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Ten Movies to Watch in Quarantine

Because we’re all super bored and constantly need things to watch

By Celia Brocker

To be blunt, quarantine sucks. Online school is a struggle, you can’t see any of your friends and the weather is finally getting decent. But you can’t deny the definite perks, otherwise, you’ll be pulling your hair out in frustration. 

A definite plus is the near-endless opportunities to kick back and watch a favorite movie or TV show. With the number of streaming services, the number of choices you have can seem overwhelming. But to help you get started, here’s a list of movies you should definitely watch while you have the chance. 

1. Home Alone

This might hit a little too hard right now, but who could turn down such a feel-good classic? Kevin McCallister lives every little kid’s dream when he’s left home alone during the Christmas holidays – no parents bossing him around, eating whatever he wants, and thwarting criminals with hilarious booby traps – until he realizes that being with your family is better than being alone. 

2. Onward

If you have access to Disney Plus, streaming this movie is a good idea. Pixar continues to knock heartwarming movies out of the park, packing an emotional punch to the gut while making you laugh at the same time. 

3. Yesterday

This lighthearted comedy about a failing musician who is the only one who remembers the Beatles also packs in some interesting questions about humanity. How far would you go to achieve your dreams, and what should your dreams even be? 

4. Lady Bird

Before Little Women, Greta Gerwig gave us this indie film about a self-centered teen who’s only goal is to get out of her hometown Sacramento. Half the film is spent admiring Lady Bird’s quirky/blunt personality, and the other half has you wanting to shake her until she realizes that her life is not as terrible as she makes it out to be. It’s a good thing to remember right now, that for all you’re going through you should be thankful for what you do have. 

5. E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial 

Feeling nostalgic for childhood? Look no further than Spielberg’s classic tale of boy meets alien. 

6. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Who do you relate to more right now? Ferris shrinking his responsibilities, or Kevin’s lack of desire to do anything, let alone go out. 

7. Midsommar

Nothing like being stuck inside with a good horror film, and this one is unlike any other – the most uneasy and freaky parts of the movie happen when everyone is outside and the sun is shining bright. 

8. Anything Disney

It’s hard to pick just one, and everyone has a different favorite from their childhood. Relive your favorite memories by watching your old favorite, or by just watching all of them.

9. The Breakfast Club

Like anyone should need an excuse to watch this classic.

10. Harry Potter franchise

Technically putting more than one movie in a spot is cheating, but there’s a reason channels are having Harry Potter marathons constantly right now. If you have nothing to do all day and need a time-consuming activity, this is it.

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“A Story From a Different Closet” Book Review

In honor of Pride Month

The genderqueer pride flag

By Celia Brocker

Genderqueer: A Story From A Different Closet” is only about 200 pages, but is still able to keep things real. From the little things to the major events that shaped them, Allan D. Hunter walks through their journey to self-discovery. 

There are several things that make this autobiography stand out, the first being the narrative format of the story. There are a smaller number of chapters in the novel, and each part of the story is told in fragments. The second a thought ends, there’s a paragraph break and we’re on to the next part. Everything is short, sweet and to the point.

Another key part of Hunter’s storytelling style is that every event in their life is treated with the same amount of importance. From something as mundane as to something as big as, the description style never changes. It’s as though everything that ever happens to you is as huge or inconsequential as you want it to be. 

Hunter’s autobiography focuses on every detail of their life, both good and bad, never sticking too much to either side. Rightfully so, because to make the novel aggressively either would’ve been false. Life is a mixed bag of woes and winnings, happiness and hurt. To focus on only one aspect of life discredits someone’s whole experience, so it was good that Hunter paid equal attention to their triumphs as well as their sorrows. 

One critique of the novel would be that there’s a bit too much time spent on some early life experience and not enough time for the college and onward part of the narrative. None of it was disinteresting, but there were parts that felt repetitive, and it felt like it took a bit too long to get to the story’s climax. By the time the story reaches its conclusion, it almost feels like there was more to talk about, and there are some thoughts that were left off the page. 

By far the most compelling part of the novel is some of the final sections, where Hunter discovers the spectrum of sexuality and gender, and finds the area where they seem to fit. Though this part is towards the end, it’s clear from the beginning of the novel where the story is heading. Hunter introduces their ideas of gender at the start of the novel when they talk about their personality as a child  – how they don’t identify with the rough behavior usually prescribed to the male gender – and these thoughts stay with them and influence their growing up. 

When the revelation is made, it’s not something that comes out of left field. Because of course it’s not – these things don’t just appear one day like a magic trick. It’s always there, even if it’s not super obvious at first. 

Overall Hunter’s autobiography, though a bit slow at some parts, was an informative and well-developed glimpse into their mind. Almost like an essay a college professor would provide for their class to read, since their autobiography is very educational.

