Natalie Schmidt

Class of 2020


  • Toeing the line of Cultural Appreciation and Cultural Appropriation: Ariana Grande's "7 Rings"

    Cut to a pink spray-painted car with a “7” graffitied on its window. A crew of women in street-style fashion chill on the porch of a pink house drenched in bright neon purple and pink light. In the midst of it all is Ariana Grande, her frosty purple lipstick shining as bright as the diamonds on her neck.

    Pillbox | January 28, 2019
  • Compōs-It Opera

    If you were around the Cohon Center Studio Theater on Friday night or the Alumni Concert Hall on Saturday evening, you may have heard the graceful lilts of a harp and sharp powerhouse vocals drifting down the hall — that was Compōs-it’s New Works Opera Festival. Featuring seven operas written, composed, and performed by students, Compōs-it’s second festival was even more successful and vivid than ...

    Pillbox | November 19, 2018
  • Josh Groban and Idina Menzel Concert

    Last Friday, on Nov. 16, CMU Alum and Broadway star Josh Groban performed at PPG Paints Arena as part of his Bridges album tour.

    Pillbox | November 19, 2018
  • thank u, next

    When we hear “break up song,” we tend of think of cheating, wistfulness, grief, and Taylor Swift. Most breakup songs are filled with pain, some embodying the audio equivalent of a wave of sadness, and others embodying vengeance and vindication towards an unfaithful ex (Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” anyone?). But little do we hear a breakup song about acceptance — about what comes after th...

    Pillbox | November 12, 2018
  • Shane Dawson, the YouTube Docuseries, and Dramatization

    YouTube is not exactly the first place you’d go to see an in-depth multi-part investigative series, but one of the platform’s famous personalities, Shane Dawson, has carved out a space to create just that. Originally known for his sketches, conspiracy theory videos, and raunchy content, Dawson has since completely rebranded his public image and re-invented himself, aiming for more emotionally impa...

    Pillbox | October 8, 2018