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Bond Returns Without Gadgets

November 20, 2008 |

BY ELIOT HAGEN

There’s never really been an unwatchable Bond movie. They all follow the same formula, incorporating guns, gadgets, girls and cars into a skeletal plotline. Each Bond movie is its own, so that each time we can see … Read More

Mary Wash Professor Stars in ‘Our Town’

November 13, 2008 |

By RYAN MARR

The UMW theatre department is blurring the line between faculty and student in their currently running production of the canonically American play, Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” Director Gregg Stull offered the leading role of “Stage Manager” to … Read More

Rock the Vote in Richmond: Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson Urge the Youth to Vote

November 13, 2008 |

BY TRICIA CALLAHAN

The Beastie Boys headlined a concert in Richmond on Tuesday, Oct. 29 that hoped to get young people from Virginia to the polls Nov. 4.

The overhead projected a huge megaphone saying “Get Out and Vote 08” … Read More

Adam Bray Brings the Noise: Mary Wash Grad Hosts All-Ages Shows

November 13, 2008 |

BY RYAN MARR

18-year-old Daniel Bachman remembers the first time he met Adam Bray.

“I had been trying to pre-order his band’s album, and then Adam contacted me when he found out I was from Fredericksburg. We met up at … Read More

'LittleBigPlanet' an Interactive Masterpiece

November 13, 2008 |

By ELIOT HAGEN

“LittleBigPlanet” is indisputably one of the biggest PlayStation 3 exclusive releases in the console’s lifespan. Its innovative gameplay, unique aesthetic and unparalleled charm all work toward its universal appeal. The game’s tagline, “Play, Create, Share” is the … Read More

Mega Man 9 Separates the Men from the Boys

November 6, 2008 |

BY ELIOT HAGEN

“Mega Man” is one of the franchises that fizzled before 2000 and has since been represented by a series of substandard to terrible titles.

The general consensus among gamers is that the games started getting stale after … Read More

Of Montreal's Latest Fails to Impress

November 6, 2008 |

BY RYAN MARR

An uneasy foreboding dictated my feelings for indie-psych-pop sideshow Of Montreal last June, when Kevin Barnes, the band’s creative force and closest thing indie rock has to a mad genius, announced via MySpace blog the release of … Read More

Fallout 3 Lives Up to Immense Hype

November 6, 2008 |

BY ELIOT HAGEN

It’s been a little over a decade since we first popped “Fallout 2,” one of the greatest role-playing games of all time, into our CD drives and once again enjoyed several hundred hours in post-apocalyptic USA, so … Read More

A Look at American Presidency In Video Games

November 6, 2008 |

BY ANDREW HOFFMAN

Now that the long drawn-out Presidential campaign has come to a close, Americans everywhere should be happy that they live in a thriving democratic society where we’re allowed to choose those who chart the path our nation … Read More

Invisible Children to Hold Date Auction

November 6, 2008 |

BY KASEY NEBAL

After my audition for this year’s Invisible Children Date Auction, I predict the night will be filled with a character or two.

Dancing, hotties strutting their stuff, and prizes for the bidders including gift certificates to restaurants … Read More

Third Party Choices at the Polls

October 30, 2008 |

By MARY TURNER

Other than McCain or Obama, there are four other candidates to choose from in this year’s presidential election.

Samantha Lee, a former Colbert/Stewart ’08 supporter said, “I didn’t even know there were other candidates, but I wish I … Read More

Top 5 Horror Films

October 30, 2008 |

By ELIOT HAGEN

With Halloween weekend here, it’s time to swallow your fear and watch a horror film. Rather than shelling out $8 to see “Saw V” or “Quarantine,” why not check out one from my list of the top … Read More

Prof to Debut First Novel: Watkins to Hold Reading in Combs

October 30, 2008 |

By LAUREN ORSINI

In a first day of school nightmare worse than you can imagine, twelve-year-old Dewey Turner has to go to school with shoe polish stain covering his face.

This is just one of the scenes from Down Sand … Read More

Interactive Horror: Tired of Watching Movies? Try This New Release on for Size

October 30, 2008 |

By ANDREW HOFFMAN

You activate the panel and observe the damage readout, but before you can rejoin your comrades, the quarantine system comes down like a hammer. Unable to do anything but watch through a window, you see something emerge … Read More

J Science Lineup Changes, but the Funk Remains

October 30, 2008 |

By STEFANIE ROCHE

Mary Washington’s Favorite Sons Soldier on Despite Setbacks

The National Chimney’s Regional Park’s camp grounds were slick from the recent rainfall, and the dirt was nothing short of a mud puddle.  It was Saturday, Sept. 27 and … Read More

