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The Award-Winning, Student-Run Newspaper of Bucks County Community College Volume 52 Issue 1
Week of February 11, 2014
With Bucks County getting pelted with record breaking snowfalls, students at Bucks are wondering if winter will ever end... By: Charlotte reese
Wounded Warrior Flyers Raffle goes big at Bucks
over forty inches of snow and ice has left local infrastructure and school systems crippled as local power and township crews struggle to keep roads safe and schools and homes powered. over forty inches is already more than 2011-2012 and 2010-2011 winter snowfall totals put together. according to the courier times, tuesday night’s ice storm left roughly 620,000 customers without power throughout the system in the Philadelphia area. this includes 143,000 residents in Bucks county. tuesday night’s storm is the second most disruptive storm in recent history, behind super storm hurricane sandy, which caused a record total of 850,000 customers to lose power, according to the courier times. Peco is not the only one to feel the pressure of the recent storms, as many schools are facing consecutive closures after power outages. Power outages have effected Bucks college directly, which has closed three times and had one delayed opening since the beginning of the spring semester (Jan. 22), as of thursday feb. 6. according to professors, in one department alone there
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Heavy snowfall hits campus, making students have to catch up on copious amounts of schoolwork and dodge obstacles such as fallen trees.
were more than 30 classes cancelled. catherine Mcelroy, the interim Provost and Dean of academic affairs talks about the challenges faced from all of the storms that have hit the Bucks county area in the past few weeks. she insists that “concern for the safety of our students, faculty and staff is the primary consideration in determining when the campus will be closed.” Mcelroy goes on to say: “students lost classes on Jan. 22, feb. 3 and feb. 5, as well as classes before 11:00 a.m. on feb. 6.” this is a lot of class for students to be missing. Making up these classes will definitely be a concern as well. Mcelroy assures
students that “we have already committed to using scheduled make-up days: classes lost on Jan. 22 will be made up on May 14. classes lost on feb. 3 will be made up on May 15.” she finishes by noting that while this edition of the centurion is being produced, they are “in the process of determining how we will make up classes lost on feb. 5th and 6th. local school districts have also faced many closures since the end of Jan., with power being the primary reason for the closures and delays on thursday. the poor weather is treacherous for commuting students, but recent weather has
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left many schools without power. Walking into classes on feb. 4 began with the instructors making a classic weather comment, the entire class expressed similar distaste, saying things like; “enough is enough.” or “i’m ready for spring.” road conditions have been so poor that even students with ready vehicles are facing trouble; “i’ve had trouble driving in the weather, and my car has 4wheel drive,” said Kim hoch, 23, who is part of continued education program, major not specified. the road conditions have not only been scary, Continued on page 2
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Tuesday Sunny with a high of 28 degrees.
Wednesday Flurries with a high of 31 degrees.
Thursday Rain and snow with a high of 38.
Friday Partly cloudy with a high of 42 degrees
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Saturday Mostly sunny with a high of 31. Sunday Snow with a high of 35.
Monday Partly Cloudy with a high of 35. WEathEr courtEsy of thE national WEathEr sErvicE
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the roads,” says sean gill about these never-ending snowstorms. While some students don’t hold issue with the roads, others have been without power. “i lost power and i’ve been staying at my cousins,” says Jamie Brnilovich, 20, an english major. chris Pierre agrees, saying,
“i had to park all the way in lot c because my car’s tires were slipping too much.” While many students are concerned with the current affairs of their roads and schools, others are worried about the effect the consecutive closures will have on them in May. Daniel Bowers said, “May 20 is late enough. Winter
break was too long and now summer is going to be shortened more than it already is.” Many students simply want the winter to go away, however, given recent events it doesn’t seem like winter is in any way on its way out anytime soon.
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but also costly. “i’ve lost two tires and wheels due to pot holes covered by the snow. [that’s] almost $1,200 in damages,” said Matt fellenz, 24, an a+ certification student. other than driving, some students have had no problems with the weather. “the
weather no big deal for me, though i’m getting sick of the cold,” says Kayra fisher, 18, a Psychology major. ali Kuklinsky says, “i want it to end really badly. i feel like i’m living in antarctica or alaska.” some students express dissatisfaction at the state of the roads and parking lots. “it’s crazy! i’m nervous on
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Wounded Warrior giving back 3
BY: TIM ZENNO Centurion Staff
Some students attend Bucks with the intention of just being able to get by. They come to class day in, day out, do the bare minimum for their passing grades, and then go home. Robert Talbot, 28 year old secondary education major is not one of these people. Talbot has taken it upon himself for the past few months, and for months to come, to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Foundation, a non-profit organization that exists to raise money for people whom have been injured in the military. Having been injured himself as a Marine at one point in time, Talbot only wants to give back to society and his brethren in the military. Thus far Talbot has raised just shy of $5,000, and he isn’t keeping a single cent of it. Talbot is quite selfless despite his rough demeanor, having been in the military for years; “We love Rob!” Exclaims Carol Brandt, one of the hard-working members of the Student Life Department. Claiming that it would be “wrong and selfish”, Talbot refused the opportunity for a solo picture with all the re-
galia of his fundraiser. He simply believed that it would be wrong to not include the other members of the Veteran’s Club at Bucks. Talbot assures that they have been instrumental in the completion of this fundraiser, and he cares about them more than the fundraiser itself. This is surprising and very generous, as his fundraiser is one of the top-grossing fundraisers to ever have been held at Bucks. Though, according to the Student Life department, this information is difficult to get a hold of. “It’s a great opportunity to give back and work with Rob,” says Kyle Hofstaedter, The Client Development Executive for the Philadelphia Flyers. Robert has been working closely with Hofstaedter, a focused man who has the well-being of the Flyers as his top priority. He continues “I love what he’s doing with Wounded Warrior, it hits hard at home for me, because my dad was injured in Vietnam.” He seemed very excited to see how this fundraiser will develop in the future. The Flyers’ season ends in April, but this isn’t going to stop him. According to Talbot, he has the 76’ers “on board” with his fundraiser,
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Flyers jacket signed by veteran player Ian LaPerriere among others.
