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									Adam Turner, Editor
                                   FEATURES               The Eastern Progress |                                           Thursday, September 22, 2011

          Hearseso good

    Two years ago, Steven Cox was on his
way to a car show in London when he saw
a man whose car had broken down on the
side of the road. As his silver hearse with
the license plate “CADAVR” pulled up
alongside the car, Cox stopped to ask him if
he needed some help.
    “I asked him if their car was dead, then
it dawned on me. Hearse…dead,” Cox said
with a chuckle. “They just stared at me and
told me that they were fine.”
    You may have seen Cox jamming to
some classic rock while cruising around
town in his three-ton, ‘91 silver Cadillac,
but now meet the man behind the wheel of
the hearse.
    Cox, 26, graduated from Eastern in 2008
with a bachelor’s degree in science and
business management.
    Currently, he works at Kroger as a pro-
duce clerk and for Facilities Services as a
    When he was 12 years old, Cox said he
began helping his father, Rick, restore old                                                                                                                          MARLA MARRS/PROGRESS
cars, which is now one of his favorite hob-     Steven Cox has been restoring cars as a hobby since he was 12 years old. His newest is a ‘91 silver Cadillac with a license plate that reads
bies.                                           “CADAVR” and a back window decal that says “National Hearse and Ambulance Association, making people uncomfortable since 2004.”
    Cox said what makes restoring cars
worthwhile is “the sense of accomplish-            Later that night, Cox’s father came home      blue Cadillac that had a beacon light on        and my license plate,” he said.
ment of getting something back to how it        with the car: a hearse.                          the top. Now, he has a car that was actual-        Cox said it has even drawn unfriendly
was: brand new and running.”                       “They were almost not speaking for a          ly used for funeral services by Cox and Son     attention as well.
    About eight years ago, Cox said his fa-     week,” Cox said.                                 Funeral Homes in Illinois from April 1991          One day while he was working at Kroger,
ther told his mother, Patricia, that he was        Since then, acquiring hearses has be-         until July 2009.                                Cox said a preacher came in to ask whose
going to go look at a Cadillac someone was      come a tradition in the Cox family. His fa-         The back window of the car is embla-         car the hearse was. The preacher was up-
selling Ohio. The website,,         ther, now a funeral director and licensed        zoned with decals that read, “National          set that the car was being used for purposes
listed the car in great condition, with low     embalmer in Berea, has four.                     Hearse and Ambulance Association, mak-          other than religious affairs and called Cox
mileage and had mostly been driven on the          When he was 21, Cox said he asked for         ing people uncomfortable since 2004.”
weekend.                                        a car of his own. His first hearse was a ‘87         “It does, quite a few people looking at it   › SEE HEARSE, PAGE B3

Cosmic Oasis offers comics,                                                                                                                                     EKU Theatre
cards and games to Richmond                          By TRISTAN MEIMAN
                                                                                                             Flickinger added that Cosmic Oasis also of-
                                                                                                          fers a free option to play in most of the tour-
                                                                                                                                                                Comedy of
                                                                   naments available in order to help newcomers
                                                                                                          become more accustomed with the system of             By ADAM TURNER
                                                        It comes as no surprise that the movie in-        tournaments at Cosmic Oasis.                
                                                     dustry has purchased the rights to countless            If card games don’t sound like a good time,
                                                     comic books and graphic novels in order to il-       fans of the zombie apocalypse genre may find
                                                     luminate them on the silver screen. But, where       Cosmic Oasis to be an enticing place to visit as          Though he was perhaps
                                                     should fans go if they wish to truly delve into      well.                                                 best known for his revolu-
                                                     the past or future of their favorite superhe-           “We will be showing the premier of season 2        tionary, powerful dramas,
                                                     ro?                                                  of [AMC’s television show] The Walking Dead           Shakespeare also had a bit-
                                                        While the obvious answer is a comic book          here at Cosmic,” Flickinger said. “We’ll be play-     ingly funny side. Within his
                                                     shop, the question becomes which one? Cos-           ing the premier on HD digital projectors with         lifetime, Shakespeare wrote
                                                     mic Oasis on Main Street in Richmond is              surround sound, and to top it off, we’ll offer          more than 15 comedies.
                                                     unique compared to the typical comic shop.           free popcorn to those who attend.”                        Ready to show this other
                                                        “Unlike most comic book shops, we encour-            But Flickinger said the store wasn’t just us-      side of Shakespeare is EKU
                                                     age people to come in, sit and enjoy a good          ing tournaments and TV marathons to attract           Theatre, whose production
                                                     comic,” said Ron Flickinger, owner of Cosmic         new customers. Soon, the shop will be taking          of The Comedy of Errors
                                                     Oasis. “We sell everything from comics, games,       on some additions.                                    kicks off next Wednesday,
                                                     snacks, sodas and most importantly, fun.”               “We’ll soon be opening up a section of the         Sept. 28.
                                                        Cosmic Oasis is known not only for its col-       store that offers sandwiches, soup, coffee, ice             “We try
                                                     lection of comics, but for its large card game-      cream and smoothies for customers,” Flick-            to do a ro-
                                                     based tournaments as well. Card games such as        inger said. “Our goal is to start serving food by     tation of dif-
                                                     Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic and many others            the end of October.”                                  ferent types
                                                     take place in the shop.                                 With plenty of comics, games and zombie            of plays so
                                                        “We host weekly gaming events,” Flick-            premieres, this store has much to offer. Check         that in a stu-
                      BRYAN REYNOLDS/PROGRESS                                                                                                                   dent’s four
                                                     inger said. “We have Magic tourneys five times        out Cosmic Oasis on Facebook for more infor-
Cosmic Oasis allows customers to play board          a week as well as numerous Yu-Gi-Oh! [and]           mation on tournaments and upcoming store              years here, Jeffrey Boord-Dill
games, such as Heroclix, in store for free.          Pokemon matches.”                                    events.                                               they’re ex-
                                                                                                                                                                posed to major genres and
                                                                                                                                                                styles and different types of
                                                                                                                                                                plays,” said Jeffrey Boord-
                                                                                                                                                                Dill, an assistant professor

‘Human iPod’ John Rush performs at Powell                                                                                                                       at Eastern and the play’s di-
                                                                                                                                                                rector. “So every four years
                                                                                                                                                                we’ll do a Shakespeare, and
                                                                                                                                                                because of the cast size and
By CHELSEA BONGIORNO                                 has written.                                         formation about Rush, and check out his mu-
                                                                                                                                                                number of women roles,                        Rush certainly has a unique sound. It is          sic on iTunes to get the “Human iPod” on your
                                                                                                                                                                Comedy of Errors spoke to
                                                     something of a mix of John Mayer, Jack John-         iPod.
   Walking into middle Powell last Thursday          son and Jimi Hendrix. Rush said he also puts                                 MARLA MARRS/PROGRESS              The play, one of Shake-
afternoon, one would have thought, because of        his own talents and style to the covers that he
                                                                                                                                                                speare’s earliest and short-
the sound, a full band performing. But to the        does.
                                                                                                                                                                est, has a plot that’s simple
surprise of many, there was no band, just one           Several students said they enjoyed Rush’s
                                                                                                                                                                enough to understand.
man: John Rush.                                      performance.
                                                                                                                                                                    “There’s two sets of
   Rush performed at Eastern as part of his Fall        “I like him,” said John Kidder, sophomore ge-
                                                                                                                                                                twins and a lot of confusion
2011 College Tour and as part of the Office of         ology major. “He really knows how to use his
                                                                                                                                                                comes from that,” Boord-
Student Life’s Constitution Week.                    effects pedals, I’ll give him that.”
                                                                                                                                                                Dill said.
   Rush is literally a one-man band. He plays           Students said they liked Rush’s ability to play
                                                                                                                                                                    Even though it was writ-
acoustic guitar and uses a machine that allows       a variety of songs.
                                                                                                                                                                ten several centuries ago,
him to record a guitar loop while he’s playing,         “He plays a wide variety of music,” said Nick
                                                                                                                                                                Boord-Dill isn’t worried
in addition to playing lead, bass, harmonica, pi-    Middleton, sophomore homeland security/as-
                                                                                                                                                                about the comedy not con-
ano and percussion over the loop. During his         set protection security major, just as Rush went
performance, he even “played” saxophone via          from playing Dave Matthews to a song he wrote
                                                                                                                                                                    “Oh, yeah, still fun-
his guitar.                                          about being a prostitute.
                                                                                                                                                                ny stuff,” he said. “Mistak-
   “I do this all live,” Rush said. “People always      And Rush was not afraid to step out of the
                                                                                                                                                                en identity, it’s stuff that
ask me if this is pre-recorded music, but it’s       norm and perform songs traditionally sung by
                                                                                                                                                                doesn’t go out of style.”
not. I think if you go hear live music, it should    women, such as “Someone Like You” by Adele.
                                                                                                                                                                    Currently, the cast and
be live. I rely on my own ability to perform; the       “You will not see many guys covering Adele,”
                                                                                                                                                                crew are still in preproduc-
technical effects are only there to enhance what      Rush said with a laugh.
                                                                                                                                                                tion preparing costumes,
I do.”                                                  According to his website, Rush has opened
                                                                                                                                                                sets, lighting and more.
   Rush is called “The Human iPod” because he        for Fuel, Eve 6, Edwin McCain, Matt Kear-
                                                                                                                                                                    “Something that I’m
can play more than 60 hours’ worth of music          ney, Keller Williams and Howie Day. He has
                                                                                                                                                                pretty excited about this
on demand. He keeps a song list on a table in        also played on stage with The Dixie Chicks,
                                                                                                          John Rush uses a loop machine that allows him         time, there are a number of
front of the stage for students to look through      Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) and Joe Pisapia
                                                                                                          to simulate a full-band performance.
and request songs. He also plays music that he       (Guster). Visit for more in-                                                              › SEE COE, PAGE B3
 B2               The Eastern Progress, Thursday, September 22, 2011

