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The Death of Stalin || Entertainment

Death of StalinThe Death of Stalin

Starring Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Simon Russell Beale and Jason Isaacs

Rating: ★★


20 million people killed in the span of twenty-four-years. Under USSR Dictator Joseph Stalin’s reign from 1929 to 1953, these people were killed by famine, imprisonment in gulags, executions, massacres and battle.

When Stalin finally plopped in 1953, someone had to fill in those dictator boots. Even though Stalin was seventy-four when he died, the dictatorship did not have a clear plan as to how he would be replaced.

Thus, a power-struggle ensued among his cabinet members. The two main factions of his cabinet who quarrelled over the dictatorship were divided by statesmen Nikita Khrushchev, played by Steve Buscemi, and Lavrentiy Beria, played by Simon Russell Beale.

Marketed as an outrageous comedy that pokes fun at a dark figure and critical time in history, director Armando Iannucci fails to push boundaries.

If you watch the trailer for The Death of Stalin, it seems like one of the funniest flicks of the year so far. There’s overblown orchestral music playing in the background, outlandish jokes being cracked and a critic’s remarks every five seconds saying how “hilarious” it is.

However, I maybe laughed once, possibly twice throughout the nearly two hour film.

At first, it sets the tone to be a racuas comedy. There’s a scene where Stalin calls audio recorders at a theater and requests a recording of the night’s orchestra performance in an hour.

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“Poco a Poco”: The Big Significance of Little Actions || Features

Guatemala 1This past spring break I took a 10-day class trip to Guatemala as part of the Guatemala Public Health course available here at Monmouth University. I attended the trip with students Hope Avalone, Sneha Bupathi, Megan Conchar, Dominique Debari, Caroline Hesse, Kristina Pashkevitch, and Rachel Schwerd, along with our Professor, Dr. Chris Hirschler, Chair and Associate Professor of the Health Studies and Physical Education Department, and alum Leiry Paulino, who helped translate Spanish and brought donations. Guatemala Public Health, HE-376, includes training in class on a number of public health topics to prepare students before the trip to Guatemala, as well as creating a health lesson to teach at Nuevos Horizontes, a domestic violence shelter in Quetzaltenango, through articles, films, and discussion. During my short stay in Guatemala, our class travelled to many different cities. It was in three of those cities- Chichicastenango, Quetzaltenango, and Antigua- that I learned a big lesson about how I act towards people and looked at myself: little actions can create big outcomes.

Our first stop was in Chichicastenango, where we visited at the city cemetery, with the most colorful headstones, but filled with trash everywhere. Our first mission was to fill up garbage bags with any piece of trash we saw, as a sign of respect for those laid to rest, as well as a way of having more people come to visit and admire the beautiful area. Each student filled about 2 or 3 trash bags. There was so much trash around the headstones. I never though that we would make any kind of dent in the cemetery cleanup, but the results were very clear- and many parts of the cemetery were significantly cleaner. We each had a small job, but with all of us working together, we were able to help make the cemetery look cleaner.

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The Power of Art: My Work in Guatemala || Features

Guatemala 1Art has always been an integral part of my life. I find that there is art in everything. It can be found in the form of beauty as in nature or in words from a speech. Before coming to Guatemala, I had the intention of focusing my work and channeling my energy into women empowerment and art. In my opinion, the two have always been somewhat of a complementary fit. After my return from Guatemala, I am able to see that I did find beauty in everything. Families in need still held together because of their hopes for the future and their gratitude for God. Women in a domestic violence shelter empowered one another after their respective struggles and remained positive for their recoveries. I went to Guatemala with the intention of offering help but instead learned so much from each and every individual I had the pleasure of coming across.

 In preparation for Guatemala, under Dr. Chris Hirschler’s instruction (Guatemala Public Health), we read various articles and watched several documentaries that highlight the struggling lives of rural Guatemalan village residents and odd-job difficulties. We were educated about domestic violence and self defense techniques so that we would be better prepared when working first-hand with the women in Nuevos Horizontes. My fellow classmates focused their health lessons on practicing self defense, engaging in music therapy and following yoga instruction and meditation techniques.

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Men's Basketball Falls to 7/8 Ranked Kentucky || Sports

M Basketball 12.09.17Men’s basketball was defeated by 7/8 ranked Kentucky Wildcats 93-76 in the Citi Hoops Classic at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon.

On a busy day in New York City that had people dressed as Santa, a rivalry game between the Rangers and Devils at The World’s Most Famous Arena, a Yankees’ trade that included one of the best power hitters in Major League Baseball, and on top of all that, the first snow fall of the year. The busy day started off with a Monmouth-Kentucky game.

“I am proud because my kids kept fighting and when it’s Kentucky and they come with All-American players when they were in high school you could get discouraged but our kids did not get discouraged,” Head Coach King Rice said.

Kentucky, a team that includes at least three players to be projected drafted in the upcoming National Basketball Association (NBA), came into the game with only one loss, which was to the current second ranked team in the country, Kansas, who could be the top ranked team in the country after Duke lost to Boston College.

