Homecoming carnival – Louisa D’Ovidio

Homecoming carnival

Louisa D’Ovidio

Editor In Chief

 

The 2016 Homecoming weekend began with Student Community Government Inc’s Carnival, filled with food and fun for alumni, students and staff.

“The event was a huge success and I loved to see all the student organizations come together. There was a great sense of community between everyone and I hope to make this event a tradition!” says Maria Zapasnik, Vice President of SCG Inc, the organizer of the event.

Alongside rock walls and fried dough, a dozen or so student organizations set up booths for carnival games where you could win prizes from various clubs as well as enter into the raffle being drawn by participating in all the games.

Dressing for success – Deanna Manzo

Dressing for success

Deanna Manzo
Anchor Contributor

Although the seasons are changing, and it saddens you to put away your cute flowery sundresses and sandalwood clogs, let me remind you that fall will be a season of renewal. Going to class daily requires a wardrobe that is comfortable for you so you can pay attention to the tireless lecture instead of fussing over a wardrobe malfunction. Sitting for an hour a day can cramp your style, so I have some tips on having a great school year with a wardrobe that will stop traffic.

Dressing for success requires making the conscious effort to scan your closet for any rips, holes or stains. When you separate your attire into categories, one pile will be clothes that are worn out and unwearable; you can toss those clothes. Another pile will be clothes that don’t fit you anymore; you can donate these clothes to Goodwill. Goodwill is always accepting donations, and there is always someone in need.

There are many ways to update your wardrobe that are sure to make you a fashion diva. Sweater dresses can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For class, you can pair a sweater dress with some heavy-duty leather boots and accessorize with an adorable scarf. At night time when school is out, you can slip into a pair of leggings to create a totally different look. It’s all up to you, so be creative in your pursuit of fashion excellence. Cardigan sweaters can create a very romantic look if that strikes your fancy.

Layering this Fall is all about creating a look that will take you from fashion dud to fashion plus. When you overheat, you can always take layers off, and when you get cold again, you can always add a layer or two. Add a bit of drama with a bell-sleeved sweater, as you can wear them with jeans or sharp A-line skirts.

Creating a wardrobe doesn’t have to be costly. There are many department stores such as Target or Walmart that has what you are looking for at half the cost, so it won’t break the bank. Be a little creative, and you will be on your way to a cost efficient lifestyle. Sometimes you can take what you already have in your closet and add a few pearls or earrings to spice up your look.

Remember that fashion is all about making your personality shine. With your new wardrobe, you’ll have exuberant style and grace, and that will make for a great school year.

 

Top five underrated Disney movies – Clancy Smail

 

  • Meet the Robinsons (2007)

 

 

“Meet the Robinsons” is about an orphan named Lewis who displays incredible skill as a young inventor. Along the way of losing all hope in finding a family, he meets a peculiar teenager named Wilbur Robinson, who sweeps him away in a time machine and takes him to the future. During this journey of self-discovery and learning what family is all about, there are twists, turns and huge surprises. The underlying message of this movie to “keep moving forward” definitely makes it one of my favorite underrated Disney movies.

 

 

  • Robin Hood (1973)

 

 

“Robin Hood” is the story of a fox named Robin Hood (naturally) who teams up with some of his friends to return money that John, King of England has taken from the people (animals) of the forest. The This 20th Century retelling of a classic tale features love, conflict and comedy.

 

 

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

 

 

Quasimodo is lonely, isolated and psychologically abused due to his physical deformity. He spends his days as the bell ringer, living in the towers of the Notre Dame Cathedral. He befriends Esmeralda, a poor Romani vagrant, who encourages and befriends him, all the while working tirelessly to free her people from Judge Claude Frollo’s oppressive reign. Watch “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” if you’re looking for a tearjerker about grief, love and acceptance with a nail biting story line.

 

 

  • Brother Bear (2003)

 

 

When Kenai’s brother is killed by a bear, he seeks revenge by hunting one down himself. In a cruel twist of irony, he transforms into a bear as a result. Kenai’s other brother makes a promise to kill the bear that Kenai has become. In order to turn into a human again, Kenai enlists a cub, Koda, to help him get to a magical mountain he believes will restore his original form. Will Kenai ever get to be the human he longs to be again?