Flobots Bring Idealism to Homecoming

October 30, 2008 |

By JOHN SHERIDAN

This year UMW got something more than the plain white pop-rock we’re usually subjected to. On Saturday, Oct. 25 in Dodd Auditorium, activist indie hip-hop group Flobots came to the students of Mary Washington bearing beats and … Read More

Ben Folds, “Way to Normal” (2008)

October 23, 2008 |

By STEPHANIE BREIJO

Ben Folds took to the stage in Hiroshima, Japan as the house lights lowered and expectations rose, only to slip and promptly cut open his head in front of thousands of fans. And while the scars may … Read More

Females in Gaming Aren’t Always Portrayed Negatively

October 23, 2008 |

By ELIOT HAGEN

Gaming has always bore the brunt of parental criticism, with titles like those in the “Grand Theft Auto” series and many others being accused of polluting the minds and souls of our youth.  One group in particular—women—targets … Read More

‘Sonic Chronicles’ Falls Short

October 23, 2008 |

By ANDREW HOFFMAN

“Sonic the Hedgehog” burst onto the scene in 1991 as Sega’s mascot and quickly established itself as one of gaming’s prominent franchises. However, after several fantastic games in the 90s, things have turned sour for the series. … Read More

Friday Night Dry Attracts a Record Crowd: Face Paint and Food Redeem Annual Booze-Free Event

October 23, 2008 |

By KASEY NABAL

“I love Friday Night Dry!” howled a guy beneath my third story dorm room window.  I had just come up to my room searching for my camera so I could take pictures of Friday evening’s social event.

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‘Religulous’ is Entertaining and Terrifying

October 23, 2008 |

By MISSAK ARTINIAN

In Monroe Hall, there’s a restroom that has the following words inscribed on one of the stalls:  “Jesus loves you…unless you live in a third world country, then not so much.”

These words came to my mind … Read More

‘Role Models’ Delivers: New Feel-Good Comedy Delivers Laughs With a Message

October 13, 2008 |

By MISSAK ARTINIAN

I went to the movie theatre prepared to watch Kevin Smith’s “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” this week. However, I missed the 7:45 showing, and decided to take a risk with a comedy called “Role … Read More

Nine Inch Nails at JPJ: Lights in the Sky Tour Overwhelms John Paul Jones Arena

October 13, 2008 |

By JOHN SHERIDAN

On Nov. 5, techno-industrial legend Nine Inch Nails appeared at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville as part of the Lights in the Sky 2008 tour.

Concert material focused on the most recent albums, “Ghosts I … Read More

Mickey Rourke Shines in Aronofsky’s Latest Film

October 9, 2008 |

By ELIOT HAGEN

Darren Aronofsky is doubtlessly one of the most talented filmmakers still active today.  With stellar titles like “Pi” and “Requiem for a Dream” that earned him world acclaim, the bar is set pretty high.  Though his third … Read More

“Stop, Drop, and Roll” by Foxboro Hot Tubs (2008)

October 9, 2008 |

By TRICIA CALLAHAN

Imagine you’re Green Day circa 2005, surrounded by adoring fans and rave reviews. Then you’re faced with the challenge of creating an album even close to the caliber of your triple-platinum album, “American Idiot.”

Enter the Foxboro … Read More

An American Stinker: David Zucker Ridicules Liberals, Disrespects Dickens

October 9, 2008 |

By MISSAK ARTINIAN

Who would have thought that David Zucker, the man responsible for such comedic gems as “Airplane” and “The Naked Gun,” could direct a right-wing political spoof as abysmal as “An American Carol?”

The movie’s plot is loosely … Read More

Old Crow Medicine Show Release Another Gem

October 9, 2008 |

By AARON RICHARDSON

Fans of Old Crow Medicine Show have been without new material from the Nashville-based roots band since “Big Iron World” came out in 2006. Since then, OCMS have toured tirelessly, and played “Wagon Wheel,” their most recognized … Read More

‘The Force Unleashed:’ Lucasarts Beats a Dead Horse

October 9, 2008 |

By ELIOT HAGEN

The Star Wars cash cow’s teat was once rosy in hue and unchaffed, but decades of milking the franchise has left it bone dry and atrophied, with a horrible prequel trilogy and a slew of mediocre to … Read More

First Friday Art Openings: Fredericksburg’s Best-Kept Secret

October 9, 2008 |

By LAUREN ORSINI

When UMW alumna Caitlin Kell wanted a place to showcase her artwork, downtown Fredericksburg’s First Friday event seemed like the right option.

This ’05 grad isn’t alone in her decision. Each month on the first Friday of … Read More

“Tell Tale Signs” by Bob Dylan (2008)

October 2, 2008 |

By STEPHANIE BREIJO

Freewheelin’ souls hard up for some Bob Dylan need look no further or pay no fee while the latest compilation of the folk-god’s work, “Tell Tale Signs,” streams all along the NPR website until Oct. 7, when … Read More