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  • Alum honored for growing graduate program

    A Seton Hall alum and University Regent was honored on April 4 at a reception in the arts center for bestowing an endowment for graduate students, in honor of professor Petra Chu in order to expand the museum seminars abroad program. During the reception, Helen Lerner stated that she wanted to give students an opportunity that wasn’t available to her when she was studying for her undergraduate degree at Seton Hall from 1972-1976.

  • Tips to find a summer job

    For students interested in making money and possibly staying close to home after the semester ends, now is the time to apply for summer jobs. Before Easter break, have your resume perfected and make sure you’ve begun applying for summer jobs and internships to ensure your chances of acquiring a job you’ll enjoy.

  • Charity film creates awareness for nervous system disease

    A screening of “Hope on the Horizon” is set to premiere at Drew University on April 4. The film was produced and funded by the HARK, a charity that helps families with the  burdens that accompany ALS. ALS is a crippling nervous system disease that eventually leaves patients without most of their motor functions.

  • Student DJ hits the books, drops the beat

               After hitting the biology and chemistry books, sophomore Charles Tobias heads to his studio for some music surfing, to prepare playlists and to create his next musical mix.            Tobias has been a DJ for eight years.

  • Alum's documentary explores WSOU's impact on music industry

    The storied 65-year history of Seton Hall’s student-run radio station, 89.5 WSOU, is coming to the big screen this month with the feature documentary “Pirates of the Airwaves,” directed by Seton Hall alumnus Rob Longo (‘92). The film will premiere on April 6 at the Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City, N.

  • GrooveBoston staff customizes show for unique SHU experience

    Bright clothes, dark room, neon lights, loud music and two rocking DJs on stage. The pervasive energy throughout the room urges the crowd to jump to the beat with their hands in the air, making all the foot-stepping and accidental elbowing worthwhile.

  • 'Divergent' in different direction than novel

    Popular books have always served as inspiration for movies. The idea of finally experiencing the many words, concepts, revelations, and “AHA!” moments fleshed out on screen brings mass attention not only from die-hard fans, but people who may need to see the movie prior to reading the book or those who are too busy or lazy to read the book.

  • Students 'entertained' by faculty talents

    The Third Annual Faculty Talent Show, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the College of Education and Human Services, took place in the Pirates Cove on Thursday, March 20. Students were entertained for the night by a series of performances put on by many of their exceptionally talented professors.

  • Artist to speak at women's conference

    The women and gender studies program will present “Challenges, Opportunities, Possibilities,” this year’s gender conference at Seton Hall, on Friday, March 28.            The conference will feature sessions with presentations on topics including but not limited to: “Representation of Race and Gender,” “Women at Work,” “Gender and Literature,” “Women and Leadership” and “A Humanist Approach to Art, Business and Life.

  • Students strategize to create perfect schedules

    Making a good schedule can make or break your semester. With registration rapidly approaching, students are getting ready for the hectic time in hopes of getting the classes they so desperately want and are trying not to get too stressed while doing it.

  • Is it formally spring yet?

    Fashion tips for all your important needs

    Spring formal season is slowly approaching and that means a scramble for the perfect outfit! Due to the steep price of formal, many girls look for deals concerning their dresses. Forever21, Tobi, Charlotte Russe and sometimes Macy’s are safe bets to find a cheap, but stylish gown.

  • Spring into fashion

    It’s time to unload those bulky sweaters and warm winter parkas from your closet and make way for floral, amongst other exotic patterns, to bloom. Awaken your inner flower child from hibernation. Floral dresses, crop tops, shorts and floral crowns are must-haves.

  • Campus Irish club makes rare second NYC St. Patrick's parade appearance

    St. Patrick’s Day was kicked off with an exciting bang when over 50 Seton Hall students, faculty, alumni and friends marched down Fifth Avenue in celebration of their Irish culture and heritage. PIPE, the Pirates of Irish Persuasion and Extraction, were invited to represent Seton Hall in the world famous New York City St.

  • Student's disability doesn't deter dream

    When he was only 17, freshman Joseph Sehwani’s life changed forever -- he had gone blind. But that didn’t stop him from changing the world. Sehwani, who is Boland Hall  Council president, is the founder of the Dreamscape Foundation, a verified nonprofit which serves to benefit individuals with disabilities and diseases.

  • Literary classic brought to life by SHU Theatre

    The Seton Hall University Theatre will take audiences back to 1935 to experience the timeless tale of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The play, directed by professor Deirdre Yates, will be performed in the Theatre-in-the-Round Feb. 27, Feb. 28 and March 1 at 8 p.

  • Seton Hall community reflects on loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Blessed with talent but plagued with addiction, a star of the stage and screen was lost Feb 2. Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, died of a heroin overdose. Hoffman was found in his apartment with a syringe in his arm, according to news reports. Hoffman was an Academy Award winner and the recipient of three Tony Award nominations, best known for his performance in “Capote,” “Doubt” and “The Big Lebowski.

  • Professors, student reflect on impact of band's arrival in America

    There has not been and may never be a band as epic as the Beatles. That’s the opinion of Dr. Jack Stamps, a music composition professor and songwriter. “It is hard to imagine how pop music and the concept of the mega-band/star and the development of live performance might have evolved along a Beatle-less path,” Stamps said.

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    SHUper Bowl XLVIII

    Student heading to Super Bowl for work Junior Ashley Jefferson is going to the Super Bowl by working guest services at MetLife this Sunday. Jefferson said she will either be working near the front of the stadium where they’re scanning tickets or will be directing people toward their party or seat.

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    Student does it ‘Real Big’

    Senior publishes first book of poetry

    While some students spend their free time perusing Netflix lists or surfing the web, John Cobb, a senior diplomacy and international relations major, spent his free time writing a book. The back cover describes his book, “Doin’ It Real Big,” as “a collection of poetry that is nothing like anything you have ever read before.

  • Prof shows promise in debut story collection

    Imagine a bridge that’s rumored to have only an entrance. You don’t believe it, so you move under the arch, through the amber-lit tunnels. And as the next opening appears you laugh at those silly rumors, only to find you’re back where you started: late, annoyed, and in disbelief.

  • Springsteen debuts his 'High Hopes'

    How often do we hear the phrase “high hopes” in the same sentence with “New Jersey”? That’s right. Rarely, if at all. Yet, with Bruce Springsteen’s latest album “High Hopes,” released Jan. 14, we’ve finally been given the chance.         The album, co-produced by Springsteen, Ron Aniello and Brendan O’Brien, is expected to reach No.

  • Students make service trip to Jamaica

    Waking up during the winter in New Jersey has a lot of us wishing we lived in a warmer climate.         A group of Seton Hall University students had the right idea and headed to Jamaica -- but not to escape the cold.

  • Jewish students embrace holiday traditions

    As Christmas approaches, students do not often think of their classmates, roommates and friends of different religious backgrounds who do not celebrate the Christian holiday. Jewish Student Union President Amalia Williams said being Jewish and attending a Catholic university so passionate about its culture and the spirit of the holidays does not bother her.

  • After a semester together, freshmen struggle to coexist with roommates

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second installment of an ongoing series examining how the roommate situations change throughout the year for five freshmen.* Sarah expected that she and her roommates would get along, but in the months since she was first interviewed, she has adopted a different attitude.

  • Seton Hall chorus commorates Kristallnacht

    Seton Hall University’s chorus will help commemorate the 75th anniversary of “The Night of Broken Glass” with the Kristallnacht Concert at 3 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark The concert is open to the public.. Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass,” took place Nov.

  • Men's a capella group impresses at first intercollegiate event

    Seton Hall’s a cappella group, the Gentlemen of the Hall, has garnered praise for its performances, an achievement for a group that has been together for a little less than one year, its president said. Junior Luke Lachac, a founder of the organization, said the group has progressed beyond their wildest dreams.

  • Students follow childhood dreams

    College can be the first step toward realizing childhood aspirations. Three students are dreaming big at Seton Hall. Senior Kevin Gilligan, a communication major with a specialty in television production, knew from an early age what he ultimately wanted to do in his professional life.

  • Alum directs award-winning documentary about Babe Ruth

    Seton Hall alumnus Andrew Lilley, ’98, had his documentary, “I’ll Knock a Homer for You: The Timeless Story of Johnny Sylvester and Babe Ruth,” air on NJTV Monday. This documentary won the Garden State Film Festival award for Best Homegrown Documentary Feature earlier this year.

  • SHU professor featured in documentary

    We look and we see people. We see dark, fair and freckled skin. We may see the expressive articles on their bodies: clothing, headscarves, makeup, bindis, crosses and yamakas. We think not of what these appearances may express, only how they are estranged from our sense of normal.

  • SHU hidden talents

    Everyone has a little trick or unique thing they can do that no one else knows about. Even if it’s something that isn’t necessarily unique in itself, it can still be a hidden talent. Here are some talents we’ve uncovered on campus. Talents: Priscilla Diaz, Junior -Can put a quarter in her neck   Patrick Pereira, Sophomore -When he snaps, sometimes he teleports   Deanna Iovine, Sophomore -Plays the piano   Dylan Waligroski, Sophomore -Does film photography   Peter Cifaratta, Sophomore -Runs   Mariah Haskell, Sophomore -Whistles with hands   Tamar Purut, Senior -Helium voice   Jalen Hemphill, Sophomore -Knows four languages   Matt Ullrich, Junior -Juggles   Allyson Rudd, Sophomore -Studying Chinese   Nestor Almeida -Riverdance   Samantha Giedris can be reached at samantha.

  • Flu shots still available at SHU

    Students who missed the free flu vaccination event at the University Center, where shots were administered by Seton Hall nursing students, can still get a flu shot. Shots are available at Health Services, across from the campus main gate at 303 Center St.

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    SHU actors bring ‘Comedy’ to SOPAC

    Stage fights, Shakespearean language and antiquated apparel will bring the audience into different era for Seton Hall Theatre’s upcoming production “The Comedy of Errors.” The show will be performed at the South Orange Performing Arts Center Oct. 24-27.

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    Students gain more than cash at work-study jobs

    Seton Hall work-study students will be the first to say they work because they need the money for school, but their jobs offer other benefits as well. Senior Kathryn Hudson looks at her work study-experience as a way to develop time management skills, which are valuable in post-grad life.

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    Retired professor shares road stories

    The driver has spotted you with your thumb out. He passes over the dotted line, making his way toward you. He’s going to stop — but he drives on. Perhaps it’s not the ideal form of travel, but it’s an adventure for sure. “Adventure… is another word for discomfort,” retired Seton Hall business professor William A.

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    Alum hopes to raise awareness of autism with new book

    Seton Hall alumnus Kerry Magro has a story to share. It’s a deeply personal story of his struggles with autism, and he published a book, “Defining Autism from the Heart,” which was released in July. Magro was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder – not otherwise specified, a form of autism, at age four.

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    WSOU up for two CMJ awards

    WSOU, Seton Hall’s Pirate Radio, and its promotions director, senior Samantha Nakhoul, have been nominated for College Music Journal awards. This year, WSOU has been nominated for Station of the Year and Nakhoul has been nominated for Specialty Music Director of the Year.

  • 'Talk/Art/Radio' gives creative twist to classic talk shows

    It’s often claimed that the radio, the dinosaur of contemporary information, is soaring on its last gust of wind. The days of worn wooden knobs and lonely voices have lost to the clamor of technology; perhaps, to more exciting media that submerge the audience more fully in colors and sounds.

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    Learn the capabilities of your iPhone camera

    Staff photographer shares tips on enhancing smartphone pictures

    Some people think you need a high quality, brand name camera in order to get that gorgeous photo, but you can get the best from your own iPhone without spending hundreds of dollars on that new Canon camera everyone is talking about. Just follow these simple tips and enjoy your great photos! Your iPhone can take great photos; just remember, it is always about the light.

  • SHU professor, alum battle it out on 'Family Feud'

    A family full of Seton Hall alums adventured to Atlanta to play “Family Feud.” Communications Professor Thomas Rondinella and his daughter, senior Julia Rondinella, were in attendance for this game show showdown airing at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 on the My9 Network.

  • Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle on Campus

    With all of the work and stress that comes with the job of being a college student, focusing so much on studies while neglecting one’s health is an easy trap into which anyone can fall. Part of becoming an independent young person is a higher sense of responsibility, which also includes taking care of one’s own health.

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    SHU professor, chorus use opera to raise money for Sandy repairs

    Seton Hall music professor Dr. Jason Tramm has found a way to honor an operatic legend, raise money for charity and give his students the opportunity of a lifetime. His company, the Mid-Atlantic Opera, will celebrate the 200th birthday of the late nineteenth century romantic composer Giuseppe Verdi on Friday, September 21 with “Verdiana” at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove.

  • Major campus organizations welcome members

                Joining one or more of the University’s more than 120 student organizations is a chance to make friends, expand interests and learn more about your school. Although the Involvement Fair was last week, with the crush of people attending it’s likely you missed some things.

  • Light fabrics stars at New York Fashion Week

    The fashion world is two steps ahead of the season and prepared for spring 2014 at New York City’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.    From Sept. 5-12, designers, makeup artists, models and more put their best feet forward to display new collections and preview the upcoming trends for spring on various runways in the iconic Lincoln Center.

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    Pirate's Boogie

    Former SHU student sets sail with folk band

    Seton Hall graduate Ethan Arnowitz (‘13) is living a dream. Arnowitz has formed a band, The Far West Outfit, with three of his close friends and is contributing to the growing folk music craze. With comparisons to The Lumineers, Modest Mouse and Good Old War, The Far West Outfit seems to be poised for success.

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    How not to act like a college freshman

    Welcome to Seton Hall, class of 2017! We know that freshman year can be overwhelming, so in order to make your transition to college easier, here are five important ways to not act like a college freshman.   1.     Put the lanyards away.

  • Freshmen adjust to new roommates

    EDITOR’S NOTE:Our ongoing series will examine how the roommate situations change throughout the year for five freshmen.*    Sarah is confident she will get along with her two roommates. They talked a little over the summer, but more importantly, they have similar thoughts on tidiness.

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    Get creative with your cap and gown

    With graduation fast approaching, the seniors are faced with a very important question: how will they decorate their caps? Making a memorable design is important because classmates, friends, family members and more will see it on one of the most important days of the student’s life.

  • Seeing purple?

      In the past week leading up to Relay for Life, Seton Hall Uni­versity has transformed from blue to purple with the help of the Re­lay for Life committee's Paint the Campus Purple event. Starting on April 22 and going through April 27, the day after Relay for Life, the event will have different prizes and activities each day.

  • Performer garners fans in the Cove last week

      On April 17, singer and song­writer Landon Austin came to Seton Hall University to perform in the Cove. The Nashville-based artist frequents different college campuses and while he is still working his way up the music charts, his performance showed that there is no doubt he will be a hit, gaining fans immediately after stepping off the stage.

  • Food good, not great at South Orange restaurant

      I am always in search of great Italian food, but I don’t think I’ve found it in South Orange. Located on South Orange Avenue, Bottagra South is a quaint, beautifully deco­rated restaurant offering “modern Mediterranean flare,” according to their website.

  • ‘Manteresting’ site brings man-cave to the Web

      Every red-blooded guy out there has dreams of creating his very own man-cave fully equipped with an Xbox, endless supply of Chee­tos, surround-sound speakers and televisions running “SportsCen­ter” or “Rambo” every hour. “Man-cave” was the first word that came to mind when I checked out the new website Manteresting.

  • Faculty member nominated for Emmys

    A Seton Hall University faculty member was nominated for two New York Emmy Awards for his work at the Yankees Entertain­ment and Sports (YES) Network. Albin Wicki is the chief engineer for Seton Hall’s television facility in the Department of Communi­cation and the Arts, a freelance video engineer and a technical manager at the YES Network.

  • Broadway comes to South Orange

      Seton Hall University’s Depart­ment of Communication and The Arts will present “The Broadway Experience: Songs for a New World” at the South Orange Per­forming Arts Center (SOPAC) on April 25. This musical is the last Seton Hall theatre production of the sea­son and is directed by Dan Lawler, an adjunct professor in the Depart­ment of Communication and The Arts.

  • Cheap Eats

      As college students, we are always looking for more bang for our buck. As we approach finals and our Pirate Bucks run out, we tend to delve into the surrounding areas in search of good food that’s open late. Whether we are asking for delivery or taking the walk to town, student’s may be surprised of the options South Orange has to offer.

  • Faculty plan second talent show

    Proceeds to go to Newark Catholic Charities

      Have you ever wondered if your professors have hidden talents? Perhaps they dance or play an instrument, but you potentially would never know about it. The second annual Faculty Talent Show allows for students to get a new look at what their professors do outside of the classroom.

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    WSOU celebrates 65th anniversary

       Seton Hall University’s award-winning radio station WSOU 89.5 FM Pirate Radio is celebrating its 65th anniversary on the air. Since April 14, 1948, Pirate Radio has been a signature of SHU and has broadcasted to thousands of people. In 65 years, WSOU has continued as a student-run radio station, a feat in itself that has cre­ated opportunities for generations of Seton Hall students.

  • Students rate Netflix over Hulu

      After a long day of going to classes, commuting, or working, most students just want to lay their heads on the pillow and wind down by watching television shows and movies. Fortunately for many students, two online-based, on-demand streaming media ser­vices, Hulu and Netflix, have revolutionized the way people in the 21st century watch this content, both new and old.

  • Colleges Against Cancer hosts dodge ball tournament

      In order to raise money for this year’s Relay for Life, Colleges Against Cancer will host a dodge ball tournament on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. The goal of the dodge ball tournament is to represent attempts to “dodge cancer.

  • All-male A cappella group, ‘The Gentlemen of the Hall,’ hold auditions

    Existing members seek ‘quality not quantity’

      It might not have had millions of hopefuls like “American Idol,” but the auditions held in Boland Hall the weekend before Spring Break did give a number of stu­dents a chance to display their singing voices. The 20 male students ranging from freshmen to juniors who showed up for the auditions were trying out for a new, all-male a cappella singing group on cam­pus.

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    Pinterest’s best pie recipe

    In honor of Pi Day, a recipe for those who would rather cook than do math

    Peaches and Cream Pie According to’s Pinterest board, this pie is award winning. Hey, worth a shot, right? Ingredients: 1. 3/4 cup flour 2. 1/2 teaspoon salt 3. 1 teaspoon baking pow­der 4. 1 (3 ounce) package non-instant vanilla pudding mix 5.

  • St. Patrick's Day 2013

    Fun Facts and History

      History: *St. Patrick is prominently known for bringing Catholi­cism to Ireland. * The use of the shamrock in celebration is based off the myth that St. Patrick used it to explain the holy trinity to the Irish. Fun Facts: * St. Patrick was not Irish, he was British * Green was not always the color of St.

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    Students kick off spring theatre season with ‘Twelve Angry Men’

      Seton Hall University’s Depart­ment of Communication and the Arts’ first production of the spring theatre season will be an adapta­tion of the Emmy Award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose, “Twelve Angry Men.” The play is directed by Professor Deir­dre Yates and will be performed by Seton Hall students in the Uni­versity Center’s Theatre-in-the-Round from Feb.

  • Unsure of where to shop? Etsy answers all your problems

      For Her: Etsy seller LilasChocolatFrance creates dainty pieces of jewelry including custom­izable letter necklaces, rings and bracelets. These classic yet affordable creations are perfect for creating a special gift without breaking the bank. Similarly, PureHeart­Creations sells affordable hand-stamped jewelry.

  • NJPAC features historic concert film screenings

    Starting on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., Friday nights at New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Victoria Theater will feature Nelson George’s series of historic concert film screenings including “Save the Children,” “Krush Groove,” “Wattstax” and “Jazz on A Summer’s Day.

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    SHU sounds off: e-Readers vs. Textbooks

    e-Readers offer solutions for students’ textbook issues

      New technologies are not just a part of life in the 21st century but they have come to define our generation. Advancements in technology have affected how we socialize, conduct business, communicate and even how we educate. In the past few years, digital books on e-readers and tablets like iPads, Kindles and Nooks have been introduced as ways for college students to replace physical textbooks.

  • Resolve to keep your goals

    The 2013 guide to better resolutions

      At the start of every new year we all scurry to create the perfect resolution. Most people pledge to hit the gym more, which explains the influx of students at the rec center in January, and others claim they will manage their time better. There are certain resolutions that we just expect people to have because they are the same ones every year, but creating a goal for the new year can be more creative than just hoping to be more organized.

