Style Shop Re-opens for the Spring Semester

by Megan Venere

On Feb. 12, the Style Shop kicked off the spring semester with its grand re-opening celebration. The Style Shop, which is run by a student team, showcased their new spring merchandise to the student body while serving refreshments and along with a photo booth and DJ to entertain customers.

The Style Shop also revealed exciting news during the opening; the store will now accept credit and debit cards for any purchase over $20 representing a process several years in the making. Co-managers of the Style Shop, Courtney DiVito and Michela Artusa shared their thoughts on the spring opening. “Michela and I want the Style Shop to be a fun and exciting destination on campus for everyone to shop,”Artusa added, “We have all worked hard to create an exciting atmosphere for everyone at the store- from the playlist we make to our store visuals and general aesthetic.”

Visual merchandising manager, Alexandria Marini, shared her inspiration for the spring opening. “Our theme for opening was ‘For the LOVE of Shopping,’ which was perfect since we opened before Valentine’s Day! We decorated the Style Shop with paper hearts and filled the displays with candies and pearls for a romantic feel.”

And here’s what DiVito says people can look forward to this semester at the Style Shop: “You can expect fresh, one-of-a-kind product  AND you can now pay with credit cards!”


Not Your Average Fairytale: Disney’s “Frozen”

by Alexandra Rivera

If you take a trip back down memory lane, I bet you can remember spending hours watching your favorite Disney films as a kid. Whether “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” or even 2010’s “Tangled,” one thing is for certain: these princess tales have a special place in our hearts (right next to Lisa Frank and Tamagotchi). Walt Disney Animation Studios has done it again with their newest musical comedy “Frozen.”

In the kingdom of the Scandinavian province of Arendelle, royal sisters Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) and Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) debut themselves to society after years of isolation after Elsa’s magical powers cause a terrible rift within their family. However, after her powers to manipulate the ice and snow are revealed, Elsa flees to the North Mountain but consequently leaves the town in a permanent winter.

During Anna’s journey to bring her sister back and reverse the spell, she finds company in a traveling iceman, Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) and his trusty, carrot-loving reindeer, Sven. Along the way, they pick up a goofy, one-liner spitting snowman named Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad) and the expedition proves to be more than expected, filled with loving trolls and cranky ice monsters. 

“Frozen” is not your typical princess movie where a fair maiden falls in love with a prince and they live happily ever after. Princess Anna is quirky, strong-hearted, and refreshingly awkward young princess with a tough head on her shoulders. The story explores depths of sisterhood and friendship, in the midst of an edge-of-your-seat adventure filled with twists and turns.

“Frozen” will leave your stomach hurting from laughter and a gleam in your eye. Just fair warning, you will not be able to get these songs out your head. Not only does the soundtrack stay with you but the heart-warming journey will replay in your heart forever. “Frozen” is easily on the list of the greatest Disney animated films of all time.

Make sure you don’t miss the new spell bounding classic in theatres November 27th.

Passion, Where Art Thou?

by Alexandra Rivera

 In the years since studying William Shakespeare’s tragic drama, the story has seen many iconic cinematic adaptations. However, the most recent “Romeo and Juliet” proves that not all remakes are created equal.

In 1968, Franco Zeffirelli delivered a timeless love story starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey. In 1996, Baz Luhrmann gave the classic tale a modern twist alongside standouts Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. Unfortunately, 2013’s debut starring Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld lacks one major component: raw, emotive power.

While Booth stops hearts with his god-like sculpted cheekbones and chiseled, sweat-glistened body and Steinfeld radiates all the youthful beauty of a true Juliet, it is not enough to carry the film. The lack of authenticity can be blamed on the water-downed Shakespearian text. Not only did the lines lack fluidity, but also the broken language and obvious difficulty of line delivery made iconic scenes feel rushed.

The duo does not share the necessary level of passion or believability on-screen that Shakespeare captivates with his words. Yes, the two share kiss after kiss but their bond feels as juvenile as you could imagine a four-day love story to be. Any avid enthusiast of the classic story would be anxiously waiting for a climactic display of passion but disappointingly, it never reaches full impact.

The film did, however, have its fair share of redeeming moments. Shot in fair Verona, set design worked magically to create a genuine Italian aesthetic. The costumes were magnificent and whether in the middle of a sword battle or sneaking around in the corridors, the fashion was the scene-stealer. Paul Giamatti was a shining star in the otherwise young cast, bringing Friar Lawrence to his greatest possible depth. 

