Located in front of Kennesaw Hall and behind the Student Center, the large patch of lush green grass known as The Green was voted by KSU students as the best place to hang out on campus.
Usually highly populated in the later part of the spring semester, The Green definitely sees its share of ultimate frisbee players, runners, dog walkers and even the occasional LARP (Live Action Role Play) excursion.
“I voted for The Green because it is a great place to relax during class breaks. The trees are great for hammocks,” senior communication major Sarah Huff said.
Frequently, students will create makeshift hammocks between the multiple trees that surround the perimeter of the green and take a catnap in-between class. An attempt was made to interview some of these people, but you never want to wake someone up, right?
The green is host to many of KSU’s outdoor activities, such as the annual KSU Day, which features amusement rides and fun obstacle courses, and other campus events like the end of last year’s Homelessness Awareness Week, when participating students slept on the green for the duration of the weekend.
Frequently, in the warmer months, various clubs and organizations will place informational tables on the green during high traffic hours to spread the knowledge of their organization and hopefully attract new members.
“The green is the best place to hang out on campus because of the versatile crowd of people you get to surround yourself with.” said Pashonia Robinson, a junior communication major.
The Green is a wonderful spot to people watch and is often an ideal place for an artist to sharpen their skills.
“I come out here to sketch because it’s usually so nice and quiet,” said Stephanie Funk, a KSU graduate and teaching assistant.
Health and fitness practices are no stranger to activity on The Green. People frequently run, walk or jog the circular brick path that surrounds the green, part of it hidden by the shade of the trees.
“Sometimes, after class, I come out here to run laps if it’s nice enough outside” junior communication major David Murphy said.
The versatility of what can be done on the green coupled with the now warming temperatures and frequently bright skies give more than enough explanation to why KSU students voted this the best place to hang out on campus.
The Golden Soldiers, a non-profit organization based out of Kennesaw, held their 2nd Annual Golden Soldiers Athlete Talent Show on March 25, with all proceeds going to the local charity.
A faith-based organization, the Golden Soldiers promotes the Golden Rule, and implements this rule into their interactions and dealings with the community. The Golden Soldiers provide activities and support to individuals with developmental disabilities.
They also provide financial planning workshops, sensory friendly movies, special needs sports teams and other activities for these people and their families.
The talent show featured 16 acts, including KSU varsity sports teams, and KSU’s cheer and dance teams. Talents included singing, dancing, comedic skits, stomping and even a magic show.
It was hosted by Golden Soldiers founder/CEO and KSU Health and Human Services Alumna Lindsey Turner, and KSU Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams, who recently became a member of the Golden Soldiers.
“The show was definitely a success,” said Karen Pfeifer, Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Welfare at KSU.
Opening the show was a dance trio performing to Nicki Minaj and Cassie’s “The Boys.” The ladies’ softball team performed a swing dance to Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away,” and the men’s baseball team sang Neil Diamond’s classic “Sweet Caroline.”
Providing a bit of comic relief, the men’s basketball team performed a dunk contest spoof, along with the volleyball team performing a comedic skit about the daily life of a student-athlete. The cheer team performed a dance and magic routine to “I Got the Magic in Me,” by rapper B.o.B.
The women’s basketball team danced to a medley of Beyonce songs. Closing out the show, the women’s golf team performed a line dance to Big and Rich’s “Fake ID.”
Last year, the Golden Soldiers raised $1100 at their very first talent show at KSU. They almost tripled that amount this year, raising $3000 for their organization, raising the money through ticket sales, paracord bracelet and keychain sales, lollipop sales and donations throughout the night.
“The ultimate goal of the Golden Soldiers is to provide a localized medical center where they can receive medical care, rehabilitation and participate in their sporting activities all at one facility,” Pfeifer said.
For the past two years, select KSU athletes have been helping the Golden Soldiers special needs baseball league, and the KSU dance team intends on volunteering their time for the Golden Soldiers carnival for children that will be held in June. More information about this organization and the ways in which you can volunteer can be found at thegoldensoldiers.org.
“What is love? Baby don’t hurt me!” blared over the speakers, hyping the packed house in the University Room, accessorized with glow sticks and candy for the evening ahead. No, it wasn’t a Night at the Roxbury; it was the Kennesaw Pride Alliance’s Charity Drag Show.
Held once a semester, KPA, officers and members dress in drag, the art of gender illusion, for a night of performance to the delight of the shrieking crowd.
