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Atlantis newest Editor-in-Chief Nitya Budamagunta. (LinkedIn)

Atlantis: A Creative Magazine welcomes new Editor-in-Chief, Nitya Budamagunta

Anna Ford, Assistant Culture Editor April 26, 2023
Founded in 1971, Atlantis: A Creative Magazine is UNCW’s premier undergraduate literary magazine. Focused on celebrating undergraduate writers from public or private community colleges and four-year universities in North Carolina, Atlantis is run by dedicated students and sponsored by UNCW’s Student Media Board. As sophomore Nitya Budamagunta takes the reins as Editor-in-Chief for the 2023-2024 school year, many exciting possibilities lie ahead for the innovative literary magazine.
Joaquin Phoenix as the titular Beau in Beau is Afraid. (A24)

REVIEW: ‘Beau Is Afraid’ is a visually stunning, anxiety-fueled odyssey

Bradley Earnshaw, Staff Writer April 24, 2023
Ari Aster’s third theatrical release, “Beau Is Afraid,” is undoubtedly his most daunting from a viewer’s perspective. It is a three-hour display of Murphy’s Law, where everything that can go wrong does go wrong. While Aster’s first two films “Hereditary” (2018) and “Midsommar” (2019) were certainly horror films, “Beau Is Afraid” is equal parts comedy, drama and horror. With each unfolding of events, the number of possible interpretations of the story grows as the lines blur between reality, dreams, nightmares and hallucinations.
Cover art for Im Glad My Mom Died by Jenette McCurdy. (Simon & Schuster/graphic by Nate Mauldin)

REVIEW: The hype around ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’ is definitely deserved

Abigail Celoria, Culture Editor April 22, 2023
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past nine months, it’s unlikely that you haven’t heard of “iCarly” star Jennette McCurdy’s recent memoir, “I’m Glad My Mom Died.” Eight months since its release, the book still sparks excitement and conversation in literary and non-literary circles alike. I bought my own copy in Dec. 2022 from the Strand Book Store. While fighting streams of people for a look at the shelves, I found myself standing in front of a wall above the customer service desk, which displayed the Strand’s top ten picks. “I’m Glad My Mom Died” was one of them.
A Murder of Crows is a 1992 dark comedy play by Mac Wellman set to be performed at UNCWs Kenan Auditorium. (UNCW Department of Theatre)

UNCW Theatre Department brings satire to the stage with ‘A Murder of Crows’

Bailey Arnold, Staff Writer April 19, 2023
The UNCW Theatre Department is ending their 2022-2023 season with a thought-provoking and unconventional play, “A Murder of Crows,” written by Mac Wellman and directed by Professor Paul Castagno. The show follows Susannah as she learns to understand and deal with family relationships, survival, and life and death.
The Summer I Turned Pretty is an Amazon Original show filmed in Wilmington. (Amazon)

Extra, Extra! Highlighting student background acting in local productions

Anna Ford, Assistant Culture Editor April 16, 2023
The North Carolina film industry is now experiencing a period of growth following the COVID-19 pandemic, with film productions returning to Wilmington and bringing the industry back to life. This increase follows a change to the NC budget lowering the requirements to receive help from the North Carolina Film and Entertainment Grant. This increase in filming led to a higher demand for background actors, with many people—including UNCW’s own students—in the Wilmington area eager and willing to be part of Wilmington’s film legacy.
Construction site of the Wilmington Eden Village, a small home community for the homeless.

