British royalty is in. The world is atwitter with Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton and the 2010 movie “The King’s Speech” is nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards, 14 awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 14 British Academy of Film Awards and 12 Academy Awards. And it deserves every bit of the hype.
The film tells the well-kept story of how King George VI (Colin Firth) succeeded his brother Edward on the English throne and overcame his stammer with the help of the Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffery Rush) to rally England when Adolf Hitler declared war on Europe in 1939. Continue reading The King’s Speech
It can no longer be denied that the state of Alabama has a lot to be proud of these days, at least in terms of college football. In the last two seasons† Alabama has produced two different national championship teams, both of which made it out of the hardest conference in college football with undefeated records.
The Auburn University Tigers finished off this season by defeating the University of Oregon Ducks 22-19 in the Tostitos National Championship Game. That victory marked a remarkable ending to a season filled with controversy. Continue reading Alabama has become a state of NCAA champions
On Jan. 12, 2010, an earthquake devastated the nation of Haiti. Just over one year later, the country is still trying to recover. According to the Los Angeles Times, very little reconstruction has been done so far in Haiti. A meager five percent of the debris has been cleared, few landmarks have been rebuilt, and about 1,200 tent camps still dot the capital city of Port-au-Prince. Many are unemployed, and around 800,000 people are still living in the camps, says Nigel Fisher, the U.N. coordinator for humanitarian affairs in Haiti. Other sources estimate the number is closer to one million, according to the Associated Press. Continue reading Issues in Haiti remain unresolved
Wooster biochemistry and molecular biology major Chelsea Stamm ’11 and James West, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, are on to something big at Wooster.† While studying unsaturated carbonyl compounds here at the College, the researchers found a certain compound was extremely efficient at killing skin cells, according to Director of Public Information John Finn. The study looked at structurally similar molecules that were known to kill skin cells. The researchers hypothesized that the toxicity would be relatively the same across the board. Philip J. Kingsley, an assistant in biochemistry at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine, was also involved in the study. Continue reading Professor, student make discovery
There are really two couples onscreen in director Derek Cianfrance’s new film “Blue Valentine.” Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams), the beautifully breathless, stumblingly infatuated young adults who make out in Laundromats and slow dance to classic Motown, are, haltingly, hopelessly realizing they can’t live without each other.
Flash forward a few years later, and Dean and Cindy, now balding and exhausted, are raising a child and desperately denying that there is no way they can continue living with each other. The contrast between these love affairs ó because both are manifestations of love, however wrenching ó makes the best movie that came out in 2010 the hardest to watch. But, oh, is it worth it. Continue reading Blue Valentine