Comic book series strikes ‘Black’ gold
Oct27

Comic book series strikes ‘Black’ gold

Light can be separated into seven different colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. In DC comics this has been taken into consideration, and it has helped start the newest incarnation of their series of comic books. DC comics has decided to incorporate the science of light and the spectrum into the Green Lantern: Blackest Night. In the comics, Green Lanterns are a type of space corps, patrolling different sectors of the universe to protect. They have power rings that can project different constructs of light, in this case green, and are powered by the wearers’ willpower. The rings help them enforce law in the universe. Green Lantern: Blackest Night has been anticipated since last year. In the series, all of the past characters who have died (Firestorm, Martian Manhunter, Plastic Man, etc.) have been resurrected as zombies by the villainous Black Hand to put an end to all life in the universe. The series also introduces many other corps, which harness the power of the other colors of the spectrum. For instance, a Blue Lantern powers his rings with hope, a Yellow Lantern with fear, and a Red Lantern with hate. Normally, these different corps are at war with each other, but because of the Blackest Night, they must all work together to stop the Black Lanterns. Geoff Johns came up with the story for the Blackest Night. Johns has been the writer for many other story lines, such as the Justice Society of America, The Flash: Rebirth, Teen Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War and Infinite Crisis. He has also been very involved in the making of DC comics characters as they become animated for film and television. He seems to have lots of experience in his line of work, and he has been working with comics since 1999. He began to make a large impact in 2000 when he took over writing The Flash. For Johns to have the idea to use the dead characters as Black Lanterns is genius. These ‘heroes’ have come back to haunt their former friends and partners. Since black is the absence of light, the only way to defeat them is for all of the different corps, who represent the different colors of light, to work together to ‘white out’ the Black Lanterns. This is a great series to get into and has been kept going since Green Lantern: Rebirth back in 2004. Overall, it gets five out of five...

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Chan challenges Christians in love
Oct27

Chan challenges Christians in love

Love is crazy. Francis Chan, teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, Calif., demonstrates God’s love for His creation in a simple perspective: “the Creator loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love.” Chan supports this by elaborating with evidence of God’s love. Because of Chan’s research, experiences and his personal relationship with Christ, Crazy Love leaves readers wanting more. He challenges Christians to take the Bible seriously by backing up his statements with different parables and scripture to help readers capture the grace of a loving Savior. Chan describes how followers can become ‘lukewarm Christians’ to fully living a life for Christ —by not giving, living materialistically or not sharing faith — to name a few of the convictions. Chan states how “a relationship with God simply cannot grow when money, sins, activities, favorite sports teams, addictions or commitments are piled up on top of it.” He shows ways for Christians to understand how to truly live a life seeking the ultimate Creator. He emphasizes that “God knew us before he made us” to make sure readers comprehend the intimate relationship he wants with his sons and daughters. To put it simply, Chan gives readers the opportunity to get back to the basics. He uses scripture and real-life accounts throughout the book to show God’s true grace and the “crazy love” He has for His children. Chan’s strife for following a life of Christ is infectious. He allows Christians to see how stereotypical the worldly lifestyle can be, and shows and alternative by explaining how God wants the Christian lifestyle to be portrayed and lived out — “God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His,” he writes. This spiritually refreshing book can put God in everyday things one wouldn’t expect to find him in. Chan’s passion for the Lord is evident throughout the entire book. A page turner, easy read and the ultimate love story, Crazy Love will leave readers wanting more of Jesus. This beautiful book of truth, hardship and knowledge of an unfathomable love receives 5 out of 5...

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Design Cru, more than a name
Oct13

Design Cru, more than a name

Students often come to college with artistic talents, but they have no way to express these abilities. Consequently this can take away motivation that they had for going to school in the first place. Now, there is a solution to the problem. The Design Cru exists to give students a means to funnel their gifts for art and graphic design. The organization is made up primarily of students majoring in information technology, graphic design, mass communication and art, but it is open to all students interested in any aspect of graphic design. This includes, but is not limited to, film, web, animation and print. The organization’s faculty sponsor is Donna Teel. She helps the group by assisting, advising and supporting the members in their activities. “I have been affiliated with the club since it was first constituted in 2005,” Teel said. “A computer graphics design (CGD) major Timothy Walker, suggested the club, and under the guidance of Ms. Effel Harper, developed the proposal and spearheaded the beginning of the club.” Last semester, members submitted T-shirt designs to Joy Childress for the parent teacher organization. The winner would receive a purple iPod, with the UMHB logo etched on the back. The Design Cru is always busy making different designs for organizations and events that take place on campus. “Since the organization began, we have welcomed students from all disciples that have had an interest in any aspect of graphic design, computers, art and film,” Teel said. “The club has hosted classes by film and flash animation professionals, had field trips to watch and then discuss current films, taken a group of club members to South by Southwest in Austin, had presentations by students on a variety of topics such as developing and printing T-shirt designs, participated in activities on campus and are always open to suggestions from club members for anything that will help broaden their creativity and design knowledge. We will also be revamping our Web site soon, which should help attract new members.” Senior computer graphics design major Katie Smith is the president of Design Cru. She started working with the organization after hearing her adviser, Teel, speak of it. Smith decided that she wanted to be involved in something that would challenge her as well as encourage her while she is working in her major and discovering what direction to point her career in CGD. “Design Cru is more about bringing in speakers and letting anyone interested know about opportunities to help advertise for a campus event or organization, or pick up a design part time job,” Smith said. “I have had the opportunity to run sound...

