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Joel McHale Humored MU ‘Community’ at the MAC

Joel McHaleJoel McHale, host of E!’s “The Soup” and star of NBC’s “Community,” served up some hot comedy when he performed his stand-up routine at the MAC on Saturday, November 5.

Trading in his “Soup” suits for a sweater and jeans, McHale stepped in the spotlight to joke around with the audience about the latest in reality TV, celebrities, his family life, and the University itself.

The event was sponsored by AEG Live and Concerts East.

Before the show, a small crowd congregated around the MAC for the doors to open.  Freshman Sean Ireland, who was waiting, said, “I’m not looking for anything particular.  I’m just looking to have a good time,” when asked about what he expected from the show.

Molly Mantell, a music industry major and “Soup” fan, was also waiting outside and said, “It’s been a stressful year so far.  I just need something to brighten the mood.”

Josh Rabinowitz opened up for McHale and riffed about college, prank phone calls, finding women, his height, having a hairy chest, and smoking.

When he spoke about college, he mentioned one time a mugger was going after women, and said, “I wasn’t afraid of being mugged.  I was terrified of being the only guy mugged.”

He continued to imagine if he was mugged, news reports would say, “Despite this, police still think he’s targeting women.”  He also talked about his “awkward” orientation when his leader had students sit in a circle and say what they would do if they went back in time. 

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Bruce Springsteen Exhibit Permanently Housed on Campus

Springsteen Collection Sounds Good on Campus

Bruce SpringsteenThe University recently became home to the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection with over 15,000 items donated from fans around the world. The Collection is being held at the University’s Archive Collections Building right next to the Woods Theatre.

President Paul Gaffney said in a press statement released to the public that “the University is the perfect location for this outstanding collection…students and faculty...especially our music industry students, will benefit greatly from having access to these documents.”

The Collection was formerly kept at the Asbury Park Public Library, but as it has expanded over the years with a plethora of more documents from various fans and countries, the Collection needed a new home. After four years of trying to find where to store the memorabilia, the University was selected as the best option to offer a public viewing of Springsteen’s history.

The Collection is kept in archival boxes that have been neatly organized in four different rooms. The boxes are categorized by type of material, with each item being placed in its own labeled envelope. There are boxes with various magazine articles written about Springsteen like his first appearance in Rolling Stone or articles in a Netherland magazine called Veronica. Other boxes hold fanzines, bumper stickers and old concert tickets.

Eileen Chapman, Assistant Director of Performing Arts at the University, said the Collection is kept this way as it “helps preserve the pieces...some of the pieces, like key documents are rare.”

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Dealing With Personal Tragedy in Jericho

Personal TragedyWalking into the NJ Repertory Company in Long Branch, I cannot say that I knew what to expect or how I would feel about their latest production, “Jericho,” by Jack Canfora.

The theater is small, quaint, and certainly “homey.” With just six rows of seats, you could practically touch the stage and see the actors’ mouths clearly speak such powerful and eloquent words.

“Jericho” is about a group of people desperately trying to find their way in the world, and meaning to their lives.

One woman named Beth (Corey Tazmania) is battling the confusion and depression of loosing her husband in 9/11. The morning of the attacks she asked for a divorce, not knowing those would be her last words to the man Beth once loved.

She is now popping an abundance of pills, seeing a therapist regularly who she confuses for her late husband, and trying to date again.  However, all she is able to think and speak about is her husband. Beth holds an immensely large amount of guilt and cannot seem to move on with her life in all complexities of living.

Ethan (Andrew Rein) is Beth’s new lover, although not much love or passion has been given to him. He is bombarded with the psychological confusions of Beth, and longs to pursue a meaningful relationship with this mysterious woman who has captivated him.

For Jessica (Carol Todd) and Josh (Jim Shankman), a Jewish couple, their life is far more complicated than it seems. Josh is a survivor of the 9/11 attacks and has become a strict practicing Jewish man who has turned the lives of his loved ones upside down. He believes the Jewish community including his wife, his brother Ethan, and mother Rachel (Kathleen Goldpaugh) are slacking in their religious duties. 

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In Time is Off a Couple of Minutes

Time is OffGrowing up, I was never a big fan of Justin Timberlake and N*Sync (although I couldn’t avoid the songs).  However, I have started to appreciate Timberlake’s acting talent after his incredible portrayal of Napster founder, Sean Parker, in The Social Network and strong comedic acting in Friends with Benefits. 

In the new sci-fi film, In Time (originally titled Im.mortal), Timberlake attempts to broaden his acting abilities further in a more dramatic and action-packed venue.  While Timberlake works with what he has, he is unable to resolve a rather dull story about a world where time is literally money and people don’t age past 25 as long as they can afford it. 

In Time follows Will Salas (Timberlake), who lives in the poor part of the city with his mother, Rachel (Olivia Wilde), and works at a factory to earn money/time making cartridges that store time. 

One night at a bar, Will meets Henry Hamilton (Matt Bommer), who has a century’s worth of time and saves Henry from getting killed by local thugs for his chronocurrency.  While hiding out, Will shares a conversation with Henry about life and the cost of living.  When Henry asks Will what he would do with Henry’s years, Will says he wouldn’t waste them.

