Essentially everyone I know had a favorite book series growing up. From Harry Potter to the Hunger Games and beyond, every major book series had a solid and dedicated fan base. Now when those books get translated into movies, these fans (myself included) lose our minds and cease to exist.

In its early days, YouTube gave the Internet videos of cute cats, the hilairous Numa Numa guy and—who can forget?—Nyan Cat.

Now some of its best-viewed content is music videos by pop stars like Rihanna, Lady Gaga or shows like "Epic Rap Battles of History," which, surprisingly, is produced by a Disney-owned studio.

Usually I am able to tolerate most of Taylor Swift’s music, but this time she has gone too far. Her new single, Shake It Off, is anything but tolerable, and do not get me started on her music video. Sorry for all of you “Swifties” out there. It is not that I dislike Taylor; I just really, really dislike this song. I believe she could have done way better, and after hearing this one, I am a little worried about the rest of her new album, 1989, set to release this October.

It is no surprise that modern-day academia is overwrought with liberalism. A generation disillusioned by war-of-choice and suspicious of authority sought to “fix” their country by gaining esteemed degrees that would poise them to be the decision-makers of tomorrow. In the face of Watergate, Vietnam and stagflation, who wouldn’t be a progressive reactionary? Now the pendulum has swung the other way and, in the shadow of these academics, we inherit a university where politically left is considered politically correct.

This past Friday something very unexpected and amazing happened. The state of Arizona will allow same-sex couples to get married. This comes after a federal judge ruled that Arizona’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

There is no other band on this planet like Coldplay. Their soft yet powerful and interesting sound stands uniquely above all others. They have touched the hearts of thousands all over the world. Songs such as Yellow, Paradise, Fix You and their newest, Magic, are, for many people, soul-saver songs. I define soul-saver songs as the music that can get you through the hard times and inspire you every day. It is music that accompanies you through the heartache or loss that we all feel at times with lyrics that speak directly to you. Coldplay has done this for me a numerous amount of times.

On August 29th Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is the Republican nominee for Governor, backed out of the only statewide-televised debate scheduled for this race.

Earlier in the year State Senator Wendy Davis, who is also the Democratic nominee for Governor, proposed five debates all across the state in which he only agreed to two. This latest move by AG Greg Abbott shows that he does not care about the people of Texas.

When I was a kid, I remember watching comedians. All kinds of comedians, every way I could. Reading their books or watching their stand-up specials until I could quote them line for line and voice for voice. From Ellen DeGeneres to Dane Cook (cue slight embarrassment from the latter), I knew every joke. I wanted to be them more than I wanted anything else.

So I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I have been really digging this new Young the Giant album. They released Mind Over Matter on January 21, 2014. It was a long four-year stretch since their last album release in October of 2010, titled Young The Giant. Although it has been a while, the band does not show it. All of their new songs are very pleasant and artistic. Sameer Gadhia sounds better than ever with his very distinct vocals, and it doesn’t seem like the rest of the band has skipped a single beat.

Beauty products are pricey these days. A good facemask, a nice moisturizer, hair care products—you name it! But what I have noticed and read throughout the years is that you can beautify yourself with products found in your pantry! You don’t have to spend a ton of money, and they are all-natural ingredients. Now, please tell me that you guys are excited to hear that you don’t have to spend a lot of money! Am I right? Am I right? Of course y’all are.