Calling all role models

By Lindsey Jones

The popular book series, that has now been adapted to a successful film, The Hunger Games, poses many important questions and points. One of these important points that makes people think is about the lead role. Since the premier, many fans and viewers have been wondering why there are a lack of strong female characters portrayed in movies? This question isn’t too outrageous to be asked, seeing as most of the time the lead in a movie is a man, not a woman. Katniss Everdeen clearly portrays a strong young woman, but where are the other strong women in Hollywood?

Jennifer Lawerence, who plays Katniss in The Hunger Games movie, portrays a strong independent woman. Her character Katniss is a fearless leader, and a great role model for young girls. Even though Katniss tries to empower young girls, there are many role models that do the opposite.

The media realizes that the young, pretty, and party girl type women is what people want to see. In result of the media and the influence that it has, many young girls have role models that are nothing to look up to. With reality television shows such as The Jersey Shore, portraying women partying and drinking, available to young girls, it is no wonder why so many girls are growing up too fast. Now, with the character of Katniss coming about, is it fair to say that the media must portray better role models for young girls?

Miss Representation, a website dedicated to promoting media literacy among women says that at age eight girls realize that they have the potential to be a leader. If a successful and responsible role model is not available to these young girls, that leadership quality will quickly be diminished. Hollywood now more than ever craves more strong women roles like Katniss Everdeen. She clearly shows young girls that they can be just as strong as fierce as boys are. She also promotes more desirable traits that young women should strive to achieve.


Bruins Ready for Repeat

By Anthony Carnevale

The Boston Bruins are ready for their run at a second consecutive Stanley Cup. The 2 seed Bruins open up the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the 7 seed Washington Capitals. The Capitals are led by their Alexander Ovechkin. The Bruins are looking to become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998 to repeat as Cup Champions.

The Bruins are coming off a 49-29-4 regular season record. The Bruins led the Northeast Division with 102 points. The Bruins survived a late season scare of the Ottawa Senators in the points race to clinch the division. The Bruins did not know who their first round opponent would be until the last day of the regular season, when the Senators lost to the New Jersey Devils and the Capitals beat the New York Rangers.

The Bruins were led in points in the regular season by the 20 year-old Tyler Seguin who racked up 67 points. Seguin also led the team with 29, which was one more than Brad Marchand. Patrice Bergeron led the B’s in assists tallying up 42, which edged out the 40 assists by team captain Zdeno Chara. Bergeron also was the team leader in +/- coloumn. Grinder and team enforcer Shawn Thornton led the Bruins in penalty minutes, with 154. This includes a league tieing 20 fighting majors for Thornton. Tim Thomas started 55 games in net for Boston. Thomas won 35 games, recorded a 2.36 goals against average, a .920 save percentage, and 5 shutouts.

The Bruins enter the playoffs, with a little bit of the injury bug. General Manager Pete Chiarelli announced that forward Nathan Horton has been shut down for the entire 2012 playoff campaign, with lingering concussion symptoms. Horton received a concussion in a January game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Horton also received a concussion in last year’s Stanley Cup Finals Game 3 that forced him to miss the rest of the series. This proved as fuel for the B’s as they upset the Vancouver Canucks in 7 games after trailing the Canucks 2-0. Defensemen Johnny Boychuck and Adam McQuaid are day-to-day. Boychuck is fighting a leg injury received against the Pittsburgh Penguins and McQuaid suffered an eye laceration against the Capitals. The future of backup goalie Tuukka Rask is also unknown as he is also recovering from an injury. Anton Khudobin will serve as backup until and if Rask returns.

Last year during the Bruins incredible and unforeseen title run they beat the Montreal Canadiens in the first round in 7 games, swept the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round, beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in 7 games, and deafeated the Vancouver Canucks in 7 games to caputre the Cup. The Bruins became the first team to win three Game 7s. This Playoff run will prove to be a rough road back, with the outstanding offense of the Capitals and the top-seeded Rangers along with the Penguins lurking in the Eastern Conference. The Western Conference is considered the power-house with the Canucks as the top-seed, and teams like the St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, and Detroit Red Wings.