  • Pirate in the Spotlight

      Seton Hall’s radio station, 89.5 FM WSOU, is well-known and has received much recognition in the past. Now, thanks to senior Angelica Szani, the famous pirate radio has made headlines again. While Szani is a psychology major, she is now also the best college radio DJ, thanks to a recent win.

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    Dress the part: what to wear to work

      After perfecting your resume and attending Career Center workshops, the work does not end once you land an interview for an internship. Among preparing answers for interview questions and researching the company, outfit choice is something that often gets overlooked until the morning of, resulting in stress and a very messy closet.

  • WSOU exceeds fundraising goal at Sandy relief radiothon

      89.5 FM WSOU hosted a radiothon on Nov. 30, raising $9535 to go towards Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. "I was extremely proud of all the work my managers did for this event,” Omar Ahmad, station manager, said. “They put this together in a matter of days, and dedicated themselves for 18 hours straight of broadcasting.

  • Pirate in the Spotlight

      Moira Kelly, senior, is the embodiment of the servant leader mission at Seton Hall University. The senior Elementary and Special Education major leads inside and outside of the classroom as a Peer Advisor for Freshman Studies, President of Alpha Phi Omega, Vice President of Habitat for Humanity and Chairperson for the SHU Speaks Committee—All while scoring in the top 10 percent of the Praxis Exam.

  • Students make Christmas lists for National Santa’s List Day

    It’s Christmastime and Dec. 4 was National Santa’s List Day, the big man’s deadline for first draft of the “Naughty and Nice” lists. As each little girl and boy’s Christmas list arrives at the North Pole’s post office, Santa and the elves have to decide who has been good and who has been bad.

  • Setonian gift guide

    Be a savvy spender this December

      Etsy If you’re looking for a unique gift but can’t pinpoint exactly what you want to get, Etsy is the place to go. Almost ev­erything on the site is handmade, so you can get the same sentiment of something special without having to be particular­ly crafty.

  • Fun festive trips for a college budget

      The holiday season is finally here and luckily Seton Hall Univer­sity’s campus is extremely close to New York City, the ‘Christ­mas capitol’ of the world. While many may associate NYC with high prices, it is actually possible to take part in holiday fun on a college size budget, thanks to free attractions that can make great holiday memories without spending a dime.

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    WSOU hosts 12-hour radiothon to help Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

    89.5 FM WSOU will host a ra­diothon on Nov. 30 from 6 a.m. to midnight collecting donations for Hurricane Sandy relief. “Our goal is to raise $8,950 by the end of the day,” said Erin O’Grady, WSOU programming director.

  • South Orange comedian brings laughter to hometown at SOPAC

    Jessica Kirson along with other New York City standup comedians Kyle Grooms, Lenny Marcus, and Jodie Wasserman, brought laughter to South Orange when they performed at SOPAC last Saturday. Jessica Kirson is an example to South Orange residents, as she grew up in the town and has made it into the big leagues.

  • Dressing on a dime

      While it is sometimes easier to roll out of bed and go to class in sweatpants and an oversized sweatshirt, there comes a time in every college student’s life where he or she wants to take the time to get dressed in the morning. Go­ing to college close to New York City gives us an advantage when it comes to being trendy and look­ing put-together-because one of the world’s biggest fashion hubs is literally right next door.

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    Pirate in the Spotlight: Alexa Mangini

    Alexa Mangini is a senior occupational therapy major who chooses to keep her schedule packed. She stays involved with both her ma­jor and her role as President of Colleges Against Cancer. In her free time she loves spending time with her family, friends and boyfriend.

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    Recipes fit for both your home and the caf

    From our kitchen to yours

    As college students, we often struggle with what to eat both at school and at home. From easy recipes to make in any kitchen to a simple version of your Cove favorite, made right in the caf, this is The Setonian’s guide to eating wherever you are.   Recipe: Caf style buffalo chicken wrap From the kitchen of: Charlotte Lewis, Editor in Chief Ingredients:Grilled chicken (can get in several parts of caf), lettuce, ranch or blue cheese dressing, hot sauce, large wrap from sandwich area.

  • Seton Hall's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' nears perfection

        The Seton Hall Theatre Company brought Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to life on the stage of the South Orange Performing Arts Center October 25-28. Alexander Carney’s depiction of the romantic world of jealousy, friendship and love carried the audience away into a night of passionate reverie.

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    Theatre students take Shakespeare to SOPAC

    Shakespeare is coming to life this fall for Seton Hall Univer­sity’s Department of Communica­tion and the Arts. Students will be putting on a production of the dys­functional comedy “A Midsum­mer Night’s Dream” at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

  • New Walsh Gallery exhibit explores SHU baseball history

      Curated by Corene Linville and Greg Ferrara, Walsh Gallery’s latest exhibit titled “Play Ball!” definitely hits a home run. “Play Ball!” highlights the relationship between Seton Hall University and baseball history in the New Jersey and New York areas.

  • The Setonian's guide to NYC

    Located just 14 miles outside of New York City, Seton Hall University prides itself on providing students “with the best of both worlds,” according to the schools website. While many students are familiar with NYC, some never had the chance to visit until coming to college, and understand­ably, can be slightly overwhelmed at the thought of exploring the Big Apple.

  • Apple impresses with new iOS upgrade

      Seton Hall University students anxiously anticipated Apple’s new mobile software upgrade, iOS 6, to finally be available on September 19 and found it well worth the wait. The software upgrade is not just for iPhone users, however; it can be downloaded for iPad 2, iPad 3 and 4th generation iPod Touch as well.

  • Five seasonal things worth doing

    Fall Break Festivities

      With fall break to look forward to this weekend, many students anticipate a relaxing time off from classes. However, that free time students have amounts to very little productivity. Instead of taking time to watch TV or even catch up the much needed sleep, enjoy what the state has to offer this season.

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    Pirate in the Spotlight

    Omar Ahmad is a graduate student anticipating a double major in diplomacy and strategic communica­tions. He is currently serving his second term as WSOU Station Manager. His love for metal music has served him during his years at the radio station. Q: What kind of music is your favorite and why? A: While I listen to a whole bunch of different things, I grew up listening to heavy metal since I was 11.

  • Open Mic Wednesday is a success

      The Student Activities Board has a knack for the planning and execution of fun events like last semester’s GrooveBoston. It seems that this year promises to be just as successful with other smaller events such as last week’s Open Mic Wednesday, which turned out to be a hit.

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    Crazy Holidays worth celebrating: September 2012

    Agendas and calen­dars often don’t list all the holidays in a given month, but for Fresh­men Studies, it’s an important way to keep staff involved. Maggie Hernandez, administrative as­sistant for Freshmen Studies, said she has been printing out the calendar with holidays since she took over her position three years ago.

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    Seton Hall graduate creates record label

    At a time when unemployment among college graduates is ex­tremely common, it’s refresh­ing to hear an alumnae’s success story. Margarita Morales graduated from Seton Hall in 2009 with a major in Public Relations and Journalism. She created her own freelance music blog in 2008, and expanded it into a record label by 2011. 1 comment

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    Grad students highlight artwork by several nuns

    The Walsh Gallery premiered its newest exhibit, “Colors of Faith,” on Sept. 16, that will be on dis­play until Oct. 13. The exhibit is co-curated by Eliz­abeth Girvin and Jesse McGar­ity, two students in the Museum Professions Graduate Program. With help of Sister Anita Talar, Girvin and McGarity reached out to Women’s Religious Orders in northern N.

  • SAB event holds “SHUperhero” theme for students

      To help students get in touch with their inner “SHUperheroes,” the Student Activities Board is hosting a SHUperhero weekend on Sept. 21 and 22 featuring fun events with a ‘super’ theme. The weekend starts with a movie on the green at 8 p.m. on Friday.

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    2011-2012 SOPAC season sets high expectations

      The South Orange Performing Arts Center announced Tuesday that their 2011-2012 Season had an increase in attendance, according to a press release.  SOPAC estimates the increase at about 23.65 percent including six sellout shows.   According to the release, Interim Executive Director Linda Onorevole describes last season as record-setting.

  • The Setonian's guide to NYC

      Located just 14 miles outside of New York City, Seton Hall University prides itself on providing “students with the best of both worlds,” according to the schools website. While many students are familiar with NYC, some never had the chance to attend until coming to college, and, understand­ably, can be slightly overwhelmed at the thought of exploring the Big Apple.

  • Arts Council's fall season brings new and exciting events

      It’s “lights, camera, ac­tion” for this year’s Arts Council season, which plans to better reach the student body through interactive events and workshops. Each season pres­ents a “treasure trove of riches,” according to Dena Levine, Arts Council Chair, “This season in par­ticular, we are mak­ing an attempt to reach our student audience,” Levine said.

  • color-run-Daniella-Pascau-the-setonian-9.5.12

    Seton Hall takes on the Color Run

    Seton Hall students often search high and low, on and off campus for fun things to do on the weekend. On September 1, several groups of students travelled to Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. for both entertainment and community service. The Color Run, which benefited multiple sclerosis, was a different kind of 5k race.

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    Dunkin’ Donuts’ first customer spills the beans

    What’s better than coffee and donuts? $50 to spend on more. Junior Kevin Gilligan received both as his grand prize for being the first student to walk through the doors of the new Dunkin’ Do­nuts. Gourmet Dining Services sent Gilligan a $50 gift card in the mail.

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    South Orange has new ‘Love’ for frozen yogurt

    As students made their way back to cam­pus to begin the fall semester, the buzz about Dunkin’ Donuts’ new presence was undeni­able, but it was not only Seton Hall that got a summer upgrade. Love & Yogurt is South Orange’s newest addition to its bustling downtown area.

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    Pirate in the Spotlight: Joseph Donato

    Joseph Donato, junior, majors in history and minors in Italian. He keeps his schedule packed as presi­dent of the SGA, a member of the Italian Student Union, College Republicans and the Chess Club. Donato also has a love for the arts as an avid jazz and Italian opera fan.

  • SHU professor debuts latest short film

    Lights, camera, action

    “It started as a hobby, and now it’s just what I do.” Professor Tom Rondinella said. “I just do it for relaxation.” The Chair of the Department of Communications and the Arts, who also happens to teach film and video production at Seton Hall University, has turned his childhood love for filmmaking into something great.

  • Unanue Institute leads students to NYC’s Museo del Barrio on Friday

      The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute will be hosting a trip to El Museo del Barrio in New York City on Friday April 27. The tour is part of a free trip for 40 students that also includes lunch and trans­portation. The exhibition will be “Testimonio: 100 Years of Popular Expression.

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    Arthur Miller's 'Resurrection Blues' to be presented at SOPAC

    A crucifixion in South Orange

      The setting is present day South America. The star? A modern day Jesus Christ. Arthur Miller’s “Resurrec­tion Blues” is the Department of Communication and the Arts’ last production for the spring 2012 semester. The play is a sat­ire piece that tells the theoretical story of what would happen if the son of God were to appear in today’s society.

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    SHU keeps good 'Company'

      Seton Hall-based “progres­sive punk and indie elec­tronic” band, The Company Kept, are looking to make their mark on the music scene. From playing shows to recording professionally, the band is poised to be well on their way to some local recognition.

  • Local Kony event canceled; SHU looks to NYC

      The “Cover the Night” event that was supposed to take place in South Orange this Friday was canceled be­cause materials to “cover” South Or­ange did not arrive in time. Students are instead encouraged to attend the event in New York City. Freshman Bridget Walsh, founder of Facebook group “SHU Stops Kony 2012” remarked “Although enthusi­asm was big online, there was just not enough people to agree on one course of action.

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    Student art show in Walsh this month

    The Walsh Gallery will be un­veiling its eighth annual exhibi­tion of student artwork on April 25. This year, the exhibition is titled “Collectively Assembled,” alluding to the diverse collection of art created by students in the Department of Communications and the Arts.

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    Relay for Life returns to Seton Hall

    SHU away cancer on the 13th

    Seton Hall Business Major Susan Phillips has faced many issues throughout her life. She was dealt an unfortunate hand in having to care for her aunt, who had many reoccurrences of breast cancer. This took a huge toll on Phillips' life: she could only watch as her aunt battled the cancer.

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    Senior starts social media company

    After interning at the public relations firm Beckerman in the fall of 2011, senior Billy Marchant was struck by an idea: he wanted to start his own company, in which he would work with social media. By De­cember, Marchant was running with the idea, and shortly after he had started Digi­tal Marketing Strategies, managing social media sites for non-profit companies.

  • Seton Hall to host faculty talent show

    So you think you can dance like Professor Marian Glen? The First Annual Faculty Talent Show will start tonight at 6:30 in the Pirates Cove. Students will have the chance to watch their professors and mentors perform talents such as singing, dramatic monologues, comedy routines, even tap dance numbers.

  • Pirate Workout Plan

      Dreading bathing suit season? Get in shape with Pirate Life’s helpful and healthful workout tips! We bring you advice from Seton Hall’s athletic trainers and health faculty on setting up the perfect workout, and exercising in a healthy way. 1. Anything that looks too good to be true, probably is.

  • Spend less in South Orange

    Deals for students in the Village

    Nails:   Ladies (and gents) feel free to pamper your­self with manicures for $8 at First Class Nails and Spa. The nail salon, which opened in February, is offering discounted prices as an opening sale, and to stay competitive with the countless other nail salons around South Orange.

  • Jazz quartet performance and lecture to take place in Jubilee Hall

      Students looking for a night of jazz music needn’t look farther than Jubilee Hall. Jazz pianist and scholar Dr. Keith Waters will perform and talk about the music of Miles Davis this Tuesday. “Music appeals to everyone,” Waters said. “There’s no culture without music, and it’s important to talk to one another about music.

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    SHU student plans to compete in Miss New Jersey pageant

    Some students sing in the shower. Junior Anna Negron sings at New York Knicks games. “Singing the national anthem for the Knicks was a dream come true,” Negron said. “They lost the game, but it was an amazing ex­perience. Not to mention the fact that (director) Spike Lee pulled me aside as I walked off the court and said I have an amazing voice!” Negron, a sports management major at Seton Hall, is able to take advantages of opportunities such as this because she is cur­rently reigning as Miss Coastal Shore-New Jersey.

  • Turning the tables: redefines internet radio

    The new online music website lets anyone take a spin at the role of DJ in an innovative, interactive format. Unlike similar sites, such as Pandora and where users simply input an artist they like and the computer does the rest, Turntable.

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    New dorm decorating ideas

    Need dorm decorating ideas? Whether you're bored with the setup or with the decorations, rear­ranging and redecorating your room can be fun and affordable! Get creative ideas while browsing the inventory of stores such as IKEA, Target, Marshalls, T.

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    Valentine's day guide

    Can't buy love? By: Ashley Duvall As holidays go, Valentine's Day somehow stumps everyone in terms of gift giving. Regardless of who you are shopping for, the ideas seem to stop flowing at the instant thought of anything "V-day" related. Whether you are shopping for your best friend, boyfriend, girlfriend or other, there may be a solution to your shopping woes.

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    Seton Hall junior makes modeling debut

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have a model in our midst. Junior Kim Cichon will walk as a runway model for the fashion marketing company Plitzs' spring fashion show in New York City, which is being staged Feb. 10-11. The show will coincide with the annual New York Fashion Week.

  • Spotlight on Seton Hall's uncoventional clubs

    Asian Student Association, Anime Club, Mythos Club

    Asian Student Association Immersing yourself into learning more about your heritage does not have to be another drawn out histo­ry lesson, it can be fun. The Asian Student Association incorporates learning about tradition through activities, games and fundraisers.

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    Seton Hall's Saints and Sleuths bring 'Magic' to Theatre-in-the-Round

    As the lights dim in the theater and a hush falls over the crowd, there is a moment of silence before a single actor enters.  Standing tall and meeting the gaze of the audience, he sings out in a deep voice, "All night around the thorn tree, the little people play…"  And so begins the production of "Magic," a comedy by G.

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    New Walsh Gallery exhibit challenges viewers' perceptions

    Artists give new meaning to traditional landscapes in the Walsh Gallery's latest exhibition, "Crossroads: A Shifting Land­scape." From Jan.17 to Feb.17, the exhibit in­vites viewers to perceive their surround­ings as they never have before.

  • Technology Toys for Christmas

    Apple iPod Touch at on sale at $269.99 "I realized I was completely lost when my iPod stopped working. It is definitely the best MP3 player on the market." -Caitlin Carroll, Digital Editor   "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" for XBOX 360 available at Barnes and Noble for $57.

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    "Picasso at the Lapin-Agile" opens at SHU

    Senior Jennifer Graham-Macht will be the first student to direct a main stage Seton Hall produc­tion when "Picasso at the Lapin-Agile" opens tonight. The comedy, written by actor-comedian Steve Martin, is the second main stage production of the 2011-2012 theatre season.

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    SHU orchestra and choir to perform for sold-out crowd at SOPAC

    Why go all the way to New York City when Christmas fes­tivities are right around the corner from Seton Hall? The Seton Hall Orchestra will be playing outside its usual venue of Jubilee Hall for the first time, and expanding its horizons to the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

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    SHU junior starts local entertainment business in Essex County

    Fairy tales are stories that defy reality. They con­tain mythical creatures that could never exist in the real world. However, junior Nicole Lippey has taken a fantasy world and turned it into a real­ity for young children. Lippey has created a busi­ness called Custom Character Celebrations, in which she, her friends and student actors rent themselves out for birthday parties as popular fairy tale characters.

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    'Twelfth Night' brings comedy to the Theatre-in-the-Round

    The Department of Communication and the Arts presents Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" as their first theater performance of the year this weekend in the Theatre-in-the-Round. "Twelfth Night" is directed by Prof. Daniel Yates, a Seton Hall alumnus. Yates is the first profes­sor to direct a Shakespearean play at Seton Hall after Dr.

  • SHU senior nominated for CMJ College Radio Award

    "Imagine this: you're dreaming and in the dream, you're just walking down the street, going about your normal day, but suddenly Natalie Portman approaches you and informs you that you've won the New York Lottery, as well as a lifetime supply of fresh donuts.

  • FreeCycle's BMX takes University Day to new heights

    The BIG Air Show is back again at Seton Hall. FreeCycle's BMX show will once again be the main event at this year's University Weekend. The event will take place on the University Green on Saturday, Oct.  1 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The FreeCycle Action Sports Team, a performance and entertainment company that specializes in extreme BMX, Skateboarding and Street Bike shows, has been dedicated to educating and motivating both children and adults for years through their intense stunts and comical routines in their variety of shows.

  • Theater Council Goes 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

    The Theatre Council will present "Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz" on Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. as a fun and family-friendly activity for University Weekend. Nicole Lippey, a junior theatre major and member of Theatre Council, said she was honored when given the opportunity to direct the children's show for this year's University Weekend.

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    Viva Espana

    For two weeks this past August, I was privileged to travel with the Catholic Studies Department to Spain. This trip was everything and noth­ing I had expected all at the same time. I met people and saw things I never would have thought possible during my college career.

Music, Movies & Meals

  • Campaign looks to 'ban' stereotypes

    The “Ban Bossy” campaign has gained traction in the past couple weeks due to influences ranging from the Girl Scouts to global female leaders. The campaign is trying to ban the word bossy as a description of a female leader who is in fact not bossy, but just being an assertive leader.

  • Life is better without CBS' new sitcom

    The new CBS show, “Friends with Better Lives” aired its pilot on Monday, March 31st at 9 p.m. The sitcom might remind viewers of the popular show, “Friends,” as it also revolves around a group of friends who are regularly together. However, it does not come close to the dynamic chemistry and great comedy of NBC classic.

  • Dan and Shay's new album has something for everyone

    CNN’s Fresh Faces of Hollywood and Billboard’s 2014 Artists to Watch Dan & Shay put out their very first 12 track album last Wednesday, April 2 called “Where It All Began” with the help of producers Scott Hendricks and Nashville songwriter, Danny Orton.

  • 'Captain America' keeps pace with Marvel franchise

    Two years after the events of “The Avengers,” Steve Rogers, also known as Captain America (Chris Evans), struggles to acclimate to contemporary living, while continuing work for the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D in the latest Marvel release, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

  • Paul Reiser to perform stand-up at SOPAC

    Paul Reiser has accomplished just about everything an entertainer possibly can. He created and starred in a hit television series, the long-running sitcom “Mad About You.” He’s had a successful movie career. He’s a bestselling author. He’s even a musician whose song “The Final Frontier” has the distinction of being the only one played on Mars.

