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On November 12 staff and students of Bucks participated in a one mile walk around campus called the “Take a Step for Diabetes.”

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Brian Kelley talks about the completion of the library renovations at the College. Feature

Derek Frazier gives us a family perspective of pro boxer Joe Frazier

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Jeff Gadzinski reviews the comedy hit, Bad Grandpa.

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Participants in the Walk for diabetes forming the world logo for diabetes day on the campus square.

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Participants in the “Take a Step for Diabetes”walk came out in hordes on Nov. 12 in order to spread awareness of diabetes. “It [the walk] is a good way to raise awareness,” Chris Pierre, 21, a communication major and participant in the

walk said. “The fact all these people came out in this weather just shows how much people care.” The walk was spearheaded by Harvey Hellerstein, with collaborative efforts from the Student Life office and St. Mary Hospital. Bucks Future Teachers of

America, the Bucks Nursing Club, the Pre-Med Club, the Practical Nursing Students class of ‘14 and the preschoolers from the early learning center all participated. Each participant was given a raffle ticket, a sticker and a blue awareness ribbon pin.

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The layout for the walk stretched a full mile. After the walk, participants returned to the Linkz center at Bucks for the free raffle. In order to encourage proper exercise, a few lucky people won a free pedometer for their future walks.

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Bucks’ bi-annual research conference, which allows students to present reasearch done throught the semester, will be held on Dec. 6. By: Nicole Futer Centurion Staff

Every semester Bucks has a research conference where students present research that they have done on a particular subject. “It’s a way for students to share their work beyond the classroom,” said Dr. Charlie

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Groth, who was one of the conference coordinators last year. In years past, hundreds of students have flocked to the conference to present the research they have done throughout the semester. Last year, nearly 200 students attended the research conferCenturion@bucks.edu

ence to present and have their work be viewed by their peers. “Its a great oppurtunity to share your work with others,” Stephen Godwin, Journalism major, said. “If your missing a certain aspect of your paper the feedback you

get can sometimes help you.” Some professors at Bucks require their students to present at the conference. other professors offer it as extra credit. What some students do not know is that the recontinued on page 2

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stien with the idea to start the walk. Exercise can improve “Hellerstein brought up blood glucose control as the idea with an interest in well as blood circulation, and it can prevent or delay educating students about diabetes,” said Cipriano. type 2 diabetes. using a Hellerstein had this to say, series of blood tests and "World Diabetes Day 2013 glucose tolerance tests, at BCCC was about awaredoctors can predict the ness, walking and was an likelihood of a person deextremely successful event veloping diabetes. today, due to the many inWalking is some of the dividuals that supported best medicines for diabetes. It shrinks dangerous my original idea and helped see it grow into abdominal fat that raises what took place. I thank your risks of diabetes according to prevention.com. you all." Diabetes is a dynamic “you have to maintain it, and be educated, you need disease. The body either to stay optimistic and stay- doesn’t produce insulin, ing active keeps your mind (type 1) or cells in the body can’t properly right," says rob King, President of the Phi Theta process insulin, (type 2). St. Mary Hospital also Kappa who had diabetes offers a diabetes education and joined in walking to center. The center offers help support awareness. comprehensive diabetes Diane rice, of the educaeducation classes. you can tional enrichment office find out more about the said, “I came out to supprogram and the classes at port my friends who have stmaryhealthcare.org/diadiabetes.” betes. Matt Cipriano, director of student life, credits Hellercontinued from page 1

research conference is just around the corner Students at the walk traveled around campus to support finding the cure for diabetes.

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search conference can be a fun and interactive event that they can go to on their own. Students will go onto the Bucks website main page. Students will click that link and it will take them right to the application. This is where they will give their name, professor they are presenting for, number of the class they are presenting for, what their presentation is about, the time slot that works for them, their email, and phone number. The application is very straight forward and students will receive an email regarding check-in and what time slot they are presenting. on Dec. 6, the day of the conference, students will find out what room they will be presenting. They will also receive a free lunch. The conference is all about sharing research that was done by students. Again, any student of Bucks can participate in the conference and share what research they have done. The conference starts at

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The research conference promises a wide variety of interesting topics on all subjects.

