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volume 45 issue 6


Eating well and doing good at Avalon Cafe

Anna Wilkes aging neighbors to unite to renew the business plan to offer a menu Kitchen serves a whole brunch mary aioli all between a Hastings
News Editor the spirit of Detroit. that fulfills a fresh, local, and deli- spread along with tasty entrees Street Challah roll. This sandwich
What many thought was a pie in cious platform. that extend to dinner hours. If you is one to write home about folks.
Walking into Avalon Hearth and the sky idea soon proved to be an Upon my visit to the newly opened find yourself sitting down in the The roll is perfectly fluffy, the goat
Soul Cafe and Kitchen, one may anchor in day to day Detroit culture, Ann Arbor location, I was first greet- time between breakfast and lunch, cheese seeps into all the right plac-
be hit with the sweet smell of ba- serving over 1,000 customers daily. ed with the surprise of a craft cof- dont hesitate to try one of the four es, and the rosemary aioli plays a
guettes and the piping noise of The Detroit-based bakery is com- fee bar overflowing with pastries fancy toasts. On my visit, I tried the trick with your mind and makes you
freshly pressed espresso. ing in full swing with not only their and bread for all. Teaming up with Avocado Toast. and talk about an fall right in love.
Avalon International Breads is not renowned sourdough loaves and Mighty Good Coffee, Avalon serves experience. This vegan concoction If you cant tell by my gross de-
a new name to the Michigan food fresh pastries, but introducing a local press catering to coffee lovers is built on fresh farm bread topped tails, yes, I totally recommend you
scene. In 1997, Jackie Victor and Ann cafe-style eatery. Located on the across town. with smashed avocado, tahini, lime, go check out Avalon Hearth and
Perrault purchased and converted corner of Liberty and S 4th in Ann As I waited for my table, I was able chili flake, olive oil, and paper thin Soul Cafe and Kitchen down in Ann
a storefront in the Cass Corridor of Arbor, the former Mezzevino Med- to try a lavender latte and a red ber- slices of cucumber. The farm bread Arbor. Turn your phone off, unplug
Detroit. From there, the duo began iterranean Kitchen and Bar, Avalon ry loose tea. Both beverages were is thickly sliced with edges crisp and from the world, engage in conversa-
laboriously producing artisan baked International Breads expanded their poured to perfection and warmed the inside bread oh-so fluffy. This av- tion, and enjoy the heavenly bread,
goods made with 100% organic doors to A2 at the end of December my expectations. ocado toast is a sure way to get your you wont regret it. I would rate this
flour. Avalon International Breads 2016. The ambiance of the cafe sets a day going on the right foot. four out of four paws.
has planted seeds of transformation Co-founder and Chief Executive mood for a relaxing dining experi- If toast isnt calling your name, do
Officer, Jackie Victors vision for ence with conversations flowing, not fear. I also had the pleasure of Avalon Cafe
by growing crops on vacant city
land, providing a safe working envi- the Cafe and Kitchen was one that abundant comfy couches, and art to tasting the frittata breakfast sand-
ronment, living wages, and encour- was first and foremost an ingredi- set your gaze on. wich which is served with red onion
ent-driven concept. It was vital in Avalon Hearth and Soul Cafe and jam, arugula, goat cheese, and rose-

The Great Wall stands tall against critics

Ryan Lindquist shine in his new role. Legendary Pictures, is known for acclaimed films containing Matt Da- was truly a thrilling and entertaining
Staff Reporter Director Zhang Yimou is a Chinese their action filled and thrilling mov- mon, and others produced by Leg- film, senior Drew Lauinger said.
born film director, producer, and ies such as Pacific Rim (2013) and endary Pictures, I have high praise Contrary to my personal opinion,
The Great Wall, starring Matt Da- actor. Most of his work revolves Godzilla (2014). The Great Wall is for The Great Wall. The movie was critics like iMDb and Rotten Toma-
mon, was an absolute hit in my around Chinese themes, and The no stranger to action, keeping my filled to the brim with exciting twists toes, werent quite as enthusiastic.
book. Being that it was a fictional Great Wall is no different. Only a friends and I on the edges of our and turns, I was thoroughly interest- iMDb rated The Great Wall at 6.3/10,
movie surrounding the very non-fic- select few movies contain main- seats throughout the whole movie. ed from the beginning to the end of and Rotten Tomatoes at 35%.
tional Great Wall located in the heart stream/well-known American ac- I usually fall asleep during mov- the film. With the help of CGI, the Despite all of this, I would have to
of China, I was skeptical at first. Matt tors with the last being The Flowers ies with the boys, but this one kept movie was filled with scary beasts rate The Great Wall at 4/4 paws. Matt
Damon was also playing a role that of War (2011) starring Christian Bale. me WIDE awake, senior Ryan Misiak and acrobatic stunts that aided in Damon is a truly inspiring actor, and
at first had been unexpected. Being Zhang Yimou is highly skilled in di- said. the action packed movie. The Great an American hero.
mostly well known for his work in recting movies with a fantasy genre, I wasnt a huge fan of Matt Damon Wall had a large budget of $150 mil-
the Jason Bourne series, a protago- and with the introduction of Com- before this movie, but after seeing it lion, and ended up grossing approx- The Great Wall
nist in a fantasy movie was definite- puter Generated Images (CGI) his I am going to get his name tattooed imately $300 million.
ly a change up. Throughout all the imagination has been limitless. on my foot, senior Sam Bedford I think this movie should have
diversity though, Damon seemed to The main production company, said. won a trillion Academy Awards, it
Throughout watching other highly

