Courtney Deeren

Courtney Deeren
Managing Editor

Time at The Stylus: One Year
Major: English, Creative Writing
Interests: Reading, writing, cooking, and hiking
Personal Quote: "Better an oops than a what if."


                                                                         Articles by Courtney Deeren:  

  • Lizzo faces controversy over lyrics in hit song

    Fans have touted Billboard topping pop star Lizzo for her body positivity and feminist messages within her music. What those fans may not know about is Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, is that she has been in quite a bit of legal trouble throughout her short career. 

  • Paris train station in flames after protest

    Nearly a year after the Notre Dame fire, Paris has experienced another inferno in response to a concert given by Congolese singer, Fally Ipupa. 

  • Lift Bridge struggles to stay afloat

    For Village of Brockport residents and anyone visiting, Lift Bridge Book Shop is a pillar figure in the community. When driving down Main Street, it's hard not to notice the building — a large mural painted above the shop draws the eyes of anyone passing through. Although the bookstore has been part of the Brockport community for 48 years, the recent rise of digital and big box booksellers has led to a bit of conflict for Lift Bridge. 

  • "Parasite" breaks mold with Oscars victory

     The South Korean movie, "Parasite," made history this year when it won four Oscars, including best picture. It was the first non-English speaking film to win the Academy's most prestigious award. 

  • Dwyane Wade introduces daughter Zaya

    Former NBA player Dwyane Wade and wife Gabrielle Union have recently shared their support for their 12-yearold daughter, Zaya, who has come out as transgender. Wade first confirmed Zaya's identity on The Ellen Degeneres Show after receiving Zaya's permission and support to talk about the family's journey through this new territory. 

  • Finland announces progressive parental leave policy

    Finland made headlines in 2019 as the world's happiest country. According to the World Economic Forum, it wasn't the first time Finland had won and this report saw four Nordic countries topping the list. Now, Finland is making headlines yet again for another quality of life improvement. 

  • Q & A with Senate candidate: Tyler Mackey

    Tyler Mackey is one of the six candidates running for a 2020-21 BSG Senate seat.

  • Victoria's Secret faces backlash for discrimination

    A little over a year after Victoria's Secret chief marketing officer, Ed Razek made headlines for explaining to Vogue why they would never have plus sized or transgender models, the women's line has made news yet again. 

  • FOX refuses to show anti-speciesist PETA Super Bowl advertisement

    Super bowl LIV saw an array of commercials from the usual brands. But one advertisement that didn't make it this year was People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA). 

  • PR, Turkey recovering from massive earthquakes

    Puerto Rico — a country still affected by the trauma left behind from 2017's hurricane Maria is facing down its second disaster in three years. The first quake hit in December, then the island was rocked by a magnitude 5.9 quake in early January. Since then the rumbling hasn't seemed to be letting up. 

  • "Sex Education" Netflix

    Netflix released season two of its hit show Sex Education on Friday, Jan 17, and what a way to start 2020. The show kept on its progressive nature of talking openly about sex, sexual health and common questions or issues young people have.

  • Fine Arts illustrates student talent

    The week before Thanksgiving break saw a multitude of students come together to perform and showcase their talents. The department of dance hosted its New Dancers Showcase, both the Brockport concert band and college/community orchestra performed and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Thesis Art Exhibit opened. 

  • "Knives Out" Rian Johnson

    I would have gone to see "Knives Out" even if it didn't feature Chris Evans as a smug, sarcastic, sweater-wearing murder suspect and Daniel Craig as a quirky, private investigator using donuts to explain murder, but those were certainly added bonuses. The whodunnit mystery-comedy opened in theaters on Thanksgiving Day and has viewers wondering at each plot turn. 

  • Local businesses participate in nationwide event

    After the infamous Black Friday shopping experience wherein shoppers in 2019 spent $7.4 billion online, according to CNBC, local businesses in villages across the nation opened its doors to its own deals for Small Business Saturday. 

  • 14 frat organizations suspended after student death

    San Diego State University's (SDSU) fraternities are suspended after the death of a student who attended a fraternity event on the campus.

  • Drake Library to help combat cost of textbooks

    Drake Memorial Library is working on bringing open educational resources (OER) to The College at Brockport's campus. OER would serve a number of purposes, including cutting costs of textbooks for students. 

