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A little help from my friends: The new 1975

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

I was dressed in black from head to toe and was trying to play it cool around my friend who was a few years older than I was and had already been in college for almost a year. It was my first concert, and my friend Angela and I had driven down to Chattanooga to see The 1975. It was three years ago, and they had just recently started touring in the US. Since then, I have attended more concerts than I can count, and my music taste has expanded further than what plays on local radio stations. This past week, I got the opportunity to experience The 1975 once again. However, this time I had pit access, and the young British indie band that I had once known in high school was promoting their gold record on their...

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I Dream In Pixels: I’m tired of killing

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Arts/Entertainment, Feature Slider | 0 comments

It was a few days before leaving for Thanksgiving break that I found myself lying in bed with my heartbeat thumping in my ear. Nothing was happening. I was alone, staring blankly at my roommate’s bed. But as has begun to happen with increased frequency, my anxiety had taken over my body, and it was all I could do to refrain from hyperventilating and potentially passing out. I wouldn’t pretend that the 2016 presidential election is solely responsible for the recent collapse of my mental health, but it has certainly done me no favors. Prior to Nov. 8, my anxieties were precariously stacked like some sort of cerebral “Jenga” game. I was in no way “fine,” but I was coping to the best of my ability. In some ways, I had begun to crawl out of the abyss, but...

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Through early morning fog I see: Alan Alda and science communication

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Arts/Entertainment, Feature Slider | 0 comments

The University of Tennessee is very large, several times larger than Maryville, and thus is able to bring in lecturers of which we can only dream. One of these lectures was beloved actor and science communication enthusiast Alan Alda. Alda became famous for his role in the beloved television sitcom “M*A*S*H,” which chronicled the efforts of a group of Army doctors in the Korean War trying to maintain their sanity (usually in a comedic way) amongst the horrors of war. Since “M*A*S*H,” Alda has done numerous other projects, most of them related to science and the art of communicating effectively as a science. The lecture he gave at UT was in direct relation to this, and as a member of the Highland Echo team, I was able to attend the media pre-interview and meet Alda face to face. The...

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“Fantastic Beasts” invites viewers back to JK Rowling’s beloved world

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

Calling all Harry Potter fans, witches and wizards alike, because “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is taking the world by storm. On Friday Nov. 18, Giddy fans sat in their seats anxiously awaiting the Warner Brother’s logo and the music that would welcome us back to the world that we all fell in love with when “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone” was released in 2001. This new movie, written by JK Rowling, invites us back into the Wizarding world with which we all were captivated by during Harry Potter’s time at Hogwarts. But instead of taking place in England during Harry’s lifetime, “Fantastic Beasts” takes place in America in the 1920’s. This new series follows Newt Scamander as he enters New York with his briefcase of creatures. Almost upon entrance to the city, one of his...

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Movies to get you in the holiday spirit

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

To me the holidays are all about three things: food, decorations and movies. Christmas is an especially festive holiday with Christmas tree decorations, pies and family gatherings. The movies and television shows that fill our screens throughout December each year really separate Christmas from other holidays. Christmas movies are special because they have a common theme of love, friendship and family unity. Christmas is a time to put differences aside and come together with family during a special time, and almost every Christmas movie out there embodies this. Although I’m a true fan of about 95% of all Christmas movies, there are some favorites that I will share. My all-time favorite Christmas movie—hands down—is “The Santa Clause” movie with Tim Allen. The reason why this movie is my favorite is because it brings the magic of Santa Claus to...

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A Maryville Christmas Preview

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Arts/Entertainment | 0 comments

Christmas is coming to Maryville College early this year. On Monday Dec. 5, the MC Performing Arts will be putting on their annual Christmas concert at the Clayton Center for the Arts. This concert will include performances by the MC Community Chorus, the MC Concert Choir, the MC Orchestra, the MC Community Concert Band, the MC Jazz Band and the Scottie Singers. The many groups will be showing off their talents while performing classic Christmas carols, as well as more contemporary musical scores. Solos will be sung by both members from the MC Community Chorus and the MC Concert Choir. Musical favorites such as “Carol of the Bells” and “The Christmas Song” will be performed. There will also be a portion of the night where the audience will be invited to sing along with the choruses. A Maryville Christmas...

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