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From left to right: Annabeth (Leah Sava Jeffries), Grover (Aryan Simhadri), and Percy (Walker Scobell), who play the main trio of the series (Disney).

Review: “Percy Jackson and the Olympians”

Ruchira Prasad, Reporter December 21, 2023

With over 180 million copies sold, Rick Riordan’s book series “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is one of the most successful Greek-mythology-inspired franchises, and remains a lasting icon of the...

Image of a #BookTok stand at a Barnes and Noble store in Lansing, Michigan taking on Jan 22 2022 (The Current MSU)

BookTok review: What “Convenience Store Woman” could mean to Gen-Z

Saisha Agarwal, Executive Producer, Reporter December 20, 2023

When I first came across the cover of Sakaya Murata’s acclaimed novel, "Convenience Store Woman," I never anticipated the existential dread it would bring me. As an avid reader, my TikTok algorithm brings...

Wonka  legacy continues

“Wonka” legacy continues

Riya Vatti and Saisha Agarwal December 19, 2023

Just over 51 years ago, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'' (1971) debuted on the silver screen. The story, made famous by its original writer Roald Dahl, resonated with audiences across the...

Animated films, “Rapunzel”,“Moana”, and “Frozen” feature a similar 3D art style. (Disney/Josh Spiegel)

Disney Animated films have taken a downfall

Riya Vatti, Editor-in-Chief December 17, 2023

Although the release of the animated film “Wish” (2023) is meant to be an ode to Disney’s older movies, in reality it represents everything wrong with the Disney Animated studio. Homogenization Since...

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album cover on Oct. 27, 2023.

Review of 1989 (Taylor’s Version)

Srihansika Komanapalli, Knight News Reporter November 8, 2023

1989 marked Taylor Swift’s entry into pop music, a genre she dominated after this album's release. Exactly nine years later, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) set the record for most streams in one day on Spotify. Named...

During dress rehearsals on Oct. 24, the cast and crew run through the show at the auditorium. This scene is set in the Puffs’ common room, while a character tells a story.

Review: “Puffs”: IHS Theatre’s latest production

Ruchira Prasad, Reporter October 27, 2023

After months of preparing, Independence’s first play of the school year, “Puffs'' is finally here, and for fans of J.K. Rowling’s  “Harry Potter” franchise, the performance is a must-see.  Written...

TikTok displays their new shop as a user opens the app.

Why TikTok’s new E-Commerce shop is a genius marketing strategy

Srihansika Komanapalli, Knight News Reporter October 26, 2023

With over one billion active users, Tiktok’s new Electronic Commerce (e-commerce) shop is a genius marketing strategy, already generating more than $2.5 billion globally in one month.  TikTok shop...

“A Haunting in Venice” was released to theaters on Sept. 15, 2023, directed by Kenneth Branagh and based on the Agatha Christie book series. (The Mark Gordon Company/Scott Free Productions/Genre Films/TSG Entertainment/Agatha Christie Limited)

Movie Review: “A Haunting in Venice”

Riya Vatti, Editor-in-Chief October 11, 2023

After a long awaited year, the third movie in the epic Hercule Poirot mystery series is finally in theaters.  “A Haunting in Venice”, a movie adaptation of “Hallowe’en Party” by Agatha Christie,...

Social media apps, including Instagram and Tiktok, have been influential in the spread of global issues in the modern world (Chesnot/Getty Images)

The negative impact of social media on ‘trendifying’ global issues

Ruchira Prasad, Reporter September 25, 2023

With its endless opportunities for entertainment, tools for communication, and easy accessibility, it’s no surprise that social media is an influential aspect of the modern world. Globally, its wide...

The Frisco Public Library photographed on Mar. 17 2023 (Shafkat Anowar/ Dallas Morning News)

Frisco needs more community spaces

Saisha Agarwal, Executive Producer, Reporter September 8, 2023

It’s a weekday, 5 p.m. in the afternoon. Driving out of Eldorado Parkway, you are headed to the Frisco Public Library to study for an upcoming test. As you arrive, you walk into a building replicating...

Stills from 2023 summer movies are shown side by side. (Time)

Reviewing: Top 10 Biggest Movies of Summer 2023

Ibrahim Ali, Reporter September 6, 2023

The 2023 summer movie season is coming to a close; get ready to start streaming all that you may have missed at the theaters. After years of the entertainment industry’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Collage of digital images (TIME/Everett Collection)

Why TikTok’s “Core-Core” movement encapsulates teenage digital behavior

Saisha Agarwal, Executive Producer, Reporter May 16, 2023

Millions of colored pixels on your screen stream into your algorithm as you scroll through TikTok. In the blink of an eye, you come across a short video filled with a compilation of micro-clips. Compiled...

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