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Ball state junior, Elysa Goldberg, takes a photo of Ball State junior Emma Lang in the “cellfie” room at SelfieWRLD Schaumburg, 10/02/21.  Photo by Savannah Jordan

But first, let me take a selfie at SelfieWRLD Schaumburg

The moment I knew there was a museum dedicated to taking selfies with friends, I wanted to get a group of my own friends together and go to SelfieWRLD Schaumburg and make a day of it. Although I didn’t expect to make a trip to Chicago and back in a day, it was worth every twist in the plan—which included forgetting about the time change and spontaneously stopping at “The Bean” in Millenium Park. 



Artist of the month: Queen Bee

Queen Bee, also known as Ziyoou-vachi, utilizes bright colors, creative themes and costumes, octave changes, and diverse discography completely enraptured me. After first hearing some of their music, I decided to research more into who exactly this group is.


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'Halloween Kills'...my vibe

Michael Myers' latest cinematic outing adds more gore to the bloody history of the Halloween franchise, but ultimately leaves more questions than answers for fans.


The Coven S8E3: Women in journalism

Welcome back fellow witches to another season of The Coven! This episode, Ball State Journalism professor, Kate Elliot, discusses what it like to be a woman in the journalism industry today with our host Shwetha! How are women faring in the journalism industry today? What are some new challenges arising? What can aspiring journalists expect once entering the workforce?



How It's Played S5E1: Nintendo directors shake expectations with Mario casting

Welcome movie-watchers to another season of Input 2! At the start of the season, Nintendo directors, Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, announced the voice acting cast of the new Mario movie set to release December 2022. While some of the castings started fans, others enhanced the excitement for the new video game movie. What are some concerns for the movie? How will it fare in comparison to other video game movies? Tune in for all this and more on this week's episode of Input 2!


How would your favorite horror villains fare in a faceoff?

Who would beat who in a fight? Now you have the chance to help decide who would win in a fight in the metaphorical boxing ring of horror villians. This is a breakdown of all the statistics for the featured villians. Your votes directly relate to who moves on in the bracket.


Christian girl autumn turned grunge

One thing’s not quite the same this season—there’s no trace of infinity scarves, thigh high boots, or cream-colored sweaters. Have the days of “Christian Girl Autumn” finally been eclipsed? Why did it exist in the first place? And do darker days lie ahead?  



‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ isn't the origin of strong Asian protagonists

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was not predicted to be a box office hit in the wake of movies releasing simultaneously in theatres and onto streaming services. Furthermore, it features a lesser-known Marvel protagonist that had a lot of people doubting the movie’s potential. Despite this speculation, Shang-Chi was a smash hit. While this is incredibly encouraging given the film has a strong Asian protagonist and supporting cast, I can’t help but be a little irked by people acting as though this is a first for Asian representation in the form of a strong protagonist. Just because Liu as Shang-Chi is the first time you have noticed a strong Asian protagonist, it does not mean they haven’t been present in the film industry.