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Music, media and the mental state of the University

Anya Marquardt and Skylar Sena April 23, 2023
We at The Statesman wanted to take a look at how this increase in music and media consumption could possibly be linked to the mental health issues currently facing college students today.
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Copy Chief Skylar Sena passionately displays her love for spicy literature. Smut captivates readers with stories like no other. TIM GIORLANDO/THE STATESMAN

Hockey smut and the search for sexual literacy

Skylar Sena March 26, 2023
So why does smut get this type of global internet attention? Because they’re the books that are written for women, by women.
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The cover of The 1975s latest album, Being Funny in a Foreign Language. COURTESY OF SPOTIFY

The 1975 revisit their musical roots in new album “Being Funny in a Foreign Language”

Skylar Sena October 18, 2022
Fans of The 1975 — myself included — were pleased with the nostalgic sound and tone of “Being Funny” and felt it was a return to the sound they know and love from Healy and the band.
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Nostalgia: tricking our memories and media

Skylar Sena September 30, 2022
#OPINION: CM Punk’s berating of his colleagues and backstage political strife got me thinking — given his history of conflict and displeasure in his former company, why bring Punk back to the squared circle in the first place? The answer is simple: nostalgia.
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An illustration featuring a warped image of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Logo. TIM GIORLANDO/THE STATESMAN

Behind the curtain: the struggles of the women outside the wrestling ring

Skylar Sena July 31, 2022
Despite the vital role of women in the wrestling industry who aren’t taking bumps on the mat, they hardly receive the respect they deserve, simply because of their female presence in a fiercely un-female arena.
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Taylor Hawkins at Lollapalooza in Berlin, 2017. RAPHAEL POUR-HASHEMI/CC BY 2.0

“Cold Day In the Sun”: Remembering Taylor Hawkins

Jeremy Portnoy and Skylar Sena April 3, 2022
Taylor Hawkins’ death on March 25, while heartbreaking for grunge lovers around the world, is yet another mourning period they are all too familiar with.
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A graphic for a playlist featuring well known songs from movies. Many of the songs become popular due to the movies they are shown in. CAMRON WANG/THE STATESMAN

The role of music in movies

Skylar Sena March 28, 2022
Music and movies will always intertwine. The intermingling of the two creates cinematic powerhouses, and propels each component far beyond the expectations of those in the writer’s room or in the movie theater.
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Popular Library paperback cover for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. JOSHUA DAVID BERGEY/CC BY-SA 4.0

The ugly representation of sexy women in TV – thanks, but no thanks

Skylar Sena March 6, 2022
Whether it be Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” or Margot Robbie in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” women’s bodies have been used as pawns for both the men in the movies and the audiences drooling over their popcorn.
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The official jeen-yuhs movie cover from Netflix. PUBLIC DOMAIN

“Jeen-yuhs”: Kanye West and the reality of unmedicated heartbreak

Skylar Sena February 28, 2022
Following an ugly divorce from Kim Kardashian — characterized by petty house purchases, “Skete” Davidson and the muse from “Uncut Gems” — the rapper-turned-fashion designer has created quite a stir on the platform. 
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The Statesman’s Valentine’s Day playlist

The Statesman’s Valentine’s Day playlist

Skylar Sena February 14, 2022
What better way to celebrate than with some love-inspired lyrics? Here are some of the top songs to play this Valentine’s Day, whether the lovebug has bitten you or not. 
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Ceramic Santa figurine.  Nikos Koutoulas /  FLICKR VIA CC BY-SA 2.0

“Santa Tell Me…” is Christmas music really good?

Skylar Sena December 6, 2021
Whether you believe Michael Bublé should start defrosting before or after the turkey, there’s one important question that needs to be answered: is Christmas music actually good? 
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The official album cover of “For The Birds” by Read South Hall.  PUBLIC DOMAIN

Read Southall Band releases new album “For The Birds”

Skylar Sena November 24, 2021
Read Southall, lead singer of his self-titled band, discussed the heart and soul that has gone into all of his lyrical projects, including the band’s most recent album release, “For The Birds,” in an interview with The Statesman.
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