For never was a remake of more woe for the Shakespearian devotee. This adaption was aimed at a younger more awestruck audience and lacked substance. If a filmmaker is going to add another version to an already crowded list of remakes, there has to be something noteworthy to reveal or a dramatic change to make it memorable. Although sweet, “Romeo and Juliet” did not make a lasting impression.

“Romeo and Juliet” rated PG-13 opens in theaters today.

Concert Preview: Atlas Genius 

by Daniela Rios

The first time I heard Atlas Genius’ modest online release single “Trojans,” which went on to become a Top 3 Modern Rock/Top 10 Triple A radio hit, I automatically envisioned it being the soundtrack of a free-spirited, Maven-filtered longboard video filmed in the swirling hills of Southern California or perhaps even in the brothers’ hometown of Adelaide, Australia. As an avid longboard video viewer, I’m always filling up my iPod, gigabyte by gigabyte, with indie-rock bands that succeed at triggering a nostalgic nerve in me. Longboarders in general tend to go for music that makes them feel free, young and at ease. The talented (and not to mention handsome) Aussi brothers, Keith and Mike Jeffery, have flawlessly combined their infectious sounds and heart-felt lyrics to create the perfect songs to cross your arms behind your back, inhale a cloud of fresh air and watch the sun set as ‘If So’  from the album ‘When It Was Now’ softly plays in a nearby radio.

It comes as no surprise that Atlas Genius sold-out two nights at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City during their latest headlining tour. The power duo seemed to have picked up music influences like The Beatles before they could even play a note, and now that they have surely found their own style of sound, are likely influencing other young musicians. Their music is reminiscent of Empire of the Sun (one of my favorite bands) who have a song titled “Walking On A Dream,” an all too accurate name chosen by a band that makes listeners feel like they are, indeed, walking on a dream. Atlas Genius is shaking up the indie music world and are not planning on going anywhere, as proven by their latest buzz-worthy album When It Was NowRolling Stone made no mistake when saying that ”The indie rockers know how to throw down a proper rump-shaker.” 

The band is rocking out in NYC on October 10th and 11th at Irving Plaza with Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr and Family of the Year as supporting acts.

The Queen B Takeover


by Dana Heyward; photos by author

On July 31st, the “Beehive” from the tri-state area gathered at the Izod Center in New Jersey for the sold-out Mrs. Carter concert. Mrs. Carter, otherwise known as Beyoncé (Or King B, Sasha Fierce, Queen Bey, whatever your preference), was on her 57th stop of the tour but in no way did the show feel tiresome or repetitive.

R&B newbie, Luke James opened the show performing some hits from Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, mixed in with a few of his own singles. For those who aren’t familiar with James, he’s the male version of Keri Hilson, making the transition from doing back-up vocals and song writing for pop sensations to actually recording and performing his own music. While James put his heart out on the stage and momentarily had the crowd grooving to his sultry voice, he’d only served to wet the crowd’s appetite.

About a half hour after James, the lights dimmed and the two-hour show stopping concert filled with sequins, glitter and sass commenced. Beyoncé arrived, personal fan and all, commanding all the respect and attention the stadium could give. The performer started off the how with her crowd-pleasing “Run The World” followed by the up-tempo “End of Time”.  Most of the songs performed that night were from her 2011 album, 4, with some throwbacks to her other hits like “Baby Boy” and “Crazy in Love.”

Beyoncé took several moments to genuinely thank the crowd for their continuous support. At one point she confidently asked the audience, “Twenty years from now, are y’all gonna say, ‘I was at that Beyoncé concert’?” She seemed to answer her own question as the memorable show progressed. One must admit that 2013 has felt like the “Year of Beyoncé” (strictly speaking to the pop culture realm) and to say that you were at her concert tomorrow or any day in the near future would be an automatic conversation starter.

The rest of her show felt like her declaration of being the current pop queen as she effortlessly sang and shimmied throughout the night. From the ultimate diva-dance song, “Freakum Dress” to the beautiful ballad “I Miss You,” the crowd was captured by the dynamic show and the raw emotion Beyoncé put into every song.

After belting out her hit “Halo,” Beyoncé thanked her band, dancers and the fans once again before gracefully disappearing backstage. Then in a moment’s notice a curtain that read “Fin” was drawn on the stage as the lights turned up and Drake’s ever-fitting “Girls Love Beyoncé” played as the crowd proceeded to exit the venue feeling exhausted but satisfied.