10:00 a.m. and ends 3:00 p.m. There will be a variety of different subjects that will be presented. Such as, Arts, All Comp, Foreign Language, Literature, Social and Behavioral Science, Business, Nursing Science Technology Engineering

and Mathematics. The conference is open for students presenting to sit in on other presentations. Listening to other people present their research about a subject that may not be familiar to some people can be very interesting.

Students will present in front of a panel of judges and other students in the audience. This is not a formal event. There will be a couple of students in the audience, maybe five to seven and the panel of judges. Students

will present anywhere between five and seven minutes and leave some time for any questions a judge or an audience member may have.

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The son of the legendary boxer Joe Frazier currently attends Bucks and says he has a different perspective on Joe Frazier: To him he was not just a boxer, but a good dad and role model. BY: DEREK FRAZIER Centurion Staff

On Oct. 19, I took a trip to Harrisburg, Pa. to attend the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame to represent and honor my late father, “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier. For those that aren’t familiar with my father, he was one of the few boxers that held his own against Muhammad Ali more than once. In the “Fight of the Century” considered by many the greatest match of all time, he defeated Ali in Madison Square Garden. He faced Ali again in another great match, the socalled “Thrilla in Manila.” My father was originally from Beaufort, S.C., a small town that sits right on the coast of the bay. He grew up on a farm with my grandparents, Dolly and Rubin, and his 12 brothers and sisters; my father being the youngest of all 12, kind of like me. At first, my father wanted to join the military but his calling and passion lied elsewhere. A pugilist at heart, Frazier set out to New York City to follow his dreams of becoming the best fighter there was. While in N.Y., he met a Philadelphia native who told him that he knows a boxing coach back home that will make him the best champion in the ring. That’s when father met his trainer, Yank Durham, the man who pushed my father to becoming the “Smokin’ Joe” he became to all of us. Inside the ring, he was “Smokin’ Joe,” but to me, he

Joe Frazier holding his son as a child.

was many other things. For one, he was always ’dad’ and he was one of my greatest role models. He taught me the ins and outs about life. One question everyone always asks me is “why not become a boxer too?” To this I always replied “because my father- he didn’t want me to.”

Showing that he is truly his father’s child, Derek Frazier is seen here training in a gym.

Instead, my father urged me to get the proper education he never received and become a sharp, business marketer. However, growing up as “Smokin’ Joe’s” son has had its ups and downs. I had to grow up fast compared to my friends because I was always in the lime light with my fa-

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ther. People knew who I was, “Frazier’s youngest,” was the most common. Having all eyes on me has helped me to deal with people, publicly and personally. I, along with my siblings, were all in attendance for this ceremony to represent what most people know as a former heavyweight champion of the world but to us, we were representing our father. It wasn’t just my father, different athletes from Pa. were also inducted into the PSHF. Athletes like NFL superstar, Aaron Beasley and swimming gold medalist Jeremy P. Linn were also inaugurated, amongst others. I had the opportunity to talk to some of these great players. Aaron Beasley is from Pottstown, Pa., regarded as one of the greatest triathletes from the state. He excelled in basketball, football and track but he’s most recognized for his time in the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons. Beasley said that “what makes this hall of fame (inauguration) different is that I am getting inducted along with ‘Smokin’ Joe’ Frazier I’m one of his biggest fans!” Jeremy P. Linn went on to say that “over the years, I have received so many different awards, medals and even broke worldwide records it’s

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too long of a list for me to go over but the big star of tonight is your father Derek, ‘Smokin’ Joe’ Frazier. I feel that he should have been in the PSHF a long, long, time ago but at least he’s in there now and I still can’t believe I’m right along with him – it’s an honor.” The most interesting person I spoke with wasn’t an athlete, it was a 17-year-old kid by the name of Jimmy Wilson. He said that “Frazier helped me get through some serious bullying my freshman year in high school. I used to watch his (fights and interviews) on YouTube and the advice he gave about life helped.” Like many of us, Wilson goes on to say that he “knows I wasn’t alive during his era but I feel as though every time I watch his fights, I’m really there! My father took the time to show me your father’s classics, I would have never got through my high school years without it.” Although he’s gone, I was able to enjoy each and every moment by my father’s side, in and out of the public’s piercing eyes. The 19 years I spent with him have gone a long way; without him, I would not be the man I am today, for that I am eternally grateful.


