Vampire Survivors: More Riveting than a Wooden Stake Through the Heart 


Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011
Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011
Created by potrace 1.10, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2011

Steam game Vampire Survivors takes elements from third-person survival games and dungeon-crawlers to create an immersive and intense gaming experience that lasts up to thirty minutes per run.

– Liz Birchfield

For being just an early access game, it never ceases to amaze me how much love and care is put into Vampire Survivors, and it certainly shows.
Liz Birchfield
Writer & Social Media Manager

The Renewed Importance of Persepolis Amid Iranian Protests

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is an autobiographical comic book that follows the journey of its author, Marjane, as she grows up in Iran during the Islamic revolution in the 80s and 90s. The book is now more important than ever as the current human rights protests in Iran remind us that the people of Iran are still fighting for their rights and humanity, just as Marjane did 40 years ago.

FALL: Comfort Amongst Change

Fall is a season that’s the backdrop of many songs, movies, celebrations, and memories which we hold incredibly dear to us. So of course it deserves to be written about as well. Now that it’s made its annual visit into our lives of course I mulled over it as deeply as I could and tried to bring its cold crisp feeling to the surface.

Featured October Staff Picks: Hocus Pocus 2

Before watching the sequel, my knowledge was limited, since I had not seen any trailers. The only detail I knew was that Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy were set to reprise their roles as the Sanderson sisters. This was promising, as no one else could replace these three iconic women…


The seemingly innocent movie takes multiple dark turns, which is why this stop-motion animated film is perfect for the spooky season.

The Shining

This movie, a shining jewel of suspenseful irony and captivating graphics, is a must-see for not only horror movie fanatics like myself, but also for those who might need a break from the typical rotation of Halloween-themed movies.

Bones and All

The story is as endearing as it is unsettling and makes for a great watch during the spooky season.




Bri Brown studies media production and design and art at the University of Iowa. She is planning for a graphic design career, preferably in the magazine industry. Outside of working on VERVE, she works as a designer at The Daily Iowan, and in her free time, she enjoys traveling, taking pictures, going to Glass Animals concerts, and playing video games.

Lilly Arnold

Creative Director

Samantha Triplett

Lifestyle Editor

Manasi Kinikar

Review Editor

Ema Oyeyiola

Editorial Assistant

Ema Oyeyiola is an International student from Nigeria in the MSBA program at Tippie College of Business. She studied International Relations as an undergrad and founded a virtual grocery store in Lagos which she managed till June 2021 when she came here to study Business Analytics.
She’s passionate about the Sorellas Circle- a sister club created to empower women, instill hope in communities, and make living more pleasant for the less privileged people in Lagos, Nigeria- and currently serves as the Vice president. In her spare time, she loves to bake, play with new recipe’s, read books, watch sappy romance movies, and stay indoors.

Liz Birchfield

Social Media Manager

Shelby Darnell

Ops Editor

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