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19 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
The first of five novels, “The Electric Church” is a thrill ride. Author Jeff Somers doesn’t coddle the readers by softening the world in which he puts his characters, the language they use or way they live. It’s a harsh, caustic and unapologetic introduction to the main character of Avery Cates, and the fun is just beginning. Dystopian is a nice way of describing the world Avery Cates functions within. Post-apocalyptic despotic police state would be more specific. However, I prefer to call it a conglomerate hellhole. Something happened to the world and now major cities have been flattened and rebuilt haphazardly by gangsters, poor people and […] Read the full story »

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16 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Sydney Adamson, Associate Arts Director
If you’ve read any of my previous columns, then you’ll know that I’m super into music and that I’m always down to talk fashion. That combination is one of reasons that I sit and wait patiently each spring to see photographs of the crazy fashion everyone and anyone sports at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Coachella is a popular two-weekend festival that takes place in the desert and kicks off the beginning of the entire festival season. This year’s celebration of music and art began on Friday, April 11 at 11 a.m. Me drooling over Coachella fashion commenced at about 11:01 a.m. Unfortunately, […] Read the full story »

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13 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
Featured on “The Colbert Report,” “S” by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst is an unorthodox novel, and if something like an adventure book can send Stephen Colbert into a hissy fit, then I think I need to read it. Like “Building Stories,” “S” is an investment of both dollars and minutes. However, I was not once disappointed when reading it. The premise of the novel is convoluted, but I will do my best to explain. “S” is the title of the overall product, which is a fictional work written by a fictional author, with two people writing back and forth in the margins of the fictional work. […] Read the full story »

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13 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Eva Niessner, Staff Writer
In fairy tales, stepmothers and stepfathers are the cruel or neglectful ones — but in “What Maisie Knew,” they’re the only hope our protagonist has. Maisie is a bright, lively kindergartener who lives in New York City with her mother, a wild-child musician named Susanna (Julianne Moore), and her art-dealer father, Beale (Steve Coogan). Though they both love Maisie, they’re more wrapped up in their own lives than involved in hers, and Maisie is often left under the care of someone else. As their custody battle for Maisie rages on, each of her parents remarry someone younger. Her father marries her former nanny, Margo (Joanna Vanderham), while […] Read the full story »

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9 Apr 2014 | 2 Comments | By Taylor Seidel, Columnist
Baltimore is home to many different restaurants, both expensive and more moderate.  Throughout my journey thus far on GoodEats, I have focused on lesser-known and reasonably-priced restaurants in the area. I decided to switch it up and do a special review this time for GoodEats. My next recommendation is the delectable and a highlight of Hamden: The Food Market. Located off of West 36th Street in Baltimore City, this is a restaurant for any occasion. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just trying to treat yourself, The Food Market has it all. As you drive down the Avenue in Hamden, you are struck with the smartly […] Read the full story »

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9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Ryan Permison, Columnist
The calendar says spring, but the summer movie season has already begun with Marvel at the forefront. After the success of “The Avengers,” everyone is waiting to see what’s in store for the characters in Phase 2. That brings us to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) trying to adjust to modern times. To do so, he continues working with S.H.I.E.L.D, going on missions with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) by his side. He is trying to live a quiet life in Washington, D.C. still unsure of where he fits in. When a S.H.I.E.L.D agent is attacked, Steve is determined to find out how […] Read the full story »

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9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Sydney Adamson, Associate Art Director
Spring has finally decided to rear its sunshine-y head and bring gorgeous weather to the kingdom that is Towson University. Similarly, the music gods have recently decided to shower the world with brand new, noble tracks from 80s queen Betty Who, country pop prince Hunter Hayes, ginger jester Ed Sheeran and even more royal rockers.   “Sing” by Ed Sheeran: After listening to Sheeran’s debut album “+” for nearly three years, words can’t describe how happy I was to finally hear new material from him. “Sing” was produced by none other than the hit-making machine Pharrell Williams, and I love that his influence is not the least […] Read the full story »

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9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Ashley Beall, Assist. Video Producer
It seems all anybody can talk about today is television. Everyone has their favorite show, and their star-sign could be influencing that choice. Unless it’s “Breaking Bad.” Everybody loves “Breaking Bad.”   Aries needs a show with a lot of action, which is why they can be found watching shows like “The Walking Dead,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Firefly.” Aries would do well to also check out “24” and “Arrow.”   Taurus prefers to binge watch shows that are slower-paced, but ultimately are very character driven. They like shows like “The Newsroom” and “Arrested Development.” The bull should also look into “Dexter” and “Clannad.”   Gemini loves […] Read the full story »

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Columnist learns about parents’ struggles
6 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Ellen Back, Columnist
With midterm week slowly approaching, libraries and cafes are packed with books, laptops and caffeine-filled students who are eager to do well on their exams. I am one of those students. Next Thursday, I have my first two tests in my Global Journalism and New Communication Technology courses. Since these exams account for nearly one third of a student’s final grade, midterms are taken very seriously. This past week, I’ve been catching up on readings in order to prepare. In my New Communication Technology course, we have already been assigned group projects. I happen to be the only foreign exchange student on my team. Communication continues to […] Read the full story »

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6 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Laura Antonucci, Columnist
“Building Stories” by Chris Ware is technically a graphic novel, but it sure does not look like the typical graphic novel. In fact, when you come across it in the store, nothing about it looks typical. “Building Stories” is a box that is a foot and a half high, a foot wide, and an inch and half thick. And when you open the big huge box, you see that there are 14 different pieces in a variety of sizes and mediums. These pieces make up the novel itself. “Building Stories” is about a woman and the various buildings she lives her life in, but the stories don’t […] Read the full story »