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SNU students earn scholarships for ROTC involvement Brad Crofford, Editor-In-Chief It’s 4:50 a.m., and freshman Meagan Green’s alarm is going off, as usual. Three mornings each week, she makes the trek up to the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) for physical training in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Cadet Green has been interested in the Army ever since her aunt and uncle went to West Point Military Academy when she was young. She says she became interested in ROTC this summer because it provided “the opportunity go to college while learning to be an Army officer at the same time.” “There are many mornings when my alarm clock goes off at 4:50am and I ask myself why I’m going to
be putting myself through this for the next four years, but at the same I know that my services will be valuable to my country when the time comes for me to give back,” Green wrote in response for a request for comment from The Echo. ROTC is a major time commitment, Green says. It involves both coursework and frequent commutes. Three days each week she goes to UCO for physical training at 5:45 a.m., and on Thursdays she makes the trip twice, once for a military science c6lass at 8 a.m. and once for a lab at 1:45 p.m. “We learn military ethos and terms in our class, and practice battle tactics, land navigation, weapon control, and marching in
SNU students and ROTC cadets Blake Wieczorek and Meagan Green pose with Lieutenant Colonel Michael Teifke. (Photo provided by Lt. Col. Teifke)
our field labs,” Green said. Freshman nursing major and Cadet Blake Wieczorek is also involved with ROTC. He says he was influenced by multiple factors, including his mother being in the Army for several years, financial aid and the ROTC’s ability to develop leadership and character. Both Green and Wieczorek were
“ROTC is incredibly beneficial to my life” recipients of full-tuition scholarships from the battalion. “As of this year, UCO’s ROTC program discontinued giving scholarships to partnership schools, which was devastating to me,” Wieczorek said. “There was no way I could afford to continue with ROTC without getting any financial aid for it. The first couple months were extremely stressful because of that, but I prayed about it and stuck with it. I tried to give them my absolute best just in case a miracle could happen, and I could somehow get a scholarship. Sure enough, this past month I was offered a scholarship. I’m so thankful to God, my family and friends who have supported me this far in my journey.” While it requires a sizable time
commitment while in college and a service commitment after graduation, both Wieczorek and Green see clear benefits. “Some of the benefits of being in ROTC include: financial aid, responsibility, leadership skills and opportunities, a chance to make some good friends, and presenting an opportunity to grow physically, mentally and even spiritually,” Wieczorek said. “My major here at SNU is demanding already, and sometimes the load of doing well in school here and doing well in ROTC gets pretty heavy,” Green said. “Often I have to sacrifice social time with my friends, or going to fun events on campus to get everything done well. The honorable feelings I get from being part of such an important program make the social sacrifice worth it, in my opinion...ROTC is incredibly beneficial to my life.” Students at SNU, Oklahoma Christian and Oklahoma City University can cross-enroll in the ROTC program at the University of Central Oklahoma, according to a press release sent to The Echo regarding Green and Wieczorek’s earning the scholarships. Scholarships are available for well-qualified candidates in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. For more information, students can contact the UCO ROTC program at 405974-5167.
