The Sentry: Volume 06, Issue 14

NOISE

The Sentry

BEST HOBBIES PEOPLE PICKED UP AT THE START OF THE PANDEMIC

world. Nine months down the line, everyone’s island has fallen into disrepair. Those who once prided themselves on their rare fruits and visits from KK Slider have since abandoned their silly little islands. Former ACNH fanatics aremet with shockingly rude comments from their islanders upon the occasional login. “Wow, long time no see! Where ya been? ” Probably trying to stave off the existential dread from global impending doom, but thanks for the warm welcome. 2. Making Earrings : TikTok really started this one. Funky earrings fashioned out of crappy clay from Michael’s were suddenly the newest fashion trend, and everyone wanted to make their own. From charcuterie board earrings to some kind of glitter-meets-epoxy earrings, everyone (especially Phoebe Bridgers fans, TBH) got really into DIY really suddenly. But now, all those crafty queens are left with is a giant pile of misshapen clay, a massive assortment of earring backings, and probably an empty bank account from giving up and just buying earrings from Etsy.

...AND HAVE SINCE GIVEN UP.

by Lorraine Kelly

R emember back in March, when the world was so naive, and quarantine meant self-improvement and newfound hob- bies? With so much time suddenly bestowed upon students and work from home folks, every- one thought they’d pick up some new hobby. But now, nine months down the line, these briefly obsessed-over activities have now fallen by the wayside. Here are the best things people tried to get into, but have since abandoned. 1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH ): Nintendo Switches were sold out everywhere back in March, and all anyone could talk about was their cute little islands. ACNH was an escape from the terror of the outside, pandemic-laden

Photo: Taelar Pol lmann • The Sent ry THINGS TO DOWHEN THE MOTIVATION TO FOCUS JUST ISN’T THERE.

has shown us that there is absolutely such a thing as too much banana bread. Back in March, it appears everyone just let their bananas get brown for the sole purpose of making banana bread. Sure, it’s yummy the first few loaves. But

months later, collective banana bread burnout has struck. There are just so many loaves already in the freezer. Guess everyone has to just eat their bananas plain now, like the sad, over- whelmed, pandemic-fatigued people they are.

3. Banana Bread : If anything, this pandemic

BEST ALBUMS OF 2020

its definitive glory. Lil Uzi Vert and the album have stood strong through label issues, leaks, and delays, a barrage of issues that seemed to keep piling up. Although never quite stopping Uzi, the concept-driven album is beautifully written and orchestrated, rarely lacking in beat and never in rap. Eternal Atake exceeds expectations and features otherwordly lyrics, the defining aspect of the album, taking the listener through space and into Lil Uzi’s world, and never quite allowing a full release back into 2020. 3. Mac Miller , Circles Circles , although released posthumously, started off the year on a brighter note, and coupled Miller’s earlier release, Swimming . The tenderness of the album relays strength and resilience, a self-reflection that deals with a lot of vulnerability. 12 lo-fi tracks help to pro- vide a sense of closure, drumming through the thoughts clouding Miller’s head with a more optimistic note. Relaying an important tone of strength and dealing with darker issues, some- thing that certainly resounds in 2020.

THIS YEAR SUCKED, BUT THE MUSIC SURE DIDN’T

by Victoria Moffat

T his year feels like it should’ve ended months ago; although with the final stage of the apocalypse yet to come, it is perhaps being fended off by the music industry and its new album releases. This year has been a rollercoaster, both in general, and music- wise, some albums ultimately disappointing and lacking their full-potential, while others exceed expectations and pave the way for a brighter future. Here are three of the best albums of 2020: 1. Bad Bunny , YHLQMDLG Bad Bunny ’s rise in the music industry over the past years was swift and the reason is crystal clear in his latest album release in

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HITS FROM A MISS YEAR.

2020. The Reggaeton-infused album is rich in sound, featuring Bad Bunny ’s exploration of the vastness of his distinctive music as well as collaborations that make the tracks even more intricate. The 20-track album is an inherent

success, providing a devious escape from 2020.

2. Lil Uzi Vert , Eternal Atake Eternal Atake has whispered sweet nothings since 2018, finally crash-landing in 2020 in all

BEST THINGS TO DO IN CLASS WITHOUT THE MIC AND CAMERA

not having to attend at all. Professors can try to police this, but what are they going to do? Call on every student multiple times during every class? Doubtful. So, what to do with all this free time that was previously used “paying attention” in class? One’s best bet is physical fitness, and don’t lie to yourself. With the pandemic, it’s no secret that people have put on weight. Why not do a set of pushups or a couple reps with a dumbbell? Jog in place, do jumping jacks, contemplate what a person’s meaning is within the horrifying expansiveness of an impartial universe, anything that really gets the blood pumping. As always, keep computer volume high, in the rare event actual participation is needed. Video games also serve as a wonderful time-spender. Chess, Call of Duty , Peggle 2 , these all provide entertainment seldom found within the confines of education, Peggle 2 spe- cifically. Spend brainpower on how to take out an enemy sniper, not on the difference between electrons and electrodes. Don’t forget baking, which comes highly recommended in all meanings of the word. Enough said on that one.

A GUIDE TO UNSTRUCTURED TIME

by Jeremiah Blackman

C OVID-19 took a sledgehammer to the collegiate experience. Halls previously full of students, professors, and the occasional homeless person are now emptier than a vacuum in space (as in, a vacuum in a vacuum). The previously lame and little-used application Zoom hasn’t got any less lame but has become a part of every student’s life. A virtual life has taken over physical ones across the board. In the words of Douglas Adams though, DO NOT PANIC. Change, while scary, pro- vides new opportunities: like the ability to be counted in attendance while simultaneously muting the computer mic and blocking the video-feed. This is a new frontier. Students can “earn” all their attendance points with functionally

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THINGS TO DOWHEN THE MOTIVATION TO FOCUS JUST ISN’T THERE.

Just remember, however one chooses to spend their time, anything is better than learn- ing. After all, no one goes to college to learn but to become credentialed, a task which takes minimal effort (depending on the depart- ment). So, mute the mic, hide the video, and

enjoy life as best you can until the glorious day the diplomas are distributed, and university is a distant bad memory.

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