Q&A Jack Holiday and the Westerners
By TRAVISS WITT                                    we’re a four-member rock rhythm section           hear more Switchmen while                      with the addition of auxiliary members on         crafting your ability to say
                                                   various instruments and from a wide range         Switchmen an absurd amount
    Find a calendar. Find a Sharpie. On that       of musical influences. We go through quite         of times in a single statement
calendar, find the date of Sept. 30 and put a       a lot of genres from song to song.                without breaking a sweat. On
star on it, circle it, draw arrows or highlight       What is the story behind Jack Holiday          top of that, there will be an
it. Whatever method you choose, make               and The Westerners?                               amazing guest artist alongside
sure you remember that this is the date lo-           No one really knows that as of now other       JHW that I don’t think anyone
cal band Jack Holiday and the Westerners           than myself, but the group’s focus on origi-      will want to miss.
will be playing live at Paddy Wagon.               nal music consists of four connected con-             Is there any significance to
    Currently based in Louisville, Jack Hol-       cept albums that follow a single story line.      the date Sept. 30?
iday and the Westerners have quickly ris-          The music is already written, but that’s a lot        When you get kidnapped
en to the forefront of the Louisville music        of music and we’re only on the first album         by a pack of werewolves and
scene. If you took the sounds of The White         right now.                                        then stranded on a space island
Stripes, The Decemberists and The Doors               What is your stance on the drugs por-          ruled by future gypsies for sev-
and mixed them into a metaphorical blend-          tion of the phrase “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’       en years on that dreadful Sep-
er, the end result would be something com-         roll?”                                            tember day, then you can tell
parable to this band. A seven-piece psy-              Unfortunately, all members of JHW are          me! Also, the show has $4 cov-
chedelic, fuzz folk, indie rock group headed       also active members in the United States          er.
by Richmond native Scott Whitehouse,               Parachute Association (, for those            How are you feeling about
Jack Holiday and the Westerners has been           of you interested), and are consistently          the choice of venue? Are you
demolishing the status quo of music since          drug-tested to make sure they are at maxi-        worried that people will be
their humble beginnings right here on the          mum parachuting ability at all times. How-        too busy getting drunk to pay
streets of Richmond.                               ever, we feel that we are still able to connect   attention to the music?
    How long have you been playing mu-             to our “drug”-supportive fans through the             One of the reasons we were
sic?                                               mutual appreciation of laser light shows.         excited about getting the show
    Since the beginning of time, but then          Thank you.                                        on Sept. 30 is that the Pad-
there was an accident that went terribly              Show in Richmond?                              dy Wagon recently bought a
wrong.                                                We are playing a show on Sept. 30th            new sound system that is loud
    How do you describe the group’s                at Paddy Wagon with a Lexington group             enough to force people into
sound?                                             called Switchmen. Switchmen is a rock ’n’         paying attention.
    We call it “fuzz folk rock,” but I feel like   roll three piece that will make you compul-           So the group was original-
it’s generally more rock-driven than peo-          sively go to every Switchmen show there-          ly formed in Richmond and
ple would expect from that title. Essentially,     after. You will have a constant yearning to       has now moved to Louisville?                                COURTESY OF SCOTT WHITEHOUSE
                                                                                                     Why’d you abandon us?
                                                                                                                                                    leased EP “The Red House Recordings” at
                                                                                                         Well, the group started as a two- to
                                                                                                                                                    Red House Records in Richmond, Ky., so
                                                                                                     three- piece garage rock type group, but
                                                                                                                                                    even though I’m the only member from
                                                                                                     when I graduated from high school, I sort
                                                                                                                                                    Richmond, everyone has spent a pretty
                                                                                                     of made a last minute decision that Louis-
                                                                                                                                                    good amount of time here.
                                                                                                     ville was the best place to further my mu-
                                                                                                                                                       Does this town have any influence on
                                                                                                     sical adventures. So I applied to U of L and
                                                                                                                                                    the music itself?
                                                                                                     headed an hour and a half west to go to col-
                                                                                                                                                       Actually, the last track on the EP, “Song
                                                                                                     lege and try to put a band together. After a
                                                                                                                                                    of Homage,” has some indirect Richmond
                                                                                                     few years, we started to get a more consis-
                                                                                                                                                    references. It talks about a musician who
                                                                                                     tent member roster and a stronger follow-
                                                                                                                                                    is playing in New York thinking back to a
                                                                                                     ing. Now, we are playing and recording to
                                                                                                                                                    small town in Kentucky. I felt it was neces-
                                                                                                     our hearts’ content.
                                                                                                                                                    sary to leave it vague, as to not be too cli-
                                                                                                         Where did you play back in your Rich-
                                                                                                                                                    ché, but obviously the inspiration for my
                                                                                                     mond days?
                                                                                                                                                    state selection is quite obvious.
                                                                                                         It was close to the end of Live Wire’s
                                                                                                                                                       Where can we find a copy of this won-
                                                                                                     days that I started writing songs under the
                                                                                                                                                    derful CD?
                                                                                                     Jack Holiday idea, and then [I spent] about
                                                                                                                                                       Well, we’ll be selling them at the show
                                                                                                     a year after that…playing at MyTime Cof-
                                                                                                                                                    on the 30th, but they are also on sale at the
                                                                                                     fee and Tea in various incarnations as well.
                                                         PHOTO COURTESY OF SCOTT WHITEHOUSE                                                         Hastings store in the Richmond Centre.
                                                                                                         Does Richmond hold any place for
                                                                                                                                                       When is the next time you’ll be back
Jack Holiday and the Westerners, performing at Louisville record store ear X-tacy, have an           JHW now?
                                                                                                                                                    in Richmond for a show?
upcoming show on Friday, September 30 at Richmond’s Paddy Wagon.                                         We actually recorded our recently re-
                                                                                                                                                       Depends on if I fix my time machine.
                                                                                                     The Eastern Progress, Thursday, September 22, 2011                                      B3
The Lion King grows better                                                                          Gosling radiates ‘cool’ in Drive
with time, reflection                                                                               By KENNA TRENT
                                                                                                                                                     of movie. With the heavy use of electron-
                                                                                                                                                     ic sound, the pink neon script used in the
By ADAM TURNER                                 with a new appreciation for certain as-                                                               opening and closing credits and the fact                   pects of the film I never would have no-                                                               that Gosling’s character prefers to wear
                                               ticed at age three.                                      Driving cars is cool.                        a quilted Starter-like jacket embroidered
                                                   The voice acting was superb all around.              Nearly every person who has ever been        with a golden scorpion, elements of this
    How does one possibly re-evaluate          While this was the film that ignited the              in a movie car chase is also cool.               movie are reminiscent of an ‘80s drama.
something that was an indelible part of        current trend of hiring big-name talent in               It is an unwritten, but very clear rule.     Only the current model of Chevy Impala
his or her youth? Old cartoon shows, Dr.       lieu of voice actors to play the characters, I       Steve McQueen in Bullitt: Cool. Matt Da-         used in the opening scene reminds audi-
Seuss books, Super Nintendo games and          feel like this is one of the few films where it       mon as Jason Bourne: Cool. Jason Statham         ences that this movie was made in 2011.
childhood movies. We didn’t just experi-       undeniably works. From its leads, such as            in The Transporter: Cool. And now, Ryan             Drive is definitely an acquired taste. It
ence these things; we felt them, and over      Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Matthew               Gosling has joined this pantheon of cool         can be perceived as campy and overdone
time, most have gained such a heightened       Broderick), Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and            with his newest role in the newly released       or as a nod to a classic driving movie. For-
sense of respect and admiration in our         Scar (Jeremy Irons), down to its small-              Drive.                                           tunately, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston
minds that they are now untouchable. Can       er supporting characters, Timon (Nathan                  As his career has progressed, Ryan Gos-      and Albert Brooks deliver solid supporting
you truly critique something that helped       Lane), Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella) and Zazu               ling has shown us just how much of a mov-        roles for those who aren’t buying the styl-
shape who you are today?                       (Rowan Atkinson), all actors nailed their            ie star he is. He has never been the kind of     ized action.
    That was my challenge last weekend         particular roles. One might argue this film           actor who has to scream out to the world            If nothing else, Drive is simply enter-
when The Lion King 3D hit theatres around      never needed a 3D effect; it already had              that he is good; he could be standing in the     taining. Ryan Gosling is smooth, and—I’ll
the country. To my three-year-old self, The    the most three-dimensional characters                corner whispering it and everyone would          say it again—driving movies are cool. It’s
Lion King wasn’t just a movie or even a        around.                                              still know. His character in Drive proves        as simple as that.
favorite movie. It was THE movie. It was           The songs remain endlessly catchy and            that point.                                         Verdict: B+
one of the first I had seen in theatres. Once   addictive. Elton John, Tim Rice and Hans                 Gosling plays a stunt driver—only re-
they came out                                                                 Zimmer         de-    ferred to as “the driver” throughout the en-
on VHS (time                                                                  serve all the         tire film—and mechanic who does some
warp, whoa!),                                                                 praise and ac-        slightly less legal business as a getaway
I had a habit                                                                 colades they’ve       driver for criminals on the side. He is the
of re-watching                                                                earned for cre-       kind of guy who only says something when
certain mov-                                                                  ating one of          it is important and likes to play strictly by
ies over and                                                                  the most iconic       his own rules. Oh, and he is really good at
over and over                                                                 soundtracks of        what he does.
again as a child,                                                             all time.                 Unfortunately for him, his neighbor is
much to the                                                                       The      story,   really pretty. Irene (Carey Mulligan) has a
chagrin of my                                                                 with its Biblical     son and husband in prison and is just beg-
parents.                                                                      undertones and        ging for someone to take care of her. Gos-
    And       The                                                             Shakespearean         ling’s character gladly takes on this role
Lion King tape                                                                grandeur,       re-   until Irene’s husband returns home. Obvi-
was definitely                                                                 mains as mov-         ously, he was in prison for a reason and that
worn out each                                                                 ing and inspir-       reason comes back to haunt him and his
day after I was                                                               ing as ever. A        whole family. In an attempt to save Irene
finished with                                                                  lot of this was       from the troubles of her husband, Gos-
it. I became ob-                                                              undeniably            ling takes a very dangerous job. The rest
sessively fasci-                                                              dark stuff for         of the film is spent with him trying to set
nated with an-                                                                its target audi-      everything right and walk away unscathed,
imals and the                                                                 ence (there are       which many characters do not accomplish.
African conti-                                                                points      where         Sounds like the typical mob movie,
nent, so much                                                                 I was still gen-      right? Well, maybe it is, but the story is not
so that I even                                                                uinely chilled        exactly what makes Drive a different kind
dreamt of be-                                                                                                                                                           COURTESY OF IMP AWARDS
                                                                              and frightened),
coming a lion                                                                 but it is refresh-
tamer or a sa-
fari guide one
day. The Lion
                                                                              ing to know the
                                                                              filmmakers had
                                               COURTESY OF IMP AWARDS enough respect
King did more                                                                                         CONTINUED FROM B1
                                                                             and faith in the
than just enter-                               audience to tell the story that they did.
tain me; it fostered a deep love and affec-         Finally, the animation stands as, I think,         “insensitive.”                                  of his doctor’s appointments quickly.
tion for film that has lasted my entire life    the most beautifully hand-drawn film ever                  “I just told him, ‘Well, it’s a vehicle,         “I don’t know, but it might be bad pub-
and, as unlikely as it sounds, bolstered my    made. While computer technology was                    and I’m taking care of it. Otherwise, it        licity to have a hearse parked at a doctor’s
creativity in a way that eventually led me     still used (in great effect, as seen in the             would be in a junkyard deteriorating,’”         office,” Cox said.
to writing. In a funny way, without this       epic stampede sequence), seeing the film                Cox said.                                           But there are also some obstacles that
movie I may never have had the opportu-        again on the big screen really makes one                  When he’s not driving or working,            come with driving one, too, such as park-
nity or ability to write about it today.       lament the decline of quality, hand-drawn              Cox said he enjoys participating in car         ing, gas prices and blind spots, he said.
    So when Disney announced it was re-        films in favor of computer-generated ani-               shows.                                              When he’s not driving the hearse
releasing the classic in theatres in 3D this   mation.                                                   “I like driving mine because it stands       around, Cox might be seen sporting the
September, I was understandably ecstatic.          People are obviously going to ask what             out,” he said.                                  ‘66 yellow Mustang he said he has been
But then a small fear snuck in: What if the    the new 3D effect is like, many, including                 Cox added that he has placed in the          restoring.
film didn’t live up to my memory? Despite       myself, probably having low expectations.              Top 10 a couple of times at shows and has           Cox said his cars are heirlooms he
being one of my all-time favorites, it had     I am usually not a huge fan of this effect,             won awards for having the most mod-             would like to pass onto his own children,
been several years since I had last seen it    but I was happily surprised to find it ac-              ified or most unique car. He even has a          if he has any. He added that he hopes his
and many more since I had seen it in a the-    tually added a lot to the film, gave a great            wooden casket that he bought on eBay            children will also enjoy the attention the
atre setting.                                  sense of depth to the scenes and only drew             from Argentina for $1,000 in the hearse,        cars get, especially the hearse, though ev-
    It was with anxious enthusiasm, then,      more attention to the fantastic animation              in which he stores all of his trophies that     eryone will always know where they are
that I entered Cinemark last Sunday to re-     at play here.                                          he wins at shows.                               at all times.
experience the animation classic. To make          I left the theatre satisfied and thrilled.             “Somewhere along the way, customs                “It’s a good thing to have an unique
matters more emotionally complicated,          I laughed, I cried (…a lot) and ultimately             got a hold of it and dropped it,” Cox said.     car, but you can’t leave early from work,”
my entire family was there alongside me,       felt like the three-year-old boy who loved             “But I just glued the crack in it, and now      Cox said.
just as they had been when I was a child.      lions and Africa so much for the first time             you [can] barely tell.”                             He said some of his neighbors were
We walked into the theatre, filled with         in a long while. After seeing the happy fac-              Cox said there are some benefits to           disappointed that “the hearse driver”
both old fans and newcomers seeing it for      es of children watching the film for the                driving a hearse, such as never losing          didn’t do anything special for Halloween
the first time, put on our 3D glasses and       first time around me, I refuse to see this              your car in the parking lot because it al-      last year, so he said he plans to give them
got ready to enjoy the ride.                   as a simple cash grab by Disney (though                ways sticks out and never getting annoy-        more of a show this year.
    Simply put, there is a reason The Lion     they will certainly make a killing). I see it          ing fliers because the windshield wipers             “It’s fun backing it up to my front door
King remains one of the highest-grossing       as offering a new generation the chance                 are tucked underneath the hood.                 at sunset,” Cox said. “You get some looks.”
animated films of all time. Not only did the    to experience the same classic that meant                 Plus, he said it also gets him in and out
movie fulfill my expectations, it exceeded      so much to me as a child. Hakuna Matata.
them, as my childlike joy was enhanced         What a wonderful phrase.

