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Coming Back to School

By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer

No place quite like Boston to come back to./PHOTO VIA Maya Devereaux

Boston University, as seen from the Mass. Pike for the first time as an incoming freshman, seemed to be an experience in and of itself. That late August morning, a few days after Hurricane Irene, I sat anxiously in the backseat of my family’s minivan, which was packed to the brim with my extensive wardrobe and other piles of so-called “necessities.” My whole body was tingling, and I could feel sweat on the back of my neck. I was probably listening to the opening of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” as we pulled past Nickerson Field, pretending I was in a movie scene and that this was an earth-shattering moment – don’t judge me. Needless to say though, it was kind of epic.

Fast forward to two years later. I am passing West Campus on the same highway and in the same car, only I am sleeping this time and my dad can actually see out the rear windshield. It may seem extremely cliché to say, but time really does fly. Even as a sophomore, I felt nostalgic every time I’d see the hordes of freshmen file into Morse Auditorium for COM 101. With a new semester (and a new late night cookie joint in the works?), I’d say that I’m excited to see what’s in store.

Although I am jealous that I have friends at other universities who will go to school for just one day this week, I have to say that I always feel a small bit of excitement at the beginning of each semester. Hopefully I’m not alone in saying that going to new classes for the first time is enjoyable, or at least until I read the syllabus and find out I have a paper due in two weeks…

Even then, coming back to school is always some degree exciting whether that feeling lasts a week or even less. I am excited to attend this week’s classes, look for free food at Splash, brag about how little I had to pay for textbooks, and most of all, complain when it gets cold, because right now I am physically roasting in my stuffy room and all I want is for it to be winter.


The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer

While hailing from the town that inspired West Egg in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby certainly adds to my excitement for Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation out next week. A long list of other factors account for my increasing enthusiasm— the soundtrack and Leonardo DiCaprio, just to name a few.

The star-studded cast, which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher, seems to be going head to head with the also star-studded soundtrack that has been recently revealed to the public. Jack White’s rendition of U2’s “Love is Blindness,” can be heard in the film’s first official trailer. The rendition is enough to send chills down your spine as you watch Leo’s character Jay Gatsby toss his abundance of silky shirts at Daisy Buchanan in the novel’s famous scene.

To name-drop a few artists in the fabulous line-up: Gotye, Sia, Fergie, Will.i.am, the xx, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z. An article on MTV describes Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful,” the film’s original song, as somber-sounding, which seems only fitting for the mood of the film.

In case you haven’t yet seen the trailer or any of Luhrmann’s other films for that matter, they are over the top. So who better to include in the soundtrack than Beyonce? Combined with Andre 3000, she has produced a cover to Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.” Though many are thrilled by the sultry and dark cover, Winehouse’s family is certainly not, especially Winehouse’s father.

According to an article by the Huffington Post, Mitch Winehouse, father of the late singer, has taken to Twitter to voice his discontent with the portrayal. He says the cover “doesn’t bring anything to his daughter’s 2006 original.” Winehouse also states in a tweet from April 2 that he had no idea his daughter’s song was going to be covered by Beyoncé. In response to multiple tweets from the disgruntled father, fans from both parties have taken to the Internet to defend both sides.

One thing for sure is that Baz Luhrmann’s take on the 1920s novel and his overall filmmaking style demand something unique from its predecessor— the 1974 adaptation with Robert Redford— both musically and stylistically.

Check out the trailer below:

Sequel to ‘Finding Nemo’ announced

By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer

The beloved "Finding Nemo" characters will be returning to the big screen in the prequel, "Finding Dory"/PHOTO VIA www.telegraph.co.uk

The beloved “Finding Nemo” characters will be returning to the big screen in the prequel, “Finding Dory”/PHOTO VIA http://www.telegraph.co.uk

Sequels often have a way of being, to put it nicely, horrible. (Think, “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde,” “Grease 2,” “Dumb and Dumberer,” I could go on forever). Fortunately, we have Pixar to raise the standard as the animation studio’s sequels continue to impress audiences that includes people over the age of eight (the whole Toy Story franchise, DUH?). With “Monsters University,” the sequel to “Monsters Inc.,” out this June, next on the line up is …(drumroll please) “Finding Dory!”

