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“A Quiet Place” Breaks with and Furthers Cinematic Conventions

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

Part monster-movie and part post-apocalyptic drama, “A Quiet Place” did well at the box-office and better with reviewers. Directed by and starring “The Office”alum John Krasinski, “A Quiet Place” was released in theatres on April 6, 2018. Its first week in theatres saw it earn a $50 million profit, the second largest debut for any US film in 2018, and it currently has a 95% ‘freshness’ rating at film review-aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. The film’s innovative use of sound as well as its deft navigation of genre conventions make it well worth watching. The premise of the film is relatively simple. Seemingly-invulnerable monsters from outer-space who have invaded Earth murder any living thing that makes a sufficient amount of noise. As such, the protagonists of the film, a family of survivors living isolated lives on their rural farm, communicate...

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Students and staff consider campus security

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in News | 0 comments

In the weeks following the Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland, Florida, school security has become an increasingly common topic of discussion both nationally and more locally. The question of violence prevention, especially, has arisen in a number of venues. Students and staff have expressed a variety of opinions as to what measures should be taken in order to continue fostering an educational environment that is dynamic as well as safe. In times of intense discussion, it’s important to be aware of the processes currently in place at Maryville College to ensure a high standard of security. According to Section XIII of the Maryville College student handbook, the school’s emergency alert system, known as IRIS, notifies students, staff and faculty of on-campus emergencies by email, text and phone calls. The handbook, available on the college website, encourages students to update...

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Gun Violence, Gun Control, and the Dickey Amendment

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Perspectives | 0 comments

As debate over gun violence and proposed gun control initiatives continues in the wake of the Feb. 14 Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, an add-on to a federal spending bill first passed over 20 years ago has, increasingly, become part of the conversation. The 1996 Dickey amendment effectively prohibits the Center for Disease Control (CDC) from conducting research into gun violence. The controversy the provision sparked at its inception has continued and intensified over the intervening years. The amendment was championed by the National Rifle Association (NRA). In the early ‘90s, a study released by the “New England Journal of Medicine” found a correlation between gun ownership and homicides committed with the aid of firearms, sparking anxiety among members of the gun lobby, which increased still further when the then-director of a CDC injury prevention program compared the negative...

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Sports and Politics Converge in Olympic Games

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Sports | 0 comments

Millions of viewers have settled in over the past several days to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics, which kicked off in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday, Feb. 9. Watching the Olympics is, for many spectators, a time to relax and enjoy the thrill of competition without worrying about politics. However, Olympic history has been far from apolitical, and, in the present day, politics continue to exert a significant force on the Games. The unified Korean delegation has been among the most discussed examples of the extent to which politics are intertwined with Olympic competition, but it is far from the sole instance of politics slamming up against gamesmanship. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has long supported the idea of diplomacy through the Games. From its inception, the IOC has put the Olympic Games forward as a means of promoting...

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Students Abroad

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Feature Slider, Perspectives | 0 comments

The gleeful, unending screeching of the roosters woke me. Our first night in our second location otherwise went well, and our hosts have been extremely gracious. Myself and 11 other students are here in the Dominican Republic for two weeks to take part in a World Cultures class. We landed in the country on the Jan. 10, and we’ll be head home on Jan. 24. So far, at least, the trip has definitely been an adventure. We got lost in the jungle on our first night here. The driver got turned around, and by the time we figured out where in Samana we were staying, it was 4 a.m. Our group was split into two at our first location. The girls stayed with Dr. Frances Henderson, Associate Professor of Political Science, at a huge white house by the ocean,...

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