KPA holds the show as a charity fundraising event. Normally, the go-to charity of choice is PALS Atlanta, an animal shelter known for their longtime connection with the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, questioning, intersex, and a-sexual community. However, this year KPA decided to raise money for CHRISKids, a non-profit that houses LGBTQIA youth who have been displaced from their homes for varying reasons.
Emceeing the night’s events was sophomore graphic design major and KPA member Terry Finson, as his alter ego Anita Bath. After opening the show with a rendition of Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself,” Finson was joined on stage by CHRISKids Volunteer Manager Robert Lewis, who praised the effort made by the KPA to raise money for his organization. “To have college students come out on a Friday night to raise money is awesome,” he said.
From Rihanna to Beyonce, and Justin Bieber to Eminem, accompanied with glitter, bright wigs and cartwheels, six drag queens and kings raised $375 through audience tips for the CHRISKids foundation; falling short of their goal of $500 for the night.
Raffles were also held, where prizes and gift cards from Mellow Mushroom, California Dreamin’ and Regal Cinemas were given to lucky ticketholders.
On performing as Anita Bath, Finson said “I had a blast. I did theater throughout high school, but it had been a long time since I was actually on stage.”
Many of the other performers shared the same level of excitement, including Lady Gaga lookalike Aurora Savage. “It was so much fun. I love performing,” Savage said. Feel like you missed out on a great time? Fret not, as with every show on-campus; there is a show off-campus, in which proceeds from that will also go to CHRISKids. That show will be held on April 5 at LeBuzz Showbar in Marietta at 9 p.m.. More information can be found on the KPA Twitter @ KennesawPrideAlliance.
The 55th Annual Academy Awards were hosted by Seth McFarlane, creator of Family Guy. Known for his controversial humor and topics, McFarlane did not disappoint, and even offended some, in his opening monologue for the live telecast.
From making jokes about Chris Brown to singing about Meryl Streep’s female anatomy, McFarlane started the show with copious amounts of song and dance, with cameos from Charlize Theron, Daniel Radcliffe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum.
In keeping with the theme, music in film, Catherine Zeta- Jones performed “All That Jazz” from the film adaptation of “Chicago,” which won Best Picture in 2003, Zeta-Jones winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.
Jennifer Hudson of “Dreamgirls,” who won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Effie White in 2006, performed the smash hit “And I Am Telling You.” Followed by the ensemble cast of Les Miserables, including Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway performing live on stage for the first time.
There were many shocking awards handed out early in the night, as Christoph Waltz took home the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Django Unchained.” As predicted, Anne Hathaway took home the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Cosine in “Les Miserables.”
The Oscars gave tribute to 50 years of James Bond films. Presented by former Bond girl Halle Berry, musical guest Dame Shirley Bassey sang her legendary Bond hit, “Goldfinger.” Adele later sang “Skyfall,” the most recent of the Bond themes, which also took home the award for Best Original Score.
Quentin Tarantino’s controversial film “Django Unchained” received the award for Best Original Screenplay, while Ang Lee took home the award for Best Director for the visually stunning “Life of Pi,” which won many other technical awards.
The odds-on favorite, Daniel Day-Lewis, won the Best Actor award for his portrayal as Lincoln, while Jennifer Lawrence, star of the popular Hunger Games movies, shocked the crowd in winning Best Actress for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Many expected the award to go to Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty.” The category included the youngest Oscar nominee ever, and the first nominee born in the 21st century, nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, who starred in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
In closing the night, Ben Affleck’s, “Argo”, based on the events of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, took home the most prestigious award of Best Picture. First Lady Michelle Obama presented the award
to Affleck from a live feed in the White House, a first for the Oscars. Affleck delivered what many would call the speech of the night, thanking everyone on his journey and becoming very emotional on stage.
Whether you watched for the Academy Awards for the year’s most amazing films or the red carpet fashion, the Oscars were definitely a delight to watch and lived up to the expectations set by the media and the fans alike.
With Oscar season in full swing, the hot topic on every movie love’rs mind is whowill take home Hollywood’s most coveted award of the night, the Academy Award for Best Picture. With nine films vying for the top spot, three stood out as serious frontrunners for the award, which will air Feb. 24.
Quentin Tarantino’s controversial slavery-based “Django Unchained,” Kathryn Bigelow’s wartime thriller “Zero Dark Thirty” and Ang Lee’s visually stunning epic “Life of Pi.” Which film is the best of them all?