According to an article on Reuters.com, there will be a sequel to the much-acclaimed “Finding Nemo.” The Pixar film, released in 2003, amassed four Academy Awards and a 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That kind of sets the bar high for its sequel, if you ask me. But with Ellen DeGeneres reprising her role as Dory, the film should be in good hands. Going off of the title, hopefully you have gotten the idea that it will be Dory, the fun loving pacific regal blue tang fish, who gets lost this time around.

Though not many details on the project have been revealed to the public yet, we do know that the film will be set along the California coast and will feature Nemo, his father and the fish tank gang, according to Reuters. All other characters are still up in the air as of now, but I know we’re all hoping Bruce the shark and Crush the awesome sea turtle will make an appearance.

Though there are high expectations for Finding Dory, Pixar seems to know what they’re doing and thus far, has not disappointed us. Plus, Ellen Degeneres commented that the script is “fantastic,” which probably means that it is.

Unfortunately, we will have to wait until 2015 for this film, which leaves a ton of time for anticipation. In fact, we have to wait until the end of 2015. Finding Dory is set to be released in November of that year, which in turn means Pixar still has that much time left to make it completely awesome. By that time, I will have graduated college already, but that won’t make me any less eager to go catch it in theaters!

Spotify talks plans to stream video

By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer

Soon, Spotify might not be just for music/ SCREENSHOT OF SPOTIFY BY Hilary Ribons

Soon, Spotify might not be just for music. / SCREENSHOT via Spotify

I have to admit, Netflix and Hulu Plus are some of my most loyal friends sometimes, especially  on nights when I have no plans except to stay in. Spotify is cool too but only in the musical sense. I can’t quite imagine the privately owned commercial music streaming service crossing over into the video streaming realm. Well, Huffington Post has announced that there has indeed been talk of Spotify introducing streaming video to its service! (Pause for reaction).

The article essentially questions whether or not Spotify would be able to financially support streaming big name TV shows and films, and creating its own series (as Netflix recently did with it’s hit show House of Cards). Existing companies have the funding to offer many options. However, Spotify is currently not as established, and therefore might not be able to remain competitive with other, film-focused streaming services.

Another question to pose: how will Spotify market its new offerings?

By the time Spotify makes clear its video streaming service, and how to use it, it may be too financially burdened to continue offering it. Furthermore, with competition as fierce as it already is among video streaming services, I can’t seem to find a place for Spotify, at least in my mind (and heart!). For one thing, companies like Netflix are streaming a huge variety of shows and movies that seems to expand all the time. Unless Spotify can top what Amazon Instant Play and Hulu Plus already offer to their loyal followers, the company lacks what it takes to survive in terms of video streaming.
Nonetheless, deciding to expand to video seems like a smart move for Spotify as all of these companies are forced to find new ways to keep up with competitors. More competition in this stiff video streaming market is generally a good thing, so only time will tell if Spotify’s expansion pays off!

‘Whose Line’ to return to TV

By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer

Whose Line veteran Wayne Brady took to Twitter to express his excitement about the show's return/ PHOTO VIA Twitter and @waynebrady

Whose Line veteran Wayne Brady took to Twitter to express his excitement about the show’s return/ PHOTO VIA Twitter and @waynebrady

Scenes From a Hat, Foreign Film Dub, Props, oh and Wayne Brady. Do these terms ring any bells? Well the rumors are true! Whose Line is it Anyway, the improvisational comedy show that launched in 1998, will be returning to your TV, according to Gawker.

The 22-minute comedy show that ran for nine seasons on ABC and subsequently on ABC family has been picked up by the CW. Another key change which viewers should take as they will is Drew Carey’s departure. Carey will not be returning for the reboot and will be replaced by Aisha Taylor, comedian and TV personality.

What about the other Whose Line veterans? Well, Wayne Brady, Collin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles will all be returning. Wayne and Collin have enthusiastically taken to their Twitter accounts by announcing the good news.

So say so long to reminiscing about hilarious Whose Line moments via scattered clips on YouTube! Sure, there are many fans who will be upset by the fact that Carey won’t be hosting, but at least the rest of the talent is the same. Plus, every a special guest will participate in each episode. Remember the episode with Robin Williams?

