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Claire Lefton

Claire Lefton , A&E Chief

My name is Claire Singer Lefton and chances are you know one of my many relatives and/or siblings. One of my ultimate career goals is being on "Saturday Night Live". In addition to comedy, I love film and film criticism; it's like a mental exercise. I have no specific musical taste in particular, though I have a soft spot for 90s alternative rock. If you ever want a [strong] opinion on anything movies, come and ask me- I live for giving my opinion. In addition to being on the leaf I am an actor and a technician for Aves Theater, a fourth-year Aves Improv member, and the co-president of Sycamore's Gay Straight Trans Alliance.

 

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Science Fair

March 4, 2016
The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks to the State Bar of Texas. Part of what is making people fight over his replacement is that he was one of the most conservative Justices on the bench. If the Democrats can get thier preferred candidate in, the Supreme Court would be more moderate, lessening conservative influence.

Game of Robes

February 18, 2016
A woman places candles on the memorial for the victims of the San Bernadino shooting. since the attack at Columbine High School in 1999, there have been over 30 mass shootings in the US. Without research into gun violence,  tragedies such as the one in San Bernadino cannot be effectively prevented.

A shot in the dark

December 10, 2015
Jimmy Fallon host of “The Tonight Show” talks with Stephen Colbert host of “The Late Show” at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. While talented, both male comedians have taken over shows for other male comedians (Jay Leno and David Letterman respectively). Other male comedians who have taken over for other male comedians include Trevor Noah, James Corden, and Seth Meyers.

No girls allowed

October 15, 2015
Sanders speaks at a Los Angeles rally. His appeal to youth is driving more young people to attend rallies like this. This is important as young political participation has been on the decline.

Sanders slides ahead

September 21, 2015
The unveiling of Barbie’s 125th and 126th careers. The influence the dolls have on young girls can be life changing. This closeness with the “Hello Barbie” worries parents who do not want Mattel to hear their kids’ deepest thoughts.

Big Brother Barbie

March 26, 2015
A swastika drawn on a Miami synagogue. This kind of vandalism is highly common, especially in the American south. Nazi symbology has found its way into religious centers, homes, and even schools.

Anti-Semitism goes global

February 26, 2015

Red vs. Blue

December 17, 2014
Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, and Peter Quill/Star Lord fly through battle in Marvel’s summer hit “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Some film critics have said if Marvel has managed to make the living tree (Groot) and talking raccoon (Rocket) from this film to be among 2014’s most beloved heroes, they can make films of more obscure characters successful. Along with film, Marvel also produces TV shows such as “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and the upcoming “Marvel’s Agent Carter”.

Marvel maps future films

November 25, 2014
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