Monmouth lead for a total of 18 second in the game after junior guard Micah Seaborn scored a three-pointer early in the first half to make it 5-4 MU. Kentucky would make a jumper on the next possession to make it 6-5 Wildcats and they lead for the rest of the game. Kentucky started the game going man-to-man before changing to zone defense which helped them control Monmouth’s offense.

“I don’t feel like were composed enough against [zone defense].” Seaborn said. “We just passed the ball back and forth for a while instead of trying to make a play. It shook us a little."

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Men's Basketball Defeats Lehigh 80-72 || Sports

Sports M Basketball 11.15.17Men’s Basketball defeated the Lehigh Mountain Hawks 80-72 despite turning the ball over 27 times to earn their second win on the season on Tuesday night. Freshmen combined for 30 of the 80 total points on the game.

Our effort has been tremendous in all the games we've had so far,” Head Coach King Rice said. “But you can see, we're pretty raw right now."

Lehigh had an early lead against MU, up 19-11 midway through the first half. The Hawks would then go on a 12-0 run to take the lead back from the Mountain Hawks.

Our defense locked in and we started keeping guys in front of us," Rice said.

Freshman guard Deion Hammond would hit a three to give Monmouth the 26-23 lead and they would not trail from that point on. The half time score would be 33-28 Hawks.

Junior forward Diago Quinn would come alive in the second half, scoring 13 of his 15 total points half. Quinn would score nine straight points for Monmouth on four layups and a free throw, expanding the Hawks lead to 12 points late in the second half.

Monmouth would lead as much as 15 points late in the second half before Lehigh lowered the deficit to a final of eight.

"As a team we took a turn in the second half and I think we were feeding more off each other,” Quinn said. “Coach [Rice] told us we had more assists in this game compared to other games so we're starting to share the ball more so that's really what got me good looks."

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Surfing Jersey’s Summer: A Surfboard Buyer’s Guide || Opinion

Surfboard GuideIt’s time to assault the beach. Winter has waned and Spring is (kinda) springing. While devoted wetsuit warriors are still charging cold swells on the Atlantic, the water and weather are slowly starting to warm. Soon surfers will molt their outer layer of neoprene in response to rising water temperatures. Contrary to popular belief, surf season in NJ usually runs from September to March; the biggest swells pulse through during these months. As the summer season arrives, board riders naturally have to change the surf craft under their feet.

“While gutless summer surf sounds extremely lackluster, it doesn’t have to be. You can’t change the waves (without a plane ticket at least), but you CAN have the right small wave gear to maximize your wave count and have way more fun than you may have thought imaginable in summer slop,” says Dave Kaminsky.

Mr. Kaminsky owns and operates DaveySKY Surfboards and currently shapes custom boards for his clients out of his headquarters in Manasquan, NJ. As a 29 year-old shaper and lifelong surfer, Dave understands which boards work well in any situation, for any surfer.

Longboards

“Admittedly, I was always averse to longboards when I was younger (for no good reason other than my stupid ego). It took two or three waves of surfing a longboard to realize how much of a huge mistake that was, and how many days of fun waves I’d missed,” said Kaminsky.

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Blue Hawk Records: The Finish Line is in Sight || Entertainment

BHR Press Release 1West Long Branch, New Jersey – Blue Hawk Records (BHR) is a student-run record label which works out of West Long Branch’s Monmouth University. BHR was originally created as a club in 2013 to expose students to the hard work and dedication behind a fully operated record label. Teaming up with Lakehouse Recording studio in Asbury Park, BHR offers students jobs, internships, and many other opportunities to flourish in the music industry.

With just under a week until it’s big debut, Blue Hawk Records’ tenth compilation album, Hang Ten, is finished and ready to hit the public on April 19, 2017. All of the acts have been busy with last minute perfections to make sure this album is one to go down in the books. Successful albums have dedicated workers who work behind the scenes. Hang Ten was produced by students with the oversight of faculty member, Joe Rapolla.

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Blue Hawk Records Chooses Artists for Next Album || Entertainment

Every semester, the Applied Music Industry class markets and produces a compilation album featuring artists from all over Monmouth University's campus. Last Wednesday, Feb. 1 in Lauren K. Woods Theatre from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., over 15 acts auditioned for Blue Hawk Records 10th compilation album. Acts who auditioned varied from local Rap star, Tyler Robinson (aka Teddy) to acoustic acts like Oliver's Wanderers (who are senior music industry student, Dylan Hoski and junior communications student, Kristina Caliendo) and even full band acts like Hunter's Run who features sophomore music industry student, Tommy Allen, on the drums.

Jess McGovern, a sophomore music industry student and one of the General Managers for the project, had explained how it was really tough to pick from all the acts who auditioned, but the class settled on 5 acts. The acts that will be a part of Blue Hawk Records 10th compilation album are The Nooks, Incolor, Society Hill, Antonio Gonzalez, and Nicolette Pezza.

