The season of Fall is synonymous with perfectly winged eyeliner, classic black silhouettes, and ballads that make you want to pour your heart out; that’s right, it’s Adele season. In preparation for this period of heartbreak and deep interpersonal questioning, soothe your troubled soul and enjoy this light take on the UT colleges as Adele songs based on the majors within them.
Moody College of Communication- Hello
Hello is possibly one of the most well-known Adele songs of all time. The exhilarating song focuses on the failure of communication between two lovers. Moody intends on changing the world by rectifying miscommunication and enhancing current communication. The song embodies what Moody is trying to rectify in the world– miscommunication.
School of Architecture- Skyfall
The uplifting tune, the drama, and the intrigue of mystery that surround Bond movies; these elements all paint a picture of artistry depicted in the tallest skyscrapers you can imagine. Bringing creativity to life and building the impossible are two traits that the School of Architecture and this Adele song have in common.
College of Liberal Arts – Chasing Pavements
From governance to psychology, the College of Liberal Arts focuses on the pursuit of excellence through taking risks emphasized by its competitive majors. Chasing Pavements is a song about a woman taking a risk by confessing her feelings despite knowing how unlikely her chances for happiness are within that relationship. CoLA encourages its majors to hope and take risks within the humanities to discover the one true truth about what it is to be human within society at large.
College of Fine Arts- Sweetest Devotion
In order to have a successful career in the arts, one must be dedicated to the point where they are devoted to their craft. This Adele song harps on the triumphs and failures of giving all of your heart and soul in the form of purest devotion, something that is personified by the College of Fine Arts.
College of Natural Sciences- Set Fire to the Rain
Only the College of Natural Sciences could set fire to the rain with their intellect and ingenuity. Students within the college are able to achieve the impossible and indeed give meaning to a mad genius and in that making, this metaphor come true.
College of Education- First Love
First love ,with its idyllic and nursery rhyme elements, reminds one of happier days on the school playground. The cheerful tune is similar to the genuine and kind nature that is a hallmark of the College of Education.
McCombs School of Business- Send my Love to your New Lover
It’s common knowledge that McCombs’ students enjoy the thrill of the chase and rarely pursue stability. It’s that attitude which ensures success in business. As a result, they harbor no ill intent to those they have woed in the past and are more than willing to send their love to your new lover after they have ended things with you.
Steve Hicks School of Social Work- Make you feel my love
Showcasing your loving nature and social work go hand in hand and so does this college and Adele song.
Cockrell School of Engineering- Easy on Me
It’s not easy being a Cockrell major, as they will let you know, and I can say with utmost confidence they would greatly appreciate it if their professors and the world at large took it easy on them. This new song by Adele not only allows them to drown their misery, but also fulfills their pleas with artistry and grace.
School of Information- Rumour has it
Rumors are the basis of all human interaction and this school looks to facilitate and enhance that interaction. They focus on user experience and design which rumor has it will be the most useful tool in the future of technology.
College of Pharmacy- Remedy
Remedy is a song about healing and overcoming difficulties, something which we all accomplish with the help of our friends at the School of Pharmacy.
School of Nursing- Tired
Both the majors in this school and Adele find their true state in this song as they like to remind us after excessive all-nighters that they are, indeed, tired.
Jackson School of Geosciences- Rolling in the Deep
Rolling in the deep is a song that not only references the hard work that students of this school have to put in, but also vaguely reminds you of a boulder rolling down a hill. Something which is not only poetic about the song but is similar to the plight of many of the majors in this school.
Welcome back to Moordale Secondary! Back by popular demand, Sex Education Season three has received mixed reviews from both fans and critics alike. Here at UT, fans are split. One group of fans believe that the show has continued to push the boundaries of representation and have succeeded in accurately representing the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community, while the others find themselves disappointed in the show writers and their inability to break away from the mold that dictates LGBTQ+ character arcs and interactions in media. So, the question is: does this season of Sex Education accurately represent the LGBTQ+ community or just follow the conventional arcs for the sake of representation?
