he Mansfield Downtown Partnership invites residents and visitors to celebrate the new season at its 7th Annual Winter Welcome this Saturday in Downtown Storrs! This free event is open to everyone and will take place rain, snow, or shine. Winter Welcome will start at 3 p.m. and continue through 6 p.m.
This NFL season is winding down and teams already have their eyes toward postseason seeding. This year has given us so many storylines, good and bad alike, that have made this season memorable. One storyline that has flown under the radar is that we are witnessing the shattering of stereotypes right in front of our eyes. The Undefeated coined the phrase “The Year of the Black Quarterback” to explain the reimagining of what a franchise quarterback looks like. This isn’t the first year that a Black quarterback has been successful, Cam Newton and Patrick have both won league MVP this decade, and QBs like Michael Vick, Randall Cunningham, and Warren Moon were all great in their respective eras. The reason why this year has been so important is because we have never seen this many Black QBs positioned as the face of franchises before, as of this season there are about five: Wilson, Mahomes, Jackson, Prescott, Watson.
On Nov. 8, Netflix released “Let It Snow” as an adaptation of the novel with the same name written in 2008 by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson. The movie follows three interwoven stories about young people falling in love during a snowstorm on Christmas.
If you are familiar with the acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese, then you have probably heard of or seen some of his films like “Goodfellas,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and “The Departed.” The legendary director has also made himself famous in recent weeks with his public criticism of Marvel’s films changing the film industry. Among this, he has been around for decades and has made countless movies that match his talents with that of Steven Spielberg. Now that he is reaching old age, Scorsese has gathered some of the best actors from older critically-acclaimed movies, and has created a much more mature film that pays homage to all of the classics of the past. His newest film is “The Irishman,” and is now streaming on Netflix.
On Dec. 3, Tame Impala released their fourth single, “Posthumous Forgiveness” off their upcoming album, “The Slow Rush.” The song spans six minutes and feels as if listeners are given two songs in one. The synths in the song prove Kevin Parker, the man behind Tame Impala, is veering further away from a rock sound and more towards a psychedelic soul feeling. The production is fantastic as usual, all done by Parker himself.
On Nov. 19 – 24, Eastern’s Performing Arts Department and Drama Society presented the play “Our Town.” Created by Thornton Wilder and directed by Tim Golebiewski, “Our Town” is a production that takes place during the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries focusing on the lives of the townsfolk in Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire. Inspired by the literature that represents old civilizations such as the trade documents of Babylon or the stories of Homer from Ancient Greece, Wilder wrote this play as a relic to depict how people lived their lives in the early twentieth century so that future societies will know what values people upheld in this time period.
As college students, some of us tend to take our education for granted. To make the decision to continue past the secondary-level is massive since not everyone can afford to do so. In different parts of the world, education isn’t easily accessible. Some of us forget to recognize that in North America there are still some people who struggle to access it. Education is a privilege, and should be seen for its value.
Who is Baby Yoda? Baby Yoda is the name fans of Star Wars gave to an unnamed character in “The Mandalorian,” a Disney+ exclusive show. Is he actually Yoda as a baby? No. He just appears to be the same species as Yoda and that is why he has been dubbed with that name. He is incredibly cute and everyone is going crazy over him, even some who have yet to see the show or care little about Star Wars. The memes you have probably seen on Twitter by now do not give the little guy justice.
Over the few two weeks, the American people have learned that President Trump orchestrated a scheme to get what he called a “favor” from a foreign leader by withholding a White House meeting and hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid, against his own administration’s policy and the bipartisan wishes of Congress. And yet the details of the Ukraine story didn’t neatly map onto some Americans’ idea of obvious presidential misconduct. One persistent question for many is whether President Trump was really doing all this for himself, rather than in pursuit of the American national interest. That’s a really important question right now and is at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.
It was recently announced by Stuart Burgdoerfer, Victoria’s Secret CFO, that the controversial fashion show will not be taking place this year. The fashion show has been aired on Television since 2001 and the reason for this year’s cancelation is due to the company attempting to rebrand. The company has been under fire for years for numerous reasons.