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Life of Pi

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Written by Katy Dykes

Posted on 06 October 2014

life_of_pi_ver2_xlgBased on the famous book by Yann Martel, "Life of Pi" is just a regular story about a boy whose family zoo boat sinks, resulting in him being stuck on a lifeboat with a tiger. Oh, and his name is the same as everyone's favorite irrational number. Maybe that is not so regular.

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Wild

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Written by Erica Dettmer-Radtke

Posted on 06 October 2014

wildThe Pacific Crest Trail (aka the PCT) stretches approximately 2,650 miles from the Mexican to the Canadian border. It travels through various terrains, including the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Range. At age 26, Cheryl Strayed hiked from the Mojave Desert to the Bridge of the Gods alone, traveling around one thousand miles. "Wild" tells the extraordinary story of her journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. Although she hiked the trail in 1995, "Wild" was published in 2012, and since then her book has been quite the success, becoming a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

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Puzzles and Dragons: Bejeweled With a Twist

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Written by Kathy Cheng

Posted on 29 September 2014

Bejeweled, a relatively standard game that many people play, can get old just moving colored blocks one space at a time. Puzzles and Dragons (P&D), an app that requires the internet, takes the common game that everyone enjoys and introduces creatures and monsters while maintaining the challenge of puzzle games.

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Personal Legends and Santiago's Sheep: The Alchemist Book Review

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Written by Katrina San Nicolas

Posted on 29 September 2014

tumblr_m5hlnzYdqg1qbaom0"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." -- Paolo Coelho in "The Alchemist"

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Hitch

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Written by Katy Dykes

Posted on 29 September 2014

Hitch-poster-1020266426It is no secret that it is hard to ask a girl out. No amount of planning and rehearsing and making up scenarios will make anyone truly prepared to put their heart on the line. But what if there were someone who could make it all easier? In his 2005 movie "Hitch," Will Smith is just that person. Alex Hitchens, or "Hitch," works as an anonymous "dating doctor" coaching men in the art of wooing women. Hitch knows it all: when to call, when to send flowers, even when to go in for that ever-important first kiss. Hitch is happy and enjoying his booming business in New York when he meets possibly his hardest client ever: Albert Brennaman. Albert is a typical nerdy, nervous, slightly overweight employee at an investment firm. There is not much unique about him except one thing: he is absolutely infatuated with a client of his firm, celebrity Allegra Cole. Hitch will take on one of his hardest challenges yet, getting this quiet, awkward, klutzy man noticed by the bleach blonde A-Lister of his dreams.

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Colorado Chocolate Cake

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Written by Jacqueline Feuerborn

Posted on 29 September 2014

Cooking-corner_-colorado-chocolate-cakeThis is the perfect recipe for any kind of special occasion. It is a little bit too much work for most people to do just for a random slice of cake but if it is a roommate's birthday or the birthday of a significant other, it is a great way to impress them and earn some good brownie points, or in this case, cake points. Be prepared to dedicate a couple hours to creating this masterpiece, but once it is finished and presented on the table, no one will be able to deny how absolutely delicious it looks. Take a bite and let the deliciousness dissolve on your tongue. The best part of the recipe is that it is a quite large cake, so there will be plenty left over to eat for days afterwards, either as a good afternoon snack or for a not-so-healthy lunch.

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Banks — Goddess (Deluxe)

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Written by Sarah Dewar

Posted on 29 September 2014

fb84f39c1b485b3284e1574f0358f97418579eab83d61844f6b91cde7abe266c_largeJillian Banks, known professionally as BANKS, released her first album this September into the expanse of anticipation surrounding her relative unfamiliarity with the mainstream. BANKS toured alongside The Weeknd for the better part of last year, drawing comparisons to the indie side of R&B with her sultry alternative style and electronic sound.

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About Time

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Written by Sarah Dewar

Posted on 29 September 2014

about_time_xlg"About Time" is a candid look at the life of an Englishman who has inherited the ability to travel back in time. This trait is passed down through the men in his family — a fact he learns from his father on his twenty-first birthday. Jim Lake, seemingly normal, must decide how to use this newfound capability to alter his world for the better. Naturally, he sets upon finding a girlfriend. After a few failed attempts at love, Jim moves to London from his family home in Cornwall. He begins law school and rooms with an old playwright friend of his father's. Not long after Jim meets Mary and makes plans to take her out on a date. Unfortunately, Jim uses his skill to rescue his roommate's failed play premier, in the process erasing his first meeting with Mary. The movie continues from Jim's perspective, wittily and heroically blundering through weddings, family parties, and the fair amount of tragedy reserved for romantic comedies.