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Signing up for later class times might allow you to stay up later the night before, but starting classes later could cost you in the long run according to a recent report by two psychology researchers. BY: CHRIS GIUSTI Centurion Staff

If you are getting ready to pick your classes for the upcoming spring semester, you might want to get used to waking up earlier to have more success. As dreadful as that may sound, studies have come out that prove that an 8 a.m. class might be worth getting up for. A pair of psychology professors at New York’s St. Lawrence University found a slight drop in student’s grade point average for each hour a class starts later according to usatodayeducate.com. Pamela Thacher, the co-author of the study told The New York Times, “For every hour of class that you have later, you get about a .02 difference, so three hours of difference between class start times will result in a .06 difference in grades.” This study proves only a slight advantage, but a num-

As the day wears on, it is harder to maintain your level of sharpness you had at the beginning of the day.

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ber of students preferred the earlier start times. “I prefer earlier classes just because I like to get in and out and not have to wait later in the day to start my classes,” said Mike Lafferty, 19, a sports management major from Chalfont. “I do better in my earlier classes probably because by the time my later classes come, I am drained,” Vince Pulli, 20, a business major from Warrington said. “I think it’s better to get your school day started earlier

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otherwise you just won’t want to go in later,” “It seems like it is one of those things where if you are going to go to school, you just need to suck it up and get your day started earlier which makes it easier for many people.” As is tradition for studies like these, there are some critics out there who believe that it just differs on if you can enjoy the mornings and can wake up easier. “It all depends on the type of student, if they are a

A cup of coffee can help the student who is not used to waking up early.

morning person they probably do better, but if they are not then the study may not be true to them,” said Ed Walsh, 19, a business major from Richboro. Some may agree with Walsh due to the fact that there are many people who may have to work late at night or just have problems falling asleep. “Personally, my first class is my hardest because I am just trying not to fall asleep,” Walsh added. The study also mentioned how if students take earlier classes, they will get a better night’s sleep since they wouldn’t have time to go out as late and would stay sober. “The real piece that we found is that those who are up later are drinking more and discovering their inner demons,” said Thacher in a Rueters Report on moneycontrol.com Due to the fact that the average student is in their late teens or early twenties, the majority of the students may be more “night owls” than

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The key to getting up early is to set your alarm clock each night.

morning people. “I do much better around 10 a.m. because any earlier I am not fully awake,” said Richie Ciarlante, 20, a health education major from Doylestown. In today’s society, the younger generation tends to have more trouble falling asleep early at night then later so many students may disagree with this study. Similar to many of these studies, there are flaws due

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to the fact that there may have been either bias in the students that took part in the study, or they just did not ask enough people. Regardless, it is something to think about for the upcoming semester. If you find yourself actually doing much better in your earlier classes, well it is safe to say that you should start getting to bed earlier at night because you have an early morning ahead of you.


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Centurion reporter Charlie Patton examines whether or not our used and worn out items simply disappear or get a second life by being made into a new product after they break down. BY: CHARLIE PATTON Centurion Staff

Most people are going to say that we live in throwaway society, but Kenneth Finkel, a professor and distinguished lecturer at Temple University in Philadelphia, has another way of looking at it. “We live in a world where, in reality, nothing gets thrown away,” Finkel said. “We just move it around from place to place. So the notion of "throwaway" predates an understanding of ecology. “Our "thrown away" electronics end up in landfills; our ‘thrown away’ clothes end up in landfills or in thrift shops,” Finkel said. “We have more stuff now than anyone has in the history of our species. That was necessary to keep our industrial/commercial/consumer society going. And we invented the idea that we could actually throw it away. But we can't really.” Our old shirts also regularly wind up as rags, used to clean our cars and trucks. Obsolete and/or broken electronics, as well as the batteries that we use to power those devices, are almost always recycled. Materials like various metals and plastics are also often recycled, though the occasional plastic bottle may find its way into the regular garbage. “The “invention of the idea of a throwaway society came out of the fact that we produce more than we have, more than we want and need,” Finkel said. “Our economy depends on this seemingly endless cycle. Then we also had to invent the notion that we can and should dispense with things we no longer need and replace them (or augment

