Faculty art inspires students
Sep01

Faculty art inspires students

Professors of the College of Visual Arts have a chance to show off their talents through the 2015 Faculty Art Exhibition. The exhibit opened Monday in the art gallery of the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts and features works of 10 professors. The department holds a faculty exhibit every other year, but this year’s exhibit serves a dual purpose as the department is a candidate to receive accreditation from the National Association for Schools of Art and Design. “We’re having a sight visit team come and they’re interested in seeing both the student art and faculty art, so we’ll have both displayed all over the building,” said Department Chairperson Hershall Seals. The exhibit is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 17. A reception will be held Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The exhibit offers a wide variety of media including: painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpting and graphic design. Seals said this opportunity allows professors to put concepts they’ve taught their students into practice. “This exhibit displays for the student that their teachers know what they’re talking about, and shows a variety of art practices,” he said. “We have a range of two and three dimensional work in the gallery, and it brings legitimacy to what we preach and practice in the studios and the classrooms.” The gallery is a way for professors to serve as inspiration for their students outside of a traditional classroom setting. “The teachers are role models for our students, and this display is a visual way that we can communicate to our students what we’re all about as creative people,” Seals said. Professor John Hancock has a series of mixed-media pieces on display that combine painting and printmaking. He believes it’s important for art professors to practice what they preach. “I like to put my money where my mouth is and let them know that I’m not just a teacher, but an artist,” he said. “I make art without purpose or reason, other than I make art, and they should make art too because that’s what an artist does.” Seals said Hancock’s work allows the viewer to find meaning in what they see. “They are works of art that are intended to be confrontational,” Seals said. “It’s highly charged with the possibility of interpretation. Anybody can imagine what they want to from his work and it tells a lot about the person that’s imagining what they see.” The work of Professor Ted Barnes on display include paintings that were inspired by his travels. “I have made trips to Egypt, Rome, Israel and the Canary...

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Get pumped for summer flicks
Apr15

Get pumped for summer flicks

Summer is right around the corner and for most college students, that means relaxing, binge-watching Netflix and checking out the new movies expected to be released during the few months of a much-needed break.   A highly anticipated film premiering on June 12 is Jurassic World, the fourth movie in the well-known prehistoric series released in the late ’90s and early 2000s. It has been 22 years since the first Jurassic Park was released in 1993. After the chaos in the third movie in 2001, audience members were left to think the dinosaur world had fallen apart.   The storyline for Jurassic World is telling us otherwise; it goes into depth about the success of the park in the last 10 years and how they are trying to regain their visitors by creating a new attraction. It has taken almost a decade and a half for a new movie, but longtime fans have been ranting about it since the trailer came out last year. The wait might be worth it considering CGI effects and movie quality has only improved.   Last summer, John Green’s book The Fault in Our Stars was adapted into a film and was a huge success. This year, another one of his books is taking to the big screen. Paper Towns is about a teen who is searching for his missing friend. It’s apparently as much of a tear-jerker as his last book and movie, so there are only high expectations from his fans. The movie is set to be released on July 24 with a lot of fresh, young faces portraying the main characters.   A popular theme in Hollywood right now is remaking well-known kids’ movies with a twist. Pan is an adaptation of Disney’s Peter Pan. Warner Brothers has set the release date for July 24. The movie explores Peter Pan’s life before he lived in Neverland, how he got to Neverland and his relationship with Captain Hook before he was his arch nemesis. Popular actors such as Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried play supporting roles alongside Levi Miller, who is Peter Pan.   After more than two years, the Barden Bellas are back in Pitch Perfect 2. The girls have entered a competition that no American Team has ever won, and though the stakes are high and the competition is fierce, they definitely didn’t leave out the humor from the first movie that made us fall in love. This one is coming to theaters May 15, just in time to kick off the summer after finals.   From scary movies, to sequels, dramas and anywhere in between, there’s most likely a...

