Category: Arts & Culture

#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.

Crazy Fall Facts

By: Marlena B. (’20)
-Europeans eat around 46 pounds of apples annually
-Starbucks has sold over 200 million pumpkin spice lattes in the last 11 years (that’s around $80 million in revenue)
-Jack O’ Lanterns came from Irish immigrants coming to America

Rihanna Has Done It Again

By: Gracie H. (’18)
We all know Rihanna as an award winning singer and songwriter, street style influencer and feminist icon, but Rihanna just hit it out of the park with the release of her new makeup line. Fenty Beauty is strongly focused on inclusivity. Typically, when a brand launches a new face product, it’s released in five to ten shades which mainly cater to lighter complexions. Companies fail to realize that there are hundreds of skin colors and skin tones to take into consideration, so their limited shade range limits the amount of people who can buy their product. Well, not Rihanna. She released a whopping 40 shades to cater to every skin tone.

Is Today’s Hyper-Partisanship Truly an Historical Anomaly?

By: Gabrielle L. (’18)
Without doubt, the vicious polarization of the 2016 Presidential Campaign and the subsequent election of the Trump administration increased talk of today’s ‘historically-unparalleled’ political partisanship. In fact, in Barack Obama’s 2017 farewell address, he referred to his inability to reverse the 21st century hyper-partisan trend as “one of the few regrets” of his presidency; the challenges of today’s congressional gridlock are well acknowledged by both the government and public. Despite this, although modern Congress is often criticized for exhibiting a hyper-partisanship incomparable to any other time period in our nation’s history, political science metrics suggest that current congressional polarization actually marks a return to historical norms.

Fall Play Preview

By: Sarina D. (’19)
Everyday after school, as we head to our sports practices or instrument lessons or SAT prep classes, the cast of Radium Girls goes back in time 100 years to factory life in Illinois. Featuring Crystal Students from all four grades, Radium Girls is a dynamic ensemble piece that tells the stories of female laborers in early 20th century Illinois who contracted radiation poison from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint,  despite being told that the paint was harmless. The play’s director, Mr. Waters, explained that he chose the play because it had a large cast and would pose a challenge to the actors, who have taken on comedies in the last few Crystal productions. Radium Girls is dark and full of challenges, but ultimately delivers a message of hope.

This Month, Think Ink!

By: Amy Z. (’19)
Think of Inktober as the artist’s New Year’s Resolution—but you only have to keep your resolution for one month out of twelve! If you’re an incredible artist or inker (we all know the Crystal community’s overflowing with talent!), pick up your mixed media pad and a nice all-purpose pen (this is a $10, super-quality smooth-flowing one I picked up at Aaron Brothers in San Mateo). If you’re just getting started, dig out a ballpoint or a Sharpie, whatever paper you’ve got, and go for it!! The most important part of Inktober is letting yourself create. Practicing your technique and making art a daily habit are great benefits as well, but who needs more tasks on that to-do list? Instead, I suggest approaching your drawing session as time to unwind after a long day—like journaling without words.

The Environmental Cost of Fast Fashion

By: Georgie M. (’18)
When I walk into a clothing store I notice the colors, the textures, the materials, and styles. Until recently, however, I never gave a second thought about where my clothes came from. As someone who has always loved runway fashion, it’s nice to see similar trends on racks for less than a fraction of the designer price. However, fast fashion retailers such as Zara and H&M have been in hot water in recent years due to their working conditions and environmental cost.