and he will be opening doors for them at Wells Fargo for their season as well. On 27 February at 4 p.m. Talbot will be at Xfinity Live in the Wells Fargo Stadium, fundraising at the bar there for money. He has been auctioning off many things, such as hockey pucks and sticks with signatures on them.
His next addition to the auction will be a jacket signed by the entire Flyers’ team. Aside from that, he will be raising funds at the amateur wrestling meet taking place next week at the YMCA on Levittown Parkway, which gives him an opportunity to work with youth as well as college students.
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In the end, the Wounded Warrior project is benefitting greatly from Rob’s hard work. It will be interesting to see what he does in the future to help this cause, during the summer and later this year.
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Enrollment frustration 4
BY: MOLLY HARMS Centurion Staff
Students have experienced unexpected class cancellations due to low enrollment at the beginning of the semester. Last semester’s five percent enrollment drop definitely had a significant effect on the number of classes at Bucks this year. The semester did not start out on a good note for many students. Due to low enrollment rates, many were left with gaps in their schedules due to last minute cancellations. “Yes, twice,” says Tina Rosso, 19 year old Communication major. Rosso lost a class at the beginning of the spring semester, and then a class she replaced it with was subsequently cancelled. She’s trying to graduate on time and needs 5 classes this semester. If she can’t get them, she’s “out of luck,” as she says herself. Kelly Armstrong, 19, majors in Journalism at Bucks and was enrolled in the Webcast and News Production class that was cancelled before the start of the term. She received notification of this a week before the start of the semester. Kelly was told there would “not be enough people in the class so we [her class] should
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be prepared for having the class be dropped.” She happens to know the teacher, but shares that if she didn’t she “had a feeling I would not have had any warning.” Armstrong had seen the cancelation coming because there were only three people registered for the class. “I was still annoyed, my major doesn't have many people in it, so this occurrence of missing a class because there are so few people in it is pretty common.” With so many classes canceled so close to the term’s beginning, many returning students such as Tina and Kelly, found themselves rushing at the last minute trying to find replacement classes that fit into their tight schedules. Unfortunately, many were not able to replace their cancelled classes for this term because they had received notice from the college at the last minute and there were limited classes available. Last semester Bucks President Stephanie Shanblatt was eager to inform Centurion reporters that the enrollment drop would have no effect on the students: “Everything will carry on… Students won’t see any effect.” Shanblatt assured students that Bucks “planned for it,”
Empty parking lots are expected on a Saturday morning, but they would raise concerns if this was a normal day at Bucks.
she was correct in saying that tuition would not increase, but many students seem to consider the dropping of classes as a significant effect on their Bucks experience. According to a Bucks official, in one department alone there were more than 30 classes cancelled due to low enrollment. Catherine McElroy, Interim Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs added: "The academic departments do their best to avoid canceling course sections. If enrollment is low, the department will consider delaying the beginning of class in order to have time to build up enrollment. The class thus transitions from a traditional 15-week semester class to a
“late-start” class. Late-start classes were introduced with the beginning of on-time registration in the Fall 2013 semester. Academic Affairs developed this calendar option so classes could begin in Week Three of the traditional semester. Time is added to each class meeting to ensure the class meets for the required number of hours and can still end at the same time as the traditional semester." Some students actually prefer the lower student numbers, like Andrew Spoghardi, 20 year old American Studies major. He said, “low enrollment hasn’t affected my classes other than them being small, which is a plus for me.” Armstrong was fortunate as
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she states: “I found a replacement class just fine. With WebAdvisor, it was pretty easy. I logged on and found another class that I needed that was at the same time as my cancelled class […] I was pretty lucky.” Armstrong also offered some advice for the college: “I suggest a more official way of notifying students [… ] even if it is just sending out an e-mail from the department saying that the class might be dropped.” In conclusion, students have to be able to make up these classes that have been cancelled in the future without having to delay their degrees or transfers.
