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Happy Wednesday Torch readers! We are excited to share the week’s top stories. In news, we ask SJU students how they use public transportation following Gov. Kathy Hochul’s withdrawal of the mask mandate on public transportation. In opinion, 19-year-old U.S. Open winner Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest No. 1 male tennis player in the world. Is his win pure luck or raw talent? The Torch’s Opinion Editor also shares his thoughts on President Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness plan. How beneficial was it? Last but not least, in this week’s Culture Corner, we cover the release of the highly-anticipated “Don’t Worry Darling,” Zach Cregger’s “Barbarian” and a beginner’s guide to New York City movie theaters. Happy reading and be sure to check our website for the latest releases!

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The Torch's Senior Culture Writer viewed "Don't Worry Darling" four days early, and his review is in. 

From on-set drama to 'the spit,' there has been plenty of discussion surrounding Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry Darling.” While highlighting some major flaws in the film, Senior Culture Writer Connor Richards shares his thoughts on key performances and what he thinks is a fantastic plot. See his spoiler-free review here!

Masks are "encouraged, but optional" on NYC public transit. Does this affect student travel?
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared New York a state of disaster and emergency due to recent monkeypox and polio outbreaks, as well as an E.coli spread in NYC. Regardless, Hochul drops mask mandates on public transit Sept. 7 after two years of strict observation. How do the University's students feel about this? Click here to learn more.

The meaning behind Alcaraz's signature win and a closer look at President Biden's student debt forgiveness plan.

As the U.S. Open wraps up in New York City, everyone’s eyes are on who is the next big thing in the world of tennis. The Torch’s Human Resources Manager Abigail Greico looks at the mysterious newcomer, Carlos Alcaraz, and his future as ‘the next Nadal’ after winning at just 19 years-old! Click here to read the full article.

Photo Courtesy / Unsplash Tabrez Sayed

President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan has been met with mixed reactions since it was announced on Aug. 24, though according to FiveThirtyEight, his poll numbers have rebounded. They stand at roughly 42 percent as of Sept. 17, up from the mid-summer low of 37.5 percent. Opinion Editor Sergio Padilla believes that although serious measures can be taken to combat this issue, for now, Biden’s plan will remain simple political posturing. Read more here.

Richards tackles the "Regal vs. AMC" debate in NYC, and Weston Greene reviews the shock-horror film "Barbarian."
Torch Photo / Connor Richards

Want to see the latest film releases? Senior Culture Writer Connor Richards gives his perspective on the best movie theaters in the city based on what aspects of the experience viewers' prioritize. Read all about here!

“Barbarian,” the new horror film by budding horror auteur Zach Cregger was released earlier this month. The film stars Georgina Campbell and horror genre expert Bill Skarsgard. But while their performances are “stellar,” does this film have what it takes to save an otherwise fading genre? Read more about what Contributing Writer Weston Greene thinks here.

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