The next morning, Will discovers Henry has given him his time and left a message that reads, “Don’t waste my time” before Henry dies.  With all this time, Will can finally help his mother and himself get the life they deserve.  When tragedy strikes Will, he travels to New Greenwich, where the rich lives and meets Sylvia Weis (Amanda Seyfried), daughter of wealthy businessman, Philippe Weis (a dastardly Vincent Kartheiser).

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Global Understanding Through Percussion and Song

Global UnderstandingPollak Theatre hosted its first Caravanserai event October 27, featuring qawwali music performed by Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin and Brothers and percussion compositions performed by the Tari Khan Ensemble.

The Caravanserai is described as “a place where cultures meet” and “celebrate global diversity, building bridges to a better tomorrow.” The event was sponsored by the University Center of Distinction for the Arts and supervised by Dean Stanton Green.

“We are one of five venues and the only university in the U.S. selected for Caravanserai,” Green said. “The program features Islamic art and culture. This programming is the fifth in the School’s annual Cultural Understanding programming where the aim is to bridge cultures through the arts.”

The night started with tour road manager Lindajoy Fenley welcoming guests to the event and commenting on the group’s “wonderful week” at the University where she and the musicians felt “welcomed” and “so at home.” Fenley described Caravanserai as “a beautiful word, and a really beautiful experience.”

Ustad Tari Khan, a renowned world-class percussionist, was the first to perform on his hand drums known as Tablas. Similar to bongos, Tari Khan used two different hand drums that varied in size, creating various sounds and pitches. The larger of the two drums was deeper in tone, and the pitch was able to be altered through applying pressure.

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Some Songs Stronger Than Others on New Kelly Clarkson Album

Stronger Than OthersIn a time when it is hard to find a pop album that isn’t auto-tuned to death, Kelly Clarkson’s Stronger is a welcome change.

Clarkson is a vocal powerhouse who could sing items off a grocery list and sound phenomenal. So it isn’t surprising the first “American Idol” winner’s voice is flawless on her fifth studio album.

Clarkson traded in much of the electro-pop that was found on her last album, 2009’s All I Ever Wanted, for an edgier, slightly more urban sound. Stronger still works as a dance album even though Clarkson scaled back the synthesizer and added some more electric guitar riffs.

Stronger doesn’t exactly have the strongest opening, though. The album’s first single and track “Mr. Know It All” is a bit more generic than the rest of the album. Clarkson is feisty, and most of the album displays her sass and tough cookie attitude.

“You Can’t Win” is one of the best tracks, but for some reason it was put towards the end of the album. It has the fury and vigor that Clarkson has pretty much perfected ever since “Since U Been Gone” and deals with the feeling of never being good enough as when Clarkson sings, “If it’s wrong…you’re nailing it/If it’s right…you always miss.”

“I Forgive You” is a fantastic track that opens boldly with the lines “I forgive you, I forgive me/Now when do I start to feel again.” The song deals with the frustration of getting over a relationship and attempting to move on.

“Dark Side” is a vulnerable tune that has Clarkson questioning if the person she loves will love all her bad qualities, as with the lyric, “If I show it to you now/Will it make you run away/Or will you stay even if it hurts.”

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Pollak Theatre Echoes With ‘Civil War Voices’

Civil War VoicesOne hundred fifty years after the American Civil War erupted between the Northern and Southern states, “Civil War Voices: Songs and Memoirs of Five Extraordinary Lives” was performed at the University to commemorate those affected by the war and bring new perspectives to history.

Students, professors, and townspeople gathered at Pollak Theatre this past Sunday to hear the testimonies of Joe Harris, Elizabeth Keckley, Theo Perry, Harriet Perry, and Joshua Chamberlain through music.

Ten phenomenal actors and two flawless musicians brought history to life through their emotional portrayals of prominent events both large and small, as told through author James R. Harris’s play and composer Mark Hayes’s music.

The physical setting of the stage, though simple, was equally functional and symbolic. The stage was bordered by multiple American flags through all of its phases, as the actors sat or stood on and around wooden benches.

When scenes changed from one to another, it was subtle yet effective as the lights were altered, benches were moved, and,  actors changed coats to transform themselves into other characters.

The women wore frilly patterned long dresses with hoop skirts, while the men were fashioned with suits. There were few props, one being bayonets that were nearly the size of the men in the show.

One of the most moving stories presented was that of Elizabeth Keckley, a woman who went from slavery to Mary Todd Lincoln’s seamstress and close friend.

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Historic Cameras and Photgraphs Are a Snapshot to the Past



Historic cameras 1The Guggenheim Library is currently hosting an exhibit featuring historical cameras and photographs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, presented by Enoch Nappen, associate professor for political science and sociology.

There are over 30 different cameras and photograph equipment in the display, decorated with 61 various antique photographs from the 1800’s. The exhibit is a part of Nappen’s collection and discoveries over the years.

Eleanora Dubicki, an associate librarian at the University and avid fan of photography, helped set up the exhibit with Nappen. “He’s got a really interesting assortment of cameras, starting from some of the oldest,” Dubicki said.