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Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

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Written by Jacqueline Feuerborn

Posted on 24 September 2014

edge_of_tomorrow_ver4_xlgFor anyone that has seen and loved "Groundhog's Day," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Ironman" and "Transformers," here is a movie that combines the best parts, the mediocre parts and the completely random parts of all of them. "Edge of Tomorrow" tells the story of Major William Cage, played by Tom Cruise, a man who is all about public relations and making wars seem like a good idea. Major Cage finds himself forced into service in the war against the Mimic, an alien race that is probably the most baffling part of the entire movie. The Mimic are a strange hive minded race that look like some distant cousin of Groot from "Guardians of the Galaxy," strange tree creatures that move very fast and are kind of terrifying in their vagueness. In order to fight these foreign enemies from some unknown world, the people of Earth have created a strange exoskeleton armor that makes them stronger. These suits of armor are a strange mix of the Iron Man suit and the Pacific Rim robot outfits.

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Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Written by Anonymous

Posted on 24 September 2014

amazing-spider-man-2-poster__140603232341"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is the most recent film adaptation of the acrobatic comic-book hero, and it definitely does not disappoint. Directed by Marc Webb and written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the movie sustains the adventurous nature that won viewers for "The Amazing Spider-Man." This sequel additionally adds themes of family, particularly capitalizing on the prevalence of unfulfilled father-son relationships.

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Cooking Corner: Falafel

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Written by Jacqueline Feuerborn

Posted on 24 September 2014

Cooking Corner_ FalafelThere is a common misconception that vegetarian food means bland food. While there are definitely vegetarian foods that can be bland, there are also plenty of meats that can be bland if cooked badly. One of the most delicious types of vegetarian food that can be very tasty and have great flavor is Falafel. Falafel is a Middle Eastern food made from chickpeas or garbanzo beans(same thing just two different names for them). This is a food that is very high in protein due to the beans used to make it. As a result, they are a perfect substitute for meat because it still provides a good source of protein. There are several ways in which falafel can be made, such as deep fried balls or as patties that can be eaten like burgers. Often times, falafel will be eaten with pita, which is a flat bread, hummus, a dip or spread made from smashed chickpeas or garbanzo beans, or a yogurt sauce. What better to eat than garbanzo beans with a side of more garbanzo beans? Falafel is a delicious, nutritious, and very filling meal that will be sure to leave everyone's stomach happy, full and content.

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Thirteen Reasons Why

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Written by Katy Dykes

Posted on 24 September 2014

ThirteenReasonsWhyBy all accounts, Clay Jensen seems like an ordinary, run of the mill high school student. But of course, that is how good stories begin. One day Clay returns home from school to find a box with his name on it and thirteen cassette tapes. These tapes were recorded by his classmate and crush, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Clay is given a burden that he will struggle through. Hannah recorded thirteen tapes with the thirteen people outlining the reasons why she is dead. The tapes are passed from person one to person thirteen and only to the people who Hannah blames and talks about on the tapes. Hannah outlines her journey through the last couple of years via a map and landmarks, instructing the listener to go to each landmark as it is discussed. Though it pains him to do so, Clay will battle to listen to all thirteen tapes and follow Hannah's instructions to different places all around town. From cafes to libraries and gas stations, Clay will piece together the mystery of why Hannah is gone and why his name is on the tapes too.

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The Princess Bride: The Book is Better Than the Movie

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Written by Erica Dettmer-Radtke

Posted on 24 September 2014

princess-bride-01Many people have seen the movie, but much fewer have read the book. "The Princess Bride" (1973) by William Goldman is everything that the movie is and more. Although lengthy, it is worth the read. Goldman claims that his book is the abridgement of "The Princess Bride" by S. Morgenstern which his father read to him as a child. That book does not exist, but Goldman's claim of his version of "The Princess Bride" having only the good bits is definitely true. That claim helps Goldman tell the story with a narrative twist on the classic style of the novel.

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