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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

Heavenly Howls Heard at The Saint

entertainment-sea-wolfMonmouth County is full of legendary venues; few of those places, though, have the charm and renown of The Saint. This bar is considered the center of the local music scene. Nationally recognized bands, from Lifehouse and Red Wanting Blue to Sick Puppies, Creed and Incubus, come to perform here as well, often for a price that you just can’t beat.

Upon entering The Saint, I was immediately struck by the classic rock-venue décor. It’s a throwback to the era where the music scene was all that people talked about. The walls are lined with posters of the artists that have played there. It’s spacious enough to give everyone room to breathe, but it has a feeling of closeness- of people being brought together by the singular love of great live music.

That’s not to mention their state-of-the-art equipment. A full soundboard, stage and professional lighting bring the quality of a venue that should cost upwards of 100 dollars- but the tickets are typically no more than 15.

As part of their recent tour, Sea Wolf, along with Hey Marseilles performed at The Saint on Tuesday, November 16 alongside a local band called Underwater Country Club, 

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On Screen, In Person: Runaway

entertainment-on-screen-in-personThis last session of On Screen, In Person was the film Runaway directed by Amit Ashraf. This popular event took place in Wilson Auditorium on October 15. It was a great film that gave this reviewer and the audience multiple viewpoints.

Student Tara Cooney said the film was “enjoyable” while student Kevin Kaisian thought the film was “better than expected,” and the ending was a “crazy twist.”

“Enjoyable” might not be the word; “disturbing” was more appropriate, a word that even Professor Demirjian, the host of the presentation, used to describe the ending. Ashraf sought to show that evil can get away and he got his point across. 

Right away the audience is thrown into the film without any exposition about what is going on and who we are supposed to be paying attention to. It’s jarring, but so is the film, and it’s all the better for it.

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Batman Producer Michael Uslan Honored at Founder's Day

batman_headline_imageThe University recently had the honor of awarding the world’s first doctorate in fine arts with a special concentration in comic book literature to Michael Uslan, executive producer of every major Batman movie since 1989. Uslan delivered the convocation address at the University’s 79th founders day ceremony.

He also took time to speak with students beforehand, and autographed copies of his autobiography, “The Boy Who Loved Batman”, after the ceremony.

David Knotts, business management major, thought Uslan was a great inspiration. “It’s interesting to see how somebody who wasn’t involved with filmmaking got there by a different path,” said Knotts.

Uslan is a native New Jersey resident who grew up in Ocean Township, in Monmouth County. He got his start reading comic books, but really broke out into the industry when he began teaching comic book folklore, while pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of Indiana. It was the first course to seriously discuss comic books in contemporary society.

His course, “The Comic Book in America,” dealt with the mythology, anthropology, psychology, and thought processes behind how a comic book is made and how it be became popular. This course brought him significant fame-eventually leading to him being contacted by Stan Lee.

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Coheed and Cambria’s “The Afterman: Ascension” Fails to Rise Up

coheedWhether you worship them or can’t get past the singer’s highpitched voice, there’s one thing that’s undeniable: Coheed and Cambria are one of the most unique rock bands to achieve any sort of mainstream success.

With sprawling, science fiction themed concept albums and a sound that marries elements of progressive rock, post-hardcore, and heavy metal, Coheed and Cambria’s ambitions have pushed them past the point of being a typical rock band, with fantastic albums like “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3” and “Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness” operating on a level of epic that most bands only dreaming of ever reaching.

Recently, however, Coheed have been falling somewhat short of delivering these ambitions in the ways that they used to. With their last album, 2010’s “Year of the Black Rainbow”, contained some good ideas but ultimately falling short of the majesty of their previous releases.

However, with news of a planned double album known as “The Afterman” to be released in two thematically differing parts, there seemed to be hope that Coheed could once again reclaim their position as gods of epic scifi rock. Now that the first part, “The Afterman: Ascension,” has been released, does the album prove that Coheed are living up to this possibility?

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Ed Gallucci Comes to Pollak Gallery

gallucciEd Gallucci, a University alumnus and famous photographer best known for his photographs of Bruce Springsteen and Muhammad Ali, among other well-known names, visited the University on October 2. Many of Gallucci’s most famous works are on display in Pollak Gallery in an exhibit considered to be a companion piece to September’s Springsteen Symposium. It is open to the public. The photos on display include a reel of photos featuring Bruce Springsteen, taken in 1972, photographs of Muhammad Ali on a car ride with Gallucci, a few photos of Taj Mahal, and even a picture of John Madden. The gallery also hosted pictures of several other famous names who Mr. Gallucci photographed.

