Katy Barnes

What makes Christmas specials so special?

Traditions are the cornerstone of the December holidays, and without them, getting into the mood of the season would be much harder. From religious tradition, such as lighting the Menorah during Hanukah, to personal traditions, such as opening one present on Christmas Eve, they all have a special part in how we observe our holidays. For many, a crucial tradition in their household is watching holiday specials.  Between Freeform’s annual 25 Days of Christmas celebration and the various holiday specials you find within your favorite television show, it seems like there is an abundance of television to watch every December. From Ranken-Bass...

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Disney+ or minus?

Graphic by DeAndra Hodge and Kat Bell Recently streaming services have been in the rise, due to the ever-rising distain for standard cable. Even individual companies have noticed the trend and, as they do, they have been capitalizing on it in any way possible. The newest little site to join the ranks of Netflix and Hulu is Disney +. Immediately upon launch the internet went wild with excitement, but does the site deserve the praise it’s getting? I’m not sure.  First of all, despite being one of the largest companies in the world, it seemed even Disney was surprised...

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Should Sean Spicer even be on DWTS?

Graphic by DeAndra Hodge Sometimes famous people make mistakes, or sometimes they begin to fall into obscurity. Sometimes they want to have fun, and sometimes they are just the most recent star of “The Bachelor.” If a celebrity falls into any of these categories, more often than not they will find themselves on “Dancing with the Stars.”  “Dancing with the Stars” is a spin-off of the British television show “Simply Come Dancing” that airs on ABC at 8 p.m. on Monday nights. Led by hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, it focuses on lesser known celebrities learning to dance. It also serves...

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Moths: The Bees of The Night

Hannah Irlan observing the exhibit. Photo by Katy Barnes Science can be a difficult thing to talk about. Many don’t understand it, and many more are scared of it. This is what artists Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki call Science Friction. With their clever satire and unique way of looking at science through the lens of art, they’ve found many ways to combat this sense of science friction. One such way is through their creation of the Moth Garden.  The Moth Garden came about as a way to educate the world about the importance and beauty of pollinating species. Species like bees are suffering from Colony Collapse Disorder, which stems...

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“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” a show made in heaven

Christina Yancy portrays Judas’ mother, Henrietta. Photo courtesy of University Marketing & Communications Judas Iscariot – one of the 12 disciples and eventual traitor of Christ was doomed to reside in hell for his crimes, according to common Christian belief. But did he actually deserve it? That is what “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” attempts to answer under the premise of a court case in purgatory.   Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by UM professor Michael Walker, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” focuses on Fabiana Aziza Cunningham (played by Melissa Hund) and Yusef El-Fayoum (played by Ryan Orso), as they pull figures from history to debate whether or not...

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