Ask a Student: What worries you most about the economy?
Nov18

Ask a Student: What worries you most about the economy?

By Lindsay Shaffer Students speak out about the economy and voice concerns about where the U.S. is...

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Video of the Week Nov. 17 – Nov. 23

I think I enjoyed seeing the guy getting hit in the face with a water balloon way too...

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Blog: Movie extra
Nov18

Blog: Movie extra

By Laura Beth Gebhardt I absolutely love movies. One could even say that I am addicted to them, so you can imagine how excited I was to be given the opportunity to be in one, especially one that starred Claire Danes, David Strathairn, Catherine O’Hara and Julia Ormond. Yet, being an extra in a film is not for everyone. Most of the time a person will either love it or hate it. I personally loved the experience and would do it again in a heartbeat. This opportunity I had to be a part of the Temple Grandin project was not a normal one, because like most extra work, I wasn’t just seen as a blurb in the background. I was, instead, working on set for four days, and had many scenes where I was right in front of the camera. Being on a legit movie set was unlike anything else I have experienced. It was absolutely amazing to see how much detail and work went into getting a simple scene done. For example, on the first day, we were shooting a scene where all we were doing was playing outside in front of the school. It couldn’t have been more than a 40-second shot, and it took us almost four hours. This is one of the reasons some people are not so fond of extra work. A phrase that describes it well is, “hurry up and wait.” The first hour you get there everyone is in a hurry to get your make up and wardrobe done, and then rush you off to set. Yet, when you get to the set, you wait and wait some more. One day we actually waited 10 hours before we started filming our first scene. But as frustrating as this sitting around was, it ended up bonding everyone who went. Since most everyone who was involved was from UMHB, we all already knew each other, but being stuck in a log cabin together for 10 hours brought us a lot closer. In spite of the long waits and sleep deprivation, the experience was so rewarding. In the film business, it sometimes comes down to whom you know. Being a performance studies major and wanting to someday be involved with movies, networking is extremely important. I believe I got a good start by being a part of this film. The director talked with me one on one several times, and the assistant director knew me by name and always made a point to say hi to me. What a great...

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Salsa class video

Here is a video from the Thursday night salsa class. Come and check it out at 9 p.m. in the Shannon...

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Blog: Election Expostulation
Nov05

Blog: Election Expostulation

Let me preface the following statements by admitting to be a strong advocate of the Republican Party during this last election. While disappointed about the final results, there are limits to expressing these feelings and emotions to the general public. Sadly, many people have crossed this line-on both sides. Facebook Wars While Facebook statuses are a marvelous way of letting people know the emotions and thoughts of their friends, it has been taken to the extreme. It now blasphemes, ridicules, belittles and annoys others. Why are Facebook wars necessary? Can these things not be civilly discussed in person? I have many friends who voted for Obama. While we disagreed on many levels, we had several enlightening conversations without raising our voices or calling people names that cannot be repeated in front of Shawn Shannon. Doing these things in private with trusted friends can be acceptable. However, the line is drawn when these opinions are made to purposefully ridicule and demean others in an attempt to prove oneself, or one’s opinions, better. If you cannot say it without yelling, can it really stand on its own? The Racist Remarks Why is it that race is still a factor when the truly important issues are in a person’s credentials, experience and moral issues? I have a problem with some of these qualifying factors, but race has no place in deciding this election. The only time it should come up is during an attempt to eliminate racist behaviors. Race is a huge issue, but it is not a deciding factor. People should not cast racial judgments. Many racist jokes or slurs have been made, but it really only makes those people look like loud, pighe aded jerks. On the flip side, many people voted solely on basis of the pigment of the candidates’ skin. While it makes history, it will make no other trivial difference. Racist issues still exist, but it is a dying factor that belongs to people who cannot think outside their little box. Benefits to Cheer the Mournful One of the amazing benefits of this election was that Obama is this nation’s first black president. This is a truly amazing feat, considering the segregation issues that were considered normal and acceptable less than a century ago. Another important result was the rise in voting turn-outs across the nation. The final outcome of voters went from 55.3 percent in the 2004 election to 64.1 percent in the 2008 election. While I actually like some of the words President Bush created, it irritated many. Now we won’t have to worry about listening to comedians mock the president’s latest verbal mishap. With...

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Video of the Week Nov. 3 – Nov. 9

The most epic computer game movie I have ever...

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