GC’s Next Top Cousin
Campus connection draws fans to ANTMBy WHITLEY ARENS
With Cycle 13 well underway, it’s likely that nearly everyone has heard of a little reality show by the name of “America’s Next Top Model.” Hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks, the show has gathered a slew of fans since it first began in 2003. Undoubtedly, Georgetown College is likely home to many a Top Model fan, but interest in the show on Georgetown’s campus may be about to increase.
As Cycle 13 starts its fourth week of competition, a 20-year-old country girl from Stanford, Ky. is still in the running. Not only is Laura Kirkpatrick a Kentucky native, but she’s also the cousin of Georgetown College student Chase Kirkpatrick. When asked about his cousin, Chase explained: “I think that she has wanted to be a model for some time, but this is the first [time] that she really went after it. I know that she loves the show and was very excited for a chance to audition— because this is the first time they have done a show for girls 5’7’’ and under (she is 5’6’’).”
Chase had occasionally watched the show in passing in the past, but has been watching every week to cheer on his cousin. He and his family are very thrilled about this happening to Laura: “I am very excited that she had this opportunity and love that she has a chance to escape smalltown Stanford to fulfill her dreams. The family is so excited about every week. They had a viewing party the first week and have been hooked. I have been watching the show, but I can’t wait to see how far she actually goes.” However, Chase isn’t the only GC resident who will be tuning in weekly, pulling for Laura to win.
Chase’s Microeconomics professor, Dr. Daniel Vazzana, is also a fan of the show. He said, “It is definitely exciting to have a personal connection with someone on the program, even if it is only indirect. Of course I will be pulling for Laura.” Though male fans of the show are sort of uncommon, Dr. Vazzana explained how he got started watching “America’s Next Top Model” in the first place: “[It] is a show my wife likes. She started watching before I did. Since the evening is the only time I can relax and spend time with just her, I began to watch it too. I guess you can blame her or give her credit depending how you see it.”
Dr. Vazzana and Chase ended up bonding over Laura Kirkpatrick and “America’s Next Top Model” the first day of Microeconomics. As Chase explained, “On the first day of class he asked us to share something about ourselves to help him remember our names, and I told [him] about Laura and [we] just started talking about it.” All in all, Cycle 13 of the show is turning into quite an exciting one for both Dr. Vazzana and Chase Kirkpatrick—not to mention Laura herself. Perhaps others on campus will become excited about having an indirect connection to a contestant.
To learn ever more about Laura, visit her blog at http://www.laurasmodellife.com. While Chase is undoubtedly happy for his cousin, he does have some ulterior motives to loving the fact that she’s on the show. He admitted, “I just hope maybe I can meet Tyra out of all of this.” To catch “America’s Next Top Model” in action, tune in Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. on the CW.
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“Kid Cudi” is just another kid who can’t cut itBy MOLLY SHOULTA
I am certainly no rap connoisseur. The only tie I have to the “art form” is two Kayne ringtones. So when my roommate suggested reviewing a rap album for this week, I scoffed. This rap stuff, hah. Apparently I have no idea what I’m talking about. So as a friendly warning, prepare to laugh or at least cringe at my first attempt to journey into the unknown world of freestyle.
I didn’t and still don’t really know what “Kid Cudi” exactly stands for, but his album, Man On the Moon— The End of Day, is hardly as hardcore rap as some other mutual rap ignorants or avoiders might have guessed. The album is actually fairly low-key and chill. Lil’ Wayne fans, this may not be your pimp cup of tea. The album begins with “In My Dreams”, a surprisingly quite welcome to the rest of the album. Definitely original, and odd. A steady beat and a few synthesizer moves make up the background music, making it a relaxing opening. The second track exhibits only a little more get-up.
“Soundtrack 2 My Life” is musically sound, but just lyrically decent. “Simple As” is the first uniquely enjoyable, dance-to-able, and entertaining song on the album. Exhibiting a 90’s style beat, Kid Cudi dresses it up quite well. “Sky Might Fall” sounds like the secular version of a TobyMac song. Very similar in style, backup vocals and instrumental additions. But of course, TobyMac wouldn’t be labeled “explicit” on iTunes. And, TobyMac exhibits a greater ear and overall talent. Get to track four, however, and you have to second guess the “rap” part of Kid Cudi’s claim as a rap artist. Techno meets Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake meets Bob Marley. “Solo Dolo” is somewhere in between rap and whatever other genre comes to mind first. Even at that, it is a pretty good song, part of the fun is trying to figure out how iTunes may technically categorize it.
