Every year, people spend thousands of dollars on Coachella, or Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. For the past few years, Coachella has been the epicenter of style, trends and music, I guess. Those who attend are influencers, models, and normal people who are willing to empty their wallets for a chance to get in on the excitement. From superstar actress Vanessa Hudgens to America's most popular teen youtuber, Emma Chamberlain, everyone wants a piece of the Coachella pie.
Is it worth it?
Tickets range from 500 to 1000 dollars a day, YIKES! Money.com calculated that the all in budget for an average coachella attendee is 2,000 dollars, factoring in plane tickets, food/beverage and lodging. However it can be a lot more costly depending on the luxury add-ons one wishes to have.
But what do you actually get when you go to Coachella?
If you are not a popular influencer/celeb then Coachella for you is much different from the experience you see on the internet. Transportation to the festival site is not provided by the management, you must find your own way into the desert. Did i mention the site is in a freaking desert? Which looks cool in pictures but, it's a desert. A hot, dry, sandy desert. For most, it is renting a bus, calling an uber, or if you run out of funds, its walking home.
This years lineup includes music stars like Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Khalid, Zedd and much more. However most don’t attend coachella for the music, but the experience, and most importantly the cute insta photos that you can post to make your friends feel inferior that they are not sweating it up in the desert living their best life.
If you are still drawn to shelling out 2,000 dollars on the best weekend of your life, consider the ethics.
This year, some youtubers and influencers boycotted the festival due to rising internet backlash against the owner of Coachella. Coachella is owned by the company Goldenvoice, and is overseen by the chairman Philip Anschutz. Anschutz has had a history of donating money towards anti-LGBTQ efforts and climate change denial foundations. This controversial piece of information has driven some to reject the festival entirely, speaking out about the ethical dilemma it raises.
Should you support a company who’s chairman’s beliefs are against yours?
Some say no, some say yes, others don’t care enough to miss out on the instagrammable festivities.
Do with Coachella what you will, if you are willing and able to afford the mediocre experience, then go right ahead. But beware the consequences, both economically and ethically. Do research, know where your money is going, and don’t feel peer pressured into “living your best life”
But most of all, be safe. Stay aware of your surroundings, know your limits, and be conscious of what you are consuming. As for any festival, concert, party, or tailgate, there will be people you don’t know, potheads, junkies, dealers included, so make sure to stay with a friend, use that BUDDY SYSTEM!
Have you ever considered eating doughnuts for dinner? Have you ever gave in and ate the whole doughnut rack? Here are a few reasons you should eat donuts!
There are many health benefits to doughnuts, mostly physical, but mental too! Have you ever had a doughnut without smiling? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Besides the mental health benefits, here are some physical health benefits that will convince you to eat some doughnuts.
Last but not least it’s always important to satisfy your cravings, and if you decide that a donut is a must have, go for it! Doughnuts are delicious, and in conclusion there are many reasons you should eat doughnuts.
If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, Providence is filled with hidden activities to explore.
RISD Museum: If you are in the mood to appreciate art, head downtown to North Main Street to check out the RISD Museum. Here, exhibits are ever changing, and there is always new exhibits.
Westminster and Weybosset Street- Downtown Financial District
H.P Lovecraft Square
by: Sophie Rockwell and Jess Hartley-Lowe
Sophie and Jess have uncovered some snippets of Lincoln's past in the archive room. Here is what they have found:
There have been may renovations in the science wing throughout Lincoln's history, but not many of the current students or faculty know what it looked like before the 2001. This is what a physics classroom looked like in 1932, however this was not in the science wing, as the science wing was originally dorms built in the 1960s.
By ALLISON IWATAKE
One night every fall, beautiful women strut down a runway in a swirl of rhinestones and lace while famous musicians melodize with the rhythm of high heels and cheers from the crowd. Adorned angel wings and multi-million dollar bras clothe the celebrity models. This annual affair is called the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. For many female models, walking in this show symbolizes the culmination of their career ambitions. There are videos online of young women bursting into tears after finding out that they will be walking in the show; it is a dream come true.
