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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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“All My Children” Says Farewell to Daytime Television

All My Children FarewellThe soap opera “All My Children” premiered on ABC over 40 years ago and its star, Susan Lucci, has played the venerable Erica Kane for nearly just as long.

However, on April 14 the network announced the show would be cancelled and last Friday the final episode was broadcasted, a day that will live on in daytime TV history.

Created by Agnes Nixon, “All My Children” followed the residents of Pine Valley, a fictional Pennsylvania town. Erica was the local bad girl you loved to hate then came to love.

She was the heart of the show, and over the years audiences saw her go through several careers, 11 marriages, raise her children, grandchildren, overcome drug addiction, disfigurement, prison terms, and heartbreak.

In Pine Valley’s last moments, Erica had just been dumped by occasional lover/ex-husband Jackson Montgomery after she put her career ahead of their relationship again. This took place at a party full of their friends, neighbors, and children. Just as Erica squared her shoulders with determination to get her man back, a gunshot rang out, and the screen went black.

Audience members will have to wait and see whether their favorite character(s) will return… if their show actually survives. In true soap fashion, both these cliffhangers left viewers anxious to know what comes next.

“All My Children” was not just about family and friends; it became like one’s family and friend. It was something that was always there for audiences and expected to never leave.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Play To A New Beat

default article imageSomething I loved about the Red Hot Chili Peppers is how they introduced the alternative/ funk music genre during the 1990s. That genre was something that stood out.

When they released their fifth studio album, Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik, songs like “Give it Away” and “Suck My Kiss” had a funk and jam groove element that were unique to them.

Following Stadium Arcadium in 2006, the band went into a five year hiatus where guitarist John Frusciante announced his permanent departure from the band in December 2009.

 I became nervous once Anthony Kiedis announced the new guitarist was Josh Kling Hoffer since Klinghoffer had big shoes to fill.

Regardless, once I heard the Chili Peppers were releasing their new album, I’m With You, in August, I was ecstatic.

However, the album was not what I expected when I first heard the songs. To me, every song in the album was not what the Chili Peppers were like earlier in their career. There are elements of funk in their songs, but there is an overabundance of experimental rock.

Now I’m not a hater for the experimental genre, however, I think the Chili Peppers aren’t the right band for that specific type of music.

For individual musicianship, I was not disappointed at all. Kiedis’ voice still sounds as pure and clear as in his earlier albums. As a bassist, Flea is still one of the most notable musicians ever to live.

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