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Review: Be your own hero in Dragon Age II

Isabel Johnson, Features Editor

March 17, 2011

Dragon Age II BioWare Corp. "Dragon Age II's" predecessor, "Dragon Age: Origins" largely consisted of marching across a fantasy landscape, killing pseudo-orcs and exchanging witty one-liners with party members. Ferelden needed to be saved; there was no time to delve into silly things like the in-de...

“Earnest” delivers wit and charm

Lee Sandwina, Staff Writer

March 17, 2011

SRJC's production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" hits all marks and satisfies on multiple levels. Director Wendy Wisely reinvented writer Oscar Wilde's wit-driven play through a minimal set design and comprehensive character analysis, creating a hilarious and memorable evening of theater. The play follows t...

Vegan lifestyle leads to happiness, not just health

Heather Frendo, Staff Writer

March 17, 2011

With stacks of "boycott animal cruelty" booklets, "guide to compassion" pamphlets and three of her five books on vegan lifestyle piled and ready for purchase, vegan guru Colleen Patrick-Goudreau talked turkey—or spilled the beans, rather—about benefits of a plant-based diet during a guest lecture...

Review: Simplicity is delicious at Five Guys

Quinn Conklin, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2011

Five Guys Burgers and Fries takes a stripped-down menu and raises burger and fries to an art form by keeping it simple. However, like any art you need an appreciation for the artist's approach to the medium. Like life, it's the details that make a good burger. The thickness of the patty, the type o...

Theatre Arts stresses “Importance” of being “Wilde” in classic play

Craig Couden, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 1, 2011

For a play written in 1895 by a dead white guy, the humor and farce of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" still resonate with audiences today. SRJC Theatre Arts department plans to highlight Wilde's absurdist treatment of Victorian values with its new production of the popular play, op...

Circus dreams in the digital age

Michael Shufro, Staff Writer

March 1, 2011

Whoever you are, digital culture in some way shapes the world you're in and how you see it. When cell phones, television and computers filter every human thing imaginable, how much we experience untouched by technology becomes a complicated question. Do we all see the human imagination, the wellspring...

The Dirty Diamonds

James L. Alban, A&E Editor

March 1, 2011

All-over the place vocals with two- and three- part harmonies combined with smokin' guitars topped with banjos, saxophones and out-of-tune sing-alongs from the crowd is nothing out of the ordinary for The Dirty Diamonds. For the last two years, when they're not attending class at SRJC, The Dirty Di...

SRJC Philosophy instructor searches for music of the soul

Craig Couden, Co-Editor-in-Chief

March 1, 2011

SRJC Philosophy Professor Joel Rudinow combines the seriousness of academia with the self-expression embodied in the traditions of American pop culture. In a guest lecture Feb. 23, Rudinow presented his new book, "Soul Music: From Plato to Motown," which explores the relationship between the traditio...

Does online dating work?

Craig Couden, C0-Editor-in-Chief

February 10, 2011

Hi, my name's Craig. I'm an English student and I work for a catering company on the side. Ultimately, I'd like to get into book editing, and I'm trying to do anything that I can to get experience, including co-editing the SRJC school newspaper, interning with a book publisher and dabbling in a little ...

Seven great ideas and one terrible idea for singles this Valentine’s Day

Craig Couden, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2011

1. Watch the least romantic movie possible - Get away from all that lovey-dovey nonsense with a straight-up action or horror movie. Dollar for dollar, it's hard to beat the powerhouse of action movie giants in "The Expendables." Dolph Lundgren AND Sylvester Stallone in one movie! 2. Watch the most ...

Top five best and worst date DVDs

Craig Couden, Co-Editor-in-Chief

February 8, 2011

Top five best date DVDs 1. "Sleepless in Seattle" - For a movie where the leads rarely share screen time, it's hard to deny the charm of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan together. Just ignore the stalker premise. 2. "Amélie" - Show some class with this French charmer about a quirky Parisian girl who finds...

Ten inexpensive ideas for Valentine’s Day

Olivia Smith, Contributing Writer

February 8, 2011

  Valentine's Day is right around the corner! How can you make this Valentine's Day awesome and memorable without having to spend a ton? Read on. 1. Pack some BBQ supplies and a bottle of wine (if you're of age) and go camping! What's more romantic than sitting by a fire and talking about senti...

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