Monday, June 17, 2024

Life | Events & Entertainment


Students discuss summer of pop culture, redefining feminism

The summer of 2023 has been a whirlwind for popular culture and feminism, with Taylor Swift's Era's Tour causing a small earthquake, "Barbie" making pink waves in the film industry and Beyoncé's Renaissance Tour projected to become the highest-grossing tour of a female artist ever. For many Michigan State University students, all three have been integral in redefining feminism, beauty and sexuality.


How 'man on the street' interviews are becoming more intrusive

If you've scrolled through TikTok or Instagram in the past few months, you may have come videos that involve enthusiastic influencers running up to a random passerby, shoving a mic in their face and then asking a slew of questions, like "how much rent do you pay," or "can you rate how attractive this girl is?" MSU legal experts and students weighed in on whether the trend is an invasion of privacy or not.


'It offers these multimodal ways of expressing your experience': Looking back on 50 years of Hip-Hop

“It gives people ways to express themselves, whatever they're going through whatever their experiences are,” he said. “That's a way to express themselves in many different ways, not just verbally with your voice by say, rapping or singing, but by dance, with your body, or visually with stylized letter writing, or just sonically by making beats or turntablism, or reinterpreting music through hip-hop practices."


MSU 'Swift Squad' members reflect on Eras Tour experiences

Even with The Eras Tour featuring a marathon 44 songs, spanning nine eras, over the course of two nights of approximately 180-minute shows, fans were ‘Ready for It’ and left wanting more of Taylor Swift’s performance in Detroit. Swift brought the highly anticipated tour to Ford Field on June 9 and June 10, attracting a combined 130,000 concertgoers. 


'Wicked' returns to the Wharton Center, seats still available

“Wicked” has returned to East Lansing, running May 10 to May 28 at the Wharton Center. In addition to the themes of friendship and sisterhood, Valli said that many people find Wicked relatable because Elphaba’s story is a tale of an underdog. “I think that this is a story that people can relate to because it's about an underdog,” Valli said. “It's about somebody who's rising into power, and somebody who's finding themself and their voice and not letting anybody bring them down or water themselves down for the comfortability of others.”