State of the Union
In President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, he said that the federal government is making slow but sure progress in legislation concerning healthcare, minimum wage, jobs and the war overseas. BY: JEFF TESCHNER AND KELLY ARMSTRONG Centurion Staff
President Barack Obama on Jan. 28 delivered a State of the Union address in which he touted progress already made or offered new proposals on healthcare, jobs creation and the minimum wage. Obama vowed to raise the minimum wage for federal workers to $10.10, and said the government should have a renewed focus to “train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now.” Healthcare has been a major point of debate for many Americans since the enactment of Affordable Care Act. Despite glitches at the start, Obama said there has been
ample progress since its enactment. Obama said that “because of the Affordable Care Act, more than 3 million Americans under age 26 have gained coverage under their parents' plans. More than 9 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage.” Obama also lauded the fact that the legislation prevents insurers from denying coverage to citizens; “Because of this law, no American, none, zero, can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a pre-existing condition like asthma or back pain or cancer. No woman can ever be charged more just because she's a woman. And we did all this while adding Continued on page 5
For Obama, he’s seeing the glass as half-full when it comes to legislation in 2014.
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years to Medicare's finances, keeping Medicare premiums flat and lowering prescription costs for millions of seniors.” While Obama can use an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal workers, he called on Congress to raise the minimum wage nationwide. It’s not clear whether Republicans in Congress will agree, however. Students at Bucks agree for the need to raise the minimum wage. Student Zaryab Bangash, believes “the minimum wage should be $10 per hour so the standard of living is acceptable. So that people who can’t obtain a higher paying job can make a living off of the money they make with the job they currently have.” The wage hike would affect an estimated 30 million citizens toiling at minimum wage jobs. Economists, using inflation figures from the past 40 years since the wage was enacted, suggest raising the minimum wage to $10.59
per hour. Other than increasing wages, Obama made a push for quicker and more efficient job training to get people back to work. “That means more on-thejob training, and more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life,” Obama said. “It means connecting companies to community colleges that can help design training to fill their specific needs. And if Congress wants to help, you can concentrate funding on proven programs that connect more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.” Obama also trumpeted the fact that the U.S. has ended its military involvement in Iraq, and is gradually withdrawing from Afghanistan, slowly bringing an end to “the longest war in U.S. history.” “Tonight, because of the extraordinary troops and civilians who risk and lay down their lives to keep us free, the United States is
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Many critics have the problem of viewing Obama in black and white, like this photograph.
more secure,” Obama said. “When I took office, nearly 180,000 Americans were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, all our troops are out of Iraq. More than
60,000 of our troops have already come home from Afghanistan. With Afghan forces now in the lead for their own security, our troops have moved to a support role,” he added.
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In closing, despite having similar goals to the start of his presidency, Obama is progressing slowly but surely.
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Winner of Bucks County Community College’s “War of the Wigs” 2014 Drag Competition, John Dacpano, also known by his stage name Jasmine Harlow, talks about his experiences with the art of drag performance.
By: Jahmeelah Wilson Centurion Staff
One needs only to interact with John Dacpano for a few minutes to realize he is no ordinary man. Born in the Philippines, Dacpano moved to America at the age of eleven- and it was in America where his eyes were opened to a whole new world, the world of drag performance. “When I’m in drag, I like to make people happy; if they’re having a bad day I hope to make them have a better one” John says, while applying an OCC lip tar. The winner of Bucks County Community College’s 2014 War of the Wigs, the 19-year-old Business Marketing student explains that his hobby began in the 11th grade, when he decided to experiment with makeup. He’d observe his aunt’s make-up routine and endlessly watch YouTube tutorial on blending and contour. He said that when he entered the competition it was
ancient Chinese theater, men simply for fun. “Because the may be a lot of stigma would often play the parts of against drag performance, competition was so strong women because having this year, I never would have what Dacpano is doing isn’t women appear on stage was a guessed the judges would’ve as taboo as some may think: cultural taboo. Cross-dressing for performpicked me for first place.” He believes “Drag is a livance is an ancient art; in clasAdditionally, it was the ing art, and no one can ever sic Shakespearean debut of his character, Jastell you your art isn’t authenperformances as well as in mine Harlow and the first tic” . year Dacpano was Much of able to fully dress Dacpano’s in drag for all the drag inspiworld to see, so it ration origcame as a surprise inates from how humble he Victoria was during the inBeckham’s terview when disfashion cussing his win. sense; her A drag queen is Louis Vuit(generally) a man ton shoes impersonating a and wellwoman, or several fitted women, for the dresses. purpose of enterGoing by tainment or perthe stage formance. They name Jascan range from mine Harthose who do it as low, a job to those who Dacpano do it as a form of describes artistic expression, the characor even as a simter’s deple hobby. Although there John Dacpano as Jasmine Harlow. PHOTO FROM: JAMEELAH WILSON meanor as
a very well-put-together girl with a certain level of promiscuity and luxury. “Drag is an armor. When I don’t feel comfortable with myself I put on this different persona,” John says. When asked what type of drag queen he was, John replied “I’m a comedy queen, but it just happens to be that I’m glamorous." On the topic of advice for men who wish to become future drag queens, Dacpano believes that "everyone should have the opportunity to live in a fantasy; you can have a so-called 'double life'." To others, dealing with negative comments can be a struggle, but Dacpano disregards the negativity. “People will always have something to say, whether it be good or bad. It’s never what they call you, but what you answer to.” He adds, “Learn not to care about what others think, just do you.” And “just doing him” is what he continues to do.
