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‘SVU’ season finale had it all-and more! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alyssa Ezon   
Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:18

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- There was no hiding that the season 13 finale of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” had a cliffhanger ending. ‘SVU’ stars like Ice-T and Danny Pino explained this episodes unusual ending in an interview with Yahoo!TV before it aired.

But man-oh-man, the seven million audience members who watched last night were in for a surprise when it actually happened!

“For the first time ‘Law & Order: SVU’ left me wanting more once the season ended!” said Lance Ringer, a Rutgers junior. “I can’t wait until the ‘SVU’ squad puts an end to this story."

This finale episode titled “Rhodium Nights,” had everything from sex, scandal, goats, escorts, and conspiracy.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 22:52
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The Beastie Boys’ feminist influence PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alyssa Roibal   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 16:57

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The music world is currently mourning the loss of Adam Yauch, otherwise known as MCA, of the New York hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, who died of cancer on Friday at the age of 47.

When most people think of the Beastie Boys, the first thing that springs to mind is the image of three young, rebellious kids who became famous in 1986 with the singles “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)” and “The New Style,” which featured lyrics like: "We rag-tag girlies back at the hotel/Then we all switch places when I ring the bell.”

But the boys grew up, realized that their attitude had been wrong and began to speak up about it. In the 90s, the group became committed to progressive causes and philanthropy. This change included a newly found respect for women, the most explicit example being MCA’s famous like from “Sure Shot”: “I want to say a little something that’s long overdue/ The disrespect to women has got to be through/ To all the mothers and sisters and wives and friends/ I want to offer my love and respect to the end.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:29
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Springsteen’s 'Wrecking Ball' speaks to Americans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brett Kimmins   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 16:48

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- After four years of the worst economic downturn in America’s history, Bruce Springsteen has come back to inspire hope and inner strength with his new album “Wrecking Ball.” It is fair to say that Springsteen alternates his sound and reinvents himself with every new record. “Wrecking Ball” is no exception. Springsteen has turned towards a combination of rock and roll fused together with gospel and the end result is something that grabs the listener’s attention with the intent to listen all the way to the end.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:31
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Teenager takes Seventeen Magazine to task over airbrushed photos PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hina Khaliq   
Monday, 07 May 2012 20:24

Eighth-grader Julia Bluhm sets the stage for open discourse between publishers of teen magazines and their targeted audience - but change is hardly around the corner.

PRINCETON, N.J. -- What started out as a few self-deprecating comments made at a ballet class quickly became the basis for an online petition sporting upwards of 50,000 signatures after 14-year-old Julia Bluhm decided to take a stand against Seventeen Magazine’s use of doctored images.

“To girls today, the word ‘pretty’ means skinny and blemish-free,” says Bluhm in the petition, which was directed at the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Ann Shoket. “Why is that, when so few girls actually fit into such a narrow category? It’s because the media tells us that ‘pretty’ girls are impossibly thin with perfect skin.”

Bluhm, a Maine-based blogger with SPARK, decided to take Seventeen Magazine to task after drawing a connection between the publication’s unnatural portrayal of women and the poor self-image that many girls feel as a result.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 15:08
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Jennifer Seibel Newsom delivers alarming documentary about images of women in media PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alyssa Roibal   
Monday, 30 April 2012 19:48

You can’t be what you can’t see: ‘Miss Representation’ discusses how American media is holding back its young girls

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The damage starts early.

“I remember in fifth grade, I was worried about my weight,” says Urenna, a California high school student. “Now I’m in ninth grade and I’m still worrying about my weight.”

“It’s all about the body, not about the brain,” says Ariella.

“I straighten my hair just so I can fit in,” says Alexis.

The last girl looks into the camera and asks, “When is it going to be enough?”

These are the girls we meet at the beginning of “Miss Representation”—a documentary, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, about girls’ body image, self-confidence and career aspirations, and how they are related to the portrayal of women in the media.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 21:58
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Through Twitter, Ricky Gervais reveals big plans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jacquelyn Gray   
Monday, 30 April 2012 19:32

Gervais takes to Twitter to thank British viewers for success of ‘Derek’, hints at possible U.S. broadcast for the series

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Ricky Gervais, known in the U.S. for his works of "The Office" and "Extras," may have another crossover hit to put under his belt.

Last week, Gervais tweeted, "Yes I definitely want a US release" for his  series "Derek" which the pilot was met with wide acclaim in Britain.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 22:00
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The new Rebecca Black? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jacquelyn Gray   
Monday, 30 April 2012 12:54

YouTube fans find another viral video they love to hate

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – A little more than a year after the song “Friday” by Rebecca Black gained notoriety, another YouTube video has gone viral that might make Black’s single look like a masterpiece.

The music video “Hot Problems” by Double Take was uploaded to YouTube on April 15. Double Take, which is made up of 17-year-olds Drew Garrett and Lauren Willy, are seen in the back of a limo singing about how being attractive doesn’t mean you’re problem free.

Just like Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” users have attacked not only the singing, but the content of the lyrics. The chorus of “Hot Problems” boasts: “Hot girls/ we have problems too/ we’re just like you/ except we’re hot”. YouTube comments have widely mocked the lyrics.  One user sarcastically commented, “Who came up with the incredibly sublime lyrics? Bob Dylan? Tom Waits?”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 22:01
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Music entertainment icon Dick Clark dies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Chung   
Friday, 27 April 2012 12:10

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Entertainer, businessman, and innovator Dick Clark passed away on April 18 of a heart attack. Clark was 82. His legacy encompasses the strides in the entertainment and television industry, most notably as the host of “American Bandstand.”

