By Maggie Boccella

“A lot of men have, historically, been very frightened of me.”

Those are the words that come out of punk icon Jordan Mooney’s mouth as she discusses her sense of fashion in the 70s that would ultimately become iconic – her Mondrian-style makeup and spiky hair sprayed solid so that it sticks up a good two feet off her head. After complimenting Goldblade singer John Robb’s shoes without knowing who he was (oops!), I’ve sat down on a backless, stumpy little chair in the back of Rough Trade Records, the original home of vinyl records and the punk movement, to listen to this incredible woman tell her story. She tells it with an incredible grace and humor that makes me admire her even more than I did when I first watched Jubilee back in February, and when asked if she felt her provocative way of dressing made her a sex symbol of the time, she says with a straight face,

“I felt all woman, but of my own choosing.”

by Katie Tejada (McDaniel)

The magic of Halloween entangles adults as well as children and is the perfect excuse for a grown-up party. The only problem is that it’s difficult to find time to plan a costume. One day, it’s October 1 and you have all the time in the world. Next thing you know, it’s October 29 and you’re SOL—or are you? There is an endless array of cute costumes you can pull together at the last minute. Not only that, but you can take the DIY approach and dress up as one of your favorite movie characters, using clothing and accessories that you can continue wearing the remaining 364 days of the year.

The first time I heard about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was this past spring when I was researching censorship and banned books. It felt timely and poignant, so I made it one of my vacation reads this summer. It was heavy, thought provoking, and made me cry multiple times. It was also one of the best realistic YA fiction books I’ve ever read. Angie Thomas gives voice to a problem in our nation, and through Starr the book allows readers to better understand what happens inside communities that experience violence from law enforcement. The film adaptation by the same title came out recently and I knew I had to see it. I was not disappointed in the adaptation. While there were a lot of changes made from the book to the film, the heart of the story remains the same. Both are worth your time.

**potential spoilers ahead**