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Fruity Game is Suprisingly Sweet

With a rather puny library of games and disappointing quarterly sales, it would be a vast understatement to call the Wii U’s first year a rocky start. While the Nintendo consoles lineup will prove to pick up steam later this year, the console’s “killer app” might already be here in the form of “Pikmin 3.”

Developed by legendary game wizard Shigeru Miyamoto (Mario, Zelda, etc.) and hotly anticipated for years, “Pikmin 3” is the kind of polished, unique and engaging experience the Wii U desperately needed, the kind of truly enthralling adventure that sucks you into its world like few other games in its class.

The game centers on three space explorers (Alph, Brittany and Charlie) who venture to the fictional planet PNF-404 on a quest to find food for their home planet of Koppai. There, they gather hoards of tiny, vegetable-like creatures known as pikmin and use them to gather fruit, fight intimidating beasts and locate lost ship parts to ensure a safe, and fully stocked, trip home.

Fans of the series will feel right at home with “Pikmin 3,” as the core mechanics of the game really haven’t changed. For those who are uninitiated, “Pikmin 3” is essentially a strategy game with a unique adventure/puzzling twist. Players are required to complete a variety of tasks within a set time limit each day, from building bridges and gathering fruits to fighting giant bosses and hauling their dead carcasses, utilizing a variety of pikmin with different abilities and weaknesses.

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Student Spotlight: Joe & Box

Maybe you don’t think of the University as a place to foster the education of the next superstar of the rap world, but you might be wrong. Junior Andrew Boxman has been rapping for well over a decade, and hopes to be able to make a living off it one day.

The music industry major is known as Box, one half of the rap duo Joe & Box. He describes their music as “fresh and in your face, with many creative metaphors with interesting flows, [and] some knocking punchlines! We make it as true to us as possible.”

Box met Joe Urso back in fifth grade, and the childhood friends have been creating rhymes for the majority of their friendship.

Box said, “It was around fifth, sixth grade when, on occasion, I would write rhymes, no more than 16 bar verses about nonsense! In middle school, Joe and I would write songs together, comical rap songs about how much we loved food under the name ‘Fatty and the Funky Bunch.’”

Once they started high school, the two wanted to get serious about their art. “When freshman year in high school came around, we began to rap daily; writing verses and free-styling and it we really grew from there,” Box said.

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Spring is Here, but Winter is Coming:

Game of Thrones Returns for Season 3

GoTGame of Thrones opened its third season Sunday night with “Valar Dohaeris.” The title of the episode translates to “all men must serve” from the language of Braavos.

Send a raven to all corners of the realm- Season three is off to a fast start and I’m already counting the hours until the second episode airs.

The 9:00 pm premiere was picked up by 4.4 million viewers, according to, which is a record for the original airing of any episode. After two replays at 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm, the show totaled 6.7 million viewers, despite competing with the third season finale of The Walking Dead.

The beautiful sights that we have grown accustomed to are back. The vast frozen land of the wildling camp, the beautiful view of Blackwater Bay from the heights of King’s Landing, and the scenic shores of Astapor in the east prove that we are in for a visual treat all season long.

As great as the scenery is, the plot is what keeps HBO as rich as a Lannister.

North of the Wall, Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) and the Night’s Watch, along with Jon’s direwolf Ghost, burn a white walker and realize that winter is FINALLY coming (We’ve been waiting for it since Ned Stark (Sean Bean) said the Stark words in the first episode of the series). The Lord Commander (James Cosmo) warns that, if the white walkers are not stopped, “Everyone you’ve ever known will be dead.”

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Pine Barons Prove Strong On Debut Album

“Children of the Forest; Conceived by the root. Lived by vascular contraptions.” So describes Pine Barons, an up-and-coming indie rock band from South Jersey. Oh wait, maybe they’re talking about the forest. OK, now I’m confused.

Indeed, the band does take its name from the dense, expansive woodlands close to their home territory, but the band has much more to do with the forest and the description above than location. The groups self-titled debut album is a rustic, sprawling affair that fits comfortably amongst the weathered bark and towering leafy canopies of their namesake.