Ever since 1995, the Victoria’s Secret (VS) Angels have appeared on screens across the world. Over the years, the fashion styles have changed, 90’s supermodels were swapped out for models of the Instagram generation, and the shows have gotten more elaborate. Aside from that, the core aspect of the show has remained very much the same: beautiful women in lingerie/clothing. Of course, this concept raises many questions and issues, such as how beauty is defined, what the purpose of the show should be, and if the show is misogynistic or feminist.
The show has raised controversy about its lack of diversity of models in shape, size, race, and sex. VS Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek received heat on social media after he recently said discriminatory remarks about having transgender or models who are larger than the VS size range. In response to the outside pressures to make the brand more inclusive, he said, “It’s like, why doesn’t your show do this? Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No. No, I don’t think we should. Well, why not? Because the show is a fantasy. It’s a 42-minute entertainment special. That’s what it is.” He apologized for his comments, but that does not take away this deeply embedded intolerance towards diversity that lives in this country and in the world. Aside from VS being criticized for its lack of diversity, it has also been criticized on being old-fashioned. In recent years, the show has gotten more controversial as people debate the question of whether it is empowering for women to show off their bodies and embrace the concept of sex appeal or if it only enforces the idea that women need to dress to entertain men. Today, we will interview several people in the Lincoln community to get their takes on the subject. Answers have been edited and condensed.
Question: Do you think that the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is empowering or oppressive for women?
Do you think that people should focus on trying to make their bodies look a certain way (such as with VS models)?
What do you think that people should get out of the show?
Who do you think is the show’s target audience?
Would the show take on a different meaning if it was aimed at women or men?
Would the show be less controversial if it was more inclusive in terms of race, sex, body size, ability, etc.? If the show becomes more diverse, will that make it more empowering, or will it still be oppressive?
Interviewees: Bella L, Sophie G, Clem M, Sophie W, London C, Abby G, Emilia D
by: ABBY GAETZ
Prison privatization has become a growing issue in the United States. The prison system houses roughly two million people in America, which is about 700 people per 100,000. The United States currently has the highest incarceration rate in the world, trailed by Russia with 600 people per 100,000. This is largely due to the War on Drugs campaign and other policies such as mandatory minimum sentencing, three-strikes laws, and a cut down of probation and parole which convict more citizens of non-violent crimes and keep them in the system longer. With an influx of prisoners that have longer sentences, public prisons could not keep up as they became overcrowded. In the 1980s private prisons became popular as they were able to house inmates while also making a profit.
However, for-profit prison systems have recently been under scrutiny from the media. Private prison corporations such as Management & Training Company (MTC) and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) have been accused of cutting corners on health care and security systems for the inmates in order to keep costs low.
The problem of private prisons lies not within the context of the market human rights are limited within the prisons. Privatized prison systems turn the inmates into commodities as “private prisons’ mission is to earn the maximum profit on the inmates.” This then destroys the very nature of the prison structure itself as the success of a prison “depends on more people being incarcerated, not less” leading to a demand for more prisoners, longer sentences, and less of a focus on rehabilitation and health care for inmates.
By: MADELINE MUMFORD
Lately, it seems like the seasons are sneaking up on everyone. It started the week before Halloween. I walked into a Walmart that was split into two separate seasonal sections - one strung with red and green lights, and the other that had stickers slapped onto bags of candy for “50% off,” when Halloween hadn’t even come yet. And frankly, I’m all for it. I will be the first to admit that I started listening to Christmas music on October 1st. But I’m surprised that the rest of the world seems to want the Holidays to come as fast as I do. It’s not necessarily the day itself that’s great, but the anticipation of the day. Christmas music officially started playing on the radio on November 1st, so now it’s socially acceptable to listen to it in public, and although some sticklers are still hanging onto the no-Christmas-music-before-Thanksgiving rule, most have given into what their heart wants - to be filled with the holly jolly spirit of St. Nick!
Everyone knows the feeling: you’re sitting near a fire, swaddled in a blanket and the original Grinch plays as the background noise of you slurping your hot chocolate. Your heart swells up with an euphoric feeling that seems to grow the older you get.