 

 

  • Treasure Planet (2002)

 

 

Go on an adventure by watching “Treasure Planet,” the Disney studio’s sci-fi response to “Treasure Island.” Jim Hawkins goes on a crazy journey across the universe aboard a ship and befriends the morally ambiguous John Silver. Silver serves as a father figure to the young man, but can he be trusted? If you like Steampunk, space travel or interdimensional pirate battles, then this is the movie for you.

The Classic Corner: A Review of The Prince of Egypt – Thomas Sack

Declared “Best Animated Feature” in 1999 by Critics Choice, DreamWorks Pictures’ The Prince of Egypt is a musical epic that perfectly adapts the Book of Exodus into a film anyone and everyone can enjoy.

 

The Prince of Egypt takes place in biblical times and tells the story of a young man named Moses. Raised an Egyptian royal, the lad discovers he is truly the son of a Hebrew slave. Moses decides to abandon his life of luxury and embrace the culture of his people, but when he is tasked by God with leading them to freedom, he is forced into conflict with his beloved adoptive brother, Rameses.

 

While The Prince of Egypt sometimes feels rushed and takes many artistic and historical liberties to tell its tale, it expertly maintains the essence of what DreamWorks describes as “the cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide.” These liberties are non-offensive and non-intrusive, thus they allow audience members (both religious and non) to gain a true appreciation for the story of Moses’ life. They also provide an account that is easier for the general public to connect with and comprehend.

 

Visually, The Prince of Egypt is a masterpiece. Considering it is DreamWorks’ inaugural film, it is a breathtaking combination of hand-drawn animation and computer-generated imagery. The Prince of Egypt is stylized enough to be unique, yet it still conveys a sense of realism that leaves those who watch it amazed.

 

When it comes to music, The Prince of Egypt is a mixed bag. Both Hans Zimmer’s score and Stephen Schwartz’s songs alternate between fantastic and forgettable. While it is no mystery that the instrumental and vocal pieces in this film perfectly compliment one another and do an excellent job at expressing the emotions at play in a particular scene, some are simply better than others.

 

The Prince of Egypt has a star-studded cast. Each character in the film is given a surprisingly fitting voice. Val Kilmer shines as Moses, while Martin Short and Steve Martin show excellent chemistry as Hotep and Huy. Jeff Goldblum and Patrick Stewart delight despite their relatively small roles, as well. By far, the best performance in The Prince of Egypt comes from Ralph Fiennes, who gives the reluctant antagonist Rameses astonishing life and likability. Fiennes is also one of the few actors involved with this film to do his own singing, something that is truly commendable.
All in all, DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt is a wonderful film. It has its flaws, and while it may not necessarily be the best musical ever written, it is definitely an exemplary drama piece and biblical adaptation. The film is addictive and should be experienced at least once in everyone’s life; one need not be religious to benefit from it.

Swiss army man – Patrick Connolly

Let’s play a game of imagination, shall we? Imagine that there’s an island in what seems to be the middle of nowhere. Now, say that this island is populated by characters portrayed Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, and Paul Dano uses Daniel Radcliffe as pretty much anything you can think of, such as a jetski, a flying animal and yes, even a living and breathing Swiss-Army knife. Oh, and for the icing on the cake, let’s say that Daniel Radcliffe also portrays a farting dead corpse throughout the beginning of the film.

That’s not even scratching the surface. A film like “Swiss Army Man” appeals to the crowd of weirdos out there who love anything that’s flat-out bonkers. I am among that crowd, and while I don’t think it’s a perfect film by any stretch, it’s easily one of the most “out-there” moviegoing experiences I’ve had in awhile.

As mentioned previously, the story focuses on Hank (Paul Dano) who discovers a dead corpse on the sands of the island. This dead corpse is named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe), and throughout the film, Hank uses Manny as not only a means of survival on the island, but also as a means for connection from the isolation he feels.