Thousands of the things that we throw out after a newer model comes out does not all end up getting recycled.

them) with newer things even when we don't need them. So the main influence on the ‘throwaway society’ is our dependence on the economics of excess.” In the end, we do technically live in a “throwaway society.” If a TV, iPod or an

air-conditioner in a vehicle breaks down, sometimes the cost of labor to fix it (or keep fixing it year after year) is simply not worth it. The same is true for residential central air-conditioners and heating systems when they get older. When something

like a car or truck, or a central air-conditioning unit, continues to annually nickeland-dime its owner, it makes much more financial sense to replace the item in question with a new one that won’t continually have problems, than it does to keep fixing the

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aging item year after year, month after month, and possibly in extreme cases, week after week or day after day. But when central air-conditioners are replaced, the old units are typically broken down for materials like aluminum and copper, which is in turn recycled. The non-recyclable parts more than likely end up in the landfill. Cars, trucks, and other vehicles are also recycled when they are either wrecked or reach the end of their lifespan. As was the case with Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, derelict automobiles also begin new lives as piece of art. Computer parts, plastics, various metals, and even glass all get recycled, so to say we live in a throwaway society is not entirely accurate. If we lived in a throwaway society, the point Finkel is trying to make is that discarded items would simply disappear. Most items are recycled, and those that are not recycled do not disappear, but instead typically wind up in a landfill. “Throwaway Society” is basically an incorrect term.

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A recycle collection station where many people go to dump old computers.


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library renovations a novel idea 8 BUCKS NEWS

By: BriaN KEllEy Centurion Staff

After years of students struggling to find comfortable and convenient work areas, new learning resources have been put in place at Bucks to help the students and faculty become more successful with the completion of the library. “The primary reason for the renovation was to make support for students much easier to obtain. Previously the tutoring center was on a different floor from the library which was an inconvenience for many students,” said Maureen McCreadie, Dean of Learning Resources. “Now that the renovation is finished, students will have all of the support they need all in one area” Students now have the ability to work in a number of areas to help improve their success. Many of the rooms that were renovated were made specifically to accommodate the needs of specific students. For example, the new Recording/Practice Area in room L207b was made for all students but now helps specifically with students who need to practice their presentations. With a projector and laptop in the room, students can bring up to six

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friends and practice their presentation while getting comfortable speaking in front of others. “Students many times have difficulty finding somewhere to rehearse their presentations or speeches,” McCreadie said. “Now, they have the resources to practice presenting in front of a group of people.” Previously, many students had difficulty finding somewhere to study their work in a quiet area. Fixing this problem is the new “Shhh room” located in the back of the library with over 40 carrels for students to work in privacy without disturbance. “With the amount of people in the library at once, it is often difficult for students to find a quiet place to concentrate without distractions, but that has all changed with the renovation,” said McCreadie. A brainstorming area in Room L315 has also been added to the library built with dry-erase walls for students to work with people as a group and formulate ideas. Two co-lab rooms have also been built which include a projector; dry-erase boards; a flat screen television and movable tables for students to work with other classmates. The renovation also in-

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Bucks students taking advantage of the renovated library.

cludes over 50 desktop computers and propeller-shaped tables to help students utilize their work space to the best of their abilities. On the first floor of the library is a relatively new room called “MInDSPace.” This room was designed so students could work in groups for multimedia and instructional design projects. This room offers software

like Adobe Premiere and Dreamweaver that many students may not have access to at home. This technology will help them work on posters, timelines, and presentations. New elevators have also been implemented to satisfy the needs of students with mobility issues. With all of the new technology and services available in

