Category Archives: COLLEGE LIFE

5 Apps to Help Get Your Sh*t Together This Year

Haylee Followell | hf211816@gmail.com |Associate Editor

By now, #newyearnewme and the throwback Instagram stories are piling up. There is something inspiring about the beginning of the new year, though. While it is important to self-reflect regularly, for some people (including myself) we need the new year to wipe the slate clean. This is the year we kick butt and take names, whether that be academically, socially or mentally. Here are five ~free~ apps that will help put you on the right track. Continue reading 5 Apps to Help Get Your Sh*t Together This Year

9 Tips to Make an Attainable New Year’s Resolution

Erin Gardner | Editor-in-Chief | eg245916@ohio.edu

2019 is coming in hot. A New Year’s resolution is nice in theory, but realistically they don’t usually hold up. Most resolutions are shallow, too vague and too big. Losing weight and saving money is an afterthought, and by next month, it’s a joke. FANGLE is here to help with nine tips to make realistic and accountable resolutions. 2019 will be your year. Continue reading 9 Tips to Make an Attainable New Year’s Resolution

“Creed II” is Still a Knockout

Earl Hopkins | Culture Editor | eh032114@ohio.edu

Just as the films that followed the Oscar-nominated “Rocky,” “Creed II” is a story of a heroically stout fighter, played by actor Michael B. Jordan, who’s pitted against the odds and overcomes obstacles both in and outside the ring. It’s a formula that’s worked throughout the 40-plus years since the birth of the series, which spawned “Creed” and its subsequent second film. But it’s one that continues to work.

Director Steven Caple Jr. proved he could command a highly anticipated film and evenly expound on the stories of iconic and emerging characters in a world filled with cinematic history. In the process, there was a shift in focus. Not only was Jordan’s character, Adonis “Donnie” Creed, tested on-screen but, with Caple Jr.’s direction, Jordan had one of the best acting performances of his career.

With eight films in the “Rocky”-verse, the arch of each installment into the long-lasting franchise has been done. The once struggling boxer loses in a title fight, in which he was expected to get demolished by a more polished and championed opponent, puts up a good fight, proves himself on the professional level and wins the title for himself. Then, after defending his belt, gets complacent, loses horrifically to an unexpected fighter, bottles up in emotion and fear, just to have a cool training montage where he regains the “eye of the tiger” and, once again, becomes champion.

“Creed II” harnesses the same direction but, with writer Cheo Hodari Coker at the helm, the film separates itself from previous films in the series.

The film begins with Donnie running through the current heavyweight division while boxer, Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago, is making a name for himself in Russia. His emergence draws anticipation from boxing analysts and fans, who want to see the two fighters go head to head. Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) is reluctant to train Donnie, as he experienced the death of his father, a moment he grudgingly regrets to the day. Adonis’ frustrations force him to train in Rocky’s absence, which leads to a one-sided defeat by the hands of Viktor, who hospitalizes the former champion for several days following the fight.

Rather than solely focusing on Adonis avenging the death of his father, Apollo Creed, it’s a film centered on finding his own motivations as a fighter, fiancé and young father. Now that his life with Bianca (Tessa Thompson) has blossomed into the birth of his daughter, Adonis is seeking to find the balance between his life on both sides of the ropes.

Caple Jr. also highlights the life of Viktor, who isn’t pictured as an emotionless robot like the depiction of Ivan during his fighting career. Ivan was Rocky’s rival in the fourth installment of the “Rocky” franchise. Viktor shows signs of vulnerability just as he shows death-induced relentlessness and hatred. He and his father seek their own source of vengeance. With his father’s loss in 1985, Viktor was abandoned by his power-obsessed mother and his father was shamed by a country that once hailed him as its greatest hero. As a result, Ivan pushes his son in an effort to ensure they regain the lost prominence their names once held.

Caple Jr. brilliantly divides between the two character’s sources of pain that spark their motivation to destroy each other in the ring. “Creed II” also shows Adonis’ inner will, which is comparative to the one his trainer and mentor embodied during his bloodied, death-defying exchanges in his prime. Leading up to the two fighters’ final showdown, Caple Jr. shoots one of the best training montages in both films’ lore, channeling all the inspirational elements that suck in viewers.