University rental properties offer affordable housing options near campus Brad Crofford, Editor-In-Chief When it comes to places to live near campus, there are more options than one may initially think. SNU currently owns and rent outs 46 off-campus properties. The properties vary significantly, from small apartments to a four bedroom house. Robyn Riley, residential property manager, in an interview with The Echo said, “These are properties that have been donated to the university over time or that the university has purchased.” “The thing that drives why we purchase property is because we have a master plan for expansion and building,” said Dr. Scott Strawn, Vice President for Financial Affairs. Strawn explained that properties are purchased for the future and rented out in the short term. Renters include students, faculty, pastors, and missionaries. Although it is not an eligibility requirement, Riley said the majority of requests they receive are from people in the SNU community. “Renting something from me is like renting from any landlord,”
Riley said. SNU’s properties do offer some benefits relative to other housing options. Riley listed cost, a location near campus, and flexibility on lease terms as some of the key benefits. Strawn listed the location of many of the properties within the Bethany Public School district and their pricing under market rent levels as contributors to their desirability. Location and cost were both factors in James Brown’s, class of 2011, choice to start renting an apartment from SNU in October 2011. “It was affordable and close to campus, where many of my friends still lived. It was also almost perfectly halfway between the two jobs I had at the time,” Brown said. There are a few issues surrounding the rental properties. For example, Josue and Ginger Murillo, during an interview about married student life at SNU, suggested that married students should be given priority for renting these properties. Chapman Apartments formerly served as married student housing
and were rented out as properties currently are. Since they were converted to regular campus housing, there has been some effort to accommodate married students in the off-campus properties. “I try to do whatever I can to provide housing to married students, provided it’s available,” Riley said. “Most of the students I hear from are married students.” “Married undergraduate students have often said they would like to have more access to them,” Strawn said. “It’s a goal to have ten properties for current or recent married students.” Some current renters and people who have attempted to rent have been frustrated by the process, The lack of a wait list is one of the challenges. “I have never had a waiting list,” Riley said. “It’s a rumor that we have one.” She explained that students frequently call asking to be placed on the wait list, but that she has never used one because the properties are so different. As an example, she said when people call about the availability of a small apart-
ment, it would not make sense to contact them about a four-bedroom house. The high desirability of the properties and the speed at which they are filled is the reason why there are no listings of the properties, according to Riley. “We used to provide the listings on the website, but it was impossible because they went so fast,” Riley said. “If people fill out an application, I am happy to show them properties.” The process of renting these properties is not part of the usual spring housing sign-ups for students because it is not currently affiliated with student housing. In the past, the residential properties manager has reported to the CFO. Starting in January 2013, the residential properties will fall under housing and report to Michael Houston, Associate Dean of Students, according to Strawn. Individuals interested in these properties can complete an application at snuhouses.com and/or contact Riley through the contact form there.
The magic of concert season: When music comes to life Kira Roberts, Layout Editor A large number of the students here are involved in a musical ensemble and work day in and day out to perfect their music. According to senior Cindy Benton, the best way to support them is to show up to their concerts and give them an audience to perform to. Benton has played the French horn since the sixth grade and is in both band and choir in college. When it comes to this year’s concert season, she said, “as much as we all enjoy it because it’s what we do, it is definitely the most stressful time of our lives.” Much emphasis has been placed on bridging the gap between athletes and the rest of the
student body this year, but Benton mentioned that the school should also focus on connecting the music department as well. “Southern Nazarene is so big on community and it’s important to support each other in all areas,” Benton said. “There is so much exhilaration that comes from music. It makes it a lot more fun for us when we have a good audience, but more importantly, it’s much more exciting and enjoyable to watch than people may realize.” Sophomore Andrew Sharp said that he’s excited to be able to show off all the hard work that the musicians have done this semester. He began playing the trombone at age ten and is in both band and choir at SNU.
“Music connects a part of the wracking,” Benton said. “You brain that many other things can’t worry about messing up, especonnect. Being involved in music cially if you have a feature by yourself. But it’s exciting and exhilarating to know that you’ve worked so hard not just technically, but emotionally as well. I think of it as presenting a work of art. It’s our opportunity to share and express what we’ve devoted so much time and effort to. Once we’re on stage, it is no lonhas taught me time management, ger about us, but about the muteamwork, and helped me develop sic. It’s not just out time to shine, a strong work ethic,” Sharp said. it’s about the chance to share the Benton had a lot to say about beauty of music with the audithe feeling of being on stage with ence and each other.” the audience’s full attention to There are still opportunities the music that has been slaved coming up to attend performancover with the goal of perfection. es and see what the music depart“At first it’s kind of nerve- ment is all about.