It’s clear that Pine Barons present themselves as a big “nature” band, and, to this respect, the group’s sound appropriately conveys this.

The group’s debut is packed front to back with dense arrangements and open, reverb-soaked guitars.

Although their name is rooted in the forest, Pine Barons’ music travels across wide open ranges and some rather rocky terrain, offering an interestingly mixed, yet fully organic, bag of influences and surprises.

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Monmouth Catches ‘Spring Fever’

The Spring Fever Tour made its one and only NJ stop at the University on Saturday, April 27 in the sold out concert at the  Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC).

Crowds lined up hours before doors opened, wrapping around the building, to get a good spot to see their favorite pop punk bands live.

The first band was You Me at Six, a bunch of boys from the UK who started before the whole line was even in the venue. They have a huge fan base in the states and were able to charm the non-fans in the crowd with their British accents between songs.

Mayday Parade took the stage to play a more emo, soft rock set, but that didn’t stop the crowd from dancing. Lead singer, Derek Sanders, with his signature long hair and bare feet, kept the crowd’s energy high by jumping around and throwing the mic.

The crowd was singing louder than the speakers during Mayday’s song “Jersey.” They serenaded the crowd with a cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” and were joined on stage by Pierce the Veil (PTV) singer, Vic Fuentes.

With a jaw-dropping stage design full of neon colors, spinning gears and fat monsters,  PTV’s entrance was greeted by thousands of screaming fans.

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Academy Award Nominee Brings Impossible Screening

Sam Green was at Pollak Theatre for the visiting artists showcasing What We Need Is The Impossible, a collection of his various documentaries on Monday, April 22.

The full film is 80 minutes long and consists of seven short documentaries that cover a wide variety of subjects.

The first documentary was Utopia 3. The eight minute long film was about the world’s largest shopping mall, the New South China Mall. It was the most interesting of the short films seen, most of the documentary showcases the vast emptiness of the mall.

The New South China Mall is located in southern China in the city of Dongguan. Not only is it too “out of the way” for most shoppers, those that do come to the mall are the working class locals, who don’t even have the money to make purchases. As of now, the mall is considered a dead mall and will soon be torn down.

The next documentary was Pie Fight 69, another eight minute film that used found footage of the independent film company Grand Central Station starting a pie fight at a film festival.

A more humorous topic, the pie fight was orchestrated by Grand Central Station to get publicity and hopefully funding, but unfortunately all the company got was 15 minutes of fame.

The next eight minute documentary was The Fabulous Stains, showcasing how an initial failure for a movie showcasing a wannabe feminist punk rock band eventually turned into a cult classic.

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Only Living Boy visits WMCX

Lead singer and guitarist Joe Cirotti of the gritty blues trio, Only Living Boy, discussed their new record on WMCX 88.9 FM this past Tuesday.

Dripping with influences of Hendrix and other raw blues elements, Cool Collected Headcase dropped April 30 after their CD release show at the Asbury Lanes this past weekend.

Cool Collected Headcase will be the first of two consecutive EPs released by the band.

“This first one is pretty much straight ahead rock and roll, and the second one has more melodic and softer tones, more acoustic guitars and stuff like that, but we intentionally made this one more straight forward,” said Cirotti.

While the two EPs will be released separately, they are intended to coincide with one another and in the future will be debuted under one vinyl record.

Cirotti explained, “The thought process behind that I guess is instead of releasing one record a year, one big one, we would split it up. Just releasing more material over a period of time, trying to stay fresh and always have something to look forward to and something different to hear.”

He added that both albums are strong enough to stand on their own and when listened to side by side, they cohesively fit together.

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Singing Hawk Soars

While most kids in second grade enjoy riding bikes and playing kickball, Sarah Gulbin found her love for singing. Grade school started as a place for education and evolved into learning that not only did she have a passion for singing, but she had a voice that could carry it.