This season picks up after the summer of the last season and it’s safe to say a lot of things have changed—Maeve and Otis are no longer friends, Jean is pregnant, Headmaster Griff is no longer Headmaster and Ruby and Otis are now dating? This season introduces a whole host of new characters as well. Hope, playing the cool-teacher-gone-wrong, acts as the villain of the series, but the biggest win in terms of diversity is the introduction of Cal, a new non-binary student. The season takes a dramatic shift from the prior ones as it focuses more on the character arcs of its LGBTQ+ characters, the fan-favorite being Adam Groff.
Adam begins the season in a relationship with the love of his life and ends it single and enrolled in a dog competition. If that didn’t catch you by surprise, nothing will. Adam and Eric are by far the most beloved couple on the show. Their banter is iconic and they complement each other so well. In fact, their chemistry is so strong that it made Eric leave his boyfriend, Rahim, in season two. But this season, despite having overcome a grocery list of obstacles, they break up. I may not be completely unbiased, but I’m not alone when I say this break-up hit deep. Not only did it seem uncharacteristic, but Eric was the one who initiated it after he cheated on Adam. He believed Adam wasn’t in touch with his sexuality enough to fully be in their relationship and to this I say: Are you kidding me? Adam Groff has had the most character growth in the show. He went from the high school bully to a kind and sensitive person who genuinely wanted to improve himself academically, find what he’s passionate about and be there for Eric as a partner. Eric, on the other hand, was undoubtedly the second worst character this season, which is disappointing given how great he was in the previous seasons.
Not only has Eric now cheated on all the boyfriends he’s had, but he’s also done so under the belief that he’s right. This character flaw, unfortunately, perpetuates more than one harmful belief about gay relationships. Eric’s impulsivity when it comes to his relationships is so out-of-character that it paints a picture of gay relationships being inherently temporary and fragile. The writers proceed to almost erase Eric and Otis’ comradery which was what made Eric so lovable in the first place. Their friendship was an excellent representation of male platonic relationships that didn’t shy away from physicality and it was deeply missed this season.
The other prominent LGBTQ+ relationship on the show is the one between Ola and Lily.
Luckily, the writers were able to avoid the stereotypes surrounding LGBTQ+ couples in this relationship. Ola and Lily are both dealing with their own crises this season, with Lily coming to terms with her inability to fit in and Ola severely missing her mother. Their relationship works because they see each other for who they are and overcome issues through communication. Lily and Ola beautifully demonstrate how even though relationships take work, they are more than worth it.
Finally, Cal Bowman marks progress as the first non-binary character on the show. They make an impact by fighting against Hope’s insane rules and standing up for themselves despite being constantly berated for no reason other than their gender. Cal’s struggles not only are representative of some aspects of a non-binary person’s experience but they also evoke empathy in those unfamiliar with non-binary people. Many fans remarked that Cal’s struggles and arc helped them educate themselves and understand gender is a spectrum. Cal’s relationship with Jackson was crucial as it demonstrated how despite one’s best intentions and feelings, sexual orientation and gender are complex identities and not unidimensional.
Overall, Sex Education is a show that is able to capture the complexities of characters’ personalities along with their identities. While it does have some flaws the show still manages to include diverse perspectives without making them look forced which in turn exposes audiences to new perspectives. Season 3 furthers the show’s narrative, introduces us to a whole host of new characters, covers complex topics of gender and sexual identity, all while keeping its audience entertained and that is a success indeed.
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It seems a fascination with the uncanny, skin-crawling sensations of the gothic narrative has led to this genre’s continuation and success throughout the centuries. First characterized by Horace Walpole’s novel, “Castle of Otranto,” published in 1764, the gothic genre is recognizable through the portrayal of medieval architecture or opulent modern architecture; ‘madness’ and the fear, confusion, or desperation mental illness can contribute to; sexual sin, often depicted through incest or sexual violence; supernatural aspects, including specters and monsters; and lastly, evil intentioned (usually) men of power and societal rank.