  • Administrator's son wins Met Opera competition

    Many people in their 20s can say they have graduated college, found the love of their life or landed their dream job, but not too many can say they have won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Patrick Guetti, son of Dr. Joan F. Guetti, senior associate provost, was one of five winners at the Grand Finals concert at the prestigious Metropolitan Opera House March 30.

  • 'The 100' breathes new life into apocalyptic genre

    The new CW television drama “The 100” presents an apocalyptic story about 100 young space teenagers who are punished by being sent back to Earth. Ninety-seven years ago, the Earth was poisoned by radiation from a nuclear disaster that destroyed almost everything and everyone.

  • 'Surviving Jack' jumps obstacles of parenting, high school

    Parents are your role models. You go to them for advice, and they are ultimately the people who raise you and help you become the person you are. Be thankful if you have good ones. Whether the father Christopher Meloni (“Law and Order: SVU”) plays on his new FOX sitcom “Surviving Jack” (airing Thursdays at 9:30 p.

  • 'Noah' is new spin on old tale

    Noah’s ark is a story many know from the Old Testaments of the Bible; “Noah” is Hollywood’s version of the famed story. While staying true to many of the elements of the timeless account, the story does receive the typical Hollywood treatment. Set in a distant future after a large post-nuclear catastrophe, a young Noah –depicted by Dakota Goya of “Rise of the Guardians” –watches his father, Lamech, die at the hands a youthful Tubal-Cain (Finn Wittrock) as well as steal the serpent’s skin (from the serpent in Eden).

  • Don't 'Sabatoge' your plans with this movie

    The level of testosterone and the macho attitudes, combined with a poorly written script, makes the new movie “Sabotage” absolutely awful. Director David Ayer presents a story about an elite Drug Enforcement Agency task force whose sole purpose is to capture cartel leaders and take down huge drug organizations.

  • Joan Osborne to perform acoustic set at SOPAC

    In 1995, Joan Osborne asked a question that caused music fans of every belief to think spiritually – “What if God was one of us?” Her single “One of Us” became an international sensation that propelled her to stardom. Decades later she still is making music.

  • 'Crisis' is anything but

    If your parents were some of the most affluent and powerful people in the country, would they risk it all if your safety was compromised? NBC finally delivered a powerful and captivating new drama Sunday, March 16 at 10 p.m., after various new series quickly made it to the cut list after only a few episodes (wink, wink “Do No Harm”).

  • Tyler Perry more serious in new film

    Tyler Perry puts away the fat suit, dress, and makeup that created the dramatic character Madea in his newly released movie, “The Single Moms Club”. Perry casts five divorced, empowered, and diverse women who endure the struggles of motherhood who come from different social and economic backgrounds and all have one thing in common: they need emotional support as they deal with single parenthood.

  • Jay Mohr happy to return home for SOPAC show

    Jay Mohr has something most people spend their entire lives trying to find – true happiness. He has a loving wife and sons, a family he called his “greatest accomplishment.” He’s got a job as a Fox Sports Radio host he said is like a dream-come-true.

  • Bad words from a good man

    Can you imagine a less charming figure than a grown man who bullies children, makes brash remarks at them, and who wants nothing more than to defeat them competitively? Probably not, yet somehow in his directorial debut, Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”, “Horrible Bosses”) makes this character the hilarious hero in “Bad Words”, which hit theatres March 21.

  • ‘Resurrection’ tests faith and logic

    What if someone close to you that passed away just showed up at your doorstep alive, but not in zombie form, and looked just as they did after years of being gone? After much hype, the brand new family drama series “Resurrection” hit television screens on March 9 on ABC, and makes that a reality.

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    New drama turns viewers into ‘Believers’

    With high strung action from the start; a family driving through a winding road in the woods is targeted by another vehicle on a dark, rainy night. As the car crash settles, we hear the father say, “they found her,” speaking of the young, innocent girl in the backseat.

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    ‘Need for Speed’ pleases action seekers

    Based on one the most successful racing video game franchises today, the stunt-heavy, action-packed “Need for Speed” debuted in theaters March 14. This latest manifestation of America’s love for muscle cars and the open road must be taken at face value in order to be enjoyed.

  • Fan-funded film has broad appeal

    Less than a year after the Kickstarter campaign for a “Veronica Mars” movie started, the film came to life to the joy of its fans. More than doubling the amount the project hoped to raise, fans showed their dedication to the project early on and saw their money’s use when the film came to theaters March 14.

  • 'Psycho-Os' say goodbye

    Psychic detective dramedy ends eight season run

    After its debut in the summer of 2006, USA Network’s hit series “Psych” will conclude its eighth and final season on Wednesday, March 26 at 9 p.m. The crime-dramedy focuses on self-centered “psychic” Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his childhood pal Burton “Gus” Guster (Dule Hill).

  • String quartet to put unique spin on pop songs

    What do Mozart and Lady Gaga have in common? More than you would think. At least, that’s what Well-Strung has been demonstrating. Since forming in 2012, the string quartet has developed an impressive following, performing classical takes on modern pop music.

  • “Saint George” in need of a miracle

    George Lopez has created and produced another sitcom that surrenders to his self-deprecating humor that premiered on FX on March 6. “Saint George” followed a basic formula, almost the exact same formula in fact as George Lopez’s self-titled show. Most of the jokes were told at Lopez’s expense from his mother, again very similar to “George Lopez”, or from his ex-wife, cousin, and uncle.

  • 'The Talking Dead' companion series aids success of original drama

    It is never unusual to recap a favorite television show episode with a group of peers just after it has ended; to discuss the events of the episode, character impact, and who will be next to be killed off is only natural. For some reality TV shows and most sporting events, there are formal post-programming talk shows, known as companion programs, dedicated to reviewing what unfolded just moments ago.

  • 'Mind Games' loses audience

    A new psychological drama has just been introduced on ABC in the form of the television series “Mind Games”, which premiered on Feb. 25.            According to The Hollywood Reporter, ratings indicated that “Mind Games” didn’t do so hot, landing the show with a 1.

  • Biblical movie is right choice

    Religion is a controversial topic within today’s society, especially when it comes to recreating or expressing a specified religion through art such as cinema. The risk that lies between offensiveness and respect as well as factuality and dramatization is a line that can easily make or break viewer’s thoughts on the film.

  • 'Mixology' delivers out of place humor

    It’s an interesting concept, one night being the premise of a TV show. Taking it a step further, “Mixology” is about one night, one bar in NYC and 10 people looking for different kinds of love. ABC’s new concept which premiered February 26 and now airs Wednesdays at 9:30 is a little bit of everything, which isn’t exactly a good thing.

  • 'Non-Stop' is top-notch

    “Non-Stop” took audiences by surprise when it hit theaters on Feb. 24. This film delivered with s top-notch cast, including Liam Neeson (“Taken” and “Schindler’s List”) Julianne Moore (“Blindness” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love”), Tom Bowen, Michelle Dockery and Nate Parker, just to name a few.

  • Eli Young Band reaches more than '10,000 towns'

    Contemporary country group, The Eli Young Band has come a long way since their 2012 release of “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and hit single “Crazy Girl.” On Tuesday, March 4 they premiered their fifth and latest album “10,000 Towns”, showcasing their same sound and tune that got fans to love them in the first place.

  • Harlan Coben to appear at Words Bookstore

    Harlan Coben is on a roll. His last six novels have all debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times’ bestseller list. A few of his books are currently being developed into film and television projects. And on March 18, his latest mystery thriller “Missing You” will hit bookstores nationwide.

  • NBC's new sitcom is eye opening

    The new NBC show “Growing up Fisher” airs on Sunday nights. It is inspired by a true story, introducing a family that consists of a mother, two children, and a blind father. The self-reliant and humorous dad, Mel Fisher, is an attorney who does not allow his disability get in the way of doing anything that he wishes.

  • 'About a Boy' proves to be 'practical and appealing'

    It’s rare to see in today’s television a practical and appealing coming-of-age story. One reason may be that while Hollywood often loves to take things up a size and make them larger than life, the best series are based on a novel, which keeps a program believable and entertaining.

  • 'Riser' has Bentley climbing higher

    Singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley is rising to the top after months of working on his seventh album, titled “Riser,” with help from well-known producer Ross Copperman. Bentley has a distinct voice and is changing it up once again for his fans. Like most country singers, he decided to take the classic country feel but experiment with the new technology and sounds.

  • Rapper reaches college crowd

    An emerging rapper, Shah, is attracting college students more than any other demographic with his new EP “Today,” released Nov. 1. According to his record label, Day One: “His debut EP is an expression of triumph and growth; a monument to self-expression and youthful defiance.

  • 'Pompeii' is a cinematic disaster

    The eruption of Mount Vesuvius that decimated the Roman city Pompeii in 79 A.D. was a fairly predictable event in hindsight; one does not simply build a city alongside of a volcano and expect peace and quiet. Just as predictable as the volcanic catastrophe two millennia ago was the plot and acting of the film version of “Pompeii,” opened Feb.

  • '3 Days' is dead on arrival

    “3 Days to Kill” is a corny spy movie. Or is it an action-packed family movie? Writer and producer Luc Besson (“Taken”) and director McG (“Charlie’s Angels” and “This Means War”) have “3 Days to Kill” all over the place. Kevin Costner plays Ethan Renner, a mysterious spy who has alienated his wife and daughter in pursuit of his international agent role.

  • Buckwheat Zydeco to perform at SOPAC

    If you’ve never heard of Buckwheat Zydeco, then you don’t know zydeco music. It’s no exaggeration to call Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr. and his band the face of modern zydeco and one of the greatest acts in the genre’s history. Among their numerous accomplishments, the group has performed at two presidential inaugurations, played at an Olympics closing ceremony and won a Grammy an Emmy.

  • Skip to the end of 'Endless Love'

     ’Tis the month for endless chick-flick marathons, excessive chocolate eating and harboring resentments against men not being any male character from Nicholas Sparks’ novels. “Endless Love” totally fits this February formula.            This remake of the Brooke Shields’ 1981 film is getting better reviews than the original.

  • Swindell steals the limelight in first full-length

    Georgia Native Cole Swindell had a successful year in 2013, going from Luke Bryan’s merchandise guy to Bryan’s opening act on his headline tour and releasing his well-known single, “Chillin ’It.” Although Swindell is telling listeners to chill and relax, he has in no way been doing this in order to prepare for his first release of his self-titled album with 12 new songs released on Feb.

  • Streaming TV shows replacing ‘real time’ watching

    Watching television in “real time” is becoming a thing of the past. With DVRs, people opt to watch the recordings during their free time and fast forward through commercials. With streaming websites such as Netflix, students can watch movies and shows any time they want online.

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    Cowboy Junkies to perform full iconic album at SOPAC

    The success of “The Trinity Session,” the Cowboy Junkies’ second album, came as a complete surprise, according to bassist Alan Anton. The music was so unusual-sounding, so outside-the-box, that it was never expected to catch on with a mainstream audience, Anton said.

  • 'Last Night' gets laughs, hits home

    Kevin Hart and Regina Hall bring the laughs once again in “About Last Night.” Directed by Steve Pink (“Hot Tub Time Machine,” “Accepted”), this movie plays on romance and how relationships work in modern times. Bernie (Hart) and Danny, played by Michael Ealy, are two single guys living in Los Angeles and often play wingman for each other.

  • 'RoboCop' revamped

    Remake more impressive than original

    Ever since “Short Circuit” came out with the lovable robot Johnny Number 5 and the ruthless “Terminator” took screens in the ’80s, it was just a matter of time before someone capitalized on the concept of human-robot relations. “RoboCop,” in 1987, met the need for a lethal contraption fighting on the side of the law.

  • British TV invades America

    The British are coming and captivating Americans through their television shows. The British accent, charm and talent in shows such as “Sherlock,” “Downton Abbey,” and “Doctor Who” are entertaining and attracting American viewers. The complicated puzzles and clues of a mystery that only Sherlock and Watson could solve in “Sherlock” challenge its audience.

  • New faces of NBC's nighttime lineup

    Jimmy Fallon moved to the adult table on Monday when he joined the ranks of Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien as the sixth host of “The Tonight Show.” His arrival was full of anticipation and hype especially with, Leno’s track record of not really leaving the show.

  • 'Outsiders' brings Church to the top

    After almost a three year break since releasing his recording breakthrough and CMA award winning album of the year “Chief”, contemporary country singer Eric Church is rolling out his fourth co-written album titled “The Outsiders.”  This album shows how Church is taking risks and particularly doing it better than most of the country singers of his generation so far with his use of creativity.

  • Piece of (cup) cake

    Mug recipes are ideal for college students because all of these meals are designed for the microwave. The catch is that almost all of these microwavable treats have lots of expensive or unusual ingredients. Here are a few recipes for morning or night that have easy directions and easy access to most, if not all, of the ingredients: Coffee Cup Quiche Ingredients: 1 egg 1 and ½ tablespoons milk Salt Ground black pepper ¼ of bagel (or similar amount of bread) 2 teaspoons cream cheese ½ slice of ham Directions: 1.

  • Miniseries captures history of Bond

    It wouldn’t be hard to argue that we all have our own ideal fantasies, where if the world catered to our imagination and was receptive enough to react accordingly, we would be the coolest people we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Sadly there is something limiting all of our wildest fantasies of course; it’s that the world is not actually a fictional place that uses our deepest desires and intents as blueprints to construct itself – But not to worry, that’s why we have James Bond.

  • 'Monumental' disappointment

    Bombs, stolen art and big stars pervade “The Monuments Men,” directed by and starring George Clooney. Based on a true story, the movie tells the tale of a group of men assigned to protect artwork during World War II. In the movie, Hitler orders his men to collect artwork from across Europe to establish the world’s largest museum.

  • 'Spoils of Babylon' anything but rotten

    It’s a common occurrence in Hollywood for a laundry list of hotshot actors to team up once or twice a year for an epic, big-budget feature film with high expectations. What is much less common is for the A-list actors to team up for a satirical, soap opera miniseries on small, independent television network; yet that is exactly what has happened on IFC’s “The Spoils of Babylon” which concluded on Feb.

  • 'Are You the One?' is for no one

    MTV has struck again with bad reality television. I’ve never been one for reality TV, except for the “Real World Road Rules Challenge” series, but this show hurts. “Are You the One?” sports an original, yet extremely unrealistic concept of trying to find love.

  • Worlds collide on Syfy

    There are two worlds: a futuristic world where there is an excess of luxuries and comforts and a primitive world of coldness and despair. While one world is orderly, technology-based and abundantly materialistic, the other world features simple clothing and cavemen necessities.

  • 'That Awkward Moment' sheds light on today's dating world

               It has been a long time since poetic confessions of love, soliloquies of passion and “Hamlet”-style suicides have set the stage when talking about dating and romance. Shakespeare was a couple of centuries ago, but that seems to be just the point.

  • 'Broad City' has broad appeal

               If the Comedy Central network’s greatest successes are its satire programs (“The Daily Show,” “Tosh.0”), their newest original series, “Broad City,” has to be considered a contender to make sketch comedy the network’s biggest attraction, at least potentially.

  • 'Labor Day' a labor to watch for unromantics

    Director Jason Reitman takes a solemn turn in the romantic drama “Labor Day.” Known for directing “Up in the Air,” “Juno” and “Thank You for Smoking,” Reitman usually produces cheerful movies. “Labor Day,” on the other hand, is serious, somber and intense with a touch of innocence.

  • Author will share latest novel at Poetry-in-the-Round

    Under the far-reaching umbrella of contemporary fiction, most writers tend to stay on one side as long as it’s out of the rain. They find their genre or interest, be it experimental, the mundane, fantastical or any of the thirty or so genres available to them, and stick to it.

  • Things are looking up in 'Shameless'

    Everybody’s favorite dysfunctional family is back on Showtime every Sunday at 9 p.m. Why, yes, I’m talking about the Gallaghers on “Shameless,” a show anyone can watch and generally say, “Wow at least my life isn’t THAT bad.” The show follows the life of a family that lives well below the poverty line, barely makes ends meet, but they still know how to party and love each other -- well, sort of.

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    Kinnear outshines costars in ‘Rake’

    “Rake,” the new com-dram airing Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on Fox, is to law-based shows what “House” is to medical-based shows. The premise shows some promise; however, the pilot was less than thrilling. Keegan (Greg Kinnear) lives a pitiful life. He owes tens of thousands of dollars to his bookie and at least $1,000 to his personal assistant.

  • 'Black Sails' brings Jolly Roger to the small screen

    Every time we turn on a television these days, some sort of paranormal drama is unfolding on the screen. Programs such as “Supernatural,” “True Blood” and “Teen Wolf” dominate the small screen, but one new show features new villains: pirates. Starz’ original series “Black Sails,” which premiered Jan.

  • Brandy Melville's unique styles appeal to students

    Crop tops and skirts with soft floral patterns, Los Angeles inspired tees and accessories, light flowing dresses fit for summer weather—the styles at Brandy Melville have customers on the East Coast longing for summer year round. Until then, however, they cozy up in comfort-fitted sweaters selected from the Brandy racks.

  • Horror: Frankenstein remake a scary mess, not a scary movie

    A new incarnation of Mary Shelley’s story opened in theaters on Jan. 24: “I, Frankenstein.” While there is plenty of drama and demon-filled action curb your expectations from anything greater. Created by the makers of the “Underworld” series, the film offers plenty opportunity for our protagonist, played by Aaron Eckhart, to battle in the mythical world.

  • 'Wahlburgers' showcases love and food

    Most reality shows appear scripted and dramatic, but the new A&E television show, “Wahlburgers,” is honest, heartwarming and entertaining. The key ingredients are the constant love among family, hard work, bickering brothers and a good burger. The show focuses on three Wahlberg brothers, Paul, Donnie and Mark, along with the matriarch, Alma, who also helps run the family restaurant, Wahlburgers.

  • New judges fail to capture original magic of 'American Idol'

    “American Idol” returns to television for season 13 on the Fox network Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. Although the show has lost viewership, new judge Harry Connick Jr. creates high hopes for the season. Other judges include famous singers and songwriters Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban, who hope to make this a positive season, returning to the show after mentoring and judging years before.

  • Springsteen debuts his 'High Hopes'

    How often do we hear the phrase “high hopes” in the same sentence with “New Jersey”? That’s right. Rarely, if at all. Yet, with Bruce Springsteen’s latest album “High Hopes,” released Jan. 14, we’ve finally been given the chance.         The album, co-produced by Springsteen, Ron Aniello and Brendan O’Brien, is expected to reach No.

  • Cop comedy drives nowhere

    Car chases, explosions and comical antics combine to create an entertaining, but dull and predictable plot to the movie “Ride Along.” Directed by Tim Story and starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter and John Leguizamo, “Ride Along” hit theaters on Jan.

  • 'Devil’s Due' yet another forgettable horror movie

    Demonic horror flick “Devil’s Due” opened on Jan. 17, demonstrating yet again that decent films in this genre are few and far between. Long gone are the days when the likes of “The Shining” and “The Exorcist” proved that the horror genre was more than just cheaply produced, poorly scripted film ventures.

  • 'Jack Ryan' revival plain but interesting

    Jack Ryan has been one of Hollywood’s most successful characters since 1990, when Alec Baldwin starred in the first film adaptation of the Jack Ryan series from the Tom Clancy novels. A number of actors have since tackled the role, including Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, but now it is Chris Pine’s time to shine in the latest installment, titled “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” that opened on Jan.

  • New life lessons in 'Girls'

    The third season of the popular HBO series “Girls,” starring creator Lena Dunham, is back! For those not clued in, “Girls” is about four women in their early 20s who live in New York City and try to navigate their lives in the real world. The show focuses on themes of friendship, love, maturity and how they all evolve on a journey of self-discovery.

  • 'Justified' returns with successful formula

    Season five of “Justified” returned Jan. 7 to its regularly scheduled programming every Tuesday on FX. I, for one, have never seen a full episode, let alone a whole season. However, people with very similar tastes in television to mine are constantly raving about “Justified.

  • 'The Bachelor' has audiences swooning

    “The Bachelor” mansion is filled with love-struck bachelorettes once again, but this time 27 women live there, rather than 25. The record-breaking 18thseason of “The Bachelor” premiered Jan.6, featuring the first Latino bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis. Galavis was last seen with bachelorette Desiree Hartsock on the previous season, one of the 25 gentlemen vying for her love and attention.

  • 'Enlisted' serves up a few laughs

    In the first five minutes of Intelligence, created by Michael Seitzman, we see a lone figure trekking the Himalayan mountainside interspersed with flashbacks. We find out the figure’s wife, a CIA operative, had betrayed the agency, and he is on a search for her.

