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Cancer glamour creeps into young adult popular culture

October 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm 0 comments

A new trend of romance stories about people with cancer and other potentially terminal illnesses is becoming more prevalent in popular culture, most notably in film and young adult fiction. Is there a new fascination with finding glamour in dealing with serious medical conditions? Heart-squelching stories of sickness, like John Green’s book-turned-movie “The Fault in Our Stars,” that shake viewers’ emotional stability have become more visible on book stands and on screen. The television show “Red Band Society” is another example of this theme. The program, which premiered on Fox on Sept. 17 for the 2014-2015 television season, is a dramatic comedy centered around a group of teenagers living in a pediatric ward. The characters bond with each other during their long-term stay. After a sequence of teen drama-related conflicts, the kids form a friendship society, coming together through the red bands they wear on their wrists. The show hasRead More

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Ann Holmes returns to the SVC community

October 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm 0 comments

This year, Saint Vincent College welcomed back Ann Holmes as the new Director of the Saint Vincent College Concert Series and Administrative Director of the Saint Vincent Gallery. Holmes, who worked as the Concert Manager before leaving in 2007, is taking up the positions after the recent passing of Brother Nathan Cochran, O.S.B., who previously held them. As the director of the Saint Vincent College Concert series, Holmes works closely with Father Cyprian Constantine, O.S.B. and Ben Schachter to put together the entire concert series. Constantine is the chairperson of the Music Department, and Schachter is the chairperson of the Visual Arts department. When it comes to looking for artists to perform in the series, Holmes said she works “to identify and schedule excellent, engaging classical musicians to appear on campus.” Holmes schedules the eight performers one or two years in advance, and makes all of the arrangements for theirRead More

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CHRISTINE MCVIE RETURNS TO FLEETWOOD MAC, TOUR DATES SET

April 7, 2014 at 7:32 pm 0 comments

Sitting here listening to Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 “Rumours” gets me thinking: Why is this album still so popular? Well, there are a lot of reasons. Consider all of the hip bands that have copped the Mac sound: many of the late-2000 post-folk revival bands like Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver, popular touring act Best Coast and even superstars like Taylor Swift and Mumford & Sons. And were you convinced that Haim’s “Days Are Gone” was a bunch of unreleased Stevie Nicks songs? On top of this, “Rumours” is simply a timeless album. Pop music at its finest. With 40 million copies sold worldwide, it’s hard to argue the album’s longevity. It’s no shock, then, that music lovers both young and old are celebrating singer and keyboardist Christine McVie’s return to Fleetwood Mac after a 16-year separation. The news of her return was announced on the band’s website March 27, alongRead More

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DIABLO VIDEOGAME EXPANSION IMPRESSES

March 31, 2014 at 4:02 pm 0 comments

  Diablo, a PC game series released in 1996, has risen from the grave and gamers are rejoicing. “Reaper of Souls,” the newest expansion to “Diablo III,” was released March 25 and began one of the most exciting resurrections of modern gaming. When “Diablo III” was released over two years ago, anticipation was high for the newest installment of one of the most legendary, long-lasting and popular gaming franchises, but a lackluster release day, shoddy design and failed experiments soured gamers’ opinions. The announcement of Diablo’s “always online” requirement has foreshadowed the multiplayer focus of “Titanfall” and other recent games, but initial problems with multiplayer servers made “Diablo III” slow, insecure and, unfortunately, unplayable in some cases on launch day. Complaints about rigid and simplified gameplay mechanics alienated hardcore fans of “Diablo II,” while brutal difficulties at the end of the game prevented casual fans from experiencing the full game.Read More

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G&S PLAYERS TO PERFORM REVAMPED “RUDDIGORE”

March 31, 2014 at 2:47 pm 0 comments

When there’s no one to blame, blame your circumstances. In the case of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s supernatural comic opera “Ruddigore,” the antagonist really is circumstance. The Gilbert and Sullivan Players, a student-run theatre group at SVC, will perform “Ruddigore” on Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. in the Carey Student Center’s Performing Arts Center. The performance is open to the public and free, though donations are accepted. “Ruddigore” takes place in a small, undisclosed town in Victorian era Europe. Just like in all great Victorian tales, romance blossoms between two young lovers: the beautiful maiden, Rose Maybud, played by senior Carolyn Smith, and Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, played by sophomore Mitchell Magiera. Unfortunately for Ruthven, his entire family is cursed: they have to commit a crime every single day of their lives or they will die.Read More