“Once we’re on stage, it is no longer about us, but about the music.”
November 16, 2012
Why I hate early decorations Baker Pitts, Staff Reporter, Since when did it become acceptable to overlook Thanksgiving? You might be saying to yourself, ‘Baker, no one overlooks Thanksgiving!’ and you would be wrong! The overlooking of the “big T” by putting up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving has passed an all-time high as one of my biggest pet peeves and I’m going to use this printed megaphone and soapbox I have been given to tell you why.
My mother has always been the kind of person who loves to decorate the inside of our house for Christmas; everywhere you look you are face-to-face with an advent calendar, manger diorama or some other decoration. And I love it. I don’t want anyone reading this to
think I hate Christmas. There is a distinct lack of green fur covering my body and my heart growing three sizes would probably kill me. But as much as I love Christmas, I may love Thanksgiving even more. There’s just something about the gathering of family without the (slight) greed of getting presents, and with way more food than anyone could eat (if you’re doing it right) that just really gets me. But even that isn’t why I despise people putting up Christmas decorations before that Thanksgiving feast is finished. The reason for my hatred of those early decorations is this: it’s basically the world ignoring an entire holiday. An entire holiday. Granted one based almost entirely on lies and the exploitation and eventual genocide of a native race, but it is still a holiday! People have spent many hours devising and creating decorations for your home for the Thanksgiving season, and you just go and head straight for the giant inflatable Santas and all the tinsel and movie-themed ornaments you can get your hands on!
Now, I really almost took this entire article on a tangent to explain the true history of Thanksgiving and the truth of how our country was formed, but even for an opinion article of mine, that is getting pretty off topic, so back to the matter at hand. The fact that some people are so willing to do away with the accepted holiday timeline, which goes Halloween-All Saints DayThanksgiving-Christmas, is appalling to me. It’s as if your child
has a bunch of activities they need to get to, and you just completely skip soccer practice so you can get them to a piano recital three hours early. It’s completely uncalled for and, personally, I need some time to ease my eyes into the bright Christmas colors from the dark black and oranges to the cornea-blinding greens and reds of Christmas. It’s like the world just wants me to be in a state of emotional holiday flux at the year. UGH.
Ronna Fisher, Assistant Editor I never liked open dorm. In fact, I wished there would be less open dorm. There’s nothing worse then walking down your hallway unawares, listening to the high-pitched giggling of your friends and peers when all of a sudden your ears are bombarded with a baritone voice. If you’re like me (which most people aren’t), for a couple of seconds your mind races, bewildered. “Was that a guys voice?! Why is there a guy here? Where is he?” Then you re-
member that it is open dorm, and he is allowed to be on your floor. Also, there’s always that awkward moment when you forget that it is open dorm and you happen to pass a guy with clean or dirty launder, unmentionables embarrassingly hanging out. Girls, you know what I’m talking about. You can see why I was never a fan of open dorm, but lately my opinion has begun to sway. I’ve never had that many guy friends, but recently my circle of friends has widened. Maybe male
maturity is finally catching up to mine . . . but probably not. In any case, I have found myself utilizing open dorm much more frequently. Now that I’ve crossed over into the dark side of dual-gender friendships, I am finding open dorm not quite satisfactory. On the weekends, 10:00 pm is just not late enough. For instance, on the night of Twirp, at the end of all the festivities, my friends and I wanted to watch a movie. By then, open dorm was over and the lobbies were all claimed. We scrambled
around for another cinematicallyfavorable pad. Another night a group of us was doing homework in one of the Hills lobbies. A couple of students came up asking if they could watch a movie. We didn’t want to be rude, so we said yes. Sure, we can watch a movie and do homework. The movie ended up being something that none of us were truly enjoying. We decided to disband our group. The library was already closed, and we couldn’t go
“as much as I love Christmas, I may love Thanksgiving even more.”
Photo by Kevin Dooley used under Creative Commons license.
