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“How Democracies Die” an informative, learning experience

Kaleia Lawrence, Staff Writer

March 25, 2020

Democracy in the United States is dying. Does that sentence scare you? If it does, consider reading “How Democracies Die” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. Since it was published in 2018, the book is up to date. It’s an easy read. With the amount of information that it contains, you would...

Chef Series

Chef Series

Tessa Morhardt, Editor in Chief

March 25, 2020

Madison College had the pleasure of having Lisa Ludwinski, owner of Sister Pie, on the monthly Chef Series earlier in March.             Ludswinski first started going to school for theater, but then ended up moving back home. Upon her return...

Streaming anime show something gamers will love

Streaming anime show something gamers will love

Grant Nelson, Staff Writer

March 4, 2020

For the past few weeks, my life has been taken over by a show called, “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?” It is an anime that any fan of Dungeons and Dragons, Elder Scrolls or Magic will love. “Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?” takes place in a fantasy realm filled...

‘Dogma’ has a unique take on religion, faith

Grant Nelson, Staff Writer

March 4, 2020

A film that has a personal place in my heart is the film “Dogma,” directed by Kevin Smith. This film was a passion project for Smith that goes as far back as “Mall Rats.” I found “Dogma” when I was having a crisis of faith, which is what the film is about. The film revolves around a duo of fall...

Let’s pretend that this book review never happened

Let’s pretend that this book review never happened

Emily Merlin, Social Media Editor

March 4, 2020

“Let’s Pretend this Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir,” written by Jenny Lawson, is an autobiography with a twist. This is not a formal autobiography. In fact, it’s a disaster, but in a good way. Lawson struggles with OCD, anxiety, and depression, and she tells it like it is. Lawson talks about ...

PAC making plans for presenters and ‘Potterheads’

Anica Graney, Design Director

March 4, 2020

Ever wanted to get more involved with the fun and unique activities going on here at Madison College? Becoming a part of the Programs and Activities Council (PAC) is a great way to do just that. This council dedicates their time to making Madison College a more enjoyable experience while students recei...

‘The Rum Diary’ is a journalistic tale

‘The Rum Diary’ is a journalistic tale

Hailey Griffin, Arts Editor

March 4, 2020

“The Rum Diary” by Hunter S. Thompson is a story of dead-end adventure, dicey opportunities, drunken affairs, and apathetic journalists. Thompson started the novel in 1959, but it wasn’t published until 1998.  “The Rum Diary” takes place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s. Paul K...

Sharing Middle Eastern fare

Chef Zach Engel, left, visits with host Kyle Cherek during the Feb. 26 Chef Series presentation at Madison College’s Truax Campus.

Tessa Morhardt, Editor in Chief

March 4, 2020

Chef Zach Engel came to visit Madison College on Feb. 26 for the monthly Chef Series that is sponsored by Vollrath. Engel has a restaurant in Chicago called Galit. The name means “waves” in Hebrew and is also based off of his daughter’s nickname. His menu was formed from the culinary experiences that h...

Madison has developed its own ‘Carnaval’ traditions

Dave Irwin and Helen Avakian perform at the High Noon Saloon on Feb. 22

Hailey Griffin, Arts Editor

March 4, 2020

“Carnaval” is an annual event that occurs in several cities all over the world. Carnaval celebrations include parades, elaborate costumes, song, and dance. Madison has developed its own annual Carnaval tradition. The first round of Madison Carnaval, which featured performances from Handphibians,...

The best 2 shows on Netflix

Grant Nelson, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

Over the holiday break, when I wasn’t playing video games or spending time with family and friends, I was binge-watching two great new shows on Netflix that any fantasy fan will love: “The Witcher” and “Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.” There are only eight episodes of “The Witcher,” ...

Ha Long Bay a favorite stop

Emily Merlin, Social Media Director

February 20, 2020

Madison is a hubbub of cultural appetites, and I try to embrace those foods as much as possible. One of my favorites is Ha Long Bay. Many people are aware of this popular Vietnamese restaurant, but recently I found out that some people have never heard of it. I couldn’t believe it! Ha Long Bay is a Ma...

Rhyner guides students in photography careers

Tessa Morhardt, Editor in Chief

February 20, 2020

Steve Rhyner is a current teacher for the photography program at Madison College. Rhyner was 19 years old when he first picked up his father’s camera, curious as to how photographers were made. Photography ended up changing the way he views the world around him. Before teaching Rhyner went to art sch...

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