• The Disenfranchisement of Female Superheroes in Modern Movies

    Written by Paul Fontaine Despite being tailored to a younger audience, comic books (or graphic novels, as they are referred to nowadays) are very much part of the corporate entertainment media. From its beginning, comic book producers were mostly adult white men who drew and wrote stories for young...
  • Re(MEME)bering the 2016 Presidential Election

    Written by Mia Koutoulas and Daniell Jaillet Dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, political cartoons have served as illustrations or comic strips that contain a political message that usually relates to current events or personalities. Additionally, the high rates of illiteracy amongst the public were estimated to have been...
  • Civil Rights Are “Blowin’ in the Wind:” Bob Dylan’s Songs Highlight Why Black Lives Matter

    Written by Jennifer Michaud, Worcester State University Bob Dylan recently accepted the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize of Literature in honor of his inspirational protest songs that have cultivated American culture. Dylan, though a white male, has made noteworthy political statements for civil rights dating back to the early 1960s. Fifty years...
  • The Rise and Fall of Mohamed Morosi

    Mohamed Morsi was a very short lived president. When he first rose to power he was seen by many egyptians as preoccupied with gaining political control rather than trying to fix the social and economic problems of egypt. He rose to power because of the Muslim Brotherhood and many...
  • Being LGBT in Tunisia: Liberty and Justice is not for all.

    It was in Tunisia that the Arab Springs caught fire, quite literally, when Mohamed Bouazizi ignited himself in front of the government office in his hometown. Yet, not everyone in the country has been able to bask in these new democratic reforms. LGBT Individuals in Tunisia still face discrimination...
  • Armenian Folk Song Analysis Summary

    When I listen to the Armenian Choir’s beautifully rehearsed folk song, it’s hard to not ask myself, “What is this song about?”.  As I listen to the song, I find that the voices just become another instrument, as I do not speak the language and the words are rendered...
  • Wienerlieder

      Wienerlieder are traditional Viennese folk songs, historically sung in taverns and inns. They are written and sung in the Viennese dialect and they frequently contain obscure references and hidden jokes that make them nearly incomprehensible to outsiders. Though examples of the genre date as early as the late...
  • Sachertorte

    Sachertorte is a chocolate sponge cake with apricot jam, covered in dark chocolate. It’s arguably one of the most important foods for Viennese people because it is one of the only foods to have been known to be created and made exclusively for the Viennese. In 1832 the cake...
  • Toblerone and Child Soldiers

    Written by Matthew Meyers (California Maritime Academy) Edited by Aimee Casey (Diablo Valley College) Faculty Advisor: Nolan Higdon (California State University, East Bay)   In November 2016, the corporate media covered the junk food news story “Toblerone changes its iconic shape and chocoholics go crazy” while the independent media...