Bruins fans should expect a entertaining first round, and hope for another roller coaster ride back to the Stanley Cup Finals.


What can you do with $5?

By Abbey Daniel-Green

Check out who can make a music video with $5.

Earlier this year the experimental progressive rock band from Boston, Art Decade released a new album entitled Western Sunrise.  Art Decade’s single from the album also entitled Western Sunrise, made technology nerds and animators everywhere cheer.

Why? The recently debuted music video for Western Sunrise was almost completed created using a $5 Ipad application. Hired by the band animator and director, Alexander Whitney used the app Procreate to make a unique moving painting as the video for Western Sunrise.

In an interview with mashable.com Whitney offered some recommendations for other animators, “I really recommend it to anyone who does storyboards, concept art and animators, filmmakers, producers, whatever- this is the future.” (Alexander Whitney) It took Whitney four months to create this beautiful moving painting, using the Ipad2.

Aside from using Procreate the most amazing $5 app ever, one might say, Whitney also stated that he used a little help from other design programs, “I used After Effects to compose all of the elements, and also to create elements like the water, mist, clouds, as well as the final paint filter called Video GoghMocha was used to track the position of the character.” Whitney also revealed that he used a iMac keyboard when creating this master piece. With four months of basically finger painting on an Ipad, Whitney had to invest in special orthopedic gloves to protect his fingers from the long days of pounding on the keys.

With all this hard work, Whitney definitely pleased Art Decade. Lead singer Ben Talmi said “Whitney actually ended up surpassing what I thought was even possible.” With life like paintings moving simultaneously to the next Art Decade without a doubt have to give it up to Whitney for creating an animation marvel.

Want to see how he did it?


Extreme Makeover Home Edition: A Materialistic View?

By Amanda Tyler

The show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that airs on the ABC network is a show thats main point is to find people with an unfortunate story or an unsafe home or both and demolish their existing house and rebuild the family a large, brand new home. Most of the time the story is tragic, heartbreaking and could bring you to tears, anyone with a heart would feel bad.

The house on the top is an example of a house the cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition decided to visit and rebuild. Before the project started, you can see the house is a small ranch. In the after photo you would not be able to tell that this is even the same lot. The new house is completely different and a lot larger.

before

 after

Cameras follow the cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for 7 days while the selected family goes on a “surprise,” paid vacation. The cast spends the 7 days demolishing the family’s house and rebuilding a brand new, extravagant house, consisting of large open spaces, amazing yards and at least one surprise along the way. The surprises could consist of famous guests, extra money for oil or groceries, cars and sometimes an “outside” company will pay the mortgage on the house so the family doesn’t need to worry about it.

Extreme Makeover has worked with Sears for many years now. In an agreement between Sears and Extreme Makeover, Sears appears in the show every week to donate appliances, tools, and more. An article focusing on Sears and their product placement campaign stated, “Not only does Extreme Makeover feature Sears brands like Kenmore, Craftsman tools and Land’s End…but the retailer itself is a character on the show, helping people solve problems and providing the good life to deserving people.”

If you take a second to think about the effects of these houses, the long-term consequences may not look so glorious after all. These houses are built for families who (most of) already have financial difficulty. After the cast comes and builds a whole new house, how are the families supposed to pay their mortgage on a house twice the size of the one they had before?

All in all the thought behind Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a wonderful thought, but does anyone really need the huge houses and the extravagant furniture, the meeting of celebrities or a brand new car? How do families, who are struggling financially before the show, pay for all the renovations and expenses it takes to own and take care of a huge home like the one above or below? Share your thoughts!

 


Boston-You’re my home

By Justyn Loguidice

Many say that they will travel anywhere if a good opportunity arises. To be brunt, I am not one of them. Growing up in New England has become a way of life. This custom lifestyle though at times mundane is something I have no interest in leaving anytime soon.

Do I wish I had the ability to change the abundance of cloudy days, the 5 months of cold and snow, of course I do, but it all adds to the lifestyle. Once you really sit back and look at it from a New Englanders’ perspective, it sure is tough to leave.

