The Best of 2015: Editors’ Picks

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Published December 31, 2015
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With 2015 about to come to an end, the editors of The Montclarion took some time to reflect on the best and brightest of this year. Here are there picks for the top songs, movies, shows and events of 2015.

Amanda Williams, Feature Editor

Best Song of 2015: “Pray to God” by Calvin Harris and Haim

Best TV Show of 2015: The Walking Dead

Best Meme of 2015: Justin Bieber / Steve Harvey “Is it too late now to say sorry?”

Best Montclarion Article 0f 2015: “Who is @MontclairProbs? Discovering the Woman Behind the Account”

Best Montclair State Moment of 2015: Swing Dancing Class with Professor Simone Coonrod

Jayna Gugliucci, Managing Editor

Best Songs of 2015: “Smile” by R5 and “Endo f the Day” by One Direction


Best Movie of 2015: Cinderella

Best TV Show of 2015: Goldie and Bear

Best Meme of 2015: The Minions

Best Montclarion Article of 2015: “Montclair State Authorities Confirm Sexual Assault Investigation.”

To this day, I still consider this my first taste of actual journalism and was really proud of the work that I put into this article. Of course, the events that took place in the article are still under investigation.

Best Montclair State Moment of 2015: During Resident Assistant training over the summer, the Resident Assistant Coordinators had the opportunity to slime a lot of the Community Directors. The absolute best was seeing John Delate have green slime poured on him. Shout out to John for being such a good sport and the best professional staff member ever!

Awije Bahrami, Entertainment Editor

Best Song of 2015: “Another You” by Armin Van Buuren feat. Mr. Probz

Best Movie of 2015: Sisters

Best TV Show of 2015: Master of None

Best Meme of 2015: Star Wars memes

Best Montclarion Article of 2015: “Sprague Library: Not Always Open for Business”

Best Montclair State Moment of 2015: When campus was open during that horrible snow day in the spring of 2015 *sarcasm*

Emily Rovner, Opinion Editor

Best Song of 2015: “The Hills” by The Weeknd

Best Movie of 2015: Jurassic World

Best TV Show of 2015: How to Get Away with Murder

Best Montclarion Article of 2015: “How to Solve to Starbucks ‘Red Cup’ PR Crisis”

Best Montclair State Moment of 2015: The university being open during a state of emergency

Deanna Rosa, News Editor

Best Song of 2015: “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth

Best Movie of 2015: Mockingjay, Part 2

Best Montclair State Moment: This past semester, some teacher education students organized a coat drive for the school in Newark where they did their fieldwork. For me, it’s great to see our community uniting to help other communities.

Kristen Bryfogle, Editor-in-Chief

Best Song of 2015: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

Best Movie of 2015: Star Wars The Force Awakens

Best TV Show of 2015: Downton Abbey

Best Meme of 2015: “Why the f*** you lyin’?”

Best Montclarion Article of 2015: “Parking At Montclair State: It’s All Packed Here”

Best Montclair State Moment of 2015: Homecoming 2015 including the installation of the bronze hawk statue

Daniel Falkenheim, Assistant Sports Editor

Best Movie of 2015: Star Wars The Force Awakens

It was a perfect reboot movie for the Star Wars franchise and it was the best movie I’ve seen in a long time. The film had the nostalgia of the old characters and simultaneously established new, exciting characters. We got a little taste of the story, but there’s still so much to find out in the upcoming movies. J.J. Abrams successfully captured the Star Wars “feel” and left the franchise in good hands moving forward. I’ve seen it twice in theaters already and I can’t wait to go again and see it a third time.

Best TV Show of 2015: Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is in a league of its own, but Mr. Robot was the best new show of 2015. Elliot Alderson, played fantastically by Rami Malek, is a vigilante hacker and struggles to separate delusions from reality. The show feels like a cross between A Beautiful Mind and Fight Club. There’s a character, incredibly brilliant but delusional, who sees a vast conspiracy behind society and wants to bring it all down. Every episode of it’s debut season is fast-paced and takes viewers on many twists and turns along the way.

Best Montclarion Article of 2015: Parking at Montclair State: It’s All Packed Here”

It was the best article that the paper has done since I’ve been here. Everyone knows parking is a problem at Montclair State and this article takes an in-depth look at all the contributing factors. The illustration that was on the front page along with the article was an awesome drawing poking fun in the situation. Additionally, the article featured a time lapse of trying to get out of Car Parc. Hopefully, parking will get better in the future, but I won’t hold my breath.

Best Montclair State Moment of 2015:

By far, the women’s basketball team making it to the Final Four was the best Montclair moment of 2015. I was fortunate enough to travel to Grand Rapids to cover it for the The Montclarion, but watching the team is exciting in and of itself. I was able to write a profile on head coach Karin Harvey earlier in the year and from then, I started to get to know a little about the team and follow them through the NJAC tournament to the Final Four. It was an exciting run and I was happy to be there for it.

Jessica Ortega, Social Media Editor

Best TV Show of 2015: Arrow

Best Montclarion Article of 2015: “Parking at Montclair State: It’s All Packed Here”

Comment below with your top 2015 picks and Happy New Year from The Montclarion. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2016!

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