November 19, 2019

Posts from "Arts & Entertainment"

  • Arts & Entertainment | Apr.11, 2013

    RETURN OF THE JONAI

    Picture this: hundreds and hundreds of gawky, brace-faced, barely-there teenyboppers squealing with delight every time the Jonas Brothers are near, losing their voices from screaming out song lyrics at crowded concert venues, and getting into heated debates over which brother of the three is the best. We can all remember that part of our young lives, and for the past three years, the

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    Pentatonix Sings Their Way To Stardom

    A cappella groups have been increasing in popularity over the last few years. America’s fascination with singing groups and reworked pop songs may have been piqued by Glee, but the interest has grown larger and more varied. The film Pitch Perfect, a movie about college a cappella groups, was released last fall, winning huge amounts of critical and popular praise. NBC has aired three seasons of The Sing-Off since 2009, with a fourth season slated to appear within a year. The show pits a wide range of a cappella groups against one another as they compete for a cash prize and a recording contract. The Sing-Off has featured talent from the United States and Puerto Rico, reaching from young teens to elderly, once-famous musicians hoping for a second chance in the industry. While all of the groups featured in the program have been extremely talented, one group in particular has really started to soar into popular consciousness. This group is Pentatonix.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    Where are they now? Cast of the O.C.

    The O.C., which was the big breakout show of the early 2000s, is still raved about by people of all ages. Fans of The O.C. have admitted to re-watching every season of the show because they cannot seem to get over their obsession. The hit show, which aired from late 2003 to early 2007, took place in the upscale community of the sunny, waterfront town of Newport Beach, Calif. The fictional series focused on teenagers and their families trying to survive the drama, scandals, constant rumors, love affairs, and troubles of Orange County. Benjamin McKenzie, who played Ryan Atwood, the bad boy from Chino who was taken in by lawyer Sandy Cohen, was loved by teenage girls everywhere for his harsh façade and kind heart. Ryan Atwood was immediately adored by viewers for meshing with his new family and new brother, Seth Cohen. McKenzie has since made a name for himself and won critical praise for his role as an L.A. cop in a more serious show, Southland. Mischa Barton, who played Marissa Cooper, the girl-next-door and on-and-off love interest of Ryan, was considered one of Hollywood’s “It Girls” after the premiere of the show. Marissa Cooper was dealing with the stresses of school and the divorce of her parents by battling with drugs and alcohol. Barton, who upset die-hard fans by quitting the show, went on to star in Ashton Kutcher’s television show, The Beautiful Life, and start up her own fashion line. With neither project being successful, Barton got into some DUI trouble and has laid low since then.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    Relay for Life: Because Everyone Loves a Birthday Party

    More birthdays. Longer life. Loved ones. Why do you Relay? This Friday, March 22, you will have the opportunity to show your support for those battling cancer, to celebrate cancer survivors, and to honor those who lost their lives to this disease. Providence College’s Relay for Life event, organized by the PC chapter of Colleges Against Cancer, will take place in Peterson Recreation Center and is open to all students. Relay teams have been formed, but individuals-even those who have not registered-are welcome. Relay will be a 24-hour event, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., signifying that “cancer never sleeps,” and teams are encouraged to have at least one member walking around the track at all times. PC’s Relay coordinators hope this year’s event, themed “Relay Around the World,” is as successful as the last. There will be activities going on throughout the night, and people can partake in everything from prize drawings to fitness and dance classes to Student Congress’ Pie-in-the-Face game to seeing a comedy show performed by Rejects on the Rise or Six Gents.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    A Note on Congress’s Funding Allocation Process