  • 'Intelligence' is genius twist of crime drama

    In the first five minutes of "Intelligence," created by Michael Seitzman, we see a lone figure trekking the Himalayan mountainside interspersed with flashbacks. We find out the figure’s wife, a CIA operative, had betrayed the agency, and he is on a search for her.

  • 'Chicago P.D.' hooks viewers

    The spinoff of the NBC hit “Chicago Fire,” titled “Chicago P.D.,” premiered on Jan. 8 on NBC. The show centers around a crooked cop with a soft side. I went into this show knowing nothing about “Chicago Fire,” so I was out of the loop when it came to character development.

  • Syfy's 'Helix' fails in delivery

    Philosopher Samuel Coleridge said the suspension of disbelief comes only through an emotional truth within a fictional work. Pigs may fly, clouds may speak, and a DNA-changing virus may spread through lip-locking zombies as long as there’s something for the viewer to latch onto—something that allows them to ignore the impossibility of the plot and identify with the characters.

  • Syfy bites off more than they can chew

    Syfy’s “Bitten” is unoriginal, but viewers who are addicted to urban romance and split lifestyles of fictional and supernatural creatures such as vampires and werewolves will enjoy it. It revolves around a young, bold, attractive woman, Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort), who is also a werewolf.

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    Kickstarter Movies: In 2009, a crowdfunding platform was created to give creative projects the opportunity to grow. In 2013, Zach Braff turned to Kickstarter to get his film “Wish I Was Here” off the ground. Braff directed, co-wrote and is featured in the movie, which centers on a 35-year-old man still searching for his purpose in life.

  • 'Killer Women' deserves to be killed

    “Some men just need killing…” and maybe “Killer Women” does needs to be killed too. I’m all for female-dominated casts like with “Desperate Housewives,” “Girls,” and this season of “American Horror Story: Coven,” but there is something about “Killer Women” that just doesn’t make me love or even like it.

  • Abstract art exhibit opening reception in Walsh Gallery Jan. 23

    When you walk into the Walsh Library, prepare to see many different colors and shapes among different scales and compositions. Certainly there is no discrimination here of any sort, especially in the realm of creativity. The Walsh Gallery will present, “Simultaneity,” a travelling group exhibition, curated by artist Gabriel Phipps.

  • 'August: Osage County' a raw look at dysfunctional family

    Grandma Violet is a vitriolic pill popper. Mom Barbara and dad Bill can’t get along. Aunt Karen is engaged to a pervert. And first cousins Ivy and Charles are in love with each other. The Westons of “August: Osage County” are not exactly a pleasant bunch, to say the least.

  • Drama increases as 'The Carrie Diaries' reaches season midpoint

    Romantic sparks are flying high and ceasing just as rapidly. The fashion is hot. The drama is heightened, but surprisingly the hair hasn’t. Season two of “The Carrie Diaries” is just what fans are looking for. Perhaps the biggest news so far this year is that Carrie is given the opportunity for a promotion from being Larissa’s barista to a writer.

  • 'American Hustle' yet another hit for David O. Russell and cast

    With all of the hype surrounding David O. Russell’s latest directorial vision “American Hustle,” anything less than a stellar performance by cast and crew would be considered a failure, especially considering all of the successes he has had in the past.

  • 'Saving Mr. Banks' proves as magical as 'Mary Poppins'

    The heartwarming classic film “Mary Poppins” has entertained generations of children since it was released in 1964. Featuring iconic musical numbers and an Oscar-winning performance from star Julie Andrews, the tale of a magical English nanny helped establish Disney as a legitimate producer of live-action fare and remains one of the studio’s best-loved movies.

  • Beyonce's shocking new album features quality material

    With no warning to the public whatsoever, Beyoncé’s fifth album “Beyoncé” was released Dec. 13 exclusively on iTunes, later hitting stores. The new music is not only revolutionary for the unprecedented method of its release, it also shows the singer’s strengths, her personality and her growth as an artist.

  • 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is exhilarating thrill ride

    The second installment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” prequel to the popular “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is a sensory overload. The IMAX 3-D version is insane – flying arrows and gold coins pop off the screen while an amazing score sets the tone of the scenes, all the while rattling your body to the core.

  • 2013 Album review, best of the best

    A joke written on an Applebees napkin. Who is really going to read this? We laughed. After hours of contemplation. After weeks of blood, sweat and tears, here is a list of the best albums of 2013, according to TrackMarks. I hope you read it. List: 1.

  • Have a Celtic Christmas at SOPAC

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year to take part in holiday festivities and to sing along to the timeless Christmas carols. This holiday season lend an ear to Christmas songs with cultural infusions for a change.             Cherish the Ladies, an Irish-American, all-female quintet, will be performing their “Celtic Christmas” show at 7:30 on Thurs, Dec.

  • Fox's new sci-fi show offers something for everyone

    I’m not one for sci-fi themed anything, but there’s something about “Almost Human” that might have changed my mind. “Almost Human” kicked off Sunday, Nov. 17thwith a pilot and with the second episode airing the very next day. The premise of “Almost Human” follows Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban, known for his work on the latest Star Trek movies).

  • Literature still alive and well in 2013

    Not long ago, while waiting for my pancakes at the local diner, I overheard a couple talking about the state of contemporary fiction. The man said that the further we get from modernity, the further we get from any fiction of real substance. The woman readily agreed, adding that today’s fiction functions under the pretense that our society is essentially invincible, that death is no longer on our minds.

  • 'Best Man Holiday' shows all sides of the season

    If you want to get into the holiday spirit early, go see the movie “Best Man Holiday.” The star-studded cast includes Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs and Regina Hall. Written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee, who also directed favorites such as “Roll Bounce” and “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins,” this is an instant classic holiday film.

  • 'Ground Floor' hits the ground running

    The new TBS show “Ground Floor” is about workers at a financial services company -- specifically Brody Meyer (Skylar Astin), a top-floor, tailored-suit, workaholic who interacts with the company's ground-floor girl, Jenny (Alexis Knapp). The pilot, which aired Nov.

  • Pickler finds her roots on latest album

    Country music artist and actress Kellie Pickler, best known for finishing sixth in the fifth season of “American Idol,” released her fourth studio album, titled “The Women I Am,” on Nov. 12. Unlike most of the contestants from prior seasons, Pickler used the show as a way to break into the country music scene, not pop.

  • Alum's new book predicts new wave of altruism

    A Seton Hall alum who graduated in 2001 is releasing a book, “Motivation, Altruism, Personality and Social Psychology: The Coming Age of Altruism,” on Dec. 4. Dr. Michael Babula, MBA, Ph.D. and researcher, said he was inspired by some of his experiences at Seton Hall that led to an interest in altruism.

  • Holiday recipes

    While traditional Thanksgiving dishes such as pumpkin pie and stuffing are delicious, the customary classics can get boring. Check out the recipes below that will raise some eyebrows at the table and prompt countless questions of, “How did you make this?!” - Alexandra D’Aluisio Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars http://www.

  • Theatre Council to perform 'Months on End' in early December

    The Theatre Council will perform “Months on End,” a comedy with entertaining insights on the complexity of human relationships, in early December. The play, written by Craig Pospisal, is free, is approximately 75 minutes and will run for three nights, Dec.

  • 'Thor' sequel is deeper, darker than original

    Following 2011’s “Thor” is another in Marvel Studio’s tradition of action-packed superhero films, “Thor: The Dark World,” which debuted Friday. Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as Thor, the god of thunder, and fans will be happy to know he once again paid homage to the original character and comic book paladin.

  • 'About Time' isn't just about time

    If you could fix all your problems with time travel, would you? What if it came at a price? From writer and director Richard Curtis comes the rom-com-drama “About Time.” Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is an awkward, lanky 21-year-old redhead. Despite many efforts, Tim isn’t a smooth operator with the ladies as seen by a disastrous New Year’s Eve.

  • Eminem's long awaited album expands genres

    Rap legend Eminem is back in the spotlight with his long-awaited new album, “The Marshall Mathers LP II.” This album, following “Recovery” in 2010, was scheduled be released earlier this summer, but the release was delayed until Nov. 5. The album contains 20 songs (the deluxe version) and has features by many talented artists including Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Skylar Grey, Sia and Nate Ruees.

  • New fan favorites inspired by classic literature

    Lights, camera, go back in time to the 19th-century and action! Many popular television shows today feature plenty of action set in the past. Shows including “Once Upon a Time,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Elementary,” “Sherlock,” “Grimm” and “Dracula” are adaptations of 19th-century literature.

  • New A&E reality show a 'waste of time'

    Reality television shows are sometimes a guilty pleasure. Even though we know shows such as “Honey Boo-Boo” and “The Jersey Shore” are not “real,” we are still captivated. However, other reality shows, such as “The Governor’s Wife,” are a waste of time.

  • 'Escape Plan' is a 'breakout' hit

    Fans of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger will be particularly pleased with their latest film, the first time the two iconic action stars have headlined a film together. Despite the recent string of their unsuccessful solo movies such as Schwarzenegger’s “The Last Stand” and Stallone’s “Bullet to the Head,” the combination in this most recent film works.

  • Valuable lessons found in new National Geographic film

    Reality check is the best way to describe the National Geographic Channel’s fictional what-if scenario concerning a mass power outage across the United States, titled “American Blackout.” This faux documentary provides insight into what would happen to Americans of all different backgrounds if the power really did shut off for a long time, an event that is not so far-fetched.

  • New late night act puts viewers to sleep

    “The Pete Holmes Show” is a new late-night talk show that is centered around comedy sketches. It premiered Oct, 28 on TBS, Stand-up comedian Holmes has a different idea of what late-night viewers want to watch. Instead of an opening monologue and interviews with various celebrities, Holmes divides his show is into four segments and begins with a comedy sketch followed by the opening titles and monologue.

  • 'Ravenswood' successfully scares

    Long time “Pretty Little Liars” fans have been waiting for half a year for the spin-off series “Ravenswood” to air on ABC Family. Last Tuesday, “Pretty Little Liars” let Tyler Blackburn venture off into Ravenswood to start the series as Aria said “There is something seriously weird about this town.

  • 'It Goes' well for Thomas Rhett

    Thomas Rhett’s new album, “It Goes like This,” released on Oct. 29, is finally showing who the singer was behind his hit single that has been out for months. This country star created a name for himself with the help of his father, a country singer in the 1990s who topped the charts as well.

  • 'Super Fun Night' is a super fail

    “Super Fun Night” premiered on ABC on Oct. 2 starring “Bridesmaids” and “Pitch Perfect’s” Rebel Wilson. The show’s pilot episode was rewritten after critics who saw the original argued it had a lack of fun and was not pleasant. It was totally reworked to become the episode aired on Oct.

  • Kelly Clarkson celebrates Christmas with 'Red'

    Although many people still have their Halloween decorations up, Kelly Clarkson is ringing in the Christmas season early with the release of “Wrapped in Red.” Clarkson’s first holiday album isn’t that different from many other holiday-themed records, but her powerhouse vocals and sweet tones make “Wrapped in Red” a treat.

  • 'Vegas' is a mediocre 'Hangover' for older demographic

    “It’s going to be legendary,” isn’t a tagline I would use to describe Jon Tureltaub’s “Last Vegas,” which made its U.S. debut Nov. 1. “Last Vegas” is the older generation’s spin-off of “The Hangover” trilogy, but with an Academy award-winning cast. With this in mind, you should already know the basics of the “Last Vegas” plot, but it lacks the apparent conundrum that every “Hangover” movie includes.

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    '12 Years' depicts harsh realities of slavery

    “12 Years a Slave” is a brilliant look into slavery in America as portrayed through the story of one man. The story follows Solomon Northup, (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free man living in Saratoga, N.Y., with his wife and two children. He is lured to Washington, D.

  • 17-year-old Cohen impresses crowd

    I arrived a few minutes late to Lindsey Cohen’s performance at Arlene’s Grocery, a venue in New York’s Lower East Side, and while my license was being checked by the bouncer, a few minutes past 8, the sounds of the audience erupting could be heard from the pavement.

  • 'Ender's Game' adaptation lives up to classic novel

    “Ender’s Game” had a lot to live up to heading into theaters. The film faced the daunting task of pleasing fans of the classic science fiction novel it was based upon. It also risked being compared to other big-screen adaptations of young adult books.

  • Town library to host indie folk artist

    Fueled by the tune of banjos, trumpets, organs, guitars and his own vocals, singer-songwriter David Berkeley is passionate about changing the world with his music, which he identifies as indie folk with an edge. Berkeley will perform at Manhattan’s Rockwood Music Hall Saturday and will play a free concert at the South Orange Library on Sunday.

  • 17 year old singer-songwriter Lindsey Cohen to perform at Arlene’s Grocery

    Perhaps the most evocative yet challenging task of any blues musician is trying to convey an emotion through an instrument. Whether that’s through a voice, a guitar or a saxophone, the requirement to connect with and move the audience remains the same.

  • Arcade Fire 'reflekting' old sound

    “Reflektor,” Arcade Fire’s fourth studio album released Oct. 29, has a rock sound reflective of their second album, “Neon Bible.” The band’s first and third albums, “Funeral” and “The Suburbs” had a softer element that helped the band find their place in the indie-rock genre.

  • 'Dracula' pales compared to novel

    NBC released a brand new series Oct. 26th; however the new series is revitalizing an old story told by Bram Stoker. Yes, NBC took on the challenge of restoring Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” novel into a modern television show.  Stoker’s “Dracula” is a horror-drama most of us are familiar with from our high school days studying British literature, yet NBC’s “Dracula” doesn’t seem to be a storyline one can make any assumptions based on their knowledge of the novel.

  • 'The Counselor' succeeds at being predictable

    Every so often Hollywood heavyweights team up for an A-list, large-budgeted and supremely hyped up film—you can count on it happening a few times a year. Sometimes this combination turns out spectacularly, exactly how it should look on paper, with films like “Ocean’s Eleven” and “The Departed” having great success.

  • Katy perry shows artistic growth in new album

    Katy Perry proved that she has grown up since her “Teenage Dream” days with the release of her new album “Prism” on Oct. 18. “Prism” is the fourth studio album for the eccentric singer and while it maintains Perry’s signature fun, laid-back vibe, there’s a new maturity that audiences were never exposed to before.

  • ABC’s 'Once Upon a Time' spinoff keeps skeptics at a bay

    In theory, ABC’s “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” is the perfect fantasy/drama spinoff of the network’s hit “Once Upon a Time,” but Oct. 10 premiere shows it is clearly missing elements that make it a true spinoff. “OUATIN” is more of an expansion of the original brand than a followup to it.

  • 'Carrie' remake does original justice

    The latest remake of Stephen King’s famed horror classic “Carrie”hit the theaters Oct. 18. Chloë Grace Moretz shines as the titular role of Carrie White, paying wonderful homage to the original Carrie, Sissy Spacek. Starring as Carrie White’s religious fanatic mother, Margaret, is prolific redhead Julianne Moore, who also does justice to the role Piper Laurie created in the 1976 film.

  • ‘On the Rader’ again with action from CMJ 2013

    The College Music Journal festival is over, and after five long days and nights of running around New York City, riding subways, catching taxis and drinking endless amounts of coffee, I’ve compiled a list of four bands to check out, three venues to visit, two radio stations to tune into, and one festival tip.

  • Avett Brothers 'do not disappoint' with newest album

    The Avett Brothers have come a long way since their 2009 hit album “I and Love and You.” Since then they worked with the highly sought after producer Rick Rubin several times, and their newest album has benefited from Rubin’s insight. Their latest and eighth release, “Magpie and the Dandelion,” does not disappoint.

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    Banks looks forward to reading at SHU

    Unlike many other authors, Russell Banks did not grow up writing. In fact, Banks said it wasn’t until after dropping out of school as a young adult that he even started reading seriously. But after becoming enraptured by the works of Hemingway and Faulkner, he said he developed a desire to imitate the masters he’d grown to love.

  • Cyrus bangs out a new album

    Miley Cyrus has released her second album, “Bangerz”, as her own artist giving up her pop star role as Hannah Montana to portray her real, crazy personality and spontaneous attitude. The last few months we have seen Cyrus making her appearances through social media something that is catching viewers’ eyes, and like herself, her album is doing just the same.

  • The Midterm Survival Guide

    Even though everyone studies differently, here are some tips and tricks to surviving your midterms:   1.Use your time wisely. Obviously time management is an important part of college, but it’s also crucial for studying well. The best studying is focused studying, so taking breaks is necessary.

  • ‘Walking Dead’ new season is a dead knockout

    The undead. Zombies. Walkers. In a world where almost everyone you ever met is zombified and has an inhuman desire to eat the brains of the living, it would be easy to get caught up in the fear of these monsters. But for Deputy Rick Grimes’ family and the band of survivors in AMC’s post-apocalyptic drama “The Walking Dead,” the zombies hordes are the least of their fears; it is humans they most fear.

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    'Captain Phillips' makes waves at box office

    A security drill interrupted by a real-life attack threw the Maersk Alabama crew for a loop. Escaping the approaching skiffs manned by armed pirates, the crew knew they were yet to reach a state of smooth sailing. “Captain Phillips,” set sail for theaters Friday, Oct.

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    'Big Fish' a big splash on Broadway

    The new Broadway show “Big Fish” begins with a grandiose musical number featuring a witch, a giant, a mermaid and a slew of dancers in flashy costumes. A jubilant father with a thick Southern accent sings to his rational-minded young son about the importance of being “the hero of your own story.

  • Bo Burnham creates poetic comedy

    Comedian Bo Burnham didn’t rise to fame like most others, instead becoming one of the first viral stars of YouTube when he was only 16. His humor is also different, incorporating satire, observation, music and even props. Burnham’s latest project is also something most comedians haven’t attempted.

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    Comedian to get 'Unconstitutional' at SOPAC

    Anyone who thinks history is boring hasn’t heard it explained by Colin Quinn. The former “Saturday Night Live” star proved his talent for making fun of the past with his one-man show “Long Story Short,” which humorously summarized the history of the world in 75 minutes.

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    What does the fox say?

    There is one sound that no one knows...

    Possibly the most outrageous recent viral video is Ylvis’s song “The Fox.” Two Norwegian brothers explain the noises animals make and question why no one knows what sound the fox makes -- everything an instant hit needs! Surprisingly, Seton Hall students may not be as informed as these brothers are hoping.

  • Timberlake impresses in ‘20/20’ sequel

    After receiving many accolades for the release of his comeback album, “The 20/20 Experience,” in March 2013, Justin Timberlake is back less than a year later with “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2.” Although the album officially dropped on Sept. 30, it began streaming live on iTunes on Sept.

  • Students disagree on relevance of iPod classic

    Apple made a colorful splash in the technology world Sept. 10, unveiling its newest products, the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. While perusing the Apple online store for the new releases, customers may be surprised to find the iPod classic is still available for purchase.

  • ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ is action-packed success

    “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” premiered Sept. 24 on ABC. The show is a spinoff from the Marvel box office hits. This series, however, takes a different approach to superheroes. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is set in a time and place where society knows about how the Avengers saved New York City from a near apocalyptic attack.

  • Spader is lone bright spot in NBC’s ‘The Blacklist’

    James Spader’s latest role is starring in an edgy crime drama, “The Blacklist.” The show’s plot, at first, seemed exhausted and overwrought. Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington (Spader), a one-time FBI agent turned rogue, surrenders to the FBI headquarters in D.

  • Williams hilariously ‘Crazy’ in new show

    Newly added to the CBS lineup on Thursdays at 9 p.m. is the sitcom “The Crazy Ones.” This new show is focused on main characters Simon Roberts and his daughter Sydney, played by Academy Award winner Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, respectively.

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    Paula Poundstone bringing laughs to SOPAC

    You never know what will happen at a Paula Poundstone show. And neither does Poundstone. That’s because the acclaimed comedian’s stand-up act is almost entirely improvisational. She said that other than the occasional note to herself, most of her material is culled from questioning the audience over the course of the show.

  • All bad things must come to an end

    “Victorious.” “Satisfying.” Breaking Bad Director Vince Gilligan used these two adjectives in an interview with The Daily Beast in April to describe the end of season five, the series finale of AMC’s hit drama. This show has stunned viewers with its depth and anxiety-inducing shock factor since its premiere in 2008.

  • Urban 'Fuses' genres with new album

    After three years, Grammy winner and ”American Idol” judge Keith Urban finally released his seventh album “Fuse” on Sept. 10. This album shows Urban’s ability to take risks and step outside of his boundaries, demonstrating he is not afraid to mix different genres into the familiar country feel of his music.

