A Caring and Cost-Effective Holiday

Written by: Sadie Cahill

Being a broke university student is stressful enough, but when it comes down to the holiday season, that stress multiplies by the most expensive price tag on your shopping list. How do you get your loved ones the things they deserve when your bank account is sporting a nice $-1.50 balance? Fear not, for this cheapskate has had her fair share of thrifty Christmases, and I have the perfect list of meaningful gifts to make your loved ones AND bank account smile this holiday season.

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From the Reel to the Screen – A Film Processing Story

Written by: Aida Oquendo

Hi folks! My name’s Aida; I’m an international student from Venezuela and I’m also a 4th year Film Production Student. Today, I’ll talk about Film Processing and Development and why I chose to go through this process for my thesis film.

First things first: I want to go out with a BANG! So I spent a lot of time coming up with a story for my short film that would make me feel proud and happy. My short film is titled “Hysteria, the Young Artist” and it tells the story of a young girl named Hysteria who loves to draw but her father isn’t very encouraging of her passion. In the short, Hysteria meets a dark entity called Friend who gives her all the love and support she was lacking, making her feel happy and safe—but why?

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Artist Spotlight: Takashi Murakami

Written by: Nima AK

Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. He received his B.F.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. from the University of the Arts, Japan. Nicknamed “The Warhol of Japan”, Takashi Murakami is known for combining fine art and pop culture. Murakami founded the “Superflat” theory of the 1990s, which is influenced by colourful anime and manga cartoons. He is currently living and working in Tokyo and New York.



Murakami, Takashi. Pom and Me: On the Red Mound of Dead. Acrylic on Canvas. 2013.

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