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The boiling of the Democratic stew

It only takes a few minutes of watching MSNBC or FOX to see that the Democratic Party nominations have gotten to that awkward stage right before matters get ugly. Both candidates recently began tearing at the viability of the other in an escalating Cold War of words. While I’m in favor of sprinting toward the finish line, at what point does the image of the eventual nominee begin to suffer?

For a duo of campaigns that originally served as a contrasting foil to the opposition, the present is bearing a closer resemblance to the 2016 Republican mudslinging party. While Sanders is far off from calling Clinton a “sniveling, low coward”, and Clinton won’t be attaching “Lying” to Sanders nametag anytime soon, both candidates bear risk in allowing the competition to get too out of hand.

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, right, speaks, as Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton listens, at the NBC, YouTube Democratic presidential debate at the Gaillard Center, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

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A Semester in Review.

Change has been the keyword for this past semester.

I’ve had to adapt to different styles of writing, try new things further immerse myself into the roll of a feature writer. In particular, this semester taught me how to better investigate stories and the question “why?”. Nearing the end of it, I still know that I have plenty to work on if I want to be a professional writer. Next semester I’ll be abroad in Florence, Italy. I’ll take what I’ve gained from my editor, my experiences in my internship and the stories I’ve gathered from other people. This is a semester in review and the stories that made it that way.

LARP:

A few weeks ago, I had to venture out to the wooded area of Veterans park and experience Live action Role Play, or LARP. These two stories are the result of my four hour adventure in the woods. I’ve got to say that I learned a lot from these guys and what a real sense of community and acceptance is.

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Beards:

Every November, men go the month without shaving. The thing I learned from this experience was what length I would go to in order to finish a story. Not to mention the topic was a bit lighter than the news stories I was used to last semester. I got the chance to speak with representatives of the Movember Foundation – a group dedicated to the growth of facial hair for cancer, and men who just loved facial hair.

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Steakhouse:

The appeal that Arlington Steakhouse had for customers and the story was it’s historical connection to the city. I mean, this place is has seen the city through economic depressions and booms. It watched Arlington ingest three other small cities around it to become what it is today – a giant suburb of 400,000.  I take something from every story like this. Not to mention, old people tell the best stories.

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Louie Louie’s Dueling Piano Bar.

This particular assignment introduced me to the idea of piano bars. Whenever I told anyone that I was writing a piece about one, and had no idea what they were about, they flipped out. I guess that’s living in the south for you.

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Uptown Theater.

Though the story started as a piece on a music festival at a renovated venue, it ended as a renovated venue hosting a new festival. The difference is once I got to the theater, experienced the type of people who ran it and saw the history of the place, I was entranced. This is a perfect example of how a story can jump focus’s once you start reporting. My biggest regret is that Michael and I didn’t go back and experience the show for that weekend.  We still plan to though!

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Spoonfed Tribe.

These guys. The Spoonfed tribe story was one of those that required Mike and I to drive to Denton in the middle of the night and stay till two a.m. I learned alot about the people of Denton and gained new music to listen to that night. Plus, we still play the promotional CD in the burgundy beast for those long car trips. It wasn’t my optimal way to spend a Friday night, but I wouldn’t take it back for anything else.

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Hookah Lounges in the Arlington area.

This was the type of story, I imagined myself doing when I first signed on to Pulse – The Shorthorn’s entertainment section. Even though the execution wasn’t the best, I still think the pictures were awesome and that the concept was a good idea.

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New freshman adjust to campus.

This was my first crack at a feature story. I took mundane circumstances and attempted to make a cohesive story out of it. Though it’s flawed, I enjoyed delving into the life of somebody else and walking through a day in their life.

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First Impressions of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

By William Johnson
Jerry Bruckheimer fails to bring any magic to this time-traveling tale.
Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain) stars in the Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean) produced and Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) directed adaptation of the popular Prince of Persia video game series. Named after the first installation, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is a high budget, fantasy-adventure featuring a time warping blade, capable of sending the wielder a full 60 seconds into the past at a time.

After King Sharaman (Ronald Pickup) witnesses an act of courage in a young street urchin on the streets of a nameless Persian city, he takes the boy in to be a prince of Persia. It’s years later and Prince Dastan is leading a charge into a holy city, named Alamut, in search of weapons and finds nothing but a princess. In a series of twisted events, Dastan ends up with a time warping dagger capable of unleashing the fabled Sand of Time, which have the power to destroy the world. It is now up to Dastan and the princess of Alamut, Tamina (Gemma Arterton) to protect the dagger from those who would use it for evil.
This film suffers from poorly put together Computer Generated Imagery and ineffective dialog. Digitally generated back drops are apparently unrealistic and moments between the princess and the prince seem unbelievable. This movie attempts to use clichéd moments where the two main actors almost kiss, but are instead interrupted by some event.
The biggest oversight I noticed within the movie was the under use of it’s chief gimmick, the dagger. When placed in danger throughout the duration of the movie, the prince seems to forget that he is wielding a time bending dagger. In a film that overused CGI, hardly any of it was invested in the item placed in it’s namesake.
The film does , however, attempt to make political allusions by inserting Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code) as Sheik Amar, an ostrich racing entrepreneur who opposes taxes. Molina’s performance was the highlight of an otherwise unenergized cast. Another allusion takes places when Dastan is opposed to the idea of invading a land based on inconclusive evidence of the government trading weapons of mass destruction with their enemies. Although evident, these allusions don’t make this movie any wiser when said.
This films delivers exciting battle scenes reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean and the Mummy trilogy and swift acrobatics similar to Spider-Man.
While the film has it’s flaws, it may be only the first is a new Jerry Bruckheimer series. Fans of the popular video game series may enjoy this adaptation
and others may pan it, but Prince of Persia brings forth exactly what it’s trailer promises: Action, Adventure, Romance, and Acrobatics.

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