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The Nintendo-Hard Saga Stunning animation is high Games of the “Nintendo Hard” vaBY: ERICH MARTIN point of Disney’s “Frozen” riety hold a special place in my Centurion Staff
For many gamers, there is easy mode, nomal mode and hard mode. Then, just above hard mode, when one think’s it can’t get any worse, there is the fabled “Nintendo Hard”. “Nintendo Hard” is the difficulty that a game holds if it seems nearly unbeatable by simply picking the game up and trying it out. Games that fall into this category are often those of an older status, games from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) era, and even before. Games from the NES earned the “Nintendo Hard” title, and made a genre to be used for gaming generations to come. “We are Nintendo. We challenge all players. You cannot beat us.” Says an Australian Nintendo ad from the 1980’s. Every game generation has games which could be classified as being “Nintendo Hard.” The first games to fit this description and some of the most recognizable are games such as “Ghosts and Goblins” and the always popular “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Anyone who remembers playing these games as a child or adult can attest to their incredible difficulty. However, “Nintendo Hard” games were not hard for the sake of being hard. These games often included inflated difficulty in order increase the length of the games, which would be considered very short by today’s standards. Games that could be finished in an hour suddenly took hours upon hours, and even days if the player was dedicated enough.
heart, these are the games that I grew up playing, and though a valiant effort was given, none were ever fully completed. Games such as “The Lion King,” and “Aladdin” on the Sega Genesis were the games that defined my childhood. Despite the fact that these games were based on lovable Disney movies, they were no piece of cake. Veterans of “The Lion King” will most likely remember the devilish giraffes and roaring at monkeys. These are the games which helped to define an entire generation of gamers, including myself. Just because capacity has increased in the memory of video games, they have not all gotten easier. Examples include games from From Software’s “Demon’s Souls” and “Dark Souls.” These games are certainly not easy. They give the player an undeniable sense of accomplishment when progress is created and saved. This is something that I can personally say I have experienced, through games in the vein of Aladdin, and more infamously, “Battletoads.” Games of the “Nintendo Hard” caliber are still being made today, even if they do not appear much on Nintendo consoles anymore, ironically. “Nintendo Hard” is a term which has been around as long as Nintendo itself has, and holds a special place in not only my heart, but hearts of gamers around the world.
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Disney’s “Frozen” released in theatres November 27, 2013. “Frozen” was directed and written by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and produced by Peter Del Vecho. The franchise has since gained widespread popularity, even before its release in theatres. But was this movie really worth all this pre-release hype? The soundtrack felt a bit underwhelming. There were one or two golden music numbers to be heard throughout the movie. Christophe Beck wrote the music for the movie, and there was a distinctive change from its predecessors. As it turns out, the music was written to sound more like a musical than your average Disney track. A lot of the songs that made it into the movie were very forgettable and may have been better used as ambience. Lyrics didn’t exactly help keep it in memory. The main protagonist Anna, (voiced by Kristen Bell) has lived without friends or real socialization for a large portion of her life. By the time she was of age, she was completely naïve to things like love and marriage. She was plucky and upbeat; so eager to get out of the castle and meet new people. That’s not a very big groundbreaking change to the typical Disney princess lineup. The concept of
“naïve royalty” gets a bit stale after 53 movies, though at the same time it’s clear why they had her personality the way it was. Going into detail would spoil a very big plot twist at the end.
Romance in this story is a side dish. It’s not the foundation that the whole plot revolves around. This is where change can be very good. The main plot in this movie is Anna’s journey to find her sister. She travels with a few odd companions. It feels like baby steps, but it’s still
very welcome to see some new concepts and ideas come out of Disney. Elsa’s character was new as well (voiced by Idina Menzel). In accordance with traditional concepts, a Disney princess is supposed to be social, cheerful, daring and courageous. Elsa falls under none of the categories. She’s withdrawn and cautious. She avoids getting too close to people and refuses any physical contact. In this way, she’s very relatable for people who could never relate to previous princesses. It’s a character archetype Disney’s never really touched on before. She was originally going to be the antagonist, but a lot of consideration went into this movie. At the end of all their careful planning, they decided to go with one very wise decision and make Elsa the secondary character. Animation-wise, “Frozen” is probably one of the most visually stunning movies of it’s kind. As the animators were working with a lot of snow and ice based settings and designs, it was fairly obvious that this was going to have to look very specific. Most anticipators could probably predict that it would look beautiful but none of them had any idea how beautiful that really was. The animation team did an excellent job keeping the ice magic theme very much alive throughout the film. All in all, it’s a movie that breaks the mold of typical Disney princesses, and it does so beautifully.
