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  • “Got $20 in my pocket”: Five ways to save

    College is a place for students to grow from teenagers into young adults. That learning process is neither easy nor cheap. We spend thousands of dollars each semester as a payment to the societal overlords simply so we can get an education in return.

    It’s a time of transition — this is the time when we encounter our first jobs, first internships, first paychecks and our first bills. Freedom doesn’t come for free.

    We get caught up in the desire for fun that we lose sight of practicality. College is the place for ridiculous antics and some mistakes, but blindly plundering into the depths of credit cards, loans and debt is not a good idea at any time. see more

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    February 26, 2014 at 4:16 pm


  • The Age of Rebirth: The Turtles

    The Renaissance gave way to more realistic and naturalistic forms of art. Through their scientific and technical approach to art, artists achieved new heights in both their status as artists and in the quality and prestige in the art they made. Their use of oil paints on stretched canvas, perspective, chiaroscuro (the use of light and shadow) and the pyramid configuration were all innovations and breakthroughs that made representing reality a possibility.

    First up, we have Donatello. Donatello (1386-1466) was an Early Renaissance sculptor. He laid the groundwork in recapturing what the Greeks and Romans did in sculpting: presenting the human figure in a more realistic way. He used the Classical technique of contrapposto (weight shift) in his figures. His sculptures were life-like in scale and in look. It was almost if they had a skeletal system under all that stone. Then Donatello created his “David.” It was the first freestanding nude sculpture since the Classical period. It is anatomically accurate and life-sized. This is what set the fascination with realistic sculptures in motion. see more

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    February 25, 2014 at 7:00 am


  • Music for the road

    Childhood memories have an enormous impact on my life that often slips through the cracks. One of my favorite things about growing up in my family is the road trips we would take every summer across the country. While my fellow classmates would brag about luxury cruises and trips to Disney Land, I would talk about the crazy, tumultuous adventures my family partook in as we drove from Wisconsin to the Florida Keys or Washington D.C. There always seemed to be something special about being in such close quarters with my parents and sister for an extended period of time with nothing but each other, gas station snacks and mixed tapes to keep us amused.

    My dad made the craziest mixed tapes for us. They would include a range from Neil Young to Dizzee Rascal to the most obscure, bizarre country songs or Hawaiian music. I think his goal was equal parts getting us to laugh and getting us to stay distracted, and he succeed every time. The weirder, the better, the more we asked him to press repeat.

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    February 25, 2014 at 12:00 am


  • How to be in the moment — without Facebook

    Life is about participating. Memories are all well and good, but there’s nothing like being in a moment you know will never exist again outside of your own mind.

    The small things are what matter. It’s not about the pictures or the videos. It’s about holding something so precious in your hands and fully experiencing it. It would be great if a magical camera could capture every moment that makes our hearts beat faster or a particularly loud joke that startled a snort out of you.

    Memories are intangible, precious, and fleeting things, but in those moments–when you are fully participating–there’s something magical and incredible about them. see more

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    February 24, 2014 at 9:35 am


  • Three cathedrals that epitomize the Middle Ages

    The Middle Ages covers a large span of time—from the 5th to the 15th century. In terms of major events, the Middle Ages started roughly after the fall of Rome and ended with the beginning of the Renaissance. The Middle Ages began with a period more commonly known as the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages was marked by the death of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in 565. This time period was a point in history where civilization was at a low: people didn’t live long, life was exceedingly difficult and religion was the answer.

    However, the Dark Ages shouldn’t be the only thing that colors this time. The Middle Ages also saw a flourish in art and, especially, architecture. This can be seen with the rise of three art styles: Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic. These three styles of art all centered on religion. However, the influence of religion presents itself in different ways for each style. In this blog post, we’ll be focusing on the architecture associated with each of these styles.

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    February 20, 2014 at 7:00 am


  • Throwback to the MySpace music scene

    Do you remember your first MySpace song? I remember mine. I was sitting in my grade school’s “computer lab,” which for my seriously tiny, private Catholic school entailed a small room filled with the beige plastic boxes we once knew as computers. Of course, we were supposed to be working on some project that probably involved a lot of floppy disks and clip art instead of dipping our toes in social media for the first time. After I chose some painfully emo selfie with too much black eyeliner and a lime-green font, it was time for the moment of truth. I picked “Cute Without the ‘E’” by Taking Back Sunday. “And will you tell all your friends / you’ve got your gun to my head / this all was only wishful thinking.” Yeah, my 13-year-old, completely provided-for self with a functional family liked to pretend she had it rough.

