Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Dating apps to enhance romance


By Jake Griffin

Staff Writer


Valentine’s Day gets smothered and covered

By Connor McNeil

Contributing Writer

Illustration By Sophia Espinosa

Illustration By Sophia Espinosa

Several Dallas-Fort Worth area Waffle House locations are taking reservations for their annual Valentine’s Day candlelight dinner on Feb. 14.

Eating at Waffle House with friends or family is usually a pretty good idea, but on Feb. 14, they are taking reservations for a romantic candlelight dinner.

For almost a decade, Waffle House has held a Valentine’s Day candlelight dinner at several locations across the country, including 11 in Dallas-Fort Worth, according to NBC. Continue reading

“Blackstar” receives acclaim, concludes iconic career

By Erasmo Viera

Contributing Writer


Still from David Bowie's "Lazarus" music video.

   Still from David Bowie’s “Lazarus” music video.

David Bowie has been one of the most iconic and influential individuals in pop culture in the past 47 years. Bowie’s legendary discography has impacted many, and his experimental style, music and art will continue to inspire the masses. Continue reading

Guide to enjoying Feb. 14

By Nicholas Bostick

Multimedia Director

While cute couples are busy soaking up the sickly sweet sentiment of Valentine’s Day, many more will find themselves flying solo this year. But who says you need to spend Valentine’s Day with a significant other? Do up the town in style instead of bemoaning your misfortune. Check out these events and activities that will help you celebrate your independence.



Father, son conquer toy Empire

By Michael Dunlap

Contributing Writer

Photos by Michael Dunlap | Order 66, located at 111 S Chestnut St., McKinney, Texas 75069.

Order 66 has risen from humble beginnings to having a force grip on the local Star Wars empire. The toy store is tucked quietly off Main Street in downtown McKinney, Texas. The father-and-son team, Jeffrey and Josh Durazzo, run the store and have proven themselves a force to be reckoned with in the toy scene. Continue reading

Costume guidelines dampen moviegoers’ fun

By Claudia Valerio

Contributing Writer  

I am very lucky to be part of the Star Wars generation. At first, few people wore Star Wars costumes when a new movie came out, but after a while, more and more people wore them to the premieres. You could see Jedi, Princess Leias, a handful of Chewbaccas and wave after wave of Darth Vaders. Continue reading

New ‘Star Wars’ trailer raises questions for fans

By Jubenal Aguilar

Copy Desk Chief

Illustration by Junsouk Isaac Chun

Star Wars creator George Lucas may not be a part of the saga these days, but we’ve still got a lot to look forward to. Thanks to J.J Abrams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is set to premiere Dec. 18. Continue reading

Jar Jar Binks: Successful politician or hidden Sith Lord?

By Jubenal Aguilar

Copy Desk Chief

Illustration by Junsouk Isaac Chun and Nicholas Bostick

Illustration by Junsouk Isaac Chun and Nicholas Bostick

A shroud of mystery has fallen over Supreme Leader Snoke, the villain of the next chapter in the Star Wars saga, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” directed by J.J. Abrams. Only, his voice has been heard in the teasers saying: “There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it?” Continue reading

Dallas forgoes hosting prized art competition

By Kate Rhoads

Contributing Writer

When plans for a Dallas chapter of an international art competition that changed a Michigan city fell through,  Big D lost more than simply a chance to host the event. It missed out on an opportunity to show the world a refreshing, hidden side of its rich art culture. Continue reading

Error displays grace under fire

By Sara Prendergast

Staff Writer

Five minutes after class has ended, students remain in the Black Box Theatre with Darise Error, Brookhaven College theater department chair. A student throws a pillow against the ground. “Harder, harder. Get on your knees and slam it to the ground,” Error says. The student begins beating the pillow on the ground, then stands up to catch her breath. Continue reading