BACKLASH BEGINS FOR WHITEWASHED ‘PAN’ CASTING

March 25, 2014 at 4:28 am 0 comments

Changing or cutting plot details, locations or even characters from source material to their adaptions is not uncommon. Hardcore Tolkien fans will debate the costs of leaving out Tom Bombadil, adding in Tauriel or hundreds of other big and small changes from the novels to the films of the Lord of the Rings franchise. Audiences (and sometimes the original authors) will fight over casting decisions, such as whether it was the right decision to have Jack Nicholson, at the time typecast as a “crazy” character actor, cast in the film version of Stephen King’s novel “The Shining.” The argument was that the transition of his character, Jack Torrance, from “normal” guy to psychotic killer was just not as surprising or disturbing as King’s version of his struggling, alcohol-influenced descent into madness. Yet making changes, even when adapting beloved works, is not always an objectionable decision. Art can be changed inRead More

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN’S DRUG DEATH SPARKS CONVERSATION ABOUT ADDICTION

February 11, 2014 at 3:47 am 0 comments

My love affair with Philip Seymour Hoffman began the first time I saw him as Lester Bangs in “Almost Famous.” “Music,” he said, “true music, not just rock ’n’ roll, it chooses you. It lives in your car, or alone, listening to your headphones, vast scenic rituals and angelic choirs in your brain.” Any young, music-obsessed tween will eat that up. But my love affair with PSH didn’t stop there. There are a lot of character actors I admire, but PSH was the kind of actor that always seemed aware of his audience (he was trained in theatre, so that makes sense). He dove into all of his characters with a determined smirk on his face, and I couldn’t help but smirk too. When PSH was found dead with bags of heroin and a needle in his arm February 2 at 46, it felt like a personal loss, and IRead More

STUDENTS STRUGGLE TO KEEP UP WITH SO MUCH GOOD TV

February 4, 2014 at 2:20 am 0 comments

Sunday evenings are particularly stressful for me. Coming home from work and deciding what to watch, what to DVR and what to have my mom DVR on the living room television causes me more panic than I ever have to deal with at work or school. I wish I was kidding. Two Sundays ago, I tried to DVR so much on my little flat screen, my TV froze and failed to tape “Girls” and “True Detective.” Thank goodness for HBO reruns. But at the time, I was an emotional wreck. Perhaps the 1950s is still considered the golden age of television, but you have to admit, we are living in glorious television times right now. Lucky for us mid-millennials, we never have to suffer in a three- or four-network world. There are more channels and more programming options than ever. In a CNN article entitled “The new, new TV goldenRead More

PHOSPHORESCENT PERFORMS AT MR. SMALL’S FUNHOUSE

PHOSPHORESCENT PERFORMS AT MR. SMALL’S FUNHOUSE

February 4, 2014 at 2:19 am 0 comments

Phosphorescent isn’t exactly a band, but rather the project of Matthew Houck, a singer-songwriter from Alabama who currently operates out of Brooklyn. It would be convenient to pigeonhole Houck into the “indie rock” genre if not for the immediately perceptible influence of country music in his records. Since 2003, he’s released around seven or so albums, many of which have a characteristically mystical, shamanistic energy. Such is often the case when a musician takes the downtrodden, emotionally draining iteration of country music in the grand tradition of Patsy Cline, Gram Parsons and Hank Williams. Phosphorescent’s records, especially 2007’s “Pride,” maintain an off-handed lethargy about them, in which Houck takes full advantage of the gracefulness present in the depressive, swirling atmosphere which country music conjures up. Slide guitars and lonesome pianos encapsulate listeners with a delicate mixture of melancholy, contemplation and weariness. Houck sings with a husky, hesitant crunch in hisRead More