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MC Dance Ensemble holds audition

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

The MC Dance Ensemble held auditions for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year on May 4 in the Flex Theater of the Clayton Center for the Arts. The audition was specifically for returning students who will also attend the ensemble’s summer camp that is going to be held from August 21-24. The new Dance Ensemble leadership team consisting of captain Jessica Rhea’19 and officers Bailey Decker ’19 and Alyssa Miller ’20 conducted the audition. They are also planning a second audition for upcoming freshmen in September. “Summer Dance Camp is going to be really exciting,” Miller said. “All dancers will get to learn basic and professional techniques.” It should be noted that new members were chosen according to their interaction with the team and their ability to pick up the dance in the audition. The following students passed the audition:...

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How “13 Reasons Why” missed the mark on suicide prevention

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

“13 Reasons Why” has captured the hearts and minds of young people around the nation and sparked serious conversation about the realities of teen suicide and the act of suicide in general. Since it first became popular, however, it has faced a lot of backlash from mental health professionals about the way it portrays the very real and very heartbreaking act of teen suicide. The show for the most part follows the typical conventions of modern Young Adult literature (as the show was based off of a novel of the same name) and centers on the stereotypically brooding Clay Jensen and how he deals with the suicide of his friend and former co-worker, Hannah Baker. The process is complicated further when he learns that Hannah left 13 cassette tapes outlining the aforementioned 13 reasons why she killed herself. The...

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I Dream in Pixels: Playing the fool

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

It’s finals week—or near enough to count. The papers are piling up, exams are looming like the Angel of Death and I’m beginning to shake from all the coffee I’ve ingested. Tensions are, to put it mildly, high, and any notion of taking a moment to relax is akin to an invitation from the devil to accept an F and live out your life as a bum. So why is it, then, that tonight I’m eating time with an impromptu round of karaoke with at least one too many Journey songs? There seems to often exist within academia—especially undergrad—the belief that there are two groups of people: the bookworms and the party animals. The former relinquishes their health, their friends and their happiness for the sake of their grades and usually sees that hard work pay off. The latter...

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Two MC students to present senior art exhibits

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment, Feature Slider | 0 comments

Mark your calendar! The month of May will bring two new senior art exhibitions. Seniors Bella Crockett and Timela Crutcher will reveal their art at a reception on May 5. The artists have different styles and themes, so it will be a unique show. These students have worked for this moment for their whole college career, so the support of the student body is important. The art within Timela Crutcher’s show entitled “And They Were Naked and Unashamed” focuses on women. She described her show as a portal back to a place before a woman’s body was viewed as a negative thing. Her art speaks out against objectifying women. The audience is meant to see women as people and not as sex objects, even though the poses in which the women are painted could be considered provocative today. “The...

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Nothing more, nothing less than a beautiful view

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

Every once in a while, there is something that emerges from the world around us that somehow entices and gently caresses our sense of wonder and delight. For myself, and many others around the world, the animated film “Your Name” does exactly that. Released as “Kimi no Na Wa” in Japan in 2016, “Your Name” quickly took to the top of the film charts in Japan, gathering with it a great tide of both critical acclaim and the love of fans. It didn’t take long for many western audiences to fall in love with it, too. I had originally enjoyed this film in Japanese—with subtitles—back in late 2016; however, this review is for the English release. Regardless of what language in which it is viewed, “Your Name” is nothing short of a beautiful film. In an age and culture...

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Maryville College Theatre Department to present “Lysistrata”

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Arts/Entertainment, Feature Slider | 0 comments

The Maryville College Theatre Department will be showing an adaptation of Aristophanes’ Greek play, “Lysistrata,” on April 27-30. The production will be shown in Clayton Center for the Arts’ Haslam Family Flexible Theatre on Thurs., April 27 at 8 p.m.; Fri., April 28 at 8 p.m.; Sat., April 29 at 8 p.m. and Sun., April 30 at 2 p.m. Admission for Maryville College students, faculty and staff are free, but tickets are required for entry. For everyone else, admission is $10 for adults and $7 for senior adults ages 60 and up. This play is meant for mature audiences due to sexual references and crude humor. “Lysistrata” is a Greek comedy that centers on the women of Greece who embark on a sex strike during a huge war where the men refuse to negotiate peace. The main character, named...

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