Backstreet Boys announce plans for documentary

By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer

The Backstreet Boys, all grown up. The "boy" band recently announced plans for a documentary, new album, and tour/PHOTO VIA rollingstone.com

The Backstreet Boys, all grown up. The “boy” band recently announced plans for a documentary, new album, and tour/PHOTO VIA rollingstone.com

If my 11-year-old sister asked me to name the members of One Direction, I would be foolishly stumped. The only one I know of is Harry Styles, and I would not even be able to recognize him on a magazine cover.

A.J. McLean, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter, however, I could ring off in a moment’s time, as if I were still a squealing tween who melted at the sound of any track off of Millenium.

Assuming you know who I am referring to since you are still reading, let’s just take a moment to bask in the nostalgic memories of the fleeting 1990s, when we begged our mothers to let us buy the newest Backstreet Boys album and fought over who got to marry the beach blonde Nick Carter.

Though the Backstreet Boys has had a few reunions over the years, their biggest comeback is about to hit us all. According to USA Today, the seven time Grammy nominated pop group has announced plans for a BSB Documentary that is set to be released in 2014. In addition, the BSB is working on an eighth album in honor of the band’s 20th anniversary!

While a part of me is excited for the upcoming documentary, another part feels sad and old. There is a limit to how great this BSB re-vamp will be since pretty much nothing can top the glory of the group’s golden days. Looks like I will be catching this flick not with my sister, who will never find joy in buying a CD, but with my friends, with whom I still break into spontaneous renditions of “I Want It That Way.”

Barnes & Noble plans to shut down one-third of its stores

By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer

Barnes & Noble eReader Software Coming to iPad

Barnes & Noble plans to close one-third of its stores/PHOTO VIA flickr-user John Federico

Embroiled in the uphill battle against today’s Digital Age, book retailer Barnes & Noble Inc. is set to close up to one-third of its stores over the next 10 years, according the Wall Street Journal. With a few exceptions, most of us live within 15 miles of a Barnes & Noble. As someone who lives literally five minutes away from the closest branch, I try to picture what life would be like without it there and instantly feel lost. Barnes & Noble has been such a convenient and pleasant place to study, meet up with friends, grab a coffee, kill time and of course, buy books! Aside from the regular retail stores are the college stores that I’m sure have come to the rescue on multiple occasions.

Barnes & Noble has halted store openings and will increase closings mainly due to consumers’ new preference to digital books (WSJ).

But what about the Nook? Isn’t that helping the retailer?

Well, despite the seemingly smart move of releasing its own e-reader, Barnes & Noble has been in a race with fierce competitors Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc., who are respectively intensifying the competition with the newest version of the Kindle and the iPad.

If the upcoming wave of Barnes & Noble store closures is any indication of the future of print, then it’s not looking good. Nevertheless, the book retailer still remains “comfortably profitable,” according to the Wall Street Journal. And furthermore, there are still many people out there who still love their hard copy of a novel and are not looking to change over any time soon.

Roe v. Wade turns 40

By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer

Protestors voice their opinion. Today marks 40 years since Roe v. Wade, and Americans remain almost evenly divided on the issue/PHOTO VIA latimesblogs.latimes.com

Protestors voice their opinion. Today marks 40 years since Roe v. Wade, and Americans remain almost evenly divided on the issue/PHOTO VIA latimesblogs.latimes.com

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision made in Roe v. Wade. What has changed? Has much changed in terms of opinion? Has the debate taken a new turn?

The 1973 ruling deemed state laws restricting abortion unconstitutional, causing a wave of controversy that still persists. The two main sides of this hot topic are pretty much clear cut, and it appears there hasn’t been a much of a shiftEven as there seems to be a large surge or younger people leaning toward the pro-choice side of the spectrum, data show that there has not been a big fluctuation between opinions. According to a 2011 Gallup Poll, the statistics vary only slightly, with 56% of US adults considering themselves pro-choice, up 7% since 1995.

Also unchanged is March for Life, the pro-life rally that has taken place annually in Washington, DC on Jan. 22 since the court decision’s first anniversary. This year, however, the protest to overturn Roe v. Wade will occur on the Jan. 25, three days after its usual date.