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Houston, we have a comeback

By LaKeshia Sauls From one-hit wonders to lavish, long standing careers, the secular music world has seen many artists come and go. With her latest release, I Look to You, Whitney Houston tells why she isn’t ready to leave. The 1980’s songstress with hit songs such as “The Greatest Love of All” and “I Will Always Love You” has returned from what some have said to be a drug-propelled hiatus. Whatever the case, Ms. Houston has more than poured her life woes into her comeback. A day before it was to release, Houston’s seven-year hibernation came to an end Aug. 31. “I Look to You,” Houston’s first single from the anticipated comeback CD is a great indication of what is to come. If set to be an autobiography of such, the single shows the beauty of her return. With the piano, Houston sings alongside the melodies, pouring out her heart and soul. “A Song for You” glides into line with her vocals and shows the sensitivity of the lyrics. The song itself is touching enough and topped with Houston’s vocals will leave listeners in awe. With “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength,” tales of her past despairs are brought front and center. By chance autobiographical, Houston more than empties her heart, finding her way through the cords of such a great melody. Making her return in 2009 in the midst of auto tunes and such, “Worth It” and “Million Dollar Bill,” joins the ranks of upbeat, dance-gathering rhythms. Carrying the song with what some say is her “new sound,” Houston’s sassy and savvy appeal is heard through the tempo. Once being a solo artist who did things her way, Houston teams with Akon on “Like I Never Left,” showing through her new-found range she is here to stay. Topping her first album which debuted in 1985 would be over modest, but there is no doubt that I Look To You, joins the ranks of bests for Houston. Her performance on her latest CD shows a new Whitney with a limited range yet deeper vocals to match. Ending the album with “Salute,” the well-rounded release from the musical icon is a delightful return for true rhythm-and-blues lovers. Whitney’s career is far from over, and her most recent work is the...

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David Letterman apologizes to wife, staffers on program
Oct13

David Letterman apologizes to wife, staffers on program

By Verne Gay Daniel Edward Rosen Newsday (MCT) NEW YORK − The wildest soap opera on TV − that one starring David Letterman − took another dramatic turn Monday night when the embattled host apologized to his staff and wife Regina before what was almost certainly the largest audience in “Late Show” history. “I’m terribly sorry that I put the staff in that position,” Letterman said. “Inadvertently, I just wasn’t thinking ahead.” A short while later, he said, “the other thing is my wife, Regina. She has been horribly hurt by my behavior, and when something happens like that, if you hurt a person and it’s your responsibility, you try to fix it. And at that point, there’s only two things that can happen: Either you’re going to make some progress and get it fixed, or you’re going to fall short and perhaps not get it fixed, so let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me.” Of his longtime staff – and many members have been with Letterman from his days at NBC’s “Late Night,” he said − they’ve “been wonderfully supportive to me, not just through this furor, but through all the years that we’ve been on television and especially all the years here at CBS, so, again, my thanks to the staff for, once again, putting up with something stupid I’ve gotten myself involved in.” Monday night wasn’t all mea culpa. As has been his wont in 30 years on the air, Letterman’s best material has frequently been Letterman, and so there were jokes, and plenty of them. Chilly outside, he asked the studio audience? Imagine how chilly it is at home. Badum. “Did your weekend just fly by?” “The lines that really got the laughs were when he started to talk about (Former Gov. Eliot) Spitzer, and then stopped,” said Wisconsin native Lilly Staff, who was in the audience, and who agreed with others interviewed after the late afternoon taping that Letterman handled it well. Meanwhile, Gerald Shargel − defense attorney for accused extortionist Robert “Joe”Halderman, who was released Friday on bail − spoke to all three morning shows Monday, offering a preview of what Letterman might expect if the case goes to trial. “Look at the fact that there was a $2 million check,” he told CBS’ “The Early Show.” “In the history of extortion, I don’t think there’s been a single case where the alleged extortionist took a check in payment. It just doesn’t make any sense.” He added, “When the case is tried and after the cross-examination of David Letterman and the full story comes out, I’m confident...

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Disney Pixar goes “to infinity and beyond”
Oct13

Disney Pixar goes “to infinity and beyond”

Woody, Buzz and Mr. Potato Head are back on the big screen in their third appearance in a special Toy Story double feature in 3-D. Generations past and present will be able to enjoy some of America’s most popular toys for a limited time in their promotion of the third installment of the series set to release June 18, 2010. The 3-D translation of the popular family movie is stunning, to say the least. No extra scenes were added to the movies in their third theatrical appearance, but the new, subtle 3-D effects give the whole story a little more flavor and doesn’t shove the new movie presentation down the audience’s throat. None of the effects are overdone, and the new polish on the visual scheme of the film gives viewers convincing eye-candy. The double feature shows the films back to back, which could be problematic for small children or those with short attention spans, but the spectacular reinvention of these classic family movies is all the reason one needs to stick around for the full three-hour presentation. For those that haven’t had the privilege of seeing the two animated movies, the story chronicles the adventures of toys that come to life when their owner isn’t around and the emotions that they encounter when they are replaced by newer toys or more “grownup” items. The movies boast a high-profile voice acting cast, including Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Joan Cusack as Jessie and will include Michael Keaton as Ken and Whoopi Goldberg in an unnamed role in Toy Story 3. The third movie in the series is set just before Andy, the toys’ owner, leaves for college. The toys are dumped into a day care center, which puts the toy-box bunch in the mouths, hands and pockets of drooling preschoolers. As Buzz says, “to infinity and beyond.” The original production was the first big-screen movie to be made by Disney Pixar and premiered more than a decade ago. The story of some of America’s favorite toys brought to life revolutionized the way that animated movies were made. Following the release of Toy Story, Disney Pixar released family favorites like The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, WALL-E and the recent critically acclaimed...

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