Things to Remember and Forget from 2016

Jasmine Gomez, Staff Writer

Now that 2016 is over and the New Year has begun, it is time we reflect on the best and worst 2016 had to offer.

While some have already declared 2016 the year from hell and 2017 has started with several people either threatening to leave or hide under their beds, there were a few wins to be celebrated.

A long awaited and anticipated Oscar win for Leonardo DiCaprio brought joy to the hearts of many. After having been nominated on four separate occasions, the Twitterverse went wild and broke the record for most tweets generated per minute after his victory.

For all the music lovers, several headliner artists released albums that topped the charts for months. These included Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’, Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’, and Rihanna’s ‘Anti’. These, as well as a variety of other albums made a substantial impact on pop culture.

When asked what her favorite moment of the year was senior, Emely Cruz, responded, “Probably August 20th, that’s the day Frank Ocean finally released his new album ‘Blond’, after years of going MIA and not releasing any music.”

Among the great contributions to music, more importantly, unemployment hit its lowest since the 2008 recession, descending to 4.6 percent in comparison to the 7.8 percent of eight years ago.

Unfortunately, with all the great moments there also came terrible ones.

In the eyes of many, the presidential elect was quite possibly the worst event of 2016. Donald Trump’s race for presidency was the subject of discussion early on in the year, although, some thought of it as a joke, it put fear in the hearts of many and ultimately, his victory over competitor Hillary Clinton was a tremendous disappointment.

Several tragic events transpired throughout the year, all of which were heavily publicized.

One being the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida at a gay nightclub, Pulse, which resulted in the death of forty-nine people. Equally as frightening was the terror attack in Nice, France where a man driving a truck plowed through a crowd and killed eighty-four people.

The unfortunate shooting and consequent death of well-loved gorilla, Harmabe, was a disappointment to many. This occurred after a three-year-old boy climbed into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and fell in. Other losses mourned in 2016 included Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Juan Gabriel, David Bowe, Prince, and George Michael.