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Liz Quirk/The Beacon Helping Hands assists freshmen move into Berkshire Towers and Hoosac Hall on Sunday.

Welcome MCLA Class of 2019

 

by · August 30, 2015 · Front Page, Photos
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A flashback sequence that shows a child Maria and her aunt Adele who is in Klimt's famous painting "Woman in Gold" which is the basis for the court battle throughout the film.

‘Woman in Gold’ a fascinating portrait

Review by Shirin Hijab “Woman in Gold” shows us the joy of mainstream filmmaking; the camera, of which a suitable number of types were used to get the desired gold and shining effect in the movie in combination with pristine lighting, never seems to stop moving. The movie’s topic though, if addressed in reality, would be very boring. It takes […]

by · April 30, 2015 · A&E
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The Hugos have been key to sci-fi.

Hugo Award for Science Fiction not looking so progressive this year

By Matt Hotaling The Hugos are an annual set of awards granted to the best science fiction in literature, short stories, graphic novels, and film. This year’s Hugo Award finalist list struck many people as unusual, because it seemed in many ways to be a step back from what had been considered a progressive decade of works and authors who […]

by · April 30, 2015 · A&E
‘Mud’ and “Successful Life” show value in minimalist cast and designs

‘Mud’ and “Successful Life” show value in minimalist cast and designs

Review by Mitchell Chapman Variety is always a novel thing to have, especially in terms of theater, though is not the easiest thing to execute. Thankfully the FPA Department’s production of Maria Irene Fornes’s “Mud” and “The Successful Life of Three” lacked no talent in bringing these two very different experiences into one cohesive spectacle, combining the best of vaudeville […]

by · April 30, 2015 · A&E
‘Too Much Light’ to be ferociously fast-paced

‘Too Much Light’ to be ferociously fast-paced

By Matt Aceto Forget tomatoes, have you ever had the urge to chuck tennis balls on stage? If so, tonight may be your lucky night. Cast members of “Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind” (TMLMTBGB) will battle the clock as they attempt to perform 30 plays in less than an hour. “The goal is to perform 30 plays […]

by · April 30, 2015 · A&E
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Deven Philbrick spoke about jazz and literary philosophy amidst equally fascinating topics on good, evil, British literature, and the history and influence of jazz.

URC features literary presentations

By Shirin Hijab The students who presented on Miltonic ideas of good and evil and on the history of jazz gathered at the front of the room, semi-anxiously, waiting for “showtime” (as Roseanne Denhard, the presentations’ organizer, said) to start. Of the presentations on good and evil in British literature, the presentations that stood out the most were those done […]

by · April 30, 2015 · A&E
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Mother and daughter, Laura-Lynn Dear '15 (left) and Anika Pommers-Dear(right) attend MCLA and travel the world together. They are currently living in Dakar, Senegal.

Traveling to experience the beauty and culture of the world

  By Juanita Doss Together, mother and daughter explore the beauty and culture the world brings them. An unbreakable bond formed between Laura-Lynn Dear ’15 and Anika Pommers-Dear ’16 the first moment Laura laid eyes on her. “I feel very fortunate that Anika and I have always been very close, which may be because she’s an only child,” Laura said. […]

by · April 23, 2015 · Features, Front Page
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Wastky, along with several students, performed slam poetry drawing a collective enthusiasm from the art form

Watsky rocks spring concert

By: Matt Hotaling George Watsky looks nothing like one would expect from a rap artist. The 28 year old artist is a pale skinny kid with a baby face from upper-middle class San Francisco. White rap artists for a long time have had to stand in the shadows of artists like Vanilla Ice, the Beastie Boys, and Eminem, but in […]

‘Kumiko’ and the journey into dreamerhood

‘Kumiko’ and the journey into dreamerhood

  By: Shirin Hijab David Zellner’s “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” does not present an unseen phenomenon in US cinema, but in taking the true story of a Japanese woman, Takako Konishi, who went looking for the money that Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) hid in “Fargo,” and fictionalizing that story, the filmmakers (David Zellner and Nathan Zellner who wrote and starred […]

by · April 23, 2015 · A&E
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Sarah Robinson '15 fell in love with building costumes after visiting "Shakespeare & Co." her senior year of high school

Finding the perfect stitch

  By: Kaliegh Hayes Fine and performing arts major Sarah Robinson is a senior this year, but she considers herself a “Super Senior,” as she will be attending MCLA for one more year. During Robinson’s time at MCLA she has been in groups like Yorick and Harlequin, but at any given time she can most likely be found in the […]

by · April 23, 2015 · Features, Front Page
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Rambling Poets close out season at the Parlor

  By: Mitchell Chapman The Parlor Café has become a popular hub for artists, both literary and not, to express themselves, getting recognition and connections with the community. No such night more exemplified that than last week’s poetry slam and open mic, featuring artists from all across the community, including MCLA senior Hanna Lauerman. “I didn’t expect there to be […]

by · April 23, 2015 · A&E
Seniors show work at Gallery 51

Seniors show work at Gallery 51

  By: Mitchell Chapman For many, the senior art exhibition is the pinnacle of their undergraduate experience at MCLA.  This year’s exhibition, opening April 30, 5 p.m. at Gallery 51, appropriately named “FuturEchoes” to represent how this year’s class hopes to have their work will echo on and on into the future, features the work of nine MCLA students, and […]

by · April 16, 2015 · A&E
Vampires, their problems and ours

Vampires, their problems and ours

  By Shirin Hijab   It was really easy to expect more from Taika Waititi’s and Jemaine Clement’s “What We Do in the Shadows,” especially with Images’s sign proclaiming The New York Times’s approval: “Hilarious!” it was still a fun film to watch and follow. In a mode that’s been popularized by shows like “The Office,” “What We Do in […]

by · April 16, 2015 · A&E
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After 32 years of working at MCLA,, Andrew "Andy" Hoar has worked on 100 to 150 productions, and has met and worked with 750 to 1,000 students

The man behind the black curtain

  By Veronica Colacurcio Andrew Hoar, known as simply “Andy” to everyone he works with, scratches away at his scraggly white beard, contemplating the set in progress. Work study and volunteer students bang away with hammers and drills into reused plywood and two-by-fours. A chain with a plethora of keys jingles at his side as he instructs where legs should […]

by · April 16, 2015 · Features, Front Page
‘Mud’ and ‘The Successful Life of 3’ premiere Wednesday

‘Mud’ and ‘The Successful Life of 3’ premiere Wednesday

  By Shirin Hijab María Irene Fornés has been a significant dramatic figure and contributed to the verve of the counterculture of the last couple of decades. On Wednesday, April 22, under the direction of Laura Standley, the FPA department presents a production of two of Fornés’s plays: “Mud” and “The Successful Life of 3.” The plays will run from […]

by · April 16, 2015 · A&E