Levin Library Gets Into the Halloween Spirit

BY JAMES BONNEAU // OCT. 26, 2015 // 

Halloween festivities aren’t just for kids. Levin Library will be bringing the Halloween spirit to campus on Wednesday, October 28th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be fall-friendly, free refreshments and a storytelling contest. Costumes aren’t required, but strongly encouraged.

This event is one of the first for Levin Library. The Library’s Marketing and PR intern Matt Gleason said, “The Library typically doesn’t hold events like this, so it’s something new.”

For the event, Levin Library’s main floor will be transformed into a room of horrors. Librarian David Miller and Professor Katherine Morrison will be telling their scariest tales. If you’ve got a scary story of your own to tell, stop by to share your haunted experience.

PHOTO BY CRISTIAN IOHAN STEFANESCU, CREATIVE COMMONS.
PHOTO BY CRISTIAN IOHAN STEFANESCU, CREATIVE COMMONS.

The best storyteller will receive a prize, which is rumored to be Dunkin Donuts gift card. Even though the contest is focused on scary stories, all stories are welcome.

Gleason said, “Funny and other stories are welcome.”

All are invited to attend the event, with or without a story to tell. In order to attend the Halloween event, you must sign-up first. Sign-ups are at the front desk in the Levin Library.

If you’re dying to get as much use as possible out of your Halloween costume or just really enjoy free snacks, stop by the library on the 28th to show your Halloween spirit.

As for the free refreshments, Gleason said, “There will be apples, apple cider and candy.”

Only On WMLN, 91.5

BY JAMES BONNEAU // OCT. 19, 2015 // 

WMLN-FM is an important asset on campus that offers much more than just music. WMLN airs breaking news, covers Curry and professional sports teams and hosts 17 unique specialty shows.

Specialty shows offer students the opportunity to take their radio shifts into their own hands. A student with a specialty show must be enrolled in Radio Practicum and earn approval for their show.

Show themes range from sports coverage to talk radio to variety. In the past, there was even specialty show that exclusively played polka music to a surprisingly large audience.

Specialty shows are something radio students work hard for. These shows give hosts the freedom to explore and play outside of a scheduled format. Unlike having a shift with a scheduled format, hosts aren’t restricted to playing only the Oldies or only Death Metal music.

MOLLY FANIKOS AND JAMES BONNEAU. // PHOTO COURTESY OF WMLN-FM.
MOLLY FANIKOS AND JAMES BONNEAU. // PHOTO COURTESY OF WMLN-FM.

Sophomore Sal Lopez uses this freedom to go above and beyond the standard format. After graduating, Lopez aspires to work in radio as an on-air personality. Lopez hopes to use his specialty show, Paco’s Picks, as a launching platform.

Paco’s Picks, which broadcasts 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, is jam packed with different segments. Lopez plays a variety of music and covers the news, weather and local traffic. No other WMLN DJ covers the local traffic and it’s something that makes his show stand out from the others.

Lopez enjoys playing around with his music segments, “There is Hot Riser which is where I play an upcoming song, Throwback Tuesday and Double Play Tuesday, which is where I plays two songs back to back with the same title.”

Lopez prepares for each show with a great amount of love and dedication.

“I have 18 liners and a 14 page script for my show,” said Lopez.

Paco’s Picks isn’t all serious. Lopez keeps things fun and interesting by giving listeners a monthly prize; in September, Lopez gave away a Little Cesar’s gift card.

Lopez earned his show by working hard and being present in the station. As a freshman, he covered many people’s on-air shifts and helped at events like Accepted Students Day and Late Night Breakfast.

Even if a student is not concentrating in Radio Broadcasting, he or she can still pursue a specialty show.

Juniors Shelbi Chandler and Matt Simonelli are Communication majors concentrating in film. Their specialty show, the Amibros Show, airs Tuesdays 7-9 p.m.

Matt Simonelli and Shelbi Chandler. // PHOTO COURTESY OF EMMA SULLIVAN
Matt Simonelli and Shelbi Chandler. // PHOTO COURTESY OF EMMA SULLIVAN

The Amibros Show is a variety show, so there is something new every week. As second semester freshmen, the co-hosts started the show to air their radio drama series, Detective Obvious. Detective Obvious is on hiatus, but previously aired episodes are available on iTunes.

This semester, the Amibros Show has weekly themes that range from playing concept albums and rock operas to talking about online trends.