                                                                                                    CONTINUED FROM B1

    *5((.                                                                                           fights where the servants are beaten and
                                                                                                    we have students doing fight choreog-
                                                                                                                                                     we can realistically depict that we have
                                                                                                                                                     two sets of identical twins.”
       7+5($'6                                                                                      raphy,” Boord-Dill said. “They’ve done a            Amanda West, a 23-year-old theatre
                                                                                                    spectacular job putting together very, very      major playing the character Adriana in the
                                                                                                    fun-to-watch fights.”                             production, said she was a fan of this new
                                                                                                       One such student is assistant fight cho-       style.
                                                                                                    reographer Chris Mueller, 20, an English            “I am very excited about it because
  :HPU[ .LVYNL :[                                                                               major with an emphasis in theatre.               there’s a very updated concept to the
  9PJOTVUK 2@                                                                                         “We typically will have two to three          show, and it’s gonna be really awesome,”
                                                                                                    days where we will run through, figure out        West said.
     @V\Y SVJHS                                                                                     what works, tweak it, figure out if it makes         Kelsey Weber, 19-year-old theatre ma-
                                                                                                    sense, figure out if it works with where the      jor who is playing the Abbess Emilia, also
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                                                                                                    characters are on stage for the different         said she is excited about the production.
                                                                                                    scenes,” Mueller said. “I’ve helped on four         “I love doing Shakespeare, it is my fa-
                                                                                                    [fight scenes], and I wanna say there’s, like,    vorite type of theatre to do and the cos-
                                                                                        eight.”                                          tumes for the show are absolutely gor-
                                                                                                       Another way this play differs from past        geous,” Weber said. “We’re gonna do
  HJJLZZVY` Z[VYL                                                                                   productions is in its form.                      painted faces and everything.”
                                                                                                       “We aren’t doing it in a traditional Eliz-       More information and tickets for The
                                                                                         abethan setting,” Boord-Dill said. “We are       Comedy of Errors are available at the Gif-
                                                                                                    doing it a la Peking opera, which is a Chi-      ford Theatre Box Office for the show’s en-
                                                                                                    nese form of drama. So all the characters        tire run, from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.
                                                                                                    will have their faces painted so that way
Adam Turner, Editor                                          The Eastern Progress |                                           Thursday, September 29, 2011

    The write stuff
                                                                                                       PROFESSOR KENNETH TUNNELL PUBLISHES FIRST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK,
                                                                                                       ONCE UPON A PLACE: THE FADING OF COMMUNITY IN RURAL KENTUCKY
                            By ADAM TURNER                                                             By ADAM TURNER
                                                                                                          Kentucky has long been a charming and
                                 Many peo-           In addition to teaching, Brown is a
                                                                                                       refreshing rarity within our country, a re-
                              ple     experi-     prolific and published writer, having re-
                                                                                                       gion where many rural areas and natural
                              ment        with    leased seven books throughout his career,
                                                                                                       beauties still remain untouched.
                              reading      and    six of which were collections of his poet-
                                                                                                          However, it has recently begun to feel
                              writing poet-       ry. These collections have garnered vari-
                                                                                                       the pressures and effects of today’s soci-
                               ry through-        ous praise and accolades from the likes of
                                                                                                       ety as more and more areas are developed
                               out their lives.   Kentucky Poetry Review, Green’s Maga-
                                                                                                       and modernized. But thanks to people like
                               Though it is       zine and the Kentucky Arts Council. His
                                                                                                       Eastern professor Kenneth Tunnell, these
                               certainly     a    newest collection, In Some Households
                                                                                                       changes will not go undocumented and
                                challeng ing      the King is Soul, was released last April to
                                and creative-     similarly high acclaim.                                                                            Drug
                                                                                                          Born and raised in east Tennessee, Tun-
                        ly rewarding experi-         Brown said his process for writing                                                              Testing and the
                                                                                                       nell now lives in central Kentucky and
ence, few are able to commit to it as a life-     these books differs from many writers.                                                              Rise of the Detox Industry (Alterna-
                                                                                                       is entering his 23rd year teaching in the
long profession.                                     “Some people write books, they set                                                              tive Criminology)) and professional crim-
                                                                                                       criminal justice department. In addition to
    But that is exactly what Eastern profes-      out to write ‘a book,’ and I                                                                       inals (Living Off Crime), he recently fo-
                                                                                                                          his position at Eastern,
sor Harry Brown has done.                         just don’t do that,” Brown                                                                         cused in on the changes taking place in the
                                                                                                                          Tunnell is also a pub-
    Brown, a Foundation Professor of Eng-         said. “I write individual                                                                          Commonwealth with his latest book, Once
                                                                                                                          lished author. Though in
lish Emeritus, has been teaching since            poems and then at some                                                                             Upon a Place: The Fading of Community in
                                                                                                                          the past he has tackled
1970, making this his 41st year at Eastern.       point try to collect them                                                                          Rural Kentucky.
                                                                                                                          topics such as workplace
Retired, he now teaches Appalachian and           in a thematic grouping.                                                                               Tunnell said this story would likely feel
                                                                                                                          drug testing (Pissing on
American Literature part time to regional         I just select them and                                                                             very familiar to many of his readers.
                                                                                                                          Demand:       Workplace
campuses.                                         in my published books,                                                                                “It’s a story that a lot of people know, a
› SEE BROWN, PAGE B3                                                            HARRY BROWN            KENNETH TUNNELL       › SEE TUNNELL, PAGE B3

                                                                                                                                    Spotify provides new,
  A ‘kick-ass’ Commonwealth                                                                                                         user-friendly way to
                                            among a few friends and grew to cess, supporters have to pledge a to-
                                            what may possibly be the largest mar- tal of $3.5 million before 9:44 a.m.              access music
                                            keting campaign ever.                     Nov. 7. Currently, pledges total more
   CAMPAIGN FOR KENTUCKY                                                                                                            By RYAN ALVES
                                                “…we were just laughing hys- than $65,000. If enough money isn’t
                                            terically about it, and the more we pledged, the supporters will not be       
   By DANA COLE                             thought about it, the more doable it charged, Hiler said.
                                                                                                                                        Earlier this summer, the               seemed and we decided to go for it,”         To sway the Commonwealth to
                                                                                                                                    music streaming industry
                                            Hiler said. “ I think if we could                       participate, it is reiterat-
                                                                                                                                    got a whole lot bigger.
      Fried chicken eatin’ bourbon get this accomplished
                               ,                                                                              ed that if each
                                                                                                                                        Spotify, the previously
   drinkin’ horse racin’: that’s what Ken- it would be one of
           ,                                                                                                     and       every
                                                                                                                                    exclusive-to-Europe mu-
   tuckians are, and we’re darn proud of the biggest mar-                                                        Kentuckian
                                                                                                                                    sic service, hit desktops and smart-
   that and three guys from Lexington keting             cam-                                                        pledged
                                                                                                                                    phones around the U.S. on July 14 with a single mission:
   are so proud of the Kentucky attitude, paigns in the                                                           just       one
                                                                                                                                    Take down streaming powerhouses such as Grooveshark
   they want the world to know.             history of                                                              dollar, the
                                                                                                                                    and Pandora.
      Griffin VanMeter, Whit Hiler and market-                                                                       commer-
                                                                                                                                        And so far, they’re right on track. The number of Spo-
   Kent Carmichael, all marketers in the    ing.”                                                               c would be
                                                                                                                                    tify users is growing close to 10 million worldwide, which
   Lexington area, have come up with a          Hiler                                                        fun
                                                                                                             funded. If you
                                                                                                                                    seems mighty impressive, considering that the service is
   campaign to brand the state of Ken- and com-        -         COURTESY OF HERALD-LEADER                 decid to back the
                                                                                                                                    only available in eight countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland,
   tucky and sell its pride for the known pany made   de                                       project, you are r
                                                                                                                rewarded first
                                                                                                                                    the United Kingdom, France, Spain, the Netherlands and
   world to enjoy, or at least those who    a short commercial to exhibit some and foremost with “Kentucky Pride.”
                                                                                                                                    now, the United States).
   watch the Super Bowl.                    of Kentucky’s “kick-ass” cultural in- Other incentives include t-shirts,
                                                                                                                                        Spotify gives users free and legal access to a library of
      The trio launched a funding proj- fluences: George Clooney, bourbon, bumper stickers, a packet of Ken-                         more than 10 million songs through a snazzy, easy-to-use
   ect through the website kickstarter. high-fives, the “motherfreaking Ken- tucky Bluegrass seeds, an invite to                     streaming database.
   com to raise money to finance a Su- tucky Derby” and the Judds. The vid- the pre-screening of the commercial                          Users have three choices when creating a Spotify ac-
   per Bowl commercial that would por- eo was debuted as the kick-off to their and a host of other “Kentucky Proud”                  count: Free, unlimited and premium.
   tray the best things about the Com- campaign, “Kentucky for Kentucky,” goodies.                                                      Free: The standard version is the basic package of sorts.
   monwealth.                               which coincided with the start of the        Hiler said they are looking to get
                                                                                                                                    Users get millions of tracks instantly available for stream-
      Hiler, business director at Cor-      National Football League’s season to a corporate sponsor on board, which
                                                                                                                                                                                   ing and can
   nett Integrated Marketing Solutions, keep in the spirit of the Super Bowl.         would entail one corporation pledg-
                                                                                                                                                                                   also     share
   said the idea started as sort of a joke      In order for the project to be a suc- ing a large sum of money.
                                                                                                                                                                                   what they’re
                                                                                             “Those sponsorships start at
                                                                                                                                                                                   listening to
                                                                                         like $250,000,” Hiler said. “It is
                                                                                                                                                                                   through       a
                                                                                         a tremendous opportunity for a
                                                                                                                                                                                   friends list.
                                                                                         big Kentucky brand to be a part
                                                                                                                                                                                       This ver-
                                                                                         of something that could possibly
                                                                                                                                                                                   sion      does
                                                                                         make history.”
                                                                                                                                                                                   have adver-
                                                                                             Above all, Hiler said the proj-
                                                                                         ect isn’t just about making a com-
                                                                                         mercial; it’s about the people of the
                                                                                                                                                                                   ly, but af-
                                                                                         state coming together, showing
                                                                                                                                                                                   ter      three
                                                                                         their pride and eradicating the ste-
                                                                                         reotypes Kentuckians have.                                                                months or
                                                                                                                                                         COURTESY OF SPOTIFY.COM
                                                                                             “A lot of people outside Ken-                                                        so of use, the
                                                                                         tucky have a poor image of Ken-                                                          frequency of
                                                                                         tucky, or they poke fun of Ken-            ads seems less than Pandora. Less ads give users a much
                                                                                         tucky and make Kentucky jokes,”            more uninterrupted listening experience.
                                                                                         Hiler said. “I think the world needs           Unlimited: Costing $4.99 a month and with all the
                                                                                         to know Kentucky is an awesome             perks of the free version, this feature throws in no adver-
                                                                                         state, Kentuckians are awesome             tisements for the cherry on top.
                                                                                                                                        $4.99 is a nominal amount, but as poor college students,
                                   COURTESY OF LEXINGTON HERALD LEADER/ TOM ELDEN people, we have so much more to                   that’s like 90 percent of a Subway meal and getting rid of a
   Kentucky For Kentucky project leaders (left to right) Kent Carmichael, Griffin                                                   few ads per hour doesn’t seem worth it.
   VanMeter and Whit Hiler hope to have $3.5 million pledged by 9:44 a.m. Nov. 7. › SEE KENTUCKY, PAGE B3
                                                                                                                                     › SEE SPOTIFY, PAGE B3

