Merilla Michael

Merilla Michael is an Arts Editor for the Tufts Daily. Originally from the Shire, she grew up in Portland, Maine. She is a senior (*cue nervous laughter*) on the pre-med track and is double majoring in Biopsychology and Classical Studies.


‘The Sporkful’ to bring unique take on food culture to Tufts

Leave it to a Tufts alum to create a quirky and creative food podcast. Dan Pashman (A ’99), the creator of “The Sporkful” (2013-present) graduated from Tufts during a time when podcasts didn’t even exist. Tonight, Pashman will host a live recording in Cohen Auditorium —  the podcast’s first live show in the Boston area.  Pashman explained that he […]


Events Box

The weekend is almost here! Here are some cool events on and around the Tufts campus that could give you a much-needed study break. Maybe bring your parents along: Screening of “Steve Jobs:” The Tufts Film series is sponsoring an advanced screening of  “Steve Jobs,” starring Michael Fassbender. The film opens nationwide on Oct. 23. The event […]


Top 10 reasons everyone should watch ‘Gilmore Girls’

Almost exactly 15 years ago, a beloved TV show premiered its first episode. Even though “Gilmore Girls” 92001-2007) has been off the air for several years, its presence on Netflix — as well as on cable, thanks to ABC Family reruns — has made it easy for the series to constantly gain new fans. There are so many great things […]


‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ premieres shocking, bloody season

Ryan Murphy, the creator of “American Horror Story” (2011 – present), has done it. He has somehow made the fifth season premiere of the popular FX horror anthology the creepiest one yet. This season is based at the Hotel Cortez, a fairly nice-looking hotel that gradually begins to unsettle all its visitors. The hotel is owned by a […]


‘The Vampire Diaries’ keeps interest despite incomplete cast

In all 133 episodes and six seasons of The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” (2009 – present), the seventh season premiere was the first one that didn’t star Nina Dobrev in her leading role as Elena Gilbert. Elena was the on-again, off-again love interest of brother-vampires Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) Salvatore in the […]


Top 10 guilty pleasure TV shows

Everyone has them. We indulge in them secretly at night when no one is watching. They make us feel a bit of shame, but they’re also an addiction we can’t help but give into: guilty pleasure TV shows. The dialogue is bad, the acting is bad and there may even be unexplained supernatural elements that don’t make sense (the recently-premiered “Rosewood,” anyone?) […]


‘Heroes Reborn’ wasn’t worth wait

Fans of the science-fiction series “Heroes” (2006 – 2010) were devastated when the cult favorite was canceled after an epic cliffhanger. “Heroes” followed the lives of characters all around the world who had begun to develop superhuman abilities. The show traced their various encounters with each other and saw several characters band together on multiple occasions in order to save […]


‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ returns with action-packed premiere

Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (2013 – present) premiered its third season last week with an exciting episode that, with any luck, will set the tone for the rest of the season. The premiere starts off at a quick pace, a welcome surprise considering that the past season moved frustratingly slowly until the overstuffed two-part season finale. If the […]


Top 10 female TV characters currently on air

Female leads on television are becoming increasingly prominent, but they’re not always done right. It’s easy to take a female character and make her one-dimensional or dependent on a man, so when a complex and strong female character comes onto the screen, she deserves recognition. This list of female TV characters is limited to shows that are currently airing or […]


‘How to Get Away with Murder’ continues to redefine murder mystery genre

ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” (2014 – present) premiered its second season last week and somehow managed to introduce even crazier plot twists than the first. Though viewers know from the season finale that it was in fact defense attorney and law professor Annalise Keating’s (Viola Davis) associate Frank (Charlie Weber) who killed a girl at the request […]


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