The Amibros had their five seconds of fame last semester when they were featured on the popular social media site, Yik Yak, for playing music from SpongeBob SquarePants.

Chandler said, “We try to keep our awkward personas… we like going in not knowing what to talk about.”

Here is a list of other specialty shows and their times. Make sure to listen to them, only on WMLN 91.5.

B&B (Mondays 1-4 p.m.) – Brandon Enroth and Brendon Wedekind

Latin Late Night (Mondays 7-9 p.m.) – Mayilee Mercedes

Tech Corner (Mondays 9-11 p.m.) – Paul Finn and Jack Iten

Paco’s Picks (Tuesdays 1-4 p.m.) – Sal Lopez

The Amibos Show (Tuesdays 7-9 p.m.) – Shelbi Chandler and Matt Simonelli

The Rant (Tuesdays 9-11 p.m.) – Allan Plaunt and Skyler Wack

The Indie 500 (Wednesdays 5-7 p.m) – Jimmy Bonneau and Molly Fanikos

Sports Corner (Wednesdays 7-9 p.m.) – Sports Department

Jazz Hands (Wednesdays 9-11 p.m.) – Justin Paolino

Just Tryin to Jam (Thursdays (1-4 p.m.) – Chris Montesi

Dance.Dub.Jamz (Thursdays 4-7 p.m.) – Jamie Casagrande

SamC Underground (Thursdays 7-9 p.m.) – Samantha Castro

The Setlist (Thursdays 9-11 p.m.) – Kendall Graham

The Rush Hour (Fridays 4-7 p.m) – Andrew Trofimow

Friday Night Flava (Fridays 7-9 p.m.) – Derrell Wyche

SEES Today (Saturdays 7-9 p.m.) – Joe Capozzo

Table Talk (Sundays 7-9 p.m.) – Brittany Berg and Lindsey Mason

Running As a Pack

BY ZOE STAUDE // SEPT. 25, 2015 //

Running is one of the simplest ways to exercise, but it also has a very social aspect. On campus, there are always groups of two or three people running together. When there are so many others running together, it can be awkward running on your own.

That’s exactly why Matt Crone and Jack Conca started the running club.

The idea was sparked last year, before Crone and Conca left for the summer. Both are avid runners and realized that running is always much more fun with a buddy. The goal of the running club is to get all of those buddies up and running together – the perfect mix of fitness and friendship.

PHOTO BY JUSTIN S. CAMPBELL, CREATIVE COMMONS.
PHOTO BY JUSTIN S. CAMPBELL, CREATIVE COMMONS.

Chief Brian Greeley of Public Safety has taken on the job as the running club’s faculty advisor. Greeley leads a motivational run every Friday morning. If excited chanting on Friday mornings has ever woken you up, it’s probably Greeley and his runners. Greeley’s passion for running and aptitude for motivating students is exactly why Crone and Conca approached him to be their advisor.

With enough members on board and Greeley as their advisor, the club is just awaiting Student Government’s approval. Without everything finalized, there is still schedule flexibility.

“We plan on meeting once during the week and once on the weekend. Most likely on Saturday afternoons, but the exact time has not yet been finalized.” said Crone.

Once the club gains SGA’s approval, Crone plans on starting runs right away. The club will begin with runs on-campus, but there are many opportunities for off-campus runs and even running in charity races.

Crone is hoping to start running at 2 p.m. Most runs will be in the three to six mile range, however there is always room to expand the runs. Crone said there is a possibility of runs in the seven to nine mile range.

He thinks one of the most powerful experiences is when individuals work together as a team to achieve one goal. Crone explained, “The philosophy of this club is to promote the community that group running brings. We would stay together at all times.”

For an amateur runner, a three to six mile run may seem unachievable. However, Crone stressed that the club is for runners of all abilities and that everyone will be working as a team.

For Crone, it’s all about how running as a group will benefit each member. Crone and Conca want to build a family of runners.

If you’re interested in joining the running club, please contact Matt Crone at mcrone2014@curry.edu.

Curry Dance Performance Shines

VIDEO BY ALANA SANTOS // MAY 1, 2015 //

The Curry dance performance class, taught by Professor Christine Bennett of the Fine Arts Department, will perform tonight and tomorrow afternoon (Friday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 2, 3 p.m.) in the Keith Auditorium. Attendance is free, and open to all.

