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Have You seen This ‘American Horror Story’?

American Horror StoryLet’s be clear on one thing. “American Horror Story” is not in any way shape or form “Glee,” even though they do share creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck. There is neither a joke nor a jazz hand in sight.

What you do see is a haunted house, a creepy little girl, body parts in jars and overdone music. The show is aptly titled because it does truly embrace every classic American horror story fixture.

Each episode begins with a flashback tale about the house and its former residents.

In the pilot, two boys die in the abandoned house after a little girl, Adelaide (Jamie Brewer), warns them of their fate in 1978. Flash forward to 2011 and the Harmons are buying the Victorian house in an effort to start fresh. Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton) had a miscarriage and then found her husband Ben (Dylan McDermott) in bed with one of his students, calling for their family to move from Boston to Los Angeles.  The family moves into the house, knowing that the last couple to live there died recently in a murder-suicide.

The Harmons’ new neighbor turns out to be Adelaide, the little girl who warned the boys they would die. She tells the Harmons the same thing after she breaks into their house. Her mother Constance (Jessica Lange) takes her back home but gives Vivien sage to cleanse the house. Vivien actually does burn the sage in a cleansing, but it doesn’t help because Ben starts hearing voices. He has some fixation with fire that he can’t control. It seems as though he’ll eventually light the house on fire.

However the second episode lacks almost any reference to that bit of mind control and fire fixation, which forces viewers familiar with Murphy and Falchuck to wonder if “American Horror Story” will face the same inconsistency problems “Glee” does.

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On Screen In Person Journeys to Bethlehem

Journeys to Bethlehem“I didn’t write this script.  I listened to it,” writer/director Jim Hanon said about his documentary, The Little Town of Bethlehem to a crowd of young and old on October 10 in Wilson Auditorium.  Hanon was the latest filmmaker to present his work and participate in a Q & A in the new film series, On Screen In Person.

On Screen In Person began at the University September 12 when Nancy Kelly presented her documentary, Trust, at Pollak Theatre.  This films series continues to be sponsored by the Department of Communication and the Performing Arts Series; it is also funded by the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

The Little Town of Bethlehem focused on three individuals living in Israel, Sami Award (Christian), Yonatan Shapira (Jewish), and Ahmad Al’Azzeh (Muslim). 

Together, they talked about living in Israel or Palestine and discussed the difficulties they had and still face in this conflicted region.  They then discussed how each has worked to promote peace in the Middle East through non-violent demonstrations and organizations.

Chad Dell, chair of the Department of Communication, welcomed the audience and said On Screen In Person is a touring film series along the East coast and four more filmmakers are scheduled to visit the University.

Since the Auditorium is smaller than Pollak Theatre, Dell encouraged the audience to move up and said, “This screen is merely respectable.  The sound system is good.  Take advantage of the special seats up front.”  Dell also thanked colleague Andrew Demirjian, specialist professor from the Department of Communication, for bringing his classes to this event, Donna Dolphin, Communication professor for working with Dell on On Screen In Person, as well as Saliba Sarsar, professor of Political Science and Associate Vice President for Global Iniatives.

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Wilson Auditorium Gets a Visit From Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn Visits WilsonThe University’s Visiting Writers Series presented its second author of the year by bringing Nick Flynn to Wilson Auditorium on Thursday, October 6. The audience was comprised of students and professors alike, who were both eager to understand the mind and works of this accomplished writer.

Among Flynn’s published works are poetry collections like “Some Ether” and “Blind Huber” as well as two memoirs.

His earliest memoir, “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City,” was published in 2004 and tells the story of Flynn and his unanticipated encounter with a father who, until then, has been in prison for robbery. In the upcoming year, this literary work will appear as a feature film, currently called Being Flynn, starring Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, and Liv Tyler and directed by Paul Weitz.

While at the University, Flynn shared his thoughts about seeing his story reenacted on set and the inspirations behind many of his other works.

Michael Thomas, Director of the Visiting Writers Series and Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, was the first to welcome the crowd and introduce Flynn.

For those unfamiliar with the author’s poetry and memoirs, Thomas gave a brief introduction with high regard to Flynn’s writing and talked about the writer’s “renowned sense of poetry and fiction.”

The next speaker was Laura McCullough, a writer and professor from Brookdale Community College, who presented an eloquent introduction referencing one of Flynn’s poems from his collection, “Blind Huber.” “From bees come honey; from art comes sometimes a way to go on,” she said, characterizing the themes of his work.

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How to Succeed in Replacing Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway

Darren Criss and Nick Jonas to Take Over Leading Role Next Year


Succeed Daniel Radcliffe BroadwayLast spring, Broadway revived the classic musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with much success. The musical centers around J. Pierrepont Finch, a window washer who works his way up the corporate business ladder with the help of a book aptly called “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Stars John Laroquette and Daniel Radcliffe have received much critical praise for their performances.

