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“The Mask” show confidence

“The Mask” show confidence

Allison Irons, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2019

Why have young men been raised to not show emotion? Why can men not share their emotions without being called feminine? In what ways has the media in our society changed the way boys are raised? Many of these questions and more are answered in the 2015 documentary “The Mask You Live In” written and...

The Black Keys return to roots

The Black Keys return to roots

Patrick Bell, Sports Editor

October 3, 2019

Rejoice Black Keys fans. After a five-year hiatus, they are back with their album titled “Let’s Rock.” The Black Keys, consisting of guitarist, singer, and songwriter Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney have been going strong for close to 17 years, as their first debut album was released...

Catamount Arts to bring new acts to Dibden

Catamount Arts to bring new acts to Dibden

Ari Erlbaum

September 20, 2019

Tim Mikovitz, technical director at Dibden Center for the Arts, is excited about the space’s future, in large part due to a new partnership with Catamount Arts. “I think Dibden is or should be the cultural center of campus,” said Mikovitz. “The heartbeat driving everything…. I really think...

Girls just wanna (get a diploma): A conversation with Cyndi Lauper

Girls just wanna (get a diploma): A conversation with Cyndi Lauper

Rebecca Flieder

September 20, 2019

After commencement in May, I got the chance to sit down with Cyndi Lauper and ask her a few brief questions. I asked her about Johnson, her book, and her foundation, True Colors. I asked, immediately, “What’s changed? How is Johnson different than it was when you were here?” She laughed....

Moog’s Joint opens in Johnson

Moog’s Joint opens in Johnson

Rebecca Flieder

September 20, 2019

Tom Moog has spent the last eight years “passionately trying to make Moogs’s in Morrisville what it is today.” He’s hosted benefits for members of the community and helped get the Oxbow Park recognised so to start the music festival there. Now, he says, he wants to focus his cuisine and philanthropy...

Jai Paul’s unfinished masterpiece

Jai Paul’s unfinished masterpiece

Patrick Bell

September 20, 2019

In late August, I was scrolling through YouTube and came across a video by Middle 8 titled “What Happened to Jai Paul?” and clicked on it, not knowing anything about the artist. In those ten minutes, I became completely fixated on Paul and his project “Leaked 04-13 (Bait Ones).” Hailing from...

It is a glorious thing to watch“Pirates”

Magnificent Schmidl

May 9, 2019

April 25-28, NVU Johnson’s theatre department put on the comic opera "Pirates of Penzance," directed by Erik Kroncke, a vocal teacher here at NVU-Johnson. I went to the first performance on Thursday, April 25 and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The play takes place in Penzance, which is a town in Cornwall, En...

Writer’s club: an informal workshop for one and all

Writer’s club: an informal workshop for one and all

Ciarra Annis

May 9, 2019

It is Wednesday at 7 p.m. and one by one, students shuffle into Wiley Library and Learning Center room 214. As more and more people enter, the mood lightens and soon jokes are flying. It is a slow day and they have nothing to read. Someone mentions a Reddit and it is pulled up on the projector to share...

Coming back to Minecraft

Coming back to Minecraft

Ciarra Annis

May 9, 2019

I never thought I would be playing this game again, not in 2019 and not when I have a game library that is collecting cobwebs. Its graphics aren’t that appealing to me, there’s no story and no end goal. Lacking those three things, it’s not one that I usually would be enjoying. But it just got an...

Father John Misty back with his fourth studio album

Father John Misty back with his fourth studio album

Patrick Bell

May 9, 2019

"God’s Favorite Customer" is the fourth album by indie singer/songwriter Father John Misty. Released in 2018, it was received well by critics and fans alike but wasn’t nominated for any big awards. I was a little shocked that this release came as quickly as it did. His previous release, "Pure Comedy...

Pigging out at Martell’s at the Red Fox: a destination worth the journey

Pigging out at Martell’s at the  Red Fox: a destination worth the journey

Rebecca Flieder

April 24, 2019

CLUNK! I was afraid we’d lose a tire before we’d ever see a hostess, let alone our meal. I was so hungry. CLUNK! “Turn right in two miles,” said the GPS. CLUNK! Nevermind the fact I was driving a Jeep; I felt that the poor vehicle’s suspension might give out any minute. “Sorry car, sorry...

Kickin’ it with Dropkick Murphys

Kickin’ it with Dropkick Murphys

Magnificent Schmidl

April 24, 2019

It’s the Friday evening of St. Patrick’s day weekend and my boyfriend and I are headed to Boston, Massachusetts to celebrate the best way we know how: by going to a Dropkick Murphys concert. I, being a frequent Boston adventurer, knew better than to drive to the venue (The Boston House of Blues)...

This is a game to “Return.” to

This is a game to “Return.” to

Ciarra Annis

April 24, 2019

There’s an adorable unsung hero in the messy aisles of free games that can be found in the Steam game marketplace. “Return.” published on Steam in August of 2018, is a platformer game that feels like it came out of a pleasant dream. “Return.” is very short. There is only really one level...

Paradise on a plate

Rebecca Flieder

April 4, 2019

It’s a cold and blustery night, the kind of night that rattles window panes and, if you dare to brave it, will stick its prickly thumbs into your eye sockets just to see you suffer. These kinds of nights, the wind howls like a newborn through the cracks of your poorly-weatherproofed doors. You can...

The Apex of Battle Royales

Ciarra Annis

April 4, 2019

The enemy team didn’t see me, and I could barely believe it. My teammates had just been wiped out after we assumed the Pathfinder we saw enter the building had been alone. I ran onto the roof of the dilapidated house after they went down. There was nothing I could do solo against another team of...

