Anyone who knows me knows that I love Harry Potter. I've read all four of J.K. Rowling's books, devouring the fourth 700-page monster in one 24-hour period. I rushed to the theater to see the film adaptation of the novel that started it all, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Needless to say I was more than a little excited to be living in Gildersleeve last year, which sounded like it belonged in the whimsical halls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
This weekend, in the largest demonstration of its kind, approximately half a million protestors flooded the streets of Florence, Italy, in protest of war in Iraq. According to the Guardian of Nov. 11, the protestors were "singing communist anthems and 1970s peace songs." The Washington Post of Nov. 9 said that, "the march was heavy on shrill whistles, communist hymns, red flags and portraits of Ernesto "Che' Guevara." Is the only alternative to the Bush Administration's adventurism and wanton threats of war voiced by the ideologues who brought the world Gulags and the Cultural Revolution?
That's right, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have moved the exclamation point from the end of their name to right smack dab in the middle. Actually, I'm rather surprised they didn't do it earlier. After all, their songs are full of false endings and dramatic mid-tune crescendos, so why shouldn't their name be? Before I get into that and the other important change they've made with their latest release, Yanqui U.X.O., a little background information is in order for those of you unfamiliar with the Montreal-based GY!BE.
International sensation David Broza came to Shriver Hall on Nov. 13 to play his beloved folk rock music. Effortlessly blending Hebrew, English and Spanish lyrics and musical styles into his work, Broza's appeal is far-reaching indeed. With 23 albums under his belt, Broza, a megastar in Israel, is slowly but surely gathering a mainstream following in America. Recently, the News-Letter had the opportunity to discuss his career and influences with the singer/songwriter himself.
With the odds stacked against them, the Men's Soccer team mounted a formidable effort against one of the top Division III teams, Messiah, but fell short 1-0 to end their short stay in the NCAA Tournament.
The CultureFest committee hosted its annual Culture Show in Shriver Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 9. The event was part of Culture Week, which runs from Nov. 7 through Nov. 16. It presented various campus groups that shared the traditional music and dances from their respective countries of origin.
For those of you buried in the library or unable to resist the carnal pleasures of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the 14th season of our favorite monochromatic family, The Simpsons, has officially arrived. Not that this is historic in itself, but for an entire generation, every year in late October means the latest "Treehouse of Horror" series. After nearly a decade and a half of ironic mayhem, scathing satire and long-running jokes, the talented creative team has a license to do whatever the hell it pleases, and target any social miscue it finds annoying.