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14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Ryan Permison, Columnist
The summer of 2014 is off to a great start with such films as “Godzilla” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Another anticipated films for me includes “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which brings together a new cast led by Mark Wahlberg, and the voice of Peter Cullen returning as Optimus Prime, to fight a new enemy. Giant robots causing destruction — what more can anyone ask for? A sequel that I hope will make an impact this summer is “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Set 10 years after the events of the first film, it stars […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
After more than 25 years, founder and director of the Asian Arts & Culture Center Suewhei Shieh has retired, leaving behind her a pair of large and important shoes to fill. The department began under Shieh’s direction in 1971 and has continued to educate both Towson University and its community on the culture and history of the Asian arts. The department hoped to find a new director who could carry on this directive. Joanna Pecore, newly appointed director of the College of Fine Arts and Communication’s Asian Arts & Culture Center, hopes to not only continue the work of Shieh, but also bring new and exciting ideas […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | One Comment | By Ryan Permison, Columnist
“Godzilla”  The summer movie season continues with the King of Monsters making his return to the big screen. “Godzilla” is a new take on the classic character that pays homage to his silver screen origins from Japan. The film begins in the Philippines in 1999 where seismic activity causes the destruction of a nuclear plant and supervisor Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) loses his wife to the tragedy. In present day, Brody is not convinced that it was an earthquake that caused the destruction and gets arrested while trespassing on the site of the plant. He discovers a monster known as a MUTO, Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism, which […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts & Life Editor
When rising junior Jessica Lampron and her friend Sydney Zester arrived at the Jack Johnson concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion with reusable water bottles in hand, they didn’t know yet that this was just one step in a much greater plan. On June 5 it was confirmed during a news conference at Merriweather Post Pavilion, that the venue would be undergoing a $19 million dollar renovation. The focus of the construction is not only to upgrade the pavilion’s facilities, but also to make it a more environmentally friendly concert venue. “I think it’s great that Merriweather is going green in such a big way,” Lampron said. “I […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Daryllee Hale, Associate Arts and Life Editor
When 2013 alum Katelin McMullin turned 25 years old in June of last year, she wanted something specific for her birthday. But it wasn’t a trip to the beach and it wasn’t the newest iPad. McMullin wanted to raise $25,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, an organization dedicated to researching a cure for the progressive disease, which affected McMullin since birth. She died from complications due to the disease last November. “Katelin got to 25 years because she was able to take advantage of some of the things that were out there because of money, because of the research that’s done,” Melinda McMullin, Katelin’s mother, said. And […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | No Comments | By Jake Ulick, Contributing Writer
While some students use their summers to escape studying, senior Becky Wiacek decided to use hers to study something completely new. “I wanted to go to a country that did not speak primarily English, so I could be fully immersed in a new cultural experience that was completely different than what I am used to in the states,” Wiacek said via Facebook while on a train to visit Florence and Venice. The city of Rome offered Wiacek the chance for cultural immersion, as well as being “a city filled with so much history and life, it seemed like the perfect fit,” she said. Going abroad has always […] Read the full story »

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14 Jun 2014 | 2 Comments | By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor
Now that summer boredom is starting to sink in, festival season is here to save your weekend. Baltimore has many day and weekend-long events that showcase the area’s many cultures and interests. Here are just a few of the upcoming festivals to keep you busy between vacations, work or summer classes. One Caribbean Carnival The fastest growing Carnival in North America is traveling from D.C. this summer to share their yearly celebration with Baltimore. Representatives from every Caribbean country as well as up to 300,000 spectators will take part in this celebration of Caribbean culture. A parade traveling from 900 E 33rd street to St. Lo drive […] Read the full story »

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11 May 2014 | 4 Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
With the movie adaptations split into three parts, I decided to re-read “The Hobbit” to refresh my memory. The novel itself is short and fun, unlike the movie that pulls from all the extras to add to the original story. I recommend reading the book as the focus is on the adventure of Bilbo and the dwarves, with minimal derivation from that story and incorporation of side characters. The prequel to “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Hobbit,” describes how Bilbo Baggins acquires the Ring of Power. It is a standalone story, and the Ring of Power is almost a side story to the overall arc. […] Read the full story »

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11 May 2014 | One Comment | By Eva Niessner, Staff Writer
When Quentin Tarantino was asked “Did you go to film school?” he answered, “No, I went to films.” Now, for the writer of a film column to compare herself to Quentin Tarantino, I’d need the ego of, well… Quentin Tarantino. But, there’s something about that quote I’ve always related to. I might not know the ins and outs of film school, but I know movies. After this much time with this column, I’d better. I’m not a film major. I’ve lived with several Electronic Media and Film majors and have been to massive parties filled with them. I’ve helped them with projects and even acted or done […] Read the full story »

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11 May 2014 | One Comment | By Ellen Back, Columnist
My four-day trip to Thailand went by so fast, the entire experience felt like some kind of dream. As soon as my friend Kerry and I landed at the airport, her family member Reina greeted us with hugs and an excited smile. From the moment we arrived, our adventure began. Reina introduced us to her close friend, Jun Kim, who she met while interning at the Korean embassy. Moments after our brief introduction, Jun quickly helped us with our luggage and we were told to get ready to go out. It was 1 a.m. Without a second to think, we changed in the airport bathroom and we […] Read the full story »