Directed by a duo of brothers called Daniels, this is a film that is deceptively thoughtful. Despite being an absurd premise with an abundance of absurd moments, the film surprisingly touches on how society likes to condemn those who are different from other people. Believe me when I say that farting, used in the context of this film, is actually there to support this message.

Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano are absolutely amazing in this film. They are the only characters featured for the majority of the film, and they carry it with a strong sense of confidence and gusto.

The film falters in the final third, where it begins to over-think its message. While well-intentioned, it’s a bit too much for my taste. A part of me wishes that it had carried its absurd energy all the way through, since it almost becomes too earnest for its own good.

Still, it’s better to do too much rather than too little, and if “Swiss Army Man” is a film that dares to be even more than a “farting corpse” movie, then more power to it.

‘Stranger Things’ to come – Sara Massa

The production of new  Netflix original series is something that we have grown accustomed to over the past few years. Series such as “Daredevil” and “Orange is the New Black” have been getting more attention than many shows airing on actual television.

The newest addition to Netflix’s original series is “Stranger Things,” and it lives up to its name. The show follows a group of outcasts in a small Indiana town who are pulled into mayhem and mystery when a local boy goes missing. The show has an amazing way of keeping you guessing on certain topics, and even as the first season came to a close, there were still a couple of questions left unanswered.

A big positive to the series is the creativity of the weirdness going on in the town. There are a lot of shows that tend to do the same thing over and over, so when a unique show like “Stranger Things” comes to light, people take notice.

Despite its positive points, this excellent program is not without its faults. One thing I didn’t care for was the character evolution of Nancy (Natalia Dyer), who is the sister and eventual member of the outcast group. The way Nancy went from a regular teenage girl to a girl who knows how to kick butt and be awesome was too much like the character of Alison in “Teen Wolf” for my taste.

Still, I would like to see what happens to her and everyone else in season two, which should be available on Netflix sometime next year. Hopefully the creators of the show, Matt and Ross Duffer, can keep the strangeness going and answer some questions that we were left with at the end of season one.

When the night “Matters” – Louisa D’Ovidio

St. Lucia played the Fete Music Hall last weekend in an explosion of 80s synth pop and glitter, following the release of their sophomore album “Matter,” with opener “Sofi Tukker” kicking off the night.

The band’s first album, “When the Night,” was met in 2013 with critical success in international markets and in the U.S., hitting Billboard’s top 200 albums. Both St. Lucia’s albums are filled with confident, shimmery synth pop, dramatic drums and seductive saxophone bridges, and of course their live show followed suit.

St. Lucia performed many singles from their newly-released album “Matter” and fewer from their first endeavor, but fans of their old singles like “Elevate” and “The Night Comes Again” will not be disappointed in the continuation of their buoyant sound in “Matter’s” singles.

The show was also a homecoming of sorts for the the opening duo “Sofi Tukker,” who are both Brown University graduates.

Rogue Island comedy festival – Mike Dwyer

This Columbus Day weekend, brave the bridge like a true Islander and head to Newport for the second annual Rogue Island Comedy Festival. Spanning four days Oct. 6-9 and spread across three venues. There will be dozens of veteran comics descending upon the island colony to throw down some hilarity and hoopla for a festival “dedicated to nothing but laughter.”

The founder Doug Key, who styles himself as a “total Rhode Island history nerd” has infused the theme and name of the festival with inspiration from our state’s infancy. Key gave some insight on the meaning of the title, “Rogue Island was a derogatory name given by Massachusetts Bay Colony after they banished Roger Williams and other ‘dissidents’ for believing in separation of church and state… Rogue Island, it’s where all the rejects went… I’m embracing the slur.” He went on to say, “There’s a double meaning… comedians are always travelling by themselves so you could say that comics go rogue.”

Doug Key recently went rogue himself, leaving his home state about two and a half years ago to pursue stand-up comedy in the gritty and “over-diluted” market of New York City. “Oh yeah! I didn’t just leave Rhode Island, I left Newport! And that’s more of a feat than leaving the state,” he said.

