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Marley Hamil

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer

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The Hidden Costs of Being “America’s Sweethearts”

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer July 15, 2024

As someone who loves reality TV and appreciates any media that passes the Bechdel Test, I was intrigued by Netflix's "America's Sweethearts," a six-episode documentary series about the 2023 Dallas Cowboys...

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“Bridgerton: Season 3″ Was Not Worth the Wait

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer July 1, 2024

As a self-proclaimed connoisseur of guilty-pleasure romances, I've devoured everything from the “A Court of Thorns and Roses” book series to reality TV shows like “The Bachelor.” My motto? The...

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Netflix’s “Damsel” Put Me in (Emotional) Distress

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer June 3, 2024

If you enjoyed watching Shrek for the plot’s inversion of all the classic fairy tale tropes but were looking for a movie that lacked clever dialogue, original plot, any humor and endearing, fully-fleshed-out...

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A Shining Sequel: Review of “Dune: Part Two”

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer April 8, 2024

In the highly anticipated sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s "Dune: Part One," the protagonist’s love interest promises, "I will love you as long as you remain true to yourself."  Likewise, I loved “Dune:...

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The Power of Food Rescue Programs

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer March 11, 2024

Around 30% of food in the United States is wasted at the retail and consumer level, totaling approximately 35 million tons annually. Restaurants, grocery stores and catered events all contribute to this...

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The Fantasy Fumble: Why Big-Budget Adaptations Are Missing the Mark

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer March 4, 2024

Fantasy has always been my favorite genre, with iconic series like “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” playing pivotal roles in my childhood. However, the recent...

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Debunking Expiration Dates

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer February 26, 2024

Picture this: you’re strolling through the grocery store, puzzling over the dates on food packages. Would you know the difference between the “best if used by” date you see printed on a cereal box...

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A Critical Look at “The Boy and the Heron”

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer February 19, 2024

Confession time: I was disappointed by “The Boy and the Heron.” It feels almost sacrilegious to admit this, considering how much I adore Studio Ghibli films, and how grateful I feel to be able to experience...

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The Cost of a Cup: Why I Chose to Boycott Starbucks and You Should Too

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer February 5, 2024

For the last three months, I’ve participated in the global Starbucks boycott as a show of solidarity with the Palestinian liberation movement and the Starbucks Workers' Union. This movement isn’t just...

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Read, Reuse, Recycle: Support our Book Drive!

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer December 4, 2023

As another year winds down, many of us are facing the end-of-the-semester dilemma: what should we do with our old textbooks? Or perhaps you are planning to move in the new year and have been dreading an...

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Watch Billionaires Choke on Their Greed in Mike Flanagan’s “Fall of the House of Usher”

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer November 20, 2023

“The Fall of the House of Usher,” is a show where billionaires get a taste of their own morally bankrupt medicine, and the only thing more twisted than the plot is the characters' ethics. Directed...

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A Brewing Storm: The Starbucks Boycott and Growing Student Activism

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer November 6, 2023

In the wake of escalating global activism, there has been a noticeable shift in coffee-drinking patterns, including among college students. This change is due to the nationwide boycott of Starbucks, which...

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“Totally Killer” or Totally Filler?

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer October 30, 2023

With absolutely no plans for this Halloweekend, I decided to treat myself to a movie night. Cocooned in a blanket and armed with a bowl of peanut M&M’s and popcorn, I opened up Prime Video and scrolled...

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My Roman Empire(s) are Stories Like Elizabeth Smart’s

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer October 23, 2023

Recently, the Roman Empire trend went viral on TikTok. You may have heard of it, but in case you haven't, it goes a little something like this; women ask their fathers, brothers or boyfriends how often...

Reunite with Percy Jackson in “Chalice of the Gods”

Reunite with Percy Jackson in “Chalice of the Gods”

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer October 9, 2023

As a devoted fan of the original series, just hearing the name ‘Percy Jackson’ sends me back to my childhood, where each book was an exhilarating escape into a world of adventure and myth.  When...

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Examining Illinois’ ‘Green Growth’

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer October 2, 2023

There may be no better time for residents of Illinois to find a job in clean energy as the latest employment numbers show explosive growth in the sector. On Sept. 19, 2023, the eighth Clean Jobs Midwest...

Love Your Inhospitable Lands; An Analysis of Mitskis New Album

Love Your Inhospitable Lands; An Analysis of Mitski’s New Album

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer September 25, 2023

With the release of her highly anticipated album, "The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We," on Sept. 15, Mitski, the acclaimed singer-songwriter, has once again mesmerized audiences. From the pared-down...

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Karma is the Icon On the Screen

Marley Hamil, Staff Writer September 18, 2023

Following a successful and empowering Barbie Summer, this fall will see another blonde icon taking the movie scene by storm through innovative methods. Last month, in an announcement that sparked relief...

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