    Looking back, it’s easy for me to make fun of myself. I’d have parents drop me off with friends at the most ridiculous hardcore concerts at the sleaziest venue in Milwaukee, simultaneously trying to look tough while avoiding getting killed in a mosh pit. I gave my mom constant headaches with my ripped jeans, black nail polish and shirts that were cut too low. She expected I was always doing the worst, but in reality, the most rebellious I got was skipping music class to eat candy with my friends. OK, and maybe sneaking into an R-rated movie or two. Despite my antics, I still remember this time as when I first became truly interested in music. The Internet assisted in this through music accessibility, and one of my favorite pastimes really was finding the perfect MySpace song.

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    February 20, 2014 at 12:00 am


  • John Malkovich superior in book-to-film adaptations

    My senior year of high school may have been better titled as, “The Year of John Malkovich.” As the protagonist of both films, “Of Mice and Men” and “The Glass Menagerie,” he seemed to appear when our class thought we saw the last of him.

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    February 19, 2014 at 9:32 am


  • The Big Kid Bucket List

    College students carry the label, “Young and Dumb.”

    In reality, you don’t have to be young or dumb, or even in college to do fun, crazy things. Things such as skydiving seem to be more socially acceptable when done before age 25.

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    February 19, 2014 at 9:20 am


  • The Sun Never Sets on the Roman Empire

    It’s absolutely true. At the height of its success, the Roman Empire stretched from England to Egypt and from Spain to southern Russia. The Romans were adept at adopting aspects of different cultures and incorporating it into their culture and society, as well as their art. They were especially addicted to the Ancient Greeks. So much of Roman artwork was heavily influenced by the Greeks – Emperor Nero, alone, imported over 500 bronze statues from Delphi. Even artists would create replicas of the original Greek statues. But, eventually the Romans began forming their own style. Their style still incorporated elements of the Ancient Greeks but instead of focusing their art on being intellectual and idealized, like the Greeks, it focused on being secular, functional, organized and efficient. This focus can be thought of as their philosophy.

    The Roman Empire is usually divided into three phases: the Republic (500-27 B.C.E), the Early Empire (27 B.C.E – 98 C.E.) and the High Empire (90 C.E.-192 C.E.). In today’s blog post, I’ll be discussing two pieces of art. Each highlights a different art form.

    Roman architecture played a huge role in the foundation of architecture and engineering. The Romans developed and perfected the arch, the vault and the dome. They also used concrete as an art medium. The best example of Roman architecture is undeniably the Pantheon. The Pantheon was built in Rome, Italy in 126 C.E. It was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of ancient Rome. The structure itself is circular with a Greek-like (columns, triangle pediment) entrance. On top sits a domed roof with an oculus that allows sunlight into the building. This dome, 142 feet in diameter, is not reinforced and made completely of concrete. It is coffered underneath to alleviate some of the pressure from the weight of the concrete. see more

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    February 18, 2014 at 7:00 am


  • The Art of Genre-Jumping

    I’ve only recently gravitated toward artist collaborations. I think a pivotal point was when I first heard the song “The Baddest Man Alive” by The Black Keys featuring rapper, actor and producer RZA. It was made for the movie “Man With the Iron Fists,” and I admit, the idea of one of my favorite rock bands teaming up with a rap artist didn’t initially sit well. But that’s one thing I’ve grown to appreciate most about collaborations—the unexpected yet perfect synthesis of genre-jumping. It’s an art.

    Although a great collaboration doesn’t necessarily have to entail an unanticipated duo, I think that does incorporate an element of musical genius when done right. Here’s a look at some of my favorite and recent artist collaborations:

    1.)Chet Faker and Flume released an EP called “Lockjaw” last year, and it really focuses on Faker’s bluesy vocals and Flume’s catchy electronics. This series includes three songs, my favorite being “Drop the Game.” The sound could be described as haunting and eerie in its simplicity with only a few repeated lines and understated garage (Dare I say chillstep?) ambient of a background. see more

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    February 18, 2014 at 12:00 am