Opinion Archive

  • Review by Raanan Sarid-Segal   “Persistence of Spirit” snuck up on me.  The vibrancy and energy on display in this exhibit immediately drew me in, though I knew next to nothing about it. One could argue that this show is specifically attuned to the interests of the artistically-minded college student....

    “Spirit” transports viewers to culturally-rich Haiti

    Review by Raanan Sarid-Segal   “Persistence of Spirit” snuck up on me.  The vibrancy and energy on display in this exhibit immediately drew me in, though I knew next to nothing about it. One could argue that this show is specifically attuned to the interests of the artistically-minded college student….

  • Review by Raanan Sarid-Segal   “20 Feet from Stardom” captured my heart in the summer of 2013. It was nowhere near the best documentary released, not in a year when giants like “The Act of Killing” and “Leviathan” and intimate masterpieces like “Stories We Tell” were unleashed upon the world,...

    “20 Feet from Stardom” sheds light on murky music industry

    Review by Raanan Sarid-Segal   “20 Feet from Stardom” captured my heart in the summer of 2013. It was nowhere near the best documentary released, not in a year when giants like “The Act of Killing” and “Leviathan” and intimate masterpieces like “Stories We Tell” were unleashed upon the world,…

  • By Jesse Collings   In the United States, there are a lot of holidays that celebrate America. There is the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Flag Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day and many other lesser known holidays. Each of these holidays celebrate different topics, but they all aim toward...

    America’s game, America’s day

    By Jesse Collings   In the United States, there are a lot of holidays that celebrate America. There is the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Flag Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day and many other lesser known holidays. Each of these holidays celebrate different topics, but they all aim toward…

  • An Associated Press article on Jan. 22 detailed President Barack Obama’s new initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses, which will involve the White House Council on Women and Girls. The initiative will involve a 90-day deliberation process, producing recommendations for colleges on how to best combat sexual assault....

    Man up!

    An Associated Press article on Jan. 22 detailed President Barack Obama’s new initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses, which will involve the White House Council on Women and Girls. The initiative will involve a 90-day deliberation process, producing recommendations for colleges on how to best combat sexual assault….

  • Finally, after two excrutiatingly long years, BBC’s “Sherlock” is making a return. On Jan. 19 at 10 p.m., following an episode of “Downton Abbey,” the third series premier will be aired on PBS. I cannot contain my excitement. This critically acclaimed series has caught the eye of mystery lovers and...

    “Sherlock” premiers on PBS in January

    Finally, after two excrutiatingly long years, BBC’s “Sherlock” is making a return. On Jan. 19 at 10 p.m., following an episode of “Downton Abbey,” the third series premier will be aired on PBS. I cannot contain my excitement. This critically acclaimed series has caught the eye of mystery lovers and…

  • Rumors about the Boston Celtics aiming for a higher draft pick by losing have been floating around fans and the media since pre-season. These assumptions just don’t make any sense. For one, it is illegal in the NBA to throw games for any reason. The NBA would already be investigating...

    Celtics for draft pick… you’re wrong.

    Rumors about the Boston Celtics aiming for a higher draft pick by losing have been floating around fans and the media since pre-season. These assumptions just don’t make any sense. For one, it is illegal in the NBA to throw games for any reason. The NBA would already be investigating…

  • By Jesse Collings   In the growing crisis that American education is becoming, a simple and reasonable solution is right within arms-reach of most citizens; increased parental involvement. While most parents are readily willing to say that they are very interested in their child’s education, there is a large chunk...

    More parental involvement needed

    By Jesse Collings   In the growing crisis that American education is becoming, a simple and reasonable solution is right within arms-reach of most citizens; increased parental involvement. While most parents are readily willing to say that they are very interested in their child’s education, there is a large chunk…

  • By Gabriel Kogel   In October, journalist Isaac Avilucea’s employment with the North Adams Transcript was terminated after a sports feature he wrote about Cheyanne Alcombright, a 15-year-old soccer player, came under intense criticism from parents and school officials. What landed Avilucea in hot water was his focus on the...

