Master of None: Review

by Clara Butler

In Aziz Ansari’s brilliant new comedy exclusively on Netflix, he navigates the modern world while throwing in important lessons like valuing your parents, calling out systems of discrimination like racism and sexism, and the importance of being decisive.


Aziz Ansari (L) and Noel Wells (R) hanging out in one of the many trendy restaurants and bars in Master of None

While this show is absolutely hilarious, I appreciate how much heart it has and that the storyline progresses at a pace where you don’t have to watch the series all at once (like a Shonda Rhimes show) but you keep coming back because you genuinely are interested in the characters and the decisions they make. Similar to Girls which is also set primarily in modern-day Brooklyn, Master of None deals with texting, online dating, and other issues based in reality but feels less like Lena Dunham’s odd relationship struggles than a show that actually knows what it means to date and be a 20-something today.

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Allegiance: Remembering Forgotten Histories

by Mariah Castillo

Earlier this semester, my friend asked me if I wanted discount tickets to a Broadway musical. When I found it the musical was Allegiance, my immediate response was “YAAAAASSSS.” I follow George Takei on Facebook and Instagram, and I’ve been watching the show come to life on Broadway through my computer screen. Allegiance has been on my “To-Watch” List for a few months.


Lea Salonga (L) and George Takei (R) in Allegiance

I wanted to see Allegiance for a few reasons. First, I didn’t want to miss a chance to see Lea Salonga return to Broadway. I finally get to see and hear in person one of the biggest musical influences in my life. As a child, I was told by my Tito’s and Tita’s (Uncles and Aunts- not always by blood) that I sounded like Salonga, and after seeing Allegiance, I can tell you, reader, that they were lying—me singing my best wouldn’t even come close to her singing at her worst (if she even has a “worst”). There was such power and emotion in her voice, none of the artists I’ve come seen in the shows I’ve seen before could ever compare.

The second and biggest reason I wanted to see the show was its basis. Allegiance is inspired by Takei’s childhood experiences at the Japanese internment camps during World War II. This shameful chapter of American history is usually skipped or mentioned in one sentence in high school history books, and it is just one of several events that are purposely “forgotten.” As a Filipina growing up in America, for example, the most I’ve been taught in school about Filipino-American relations was that the United States benevolently freed the Philippines from Spanish rule in the late 19th century. It was only when I researched the Filipino-American War in depth last year that I realized the motives and following events were less than benevolent. After learning about Allegiance coming to this part of the world, and trusting that this topic will be explored in a sensitive manner, I knew I had to support a representation of one of America’s forgotten histories. To many who may not know a lot about Japanese internment, Allegiance is one way to understand its many unsettling facets.

*Spoilers Ahead*                                                                                 

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Alternative Study Spaces

by Caroline Andrews

Stressful times upon us

With midterms abounding, paper deadlines creeping up, and Netflix still existing, many Barnard students need study spaces that provide both a space for focus and an environment that doesn’t heighten the already-too-high stress levels of this time of year. But where can you go when Butler gives you the heebie jeebies and you don’t want to get too emotionally attached to Lehman Library? Here are five lesser known study spots that can help you crack through that next paper.

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by Hanna Wentz

A snugglebooth is a situation where you feel like you can be yourself while simultaneously exerting time and energy in a somewhat productive manner. People say it is never too late to change your life. Well that is a lie, but you can definitely spice it up!

I feel like there is an understanding amongst college students that we do not know where to direct our time and energy. This listlessness most commonly found in college students is due to the lack of a snugglebooth. The problem with not having a snugglebooth is you have absolutely no idea what to do with your life 99% of the time which leads to massive amounts of internal conflict and angst. That is life for me, anyway. That is, until I found my snugglebooth. Those of you who have your life together should probably stop reading this blog post now because you are lying to yourself if think you have a snugglebooth.

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