only focus on the negativity of being at home with nothing to do.
However, during this time, it is important for people to escape all of the negativity and depressing news, and focus on the good that can come out of being in quarantine. As a news publication, it is important to report good news, even when most of the news can seem negative. It gives people hope and happiness during a difficult time.
During this time, several people have tried to make light of the current difficult situation. John Krasinski, an actor most known for his role on the Office, started a weekly news update called Some Good News. SGN focuses on the positive events happening in the world today. In addition to giving good news, Krasinski also guests several others on the show in order to give pleasure to his audience. In an episode talking about his time on the Office, Krasinski interviewed Steve Carrell, and on a special episode for the seniors graduating, he guested Oprah Winfrey.
Several other news sources have also decided to spread positivity by having “Good News” stories either published or broadcasted on their publication. These sources want to make sure that their audience has something more to see, other than just coverage of the coronavirus.
Throughout our time at home, it is important that people take the opportunity to grow and develop new ideas and interests. Like the sources spreading positivity, it is also important that we do that ourselves.
As a staff, we have decided to make this magazine a COVID free issue. This is for people who are looking for something else to read during this time in order to find happiness and positivity within news. We want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to break away from all of the negativity in the news, and have something to read that will bring them happiness during this time.
we need to stay positive during difficult times
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KEEPING A CLEAR MIND 03
ST. PATRICKS DAY 04
WOMEN HISTORY MONTH 05
COLLEGE ATHLETES 06
WATER POLO MANAGER 08
BASEBALL REVIEW 09
STUDENTS USING TIK TOK 10
SPRING BREAK 12
DISTRICT BOUNDARIES 13
BOOK REVIEW 14
BILLIE EILISH 16
SPRING FASHION 17
SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
THE SCORE EDITOR
THE SCORE REPORTERS
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May 13, 2020
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
people celebrate st. patty's day to honor irish history
Many celebrate St. Patrick's Day by following the historical traditions of the holiday. Graphic by Mishal Nizar
HOW WOMEN HAVE MADE AN IMPACT IN HISTORY
There is no doubt that women have not made major progress to an equal society regarding gender. With the success of the 19th amendment in 1920, women have created a respectable title for themselves.
Throughout history, a lot more women are running for high held positions. In the 2018 primaries, more women were running and waiting for office, for senate and for the House of Representatives. Many of these achievements have been made thanks to Women’s Marches. The encouragement that comes from gatherings like these is not matched by anything else. The message of women going beyond stereotypes has been successful now as many women have run for higher positions.
“I'd like to highlight, Lauren Underwood because she was a graduate of Neuqua Valley she was the youngest African American woman ever to be elected to Congress, and she obviously did a great job getting elected,” Fuhrer said.
Although these past few years women have reached milestones there is some still work to do.
“I also think it's pretty amazing that we've had obviously women actually running for the highest office. So last time around, we had Hillary Clinton winning. Hopefully, we'll see maybe a woman Vice President,” Fuhrer said.
Geraldine Ferraro was actually the first female to run for vice president back in 1984. Ferraro also served in the House of Representatives and is a role model for many women today. Through other women’s actions in the past, it paves a way for present and future female generations to make a name for themselves.
Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren have been key women figures in the 2020 elections. As seen in some European countries, women have held high positions such as prime ministers which have been a high milestone and a hope for women all around.
“The fact that there has been discussion about women running for the presidency shows the progress that women have made over the years. But at the same time, I still think there's tons of work to do,” Claudio Torres said.
The achievements women have made are by a diverse group of women. The Mayor of the City of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot is the first African American openly gay woman to hold that type of position. There are certainly no boundaries when it comes to making history. These changes are what many people want to see for the future and hopefully will continue to see.
These achievements have been made due to women role models paving the way for future generations. There has been an increase in women in the education field holding high leadership roles. In today’s society, there has been a growing number of women principals, assistant principals, and deans.
