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Eggars: A Genius? or Just Staggering?

September 12, 2005

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, by David Eggars ventures into the presently unchartered waters of a fiction/non-fiction novel. It is a heartbreaking story about David Eggar's parents, who died when he was in college, leaving him with an 8-year-old brother to take care of. To say that the work is one of staggering ge...

Off the Record: Kanye West

September 12, 2005

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Dear Summer,I know that you'll miss me. We go together like Nike Airs and crisp tees. But, the school year is upon us again and it's time for the Off the Record hip-hop column to start up again. We'll start the year off by skipping over all of this summer's hottest releases to focus on Kanye West's end of summer release o...

Jamie and Doug Return to Slade

March 7, 2005

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This past Thursday, March 3rd, Jamie Masefield and Doug Perkins played a concert in Slade Hall for what, the umpteenth time? It was a kicking show. As Jaime and Doug agreed, "It started out slow, but it really picked up at the end." This was due mostly to the audience, which slowly trickled in, with typical UVM style, most arri...

An Appointment at Higher Ground with John Brown’s Body

February 3, 2005

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I woke up on Friday and looked at my hands, still marked with the Higher Ground under-21 "X." Scratching my head released the stale smoke locked in my hair and now my dreams were fading. I could remember last night. John Brown's Body (JBB) played one mean set of some of their best reggae tracks. I still felt those reverberating vo...

Book Review: City of Glass

October 16, 2004

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Protagonist Quinn is a thirty-five year old novelist living in New York. He lives uneventfully with his wife and son until a bizarre chain of events, catalyzed by a single misdirected phone-call, send his life spiraling away from normality in this engaging novel by Paul Auster. The book takes you on a mind bending ri...

What is Wrong With Music Today

October 16, 2004

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Avril Lavigne: "My Happy Ending." The Canadian singer's second single from her Under My Skin album assaults the listener in a rather ingenious way. To call the song's first line, "Let's talk this over, it's not like we're dead," clumsy would seem a grotesque understatement. The music that follows is largely irrelevant, as it...

Film Review: Garden State

September 14, 2004

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Now maybe I'm slightly biased when it comes to reviewing a film with my home state's nickname as the title, but I think anyone would be crazy to think that Garden State stinks as much as everyone says New Jersey does. This is a simple story of searching and finding. It is a movie about finding love, a place to truly call ho...

Batboy the Musical

March 8, 2004

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The Romance... The Terror... The Pointy Ears! Who would have thought that one day, the Weekly World News' story about a half-man, half-bat would be made into a rock musical? Well, it has been, and now, in its Vermont Premiere, Batboy: The Musical has come to UVM. The show, which opens Monday March 11th in Ira Allen Chapel, fo...

Big Fish Big Success

Lisa Redmond

February 2, 2004

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Tim Burton has done it again. If you loved the imaginative plots, settings, and characters of Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, then you will truly appreciate Burton's latest film, Big Fish.This film is an extremely polished cinematic achievement. The casting is perfect, with big names such as Jessica L...

P-Funk at the Patrick

December 8, 2003

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"Ain't no party like a P-funk Party, cause a P-funk party don't stop." On November first, the legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic came to the Patrick Gymnasium to funkify the student body of the University of Vermont. The crowd was surprisingly small, and the stage was packed with Marshal Stacks giving way to a ...

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