Five students will perform in a piece titled “Inner House,” featured below. They are Emma Mercier, a senior nursing major, Jamie Cole, a freshman community health and wellness major, Kaitlyn Morris, a freshman education major, Alexandra O’Donnell, a junior education major, and Kayla Burroughs, a sophomore psychology major. Other performances from additional students will also be featured.

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

BY JOSEPH CAPOZZO // APRIL 30, 2015 //

Entering the Keith Auditorium not knowing what to expect is what made this year’s Curry College Main Stage performance, of the Shakespearean classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” so extravagant and beautiful.

A more knowledgeable theater attendee might have noticed something slightly different about the famous comedy. In the first few lines, the character Theseus brags to Hippolyta that he “won her with his sword,” meaning their marriage was forced.

To provide some historical background, Technical Director John Barrett, a professor in the Communication Department, added an entirely new fight scene into the play—and made it the very first scene. The play ran from April 18-21. Barrett explained that he included the scene as a way of better informing the audience about the background of Theseus’ and Hippolyta’s relationship.

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Said Stage Manager Rachel Bacos, a freshman psychology major: “The play is a love story where the mythical realm and human realm collide…and chaos ensues.”

The scene featured no added lines, only a battle between the kingdoms led by the Amazon queen Hippolyta and Theseus, of Athens, who battle each other at center stage. Members of their kingdoms battled beside them on either side of the stage.

Theseus’ men eventually restrain Hippolyta’s female assistants, leaving Hippolyta (sophomore communication major Megan Kosciak) and Theseus (senior communication major Mahmoud El-Zeftaway) to battle for the remainder of the scene until Hippolyta is defeated as well.

I must say that the battle scene had a huge impact on my perspective. In reflection, I realize I would not have paid much attention to the line about Theseus winning Hippolyta, and may have not attributed it to the way she acted on stage. However, having seen the battle before hearing any dialogue, I went into the experience knowing that there was some bad blood still left behind, and surely, some anger left brewing.

This small but major addition to the play was an excellent way of educating the audience about some underlying themes presented in the original script.

Of course, credit is due to those who put together all aspects of this show, including the 23 actors. Some have been working on their roles since the fall semester. Eleven were second semester seniors (El-Zeftaway, Carley Bonacci, Megan Cole, Nick Doonan, Ari Goldberg, Vanessa Kelly, Julia Levine, Kelly O’Donnell, Krystal Sears, Carlota Velazco, Nicole DelTorto and Laura Hartman).

The costume designer this year was a guest artist of Curry College. Elizabeth Tustian has worked with Barrett over the course of 20 years.

Professor Sarah Rozene-Wolski did the sets and lighting, and given that almost the entire play is set under the moonlight, the lighting cues were rather complex. She was also the shop foreman, and taught the stage crew class as well as oversaw theatre tech hours.

The following students were involved in the production side of the show: Goldberg (production director), Shelby Adams and Kosciak (lighting directors), Emma McDonnell (light board operator), Michael Carnevale (sound director), Bex DeSimone (sound operator), Marissa Edwards (costume manager), Dre Alexander (assistant costume manager), Cole (hair and makeup), Julia Friedman (props manager), Taylor Hays (assistant props manager), Carley Bonacci (scenic painter), Cortney Hammersley (assistant scenic painter) and Velazco (sound designer).

These students worked countless hours to put together the visual and audible aspects of the show—from the loud thunderstorms created by the angry Titania (Cole), to the decorated platforms leading to either side of the set, allowing Puck (Goldberg) to scurry stage left to right while misleading his disoriented victims, the show delivered the audience a deeply sensory experience.

The cast included:

El-Zeftaway (Theseus), Kosciak (Hippolyta), Velazco (Hippolyta’s attendant), Levine (Philostrate), Professor David Miller of the Library Department (Egeus), Bonacci (Hermia), Jameson Vogel (Lysander), Colin Grant (Demetrius), O’Donnell (Helena), Jaquan Harris (Peter Quince), Mikey Joyce (Nick Bottom), Carnevale (Francis Flute), Jimmy Bonneau (Starveling), Jeffrey Nunn (Snout), Adams (Snug), Goldberg (Puck), Elaina Druid (Fairy), Cole (Titania), Doonan (Oberon), Kelly (Peaseblossom), Nicolette Moyer (Moth), Brett Duffy (Cobweb), Sears (Mustardseed)

The stage manager was Rachel Bacos, the assistant stage manager was Jenn Tegnell, DelTorto served as general manager. The director of the theater concentration is Professor DL Garren of the Communication Department.