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Best Streaming Platforms for Students

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Weighing out the cost, pros, cons, bundles, and overall content of today’s most popular streaming platforms

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Deals and Bundles

Netfilx does not offer deals or bundles

Available Content

Specific to Netflix only are their Netflix Original TV shows, animes and movies such as Stranger Things, Devilman Crybaby, and When They See Us, to name a few; many of which are award winning or nominated. With just about every genre under the sun to watch, Netflix is a good platform for users looking to binge shows in bulk, or find something new to get into.


At times the sections can be lacking in content, with some shows and movies having not been updated/replaced for a year now. Meanwhile, originals on Netflix risk being cancelled without warning frequently and regardless of high viewership, such as Daredevil or Sense8, making it difficult to grow attached to some of the newer originals. Odds are once you’re done with a show, you won’t be frequenting Netflix until the next update.

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$5.99/mo with ads, $11.99/mo without ads

Deals and Bundles

Hulu allows users to add multiple premium channels to your monthly subscription, including HBO and Starz. Spotify and Sprint users can also receive Hulu for free via their providers. Getting Hulu through Spotify specifically provides students with a discount which would make both Spotify Premium, Hulu (with ads) and Showtime only $4.99/mo.

Available Content

Hulu provides users with shows that would otherwise only be available through cable, such as Empire and RuPaul’s Drag Race, making it a good alternative. Hulu also regularly updates episodes as they’re aired on TV. Hulu’s deal with Funimation provides users with one of the largest selections of anime as well, rivaling that of Crunchy Roll, another anime streaming platform.


Unless you’re an anime fan, or really like sitcoms or cable network shows, Hulu isn’t the best platform to have if you’re hungry for a variety of movies. The standard Hulu plan does not have as large a selection of movies to watch; and unless you’re willing to pay more, Hulu will make you sit through ads during your viewings. It is the only streaming platform on this list which makes you pay extra to remove the ads.

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Deals and Bundles

Current bundles with Disney+ include adding Hulu and ESPN for only $12.99/mo.

Available Content

Disney+ provides a number of throwbacks from Disney Channel, including their original shows, Pixar movies, and other older classics such as Home Alone, making it an especially great platform for parents. Marvel and Star Wars fans would also benefit from having a Disney+, as it contains everything that has ever been produced by these two genres. Disney+ has also began posting popular original series such as the Mandalorian, which is only available on there platform. And with most Phase 4 from Marvel planning to mainly be posted on Disney+, those hoping to stay on track with Marvel can only do so with this platform.


Odds are, if you’re not a parent with young kids, or a fan of Marvel and Star Wars, Disney+ offers little to nothing beyond throwbacks that can be binged in just a few viewings.

Disney+ also does not have anything available beyond a PG-13 rating, leaving audiences who might want more mature content to rely on other platforms.

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Deals and Bundles

Students can receive HBO Now for $9.99/mo by providing your college status via online.*

Available Content

HBO Now provides high quality movies and series, containing many popular series such as Chernobyl, Game of Thrones, Euphoria, and Big Little Lies; as well as throwbacks like the Sopranos, True Blood, and Band of Brothers. HBO also regularly adds new movies, both originals and from theaters.


HBO, being a premium channel, is not for everyone. A majority of HBO’s shows hold an M rating and can be extremely graphic, making it a platform to avoid if that’s not something you want to worry about. And while the quality of HBO’s shows are often praised and emmy nominated, HBO does not have as large a selection of TV shows as platforms like Hulu or Netflix.

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Deals and Bundles

Students can get Amazon Prime for $6.49/mo, making it the cheapest student deal on the list.

Available Content

The biggest benefit that comes from Amazon Prime Video is that it comes with your Prime account, meaning you won’t have to pay extra to see what’s available with it. While Amazon is still adding to their collection of original shows and movies, the few that have been posted are considered both popular and of high quality, such as their new original series the Boys, or the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which recently became an emmy winner.


Amazon Prime Video has the smallest selection of shows on the list that are Amazon exclusives. And while the few shows that are on Amazon have received high praise, it’s safe to say that at the moment, you’re not missing anything that you can’t find somewhere else for free, as Amazon Prime Video charges for certain shows and movies, similar to YouTube.

*Since this was written, the offer for students is no longer available for purchase.

Local Actor Greg Marks Preaches: Just Do It

Holly Buchanan
Staff Writer

Gregory D MarksEveryone has heard the stories about a character who has suffered from a troubled past and somehow perseveres through it, but not every day do we get the opportunity to be inspired by that character.

Gregory D. Marks is a new addition to the Pierce college student body.  He’s starred in various commercials, one of which is a Snoqualmie ad that will air on television June 1. These accomplishments are made even more impressive because of the fact that he used to be a homeless man in Tacoma.

Suffering from a drug addiction and living in a poor environment, Marks sorted out a plan to get help. When meetings weren’t enough for his plan to grow he says he found God’s power of healing.

He started going to church and was able to feel his past getting left behind in order for his new start to begin. “It’s never to late to start over,” said Marks.

He didn’t have the money for acting classes so instead he began emulating actors via internet browsing. He started his acting career at age 43 and is now 46. “Ghetto Actor” is what some people call him in Seattle, referring to how he came to be.

Utilizing his skills in facial expressions, he became an extra seen behind the famous people in movies. In the film “21 and Over,” Marks is spotted in the background of a scene making a shocked facial expression.  He has made a name for himself among actors such as Kim Basinger and Director Nicholas Gyeney He is also on a list to be a stand-in for Denzel Washington in an up coming film.

Through his success among celebrities, he remains humble and states, “I am successful because I want more than fame.” Upon receiving his ministerial license, Marks plans to go back to preaching. He states that he doesn’t want to become a celebrity. “I want a bigger forum for when I preach,” he said.

Marks rebooted his mind and way of thinking. He wants to encourage other people who are struggling. “You make your own destiny and you take control of your whole life,” Marks said regarding his transformation. He will spend 18 months at Pierce on LNI earning a fashion merchandising degree. “I’m not trying to be better than anyone, I’m just trying to be the best I can be,” said Marks.

humans and guns

Guns; we are all affected by them. They affect us both indirectly and directly. We see how the media portrays them to the American public. Everyone has their opinions on guns. Guns are to keep people safe, or guns are the reason people are dying. There is a common argument people make that says, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

This weapon affects us all, whether through war or civil problems. They will blame the instrument; the instrument would not work without someone operating it. War strives on technology. The better the guns are, the easier the victory is. People want to blame the object other than the person.

Guns are instruments of people. People will use objects for their own intentions; a gun can be a way to carry out those intentions. The bad stigma that people have from guns come from other individuals, not the gun. People start wars for their own reasons. Ask the person holding the gun why he’s holding it.

Hate seems to have bred guns. If everyone were good to one another, there would be no need for guns other than for food. Guns would have a whole different meaning if the human condition were geared towards helping and loving each other.

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