The Art of Kindness

By Stephen Brennan

With the 5th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Cleveland Browns select, Trent   Richardson, former RB out of Alabama. This is what Trent Richardson is hoping to hear on Thursday, April 26th and finally fulfill his lifelong dream of playing RB in the NFL. Trent is the top running back prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft and his bulky size and forceful downhill running are very appealing to certain teams in the NFL. But, about a week ago this was not the most important thing happening in his life.

On Friday, April 13th, Trent Richardson had a couple more things to worry about than what was going to happen in the NFL Draft. Introduce, Courtney Alvis who is a 17 year old high school senior but, who is also a cancer survivor. Courtney had to miss most of junior year because of kemo treatments and there had been a lot of rocky times in her life. But on April 13th everything seemed to change when Courtney was getting ready for prom. She finally had all of her hair back, she was confident, Courtney was beginning to look like her old self, but because of the treatments she missed out on a lot of things and did not have a date to the prom.

That’s right folks, Trent Richardson took Courtney to her first prom. What a great night for both of them, Courtney won prom queen and I am sure Trent had a fun time answering everybody’s questions and signing all of those autographs. Trent was quoted as saying, “I’m not doing this just to make someone happy, this was my choice, my mother is also a cancer survivor so this is something that I wanted to do.” He’s an animal on the field, Trent Richardson might just be one of the nicest guys to ever come through the NFL, and would be the perfect face of a franchise down the road.


Ty Burr at Lasell

By Lindsey Jones

Movie critic Ty Burr will visit Lasell College on Tuesday April 10, 2012. Burr’s presentation is titled “The Future of Movies” and will be sure to engage the audience with his experience and expertise of the journalism field. The presentation will be held in DeWitt Hall at 12:30pm. Throughout the presentation Burr will share information about technical and cultural aspects of film.

Ty Burr studied film at Dartmouth College and New York University. He then began his career in the 1980’s. Burr started at Home Box Office, where he helped program Cinemax pay-cable service. From there, Burr worked for Entertainment Weekly as the chief video critic for the magazine. Burr has also had experience covering and critiquing music, film, theatre, and books. In July 2002, Burr began working as a film critic for The Boston Globe.

Throughout his career, Burr has written three books. The latest book that was published, The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together, was released in 2007. Burr’s other books were published in 1999 and 1998. These books are, The Hundred Greatest Movies of All Time, and, The Hundred Greatest Stars of All Time.  Along with the numerous amount of work Burr has done, he has also written articles for several major publications including the New York Times, Spin and the Boston Phoenix. Currently, Burr is a member of the National Society of Film Critics and The Boston Society of Film Critics. He also lives in Newton Massachusetts along with his wife and his two daughters.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Donahue Institute and the Department of Communication. Students, especially ones studying communication, are urged to attend this presentation as a way to learn even more about the world of journalism. Along with Burr’s presentation, free pizza will be provided to all that attend.


RIP Mike Wallace

By Anthony Carnevale

Legendary 60 Minutes interviewer Mike Wallace died April 7, 2012. Wallace, whose career spans six decades, was 93 years-old. Wallace was a legend in the his profession, and made 60 Minutes a must watch for years. The news of his death has sparked an outbreak of several politicians and journalists paying their respects to Wallace via social networking. Of these posts some include ones from Anderson Cooper, Ann Curry, and Robin Roberts.

Wallace served as a reporter until 2008 when he received heart surgery. Wallace was the first person hired in 1968 for first 60 Minutes staff. The show however was not a favorite right away. It was not until 1977-1978 that the show reached the Top 10 and was a staple for years. Wallace was the face of the show for many of those years. It wasn’t until 2001 that the streak in the Top 10 was broken.

60 Minutes is credited with being a founding father in the surprise interview. Wallace was known best in his interviews for his “follow up” questions. He is also known for his tough interviews with Richard Nixon’s first aide John Ehrlichman during the Watergate scandal, and with his remarks to Barbra Streisand.

During his long career Wallace was the recipient of 21 Emmy awards. During his career, although it is known for his time with CBS, was not all. He also spent time as a game show host in the early part of the 50’s. He also did interview work for ABC in the 50’s. Wallace started his career at CBS in 1951, but it was not until 1963 that Wallace became a full-time newsman on CBS. Wallace was born on May 9, 1918 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He began his career in the 1940’s. He was also married four times in his life. His current wife, along with his son, stepdaughter, and stepson are still alive.