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As I see it: Riding with my cowboy heroes in my heart Patty Juliuson, Staff Reporter “You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people.” - Will Rogers Considering the variety of majors offered at SNU, it has always impressed me that our university has an equestrian program. If you’re looking for a career in the equine world, SNU can help you prepare. For those who don’t know a halter from a hock, there’s another aspect of this program that applies to you: horsemanship classes. I enrolled in Elementary Horsemanship as a way to reconnect with a passion that almost consumed my childhood. I was HORSE CRAZY. I loved the beautiful animals and adored the people who rode them. I didn’t have teen idol photos on my bedroom wall; I had pictures of horses. When my family moved from California to Idaho, my dad bought two horses and I was in heaven. However, life is full of sharp curves, and when my parents split, the horses were among the first things to go. I couldn’t watch as the new owners pulled up with their horse trailer; I cried myself sick. It’s been 40 years since I was in the saddle, and I have forgotten a lot of what used to be second nature. What I have not lost is the sheer love of horses. When we stepped into the barn for the first time, the familiar smell triggered a response so strong, my eyes filled with tears. The same thing happened last week on a trail ride; sun, horses, fresh air… the memories almost overwhelmed me. Now that I’ve gotten comfortable with horses again, I find that I smile as I ride. I think I’ll revert to my kindergarten career choice. When I grow up, I want to be a cowboy. My heroes have always been cowboys. In my day, Saturday-morning movie cowboys were great role models. Gene Autry, World War
II veteran and country music star, created the “Cowboy Code” in 1947: • The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage. • He must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him. • He must always tell the truth. • He must be gentle with children, the elderly, and animals. • He must not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas. • He must help people in distress. • He must be a good worker • He must keep himself clean in thought, speech, action, and personal habits. • He must respect women, parents, and his nation’s laws. • The Cowboy is a patriot. In case you didn’t know, Autry also wrote “Here Comes Santa Claus” and had chart-topping hits with “Frosty the Snowman,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” He was the original owner of the baseball team that eventually became known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and was vice president of the American League for over 15 years. A small town north of Ardmore, Oklahoma, is named in his honor. The next time you drive to Dallas, look for the exit for Gene Autry, OK. You’re somebody when they name the whole town after you. Audie Murphy was another favorite. A fifth-grade dropout who hunted game to help feed his nine brothers and sisters, Murphy enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 and became one of the most famous and highlydecorated soldiers in America. His wartime achievements led to a celebrated Hollywood career with more than forty-four movies to his credit. Not bad for a Texas boy with no discernible job skills. Murphy was also the first ce-
lebrity to share his struggles with what is now known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a devastating result of battle which cost him his first marriage. Murphy’s candor regarding his problems brought PTSD into the public eye and opened a national dialogue that encouraged other veterans and their families to seek treatment. Tragically, Audie Murphy died in a plane crash at the age of 46. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery where the numbers of visitors to his grave are second only to President John Kennedy. However, the cowboy of all cowboys for me was Roy Rogers. After achieving success in the early 1930s singing with his group “The Sons of the Pioneers,” Roy was tapped to act in
“I ride these days with my cowboy heroes alive in my heart.”
Western films. Starring in more than one hundred movies, his success in the genre turned him into a matinee idol and earned him the title “King of the Cowboys.” Rogers’ career spanned decades and included live radio, records, movies, and TV. In addition to entertaining, he and wife/TV sidekick Dale Evans, the “Queen of the West,” used their celebrity to promote adoption (they had adopted several children themselves) and funded programs to help homeless and handicapped youngsters. Though he was too old for the draft during World War II, Roy worked tirelessly to promote War Bonds and toured many military bases with USO shows. For his contributions to the entertainment industry, Rogers’ name is on three stars on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame (radio, TV, and movies); he was inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum twice, and was twice elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. But it’s not the achievements that make him my hero. A man of character and strong Christian convictions, he was someone worth admiring. There was never any cause for concern when Roy was in the saddle. He always got the bad guy and managed a song and a smile along the way. He was a white-hat hero for sure: no shades of gray, no ambivalence. Right was right and that was that. Oh, that man. He rode a magnificent golden Palomino named Trigger. Oh, that horse. In my girlish heart, the combination was deadly. He had me for a lifetime. I cried when he passed away. It’s hard to see your champions go. So I ride these days with my cowboy heroes alive in my heart. I’m glad I rekindled my love affair with horses; it’s been a great experience. If you’re interested, ask your advisor about horsemanship classes for the Spring semester. You might end up loving these delightful creatures too. Happy trails. See you in class.