I have taken notice that the idea of the Holiday Season changes the older I am. In the beginning, it was all about presents and the idea that December 25 was basically Judgement Day, and I would lie in bed, fully dependant on Santa Claus to play Judge, Jury, and Executioner. But over the past couple of years, I have thought of the Holiday Season as more of a feeling, rather than one time of year. And most recently, Christmas to me is being able to see my sister when she comes home from the holidays. Being away from family is hard, and seeing my sister’s eyes light up as she sees snow on the ground when she comes out from Logan airport gives me the feeling of Christmas Spirit.
Then comes the best part about the Holidays: giving gifts. Although the process of giving gifts is what most people dread, I treat shopping for presents like an Olympic sport. Making a budget is probably the most fun I’ve ever had (mainly because the budget is not for anything important, like how much I need to spend on groceries for the week or something adutish like that). In the beginning, I was concerned with how I would be able to spend any money at all, when I didn’t have a job, and I didn’t want my parents to pay for their own gifts because then it wouldn’t be special. The best solution, after I realized that the only qualifications that I have for a job is that I am literate, (and that would only get me so far,) I remembered my birthday; also known as Number One Source of Income for the jobless teenager. This way, I was able to feel like I was paying for my family’s presents (even though they are the ones giving the money to me in the first place, but I’m just going to ignore that part).
So once my birthday passes, I blow my quickly acquired cash like I’m on a spree in Vegas, even though I'm in my basement, under a blanket, online. What happens on Amazon, stays on Amazon (that is, until it comes to the front door). Within a half an hour, I have everyone’s gifts put in the cart and shipped to my house, the stickers from the back of all my gift cards peeled off and piling around my feet like heavy snow.
So that’s why I love the somewhat-infamous (or infa-AWESOME, depending on who you talk to) Holiday Season. Because of spending cash, spreading joy, and having family come home. So do whatever you can to get that warm, fuzzy, feeling inside that the cold frost seems to bring in every year. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
by: ABBY GAETZ
New England is best known for its beautiful autumns. In the September to November months, tourism peaks as visitors come to enjoy the beautiful scenery set by the reddish-brown hue of the trees. The residents begin to prepare for the winter months by swapping their jean shorts for leggings and their sandals for Uggs and maybe pull out their Patagonia crew necks from the storage drawer.
However, on a day much like today, where the high is 63º, I couldn’t help myself. I changed into a pair of jeans and headed to Starbucks for the inevitable Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Since 2015, the Pumpkin Spice Latte has rocked coffee lovers around the world and has become a new staple of the fall season. The beverage started a trend of merchandise surrounded by pumpkin spice, such as scented candles, tea, cereals, and soaps. Though the trend has become popular for many, some beg to differ.
Some find the trend to be obnoxious and can take away from the season. One student says, “The ‘Pumpkin Spice’ trend is ridiculous. It’s just a drink, but it has become a stereotype associated with teenage girls.” Another says, “I can see how pumpkin spice can be adored by many, but I think that as a trend, it’s overrated.”
The drink only comes around once a year, which can add to the appeal. Like Christmas cookies or Peep’s Bunnies, many look forward not to the product, but to the holiday/season.
Whether you like the drink or not, you can’t deny that the pumpkin spice trend is here to stay as a symbol of the season.
by: ABBY GAETZ
The presence of fake news in our media has been running ramped. “Fake news,” as some refer to it, is the deliberate act of false reportings, quotes, and stories used by media outlets such as magazines and news stations to gain the attention of consumers.
A lot of consequences arise when the public is presented with fake news. False stories and reports can have negative effects on the subjects they are portraying. Fake news is often disguised in such a way to make it believable, twisting the facts of real events causing people to click, share, and comment which generates publicity for these media outlets.
Media outlets have a lot to gain from fake news. The more attention their stories draw, the more money an outlet makes. The term “clickbait” is often used to describe the attention-grabbing headlines media’s use to coerce internet users into visiting their page. These “clicks” are often monitored by the analytics on a website and are used to wage how much publicity an article has, which directly correlates to how much money can be made from the article. For media outlets, the reporting of fake news can often cost a company it’s reputation and credibility, but sometimes misinformation can be unavoidable.
