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Book Review:

Book Review: "The Mars Room"

Author: Ellie Buerk

Gritty, vulgar, upsetting and strange, “The Mars Room” by Rachel Kushner tells the story of Romy Hall, a young woman serving two consecutive life sentences at a women’s correctional facility in California. In this haunting and undeniably beautiful novel, Romy’s life is presented at the intersection of poverty and misfortune. 

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Movie Review:

Movie Review: "Portrait of a Lady on Fire"

Author: O'Neil, Alison

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” a French film starring Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant, offers a compelling storyline complete with visually rich cinematography and stirring romance. When young painter Marianne (Merlant) arrives at her new commissioner’s isolated beachside mansion, she must begin her assignment of painting the beautiful and melancholic Héloïse (Haenel), who is engaged to a wealthy foreigner at the behest of her mother. Marianne must create the portrait of Héloïse without her subject noticing, leading to the development of a forbidden and passionate romance between the artist and her muse. While technically a “period drama,” Portrait’s complex characters and stunning shots — composed much like paintings themselves — give the audience a window into a world that seems almost timeless. The 2019 film is currently available on Hulu.

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Recipe Reviews

Recipe Reviews

Author: Katharine Flanagan

Below are some dishes I have made so far during my time at home. As a vegetarian with a brother who’s allergic to milk products, I have picked dishes that can be easily adapted to accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions.

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Checking in with Campus Seminarians: Q&A with Liam Johnson, Second Year in Old College
“It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Review

"Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness" Review

Author: Ellie Buerk

In a time full of unprecedented events, “Tiger King” is somehow undoubtedly the strangest thing I’ve seen in weeks. And it is an absolute must-watch. Bizarre, offensive, upsetting and darkly funny, this Netflix documentary is everything you never knew you wanted.

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“The Invisible Man” Review
Healer: A Must-Listen Album for a Satisfying Afternoon
Love, Crime and History in Spanish Dramas: A Review

Love, Crime and History in Spanish Dramas: A Review

Author: Perez, Adriana

If, by this point, you're already tired of the same old suspense, drama and romance plots that American shows and movies have to offer, I come bearing good news. For times plagued by pandemics, like the Spanish flu, Spanish television offers a cure — albeit only for boredom.

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“Oona Out of Order” Review
“Love is Blind” Review
YA Must-Reads

YA Must-Reads

Author: Emma Ferdinandi

If your eyes have been glued to the screen for the last weeks — either for class, catching up with friends or bingeing your favorite shows — take a break and stay entertained with this list of the best young adult books to devour.

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“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Season 10: Review
Scholastic’s Premier Podcast Recommendations

Scholastic’s Premier Podcast Recommendations

Author: Daphne Saloomey

While a lot of this time has probably been spent bingeing on Netflix or catching up on books that have been in your to-be-read pile for months, even that can get boring after a while. Why not try something new? To help you do just that, I’ve compiled a list of podcast recommendations.

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“The Book Review Podcast,” from the New York Times

"Knives Out" Review

Author: O'Neil, Alison

A late-2019 drama that has continued to garner acclaim into 2020, Rian Johnson’s “Knives Outoffers a two-hour jaunt through the Clue board game-style mansion of the fictional, celebrated mystery author Harlan Thrombey. When Thrombey is found dead the morning after a contentious birthday party with his family, Southern gentleman detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) finds himself immersed in a world of intrigue both farcical and tragic. Through examining Thrombey’s family

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Good Intentions Highlighted In Bieber’s New Music Video

"The Two Popes" Review

Author: Daniel Paglia

“The Two Popes,” a new Netflix movie directed by Fernando Meirelles and written by Anthony McCarten, follows the blossoming friendship between two of the most influential men in the Catholic Church at a critical junction in its history. 

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Embracing Intersectionality: Flaherty Feminism Prompts Discussion on Equality
Robinson Community Learning Center Plans for Relocation

Robinson Community Learning Center Plans for Relocation

Author: Katherine Flanagan

Several seniors wait in the living room for help with their taxes. Two classrooms are filled with adults learning English. A lone child plays in the English as a New Language preschool. The unusual lack of attendance is likely due to the inches of snow piling up outside. Such is a Wednesday morning at the Robinson Community Learning Center.

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Innovation From The Ground Up: The Journey from IDEA to CES
Reviews: February 2020

Reviews: February 2020

Author: Scholastic Staff

February 2020's reviews for Jojo Rabbit, which won Taika Waititi an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, "Circles," Mac Miller's posthumous album and "Spinning Out," a new Netflix series.

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Irish Studies Program Plans for Expansion

Irish Studies Program Plans for Expansion

Author: Katherine Flanagan

Each year, Notre Dame sends over 200 students 3,500 miles across the ocean to study in Ireland. They arrive back on campus eager to share the Irish culture, history and language. But many of those students — and others who don’t study abroad — find that same Irish tradition in Notre Dame’s classrooms, less than 3,500 steps from their dorm rooms.

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The Notre Dame 10

The Notre Dame 10

Author: Zhang, Tianle

A deeply unpopular political establishment, a military embroiled in war, a society marked by inequality and injustice — these profound problems threatening Americans 50 years ago galvanized a radical wave of student protests across the country.

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Reviews: November 2019
Students and Inmates Westville Correctional Partnership Offers Inmates Opportunity for Education
Notre Dame Develops Technology Ethics Center
Campus Spotlight: Notre Dame Learning’s Kaneb Center

Campus Spotlight: Notre Dame Learning’s Kaneb Center

Author: Daphne Saloomey

About 30 years ago, students on campus pushed to see a physical realization of the university’s commitment to educational innovation and the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning was born. Today, the center — which specializes in learning research and offers resources for students and faculty alike — is housed under Notre Dame Learning.

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Reviews: October 2019