  • New fall season contains big names, potential hits

    With the fall comes a slew of new series, all looking to be the next hit. This year features some familiar faces, both real and fictional. But big names such as Robin Williams and Marvel don’t necessarily lead to quality programming. How will the new television year turn out? Tune it into some of these shows and judge for yourselves! “Marvel’s Agents of S.

  • 'Insidious: Chapter 2' proves an unconventional scare

    Horror films just are not what they used to be. Too many fail to capture the feeling that members of the audience have paid good money for: fright. Horror is a hit-or-miss genre, but that is where “Insidious: Chapter 2” has struck gold – finding a way to scare all viewers, not just some.

  • Hosseini achieves great emotional depth with 'Mountains'

                Within the first 100 pages of Khaled Hosseini’s “And the Mountains Echoed,” a father gives up his beloved daughter; a jealous sister pushes her twin out of a tree, leaving her paralyzed; and an old man reflects on a lost love.

  • New 'Ultimate Fighter' season comes out swinging

    The season premiere of the 18th installment of “The Ultimate Fighter,” or “TUF,” left viewers wanting more.   “TUF” is a reality competition series following mixed martial artists living together as they fight in two tournaments. This season one tournament will be for bantamweight men while the other is for bantamweight women, making it the first time the show has featured females.

  • 'Sunny' still prime in season nine

    Few television shows make it past a handful of seasons, so it’s a miracle of sorts when a low-budget buddy comedy that lacks a plot can be successful enough to make it to a ninth season. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has moved beyond a cult following to find a home in the mainstream.

  • New NBC game show chooses contestants from app

    The biggest prize in game show history is up for grabs in the new NBC series “Million Second Quiz.” But it’s not just the prize that’s historic – the contest itself is unlike anything seen before. “Million Second Quiz” is an interactive live trivia contest that combines aspects of classic game shows such as “Jeopardy” and “Family Feud.

  • Reznor comes back with new NIN album

    Trent Reznor, the man solely behind Nine Inch Nails, has released his latest album, “Hesitation Marks,” which refers to the faint lines of uncertainty before a suicide. The title is misleaading. It’s as dark as one might expect, but there’s something communicatively unique about this work that sets it apart.

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    Mayer comes back strongly with 'Paradise Valley'

       Following the cancellation of his 2012 tour due to vocal granulomas and throat surgery, John Mayer returned to the music scene with the release of his latest album, “Paradise Valley,” on Aug. 20.    While “Paradise Valley” has the same smooth vocals and soft rock melodies as Mayer’s past albums, there is an unplugged, honest aspect to the record that has not been changed from his early days.

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    Update the way you bake cookies with this simple recipe

    As kids we loved the simplicity of a chocolate chip cookie and many of us still do (the Caf offers the best option on campus). This fall, change the way you look at cookies and try this rich, flavor-packed chocolate variety. All chocolate, no chip.

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    Joining the ivory league

    Campus piano artistically engages students

    With its colorful paint job and location outside the university center, the piano is hard to ignore. And that’s exactly the point. Whether you have actually played a few notes or just spread the word there’s a musical instrument outside, you have participated in the Playin’ Around South Orange project.

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    Karmin to perform at SAB’s Fall Fest 2013

    The Student Activities Board has announced popular music duo Karmin will perform at Fall Fest 2013 on Saturday, September 14. Tickets for Seton Hall students are free if ordered before September 6. To get them, visit After September 6, student tickets will cost $5 each.

  • Romantic 'Bachelorette' finale concludes unforgettable season

    This season of “The Bachelorette” has been quite a long journey of laughs, dates and tears for Desiree Hartstock. The young bridal stylist came into this experience willing to keep an open mind and heart throughout  her search to find her one true love.

  • 'Only God Forgives' proves to be brutal film with misunderstood meaning

    It wouldn’t take people longer than 30 seconds to type Nicholas Winding Refn’s newest film, “Only God Forgives,” into their search browser, float their mouse over any one of the film reviews, double-click and see that just about every major film critic from The Huffington Post to The New York Times wrote the film to ribbons.

  • 'The Vineyard' ventures into new territory for ABC Family

    ABC Family, the network best known for its hit teen soaps, has officially entered the reality field with the premiere of “The Vineyard.” Set on Martha’s Vineyard, the show centers on 11 locals and visitors who come together to take on what is sure to be an eventful summer.

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    'RED 2' is a locked and loaded summer hit

    Once again the A-list cast of the 2010 action-comedy film “RED” has found its way back into the summer hits conversation with the premiere of the sequel “RED 2”, which debuted in theaters July 19.  Produced by DC Entertainment, “RED 2” is part of a recent neo-noir movement in Hollywood that is gaining popularity with its knack for quick-wit comedy infused with thrilling action scenes reminiscent of early 20th century gangster and crime genres.

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    'Pacific Rim' blends good storytelling with blockbuster action

    Guillermo del Toro, the writer and director of surrealist/sci-fi films such as “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy” and “The Devil’s Backbone,” gives the world a work that’s one-part roller coaster and two-parts virtual simulation: “Pacific Rim.” Released July 12, his team of pseudo-stars such as Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Children of Men”), Rinko Kikuchi (“Norwegian Wood,” “The Brothers Bloom”) Idris Elba (“The Wire”), and Ron Perlman (“Drive”), offers a monstrous heavyweight of a film weighing in at 131 minutes long which is as dynamic as it's entertaining.

  • 'The Bridge' mixes culture clash with murder for compelling TV

    FX sure picked the right time to premiere “The Bridge.” After all, what better time is there to air a show set on the American-Mexican border than during Congress’s ongoing debate about immigration reform? But “The Bridge” isn’t a political series, at least not on the surface.

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    'Big Brother' off to intriguing start for 15th season

    Summer brings about many things each year – warm weather, vacations … and backstabbing? It certainly does in the Big Brother house. The reality show competition has returned for a fifteenth season on CBS, featuring 16 contestants living and competing against each other.

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    Despite production woes, “World War Z” triumphs

    We are in the middle of a zombie renaissance. Ever since “The Walking Dead” completely revamped the genre, film and television studios have scrambled to produce their own projects featuring the undead. “World War Z” is the latest attempt to capitalize on the zombie craze.

  • 'Man of Steel' revitalizes the Superman franchise

    Without question, Superman is the most iconic of all comic book heroes. That’s not to say he’s the best – it just means he’s the benchmark to whom all other superheroes are compared. Not only is he one of the original heroes, he also possesses all the qualities one is expected to have: selflessness, super-human abilities and the like.

  • No lie – 'Pretty Little Liars' returns on top

    The mystery, secrets and murder are back as “Pretty Little Liars” returns for a fourth season on ABC Family. If the premiere is any indication, it’s sure to be a great one. This time Spencer, Hanna, Emily and Aria not only must unravel the mystery behind their friend Alison’s disappearance, they have to also find out who killed Detective Wilden.

  • Interesting story lines ahead for third season of 'Falling Skies'

    With so many different science fiction shows on television today ranging anywhere from zombie apocalypses, nightmarish urban legends and southern vampires, it is rare to see a program set itself apart from others quite like TNT’s “Falling Skies,” whose third season premiered Sunday, June 9.

  • 'Secret Life' ends with disappointing finale

    Since 2008, fans of the ABC Family show “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” watched in earnest as the characters struggled with the dramatic decisions, challenges and dilemmas of high school life. For them, the finale was supposed to be the meaningful culmination of five years of viewing.

  • Broadway’s 'Annie' revival is “glee”ful

    Are you a fan of “Glee”? If you like Sue Sylvester,take a trip to New York City soon to see her on the Palace Theatre stage. Making her Broadway debut, Jane Lynch is now starring as Miss Hannigan in the revival of “Annie” on Broadway. Lynch will be a cast member through July, attracting Gleeks as well as anyone looking to experience an excellent performance.

  • 'The Bachelorette' returns with laughs, tears

    Fans of rose ceremonies and reality show love have to wait no longer – the new season of “The Bachelorette” is here. This time Desiree “Des” Hartstock is in the title role. Hartsock was last seen being rejected by “Bachelor” Sean Lowe following a disastrous hometown date ruined by her crazy brother.

  • Married to Jonas returns to E!

      “Married to Jonas,” E!’s hit show that aired last summer and captured many young women’s eyes, has come back for its second season. After two years of marriage, Kevin and Dani Jonas are finally settling down and enjoying their life in Denville, N.J.

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    ‘Iron Man’ franchise returns with more edge

    The “Iron Man” franchise is again in the spotlight as “Iron Man 3” debuts in theatres every­where May 3, another Marvel comic book-turned-movie that is sure to be a summer box office hit. Despite being the 3rd of the se­ries, “Iron Man 3” comes off hav­ing a much darker air than the pre­vious films.

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    Chesney releases island themed album

    Kenny Chesney reminds fans to slow down and soak up the sun in his new island-themed album, “Life On A Rock,” which was re­leased on April 30. The title track captures the spirit of the entire album. The song captures the easy-going island vibes complete with happy hour all day, driving on the left side of the road, forgetting time and slow­ing down.

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    ‘Pain and Gain’ is far from painful

    Ordinarily, a movie in which the main characters torture and kill innocent people would not be very pleasant to watch. It would be even worse if such a film were based on a true story. But the real events depicted in “Pain and Gain” are so bizarre and unbeliev­able that you can’t help but find them humorous.

  • Band ‘saves rock and roll’ after a 5-year hiatus

      For most of us in college now, Fall Out Boy was a middle school sensation. Many an AOL Instant Messenger profile read “dance dance, we’re falling apart to half time.” Since then, YouTube parody videos have been dedicated to transcribing what lead man Patrick Stump’s pronunciations actually sound like.

  • ABC Family releases ‘unrealistic’ and ‘confusing’ T.V. musical

      ABC Family is known for re­leasing many feel-good movies that highlight every genre includ­ing “Mean Girls 2” and “The Cut­ting Edge.” “LoveStruck: The Musical,” the channel’s latest ad­dition, premiered on April 21. The film opened with a rendi­tion of Lady Gaga’s famous sin­gle “Just Dance,” featuring Jane Seymour as Harper, a retired Broadway star, which caught the audiences’ attention right away.

  • Iron and Wine evolves with new album, ‘Ghost on Ghost’

      Sam Beam, better known as “Iron and Wine,” strays from his usual indie sound with “Ghost on Ghost,” creating a more inviting platform for new fans. While it seems the folk artist is moving to­wards a new sound, he still main­tains his exceptional song writing in this album.

  • Cruise’s talent proved in recent sci-fi flick

      Most actors popular in the science-fiction and action genres start to see their careers wane by the time they reach middle age, but for Tom Cruise things are different. At 50, Cruise is still at the top of his game with stellar performances in numerous block­buster films.

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    Attend summer school with Mike and Sulley

      The follow up to the oh-so-popular Disney Pixar movie “Monsters, Inc.” is finally here. After 12 years, we get to go back and see what it was like for Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan in college as the prequel to the Disney classic, “Monsters University,” comes to theaters June 21.

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    The Great Gatsby hits theatres May 10

    Much excitement and anticipation is surrounding the upcoming release of “The Great Gatsby.” This version, which comes to theaters May 10, is the first major adaptation since Robert Redford and Mia Farrow starred as Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan in 1974.

  • Network cancels ‘Buckwild’ after stars death

       After 21-year-old “Buckwild” star Shain Gandee died suddenly at the beginning of the month, MTV executives confirmed that the show will not continue for a second season, much to the frus­tration of cast members and fans. MTV said in a statement they “felt it was not appropriate to continue without him” and are “working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately.

  • MTV awards a success despite recent media troubles

    Rebel Wilson makes hosting debut

      With a host like Rebel Wilson, it was no surprise that the 2013 MTV Movie Awards kept us laughing all night long. The show, which aired on April 14, honored entertainment’s best movies. Wilson’s sarcastic, dry humor was made known from the show’s opening montage, which featured the funny girl in her native Aus­tralia making fun of her fellow Aussies and taking on fictional roles from the year’s popular films.

  • Watching ‘Scary Movie 5’ is a frightful experience

      What is scary about “Scary Movie 5” is that people actually thought it would be a good idea to make it. Though a satire of hor­ror movies, the film is hardly ever funny. In fact, its most effective jokes are at best capable of draw­ing mildly irritated smirks from audience members, but certainly not laughs.

  • Brad Paisley creates drama with album

      Popular country singer and songwriter Braid Paisley debuted his first self-produced album on April 9, 2013. The West Virginia native released “Wheelhouse” with the help of LL Cool J, Char­lie Daniels, Dierks Bentley, Hunt­er Hayes, Mat Kearney and Brit­ish comedian Eric Idle, marking Paisley’s eighth studio album.

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    Volbeat hopes new album will reach larger fan base

      Volbeat is back and aiming to reach a wider fan base with the new album, “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies,” released on April 9. The Danish band is best known for its resistance to conformity, melding sounds ranging from classical rock to death metal.

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    Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan host 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards

      The 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards brought the south to Las Vegas on April 7. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan hosted the evening, and seeing as the two country stars are self-declared funny guys, it was a night of pure entertainment. Shelton and Bryan are good friends, but that did not stop them from poking fun at each other during the show.

  • Top 10 Songs this week according Billboard Top 100

      1. Thrift Shop - Macklemore   2. When I was your Man - Bruno Mars   3. Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake   4. Harlem Shake - Baauer   5. Just give me a reason - P!NK   6. Stay - Rihanna   7. Radioactive - Imagine Dragons/Night Visions   8. Started from the bottom - Drake   9.

  • Introducing ‘The Croods’

      Although the Croods seem like a typical family, they are anything but ordinary. The Croods is about the world’s first modern family who begin a journey after their cave home is destroyed. Grug, voiced by Nicholas Cage, is a caveman who is stuck on his old-fashioned, traditional ways of life.

  • ‘Orphan Black’ is unlike any other show

      “Orphan Black” is a show about clones, but you wouldn’t know that from the first episode. In fact, unless you’ve seen the commer­cials or read the advanced reviews for the new series, you wouldn’t even realize that it’s science fic­tion. And that’s what makes “Or­phan Black” so intriguing.

  • Family band ‘Pioneers’ a new sound

      Country’s family band, The Band Perry, released their sec­ond album, “Pioneer,” on April 2. With a three-year gap between al­bum releases, the band has had a chance to channel their sound and make a very compelling album for country and pop audiences alike.

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    Nothing loud, nothing boisterous

    An interview with cellist Dom La Nena

    Dom La Nena, the Brazilian-born, French and Argentinian-influenced Cellist exposes the soft sounds of Brazil with her debut album, “Ela,” released Jan. 2013. Within the confines of the album one feels close not only to the creator of the beautifully rendered tracks, but also to her home of Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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    Swift brings Red Tour to Prudential Center

    Taylor Swift painted Newark, N.J., red on March 28 for the sec­ond night of her Red Tour’s three-show run at the Prudential Center. The excitement of screaming au­dience members with homemade, light-up signs and custom t-shirts was undeniable, as happy tears were found even before the lights went down.

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    Harlan Coben talks latest novel

    Encourages readers to support store

    When avid readers think of Har­lan Coben, the words “mystery” or “thriller” probably come to mind. But what about “romance?” It very well could, for the best-selling author’s books often run the gamut of genres. And that’s why Coben doesn’t like to label his work.

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    Justin Timberlake doesn’t disappoint fans with recent album, ‘The 20/20 Experience'

      After a nearly 7-year-break from music, Justin Timberlake is back with his new album “The 20/20 Experience,” which was released on March 19 and produced by the well-known Timbaland. Now a seasoned actor and married man, Timberlake has come a long way from his boy-band roots.

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    ‘Bates Motel’ debut is both eerie and successful

    Norman Bates is a name that has made the collective Ameri­can psyche cringe since the early 1960s when Robert Bloch’s novel Psycho debuted and the Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name came out, portraying the fic­tional Bates as a deranged killer obsessed with punishing women.

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    'Wonderstone'not an 'incredible movie but worth seeing

    Incredible is not the word to describe “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” Silly? Definitely. Predictable? Yes, that too. But in the case of “Wonderstone,” those qualities only added to its charm. For the film was also hilarious, thoroughly entertaining and even touching.

  • Justin Timberlake continues publicity tour as host of SNL

      On March 9, multi-talented megastar Justin Timberlake hosted NBC’s long-running weekly sketch-comedy show “Saturday Night Live” for his fifth time. Timberlake also took on the role as the show’s musical guest. The episode garnered “SNL’s” best ratings in over a year, as Timberlake performed skits with many guest stars including Andy Samberg, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd.

  • Youth Lagoon’s ‘Wondrous Bughouse’ impressive and eerie

      Although critics heavily critiqued his debut album “The Year of Hibernation” as nothing more than bashful-bedroom pop, Trevor Powers aka Youth Lagoon came back with a vengeance for his second al­bum, “Wondrous Bughouse’s,” released on March 5. If Youth Lagoon’s first album reflected his quiet, shy and reserved nature and re­flected the uncertainty of his age, barely 22 at the time, “Wondrous Bughouse” paves a concrete road for his newfound confi­dence.

  • ‘Red Widow,’ seeks sympathy for protagonist

      The makers of “Red Widow” want you to sympathize with Mar­ta Walraven, and on the surface, the character is easy to get behind. She’s a good mother willing to do anything to protect her children, even if that means entering the criminal underworld.

  • “Dark Skies” is perfect example of a good horror film

      Every good horror movie has deep meaning within it. It contains more than just cheap thrills and suspense. Rather, truly excellent scary movies feature characters the audience can sympathize with and a plot that relates to the problems of contemporary society.

  • Academy Awards entertain despite running long

      In typical Oscars fashion, the 85th Academy Awards ran about 30 minutes longer than scheduled on Sunday night. Host Seth MacFarlane joked about the lengthy ceremony along, but kept most of his jokes fairly subdued, an unexpected feat for the usually over-the-top “Family Guy” creator.

  • Beyoncé lets guard down in new self-produced documentary

       Beyoncé is known for her diva stage persona, powerful vocals and fierce attitude, but in her new self-directed, self-produced docu­mentary, “Life Is But A Dream,” which aired on HBO on Feb. 16, the pop-goddess reveals a raw, emotional side. The documentary opens with a poorly-lit-close-up of Beyoncé talking about her rocky relation­ship with her father and ex-man­ager.

  • LL Cool J makes return to hip hop

       LL Cool J, the hip-hop pioneer who released his last album in 2008, is back and ready to heat the scene up again with his new album, “Authentic.” The mistake many artists of LL Cool J’s caliber make is com­ing back and trying to conform to what is popular now, while compromising their art.

  • Bright future for Foal’s with new album ‘Holy Fire’

      After scurrying underneath national ac­knowledgement for the better part of a decade, Foal, the Oxford based five-piece band, released their third album, “Holy Fire,” on Feb. 11. The album’s big-bodied, boisterous sound proves the band’s desire to break away from stale, smoky bars and into sold out arenas.

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    Maroon 5 hits Madison Square Garden with sold out show

    Although it has been 12 years since Maroon 5 hit the music scene, frontman Adam Levine still was in awe of the sold-out crowd’s support at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 16. Promoting their latest album released in June 2012, this North American leg of the Overexposed Tour runs from February to April with Owl City and Neon Trees as the opening acts.

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    The Bachelor wraps up dramatic season

    ABC’s “The Bachelor” is in its final episodes of the season and there is one looming question over everyone’s heads: who will Sean choose? Airing Monday nights at 8 p.m., “The Bachelor” is a dating show that has been around for 17 sea­sons. This season, the bachelor up for grabs is Sean Lowe, who first appeared on season 16 of “The Bachelorette” with Emily but got his heart broken after his home­town date.

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    'A Good Day' to see something else

    Fifth installment of Die Hard disappoints at box office. Will fans hang on for another film?

    The original “Die Hard” was far more than a typical action movie. From hero to villain to Bruce Willis’s limo driver, every charac­ter was compelling. Its plot was also interesting enough to grab the audience’s attention from beginning to end. Sure, there was bloodshed and over-the-top stunts; but there was also suspense, family drama and perfectly-placed one-liners all adding up to a movie that raised the bar for its genre.

  • The Book Shelf: ‘Leaving the Atocha Station’

      Last spring, Ben Lerner attended Seton Hall University’s Poetry-in-the-Round where he read from his premiere novel, “Leaving the Ato­cha Station.” The book details the intellectual protagonist, poet Adam Gordon, in Madrid, Spain on a Fulbright fellowship.