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the library, students will now be able to work in a larger and more comfortable setting. All of the rooms and services are available to reserve on the library website at www. Bucks.edu/library. All of the resources are available in the library Monday-Thursday 8a.m to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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BY: KELSEI TOTH Centurion Staff

ellen page stars in “Beyond: two souls,” a game with an intriguing storyline, but one that experiences some fragmentation. the game plays like an interactive movie, integrating all of the characters, although slightly linear. Jodie holmes is the game’s main character, modeled after her voice actress ellen page. she is tied to a mysterious playable entity known as “aiden”. the player follows holmes through her memories as she recounts them. holmes can only travel to certain areas, and the terrain is not open for exploration in most parts. however, the player is given options between different possible answers and actions that can affect the fate of the characters. the game has four possible endings, adding great replay value. the game play in itself wasn’t terrible, but it was nothing to write home about either. Beyond’s charm came mostly from its’ extensive characters. playable characters had relatable, realistic backstories. Certain characters were less favorable than others, but it seemed intentional. the most fun was in the personalized selection, achievement hunting, and playing as aiden. Using aiden, the player is supposed

Actress Ellen Page serves as the inspiration for the protagonist Jodie Holmes in “Beyond: Two Souls.”

to float around the room, finding things and people to interact with. sometimes, holmes’s life is at stake during these scenes, so aiden needs to act quickly. there were some unpleasant bugs and poor thinking in the content of this game. when having holmes interact with objects, there are points where the action command doesn’t respond, and you have to hit it a second time. this can get old very fast.

Fight scenes are performed by moving in the appropriate direction using the right analog stick. Unfortunately, not everything about the game is perfect; there are only two difficulty settings available. one setting is for the inexperienced. with this one, the player is given guidance during the fighting; arrows will appear to show the direction in which to push the right analog stick, and you can’t deviate from this path.

the other setting is for the more experienced. the player can move aiden at will, but they will not be shown directions during the fight scenes. You can’t advance without fighting, making this mode more time consuming. even when playing on the hardest setting, sometimes aiden’s indicator dots didn’t come up. when playing a particularly hectic level, this can be quite jarring. it’s a

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huge issue when glitches cause you to lose. there’s an offline multiplayer option where a friend can play as aiden, which adds a bit of complication if the player believes they’re ready for it.all in all, the game is pretty good. the storyline is neat, and the secondary presence involved was very fun. the characters are likeable and have rich, interesting backstories, and there’s great replay value.

‘Bad Grandpa’ provides good comedy BY: JEFF GADZINSKI Centurion Staff

in its first week in theatres, the Jeff tremaine directed movie “Bad grandpa” starring Johnny Knoxville, came in number one among the box office by raking in $32 million. this reality-comedy outshined highly-anticipated movies such as “gravity” and “12 Years a slave.” in this film, irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) plays the grandpa of an innocent child named Billy (Jackson nicoll). this movie is a product of the “Jackass” films and television shows. these episodes and movies obviously never had the best story line. in fact, they never had a story at all. the shows consisted of a group of crazy friends hurting themselves and they did outrageous acts in public. they filmed it secretly, and had a good laugh. although the plot to this movie is weak, at least there was one at all. Zisman is roaming across the country with Billy to apparently give him back to his real father. on their journey, there is multiple stops and each one

“Bad Grandpa” came in no. 1 at the box office, with high praise.

is funny in its own right. even though at some points the movie seemed to drag it was well written.

throughout the movie, Bad grandpa does various funny acts such as taking his pants off in a male strip club, leav-

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ing his genitalia hanging out. also, greg harris plays Chuck, Billy’s long lost dad, and a hilarious scene is when

they are in the bar, and grandpa gives Billy back to his dad. he causes a huge scene in the bar as he comes back in for Billy after he gave him up. the bar is full of a biker gang that is against abuse and neglect of children, which Chuck is expressing that he does. they threaten him, and let grandpa leave with Billy, but before the scene cuts out, grandpa crashes into one of the motorcycles of the bike club, causing a domino effect and knocking them all over. on the other hand, there were some skits that simply were not too funny. the reaction they were looking for, they did not always receive. in one part, Billy pushes his supposed drunk grandpa in a cart through a drive-thru fast food place. the reaction of the workers was just laughter, and not much excitement was established in this scene. this reaction was present in a few other scenes as well. the movie though, as a whole, could have you in stitches laughing until you tear up, but in order to know the hilarity, you must go see the film yourself.