Often depicted in a Victorian-esque narrative, gender roles play a key part in the haunting storylines, with women usually portrayed as victims of a brutal, masculine threat to either their bodies or minds. This is not always the case, though, and as this genre evolved, the threats to sanity and personhood have been able to become less strictly gendered, but usually still containing components of dominance, submission and resistance within the relationships. usually colliding with the horror genre through these varying elements, the two are oftentimes conflated. Though these two work together nicely, the gothic is distinct in the sense of terror or great unease it creates, along with a confusion of good and evil–seen notably in Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein’s Monster”. The complications of the gothic narrative that cannot be so easily simplified into categories of right, wrong, good or bad make this genre all the more intriguing.
In popular culture, the gothic can be seen within two of my favorite shows, “The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Haunting of Bly Manor”. These stories are both set in large secluded mansions and the question of what is real and what is not is often at play for the characters within the stories. “The Haunting of Bly Manor”draws from aspects of Henry James’ “The Turn of The Screw”, a gothic novella written in 1898; stepping further back into history, the well known novel of Charlotte Bronte’s, “Jane Eyre,” published in 1847, also shares aspects of the gothic narrative. The character of Bertha is depicted as a madwoman, a danger to society and also as an unknown phantom haunting Thorfeild. The fear and even disgust of mental illness that Rochester portrays is typical for this genre, due to the idea that there is something inherently sinister surrounding a lost mind. Jane, surrounded by mysterious sounds and an older, wealthy, yet secretive and moody ‘bachelor’ who desires her, finds herself very much within a gothic story. A novel published later, in 1966, by Jean Rhys, titled “Wide Sargasso Sea,” reimagines the character of Bertha in Jane Eyre. Antoinette–which we find out is Bertha’s true name–is the main character in this novel that revolves around shameful secrets; implications of mental illness; sexual sin related to lust; and the ‘other’ characterized not by supernatural occurrences but by cultural and racial differences seen as threats to ‘civilized’ (white) life. Prominent in this novel is also the power struggle between Rochester and Antoinette having to do with presumptions of gender roles based on masculine dominance and feminie passivity. All these shared elements are–I would dare say–common in everyday life; it seems aspects of the gothic genre through the form of secrets, sin, and power struggles pervade both fiction and reality.
This genre is so intertwined with our entertainment and culture, yet, can seem to be elusive or niche. Taking part in novels, films, and TV shows, the gothic can often be an undercurrent to more prominent genres of perhaps horror, fantasy, or historical fiction. Elusive or not, this adjective does seem to fit nicely with the mysterious genre it encompasses.
After eight years of her first single “The Way” featuring Mac Miller, released on March 25, 2013, Ariana Grande has become the epitome of pop music of the last decade. Shedding her peppy Nickelodeon Cat Valentine role, Grande has stepped into her thigh-high boots and gathers attention from everyone as the vocalist of our generation.
Grande did not step into this role overnight, though. Grande has experimented with different styles, whether through her music or clothing, to best express herself and reflect on her experiences. Each era has without a doubt been iconic for fans all over the world.
Starting her career at only 15 years old in the Broadway musical “13”, Grande then moved on to star as Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” when she was 16. Her character, Cat Valentine, was a fan-favorite and went on to have her own show “Sam & Cat”, alongside iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy. Playing the super sweet red-headed character for four years as a teen, Grande felt as though she had to hide behind her Nickelodeon image. She went on to release her first single, “Put Your Hearts Up” in 2011, which Graned later disowned because of its inauthenticity and tween sound. In an interview with Zach Sang, Grande explained that the single and music video, which was her with her red hair dancing around in a hot pink dress, was not her style, and instead, a very much Cat Valentine-esque single.
With her now brown hair in her famous half-up, half-down do, wearing super high heels and girly skirts, Grande was entering a new era. On September 3, 2013, Grande released her debut album, which took inspiration from urban pop from the late 1990s. Having been able to let go of her false persona to who she truly was, Grande named the album “Yours Truly”, signing it as she would a love letter.
In a time of her sky-high ponytail and cat ears around one year later, Grande released her sophomore album, “My Everything”, on August 25, 2014, where she experimented with new sounds. Having some of the biggest hits of 2014 including “Bang Bang (featuring Nicki Minaj and Jessie J)”, “Problem (featuring Iggy Azalea)”, and “Break Free (featuring Zedd)”, Grande was becoming a dominant player in the world of music. She played with different styles from 90s R&B in “Problem” to EDM in “Break Free” and to slower sentimental songs such as Harry Styles’ penned, “Just A Little Bit of Your Heart”.
