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News | Jan.27, 2011

Whalebones and Silk Gloves

Both staircases led to one place. Lady Morgan was tardy. Her mind was preoccupied with the many factors of her appearance and in reacting to the seemingly impossible notion that she could have ever decorated herself to absolute perfection, let panic set in about which of the staircases she would take.

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News | Jan.27, 2011

Pears

She heaps shredded mozzarella onto the lasagna before placing it into the oven. He hovers behind her, sniffing her hair, wondering when, if ever, her firm figure will succumb to gravity.

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Uncategorized | Jan.27, 2011

The Book of Joe

Choosing to be an English major was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, but I’ll be the first to admit that reading rich works of literature endlessly can be a bit taxing. Sometimes when solemn, elegant prose is a little too rich to stomach, I find myself drawn into contemporary popular literature, especially when I have the luxury of free time during summer and winter breaks. There’s just something so refreshing about curling up in my Snuggie by the fire with a fresh, easy, and enjoyable book; I reckon participating in the clich

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Uncategorized | Jan.27, 2011

Little Fockers

Meet the Parents will go down as one of the funniest films of its decade. It solidified the career of Ben Stiller as a comedic all-star and paved the way for a string of mediocre Robert De Niro “funny” films. Meet the Parents is the quintessential mainstream hit that Hollywood studios drool over.

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News | Jan.27, 2011

Fundamentals in the Chinese Economy:Growth, Inflation, and a Global Meltdown

President Hu Jintao’s recent visit to the United States brought attention to the many issues that the Chinese economy faces. Over the past several decades the Chinese economic machine has experienced unprecedented growth. In the past three decades alone, China has enjoyed an annual GDP growth of 10 percent, according to The Economist. Simultaneously, China managed to fashion itself into a key trade partner of the United States and, admittedly, of the rest of the world.

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News | Jan.27, 2011

South Sudan on Track for Secession

Africa may soon give the world its newest country. A Sudanese referendum will be held to determine the status of the southern region of Sudan. With a rather volatile history in the post-colonial world, including a 20 year civil war, many in Sudan are calling this secession movement a relief from the hard times of the recent past.

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News | Jan.27, 2011

Jean-Claude Duvalier Returns To Haiti

On Sunday, Jan. 16, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, who was exiled to France for the last 25 years, returned to Haiti. The 59-year-old former dictator declared that he has returned to help the people of Haiti recover from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country last year, killing an estimated 316,000 and leaving over 1.6 million homeless.

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News | Jan.27, 2011

The Gig’s Up: Over 800 Mafia Members Arrested in a Federal Raid

Bobby Glasses, Vinny Carwash, Jack the Whack, Johnny Cash, and Junior Lollipops are not names from The Sopranos. These are the names of just five of 127 men arrested last Thursday as part of a structured raid led by Attorney General Eric Holder. On Thursday Jan. 20, the FBI and a task force of over 800 members led one of the largest Mafia raids constructed in recent history, arresting known Mafia members in Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey. Arrested individuals hailed from seven of the largest Mafia families in the country, including the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese, and Colombo families of New York, the Patriarca family of Providence, and the Decavalcante family of New Jersey. The sweep picked up low-level members as well as “small-time bookmakers and shakedown artists to mob middle managers the entire current leadership of the Colombo crime family, and two senior

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Uncategorized | Jan.27, 2011

Mamma Mia! PPac

Mamma Mia is like a Twinkie: ultra-synthetic, spongy-soft, and so sweet that it makes your teeth hurt. Though sinfully formulaic, the musical manages to tug on the heartstrings of even the most callous of theatre-goers (a rare species though it is).

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Uncategorized | Jan.27, 2011

The Decemberists

The Decemberists have never been known for their restraint. Right from their debut album, Castaways and Cutouts, the ensemble established its spiel of folkloric storytelling, and each subsequent release has been an exercise in that routine. By 2009, they had mastered their antique narrative style in a rock opera called The Hazards of Love. Apparently, fans weren’t the only ones to see perfection in that concept album. Songwriter Colin Meloy told NPR host Guy Raz that he “had reached the apotheosis of the possibilities of what [he] was doing.” So, where do you go from there?

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