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BY: MICHEAL GIRTON Centurion Staff

Joss Whedon, director of the incredibly successful film “The Avengers” has returned to television to head Marvel’s new show “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” which first aired on Sept. 24 and has since had fairly positive reviews from both critics and fans. ABC’s new show is set in the same cinematic universe as “The Avengers,” and all the other movies Marvel has produced since “Iron Man” back in 2008. Several months after the alien invasion of Manhattan at the climax of “The Avengers,” the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, better known as S.H.I.E.L.D, has been working to protect humanity as a whole from any strange and unnatural threats the expansive Marvel universe has to offer. The pilot episode reintroduces viewers to Agent Phil Coulson (portrayed by Clark Gregg), mysteriously resurrected after his death in the previous film, as he puts together a special team to carry out the agency’s secret operations. The first mission of this team is to investigate a suspected superhuman named

“Marvel: Agents of Shield” kicked off this fall.

Mike Peterson in Los Angeles. However their efforts to track him down are hindered by “Skye” (played by Chloe Bennet), a member of an underground activist group called the “Rising Tide,” which is distrustful of biggovernment agencies--like S.H.I.E.L.D.--and is dedicated to making important information they would try to cover up known to the whole world. After being abducted by Coulson’s team, Skye eventually decides to cooperate with S.H.I.E.L.D. and assists them

in discovering that Peterson is an experiment involved with yet another unknown organization’s plot, and is in danger of dying if the technology giving him his powers is not removed. By the end of the episode, Coulson’s team manages to rescue Peterson, the strange organization that had been experimenting on him disappears, and Skye is welcomed onto the team for her assistance, though it is made clear she still supports the Rising Tide in secret. The show makes quite a few

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references to the movie and other aspects of the Marvel universe that diehard fans will surely appreciate, but is also entertaining enough for newcomers. The show has been called a sort of “NCIS” with superheroes by different critics. Everyone on the cast does their job well, creating both dramatic and humorous moments, from time to time. The pilot shows enough action and intrigue to pull one in, but it’s clear this isn’t the blockbuster “The Avengers” was. There are a lot of moments most people will find

rather dry, and sometimes too convoluted to follow. Of course this is nothing new for a show created by Joss Whedon. He often throws his viewers into the middle of the show’s universe and hopes that they will become immersed. Even though they usually start off slow, they get it in gear and become much more enticing as time goes on. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” clearly has potential. The Rising Tide, this enigmatic organization, and the questioning of big-government organizations like S.H.I.E.L.D. are all very interesting plot points. Just like in his previous shows like “Firefly,” Whedon has set up each of the characters on Coulson’s team to have their own unique and enthralling backstory to be revealed over time, especially the revived Coulson himself. The events of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will tie events in future Marvel movies such as “Captain America: The Winter Solider” which comes out April 4 2014. So fans still might want to watch the show. Fans can catch “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

THE WEEK IN TV/MOVIES/MUSIC/BOOKS TV

Monday 11/18 How I Met Your Mother - CBS - 8:00 The Voice - NBC - 8:00 Castle - ABC - 10:00 Tuesday 11/19 NCIS - CBS - 8:00 New Girl - FOX - 9:00 Person of Interest - CBS - 10:00

THEATER

MOVIES

MUSIC

Wednesday 11/20 The X Factor - FOX - 8:00 Back in the Game -ABC - 8:30 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - CBS -10:00

Thursday 11/21 The Big Bang Theory - CBS - 8:00 Parks and Recreation - NBC - 8:30 Glee - Fox - 9:00 Friday 11/22 Bones - FOX - 8:00 Shark Tank - ABC - 9:00 Blue Bloods - CBS - 10:00

Sunday 11/24 The Simpsons - FOX - 8:00 The Good Wife - CBS - 9:00 The Mentalist -CBS - 10:00

“King and Maxwell”

Written By: David Baldacci

It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father . . . after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions.

Release Date: 19 November

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Directed by: Francis Lawrence Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Release Date: 22 November

BOOKS

“Miracles and Massacres” Written by: Glenn Beck

History is about so much more than memorizing facts. It is, as more than half of the word suggests, about the story. And, told in the right way, it is the greatest one ever written: Good and evil, triumph and tragedy, despicable acts of barbarism and courageous acts of heroism.