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BY: CHRIS PIERRE Centurion Staff
it was mainstream music’s biggest night of the year two sundays ago: the 56th annual Grammy awards ceremony aired on CBs, a live simulcast of the event held at the staples Center in Los angeles, California. the ceremony was hosted by legendary hip-hop artist and tV personality LL Cool J. according to nielsen ratings, there were a recorded 28.5 million viewers. top musical artists from past and present showcased their talents as they performed and won awards. however, many students at Bucks were colored unimpressed. 20 year-old english major rachel hynes said she “slept through the first 30 minutes of the show”, and then she “didn’t watch the rest”. hynes describes music these days as “demeaning.” another student, sarah mollen, age 19, explained her dislike for the Grammys. she claims the show is “more of a popularity contest, and they don’t really show the real artists.” apparently, disliking the Grammys is nothing new; maynard James keenan, lead singer of the band tool said in an interview on www.nyrock.com in 2002: “[the Grammys are] nothing more than some gigantic promotional machine for the
Grammy winning Daft Punk at the Tron Legacy premiere in 2010.
music industry; they cater to a low intellect and they feed the masses; it’s the music business celebrating itself.” hip-hop artist Jay-Z won nine awards, giving him this year’s highest number of nominations. other artists who trailer him in awards include Justin timberlake, Pharrell Williams, and macklemore / ryan Lewis. many people were upset that popular up-and-coming rapper kendrick Lamar didn’t win a single award. however, this year’s big winner was daft Punk, who took home 5 awards, including album of the Year for their release “random access memories”, and another award for their big hit song “Get Lucky.” macklemore & ryan Lewis won four awards, including Best new artist. his performance of “same Love” with mary Lambert was considered
to be one of the most emotional performances of the night, as they were joined by 33 same and opposite sex couples. towards the end of the performance, madonna joined the performers as they sang a rendition of her song “open Your heart”. there was a lot of controversy surrounding the Grammys though, people think kendrick Lamar was robbed of many awards, including Best rap album. in a text sent to Lamar himself, macklemore explained, “i’m sorry man, i robbed you, you should’ve won.” even some of the winners themselves believe in the irrelevance of the Grammy awards. another highlight of the show was the performance by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, as they opened the show with her hit song
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“drunk in Love”. the risqué performance drew controversy as critics, especially parents, complained about it being too provocative and inappropriate. there were Grammy Lifetime achievement awards handed out as well. most notable of the recipients was the band “the Beatles”, whose surviving members ringo star and sir Paul mcCartney. musicCares Person of the Year recipient Carole king performed “Beautiful” along with fivetime Grammy nominee sara Bareilles, followed by Barielles’ new song, “Brave.” Legendary artists collaborated with today’s huge artists. Lifetime achievement award recipient kris kristofferson performed with country music greats Willie nelson, merle haggard, and Blake shelton. daft Punk and Pharrell Williams performed “Get
Lucky” along with many other songs with nile rodgers and stevie Wonder. robin thicke performed with the band Chicago, and metallica performed their hit “one” with Chinese Pianist Lang Lang. imagine dragons and kendrick Lamar rocked the stage with the collaboration of their songs “radioactive” and “m.a.a.d City”. some even say this trio stole the show and that they had taylor swift dancing out of her seat. other performers like Lorde, taylor swift, John Legend, katy Perry, hunter hayes keith Urban with Gray Clack Jr., and Pink with nate ruess each graced their talent on stage along with nine inch nails with Queens of the stone age, dave Grohl and Lifetime achievement award recipient Lindsey Buckingham closed the show playing their songs “Copy of a” and “my God is the sun” Whether everyone agrees or not, the Grammys create a legacy of musicians whom put out their work for people to take in. it’s the oscars of the music world, and thanks to the national academy of recording arts and sciences, they can honor the artists whom contribute to the industry, like the Beatles, michael Jackson or Georg solti, who won more Grammys than any other artist.
THE WEEK IN TV/MOVIES/MUSIC/BOOKS TV
Tuesday 2/11 NCIS - CBS - 8:00 Olympics 2014- NBC - 9:00 Criminal Minds - ION - 10:00
Wednesday 2/12 American Idol - FOX - 8:00 Law & Order - MNT - 9:00 CSI - CBS - 10:00
Thursday 2/13 American Idol - FOX - 8:00 Law & Order - MNT - 9:00 Kitchen Nightmare - BBC - 10:00
Friday 2/14 Bones - FOX - 8:00 Hawaii Five-0 - CBS - 9:00 The First 48 - A&E - 10:00
Sunday 2/15 Once Upon A Time - ABC - 8:00 Family Guy - FOX - 9:00 Betrayal - ABC - 10:00 Monday 2/16 The Voice- NBC - 8:00 Mike & Molly - CBS - 9:00 Hostages - CBS - 10:00
“My Age of Anxiety” Written By: Scott Stossel
As recently as thirty-five years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category. Today, it is the most common form of officially classified mental illness. Scott Stossel gracefully guides us across the terrain of an affliction that is pervasive yet too often misunderstood.