The cameras range in size from a large box to small pocket versions with some hidden in a pocket watch or a woman’s vanity case. The display also features a spy camera made in Germany, a finger print camera, and cameras used by newspaper photographers. There are also various photo albums and photograph equipment, including old tools like exposure meters and lanterns for developing film.

Nappen explained a large camera that’s displayed known as a detective camera was named so because “it was a wooden box. People didn’t know it was a camera… [Detectives] could take pictures without people knowing.”

The display shows how film has progressed over the years with an assortment of old photograph film material and style, like daguerreotype, ambrotype, ferrotype, cartes de visite and cabinet photos.

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Paranormal Activity 3 Brings Past Horros To Life

Paranormal Acivity 3

The freakiest thing about Paranormal Activity 3 isn’t the lights turning on and off or doors slamming shut, but how these events took place in September 1988 when I was a month old.  Beyond that, the third installment of this growing series still uses simple means to generate scares while expanding its narrative and the paranormal activity.

 What makes Paranormal Activity interesting is the fact that rather than move forward, each sequel goes backward to present more information on characters and all their strange encounters.  Instead of calling Paranormal Activity 3 a sequel, it should be a sprequel (a sequel that’s a prequel).  This continues with the third chapter, which is an entertaining interlude that adds to the story but not as much fright.

 Paranormal Activity 3 begins before Paranormal Activity 2 on March 2005 in Carlsbad, California, when we are reintroduced to Kristi Rey (Sprague Grayden) and her husband, Daniel (Brian Bolland) as they set up a nursery for Hunter, whom Kristi is pregnant with.  Meanwhile, Katie (Katie Featherson) visits her sister, Kristi, and drops off a box of old home movies she found. 

 The film then transitions to Paranormal Activity 2, after the Rey’s house was broken into with Daniel recording for insurance purposes and noticing the only thing missing are the tapes Katie brought over (as if the demon is watching these films to reminisce about his hauntings).

The screen turns blue as the lost videos begin to play and sets Paranormal Activity 3 in motion with family videos from September 1988.  These tapes contain home movies of young Katie (Chloe Csengery) and young Kristi (Jessica Tyler Brown) growing up in Santa Reese, California with their mom Julie (Lauren Bitter) and stepfather, Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith).  Things seem normal for this family with nothing out of the ordinary at first. 

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Hollywood Experiences Deja Vu

kristen stewart snow white and the huntsmanDo you ever get the feeling that the new movie or TV show you’re watching has been done before? It’s no secret that originality isn’t always something Hollywood excels in, but that doesn’t mean Hollywood has given up on originality all together.

Movie and TV shows always seem to copy some previous concept, but lately similar movies and TV shows have been coming out simultaneously.

Earlier this year Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached, movies with almost identical plots of friends engaging in a casual sexual relationship, came out just months apart.  Their opening box office numbers were even close.  According to IMDB.com, No Strings Attached opened with an estimated $19 million while Friends with Benefits collected an estimated $18 million its opening weekend.

Next year two different movies retelling the fairy tale of Snow White will come out.  Snow White and the Huntsman stars Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth while the second film is currently untitled and starring Lily Collins (The Blind Side) and Julia Roberts. 

Even this past Sunday, ABC started airing “Once Upon A Time” while NBC will launch “Grimm” on Friday; both shows revolve around fairytales.

Sophomore Jenna Tshudy said she finds the situation “pretty obnoxious, actually. I feel like Hollywood is running out of ideas.”

So why does this keep happening? While it is easy to think studios are just copying another’s successful project, the answer is a bit more complicated. Andrew Demirjian, specialist professor from the Department of Communication, said the studios are attempting to find a formula that will guarantee a hit film. “Someone gets worried when you’re gambling with that kind of money. So they take stories that are safe,” Demirjian said.

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Darius Goes West Embodies Strength and Determination

Darius Goes WestDuchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a disease where all the muscles in the human body degenerate, causing the legs to fail, and eventually the heart.

A portion of the documentary, Darius Goes West, which was screened on October 20 in Wilson Auditorium gave an impression of one individual living with DMD, Darius Weems.

The film’s director Logan Smalley was also on campus to present the film. 

Darius Goes West is about 15-year-old Weems, a young man affected by DMD. His older brother, Mario, was also affected by DMD and died at 19.

With help from his friends and Smalley, Weems decided to go on a 7000 mile cross country tour with 10 other friends for two reasons.

One was to get his wheelchair customized on MTV’s “Pimp my Ride” and the other was to promote DMD, and to collect funding for research into the disease.

Impressively, the movie was funded on a $70,000 budget raised almost entirely through charity, Smalley said. Although the idea of a cross country tour seemed like a silly idea at first, in mere minutes Weems and Smalley planned out the idea and were dedicated to pursuing this goal.

Due to the fact that the movie’s budget was funded by charity, Smalley said that Darius Goes West had one of the longest movie credits at the end.

Although many of the students in attendance were there because of a class requirement, they got to see Weem’s fun loving and ever optimistic character through the film since Weems himself wasn’t there. Smalley was equally happy that so many students showed up to the screening.

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