Society Hill is a four-piece alternative rock band who are made up of music industry student, Liam Frank; communications student Matt Mendez, Zack Everson, and Dave Hays. Society Hill is currently recording an EP in Bridgewater and is excited to record the song "Soft Eyes" with Blue Hawk Records to include on the later LP. Pezza is a senior communications student who is recording her acoustic song, "Feels like Home" for the compilation album. Another act and a name you are probably familiar with because he was on BHR's 9 Lives album last semester, freshman music industry student, Antonio Gonzalez, will be recording again with his acoustic song "Can't Keep Us Down" for this album.

Both other general managers of the record, Eva Michaylin and Olivia Rohlfs, are recording with their bands for this album. The Nooks are a female acoustic trio that formed while they were studying abroad in Florence, Italy. The members are junior music industry students Olivia Rohlfs and Amanda McTigue and music education student, Briana Musco.

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Light of Day Show || Entertainment

On Jan. 12, Asbury Park was rocking all night long and Blue Hawk Records, Monmouth's student-run record label, had everything to do with it. Every year Asbury Park hosts the Light of Day Festival which, as Professor Joe Rapolla, Chair of the Music and Theatre Department, explains, "Is an important event for Monmouth students to participate in not only because it is a high-profile music event that local and international acts, including Bruce Springsteen, perform at, but because of the purpose of the light of day organization."

The Light of Day organization raises awareness and funds in hopes of finding a cure for diseases like Parkinson's and ALS. The festival draws crowds from all over the world to rock together and bring an end to these terrible diseases. Aja Armstrong, a sophomore Music Industry student and active member of Blue Hawk Records states, "It was a very successful night for Blue Hawk Records. It brought us together as a club and showed that we are passionate and devoted to making music and using that gift of music to raise awareness for a great cause."

The event kicked off at 8 p.m. in Langosta Lounge on Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park. The kitchen and bar were open for people to relax and order a cocktail or some sushi while they listened to all the acts. Eva Michaylin, a junior Music Industry student, said, "The Light of Day show was a perfectly constructed event for a great cause that had a wonderful turn out! All of Monmouth University's artists put on a show that had the picturesque restaurant entertained for the entire night."

Professor Rapolla commented, "Overall, it was just an amazing, fun, well produced, and transformative evening for Monmouth students and the local Asbury community."

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Personality Profile: Jake Shortslef || Opinion

Eat, meet with team doctors, warm up the arm, lift weights, sign autographs, pitch six innings against some of the best baseball players in the world, shower, attend a team meeting, and finally, go to bed. This is a typical day in the life of Hannibal, New York native, Jake Shortslef. Just one year ago, Jake, “Shorty” to teammates, was playing Division III baseball at Herkimer County College in New York. He is now a starting pitcher for the Hickory Crawdads, the Class A minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers organization.

Baseball has been a way of life for the 21-year-old right-handed pitcher who currently stands at 6’4, weighs 240 lbs, and throws a 95 mph fastball. Growing up in a family of athletes and sports fans, Shortslef was destined to be a ball player. Jake’s older brother, Josh, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000 when Jake was just 5 years old, making Josh his hero and role model.

Because of Josh’s pro career and the desire to be like his brother, Jake developed a love for the game of baseball at a young age. Over time, he has come to appreciate the game and the emotions that come along with it. “My favorite part is just the ups and downs a game can throw at you,” said Shortslef. “Experiencing failure in baseball is tough, but you learn a lesson from every time you fail and can bring that lesson along with you and use it to reach a level of success that will make you feel like you’re on the top of the world.”

His father, Lynn, was also instrumental in the development of his son’s love for baseball; something that Jake is extremely grateful for to this day. “My dad would come home from a 12 hour shift at work and when I asked him to play catch or hit me pop-ups he never said no,” recalled the pitcher. “He never missed a game, even if it meant missing out on sleep.”

By the time Jake was playing baseball for his local high school, Hannibal High, he had developed an impressive skill set on the mound and began to garner notice from others. When asked to reflect on the best compliment he had received during his career, Shortslef cited an instance during his junior year of high school when the well-respected coach of Hannibal’s rival, Westhill High, approached him after a game. “As we were shaking hands in the line, he told me that I would play pro ball one day,” said Jake.

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High-Paying Communication Majors || News

USA Today recently released a list of five careers that can start with a communication major that will earn the worker over $100,000 per year – a figure that is not often associated with communication majors.

These careers are also not always immediately associated with a communication degree, with the five careers in question being psychiatry, working as a sales manager, working as an advertising and sales manager, being a personal finance adviser, and being an economist.

Psychiatrists typically need a graduate-level medical degree to practice. As of 2014, the National Annual Mean Wage was approximately $182,700, and it is anticipated that between 2014 and 2024, there will be a 17 percent growth rate in the field. While psychiatry and communications may not seem related on the first glance, psychiatrists need to have excellent communication skills, and be talented problem-solvers; these qualities are often essential skills in a communication major’s arsenal.

The second job listed, sales management, only requires a bachelor’s degree, and results in an average salary of around $126,040. The field is expected to grow about five percent between 2014 and 2024. Sales managers typically need, in addition to a solid education background, stellar communication skills and the ability to motivate a team. These qualities will be used to help a sales team reach their goals. A background in business, math, accounting, finance, or marketing may also be helpful.

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