Made in the A.M.: Will it fly or fall a “Long Way Down”?

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When Zayn Malik suddenly left One Direction in March 2015, fans were skeptical about how the band would continue forward with just four members. This motivated the band to try to create an album that would destroy the skepticism that said they would crumble without Zayn. The band released their newest album on November 13, 2015 titled, Made in the A.M. The lack of one member isn’t the only thing that made this album unique, this album is easily their most mature one yet. All of their albums have become progressively more mature but this one seems to come a long way from the songs on their last LP, Four. The standard edition of Made in the A.M. contains 13 tracks 9 of which members of the band helped write. In the deluxe edition of the album there is 4 more songs that the members all had a hand in writing. Continue reading “Made in the A.M.: Will it fly or fall a “Long Way Down”?”

Easy Eats: Grasshopper Poke Cake

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Cook time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

1 chocolate cake mix: water, oil, eggs as listed on the box.

1- 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk

1- 12.8oz Hershey’s Special Hot Fudge Sauce Jar

1 cap full of mint extract

1- package of Thin Mint cookies or 1 package of Keebler Fudge Mint cookies

1- 16 oz container Cool Whip

1 cup Andes Mint Chips

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Instructions:

  1. prepare and bake the cake mix in a 9×13 baking dish. Allow to cool completely.
  2. use a wooden spoon to poke holes evenly into the cake about 20 holes.  Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over the cake, filling the holes.
  3. heat the hot fudge sauce in a small bowl  in the microwave for about 40 seconds.  You just want to soften it.
  4. crumble half the cookies into the hot fudge sauce and mix. Spread the cookie/fudge mix over the cake.
  5. in a large bowl, whisk together the cool whip and cap full of mint extract together, then add 3 drops of green food coloring for color.  Spread the whipped topping over the fudge layer.
  6. crumble the remaining cookies over the cool whip.  Sprinkle the Andes Mint chips over the top.
  7. refrigerate and chill for at least 4 hours (overnight is best)
  8. cut and serve. Serves 12-15.

Easy Eats: JoyAnna’s Filled Brownies

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Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

Anytype of Brownies Mix

Any Type of Pie Filling

eggs

water

oil

cooking spray with flour

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Directions:

  1. follow the directions on the brownie mix box.
  2. once the brownie mix is mixed spray the pan with the cookie spray all around the pan.  Once done put the pie filling in the pan. Then cover with the brownie mix.
  3. Place pan in 350 degree oven cook for 45 minutes.  then pull out and cool once cooked cut into squares.  Then refrigerate leftovers.

Deadpool: Crimson Deviant Vessel

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When I walked into the theatre to watch Dead Pool, I thought I would be watching another Marvel Comic book turned movie film.  However, what I got was anything but a normal superhero movie.  Deadpool is unlike any normal hero.  He is sarcastic and deviant.  Every five minutes he seemed to be doing something that caused the audience to laugh.

What surprised me was the way his mutant gene was activated.  Considering most of the X-men universe was born with their powers.  Seeing the process to active Deadpool’s powers was a very gruesome scene.  Watching Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) suffocate in a tube without much oxygen to later look scared because of his powers is something not easily forgotten.

Having an R rating was the best choice for this movie.  It’s not a full on family super hero movie; it’s  geared more toward an older audience, giving Deadpool a different edge than what has come out for heros in recent years.

I actually can say I went into the film thinking that I was going to hate it because the previews of it looked like something I wouldn’t watch.  

By the time I left the theatre, I was laughing harder than I thought I ever would.  Ryan Reynolds did a fantastic job.  His sense of humor alone reinforces the comedy that I did not expect to find in an R rated film.

In the end, Deadpool may not be what everyone thought it would be, but if you’re a Ryan Reynolds fan, it’s worth the watch.

No vacant seat at miguel zenón performance

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The jazzy melodies of Miguel Zenón, a renowned saxophonist, teacher, and composer, swept through the halls of Building 4 on February 24th.

This traveling artist did not perform alone; accompanied by Luis Perdomo on piano, Jorge Roeder on base, and Henry Cole on drums, the quartet entertained the overflowing classroom of faculty and students.

Two selections were performed, the first “Ciclo” and the second, an impressive piece with a meter of 11/8, “Academia.”

Born in Puerto Rico, Zenón began practicing the saxophone at age eleven. For twenty years, he’s been most comfortable playing with his own instrument, an alto Mark VI.

At the end of the session, the crowd was encouraged to ask the band members questions; one of the last inquiries made by a student was over how much of their performances are improvised.

“I had a harmonic concept that I wanted to use and a rhythmic concept I wanted to use,” confirmed Zenón. “Most of it, about ninety percent, of it is improvised. What they’re playing, the solos, every time they’re kind of different and fresh.”

The former Grammy nominated artist was a noteworthy and exceptional spectacle for any student with an ear for music.

Gabbing with grunt: Is there a perfect time to be single?

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Life in your twenties is magical; you can be studying for your Masters while drinking chocolate milk out of a Superman cup. People make excuses for you if you were out all night because obviously you don’t know any better. And all around you, your high school classmates are getting married and having babies, not necessarily in that order. Continue reading “Gabbing with grunt: Is there a perfect time to be single?”

down the hall, to the left: I’m not staring, I’m a social scientist

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The human species has evolved for millions of years, from the Sahelanthropus tchadensis and the Australopithecus afarensis, to the Homo habilis, Homo erectus, and Neanderthals. Without these wonderful people, we wouldn’t have you, and we wouldn’t have Professor Rachael Horner-Brackett. Continue reading “down the hall, to the left: I’m not staring, I’m a social scientist”