Photo from Calsidy Rose used under Creative Commons license
Married students discuss living off-campus, offer suggestions for SNU Brad Crofford, Editor-in-Chief It’s often been joked that college students can only choose two of the following three things: sleep, a social life, and good grades. Some students balance an extra thing: marriage. This is the second article in a two-part feature about married student life at SNU. Another alternative aspect of life for married students is living offcampus. Years ago, Chapman Apartments included housing for married students, but now there is no designated married student housing on campus. The married students we interviewed also had differing views on this. The Murillos have lived off-campus since getting married in August of 2010. They think that living offcampus has both positives and negatives. In terms of negatives, they de-
scribed difficulties in socializing with the campus community. For positives, they described the cost savings. “It’s better for us to live offcampus. $500 [for rent] covers both of us, so it’s cheaper,” Josue Murillo said. They think that the university should keep the idea of married students living off-campus, but should give them priority over single students for renting the properties that the university owns in the surrounding community. Underwood thinks that the experience of searching for a place to live and living off-campus is valuable. “I really enjoy it. I think it’s a good thing they don’t offer married housing...You have to grow up, learn how to find a place to live, balance work and people,” senior Hillary Underwood said. “It’s fun. We have
a house and can have people over.” Others, however, think that providing married student housing on campus would be a good option. “It would be nice to have more married housing like what Chapman used to be,” Marissa Callen said. “This would ease some of the financial stress and make it easier to attend school events as well as socialize with friends living close by.” The students we interviewed offered suggestions for the university that would make life easier for married students. The Murillos said it would be good if SNU offered a scholarship for married students similar to the sibling scholarship. They also suggested that it would be nice for school events to be scheduled later in the day. Josue Murillo said that many couples have to work, and Ginger
Murillo suggested that instead of having events around 5 or 6 p.m., they could be schedule around 7:30 or 8 p.m. Ginger Murillo also suggested that because it’s a Christian school and seems to promote marriage, “maybe SNU should have activities for married couples.” She said that everything seems to be for single students. It’s worth noting that the university has taken steps to reach out to help married and soon-to-be married students. For example, it has in the past offered a weekend couples’ retreat for dating, engaged, and married students. Underwood and Frees both went on one of these retreats. “I highly recommend it,” Underwood said, noting that she and her husband also did their premarital counseling at SNU.
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to anyone’s suite. There have been multiple times that me or one of my friends has climbed the stairs or taken the elevator multiple times searching for an empty lobby to watch a movie or do homework to simply find each floor completely occupied. I understand why open dorm must be restricted. It is easier to hold people accountable if there is a specific time that open dorm can be monitored. Girls and guys have a right to privacy on their halls and in their suites. Students deserve to be able to walk down their hallways without worrying about running into a member of the opposite sex. Perhaps I am just beginning to feel the tugs of independence and adulthood. Maybe this is a pointless rant. Perhaps, you’ll say, I should live somewhere else next year if I am going to continue complaining. But, I have had this strange change in Open Dorm ideology. Either open dorm needs to be structured in a more flexible way or there needs to be a change in the lack of “hanging out” places in the evenings safely on
campus. Just saying. I hate to say this, but I don’t have the solutions. What do you think? Do you wish open dorm was more flexible? Do you wish
there was less open dorm? Do you as frustrating as I do? Does my inhave any suggestions for places for cessant questioning annoy you? Let me know by commenting late night movie watching or study sessions? Do you find the lack of under this article at the online verDVD players in the Hills lobbies sion of The Echo.