    Shoot the messenger: How not to report news

    By Gabriel Kogel   In October, journalist Isaac Avilucea’s employment with the North Adams Transcript was terminated after a sports feature he wrote about Cheyanne Alcombright, a 15-year-old soccer player, came under intense criticism from parents and school officials. What landed Avilucea in hot water was his focus on the…

  • A recent study by the Guttmacher Institute showed that due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of privately insured women who are no longer paying for oral contraceptives has increased from 15 percent to 40 percent. This is a good step in the right direction for reproductive rights...

    Birth control vs. God

    A recent study by the Guttmacher Institute showed that due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of privately insured women who are no longer paying for oral contraceptives has increased from 15 percent to 40 percent. This is a good step in the right direction for reproductive rights…

  • By Raanan Sarid-Segal   “Twelfth Night” was an enjoyable and generally competent performance of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. The show delivered a respectable interpretation of the Bard’s play, with dedicated actors, easy chemistry and a clear understanding of comedic timing. Nearly everyone in theater, in the English-speaking world at least, works on...

    Students refine their classical acting skills in “Twelfth Night”

    By Raanan Sarid-Segal   “Twelfth Night” was an enjoyable and generally competent performance of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. The show delivered a respectable interpretation of the Bard’s play, with dedicated actors, easy chemistry and a clear understanding of comedic timing. Nearly everyone in theater, in the English-speaking world at least, works on…

  • For the past 100 years, it has been a tradition of Boston to lose an amazing player to a rival team: notably, those players leave and head for the Yankees’ locker room. Jacoby Ellsbury joined that tradition on Tuesday when he signed a contract with the Red Sox rival New...

    Give the Yanks another… Sure.

    For the past 100 years, it has been a tradition of Boston to lose an amazing player to a rival team: notably, those players leave and head for the Yankees’ locker room. Jacoby Ellsbury joined that tradition on Tuesday when he signed a contract with the Red Sox rival New…

  • By Michael Dahlroth   The future is here, maybe. On Sunday night, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, announced the future of Amazon deliveries: “Prime Air.” The service, announced on 60 Minutes, a TV program on CBS, promises deliveries by octocopters (octocopters are essentially automated drones) to your doorstep...

    Drone attack

    By Michael Dahlroth   The future is here, maybe. On Sunday night, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, announced the future of Amazon deliveries: “Prime Air.” The service, announced on 60 Minutes, a TV program on CBS, promises deliveries by octocopters (octocopters are essentially automated drones) to your doorstep…

  • “The Yellow Ticket” was a refreshing opportunity to watch a classic silent movie while listening to a well-crafted and powerful score that syncs perfectly with the culture, time, and message of the movie. A new score by violinist Alicia Svigals proves that music can, in fact, speak louder than words....

    Live orchestra performs to classic silent film

    “The Yellow Ticket” was a refreshing opportunity to watch a classic silent movie while listening to a well-crafted and powerful score that syncs perfectly with the culture, time, and message of the movie. A new score by violinist Alicia Svigals proves that music can, in fact, speak louder than words….

  • Review by Raanan Sarid-Segal   As no interesting films were released last week, it seems appropriate to look back on the year and pick out a movie deserving of a revisit. Given its recent release on Netflix and home video, the much maligned “Only God Forgives” is a prime target....

    ‘Only God Forgives’ is gruesomly atmospheric

    Review by Raanan Sarid-Segal   As no interesting films were released last week, it seems appropriate to look back on the year and pick out a movie deserving of a revisit. Given its recent release on Netflix and home video, the much maligned “Only God Forgives” is a prime target….

  • You don’t need to be a sports critic–you don’t even need to be regular sports fan–to know that a Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning showdown means business. This Sunday, two quarterback titans go at it for the 14th time. As of now Brady has a 9-4 advantage over the previous...

    Brady vs. Manning Megabowl

    You don’t need to be a sports critic–you don’t even need to be regular sports fan–to know that a Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning showdown means business. This Sunday, two quarterback titans go at it for the 14th time. As of now Brady has a 9-4 advantage over the previous…

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