Drake: “Scary Hours” EP short review

Drake’s new two-song EP, “Scary Hours,” has new music that embodies the 31-year-old Canadian hip hop artist. The first song, “God’s Plan,” was an overnight hit for Drake, breaking the single day streaming record for both Spotify and Apple Music. This instant classic brings a rhythmic hook and is easily recognizable. The second song, “Diplomatic Immunity,” is a more heartfelt track, as Drake calls out his doubters and speaks on his past romantic relationships with Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna. Each song brings out a different side of Drake to prove why he is the most versatile artist alive.

Editorial: Stress among College Students

As college students, we often find ourselves stressed. The work piles up until we feel like we’re drowning in a sea of papers and projects. And while we like to feel sorry for ourselves, most of the time this is by our own doing.

In 2015, the National College Health Assessment reported that stress negatively impacted 30 percent of students, academically. By better managing our time we can cut down on stress immensely. Of course, stress can be found in other areas besides schoolwork. Stress in social life is also very common among college students, but there are many ways to cut down on stress. Eating right, sleeping well and exercise can all help relieve stress, providing a mental break from the everyday hustle and bustle of college.

Time management and stress have a direct correlation among college students. If we gradually do our work, instead of trying to cram everything in at the last minute, our stress levels would be much lower. Procrastination is a huge problem among college students, particularly freshman. The workload is much more intense in college when compared to high school. Because of this, that incoming freshman have the hardest time managing their stress.

“For many people it’s the true understanding of what college level work is like. The depth of the workload that they have poses a great deal of stress,” said David Sneed, the director of the Growth and Purpose for Students program at Belmont University. “They think they know what it’s like, especially for freshmen. This time of year is the first time they’ve gone through their midterms, it’s the first time they’re getting ready to do advising and get ready for the next semester.”

Get some rest. Go to bed on time. Eat right. And hopefully you can relieve a great deal of stress in your everyday life as a college student.

Prompt #3

Roger Ebert has a very descriptive. He is brutally honest in each review, and I believe that is why he is widely considered one of the best review writers of all time. He does a great job of describing each film in detail, while also putting in his own opinion where he deems it necessary.

I thought the two shorter reviews, “Pink: Beautiful Trauma” and “Ali Smith: Autumn”, were both effective, but only if you were previously interested in the artist or writer. Particularly with the book review, I feel like a little more detail would have went a long way. Overall, both reviews did a good job of giving a short summary that would entice an already interested reader.

My favorite writing style in this batch of reviews was “Taylor Swift: Reputation”. I liked how the writer took the time to go into each song and tell how it relates to Swift’s evolving place in the music scene. It was clear that the writer listened through the album several times and knows Swift’s backstory very well.

An effective review should give a basic summary, have descriptive writing and keep opinion to a minimum. With that being said, opinion should be involved, but it should not overpower the other elements of the review.

Prompt #2

Like the columns we read last week, all of these editorials dealt with societal issues. These editorials deal with problems ranging from President Trump’s petty tweets, to much more serious issues, like campus sexual assault. Although the columns last week focused on larger issues as well, the same personal connection that was made in the columns was not provided in the editorials. Last week’s columns were based more on personal experiences and opinions, while this week we experienced a more fact-based style of writing. Both sets of articles deal with larger societal issues, but I feel that the personal connection made in the columns better entices the reader.

These editorials were broken up into two groups. The first group, which includes “Dumbing Down High School”, “The Truth is Out About The International Students” and “Campus Sexual Assault One Year Later”, all deal with issues directly pertaining to students on both the high school and collegiate level. “Twitter Walks a Fine Line on Free Speech” and “Will Trump’s Lows Ever Hit Rock Bottom?” both deal with how social media outlets, particularly Twitter, can and should be used.

“Will Trump’s Lows Ever Hit Rock Bottom?” was the least effective article in my opinion. I believe that while Trump has not quite hit rock bottom, no one is surprised by his heinous behavior. All of the other editorials taught me something, but this particular article just further solidified my belief that President Trump is as classless and arrogant as they come.

The article that I found most interesting was “The Truth is Out About The International Students”. I liked how the writer listed the problems, talked about them, then gave solutions. I had no idea the type of disadvantages that these students face. The editorial was very informative, and really opened my eyes to a lot of the everyday things that I take for granted.

Prompt #1

More often than not, while reading news articles, I find myself bored and easily distracted. Often times, a writer will fail to make a personal connection to the story that they are writing. The content in such articles is almost always informative and helpful, but if I cannot relate the larger issue to an individual, I struggle to grasp what the person, or group of people, is going through.

Needless to say, while reading each article, I was thoroughly engaged. Each article provides a unique point of view, and deals with personal problems that lead to greater issues in the United States.

“Finding the Courage to Reveal a Fetish” was a very interesting article, but I could not grasp the point that the writer was trying to make as easily as I did the other articles. Everyone has seen the effects of gun control problems, or seen a news feature about how the United States’ immigration policy has ripped families apart.  The same cannot be said for fetishes. The article hits a very targeted audience, but unless you are a part of that audience, it is difficult to relate to the writer’s struggle.

“We Need More Gun Control Than Ever” provides a unique insight from an Army veteran. I found this article the most effective, because the man who writes the article admits that he used to be infatuated with guns and hated the idea of gun control. However, as we have all seen the past few years, gun massacres have spiraled out of control, and have persuaded the writer to believe that it should be much harder to obtain a gun than it has been in the past. As firearms have evolved, the control that is placed on guns needs to evolve with it.

If I had to ask one question, I would ask the woman who wrote about being an immigrant, “How have the problems that you have encountered impacted your view of the American Government?” Most likely, her answer would not be very positive, but I would still like to hear her opinion on a widely scrutinized topic.

All of these articles were interesting and provided a unique viewpoint on very controversial topics in the United States.