Schools App, finding roommates was never so easy

Andrew Gawryk choice of major, gender, and home- The creators of the app TargetX has is to connect people from around down street, or across the country.
Staff Reporter town. also created multiple other apps the country to make finding room- I would rate this app three paws
Every major college in the country which help people connect with mates less awkward and more fun. out of four. This app does a great
New App Connects Kids From is connected to the app. This allows students, teachers, and administra- The social media styled layout of the job at uniting students with similar
Across the Country. Schools App is people from multiple states away tion. UChat, another app by TargetX app gives the user a familiar style interests from across the country.
a new useful tool that gives kids the to talk is a judgement free environ- was designed to connect students of browsing and creating their own The only downside the app has is
opportunity to make new friends ment. Users post statuses in a Twit- with counselors at the school they posts. The freedom the app gives that it isnt the most popular among
and meet roommates for college. ter like fashion. Other users can like attend or the one they plan on at- the use allows to express them- high school students. This limits the
The app works by creating public the post the post and then further tending. selves in their own ways in order amount of people you can truly con-
chat rooms based on what school connect with the individual in a pri- The TargetX website displays the to find the best possible roommate tact through the apps services. This
the user going to in the upcoming vate chatroom. goals for the Schools App. The main match for them. is only a minor setback in the great-
year. I believe the app does a great This app is safe for the user to use goals include allowing self assembly This app really lets the user put er picture of the app as a whole. This
job at providing students with the because it only allows you to talk to of students, build a welcoming com- themselves out there and open app truly helps students from all
opportunity to find new friends and people you are going to school with. munity, and to create group mes- themselves up to new people that walks of life connect and be able to
potential roommates for the up- This means that someone who is go- sages for friends to chat. All of these they can talk to and meet before enhance their college experience to
coming school year. ing to Michigan State cannot talk to goals are accomplished through they decide to live together. Schools make it the best years of their life.
The app gives the users to further someone who is going to University the use of the Twitter like posting App provides kids with the oppor-
Schools App
filter their search for roommates by of Michigan. The system of connect- system that allows for users to have tunity to meet the best roommate
offering categories of students to ing similar people together increas- personalized posts about finding as possible so the students can tru-
talk to who share similar interests es the chances of the user finding a their future roommates or friends. ly have the best time of their lives
as you such as dorm preferences, roommate or a future best friend. The main purpose for Schools App at college no matter if they end up

Migos picked up the phone with album Culture

Jack White rappers tend to do. Bad and Boujee from the album. Travis Scotts part
Staff Reporter was a hit number one song in 2017 makes me feel like Im being bap-
for three weeks straight. The song tized in fire. The lyrics and the sound
Hip hop and rap artist Migos burst has Lil Uzi Vert featuring which adds of Travis Scotts voice produces such
into 2017 with a hot new album. a good change up of vocals and a sick song, Junior Ben Wadenstore
They called the album Culture. It sound. said.
was released on January 27, 2017, One thing rap and rock have in Migos music seems to keep im-
by Quality Control Entertainment, common, a lot of it is focused on proving. The group completes each
300 Entertainment and Atlantic Re- negativity. I like dark stuff, Hip Hop other. Its hard to picture Migos
cords. This is only Migos sophomore rapper Lil Uzi Vert said. without one of the members. At
album following Juug Season. Juug The longest song in the album, one point, the Migos were down a
Season was released in 2013 and Kelly Price featuring Travis Scott is player. Offset had troubles with the
since then they music group has a fan favorite. The combination of police and was put in jail for eight
come out with many mixtapes but these two different artists creates a months. Migos came out with Back
only two albums including Culture. masterpiece of a song. Migos and to the Bando while Offset was out
The rap group has three main links, Travis Scott trade bars to give us a of the game and it wasnt the same
Takeoff, Quavo , and Offset. Quavi- peek into their materialistic, drug Migos as Im used to. The mixtape
ous Marshall a.k.a. Quavo, 22, is the filled lifestyle. Offset handles the up- was good, but nothing noteworthy Photo courtesy of
cousin of Offset, whose real name is coming hook, but Quavo and Travis like Culture and YRN2.
always thought his name was the This album has given Migos re-
Kiari Cephus. He is also 22.Nineteen- Scott help out with ad-libs. I would not be able to pick a fa-
coolest and I love his verse in Hand- spect. I have never seen anybody
year-old Takeoff, born Kirshnik Ball, Migos picked the perfect rapper vorite because each have amazing
some and Wealthy from No Label 2. make this many hits and not get
is Quavos nephew. The gang start- to feature in this song by choosing parts in so many different songs.
Last year when YRN2 came out his notified for it. This album goes to
ed cooking up good tunes in 2009 Travis Scott. Travis Scotts last album Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff change
verse in You Wanna See secured TakeOff, he showed his full form in
when they first became Migos. title had originated from a line Qua- the first place role in my eyes. Quavo
his spot as number 1. Not just that these beats. I would give this album
The album in total has thirteen vo spit on Travis and Young Thugs is the head honcho in most albums
but Offset also drops fire features four paws.
tracks. Songs Bad and Boujee , T banger pick up the phone. Although and mixtapes but not always. Offset
and hit singles as an solo artist. If I Culture
Shirt , and Call Casting were all Migos have been featured on sever- stands out in YRN2, he has the best
had to pick my favorite verse from
released before Culture as intention al Travis Scott songs, this is Travis parts in most every song.
Offset in Culture it would have to be
to get fans excited for the album. first time on a Migos song. Offset has been my favorite Migo
from What the Price because it is so
This is an effective idea that most Kelly price is my favorite song since I learned all their names. I had
long and he doesnt slow down.