Arts & Entertainment

Taylor Swift “1989” Review

November 18, 2014

Taylor Swift is back with her fifth studio album “1989” and she’s got a brand new sound that draws from pop, alternative, and rock. Swift doesn’t need much of an introduction. She’s gone from country […]

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Cross country competes in conference

November 13, 2014

The men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Romeoville, Illinois, last weekend to compete at the GLVC Conference Championships, taking 7th and 6th place respectively. The men’s team finished the 8K race with 207 […]

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Feminism is equality

September 25, 2014

Emma Watson, actress and Brown University graduate, gave a speech Sept. 20 to the United Nations for the HeForShe campaign, which is working for women’s rights and activism throughout the world. Watson discussed the sexism […]

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Arts & Entertainment

Movie Review: “The Giver”

August 27, 2014

If I could describe the film “The Giver” in one word it would be this — Profound. As the main character Jonas experienced the world’s memories, I was floored by an overwhelming sense of awe. The happiness of a wedding, the horror of war and the warmth of love all enveloped me. Jonas, played by Brenton Thwaites, experiences all of these emotions in a matter of months and sees that life isn’t worth living if these emotions aren’t present.

Thwaites does an amazing job of conveying this large range of emotions. Whether it’s the joy and love he feels with Gabriel and Fiona, or the pain and sadness of realizing how broken his world is, ‘Jonas’ shows everything he feels. Not to mention he is devilishly handsome. […]

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Seven years later Nickel Creek still hits the mark

April 3, 2014

When I was a kid, my mom watched Country Music Television. There was the standard fare of Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and the like. But every so often, there were music videos such as “Speak” and “This Side” from a young bluegrass trio called Nickel Creek. Before I had any notion of “cool,” I knew Nickel Creek was cool. After a seven-year hiatus, the band is back with “A Dotted Line.” And though my tastes have changed, Nickel Creek still is cool.
Mandolinist Chris Thile, violinist Sara Watkins and guitarist Sean Watkins always have bridged the gap between bluegrass and pop, combining traditional sounds and progressions with postmodern knowingness. It’s bluegrass with a wink.
From the beginning, it’s clear this album is no different. The opener, “Rest of My Life,” starts with hazy, Grand Ole Opry-approved folk, as our hungover narrator wakes up. After the second verse, dark, quiet, staccato violin intrudes, and haze turns to contemplation, as Thile sings some great lines […]