During the 2016 election, misinformation about candidates were widespread. Biased newspapers and magazines reported false information to degrade and demean opposing sides to further justify their opinion. The media heated up as popular news stations published untruthful stories and biased articles like this one:
The article above states that CNN retracted a previous report that stated that President Donald Trump received advance notice from WikiLeaks, an organization dedicated to releasing secret information and classified media, about the release of stolen documents from the Democratic National Party. In fact, President Trump received the email one day after the release of the documents. This correction would suspend accusations of the relationship between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks.
Other allegations of misreporting, caused consumers to quickly question major news networks like CNN, ABC, and FOX News. Many deem these networks as untrustworthy, especially when it comes to political topics like President Trump, the GOP, and the White House.
Fake news is not only a factor when it comes to consumers deeming major networks as untrustworthy, bias is also a component. Many news outlets are politically skewed to one side. Fox News typically draw towards conservative viewers, while outlets like CNN and NBC tend to poll from liberal viewers.
Many consumers don’t know where to turn when it comes to fake news, and honestly I don’t either. Some media outlets have begun campaigning with promises of real stories and information.
Billboard from The New York Times that reads, “The truth is hard to know. The truth is hard to find. The truth is hard to hear. The truth is hard to believe. The truth is hard to accept. The truth is hard to accept. The truth is hard to deny. The truth is more important now than ever.”
Finding truth in a world full of bias and false reporting is hard. My suggestion to you, readers, is to look at information with an objective eye. Sometimes, false information is easy to spot, but sometimes the the truth is buried in an sea full of probability. Take some time and fact check your articles before you repost them. Ask yourself:
“Are other media outlets saying the same thing?”
“Is what I am sharing false?”
“Does this article make sense”
By cracking down on fake news we can take control of the media and create a demand for the truth. The truth may be hard to find, but it is always there.
By: MADELINE MUMFORD
It’s almost summer! Which means no school, no sweaters, and definitely no work. Well, except for the fact that it’s still cold, I have summer packets, and I want to get a job. But other than all of those things, I’m totally ready to kick back and lay out in the sun. Well, except for the fact that I’m so pale that my foundation color is labeled ‘Transparent,’ but you know what I mean.
I feel sometimes as though so much pressure is put on our summers, but to little avail. For starters, having the perfect ‘bikini-ready’ body. You see, I like to think that I am usually pretty good with my eating habits. But it’s really hard to picture yourself in a skimpy two-piece when you are having a stare-down with a brownie picturing yourself lying wide-legged on the couch devouring your brownie while watching House Hunters International. And then I think to myself, why would I want to wear a two-piece when I can just shove down a second brownie and feel the same (if not greater) level of satisfaction? You can say what you want, but I am the first to admit that brownies come over exercise any day.
Then there’s the whole thing about jobs. At my age, everyone is struggling to get a job because they feel as though it is a quintessential part of high school. I am among one of those people, but I can’t seem to find a job that would suit me. For example, I was planning on being a babysitter. And after watching Mrs. Doubtfire, The Adventures of Babysitting, and Home Alone (so that I’ll remember not to leave a kid in a building to fend for themselves) I felt as though I was pretty qualified to watch someone else’s kid while I watched the classics. But, like most people, after an five minute Google search for jobs, I felt pretty defeated and decided that it would be best if I just judged the way that other people babysat form a safe distance away from any real children.
And lastly: driving. I turned sixteen in November, and yet I still can’t seem to get on the road. I have signed up for Driver's Ed. three times, but each time I wasn’t able to go because I have some other activity (dance, travel, etc.). So now the line has been drawn and I was signed up one. Last. Time. So if I end up not going this summer, then I mind as well figure out where the closest bus is from Foster! But then I would need money for the bus.. So I would have to get a job.. But then I would have to figure out how to get to the job without having to pay for a bus because I wouldn’t have enough money for the bus…. And so on, and so on, and so on.
So I guess that my final advice on how to spend your summers would be this: either try to cram everything in, or try to enjoy your summer! Don’t take that class if you want to relax, don’t work for someone who isn’t appreciate you, and most importantly, eat that extra brownie! You deserve it.