Cincinnati favorite “blends” coffee with music

By: Allison Wistanski ~Staff Writer~ On Nov. 15, the Xavier University Department of Social Work will host an open-mic night at Community Blend titled “Cafe Express Yourself.” The event is a macro-project assigned to students in the social work department with requirements to help the surrounding community. Located at 3546 Montgomery Road, Community Blend is an eco-friendly, co-op cafe that sells fair-trade coffee, teas and locallymade foods. The establishment is different than other Cincinnati cafes, as it provides employment and ownership opportunities to its local Evanston residents, giving each of them a share of the shop. Community Blend pays its … Continue reading Cincinnati favorite “blends” coffee with music

Upbeat and divergent, “1989” pleases

By: Allison Wisyanski ~Staff Writer~ Taylor Swift’s new album entitled “1989” was released Oct. 27 to immense critical and fan approval. The pop album, inspired by the year of her birth, is about living in the big city, leaving behind old selves and, of course, dating and accepting past mistakes. For this album, Swift has yet again impressed listeners with her upbeat songs and strong, confident vocals. “1989” is much different than some of her earliest albums, such as “Taylor Swift” and “Fearless,” both of which aligned more with the country genre. It even extends beyond her last album, “Red,” … Continue reading Upbeat and divergent, “1989” pleases

Designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

By: Allison Wisyanki ~Staff Writer~ Legendary fashion designer Oscar de le Renta died at 82 on Oct. 20. He dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy, along with celebrities such as Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker and Oprah Winfrey. His passion for fashion showed through his creations, which appeared on the red carpet, the Oval office and plenty of fashion weeks for over four decades. According to family and friends, the cause of his death is unclear. In 2006 he was diagnosed with cancer and battled for eight years, so his death may be linked to complications with cancer. De … Continue reading Designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82