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Friday September 7, 2012

Caged Power 2 set for Mylan Park Expo Center by hunter homistek associate a&e editor

Caged Power 2, the latest combat sports event hosted by Simon Promotions, is scheduled to take place Saturday at the Mylan Park Expo Center. The event, which features a blend of professional boxing and mixed martial arts, is set to make history as the first show in West Virginia history to feature professional bouts in both boxing and MMA. “We are setting up the ring and the cage,” said Stephen Simons, owner of Simons Promotions. “There will be four or five pro boxing bouts and four pro MMA bouts featuring some of the area’s best fighters.” Among these fighters is standout Morgantown, W.Va., boxer Eric Watkins. The 26-year-old fighter has not competed in his hometown since November 2011, and he is eager to show the improvements in his game. “When Eric is not in school, he’s in the gym,” Simons said. “He’s one of the most determined fighters I have ever come across.” Also on the boxing side of the card is the much-anticipated rematch of one of last year’s most celebrated bouts between Bruceton Mills, W.Va., product Glen Walls and Pittsburgh’s Paul “The Piston” Pindroh.

Jason Cardillo (top), who will fight at the event Saturday, attempts to work his way out of an arm-bar during a match. Mixed martial arts will return to Morgantown Saturday with Caged Power 2. When the two faced off last November at the Morgantown Event Center, there was no shortage of action and mayhem inside the ring, making it a fan-favorite matchup. “That fight was an all-out war,” Simons said. “There

was not a whole lot of defense, and I cannot wait to see it again.” After the boxing matches conclude and action turns to the cage, fans are promised more of the same in the way of fast-paced, intriguing matchups.

The night’s feature attraction, undefeated wrestling phenomenon Jason Cardillo, is set to take on gritty veteran Jacob Clark in the welterweight division. Cardillo, who trains at one of the area’s premier gyms, Fight Club Pitts-

burgh, has blitzed the local MMA scene since his professional debut in 2010, and it does not seem the former Slippery Rock University wrestler is slowing down any time soon. After dominating opponents in his first seven

professional matchups with his smothering wrestling and slick grappling, Cardillo showed off vastly improved striking skills in a July 21 event in Canonsburg, Pa., en route to victory. With this evolving allaround game, Cardillo is quickly becoming a name to watch out for on the national radar. “Jason really gets the crowd on its feet,” Simons said. “He is really something special.” With a night packed full of high-octane fights, Caged Power 2 is certain to please the combat sport enthusiast looking to spice up his or her Saturday night. The event starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at Kegler’s Sports Bar or at the Mylan Park Expo Center the day of the show. General admission tickets are $30 at the door and $25 if bought in advance, but students who show a valid ID will receive a discount at Kegler’s Sports Bar. For students, tickets bought in advance are $10 for general admission and $20 for assigned seating. VIP seating will be available for the event. Contact Stephen Simons at 304290-0291 to inquire about pricing.

‘The Possession’ lacked elements of a good horror film madeline carey a&e writer

“The Possession” was the top-grossing film of the weekend, earning more than $17 million at the box office. This makes it the best movie out right now, right? Wrong. “The Possession,” starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”) is possibly the worst movie ever made. What happens when you go to an innocent-looking yard sale in the fictional world of “The Possession”? Your daughter buys a wooden box, which has a demonic spirit trapped inside. There’s no need to worry, though, unless cicadas or a random hand start coming out of her mouth. If this happens, you should probably start to worry. As for Kyra Sedgwick’s character, the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress should stick to TV, or at least cop roles. For an actress that has so much talent, she pre-

sented some of the worst acting in a possibly talentless cast. The acting wasn’t the only thing to go awry throughout the film. Subplots throughout the movie seemed to be meaningless and a plain waste of time. Pointless snippets of footage that should have been left on the cutting room floor seemed to have made their way into the film, including footage of a basketball practice where the players practiced with an invisible ball. How that played into the plot or character development is beyond even the deepest analysis. Coming from someone who is legitimately terrified of anything remotely close to exorcism movies, you can take a great amount of confidence in the fact that you’ll be laughing and more or less astounded by the horrible plot, bad acting and just plain sad cinematography. At the climax of the film, when the exorcism is taking place, most of the scene is shot with the lights flashing for a solid minute or two. The screen actually went black a probably 50

‘The Possession’ earned more than $17 million at the box office in its opening weekend. times in those two minutes while screams erupted. It could have been mistaken for a malfunction of the projector, but no. It was just bad directing, which caused a feeling of strobe lighting throughout the

theater, making the final scene almost as unwatchable as the rest of the film. In all honesty, not only was “The Possession” a terrible film, but even the scores were appalling. While most scary movies

are based around tricking viewers into fear by using a combination of creepy music and too-loud sound effects, “The Possession” was able to take the term unrealistic to a whole new level.

I can truthfully say I have never before walked out of a movie theater with such a feeling of wasted time and money than after seeing “The Possession.” daa&

NBC’s Tom Brokaw leaves hospital, in ‘great health’ NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw has been discharged from a Charlotte, N.C., hospital and pronounced “in great health” after feeling light-headed during a TV appearance Thursday

morning. “After medical evaluation and a round of tests, Tom was pronounced in great health and has been discharged,” said NBC News President Tom Capus in a statement released about 1 p.m. EDT.

Capus expressed gratitude to the Carolinas Medical Center for Brokaw’s excellent care. Hours earlier, the network had reported that Brokaw felt “light-headed” on the set of the news-talk program “Morning Joe,”

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which originated this week from Charlotte. “Out of an abundance of caution,” he was taken to the hospital for examination. At about 10 a.m., Brokaw offered his own diagnosis with this Twitter post: “All is well Early AM I

mistakenly took a half dose of Ambien and made less sense than usual. Made a better comeback than Giants...” Ambien is a brand name for a sleep-inducer. The 72-year-old Brokaw has been keeping a busy schedule of on-air appear-

ances at the Republican National Convention last week and, this week, at the Democratic Convention. He has served as special correspondent for NBC News since stepping down as anchor of “Nightly News” in 2004.

The DA 09-07-2012  

The September 7 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper.

The DA 09-07-2012  

The September 7 edition of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University's official student newspaper.