Release Date: 19 November

One Direction

New Album “Midnight Memories” 25 November

Cheap Time

New Album “Exit Smiles” 26 November

Britney Spears

New Album “Britney Jean” 3 December

“Cross My Heart ”

Written by: James Patterson

Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart—nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.

Release Date: 25 November


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Sixers off to surprising start Bucks-news.com

The week of November 19, 2013

BY: BRIAN KELLEY Centurion Staff

The Philadelphia 76ers have defied the experts so far this season by boasting a 5-4 record that has them among the top three teams in the Eastern conference behind only the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. Coming into the season the Sixers were expected to be one of the worst teams in the NBA. All-star point guard Jrue Holiday left in an offseason trade and first-round draft pick Nerlens Noel is out for the season. Despite that the team has played well together and beat some of the most talented teams in the NBA, including, the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets. Perhaps the roster changes Sixers general manager, Sam Hinkie made were for the better. The Holiday trade upset many Sixers fans when it took place, but rebuilding seems to be working in the Sixers favor. Last season, in their first nine games they had the same exact 5-4 record as this season. Much of the success has come from first-round draft pick Michael CarterWilliams. Although he was great in college, many did not expect him to become a star

A photo of Michael Carter-Williams in high school

in the NBA due to his lack of athleticism. But so far, Carter-Williams is playing like the NBA’s rookie of the year, averaging 17.4 points per game, 7.6 assists, and 5.4 rebounds according to nba.com. “They’re playing decent,� said Sebastian Marsan, a biology major “They are using their youth to set the tempo defensively.� Carter-Williams success on the court has also been an influence on many of his team-

mates including small forward Evan Turner who is in the final year of his contract. Turner’s best season was last year, when he averaged 13 points per game, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. This season Turner is playing like an allstar who wants a big contract extension with 23 points per game, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists according to nba.com. Large contributions are also coming from the Sixers center Spencer Hawes. Hawes is playing some of the best bas-

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ketball of his NBA career with 16 points and 10 rebounds a game. Last season Hawes averaged just 9 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist per game according to nba.com. With the emergence of a young Sixers roster, many are curious as to what is the cause of this. When last season’s head coach Doug Collins left the team many fans were disappointed because of good coaching ability. After a long coaching

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search the Sixers were able to find a more than able replacement in Brett Brown. So far Brown is rewarding his bosses by putting the team in a better position than they have been in years. “They’re doing good right now for a young team, Abul Olatunbosun, a physical assistant major said. They beat big teams and are beating them in overtime.� Brown was the assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs from 2007-2013. While Brown was the assistant coach, the Spurs won an NBA Championship and made appearances in the Western Conference Finals twice and the NBA finals once. Perhaps, San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich was an influence on Brown’s coaching tactics. The team’s bench still needs a lot of improvement, but overall, the team is playing great basketball. CarterWilliams, Turner, and Hawes are emerging as Philadelphia’s own “Big-Three�. Fans are just hoping the success can continue for the rest of the season. If the team continues to play this well, Philadelphia might finish with one of the best records in the Eastern Conference.

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Phantoms crush Centurions SPORTS

Bucks-news.com

The week of November 19, 2013

BY: STEPHEN GODWIN JR.

Turnovers doomed the Men’s Centurion basketball team (0-2) in their home opener against the Delaware County Phantoms, led by their shooting guard James Middleton (21 points) in a 110-70 win on Nov. 12 at Bucks. The deciding point of the game was late in the first half, when the Centurions had brought the game close. The Phantoms responded with a 23-5 run and never looked back. The Centurions were led by center William Davis who had 17 points, with most of them coming in the first half. William’s contribution kept the game within striking distance, but was a bit of a nonfactor in the second half. Missing in the lineup for the Centurions was starting point guard Kelvin Cobbs-Jackson, who was suspended for “unspecified reasons.” Throughout the game, it was apparent the Centurions missed him. They looked completely out of rhythm. They had 15 turnovers for the half and six in the first five minutes. This was because they were forcing passes that

The heat of the battle intensifies as Kyree Westbrooks attempts to thwart the opposing team’s advances.