Throughout his career in television, he contributed and involved himself in the music industry, a time of which spans more than 40 years. Although he had taken a step back from television in the last decade, only to host the New Year’s Eve ball drop in New York City, his contributions still remain.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 May 2012 22:37
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Benson’s booming ‘SVU’ season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alyssa Ezon   
Friday, 27 April 2012 12:05

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- There is no mistaking that the 13th season of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” is all about Olivia Benson and the actress who plays her, Mariska Hargitay. From the very beginning, her once strong and defiant demeanor crumbled because her partner, Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), essentially quit his job. Ever since then, she has had many “ups and downs” emotionally and Hargitay is being praised more than ever.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 May 2012 02:36
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Treat yo’ self to ‘Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hina Khaliq   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:31

“I know that to an outsider, it must seem like a waste of time for someone to spend her life defending a place that is, in some ways, indefensible. And it probably seems downright loony for that same person to spend six months slaving away, to conscript all of her friends and coworkers, and to write an entire book about that place, and all of its historical oddities. I get that it maybe seems that way to you. And I don’t care.” – Leslie Knope, 2012 City Council Candidate

PRINCETON, N.J. – With Deputy Director Leslie Knope nearing the finish line in her race for office , the "Parks and Recreation" department of Pawnee, Indiana has come a long way since April of 2009. After successfully turning a hazardous pit into a multi-purpose lot, winning over the city of Pawnee with a fun-filled harvest festival, and putting to rest a heated debate fueled by a citizen’s desire to stick a copy of "Twilight" in a government sponsored time capsule, Leslie has proven herself to be a worthy candidate for a spot in public office.

Once Leslie actually began running for city council, her campaign advisers encouraged her to edit a series of personal reference books she previously compiled for herself about her beloved hometown and publish the final product, in turn creating “Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America,”–and who better than Leslie to spearhead such a publication. I mean, a person born and raised in a particular city, and who adores it to no end, would surely provide great insight about it, right?

Last Updated on Friday, 27 April 2012 14:12
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‘Girls’ on HBO: The voice of our generation? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Helena Wittlich   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 12:32

The new series tries its best to show the young generation, but fails to represent all

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- “Girls”, last week’s series released on HBO, seems as if it wants to create a new image of young women of our generation, switching the old “Sex and the City” dreams to a more realistic image to represent the modern generation. Even if this new idea gives a nice impression of life in the mid-twenties, there is the risk, that “Girls” creates a one way picture of our generation.

Four mid-twenty women live in Brooklyn instead of Manhattan; they are either unemployed or have menial jobs instead of being successful; and they have no nice-to-watch sex than their older models from “Sex and the city”. They are just four normal girls finding their way in New York’s everyday life.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 April 2012 11:39
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'Girls' debut leaves viewers wanting more PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vanessa Balzano   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 10:19

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Judd Apatow’s latest comical piece of gold, "Girls," premiered this past Sunday on HBO. The new series follows four girls and their not so glamorous lives in The Big Apple. The lead actress, Lena Dunham, was approached by Apatow after he saw her performance in the 2010 hit indie film,"Tiny Furniture." Apatow sent a simple email saying, “Hey, if you ever want to kick anything around, let me know.” As a result of that email, ‘Girls’ was born.

In the first half hour episode almost all the characters are introduced and given a voice, but the show focuses mainly on Dunham, who created and writes most of the show. Her life comes crumbling down after her parents tell her that she is being cut-off financially from them out of the blue. Dunham calculates that she can make it three and a half more days in the city, or seven if she doesn’t eat lunch.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 April 2012 11:46
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Sleigh Bells' 'Reign of Terror' explores multiple musical genres PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jose' Rodriguez   
Monday, 16 April 2012 16:53

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - "Treats," by noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells, could’ve easily been "Treats" by Derek Miller featuring Alexis Krauss. Miller wrote all of "Treats," lyrics alone when he met Krauss. All Krauss did was receive instructions by Miller on how to sing his songs, but not this time. "Reign of Terror," the duos latest release, is very much a group effort. And while it helped with diversity and better song structure, it doesn’t mean the songs are much better.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 May 2012 02:40
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'Wrath of the Titans' exceeds expectations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shaneice Brittingham   
Saturday, 14 April 2012 21:58

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- I’m sure most people did not believe that the directors, Dan Mazeau and David Johnson, would be able to achieve the same level of excitement that they did in 2010 with "Clash of the Titans." After watching this film in 3D, I am positive that the level of thrill won't disappoint.

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Craving for more after 'The Hunger Games' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Chung   
Saturday, 14 April 2012 21:45

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – "The Hunger Games," the first installment in a trilogy of popular young adult novels by Suzanne Collins, debuted recently with a film adaptation. The first week' gross was a record $155 million. Although many are comparing the attraction to that of the "Twilight" series, which appeals more towards the female gender and teenagers, the "Hunger Games" proved to attract both demographics--male and female, young and old.

Recent Twitter a discussions between the novel and the film adaptation became a hot topic, as well as how the next two films adaptation of the books "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay" would be scripted, produced and filmed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 20:39
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Hill, Tatum become the unlikely new power couple in '21' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vanessa Balzano   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:18

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- A beefy jock and a formerly chubby nerd are the last dynamic duo you’d expect to see on the big screen, but in "21 Jump Street," that combination worked like magic. A slimmed down Jonah Hill and a toned Channing Tatum brought the laughs across America, raking in a total of $35 million on its opening weekend.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 April 2012 12:19
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