Riddled in controversy from the media, “Django Unchained” tells the story of Django, played by Oscar winning actor Jamie Foxx, a slave who is freed by a man called Schultz. Schultz is played by last year’s Best Supporting Actor winner Christoph Waltz, and through a series of arrangements and agreements helps Django become a bounty hunter to help him find his wife, played by Kerry Washington.
With Leonardo DiCaprio playing the charismatic villain, Calvin Candie, the movie’s all- star cast brings action, suspense and Tarantino’s signature elements of inappropriate and offensive humor and gratuitous violence to audiences in only a way Tarantino can.
Will it win Best Picture? Probably not. As wonderfully styled and envelope-pushing as this movie is, I don’t foresee it taking home the Oscar for Best Picture. I would not be surprised if Christoph Waltz did not repeat his win as Best Supporting Actor, which he is nominated for.
Based on the events that took down one of the most feared terrorists in the world, Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” tells the story of the events that led to the assassination of Osama bin Laden in 2011.
No stranger to films centering on American war conflict, Bigelow is best known for her Oscar-winning picture “The Hurt Locker,” which told the story of soldiers in Afghanistan. “Zero Dark Thirty” follows the career of a CIA agent, played by Jessica Chastain, known for eating the “pie” in “The Help,” in telling the story of locating and killing bin Laden.
Will it win? Very likely. As mentioned before, Bigelow won two years ago for her epic “The Hurt Locker” and has struck gold again with this wonderfully suspenseful masterpiece.
Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” which is based on the book written by Yann Martel, is a visually stunning experience that is sure to please even the most casual of moviegoers along with aficionados of the silver screen. “Life of Pi” tells the story of Pi, a young boy whose life is suddenly changed through a series of natural disasters and who finds an unlikely ally in a tiger called Richard Parker. With its visuals rivaling those of “Avatar,”“Life of Pi” brings a rich, colorful experience to the screen that accompanies the just as vivid writing and storytelling.
Best Picture? This would be a surprise win. Although it has not received as much outward praise and accolades as the other two, I would not count this movie out.
The topic and history of evolution has always been a hot issue in the media, but with Cirque Du Soleil’s take on the evolution of man in “TOTEM,” naysayers and believers can put their differences aside to enjoy one of the greatest visually appealing performances to ever grace the state of Georgia.
“TOTEM” is the 10th Cirque Du Soleil show to visit Atlanta since 2006 and will run until Dec. 10 under the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at Atlantic Station. “TOTEM” tells the story of man who works through worldly myths with the use of bright visuals, amazing acrobatics and live orchestral music, led by Charles Dennard, originally from Macon, Georgia.
The show consists of 10 acrobatic acts each describing a different aspect of mankind and the infinite potential of the human being in surprisingly artistic ways. “TOTEM” producers cast 52 different artists from 19 different nationalities and have been touring since 2010. Atlanta is the 16th city in the TOTEM tour.
“It takes about one year from the time an idea is presented until it is fully implemented on stage,” says Cirque Du Soleil artistic director, Tim Smith.
Following on the heels of the sleek, insect-themed “OVO” and the Michael Jackson centric “Immortal World Tour,”
“TOTEM” lives up the high expectations that Cirque Du Soleil continues to set for visual aesthetics and performance.
“There are brand-new acts that have never been seen before in Cirque, and the technology is so advanced, there are effects that we’ve never seen before either,” Smith remarks.
The opening of the show is set on an apparatus in the shape of a giant turtle, called a carapace, which is a symbol of origin in some ancient civilizations. The artists (performers) open the show with high energy, high flying acrobatics that even Gabby
Douglas herself would be jealous of, setting the tone for the rest of the equally amazing performances that would follow for the almost two hour experience.
“We always have a trainer on-site, and even though we travel the world, (the artists) make sure to stay healthy and adhere to our dietary needs to stay in perfect condition,” says Umi Miya, a Japanese Olympic caliber gymnast featured as one of the “frogs” in the opening sequence.
“TOTEM” is scheduled to run until Dec. 30, playing Tuesday – Sunday. Tickets and more information can be found at www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem.
“Heeeeeeeeeyyyyyyy sexy lady,” blares over the speakers in the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convocation Center on the warm Sept. 31 night setting the unwritten theme for the Anime Weekend Atlanta celebration: Doin’ It Gangnam Style. Since 1995, Anime Weekend Atlanta, known best as AWA to its fans, has brought together anime fans for a three day weekend of costumes, concerts and panels about their respective subculture.
