2017 is a disappointment as many look forward to 2018
Many across the globe are relieved that the hectic year of 2017 has come to a close. In these final days let’s take the time to reflect on all the good and bad that filled the months.
For many Americans, the biggest event of the year occurred on January 20th, the inauguration of Donald Trump. Since then his administration has tweeted, investigated and been investigated, grappled with Obamacare, and attempted to pass tax bills.
Time’s person of the year was the Silence breakers, those who have begun to speak out against powerful men who have sexually assaulted and harassed. The #metoo campaign, a social movement and widely used hashtag, raised awareness and provided an outlet for survivors to tell their stories. The founder of the hashtag, Tarana Burke, will press the button to drop the NYE ball in Times Square.
Natural disasters have tainted the year as well and 1 million people around the world have been displaced because of it, and cost America 1 billion in repairs according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hurricane Irma and Harvey devastated the south and Caribbean, while wildfires burn the west coast.
Sadly, many celebrities left us this year. Malcolm Young, guitarist for AC/DC, died from dementia. Soundcloud artist Lil Peep’s death devastated many when he died at 21 in November. “American Girl” singer, Tom Petty, passed away in October from cardiac arrest. The Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died at 91 in his home in late September. Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington lost his battle with depression in July.
In happier news, British royalty Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle became engaged. The wedding is scheduled for May 18th, 2018
2017 was a great year for movies of all genres and age groups. The five top-grossing movies were Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and It. Star Wars Ep. VIII: The Last Jedi is currently number 10, but is expected to rise since it is such a recent release.
Adele won the Grammy for best album with 25. Those who topped the charts were Ed Sheeran’s Divide, Bruno Mars’ 24k Magic, and Cardi B’s single “Bodak Yellow”. Rising artists this year included Post Malone, SZA, and Khalid.
Written by Olivia Deslandes
After the New Year’s celebrations have halted, there is a lot to look forward to in the coming year. Although many articles have been written about 2017 being one of the worst years in modern history, many are looking forward to 2018 being an improvement.
On January 19th, both Charlie Puth and Fall Out Boy will be releasing new albums. Puth’s album is titled VoiceNotes, while Fall Out Boy’s is Mania. Later in the year, Arctic Monkeys are scheduled to release their seventh studio album after a five-year hiatus. The album is yet to be named.
Super Bowl LII is scheduled for Sunday, February 4th in Minneapolis, MN. The two teams that will be in the Super Bowl have yet to be decided.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea beginning on February 9th with the opening ceremony. The closing ceremony will be on the 25th of that month.
April 11th will be the first day of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, in which NHL teams fight for the title.
In the United States government, 33 Senate seats will be up for election, as well as all 435 voting seats in the House of Representatives. The election for all of these seats is on November 6th.
The Chinese Lunar New Year is on February 16th of 2018 and is seen as one of the most celebrated holidays around the world according to DemographicPartitions.org.
April 4th is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., with the National Civil Rights Museum in Tennessee holding a special MLK 50 event in commemoration.
2018 is a big year for blockbuster movies and has many long-anticipated films coming out that have fans and movie-goers excited.
On March 16th, the new Tomb Raider movie is hitting theatres around the world as the new Lara Croft, played by Alicia Vikander, will be on the big screen.
The fourth installment of Marvel’s Avengers series will be here on May 4th with Avengers: Infinity War. This will be the first movie to include heroes and villains from Marvel movies all across the spectrum.
Similar to how Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released, another stand-alone titled Solo: A Star Wars Story will be in theatres on May 25th.
A sequel to the first of its kind, Deadpool 2 is being released on June 1st of the year, despite the unexpected on-set death of stuntwoman Joi Harris.
After 15 years of waiting and waiting for a second movie, The Incredibles 2 is finally coming to theaters June 15th and is one of the most talked-about releases of the year.
Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jeff Goldblum, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to come to the big screen on June 22nd as a follow-up to the previous Jurassic World film.
At the school level, Darby’s Prom will be held on Saturday, April 14th at the Columbus Athenaeum, the same location as previous years.
The current seniors of the school are graduating on Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 pm at the Schottenstein Center.
Written by Madeline Capka