• Archived,  Opinions

    “Not my president” is an ineffective and dangerous protest

    Following President Trump’s election in November, many liberals began to champion the phrase “not my president” to protest a man they saw unfit to be president. The phrase soon became the battle cry for many of the political resistance movements that have sprung up in reaction to Trump’s presidency. Unfortunately, this chant prevents people from internalizing the fact that America elected a reality TV star as president. Trump is my president, Trump is your president, and we should use this fact to fuel our desire to inspire political change. Obviously, everyone understands that legally, Donald Trump is their president, but for people to say that he doesn’t represent them because…

  • Archived,  Arts & Culture

    Trump generates new wave of protest music

    During the most recent election cycle, few songs were played as often as YG’s “FDT” (F— Donald Trump). Now that Trump has assumed the presidency, there has been no shortage of anti-Trump anthems from all genres of music. As evident from the Trump administration’s difficulty finding performers from their inauguration, the music industry doesn’t seem to be fond of the president. However, it is unclear if this change in the country’s politics will lead to a music industry that will continuously pump out anti-Trump songs for the duration of his time in office. “Music comes out to fight government when the situation is dire,” explained senior Nicholas Batman. “In terms…

  • Archived,  Arts & Culture

    The ECHO showcases the best in recent international cinema

    International films are often overlooked by the general public because they often do not play in major theaters in the United States. However, foreign films are incredibly diverse, fascinating, and poignant and are not easily typified into a single brand. The ECHO selected several recent international films covering a broad range of topics and genres that will appeal to every audience. “Le Prenom (What’s in a Name?)” — France The French love their comedies, and there’s no doubt that some of the funniest comedic storylines were born in the French movie industry. “Le Prenom” explores the dynamic of a complicated and emotionally energetic French family. Told through mostly dialogue and…

  • Archived,  Arts & Culture

    Soundwaves: Albums must be concise

    By Isaac Rosso Klakovich and Karlton Tate  Last September, two of the rap industry’s most prolific trap artists, Travis Scott and Young Thug, released two of their most successful albums to date, dropping “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight” and “Jeffery,” respectively. Despite sharing one common track, the projects are completely different listening experiences. “Jeffery” is a lean nine songs plus a bonus track, whereas “Birds in the Trap sing McKnight” is a meandering 15. Like many contemporary hip-hop artists, Scott fails to recognize that when it comes to tracklists, less is usually more. Tight and concise tracklists make for more focused and enjoyable albums, and are something  that many…

  • Archived,  News

    Trump appoints controversial cabinet

    By Isaac Rosso Klakovich Skyler Boyer  Despite the assurance of a Clinton victory from the media, experts on polling, and even the President himself, Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. As important as the president is his cabinet. A president’s cabinet can make or break a presidency. Here is a list of appointees and potential picks to three of the most important positions in Trump’s Cabinet. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is confirmed as the next Attorney General of the United States. A former senator from Alabama, the National Journal once voted Sessions the fifth most conservative member in Congress. He and Trump both share harsh…