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.
This week, the popular clothing store Abercrombie and Fitch is under fire for a fake website that has been put up not by them. The website features a mass amounts of the clothing store’s products on their site, with a twist. One pair of cargo brown pants, that were posted on the website, had a racist title to them. The company has released many statements claiming that the website was not published by them, and they are working hard to find the culprit and bring them to justice.
Founding in 1892, Abercrombie and Fitch serves to consumers aged 13 to 22, and has 300 stores in the United States. The American retailer carries an array of casual clothing. The company also has many other brands, that have branched out into their own stores, expanding the Abercrombie brand.
Today, people are shocked to what has happened with the fake websites. Bosses of the company are shocked and disgusted, and promise that the website will be taken down. The company realizes that this stunt will have a negative effect on their brand, and they are keeping people updated with their progress on stopping this website.
This isn’t the first time that the company has been under fire for a racial issue. In 2004, the company was speculated of being racist, for their lack of diversity in their advertisements. Also in that year, Abercrombie was sued for hiring only white workers, and not African American.
The brand itself is expanding, causing a rise in popularity. Along with the abundance of Abercrombie and Fitch stores open, they also own other successful stores including Hollister, Abercrombie kids and Gilly Hicks. Stores have also gone international, opening stores in places such as Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
A representitve for the company has told TMZ, “”We do not condone racist language. This is a counterfeit website and we have initiated legal proceedings to shut it down.” Even though the company is working hard to promote that they are not behind the fake website, it has not been taken down yet.
By Lindsey Jones
On February 10, 2012 the romantic film The Vow hit theaters everywhere. The film, staring A-listers Rachael McAdams and Channing Tatum, followed two newlyweds and their love story. A few months into their marriage, the character portrayed by McAdams suffers a brain injury, receiving memory loss, which leads her to forget her husband. The movie not only received the top spot at the box office its opening weekend, but has also shed a light on the true story the movie was based on.
Kim and Krickitt Carpenter’s life was transformed forever on November 23, 1993 after a devastating car accident. After receiving a massive head injury, Krickitt was left in a coma for several weeks. When she awoke, Krickitt had lost all memory of her husband. Kim persevered and was determined to stick by his wife through everything. “I’m no hero, I made a vow,” Kim said, about being a dedicated husband throughout his wife’s recovery.
The movie highlights the story of the couple, letting the audience peek into the romantic story of two lovers being disconnected by memory loss. Throughout the theater, sounds of sniffles could be heard by many movie goers, as they watched the story unfold, wondering what would happen next.
Along with the movie, there was a book adaption of the Carpenter’s story. The book has recently been updated with an extra chapter that includes more about the real story of the Carpenter’s and a photo insert showing pictures of the real Carpenter family.
The movie was very well received by critics, but is geared towards mostly to women. There were many tear jerking moments and many scenes were relatable to audiences by tackling family issues and personal struggles. There was some talk about the ending of the movie and how people were not satisfied with the way it was, but many other people believe that it ended fine. A freshman at Lasell College, Sarah Buckley says, “The ending of the movie leaves it up to interpretation, and really lets you imagine what happened between the couple. The movie keeps you on your toes the entire time, and you couldn’t really see how it was going to end, but overall I was happy with it.”
Before the credits began, audiences realize that the story is based off the real life experiences of the Capenter’s. It is then revealed the Krickitt Carpenter never regained her memory, but got remarried to her husband years later, after falling back in love once again. Their true life story highlights the strength of love, and the lengths some people will go to, to keep their love alive. The Vow is still in theatres, and would definitely be recommended by many people. Near Lasell College there are two theaters.
By Lindsey Jones
Interested in new experiences? Well look no further than the semester program at American University in Washington D.C. Lasell College is now offering this semester long program for willing students. This program is perfect for students ready for new challenges and new surroundings. If you’re a student ready for an exciting semester in our nation’s capital, take the leap and apply for the program.
Located right in the center of our capital, American University is a hub of excitement. AU is a private, liberal arts college that enrolls over 6,000 students in their undergraduate class. The university is known for its political activism. Since 2006, the college has been recognized several times by Princeton Review for being the most politically active college. AU has a lot of opportunities to offer students.
The area is also another reason to think about enrolling in this semester program. Not only is Washington an interesting and historic place, it houses some fabulous restaurants and shopping areas. It is easy to say that if a student engages in this semester program they will not be bored or regret it in any way. If you’re a student interested in attending the program and want to know more about the university, you can visit the AU’s website.
College should be full of new experiences and memories, and this would be a great way to branch out. Not only will a student be learning a lot, they also have the opportunity to meet new people, make connections in a new place, and study somewhere new. Applications were due March 1, 2012., but for more information contact Sarah Burrows through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Lindsey Jones
On February 16 in the Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center, Bob Weick captured the spirit of Karl Marx in his show, Marx in SoHo. Throughout his performance, Weick captivated audiences by acting out the real life of Karl Marx. Students and faculty, all there for different reasons, left with a new view on capitalism and America.
Bob Weick travels around the country acting as theorist Karl Marx, preaching his ideology to people everywhere. The show begins with a short film introduction. During the film, people begin to see what Marx’s ideas really were, and how they are related to today’s society. The introduction also captures who Howard Zin was, and talks about his work. After the introduction, Weick comes on stage, immersed in his character, as Karl Marx.
Weick started his show by explaining what his ideas were all about. After the audience had a grasp on Marx’s beliefs, he began talking about his personal life, getting deeper into why he felt the way he did. Weick as Marx mesmerized audiences, telling stories about his life by constantly instituting passion within his voice. After reflecting on his life, he began connecting his beliefs with today’s society. This part of the show engaged the audience the most, because it was a section that they could connect with personally.
Marx in SoHo was a great show for anyone to enjoy. When asked about her thoughts on the show, freshman Maddie Newton, 19, said she, “didn’t have a strong background with communism or Karl Marx but some of the points made me alter my view on how different our world could be.”
Throughout his life, Marx had the goal of changing the way the world looked, and with a play like this one people finally have a chance to see what Marx really envisioned. For more information about Bob Weick and the show click here.