It's an indisputable fact - American summer cinema is defined by gargantuan blockbuster films. As Batman swoops back into theaters, the "Star Wars" saga draws to a close and Johnny Depp dons a hat once worn by Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, blockbusters may rule summer 2005 even more so than usual.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
It's that time of the school year when the spring break tan has diminished and the D.C. weather is playing tease like a freshmen year hook-up with its on-again-and-off-again warm weather game. It's tough being a Southern girl in the Mid-Atlantic. I went home last weekend to enjoy wine as I tanned by the pool, only to be confronted with freezing temperatures as soon as I returned, along with a depressing amount of work and having to don my ragged winter garb.
Five years ago, Chicago natives Fall Out Boy weren't there to see their hometown become a breeding ground for an invasion of pop-punk bands. The band's hook-laden sound was out making waves across the country while setting the standard for aspiring musicians back home.
Girl's Opinion: "XXX: State of the Union" (Columbia Pictures) features Ice Cube as a rogue Navy Seals sniper who must stop Willem Dafoe from assassinating the president and restructuring the government in his perverted Jeffersonian conception. Naturally, Ice Cube does this with sweet explosions - everything he touches explodes.
Football is an activity that requires balance, coordination and huge muscles. Art, which requires small motor skills and an eye for detail, is a drastically different pursuit. Yet somehow, George Nock has been able to succeed in both professions, first as a running back for the New York Jets and the Washington Redskins, and now as a sculptor of bronze.
Legend has it that David Bowie once convinced Mick Ronson, lead guitarist for Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, to wear makeup by telling him it would help him get girls. Glam-band Louis XIV takes similar fashion cues from the Thin White Duke, as well as vocal cues from gutter bards Lou Reed and Iggy Pop.
The word Enron has become shorthand for corporate malfeasance, but the scandal itself was forgotten a couple years back. Then along came Alex Gibney's documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" (Magnolia Pictures) to remind us of all the damning details.
He's a man of a 1,000 voices - or a handful of really good ones, anyway. "Family Guy" creator and voice actor Seth MacFarlane is scraping whatever is left of his vocal cords to finish off the remaining episodes of the on-again-off-again animated series. He's pulling double duty these days, voicing principle characters for his new series "American Dad" as well.
At The Hatchet's Student Association presidential endorsement hearings, nearly all candidates recognized medical amnesty for alcohol violations as a priority. Their proposals, however, lacked nuance and a basis in reality. Fortunately, GW is in the process of formulating a medical amnesty policy that better represents both student needs and University concerns.
The election of Benedict XVI, a man of firm faith and great wisdom, has already come into question. Many have asked why the college did not select a cardinal from the third world. Doing so may have signaled a new evangelization. The third world, however, is not where a new evangelization is needed.
It's the secondary education Catch-22: does one go to school to receive an education or go to school to find a job? Unlike the utopian ideal of the collegiate academic experience where days are spent scouring library stacks, debating political theory with friends and professors living and breathing their subject matter with their students, GW students get the experience of how to network, how to get an internship and how to graduate with a job.
When I opened up my April 25 issue of the Hatchet to read "SJS targets APES, Sigma Alpha Epsilon with Facebook" (p. 1), I found something particularly shocking. No, it was not that the University is using a public Web site to investigate alleged rules violations by off-campus, unaffiliated groups with a history of breaking the rules.
Thursday Alpha Kappa Alpha Bake Sale 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marvin Center H Street Table Sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority Space Career Panel 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Elliott School Commons Sponsored by the GW Space Society Battle of the A Capella Groups 7 to 9 p.
Shakour still unable to pass legal advisor through Senate While the Senate rejected two presidential cabinet nominations Tuesday night, difficulties in selecting the Student Association's top legal advisor showed political divisions between the executive and legislative branches.
The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity raised about $4,000 for the nonprofit D.C. Firefighter's Burn Foundation at its first annual Pike Fireman's Challenge on April 15. Seven of GW's eight sororities competed in the challenge's various events. The Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority won the challenge.
The April 21 SA Notes (p. 2) erroneously reported that sophomore Daniel Balke (ESIA-U) will chair the Senate Finance Committee. Balke will chair the Student Life Committee; junior Michelle Tanney (U At-Large) will chair the Finance Committee. Due to a production error, a sentence in the article "Freshman out of ICU" (April 25, p.
FAIRFAX, Va. - Virginia may be for lovers, but some state lawmakers protested what they called an inappropriate display of sex at George Mason University on Monday. The Sextravaganza sexual health fair received heated criticism from two Virginia legislators who said the event would disgrace the school - a claim disputed by event organizers and university administrators.