    Two issues ago, The Cowl published an article that included concerns regarding Student Congress’ allocation process. I am writing to provide a further explanation of the Student Congress’ allocation process, our methods of communication, and the steps that the body has taken in recent years to improve the allocation process and programming at Providence College. This year, Student Congress has made some substantial changes to the allocation process and clubs/organizations’ procedure, which will prove beneficial for our students in the future. Each year, Student Congress is given $550,000 to allocate to clubs and organizations. With the number of clubs increasing and the allocated amount staying the same, Student Congress is forced to make difficult budgetary decisions and implement regulations that are communicated via the Committee on Clubs and Orgs and Executive Board Training. Additionally, the Executive Treasurer of Student Congress holds a Treasurer Training Session. Clubs meet with the Student Congress during the first weeks of the semester to develop a budget. Line items within a club’s budget are meant to correspond directly to actual events/programs that will occur during the semester. A complete allocations budget is proposed to Student Congress one week and then voted upon the next by members who were directly elected to represent their class. The entire process is public and students are invited to attend and advocate for changes in budgets. Also, The Cowl publishes a weekly Student Congress update. Student Congress is committed to ensuring that students get the most for their money. I encourage all those who want more input on allocations to join us in the process by contacting their class representatives, coming to a meeting, or themselves running for a position on Student Congress.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    World Water Week: Think Outside the Bottle

    While a large portion of the world desperately seeks clean drinking water, developed nations such as the United States spend billions on bottled water even though clean tap water is available. The growing bottled water marketing industry has turned us against tap water, while in fact 40 percent of bottled water is actually tap water from municipal sources. Americans are willing to pay 10,000 times the cost of tap water for the privilege of drinking an inferior product. Bottled water is not held to the same standard testing as tap water and is not tested for E.coli. Unlike tap water, bottled water isn’t required to produce quality reports or even provide its source. The other 60 percent of your bottled water comes from privatized sources, often in third-world nations. Large corporations such as Nestlé or Coca Cola take advantage of poorer communities and buy up their water supply simply to make a profit. While you may believe that your bottled water comes from the bubbling glaciers of the Alps, it is more likely to have been stolen from a poor Bolivian village. The locals cannot afford the high prices of the privatized water and become victims to the prices of merciless corporations. It is an injustice that water is stolen from these third-world villages and sold to rich first-world nations in the form of bottled water! The Vatican has also spoken out against the use of bottled water, as water is a right to life.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    A Philosophical Look at the College Routine

    There’s something peculiar about the collegiate routine. Certain practices and thoughts are accepted without question simply because of societal customs and norms. For all the excitement surrounding the end of the week, I am in awe upon waking on Sunday morning, a moment that seems to be overlooked in college. Sure of minimalism, free from the incessant commotion of weekend nights. There’s no need on Sunday morning for such commotion, either. What a reassuring notion. There’s a particular stoicism across campus. The emptiness feels as though everyone disappeared. No one with whom to exchange awkward smiles, no one to connect with, and no desire to connect with others. There is a sudden withdrawal from dogmatism, the entrapment of living with the results of other people’s thoughts. No need for politics, alcohol, binge eating, or hookups. No cameras to smile for, no playlists to prepare, no dinner arrangements to follow. In a way, we become less dependent on others. Once realized, the freedom of Sunday itself ironically becomes an important part of this weekly cycle.

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    The Quiet

    Hidden down beneath my skin My heart beats fast but never bursts. The tongues cut fast like wind to flame, But I’ll say no words or lie awake. This sea won’t swell but simmers in the sun; And I’ll keep warm singing Achilles’ song.  

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    Almost Spring

    The breeze kissed my face, Tossing my hair across my shoulders, Breathing in my ear, Gently inhaling, exhaling, The warmth poured itself across my skin, Sweet sunshine seeping into my veins, My eyes were closed, My heart was open, And at that moment it hit me That I knew exactly what it meant To be infinite To be so wildly free that nothing could touch me So wildly free in this reborn warmth, With the breeze dancing around me And the birds singing softly And me Lying here Under an endless sky Forever Not thinking, just being, just feeling… Infinite.  

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  • Arts & Entertainment | Mar.21, 2013

    Blue Deep

    When unruly ripples Are running through, What is the anchor In the salty blue? I think gentle hands And stable feet Will not allow My nautical retreat. I’ve heard that honest lips And attentive eyes Can effectively prevent The tides to rise. Swirling around the salty blue, What is stable, And what is true? When I come crashing Into the crests, What is the solution That is best? And where can I find A nice life vest?  

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