Smriti Vijay

Smriti Vijay (’25) is currently the Vol. 59 Entertainment Editor and a Features and Entertainment Columnist who authors “On the Same Page.” She was a Staff Writer for Vol. 58 of The Lancer.

On the Same Page: description and dread in “Bunny”

by Katherine Winton (’25) and Smriti Vijay (’25) | November 18, 2022 In light of Halloween, Saint Francis’s Book Club picked Bunny by Mona Awad to read and discuss in October. Bunny is narrated by college student Samantha Mackey, who believes herself to be the classic outsider amidst her fellow classmates. These classmates are a…

Saint Francis celebrates the Feast of All Saints

by Smriti Vijay (’25) | November 18, 2022 In early November, Saint Francis students and faculty gathered in the Burns Gym to celebrate the All Saints’ Day Mass. Organized by the Saint Francis Campus Ministry, this annual Mass commemorated saints of the present and those who have passed on. Because All Saints’ Day is a…

On the Same Page: retellings and tragedy in “Song of Achilles”

by Katherine Winton (’25) and Smriti Vijay (’25) | October 7, 2022 This month, Saint Francis’s Book Club chose to read Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, which follows Patroclus, a young prince in Ancient Greece. Exiled from his kingdom after causing the death of another boy, he meets a handsome demigod prince named Achilles.…

Latinx Hispanic representation in pop culture

by Smriti Vijay (’25) and Katherine Winton (’25) | October 7, 2022 From September 15 to October 15, the United States celebrates Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual commemoration of the contributions of Latinx Hispanic Americans to the history of the United States. Throughout the month, the country observes culture from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean,…

“Normal People” fails to execute on its premise

by Katherine Winton (’25) and Smriti Vijay (’25) | April 8, 2022 Normal People by Sally Rooney was published in 2018 and quickly rose to fame. It won the 2018 Costa Book Award for Best Novel and the 2019 British Book Award for Book of the Year, and in 2020, it was adapted into a…

“Servant of the People”: television to reality

by Smriti Vijay (’25) and Anya Nandiwada (’25) | April 8, 2022 On November 16, 2015, the political satire series Servant of the People was released, depicting the life of fictional high-school history teacher Vasiliy Petrovych Goloborodko. After Goloborodko is recorded ranting about corruption, he’s confronted with unexpected results. The political satire explores Goloborodko’s journey…

Serving up the win: Lancer volleyball’s great start

by Smriti Vijay (’25) and Anusha Jain (’25) | March 21, 2022 The Saint Francis boys’ varsity volleyball team participated in the Best of the West Invitational in San Diego, facing six different high schools over the course of two days. The team already had an impressive start to the season, claiming three wins at…

Pitch perfect: Guacapella returns on a new note

by Anusha Jain (’25) and Smriti Vijay (’25) | March 21, 2022 Guacapella has had an eventful school year so far, from a moderator change​​ to various competitions displaying their talent and testing their resilience. Despite the challenges of a moderator transition, only positive comments have been made about Mrs. Margaret Durando’s return. “[She is]…

COVID-19 infects the entertainment industry

by Smriti Vijay (’25) | February 14, 2022 The COVID-19 pandemic created a high demand for entertainment; however, live productions and in-person attendance were no longer plausible due to the risk of spreading the virus. The sharp decline of in-person entertainment attendance, coupled with the sharp increase of at-home entertainment, presented a change in the…

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