Sweetly Single on Valentine’s Day

Chloe Ruffennach | cr584116@ohio.edu | Lifestyle Staff Writer

Being single on Valentine’s Day is often regarded as negative or embarrassing. It can be especially difficult for those fresh out of a relationship to see those heart-shaped chocolate boxes and bouquets of flowers at the grocery store. However, it does not need to be a dower day and even though you might feel lonely on February 14th, you are far from it.

It does not come as a surprise to many that younger generations are becoming less inclined to date and marry. With millennials increasingly opting to fly solo, the stats are in the favor of those who are single. It might seem as though everyone around you is coupled up, but according to a 2016 Gallup study, 59 percent of millennials are single and have never been married. It is therefore not uncommon for most to sit out Valentine’s Day or to ditch the candlelight and roses to celebrate the holiday in an alternative way.

Being single does not necessarily mean that you need to observe the festivities from the sidelines. The idea that you have to experience a loveless Valentine’s Day simply because you are not in a relationship is absurd. Parks and Rec didn’t suggest having a “Galentine’s Day” for nothing. The love that you celebrate on February 14th does not have to be exclusively romantic. Inviting close friends to hang out is an excellent way to avoid overthinking your single status. Whether it is a trip to the movies, a dinner or just inviting your friends over for some pizza, surrounding yourself with friends that you love can be just as entertaining and fulfilling.

Treating yourself to a gift that you’ve wanted for a while can also be an independent way to celebrate the holiday. You do not need to rely on a significant other to get you chocolates or jewelry. Perhaps a solo dinner while engaging in some retail therapy is the best way for you to spend your Valentine’s Day.

There is no shame in treating yourself on Valentine’s Day, just as there is no shame in choosing to not celebrate it altogether. Perhaps you are jaded toward the holiday, which would be fairly unsurprising given the rather commercial and overstimulating way the holiday is marketed to us. It is okay to walk right past those bright pink and red isles at the grocery store.

The only thing that is not okay to do on February 14th is feel bad for yourself because there is absolutely no reason to. Relationships are difficult and not being in one might make you feel isolated and as if you are the odd one out. Yet Valentine’s Day does not have to be a designated day to pity yourself and your singleness. You can embrace alternative celebrations or bypass the holiday altogether. It can be whatever you choose to make it. Regardless, treat yourself to whatever feels right for you on Valentine’s Day.

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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5 Tips to Transform Your Summer Fashion into Fall

Earl Hopkins| Section Editor|eh032114@ohio.edu

As fall approaches, the former summer days shorten, and the blazing heat descends into the confronting, dusk-filled winds. Like the climate, there’s a transition within the fall fashion season. People’s wardrobes gradually begin to shift, as they swap out cut-off denim shorts, crop tees and pastel-colored blouses for oversized wool sweaters, plaid shirts and checkered single-button trousers. Among the many looks that have emerged on the runways during this year’s fashion month, here’s a list of the five biggest trends for the fall season. Continue reading 5 Tips to Transform Your Summer Fashion into Fall

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