The Hunger Games, Soundtrack Success

Meghan Crozier

Could there be any bigger of a series right now? Not only the number one book, film and now soundtrack in the country, we are watching “The Hunger Games,” take over the charts in every category. For such a highly anticipated film such as this, there is always the chance that the final product won’t live up to its’ hype. An extremely rare trifecta was however the result of games. This week, “The Hunger Games” is the top movie at the box office. “The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond” is the number one album in the country. And, finally, Suzanne Collins’ original novel, “The Hunger Games” — the first in a trilogy that includes “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay” — is the number one book.

The movie, about teenagers forced to fight to the death on live television, has taken in $248.5 million since it opened on March 23, already making it the year’s top-grossing film. The soundtrack featuring songs from a range of eclectic artists such as Arcade Fire, Taylor Swift, Kid Cudi and Maroon 5 has an extremely wide variety of sound. As a music enthusiast myself, I am overly impressed with this album which has shot to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart this past Wednesday, following the film’s record-setting opening weekend.

The soundtrack sold 175,000 copies last week and is also the first film soundtrack to debut at No. 1 since Michael Jackson’s concert film “This Is It” topped the chart. The soundtrack’s top single “Safe and Sound,” by Swift and The Civil Wars, was also released in December as the film started gaining buzz, and then clocked in at No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

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Not far behind “The Hunger Games,” elsewhere British singer Adele held onto the No. 2 spot with her Grammy-winning album “21,” followed by indie rock band The Shins, who put out their fourth studio album, “Port of Morrow,” at No. 3 which has earned itself a big reputation since its debut. You can always listen to the soundtrack on Spotify, which is my music go-to for simplisity and convenience, however the albumn may also be purchase on Amazon. The film is also still in theater’s and is a must-see for all you trilogy lovers, be sure to check local listings for showings.

 


Whitney Houston’s Autopsy Revealed

 

By Anthony Carnevale

America was taken back by the sudden death of musical icon Whitney Houston.  Houston’s unexpected death came on February 11, 2012. Houston had struggled with a highly publicized use of cocaine. She had been in the news several times for cocaine use with her then husband Bobby Brown.

CNN reports that Houston’s body was found face down in her hotel bathtub, with only 12 inches of “extremely hot water.” The autopsy showed that Houston’s drowning had been due to “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.” The Los Angeles County autopsy was cut short in details about the singer’s death. CNN acquired the help of addiction medicine specialist, Dr. Drew Pinsky. Pinsky implied that Houston could have surcome to a seizure due to the use of cocaine. She could have also been combined with alcohol and another prescription drug.

Pinsky said, “To me, a sudden drop off in the Xanax level, a drop off in your alcohol consumption, add cocaine, that’s a recipe for a seizure”and  “Somebody who’s now upside down in a bathtub could easily seize and drown.” An empty bottle of Xanax and empty beer bottles were found in her hotel room. Due to Houston being found face down in hot water, multiple minor burns were found on her face. Also, in the autopsy signs of minor heart disease were found, but it was said that it was not a contributing factor.

When blood was drawn from Houston during her autopsy traces of cocaine were found in it. It was determined that Houston used cocaine moments prior to her death. A spoon was found with white powder along with a piece of paper rolled up in her hotel bathroom. Traces of cocaine were also found on her bathroom counter, drawer, and at the bottom of her mirror. Several prescribed pill bottles were also recovered in her room.

Besides cocaine, a test indicated that marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril, and Benadryl were found in her system. The last time that Houston was seen alive was by her personal assistant. She was seen in her hotel room at 3pm. When her assistant came back to get Houston at 3:35 pm, who was supposed to be getting ready for a Pre-Grammy party, Houston was found face down in her bathtub. Houston was not moving. Paramedics were called and  arrived 10 minutes later. By 3:55 she was pronounced dead.

