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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Financial Advice from the Ancient$

Financial Advice AcientsReading “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason is a surefire way to place yourself on the path to great wealth…well, at least it would’ve been if you had lived during Babylonian times.

Clason’s book, which is just under 200 pages, seeks to teach proper money management through financial advice. The reader is taken through fictional scenarios set in ancient Babylon, once the richest city in the world.

In each chapter, Clason breaks down Babylon’s citizens into those who are financially clueless and those richer than the gods who counsel the average people.

The prosperous Babylonians teach many lessons to their fellow citizens who, in modern terms, live paycheck-to-paycheck. The lessons taught include saving 10 percent of all income, using the other 90 percent to pay for all expenditures, investing to make savings multiply, seeking monetary advice from experts in their respective fields (for instance, don’t ask a farmer about the value of a diamond), and increasing earning potential by acquiring all of the skills in one’s area of expertise.

Other lessons are more abstract in nature, such as the realization that good luck is actually the seizing of opportunity when it presents itself. The goddess of good luck favors men of action, according to Clason.

The structure of Clason’s book is extremely easy to follow. Just place yourself in the shoes of those being lectured by the affluent and listen intently.

However, the lessons taught imply that the book was created for simpleminded individuals who never heard of saving, a strategy that Clason’s moneywise characters reiterate in multiple chapters.

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Dancing to a Latin Beat at Woods Theatre

default article imageForget “Dancing With the Stars.” University students and faculty danced around the world as the Juan Calderon’s Cultural Explosion Dance Company presented 10 different dances from the Hispanic culture at the Lauren K. Woods Theatre on September 28.

This was part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which ends on October 15, and sponsored by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee.

Before the show, first-year student Becca Zidik, sophomore Amina Devries, and senior Jess Weygant, who attended for Dance Appreciation, said they could apply their class to this performance. “We can watch, and we can picture all the different techniques used in the live performance,” Zidik said. Devries said seeing this show could help “learn some new dance moves.”

The show began with Judy Ramos, Assistant to the Dean of the School of Humanities and member of the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, introducing herself and Calderon.

She said he graduated with a MBA in business and combined his degree with his passion for dancing. Ramos also said he has visited the University in the past and offered dance lessons, but this year decided on a show.

Next, Calderon thanked the crowd and the departments that sponsored the show. He prepared the audience for the performance by saying it would “take you on a little journey to several countries.”

Calderon said many of the dances shown can be seen in films like Dirty Dancing and TV shows such as “Dancing with the Stars.” Calderon then asked,

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Women Rule Primetime TV Among Other Shows of ‘Interest’

Women Rule Primetime TVAutumn is back in swing, but the other change in the air is the new television season.

This is when networks present new shows they hope viewers will like and want to return for more seasons.

With the 2011 primetime season now in session, here is a breakdown of my top comedy and drama picks to watch... or wait for cancellation.

“New Girl”

Fox Tuesdays 9pm

The biggest hype for the new comedy this fall is Fox’s “New Girl,” starring hipster queen Zooey Deschanel.

Deschanel plays Jess Day, who recently broke up with her model boyfriend after catching him cheating. In a desperate move to get out of her place and away from her model friends, she moves in with three average Joes.

While trying to help Jess get over her ex and find a new love interest (to be played by Justin Long in future episodes) her guy roommates attempt to woo her model friends and learn what it’s like to live with a girl.

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Art Exhibit Teaches Languor / Temperance | Repose

Art Exhibit“In every photograph, there is something for the viewer to get lost in, to reflect on, or to translate,” University Specialist Professor Anne Leighton Massoni said about the gallery exhibition, LANGUOR / TEMPERANCE | REPOSE.

The gallery, which is curated by Massoni, features 11 artists of various mediums, and is on display in the Ice House Gallery until October 14.

The exhibition displays unique pieces of work that contain elements of each of the words in the title.

At first, art that encompasses connotations of listlessness, inertia, and rest may seem simple and unexciting to the audience, but as Massoni suggests, the art is much deeper than that.

The gallery offers a feeling of calmness and relaxation, one of Massoni’s goals. She feels that “cultural noise” limits time for quietude.

Displayed art includes still life, landscape, abstraction, and constructed images.

“For me, it’s like having a conversation with that space,” participating artist Tomiko Jones said during a lecture on Thursday, September 22 in the Wilson Hall Auditorium, discussing her fervor of photography.  “It gives me many different ways to discover an idea.”

Jones received her MFA in Photography from the University of Arizona and is currently an assistant professor at the Metropolitan State College of Denver.

