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Saturday, May 25
The Indiana Daily Student


OPINION: This week's hot takes


Isabella Vesperini: Starbucks is overrated. Not to mention expensive. The drinks are so basic and not great quality. The coffee is inconsistent and it’s always unnecessarily packed. Depending on which location you go to the drinks taste different. There’s nothing special or unique about Starbucks either; it’s your plain American go-to coffee shop. Its only redeeming quality are the cookies. 

Natalie Fitzgibbons: Last minute, impulse decisions can make the best memories. Sometimes you just have to pull the trigger and just go on that trip with that friend or go to that party.  

Ellie Albin: Student artists often create some of the absolute best creative work. My friend Meghan Chen recently released a single called “Vanilla” and I can’t. Stop. Streaming. It. You can tell how hard she worked on it, as you can often tell with young artists just coming up in any industry. It has life and energy and you will definitely find yourself singing along to it (it’s also perfect for those sparkling twilight drives) — add it to your summer playlists, folks! Support student artists! The songs of the summer aren’t solely coming from the current pop superstars, as much as I love them. 

Jared Quigg: In anticipation of “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” my take is that Taylor Swift’s vocals have only improved with age. Listening back to the original versions of “Fearless,” “Red” and “Speak Now,” you can notice the difference in Taylor’s vocals – she sounds much younger. And she’s always had a great voice, but I find it even more powerful now that she’s in her 30s, which I think generally isn’t the case with most singers, who start to decline a bit as they get older. So, I’m very excited for present day Taylor to belt out “I WAS ENCHANTED TO MEET YOU!” 

Gentry Keener: Although not a bad movie perse, “La La Land” is way too overhyped. The musical numbers are mid and although the plot is good, the ending did not live up to the expectation. It took me far too many years to finally watch the film, but after my roommate couldn’t stop talking about how the ending made her sob, I thought I would give it a try. As the credits rolled, my eyes were as dry as ever. Yes, it was sad, but with an expectation of sobbing, it was honestly a letdown.  

Elizabeth Valadez: Everyone ever should watch “Queer Eye.” Almost every episode brings me to tears and there is something for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn from each story. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.  

Joey Sills: “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" is a fantastic film, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t help but feel that it’s already ever-so-slightly overrated. Yes, I know that’s a strong word to use for what’s arguably one of the greatest superhero films of all time, and certainly one of the best animated films in several years. But as great as it is I don’t think it really deserves to be the highest rated film of all time on Letterboxd. It almost feels like the opposite of review bombing, in a way. With that being said, “Across the Spider-Verse" is wonderful and I think you should see it! Just don’t expect it to be this generation's answer to "Citizen Kane” or anything.of all time. 

Danny William: The entire Roger Waters situation around a week ago was absolutely deranged. It is so strange that an out-of-context TikTok clip can run this rampant online. Even as someone who doesn’t know a whole lot about “The Wall,” I know that Roger Waters isn’t a fan of fascism. You can argue about the effectiveness of his social commentary, but it’s painfully obvious to anyone with a brain that the album and Waters’ performance is anti-Nazi. People need to stop being dense. 

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