Although Radcliffe was overlooked for a Tony Award nomination (some even say snubbed), Laroquette was nominated and won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical. However How to Succeed has to at least partly thank Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe’s fan base for the wonderful ticket sales.

With Radcliffe stepping down from the role of J. Pierrepont Finch on January 1, 2012, who has enough pull to keep the ticket sales up and attract the interest of a younger crowd? Why, none other than a “Glee” star and a Jonas Brother, of course.

“Glee’s” Darren Criss will first succeed Radcliffe and move his singing and dancing from screen to stage on January 3.

While this will be his Broadway debut, Criss isn’t a stranger to the stage. He has his own Chicagobased theatre company, Starkid Productions, which he started with his friends from college.

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Cooking Up Drama at Pollak Theatre

Cooking Up Drama PollakJust a few years ago, not many people in New Jersey would have thought about going out to see a live play, especially in London, England. With the revolutionary National Theatre Live, a company that broadcasts performances to cinemas all around the world, watching a live play in England without leaving Monmouth County is now a regular occurrence.

The Pollak Theatre at the University filled quickly with moviegoers of all ages the evening of Thursday, October 6.

From children and college students to parents and grandparents, they could not resist entering the auditorium in anticipation of the fall’s second National Theatre Live presentation, Arnold Wesker’s The Kitchen.

Set in 1950’s London, a seemingly mismatched group of chefs, waitresses and porters – comprised of English, Irish, German, Italian, French and Jewish men and women, struggle to maintain the sanity in their kitchen. The performance included 30 actors and actresses, and maintained a very intense, fast-paced story throughout the duration of the two-act play.

 The Kitchen, which has appeared in theatres in over 30 countries worldwide since its debut at London’s Royal Court in 1959, was performed live from National Theatre’s Olivier Stage in London. Combining the high-stress environment of working in The Kitchen of a highly successful English restaurant with the clashing personalities of the characters, the tension in the play was thick enough to be cut with a knife, drawing the audience right into The Kitchen with the staff.

Peter (Tom Brooke), a German cook in love with Monique, a married waitress, struggles to realize what it is he truly wants from life, while the woman he loves is not sure whether she wants to divorce her husband to be with him. Meanwhile, a new cook searches for a way to fit in with the ragtag group of kitchen staff while they bustle about during a typical work day of nonstop service.

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Gears of War 3 Rolls Toward Its Conclusion

Gears of War 3I have been waiting for Gears of War 3 for a good three years. This game has finally hit shelves and it’s time to finish the fight against the Locust.

This game is rated M for Mature and deserves this rating for all its gore and cursing.

Don’t pick this up expecting a fun family adventure (but then again, why would you expect that from a game called Gears of War?).

The Gears of War series has always had impressive visuals, but very often during cut scenes, you’ll see less detailed images. Basically, the game has to load the graphics and when the cut scenes start, it may not be finished. This is still a present issue in Gears 3, but it isn’t a big deal.

The audio is just as good as the other two. The characters have funny moments of dark humor and the music is representative of what is currently happening. However, the music doesn’t try to steal the glory, opting instead to compliment the action, or gloom, happening at the time.

The story is still very strong, and while I liked Gears 2 so much because you felt connected with Dominic Santiago’s quest to find his missing wife, here the star of the game is Marcus Fenix. Dom is in depression, the human army is falling apart, and Marcus’s father, Adam Fenix is revealed to be alive and has the solution to end the war.

The story does a good job bringing the player in and sympathizing with the characters, this time very much so with Marcus. You really feel like he and Delta

Squad are the last hope for humanity as enemies approach from all sides.

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La Bruja Drops Hispanic Poetry and Hip-Hop on University

La Bruja Hispanic PoetryThe stage was set with one stool, one music stand, and one microphone. On a small table sat one laptop and one water bottle.

Performing for students and professors at a packed Lauren K. Woods Theatre, La Bruja brought her one-woman show to the University last Thursday, September 29 in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Sponsored by the Office of Affirmative Action & Human Relations, the Office of Student Activities & Student Center Operations, and along with the University Library, La Bruja’s performance was a mix of comedy, slam/spoken word poetry, and songs from her multiple albums that infused hip-hop with Latin roots.

Nicole Martinez, the Freshmen Coordinator/Counselor for the University’s Educational Opportunity Fund Program, said La Bruja had a “great reception last year, so we brought her back,” as many students were left standing at the end of last year’s performance.

La Bruja was born Caridad De La Luz, which translates to “Charity of the Light.” “My parents were not playing around when they made me,” she said about her name. She chose the name La Bruja, or “The Good Witch” a superhero name, when considering W.W.M.D. (What Would Madonna Do?), until she asked herself “No, what would I do?”

La Bruja was raised in Bronx, New York, better known as “Boogey-down Bronx” or “Nuyorican” to its Puerto Rican citizens. She got her start “holding open mics” at her house at the age of five with her family as her audience. Her inspiration came from her great grandmother, who couldn’t read or write, “but had a memory of gold,” La Bruja said.

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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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