After sophomore Amrita Karve's friend died when she was in middle school, the student knew she wanted to devote her life to healing people. "When my friend died from an aneurysm in eighth grade, I became more religious," Karve said. "Understanding how people coped with life and death catalyzed my interest in medicine.
University officials hope a big green box will make campus greener. On April 8, a 50-inch green solar-powered trash compactor called the BigBelly was installed in the center of Kogan Plaza, said Eric Hougen, project manager in the Office of Business and Operations.
In 1947, Harry Truman was president, the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first televised World Series and NBC's "Meet the Press" debuted on television. It's also the last time the GW golf team made the NCAA Tournament.
The GW baseball team came back from a four-run deficit for an 8-7 victory over James Madison University at Barcroft Park on Wednesday. The victory made it a season sweep of the Dukes. The Colonials (26-13, 7-5 Atlantic 10) won the first match-up of the year 8-4 in 11 innings.
Threats of Bodily Harm 4/22 - Gelman Library - case closed A dispute between a manger and an employee at Starbucks escalated when the employee's boyfriend came in and threatened the manager. Both left the scene. The case was referred to Starbucks management.
(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON - Medical students, faculty and administrators around the country will hold demonstrations, panels and classroom discussions in the first week of May to draw attention to a growing epidemic of Americans living without health insurance of any kind.
(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON - Saving money for retirement may not be on the minds of many college students. But in his push to transform Social Security, President George W. Bush hopes to reach out to the 20-something age group. The President wants to add individual investment accounts to Social Security so that workers could invest in stocks and bonds and watch the money grow as they age.
(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON - "Habemus papam", Latin for "We have a pope" were the words heard around the world last Tuesday when the election Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, was announced. The 78 year old Cardinal was elected by the College of Cardinals as the 265th leader of the Catholic Church, after only the second day of conclave at the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City.
(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON - Since the civil rights movement, racial minorities have made great strides in the world of higher education. Yet when it comes to graduating on time, many are still at a disadvantage. Even as college enrollment among minorities continues to rise, the latest figures from the Department of Education's graduation rate survey show a significant gap in rates for black and Hispanic students compared to their white peers.
(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON - Alex Libardoni, the top high school senior from his high school in Brattleboro, Vt., recently made his decision of where to attend college next year. After getting into all three schools he applied to, University of Vermont, Cornell University and University of Oklahoma, he had one main factor which he said aided him in making his decision: Scholarship money.
A handful of students began a 24-hour fast Wednesday afternoon in front of the State Department to urge the U.S. government to take action against the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. About 180,000 people have died in Darfur, and more than two million have been displaced from their homes since 2003, when the genocide started, according to an Associated Press report.
University officials said they are considering formulating a policy that would ease sanctions for students who call for or need medical assistance because of excessive alcohol consumption.
Last semester, freshman Ben Borden left his bicycle outside the Academic Center while he spent a couple of hours in the darkroom for his photography class. After three hours away from the outside world, Borden walked out of Smith Hall to find that his bike was gone.
As final exams approach, more students will start spending days and nights at Gelman Library. But, some students might be fitting in more social time than study time at Club Gelman.
Pegged with such adjectives as "misanthropic" and "morose," director Todd Solondz might be perceived as a disturbed individual. Like most things, there are layers to understanding his purpose as a filmmaker. In such instances, one might glance at Solondz's new film "Palindromes" (Wellspring) with a misconceived notion of the man who birthed it.
In the early 1980s, August Wilson set out to encapsulate the experiences of 20th century black culture. Although he purposefully set each of his plays in a different decade, it is important to understand that Wilson doesn't claim to be a historian. Wilson's memories of his mother are reflected in the fragmented collection of music and storytelling that characterize his Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Piano Lesson, currently playing at Arena Stage.
Hatchet: What pushed you to get involved in filmmaking and go to film school? Todd Solondz: After I went to college I thought I would never go back. I studied at Yale for undergraduate where I majored in English, and it was a waste of time. But now it is hip to go to film school, which has made it more competitive.
Let's face it. Pretty much everyone has been assigned to read Shakespeare's The Tempest at some point in his or her educational career. If not, I don't know how you got out of that one, as I personally have had to read and overanalyze the play twice. However, if you really have not had the pleasure of reading Shakespeare's last and shortest drama, here it is in a nutshell: Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, has been deposed by his brother, Antonio, and marooned on a remote island with his daughter Miranda.
Posted Thursday, April 28, 1:30 p.m. The D.C. Fire Department put out a small fire in a laundry facility dryer on the Mount Vernon Campus this afternoon. The cause of the small blaze has not been determined.