FX’s American Horror Story thrills and chills
By JASON EDWARDS                                   Blue), Connie Britton (NBC’s Friday Night         adult imagery and unsettling images that                                   Lights), Denis O’Hare (HBO’s True Blood)          will be hard to shake out of your mind.
                                                   and two-time Academy Award winner Jes-            This series is rated M for mature for a very
   Get ready for a one weird, but intrigu-         sica Lange.                                       obvious reason, learned within the first 15
ing, new series courtesy of FX.                        To keep from spoiling the weirdness           minutes of the show.
   American Horror Story premieres Oct.            you will want to discover on your own, I             If you were a fan of Nip/Tuck, George
5 at 10 p.m. and is brought to you by Ryan         will just touch on a few reasons the show is      Romero’s Deadtime Stories, Showtime’s
Murphy, creator, writer and director of            worth a watch.                                    Master of Horror or the darker episodes of
FX’s series Nip/Tuck, and Brad Falchuk,                Besides the star-studded cast, the first       The X-Files, this series could be for you. If
co-creator of Glee.                                episode really made me feel uneasy. It            horror or paying super close attention to
   American Horror Story revolves around           has been a long time since a series has           a show is not for you, I’d recommend you
the Harmons, a family of three who move            made me enjoy being terrified and kind of          steer clear.
from Boston to Los Angeles in hopes of             creeped out.                                         While this series is not for everyone,
                                                                                                                                                                  COURTESY OF FXNETWORKS.COM
reconciling a past anguish.                            I was wondering how good the creator          I enjoyed the first episode immensely.
   Unbeknownst to the family, their new            of Glee, a musical comedy, would be at            The writing, cinematography and acting
                                                   telling a good ol’ fashioned horror story. I      on this show is very clever, but does take      The first season’s poster series features
home is haunted by something much more                                                                                                               several creepy, off-putting images inspired
dangerous than anything in their past.             can safely say it was worth the risk.             some time to warm up to. It will be excit-
                                                       The show’s tone is not for the faint of       ing to see where the series goes from here.     by the show.
The series boasts tremendous star pow-
er with Dylan McDermott (TNT’s Dark                heart. The first episode boasts some very
 B2             The Eastern Progress, Thursday, September 29, 2011

Moneyball is grand                                               Broken Bells’ debut offers
slam entertainment
                                                                 experimental, melodic sound
    Brad Pitt hits another one out of the ballpark in his new-   By JOE LOWERY                                                  ably be best to YouTube this one as there are a ton of
est movie Moneyball, based on the life of Oakland Athletics                                     things I could say about this song. Every stanza means
general manager Billy Beane.                                                                                                    something different, yet they all form a complete song.
    Many sports movies come and go, but Moneyball offers                                        B
                                                                                               Broken Bells is the unique          Broken Bells also released an EP of four songs in
a whole new perspective to the game of baseball, showing                                      pa
                                                                                              pairing of James Mercer,          March. Meyrin Fields has two B-sides off their debut
the behind the scenes action that helped a team with noth-                                      l
                                                                                                lead vocalist and guitar-       and two new songs. One of the newer songs, “Win-
ing rise to the top.                                                                              ist of the indie rock band    dows,” is quite good and I automatically want to com-
    By the start of the 2002 baseball season, The Oakland                                          The Shins, and artist and    pare it to Red Hot Chili Peppers; it just has that funky
Athletics have lost three of their greatest players, including                                     producer Brian Burton,       sound to it. And Mercer’s voice sounds a lot like Pep-
Jason Giambi. The team is in chaos trying to find star play-                                        better known as Dan-         pers’ front man Anthony Kiedis. Seriously, give it a lis-
ers with a very low sum of cash to buy them. Billy Beane                                           ger Mouse. After meet-       ten and see what I’m talking about.
(Pitt) decides to take a different approach in finding new                                          ing at the Danish festival       Broken Bells is one of those bands that might never
players instead of relying on scouts’ information, the stan-                                   R
                                                                                               Roskilde in 2004, the pair       have been. A seemingly chance encounter between two
dard practice at the time.                                                                 realiz
                                                                                           realized they liked each other’s     established musicians has produced a great debut al-
    He soon meets Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) who becomes           music.                                                         bum with a strong EP offering. Now one only can won-
the new assistant manager to the Oakland Athletics (The             According to a 2009 article in Rolling Stone, the           der what’s going to ring next for Broken Bells.
actual assistant manager was Paul DePodesta, who refused         band wanted to experiment with their sound.
to have his name in the film, so it was replaced with the            “It’s melodic, but experimental, too,” Danger Mouse
fictional character of Peter Brand). He proposes an idea to       said in the article.
Billy to use computer statistics and analysis to help form a        From the man himself, that basically sums up their
great team on a low budget.                                      2010 self-titled debut Broken Bells. The experimental
    The     movie                                                nature comes off very well for the duo. The band’s first
documents how                                                    single “The High Road” showcases Mercer’s ability to
Beane attempt-                                                   almost speak the verse rather than sing it.
ed to change the                                                    Another standout track is the second single off the
history of base-                                                 album, “The Ghost Inside.” It tells the story of a woman
ball by shift-                                                   who thinks money is the answer to everything, and how
ing the focus on                                                 she gives up “the ghost inside” to try and be happy.
what’s     impor-                                                   As upbeat as “Sailing to Nowhere” is musically, lyri-
tant in a player,                                                cally, the song is full of apathy, murder and self-real-
which led to cut-                                                ization of the singers’ inner demons. It’s a must-listen
ting costs and                                                   track for both its music and lyrical narrative.
spending only                                                       “Trap Doors” is another great track and is the second
thousands        of                                              track I really got into after I heard the band’s first sin-
dollars on a good                                                gle. At first, as with any song, the music caught my at-
team while oth-                                                  tention with its beat. Lyrically, Mercer sings a warning
ers were spend-                                                  to people who need to act on their own and let “fools
ing millions.                                                    trample over themselves.”
    This movie                                                      “October” is perhaps the best song on the album. If I
has a little bit of                                              could write the lyrics here, I would. I could try and de-
everything, in-                                                  scribe what I like about this song so much, but it’d prob-                               COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RECORDS
cluding humor,
drama and, of
course, baseball.
It has so far been
a surprising box
                                     COURTESY OF IMP AWARDS

office success, earning over 20 million its opening week-
                                                                 Mass Effect features unrivaled sci-fi
end, and reviews have reflected its popularity, as it has re-
ceived near universal critical acclaim.
    According to the Los Angeles Times, this movie had a
                                                                 adventure experience for gamers
stumbling production. After going through several stu-           By EVAN MCMILLIN                                               cop. Garrus values justice over all things, but quit being
dios, directors, and writers, the film was thankfully able to                                               a cop because the very laws he swore to uphold were get-
be made thanks to the efforts of Pitt and director Bennett                                                                       ting in the way of catching criminals. Sometimes, howev-
Miller (Capote).                                                                                      The acting is superb.     er, justice turns to revenge for Garrus, showing how hu-
    With the help of a tight, sparkling script by scribes                                          The plot will have you       man this alien is.
Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and Steven Zaillian                                              hooked from the begin-           Another great aspect of Mass Effect is the voice acting.
(Schindler’s List) based off of Michael Lewis’ book of the                                          ning. You will be deep-      Mark Meer, Jennifer Hale, Keith David and Seth Green
same name, and Pitt’s Oscar-worthy performance as Beane,                                           ly immersed in its uni-      all did an exceptional job in their roles. There were many
Moneyball is an undeniable success.                                                                verse. The supporting        moments throughout the game when I thought I was
    Even if you know nothing about baseball, Moneyball is                                          characters are all three-    watching an award-winning film rather than playing an
still an entertaining movie to go see. It gives the audience                                       dimensional, each with       award-winning game.
a look into the role management plays in the sport, an area      his or her own backstory.                                          Mass Effect will go down as one of my favorite games
typically not covered in traditional baseball films.                  These features make it my favorite sci-fi adventure of      of all time. It’s immersive universe, addictive storyline
    But this film is anything but typical, as the movie es-       all time. You might think I am talking about the Star Wars     and three-dimensional characters have kept me glued to
chews many of the usual beats of the genre, such as the last     or Star Trek series, but I am not. I am talking about the      my controller for months at a time. This is a game you
minute victory that fixes everything. Beane’s lifelong goal       Mass Effect video game series.                                  should be playing.
was to win the last game of the season for his team.                 Mass Effect was developed by Canadian game develop-
    This movie, truthfully and excitingly, shows how he          er Bioware, the same minds behind games like Star Wars:
went about trying to accomplish that dream. It is definitely      Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur’s Gate and Jade Em-
a movie that I would recommend to all those sports fanat-        pire.
ics out there, but also for people that are looking for a dif-       The first game in the series, Mass Effect, was released
ferent, intelligent breed of sports film.                         in 2007, and Mass Effect 2 was released in 2010. The third
                                                                 installment in the series, Mass Effect 3, is scheduled for
Verdict: A                                                       release March 6, 2012.
                                                                     In Mass Effect, you are Commander Shepard, a regu-
                                                                 lar commando chosen to become a Spectre, the legend-
                                                                 ary agents who are the special forces of the Council, the
                                                                 governing body of half the Milky Way. As a new Spectre
                                                                 agent, you are tasked with hunting and bringing down a
                                                                 fellow Spectre who has gone rogue.
                                                                     One of the greatest aspects of Mass Effect is custom-
                                                                 ization. Each character has his or her own struggles in life
                                                                 and motivations, including your own. The game gives you
                                                                 the option of creating your own character, complete with
                                                                 your choice of combat specialization, background and
                                                                 reputation. You can even customize your looks.
                                                                     Even the storyline of Mass Effect can be customized.
                                                                 Will you save a squad of soldiers who will die without res-
                                                                 cue, or will you leave them to perish while you go for your
                                                                 main objective? Will you assist a local crime lord or re-
                                                                 port him to the authorities? The choice is yours.
                                                                     Another fantastic part of Mass Effect is the character
                                                                 development. As stated before, each character is well-
                                                                 developed, causing you to feel an attachment to them. A
                                                                 great example of this is Garrus Vakarian, a former alien                                         COURTESY OF BIOWARE
                                                                                                          The Eastern Progress, Thursday, September 29, 2011                                          B3