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Drake Broadcasting Systems Adjusting to Remote Campus

Keeping programs running during social distancing

By Celia Brocker, May 2020

Despite months of planning, the Drake Broadcasting System (DBS) has had to rethink its coverage of the Drake Relays after it was announced the event was postponed until June due to concerns over COVID-19. 

The Drake Relays are without a doubt the biggest event hosted by Drake University every year. It takes months of preparation, and people come from all over to compete in the track events. 

Other organizations like DBS also put in significant work to prepare for the Relays, planning coverage of the event for those who cannot attend. 

DBS is one of Drake’s student-led media groups, helping students gain more experience in practicing journalism. DBS involves video production, radio streaming, podcasting and more. But since Drake has moved to virtual learning to prevent spreading Covid-19, DBS’s coverage plan has to adapt to the current climate, including their coverage of the Drake Relays. 

“Given that our broadcasts require large casts and crews, we are going to take a substantial hit in involvement over the summer as most students will no longer be in Des Moines,” DBS President Lucius Pham said. “We are trying to adapt to the changes and, while we might not have our conventional broadcasts, we’ll still try and keep some content rolling.”

During the Relays, DBS becomes more active than ever, since they have a larger audience to reach. According to Ty Patton, the assistant athletic director of Drake University, 40,000 fans on average come to the Drake Stadium gates that week to celebrate the competition. 

“It is one of the biggest annual events in Des Moines that attracts a wide range of fans and visitors, from friends and families of competitors, track fans, alumni and the community as a whole,” Patton said. “Coverage from a media perspective helps highlight the city of Des Moines, Iowa and Drake University as a whole.”

The athletes themselves also benefit, since they receive a great deal of support and recognition, something they may not have received without media coverage. 

“Media reports are often viewed as the first draft of history, and history is made every day during the Relays,” Patton said. “Coverage can provide nuance and background to how and why an athlete was able to set a national record that the sheet with the results cannot adequately show.”

Since the Relays, initially scheduled for April, have been postponed until this summer (the date is still to be determined), DBS has had to re-plan their broadcasts without the Relays. And because learning has gone remote, there is an added challenge. 

“DBS relies heavily on on-campus involvement in collaborative projects such as videos and live-studio productions,” Pham said. “Additionally, many students won’t have access to radio booths in their homes, but we’re still trying to field and publish as much content as we can remotely.”

DBS has needed to put a lot of time and effort during Relays week in the past to produce the best content possible. The biggest time commitment is the pre-show broadcasts leading up to the Relays, where DBS tries to get competing and visiting athletes on their shows. 

Drake senior and former DBS President Adam Heater has been involved with the program since his first year at Drake, and has firsthand experience of the opportunities Drake students earn covering the Relays, including meeting famous athletes. Heater was able to get an Olympian on one the DBS programs –  Georganne Moline, a competitor in the 2012 Olympic games for the 400 meter hurdles. 

“That was the most surreal experience, getting to meet the people who are actually going to compete the next day,” Heater said. 

DBS provides students with lots of opportunities to practice and improve their skills in the field, and not just during the Relays. Despite the current situation, the doors are still open for students to get involved with DBS. 

“Students wanting to innovate and create content remotely over this period should definitely get involved with DBS and we can make something happen,” Pham said. 

To find out more about DBS or get involved with the origination, find them on social media or reach out via email.

Website: drakebroadcasting.com

Mail: drakebroadcasting@gmail.com 

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Hello world!

Welcome to my blog. My name is Celia and I’m a journalism student at Drake University. I’m majoring in News and am currently learning the how to navigate the digital media world. I’ve created this blog to be a digital portfolio of some writing I have been doing.

I’ve been fascinated with storytelling since I was a little kid, as well as the various formats that exist today that can tell stories. Our technological developments have opened up a new world of storytelling – say what you will about the Internet, but you can’t deny that it’s a useful tool.

I’ve been writing stories for Drake’s newspaper, The Times-Delphic, for about two years now. I’ve written news stories as well as commentary pieces. Last year I became the Commentary editor for the newspaper. This means that I decide what topics will be written/published every week, I proofread and edit them and then design the pages to fit in with the rest of the paper. It’s something I’ve enjoyed immensely, and has given me some great experience before I head into the professional field – I didn’t have the opportunity to work on a newspaper staff in high school, so it’s been nice to finally experience being a part of the field I love so much, no matter how small.

While my major is in News, I am also earning a concentration in Film Studies. My family introduced me to the film world early in my life, and that has had a massive influence on me. While news journalism may be my professional passion, studying/critiquing film(s) is my professional hobby. I enjoy writing film reviews in my free time, and have had them published in my school paper as well.

Someday I’d like to work in a real newsroom, and do my part to keep the public well-informed so they can make the best decisions possible. I would also like to be a film critic someday.

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