“This is what our youth and our children are seeing while they're in schools. As they see this in the education system they are going to continue to believe that they can do it as well,” Torres said.
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Follow the rainbow to the pot of gold… or perhaps just follow it down memory lane, because there is a vast history behind St. Patrick’s Day. One which is much more substantial than leprechauns and witty Irish t-shirts.
America is known for their large array of holidays that have derived from their original purpose and become more of a reason to celebrate. St. Patrick’s Day is certainly no exception. What started as a holiday to celebrate the traditions and culture of Irish Americans has quickly become a huge consumer celebration for anyone hoping to get a little lucky.
The history came around the legend of missionary St. Patrick. He was born in Britain but was kidnapped and sent to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. Although he did manage to survive and escape, he returned to convert many of the Irish people to Christianity. Initially, St. Patrick's Day was meant to be a celebration for St. Patrick who opened many missionaries and churches throughout Ireland.
The St. Patrick’s Day everyone knows today developed mainly after the emigration of Irish people to America in the mid 1700s. They took a secular approach to celebrating the holiday. The first parade was held in Boston in 1737. Later in 1762, New York City would begin to host their own parade and then in 1962 Chicago began coloring the river green.
Many of the celebrations today are mostly for tourism and recreation, for instance corned beef and cabbage are popular food items that actually gained popularity starting in the United States. Not only that, but other things that have become associated greatly with the holiday, such as green beer, also began in the United States.
The development of green as the symbolic color of St. Paddy’s Day came after the Irish Rebellion in 1798. The soldiers used green as a color to mark their side and rebellion. It established a distinction between the British red and Irish green.
Since then, it is no surprise that the color has taken over the month of March. Throughout the years it has not only been used to decorate various pubs and even the Chicago River, but it has also become a symbol for luck as a whole. The tradition behind wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day actually ties in with the myth of the leprechaun. They are rambunctious rascals that pinch everyone… unless they are dressed in that special color.
So as students continue to dress in green and enjoy the upcoming season, they can rest well knowing that there is a deep history behind this particular consumer holiday.
Several women have been an influential part of history, and they are continuing to make a difference. Graphic by Mishal Nizar
May 12, 2020
"I’m truly grateful to call Augustana my new home,” Bingham said. “I just run better with football and it’s always been so beneficial to me in the past”.
The excitement of starting a new chapter of your life can also be very scary. The unknown and unfamiliarity of being a college athlete can be very stressful. It is nerve racking not knowing how to properly function as both an athlete and a student.
“I’m most nervous about balancing school work and athletics because I know during the fall football will be packed into my schedule,” Bingham said. “Also, I’m playing against men that range from 18 to 23 years old or even older so I need to put in the work to get bigger and stronger as soon as I get there.”
Having this work ethic is what helped make Bingham scouted to continue his football career. It takes lots of hard work, but, in his opinion, is definitely worth it.
“Once you join a sport you become something bigger than just yourself,” Bingham said. “It’s countless memories on memories that you’ll never forget and it teaches you how to overcome hardships, persevere, and much more."
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Bludgen’s passion for swimming has pushed her desire to continue swimming after high school and into college. Photo courtesy of Tracy Bludgen.
Bingham's love for the sport has guided him to select a school he knows he can be successful in as a student athlete. Photo courtesy of Debbie Bingham.
“I wanted to continue swimming because I love the sport, competition, and being a part of a team.” Bludgen said.
Her decision to attend the University of Illinois came from the energy she received from the swim team and coaches before she was even a part of it. Having them to be supportive and show a specific interest in her helped guide her to make a decision.
“I love the campus and its size,” Bludgen said. “I also felt very welcome from both the team and the coaches. After my visit, I didn’t want to leave.”
Bludgen’s hard work and determination throughout her entire swimming career so far brought her to where she is today. However, having other assistance and support is crucial to success. Bludgen found that in her family, peers, and mentors.
