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December 7, 2020
Volume XXXVII | Issue IX
Hello dear reader, it’s a pleasure to have you back! If you’re a student, you’re probably stressed out about finals right now, but have no fear, for Talon is here! Take a mental vacation with this week’s Spotify playlist or make some vegan oat nut cookies with us. Now that we’re on the topic of sustainability, make sure to check out Copy Editor Kaavya Butaney’s column on holding big corporations accountable for climate change. As the year comes to a close, this will likely be Talon’s last newsletter of 2020. Let’s hope 2021 brings a plethora of good news for us to deliver to you! Happy holidays and stay safe.

‘Emily in Paris’ perpetuates the French cliché

By Emilie Enser
via Netflix
Netflix Original series “Emily in Paris” has received mixed reviews — the French community being particularly disappointed. Even as a longtime fan of Lily Collins, who stars as Emily Cooper, I felt the series was borderline obnoxious and unrealistic as the 22-year-old moves to work in Paris with no understanding of French culture. Click here to read more about staff writer Emilie Enser’s opinion on the first season of “Emily in Paris.”

A Mental Vacation

By Elli Lahdesmaki

“Don't worry, be happy.”                                                                        Bob Marley

We hope this playlist gives you instant serotonin — the holidays are almost here! 


Reinventing TED classes during distance learning

By Anika Sikka
Graphic by Rachel Rudyak; Photos by Elyssa Kennedy and Navya Singhai
Now in a virtual environment, Technology, Engineering and Design (TED) classes typically replete with 3D printers and power saws have adapted their curriculum to ensure that students can thrive in their studies at home. Click here to read more about the TED Department’s innovative solutions to distance learning as teachers push for collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.


Kulture à la Kaavya: No more emissions for you, ExxonMobil

Column by Kaavya Butaney
Emily Zhu
There’s a chance that by 2050, 55 percent of the human population will be dead because of climate change. And here’s the kicker: No matter how hard you try, you can’t make up for corporations. You don’t matter. Read here for copy editor Kaavya Butaney’s more detailed explanation as to why. 

Arts & Culture

Talon Tunes: Dance to the sound of college application stress with Emielyn
By Kathrina Welborn

This week’s up-and-coming artist is Emielyn Das. A UC Berkeley cognitive science major born and raised in the Bay Area, Emielyn has been recording music since she was 12, but has only recently found her (metaphorical) voice. Click here to read staff writer Kathrina Welborn’s interview with Emielyn.
Courtesy Emielyn Das

Senior Margaret Capetz’s cookbook makes sustainability delicious
By Navya Singhai, Vaishu Sirkay and Anika Sikka

Lauren Chung
At the end of her junior year, senior Margaret Capetz took her Quarantine Project for English class one step further by publishing a plant-based cookbook, “Carbon Conscious Cooking” — an accumulation of all her new sustainable recipes in one book. Her recipes aim to show people how something as simple as changing their grocery lists can have an impact on the environment. Click here to learn more about the cookbook and watch a video of Copy Editor Vaishu Sirkay and staff writer Anika Sikka cooking one of Margaret’s recipes.
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