Whitney Houston was well-known for her soulful voice and recognized most for her hits “I Will Always Love You” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” She was a multi-platinum recording artist and actor. Houston has sold over 170 million records. Houston’s funeral was broadcast live on CNN, and viewed by several millions. Several artists such as Jennifer Hudson, have done tributes for Whitney. America was stunned by her unanticipated death, and it is sad to see that her publicized “demons” contributed to her untimely death.


Gone Off The “Deep” End?

By Ryan Scerra

Former hip hop duo, Mobb Deep, seem to have finally lost all patience with each other. Co-founder of Mobb Deep, Havoc, just yesterday went on a twitter rant calling out the other co-founder of the duo, Prodigy, of being a fake.

In the rant, put together by hiphopDX, Havoc discusses how Prodigy had sexual relations with other inmates while incarcerated. Prodigy was serving a three year term for a gun-possession charge. He was released on March 7, 2011.

Mobb Deep is considered as one of the greatest hip hop groups in the history of the industry. They claimed this spot on the throne with their debut album, The Infamous, which is considered as one of, if not the best hip hop album ever made.

Now there is a massive buzz circulating around the internet today after the recent comments made by Havoc suggesting Prodigy having sexual intercourse with inmates while in jail.

Havoc stated: “P IS HIDING!!! IM GONNA SHOW U P GETTING KNOCKED OUT!!!!!!!!!!!! WATCH HE TRY TO DODGE ME!! THINK ABOUT IT… HOW COULD HE SAY,,, QB MURDERERS ??? LETS DO A ONE ON ONE!!!!! ME AND P!!! HE SO BUTTTT HE WILL AVOID!!!!

Many hip hop fans are very upset by these recent allegations. Whether they are true or not is not the issue, it’s the fact that an iconic hip hop duo have officially became enemies.

“It’s a sad day in hip hop” stated Ghostface Killah, member of the famous Wu-Tang Clan, via twitter. Prodigy doesn’t have a twitter account but the news is sure to hit him soon enough. The question is how Prodigy will react and what will happen.

Havoc seems to be sending an open invitation to Prodigy to fight. My question is why is Havoc trying to start this controversy. Sure none of us knows what happened behind those prison walls, but what happened there isn’t news to share with the entire world. In my opinion Havoc should just keep his mouth shut and settle this in person with Prodigy like a man.

Fortunately for fans, music lasts a lifetime. All hip hop fans should feel blessed to have be able to go back and listen to the hip hop glory that is Mobb Deep. If “The Infamous” is not yet in your Itunes, you haven’t truly completed your hip hop library.

Hopefully these two can settle their differences. If not we still have songs like Shook Ones Part 2 for us to reminisce over and enjoy forever. You can listen to the song below.


Can Pinterest compete?

By Lindsey Jones

It is evident that people love social media websites. Websites such as Facebook and Twitter give people a since of unity, and makes them feel that they belong. These websites allow people to share their moments, pictures, and thoughts to the world. People also connect with anyone they could ever imagine through these websites. It is clear that these websites have unlimited benefits, but how will the world react to a new social media website? Introducing Pinterest. This social media website, different from the rest, gives people the ability to share their favorite items, dream rooms, and ultimately their personalities through what they pin on their boards. No matter the features that the website may possess, it is still a mystery how it’s popularity will stack up against the front runners in the social media race.

Pinterest is like no other social media website that people have seen before. At first glance, people realize this fact. To sign up, a person is required to request an invite. After they receive an invitation from the website, members can begin to pin. People can pin whatever their heart’s desire, and gives people the opportunity to be as creative as they want. Even though that this website is nothing like the social media websites that are out there, Yahoo said that in the past few months Pinterest has become the 16th most visited website on the internet.

Pinterest is mainly geared towards woman. In my opinion, this is the websites major downfall. Since the website is only appealing to women at this time, it is losing many potential members. Pinterest acts as an online dream board, showing others what people love and want. People try to identify themselves on this website by showing off their personal style. Pinterest also sparks creativity within women, showing off an array of DIY projects that they themselves can manage to create.

Social media websites are the reality of today. People crave these websites to keep them updated on want to know information. With a new website on the scene, one can only assume that it can not compare to ones such as Facebook and Twitter. Even though right now it has sparked popularity, it wont always be that way. Since the website does not appeal to all, people will one day forget about it, and it will lose its fan base.