Know us by our numbers

When I decided to sign up for Mike’s class, Know Us By Our Numbers, I had mixed emotions about it. I needed the AGE (American Government and Economics) credit to graduate, and I knew I really enjoyed Mike’s classes. But a statistics class? It sounded more like math than a class I could get AGE credit in. When I learned that students could receive history, math, and AGE credit for this class I had this vision in my head of a day devoted to history, a day devoted to math, a day devoted to American government, and just alternating days like this. I figured for ⅓ of the semester I would be frustrated because I wouldn’t be studying American government. But I gave it a chance, because it was Mike, and I knew that his classes were not only challenging and fun, but also never what you expect. My initial thoughts about frustration ended up being totally wrong and I can say I wholeheartedly enjoyed this class. Continue reading Know us by our numbers

New Nova Dog?

A unique feature of Nova is its dogs. Currently there a four that regularly visit Nova. Harvey, Mo, Dakota, and Jobi can be seen following their respective owners (who are all teachers), chilling in classrooms, or letting students pet them. Melissa, one of Nova’s beloved humanities teachers, is considering bringing in her own addition to the Nova dog family in September. Continue reading New Nova Dog?

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

The 1968 science-fiction masterpiece Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by American writer Philip K. Dick is a brilliant novel and a good read. It plays with moral philosophy, philosophy of self, ethics of artificial intelligence and hints at the nature of reality. Of course the biggest themes in the book are empathy and what does it mean to be human. All of these combine with an intriguing story to make Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep a thought provoking and compelling work of both science and philosophical fiction. Continue reading Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Wallflowers in The Urban Jungle: Zootopia

   If there’s anything media in recent years has taught me, it’s to love the rejects. Embrace the strange, love the odd ones, take into your heart the wallflowers. It amazes me how in our media everyone has come to love the people who think they won’t amount to anything. I would say nerd, but I don’t think the main characters in Zootopia qualify as “nerds” It’s quite a different parallel from a decade, say, like the 80s. Where it seemed like only the good-looking people won the day, got the girl, and had a bright future. The reject almost always got a wedgie and a detention. But it seems like nowadays, the nerds, geeks and rejects rule the world. I know I’m not complaining, I’m one of them. Continue reading Wallflowers in The Urban Jungle: Zootopia

The Ultimate Resort: Westworld



“Boy,  have we got a vacation for you!” This phrase accurately sums up the general feeling of the sci-fi thriller, Westworld. The movie may seem very dated, I mean, it was made in 1973, when movies were dated with cheesy effects and disco flourishes of cheese, and cheese everywhere, but actually holds more significance, truth, and terror, in today’s internet obsessed world.

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The Ultimate American: Citizen Kane



A Review by Alexander Hammond

“There’s only one person in the world who’s going to decide what I’m going to do, and that’s me”

 I honestly remember very little about seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark for the first time. I was five, or four, and probably would’ve prefered it if it was animated. Or didn’t have such a gruesome death for the villains. Nowadays, those deaths at the end are cool. I mean, what is more awesome than seeing the most evil army on earth get their skin turned into soup? Anyway, after we saw the film, one of my parents said that there were either references or “in jokes” to the 1941 classic Citizen Kane.

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Beyond Meat Review

Beyond Meat became heavily hyped leading up to its 2013 release that carried the claim of being, “ just as good as, just as convenient as and maybe even cheaper than ground beef or chicken.” A New York Times video exposé found it impressive, and completely passing as meat in some situations. It received funding from Bill Gates, typical techy venture capital firms, Twitter, and the Humane Society. It’s got aesthetically pleasing packaging, a snazzy website, and everything else you’d expect from a silicon valley startup. Continue reading Beyond Meat Review

Chaos over Message: A Meta-Analysis of May Day News Coverage

Now that all the buzz about this year’s May Day has died down, I decided to analyze it. Unsurprisingly, coverage was unbalanced and disproportionate.

aztec dancers may dayAs I detailed in my last article, May Day featured the annual immigrant workers’ rights march organized by El Comité, the Solidarity Music Festival, and the annual anti-capitalist march. Lead by the CeAtl Tonalli Aztec dancers, easily a thousand people marched from Judkins Park to the federal courthouse downtown to demand immigration reform and an end to deportations. Dozens of organizations came to represent themselves and free food was provided by a branch of the UFCW 21. A “womxn’s contingent” was an addition to the march. It was lively and mobilized a large and diverse group of people. Yet compared to the anti-capitalist march, it was barely covered.

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