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Friday June 2nd

Tristan Weisenbach

Amy Hargreaves (right) and Gregory Cruz (left) in a still shot from the film “The Warrant: Breaker’s Law” (Photo by Deeann Deaton, courtesy of Amy Hargreaves).

How social media has become a mainstay in the entertainment industry

Social media offers a wide variety of platforms and features that create the perfect landscape for individuals in the entertainment industry to market their content. With 67% of teens indicating in a 2022 Pew Research poll that they use TikTok and 62% reporting that they use Instagram (compared to 52% in 2014-15), social media has a lot of opportunities to connect new entertainment releases with broader audiences. 

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(Photo courtesy of Pearl Cooley)

TikTok star Pearl Cooley is blending internet fame with mental health advocacy

It was a warm June day nearly a year ago when Pearl Cooley was at a local In-N-Out Burger restaurant in California filming what would be one of the first of her many viral TikTok videos. She propped her phone up in the outdoor eating section of the restaurant, hit record, and began to act as if she was auditioning for “America’s Got Talent.” Her now famous “audition” song — her own rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” — is what ultimately led her to be recognized everywhere she goes. 

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(Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Gladstone / Photo Editor)

Ewing school threat exposes faults in campus safety

Tracy Perron, a full-time nursing professor at the College, spent what she thought was a typical Tuesday morning letting students into the doors of Trenton Hall after the College implemented a swipe-access only protocol to enter all buildings on campus. It wasn’t until hours later that she found out the reasoning behind this surprising move. The night prior, a shooter entered two buildings at Michigan State University where he fired at students hiding within, killing three. After a nights-long manhunt, he was found deceased with a note in his pocket outlining more threats against the public schools located in Ewing, N.J.

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