Gallucci was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1947. Graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri, he majored in graphic design with a minor in photography. Despite it being his minor, photography became one of Ed Gallucci’s main passions.

As he saved money for the equipment he required for professional photography, Gallucci rode taxi cabs to and from work each day, taking photographs of people walking by. He mentioned that these photographs are some of his favorite shots because every person in each photo was in their natural state. No pre-setup was arranged for a photo shoot, no plans were created. He only photographs everyday life.

Gallucci never used flash when photographing his subjects, claiming that flash is a photographer’s prime enemy. Most of his photographs were shot in black and white, with color only being used sometimes when indoors.

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Prepare to be Taken... Again

TAKEN-2When released in theaters in 2008, Taken w as a b ox-office s mash. Audiences flocked to theaters to watch Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson (starring in the role of Brian Mills) mercilessly beat and kill dozens of European gangsters who planned on selling his kidnapped daughter into prostitution. The chilling phone conversation between Mills and the kidnapper, during which he ominously tells the man, “I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you,” will undoubtedly become one of those classic clichéd action movie lines, to be quoted often, satirically or not, for generations to come.

The sequel, Taken 2, was released on October 5. It places Brian, his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace), and his ex-wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen), on a family vacation in Istanbul. The first half of the movie is primarily background – there is a lot of interaction between Brian and his family and a lot of dialogue revealing that he was not a very good father before his divorce from Lenore. The movie shows romance rekindling between Brian and Lenore, and a better relationship growing between him and his daughter. The sentimentality explored here is boring, but nevertheless important to the plot. After all, the movie needs to establish Brian as a human being before expecting the audience to care whether his family lives or dies.

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No Need to Fear this Impressive Game

It’s that time of the year when fear takes over. Horror and paranoia run rampant as the supernatural rule popular culture for the month. On that note, let’s look at Resident Evil 6, the supposed return to horror that fans of the series have been waiting for.

Resident Evil 6 is unique in that it attempts to please all of the fans of the series through its three different campaigns. For those of you who wanted a horror based adventure, Leon’s campaign was supposed to be your answer. If you wanted good solid action, Chris’s campaign delivered. Capcom even made Jake’s scenario similar to Resident Evil 3: Nemesis for those who wanted to be stalked by a giant tyrant.

I’m sorry to say, there isn’t much horror to be found in this game. If you were looking for the next action packed “kill everything in sight” entry, here you go.

The game sports highly detailed graphics and a superb musical score. They tend to get overlooked in favor of the action packed campaigns, but if you slow down you’ll notice a dramatic piece playing as the camera zooms out dramatically as you cross a narrow bridge over a burning building.

The story of the game is that a new virus, the C-virus, is being used by terrorists all over the world. In an attempt to slow down the new wave of terror, U.S. President Adam Benford was planning to reveal the American government’s involvement in the dreaded Raccoon City incident of 1998. Unfortunately the speech doesn’t go as planned when the president is turned into a zombie shortly beforehand.

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Green Day Frontman’s Public Meltdown

entertainment-billie-joe-armstrong-breakdownBillie Joe Armstrong, the frontman of pop-punk trio Green Day, entered rehabilitation on Sunday following a public outburst at a music festival on September 21.

Armstrong flew into a rage dur­ing Green Day’s performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Midway through their 1994 hit, “Basket Case”, Armstrong stopped playing when he saw the teleprompter read “1 minute” and launched into an expletive-filled rant concerning the band’s set being cut short.

“You’re gonna give me f***ing one minute?” Armstrong shouted after the music stopped. “Let me f***ing tell you something… I’ve been around since f***ing nineteen eighty-f***ing-eight, and you’re gonna give me one f***ing minute? You gotta be f***ing kidding me!”

Armstrong proceeded with, “I’m not f***ing Justin Bieber, you mother***ers,” earning scattered ap­plause from the audience. “Let me show you what one f***ing minute f***ing means.” Armstrong then smashed his guitar and threw the bro­ken pieces into the audience as the band abruptly walked offstage. But not before cursing a few more times, giving the middle finger to the cam­era, and throwing his microphone across the stage.

This was not the only time Arm­strong has made the news for erratic behavior. On September 2, he was hospitalized in Bologna, Italy, for what Mike Dirnt told MTV was “se­vere dehydration, influenza” forcing Green Day to cancel a performance. The singer also made the news when he verbally attacked Bon Jovi, telling the Belfast Telegraph they are “the worst band” he has ever toured with.

