By Shannon Walsh
The constant flow of images that society deems “perfect” is mentally exhausting. It should not be normal to scroll through your phone every day and see photoshopped, edited, and fake images of celebrities, social media influencers, and friends. These images create false expectations and a beauty standard that is specific to few bodies.
Social media platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok, and several others are catalysts for body image issues among all people. These apps all have specific filters that are meant to make users look different. In particular, the video app Tiktok has a filter called the “beauty filter” that manipulates the video to show your face with clear skin and no blemishes. Viewing this constant flow of images and videos with “perfect” skin, faces, and bodies is not realistic. Social media is a direct representation of society’s unrealistic beauty standards.
By Kaitlyn Aasheim
In January of 2021, Olivia Rodrigo released her first hit single, “Drivers License,” before quickly rising to fame. The song broke the record for most streams in a single day on Spotify. Roderigo followed this hit with more popular singles, including “Deja Vu” and “Good 4 U.”
After quick success, Rodrigo released her first album, entitled “Sour,” on May 21st. The album contains 11 songs, including her three singles. Rodrigo’s hit song “Good 4 U” has already reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, followed by “Drivers License” and “Deja Vu.”
Her music includes a mixture of pop and pop-rock. Rodrigo, influenced by Taylor Swift, created both upbeat and slow-tempo music in her album, from “Hope Ur Ok” to “1 Step Forward, 3 Steps Back.” Alongside her three singles, “Happier” and “Traitor” have also become fan favorites.
By Alina Kelly
Struggling with uneven or spotty skin tones? If so, Dr. Jart’s CICAPAIR™ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment is a must. This treatment is “A green-to-beige skin color-correcting cream treatment that corrects redness and helps protect skin from UV damage and environmental aggressors.” Not only does this product help even out skin tone and eliminate redness, but it also provides SPF 30 protection.
I was first introduced to this product by a video on social media. The video praised the product for how well it evened out redness of the skin. I immediately saved the video and added the product to my cart.
By Jillian Haguisan
With the general decrease in new daily cases of COVID-19 in the United States, Americans are eager to resume normal life as soon as possible. States have gradually opened up businesses, and in early May, the CDC lifted mask restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals. As the country begins reopening, a majority of colleges and universities are also planning to hold the fall term in-person. However, with thousands of students congregating in the summer, higher education institutions have to decide: should the COVID-19 vaccine be mandatory for all students and faculty? Considering the numerous schools already mandating the vaccine for the upcoming school year, the answer seems to be yes.
On April 2nd, Cornell University became the first college to announce that all students and faculty are required to be vaccinated for the fall semester; after Cornell, the other seven Ivy League schools, as well as some private universities, followed suit with this policy.
By Grace Barrios
Coffee shops have become the trendiest spots to sit, hang, and enjoy a cup of joe. Although these cafes may be the perfect places to snap aesthetic pictures, is the coffee actually worth the visit? Oyster Bay’s newest coffee shop, Southdown Coffee, opened up a few years ago, bringing a young, hip feel to the town of Oyster Bay. But is this newer hot spot worth a trip?
First, let's talk about decor. Southdown Coffee sits in the center of town, right off of Main Street, a perfect location. On both sides of the door, huge windows serve to entice potential customers. The seating is adequate, considering how small the shop is, but no more than about eight people can comfortably sit without reaching full capacity.
By Ava Aschettino
The 46th President of the United States had an eventful day on January 20th, 2021. Following the historic inauguration of the oldest president and first female, black, and South Asian vice president, President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris hurried back to the White House. Rather than enjoy a full day of celebration, the duo made haste, with President Biden signing 17 executive orders on his first day and 30 executive orders in his first 48 hours. After an action-packed first day, the newly elected President and First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, gazed upon an impressive display of fireworks, commemorating a new day in the United States.
By Grace Barrios
Popularity defines fashion because of its ever-changing nature. What the media deems to be fashionable is fashionable. In today’s latest trends, the online thrift store Depop, a predominant source of vintage clothing, is taking over the fashion industry.
About 10 million people go to Depop to sell, buy and seek fashion inspiration. Depop continues to gain popularity and is becoming an efficient way to search for all of your shopping needs, including clothing, jewelry, shoes, or even china sets! Celebrities like Bella Hadid, Devon Lee Carson, and many more have purchased pieces to add to their vintage collections.
By Alina Kelly
For many athletes, it is important to track their heart rate and activity to ensure that they are reaching peak performance. As an athlete myself, this is something that I have been passionate about during my years of training. Until recently, I had been using an Apple Watch to track my fitness, but I have since switched over to WHOOP, and I have found it to be much more informative.
Unlike other typical fitness trackers, WHOOP is a fitness subscription where you pay monthly for the full benefits of WHOOP; however, the WHOOP itself is free with the subscription. The WHOOP Strap 3.0 collects physiological data about you 24/7 to provide the most accurate and granular understanding of your body. The strap not only tracks your heart rate, but the physical strain exerted on your body each day, as well as your recovery for the day, and your sleep. It is important to wear the band at all times so you can achieve the best personalized data available.
By Ava Aschettino
To be blunt, 2020 was an awful year. The lives of nearly everyone were touched by chaos and heartbreak. People across the globe were forced indoors for months, separated from their family and friends. The economy tanked, jobs were lost, businesses shut, and spirits stifled. While unappealing to millions, in order to move forward, we must reminisce on the events that made 2020 the most infamous year in modern history.
By Sammie Cohen
With all of the twists and turns that 2020 has brought, one that has impacted adolescents the most has been online learning. With the pandemic raging and stay-at-home orders in place across the world, teachers have been required to teach their lessons from home. This was made possible by technology and platforms such as Zoom. However, with kids still learning from the comfort of their homes, many questions arise as to whether or not these students are receiving the same quality education that they would be receiving in-person.
When online learning started, it was unclear how long the remote instruction would last. At first, many did not know how to navigate learning on a digital platform. What many teachers soon found to be the best system was to post assignments on sites like Google Classroom or Canvas and teach live lessons through Zoom or Google Meet. With live lessons, students were able to get real-time feedback.