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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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Historic cameras and photographs 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.

There are six different groupings of photographs that feature authors, international royalty, and civil war figures such as Charles Dickens, Queen Victoria, Thaddeus Stevens, and Garibaldi.

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Ray Michelli Remembered by Many

Beloved Member of the Communication Department Passes Away


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Ray Michelli was someone you just couldn’t miss when you walked into a room packed with people. It had nothing to do with the fact that he was bound to a wheelchair; it had everything to do with an infectious smile, as described by many, which lit up everyone around him.

After living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy for all his 36 years, Ray passed away on Thursday, October 6. Remembered by a support system of family and friends, he was also cherished by several members of the University community. As a communication student, a sports talk show host and DJ for WMCX, and a statistician for the University football team, this former Hawk had his plate full, but enjoyed every bite of it.

“As anyone who knew him came to realize, he was one of the proudest and most courageous human beings anyone could ever meet,” Nick Mischelli, Ray’s uncle, said during the funeral’s eulogy.

Dr. Chad Dell, Chair of the Department of Communication, commemorates Ray’s smile and positive attitude. “He was so passionate about radio, he was passionate about sports, and he always had something funny or an interesting angle that made me see things a different way, so I always liked talking to him,” Dell says. He heard of Ray’s passing on the University’s alumni Facebook page.

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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 BRINGS PAST HORRORS TO LIFE

Paranormal Acivity 3The 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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New ‘Walking Dead’ Season Keeps Viewers Hungry

Walking Dead 1Before we dig into the sophomore year of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” let’s give ourselves a refresher on some of the most important points from season one.

The main character, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), has no idea that his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) had an affair with his best friend, Shane (Jon Bernthal), and there is a bit of an underlying opposition between the two. Even worse, Shane still wants to be with Lori.

Andrea (Laurie Holden), who at the beginning of season one lost her sister to the “walkers,” as the zombies are called, attempted to commit suicide by trying to stay behind at the  Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when it blew up, but she was rescued by Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn), who was not ready for her to die. She holds some sort of resentment for Dale for saving her, and may still be suicidal.

Just before the CDC blew up, the sole scientist there, Dr. Edwin Jenner (Noah Emmerich), told Rick something that was not revealed to the audience. We are supposed to find out what this inaudible whisper was this season.

Finally, Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) is still missing. Last season, in a heated argument between T-Dog (Irone Singleston) and himself, the group of survivors turned on him and chained Merle to a pipe on the roof of a building. Left for dead, he escaped, and we may see more of him this season.

Rick, who became somewhat a leader of the group in season one, struggles to keep himself from losing it as he and his motley crew of survivors push forward through this dreary world that they could have never imagined.

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Crimes of the Heart Coming to Woods Theatre

Beth Henley’s Play Will Run November 9 to 20


Crimes of the HeartIf you ever took John Burke’s, Associate Professor and Director of theatre arts, acting class, you probably heard a speech about happiness. “You have a right to be happy and the hardest time to remember that is when you’re sad,” Burke said.

So it should not come as much of a surprise that one of the main themes of this year’s play, Crimes of the Heart, is the search for happiness.

Burke is directing this play by Beth Henley about three sisters who come back together after some time apart to deal with their sick grandfather, the man who raised them.

They’ve all had their fair share of problems. They grew up with an abusive father and their mother committed suicide when they were children, so it isn’t surprising that the three women don’t really have perfect lives.

Babe, the youngest, shot her husband. Meg, the middle child, moved out to Hollywood but failed to become a star, while Lenny, the oldest, didn’t do much of anything at all. She was the one to stay at home and take care of their grandfather. 

Even though, the dramatic comedy takes place in the 1970’s in Mississippi, you don’t think that will stop one from relating to the play.

Michael Rosas, who will play Barnette, said, “Although this show is set in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, a completely different world from North Eastern USA, this show brings up topics that most could relate to. The main question that this show poses to the audience, in my opinion, is should your past dictate your present? Everyone has skeletons in their closet, but what if they were all exposed?”

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