Album review: if i could make it go quiet

Artist: girl in red Rating: 5/10 Review by: Della Johnson On her new record, if i could make it go quiet, Marie Ulven — better known as girl in red — is inexplicably much more aggressive than we’ve ever seen her. Having risen to fame on a platform molded with the serenation of young, queer romance, her newest songs draw […]

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Sophomore cashes in on colorful hobby

Della Johnson | Staff Writer When it comes to owning a small business, sophomore Lillian Ehlers is nailing it. The concept of students having jobs alongside their extracurriculars is nothing new, with part-time jobs at food chains and retail stores being among the most common of working environments for teens. Another route, however, is for a student to start their […]

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Movie Review – Raya and the Last Dragon

Review by: Della Johnson Directed by: Don Hall, Carlos Lopez Estrada Rating: 7/10 Disney’s newest princess film felt very familiar. As a strong female warrior with a sarcastic dragon sidekick, Raya certainly mirrored Mulan, the other princess to hail from an Asian country, and her consistent travel by boat lent itself a bit to Moana. Still, the movie itself fostered […]

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Viewer Attraction to true crime content on the rise

Della Johnson | Staff Writer While some cases may be chilling, student crime buffs aren’t letting them go cold. The internet’s obsession with true crime has been prolific for years, reflected in the extensive amount of accessible content: shows, video channels, and podcasts centered around analyzing cases, solved and unsolved. Infatuation with the most immoral and violent acts is something […]

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Guo Receives MLK Humanitarian Award for Coronavirus Relief Project

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Mason High School Senior Jiahao Guo’s efforts in helping his community have not gone unnoticed.  In early 2020, Guo gathered a few friends together–all of them teenagers–to start the Coronavirus Relief Project (CRP), a nonprofit organization that provides masks and other health-related items to places in need, whether it be internationally or, as Guo has […]

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Album Review: Flowers for Vases/Descansos

Review by: Della Johnson Artist: Haley Williams Rating: 8.5/10 Hayley Williams, of the alternative rock band Paramore, purveys a vulnerable and gentle side to heartbreak in her album FLOWERS for VASES / descansos, surprise-released on February 5. She longs for past lovers, opening up about her insecurity with the question, “I wonder how you view me?” in the vocalization-riddled “HYD”,  […]

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In Defense of Britney Spears

Della Johnson | Staff Writer As the world becomes more cognisant of the severe importance of mental health, it’s probably best that everyone issues a formal apology to Britney Spears. Sprouting into massive fame at only age 17, Spears seemed to have all media attention set upon her. She became a symbol of pop culture and current trends–and, as a […]

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Taking on Twitch

Della Johnson | Staff Writer Real-time broadcasting has found its way into the daily routine of high schoolers. Live streaming – -specifically video game streaming — has quickly become the entertainment of choice among teenagers. Platforms such as YouTube Live and Amazon’s Twitch provide extensive spaces for creators to cast video directly to their audience at the exact time they […]

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Viral Alert: Music Review

Della Johnson | Staff Writer 17-year-old Olivia Rodrigo has become an overnight sensation. It’s not that she wasn’t already famous. From her starring role as Nini on Disney+ original High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and Paige on Bizaardvark, she has gained quite a following. Even still, no one could’ve predicted the sort of response that her newest song, […]

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Passion for fountain pens leads to global friendships

Della Johnson | Staff Writer  Penmanship enthusiasts are inking up impressive collections.  Fountain pens–ornate pens with tips of metal–have been around since their replacement of the older dipping method in the 20th century, and have faded out of common usage due to cheaper, more modern, and more easily accessible alternatives. For a select few, however, these writing utensils haven’t left […]

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Best TV Shows of 2020

With 2020 coming to a close, the Chronicle Staff is looking back at the best, most binge-able television released over this past year. Without further ado, here are some staff picks for the best shows of the year. Abby Waechter | Staff Writer Evan Romansky’s original Netflix Series Ratched imagines the complex backstory of Nurse Ratched, a character long understood […]

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Album Review: Good News

Artist: Megan Thee Stallion Rating: 8/10 Review by: Della Johnson Riding the high of a viral 2020, Megan Thee Stallion has rounded out her year with a 17-song album, a conglomeration of intricate rhymes and cheeky adlibs. She features chart success and single “Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé)” and already-popular “Body,” among other fast paced tracks like the Biggie-sampling opener, “Shots […]

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Societal standards push students towards the normalization of dangerous eating behaviors

Shravani Page | Staff Writer Della Johnson | Staff Writer  When students attempt to match body ideals set by society, they can be pushed to dangerous limits. Eating disorders are known to be secretive and dangerous–especially among the student population. With about 20 million women and 10 million men developing eating disorders in their lifetime, according to the National Association […]

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Album Review : Positions

Review by Della Johnson Artist: Ariana Grande Rating: 6/10 Review: Ariana Grande’s highly anticipated sixth studio album Positions released Friday, October 30th, following the drop and chart success of her lead single by the same name. In this album, she experimented more with R&B–something she had been called to do for years by her large fanbase. She also features heavy […]

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Best Songs of 2020

As 2020 finally nears its end, the Chronicle Staff is taking a look back at all of the truly fantastic music that was released over the past year. Without further ado, here are a few staff picks for the best songs of the year. “Key West (Philosopher’s Pirate)” by Bob Dylan By Raghav Raj The penultimate track from Bob Dylan’s […]

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