by Jessica Price
“Nothing is okay unless it’s scripted in their Bible”, laments Melcior Gabor in one of Spring Awakening’s opening numbers. He’s referring, of course, to his teachers, his parents, and even his peers who seem to be going through the same types of situations that he is. Adolescence, self-confidence mixed with self-doubt, and the process of maturity set Duncan Sheik and Steven Slater’s hit musical Spring Awakening apart from the themes that people are more used to seeing onstage. And as a result, the show is considered a bit controversial; it blatantly addresses topics such as rape, homosexuality, teenage pregnancy and suicide. Combined with a rock-influenced soundtrack and an extremely talented cast, the show couldn’t help but to be popular with teenagers and theatre goers alike. This is something that is bound to show and will continue when Folsom Lake College debuts their production later this spring.
by Rozie Beverly
The night of November 9th, 2013, I decided to take an evening off from studying to attend Falcon’s Eye Theatre’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible at the Harris Center for the Arts.
I hate to admit it, but I’m not a tremendous fan of horror stories or movies, so attending this play definitely had me standing outside of my comfort zone. To my surprise, it wasn’t so terrifying after all. To get your imagination flowing, I’ll give you a glimpse inside the dark storyline. The production starts in Salem, Massachusetts, with a group of girls dancing in the forest with a black slave named Tituba. While dancing and laughing together, the local minister, Reverend Parris, catches them. All of the girls scream and run in a frenzy, except for one girl. Upon Parris’s arrival, his daughter Betty, immediately falls into a coma-like state. Rumors of witchcraft fill the town, and Parris is upset and outraged. This was the beginning to a long and enjoyable performance.
by Viki Papadakis
Long-distance relationships aren’t easy—especially around Valentine’s Day. Our society is in a pink and red flurry, and we are all being bombarded with images of hearts, chocolates, Sweethearts, and obnoxiously cute cards. Unfortunately, for those of us in long-distance relationships, these Valentine’s Day products seem to be a reminder of what we don’t quite have. Instead of inciting feelings of love and happiness, people in long-distance relationships often dislike Valentine’s Day. It’s disheartening to not spend a holiday designated to celebrate love with that special someone. However, people in long distance relationships no longer have to feel jealous of those fortunate enough to live near their significant other on Valentine’s Day. With new technologies and ways of communicating, long-distance couples are able to spend quality time with one another on Valentine’s Day. Here are a few ideas for long-distance Valentine’s Day presents and dates.
by Nicole Washington
We all know those people who constantly complain about their partner; “He won’t open the door for me”, or “she won’t do anything around the house”. In fact, our current generation has seen one of the largest divorce rates in the history of marriage, with over 50% of marriages failing. Many have blamed it on the lack of religion in our society, or how this generation was raised, but I have an interesting theory that I hope will open some eyes. I believe that we need to base our relationship decisions on biology, instead of what our mind or society tries to tell us.
Let me begin with a simple example: the same principles of picking a mate exists in the animal world as it does in the human world. Now, I’m not trying to compare humans to animals, because there are obvious behavioral and cognitive differences. However, humans and animals also have a lot in common, and that includes the drive to reproduce. What animals look for is not so different than what people look for in a mate. In the animal world, a male is typically looking for a softly built female that has good hormones and is healthy. A female would look for a male that is strong, has an abundance of testosterone, and produces genetically-sound offspring. Similarly, in the world of humans, males have a tendency to be more attracted to females that have motherly tendencies, are curvy or softly built, and have excellent hormones. A female human will look for a male who is successful in life, usually fairly good looking, and takes good care of himself. I know much of what I have just said doesn’t totally crossover, but I hope you see some correlation.
by Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
It’s a couple weeks into 2014, and I’m assuming many of you are beginning to slack on your New Year’s resolutions. All the hope the New Year brings of fulfilling self-set goals slowly starts to dwindle by February--gym memberships go unused, books left unread, diet plans forgotten about. However unfullfilling the promise of the new year may be for some of you right now, know that I too, share in your pain of disappointment. See, there were many great things about 2013, such as cronuts, the new Great Gatsby, and Taco Bell’s Grilled Stuffed Nacho. Yet, as any philosopher will tell you, there can exist no good without bad. Quite a few events, people, and trends that caught our attention in 2013 should have remained in 2013. Unfortunately, they already seem to be manifesting themselves in the personality of 2014. So here it goes, a list of my top five least favorite things about 2013 that seem to be following us into 2014.
by Viki Papadakis
One of our writers recently shared a recipe of her favorite vegan chocolate chip cookies. After reading the article, I decided to don an apron, oven mitt, and quite a bit of flour so that I may try making these cookies myself. This is my review of the recipe.
Making the dough was perhaps the easiest—and most delicious—part. I found all of the ingredients at Whole Foods, and for the most part, they were quite inexpensive. It took about ten minutes to get all of the ingredients mixed in the bowl. The smell was tantalizing, so I ended up eating about a third of the cookie dough—oops. Because this recipe is vegan, there were no raw ingredients, so, luckily for me, eating the dough was perfectly healthy. I found the consistency of the dough to be more of a batter than a dough but once I started molding the cookie balls, I realized the gooiness wasn’t a problem
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