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The Art of Independent Study

by Margaret Donnelly, Editor in Chief

The senior studio art majors’ Independent Study exhibitions opened last week in the MacKenzie Gallery at the Ebert Art Center with the works of Will Santino ’11 and Nick Ouellette ’11, whose exhibitions explored Biblical concepts of creation myths, language and the Tower of Babel.

Santino showed drawings from his graphic novel “FISH THAT DON’T EXIST: The Wonderful Plague of 1666: An Unfinished Illustrated Novel.”† In his junior year, Santinio researched the history of science and began writing “FISH THAT DON’T EXIST” as a magical history of science that blurred the line between fact and fiction and was originally a collection of fictional marine monsters. Continue Reading

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Zurko and Milligan astonish at the faculty art shows

Kicking off The College of Wooster’s 2011 art show season, professors Bridget Milligan and Walter Zurko debuted and spoke about their respective projects, “Fireside Tales” and “ÖA Matter of Time,” which they each made during their most recent sabbatical from the College. Milligan worked with photography and digital art techniques, while Zurko made sculptures. Continue Reading

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Surprisingly trippy “Rango” takes on the classic Western

There are very few animated films that star chameleons. There are even fewer that mix Western movie staples with a dash of Gonzo wit. “Rango,” the first animated film from Industrial Light and Magic, is that film. Perhaps the movie’s allusions to Hunter S. Thompson aren’t so surprising when you hear that Johnny Depp is the voice of the titular reptile, but when you try to put that in the context of a genre that is mostly marketed for children, well, things get harder to understand.

Rango is a chameleon who has spent most of his life in a tank, amusing himself by acting out bizarre dramas with the decorations, including a headless Barbie doll, a plastic fish and a synthetic palm tree. His owners are moving, and during a near-collison with a convertible, the tank is thrown out of the back of their car. It promptly shatters on the tarmac, leaving Rango on a very dry, very desolate desert highway. Continue Reading

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Bite-Sized News: Sports

WOOSTER MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TENNIS

After making a three-match winning streak, the women’s tennis team lost two in a row against Case Western Reserve and Ohio Northern University last weekend.† The Fighting Scots (5-5) lost 9-0 to both teams.† Margaret Trainor ’13 gave Wooster its best result against Case Western Reserve (7-5), pushing her No. 6 singles opponent to a score of 6-4, 6-3.

The next day, No. 2 doubles partners Suzanne Hamby ’11 and Boo Flynn ’12 pushed their opponents to an 8-5 match, and both Flynn and Ashley Stockwell ’12 won five games before being overcome by their opponents. Continue Reading

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Travis’ College Tour

Three for 31. That is how poorly the Butler University Bulldogs shot from inside the three-point line on Monday in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in their 53-41 loss to the University of Connecticut Huskies. Butler had almost as many shots blocked (10) as field goals made (12).

UConn did not do much better, shooting 34.5 percent from the field (including one-of-11 from three) in what seems destined to be known as the worst championship game ever played.

But the final game should be a footnote on what was one of the greatest NCAA Tournaments in history, if not the absolute best. The Huskies may not have won in stunning fashion, but consider their story. Continue Reading

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Men’s lacrosse suffers while Wooster women dominate

The men’s lacrosse team had a difficult last couple of weeks as the Scots (2-6) have lost their last four games. Last Saturday, the Scots faced off against North Coast Athletic Conference rival Denison University.

Denison (5-1) started off the match strong, scoring a goal just one minute into the game. Unfortunately for the Scots, this trend continued and the Denison Big Red scored goals consistently for the rest of the day. Overall, Denison out shot Wooster 53-23, en route to a 12-1 victory over Wooster. The only bright spot for the Scots came in the fourth quarter when Matt Ranck ’13 scored Wooster’s only goal with 35 seconds remaining in the game. Continue Reading

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