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Skizzy review

Will Christianson, A&E Writer

December 20, 2018

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One of today’s most underrated artists has released a new project fans have been waiting to hear. On November 29, Skizzy Mars released a collaboration project with Prelow called I Can’t Take Me Anywhere. Despite being a smaller artist, Skizzy has made songs with big artists such as G Eazy, Blackbear and others and is a very talented and versatile artist. Mars’s fans have been waiting for a new project as he had not dropped any new music since his last EP Are You...

Meek Mill review

Derrick Voss, A&E Writer

December 20, 2018

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With the amount of popularity hip-hop has received in recent years, it’s easy for artists to go unnoticed or become unappreciated. Meek Mill found himself in the spotlight in 2015 by being involved in a rivalry with hip-hop superstar Drake. In 2017, after violating a parole agreement he received ten years prior (one that had been widely-disputed), Mill was in prison for over a year until April 2018. It seemed his music stopped receiving the large amount of attention it...

Lucas Lowder in Elf

Christine Hilario, A&E Writer

December 7, 2018

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‘Tis the season to be jolly. Theater Cedar Rapids is getting into the Christmas spirit with their production of “Elf the Musical.” Xavier sophomore Lucas Lowder is taking the stage as part of the ensemble. Lowder has had a passion for performing since he was young. This is his eighth show with TCR. “I really love it when you walk on stage and all 500 people in the audience are cheering after you perform something that you have been working on for months,”...

Jazz band season preview

Lauren Ulveling, A&E Writer

December 7, 2018

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In the past two years, Xavier’s JBO has placed second and third in class 3A in the statewide competition. They are hoping for similar, if not better, results this year. “I think part of having a group who can achieve this idea is putting students in the position to succeed,” Director Ms. Kelli Swehla said. “I have to choose the players who can handle the challenge and music we can perform well. In a rehearsal setting, we must seek granular refinement. In performances,...

NOT ALL HEREOS WEAR CAPES review

Will Christianson, A&E Writer

December 7, 2018

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Arguably the best producer in the rap industry recently released his newest project. Metro Boomin’s album NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES came out November 2. Metro produces songs for big artists like 21 Savage, Big Sean, Kanye West and many more. This is Metro’s first project since his collaboration album Double or Nothing with Big Sean, which released a little less than a year ago. I cannot say that his new album had very much hype behind it. I did not know it was supposed...

Stan Lee Legacy

Derrick Voss, A&E Writer

December 7, 2018

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Very few people can say they created a universe. Let alone a universe that has grossed 10.9 billion dollars since 2008 according to Nasdaq.com. However, Stan Lee’s legacy is not the monetary gain and success he has enabled, but the countless lives he has impacted and the priceless memories he has instilled in comic book readers and movie watchers around the world. Born Stanley Lieber, he began his career in 1939 as an assistant at Timely Comics, which, by the 1960s,...

Coe in the Cockpit

Cody Clemenson, A&E Writer

December 7, 2018

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For as long as he can remember this student at Xavier has always wanted to fly. An opportunity has recently presented itself for junior, Kieran Coe to fly and he grasped it. He has been taking flying lessons on the ground, in the classroom and in the air. His ultimate goal is to obtain his private pilot license. “I have been wanting to fly for a while now and it’s great opportunity,” Kieran said, “I have started doing solo lessons and they’re pretty cool...

First Man

Cody Clemenson, A&E Writer

December 7, 2018

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First Man is the latest blockbuster to be released from director Damien Chazelle who some may recognize as the director of other movies such as La La Land and Whiplash. This movie focuses on Neil Armstrong (portrayed by Ryan Gosling) as he goes from pilot to the first man to walk on the moon. Whereas other movies, such as 1995’s Apollo 13, focused more on being in space this movie focuses more on what it took to get Armstrong into space. This film is very slow, clocking ...

Deegan earns top chair

Christine Hilario, A&E Writer

November 19, 2018

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Drum major, first clarinet, first tenor saxophone, Sean Deegan has done it all. And now, Deegan has been selected as the top clarinetist for the All-State Band. The All-State Band and Orchestra are highly selective ensembles for the top high school musicians in Iowa. Usually, between 40-70 clarinets audition, and only 12 spots are available. All-State Auditions took place October 20, at Independence High School and lasted the entire day. “The day of All-State auditions...

Tyler Reid takes on Deloris Van Cartier

Abigail Todd, A&E Writer

November 19, 2018

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It is that time of the year again when the Regis LaSalle Theatre is filled with show tunes, high notes and now nuns. The Xavier drama department’s musical of choice is none other than the feel-good comedy, Broadway hit Sister Act. Deloris Van Cartier, the aspiring singer, is the main character in the show and the student stepping into the role is  junior Tyler Reid. “It’s extremely exciting to be in the musical! I’ve never been a part of an actual musical before...

Schrader shoots for state

Cody Clemenson, A&E Writer

November 19, 2018

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Senior Ella Schrader believes in going out of her comfort zone. She has been in speech since freshman year, and this year is no different, as she plans to achieve big goals this season. “My goal for the season is to have a successful season for all of the people involved, with lots and lots of State and All State nominations,” Schrader said. Schrader has always looked forward to this time of year, and she loves the opportunity to improve upon her speech related...

Suncity review

Derrick Voss, A&E Writer

November 16, 2018

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Very few artists have been able to become one of the most beloved artists in the world with only one full-length album. In about a year and a half, singer Khalid has been able to climb to the third most listened artist on Spotify. That goes to show how talented he is and how well-made his 2017 debut album American Teen had been. In less than a year, and before he even turned twenty years old, his album went platinum. With one of the top albums of 2017 and unbelievable potential,...

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