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Jon Stewart, signing off from The Daily Show
Mar04

Jon Stewart, signing off from The Daily Show

Jon stinkin’ Stewart signs off; he leaves The Daily Show at the end of the year. ‘Bout time. The only thing he contributed to the world was a sub-par satirical act and the occasional laugh when he attempted to combine the show with hard news.   The New York Times deemed him the nation’s satirist in chief. That seems to put him on the same level as our commander in sleep, Barack Obama: the hip, young, pointless president we all know and love.   I’ve got a Buzz Feed article for you. It’s entitled “The top three knuckleheads who make a joke out of our nation:”   1)   Barack, the selfie-stick groper, Obama 2)   Joe, the wife-groper, Biden and 3)   Jon stinkin’ Stewart   At least Stewart’s job description allows him to be an idiot.   He’s no Jimmy Fallon, however. Fallon’s no friend to a conservative base. Shoot, I wish he could be NBC’s only pundit, though. He’s hilarious. He and Bruce Springsteen spoofed The Boss’ Born to Run making fun of Gov. Chris Christie’s ‘Bridgegate’.   It’s real comedy, whether I agree politically or not. It’s like when Frank Caliendo impersonates George W. Bush. I get a little upset. Bush is a hero of mine. (Heck, he gave an amazing speech at the McLane Lecture). I still chuckle. Know why? It’s well-executed comedy.   Can’t say the same for Stewart’s 15 painful years on The Daily Show. So, what’s next for him?   There is talk of him taking Brian William’s spot. Let’s just hope Williams’ is responsible for that rumor. The only good thing the world ever received from The Daily Show is Steve Carell.   Stewart isn’t going anywhere. You think he’d disappear? Heck no. He couldn’t stand not getting to duke it out with Bill O’ Reilly and other conservative talking heads. And as cynical as this Op-Ed is to his comedic career, Jon Stewart might bring something viable to the media world’s table.   We saw a glimpse of it when he took a hiatus from The Daily Show to direct ‘Rosewater,’ a well-done film adaptation of Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir. He was imprisoned for 118 days after reporting on the nation’s disputed 2009 election.   In our field, Stewart is a necessary evil. For his entire progressive, pompous thought, not having him is like the Roadrunner not having Wile E. Coyote. It’s a relationship.   And as joyous an occasion it is to not have to hear his antics on The Daily Show, it’s also nice knowing the bird-brain’s coming back to the media world in some...

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Artist ready to dish out new music in 2015
Feb04

Artist ready to dish out new music in 2015

Music plays a huge role in society today. New songs are always finding their way to the radio and iTunes, surprising people, or giving them something to look forward to.   It is only a little more than a month into 2015 and some groundbreaking music has already been released, leaving many people with high hopes for the upcoming new music for the rest of the year.   In the middle of January, Kanye West teamed up with Rihanna and Paul McCartney to record the song “Four Five Seconds.” It’s a little different sounding than any of these artists are really known for, but they work it.   While one of her songs, “All About That Bass,” became incredibly popular at the end of 2014, Meghan Trainor has let the world know she won’t be just a one-hit wonder. Her album, “Title,” also was released in January, shooting her newest single “Lips Are Movin’” to numbers three and four on the Billboard Hot 100.   Of course, it being so early in the year, there is more music from old and new artists that should peak just about everyone’s interest.   The new Imagine Dragons album “Smoke + Mirrors” is coming out later this month, finally feeding their fans new music since their last album was released in 2013.   Female rapper Iggy Azalea, who became popular in the middle of last year, is releasing her untitled album. The date is currently still pending, but she has been promoting it on her Twitter for several months.   Many artists who haven’t put out new music in several years are planning on making their debut this year. In March, Madonna and Ludacris are both releasing their albums, giving music lovers something to look forward to since both of these artists ran the music industry at some point in their careers.   Rock music junkies will be happy to know that Guns N’ Roses, Metallica and Muse are bringing new music in this year. Though the dates haven’t been announced, they have done a good job of promoting it on their websites.   Plenty of hip-hop and rap music will be making its way into the year with artists such as Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi and 50 Cent.   The women in the music industry are about to start reigning. Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani as a solo artist and her band No Doubt, Ellie Goulding and Lorde have also let it be known that they are releasing albums in this year.   The music industry is giving music lovers a lot to anticipate this year. With all the variety...

