Danny William: I see a lot of anti-tomato sentiment from my generation, but I think that’s misguided. If you don’t like the big slabs of red tomato that often show up on sandwiches – and I can’t blame you, I don’t like those either – try out some baby tomatoes you can eat in one bite. And grow some yourself! There’s nothing sweeter than picking a sunsugar or cherry tomato off the plant on a hot day and chowing down.
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Danny William: Just stop using artificial intelligence programs to write your essays. It’ll probably give you fake references and completely recognizable AI-speak. Also, you’re paying for your degree. Get your money’s worth and just write that stupid essay, even if it’s painful.
Editor-in-Chief, Helen Rummel: PBS Kids is better than any other kids’ channel. Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network? None of them rival PBS Kids. I may not understand my friends’ jokes, but I will forever have the memory of watching “Cyberchase” after school. Managing Editor and Princess, Ellie Albin: As someone who goes to many social events every week and genuinely enjoys partaking in them, I feel like I’ve earned the right to say this: leaving early is one of the most freeing power moves on the planet. Just the other day, I was at an event taking place inside one of IU’s classroom buildings, but the setting sun and warm breeze beckoned me outside. So, I went! I bought myself a venti Pink Drink from Starbucks and took in the sights, smells and sounds of spring. Managing Editor, Salomé Cloteaux: A lot of nerds are going to be mad at me, but in the infamous Oxford Comma Debate, I will argue against it. Most people are ardent supporters of the – I will admit – technically grammatically correct comma placed after the penultimate item in a list. I know I am in the minority, even among journalists who are forced to omit Oxford commas because AP Style does not use it unless it’s imperative for clarity. The rare opponents of the Oxford comma argue that it is often unnecessary, pointless and excessive (note the absence of the abominable punctuation mark). In most cases, readers will have enough common sense not to be confused by a list without the comma. So why not just make an informed and intentional decision to use it only when it is necessary? Although, for the sake of honesty, I must admit that the true motivation behind my controversial opinion is simply that I find it amusing to get people riled up about grammar.
Special guest star, managing editor Ellie Albin: Reading children’s books is an enjoyable activity at any age. I still love to flip through them, and, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized I actually pay much better attention to the illustrations and the work that must go into them. Plus, I gotta be honest — I love a good, simple rhyme. I don’t really care if it’s about counting or shapes or colors or stuff that’s aimed at kids. Good writing is good writing. Plus, when you read out loud to a group of kids and they really engage with the process? Nothing like it.
Special guest star, managing editor and real-life princess Ellie Albin: I strongly believe “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” — when it comes out — will remind the world of the musical prowess Taylor Swift honed at an early age. Not only is it her most underrated album, but it was basically a blueprint for “Red.” I know she said she was “happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time” on 2012’s “Red” — which was achieved through the use of multiple genres and balancing both intensely emotional and bubbly lyrics — but in 2010? She used rock and pop and punk and country and twang and heartland and heartbreak and ballads and revenge and devastation and nostalgia and wonder and enchantment and wedding crashing and last kisses and dragons and bashing critics to create a coming-of-age masterpiece. Is there a more balanced album in her catalogue? Nope. It is easily a sonic and lyrical equal to “Red,” which is sometimes considered her best.
Guest star, managing editor and (possibly) divine being, Ellie Albin: As the NTT IndyCar Series heads to Long Beach, California this weekend, keep in mind that you’re watching the best racing series in the world. Yeah, Formula 1 may be the most popular — and I can say this because I watch both series — but where IndyCar is a rollicking rock song with unexpected key and time signature changes, Formula 1 is a squeaky-clean pop bop with autotune. Do I love both? I do. But one is clearly more interesting, more unexpected and more demanding of its audience.
Special guest and managing editor, Ellie Albin: Jeff Kinney needs to have Greg Heffley, star of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, move on to high school and beyond. He can’t be a wimpy kid forever — we need stories about a wimpy man.
Leila Faraday: Bananas are best eaten when they are green with some hints of yellow peeking through. I am personally not a fan of the mushiness and bland sweetness of ripe ones.
Danny William: “Everything Everywhere All at Once” completely deserved its seven Oscar wins. It was easily one of the most emotionally impactful and creative films of the last year. While I enjoyed many of the films from 2022, I am extremely happy that it ended up winning so much. Absolute sweep.
Sanjana Jairam: I will be using my spring break to spring back to life. More of being a goof and spending my afternoons daydreaming, going where the road takes me. If I were to go on a vacation it would be to find hidden places with historical significance, like the prohibition era jazz clubs or laundromats with pinball machines.
Leila Faraday: “Big Little Lies” whisks me away to the magical world of Monterey, California — equipped with elementary school mom conflict, range rovers, ugly marriages, fake philanthropic jobs and some dark secrets. The stacked cast and incredible performances from every actor against the beautiful pacific backdrop and all-too-realistic drama of being the parent of an 8-year-old future tech startup owner make this one of the best shows I have ever watched.
Danny William: Modern-day political campaigning seriously sucks. Stop with the meaningless speeches. Can we bring back William Henry Harrison’s awesome advertising campaign of rolling a massive ball for hundreds of miles to promote himself? If someone came through my town with a ball covered in campaign slogans, I would probably end up voting for them. (The band They Might Be Giants also covered one of Harrison’s amazing campaign songs, which mentions the ball.)
Danny William: Romantic love is valued far too much in our society. Though it’s great to find a romantic partner who you can share your life with, throwing away your friends and family to find that perfect someone will ultimately leave you lonelier than ever.
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