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  • Stephen  Dupont Photographer shares how conflict photography can be a tool for peace

    Stephen Dupont shares his war experiences in Afghnaistan

    Though Stephen Dupont has worked as a war photographer for many years, integrating himself into the lives of soldiers and of civilians, he considers himself an “anti-war photographer.” On Tuesday afternoon, Dupont presented his work to an audience in the Dodd Center as part of an event titled “Generation AK: The Afghanistan Wars, 1993-2012.”
    Dupont took the audience through many of his collections, projects and assignments.

  • Concert Band honors seniors in final performance

    Friends and families supported the University of Connecticut Concert Band in Von der Mehden Recital Hall on Tuesday night, cheering for the seniors and one of the conductors during one of his last times leading the band.

  • An Evening with Sam Pickering

    English department faculty members and university students gathered at the Storrs Center Co-op for “An Afternoon with Sam Pickering” yesterday. Pickering, a UConn professor emeritus, read and recounted moments from many of the essays he has compiled for his most recent collections, both “The Splendour Falls” and upcoming “All My Days Are Saturdays –” a title admittedly changed by its publisher.

  • ‘Episode I Racer’ is a Pocket Rocket


    Many fans of “Star Wars” games may recall that shortly after the release of “The Phantom Menace” in 1999, “Star Wars” game developer LucasArts released a videogame based on the podracing scene in the film, in which jet-powered chariots embark on a death race for a massive first-place purse.
     

  • All is wrong with single player games

    As I sat down to write my second to last column of the year, I found myself thinking, “what trend in the video game industry do I absolutely hate?” After approximately 42 seconds of soul-searching, the answer was obvious: multiplayer centric gaming.

  • ‘My Little Pony’ gets a video game make over with ‘Legend of Equestria’

    It’s not often I get to play a game that is still so early in its development stage. Last weekend, during the game’s open-server session, I had the opportunity to play “Legends of Equestria,” a new pony-based MMORPG that is currently in pre-alpha stage of development. For those unfamiliar with the term, this effectively means that the game is still in its infancy, and very highly under development. However, from what I had the chance to play, I’ve got some really positive feelings about what we’re going to see in the coming months.

  • The Dog Ear: A global birthday celebration

    Tomorrow would be William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Historians predict that Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, based on his baptism date of April 26, 1564. During that era, it was customary for babies to be baptized two to four days after birth, making April 23 a likely guess. We will never know his actual date of birth, but this marks the day of celebrations that will be held all over England in his honor.

  • The Wonder Years sell out in Times Square

    The third week of the Pop Punk’s Not Dead series takes us to the heart of the East Coast, Times Square, to take a look at The Wonder Years.

  • Pop Off: Movies to face the future

    As with every spring semester, it’s hard to believe that the end is drawing near. The weather is getting warmer, summer internships and vacations are being arranged and final exams are appearing in the back of people’s minds. For graduating seniors, they’ve reached the bittersweet home stretch. Graduating college is an event experienced differently by every person. For some it’s dread at leaving behind their best four years, for others with jobs and salaries lined up it couldn’t come sooner, and for an increasing number it’s the begging of graduate school as much as the end of undergraduate. While it’s hard to pick one that fits everybody, here are several movies for the impending graduate.

  • Paws to appreciate Disneynature

    Animal lovers and those in need of quality family friendly entertainment should immediately check out Disney’s latest documentary release “Bears.”

  • Bring a pillow, or cup of coffee

    “Transcendence” isn’t a chore to sit through, it’s a challenge. It’s one cumbersome, melodramatic scene after another that just seems to pull you underwater until you drown in your own boredom. When the credits rolled, the theatre was filled with yawns and the groggy sounds associated with a far-too-early morning. I walked out as exhausted as I would be after a double exam session, the mental imprint of the movie I had just seen murky and patchy; but I didn’t need a clear memory to realize that it was awful.

  • Not inspiring many to believe

    For some reason, religious movies are on the rise. This spring saw the release of “Son of God” and “Noah” in quick succession, and now “Heaven is For Real”—an adaptation of a book about four-year-old Colton Burpo’s brief experience in the afterlife—has made its way to theaters as well, just in time for Easter. Much like “Son of God” and very much unlike “Noah,” the movie plays it safe with audiences, churning out a safe story that manages to proselytize plenty nonetheless.

  • Marathon Monday

    Survivor symbol of hope

    One year ago, two bombs detonated at the finish line of the historic Boston Marathon. At 2:49 p.m. on April 15, 2013, the scene went from celebratory to chaos. But from disaster, greatness sprung; participants and crowd members rushed to help the injured, saving lives and demonstrating humanity’s goodness, amidst incredible adversity.

  • ‘Mad Men’ making the right decision

    It’ has been almost a year since Season Six of AMC’s acclaimed drama “Mad Men” wrapped up. All eyes have been focused on the network’s other acclaimed series “Breaking Bad,” as that program raced toward its series finale last fall. Are Don Draper and comapny up to the task of creating a final season that will rival that of its equally brilliant sister program? If the season seven premiere is any indication, then the answer is a resounding yes.