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Centurion Staff

were not there and had trouble spacing the floor. All of these mishaps allowed the Phantoms to claim a 15-3 lead early, as they often scored in transition. The Phantoms were also relying on their guard Dominique Owens, who had 14 points in the half. “We had a players-only meeting on Sunday, and the extra time just transferred to the court,” said Owens on the team’s effort. The Centurions would receive a boost from their for-

ward Ravi Sinanan whom scored four straight points to spark a 21-8 run that got them within 30-26. The Centurions kept their momentum going with good rebounding and defense. Davis was most effective during this run, as he presented match-up problems that the Phantoms had no answer for. “We were a little nervous at first, but since we knew we were playing at home in front of our friends and families, we wanted to impress them,”

Sinanan said. Just as it seemed the Centurions were getting back into the game, the Phantoms regrouped. The early game woes of the Centurions reappeared as they gave up three straight turnovers. The Phantoms would take advantage and go on a 23-5 run that put them ahead 5331. The Centurions were simply getting out-hustled and their shooting went from hot to cold in a matter of minutes. Halftime provided a much

team matching each other on offense, but soon the Phantoms would take control. In the second half it would be a different story. The Centurions rallied together,

and would be the ones dominating on offense to tie the game at 34, with six minutes remaining. “We just fed off each other’s positive energy and

built off our scoring,” Swift said. The Centurion rebounds were key to the rally, and the extra scoring chances soon gave them the lead at 40-26.

needed break for basketball players, but it is worth noting that the Phantoms went back on the court after a brief five minutes. The Centurion turnover problems continued into the second half and they soon fell even further behind at 66-36. Kyree Westbrooks, #24 of the Centurions, played well in the second half, but outside of him, there was not really any significant contributions from the team. Westbrooks was trying to start another run with five straight points, but the scoring would not last. Instead, the Phantoms went on another big run to the tune of 11-3 that pulled them ahead 81-50. A key part of the Phantoms second-half offense was lethal three-point shooting that made their lead impossible to become endangered. With the game out of hand, Centurion head coach Donald Perry pulled most of his starters for the last ten minutes of the game. To the Centurions credit, the remaining players on the floor did play with intensity, but were not able to overcome the large deficit as they fell 110-70.

Women’s Basketball wins their home opener BY: STEPHEN GODWIN JR. Centurion Staff

The Women’s Centurion basketball team (1-0) is out to prove that this year is not like last year and got things started off right, when their forward Shannon Swift scored 16 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to give her team a 41-38 victory over the Delaware County Phantoms (0-1) on Nov. 12 at Bucks’ “Overall, I felt like it was a great team win,” Swift said. Swift broke three records on the night by having those 17 rebounds, six blocked shots, and five steals. Also starring for the Centurions were guards Jackie Kramer with 9 points, and Shayla Panniell with 5 points and 14 rebounds The game started with each

The game then hit a bit of a standstill as it became a game of shooting fouls. With the lead within reach, the Phantoms were hoping the Centurions would miss from the foul line enough times to help them come back. Kramer would thwart that strategy by making some clutch free throws down the stretch to preserve the Centurions’ win at 41-38. Last year the Women’s basketball team did not win a single game, so this win made it all the sweeter for second-year players like Swift. “It was definitely nice,” Swift said. “We put last season in perspective and just worked harder this past offseason, so it was good to see our hard work pay off.”

PRO SCORES

BUCKS SCORES Men’s Basketball November 12 Bucks 70-110 DCC

Philadelphia Flyers November 13 Flyers 2-1 Penguins

November 16 Bucks 65-62 Johnson College

Philadelphia76ers November 15 Sixers 103-113 Hawks

November 15 Flyers 2-3 Jets

Women’s Basketball November 12 Bucks 41-38 Delaware CC November 14 Bucks 67-95 CC of Phil.

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November 14 Bucks 90-95 CC of Phil.

The Women’s Basketball Team shows enthusiasm, working hard to ensure that last season never happens again.

November 16 Sixers 98 - 135 Pelicans

Philadelphia Eagles November 17 Eagles 24 - 16 Redskins

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