Either open dorm should be more flexible or there should be more safe, “hanging out” places in the evening, writes Ronna Fisher. (Photo of Snowbarger Hall by Stephany Reyes.)
November 16, 2012
Intramurals offer chance to connect, make friends Matthew Wellman, Staff Writer Intramural sports are a fairly big deal on campus at SNU. It gives everyone a chance to get out and play a few different sports and have fun with their friends and even make new ones. It can get intense at times, but everyone knows that it is all in good fun. There are all kinds of intramural sports throughout the year. So far this year there has been sand volleyball, co-ed softball and flag football is currently underway. Next semester, there will be indoor soccer, basketball and dodgeball along with a few others. “We have three volleyball sports, two basketball, football, ultimate Frisbee, softball, dodgeball. Each sport is for about three weeks so that we can have a week off in between sports so everyone can have
time to play the sport without interfering with their studies,” said intramural intern Cameron Hobson. One of the coolest things about intramurals is that it’s a great place to make new friends. You could get put on a team with 10 other people that you have never met before, and at the end of the season you have 10 new friends and maybe even a new best friend. You might meet someone you didn’t know had the same interests as you. There are endless possibilities when it comes to intramurals. It also gives non-athletes a chance to connect with athletes. Athletes don’t always have too much time to do stuff outside of their sport and classwork, but a lot of them will find time to squeeze
in some intramurals. Sometimes athletes get kind of a bad reputation around school, but intramurals give them a chance to dispel some of that and be a little more social through what they love to do. “The main goal of intramurals is to connect the school to each other and build a camaraderie between students,” said Hobson. “So that non-athlete students may build relationships with the athletes that will give the athletes more of a student fan base at their games. It also helps the athletes to have a bigger friend base outside of their own sport.” Whether you just need a way to get out and get some exercise or are looking for a good way to make some new friends, there is an intramural sport for you.
Homecoming recap: Teams win decisively Matthew Wellman, Staff Writer This weekend was Homecoming at SNU, which meant a busy weekend for the Crimson Storm sports teams. Men and Women’s basketball both played Friday night, and football played Saturday. The Lady Crimson Storm basketball team led off the weekend with their home opener against Southwestern Christian University. They took the lead early and never looked back as they cruised to an easy 83-59 win. Oumou Thiam led all players in scoring with 34 and Annie Kassongo also added 18. This was the only meeting between the two teams this season. The men’s team then took the court with their home opener as they took on Dallas Christian College. There was never any doubt
once the game was underway. The Storm dazzled and dunked to an easy 110-49 victory over the Crusaders. Even with three starters having to sit out the first half, SNU still took a 26-point lead into the halftime break. Ryan Aaron led all scorers with 16 points in just 14 minutes. The Storm really capitalized on turnovers winning that battle 37-7. It seemed as though there was just nothing DCC could do to stop anything the Storm wanted to do. They had their way in the paint and on the perimeter and definitely took advantage. The Crimson Storm football team capped off the Homecoming weekend on Saturday as they ended their season with a 42-0 shutout of College of Faith. Senior running back Derick Perkins led the charge with 122 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Quar-
terback Dylan Terry also had 10 completions on 14 attempts for 98 yards and a touchdown. SNU’s defense had quite the day as they held College of Faith to -1 total offensive yards. Sophomore defensive lineman Anderson Depee led the defense with four tackles and .5 sacks. As you can see, it was a very successful weekend for Crimson Storm sports. Every team had a decisive victory and put on a good show for the crowd. The Lady Storm will be travelling to Phoenix for the Grand Canyon Classic. The men’s team will head to Olathe, Kansas to compete in the Nazarene Thanksgiving Classic on Friday, November 23rd. The football team ended their season this Saturday at a disappointing 2-9 overall record, but they ended it on a high note.
