Published: Monday, August 27, 2012
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 21:08
I hope everyone had a restful summer and has returned to campus bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to climb Rabb steps again—uh oh, too soon? Well, you’re not just coming back to campus to meet a new slew of first-years—there’s a new pop culture columnist on the block!
While the rest of the world spent the summer sweating out the hottest July in recorded history by discussing the Romney/Ryan pairing or waiting to find out if Obamacare would be declared constitutional, I sat in my air-conditioned home keeping up with E! and pouring over my weekly issues of US Magazine all in an effort to provide you with a comprehensive recap of pop culture: version summer 2012.
Putting aside all the political hubbub of the past few months, the summer was certainly defined by the London Olympics; as always, the United States did not fail to impress, bringing home the most medals of any country! We were introduced to the Fierce Five, the high-school aged gymnasts whose “perfect” vaults made jaws drop and whose hairstyle choices set twitter ablaze; we watched as Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in history and we witnessed South African Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius become the first amputee to compete in the Games.
But onto the real news. The summer wasn’t all smiles; despite the heat, two of Hollywood’s most talked-about couples fizzled. To the surprise of most—including Tom Cruise himself—Katie Holmes filed for divorce from her husband of five years in June. It appears the demise of TomKat was largely due to Katie’s desire to raise their daughter, Suri, outside of Scientology – and, of course, because she was sick of cleaning his shoe stains off the couches.
Oh, and in August, Kristen Stewart was exposed cheating on her boyfriend, Robert Pattinson, with a married father-of-two and director of her film, Snow White and the Huntsman. But we all know that drama will really start to get juicy in November, when the final installment of the Twilight saga premieres.
Have no fear: the summer covers of US were not always filled with break-ups. August headlines screamed a phrase all Friends fans were happy to see: “Getting Married!” Although the public has yet to see Jennifer Aniston’s rock, we can still be excited … right? And in July, we met Penelope Scotland Disick, daughter of Kourtney Kardashian and boyfriend Scott Disick, and were able to rejoice in another Kardashian who was able to avoid the K-name kurse.
Well, that’s about it for now. Go back to listening to “Call Me Maybe”—I bet you uploaded your own version to Youtube—I’ll catch you next week!