The fight to end hunger and homelessness in Wilmington

Lindsey Southerland, Contributing Writer April 12, 2023
When someone doesn’t encounter or see hardship and strife on a daily basis, it’s easy to live in a bubble and not notice anything outside of it. People are hungry, hopeless, scared, homeless and desperate for help right next door. McFadden looks out at the parking lot, deep in thought with tears brimming in her eyes. “I used to think why me? Why’d I have to go through this? Why’d this have to happen to me?” she said. “Now it’s like, why not me?” So why not you?
The titular Mario (Chris Pratt) and Luigi (Charlie Day) in The Super Mario Bros. Movie. (Universal Pictures)

REVIEW: Let’s-a-go! ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ is a fun spin on a popular franchise

Abigail Celoria, Culture Editor April 11, 2023
The meme waterfall that followed Chris Pratt’s casting announcement turned the newest franchise-based film, “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” into something of a must-see. Due to the popularity of the Mario games—because who hasn’t played Mario Kart at least once in their life—the film garnered some speculation. Would it pay proper homage or soullessly promote the video games it hails from?
Olha Novikova poses with the Ukranian flag outside of Dobo Hall. Novikova is the current president of UNCWs Ukrainian Culture Club. (Courtesy of Olha Novikova)

The impact of the Russo-Ukrainian war on UNCW students

Hannah Markov, Editor-in-Chief April 6, 2023
Following months of unusual Russian troop movements, threats and shellfire along the border, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022. For over a year now, the whole world has watched as countless lives have been lost, families torn apart and cities destroyed. But behind each photograph and headline, number and statistic, video and dispatch, are real people with real stories to tell, often lost to the desensitization and chaos of war. A few such people are students in Wilmington and UNCW, specifically.
Three local drag performers speak out about the targeting of drag in state legislatures across the country. From left, Tara Nicole Brooks, Ebony Valentino and Tatianna Matthews. (Courtesy of Haley Smith/ATB Photography/ATB Photography) ATB: https://www.instagram.com/atbphotography.us/?igshid=MGU3ZTQzNzY%3D    Haley smith: https://www.instagram.com/smaleyhaley/?igshid=MGU3ZTQzNzY%3D

As drag comes under attack across the country, local queens speak out

Nate Mauldin, Photography Editor March 22, 2023
Drag is an art form that goes back centuries. Many historians claim it originated with Shakespeare, whose plays were performed entirely by men—and men dressed as women. By the 1970s, following the Stonewall Uprising, the art of drag had cemented itself in American culture. Drag foremothers like Divine and Crystal LaBeija would pave the way for what it is today. Though it has evolved much over time, drag in its many forms is an expression of our creativity and humanity that has persisted throughout history.
A cup of Lucky Joe cold brew. The coffee shop says it is the original cold brew coffee shop of Wilmington since its founding in 2015. (Lucky Joe via Instagram)

How Lucky Joe Craft Coffee is getting student attention after recent setbacks

Bailey Arnold, Staff Writer March 21, 2023
Tucked away in a quiet apartment complex not far from campus is a locally owned and operated coffee shop, Lucky Joe Craft Coffee. At first glance, the building looks like another townhouse amongst a sea of student housing, but plenty of delicious coffee, smoothies and pastries as well as work and study spaces hide behind a set of magenta doors.
Current Editor-in-chief Abigail Celoria poses with writers, contributors and readers for Second Story Journals issue 13 release party. (Second Story Journal via Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/secondstoryjournal/))

Second Story Journal opens to all undergraduate students

Olivia Vizethann, Staff Writer March 20, 2023
Universities all throughout the US offer a literary magazine to exclusively their student body as an opportunity for students to get their work published. Up until now, UNCW was not one of those universities. Second Story Journal is a UNCW literary magazine created, operated by and originally, exclusively open to Honors students. Current Editor-in-Chief Abigail Celoria and other staff have worked to change that and have opened the magazine to include all undergraduate student submissions.
History Happens Now, a mural across the street from the 1898 Memorial. The piece was created in 2020 amid nationwide Black Lives Matter protests by DREAMS, a local art education and youth development organization.

An overview of Black History Month in Wilmington

Amelia Lindsey and Grace Lanham March 13, 2023
Each February marks the beginning of Black History Month in the United States, and communities across the country take this time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions of Black Americans throughout history. This year’s national Black History Month theme was “Black Resistance,” which addresses how African Americans are dealing with oppression and the lack of institutional support in the past and present.
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