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Friday, September 19, 2014

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Big Machine

Taylor Swift, the princess of pop?

BY GIBSON JOHNS

If 1989 ends up being the album that I and many others expect it to be, then gone will be the days of the country duds that Taylor Swift used as fillers on Red.

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'U' Keene Theater to welcome Berlin-based dance company

BY COSMO PAPPAS

This Friday, the doors to the Keene Theater of the Residential College will welcome German-speaking and non-German-speaking guests alike for an open workshop with Tanz Tangente.

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Network television isn't dead

ABC

BY CHLOE GILKE

Network television isn’t dead. It’s alive and thriving, though its face is no longer recognizably white or male, nor is its programming comparable to whatever was airing ten years ago.

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Pussy Riot to give 'Punk Prayer' lecture at Michigan Theater

Erik Lohr / The Voice Project

BY GILLIAN JAKAB

This Thursday evening in the Michigan Theater, University organizations The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series and the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies are co-presenting the Pussy Riot/Zona Prava member’s lecture “Punk Prayer.”

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My weekend with Oprah

Courtesy of Oprah

BY EMILY BODDEN

The resounding message was that women are stronger, more capable and more deserving of self-love than they usually give themselves credit for. And throughout everything, Oprah continued to promote her message that “you can.”

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U2's surprise album mixes personal lyrics and uninteresting music

Island

BY AMELIA ZAK

In releasing their unexpected Songs of Innocence, U2 has “beyoncé’d” a well-written, nostalgic and at times powerful album.

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Campus Fashion: The Diag

BY JOOHYUN YU

Students on The Diag express their personalities through their outfits.

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Natalie Gadbois: The trouble with Olivia Wilde's breast

BY NATALIE GADBOIS

Wilde’s photo illustrates a modern Madonna – her face calm, her waist already thin, even her breasts sans stretch marks. Her baby is naked and glowing, a paragon of infant innocence and grace. What purpose does this humble-brag serve?

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Syfy

Zombies, vampires and the TV monster genre

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

Can you watch “Z Nation” for its video-game style gore and bombard of nonstop action? Sure, but it’s almost more fun to look beneath that and probe at the plight of the Living Dead.

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Giancarlo Buonomo: The whole 'No ketchup on a hot dog' thing

BY GIANCARLO BUONOMO

Now if New York and Chicago, whose hot dog rivalry is the stuff of legends, independently issue damning indictments of ketchup, then that should be a pretty good indicator of how universally hated ketchup is by wiener enthusiasts. But this universal hatred is precisely what is so weird about ketchup-phobia.

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Grace Prosniewski: Literacy missions not just important, but vital

BY GRACE PROSNIEWSKI

To be illiterate is to be disenfranchised from one of the most powerful forms of imagination. It makes language a prison when it should in fact be a site of transformation, of transcendence.

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