Release Date: 7 January
Winter’s Tale (PG-13)
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, Winter's Tale is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil.
Directed by: Akiva Goldsman Starring: Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Will Smith, Colin Farrell,William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly Release Date: 14 February
Written by: Tahereh Mafi
With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world.
Release Date: 4 February
New Album “After the Disco” 4 February
New Album “Along the Way” 4 February
New Album “Little Red” 3 February
Written by: James Patterson
The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's epic Under the Never Sky trilogy, and sequel to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Through the Ever Night.Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it's time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.
Release Date: 28 January
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David Brahisnky fondly remembers Pete Seeger BY: MICHELE HADDON Centurion Staff
Pete Seeger was considered a beacon of hope throughout several decades of American struggles, whether through his music or his political activism, he touched countless lives: one such life is that of David Brahinsky, Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religion at Bucks County Community College. Best known for his songs “Turn Turn Turn”, “Where Have all the Flowers Gone” and “If I Had a Hammer”, Seeger leaves behind a great legacy. In the spirit of folk music, Seeger encouraged participation in everything he did. “We’ve all got to be involved in trying to put this world together,” Seeger once said. Seeger showed us that music could be a vehicle for social change. Brahinsky prescribes that “Music reaches people both emotionally and intellectually. If you want to change the world, well music, it affects people. Music has been used to affect the universe, in nearly all cultures and religions, throughout time, around the world.
It affects the intellect, it affects emotions, it affects the body by getting people moving—it affects the whole person. But music alone won’t change the world and Pete knew that.” The philosophy professor recalls a story of the closest he ever came to meeting Seeger. One day, Brahinsky and his friend Leroy Lesame were on their way to a school in Brooklyn to see Seeger perform. Brahinsky explained, “Leroy, a fellow folk singer, was a friend of Pete’s, and here we find Toshi Seeger, Pete’s wife, on the side of the road. So, we pull over and Leroy says to her, ‘Toshi, what’s a matter?’ Well, she had a flat tire, so we fixed it for her. After we were done, we just continued on our way to see Pete sing.” When not teaching at Bucks, Brahinsky feeds his passion for folk music through singing, songwriting, and playing his guitar - either as solo performances or with The Roosevelt String Band. Folk music has been a part of his life since he was a young boy. At age 10, he
started out by learning to play the ukulele. Brahinsky says he can’t help but incorporate his love for music in the classroom. In the last class at the end of PHOTO CREDIT: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Pete Seeger performing in 2011.
each semester, he performs a few songs for his students, usually some Pete Seeger, something relevant to the theme of the class. “It’s teaching to the emotional intelligence, as well as the intellectual,” Brahinsky explains. “It is music with a
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message and it promotes social change.” Brahinsky describes what set Seeger apart from everyone else. He explained that Seeger “never sold out to commercial interests. He stood up for the poor, the disadvantaged, for women. He fought for civil rights, and the anti-war movement. He sang about human rights, justice, and loving the human race. And for this reason, my favorite song of his is ‘My Rainbow Race.’” Never complacent to social issues, his efforts went beyond that of the musical stage and on to the political stage where he rallied and campaigned in the face of adversity, for human rights and the environment. He protested for worker rights in the 1940’s and 50’s, civil rights and the antiwar movement in the 1960’s and 70’s, and, most recently Occupy Wall Street. One of his most inspiring achievements, some might say, was the founding of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., an organization dedicated to preserving the
Hudson River and notable for its efforts in the passing of the Clean Water Act. In 1994, when Seeger was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors, Bill Clinton said that “some artists make musical history - Pete Seeger made history with his music.” On Jan 27, 2014, Pete Seeger died in his sleep at the age of 94, pushing the American people to mourning the spectacular musician, humanitarian and activist. Brahinsky has plans to host a show at the college in midApril. The show will feature songs by “Pete Seeger and the Weavers, songs of social justice, anti-war, and just plain fun.” “I sing Pete’s songs because I agree with Pete.” Brahinsky adds, “Pete was always Pete, no matter where he was or what he was doing. On stage or with his friends, he was always himself. He was what some called a ‘Mensch’, a real person, one of the best.” For more information about the concert in April, contact Professor David Brahinsky at firstname.lastname@example.org or keep an eye out for posters (coming soon) around campus.