Panels offered during the three day weekend featured topics ranging from rare types of anime, to oddball video games to bully awareness within the fan community. Local artistsand vendors also set up shop in the Cobb Galleria Centre. Anime Weekend Atlanta turned out to be a rousing success for all organizations involved.
Anime is defined simply as Japanese animation and is noted for its distinct art styles and hand drawn characteristics that have been bringing worldwide fans together for more than 50 years. TV shows like “Pokemon,” “Dragon Ball Z” and “Ghost in the Shell” are all famous anime programs that have made huge marks on American television.
With this influence, it should come as no surprise that costuming was a huge element at the event in Atlanta. There were many people dressed as famous anime characters and video games definitely made their presence during the three day festival. Similar to the earlier reported Dragon*Con event, panels featuring costume making, popular anime TV shows and even anime versions of game shows were given to the event participants in an attempt to expand their knowledge about the culture they love so much.
Also featured at the convention was Artist’s Alley, where local artists can showcase and sell their art pieces relating to anime and Japanese culture to adoring fans. From video game based fan art to original creations, Artist’s Alley provides local artists with an opportunity to expose their work and name to more people.
“I got a lot of commissions and do more business each and every year I am here,” said artist Shira Testman.
Testman is known to her fans as Shadi Laydee and has set up in Artist’s Alley for the past three years. Steve Deal, owner of Sanshee.com, a website known for production of video game based merchandise, talks about his involvement as a vendor during AWA:
“It’s really nice to meet the fans and offer them merchandise that they could never find anywhere else, hopefully gaining a fan in the process,” said Steve Deal, owner of Sanshee.com, a website known for production of video game based merchandise, talks about his involvement as a vendor during AWA.
Deal’s website is known for the production of video game based merchandise.
During the interview a young gentleman approached Deal and stated that it was his birthday. Deal gave the man a pin to wish him a happy day.
See, things like that bring old customers back to us, and new customers to us, and that’s my goal,” Deal said. Deal advises that anyone wanting to sell their artwork should start at Artist’s Alley and grow from there. The Anime Weekend Atlanta is a great opportunity for artists.
Usually held during the last weekend of September, presale passes for next year’s Anime Weekend Atlanta are on sale now at www.awa-con.com.
“If you want to get awards, you have to show your boobs!” Jimmy Kimmel recently joked at the Primetime Emmy Award celebration about the HBO cable network collectively receiving the most nominations for their TV shows, including “True Blood” and “Game of Thrones.”
This statement, although a joke, poses a question: Does sex sell? The answer shown over the history of media is yes. Overtly sexual programs and ideas seem to gradually become the norm for television shows and movies in this age. The true question is why does sex sell?
Take the recent best-selling book by E L James, “50 Shades of Grey.” The book explores the relationship between a young woman and a man, known as her “Master,” as they explore and push each other’s sexual boundaries through the use of bondage and other unique techniques. The sexual activities and relationship in the book are written in explicit ways, much to the delight of some readers.
So in that instance, how does sex make its sale? How does the sexual innuendo in almost any media found in the 20th and 21st century become largely successful? Fantasy.
“The unexpected element is that the shame of erotic fiction is largely in the imagination, and once people had read it, they felt happy to discuss it openly,” said The Guardian website writer Zoe Williams in an online review of the book.
In the book, the sexual fantasies of women from many walks of life were written and played out, and can now be openly discussed without shame, regret or judgment from themselves or others.
Not since D.H. Lawrence’s 1960 novel “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” has a book brought together so many women who may have been previously ashamed to admit that they have sexual desires and fantasies including fantasies containing on bondage. This idea of the fantasy applies to almost anything with sexual tones.
New York Times number ten best seller, “Barred to You” by Sylvia day is a fiction novel on a obsessive and sexually charged relationship. Number 20, “Wrong Bed, Right Guy” by Katee Robert describes countless measures by a woman to seduce her boss. People are often interested in the sexual details of lives outside their own and live vicariously through their words.
From True Blood’s gratuitous, almost soft-core porn antics that appeal to women who may dream of being bit on the neck during a sexual encounter, to modern news media with former Playboy models as correspondents on television shows centering around gaming and geek culture, obviously target a specific audience, despite the knowledge about what the viewer truly wants and needs to know.
