A good movie with a great mustache

I’m not a die-hard fan of the murder-mystery genre. Prior to my viewing of "Murder on the Orient Express" in theaters, the entirety of my experience with its original creator (and bestselling mystery author of all time), Agatha Christie, was a "Doctor Who" episode in which her telepathic link with a drowning alien wasp gives her amnesia.  But despite the 2017 movie presumably being targeted to a demographic whose first notion of Christie’s work is not “oh, that’s from the space-bug lady,” I ended up enjoying it immensely. 


Better than 'Batman v Superman': 'Justice League' is lighter, funnier than its predecessor

You don’t have to be a hard-core comics fan to know that Marvel’s superhero movies (which, in recent years, have transformed into a huge franchise enlisting characters as bizarre as those of the "Guardians of the Galaxy") have been performing better than DC’s attempts to do the same. Unfortunately for DC, the performance of "Justice League" in the box office is a new low for the already less-successful DC Extended University—which is unfortunate, considering how despite its flaws, it’s still a better superhero movie than "Batman v Superman" and its forerunners.

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Reggie Jackson #1 of the Detroit Pistons shoots the ball against the Boston Celtics on November 27, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Column: The Detroit Pistons are legit, and you should be watching

Unless you’re a diehard Detroit Pistons fan, the following statistic may be a complete shock based on your preconceived notions of how this team has performed the past couple of years. This year’s Pistons’ team is currently in second place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 14-6, which ranks ahead of Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


What the new tax plan means for college students

New tax plans always have at least one thing in common: They can’t make everyone happy. The new tax plan proposed by the GOP is no different. Proponents say the bill will help out the middle class, and naysayers believe it will only help the rich. The bill promises corporate tax cuts, new tax brackets and a general overhaul of U.S. tax code. Not all of this sounds bad, but what exactly does this bill mean for students like you and me?


Why professors should assign less reading

Academia has grown and changed a lot over the years, but pedagogical techniques in the classroom oftentimes seem to be stunted by traditional learning tools, such as assigned readings. I'm not talking about a couple of sections—I'm talking about whole chapters. While reading has always been one of my passions, I believe that the modern college system puts a little too much emphasis on textbooks and reading assignments.  


Remembering the simple things this holiday season

We are living in a time of distress. The news seems to be almost always bad, with stories on shootings, rage, police brutality and ongoing political drama. While these issues aren’t necessarily new, they seem more alive and relevant than ever. While our world is filled with hate, it can be so easy to drown in the bad things. However, as we enter the holidays, I think we all need to do a better job of remembering and being thankful for the simple things in life.