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Nick Jonas breaks “Chains” of Disney
Nov25

Nick Jonas breaks “Chains” of Disney

Toto, I have a feeling we aren’t in Disney anymore.   Breaking away from his former Disney image and a little more than a year after his band of brothers split up, Nick Jonas has finally stepped out with some new music.   His self-titled album is almost unrecognizable, showcasing some rap, R&B and soul, but continuing with the pop music his fans have always known and loved.   The 22-year-old solo artist told Rolling Stone in a recent interview that his plan is to “surprise the world with the unexpected.”   He did just that.   Jonas quickly sheds his “good boy role,” which is apparent in some of his songs that use explicit language. This may not sit well with Jonas’ long-time fans, who may not appreciate the artist’s change in style.   Before the album’s release on Nov. 11, Nick’s first single, titled “Jealous,” was played on the radio and has been in the Billboard’s Top 40 for a couple of weeks now.   The album made it to streaming services like Spotify, even before the debut, showcasing songs like “Numb,” which features the upcoming female rapper, Angel Haze.   Surprisingly, his songs have also become popular, with “Chains” having more than one million “clicks,” showing how many times it has been listened to. “Numb” is right behind, with just under a million.   Jonas also proved he’s more than good-boy-gone-bad with the questionable lyrics from his other songs.   “Warning,” “Avalanche” with Demi Lovato and “Closer” featuring Mike Posner — these are just a few of the songs that have a lot of meaning that people can relate to.   It’s pretty obvious Nick will be bringing plenty of fans from his Jonas Brother’s days, but it’s unsure if they will stay after hearing what he has to say through song.   “I’m trying to make bold moves,” Jonas told People. “If not everyone comes on that journey with me, that’s okay. Now I get to do what I want and say what I want, and that freedom feels amazing.”   Following this statement, a lyric video for his new single “Teacher” was released, and it is racier than the words that the song incorporates.   The video displays male and female models dancing provocatively with the lyrics from the song written on different parts of their body.   Scandalous.   This had fans questioning his past motives of being a good Christian guy with a purity ring, and how he could turn his image to a man singing lustful lyrics while posing in underwear.   His controversial photo spread featured jeans, a tight tank...

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War film causes ‘Fury’ in box office
Nov07

War film causes ‘Fury’ in box office

A white-saddled horse escorts a German officer through a corpse-littered battlefield. Silhouettes of burning tanks trace along the morning light. David Ayer’s opening scene of Fury invites us to April 1945.   The Allied Forces advance further into Germany as the final months of World War II come upon them. Part of that effort includes the film’s focus: the crew of a M4A3E8 Sherman tank, which was given the name “Fury.”   While it displays the brutal realities of World War II, most of the movie details the bonding of the crew.   “One thing that made it stand above other war movies is the fact that it showed how the soldiers act during war,” junior business management major Troy Robinson said. “War is not a fun place to be in, and they really showed how it effects the soldiers.”   Fury’s commander, Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) leads his diverse group: Boyd “Bible” Swan (Shia LeBeouf), Grady “Coon Ass” Travis (Jon Bernthal) and Trini “Gordo” Garcia (Michael Pena) through swaths of German ground and SS troops.   History major Joshua Hosack said he marveled at the accuracy of one scene in which the Fury crew is joined by two Stuart tanks from another American platoon in a fight against a much stronger German Tiger tank.   These Tiger tanks were the pennacle beings of Axis firepower, showing off their dominance first in North Africa — occasionally Wardaddy refers to his time fighting Axis troops in Africa.   Movie-goers find themselves perplexed at this dynamic character. He is certainly cold; he is a veteran of the war, despiser of all things Nazi and a ruthless killer. Yet somehow, the film allows the Pitt character to prove himself a noble leader. His one source of pride is keeping his crew alive despite insurmountable odds.   “World War II was an emotional time and place,” Senior Christian Studies major Rusty Pregeant said. “The attitudes that the actors portrayed and the setting showed that.”   It isn’t Collier’s point of view that tells the story. The film is a right of passage for young clerk, Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman). He receives orders to join the Fury crew as assistance driver. Ellison soon finds out why, as Collier hands him a rag and a bucket of hot water. The seat where the previous assistant sat is covered in blood and body parts.   Ayer leaves us wondering whether or not this tank will be the crew’s guard or grave.   “I am trained to type 60 words a minute, not trained to machine gun dead bodies,” Ellison complains on his first outing....

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