The Boondocks sparks minds and laughs
By JABRIL POWER                                                      strongly influenced by media and hip-hop and is an ob-                  the season. It is visual candy, and you could honest-                                                     vious portrayal of standard black male thought. He has a               ly watch it with the audio off. All the colors and ac-
                                                                     strong role in the show because he allows the viewer to see            tion sequences blend together so well, the show will
                                                                     how the average young black male would approach actual                 come alive on your screen, high-definition or not.
                                        If you like to laugh,
                                                                     situations, sometimes allowing the person watching to re-              Lastly, a fourth season has been confirmed.
                                     are intelligent and
                                                                     evaluate his or her own perspective.                                   Well, now you have the time and a reason to catch up. Just
                                     you’re not watching
                                                                        The last of the main characters is Huey Freeman. Huey               go for it and hurry so you can have a favorite episode too.
                                     The Boondocks after
                                                                     is 10 years old and with his constant protests, hunger                 You can thank me later.
                                     its phenomenal third
                                                                     strikes and conspiracy theories, is already classified by the
                                     season, you’re either
                                                                     FBI as a domestic terrorist. While he maintains his image
                                     insane or very oblivi-
                                                                     of controversy and is the voice of revolution, he still, quite
                                     ous on how to maxi-
                                                                     frankly, is the most balanced character in the show. He is
                                     mize happiness. As far
                                                                     the most logical and very realistic; this almost forces him
                                     as TV goes, The Boon-
                                                                     to show very little emotion throughout the series. It seems
                                     docks is one of the best
                                                                     that, more than anything, he just wants the best for people.
shows that has ever made it out of its pilot episode and ar-
                                                                        There are a handful of reasons to check out this spec-
guably the most important cartoon we’ve ever had.
                                                                     tacular show outside of its dynamic, diverse characters.
   The cartoon features three black main characters from
                                                                     The show is hilarious and features a comedic cast: John With-
South Side Chicago who move to a predominantly white
                                                                     erspoon (Friday), Cedric Yarbrough (RENO 911) and Gary
                                                                     Anthony Williams (Malcolm in the Middle), to name a few.
   One of them, Robert “Grandad” Freeman, is a se-
                                                                     The show is a wonderful reflection of today’s soci-
nior citizen (his actual age a mystery to viewers) who not
                                                                     ety. Creator Aaron McGruder takes serious issues
only was an active participant in the Civil Rights Move-
                                                                     and debates and slips them into the show in a conve-
ment in the ‘60s, but also was a part of the black slave
                                                                     niently hilarious way that makes you appreciate the
trade in America as a child. He’s not very “hip” or up-to-
                                                                     fact that someone in America isn’t afraid to talk about
date with the latest trends or things in music, but he tries.
                                                                     real matters in our society. Wrestling issues pertain-
He’s had terrible experience with crazy women and is
                                                                     ing to race, economic status, identity, relationships and
desperately trying to resurrect his sex life, but that jour-
                                                                     politics, this show truly has something for everyone.
ney is something you have to witness in action yourself.
                                                                     The animation is amazing. There really isn’t any show
Riley, an aggressive, almost uncontrollable 8-year-old is
                                                                     like it. It has a Japanese anime style and gets better by                                                COURTESY OF SONY PICTURES

BROWN                                                                tered on a person.”
                                                                        Still, Brown said he never sets out with any particular
                                                                     idea in mind.
                                                                                                                                            special and particular way,” Brown said. “And I’m never sat-
                                                                                                                                            isfied, almost never satisfied with a poem. I mean, when I
                                                                                                                                            finish it I may be satisfied, but when I see it later I just al-
                                                                        “You don’t know where you’re going; you learn by going              ways find imperfections and weaknesses in it. But it’s inter-
                                                                     where you have to go,” Brown said. “I guess I really discover          esting, it’s fulfilling. I probably would write even if I didn’t
                                                                     when I put the book together. I kind of discover what my               publish. You discover, you learn through writing. Writing is
virtually all the poems have been published in journals and          interests are in that way.”                                            a learning process.”
magazines.”                                                             Despite his gravitation towards poetry, Brown said he                   Brown encourages younger writers to stick with the
   In fact, since his first publication in 1967, Brown has            makes no distinctions between different types of writing.               trade.
published over 450 individual poems in various literary                 “I think all writing is similar,” Brown said. “When I teach             “I’ve got a statement on my door…from Thomas Mann,
journals and magazines.                                              poetry writing, which is not often, I tell the students that           the great German novelist, who said something like the
   One would imagine it might be difficult to continually              many of the points I’ll make in class relate to any writing:           writer is someone for whom writing is difficult,” Brown
find new material to write about, but Brown says certain              organization, clarity, specificity, relevant data. And for me,          said. “So writing is difficult, but it’s fulfilling, and teaching
topics are constant inspirations to his writing.                     proper writing and punctuation. I guess I’m conservative               literature and trying to write literature…It’s a good way to
   “I live on a farm and write some about farm-related, na-          or old-school maybe in that sense.”                                    spend your life.”
ture-related topics,” Brown said. “As with many writers,                After almost half a century of work behind him, Brown                   In Some Households the King is Soul is available in East-
spiritual topics like the concept of God interest me, and            said what keeps him writing and publishing is simply a love            ern’s library as well as most major area bookstores and on-
then there’s simply a section [of my writing] on people. I           of the craft.                                                          line booksellers.
guess you could say each poem is somehow or other cen-                  “I like to write; It’s fulfilling and I guess it’s fulfilling in a

TUNNELL                                                                  Another way this book differs from Tunnell’s earlier ef-
                                                                     forts is that it is his first photography book. He explained
                                                                     why he decided to try something new with this work.
                                                                          “Well, a picture’s worth a thousand words, right?” Tun-
                                                                     nell said. “I’ve seen these abandoned farm houses, farm
lot of people would recognize,” Tunnell said. “They may not          houses that are bulldozed down, barns in disrepair, and all
be able to necessarily articulate it or connect the dots, but        these local businesses closing and their buildings just left
it’s about the downturn in family farming here in the Com-           to ruin. As I was thinking about it, I thought, ‘Well, I could
monwealth and about the larger impact that that down-                write about this all day long, but there’s nothing quite like
turn has. I think that readers who come from small towns             an image that would really make an impression on the
or rural areas in Kentucky have no doubt seen this stuff,             reader.’ So about half the book is photographs.”
they just probably haven’t thought about its larger impact.”             These photographs were all taken by Tunnell in a vari-
    Tunnell went into greater detail about exactly what              ety of formats, from digital to black and white film, around
sorts of changes are occurring in this region.                       central and southeastern Kentucky, though he stresses that
    “As family farms go under, oftentimes we find that the            the story these pictures tell are pertinent to the entire state.
land that was once farmed, farmed for generations, is sold               Tunnell also described what inspired him to take on this
and developed and cut up into tracts,” Tunnell said. “Peo-           particular subject at this time.
ple build large-scale houses on those tracts, mansions as                “Living where I live, seeing the things that my commu-
they are often called, and then at the same time we find              nity is dealing with, my neighbors are dealing with, the
that those local businesses that have been central to farm-          little businesses that I pass, I was really struck by those
ing communities and agricultural communities no longer               changes,” Tunnell said. “And for me it looks like an entire
are able to sustain themselves and they go under. Things             way of life is not necessarily ending, but certainly going
like country stores, Mom n’ Pop diners, even post offices              through these vast, adverse changes.”
that serve small towns and rural communities go under,                   To see for yourself these drastic changes that, for better
so the book describes these huge changes that take place             or for worse, are forever changing Kentucky, make sure to
in farming communities…There’s a lot of social disruption            check out Once Upon a Place: The Fading of Community in
and disorganization is a term that I use in the literature,          Rural Kentucky, available on all major online booksellers
but a lot of disruption emerges from these kinds of vast             and coming soon to Eastern’s library.

KENTUCKY                                           “It’s really easy for people to spread
                                               the word about that and that’s what
                                               it’s gonna take,” Hiler said. “Everybody
                                                                                            est and really good positive exposure for
                                                                                                A native of Kentucky, Hiler just
                                               in Kentucky needs to know about this         wants to share the beauty, history and
                                               project, and it’s Kentuckians that are out   its people with the world.
offer than what people perceive us to of-       there spreading the word about it.”              “That’s what this is all about, just let-
fer.”                                              In the case that the Super Bowl com-     ting the world know our awesomeness,”
    Although money is the mainstay             mercial comes to fruition, Hiler thinks      Hiler said.
of this endevour, the camaraderie and          the repercussions could be grandiose in          For more information, make sure
sense of belonging is what makes this          nature and ultimately be part of a larg-     to check out their website at kentuck-
crowd funded project unique, Hiler said.       er marketing plan to brand the state of and their Facebook
    “It’s really being funded on Kentucky      Kentucky.                                    page.
Pride,” Hiler said. “ We are a really pride-       “Imagine if we reach our funding
ful state, everybody that lives here is        and we raise $3.5 million, how much
proud of where they come from.”                press Kentucky would get for that ac-
    If you are unable to give financially,      complishment, and that was all accom-
Hiler said the best way to support the         plished through Kentuckians,” Hiler
project is by sharing the idea with oth-       said. “It would be enormous, enormous
ers using social media like Facebook and       amounts of positive press for Kentucky
Twitter.                                       and I think it would gain a lot of inter-

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                                   FEATURES                The Eastern Progress |                                               Thursday, September 15, 2011

