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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
“Green Angel” is a tiny book. I am not kidding; it measures in at just less than seven inches long by four and a quarter inches wide and less than a half inch thick. I have owned this book since eighth grade, read it and proceeded to re-read it until I had the book practically memorized. It’s a simple story, and moves so quickly you can’t believe you read it that fast. “Green Angel” focuses on a teenage girl, and save your eye-rolling, who goes by the name of Green. In the first chapter, disaster strikes when Green’s local town burns down in a horrible fire, killing […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Kaitlyn McKay, Columnist
In “Edge of Tomorrow,” Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is a public relations officer who has never been in combat. When he is ordered by his commanding officer, General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson), to join combat in a military operation, he refuses. Cage is then stripped of his rank, labeled a deserter and is sent to join a unit. Within minutes of combat Cage is killed, but instead wakes up on the previous day, continually reliving the same day over and over again. He seeks the help of legendary soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who once had the same thing happen to her. The pair plans to defeat […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Sydney Adamson, Columnist
While I did do some pretty amazing things over the past week (like going to a live showing of “The X Factor” where I saw Taylor Swift perform about 20 feet away from me), that’s not what I want to focus on this week. Recently it sort of struck me how guilty I feel for studying abroad. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for the past week or so, so it only seemed appropriate to step away from the exciting and photo-worthy topics and write about something a bit different, albeit not as happy. While I’m abroad, I’m missing quite a few important events: my parents wedding […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Taylor Seidel, Columnist
I am always looking for a great burger. That is why this week I have chosen Hamilton Tavern as the newest GoodEats recommendation. Tucked away off of Harford Road, you’ll miss this neighborhood joint if you blink. The interior is painted brown with a rustic feel and a big ornate door capture the storefront — once inside you just feel warm and cozy. All I needed was a blanket and a reclining chair. The restaurant is comprised of just a couple tables and a short bar as you walk in.  Don’t look for a hostess stand here. The restaurant has no need for one, with a friendly […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
Aimee Bender is a unique author. She manages to craft an entire story in the fewest number of pages. Bender has an uncanny knack for creating a world out of implications and emotional display rather than outlining a plot. “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt” is one of Bender’s early novels, and in it, she establishes her creative style immediately. “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt” is a series of short stories grouped into three sections. Without giving any spoilers, Bender creates surreal human interactions, explores them, ends them and by the time her stories are finished, you know that an entire world began and ended within […] Read the full story »

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6 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
Yes, another graphic novel, but this time we will travel to Marvel Comics territory. “X-Men Noir” by Fred Van Lente and Dennis Calero, is an interesting take on what the X-Men world could have been, had they all simply been above-average people rather than genetic mutants. What is great about a mini-series like this one, is that the extensive backstory of the characters that have literally taken decades for authors to create, is mostly unnecessary. You don’t need to have a mental catalogue of the characters and their powers to understand the story, mostly because none of the X-Men have “powers” in this world. All the favorite […] Read the full story »

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6 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Taylor Seidel, Columnist
This past Thursday, a few friends and I decided to try a nicer restaurant for one of our friend’s birthday. The choice was easy: Cunningham’s. Cunningham’s is relatively new to the Towson area and adds a more upscale feel to the community. Located right off of York Road accessible from the roundabout, the restaurant is easily spotted from the street. The restaurant is beautiful, with a huge dining room and an open kitchen giving the diner a sneak peak at the magic. Cunningham’s menu is full of farm favorites, featuring menu items picked at the peak of their flavor, freshness and nutritional content. The menu is broken […] Read the full story »

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6 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Sydney Adamson, Columnist
In an interesting turn of events, last week I actually did more exploring on weekdays than I did over the weekend.   On Tuesday I ventured to Covent Garden to take photos for my film photography class.   Originally a fruit and vegetable market, Covent Garden has gone through many transitions over the years. Instead of produce, today it’s filled with well-known shops like Dior, Ladurée and many small stands, just like the ones I found at the Camden Markets a few weeks back.   Even though the architecture is beautiful and made for striking photos, I found the atmosphere too busy and the shops unappealing. It’s […] Read the full story »

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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
The previous graphic novels I have reviewed were a little out of the ordinary. One was about overcoming race in the 1960s and the other explored themes of faith and religion. After such serious topics, “Batman: Earth One,” written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Gary Frank, is a nice change of pace. That is not to say that this graphic novel is fluff, or doesn’t deal with the darker side of humanity. It totally does. But it’s more of an escapist attraction since all of the best characters are present: Bruce Wayne, Alfred, the Penguin, not-yet-Commissioner Gordon and Batgirl. There’s even a peek at the Riddler […] Read the full story »

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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Taylor Seidel, Columnist
It was a lazy Saturday morning and my roommate and I were looking for somewhere a little different to go and eat. I was in the mood for diner fare and didn’t want one of the usual suspects. After some short research, I came across my next GoodEat, Papermoon Diner, in Remington. The website says, “Comfort food meets a Baltimore twist.” This was all I needed to get into my car and drive the short 15-minute car ride from campus. I’m going to be honest, the restaurant is funky and the décor is eclectic. Once you open the door to the restaurant you are greeted by a […] Read the full story »