“My parents, coaches, teammates, and friends have all helped me and supported me to become successful in swimming,” Bludgeon said.
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Dawson’s excitement for becoming a college athlete stems from her plans as a young girl. Photo courtesy of Laura Dawson.
At Metea, Cronin was the varsity team goalie for water polo. He also competed on the boys’ swim and dive team. Photo courtesy of Tom Musch.
Senior Athletes COmmit to Playing at the Collegiate Level
“It’s always been a dream of mine,” Dawson said. “I am so excited for the atmosphere that comes with college games and I will be able to make lifelong friends”.
Dawson reflects on how she got to where she is now by looking at past experiences and mentors. Growing up playing soccer, she has come across many who pushed her to always be her best.
Dawson’s decision on the University of Wisconsin Whitewater was an obvious one because of the amazing opportunities that she knows they will provide for her both for soccer and academics.
“When I got to Whitewater I just kinda knew it was the one,” Dawson said. “It is the perfect size for me, I like how it looks and feels, and I am able to continue to play soccer here."
University of illinois Urbana-Champaign
“I was not ready to call my senior year my last year playing water polo,” Cronin said. “I want to bring my skills to the next level of competition”.
Competing at the college level is completely different from IHSA competitions. There are new players with new skill sets that will bring an environment unlike one competed in before.
“I am most excited to be a part of a new team and new program,” Cronin said. “I’m nervous about the age difference in college and that nothing is guaranteed in terms of playing time”.
Considering these factors and more are especially important aspects of deciding on a school to compete and learn with. Choosing the right fit is a big decision, but it is one that can be very rewarding in the end.
“I choose McKendree because the distance from home and size are perfect for me. This along with having a great water polo and education program made me choose McKendree University,” Cronin said.
Editor' Note: This article was originally written prior to the cancellation of the spring sports season. It is included here in order to highlight the preparation by the team and their teamwork through this time.
As the weather begins to warm up, the boys’ baseball team is looking to avenge last year’s heartbreaking playoff loss.
The boys got off to an unreal start last season. They obliterated Glenbard South by a score of 17-5 thanks to an offensive explosion from the team. The success did not stop there, they continued to take win after win, ultimately racking up 14 straight victories before dropping a game. These victories included scores of 19-9, 14-0, and 15-1. The team finished the season 17-4, but dropped their most important game of the season in IHSA Regionals against Naperville Central. Despite the disappointing loss, head coach Stephen Colombe will look in the direction of the seniors to lead this year's squad.
“I know last year's seniors did a lot of good things for the program. I think our seniors have been really strong, there are 15 or 16 of those seniors who like to work together, and I think that is where they will be effective. It's not just going to be one guy, but rather a handful of guys who will step up,” Colombe said
Although all-around player Jake Kmiecik graduated this past May, senior slugger Cade Sullivan remains the biggest piece of the puzzle. Sullivan was named DVC Offensive Player of the Week last year. He also hit for an outstanding average of .438 last year. Not only solid in the batter’s box, Sullivan had a fielding percentage of .941 with only two errors throughout his entire junior season. Although he has already committed to spending his next four years at Western Michigan, Sullivan is not lacking any motivation to leave it all out on the diamond.
“Throughout the off-season, I really hit the weight room hard on top of working on my hitting and fielding. I have also been working on making my swing to be more home run-oriented and powerful. I believe that being stronger will result in better overall play,” Sullivan said.
Despite the disappointing end to the previous season, the team still has much to look forward to this year. The season will be a crucial time period for Mueller, the team's starting second baseman, signed to Calvin College to pursue the development of his baseball career. He is more dedicated to succeeding this season than ever before and is ready to help his teammates take the next step.
“I definitely have a chip on my shoulder. Losing in our first playoff game last year was heartbreaking because of the team’s success throughout the regular season. This year, we need to focus on staying strong throughout the season and the playoffs. I would like to pave the way for the underclassmen and have them strive for what we have accomplished as a program,” Mueller said.