During the recent 2012 Emmy Awards, HBO won eight awards, proving showing racier material will land viewers and ultimately plenty of shiny gold statues.
Simply put, sex sells because it gives us something visible and sometimes tangible that we may not be able to have in our own personal lives. Much like any form of entertainment, it draws us in with promises to fill whatever emotional voids we as people may or may not need to be filled in order to truly be satisfied.
“New Girl” Starring Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone and Lamorne Morris.
“New Girl” is about Jess Day who left her boyfriend for cheating on her. Jess moves in with three roommates, Nick, Schmidt and Winston, who are all trying to find love and happiness in their own ways. However, each character has some eccentric personalities that make this task a little harder than it should be.
“Community” Starring Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover and Chevy Chase
“Community” is about lawyer Jeff Winger who does not have a bachelor’s degree, therefore gets his law license revoked until he can get the degree. He then enrolls in a community college. While there, he forms a study group so he can get close to an attractive peer.
FX’s anthology series makes a return this October with an almost new cast and new setting, coupled with the same fright and horror that kept the public on the edge of their seats last season. Having recently won a Primetime Emmy for her portrayal as the sadistic Constance Langdon in the first season, Jessica Lange returns as Sister Jude, the head of the insane asylum for the second season.
“The X-Factor” Starring Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid.
America loves singing competitions, but with “American Idol” falling by the wayside in recent years and “The Voice” becoming somewhat of a sideshow as opposed to a singing competition, “The X-Factor” comes out on top as one of the premiere reality competition shows to date. Offering $5 million dollars to the winner, “The X-Factor” definitely shows us through great production and even greater talent that this season will definitely be the season to watch.
“Elementary” Starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu.
This adaptation of the famous Sherlock Holmes stories takes a different, but modern twist to the novels. Jonny Lee Miller plays Sherlock Holmes, a former consultant to Scotland Yard and current for the NYPD and ex-addict, recently released from rehab in New York City. He is forced to live with a sober companion, Joan Watson, portrayed by Lucy Liu. The series is groundbreaking, being that this is one of the few times that the character of Watson has been portrayed by a female.
“The Mindy Project” Starring Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina and Ed Weeks.
“The Mindy Project” is centered on Mindy, an OB/GYN who works in a small office with some interesting co-workers. Mindy is in her early 30s and is trying to balance looking for love and working in the office.
Walking into the KSU Stadium, sounds can be heard from as far away as the Milstead Village apartment complex across the street. Most of the attendees, dressed in white, flock down the stairs that lead into the massive and brilliantly lit stage that is constructed in the center of the soccer field. Upon first view, a countdown with three minutes remaining is seen from every angle of the stadium. The music grows louder and louder in sound and intensity as the clock inches closer to zero. No, this isn’t a countdown to the apocalypse, a theme that was played upon throughout the night, but this is the nationally touring and critically acclaimed DayGlow, now known as Life In Color tour, and the “World’s Largest Paint Party,” and it has hit Kennesaw State University.
DayGlow/Life In Color parties began in 2006 on college campuses in Florida, and have since grown quickly into one of the most popular musical tours in the world, featuring aerial acts, stilt walkers and other visual attractions that rival Barnum and Bailey’s circus acts. Capitalizing on the recent EDM (electronic dance music) craze sweeping American radio waves and mainstream music, Life In Color not only offers high tempo remixes to Top 40 songs, but offers a “colorful” experience with this, in which large watercolor paint guns are carefully placed around the large dance area and sprayed onto the crowd at set intervals during the night, to the delight of the screaming crowd. Streaks of pink, green and other various neon colors were splattered throughout the floors and other attendees’ bodies for five hours on that Sept. 14 night where students from not only Kennesaw State, but Georgia State, Oglethorpe and even University of South Carolina universities made the journey to the KSU Stadium to go “hard in the paint.”
As each leg of the tour hosts a different high-profile disc jockeys, Kennesaw was fortunate enough to feature DJ’s Kap Klap and Tommy Trash taking over the ones and twos for the majority of the evening, spinning high tempo remixes to songs by One Direction, The Wanted, Calvin Harris, LMFAO and even Gotye’s summer smash, “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Other celebrity DJs known to spin at Life In Color parties include Sunnery James, Dmitri Page and Bassjackers. Felt like you missed out on a great time? Well never fret, the Life In Color tour returns to Atlanta on Nov. 10, the exact location to be determined, as of the time this article is printed. Details can be found on dayglowtour.com.