An even greater force came when “Dangerous Woman” released on May 20, 2016. Grande traded in her cat ears for bunny ears, perhaps symbolic of the no longer present Cat Valentine character. With the album cover featuring her latex bunny mask, signature ponytail, and her first Parental Advisory label, the music itself showed Grande’s more sensual and mature side. In a live chat before releasing her album, Graned explained her different route to this new music saying, “To me, a dangerous woman is someone who’s not afraid to take a stand, be herself, and to be honest.”
During the European leg of the “Dangerous Woman” tour on May 22, 2017, tragedy struck in the Manchester Arena. While the show was ending, a suicide bomber set off an explosion, killing more than 22 people, and wounding 59. With a young fanbase, children were among those affected. Mourning the lives of those loved ones, Grande set up a benefit concert in Manchester, the One Love Manchester concert on June 4, 2017, raising millions of dollars for those affected.
In a way to brighten up the darker event of the previous year, Grande released “Sweetener”, her fourth album, on August 17, 2018. Her album cover hints at the positivity of her lyrics, with it being her first album cover in color. In addition, Grande debuted her silver hair in this era, in contrast to her usual darker brown ponytail. “Sweetener” was a beautiful response to dealing with her trauma and for Grande to show how music heals her and others. In a sound taking you to a dreamlike state, Grande showcased her lower register, instead of her previous sound of showing off the crazy tricks her voice can pull off in her more radio/pop songs. “Sweetener” was about caring less about her range and more about the lyrical content and showing a sweeter and more mature side of her. As happens in life, Grande seemed to be at the height of her happiness during this time, singing songs like “No Tears Left to Cry”, and naming a song after her then-fiance, Pete Davidson. Of course, things don’t usually go as we wish they did.
On September 7, 2018, singer Mac Miller passed away from an overdose. Miller and Grande had met years before when Grande was 19 and had become close friends, which then blossomed into a romantic relationship in 2016. They both appeared on each other’s songs and continuously showed their love for each other on social media. Though they broke up in May 2018, both remained on good terms with each other. Quickly after their breakup, though, Grande began dating Davidson, and in a flurry of news of this new relationship, Grande and Davidson got engaged in June of that same year. The news of Miller’s overdose 2 months later left his fans pointing fingers at her to blame, claiming she abandoned him for Davidson.
With the whirlwind of traumatic events Grande went through in a single year, from the Manchester bombing to her former love Miller passing away, to her calling off her engagement to Davidson, Grande was at her lowest point, grieving and traumatized. As a musician, Grande turned to songwriting to heal herself, and hence,“Thank U, Next” was created, her most personal and honest album. Working in an environment of a supportive group of friends who flew in to support her, Grande was able to pull herself out of the dark and take the best out of the horrible situations and turn it into one of her most successful albums to date.
The “thank u, next” single was dropped in a surprise on November 3, 2018; it quickly shot to fame because of Grande being completely honest, using real names of exes, and being grateful for lessons learned from failed relationships. In this powerful song, Grande gave women confidence everywhere to learn to love themselves. The music video for “thank u, next” alone racked up more than 55 million views in 24 hours, breaking YouTube records, and featuring celebrities ranging from the Kardashians to Jennifer Coolidge. The full album was then released on February 8, 2019, breaking even more records because of the powerful message behind it: Grande reminded fans to embrace their mistakes and what they learn from them.
Closing up with her latest album,“Positions”, released October 30, 2020, Grande shows how she now rather prefers releasing music on her own terms, without sticking to certain expectations. In contrast to her more pop-sounding music, Positions veers more towards R&B. While “Positions” might not have had as big of an impact as “Sweetener” & “Thank U, Next”, her lyrics and raw voice in “Positions” beautifully resonate with the process of healing and learning how to love again. “Positions” was the production of Grande’s new chapter of a healed version of herself and a way for her to make fans smile during the craziness of 2020.