With the regular season looming, the boys will surely be looking forward to another great season of Mustang baseball.
SWINGS INTO THE NEW SEASON WITH STRONG AMBITIONS
Mustangs practiced in the morning and after school in preparation for a new season, before it was cancelled. Photo by Leland Pan.
KHYATI DANI GIVES INSIGHT INTO SPORTS MANAGERS
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There are usually a few key people involved in high school sports. The three most common positions are players, coaches, and officials. However, there is another job that does not always get the recognition it deserves within a sport. Managers help out in a variety of different ways in sports and they have important roles that a lot of students do not know about. A student manager’s most prominent task is that they write down stats that occur in the games.
Student managers have a lot of duties during their sports’ competitions. There needs to be a position that fills the role of taking down stats and keeping track of other responsible information. This is where the student manager’s contribution takes shape. Khyati Dani is the student manager for the girls’ water polo team.
“There are special signs I put up at the home games, and fill up water, and stuff,” Dani said.
These may seem like little things to the average student, however, they are important to the process of the games. These tasks need to be taken care of and student managers have that responsibility. Being the student manager is also great for the involvement of the student within the sport.
“Some of my friends are on the team, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to play, so it was a good way for me to still be involved,” Dani said.
Being involved gives student managers a way to learn and understand the ins and outs of sports without having the need to compete in them. Student mangers also have an impact on the other people that are involved in sports such as coaches and athletes.
“It’s good that I’m able to help them get an idea of who does what, and that the coaches can just focus on what they need to do,” Dani said.
It is very helpful for the athletic department that some of the sports have the luxury of student managers. Otherwise, there would be a lot of small responsibilities for coaches who have other tasks at hand.
“I just love hanging out with the players, I feel like I’ve become closer to them, and I knew they could use my time at things like tournaments,” Dani said.
The athletic program is lucky to have students that are willing to volunteer their time in being student managers. It is helpful to the athletic staff that there does not need to be a paid employee for this position, but there are students that will work for the greater good of programs such as the Mustangs’ sports programs.
Girls' waterpolo season was cut short, however, plans to be successful were still practiced. Photo by Jordan Dullnigg
Teenagers have a unique relationship with social media, to say the least. Apps like Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok have drastically altered how society communicates and interacts. However, a major part of social media is the concept of going viral. The idea of wanting to get enough views to launch you to the stars is very common, but some media students have had the opportunity to do so.
Senior Batzaya Battsogt currently has about 21.3 thousand followers on the popular social media app TikTok. However, she doesn’t consider herself famous.
“My friends call me that, but I, personally, don’t think I’m famous compared to a lot of other people who have large followings on their account,” Battsogt said.
TikTok is a video sharing app defined by users lip-syncing or dancing to songs and the subsequent sharing of those videos. The lip-synching is a carry-over from its predecessor, Music.ly. Users have access to a wide range of content, which all last under one minute.
“A lot of people do different things, but I tend to do a lot of TikTok dances. I just dance to whatever dance songs are trendy,” Battsogt said.
Many of these dances have gained massive popularity outside of the app, with Metea staff members performing the Renegades dance at the winter pep assembly. Renegades, along with other dances to songs like Say So, Don’t Start Now, and Spooky, Scary Skeletons were new trends among teens.
TikTok has provided teens with a very quick and volatile way to get views and gain popularity. However, trends are created and flow very quickly on the internet. The speed in which trends come and go lends itself to how teens see the world, and what they choose to see.
“[Getting popular] definitely got me more addicted to the app,” Battsoft said. “Once I realized that people were wanting to know when I post and stuff. It made me check my phone more often.”
Junior Ciara Kenny was adjacent to internet fame this last holiday season when her uncle introduced a crafty response to asking for money as a gift. He created action figure themed boxes for the gifts, and shared them with the wide world, getting 121.4 thousand retweets and being featured as a moment on Twitter.
