Throughout five studio albums, Muse has wooed fans with sheer musical talent and an uncanny ability for reinvention. For the risks they’ve taken — from the infectious dance hit “Supermassive Black Hole” to the sprawling symphony “Exogenesis” — they’ve been rewarded with much-deserved success. Unfortunately, “The 2nd Law,” Muse’s highly anticipated latest release, falls flat.
You want to start this quarter off right: get in with all the professors you’ve got ICs (intellectual crushes) on, make some new pals, memorize the library hours so you know when to switch from Green to sketchy Meyer overnights. We love being good students, too, so follow these five steps to at least give the illusion of being the best.
The countdown ‘til summer is at under two weeks, and what is more summery than going to the movies? Movie theater air conditioning provides a respite from the heat, and producers are counting on your retreat into the dark cool, so they’re saving their best for this sunniest of seasons. Here are five of the movies we’ll be watching this summer.
Like most of the undergrad population on this campus, I was too young to be a part of the target audience of the original “Men in Black” when in came out in ’97. Most of us were fortunate enough to have older siblings or pals introduce us to the comedic and badass stylings of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, and we can fondly look back on the original as well as the sequel. But even if “Lilo and Stich” was your primary extraterrestrial exposure, you’re in luck, because Will Smith doesn’t seem to have aged a day in “Men in Black III.” Plus, the first 15 minutes of this movie provide a handy refresher on the dynamic, crime-fighting alien duo of Agent J and Agent K, not to mention bring you up to speed on the current state of (Hollywood) race relations.
For most of you, Facebook is a way to communicate, share pictures with your best cyber friends and enemies, make yourself seem cool, avoid your mother’s friend request and stalk the wedding photos of your Southern friends. But for those of us who avidly analyze socio-cultural trends in the modern, tethered youth, certain stylistic choices in status updates have become overused to the point where they are just one more update away from crossing the nebulous division from trope into cliché. Read the critique and recognize your own crimes — one dedicated Facebook-user/Daily Reader at a time, the following five trends can be eradicated. Happy Facebooking!
Some say spring is a time for romance, but by the last few weeks of the quarter, Roxy knows the only love to be had at Stanford is the kind they study in Women in French Cinema. With only a few weeks remaining, there’s no time to start a full-fledged relationship — but Roxy only needs a few hours (or less, in a pinch) for her favorite kind of relationship. With warm days and chilly nights, the logic of the casual hookup is inescapable: find someone to keep your bed warm when the sun ducks behind the moon and who’ll be out of your hair by the time we see light of day again.