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Some students can’t handle the clubs at Bucks should make time for. “I encourage people to Want to join clubs; you meet new With over 50 different Join a people, make new friends, clubs that Bucks has to and grow as a person.” Club? offer, this year’s clubBY:ALISON KUKLINSKI Centurion Staff
palooza proved to be both a success and a letdown. Bucks’ Clubpalooza event took place this past Tuesday, Jan 28 and Wednesday, Jan 29 on the second floor of the Rollins Center from 10-2pm. Although it proved to be a success, there was an abundance of students that just were not interested or simply unable to join a club this semester. Student Paul Ciccotta says that he doesn’t join clubs because, “More or less, it’s because I work a lot outside of school- I would but I just don’t have the time.” Then there are students like Phuong Lg, who says that “Bucks is a commuter’s school, so it’s hard to make extra time coming in for anything other than school when I live 40 minutes away from here.” But that didn’t stop club representatives from coming aboard this fun-filled event to encourage students to take advantage of Bucks’ club opportunities. There are many different clubs, from recreational clubs like skiing and snowboarding and chess club, to student leadership programs like the Bucks Business association (BBA) and the Student Programming Board (SPB). Students have many openings to get connected. The Treasurer of the Bucks Business Association Matt Hoffer says that joining a club is a great thing- one that students Eco-Club (Meeting at Newtown) Advisor: Joann Corn email@example.com
Fly High Track Club (Meeting at Newtown) Advisor: Justin Burroughs Justin.Burroughs@bucks.edu Future Teachers Organization (Meet at Newtown or Perkasie) Advisor: Newtown - Kate D'Auria firstname.lastname@example.org Glass Arts Society (Meetings at Newtown) Advisor: Karl Carter email@example.com Hillel (Meetings at Newtown) Advisor: Diane Rice firstname.lastname@example.org
Improv Club (Meetings in Newtown) Advisor: Bill McLaughlin email@example.com
Clubs like the BBA have 1 benefitted from Club- 2 12 Steps Club (Meetings at Newtown) palooza’s efforts by re3 Advisors: Ed Donahue doncruiting more students to firstname.lastname@example.org, Mandy Reilly email@example.com join their club. 4 There were also clubs 5 American Studies (Meetsuch as the digital gaming ings at Newtown) 6 Advisor: David Bates club, which used firstname.lastname@example.org ing forms of advertising 7to recuit new members. 8 Anime Club (Meetings at Newtown) Students were eagerly 9 Advisor: John Sheridan waiting their turn in line to John.Sheridan@bucks.edu 10 get in on the action packed 11 Buck 3D Sculpture Club video game that was dis- (Meetings at Newtown) 12 Advisor: Jon Burns, played on the large televi- email@example.com sion set at the Digital 13 14 Body Positive (Meetings at Gaming Club (DGC) table. Newtown and Perkasie) Peter Kunda, President15 of Advisors: Tammy Bradley the Digital Gaming Club firstname.lastname@example.org - Newtown, says that the clubpalooza16 Tanya Letourneau lereally helps hobby clubs email@example.com Perkasie like his. “It definitely 17 helped the club to grow, 18 Chess Club (Meetings at Newtown) we got a lot of people ex19 Advisor: Christine Hagecited about it!” The DGC dorn firstname.lastname@example.org meets at Founders hall, 20 21 room 157 on Tuesdays and 22 College Democrats (MeetThursdays from 3:45-5:30 ing at Newtown) 23 Advisor: Steve Bacher pm. Steve.Bacher@bucks.edu The Student Program- 24 25 Computer Science Club ming Board had an enor- (Meetings at Newtown) mous bowl of candy out 26 to Advisors: Rob Porche email@example.com help advertise their club.27 Doreen Cornell Richard Witzer, who is an firstname.lastname@example.org avid member of the SPB28 29 Community Volunteer club says that “ClubCorps (Meetings at Perkasie) palooza is worthy of our 30 Advisor: Dr. Rodney Altetime. This event is worth mose email@example.com 31 it. Any press is good 32 Digital Gaming Club (Meetpress.” ings at Newtown) 33 Advisor: Robert Porche Nonetheless, Clubpalooza firstname.lastname@example.org managed to maintain an-34 other successful attempt of Catholic Club (Meetings at introducing the students at Newtown) Advisor: Jean Dolan Bucks to all that there is to email@example.com offer. It’s a great way to Drama Club (Meetings at make new friends for any Newtown) Advisors: Shelli Pentimall student that may have firstname.lastname@example.org some extra time on their Patricia Moore email@example.com hands during those long breaks in between classes. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (Meetings at Newtown) Advisor: Scott Bradshaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kappa Beta Delta (Meetings at Newtown) Advisor: Charles Beem, email@example.com
Math Club (Meetings at Newtown ) Advisor: Joseph Erickson Joseph.Erickson@bucks.edu
Nursing Club (Meetings at Newtown) Advisor: Anne Marie Strecker firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Door Club (Meetings at Newtown) Advisors: Max Probst email@example.com Rik Booraem firstname.lastname@example.org
Phi Theta Kappa (Meetings at Newtown and Perkasie ) Advisor: Charles Beem, email@example.com
PreMed (Meetings at Newtown) Advisor: Dr. Shah firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio BUX - web radio (Meetings at Newtown) Advisor: John Sheridan, email@example.com
Ski & Snowboard Club (Meetings at Newtown) Advisor: Donna Wilkoski firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Science Club (Meetings at Newtown) Advisor: Heather Kouveras, Penn 301, 215-968-8287 email@example.com
Student Government Association (SGA) (Meetings at Newtown) Advisors: Matt Cipriano firstname.lastname@example.org Carol Brandt email@example.com
