Caption: Local hip-hop artist Jahan Nostra performs work from his new album ESP.  Photo by Bob Albert


The Next Step: Promoting The New Hip-Hop Renaissance

Posted on 07 December 2016

If you ask any serious hip-hop head what the golden age of the genre is, they will most likely tell you it was somewhere in the 90s.  It was a time where rappers had moved past the fun and often cheerful roots of the genre and were using it more as a tool to describe […] Continue Reading…



“Sing”-ing in the Snow

Posted on 07 December 2016

Do yourself a favor this winter. Take a brief,  much needed, 1 hour and 46 minute break from the Marvel universe… It’s ok, you’ve earned it. Grab a blanket, or someone you like. If you don’t have Netflix (or a jail broken Firestick), go to RedBox. However you can, get your eyes and ears on […] Continue Reading…

Customers shop for electronics items during 'Black Friday' at a Best Buy store on November 25, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images) Used by permission of Brittanica ImageQuest.


No, You Can’t Speak To the Manager

Posted on 07 December 2016

Tips on Being a Better Shopper (And Decent Human Being) The holiday season is well upon us, so now is the best time to take stock of how crappy people really are when Christmas shopping glocks them square in the teeth (and their bank accounts). Maybe you were kicking and screaming your head off about […] Continue Reading…

Someone who is working their way towards the light. 
Photo by Sax

News You Can Use, Opinion

Escape The Darkness

Posted on 07 December 2016

As humans (most of us at least), we find ourselves getting sucked into negativity from time to time.  Here are some methods to think about to remain exuberant. Everyone has those days where the most minuscule situation can set us off, and it can make us feel like the world is ending. After weeks, months, […] Continue Reading…


Arts, News

IMAGES: Much More Than Just Pictures

Posted on 07 December 2016

It’s the work we love to do, not the work we have to do, that should have the brightest lights and eagerest eyes fixed upon it. Though it may be in the infant stage, it’s not too early for our creative students to get excited about the rebirth of IMAGES, HCC’s literary magazine. Professor of […] Continue Reading…



Life Is Strange

Posted on 07 December 2016

Life is Strange is a video game formatted as a TV show where you have to make almost impossible decisions that will alter the course of the storyline. It is like watching a TV show because in the game your character is an average high school girl named Max who has the power to reverse […] Continue Reading…


News, News You Can Use

Non-Traditional is the New Black

Posted on 06 December 2016

Students who have been out of school for at least five years before coming to HCC may be eligible to transfer to Yale University to complete their degrees. The Eli Whitney Program was established for non-traditional mature individuals with high academic potential, so they can have an opportunity that they might not get otherwise. Specifically, […] Continue Reading…



StarBoy Does it Again

Posted on 06 December 2016

It’s not every day where a musician releases an album and skyrockets to No. 1., especially in over 80 countries across the globe, not to mention this historical moment happening in less than 24 hours! Canadian singer Abel Tesfaye, popularly known as The Weeknd, set the bar on November 25, 2016 on his third studio […] Continue Reading…


News You Can Use

Be a Cake God with 7-Up Cake

Posted on 06 December 2016

Finals are coming and grades will be dropping. People are more stressed now than they have ever been before. There has to be something that can take this frustration away. How about 7-Up Cake? Yes, you use the actually 7-Up soda. Are you interested now? Well, here you go: Ingredients: ¾ lb butter (softened) 3 […] Continue Reading…

Pictured are a few local friends and I at a few events at Toad's Place


Toad’s Place: An Amazing Place

Posted on 06 December 2016

Growing up, I thought that my high school years would include fun-filled weekends at concerts and parties with my friends. Man, was I wrong. For my friends and I who wanted to go out and dance, our ages held us back from going to a lot of venues in Connecticut. When I finally turned 18, […] Continue Reading…