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The album cover of Drake and 21 Savages newest joint record, Her Loss.

Her Loss Review

Aaron Stark, Fact Checker November 12, 2022

Toronto-based rapper Drake and Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage released their highly anticipated album, Her Loss, on November 4th, 2022. The album was originally scheduled to be released on October 28,...

Midnights album cover, showing songwriter Taylor Swift lighting a candle to represent a new era.

Taylor Swift’s Midnights album review

Dania Reza, Assistant Design Editor-in-chief October 31, 2022

Songwriter Taylor Swift released her anticipated tenth studio album, Midnights on Oct. 21. Following her 2020 releases of Folklore and Evermore, most fans expected the new record to be a calm, subtle,...

Z-Burgers food, featuring a cup of fries, a fairly middle of the pack burger, and a disappointing hot dog.

Z-Burger Review

Aaron Stark, Reporter October 28, 2022

Rating: 6.5/10 Recently, the Washington D.C.-based burger joint Z-Burger launched a new location in McLean. According to their website, Z-Burger has been featured by various popular television channels...

How to spend this autumn like Rory Gilmore

How to spend this autumn like Rory Gilmore

Minsong Ha and Sarah Soltani October 28, 2022

It's Gilmore Girls season! To spend your fall season like the classic television series, follow these steps: Friday Movie Night: Eat Pop-Tarts, one of Rory and Lorelei's favorite snacks. Keep it simple...

A bracket that puts 16 Trader Joes items from the Fall line head-to-head.

Trader Joe’s: Fall Product Face-off

Farah Eljazzar and Tara Pandey October 28, 2022

Trader Joe's is an increasingly popular grocery store, especially for their seasonal products. Fan favorites such as the store's take on Oreos—Joe-Joe's, come back each season for Halloween, Christmas...

New Wave makes return to mainstream media

Brooke Thomas and Ingrid Shumway October 28, 2022

What type of music do you listen to? For many, this can be a make-or-break question. From indie to rap songs, the 21st century individual has developed a large range of musical interests. With the increase...

McLean students junior Caitlyn Lee (left) and junior Natalie Vu (right) examine the pastries on display at Fresh Baguette.

Fresh Baguette review

Alexa Sribar, Online Sports Editor October 27, 2022

Fresh Baguette, a local French bakery, opened its fifth location in the McLean area over Labor Day weekend. It promises authentic and decadent pastries for customers, but has yet to truly prove itself...

The Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino, Apple Crisp Oat Milk, and Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew.

Starbucks fall menu review

Elise Walker and Alexandra Kofinis October 27, 2022

As we move into November and temperatures drop, it’s evident that fall is here. Autumn brings changing leaves, pumpkins, and the long-awaited arrival of the Starbucks fall menu. For long-time Starbucks...

Pinterest launches new Shuffles app

Pinterest launches new Shuffles app

Farah Eljazzar, Editor-in-Chief September 6, 2022

  Picture a dream vacation. A glistening, bright blue ocean, a cold drink in one hand and a good book in the other. Music blares through your earphones as you look up to a watercolor filled...

Palaces colorful album cover. Visual artist Jonathan Zawada created the cover as well as the albums other related visuals.

Palaces reigns supreme

Philip Rotondo May 31, 2022

Harley Streten, who makes music under the name Flume, doesn’t make obvious artistic decisions. Following two successful albums in 2012 and 2016, Flume and Skin, he redefined his image with a bizarre...

Upcoming summer 2022 TV shows and movies

Upcoming summer 2022 TV shows and movies

Dania Reza and Natalie Vu May 31, 2022

As summer arrives, a variety of studios are premiering and reviving shows and movies. Ranging from the anticipated season 4 of Stranger Things, new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the return...

Social media app BeReal gains popularity

Social media app BeReal gains popularity

Sandra Cheng and Madelyn Frederick May 27, 2022

  BeReal, a social media app originally launched in 2019, is rapidly gaining popularity with Generation Z users. McLean students are slowly flocking to the app, drawn by its premise of expressing...

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