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Senior volleyball players end of season highlight
Position: Opposite Hitter Height: 5-10 Class: Senior Hometown: Orange, Calif. High School: El Modena
Position: Defensive Specialist Height: 5-8 Class: Senior Hometown: Corona, Calif. High School: Diamond Bar
Players of the week
Natalia Oliviera Position: Outside Hitter Height: 5-10 Class: Senior Hometown: Belo Horizonte, Brazil High School: Padre Machado
Sedrick (Left) Position: Wide Receiver Height: 6-4 Weight: 212 Class: Senior Hometown: Troup, Texas High School: Arp
Megan (Right) Class: Freshman Hometown: Norman, Okla. High School: Norman
Sedrick Johnson Football
Sset the schoolâ€™s single-season record for receptions with four catches to give him 68 for year. Photos from snuathletics.com
Megan Johnson Womenâ€™s Cross Country Set the school record for a 5k with an 18:34:53 at the NCCAA Cross Country Championships as she took 10th.
November 16, 2012
Jake’s movie review: Skyfall Jake O’Bannon, Staff Reporter
This review warrants a major confession before anything else can be said. And let’s be honest, I am ashamed to admit this. But it has to be done. Okay, here it goes – Skyfall is the first James Bond film I have ever seen. Go ahead; take away my Man Card and my US citizenship. The only spy movie credibility I have is the Austin Powers Trilogy and Agent Cody Banks (1 & 2). And the only James Bond experience I have is playing hours and hours of Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64 until my parents took it away because it was too violent. Needless to say, I am no Bond expert. The most I know is this quote from Social Life VP and James Bond super-fan Jamie Keoppel, who said, “James Bond loves killing people
and lovin’ ladies.” So at least I know that. But if you are hoping that this review is going to talk about the difference between Roger Moore, Sean Connery, and Daniel Craig, then you’ve come to the wrong place. (I refuse to ever say Pierce Brosnan in a review. I guess I just ruined that by saying his name in the last sentence). What I can give you is some perspective from a new Bond fan on what I thought of Skyfall – the latest Bond film. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. While listening to the Grantland Network podcast, I heard that there are talks about this movie possibly receiving nominations for the Best Picture Oscar when awards season comes around. And I understand why, because every aspect of this film was perfect for its genre. You
don’t have to be a James Bond fan to know that these movies are going to be action packed. There are two kinds of action-packed movies: those that are action-packed just to be action-packed (Transformers 3, The Expendables), and those that are action-packed to tell a story. Skyfall is the latter.. From what I have researched, the Daniel Craig trilogy is much different than past Bond films. Tell me if I’m wrong, but it sounds like most of the original Bond movies were misogynistic and a bit racist toward different cultures. And what I have heard is that most of the older Bond films are filled with a lot of futuristic technologies and give off an escapist feel. Skyfall goes back to the basics and is far from escapist. In this film, Bond is shown as a real person who deals
with real life issues, like lack of confidence and loyalty problems. Personally, I love this emphasis, as it makes the main character so much more relatable to the audience. Also, it doesn’t hurt that Javier Bardem is the villain in Skyfall, because he is so good at being bad. His character is haunting, and one of my favorite parts about the film. Overall, the acting is superb and the storyline is great. And Bond fans need not worry, because though this film is different from the “norm” when it comes to the Bond series, it is filled with numerous references to the classics. Coming from a new Bond fan, I would say you should go check out Skyfall when you get a chance. Whether you are a Bondfanatic, or you just love action, this movie will not disappoint.
The portrayal of Jams Bond in Skyfall as a real person with real issues makes him more relatable. (Photo from Stijn Vogels used under Creative Commons License)
Homecoming musical: Into the Woods
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