“I thought it was really cool for about an hour,” Kenny said. “It’s just like, oh, hey, there’s my Christmas gift blowing up all over Twitter.”
While social media does have its perks, there’s a very large possibility of harm being done. Most of the good things that are done usually have a backlash, varying from claims as to how the action was faked to people threatening worse action. These ‘haters’ can be dealt with in a variety of ways, both good and bad.
“It got a bit worrisome after about a day because then all of those random clickbait news sites would be talking about it,” Kenny said. “They’d be stealing photos from his Instagram, some of which were taken in my house. Oh, and you know there’s always hateful people on the internet, so if they really wanted to, they’d show up at my house to find him, which was a bit worrisome. So, we checked Instagram’s privacy policies, and I mean, I don’t think anyone has shown up at my house.”
Although there are some downsides, going viral can result in a fun outcome for those involved. After putting work into a creative outlet, whether that is a Christmas gift or the newest TikTok dance, getting good feedback is its own reward.
“It’s nice getting that validation,” Battsogt said.
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SCARS FROM NAPERVILLE
THE BATTLE WITH EDUCATIONAL DISCRIMINATION
White families dominate specific areas , which is very different than the Latino and African American communities. Graphic by Marco Rivero Luna.
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The idea of borders boils down to the idea of separating areas with common elements. In international states the main defining difference is nationality. Inside the United States, states are separated based on industry and tradition. In the most local form of districting in the United States, however, it’s become increasingly clear that borders are defined by and created for the purpose of dividing people based on income and race.
The most common districting that gets mainstream attention is congressional districting. This, of course, makes sense as congressional districting is the primary motivator behind gerrymandering and serves as the most corrupt of the different types of redistricting. The legacy of educational districting’s racist past, however, continues to influence social and political elements of our culture, even if it's less talked about than its congressional counterpart.
IPSD 204’s districting resembles a struggle that many townships and cities face today, the integration of society in zoning made for discrimination. Studies find that having more diverse classrooms leads to a better exchange of worldviews and ultimately allows young students to look past their differences. Educational districting has led to educational segregation. Just as congressional districts have been molded to give one specific party an advantage over an area, educational districts have also been molded to push a specific ideology.
Traditional American districting is primarily grounded in the idea of segregation. During the height of the Jim Crow period, the emergence of the suburb led to people embracing the idea of communal segregation. The racial outlook of these suburbs ended up being highly segregated with white families being concentrated in rich homogenous neighborhoods like Naperville, while families of color remained in cities and inner suburbs. In the 1960s the civil rights movement presented many suburbs with a unique situation: embrace open occupancy and allow families of color to move in, or continue to encourage white flight. Both Aurora and Naperville had their own solutions to this problem, with two radically different outcomes.
Aurora, since its inception, has always been an immigrant-friendly village. Aurora unapologetically supported abolitionism prior to the Civil War, served as a place for refugees from the Mexican-American War, and continued to encourage immigrants from Europe throughout the 1900s. As such, Aurora developed similarly to immigrant boroughs in inner cities, except on a much larger scale. This means that by the late 60s rolled around, Aurora already had a fairly diverse and progressive population. As Aurora and Naperville grew alongside each other, the school districting reflected something very similar.
Despite Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 ruling in favor of ending school segregation, most schools following the court case remained highly segregated. This boils down to the racist way neighborhoods were developed. Even as the civil rights movement grew and dominated youth culture, the racial map of neighborhoods remained the same. Since neighborhoods were so systematically segregated, schools also reflected the failures to integrate black and white families. The issue was never truly solved either, most cities, and surrounding suburbs today remain extremely segregated both school-wise and neighborhood-wise. Looking at a racial map of Naperville today reveals that white families are congregated to very specific areas within Naperville, and they tend to be completely opposite of Latino and black neighborhoods.
Despite the problems from the legacy of early suburbanization, the rise of Indian-American immigrants spurred the district into redistricting a lot more fairly. Looking at Elementary School and even High School zoning shows that even though there is schools with significantly more diversity than others in District 204, most schools reflect the same kind of diversity that is seen in Metea.