  • Mumford & Sons packs Barclays at second show in Brooklyn

      “Is Jay-Z here tonight?” Marcus Mumford, front man of Mumford & Sons, asked jokingly between sets at the Barclays Center on Feb 12. Jay-Z and Beyoncé might not have been there on that particu­lar night but 19,000 other people were to watch the massively suc­cessful indie-folk band play.

  • Tim McGraw album features A-list lineup

      Tim McGraw expresses a new-found freedom in his appropriate­ly named new album, “Two Lanes of Freedom,” which was released on Feb. 5. The country music legend is back and rejuvenated, saying goodbye to Curb Records and signing with Big Machine Records.

  • 'Identity Thief' steals laughs

      Road trip movies are nothing new. Through the years, plenty have been released into theaters all following the same basic for­mula; a wildly mismatched cou­ple is forced to travel cross-coun­try together, getting into hilarious situations along the way.

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    Trend alert: Bold design hits runway

      New York City’s Fall 2013 Fash­ion Week gives a glimpse of the trends we can expect to see for the upcoming seasons. Designers’ fall collections made their debuts on the runway and it was easy to pick out interesting trends and ideas that are sure to be seen frequently once the weather gets warmer.

  • Wolfgang Laib Warms NYC with ‘Pollen From Hazelnut’

      Contemporary visual artist, con­ceptualist and sculptor Wolfgang Laib dusts spring into the winter woodwork of February with his most recent creation “Pollen From Hazelnut,” located on the first floor of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City.

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    Grammy’s celebrate Indie artists like Mumford and Sons and Black Keys

    The 55th Annual Grammy Awards kicked off on Sun­day night with an “Alice In Wonderland”-inspired perfor­mance of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift. Not only did Swift’s per­formance start music’s biggest night, but “Safe and Sound,” her collaboration with the Civil Wars for “The Hunger Games,” took home the award for Best Song Written for Visual Media In addition to Swift, the show celebrated talented artists in true Grammy fashion – incredible du­ets and collaborations performed live on stage.

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    The Walking Dead: Mid-season premiere to die for

        If you knew nothing about AMC’s edgy, Emmy Award-winning series “The Walking Dead” but decided to watch the mid-season premiere of season three on Feb. 10, you would be just as hooked as a diehard fan. Starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus and Laurie Holden, the show’s early 2013 return was easily one of the most anticipated of all time.

  • FX impresses viewers with introduction of new show

        “The Americans” premiered on FX on Jan. 30 at 10 p.m., taking over “Ameri­can Horror Story’s” time slot. Although the shows share airing dates, FX’s lat­est original series has a very different focus than the channel’s award-winning “AHS.” Set in the 1970s, “The Americans” is a Cold War spy drama that focuses on the lives of two Russian spies living in the U.

  • ‘Do no Harm’ does more bad than good in premiere

      Having the lowest-rated season premiere of a scripted program in network television history certainly seems to have harmed the chances of “Do No Harm” remaining on the air. Then again, even without that dubi­ous distinction its doubtful the new series would have lasted more than a year any­way.

  • Local Natives album disappointing at best

      Local Natives makes a return with its new album “Humming­bird,” released on Jan. 29. The indie band’s debut album “Gorilla Manor” was successful in establishing a fan base with its unique style and interesting sound. In “Hummingbird,” Local Natives present the same spirit while offering something new.

  • Curren$y succeeds with 'New Jet City' release

      Few artists in the hip-hop in­dustry have been as consistent as Curren$y. He has 18 mix tapes and seven studio albums under his belt since bursting onto the rap scene in 2004 as the first art­ist signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment. He shows no signs of slowing down with his newest release, “New Jet City.

  • Two new doctor shows added to nighttime TV

    Two new doctor shows were added to network lineups this week, adding to an already medically filled television collection.  NBC’s “Do No Harm” and TNT’s “Monday Mornings” each offer a glimpse into the world of two very different hospitals. It is true that both shows involve surgeons, romance in the workplace (what a surprise) and, strangely enough, brain surgery, but the similarities end there.

  • “Heartthrob” beats for all

      The Canadian-born twin sisters Tegan and Sara released their 7th full-length studio album, “Heartthrob,” on Jan. 29.  Their catalogue of music up until this release remained popular for the very reason of their unpopularity.  The terms “coffee house” and “thrift store flannel” have indubitably become synonymous with their indie sound.

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra releases new album

      When it comes to the formation of a band, especially for independent music, Unknown Mortal Orchestra did not take the usual route. Front man Ruban Nielson dropped a single track on an anonymous Bandcamp profile with inadequate information and eventually claimed the track as UMO's.

  • Gary Allan has success with newest collection of songs

      Country Artist Gary Allan opens up to fans with his new album “Set You Free,” which was released on Jan. 22. “Set You Free” is more emotionally charged than any of Allan’s previous al­bums. Allan has had rough years including struggles in his personal life, surgery on his lungs and the death of his father.

  • Ra Ra Riot releases new album with softer sound

      Ra Ra Riot ditches its lyrical melodies and classical instruments in favor of heavy synthesizers and catchier beats in the band’s third studio album, “Beta Love,” which was released on Jan. 22. The first thing that fans of the band will notice about the new album is, in fact, this “new approach” to music.

  • Catfish reels in viewers' attention

      Whether or not the show Catfish is something you look forward to every Monday or something you scoff at when it is the only thing on TV, it is hard to argue that the show is not attention-grabbing and fascinating. Nev Schulman, a victim of cat­fishing, and his friend Max Joseph pursue their goal of assisting peo­ple all over the country of meeting their online love interests.

  • Say Anything offers apology

      On Jan. 22, Say Anything re­leased a three-disk musical an­thology, “All My Friends are Enemies: Early Rarities,” which documents memorable moments for both the band and their fans. They have now joined the long list of artists who have released a collection of music from their ‘best days;’ moments that originally established themselves as a band.

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    SAG Awards a sign of what’s to come?

      Sunday’s 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards yielded an array of wins from a plethora of talented actors who, as SAG en­tails, nominated and voted for each other. “30 Rock” favorites Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin won for Out­standing Performances by Female and Male Actors in a Comedy Se­ries, but were overtaken for Out­standing Ensemble in a Comedy Series by “Modern Family.

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    High hopes for 2013 movie releases

      With the Academy Awards less than a month away, it’s common for people to frantically race to see every movie nominated for Best Picture. But even if you have already seen all of the nominees or perhaps are more in­clined to watch a cheesy thriller or chick-flick, you do not have to worry; there are a variety of exit­ing films to look forward to seeing this year.

  • "The Diviners" defies young-adult genre

      While there’s no denying that the young-adult genre is over-saturated with books written in first-person, boasting no-nonsense heroines, and a bleak futuristic so­ciety. Libba Bray’s latest series, “The Diviners,” does not conform to common molds. As a work of supernatural, his­torical fiction set in New York City circa the 1920s, Bray breaks away from the dominant trend of first-person books by writing her series in third-person, weaving to­gether the narratives of a plethora of characters.

  • E! News brings another reality show to Sunday line-up

      Joining the E! Network’s numerous real­ity show favorites including “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and “Married to Jo­nas” is “Chasing the Saturdays,” a new se­ries about British girl band The Saturdays. Premiering in two parts on Sunday and Monday at 10 p.

  • ‘The Taste’ is a fresh take on cuilinary television

      Imagine your future depends on one piv­otal moment: one spoonful of a dish you created. The success of that moment will be judged in the hands of four world renowned chefs who will test your creation without knowing what it is or who cooked it. Con­testants on ABC’s new culinary showdown, “The Taste,” which premiered on Jan.

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    ‘Broken City’ proves to be a broken film

    I don’t know much about screen­writer Brian Tucker, but after viewing his debut feature “Bro­ken City,” I can infer that he has obviously seen a lot of noir films. The movie is an accumulation of genre clichés pieced together in a haphazard, head-scratching fash­ion.

  • Ke$ha showcases authentic talent in recent album, ‘Warrior’

      Fans can look forward to less auto-tune and more vocal performance from Ke$ha in the pop star’s sophomore album, “Warrior.” The album, released on Dec. 4, showcas­es Ke$ha’s personality, vocal abilities and song writing skills more so than on her first album, “Animal,” something that occurs often with new artists’ debuts.

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    Chelsea Handler knockoff is a ‘fresh take’ on talk shows

      Taking a page out of Chelsea Handler’s book, Whitney Cummings bring a fresh face to comedy talk shows on E! with her new series, “Love You, Mean It.” The show debuted on Nov. 28 and offers a funny per­spective on current trends and Cummings’s life.

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    Alicia Keys has lost her ‘fire’ with CD release

      Alicia Keys has lost her fire in her fifth album, “Girl on Fire,” which was released on Nov. 23. I should probably preface this review by telling you that I am not the biggest fan of R&B and soul. I do respect the artistry of a fellow pianist and singer, but nearly ev­erything about this album is dim.

  • Rihanna’s Shines Bright in Newest Album

      Rihanna shines bright in her seventh album “Unapologetic,” demonstrating her willingness to take risks with her music and in her personal life. The album, which was released November 19, 2012, is projected to reach number one album on the Billboard 200, according to Billboard.

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    Throwback Thursday: Paula Abdul makes on-stage revival

    From “American Idol” to “The X Fac­tor,” Paula Abdul is no stranger to sitting on judging panels of popular talent compe­tition shows. On Nov. 20 she stepped out from behind the desk to perform a “Dream Medley” of her No. 1 hits from the past years on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.

  • Newest ‘Idol’ album shows promise in sales

      American Idol season 11 winner Phil­lip Phillips’ debut album “World From the Side of the Moon” was released on Nov. 11 and is expected to be a success. The Georgia native offers heartfelt lyrics and acoustics in his debut album and many might agree that Phillips definitely has the talent to reach the same success levels as former Idol winners Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.

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    ‘Lincoln’ exceeds box-office expectations

    You almost don’t have to see “Lincoln” to know it’s going to have Oscar awards coming its way. The movie is a historical drama directed by Steven Spiel­berg starring Daniel Day-Lewis, which automatically calls for a masterpiece, yet the film itself exceeds expectations.

  • Review: Mixed feelings about ‘Silver and Gold’

      Christmas is right around the corner, and with winter upon us one can feel over­whelmed by the vast selection of holiday tunes playing on the radio and in the mall; it’s nearly inescapable. A Christmas album is something a lot of art­ists strive to put out, but the tired covers that bring nothing new to the table will never replace the beloved Nat King Cole rendi­tions that are played ad nauseam.

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    Vinyl records industry joins forces with celebrities to save local stores this season

    Amidst the clamor of swiped credit cards, weighed down shop­ping carts and swarms of im­patient consumers, audiophiles around the country embarked on a slightly different journey than the materialism of Black Friday: the support of their local re­cord store.

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    Punk successfully ‘goes pop’ with fifth release

    The collaborative effort, “Punk Goes Pop 5,” released by Fearless Records on Nov. 6, is again tasked with the daunting project of turn­ing over emphasized manufac­tured pop into tracks with a more aggressive and darker sheen that actually warrants a listen.

  • One Direction stays on grid with newest album

      Following in the footsteps of New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, the members of the British-Irish boy band One Direction do their part in fulfilling the generational need for a group that girls can scream about. They put themselves on the grid and on the minds of those girls with their first single “What Makes You Beau­tiful.

  • ‘Lotus’ helps star revive career

      The first album after her divorce, Chris­tina Aguilera’s album ‘Lotus,’ was released on Nov. 13 and shows listeners that she can’t be broken. While Aguilera’s album pulls from vari­ous genres of music, including electronic dance music and African rhythms, she still maintains her signature powerhouse voice.

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    The Setonian talks Webster Hall anniversary show with Kevin Devine

    Q: How and why did you ap­proach the idea of an anniver­sary concert? A: I feel like for most of the last two years we’ve batted around the idea of doing a show at Web­ster Hall and a part of that was because of my career. It has been a little abnormal and I’ve been lucky in a sense that it’s been kind of growing.

  • Sky is the limit for James Bond series

      For film franchises, 50 years is a very long time. Characters grow old, story ideas get stale, and jaded audi­ences simply stop showing up at the­aters. Indeed, a 50-year-old movie series is quite rare – but then again, the “James Bond” series is no ordi­nary franchise.

  • Ke$ha's new single might not save her from becoming one-hit wonder

        KeSha’s recent hit, “Die Young,” has caught the attention of many pop fans, but with her recent musical hiatus and her lack of originality, Ke$ha’s comeback is highly unlikely. “Die Young” is resonating in those who like dance music. The catchy melody and pop beats are making this song a relatively big success.

  • Aerosmith’s new album misses the target

        Fighting through inner turmoil, physical ailments and stints of rehabilitation Aerosmith released their 15th studio album, “Music From Another Dimension,” Nov. 6.  The band attempts to regain its creative success from the ‘70s by bringing back producer Jack Douglas, the legend responsible for the band’s vintage trifecta of mega-hits.

  • Calvin Harris' album appeals across variety of genres

        Fans of electronic dance music will find love in Calvin Harris’s new album 18 Months, which pairs Harris’s funky synth beats with a wide variety of impressive artist collaborations. The album, which was released on iTunes on Oct. 30, is the Scottish DJ and producer’s third solo project.

  • Review: ‘Malibu Country’ another successful sitcom

      A newly-divorced woman named Reba must start her life over, raising her children by herself while discovering an inner strength she never knew she had. Sound familiar? Yes, this is the premise of Reba McEntire’s first sitcom, the long-running “Reba.

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    Holiday blockbusters on the horizon

      Movie enthusiasts have much to be excited for in the coming months with dozens of films scheduled to release this fall and winter. Hollywood is providing quite the selection of dramas, action-thrillers and animated films for viewer enjoyment.    One of the most anticipated movies to debut this season is “Skyfall,” the latest “James Bond” installment.

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    Latest Disney film brings out the kid in everyone

      Walt Disney Pictures reached a new high score on Nov. 2, with “Wreck-It Ralph,” a nostalgic film that incorporates the style of 8-bit video games with newer, colorful graphics and a cast of memorable, over-the-top characters. Tired of destroying buildings and always playing the role of the villain, Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C.

  • Fourth installment satisfies fans of the "Paranormal Activity" films

      Halloween is almost here, which means one thing for horror movie fans – it’s time for another “Para­normal Activity” movie. “Paranormal Activity 4” continues one of Hollywood’s most unique fran­chises, again utilizing the “found footage” style of filmmaking to creep out audiences.

  • New "American Horror Story" season starts off strong

      Between “Sinister” and “Paranormal Activity 4,” box offices have a lot to offer in terms of bone-chilling horror movies for people seeking their Halloween thrills. However, it’s not strictly necessary to even leave your dorm room in order to get your fright fix now that FX’s “American Horror Story” is back with new episodes.

  • ‘Red’ is huge hit for Swift

      Fans of country crooner Taylor Swift have been anxiously await­ing the release of her fourth album since she announced the title in early August. “Red” released on Oct. 22 and shot almost immediately to the top position on the iTunes chart; not coming as much of surprise seeing as her last album, “Fear­less,” spent multiple weeks at No.

  • On the ‘Rader:’ CMJ takes music to next level

      This year’s College Music Journal festival lived up to its hype as the world’s one-stop-shop for aspiring musicians, die hard musical venues and live broadcasts for fans of all kinds. Bands to watch: Little Green Cars: This Ire­land-rooted quintet mixes the lore of indie rock with sound al­most like The Beach Boys’ vocal unity of passionate singing, sin­cere lyric writing and a wide dis­play of instrumental talent.

  • Colbie Callait puts new twist on Christmas album

      Although Christmas is not normally associated with sand, Colbie Caillat’s new album “Christmas in the Sand” is sure to bring the two elements together in a way many people will appreciate. Caillat’s record is unlike other traditional wintery-Christmas album because it was written with people spending Christmas on tropical beaches in mind.

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    CMJ offers chance for aspiring artists

    In an age where in­stant fame stands in lieu of sweaty perseverance, laptops replace concert seats and free live music is a mouse click away, The College Music Journal breathes fresh air on the face of the 21st century music industry. For five long endorphin-stimulating sunrises and sunsets the College Music Journal will host its 32nd music marathon in New York City from Oct.

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    Bands announce upcoming concert tours

    This fall’s concert tour announcements have Seton Hall students excited to see some of their favorite bands hit the road and play at area venues. Whether it’s rock, punk or jam-bands, there are concerts this sea­son for anyone’s taste. Up-and-coming indie stars Of Monsters and Men, who made a big splash this past summer with their single “Little Talks,” will be touring the east coast most of this fall and will hit New York City’s Terminal 5 on Nov.

  • Newest musical drama may be a hit

    Opening with a country theme, “Nashville” lives up to its name by centering the entire show on its location. The new musical drama which premiered on Oct. 10 has the potential to be a success. Some of the highlights were the creative script as well as the tal­ented cast.

  • "Agro" aids in actor's box-office comeback

    Eight years ago it seemed that Ben Affleck’s career was over. Following a slew of box of­fice bombs and a failed tabloid romance, the once-promising star was on his way to the burn­out club. Then came “Gone Baby Gone,” Affleck’s directorial debut that garnered him much critical acclaim.

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    "Chicago Fire" burns out

    NBC’s newest drama “Chicago Fire” premiered on Oct. 10 at 10 p.m., following its popular prede­cessor “Law & Order: SVU.” The two shows not only share a net­work and a weeknight, but also an executive producer: Dick Wolf.   With Wolf as the show’s back­bone, it is no surprise that the premiere episode was filled with intensity, anxiety and of course, drama.

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    Drama city: 'Jersey Shore'

    ‘Jersey Shore’ premieres first episode of last season

    The show is definitely sentimental for our generation and whether we’d like to admit it or not, “t-shirt time, GTL, and fist pumping” are routines we now adhere to. Well, maybe not all of us.   The initially controversial show that forced its way into our hearts almost three years ago opened with a double- episode premiere of its final season on Oct.

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    Drama city: 'Gossip Girl'

    ‘Gossip Girl’ premieres first episode of last season

      With the CW’s “Gossip Girl” beginning its final season, people in America are excited for one of two reasons: fans will get answers, or, for non-fans, the show will finally be over. As with most shows targeted for teen audiences, the writing and the acting are far from top notch.

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    ‘Perks’ movie resonates with fans

    The off kilter comedy-drama “The Perks of Being a Wallflow­er,” from the book of the same name, debuted in theatres Oct. 5 and is leaving audiences in awe as it charmingly harks back to the emotional rollercoaster that is high school. The film, which stars Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson, explores the adversity that self-described outcasts face while trying to find themselves as they transition into young adults.

  • “30 Rock” still strong in its final season

      Most TV shows either end up canceled before getting the chance to go out on their own terms, or they end up running so long that the quality declines and by the time they end, former fans of the TV show don’t care about it. Luckily for “30 Rock”, NBC has planned for this season to be the last, so Tina Fey and company have plenty of time to work towards a satisfying ending.

  • Review: ‘The Casual Vacancy’ By J.K. Rowling

      While the magic may be gone from the plot of J.K. Rowling’s latest novel “The Casual Vacancy” which hit stores on Sept. 27, the magic of Rowling’s writing and story-telling capabilities is still in full force in her first foray into adult literature.

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    "Taken 2" captivates audience despite generic plot

    Apparently the bad guys didn’t learn the last time not to mess with Bryan Mills. The retired CIA agent returns in “Taken 2” and must once again rescue his family from a group of Albanian villains. Luckily for his wife and daughter, as well as for fans of the first film, Mills is as ruthless as ever in his quest of doing anything it takes to save his kin.

  • Fifth season of “90210” premieres

      “90210” is back on the television screen with their fifth season that aired on Monday at 8 p.m. on The CW. The premiere answers the questions from the finale that left the viewers hanging on the edge of their seats. In the episode, Naomi and Max have planned to elope suddenly, but as they head to Las Vegas their car breaks down.

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    New Script album mixes hip hop and pop

    After a brief stint testing his coaching skills on the UK’s “The Voice,” The Script’s front man Danny O’Donoghue is back in the band with a new album, much to fans’ delight.  Their third album appropriately titled “#3” was released in Europe early-September, but recently hit shelves in the U.

  • The Script excites crowd at Radio City

    The Script began a one-month long headlining tour at Radio City Music Hall on Oct. 9. But before the Irish rockers got on stage, opening act Tristan Prettyman proved that personal experience makes for a great song.  Her emotion while singing “I Was Gonna Marry You” made it obvious how hurt and confused she was after the end of her engagement to singer Jason Mraz.

