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‘The Skeleton Twins’, charming and affecting

Saturday Night Live veterans Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are the leads in the film ‘The Skeleton Twins’, but be warned, this is not a comedy. The film premiered last January at the Sundance film festival and was released in the U.S. on September 12. An independent film, it was directed by Craig Johnson, who co-wrote the screenplay and has only one other film credit to his name, ‘True Adolescents’, that came out in 2009. The ‘Twins’ screenplay was co-written with Mark Heyman, who was the screenwriter of recent notable films ‘The Wrestler’ and ‘Black Swan’. The emotional baggage and familial detachment that occurred in ‘The Wrestler’ are the main topics of ‘The Skeleton Twins’. ‘The Skeleton Twins’ is about two almost middle-aged siblings Milo (Hader), and Maggie (Wiig), who begin the film each attempting to commit suicide. Estranged, the siblings haven’t spoken to each other for a decade, but… Keep Reading

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Husky Kickoff BBQ welcomes freshmen to campus

Beautiful weather was embraced at the Husky Kickoff BBQ in the Atwood Mall this Saturday. Free burgers, brats, and other foods were served to SCSU students as they sat outside and watched singer/songwriter Jason LeVasseur perform acoustic songs and set the mood for a cloudless September day. The event was organized by the University Program Board. Music and variety coordinator Daniela Blanton said this event was held to welcome freshmen to campus. Blanton said the music and variety committee worked in conjunction with the Husky Kickoff committee to put on the barbecue. “We’re here to enjoy ourselves while we’re young,” Blanton said in regards to the free campus events that UPB organizes. Freshman Dana Netteberg attended the barbecue and said she likes going to campus events because most of them are free to attend, there’s free food, and she likes meeting new people. The music and variety committee are responsible… Keep Reading

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Comedy duo Frangela tears up Ritsche Auditorium

“This is America” was a phrase repeatedly uttered by comedy duo Frangela during their show in Ritsche Auditorium this Friday night, organized by University Program Board. Laughs were had as the duo skewered friend and roommate archetypes, talked about their love of horror films, explained the concept of “theoretical vegetarianism”, and gave advice to SCSU students. Frangela is a Los Angeles-based duo of Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton, both of The Second City comedy troupe. They’ve appeared on the VH1 show ‘Best Week Ever’, the movie ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’, ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here’, ‘Hannah Montana’, and many other television shows and movies collectively. Around two hundred students watched Frangela make commentary on relatable topics such as odd given names, laziness, horror movies, friendships, and varied highs and lows of college life. The duo repeated several phrases in their show, telling stories that… Keep Reading

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Laughs abound for SCSU production of ‘Potter’ musical

‘A Very Potter Musical’ was an amateur and unofficial production about Harry Potter that was created in 2009 and put on YouTube by a group of University of Michigan students who have parodied other works of pop culture like ‘The Hobbit’ and Batman. They wanted to put their own spin on something they loved. Five years later, the SCSU Theatre department has recreated this production, adding a personal twist to it, in ‘Almost A Very Potter Musical’. For years I have been a fan of Team Starkid, the theatre company that created ‘A Very Potter Musical’. The show is responsible for Team Starkid’s explosion in popularity, and is the origin of popular ‘Glee’ actor Darren Criss. ‘A Very Potter Musical’ also spawned two sequels, and several more theatre productions, shows, and even concert tours, all from Team Starkid. I’ve watched the very lengthy, almost three hour-long play countless times. I… Keep Reading

Chilean art show impresses

An international art collaboration reached fruition last Wednesday with the launch of a new exhibition in the Kiehle Gallery. Students and faculty gathered to witness the unveiling of an exhibit showcasing the work of art students and faculty from the University of Concepción in Concepción, Chile, as well as a second mobile exhibit created by SCSU students in conjunction with Chilean artists. The exhibits explore the concept of art as being mobile and accessible to a diverse, public audience. The first of the exhibits is called Local vs. Foraneo, or Local vs. Foreign. The pieces in this collection were produced by students and professors from the University of Concepcion and curated by Chilean artist team Leslie Fernandez and Oscar Concha. In keeping with the theme of transportable art, all of the pieces in the Local vs. Foraneo collection can fold up and fit inside on carry-on suitcase. SCSU and the… Keep Reading

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Six Appeal performs the hits at the Atwood ballroom

September 24 was an exciting night for music on campus at SCSU with the performance of the award winning vocal group, Six Appeal. This group is a world-class ensemble based out of Minneapolis, Minn. that formed in 2006. The members of Six Appeal include high tenor, Jordan Roll, tenor Michael Brookens, low tenor Trey Jones, baritone Nathan Kickey, bass Reuben Hushagen, and vocal percussionist Andrew Berkowitz. With an extensive fan base throughout the Midwest, Six Appeal has not only entranced the a cappella world, but also the students attending the show Wednesday night. There were a variety of songs sung at the show. Crowd favorites included, “I Will Survive,” “Low Rider,” and “Circle of Life” from The Lion King. They even included a few original songs created by group members that can be found on their CD. As mentioned, Six Appeal is an a cappella group, meaning they produce their… Keep Reading

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Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War

‘Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War’ is a collection of stories from authors who came in direct contact with the recent American wars. Published as fiction, these stories share accounts of being stationed overseas, and the daily struggles of a returning soldier. Trends like readjusting and finding a place in society, alcoholism, coping with traumas and building functional relationships with friends and family are all prevalent within these stories. At certain points, the tales get gritty and can be hard to stomach. They give various perspectives of what war is like and how it can have such profound effects on the people involved. After reading this book, the mindset and experiences that are told within these stories are still a bit unreal for me. It’s hard to really grasp onto such things that seem like a nightmare. However, not every story shared the same intensity as others,… Keep Reading

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Marvel movie’s outta this world

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is the latest of the Marvel universe films to draw in crowds to the big screen. And overall, it does quite a fair job of capturing the attention and emotions of the audience. While a far different sort of Marvel film from the popular Avenger series and super hero movies such as ‘Thor’, ‘Captain America’, ‘Iron Man’ and the ‘Incredible Hulk’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ focuses heavily on the main character, Peter Quill played by actor Chris Pratt and his quest to earn a quick buck. After being abducted from Earth as a child—after a very sad and tear-jerking first scene—Quill is later taken under wing of an intergalactic ring of thieves, known as the Ravagers under the leadership of Yondu, played by Michael Rooker. Fast-forward 26 years to 2014 and we find Quill on the planet Morag attempting to steal an object called the Orb. … Keep Reading

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