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Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Cookie Dough Frappuccino

| July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Cookie Dough Frappuccino

In celebration of the first sub-ninety degree day we’ve had this month, I decided to round the week off with Starbucks’ interpretation of an ice cream favorite, cookie dough. “The Cookie Dough Frappuccino” is something I’ve been interested in trying for a while now. I actually heard of it before I ever saw it on […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ is as cool as it is thrilling as it is genuinely great

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ is as cool as it is thrilling as it is genuinely great

“Alright fellas, what’s cooler than bein’ cool? ICE COLD! Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright.” – Ancient Western Proverb It’s no secret that the “Mission: Impossible” movies are cool. They exist to be cool. But this fact was turned up to 11 in 2011 with Brad Bird’s fourth entry into […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Paper Towns’ is engaging enough to ignore its flaws

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Paper Towns’ is engaging enough to ignore its flaws

Confession: I didn’t finish reading “Paper Towns,” but I legitimately started reading it at a bad time — right before finals started kicking my ass. If you want to read a great review of the book, check out Lifestyle Editor John Lineberger’s review of it right here. I felt a little disingenuous going into the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Vacation’ brings the R-rated laughs in spades

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Vacation’ brings the R-rated laughs in spades

The original “Vacation” was one of the first R-rated films I ever watched, and while the film — at least by today’s standards — is pretty tame, I still felt pretty badass amongst my fifth grade peers. But despite this landmark achievement in my life, the remake of “Vacation” never really came on my radar as […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Southpaw’ is an important sports movie if there ever was one

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Southpaw’ is an important sports movie if there ever was one

I’m not a fan of sports movies. In fact, I’m not a fan of sports at all. It’s not that I’m necessarily against athletics, I just never got into them and instead became what I assume was my parent’s worst nightmare: a chorus/theatre kid. I’ve never really understood the glorification of athletics in mainstream society […]

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BYOB: “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant

“The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant is a generational immigrant story set throughout most of the twentieth century. It was published by Scribner on Dec. 9, 2014. I may have said this some time before, but I am an absolute sucker for beautiful book covers and boy did this one nail it on the head! […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ant-Man’ is less awful than you might believe

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ant-Man’ is less awful than you might believe

Blockbusters are fun, especially during the summer months, but damn, superhero movies are about to drive me out of my mind. If it weren’t for the spectacular trailer for “Suicide Squad” released recently, I probably wouldn’t have been able to stomach “Ant-Man.” It’s simply become too much for me because I hold a belief that […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Trainwreck’ is anything but one

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Trainwreck’ is anything but one

In most modern studio-backed movies, subtlety is not something to be reckoned with, as it might go over many audience members’ heads. Recent movies like “Max” and “The Gallows” have been completely devoid of any sense of subtlety, almost literally spelling things out for the audience as the film trekked on. A recent comedy, “Spy,” […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pixels’ is one of the better Adam Sandler movies, even if that isn’t a compliment

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pixels’ is one of the better Adam Sandler movies, even if that isn’t a compliment

I don’t know if you can tell already, but Adam Sandler is not my favorite. His movies annoy me like no other, from their racist, sexist and transphobic humor, to the simple fact that none of his jokes stick anymore. Unlike many of his “comedy” partners, Sandler has no likability to me; he simply seems […]

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Photo Gallery: UNCC Campus, Summer 2015

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Photo Gallery: UNCC Campus, Summer 2015

Photos by Chris Crews.    Here are some beautiful shots of the UNC Charlotte campus during the summer semesters. Photos are featured in our 2015 Student and Parent Survival Guides.

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Starbucks’ Secret Menu: The Horchata Frappuccino

| July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Starbucks’ Secret Menu: The Horchata Frappuccino

Hello and welcome back to another week of testing out all of the hidden treasures in Starbucks’ secret menu. This week I decided to go pick up something called the “Horchata Frappuccino.” From a quick look-up on Google, Horchata means (in Spain and Latin American countries) “a milky drink made from ground almonds, tiger nuts […]

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OP-ED: School doesn’t teach you to do what you love

| July 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: School doesn’t teach you to do what you love

I don’t care if it’s cheesy: Dream and dream big. They may hint at it here and there, but most of the professors I have had the privilege to learn from don’t really show you how the class you update your Facebook status in can actually fuel your dreams in some way. We focus on […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Gallows’ is the pinnacle of forgettable horror

| July 20, 2015 | 2 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Gallows’ is the pinnacle of forgettable horror

I could never tell whether I was excited for this film or was just watching the trailer for its awesome cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” “The Gallows” suffers from a good idea, one that I’ve been waiting for: a group of students locked in a high school at night with a supernatural force hunting them […]

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BYOB: “Paper Towns” by John Green

| July 20, 2015 | 2 Comments
BYOB: “Paper Towns” by John Green

“Paper Towns” is John Green’s third novel. It was published on Oct. 16, 2008 by Dutton Books. By now, you’ve probably heard of John Green from somewhere – his novels, movies, activism, charities and dozen or so youtube channels, most famously Vlogbrothers. He’s getting to be a big deal right now, ever since the immense […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Saint Laurent’ is a sickly sweet biography of a deeply flawed perfectionist

| July 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Saint Laurent’ is a sickly sweet biography of a deeply flawed perfectionist

Even if you’re not a fashionista, you know the name Yves Saint Laurent. Whether you can spot the brand is beside the point — you know the name. The name is so popular that “Saint Laurent” is not the only biopic about the couturier to have been made in 2014. “Yves Saint Laurent” was another, […]

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‘Corpse flower’ blooms in UNC Charlotte’s McMillan Greenhouse

| July 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
‘Corpse flower’ blooms in UNC Charlotte’s McMillan Greenhouse

UNC Charlotte’s second titan arum – also called the “corpse flower” for its powerful rotting flesh odor – bloomed July 17 at McMillan Greenhouse. The event attracted visitors hoping to witness the 5-foot-4-inch plant and smell its notable scent, which can reportedly travel up to half a mile away. Named Odoardo – “Odie,” for short […]

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Charlotte Millertary called to party

| July 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
Charlotte Millertary called to party

Word on the street is, girls love Jake and according to his 601k twitter followers -his Millertary, he does no wrong. Pop sensation, Jake Miller seems to be the thing amongst teen girls. Most of his Instagram and YouTube uploads are fun and suggestive at face value, but in songs “Like Me” and “First Flight […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Amy’ is a heartbreakingly tragic look inside the tainted angel that was Amy Winehouse

| July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Amy’ is a heartbreakingly tragic look inside the tainted angel that was Amy Winehouse

Being 18 years old, I don’t really remember 9/11 that well. I remember coming home from school and that the TV was not on Nickelodeon and that my mother wouldn’t move. I had just turned 5 years old three weeks earlier, so I obviously had no concept of terrorism and couldn’t comprehend what my family […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Terminator Genisys’ is the surprise of my summer

| July 15, 2015 | 5 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Terminator Genisys’ is the surprise of my summer

Fun fact: Not a single one of the “Terminator” movies, however expensive they were, have been produced at a major studio. James Cameron made the first one independently at Hemdale. Mario Kassar’s Carolco Pictures produced “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” at his later company, C2 Pictures. When C2 went bankrupt, […]

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Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Vanilla Apple Spice (Hot)

| July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Vanilla Apple Spice (Hot)

When I woke up today, it was cloudy. By the time I got to work, it was windy . I stood by the back door window, alone, watching the rain, and I pondered to myself: “Starbucks, how will you enlighten me today?” So I headed on over and had my two usual baristas make up […]

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