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Diamonds, Rings & Courts at SJU

Diamonds, Rings & Courts at SJU

Ariana Ortiz, Co-News Editor

November 15, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

“Diamonds, Rings & Courts: Sport is More Than a Game,” currently being shown in Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery in Sun Yat-Sen Hall, is an exhibition that focuses on the unexpected ways that sports are embedded within our culture, and present in our everyday lives. The pieces within the ex...

The Inspirational “Persepolis” Screens for Students

The Inspirational “Persepolis” Screens for Students

Samantha DeNinno, Asst. Entertainment Editor

November 15, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

The scratching of chairs against the tile floor greeted students, arriving at 5 P.M. Nov. 17, into the small Marillac classroom 234. Around forty students attended the viewing of “Persepolis” sponsored by the Department of Art and Design and Women’s and Gender Studies here at St. John’s University...

New in Music: Reputation

New in Music: Reputation

Richard D'Orazi, Contributing Writer

November 15, 2017


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Over her last five albums, Taylor Swift has shown she is a force to be reckoned with. Her last three albums 2010’s “Speak Now,” 2012’s “Red” and 2014’s “1989” have each sold over a million copies in the first week of their release in an era where album sales have become irreleva...

New in Music: Aly & AJ

New in Music: Aly & AJ

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


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Aly and AJ are back! After 10 long years, the singing sister duo has released new music. These former Disney Stars have released a second song since their shocking September release of “Take Me.” Their most recent track, “I Know,” keeps the head-bopping sound that their old music always had ...

New in Music: Told You So

New in Music: Told You So

Andreina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


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Finally, after three months of fans jamming to Miguel’s single, “Sky Walker,” featuring Travis Scott, he’s released his second single, “Told You So” from his forthcoming studio album “War and Leisure,” which drops Dec. 1, 2017. This will be his first album since his last release, “Wild...

“Cinema Paradiso” Lights Up the Little Theater

“Cinema Paradiso” Lights Up the Little Theater

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

November 8, 2017


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The second installment of the newly implemented Global Film Series featured one of Italy’s most famous films, “Cinema Paradiso”from director Giuseppe Tornatore about the transformative power of movies through the eyes of a Sicilian boy. The movie was screened in the Little Theater on Friday, Oct. 27 ...

Kanopy: SJU’s Best-Kept Secret

Samantha DeNinno, Staff Writer

November 8, 2017


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During the first week of classes, teachers running through a dreary list of items to buy and assign tasks required for their specific class. Some direct students to a long list of required documentaries to occasionally watch in conjunction with the class. Many, including myself, thought nothing of the ...

SJU’s Jazz Band Celebrates 30 Years

SJU’s Jazz Band Celebrates 30 Years

Alessia Pisciotta, Staff Writer

November 8, 2017


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Last Friday night, St. John’s Jazz Band celebrated its 30th anniversary with a concert in the Little Theatre. The Jazz Band came out of a time that was primarily dominated by rock n’ roll. Founded in 1987 by some enthusiastic students, the Jazz Band has been putting their own flavor into classical...

TV Review: “Stranger Things 2”

Anika Seoparson, Contributing Writer

November 8, 2017


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  Just in time for Halloween, Season 2 of Netflix’s hit series, "Stranger Things," was released on Friday, Oct. 27. The season picks up in October 1984, a year after Will Byers’s initial disappearance to the Upside Down. In this season, we see Will struggling to cope with visions of the Ups...

TV Review: “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”

TV Review: “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”

Carolina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

November 8, 2017


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“Law & Order” is a television series that has been occupying airtime since 1990. Its newest crime anthology, “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,” premiered on September 26, and dramatizes the high-profile criminal trial of Lyle And Erik Menendez, two brothers from Beverly Hills...

“The Addams Family” Spooks Up SJU

“The Addams Family” Spooks Up SJU

Christopher Viola, Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


Filed under Entertainment

Thursday, Oct. 5, was opening night for the Chappell Players Theater Group’s production of “The Addams Family” in the Little Theater. The lighting and sound effects filled the theater sending the audience to Central Park, the location of the Addams Family home. The show was packed with passi...

Bad Astronauts Kick Off the New Year with a Bang

Bad Astronauts Kick Off the New Year with a Bang

Yves Nguyen, Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


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A slight departure from their usual performances in the DAC Coffeehouse, the Bad Astronauts performed in a small, dimly lit room in Marillac, but their improv show impressed, leading to roaring laughter, as per usual. On Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. the Bad Astronauts, St. John’s Improv Club, hoste...

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