  • Lessons I've Learned From TV: Stay safe, watch 'Dexter'

    Before it began to spiral downhill into a giant pile of burning garbage, ‘Dexter’ was one of my favorite shows. The first few seasons were incredible, but were unfortunately followed by formulaic nonsense filled with cheap thrills and forced plot developments. What I always found interesting about the show was the way it depicted the world. According to “Dexter”, there is more evil existing in the world than most people would like to believe. While at first this intrigued me, I found that eventually it the show began to kind of push the idea too far.

  • 'Community': that's a wrap!

    It’s a wrap for season five of “Community.” And thank goodness it’s a wrap and not a $5-footlong.
    With happy endings all around including the committee saving Greendale from Subway, Jeff and Britta deciding that they were idiots for thinking about getting married and Chang filling his mouth in with diamonds, what more could you ask for?
    Most fans will tell you, “Season six! We want season six!” Dan Harmon’s glorious return for the fifth season of the show hopefully will prove to NBC that “Community” is an asset to the network.

  • Women take central roles

    Though it’s certainly gotten better in recent years, most television programs still suffer from unequal gender representation. Women have a presence on most shows, but far too often they are relegated to supporting roles and are not around for long enough to have a substantial impact on. However, the Canadian series “Orphan Black” has subverted this paradigm by having a diverse ensemble of female characters who are central to the plot.

  • Fast fashion: cultural problem or savior?

    Increasing availability

    Perhaps one of the foremost changes in the fashion industry in recent years has been the rise of fast fashion merchants like H&M and Express. Though fast fashion certainly has its problems, as Alexandra outlines, it also has incredible benefits. For better or worse (and often both), fast fashion has become a major part of the fashion market and the industry as a whole, and it brings its own unique benefits. 

  • Fast fashion: cultural problem or savior?

    Quality over quantity

    Is there anything nicer than the warm security of a cotton or cashmere sweater, the scent of a pair of lovingly made leather shoes or the heavenly whisper of a pure silk shirt against the skin. The fact is, no cheap product could ever take the place of an article of truly well made clothing.

  • Celeb Coachella fashion borders on offensive

    The start of the Coachella music festival this past weekend has brought an onslaught of celebrity sightings and pictures. Aside from the lineup of musicians performing, many actors, models and other famous faces frequent the Indio, Calif. festival each year. Though the festival itself promotes a laid-back atmosphere, the general sartorial vibe is actually somewhat strict; there is a certain way to dress for Coachella, and many individual styles, good and bad, happens within that spectrum. To many, Coachella is a fashion writer’s dream, with enough unique variations on the desert-chic and flower child looks that readers will never get bored. In the festival’s recent past, however, several celebrities’ ensembles have veered into controversial and potentially offensive territory. 

  • Environmental goals for Conn. in 2014

    Each year, the bipartisan nonprofit organization Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) releases a legislative briefing that describes the major environmental policy reforms that should be undertaken by representatives in Hartford. This year’s briefing highlights ten critical environmental health issues — two of these are: the need to permanently protect Connecticut’s open space and to end the state’s moratorium on wind energy.

  • Darkest before the dawn, Batman returns to Gotham


    Riddle me this.....is the night really darkest before the dawn?
    It hasn’t always proved a smooth ride but the “Zero Year” storyline has provided the “Batman” comics with some of the most exciting moments seen in the series in years. Issue No. 30 serves as a more than worthy addition to what has already been a fantastic series of comics.

  • UConn History professor’s research sheds light on colonial bestiality

     

     

    Thursday afternoon at the UConn Co-op Bookstore in the Storrs Center, Richard Brown and Doron S. Ben-Atar gave a talk on their co-written book, “Taming Lust: Crimes Against Nature in the Early Republic.”
    The book covers the topic of bestiality in the colonies, and is a historical study of sexual crimes against animals in New England during the colonial period. Brown and Ben-Atar found many clusters of these crimes within the New England colonies, more specifically in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and particularly focused on two cases. One crime that put on trial and convicted two men in their eighties for bestiality and had them executed by hanging, and the other case, two teens were put on trial for the same offense.
    at deal of information and intelligence on the subject.
     

  • Safely soak up the summer sun this summer

    Summer is right around the corner. With summer comes beach season, perhaps the time of the year when people care most about how they look. With this new focus on body image, people will often go to extremes to look ripped, tan or lean. You should always be aware of the risks of anything new you try, and I will try to highlight some of the biggest risks individuals take to make themselves “beach ready.”
     

  • Rethinking globalization with a human rights and conflict approach

    The UConn Human Rights Institute hosted the 2014 Economic and Social Rights Lecture, entitled “Dilemmas of the Alter-Globalization Movement,” on Thursday.
    The speaker, Dr. Immanuel Wallerstein, is a senior research scholar at Yale University. Wallerstein offered a refreshingly simple lecture; rather than relying on buzzwords, charts and infographics, Wallerstein wove together his expertise in economics and political science to explain the world’s history of uprisings and revolutionary movements on the national and social levels. His lecture served to historically and economically contextualize globalization and its oppositions, particularly the movement that has come to be known as “alterglobalization.”