Women who opt for abortion are mostly in their 20s, with rates of abortion dropping significantly with women 30 and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The introduction of the Plan B pill and the rise of pregnancy in young women has drawn attention to the often overlooked difference between emergency contraception and abortion. This mix-up, between the abortion pill and the Plan B pill, are causing some to believe they can rely on the latter to terminate a pregnancy, which is, in fact, not true. Such issues have the potential to change the direction of the abortion debate towards other debates involving birth control and even more complex issues.

Boy Meets…Sequel?

By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer

Boy Meets World

Hmm what will their daughter look like?/ IMAGE VIA crushable.com

If for some reason you escaped the 90’s without knowing what Boy Meets World is, let me fill you in. Boy Meets World was in my opinion one of the best shows of the 90’s, let alone the Disney Channel. The lovable sitcom spanned seven years and ended in 2000 after following the characters lives from middle school through college.

If you were a fan, you are probably exited about the rumored sequel spin-off  that has now finally been confirmed, according to an exclusive report by tvline.com. ‘Girl Meets World,’ set to take off sometime next year, will follow Riley Matthews, the 13-year-old daughter of Boy Meets World’s protagonists, Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence. To make things complete, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel were asked to reprise their roles by picking up ten years later, this time as mom and dad. There’s no official word yet on any other returning characters such as Shawn Hunter, Cory’s rebellious best friend or Eric Matthews, Cory’s wisecrack older brother. However, I would not be surprised if I saw a recurrence of any old characters as guest stars. I mean, how could you ever leave out the legendary Mr. Feeny?

So what do we make of this? Despite very little information on the early workings of Girl Meets World, I believe it is headed in the right direction. One good sign is that Michael Jacobs, Boy Meets World creator, will be heading the new project. Disney has a way of pinpointing talent, so there’s a fair chance that whoever lands the role of Riley will make a good fit. That said, Boy Meets World has set the bar high for itself, which may make it hard for Girl Meets World to reach its former 1990s glory no matter how brilliant the show may turn out to be.

Some fans of the show, including myself, may be slightly apprehensive of this new spinoff, mostly because of the direction Disney has taken in recent years. They fear that if Girl Meets World is anything like the hollow and nonsensical crap that Disney releases today, the show could be a nightmare. Nonetheless, I’m still excited to see how it will turn out and many of us will give it a chance by tuning in when it airs.

Will you vote?

By Maya Devereaux, Staff Writer

Although Obama’s 2008 inauguration was almost four years ago, I will never forget sitting in my tenth grade biology class watching the event take place on live television. I have a sharp memory my classmates’ reactions: the boy to my left was staring on almost with tears in his eyes, the girl sitting to my right was sleeping with her head down on the desk.

These observations have frequently come to mind recently, whenever I hear talk about the election around campus. So this made me curious about students here at Boston University. What are their opinions on voting this upcoming November?

I spoke with various students across campus and found that many of them plan on voting. Of those who said they will not be voting, many gave reasons relating to eligibility.

“I’m not a citizen,” said College of Arts and Sciences freshman Kelly Chen, “maybe if I were, I would vote though.” Another popular answer involved not being of age in time to vote.

When asked about the reasons why some students vote for certain candidates, School of Management senior Jinelle Pecson said, “half of them are following the news and have legitimate reasons to vote for a candidate, while the other half goes with what the environment says.”

Aman Sharma, a sophomore in CAS, brought up a good point and said, “a majority of young people are swayed by their parents.”

But does who you affiliate yourself with always have a correlation with who your parents affiliate themselves with?

“The ones who know why they’re voting for their candidate of choice will definitely have a good reason for doing so,” said Benjamin Wildman, a CAS freshman.

Whether or not students have a reason for voting for a specific candidate, there is definitely a ton of awareness on campus about voting in the upcoming election. Students mention hearing many discussions about voting, even if it’s just over a joke about a certain candidate.

With 40 days until election day, the time left for registering to vote is dwindling down. As I anxiously await the arrival of my absentee ballot in the mail, I hope that many others across campus are, too.