She has had solo galleries in Mexico City and Tokyo, had residency in France, and is the recipient of various grants and awards.

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“All My Children” Says Farewell to Daytime Television

All My Children FarewellThe soap opera “All My Children” premiered on ABC over 40 years ago and its star, Susan Lucci, has played the venerable Erica Kane for nearly just as long.

However, on April 14 the network announced the show would be cancelled and last Friday the final episode was broadcasted, a day that will live on in daytime TV history.

Created by Agnes Nixon, “All My Children” followed the residents of Pine Valley, a fictional Pennsylvania town. Erica was the local bad girl you loved to hate then came to love.

She was the heart of the show, and over the years audiences saw her go through several careers, 11 marriages, raise her children, grandchildren, overcome drug addiction, disfigurement, prison terms, and heartbreak.

In Pine Valley’s last moments, Erica had just been dumped by occasional lover/ex-husband Jackson Montgomery after she put her career ahead of their relationship again. This took place at a party full of their friends, neighbors, and children. Just as Erica squared her shoulders with determination to get her man back, a gunshot rang out, and the screen went black.

Audience members will have to wait and see whether their favorite character(s) will return… if their show actually survives. In true soap fashion, both these cliffhangers left viewers anxious to know what comes next.

“All My Children” was not just about family and friends; it became like one’s family and friend. It was something that was always there for audiences and expected to never leave.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Play To A New Beat

default article imageSomething I loved about the Red Hot Chili Peppers is how they introduced the alternative/ funk music genre during the 1990s. That genre was something that stood out.

When they released their fifth studio album, Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik, songs like “Give it Away” and “Suck My Kiss” had a funk and jam groove element that were unique to them.

Following Stadium Arcadium in 2006, the band went into a five year hiatus where guitarist John Frusciante announced his permanent departure from the band in December 2009.

 I became nervous once Anthony Kiedis announced the new guitarist was Josh Kling Hoffer since Klinghoffer had big shoes to fill.

Regardless, once I heard the Chili Peppers were releasing their new album, I’m With You, in August, I was ecstatic.

However, the album was not what I expected when I first heard the songs. To me, every song in the album was not what the Chili Peppers were like earlier in their career. There are elements of funk in their songs, but there is an overabundance of experimental rock.

Now I’m not a hater for the experimental genre, however, I think the Chili Peppers aren’t the right band for that specific type of music.

For individual musicianship, I was not disappointed at all. Kiedis’ voice still sounds as pure and clear as in his earlier albums. As a bassist, Flea is still one of the most notable musicians ever to live.

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“On Screen, In Person” Offers a Movie and Commentary

On screen In personA captivated audience got the chance to watch the powerful documentary Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives on Sept. 12 at Pollak Theatre and had the chance to hear from the director herself, Nancy Kelly, as part of “On Screen, In Person.”  

Trust was the first film on campus for “On Screen, In Person” where filmmakers’ works are presented followed by a Q & A.  This was sponsored by the Department of Communication, the Performing Arts Series, and funded by the National Endowment of the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

Kelly’s documentary followed Marlin, an 18yearold Honduran immigrant whose life has been anything but simple.  She was raped as a young girl at church while going to the bathroom and then continuously abused by her brother, Carlos, as they came to America. 

Depressed and suicidal, Marlin went to a hospital where a counselor told her about Albany Park Theater Project (APTP) in Chicago, where group members have their hardships recreated through live performances.

As Marlin works with APTP, she confronts the difficulties in her life as others act them out, finding comfort with her fellow performers and directors.

Chad Dell, chair of the Department of Communication, welcomed the crowd and said “On Screen, In Person” is a film series held around the East Coast.  He said six films and filmmakers will come to campus with three films each semester. 

He also said Trust’s themes are tough and Lynne Lehrkinder, LPC, of Counseling and Psychological Services was present if anyone needed to talk.

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Captain America Claims Victory at Summer Box Office

default article imageWith films like Thor and Bridesmaids coming out on DVD/Blu-Ray, it’s like the summer movie season is happening all over again.  Based on what was viewed, here are my top and bottom five summer 2011 films.

Top Five

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger

Director Joe Johnston with writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely crafted a fast-paced origin story for Steve Rogers/Captain America that managed to feel new again.  The WWII setting offered action and brought Cap to life as a soldier fighting against the evil Hydra.

Chris Evans personifies Rogers with self-confidence and a strong spirit to make him a hero but remain a regular guy in an incredible situation.  Hugo Weaving is chilling as Hydra commander, Johan Schmidt/The Red Skull and created a worthy adversary for Captain America.