                                                                                                                                     Get fat or die trying
THE ‘BIG E CHALLENGE’                                                                                                                Adam                            Ryan
                                                                                                                                     Turner                        & Alves
                                                                                                                                       W        hen we first heard
                                                                                                                                                about the epic “Big
                                                                                                                                     E Challenge,” we thought it
                                                                                                                                                                        eyes, however, an ominous
                                                                                                                                                                        figure approached. As if all
                                                                                                                                                                        the forces of hell were pro-
                                                                                                                                     would be no problem.               pelling it toward us, the
   When the school year starts up, so does the lull of
                                                     l                                                                                   Six pounds in 30 min-          world’s largest bun appeared
a campus meal plan. Craving home-cooking is just a   st                                                                              utes?                              in Salman’s hands as he re-
part of the college experience.                                                                                                          Go ahead and give us           turned from the kitchen.
   The Grind, located on Main Street in downtown Rich-n                                                                              the free shirt, the cash and       Suddenly, a creeping sense of
mond, is providing students with another alternative to
                                                      ative                                                                          put our names on the Hall          dread and terror snuck into
Powell food while supplementing the urge for a hearty                                                                                of Fame; it was already over.      our bones and we knew what
meal.                                                                                                                                In our minds, it was already       we were about to attempt
   “It is a hometown burger and fry ex-                                                                                              won.                               was both impossible and in-
perience,”      owner        Bob       Salman       said.
                                                     aid.                                                                                We entered The Grind           credibly foolish.
However, this hometown restaurant has brought        ght                                                                             confident, strutting and eye-           Salman went on to cre-
something new to the table: The “Big E Challenge.”    e.                                                                             ing all the bystanders who         ate his Frankenstein burg-
The challenge is three and a half pounds of meat (10  10                                                                             would get to see our mo-           er, our newfound nemesis,
regular Grind burgers) on an extra-large burger bun,  un,                                                                            ment of beefy glory. As we         with gleeful malice and me-
                       along with 10 slices of cheese,
                                                    eese,                                                                            approached the counter to          ticulousness. Each patty was
                       two tomatoes, half a head of let-
                                                      f                                                                              state our bold intentions,         placed with delicate care,
                       tuce and half an onion. With prep
                                                    h                                                                                owner Bob Salman imme-             coupled with a snicker from
                       time around 20 minutes, the burger
                                                     e                                                                               diately raised his eyebrows        Salman. Every topping was
                       tops off the six-pound weight with                                         TRISTAN MEIMAN/PROGRESS             and shot us a look of know-        accounted for, down to the
                       “lots of pickles,” Salman said.            “The Big E Challenge” features three and a half pounds of          ing disbelief.                     last sinister pickle.
                          Salman added that the “Big E            meat, ten slices of cheese, two tomatoes, half a head of               Still, we remained un-             As we settled into our
                       Challenge” has only been attempted         lettuce , half an onion, pickles and one pound of fries.           fazed in our quest, bragging       battle stations, it seemed cer-
                       twice thus far.                                                                                               to the crowd about our unri-       tain that not even the godly
    BOB SALMAN            “We wanted to bring something                                                                              valed appetites and bottom-        Adam Richman of “Man v.
                                                                     The Grind has contacted the TV show “Man v. Food”
                       fun people could participate in,                                                                              less stomachs.                     Food” could save us.
                                                                  about being on the show, which was the inspiration be-
make it a tradition,” he said.                                                                                                           We smiled as the kind la-          We were all alone.
                                                                  hind creating the “Big E Challenge.”
   The burger is $35, but the meal is free if you eat it all.                                                                        dies behind the counter load-          Our sense of dread
                                                                     “We’ve submitted a letter to the show and been in con-
You also get a T-shirt from The Grind and a cash prize if                                                                            ed each of the 10 patties onto     must’ve been apparent, as
                                                                  tact,” Salman said. “We invite everybody to try it. Come
you finish the burger.                                                                                                                the grill, laughed in the face     friends and passerby be-
   “The cash prize is a pot that starts at $50,” Salman said.                                                                        of the ketchup and grinned         gan to tear into us, playing
                                                                     Whether you are a veteran of the hot dog eating con-
“For each failed attempt, The Grind puts $5 in the pot up                                                                            at the sizzling pound of fries.    on our fears and taunting
                                                                  test circuit or simply want to push your body to its limit,
until someone wins. Then it starts back at $50.”                                                                                     Who doesn’t love a good,           our heightened emotions.
                                                                  the “Big E Challenge” is sure to test even the mightiest of
   The pot is currently $60.                                                                                                         old-fashioned burger?              “You’re gonna hurl!” and
                                                                                                                                         Out of the corner of our       › SEE FAT, PAGE B3

DC Comics reboots
entire catalog
                                                                       Producer vs. Wild
                                                                      EASTERN FACULTY MEMBER WORKED
                                                                      AS PRODUCER FOR HIT SHOW ‘MAN, WOMAN,
                                                                      WILD’ WITH HELP FROM STUDENTS
   Comic book movies are the “it” thing in Hollywood right
now. This past summer, there were six comic book movies                By ADAM TURNER
                                            released, such as
                                            “The Green Lan-
                                            tern” and “Thor.”             Whenever we watch our favorite television shows, sit-
                                            Next       summer,         ting cozily on our couches with a soda in our hands, we
                                            there will probably        often take for granted the incredible amount of time and
                                            be another six or          effort that went into creating the final product flashing
                                            more.                      from our screens. From the editors to the directors, from
                                               And yet the me-         makeup to even food services, a one-hour program can
                                            dium these mov-                              take months to make and tons of differ-
                                            ies are taken from                           ent people to work on it.
                                            is doing nowhere                                A few of Eastern’s finest were able to
                                            near as well as its                          experience the other side of the screen
                                            movie      counter-                          this August when Emerson St. John,                                            SUBMITTED BY EMERSON ST. JOHN
                                            parts. During the                            media supervisor for the Department           Emerson St. John, pictured left, has been involved in
                                            past eight years,                            of Communication, was offered a role           many TV productions, including directing “Pawn Stars.”
                                            the comic indus-                             as location producer for the Discov-
                                                                                         ery Channel program “Man, Woman,                 “This is a show about survival,” St. John said. “We have
                                            try has seen a ma-                                                                         so many college kids who go to the area all the time, and
                 COURTESY OF DC COMICS jor decline in over-              BECCA COMBS      Wild.”
                                                                                             “Man, Woman, Wild” is a reality sur-      these are the shows to watch because if you need to sur-
                                         all sales.                                                                                    vive, you are going to learn from it.”
   One of the big reasons for this lack of comic sales is the                            vival series, similar to the popular “Man
                                                                                         vs. Wild,” starring Mykel Hawke (“One            St. John, who has had plenty of experience in the in-
industry’s lack of accessibility to new readers. If fans of the                                                                        dustry before—he has directed an episode of “Pawn
new “Batman” movies want to read some of the comics,                                     Man Army”) and his wife, Ruth England,
                                                                                         as they attempt to “rough it” out in the      Stars” and acted in various projects—described the steps
they’ll have to wade through close to 40 different titles to                                                                            leading up to the production.
find one they enjoy. It is time-consuming and expensive.                                  wilderness for four days and nights at
                                                                                         various locations throughout the world.          “The Kentucky Film Commission Office called from
   The executives at DC Comics, the company responsi-                                                                                  Frankfort,” St. John said. “The director over the office said
ble for some of the most iconic comic book characters in                                 This particular episode took place in
America (Superman and Batman for starters), devised a so-               TAYLOR TAULBEE
                                                                                          Kentucky’s own Red River Gorge.             › SEE PRODUCER, PAGE B3
lution to this problem: reboot it’s entire catalog.
   Many DC fans hated the idea. There were calls for boy-
cotts from fans and prophecies of the company’s forthcom-
ing end.
   Yet “The New 52,” as the rebooted comics are called, have
                                                                       Here Come the Mummies provide unstoppable
sold out in comic stores all across the country since the re-
lease of “Justice League 1” last week. And there is a reason
                                                                       energy in fall concert tailgating performance
for this success: “The New 52” are amazing. They cater to
                                › SEE DC COMICS, PAGE B3               By TRISTAN MEIMAN                                                                         mediately picked up and
                                                                                                                          smoothly transitioned into
                                                                                                                                                                 the next number.
                                                                           With     every    university                                                             The most memorable
                                                                       comes football season, and                                                                part of the event was the
                                                                       with every football season                                                                use of the “cowbelt.” Ooz-
                                                                       comes great tailgating. But                                                               ie Mummy disappeared off
                                                                       one of the highlights of Satur-                                                           stage but soon returned
                                                                       day evening wasn’t the aroma                                                              donned with the famous
                                                                       of grilled food in the air or the                                                         cowbelt. The design is
                                                                       numerous games of corn hole;                                                              simple: Take an ordinary
                                                                       it was the concert by Here                                                                cowbell, strap it to a belt
                                                                       Come the Mummies.                                                                         and attach a bass drum
                                                                           The free concert, spon-                                                               pedal below the bell. With
                                                                       sored by the Student Activi-                                                              each pelvic thrust a note is
                                                                       ties Committee (SAC), start-                                                              played, thus ensuring hi-
                                                                       ed at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni                                                             larity and creativity.
                                                                       Coliseum parking lot. Each of                                                                “The show was pret-
                                                                       the 13 band members came                                                                  ty good…actually, it was
                                                                       on the stage donned with                                      SONYA JOHNSON/PROGRESS amazing,”          said     Daw-
                                                                       specially designed mummy          Here Come the Mummies perform in bandages              son Helton, a junior mu-
                                                                       bandages.                         meant to conceal their identities from audiences.      sic marketing major who
                                                                           Each band member’s iden-                                                             also worked as part of the
                                                                       tity is literally kept “under           percussion, Here Come The Mum-                   show’s security. “It’s enter-
                                                                       wraps,” as members are believed to mies produces a style of funk that taining, to say the least. It was awe-
                                                                       be under contracts to multiple re- has taken audiences and Eastern some walking the mummies to the
                                                                       cord labels and keeping their iden- students alike by surprise.                 stage.”
                                                                       tities secret helps prevent contract      “It was an amazing show,” said            Members of SAC who organized
                                                                       issues.                                 Dianna Kithcart, a senior psychol- the show also said they thought the
                                                                           But appearance isn’t the only ogy major. “It’s a good mix-up from show was a hit.
                                                                       unique aspect of the band. With the generic pop music of today.”                    “I believe the show was a huge
                                                                       saxophones and trumpets in addi-          The band was unstoppable.
                                                                       tion to the traditional guitar and At the end of each set, they im- › SEE MUMMIES, PAGE B3
 B2             The Eastern Progress, Thursday, September 15, 2011