Super Bowl blowout
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The Denver Broncos narrowly avoided a shutout, but most fans agreed that the Seattle Seahawks' lopsided victory over the NFL's best offense made for one of the most boring Super Bowls in recent memory BY: RYAN JACOBS Centurion Staff
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Over 112 million people tuned into Super Bowl 48 last week to watch the complete dismemberment of the Denver Broncos, courtesy of the uprising Seattle Seahawks. Even if you were one of those people who tuned out after Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers, Super Bowl 48 was the most watched Super Bowl of all time, with 112.2 million viewers. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter) Bruno Mars and the legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers came on stage while Seattle was up 22-0 on the best offense the league has seen in decades. Denver never had a chance for the rest of the game against Seattle’s #1 ranked defense in the NFL and left MetLife Stadium with a crushing 43-8 defeat. The 35-point blowout win by the Seahawks is the third largest win in Super Bowl history. Many experts on ESPN.com predicted that the Broncos would win. They clearly did not account for the Seahawks defense. The game surprised almost everyone. Seattle completely dominated the Broncos in every aspect of the game, from Peyton Manning’s first snap to the final whistle. Some people became so uninterested in the game that they turned it off after the halftime show. “I’m more of a soccer fan, so I became very uninterested very quickly,” said Gina Artillio. With all the hype that the game was getting, most people were very let down by the result. “It was probably one of the worst Super Bowls I’ve ever seen,” says Tim Dore. Tyler Lewandowski added, “All I can say is, wow, Denver looked horrible.” The final score of the game really surprised some people, like Matt Pierson and Brian
This smile was clearly captured before the game began, as Manning had nothing to smile about afterwards..
Kelley. “I was surprised that the Broncos’ offense was unable to surmount to any sort of offense at all, but Seattle proved that defense wins Championships,” said Pierson. “The Seattle defense was unbelievable; being able to stop a legend like Peyton Manning from doing what he’s been doing to teams his entire career,” added Kelley. Some people say that with Peyton Manning coming up short once again on the biggest stage, it will affect his legacy as one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Some people like Jon Park think differently.
“You can’t judge his legacy by just a couple postseason games; you have to look at what he’s done throughout his entire career. Your legacy is about everything you’ve been able to accomplish. And he has won a Super Bowl, and appeared in two more.” With a win against the Seahawks, Peyton would’ve become the first starting quarterback in history to win a Super Bowl with two different teams. But Manning will now have to wait until next year to try again. There have been a lot of questions leading up to, as well as after the Super Bowl regarding Peyton coming
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back next season. He has told reporters on multiple occasions that the game’s result would not affect his decision on coming back. After having multiple neck surgeries over the past few years, he has a physical next month, where his doctor will make the decision on whether Peyton should continue to play or hang up his cleats at the age of 37. Many believed that he had a great chance of beating the Seahawks, but the tenacious Seattle defense proved to be too much for the greatest offense in NFL history. Give the Seattle defense credit. They proved that they
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were more than capable of slowing down Peyton Manning and the high-powered Broncos offense. They proved all of the doubters wrong, and shined on the NFL’s biggest stage. Richard Sherman is one of the better-known football players in the NFL. He has been arguably the best corner in the league since he was drafted back in 2011 out of Stanford. We all know what he said after his big play to clinch the NFC title against the 49ers. Believe it or not, he made just $550,000 this past season. That is unheard of, especially for an elite player like Sherman. Seattle will be great for a long time. They are the 4th youngest team to ever win a Super Bowl, with an average age of 26 years and 175 days. It really goes to show what good scouting and drafting can do for a team in the short, as well as long term. They are nowhere near going over the cap in salary, since most players are making around what Sherman makes. The Seahawks’ team has a young core. With the help of head coach Pete Carroll they are already planning for next season. This hasn’t been done since the New England Patriots in 2004 and 2005. With the game being played outdoors in a cold weather climate for the first time, the biggest concern heading into the game was if the weather would be a factor or not. Forecasters were originally calling for snow, ice, and temperatures in the 20s. By game time the weather had changed drastically from the predictions, and was played in 40 degree weather. Even without the snow, Peyton Manning and the Broncos just couldn’t overcome the Seattle Seahawks and their now-famous defense. The Legion of Boom will now be synonymous with championship gold and the Lombardi Trophy.
The Seahawks were clearly ready to face off against one of the most powerful offenses in the NFL
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