Category: Arts & Culture

Spring Musical

By: Sarina D. (’19)
Most of you are probably familiar with the story of the Princess of the Pea, but what you may not have known is that it was turned into a two-act comical, heartwarming, and vibrant musical entitled Once Upon a Mattress. This semester, Crystal students have taken on the fairy tale for their spring musical.

The Parkland Shooting, the Crystal Community’s Response

By: Sarina D. (’20)
February 14th, 2018 will go down as the most memorable Valentine’s Day in American history – and not for its record chocolate and flower sales. Our nation will mark every Valentine’s day from now as another year passed since one of the most devastating and large-scale school shootings in our country’s history. It will mark another year passed since 19-year- old Nikolas Cruz hopped in an Uber on a warm Florida morning, headed to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and pulled out an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to execute what would be one of the most infamous school shootings in global history. And most importantly, it will mark another year passed since seventeen families were robbed of their loved ones, and since seventeen students and faculty members were suddenly robbed of their lives and futures in the midst of a regular school day.

Get Ready for the Oscars!

By: Caitlin R. (’20)
I don’t know about you, but for the past few weeks I have been desperately trying to find time to watch at least half of the nine nominees for Best Picture, a difficult task considering Crystal’s workload. While I don’t consider myself a movie fanatic, I do always love filling out a ballot for the Oscars and competing with my family to see who can guess the most wins. In past years, I’ve watched zero to one of the movies, and my goal was to have more knowledge about the movies this year. For those like me who don’t have time to watch all nine movies before the Oscars, which are this Sunday the 4th, hopefully this article will help with providing some general info (and some controversies, of course) about the movies up for Best Picture.

Keep it Real; The Role of Affinity Spaces at Crystal

By: Sarina D. (’19)
Most of us are familiar with the term alliance group, and have seen or participated in some form of this specialized type of community through organizations such as the Gender Sexuality Alliance or a culture club.  In the past few decades, alliance groups have been normalized in American high schools and communities, and are becoming increasingly prevalent and diversified across the board. Crystal is no exception. Our campus is home to a variety of alliance groups, from GSA to Asian Culture Club to French Club, and we utilize these spaces to bring together people with a common commitment to an identifier group, e.g race, gender, religion, family status. In essence, an alliance group is a place for members of said group and people who support and stand in solidarity with that group to advocate for its benefits.

2017 Top Ten: The most memorable events and trends of 2017

By: Sarina D. (’19)
2017 was an exceptionally eventful year- from political chaos on the international stage and at home, to new cultural movements and trends, to natural disasters and natural phenomenons- newscasters never saw a dull day while Americans purposefully tapped into social media and the news like never before. As we kick off a new year of new goals, trends, and hopes, it is important to look back at the events which defined and dominated the past year. So, in no particular order, here are ten of the most significant events of 2017.

#MeToo: The Impact, The Reality  

By: Sarina D. (’19) 
On Monday, October 15th, Twitter was flooded with thousands and thousands of tweets, all of them sharing two short but immensely powerful words: me too.
It all started when 44-year-old actress Alyssa Milano, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, tweeted out, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” She was bringing back a hashtag first used a decade ago by a woman who had been groped on a bus.

All about Halloween

By: Caitlin R. (’20)
Halloween. When we hear this word, what comes to mind? Maybe ghosts, candy, trick-or-treating, costumes, scary movies, and having a scary, but fun night with friends. We have all celebrated Halloween like this our whole lives, without even knowing where these traditions come from.

Why Beauty Standards Are Wrong

By: Taylor H. (’21)
It’s no secret that each region of the world has their own beauty standards. For example, in Western Culture, it’s all about having curves, being tan, and having big lips. In stark contrast, beauty standards in Korea are focused on being skinny and pale and having big eyes (think Kpop idols). What’s considered beautiful in one region will often reflect what a culture values.