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Mass Effect enters Andromeda

Rene De Amaral, Staff Writer November 15, 2016

For many “Mass Effect” fans, Nov. 7 or N7 day, is a day of celebration for one of the most iconic video games series released in the last 10 years. “Mass Effect 3” was released in 2012, and since then there has been talk of a new game. In past years, the “Mass Effect” series developer Bioware has used N7 day to reward fans with concept art or possible hints for the new game. In 2015, Bioware released a teaser trailer for their new game “Mass Effect: Andromeda.” Another trailer was released at this year’s E3 convention, showcasing more of the game and its development. But those trailers were nothing compared to the new cinematic trailer released on this year’s N7 day.


Discovery Girls tells young girls what swimsuit to wear

Rene De Amaral, Staff Writer May 16, 2016

In a recent issue of the magazine Discovery Girls, whose audience is 8 to 12 year olds, they were offering tips to girls on which swimsuit would be ideal for their body type. Rather than telling them all about how fun it is to wear bright and colorful swimsuits, Discovery Girls instead offered girls tips that could be found in an issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine.


Target hits the bulls-eye

It’s crazy how logging into Facebook can ruin one’s day. There I was, minding my own business, doing my monthly check-in with family members, friends and acquaintances, when I stumbled upon a fresh...


Trump: A potentially frightening future

Rene De Amaral, Staff Writer April 26, 2016

With all the outlandish, racist and sexist things he says, it’s ridiculous to think he appeals to so many Americans. The possibility of Trump becoming president is terrifying. Presidential candidates have always promised things while running, and often can’t deliver when they actually reach office.


It’s time to talk about sexual assault

Rene De Amaral, Staff Writer April 19, 2016

One in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be sexually assaulted at during their lives in the United States.  Sexual assault is very common on college campuses, as 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted while attending college, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.


‘Hardcore Henry’ experiments with a new perspective

Rene De Amaral, Staff Writer April 12, 2016

“Hardcore Henry” is a cinematic adventure. The opening credits start to roll, and what plays is very violent and bloody and is comparable to the opening of a James Bond movie.


Fallout’s ‘Automatron’ falls flat

Rene De Amaral, Staff Writer April 6, 2016

“Fallout 4” has won quite a few awards and was one of the most anticipated games of the year in 2015; which is why the new “Automatron” DLC is a bit of a letdown.

‘The Legend of Zelda,’ restored

Rene De Amaral, Staff Writer March 8, 2016

When Nintendo decides to release and revamp one of their popular Legend of Zelda games, that can normally only be played on older systems, they don’t disappoint. The new “Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD” is no exception and is a wonderful addition to the Wii U’s already expansive game library.


Apple vs FBI: Should privacy be sacrificed?

Rene De Amaral, Staff Writer March 2, 2016

Privacy: Something most of us value. We go through life every day with a certain amount of trust that our privacy will not be violated.


A day in the life of a female gamer

Rene De Amaral, Staff Writer February 23, 2016

Video games are too important for me to just stop playing. The stories, the characters, even the worlds I’m dropped into are so important to who I am. Whenever I load a game and hear the opening music, it feels as if I’m being welcomed home. Playing video games isn’t just about staying up late and being tired in class. It’s about the experience while playing.


Revision to SAT unnecessary

Rene De Amaral, Staff Writer February 9, 2016

College Board has created a new SAT test. It has eliminated the guessing penalty, made the essay optional and revamped the tests scoring system.


Where’s Rey?

Rene De Amaral, Staff Writer February 2, 2016

Some movies have brought strong female characters to life on the big screen, such as Gamora from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Black Widow from the “Avengers” series and most recently, Rey from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” What do all these female characters have in common? They were left out of products, specifically toys,  for each of their respective movies.

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