Once I graduate my responsibilites will be to enter the working world, but this working world is not going to change where I am or how I live my life. Time will be less abundant, money will be going to bills, but I will remain entranced in New England culture.

The ideal situation is to have a winter home in a warmer state, but to have no residency in New England is just not an option. While many complain (including myself), there truly is no place like it. From the sports to the people to the lifestyle, it is all unique.

Whether you are taking a walk along the Charles, going to a Red Sox game, going “up north” to New Hampshire to check out the foilage, New England offers and array of desires, desires that I cannot see leaving. To grow up here is something that I have cherished, and wouldn’t be something that I would willingly leave from. A ten below wind chill battering your face on a cold winters day is all part of the glory (For the most part)

New England is not made for everyone, and I truly feel it takes a special breed to live and prosper in it. If you are one of the lucky ones that is able to have grown up in such an environment, think of all the positives, and admire the location surrounding you. While it is not always perfect that Standells said it best: “Oh, Boston you’re my home” .


World’s Most Photogenic Guy, in a 10k Race

By Alyssa Lajoie

A simple picture of Zeddie Little Running a 10k race in Charleston, S.C. has given his life a complete 360.  Little is pictured in the middle of the race, running, surrounded by other runners, looking very tired and sweaty; Little, however, not so much.  His hair seems to be styled perfectly, not a drop of sweat on his face, and his pearly whites shining brightly as he runs along with the others.

This picture was found when a South Carolina native, Will King, was looking through photos from the Cooper River Bridge 10k race and he happened upon this picture of Little.  He immediately uploaded to his Flickr account because of how much Little stood out in the picture and the fame came instantly.

A friend of King’s dubbed Little “Mr. Ridiculously Photogenic.”  In an article on Yahoo! News by Chris Chase he said, “photoshop him out of that shot and put him in a family photo at Disney World and Little doesn’t look any more ‘ridiculously photogenic’ than anyone else.”

So if this is all true, why is this picture along with Little himself getting so much fame from all of this?   It all leads back to how much power Social Media has over our society.  The minute an unknown face gets a little bit of attention it becomes worldwide “news.”

He’s popping up everywhere from Facebook to Twitter and even as the face of many new Memes.  There’s even a Tumblr page where people can post their adaptions of their memes where Little’s face is in the background surrounded by sarcastic and witty remarks.  Little is getting so much attention but in reality, this man is just like anyone else out in the world, but he’s famous for running a marathon, looking good, and being captured doing both.  Surely anyone could do that if they just tried a little!


Summer in the city

By Alicia Deily

There is nothing quite like spending a summer in Boston; it is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately this also happens to be the time that most students flee the city, headed for their hometowns or on vacation. This year if you happen to find yourself staying in Boston for summer 2012, here is a list of four excellent ideas of how to spend your days off in the city:

1.       Head to the beach- Nothing says summer like spending the day at the beach. You don’t have to have a car either to enjoy laying out on the sand. There are several beaches that are easily accessible on the MBTA, by both bus and by train. There are beaches on the blue line that can be reached in 10-15 minutes from downtown Boston. Here are some specific beach ideas and exactly how to get there.

2.       Admire some art- Spending the day at the Museum of Fine Arts is the perfect way to pass a rainy summer day and learn something new. The best part is that admission is free for Lasell students, so don’t forget your school ID. An upcoming exhibit starting April 28 is, contemporary artist, Alex Katz who uses vibrant color in his work. Check out the MFA website for more information and events.

3.       Shop and sun-  Spend your shopping day on Newbury Street where you can soak up the sun and the atmosphere. If you start shopping in the morning at the ‘Hynes’ end of Newbury street and work your way down to the Boston Common by the afternoon, you will have just enough time to grab an iced coffee and lay out in the sunshine. It is the perfect ending to a shopping trip. For lunch, in between, I would suggest Stephanie’s, where you can dine alfresco.

4.       Sail the CharlesTake a class on kayaking or sailing on the Charles. You can take a boat out for a day or enroll in a longer series of classes. Check out more information about prices and dates at the Community Boating Website. There is no better way to see the city and to get out on the water. This happens to be the priciest option on the list but will make for an unforgettable experience.