                                                                                                Contagion’s all-star cast
Emmy predictions                                                                                shines in infectious drama
By ADAM TURNER                                 nie Britton, “Friday Night Lights”; Maris-                   ka Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU”; Mireille        By KENNA TRENT                                    the screen as A-List actors Matt Damon,
                                               Enos, “The Killing.”                                                     Gwyneth Paltrow, Lawrence Fishburne,
                                                  Will Win: Though I don’t religiously                                                            Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Jude Law
    Each September as summer wanes, a watch either of their shows, I’m hearing                     Children are just now feeling the              and Bryan Cranston become average peo-
new fall television season kicks off, filled lots of good things about Julianna Margu-          back-to-school germs, flu season is right          ple. For Matt Damon and Bryan Cran-
with exciting new programs and many lies and Kathy Bates…                                       around the corner and just weeks ago,             ston, this may not seem like a stretch,
returning favorites. Before it can begin,         Should Win: …but I can’t help but re-         the threat of a new outbreak of bird flu           but a usually glamorous and poised Kate
however, the industry takes a moment main the lone cheerleader for the crimi-                   seemed imminent. If there were ever a             Winslet transforms so effortlessly into a
to reflect back and honor the best of the nally underrated and beautiful Connie                 time to be paranoid about getting sick, it’s      frumpy and frazzled epidemic expert that
best in TV each year with the Primetime Britton from, again, “Friday Night Lights.”             now.                                              you will believe every second of her per-
Emmy Awards.                                   I watched the last season of “Lost” go by           The star-studded thriller “Contagion”          formance.
    This year will mark the 63rd annu- unheralded, and I refuse to let the same                 could not have dropped at a more suit-                Great casting works in favor of a story
al awards show, airing at 8 p.m., Sunday, happen to “FNL!”                                                                                        that reaches beyond the boundaries of the
Sept. 18 on FOX, and it promises to be            Comedy Actor: Steve Carell, “The                                                                typical genre. Weaved into the story are
entertaining as well as                        Office”; Jim Parsons, “      “Big Bang The-                                                        elements of conspiracy, led by a blogger
controversial.                                                             “E
                                               ory”;  Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”; Lou-                                                              (Jude Law) searching for the “Truth Se-
    Here are my                                                     “Louie”
                                                          is C.K., “Louie”; Alec Baldwin,                                                         rum Now” and dangerously recommend-
predictions       for                                                   John
                                                           “30 Rock”; Johnny Galecki, “Big                                                        ing his own cure. Lawrence Fishburne,
a few major cat-                                           Bang Theory.”                                                                          who plays a doctor at the Center for Dis-
egories, as well                                               Will Win: Steve Carell. It is
                                                                            S                                                                     ease Control, also delivers on a major mo-
as a few snubs Ibs                                         simply time. Six years of nomi-                                                        rality plot that leaves the audience de-
couldn’t stand.                                                          statue. Iconic char-
                                                           nations. No sta                                                                        bating who we would tell first if we knew
    Best Drama Se-                                                      season on “The Of-
                                                          acter. Last seas                                                                        there was a major epidemic: The public
ries: “Boardwalk Empire,”                                fice.” Do the mat
                                                                        math.                                                                     or our loved ones.
“Friday Night Lights,” “Dex-                               Should Win: W    While Carell cer-                                                         Even the virus itself seems to take on
ter,” “Game of Thrones,” “The                           tainly deserves it (as does Bald-                                                         a personality of its own throughout the
Good Wife” and “Mad Men.”                             win), it would be a real treat to see                                                       movie. It sometimes appears as though
    Will Win: “Mad Men,”                            Louis C.K. take home the gold for his                                                         the film is not following the story of pub-
because why not? It’s “Mad                        role on the best comed on television.
                                                                      comedy                                                                      lic reaction to the virus, but the virus it-
Men.”                                          There, I said it.                                                                                  self as it evolves more swiftly than any
    Should      Win:       First-                 Comedy Actress: Tina Fey, “30 Rock”;                                                            medical expert can anticipate.
time nominee “Friday Night                     Amy Poehler, “Parks a        and Recreation”;                                                          At one point, medical personnel in the
Lights” undoubtedly deserves
               ubtedly                         Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie Laura Linney,
                                                                      Jackie”;                                                                    film discuss how it is difficult to explain
some Emmy love for the final                    “The Big C”; Melissa McCarthy, “Mike
                                                                            M                                                                     the virus to the public because you can-
season of an all-around fantastic,                & Molly”; Martha Plim  Plimpton, “Raising                                                       not capture it on camera. However, the
underrated series.                                   Hope.”                                                                                       way the camera lingers on door handles
    Best Comedy Series: “Modern                           Will Win: From what I’m hear-                                                           and zeroes in on human contact says oth-
Family,” “30 Rock,” “Glee,” “The Of-   -
                                      f-              ing, looks like a rac between Poe-
                                                                          race                              COURTESY OF WARNER BROTHERS           erwise. It is almost as if we are follow-
fice,” “The Big Bang Theory” and
                 g                   and             hler for “Parks” and Linney for “The                                                         ing the virus as it spreads throughout vast
“Parks and Recreation.”                            Big C.”                                      able time.                                        populations.
    Will and Should Win: Unless   Unless                  Should Win: I will always re-            Enter director Steven Soderbergh with              The eerie truth about “Contagion” is
“Theory” jumps up to snatch it,
                ps            c
                          snatch                                   main a stalwart Tina         a set of germs that will make you ques-           that the kind of widespread panic and
this year’s clear winner                                             Fey fan for her perfor-    tion everything you have ever touched,            death depicted in the film are not far off
should be “ModernModern                                              mance as Liz Lemon in      eaten, inhaled or even looked at. Within          from current possibility and historical
Family,” which dou-                                                  the always funny “30
                                                                           alw                  the first 10 minutes of the film, the mys-          truth. If there were a moral to the story,
bled the laughs and the
                s                                                    Rock.”                     terious MEV-1 virus has claimed it’s first         it might be that it’s happened before and
heart in its stellar sec-                                                 Sn
                                                                          Snubs:      What’s    victims and everyone in the theater is on         it could happen again. To drive the mes-
ond season.                                                             up, Academy? No         edge. Suddenly, the person next to me             sage home, the end of the movie shows
    Drama Actor: Jon
                 r:                                                     love for “The Walk-     coughing doesn’t seem so innocent.                doctors filing away MEV-1 with the SARS
Hamm, “Mad Men”;                                                        ing Dead”?! That it-       From the start, it is clear this is not like   virus and H1N1 almost as if to say, what’s
Hugh Laurie, “House”;              COURTESY OF WWW.EMMYAWARDS.TV self deserves its              other outbreak thrillers. You are glued to        next?
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk                                                  own column as                                                              Verdict: A
Empire”; Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”; Kyle it was easily the best drama on the air
Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”; Timothy this year, even outshining AMC’s oth-
Olyphant, “Justified.”                         er crowned jewel “Mad Men” (But com-
    Will Win: This one’s Jon Hamm’s for a pared to “Breaking Bad”? Too close to
standout season on “Mad Men.”                  call.). I speak not for myself but for the
    Should Win: Kyle Chandler has turned blogosphere when I lament the absence
in subdued, spectacular performances as of “How I Met Your Mother,” “Communi-
Coach Eric Taylor week after week for five ty” and “Fringe,” all excellent shows that
                                                                                                The Phantom Menace fails to live up
seasons. Award this guy while you still I have not yet had time to get into. And
can, Academy.                                  though the “Louie” nods are a great start,
                                                                                                to writer’s memory a decade later
    Drama Actress: Julianna Margulies, can we try to get that in the Best Comedy
“The Good Wife”; Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Series category next year?
Law”; Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”; Con-                                                           WRITER REFLECTS ON CHILDHOOD                      dragged out far too long. While it was
                                                                                                FAVORITE IN TIME FOR BLU-RAY                      an awesome scene, it felt like it was
                                                                                                                                                  the ending to the movie. You have this
                                                                                                RE-RELEASE SEPT. 16                               heart-pounding adrenaline rush of a
                                                                                                                                                  race scene with an epic finish, and then
                                                                                                By EVAN MCMILLIN                                  you are suddenly in the Galactic Senate,
                                                                                                                        debating over how to handle the trade
                                                                                                                                                  disputes. I think the movie would have
                                                                                                   Do you remember 1999? “Ed, Edd, ‘N’            been more enjoyable if the pod-racing
                                                                                                Eddy” and “Spongebob Squarepants”                 scene was either shortened or made
                                                                                                both made their television debuts. Bill           into the last scene.
                                                                                                Clinton was “President Clinton.” And                 While it may sound like “The Phan-
                                                                                                on May 19, George Lucas unleashed the             tom Menace” is my least favorite movie
                                                                                                subject of this week’s nostalgia review,          of all time, it isn’t. As a “Star Wars” fan,
                                                                                                “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom
                                                                                                Menace,” coming to Blu-ray as part of a
                                                                                                complete series re-release on Sept. 16.
                                                                                                   “The Phantom Menace” is an Amer-
                                                                                                ican space opera written and directed
                                                                                                by George Lucas. Lucas also produced
                                                                                                the movie alongside Rick McCallum.
                                                                                                The film stars Liam Neeson, Ewan Mc-
                                                                                                Gregor, Natalie Portman and Jake Lloyd.
                                                                                                   “The Phantom Menace” follows
                                                                                                Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jin (Neeson) and
                                                                                                his apprentice Obi Wan Kenobi (Mc-
                                                                                                Gregor) as they are dispatched to the
                                                                                                planet of Naboo as ambassadors to re-
                                                                                                solve a trade dispute. The duo sneaks
                                                                                                the Queen of Naboo off the planet to
                                                                                                Courescant where she can make a case
                                                                                                for the Galactic Senate. The group
                                                                                                is forced to stop on the desert plan-
                                                                                                et of Tatooine where Qui-Gon meets
                                                                                                a Force-sensitive slave named Anakin
                                                                                                Skywalker (Lloyd).
                                                                                                   Ever since I could walk, I have been
                                                                                                a huge “Star Wars” fan, so when “The
                                                                                                Phantom Menace” arrived in theaters, I
                                                                                                was super excited to see how it all start-
                                                                                                ed. This movie had everything a boy
                                                                                                could ever want: Epic battles, starfight-
                                                                                                er dogfights, and lightsaber duels. Jar                          COURTESY OF STARWARS.COM
                                                                                                Jar Binks always made me laugh.                   I still enjoyed this movie.
                                                                                                   Watching it now, the movie wasn’t as               The non-human characters have lots
                                                                                                good as I had remembered. While I still           of personality. The animators did an
                                                                                                enjoyed many aspects of the film, there           excellent job of expressing the aliens’
                                                                                                are some things I did not enjoy this time         feelings. Even the droids, which lacked
                                                                                                around, such as Jar Jar Binks and the             expressions, seemed like real living be-
                                                                                                pod-racing scene.                                 ings.
                                                                                                   Jar Jar Binks may actually be my least             There are a wide variety of locations
                                                                                                favorite movie character of all time. The         where the movie takes place. From the
                                                                                                character that made my 8-year-old self            lush jungles of Naboo to the deserts of
                                                                                                laugh uncontrollably just annoyed the             Tatooine and finally to the bustling me-
                                                                                                20-year-old me. He served little to no            tropolis of Courescant, you can be sure
                                                                                                purpose during the entire film. It felt           this movie has a variety of scenery.
                                                                                                like George Lucas was trying too hard                 “The Phantom Menace” is a good,
                                                                                                to add comic relief to the movie. Every           nostalgic rush. Yes, it had some flaws
                                                                                                time Jar Jar would fall or get into trou-         and might not be able to match up to
                                                                                                ble, it only served as a distraction from         the original “Star Wars” movies, but it is
                                                                                                the rest of the movie.                            still fun, charming and undeserving of
                                                                                                   The pod-racing scene, my former                the incredible dislike hardcore fans har-
                                                                                                favorite movie scene of all time, was             bor toward it.
                                                                                                       The Eastern Progress, Thursday, September 15, 2011                                            B3
                                                  man into a confrontation with the police
                                                  and the army.
                                                     What really makes this comic worth
                                                                                                     Malaysian artist Zee Avi provides
                                                  reading is that writer Grant Morrison has
                                                  made Superman more vulnerable and hu-
                                                  man. He can’t fly and actually shows inju-
                                                                                                     peace of mind and soothing music
                                                  ries from his battle with the military, which      By JABRIL POWER
                                                  makes the character much more relatable.                                                                orative sound, Avi’s latest work features a shift
                                                                                                                                in sound. The second album features more in-
                                                     “Justice League 1” tells the story of how
                                                  the Justice League was formed. The Justice                                                              struments and more of a jazzy sound, such as
                                                  League is an elite force of the world’s great-         Zee Avi, the beautiful Malaysian singer/         the track “Anchor.” Tracks on the first album
                                                  est superheroes brought together to fight           guitarist/songwriter, should be on your iPod;        were more simple and more emotional.
                                                  threats they can’t face alone.                     it’s as simple as that.                                  Avi, while sounding like some other art-
                                                     This comic does an amazing job of in-               It might seem I’m saying her music               ists, still manages to be a breath of fresh air.
                                                  troducing newcomers to Batman, Green               should be listened to based merely on physi-             “Siboh Kitak Nangus,” a song from her
                                                  Lantern and—eventually—Superman. If                cal attractiveness. But, that’s only half right.     lastest album “Ghostbird,” is sung in her
                                                  you have no prior knowledge of these char-             The main reason to pick up some of Avi’s
                                                  acters, you still get a feel for who they are                                        c
                                                                                                     music is the state of peace you can find your-
                                                  and what they stand for within the first few                                          i
                                                                                                                                 self in. The mu-
                                                  pages.                                                                             sic lends itself
                                                     The issues of “The New 52” that have                                              t
                                                                                                                                       to       singing
                                                  been released so far combine the feeling of                                            along, which
                                                  old and familiar with new and fresh. Most                                              when put up
                                                  of the stories have a darker, more adult                                               against Avi’s
                                                  theme to them, but none of them have ma-                                               vocal capa-
                                                  terial that is not suitable for anyone under                                           bilities, can
                                                                                                                                                                                COURTESY OF ZEEAVI.COM
                                                  the age of 12 or 13. However, only older                                             b
                                                                                                                                       be as ridicu-
                                                  teenagers or adults should read the “Ani-                                          lou
                                                                                                                                     lous as a bad
                       COURTESY OF DC COMICS
                                                  mal Man” and “Swamp Thing” titles. Both                                         “Ame
                                                                                                                                  “American Idol”
the old comic fans with heroes that seem                                                                                      t t t
familiar and fresh, but at the same time,         of those issues tell very mature stories and
                                                  the last few pages in both issues have dis-            The      music      works      within      any
they are a great starting point for anyone                                                           time of day, whether you’re get-
who is getting into comics for the first time.     turbing images that are way too intense for
                                                  younger audiences. For those old enough,           ting ready or heading to sleep.
They may also appeal to people who are not                                                           If you enjoy artists like John Mayer, Jack
really into the idea of comics, but like great    though, “Animal Man” and “Swamp Thing”
                                                  (despite their horrible titles) are suspense       Johnson or Norah Jones, then you’ll imme-
artwork and amazing storytelling.                                                                    diately fall in love with Zee Avi.
   “Action Comics 1” introduces a new             and horror storytelling at its best.
                                                     All in all, the DC reboot can be consid-            She’s got an “I can’t quite put my finger
version of the iconic hero Superman. This                                                            on it, but I love this girl” factor. It seems as
comic tells the story of how Superman be-         ered a success in every way. Current com-
                                                  ic fans should put aside any reservations          though she got her start like many artist
came “The Man of Steel.” In the opening is-                                                          nowadays: on Youtube. She has two albums,
sue, he’s a wisecracking vigilante using his      they might have and just enjoy the ride. If
                                                  you’ve ever been interested in comics but          and her most popular song to date is “Bitter         native language Manglish, a combination of
powers to force a rich, crooked business-                                                            Heart,” with more than 450,000 views.                native Malaysian dialects and English.
man into admitting his crimes again the           have never really gotten into them, this is a
                                                  perfect place to begin.                                Like Norah Jones’ later work when she               Any music fan should add Zee Avi to their
people of Metropolis. This act leads Super-                                                          added more instruments and a more collab-            album collection now. You can thank me later.