Key started The Wasted Talent Show, rounding up seasoned comics to perform in front of packed and plastered crowds in our small community. The name was originally a joke for the comedians, many of whom already had impressive credits in their resumes and might have otherwise lamented that such a small and unseen venue was a waste of their talent. However, it found a following with the locals, who were drawn to the original brand of BYOB events. “This town has a lot of charisma, a lot of character, and they like their booze… There’s so many funny people in this town who aren’t comedians, so many characters walking down the street. I felt there needed to be a form of art, if you will, dedicated to it.”

The comedy world comes with a lot of politics, etiquette and territory. Anyone who has dipped their toes into the industry could tell you how rivalries can become a barrier to the burgeoning scene. Gracious to his team, and humbled by the support from local sponsors who help make the event happen, the humorous history buff admirably said, “we are founding it” when speaking of the festival, the first in the Ocean State.

The festival kicks off Thursday Oct. 6 and runs through Sunday Oct 9, providing a chance for locals to congregate, cackle and support local comedy. Showtimes are at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. and will take place at Brick Alley Pub, Studio 3, and the birthplace of the Wasted Talent Show, Firehouse Theatre. For more information, or to purchase tickets beforehand, visit the festival’s website at www.rogueislandcomedyfest.com.  

PRONK! – Mike Dwyer

Kicking off Indigenous People’s Day at Burnside Park in Downtown Providence is the ear splitting ruckus that is PRONK! (Providence Honk Festival.) Creating an alternate narrative to mainstream culture, PRONK! brings together “outfits and misfits from Rhode Island and beyond” for an all-out cacophonous brawl of music and revelry.  

The HONK Festival of activist street bands began as the brainchild of the Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band of Somerville, Massachusetts. Putting out the call for other musicians to gather in a mass of melody and might, this horde of horn players put on the first festival in 2006 when artists from around the country descended on Davis Square and filled the air with sweet brass. Since its inception, the concept has spread to other major cities such as New York, Seattle, Austin, Detroit and of course, beloved Providence.

For better insight, it’s best if I allow the artists to speak for themselves. According to their manifesto, PRONK! “…seeks to utilize the the visual and auditory noise of artists and local, national and international street bands to highlight the important work of activists making change in our own community.” For the full manifesto, you can visit their website at providencehonkfest.org.

The celebration kicks off in Burnside Park at 3 p.m, followed by a parade that will take over South Water Street. All are welcome to attend, and more importantly, PRONK! is still looking for community members who would be so gracious as to host bands during the festival. If you would like to help, you may contact them through Facebook.

How to pack the perfect gym bag – Sophie Costa

 

Putting together a well-organized, smart gym bag is one of the most crucial steps to getting your sweat on. You don’t want to be at the gym without something that you desperately need in order to have a productive session. Here are a few tips to composing the most useful gym bag:

First, get a bag that will fit everything that you need. If you’re just doing cardio, small bags are just fine. However, if you incorporate lifting or other strenuous non-cardio activities, you may need something a bit larger. Inside your gym bag, you should always have an extra set of clothes. You never know what will happen, so it’s always best to be prepared with a second set of everything.

The next vital gym bag item is a towel, so if your gym does not supply them, I suggest you bring your own. Being able to wipe your face off will cool you down and enable you to keep pushing through. If you are a lifter or a rower, bring your own handgrips and chalk. Trust me, your hands will thank you for this. Heavy lifting and constant repetition of rowing can really tear your hands apart. Handgrips will also keep your skin tears from touching the gym equipment, therefore preventing any open cuts making contact with bacteria.

Many people like to shower at the gym, so if that is your preference, bring travel size shampoo, conditioner and soap. Another basic item is a pre or post workout snack and tons of water; many gym goers and athletes swear by pre-workout snacks and cannot workout without that boost of energy. Water by far is the most crucial part of working out; without sipping on some water during a hard session, you will feel weakened and dehydrated. Many people forget to drink water during and just chug it afterwards, this will upset your stomach and minimize your workout abilities.

Last but not least: headphones. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten headphones and had to turn around and go get them. Listening to music while you’re adrenaline is pumping is a feeling like no other, and having a killer playlist is half the battle when it comes to exercise. Gym bags are always tailored to the person using the bag, and once you start working out, you will know exactly what you need.