It’s important that the school district has paid attention to the educational segregation that has occurred for decades. Often times, many school districts are highly segregated without them even knowing it, something that would often lead to disastrous generational tension. While District 204 has begun to do a good job at redistricting well and making school a lot more diverse, it’s clear that more has to be done to make education fair for everyone.
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The devil went down to Georgia. He was looking for a soul to steal. I am kidding. Sort of. He does, however, go to Moscow in 1930 to prank some atheists who do not believe he exists. By “the devil”, I mean the devil disguised as a German black magician named Woland. By “Moscow”, I actually mean Moscow, but also Jerusalem in the time of Pontius Pilate. By “prank”, I mean brutally foretell their demise and make it happen on his own accord. By “prank”, I also mean force one to go clinically insane, but also not.
“The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov is his most famous work. It is an amazingly confusing book that takes so many unexpected turns. Not major plot twists; like the story taking every turn it can, even if they seem literally impossible. This novel is clearly a commentary on Christianity and organized religion in general. Bulgakov and other Russian writers of his time often delved into the idea of Christ more than the religion that came from it. They explored the core history of those events instead of the denominations that bloomed from them.
The main arc is the reunion of a writer who goes by the Master and his wife, Margarita. The Master has been writing a novel centralized on the story of Pontius Pilate, but he has been admitted into the mental hospital for going insane. Margarita just wants the love of her life back. Oddly, the Master and Margarita are not introduced until halfway through the novel. It leads the reader to believe that Ivan Nikolayevich Ponyryov and Mikhail Alexandrovich Berlioz are the main characters. They are the ones who meet the black magician in the city believing him to be a German tourist. Very quickly, in the violently descriptive fashion of “Dante’s Inferno”, Berlioz gets his head cut off. Ivan also has to battle his way out of a mental hospital for believing in the devil, which is an ironic comment on atheism in a novel that is a comment on organized religion. The readers then meet the craziest trio to have ever graced literature: a black magician who is the devil, an assassin, and a talking cat with a top hat.
The most confusing part of this book is all the names. Not only are there a lot of people -- like the twelve writers met in chapter five that represent the twelve apostles -- but every character can be addressed in a number of ways. Sometimes Bulgakov refers to them with their last name, or their first name, or their occupation, or with synecdoche. Another piece is the similar names. Ivan Nikolavovich and Niko Ivanovich are two different people. However, keeping track of the names is not impossible. Once that is passed, the rest of the story unfolds magnificently. the imagery in this novel is impeccable. I was able to picture what was happening no matter how unrealistic it seemed. This novel is fantastically written and allows the reader to let their mind wander free. It is impossible to read this book close-mindedly. It takes an improv-Esque mindset of saying “yes” to everything that is happening.
I highly recommend reading this book. It is a bit of a challenge to read, but it is worth the effort for such an amazing story.
"the master and margarita: the masterpiece that keeps readers on their toes
The devil disguised as a German black magician. Graphic by Harrison Linden.
Singer-songwriter, 5 Grammy Award winning, 18 year old,
The first song “Ocean Eyes” discovered on sound cloud 2016 which was later released in 2016 (dark room, Interscope records)
Billie Eilish’s growth from a teenage one hit wonder to culture definer
From releasing “Ocean Eyes” on SoundCloud, a single that went viral overnight, to 2020, releasing a James Bond 007 theme song “No Time to Die” with five Grammys at her side, Billie Eilish is one of the fastest growing female artists born in the 21st Century.
One of the most interesting things about the rise of Billie Eilish as an artist has been the growth that she’s shown in the last four years. At the time of recording “Ocean Eyes,” her debut single, Billie was only 14, and relatively unknown to the world. Now, Billie stands as one of the biggest artists of the year and is currently redefining pop music for the next decade. In just four years, Eilish’s style of music went from being a counter-movement to traditional pop, to becoming the mainstream, but the actual structure and content of her music have remained amazingly the same.