  • Rochester high school drama program tackles sexual assault case

    The Harley Upper School Rochester Drama Program opened Wednesday, Nov. 6, with its fall production of "Good Kids," a play which explored themes of rape culture, slut shaming and toxic masculinity. Written by Naomi Iizuka, "Good Kids" loosely follows the events that occured throughout the Stuebenville, Ohio, rape case. 

  • California wildfires exhaust first responders

    Two fires are wreaking havoc on the state of California. Both the Maria fire, which is affecting Sonoma and Los Angeles counties and the Kincade fire, which has been contained mainly to the northern parts of the state, have first responders working tirelessly to put out the blaze. With the autumnal winds fanning the flames, this has been no easy feat.

  • "OCD" Logic ft. Dwn2earth

     On Monday, Oct. 28 while I was working, listening to my usual Spotify playlist I thought to myself, 'I haven't heard anything new from Logic lately,' which is a bit surprising after the year he's had. The next day I was in the darkroom listening to some generic radio on Spotify when I heard a familiar voice. I went out of the darkroom where it was safe to look at my phone and saw I was listening to the newest single by Logic. 

  • The Stylus' favorite fall pastimes

    Nestled between a pumpkin patch, an apple orchard and a 20-plus acre corn maze sits Zarpentine Farms, a small shop with several fall offerings.

  • Keynote speaker calls audience to action at 2019 Diversity Conference

    On Thursday, Oct. 17, The College at Brockport President Heidi Macpherson welcomed Francisco Cantú to a full field house in the SERC. Cantú was responsible for closing out the Diversity Conference as the keynote speaker. 

  • Town Hall held to discuss progress of Brockport's Strategic Plan

    On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the McCue Auditorium hosted a Town Hall meeting to discuss Building a Better Brockport. 

  • "El Camino : A Breaking Bad Movie" Netflix

    **SPOILER ALERT** To say the ending of "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie" was lackluster would be generous. During the opening scene when main character Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) stands beside a lake with Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) I knew, somewhere in the back of my head, this movie would end as disappointingly as popular FX series "Dexter."

  • Revitalized ASL club looks forward to future growth

    Three years ago five girls went to the Brockport Student Government (BSG) with an idea for a club. After following the whole process of getting it approved by the senate and becoming an official club, the members never held a meeting.

  • Grab a plate: Kirby's farm market serves community

    Kirby's Farm Market on state route 104 was the host of Building Excellence in Students Today's (BEST) third annual fundraiser. The fund raiser, adequately named Farm to Table, was set up behind the market. Working alongside Garnishes, Kirby's supplied farm-fresh produce that would be turned into hors d'oeuvres and a five course meal. 

  • Scientists research wetland-based methane emissions

    Professor Rachel Schultz, Ph.D. and graduate student Courtney Scoles, as well as a few undergraduate students, have been studying the effects of wetlands on climate change. The study began in the summer of 2019 when Schultz and her students began collecting readings of methane emissions in wetlands along Braddock Bay in Rochester, New York. 

  • Village parade kicks off homecoming festivities

    The Village of Brockport crowded Main Street and College Street Saturday, Sept. 28 to watch as The College at Brockport's Homecoming Parade processed toward Alumni House.

  • Brockport celebrates Constitution Day with Naturalization Ceremony

    There were 102 people gathered in the Ballroom of the Seymour College Union to officially become citizens of the United States of America on Tuesday, Sept. 17. These people were joined by their family, friends and other loved ones to celebrate the occasion. The energy of the room was optimistic and happy overall when U.S. Customs and Immigration officer Jack Fenplace approached the podium to begin the ceremony. 

  • "No.6 Collaborations Project" Ed Sheeran

    Summer 2019 was a host to many new releases, both in TV/ movies and music. One of my most anticipated releases of the summer was Ed Sheeran's "No.6 Collaborations Project." As a long time fan of Sheeran I was expecting his next album to be something totally different. With the release of "No.6 Collaborations Project" however, it left me with a pretty big question. Following the release of his "No.5 Collaborations Project" in 2011, back when he was trying to get signed with a label, I am wondering where No.1-4 Collaborations Projects are.

  • San Francisco stands against NRA

    With mass shootings in the United States increasing, people are left wondering why. While some tip-toe around the idea, many call this out as domestic terrorism. The resistance seems to come from those who fear their second amendment rights being revoked.

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