Shyenne MacDonald

Shyenne MacDonald

Shy is a third-year English studies major. After acting as a News Editor for a semester, she is continuing her time with The Cord as the Arts and Life Editor. Despite efforts to appear casual, Shy is entirely too invested in Batman. Her other interests revolve around buying books she knows she'll never read and devoting far too much of her time on the Sephora app, looking at makeup pallets that will inevitably bankrupt her.

Articles by Shyenne MacDonald

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Learning to trust after trauma

Content warning: this article contains potentially triggering information regarding sexual assault. When I was young I used to have petit mal seizures, they’re not serious and have only happened twice since beginning my adulthood. But, from my understanding, if I get too stressed my body will shut down. I lose my vision and hearing, then ultimately consciousness. I always called […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts and Life, Life ·
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Dear Timberlake, please get out of the woods

Here’s a question: does anyone watch the Super Bowl just for the football anymore, or are we all collectively more invested in the half-time show? To be fair, historically speaking — and yes, Lady Gaga’s performance last year was indeed historic — the shows are vastly more interesting than the first half of the game. Especially when the Patriots are […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts and Life ·
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Building a community in a snake pit

In every city there’s two kinds of art scenes. There’s the obvious one, with the bands that play in the public square — you can bring your own lawn-chair and your kids can play with the puzzles drawn in to the concrete. It’s nice and idyllic, the type of art scene that helps build a community and bring people together. […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts, Arts and Life ·
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Alex Pangman is the sweetheart of Swing

On Feb. 3, Juno nominee Alex Pangman performed at the Jazz Room in the Huether Hotel alongside the Benny Goodman Quartet. Admittedly, jazz isn’t something I’m interested in or something that I “get”. At seemingly random and innocuous points the audience would get really “jazzed” and start clapping over a particular string of notes. Maybe you need to be musically […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts, Arts and Life ·
Presidential plates for the 2018 Students’ Union elections

Presidential plates for the 2018 Students’ Union elections

Over the weekend, news editor Nathalie Bouchard, editor-in-chief Kurtis Rideout and myself reviewed the presidential dishes for the 2018 campaign. Each year the dishes change, last year with only one candidate there was only one meal to try. The BRARitto is the current Students’ Union president Kanwar’s dish — which was universally accepted as absolutely delicious. But this year, with […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts and Life, Food ·
Getting to know Death Party Playground

Getting to know Death Party Playground

“A wild group of hellion velvet ravens influenced by a rising 1988 Bruce Willis and the innocent contractors who lost their lives working on the Death Star.” That’s how a local band, Death Party Playground, is described on their website. It’s not a description you often see with an upcoming band — there’s no forced sophistication or hints of the […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts, Arts and Life ·
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri gets three thumbs up

From a small premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September to headlining wide-release theatres this week in the United Kingdom. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is this year’s breakout, runaway hit looking into awards season, and it was just announced as a nominee for best picture at the Oscars. It cleaned up at the Golden Globes, grabbing the awards […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts and Life ·
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Valleys is a new sound for a new band

  Remember when Down With Webster went on hiatus? If you don’t that’s fine, I admittedly didn’t notice. But did anyone notice when they formed a new band? Patrick Gillet, Cameron Hunter, Tyler Armes and Andrew Martino — while on hiatus — formed a new band called Honors. Before we continue, I’ve noted and deducted imaginary and insignificant points from […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts, Arts and Life ·
Editorial: a show that brings more than nostalgia

Editorial: a show that brings more than nostalgia

For the first time in 20 years Cardcaptor Sakura began a new season. The show, which first ran at the very beginning of a long list of “magical girl” animes, is hands down the best thing to air on television. Not only does it have LGBT representation with characters that are three-dimensional (which for the 90’s, and even now, that’s […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Opinion ·
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Arts & Crafts with The Cord

  You get to a certain point in the semester where you just can’t read anymore. We, at The Cord, understand that struggle. We too get tired of reading from time to time. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to give you suggestions of what you can do with The Cord when you can’t look at another word. You […]

by Shyenne MacDonald· · Arts, Arts and Life ·