One of the most impressive facts about Eilish’s debut album was that every song was co-produced by just her and her brother Finneas. While there's nothing wrong with the massive producer backed projects dropped by her contemporaries, there’s a level of authenticity that Eilish is able to have by being one of the sole people behind her music. Not only that, but the actual production in Billie’s songs is made from standard Logic Pro X sounds, meaning all of it could be made by anyone who owns a Mac. The embrace of simplistic sounds and simplistic song elements elevates Billie’s vocals in a way that’s not traditionally seen in pop.
In a way, Billie’s rise reflects a return to the more simplistic ballad age of pop music. After the production-heavy EDM-fused nightmares of the 2000s era, this is a welcome shake-up to the industry.
The actual journey of Billie Eilish though is a lot more interesting. As her songs became a lot more mature and dealt with issues a lot more complex than just sadness, it became clear that Billie as a person was growing up and becoming an adult. When one first listens to Billie’s first EP “Don’t Smile at Me” it’s easy to see the criticism that is often lobbed at Eilish. Billie’s first EP lacked any real emotional complexity and sounded very average. It wouldn’t be until her first album where here real personality and real emotions would shine through.
There’s no better way to see the change in personality than listening to her breakout hit “Ocean Eyes” compared to her biggest hit off of her first album “Bad Guy.” Whereas “Ocean Eyes” is a standard love ballad, “Bad Guy” is a song that’s almost completely original, and completely unprecedented from Billie. With production infused from trap music, mixed with flavorful lyricism and quirks in the song, the sole “duh” in “Bad Guy” has more personality than the entirety of Billie’s early discography.
Billie Eilish becomes a Grammy winning artist . Graphic by Marco Rivero Luna.
As spring comes around, fashion styles change , while certain trends come back into style. Graphic by Bella Myers.
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As winter chills blow away, here comes the seasonal spring sprout which can lead to one thing. A significant change in wardrobe. Farewell to our puffy jackets and snow boots and welcome dresses, skirts, and t-shirts to light. Fashion is where we, as a society, express our artistic abilities even if some do not believe they inhibit that. Certain trends at certain times in a specific context can really be the foundation for a person’s way of style and thus, we continue to develop and search through the wonders of fashion.
Considered as “girly”, the preppy style has always made an appearance in fashion. Especially during the spring and summer, women like to dress up in skirts and accessorize. Nothing like sunglasses and a small handbag to supplement the look! This style includes skirts, collared shirts, and lots of light, pastel colors.
Vintage means an old item that is at least 20 years. Now, people look back in terms of fashion and enjoy a vintage look. As a whole, the vintage style varies since it depends on what era in history to look back on. It can range from the 1920s to the 2000s and is drastically different from modern-day. Although, there are many items that are deemed to never go out of style. That is denim, peep-toe shoes, Capri overalls, and wool plaid skirts.
Just because the sun is beginning to come out through spring, it does not mean we instantly switch to shorts. The chic formal style is definitely situational, but in this season it is a very polished look. It is often branded as “statements of quality” meaning it gives a huge eye appeal to the public as sophisticated. Garments such as a solid-colored, long sleeve top with vibrant-colored pants are the most basic concept of keeping a formal look but definitely varies for everyone.
All in all, the word casual correlates to comfort and a relaxed look, yet still, eye-appealing in which it combines solid-colors. Most of the time, the dress code includes jeans, shirts, and cardigans. Although, out of all of the fashion styles, casual is the type of clothing that is specifically diverse for everyone and their comfort level.
The common theme of fashion is how your style is teetered to you. There are definitely way more style approaches to take into consideration and whether or not your style falls into these categories, spring is the time to illustrate ourselves through our clothing.
A LOOK BOOK INTO ANOTHER SEASON
BillIE eilish: world famous grammy award winner