Gulbin, a junior at the University, has been yearning to perform ever since she joined the school chorus in second grade. That same year, after competing and earning first place in her first talent show, performing “Singing in the Rain,” she began to realize that this was something she wanted to do as her career.

The Staten Island born singer/songwriter was startled by her success after realizing the talent she had and the devotion towards music. As years progressed, so did her interest in pursuing her calling as a performer. Her little girl dream was slowly turning into a reality.

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Fall Out Boy Saves Music (Kind of)

Fall Out Boy has returned to save rock and roll. I’m not quite sure they saved the genre, but they certainly helped it.

Save Rock and Roll starts off with the strong, anthem-like “Phoenix.” The fast paced song says “I’m gonna change you like a remix/Then I’ll raise you like a phoenix.” I can’t help but assume that they’re talking about the genre of rock and roll. Granted, Fall Out Boy lyrics are sometimes harder to decipher than the New York Times crossword puzzle, but it seems likely. The song is a great rock song, but that doesn’t mean that this album is full of great rock songs.

Most of the songs lean much more towards pop-punk than rock and roll. This isn’t that surprising because Fall Out Boy came in a wave of pop-punk and emo-pop bands that rose to fame in the early 2000s.

“Alone Together,” “Where Did the Party Go?” and “Miss Missing You” all use heavy synthesizers that scream pop radio. “Alone Together” is a track that could have been cut from the album. It’s weak in comparison to the other songs. The chorus isn’t as catchy, the lyrics aren’t as strong and it feels just a little generic. Fall Out Boy songs tend to unmistakably belong to Fall Out Boy. “Alone Together” could be anyone’s song.

“Where Did the Party Go?” and “Miss Missing You” have a pop sound, but they’re good. They are catchy and will probably end up as Top 40 songs. The great songs, however, don’t come until the latter half of the album.

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New App Has the 4-1-1 on Local Shows

Okay, so the Bandsintown app is sweet. If you are a fan of music and going to shows, this app should definitely be on your phone. Maybe it should even accompany the starting four on the bottom, which for me would fit in snugly next to Spotify, Music and Messages.

I was first introduced to Bandsintown through Facebook. I hardly ever download  those apps, but I took a chance on this one. Since then, I would regularly get emails whenever a band I “liked” was playing near me. This is pretty cool, I thought, and then I just rocked on that for about six months.

Until tonight.

So, the Internet in my apartment is out tonight. Tragic, I know. I was using my trusty iPhone to take care of all my email needs. Bandsintown tells me Black Sabbath is playing at one of my many local watering holes, the PNC Bank Arts Center. I think to myself, “Wow, Sabbath, that’d be a cool show to go to, I’ve never seen them before.” So I click it, figure I’ll check out how much tickets cost.

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Seniors Display Art at Final Showcase

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall became home to the second, and final, segment of the Senior Art Exhibition, which took place from April 12 to the 19. While the first senior show displayed works by graduating students majoring, particularly, in computer graphics and animation, the second showcase had several works by seniors who will be graduating at the end of the semester with a degree in fine arts.

The opening reception of the show, which ran April 12 from 7 pm to 9 pm was a time for enjoyment and congratulations for the students on their completed works. Guests, faculty, and students alike were invited to eat and gaze upon the works hanging upon the walls; which ranged from photography pieces to paintings, drawings, and other types of hand crafted works on several different types of mediums.

Graphic design professor, Patricia Cresson, was highly impressed by the second show; despite the difference in art from the one she is more accustomed too. “It was a well attended opening and the work looked exceptionally well in the new gallery,” said Cresson.

Although all of the works were fantastic, Cresson notes a particular collection that caught her eye upon entry. “I was particularly impressed with the photographic portraits of Marissa Sottos as you walked into the gallery on the right- [they were] very dramatic and powerful,” Cresson stated.

The collection showed several portraits of different people from all walks of life, bare shouldered and staring into a camera- all with differing ranges of expressions and emotions. But that wasn’t the part that made the piece as powerful as it was. The grandeur factor lied within, because, upon further inspection, the viewer found very faint star constellations within the positioning and posture of the people.

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