“My World” seems very monotonous and repetitive. Considering the technical and musical flair Cudi gives his other tracks, this one is unimpressive. Point blank, skip it. Good thing “Day’n’Nite” comes up next. Maybe it’s because the radio waves have been effectively soaked with it, but Kid Cudi hits a home run with this one. The music picks up and changes throughout, something not every song on the album does. While standing alone, this particular track is worth a listen. But on the entire album, so many of the songs sound the same. “Hyyerr” sounds almost too similar to “Day’n’Nite.”
The shining jewel of the album is by far “Make Her Say”, maybe because it brings in other artists and familiar tunes. Kanye West is featured as well as Common and even Lady Gaga. But don’t worry, Lady Gaga, Kanye at least let you finish. “Cudi Zone” has catchy lyrics, but listen to the background patterns, and try not to think of Justin Timberlake’s “My Love” from a few years back. This self-titled track and his self proclaimed theme music “Heart of a Lion” doesn’t paint a very good picture of the artist himself. Both are pretty boring and unoriginal. Maybe the creative juices ran out after the first few tracks? Strike out for Kid Cudi on this one.
His one hope left is “Up Up & Away.” Finally, an upbeat song! Even “Pursuit of Happiness” tries to be a little brighter, and is decent, but nothing to write home about. Both of these are two of the better tracks on the album. “Enter Galactic” and “Alive” aren’t bad. They’re almost that type of music you’d hear in Gap’s dressing room, not overly rowdy, but still enough to keep you interested. “Man on the Moon” is listed on iTunes as a bonus track. Why is it that the bonus track is better than the main ones? Get this one. It’s well worth the iTunes credits, and attempts to cancel out the sorry songs earlier in the album. While Man On the Moon—The End of Day isn’t awful, only a couple songs are worth the purchase, but the others hurt the album as a whole. So definitely pass on the album.
The weather looks promising for “Cloudy”By FRANCIS NELSON
Due to the low quality of the last two movies I watched, I decided to take a break from the Rated R section of the movie theatre and watch “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” even though I am fully aware that the Guy Code dictates I be made fun of since I don’t have any kids to blame watching a PG movie on. This applies to guys only. Sorry, girls.
Despite being a Pixar production, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” is not a kiddie movie. Kiddie movies don’t have a monkey ripping the heart out of a gummy bear and eating it. At least they’re not supposed to. Yes, this does happen, and yes, it is cool to watch, computer animation or not. “Cloudy” is a lighthearted and fastpaced comedy with several different styles of humor such as (but not limited to) sarcasm, witty one-liners, and slapstick.
The preview does a good job preparing the viewer for what to expect. The plotline is pretty simple, so the preview mostly just shows clips of the disasters that the main character creates with his inventions and the hilarious aftermath. The movie boasts a few famous actors such as Bruce Campbell (Mayor Shelbourne,) Neil Patrick Harris (Steve the monkey) and Mr. T. (Earl Devereaux) as the only cop in the entire town. In all honesty, if Mr. T. is your source of law enforcement, do you really need anyone else? Bill Hader voices the main character, Flint Lockwood, who is an inventor.
I use the label “inventor” loosely, because his inventions are either impractical or nonsensical and oftentimes don’t even come close to working the way they should, which leads to much of the humor and usually disaster for everyone. When yet another invention of Lockwood’s starts to go haywire, Mr. T., as Officer Devereaux, delivers one of the best lines in the movie, “Something’s wrong. My chest hairs are tingling.” Another source of humor is Flint’s attraction for rookie weatherwoman Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), because Flint Lockwood is a grown man who still lives at home with his father and rarely ventures out of his secret tree fort where he spends all his time trying to invent something of use. To say he is lacking in social skills is like saying the ocean is damp. Seeing our protagonist close his eyes, pucker his lips, puff out his cheeks like a blowfish, and then go in for a kiss only to be rebuffed with a “What are you dong?” from Sam is hilarious.
Watching these two interact is like being in third grade all over again. Along with laughs, the movie also delivers some life lessons to think about. “Cloudy” reminds us to be happy with who we are, whether we’re famous or friendless. It shows the struggle of a young man trying to earn the respect of his father and hear the words, “I’m proud of you, son.” We are reminded to never give up on our dreams and that no one is worthless, because we all have something to contribute; we just need to figure out what it is, and some of us take longer than the rest.
But the most important lesson to walk away from this movie having learned is: If you’re going to insult someone, at least be creative about it. I give “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” four and a half stars out five. I took off half a star for being a little on the short side. Otherwise it is a great movie and well-worth going to see.