  • Christmas in October

    Christmas album releases make fall feel like the holidays

      October is generally known for leaves falling from trees and the ghosts and ghouls that accompany Halloween. But, it also marks the time of year when stores start selling Christmas items two full months in advance. “I think it’s our consumer driven economy that makes a holiday that’s about religion and peace into a money-making scheme,” Graduate student Dana Kappel said.

  • Taylor Swift transitions from country to pop

      From catchy-country to prominent-pop songs, Taylor Swift’s tunes have at one point or another engrained themselves in almost everyone’s heads. Her previous transition from country queen to pop princess gave her a much bigger audience. The cross-over radio hits she’s known for gained her listeners in both the country and pop genres.

  • "Last Resort" asserts itself as first-priority viewing

    It would be easy for someone who had never seen “Last Resort” to label it as just another military drama – an intense show featur­ing stern-faced actors rambling off soldier jargon as part of some overly complex plot that only a war buff would enjoy.

  • SNL political skits prove priceless

      The 38th season of NBC’s highly regarded show, “Saturday Night Live,” officially aired on Sept. 15, 2012. Despite the loss of two key performers, Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, the show is predicted to leave the viewer gasping for air from laughter.

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    Los Lonely Boys get crowd dancing at SOPAC

    The South Orange Performing Arts Center hosted Los Lonely Boys and their opening act Thom Chacon on Thursday night in South Orange, N.J. While some people tell it like it is, Chacon, who played for just a half-an-hour, sings it like it is.  His dark blend of Americana and rock invited listeners on a very honest musical journey.

  • "Secret Princes" gives new twist on dating show

      With TV networks overrun with reality dating shows that involve a single bachelor or bachelorette searching for love in a house full of suitors, TLC brings a new perspective to the age old problem of finding that perfect someone. TLC’s new reality series “Secret Princes” chronicles four royals who have been unsuccessful at finding love in their native countries and are now hoping to find the right American women in Atlanta, Ga.

  • TLC 'blings' it on

      TLC recently aired a new television series on Thursday, September 20th at 10/9c called, Bling It On. Boston Fashion Designer, Sondra Celli, takes you behind the scenes of her bedazzled business featuring creations that spark the eyes of clients in TLC’s new television series, “Bling It On.

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    Quirky new start for "New Girl" season

    Jess is back with her three male roommates, Schmidt, Winston and Nick, for a second season of “New Girl,” which aired on Tuesday. The first episode, “Re-Launch,” centers on Jess’ struggle with unemployment. While a second episode, “Katie,” also aired on Tuesday evening, following Jess as she awkwardly attempts to follow her roommates’ advice and go out to find a date.

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    Emmy's upset

    ‘Homeland’ steals 5th win from ‘Mad Men’

    Kicking off every award show lover’s favorite time of year, the 64th Prime­time Emmy Awards aired Sunday as the start to “awards season” as E! News so eagerly calls it. Hosted by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel the show honors everyone from the casting directors and cinematographers of primetime television series to actors and hosts.

  • Mumford & Sons defy mainstream music

    In the song “Where Are You Now” off Mumford & Son’s latest album, “Babel,” front-man Mar­cus Mumford wonders, “Do you ever think of me in the quiet of the crowd?” After selling millions of copies of their Grammy-nominat­ed debut album “Sigh No More” and plastering the New York sub­way system with advertisements for their sophomore album, the woman in question probably does, indeed, think of Mumford often.

  • Don't fall 'Asleep' on "Perks of Being a Wallflower" soundtrack

    The soundtrack of one of the most highly anticipated movies this fall, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” based on the novel of the same name, debuted in stores and online Sept. 18. The album maintains a strong indie sound with a 12-song collection. The album, which featured alter­native rock gems from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, is likely to fly under the radar during a busy Sep­tember for new indie releases such as The Killers and Band of Horses.

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    No Doubt trips its way into dub-step

    After falling off the face of music with an 11-year hiatus, the quartet No Doubt nudged their way back into the contemporary pop scene with their newest al­bum, “Push and Shove,” released Tuesday. The album features a mixture of genres drizzled with No Doubt’s love for being erratic.

  • New MTV series unsuccessful remake of British version

      After failing in its effort to do justice to the British television hit, “Skins,” MTV is trying to redeem itself with a remake of another British sitcom, “The Inbetweeners.”   “The Inbetweeners” is about nerdy teenager, Will, and his three friends Simon, Jay and Neil, who continuously come up with strategies typically unsuccessful to impress girls.

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    The Killers rise from the dead with "BattleBorn"

    After four long years, the Killers overwhelmed fans with their fourth studio album, “BattleBorn,” released Tuesday, Sept. 18.  The band spared no expense hiring five major producers, creating an epic American anthem with boisterous songs that bounce off the Richter scale like an earthquake.

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    P!NK covers love, loss and relationships in newest album

    P!NK delivers the honest truth about her rocky relationship with husband Carey Hart in her sixth album, “The Truth About Love,” which was released Sept. 18, 2012. While P!NK’s new album con­tains infectious pop singles that she is so well known for, includ­ing “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” which reached NO.

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    'Glee' gets stereotypical

    Glee has returned for a highly-anticipated fourth season with tons of new faces and updates from be­loved McKinley High gradu­ates Rachel Berry and Kurt Hummel. What is not new about the season so far is the ever-crowded list of stereotypes found among the show’s characters.

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    Some juniors ask why new tablets are necessary

      This year for the junior computer refresh, the university gave 400 Lenovo ThinkPad tablets to science and honors majors in place of an upgraded computer. Juniors of these majors wondered why they could not opt out of receiving a tablet if they wished to have a computer instead.

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    “Words” not to live by

    Movie fails to keep audience interested

    Dull. Slow. Predictable. These are the words to describe “The Words.” While not completely irredeemable, anyone who dislikes experiencing pure boredom should steer clear from this dud. With an unoriginal premise and a pace that moves like wet cement, the film is easily one of the worst of the year.

  • Avett Brothers' "The Carpenter" well worth two year wait

      The Avett Brothers have truly built themselves a home in the folk genre with the release of their seventh studio album, “The Carpenter.” Hailing from North Carolina, these ‘once and future’ kings of folk deliver more gorgeous melodies and heart-wrenching storytelling that makes their music so beautifully personal.

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    Dave Matthews Band hits right notes in newest album

      Dave Matthews Band debuted their newest album, “Away From the World,” on September 11, 2012. For their highly anticipated eighth studio album, the band has once again paired with Steve Lillywhite, the producer of their first three hit releases, and RCA records, to ensure this album would not disappoint.

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    Fashion Night Out marks start of New York Fashion Week

    Fashion’s Night Out, the official start of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, was held on Sept. 6, from 6-11 p.m. in cities spanning the globe. From Manhattan to Los Angeles, Milan to Atlanta, FNO celebrated its fourth year in existence with over 500 cities worldwide joining in on after-store-hours festivities.

  • Students find VMA’s fun but juvenile

      Award season kicked off on Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. with MTV’s Video Mu­sic Awards leaving most students eager for something better. While most students felt it didn’t compare to other award shows, many enjoyed Thursday’s produc­tion. Rihanna’s elaborate opening of her song, “Cockiness,” featur­ing A$AP Rocky, was a favorite among Seton Hall students.

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    Jason Mraz tour makes up for recent album flop

    Jason Mraz’s recent album “Love is a Four Letter Word” did not receive the best review from the Setonian, criticizing its repetition in sound and style. His recent tour, “Tour is a Four Letter word” proved both impressive and colorful. The 33-year-old singer-songwriter covered songs from several albums welcoming his band to be fully engaged with both him and the audience.

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    New Owl City album nothing to hoot about

    Owl City’s newest album, “The Midsummer Station,” fell in between the cracks of mainstream pop and modern electronica on August 21. Adam Young’s fourth major album since signing with Universal Republic was a respectable attempt but doesn’t quite make the mark.

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    ‘Exorcist’-inspired film lacks logical plot

    As many other horror movies have been in the past, “The Possession” was undoubtedly inspired by “The Exorcist.” The film features a young girl inhabited by an evil spirit, similar plot points, and even a movie poster paying direct homage to the 1973 horror classic.

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    "Spider-man" reboot 'amazes' audience

    Film proves reboots can be successful

    “The Amazing Spider-Man” is not just the first film in a new series about the iconic superhero – rather, it marks the beginning of a whole new cinematic era for the character. Though only five years have passed since the original trilogy, the Spider-Man reboot takes the hero in an entirely different direction, exploring more interesting interpretations of the characters and weaving complex and engaging storylines.

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    Girl Scouts Turn 100 With the Help of Pop Superstars

    Excitement was in the air at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. as pop artists Rachel Crow, Joe Jonas and Sara Bareilles took the stage on June 23 at the Girl Scouts Of America’s 100th anniversary event, the B.I.G. (Believe In Girls) Celebration.

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    "Rock of Ages" doesn't live up to hype

    Star studded film adaptation of Broadway musical flops at box office

    “Rock of Ages,” based on the Broadway show open since 2009, was released in theaters on June 15. Set to ‘80s rock tunes including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” the film takes place in the 1980s along the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, where the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle thrives.

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    “Prometheus:" A Modern Day Sci-Fi Classic

    What would today’s cinema be like without “Alien”? The 1979 film certainly reinvented the science fiction genre, paving the way for suspenseful yet intriguing movies such as “Jurassic Park” and “Avatar.” It also jump-started the career of director Ridley Scott, who went on to make classics like “Blade Runner” and “Gladiator.

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    “The Dark Knight Rises,” and So Will Theater Attendance

    More than any other director, Christopher Nolan has made the superhero movie into an art form. With his films “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” Nolan managed to use the larger-than-life characters of the Batman franchise to produce compelling commentaries on real issues like vengeance and greed.

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    The Men in Black are Back

    Movie franchise returns to box office

    The original “Men in Black” was a truly remarkable film that managed to blur the lines between science fiction and comedy, in the process propelling the movie career of Will Smith and cementing Tommy Lee Jones’s legacy as a Hollywood icon. Its sequel, “Men in Black II,” proved to be an absolutely dismal failure, and it’s unfortunate that neuralyzers could not really exist to wipe that flop from memory.

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    Lady Antebellum wows crowd at Radio City

    Country-pop trio Lady Antebellum performed two sold out concerts at Radio City Music Hall last week. Thompson Square opened the show with hits like “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” and “I Got You.”  The country music duo consists of married couple Keifer and Shawna Thompson, whose chemistry on stage is undeniable.

  • Carrie Underwood is all grown up on new album

    Carrie Underwood’s fourth album, “Blown Away” was released May 1, and like her previous CDs, the overall reception was positive. writes, “In an already impressive, multi-platinum career, ‘Blown Away’ is a landmark achievement.” Underwood is known for her strong voice, yet gentle attitude.

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    Tribeca's 'Babygirl' is an incoherent mess

    Teenage love is a strange and confusing thing, and even more so when your mother’s deadbeat boyfriend wants to date you. That’s the problem facing Lena, a 16-year-old girl living in the Bronx. Lena is older than her years: she is often the more responsible one, picking up the pieces after Victor, her mom’s latest flame, starts moving in on Lena.

  • Summertime music releases

      Maroon 5 By: Patrice Kubik For being “Overexposed,” Maroon 5 have not revealed much about their new album, which is slated to release June 26. The band’s first single from the album, “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa, hit the radio last month, and if it is any indication of what is to come, fans can look forward to a slightly different sound than they’re used to.

  • Summertime movie releases

        Brave By: Tiffany Do This year’s Pixar summer film “Brave” features a gutsy fireball of a princess out to save her kingdom from a disaster she brought upon herself. Set in a magical Scotland, Princess Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, defies the typical princess stereotype.

  • Fond farewell to TV favorites: Desperate Housewives

    Wisteria Lane has come to a dead end. Since their start in 2004, the ladies of Desperate House­wives have gossiped, drank and occasionally murdered their way through 8 seasons on ABC. Now, they are about finish up their last. Within season 8, viewers have seen the last of Gabrielle Solis’ (Eva Longoria) abusive step-father, Alejandro, as these suburbanites attempt to cover up his death, and watched with baited breath beside Marcia Cross’ character, Bree Van de Kamp, at the drama and suspense of her dating a cop in the middle of this chaos.

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    Fond farewell to TV favorites: House

     May 21 will mark a bittersweet moment for fans of FOX’s “House.” The series will end, and while fans are undoubtedly eager to see how the show comes to an end, viewers are reluctant to say goodbye to Hugh Laurie’s eccentric character who has been a beloved TV figure for the past eight years.

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    Melody & Tyler album lacks excitement

    Melody & Tyler’s first full-length album, “Breaking and Bending,” is both soothing and spine-tingling. The Utah-based duet mixes el­ements of pop and country with all the good­ness of acoustic rock to present a compilation of heart-wrenching songs. Vocalist Melody Pulsipher’s powerful and captivating voice not only produces goose­bumps, but is capable of lulling one peacefully to sleep.

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    'Engaging' comedy hits theaters

    Can true love really wait? Fiancées Tom (Ja­son Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) are perfect for each other. The only thing not perfect is that they are not married and don’t seem to be get­ting any closer to walking down the aisle. The movie, which was written by Segel, has just the right combination of romance and comedy.

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    Tribeca Teasers

    “Whole Lotta Sole” Starring: Brendan Fraser Directed by: Terry George Terry George’s “Whole Lotta Sole” may be the first hostage film that makes the audience smile more than cringe. Viewers can’t help but root for Jimbo, the penniless young father who holds up a fish market in Belfast, Northern Ireland to pay off his debts to the local gangster.

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    The Avengers

    Director Joss Whedon talks star studded action film

      After four years, five movies and millions of dollars at the box office, The Avengers have finally assembled. For the first time in history, a single film will see the teaming of superheroes from multiple different franchises. Starring Robert Downey Jr.

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    All's fair in love and war

      “Think Like a Man,” based on the book by Steve Harvey, was surprisingly entertaining. There never was a dull moment and the audience enjoyed every minute of it, including the credits and bloopers. The film follows several couples, including an intimidating independent woman making six fig­ures dealing with a “dreamer,” and a mama’s boy dating a single mother.

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    Everlasting 'Love'

    Jason Mraz pleases fans with more of the same

    Jason Mraz recently released his newest album entitled "Love is a Four Letter Word," which follows a series of singles and live albums all with a similar theme. This musical venture stays true to its title in that it celebrates all kinds of love.

  • lucky-one-the-setonian-4.18.12

    The Lucky One hits theaters

    The work of best-selling author Nicholas Sparks hits theaters once again. His latest movie, The Lucky One, is the seventh film adaptation from his collection of 17 novels. Based on the 2008 book of the same name, The Lucky One tells the story of Logan Thibault, played by Zac Efron, a marine who has returned from his third tour in Iraq.

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    Train album features new sound for band

    Just in time for summer, Train delivers a pop-sensation that’s worth rolling down the windows and blasting. With their last hits “Hey Soul Sister,” “Save Me San Francisco” and “Marry Me,” it did not seem possible that Train could do any better. While Train’s new album, “California 37,” does not have an entire No.

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    Neon Trees album catchy but shallow

      Neon Tree’s “Picture Show” is no sopho­more slump. With electro-pop like rhythms and synth-rock melodies, this Utah-based quartet stays true to their sound. The album starts off with the soulful beats of “Moving in the Dark” and contin­ues the rest of the work with fast-paced, old Hollywood-esque lyrics.

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    Say Anything energizes audience at New York concert

    New York City’s Best Buy Theater got a little taste of anarchy this past Friday the 13th as Say Anything’s “Say Anarchy Tour” took the stage. The band is currently on tour to promote their fourth studio album “Anarchy, My Dear” which hit stores in March.

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    Up and coming musician Into It. Over It. to perform in Cove

    Cherry Hill, N.J. native, Even Weiss–also known by his stage name Into It. Over it.–will be coming back to his Jersey roots to play a show in the Pirate’s Cove on Monday. Weiss released a new album “Proper” in September and Monday’s show will be the second in the about-to-be-launched leg of his tour to support it.

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    Broadway stars still making music together

    Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal to perform at SOPAC

    Fred and Ginger. Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. Jay-Z and Kanye West. Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal? It’s not hard to imagine that the close friends and Broadway superstars could be recognized as the next great pair in enter­tainment. Now, the duo formerly known as Mark and Roger are coming to SOPAC for one night only.

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    Of Monsters and Men debut interesting sound

    Icelandic band Of Monsters And Men sees dead people, according to their debut album, “My Head Is An Animal,” released April 3. A main theme of many of the tracks is the creeping sensation of being watched by “howling ghosts.” In several songs, a boy and girl wander through an old house, reliving memories while hearing voices and other mysterious sounds.

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    Another slice of 'Pie'

    'American Reunion' reunites cast for an eighth film

    The year 1999 marked a new beginning for the film community with the release of “American Pie.” After its initial run in theaters, two things were changed forever: the “teen sex-comedy” solidified its place as a genre and none of us would ever look at warm apple pie the same way again.

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    ‘The Hunger Games’ wins big at the box office

    Film earns record numbers opening weekend, leaves fans hungry for next installment

      While “The Hunger Games” revolves around underdog Katniss Everdeen’s fight to overcome insurmountable odds, the movie emerged victor of the box office on its opening weekend. The film raked in a total of $153 million, making it the highest grossing total to date for a non-sequel.

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    ABC debuts long-awaited comedy

    'Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23' added to midseason schedule

    ABC will add a new sitcom series titled “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23” to its midseason schedule on April 11. The new series, which stars Dreama Walker, Krysten Ritter and James VanDer Beek, focuses on the lives of two polar opposite women living in a single apartment in New York.

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    Off the mark: 'Touch' disappoints

    FOX series leaves much to be desired


  • Audiences love film adaptation of "21 Jump Street"

      The concept of old TV shows being turned into feature-length films is no new practice for filmmakers.  Audiences have seen countless examples over the years like “Charlie’s Angels,” “Dukes of Hazard” and “The A-Team.” While many of these movies capture the original spark of their source material, very few branch out with new ideas to make a name all their own.

  • The Hunger Games: Music to die for

      “The Hunger Games” books have already proven to have a remarkably wide appeal, ensnaring adults and children alike in its gripping, heart wrenching plot. As evidenced by the release of the movie’s soundtrack on March 20, the series has also captured the imaginations of a number of today’s most popular musicians—and has them crossing musical boundaries.

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    The Hunger Games: Mandatory viewing

    Let the games begin

      The future has never looked so bleak as it does in “The Hunger Games,” opening in theaters tomorrow. Set in post-apocalyptic North America, “The Hunger Games” tells the story of a country called Panem, which is made up of 12 districts that are ruled by a corrupt govern­ment known as The Capitol.

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    New show 'Awake' will not put you to sleep

    You are in a major car accident. Either your spouse or your child was killed. How do you feel? Now imag­ine you do not know which one was killed – that you could live every day with both your spouse and child individually, but never with the three of you together again.

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    The Boss is back

    Springsteen sings new and old in 'Wrecking Ball'

    If Bruce Springsteen's latest release can tell us anything, it's that The Boss is certainly back. "Wrecking Ball," titled for a song Springsteen debuted in 2008 with the close of the original Meadowlands Stadium, highlights his struggling love-hate relationship with America.

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    'The Lorax' not the film Dr. Seuss intended

    Commercial comedy loses environmental message

    Heartwarming, quick-paced and generic – just some of the words one might use when describing "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax." The film, which opened on Seuss' 108th birthday, tells the story of Ted, voiced by Zac Efron, who singled-handedly brings trees back to a town that had completely rejected the idea of anything natural.

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    Good Old War debuts great new tunes

    'Come Back as Rain' is easy listening

    The increasingly popular indie-folk band Good Old War released their third album this past Tuesday and "Come Back as Rain" will have everyone coming back for more. The 11-song album stays true to the Philadelphia-based band's eclectic roots but introduces a slower, more relaxed sound.

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    Men are from Mars

    Disney delves into sci-fi with 'John Carter'

    The Setonian talks with "John Carter" star Taylor Kitsch and the director of the Disney film, Andrew Stanton.

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    Oscar favorite comes to DVD

    Film Title: "Hugo" Directed by: Martin Scorsese Release Date: Feb. 28 Martin Scorsese brings Brian Selznick's New York Times best-selling book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" to film. Winning the Oscar for Visual Effects and Cinematography, among others, Hugo promises to be a visually-stunning addition to your DVD or Blu-ray collection.

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    Band seeks pledges to record album

    Secondhand Serenade is looking for fans to help release a new album by giving them incentive to do­nate through According to PledgeMusic, a website that helps artists raise money for their albums, Secondhand Serenade is "starting over.