With just eight years of Grande making music, she has become a key figure in music. She takes her life experiences and turns them into an escape for fans everywhere, giving us music for every occasion with over 100 songs in her discography. As Nicki Minaj says in the “Side to Side” collaboration, “Ariana runs pop. Don’t believe her? Go ahead and look up “Biggest pop star in the world”.
A movie about a girl falling in love with a vampire? Great concept for a 13-year-old. But the execution of it starts to become questionable when you’re older. So what do you do when you have too much time on your hands? Rewatch your favorite movie from middle school, of course!
Here’s a comprehensive list of everything I find questionable about Twilight.
Everyone in the Cullen family is both couples…and siblings?
When both Bella and the audience get introduced to the Cullen clan. They’re described in pairs, as in you know, couples.
Which at first glance isn’t weird at all, but just like it’s pointed out in the movie, they’re supposed to be adopted siblings. So, without any context of their vampirism, it is kind of weird for a family to be full of couples that are also technically siblings. Big yikes.
Rosalie and Emmett, Alice and Jasper, but then there’s one.
The man, the myth, the legend… Edward Cullen.
Bella and Edward’s first interaction was the foundation of a kind of toxic relationship
We see that Bella has some sort of immediate effect on Edward when she walks into the room.
Of course, as the audience, we know that it’s Edward’s bloodthirst, but to Bella, it probably just seems really weird and probably somewhat offensive.
Imagine being a 17-year-old girl and seeing one of the hottest guys in school act as if you smell repulsive. Not too great on the good ol’ self-esteem.
A few days pass and this time, Edward seems much more normal (normal for him, at least).
The two even have a conversation! Well, more like Bella defending herself after Edward said he would do all the work in their lab.
But that’s still something.
So of course, Bella is a bit confused as to why this guy is so back and forth. (So would I, to be honest.) Which is why my next point probably confuses the poor girl the most.
Bella is just trying to leave school (like all are when in high school), she’s by her car when all of a sudden, a car’s tires start slipping on ice and comes hurtling toward Bella. Edward uses his vampire speed to get to the other side of the parking lot to save Bella from being crushed.
Of course, this is a huge deal since Bella would’ve definitely been dead if it hadn’t been for Edward.
As she’s leaving the hospital, she sees Edward and his family convening and whispering to one another.
Then, when Bella confronts Edward, he gaslights her.
He basically tells Bella that he was next to her and many other excuses like adrenaline rushes. But, Bella doesn’t let this slide easily and stands her ground (as she should!).
Bella starts prioritizing Edward over (literally) everyone else
As the movie progresses, it seems as though Edward is just attempting to scare or intimidate Bella so that she doesn’t want to get closer to him.
Even though by being stand-offish, he’s causing her to do exactly what he doesn’t want her to do. I mean, if somebody outwardly seems to dislike you, wouldn’t you want to know, too?
Bella even goes as far as deceiving Jacob, her childhood friend, by flirting with him to get more information on the Cullen family. Bella isn’t a saint when it comes to deceit and manipulation either.
Bella almost gets assaulted and we just… brush it off?
Arriving at the dress shop, Bella and the girls end up being cat-called by a group of guys on the street.
Although their reactions are very minimal aside from saying how gross it is, there is more emphasis on this a few scenes further ahead. But, in a year like 2020 after huge movements like #MeToo, this would’ve been a really big deal but for 2008, sweeping it under the rug was a sad but accurate truth.
Once Bella leaves to go look for a bookstore, she accidentally stays out a bit late due to what I guess was not keeping track of time.
As always, men disappoint, but it was even worse this time!
The same men who cat-called Bella and her friends in the dress shop just so happen to find Bella walking alone and follow her. She then gets cornered by the rest of the group of men and starts getting surrounded by all of them.
Guess what’s next?
Well if it isn’t Edward! Here to save Bella from these disgusting men.
This is where I go to my next point.
Edward (with his vampire eyes and face) scares off the group of scummy men and takes Bella away from the scene.
During their weird dinner after an even weirder encounter, Bella questions Edward about how he was able to know she was in trouble.
Although Edward simply replies that he didn’t know, Bella further questions if he followed her. He tries to evade the accusation by saying he feels protective of her which just further cements the fact that he was, in a way, following Bella.
I don’t know about Bella, but this screams stalker to me. Talk about a red flag.