Rather than train in state-of-the-art boxing facilities, Rocky takes him to a place he says fighters go to regain themselves; to regenerate the former confidence and bravo they lost because of defeat or a loss of self. Adonis goes from the speed bags and canvas floors to the dirt roads and dusk-filled air, bringing a breath of life to Jordan’s character and leading to a pursuit of self-redemption into one of the better fighting scenes in the series’ history. Though the scenes were purposefully absent of “Creed” director, Ryan Coogler, and his one-shot scene, Caple Jr. crafted beautiful point-of-view shots that immersed viewers into the fight, which ended in unexpected fashion.

This moment was the one that displayed Adonis’ inner fight. He fought not for defeat, but to rebuild. He refused to harp on the mistakes and actions his father made. By the end, Rocky himself acknowledged his shortcomings as a father and its long-lasting effects. During the last scene of the film, Rocky walks to an apartment to have a man and child answer the door. Rocky welcomed them both and the man at the door addressed him as the child’s grandfather. The final scene placed the film in full circle.

“Creed II” encompasses many layers, many of which blend seamlessly and, ultimately, fortifies a great installment to the Rocky-Creed franchise.

Rating: ⅘ stars

On The 12th Day of Christmas, Freeform Gave to Me…

Jacob Durbin | Staff Writer | jd250217@ohio.edu

Freeform, owned by the Disney—ABC Television Group division of The Walt Disney Company, contributes to the Christmas season by hosting their “25 Days of Christmas” movie marathon. The lineup has varied over years, with several movies acting as regulars in the lineup and some that have exited the stage for the time being. FANGLE is here to help with what’s hot and what’s not this Christmas season.  Continue reading On The 12th Day of Christmas, Freeform Gave to Me…

Twenty One Pilots’ album Trench is Still a Bop

Katie Oinonen | Staff Writer | ko494815@ohio.edu

Twenty One Pilots released their latest album Trench On October 5th. It has been over three years since their last album, Blurryface, was released so this music was something fans have been looking forward to for a while. The band seems to have created a new genre in its own with their music. It is somewhere between an alternative, rap and techno theme; there is nothing else like it.

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Making the Most of Your Right to Vote Absentee

Abby Miller | Society Staff Writer | am166317@ohio.edu

Walking around campus, I’ve been asked by numerous people with clipboards in hand if I’d like to register to vote. I always turn them down, feeling a bit rude afterwards. As an out of state student, I’m registered to vote in the state of Illinois already. The first election I voted in was, Illinois’ primary election for Governor and I am currently in the process of requesting my absentee ballot for the Gubernatorial general election. Some people applaud my dedication to exercising my right to vote while I’m seven hours from home. Others say I’m wasting my time. But for me, the biggest concern is if other out of state students are exercising their right to vote and know how to do so correctly. Continue reading Making the Most of Your Right to Vote Absentee

It’s On Us, Bobcats! What You Need to Know About Ohio University’s New Organization

Earl Hopkins | Culture Section Editor | eh032114@ohio.edu

Amid the chain of sexual assaults and rape allegations that have emerged on Ohio University’s campus since the start of the school year, the Athens community has been on edge. Continue reading It’s On Us, Bobcats! What You Need to Know About Ohio University’s New Organization

Ohio University’s Greek Life Response to Sexual Assault

Rachel Mark | | rm023716@ohio.edu

When I first stepped foot on campus for my second year at Ohio University, I never would have imagined that my email would be flooded with warnings from the Ohio University Police Department about multiple rapes and even a kidnapping. Within a small span of two weeks, four rapes were already reported. I really tried to not think about the assaults that have occurred but have gone unreported and unnoted. Continue reading Ohio University’s Greek Life Response to Sexual Assault

Ending It is Not the End: World Suicide Prevention Day

Jacob Durbin | Staff Writer | jd250217@ohio.edu

September 10, 2018 is World Suicide Prevention Day. In this day and age, suicide and mental health are prevalent topics in our society. Suicide rates have increased over the last decade. For those who struggle with suicidal thoughts, there are resources available to them at Ohio University. For their friends and loved ones, there are numerous ways to reach out and offer help.
We are a family here at FANGLE. We understand how difficult living with a mental illness can be. If you think you or someone you know, is depressed or suicidal, please reach out. You are not alone. Continue reading Ending It is Not the End: World Suicide Prevention Day