  • blue-plate-the-setonian-2.29.12

    Blue Plate Special is great addition to community

    The Blue Plate Special is a unique addition to the South Orange community that opened in late 2011. Acting as both a thrift shop and local eat­ery, everything from the plates and tables on which you eat to the wall décor is on sale. See something to your liking and feel free to take it home with you, even if it is an item you never imagined you would leave a restaurant with.

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    Mario Party is back

    Ain't no party like a Mario Party, ‘cause a Mario Party don't stop. Returning from a hiatus of nearly five years, the Mario Party franchise is making a comeback to the Wii console with its ninth installment, Mario Party 9. On March 11, the game will be available in the U.

  • And the Oscar goes to… Best Film

      This year's Best Picture category is a shoo-in masquerading as a competition. The two clear frontrunners of the nine films nominated are "The Artist," the black and white silent film about the introduction of films with sound to Hollywood in the 1920s, and "The Descendants," the family drama starring George Clooney as a struggling father in his best performance to date.

  • And the Oscar goes to… Best Actor

      The nominees for Best Actor this year are equally talented. The films they worked on range from comedy to suspense and drama. Newcomers to the podium this year include Demián Bichir for "A Better Life" and Jean Dujardin for "The Artist.

  • And the Oscar goes to… Best Actress

      This year's award for Best Actress brings together a variety of outstanding performances, from first-time nominee Rooney Mara to Oscar favorite Meryl Streep. Viola Davis, Glenn Close and Michelle Williams fill out the ballot. Mara takes on a chillingly daring role as Lisbeth Salander in the American adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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    New Edition rocks NJPAC

      Lights on, bass pumping, drinks flow­ing and dancing in the aisles. That was the setting for New Edition's 30th Anniver­sary Tour at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Feb. 19. The group, which gained fame in the 1980s, consists of members Ronnie De­voe, Ricky Bell, Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant and a later addi­tion, Johnny Gill.

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    Best of New York Fashion Week

    Betsy Johnson, known for her over-the-top design aesthetic, did not disappoint fans this year with her high-energy and brightly-colored clothes. Johnson's line had electric tones like neon yellow and bright orange in some garments that you would be hard pressed to find on anyone outside of a runway show.

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    New SHU memes Facebook page popular with students

    Seton Hall students do not always create memes, but when they do, the whole school can see. Freshman Prachi Shah created the Facebook page, "Seton Hall University Memes," late on Feb. 8. By 8:30 p.m. the next day, the page had earned 1,000 "likes" and dozens of memes had been posted to the page.

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    Coming soon: Album and movie releases

    'Gone,' 'Thin Ice,' Estelle and fun.

     Film Title: "Gone" Starring: Amanda Seyfried Release Date: Feb. 24 Amanda Seyfried is best known for her her roles in light-hearted movies like "Mean Girls" and "Mamma Mia!" but has recently taken a turn to prove herself as a more serious actress.

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    'The Vow' a date night treat

      "The Vow," which stars Rachel McAdams from "The Notebook" and Channing Tatum from "Dear John," is a love story inspired by true events about a couple whose lives and the love they have for each other are significantly altered in a single moment.

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    Remembering Whitney Houston

    Award winner, actress, mod­el, and most of all, inspiring singer. Whitney Houston, who died suddenly on Saturday, was all these things. She was 48. Houston had roots in Essex County – she was born in New­ark, N.J. to John Russell Hous­ton Jr.

  • The Fray offers nothing new on 'Scars and Stories'

      Pop-rock foursome The Fray are undeniably good artists. But their new album, "Scars and Stories," unfortunately sounds just like every other album the band has released. There is nothing new. This album and the past albums, such as "The Fray," "How to Save a Life" and "Reason" all have similar songs with similar meanings.

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    Finding the darker side ‘Of Montreal’

    Of Montreal, with their un­usual sound and out-there perfor­mance style, do not often produce music for the masses. Their new al­bum, "Paralytic Stalks" is no excep­tion. Blending electro-pop with clas­sical music, they delve into a world of hurt, hate and desperation that is sure to impress fans and critics alike.

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    Lana Del Rey's debut redeems "SNL" disaster

    Poor Lana Del Rey. The media attention for the crooner's latest album, "Born to Die," was strong but mostly negative. After her fiasco per­formance on "Saturday Night Live" on Jan. 14, critics and viewers alike dismissed her. But "Born to Die" was the top downloaded album on iTunes when it was released Tuesday, and Del Rey might have another shot at success.

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    Robert Crais's "Taken" is another thrill ride

    In the new novel "Taken," Robert Crais brings his signature character to life again to take on yet another daring assignment. While the book is not Crais's best, it certainly is a welcome addition to the long-running Elvis Cole series. One would think that a private investigator would start to wind down his career by middle age, but Cole shows no signs of slowing down.

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    Daniel Radcliffe is back in 'Black'

    Former 'Harry Potter' star returns to big screen in horror movie

    "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe goes from Hogwarts to haunted houses in the new movie "The Woman in Black," which hits theaters Friday. "The Woman in Black" began as a horror novel written by Susan Hill in 1983. It tells the story of a young London solici­tor, Arthur Kipps, sent to settle the affairs of a reclusive widow who lived alone in an old house in the marshes of England.

  • Super Bowl recipes

    Super Bowl Sunday Funday Buffalo Chicken Dip Ingredients: 1 block of cream cheese 2 cooked chicken breasts (rotisserie chickens can be pur­chased pre-made at any grocery store) Blue cheese dressing Blue cheese crumbles Frank's Red Hot Sauce(or any hot sauce preferred) Casserole dish (or any big dish big enough for scooping available) Preparation: Put the cream cheese on the bottom of the dish.

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    Skrillex's "Bangarang" fails to impress

    For anyone who has listened to the emo/ post-hardcore group From First to Last and has become familiar with the angst-ridden vocals of Sonny Moore, his latest musical project will come as a surprise. Moore has abandoned the ear-splitting screamo that first made him famous and transitioned into the world of dubstep, the newest trend in electronica.

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    "Alcatraz" is new breakout show on FOX

    Holding some of the most notorious prisoners in American history - Al Capone among them- Alcatraz has become legend­ary. Before it closed in 1963, the prison was one of the most feared places in the world. Since becom­ing a national landmark in 1986 it has been the subject of numer­ous prison break films and most recently a show that offers an al­ternate explanation as to why the facility closed.

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    Students sound off on music streaming program Spotify

    When it swept into the United States in July of 2011, the music streaming service Spotify was an instant hit, even more so than its predecessor, Napster. Spotify, which is based in Sweden, al­lows users to stream music from selected major and independent record labels, in­cluding Sony, Warner Brothers and Univer­sal, create and share playlists with friends, and also contains an option for users to lis­ten to the radio.

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    Snow Patrol brings techno beats

    The sound of a hyped electronic techno beat may bring to mind club scenes in "Jersey Shore" and result in fist pumping. But what if the music that creates such a vibrant scene is being played by Snow Patrol? This may have seemed like an un-likely scenario until the band released its sixth album, "Fallen Empires" last week.

  • 2012 releases

    "Beautiful Things," Anthony Green Released Jan. 17 Circa Survive's front man, Anthony Green, continues wowing with his solo work. His most recent release, "Beautiful Things" is both powerful and emotional and well worth a listen. The al­bum is a 21-track masterwork (including a number of demos), with each track being different from the previous yet still retaining an unmistakable harmony throughout.

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    "Iron Lady" puts Meryl Streep back in run for Oscar

    In most cases, it would be absurd to cast an American actress as one of Brit­ain's most influential leaders. However since Meryl Streep is no ordinary actress she impeccably portrays former Brit­ish Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady.

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    'Godspell' is the light of Broadway

    Revival of classic musical a hit

    The Setonian talks to the stars of "Godspell."

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    Common's dreams do come true

    'The Dreamer, The Believer' is a hip hop hit

    To anyone proclaiming that hip hop is dead: you obviously have yet to hear the inspirational material that Common has recently released for the world's listening pleasure.  The rapper has always been known for speaking words of encouragement and sending out positive messages to his audience, who in turn waited patiently for a new album while Common himself developed his acting career.

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    Jay-Z explains it all in autobiography

    "Decoded" tells the story of Shawn Carter, more commonly known as Jay-Z, from his days growing up in the Marcy Projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn through his current rise to fame. This autobiography provides the opportunity to change the mindset of hip-hop fans and non-fans alike.

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    Dean Koontz disappoints

    Latest thriller novel too broad

    Dean Koontz has been terrifying and entertaining readers for over forty years. With a slew of bestselling novels to his name, it seems as though Koontz can craft a brilliant horror novel without effort. But "77 Shadow Street" proves that even a great author can produce a lackluster book.

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    Extremely different but incredibly moving

    9/11 film 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' gets mixed reviews

    There are 472 people in New York City with the last name Black, and in the film "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," it is the job of nine-year-old Oskar Schell, played by Thomas Horn, to find each and every one of them. He wants to question them about a mysterious key his father left behind in an envelope with the name "Black" written on it.

  • Happy Brand New Year!

    Long Island's Brand New performs at House of Blues

    Dressed neatly in button-up shirts and ties, the five members of Brand New gave an explosive and refreshing performance to the sold-out crowd at Atlantic City's House of Blues on New Year's Eve. Brand New took the stage shortly after 10 p.m. and since there were no opening acts, show-goers did not have to wait long before hearing the instantly-recognizable introduction to the band's first—and arguably most successful—song, "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows.

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    The Top Albums of 2011

    The Setonian spotlights some of our favorite albums of 2011.

  • the_setonian_12.30.11_the_help

    The Top Movies of 2011

    The Setonian bids farewell to 2011 with a look back at some of the year's best films.

  • the_setonian_12.28.11_war_horse

    Spielberg's 'War Horse' a galloping delight

    Picture war – destruction, death, suffering. Now think of humanity – compassion, hope, love. Surely humanity cannot exist in the inhumane time of war, can it? The film "War Horse" effectively proves that it can. As seen through the innocent eyes of a horse, humanity can exist among friends, animals, and even enemies affected by the horrors of war.

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    An intense and disturbing 'Dragon Tattoo'

    One of the darkest movies of the holiday season, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" opened this week. The film, which is an adaptation of a book, chronicles journalist Mikael Blomkvist as he is given the task of solving the disappearance of a young girl who went missing 40 years ago.

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    Cruise brings "Mission: Impossible" to new heights

    In a world run by James Bond, there are few spy movie franchises that can compete, but the "Mission: Impossible" series does a superb job of standing on its own. In the 15 years since theatergoers saw Tom Cruise hanging by wires in the first film, the franchise has spawned three sequels, including the most recent addition, "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

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    No mystery here: 'Game of Shadows' is pure holiday fun

    A sequel to a literary adaptation film presents a unique problem because usually one finds the book and first movie are always better. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," the sequel to 2009's "Sherlock Holmes," could be the exception to this rule: it is just as good, if not better, than its predecessor.

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    A happy and messy "New Year"

    "New Year's Eve," directed by Garry Marshall, tells the story of a group of New Yorkers as they prepare to ring in 2012. Broken down into different storylines, the film is a classic case of six-degrees of separation: audiences must figure out how all of the characters are connected as the film progresses.

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: a different kind of Christmas movie

    "The feel bad movie of Christmas" arrives soon at a theater near you. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," the crime novel by the late Swedish writer Stieg Larsson, gets the Hollywood treatment when an Ameri­can version of the film is released this month.

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    Michael Crichton's 'Micro' is a major success

      In 2008, throat cancer robbed the world of one of the most creative minds in litera­ture: one that gave us "Jurassic Park," "The Andromeda Strain" and numerous other science fiction adventures. "Micro" is the last novel from Michael Crichton, the in­ventor of the techno-thriller, and in it he takes readers on a final thrill ride.

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    'Caged Birds' EP released by Jason Reeves

    The typical song style for an acoustic artist can usually be defined as one of two things: sappy or depressing. Singer-songwriter Jason Reeves suc­cessfully displays both attributes in his new EP "Caged Birds Set Free," while surpassing the or­dinary styles of the mediocre acoustic artists out there.

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    Webster Hall is a fun night out

    While going to frat parties on a Thursday night is one way to take the load off of academic stress, night clubs are sometimes a bet­ter way to hang out with friends and mingle with new people. Web­ster Hall in New York City is one of many night clubs located right in the middle of downtown.

  • Setonian staffers' Christmas favorites

    *NSYNC It just doesn't feel like Christmas with­out putting up the tree to *NSYNC's "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays." It's one of those songs that I can listen to on repeat without getting sick of it. -Kristyn Lyncheski, Assistant Digital Editor   Taylor Swift One of my favorite Christmas songs is "Christmas Must Be Something More" by Taylor Swift because it reminds us that Christmas is not about presents, but about Jesus' birth.

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    Up-and-coming social network website Pinterest offers way to connect over similar interests

    With today's society seemingly obsessed with social media, it is only natural for a new social networking site to draw the attention of many. Pinterest is a way to connect with people based on similar interests. According to, the website is "a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web.

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    'The Nutcracker' arrives at SOPAC

    "The Nutcracker" will be dancing its way to the stage at SOPAC this Sunday. The classic ballet has been updated by the New York Theatre Ballet and will make a stop at the local performing arts center as part of a run of area theaters before taking root in the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center in New York City.

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    Glitter galore: Taylor Swift ends tour in NYC

      After a six-month, 63-city North American run, Taylor Swift's 2011 Speak Now Tour came to a close last week to a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  As the lights dimmed at the famous Garden, a sea of light up posters shone through the darkness.

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    'Breaking Dawn' a dream come true for Twi-hards

    From the opening scene of Jacob taking off his shirt to the surprising end of the movie, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" was everything a Twi-hard fan could have hoped for. On its opening weekend, the movie grossed $140 million.  As in the book by Stephenie Meyer which "Breaking Dawn" is based on, Bella Swan and her vampire love Edward Cullen, played by Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson respectively, get married and set off on their honeymoon.

  • Bayside 'Saves the Day' with hit performance

    As the bright yellow lights ignited the stage, the infectious pop-punk sound of the band Transit sparked the attention of the restless audience, who were waiting impatiently for the show to begin. The band, who comes from Boston, opened the show for Saves the Day and Bayside at Irving Plaza on Nov.

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    'J. Edgar' direction disappoints

    Fine performances salvage Eastwood's latest

    We get the picture: Clint Eastwood is a respected actor and director. He's been nominated for six Academy Awards, and won Best Director twice (for "Unforgiven and "Million Dollar Baby"). So perhaps even this Hollywood great has earned the right, at the ripe old age of 81, to make a mistake.

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    Echo Movement album review: Sounds of reggae still ‘Echo’ across N.J.

    ‘Music Played On’ is new album from shore-based band

    With a new album in mind, Echo Movement, a local New Jersey band, decided they had to change something about their old music and fuse it with a new style they have formed over the last several years. Echo Movement has decided that their new album, "Music Played On," will not only show some of their new material to the world, but will also re-master some of their previously-recorded songs.

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    ‘Immortals’ reinvents the ancients

    Since their birth in ancient Greece, the various myths surrounding the gods and the humans they interact with have undergone many transitions in the forms they take. The handmade carvings and parchment scrolls of the past have been replaced by more modern high-tech means of television and feature length films.

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    'Twilight' saga's fourth installment opens in theaters

     After fans have waited over a year, they will surely want to take a bite into "Breaking Dawn: Part 1" of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga. Twi-hards of all ages will be flocking to the nearest theatre for the midnight showing of the first of the two part final installment opening on Friday, Nov.

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    Quidditch World Cup 2011

    They've traveled from around the world to compete – an op­portunity that comes only once a year. One hundred schools, uni­versities and high schools alike, gather at this mythical Mecca for the die-hard Harry Potter fan – The Quidditch World Cup.

  • Fall Foliage

      Close your eyes, clear your mind and breathe in the crisp, cool autumn air. It is that time of the year again: the colors are every hue of red, yellow and orange and the leaves are all around. While there may be a lot of school work and impending finals, it is nice to take a break and enjoy the outdoors before winter arrives.

  • Fall Fashion Trends

      While winter may seem like it is still far away, there is no denying the chill in the air. It may be tempting to grab your favorite oversized hoodie and call it a day, but there are tons of ways to stay warm and cozy while still looking your best.

  • Fall Recipes

      Pumpkin Bread By Catherine Chidiac Staff Writer Ingredients - 2 2/3 cups sugar 2/3 cup raisins 2/3 cup shortening 2/3 cup chopped nuts 1 can (16 ounces) pumpkin 4 eggs 2/3 cup water 1/2 teaspoon baking power 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground cloves 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 ½ teaspoons salt Directions - Heat oven to 350.

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    MTV's 'Good Vibes' is a promising addition to channel

    The recent revival of MTV's "Beavis and Butt-head" has prompted the network to create a new cartoon that is up to date with our generation's popular topics. The result of these mus­ings is "Good Vibes," MTV's new­est cartoon that examines the life of a social outcast and his inter­actions with the seemingly crazy world around him.

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    'Suburgatory' is charming sitcom

    Despite its name, ABC's "Suburgatory" is a piece of heaven. "Suburgatory" is a charming and light-hearted comedy about a teen girl, uprooted from her home in exciting, bustling New York City and thrown into the suburbs of Chatswin with its over-tanned, velour-track-suit-wear­ing, sugar-free-red-bull-drinking shallow resi­dents.

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    Arturo's of Maplewood is a tasty alternative to boring pizza

    Arturo's Osteria and Pizza, nestled on a tiny corner of Maplewood Avenue, at first seems like your typical tiny Italian eatery. The earth-tone walls, soft lighting and cramped spaces remind one of the Village Trattoria with a rustic flair. But Artu­ro's is different: their pizza is baked to perfection in a wood burning oven.

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    Timberlake 'occupies' the big screen

    Sci-fi film 'In Time' addresses social issues

    "In Time," a new action movie starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, tells the story of a future world where time and money are synonymous. In this alternate reality, you stop aging when you turn 25, and running out of money means you run out of time.

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    'When She Woke' is a new take on a classic novel

    "When She Woke" by Hillary Jordan is a modern reimagining of Nathaniel Haw­thorne's celebrated novel "The Scarlet Letter." While it brings a few frightening new ele­ments into the mix, such as the use of techno­logical advances in committing social injus­tices, the book borrows too many elements from "The Scarlet Letter" to be considered original.

  • Up and coming musicians to watch: Kurt Vile, Oh Land, Good Old War

      Kurt Vile While Kurt Vile can hardly be considered a newcomer to the music world, it is his fourth studio album "Smoke Ring for My Halo" that is finally making him stand out amongst the masses. Vile has been likened to Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, but with his latest record the folk-y singer has finally struck out all on his own.

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    The return of 'Beavis and Butt-head"

    Cartoons of today have come a long way from the whole­some family oriented images of the past. Instead of childlike characters like Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse, we have crass jokers such as Peter Griffin, Bender the robot and Eric Cart­man who continuously push the envelope in both theme and content.

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    Local comedian Jessica Kirson returns to SOPAC

    Local comedian Jessica Kirson is com­ing home. The funny lady will return to her hometown of South Orange to perform at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on Saturday night. In between filming a segment for "Dr. Oz" and working on the pilot episode of her prank comedy show, "The Jessy K Show," Kirson called to talk about her up­coming venue and her past experiences.

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    Bib + Tuck offers a new way of buying clothes

    As penny-pinching college stu­dents, we, unfortunately, do not always have the luxury of splurg­ing on designer duds that we ab­solutely have to have. Thanks to the up-in-coming website, Bib and Tuck, however, people will have the ability to swap clothing, shoes and accessories with fellow style-savvy users.

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    A very tranny adventure ‘Rocky Horror’ tradition still sexy

    Since its 1975 release, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," has become a cult-classic. Now, with Halloween approaching, the film is on the minds of many—as well as the experience that can be had seeing the show in a theater. The film starts with a newly-engaged couple whose car breaks down near the residence of the bizarre Dr.

  • The best of the worst: Horror Movies

    What do Nazi zombies, killer clowns from outer space, and flesh-possessing demons have in common? They are the antagonists of some of the most absurd horror films to grace the silver-screen. For some films, a bad review can be detri­mental to the success of the film discouraging viewers and ensuring a low rating in the box office.

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    New film 'Like Crazy' redefines romance

    "Like Crazy" directed by Drake Doremus, may just be the new ro­mance of the century. Anna and Jacob's love story rivals that of Bella and Edward, so watch out "Twilight:" there's a new compli­cated relationship in town and it doesn't involve a bloody mess.