This then dissolves into Edward succumbing to Bella and telling her that he can read people’s minds, except hers.
Nice try there, bud. But it’s still weird that you were following this girl (that he barely knows, mind you) around without her knowing.
What happened in 2008 that made teenagers think like this?
Furthermore, Bella’s just cool with dating her stalker?
Bella’s just trying to have a normal conversation with her mom when out of NOWHERE Edward pops into Bella’s room. Weird, but maybe it’s the first time right?
WRONG. Edward confesses to having been watching Bella sleep for months now.
I’m sorry, did I hear that clearly? MONTHS?
This is a huge thing that I realized when rewatching that I had turned a blind eye to for years. Edward knew Bella for only a couple of days or weeks before he started WATCHING HER SLEEP?
Are we just supposed to be okay with this? If Edward wasn’t described as perfect and magnificent as he is, he’s literally just a creepy stalker. RED FLAG, BELLA.
Anyway, moving on.
Bella confronts Edward and he’s just, cool with it?
The next day, they go into the woods together to talk about the previous night. On a side note, the way that they walked into the woods together probably looked like they were going to do a lot more than just talk if you were just a random student who noticed them.
Somehow, the film goes from Edward wanting to intimidate Bella from liking him to them essentially becoming a couple and going to school with each other? Seems a bit weird to me.
Nobody at this school minds their own business
So like, they’re dating now that Bella found out Edward’s secret?
The SECOND they step out of the car together, every single student pays attention to them. While it’s a bit of an overkill to have EVERY student stare at them, it probably would be big news at a small school that the undateable hot guy is with the new girl in school. But this type of attention is something else.
Edward was READY to sacrifice Bella’s dad
I get that not everyone gets along with their in-laws but this going too far.
Edward was willing to leave with Bella immediately for her safety which is fine but while also risking Charlie’s safety due to Bella’s scent leading James (the vampire trying to kill to their home.
I would question WHY Edward was willing to risk Bella’s father to save Bella.
That seems a bit suspicious to me, but the movie just kind of brushed it off.
James is just using human tactics.
He decided to undermine everyone and directly threaten Bella using her mom and once she arrives, he films her?
I get that the continuity of it all is an interesting way to make his position as the antagonist stronger but it just seems wrong.
Also, it seems to me that James kind of uses the same tactics that a normal person would such as using an important person or object as leverage to meet and probably kill their victim.
This went from vampires chasing after each other to targeting the weak human by using one of, if not, the most important person in their lives to convince them to come and potentially get murdered.
Bella wants to get turned into a vampire just out in the open? At prom?
Our last few scenes are from the Forks High School prom. More specifically, Bella and Edward going to prom.
The two of them dancing is probably one of the more romantic scenes. Until, of course, one of them (I’m looking at you, Bella) ruins it by bringing up the incident.
My main question is why was Bella so ready to just get bitten then and there at their prom? Don’t you at least want some privacy when you’re being turned, Bella?
Of course, Edward doesn’t actually do anything since he, as he keeps saying throughout the movie, doesn’t want to “ruin” Bella’s life.
It’s kind of ironic but sweet (I guess) that the one who’s supposed to want to kill the other is also the one who doesn’t want to do it while the other one is begging to get turned into a vampire. To each their own, I guess.
There’s a lot that goes on throughout this movie, both good and bad. When I was watching this for the first time when I was 13, I definitely saw more good than bad, that’s for sure. But, it brings up the question of how differently we can interpret the same movies a few years down the road. I definitely would’ve never guessed that I would have this many critiques when I was first discovering the Twilight saga.
This just goes to show that what may appear to be fine, even now, can be drastically different once we grow more within our experiences. We tend to expect more out of what entertained us when we were younger, whether that’s good or bad, I’m not sure. But, I do know that I personally saw tons of red flags throughout this movie and the main couple within it.
Is it Bella’s fault that she didn’t see these red flags, to begin with? Or is it the fault of the audience for not speaking up for what was questionable even back then?
But, I guess red flags through rose-colored glasses just end up looking like flags. Whether it’s Bella wearing the rose-colored glasses or us as the audience, that’s up to each of us to decide.