Poetry and Moore

Poetry and Moore

Magnificent Schmidl

April 4, 2019

On March 22, NVU- Johnson hosted for the second time poet, musician and activist Jessica Care Moore in the Stearns Performance Space. She came to read poetry, talk about her life and inspire people to take action and make changes in their communities. Moore has been speaking out against issues of...

Writer’s night a success

Writer’s night a success

Ciarra Annis

April 4, 2019

About 40 white plastic seats were set up in the lobby of the Visual Arts Center lobby in preparation for the NVU Poetry/Fiction Reading on the night of April 29. All of them were filled with students, family and other members of the Johnson community. About fifteen others stood around the room as nine...

“The Act”: true crime, truly bizarre

“The Act”: true crime, truly bizarre

Mike King

April 4, 2019

True crime dramatization is a hard genre to master, often playing out on the screen more like a low budget B movie than a feature quality production. Hulu’s new series “The Act” has managed to capture the genre in a smooth and interesting way that engages viewers with solid acting and one of the...

“Turn Blue” with the Black Keys

“Turn Blue” with the Black Keys

Patrick Bell

April 4, 2019

The Black Keys album, “Turn Blue” was released in 2014 to positive reviews from most music critics and was listed as third on Rolling Stone’s top albums of 2014 list. It was nominated for best rock album at the Grammys and their single “Fever” received several nominations. This marked the...

An a-maiz-ing performance with an Afro-Carribean twist

An a-maiz-ing performance with an Afro-Carribean twist

Magnificent Schmidl

April 4, 2019

On March 26, Burlington-based Afro-Latino band Mal Maiz rocked NVU- Johnson’s Stearns Performance Space. I attended with a few of my friends who were also intrigued by the Creative Audience posters posted around campus. It looked like a funky, alternative jazz show of sorts, but what it ended up being...

Left 4 Dead 2 still great after 10 years

Left 4 Dead 2 still great after 10 years

Ciarra Annis

March 21, 2019

It will be 10 years this November since “Left 4 Dead 2” released online and there’s no better time to look back at the fond memories it has given its players and see how the game holds up. “Left 4 Dead 2” was released by Valve, creator of online game market Steam and the cult classic series...

Grande’s new album, “thank you, next” a success

Grande’s new album, “thank you, next” a success

Danielle Christina

March 21, 2019

Move over ladies in the spotlight, Ariana Grande has done it again. For those of you who thought that Ariana Grande’s reign ended in 2016 with her album “Dangerous Woman,” you might want to take a seat. Grande got her start in Hollywood on the Nickelodeon TV show “Victorious,” where she...

Dysfunction works for “Umbrella Academy”

Dysfunction works for “Umbrella Academy”

Mike King

March 21, 2019

“Umbrella Academy” is a Netflix series based on the comic book by Gerard Way, the front man of alternative rock band My Chemical Romance. With the rise of comic book-inspired television anyone who hasn’t read the comic might pass up “Umbrella Academy” as just another show about a team of superheroes,...

Courtney Barnett: perfectly imperfect

Courtney Barnett: perfectly imperfect

Patrick Bell

March 21, 2019

“Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” by Courtney Barnett appeared on the indie-alternative scene in 2015 and has become a must-listen for fans of her music. It was received well from critics and fans alike, and was considered one of the top albums of the year. Barnett herself was...

Bloody, bold, and resolute

Bloody, bold, and resolute

Ciarra Annis

February 21, 2019

One of Shakespeare’s best known plays took the stage at Dibden Center for the Arts Feb. 14-17... “Macbeth” was directed by Laura Roald, who previously directed “Nine” also at Dibden. This “Macbeth” is an adaption set in a future Scotland after the collapse of the European Union and the...

El Toro: a great spot and that’s no bull

El Toro: a great spot and that’s no bull

Magnificent Schmidl

February 21, 2019

El Toro is a small, family owned Mexican restaurant and bar that prides itself in their quality of food as well as their support of local music. Outside on this February night, it is windy and gray, but inside there are vibrant hues of yellow and cyan on the walls, with tapestries and various artwork...

Binta M. Colley comes to Dibden

Binta M. Colley comes to Dibden

Magnificent Schmidl

February 21, 2019

If you take a walk by Dibden any time in the near future, be sure to check out the new art exhibit in the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery in Dibden Hall by Binta M. Colley entitled, “It’s All in the Details.” It was displayed Feb. 6, and Colley gave a talk to launch its opening. Her work was...

Still channeling Led Zeppelin

Still channeling Led Zeppelin

Patrick Bell

February 21, 2019

Greta Van Fleet’s new album “Anthem of the Peaceful Army” is the band’s first full-length album. It has earned new fans with this release, but a lot of controversy as well. Hailing from a small town in Michigan, Greta Van Fleet band consists of three brothers doing vocals, bass, and electric...

Dumplin’ disappoints

Dumplin’ disappoints

Magnificent Schmidl

February 21, 2019

Well, it’s happened again. Movie trailers have led us to believe that Netflix made a great movie about strong women, body positivity, empowerment and acceptance of all kinds of people, when in reality, it is about a petty conflict that is so loose it never should have happened in the first place. Netflix...

Isaac Eddy and the power of vulnerability

Isaac Eddy and the power of vulnerability

Magnificent Schmidl

February 8, 2019

The spring semester’s second Creative Audience event featured an orientation reboot on Monday, Jan. 28 in Bentley 207. The main speaker was Professor of Performing Arts Isaac Eddy, who spoke about fear using examples from his time as a Blue Man to illustrate the power of vulnerability. The talk...

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