Emma Segrest

Emma is a graduate from the University of Cincinnati where she studied journalism and creative writing. During her undergraduate years she served as the Features Editor for The News Record, an independent college newspaper. 

She has previously completed internships with Women of Cincy and VMSD Magazine. Currently she is working as a freelance journalist for Women.com, Tasting Table ArtRKL, Le Mile, and CityBeat Cincinnati. 

Her work focuses on arts, culture, entertainment and the cross section these have with the human experience. She is passionate about the ways that stories and ideas can be used to influence the thoughts of others and promote a greater sense of empathy. 

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Tony Toscani

The universal expression of melancholy is what makes the emotion so compelling to Toscani. He has centered the reimagined world of his paintings around this sentiment. Most of his paintings feature surreal figures with dramatized limbs and proportions. Their subjects often reside in liminal spaces, holding wistful expressions and shying away from direct eye contact with the viewer. Giving a corporeal form to an abstract concept such as melancholy may seem a daunting task, but through the sidecas

Noah Kocher

Noah Kocher believes that art and love exist in the same plane—to immerse himself in one fully, he must immerse himself in the other. The 27-year-old Brooklyn-based artist has learned to let his heart guide his creative process. From dreamy paintings to otherworldly collages, Noah Kocher has created an artistic world filled with melting landscapes, unique characters, and a strange sense of familiarity. Art was never originally the plan for the Tennessee native. He recalls a high school art class

The USDA's New Summer EBT Program Will Provide Groceries For 21 Million Children

The USDA's New Summer EBT Program Will Provide Groceries For 21 Million Children The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced via press release that beginning in the summer of 2024, a new grocery benefits program targeted at children will launch in 35 states, five U.S. territories, and four tribes. This program, known as the Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (Summer EBT), will fill the food insecurity gaps some children may experience when school is not in session. The states, territories,

Every Exclusive CosMc's Food Item, Ranked Worst To Best

Every Exclusive CosMc's Food Item, Ranked Worst To Best Mcdonald's newest project is a brand new chain of restaurants called CosMc's. This new chain focuses primarily on specialty beverages but has a limited menu of different breakfast and snack items as well. The first location of this new chain opened on December 7, 2023, in Bolingbrook, IL. Additional locations are set to be rolled out in 2024. While a portion of CosMc's menu is shared with McDonald's, they do have a few items exclusive to th

Ruby Roth On Women As Powerful Vessels Of Processing

Ruby Roth’s art originated from a place of pain and an intense desire to define these feelings through vivid imagery. At age three, Roth received a scoliosis diagnosis followed by years of intense, painful treatment to help correct it. Before she could articulate what she was feeling, Roth was using art as an outlet to show her inner secrets, hopes, and feelings. This art manifested as women's figure drawings, which Roth used as a way to live vic

19 CosMc's Drinks, Ranked Worst To Best

Mcdonald's has recently opened a brand new chain called CosMc's which focuses on coffees, teas, and other specialty beverages. The first location of this new chain opened in December 2023, in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Additional locations are set to be rolled out in 2024. Centered around an intergalactic theme, CosMc's menu features a variety of new and exciting drinks not available at your local McDonald's. While you eagerly wait for a CosMc's to open near you, I've gone ahead and tried its new dr

Art History Feuds: Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci

The battle between artistic gods and the legacy left behind The spectacle of great artistry lends itself to becoming the breeding ground for intense personalities and even more intense rivalries. Feuds between artists have existed since the Renaissance and are often fueled by competitive jealousy between masters of the craft. Take, for example, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Both artists hold an iconic status as pioneers of an incredible artistic rebirth and both dramatically redefined the

Cincinnati Filmmakers to Debut Film Inspired By East Palestine Train Derailment

This story is featured in CityBeat's July 12 print edition. Pierce Ryan and Brett Miller aren’t your typical post-graduate filmmakers. While many of their film peers migrated to known cities like New York or Los Angeles, Ryan and Miller decided to make Cincinnati their creative hub for making movies, and in turn, have begun to bring a focus to independent film in the city. Recently the two 23-year-old filmmakers have begun an ambitious partnership with the Garfield Theatre to screen collect

Greta Schneider

Greta Schneider approaches her painting process in an unusual fashion. Before she picks up a paintbrush, she picks up a pen. Her art begins with a story—whether she draws from personal narrative or from works of mythology, Schneider begins by writing about her vision, subsequently crafting her work in its image. Storytelling is important to Schneider. When looking at the breadth of her work, you can see her personal story unfold across canvases, prints, pictures, and sketches, illustrating her p

The Flavorful History Of Faygo's Original Rock & Rye Soda - Tasting Table

Faygo Soda is proud to be weird. In fact, it has built its entire brand off of its weirdness. Going all the way back to the original Rock & Rye flavor, Faygo has never been afraid to create craft sodas with unique ingredients and inspiration. Founded by Russian immigrant brothers Ben and Perry Feigenson in 1907, Faygo has been creating sodas for those who dare to drink differently for 116 years. With more than 60 flavors, there is a Faygo for everyone, but one flavor that has withstood the test

Sober-Curious Summer: How Cincinnatians are Navigating the Complexities of Summertime Sobriety

This story is featured in CityBeat's June 28 print edition. Walking into the monthly High Vibe Dance Party at Alice in Over-the-Rhine feels like walking into any other club experience: there’s dancing, laughter and an infectious urge to join the party. The energy is so captivating it is hard to believe it’s an alcohol-free event. The only drink allowed on their dance floor is water, but participants don’t seem to mind. In fact, for some, this rule allows them the freedom to enjoy their nigh

The Story Behind America’s Favorite Painting

When creating Song of the Lark, French realism painter Jules Breton could not predict the cultural hold his painting would have on an American audience. As the Industrial Revolution continued its capitalistic dominance across the Western world, art was shifting from the surreal, longing of romanticism to the more grounded, accuracy of realism. Song of the Lark was created at a time when nostalgia for rural life was just beginning to bloom and the future of technology felt boundless. The oil pai

An American in Paris: CCM ballet major shares her study abroad experiences so far

Paris. For decades the city has been a social hub for artists of all mediums. There is something in the air that beckons generation after generation of artists to come learn of its bohème life view. For third-year ballet and French dual-major Rebekah Docea, Paris has been the goal for years. After being set back several times because of COVID-19 complications, Docea has finally achieved her dream of studying her passions in the city of lights.

‘This response is belittling to survivors’: UC officials refuse to discuss why they issue few alerts when rapes are reported on campus

However, James Whalen – who serves as UC’s public safety director and police chief – declined requests from The News Record for an interview to discuss its finding that in 2018 and 2019, officials chose not to issue crime alerts for almost 80% of rapes reported on campus. The federal Clery Act requires universities to issue timely warnings when there are known risks to public safety on campus.

The Role of an Advocate: Zoe Miller and Cheniece Wilson on Challenging Rape Culture on Campus —

As the official Campus Advocates for the University of Cincinnati, Zoe and Cheniece are responsible for creating awareness and education around gender-based violence. The pair focus on connecting students who have experienced gender-based violence to appropriate resources, being a confidential support system for survivors, and more. These women do it all and do it with the utmost love for their work and the students they help every day.
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