Is Mulan going to be Hollywood’s saving grace?

But, is Hollywood on the verge of change? Once and still sometimes guilty of whitewashing, Disney has been working on the casting of new, live action remakes of their previous animated works. The most notable right now is Mulan, which I am sure we all know is the story of a young Chinese woman who saves China from the Huns. The world has had a close eye on the casting choices done by Disney so far, and, surprisingly, they have yet to disappoint. The character of Mulan has been cast. She will be played Yifei Lu, a Chinese actress and model. Those who are familiar with her past work have met her with mixed reviews, but this is a promising start to the casting process after months of worry from fans. 

YA deserves respect as a genre

The popularization of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series became a turning point for YA fiction.  The literary skill and deep concepts that are addressed within these books made it difficult for critics to not give them formal recognition.  As Harry Potter rapidly gained popularity and quickly broke sales records, there were still disagreements on whether the series deserved a spot on bestseller lists because it was considered a children’s novel. In fact, it was because of this series that some newspapers started separating children and YA books from adult books in their bestseller lists, as to not diminish the value the title of being a bestseller. 

YA deserves respect as a genre

Birth Control isn’t only a “Pill”

The possible reasons as to why the Installment  had discussed only the pill is because it is the most common type of birth control that women use. According to the college lifestyle website freshu.io, the pill is the number one source of birth control most college women use. “There are the lucky few who had an introduction to the pill as teens and have the support of their parents, but there are still girls ­— women — in college who are completely and entirely uneducated about this or other forms of birth control and are left with unanswered questions: Are there other birth control options? How/where do you get it? How much does it cost? What will my parents say?” said freshu.org

Birth Control isn’t only a “Pill”

Black Friday invades the holidays

The idea of Black Friday being the day after Thanksgiving was so that people could get a head start on their Christmas shopping, or at least get a good deal on electronics. Now, companies have been starting their Black Friday on Thanksgiving Day. Before, Black Friday would start late Friday morning, then the sales were starting early  at 6 a.m. on Friday morning, and close at midnight. However, for the past three years, the sale day has begun at 5 p.m. on Thursday, which is typically the time that most families would start Thanksgiving dinner.

Black Friday invades the holidays

Trans Candidates take to Office

In the current political climate, with some candidates running against staunchly anti-trans opponents or in states with anti-trans policies, these victories represent a new wave of trans representation in U.S. public offices. According to the Williams Institute, there are about 1.4 million trans adults in the United States and we are underrepresented in public office but overrepresented in victimization of hate crimes. 

Trans Candidates take to Office

America has a gun problem: here’s how to fix it

Here’s the general premise: remove the cause and you remove the effect. In other words, guns cause gun violence. Remove guns, or the ability to easily purchase guns, and you’ve just dealt a blow to mass killings here in America. The one variable that explains the high rate of mass shootings in America is guns. It seems like a no-brainer, but this simple fact is an important one. 

Purging sexual assault in the film industry

From the over-sexualization of Jean Harlow, the first woman to be labeled “the blonde bombshell,” to the way publicists shaped Monroe’s public image, women in the entertainment business have always been victims of men’s inability to see the sexes as equal. In 2015, Jennifer Lawrence made headlines when it was released that she was not paid as much as her male co-stars in the movie American Hustle. When interviewed about personally facing this discrimination, Lawrence became very open and honest about the struggles actresses face that would never cross minds of their male counterparts.

Purging sexual assault in the film industry

The need for the Affordable Care Act

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has several links on their website (apha.org) to inform people about the state of the nation’s health care and answer why we still need the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A  helpful document titled, Why Do We Need the Affordable Care Act?  lists all the reasons to keep it.  It outlines five specific reasons to keep the current health care system, which was put in place during the Obama administration. 

The Rise of Murder Media: Why Watch?

The idea of crime and mystery as a genre of entertainment has been in the public eye for some time. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle captivated the world with the detective stories of Sherlock Holmes, and the character remains popular to this day. Law and Order and the resulting spin-offs captivated viewers in the mid-2000s. To this day, people still sit at home in their living rooms, and turn on their chosen detective show. 

It’s the Teal Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

The Halloween season has begun, and what is Halloween without pumpkins? There are the traditional orange, brown, white, and black pumpkins, but there is another color that will appear again this year: teal. This new color is a symbol for The Teal Pumpkin Project.

It’s the Teal Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Poets want to play ball

What does this mean for Whittier College? The Poets themselves just passed the halfway mark of their season and are the only other team besides the Tigers that are without a win so far. Not only would this game against Occidental have been a match up of two teams without wins, but it is also Whittier’s Homecoming/Senior night game. This makes the game especially significant to the eight Seniors on Whittier’s roster because it would have been their final home game where, along with other festivities, these eight men would be recognized for their dedication to the football program for the past four years.

Occidental ousts Senior homecoming game

The Occidental game this year was supposed to be the biggest game of my college football career. With that said, the news of Occidental (also known as Oxy) cancelling the rest of their 2017 season is devastating to us seniors. This was our Senior Night, Homecoming, and The Shoes game — all of our “special” games on the schedule were consolidated into one. This makes it sting much more that we will not be able to play. I think Oxy’s decision to “cancel” their season is embarrassing.

Occidental ousts Senior homecoming game

The reality of Depression and Anxiety

“The opposite of depression is not happiness but vitality,” Andrew Solomon said during a Ted Talk a few short years ago and it had a lasting impression on me. Solomon is not a doctor, but someone who experiences mental illness and has written extensively about it in his famous book, The Noonday Demon. I highly recommend this book to anyone with concerns or interest in depression and anxiety. 

Coming Out Day: progressive or purposeless?

On Oct. 11 every year, the Human Rights Campaign hosts the U.S. national Coming Out Day event, a day to promote a safe world for people a part of the LGBTQIA* community. According to the Human Rights Campaign, the holiday was created by Dr. Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary, former head of National Gay Rights Advocates. The date of October 11 was selected to celebrate the day in which half a million people marched in Washington D.C. for political action towards LGBTQIA* rights.

Coming Out Day: progressive or purposeless?

Voicing concern: violence against trans community

The spectrum of transphobia is wide and malicious at both ends, whether through microaggressions like purposefully or accidentally misgendering —  or dead-naming (using an incorrect pronoun or former form of identification) —  of a trans person, or both verbal and physical assault, and sometimes, murder. It’s high time we stop ignoring the alarming rates of trans murders and start implementing solutions that will successfully educate and inform the general community of trans rights and issues. 

Catalonia takes a step towards democracy

How am I supposed to feel pride for Spain when its own central government allows such repression in a contemporary European society? We have been asking since Oct. 3 for International Mediation and the Central Administration of Spain, butSpain is not willing to attend any offers or accept any advice either. As of today, our Catalan President has no other way out than calling for independence. If no one from the United Nationsorother International institutions or governments give any other alternatives to this abhorrent conflict in Catalonia, Puigdemont and many other officials will probably face court demands of 20-year jail sentences.

Trumping the birth control coverage

The Trump administration is cracking down on women’s health issues once again by limiting the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate.  Employers claiming moral issues with supplying contraceptives through health care became extremely relevant in 2014 during the Hobby Lobby case. 

The American dream: buy America, buy guns

Guns are everywhere. For the past two decades we have had tragedy after tragedy. Last year in Orlando, 49 people died in a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. It was the deadliest mass shooting in America — that is until the shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, this past Sunday.