April 15, 2010 Volume CXXVII Issue 10

Elements of Human Cartography

The graduating seniors of Georgetown College invite you to this year’s thesis exhibition, an opportunity to exhibit their innovative and creative skills and hard work after three and a half years of guided education and experiences. “Elements of Human Cartography” offers an insightful look into the interests of eleven Studio Art and two Art History Bachelor of Arts candidates.

The two exhibitions will include installation and performance work, two- and three- dimensional work and art historical lectures of the research conducted by the two art historians. The first show opens on April 15 with an opening reception beginning at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Artists in this showcase include Brenton Curry (sculpture), Angelina McCoy (painting), Erica Miller (painting), Laura Philpot (bookarts) and Lynnesy Rowland (photography). At 6 p.m., Julie Jones and Daniel Ware, Art History majors, will begin giving lectures on the topics they have been researching on this past year. This show will be open until April 25.

The second show opens April 29 with an opening reception beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until 7 p.m. Artists in this exhibition include Angie Chahin (painting), Peggy Coots (painting), Joel Darland (sculpture), Erica Janszen (digital), Ashley Mitchell (installation) and Nick Wagner (drawing). This show will be open until May 9.

Both exhibitions will be held at the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery on Georgetown College’s campus located at the corner of Mulberry Street and College Street, Georgetown, Ky.

The gallery is open M-F 12-4:30 p.m.

Press Release

Miley Cyrus makes a new type of hit

Contributing Writer

On April 2, the theaters released the new Nicholas Sparks movie “The Last Song.” Sparks has also written other blockbuster romances like “The Notebook,” “Dear John” and “A Walk to Remember.” This movie will be no different than his previous novel adaptations. The movie focuses on teenager Ronnie Miller, played by the popular Miley Cyrus. Ronnie isn’t your typical teenage girl. Still upset and bitter over her parents’ divorce, she finds herself in a constant strand of trouble.

Ronnie’s mother thinks that it would be in everyone’s best interest if Ronnie and her younger brother Jonah go and spend their summer with their father, Steve, who moved to Tybee, Ga. shortly after the divorce. Her father has hopes of mending his torn relationship with his daughter and getting her back into playing music over the course of the summer. But ever since her father moved, Ronnie has had almost nothing to do with him, and has tried to erase and shut out all memories with her dad, including playing music. Ronnie is outraged with her summer plans to say the least, but that all changes when she meets the popular Will Blakelee.

Will is played by newcomer and Australian model, Liam Hemsworth, who is actually Miley’s boyfriend in real life. These two instantly hit it off, but Ronnie is still very standoffish because of her parents’ experience with love and she is unsure of what to do. An unexpected twist in the story leaves Ronnie questioning if love can really last forever and if second chances are really worth it. Cyrus’ acting is uneasy at some times, especially during a heated argument between her and Hemsworth, but Hemsworth was there to pick up the slack for her lack of skill. This movie is a definite summer must-see, but just like any typical Sparks plot the girls will leave crying and the guys will leave thankful that it is over.

Why the world needs Jimmy Fallon

Staff Writer

Amidst the rubble left by the “Late Night War” between Leno and O’Brien, there is one thing at NBC which still seems to be significant to post-evening news entertainment. That one thing is late night host Jimmy Fallon. What makes Fallon stand out from any other late night host however, is not his monologues or sketches, but his passions. Fallon’s love for the video game industry and his position as host on a major network allows him to attempt what has always been thought impossible: taking something that has been more or less identified with a certain demographic and bring it into the mainstream.

Attempts have been made to merge the two before, but certainly never on this scale or with this level of broadcasting support. Fallon (whose predecessors as “Late Night” host include David Letterman and Conan O’Brien), has even issued a promise to the gaming community, stating that “We’re going to treat a video game premiere as if it was a movie premiere.” Perhaps what can be seen as one of the biggest steps toward treating the game industry like the movie industry is his approach to the change, by treating video game celebrities like any other kind of celebrity.

A prime example of this was last October’s appearance of Tim Schafer on “Late Night” to discuss the release of “Brutal Legend.” The segment wasn’t shorted due to the industry he worked in, and Fallon seemed to treat Schafer as if he were on par with Hollywood’s elite. Fallon gave Schafer something that until the dawn of the new “Late Night,” I would never have expected. He gave him respect. It is his respect for the gaming industry that truly sets Fallon above all that have come before him. He appears not to let the format limit his respect for the actual property, and to that extent the actual product. Fallon’s respect goes beyond the creator, but to the creation as well.

The host went as far as to premiere a three-minute trailer for “BioShock 2” during his show on Feb. 2. The act of securing an entire commercial break probably was not an easy one, not to mention the fact that it was the show’s first, attention even movies rarely see now. Yes, video game titles are important to Fallon, but where does something like a new peripheral or “add-on” sit? Pretty high up on the list it would seem, due to the fact that Microsoft’s Kudo Tsunoda dropped by to demo the recently released “Project Natal” back in June on “Late Night.”

Something that furthered the authentication of Fallon’s genuine respect for the industry was how excited he was about the product. He didn’t want to sell it to the masses, or give it “precious” marketing time, he wanted to take it home himself. He acted like a consumer who couldn’t wait to get his hands on a new product. He acted real. Suffice it to say he doesn’t just premiere new “gaming” tech or invite the occasional game industry celebrity on his show: he expresses his passion for the industry with other mainstream celebrities that we usually can’t go a day without hearing about.

Take, for example, his match against Tiger Woods at Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 in Time Square (which Fallon won). Or even when The Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard got to see himself on the cover of NBA 2010, something that Fallon showed him for the first time, an action which really resonated with Howard. After last night’s world-exclusive reveal of Gears of War 3, I cannot think of anything more that Late Night with Jimmy Fallon can do to strengthen support for the gaming industry. Sitting there, I realize how far we have come in terms of equal representation of mediums, and unfortunately how far we still have to go.

To say that “Late Night” is different from what else you will find postnews is an understatement. On other programs you might find better written-jokes and more AAA actors, but only on “Late Night,” only on Fallon will you find someone who wants to change years of stereotypes, someone who doesn’t want to prove that games are “cool,” but someone who wants to show us that they are. If the next generation of entertainers and hosts are like Fallon, then perhaps, in the future we will pay more attention to actual content and quality and less on medium and representation. Perhaps we will view video games as less of a toy and more narrative. Perhaps we might even one day have an award show as prestigious as the Oscars for an industry that works as hard, if not more so to produce escapism. Perhaps one day this all will come to pass, but until then, fight on “Game Crusader,” fight on…


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