MUMMIES                                           great reviews and I am so happy that SAC
                                                  was able to expose the students to some-
                                                  thing so different…The group is filled
                                                                                                     PRODUCER                                             but it was more crucial for me to get stu-
                                                                                                                                                          dents involved so they can use this as an in-
CONTINUED FROM B1                                                                                    CONTINUED FROM B1                                    ternship, something for their resumes.”
                                                  with Grammy Award winners, great mu-                                                                        As production assistants, Taulbee and
                                                  sicians, and I am proud that it was the fall                                                            Combs said they were given a lot of the
success,” said Kristen Moser, concert             concert.”                                          they needed a location producer for the              grunt work on the set, such as setting up
chair of SAC. “[I’ve] heard nothing but                                                              show and asked me if I’d be interested. Af-          tents and transferring equipment. Howev-
                                                                                                     ter that, I had, like, two weeks of pre-pro-         er, they said they found the most beneficial
                                                                                                     duction stuff to take care of for the show—           part of their experience was getting to talk
                                                                                                     y’know, scouting the location site we shot           to all the professionals surrounding them.
FAT                                              it would not be so bad.
                                                     One bite down, hundreds more to go.
                                                     This brief period of calm was short-lived,
                                                                                                     at—and then we had two days of pre-pro-
                                                                                                     duction once they arrived to get everything
                                                                                                                                                              “It was wonderful because I was a bit in-
                                                                                                                                                          timidated going into this, thinking these
CONTINUED FROM B1                                                                                    set up. And then it’s just full force; four          people are from L.A., and stereotypically
                                                 however, as the clock struck its halfway point
                                                                                                     days, four nights of shooting the show.”             thinking L.A .people would be rude and ob-
“What about the third world children?” were and storms of pain and panic set in. With                   St. John mentioned one important role             noxious and short with you,” Combs said.
their battle cries.                              each bite we took, the very idea of a “burger”
                                                                                                     he had in preparing for the show: Securing           “But actually getting to meet them was en-
    The light at the end of the tunnel remained and food itself became less and less defined          a private location.                                  lightening to see how open they were about
the slight hope that we could actually still do and more obscure. We weren’t eating for ful-            “I ended up getting private land to use           talking with you about anything you want-
this. It was improbable, but surely not impos- fillment or appetite or enjoyment. It had be-          instead of shooting in the main part of the          ed to know about techniques or technical
sible. Couldn’t our willpower propel us to vic- come a mind-numbing routine: Bite, chew,             gorge because we couldn’t have tourism               stuff.”
tory?                                            swallow, repeat. Every piece that slid down
                                                                              our throats was        and all those things going on all around us,”            For St. John, he said the most memora-
    That      question                                                                               St. John said. “We needed to be someplace            ble part of the shoot was having a direct im-
found its answer as                                                           another nail in
                                                                              our coffins.             private.”                                            pact on one of the episode’s scenes.
the massive burg-                                                                                       As experienced as he is, St. John said he             “They were looking for things to incor-
er platter slammed                                                               Tom       Petty’s
                                                                              “I Won’t Back          could not have done his job alone.                   porate into the show to help survival, and
on the table, sending                                                                                   “I definitely have to thank Doug Whit-             my input was from when they were in the
out reverberations                                                            Down” burst out
                                                                              from the radio         lock somehow,” St. John said. “He was able           pond and catching their food or whatever
throughout the en-                                                                                   to secure me a helicopter through a Board            and there was all this gray clay in the pond,”
tire downtown Rich-                                                           with five min-
                                                                              utes to go, giving     of Regents guy who had a daughter who has            he said. “So I told them that clay can be
mond area: A re-                                                                                     helicopters, so that was part of EKU’s in-           made into pottery and you can carry your
sounding no.                                                                  us one last futile
                                                                              surge of strength.     volvement.”                                          water in it and stuff like that. I told them
    As the timer was                                                                                    Also helping out were two Eastern stu-            some advice on how we could fire it, and so
set and the iPhones                                                           By then, unfortu-
                                                                              nately, it was long    dents St. John enlisted as production assis-         they incorporated one whole scene in the
started flashing, we                                                                                  tants: Taylor Taulbee and Becca Combs.               show with pottery that I taught them how
turned to one anoth-                                                          too late. The bat-
                                                                              tle had already           Taulbee and Combs, both 22-year-old               to make. So that was kind of cool.”
er for one last glim-                    PHOTO SUBMITTED BY ADAM TURNER been won, and                broadcasting and electronic media majors,                While much of being out in the wilder-
mer of confidence,                                                                                    said they were ecstatic to gain some experi-         ness for a week was exciting, an intense
one last sign of hope. Unfortunately, none “The Big E Challenge” yet again reigned su-               ence in the field.                                    rainstorm early on in the shoot had the
remained. The bright sparkle that had once preme.                                                       “I was talking to Emerson late one night          crew fighting all the elements of danger.
inhabited our eyes had now replaced with a           As we waved our white flags of surrender
                                                 to the mighty behemoth, the clock trickled          when I got a Facebook message that said, ‘I              “There were two different spots going
soul-sucking blackness.                                                                              might be able to possibly land you a gig as          down that first hill of the ridge trying to get
    We each picked up our mini-SUV of a din- its last seconds away. A sense of delirium and          a production assistant, would you be inter-          down where even if it was dry you would
ner and attempted to situate the monstrosi- confusion set in as we tried to process exact-           ested?’” Taulbee said. “And I said, ‘Oh, no,         kind of lose control for like half a second.
ty in our hands for the first bite. As our teeth ly what had just happened to our mere mor-           no, I’d never be interested in anything super        And the kind of rain we had that night, it
clenched down, a strange combination of re- tal souls. Thoughts of running to the nearest            cool like that to go on my resume!’”                 was like death zone. Emerson would make
lief and pleasure tickled our palettes. Perhaps waste basket or just plain suicide filled our            Combs said she was happy to get experi-           us get out of the car and would be like ‘If
                                                 beef-goggled minds as Salman, with a trium-
                                                                 phant grin, weighed our re-         ence outside the classroom.                          anything happens, tell my family I love
                                                                 mains.                                 “It was a totally different experience             them!’” Combs said.
                                                                     1.5 pounds for Turner.          compared to some of the other things we’ve               Despite the weather, though, both the
                                                                 2.2 for Alves. Together, more       done because most of our experience so               students and St. John said they had a great
                                                                 than half of the meal had been      far has come from projects from classes,”            experience spending a week shooting in the
                                                                 devoured. Despite our pre-          Combs added.                                         wild.
                                                                 sumed defeat, one moral vic-           St. John said he hoped getting the stu-               “I really enjoyed being out in the wilder-
                                                                 tory remained: Perhaps eating       dents involved would help them with their            ness,” Combs said. “Doing it for over a week
                                                                 six pounds of beef would have       careers.                                             straight just kind of made me feel like Ram-
                                                                 been more cause for con-               “I could have hired anyone,” St. John             bo! It made you feel like a stronger person
                                                                 cern than celebration. Yet last     said. “I have friends who have worked on             and feel like, if I can handle this, I can han-
                                                                 Thursday, in the battle of writ-    full productions, so I could have hired peo-         dle continuing this kind of work.”
                                                                 ers vs. food, food won.             ple with more experience and everything,

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                                                                             Saturday, September 17th
                                                                                                     Alumni Coliseum
                                                                                   Registers be there at 7a.m.
                                                                                        Race begins at 8 a.m.

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