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Creative Expression at the University

Some people have called the Uni­versity a “suitcase” school. While there are few things funnier than a hawk in a suit, some Hawks want more than a briefcase- they want a portfolio to put inside it.

The University offers a wide array of minors that can get you involved with artistic expression. If you don’t consider yourself to be creative, there’s no better time to learn. Be­sides, sometimes a unique minor is just what you need to earn that cov­eted internship.

One beloved minor is creative writing, which is only 18 credits. This teaches the differences of style involved with various forms of com­position. It shows that you know how to reach your audience.

Another such minor is a classic: art. This curriculum teaches basic de­sign and drawing skills. In addition, you’ll engage in art history courses, giving you some background knowl­edge on things that other people have painted. Start planning early if you want to take it, because this is a 27 credit program.

Do you like art but dislike work­ing with your hands? In that case, the graphic design/computer graphics minor may be right for you, and it’s only 15 credits. This teaches the art of computer animation and design.

The 15 credit photography minor is another choice for anyone who wants to really bring a picture to life (and for those who want to show off their fancy college education at the next family reunion).

“Because photography is so ubiq­uitous in our lives, a photo minor pairs well with most MU majors from communications to real estate as it is a skill that can be readily ap­plied to a profession or enjoyed for its creative outlet.” Anne Massoni, spe­cialist professor of photography, said.

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This Movie Might Throw You for a Loop

entertainment-looperJoseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis both star as Joe Simmons, a hit man, or more appropriately, a Looper, in the movie Looper. Sim­mons executes former agents of the mob from the future year of 2074 so that there is no body, and more im­portantly, no evidence in their own time. Time travel is illegal in the future, but like our present, the mob has their ways around the law.

When the mob decides to termi­nate a Looper’s employment, they send the Looper’s future self back to Joe’s present year, 2044, to be executed, along with enough gold for the Looper to live out the rest of their days, until they are sent back to the past. Most targets arrive masked, but when one shows up late and without the usual covering, Joe realizes he’s been told to execute his future self. He hesitates, allow­ing his future self to get away and putting his current life on the line. He must eliminate his future self but also dodge other agents who are sent to eliminate both Joes.

Along with the two Joes, there’s also Sara (Emily Blunt), her son Cid (Pierce Gagnon), and Kid Blue (Noah Segan), another agent and Joe’s rival for the affections of their father figure, Abe (Jeff Daniels) who was sent by the mob from the future to help begin the Looper organiza­tion, and gave Joe a reason for liv­ing.

Confusing? So is the movie. But if you follow the plot and listen care­fully, you’ll walk away quite satisfied by the tale of this hit man, although you’ll probably guess the ending coming from a mile away. The film is directed and written by Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) who gives us an above-average action film for those who like movies that make them think. The main character is more prone to reaction than action; this is an interesting idea, and thanks to Levitt’s performance, an idea that is pulled off without shortchanging young Joe’s character.

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Student Spotlight: Natalie Zeller

The Outlook recently had the privi­lege of speaking with Natalie Zeller, freshman music industry major, who performed at the Rock and Register event on September 28. Zeller is a singer, guitar player and songwriter who has performed both on and off campus, including at Hofstra Univer­sity.

Her musical style tends to be what­ever she feels like playing, so audi­ence members can expect to be treat­ed to a wide array of songs. Some of them are very upbeat and lively while others are more sentimental and ro­mantic; she admitted that the slower songs occasionally remind her of Taylor Swift, though she typically dislikes “girly-girl” songs. She’s also done several impressive covers of more widely-known songs, such as “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perry and “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj.

To the delight of the crowd, she performed her cover of “Super Bass” at the Rock and Register, earning a huge round of applause. She also per­formed a few original songs such as “Keep it Simple,” a heart-felt number about not making a relationship over­complicated.

Zeller said she did not specifically plan what songs she would play at Friday’s event, though she did plan to start fast in order to get everyone excited and segway into more varied, emotional songs. Her musical talent, as well as her charismatic stage pres­ence, served as a great start to Rock and Register.

Zeller indicated that she is a solo artist, but she’s collaborated with friends before and is open to work­ing with others in the future. She went on to indicate that, in addition to her great singing and acoustic gui­tar playing abilities, she can play the electric guitar, as well as some piano and clarinet.

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