Disney Becoming Too Greedy?


An Entertainment Weekly promotional photo for the critically-panned Marvel’s Inhumans.

2017 has been an up and down year for the Disney company.  On the upside, all three of its Marvel Studios releases (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok), the Beauty and the Beast live-action remake, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales have all been critical (except for Pirates) and economic successes, with Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Pixar’s Coco also expected to succeed.

On the downside, ESPN’s ratings have fallen due to growing costs of sports rights and cable cutting trends, causing hundreds of layoffs between 2015 and now, with 100-plus more coming.  Scott Buck’s Marvel’s Iron Fist and Marvel’s Inhumans were the worst received Marvel Cinematic Universe properties in history.  The Las Vegas shooting forced the delay of Marvel’s The Punisher, and lack of availability on FreeForm’s 2018 schedule has left Marvel’s New Warriors in search of a new network home.  

Movie studios and television networks have their highs and lows all the time, so not much stands out there.  Where things really stand out however is in Disney’s recent executive decisions. Continue reading


The Over-Sexualization of Women’s Halloween Costumes is Anti-Feminist

By: Kierstin Flickinger and Broderick Gerano
Staff Writers

A few weeks before Halloween, we walked into our local Spirit Halloween store in preparation for our favorite holiday. The costume idea that we had in mind was simple: a standard doctor and nurse combo. Searching for a doctor’s outfit was easy, but finding a nurse’s costume was disheartening. Kierstin left the store basically in tears, and we went on a new search for Halloween costumes. She ended up making her costume by herself for the fourth year in a row. The longest garment that we found was barely mid-thigh. Continue reading

Money, Oil, and Politics: a Nexus

By: Nathan Traini
Managing and Online Editor

What does the future hold? What will America be like in 10, 20, or even 100 years from now? What would we want it to be like and how do we get there? These questions are very difficult to answer but one thing everyone agrees on is that if we are to have a society that functions with the majority’s interest at heart we will have to throw out our current political system. Whatever future you envision, a Star Trek or George Jetson like future requires action in a political direction. The energy we use, the money we spend, and the people we elect no longer serve humanity as an assisting force. Continue reading

He Scores!

Hometown broadcaster Steve Mears lands his “dream job” with Penguins.

By: Scott Sinclair  
Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH, Pa.- This hockey season a new voice will be providing play-by-play for the Pittsburgh Penguins on AT&T Sports Network. Murrysville native Steve Mears takes the microphone last held by Paul Steigerwald.

Mears, a Franklin Regional High School and Bowling Green University alumnus, joins the Pens after five years at the NHL Network where he co-hosted the afternoon show “NHL Now.” Continue reading

Plum Woman Raises Money for Dog Park

By: Melissa Braun
Contributing Writer

PLUM, Pa. – A local Plum Borough woman is catching the attention of many locals with her work for a new dog park in her area.  Allison Wade, age 27, is a native of Plum Borough who recently moved back in 2016 after living in the city of Pittsburgh.

Once settling in with her husband, Andrew Wade, and their dog, Apollo, Wade made a
realization that her local area lacked a safe place for her dog to run around off-leash. Continue reading

Suicide Prevention Comes to Cranberry

By: Carmen Austin
Contributing Writer
CRANBERRY, Pa. – Several members of the Rotary International Club held a fundraiser event on Sunday to support the Suicide Campaign Awareness program in the high schools around the area.

John Marshall, 57, is a director and former president of the Rotary Club of Cranberry Township. The program was kicked off with an event called Walk for Hope, which was held in Cranberry, Pa. on September 17. Marshall hoped to involve other members of the community in this program. Continue reading

How to Not Hate Group Projects

By: Isabella Bordonaro
Editor In Chief

As a college student about midway through my Senior year, I have dealt with what feels like a million group projects. The reason it feels like so many is because they are usually not an experience I look back on fondly.

One of the most interesting, and probably most helpful, courses I am currently taking, that may have changed my mind on group work is my conflict resolution negotiation class with Dr. Jennifer Wood.

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