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (3D)

The best was saved for last with an action-packed, exciting, and heartwarming finale.  Daniel Radcliffe has Harry come full circle by confronting threats and accepting his destiny. This also goes for Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Ron and Hermione.  Alan Rickman still made Snape interesting until the end while Ralph Fiennes has never been creepier as Voldermort. 

Director David Yates balanced the film’s hopeful aspects with its evil ones.  The action scenes were wonderfully captured, but the emotion of the film is never lost as the care these characters share is evident. 

It’s sad to say goodbye to Mr.  Potter, but felt good knowing he left theaters fantastically.

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Returning to Mortal Kombat


If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you didn’t grow up in the 90’s. “Mortal Kombat” was rebooted and came out with a new game a few months back that’s totally awesome.

Before I start this review, let’s get one thing out of the way. This game is very gory. This game is so grisly that it got banned in Australia. If fountains of blood and other gruesome details aren’t your thing, don’t get this game. That’s my friendly warning for the squeamish types.

First, let’s look at the graphics. To put it shortly, they’re beautiful. It’s really hard to tell the difference between in-game fighting graphics and cut scene graphics. The attention to detail is amazing. As the fights progress, each character shows off more damage taken (some of which are pretty icky to look at).

Like I said before, there is a lot of blood and guts but it’s realistic. Anyone who played the old 90’s “Mortal Kombat” games knows that when you killed someone, it was hard to take seriously because the deaths were so over the top (when a person exploded, they had seven legs, three ribcages and four skulls).

Here, when a person is hit, the game makes sure that you see just how much damage they take as they lose life. When an opponent is hit by an Xray attack, it shows each bone that is fractured and each organ damaged. When a fatality is performed, they make sure to keep it to a realistic amount of violence so you can realize this is how it would happen.

The audio is impressive as well. Each character actually has their own voice actor (in the old games it was either “generic male voice” or “generic female voice”). This actually gives each character more of a feeling that they are one of a kind.

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Pollak Gallery Gets ‘WILD’ Photography

Pollak Wild Photography 1The “WILD” Nature Photography exhibit offers visitors a glimpse into some of the most intimate moments of wild creatures, including polar bears, grizzlies, birds of prey, and much more.  The exhibition, curated by photographer and New Jersey resident Eric Sambol, will be on display in Pollak Gallery until Friday Sept. 30.  The gallery is open Monday through Friday 9 am to 7 pm, and is free and open to the public.

The exhibit features wildlife from four distinct areas in New Jersey, Alaska, Manitoba, and British Columbia, and portrays various species in stunning closeness. 

Sambol’s photography brings viewers up close and personal with bear cubs during moments of innocent playtime, and allows people to lock eyes with some of the country’s most powerful birds of prey, including osprey, owls, and bald eagles.

While some of the subjects are from Alaska and Canada, many are creatures that can be found right here in New Jersey. “People don’t understand the amazing diversity of NJ’s wildlife,” Sambol said, who has fond memories of exploring the forests of Toms River as a child in search of animals.  “For many, there is this perception that NJ is a completely developed place where wildlife doesn’t exist.”

Of course, NJ is full of wild creatures, and Sambol’s exhibit illustrates them in a way surely many residents have not seen before.  According to the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve rare and imperiled species, there are some 107 threatened or endangered species within the state, including eight amphibians, 52 birds, 19 invertebrates, 11 mammals, 16 reptiles, and one species of fish. 

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Wiz Khalifa Raps Away the Summer Heat

default article imageWhile this summer was hot, the MAC had its own heat wave as rappers Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, and Chevy Woods generated some sizzling beats to a sold-out crowd. 

According to Jon Vena, Marketing Director of AEG Live NJ, 4,000 plus people showed up to the event.

From what Vena saw, he said that the crowd’s overall reaction was “very positive and fanatic.  People loved the show.”

One of those people was Alissa Catalano, an orientation leader at the University and a fan of Wiz, who was also seeing him perform live for the first time. 

She said that the concert “was quite the experience, something I had never really experienced before.”  She also said that seeing the MAC packed with people was a site to see and made the concert better.

Catalano described that the crowd was compiled of a variety of people, “from age 16 to college kids.  Everyone was hyped and having a good time.”

At the concert, Wiz sang a number of songs including “Taylor Gang,” “Roll Up,” and “Black and Yellow,” one of his biggest hits.  Catalano said, “I enjoyed these songs because those were the ones I was familiar with.”

He appeared on stage in a fog of blue light where he walked up to a platform and keep the momentum of the show rolling further. 

Being the headliner for this concert, Wiz controlled the stage either through slow walks or dancing to match his raps.

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