CELS Spotlight: Creating and Influencing Education with Lamar Ok ’12

CELS Spotlight: Creating and Influencing Education with Lamar Ok ’12

KIPP Infinity Elementary School is located on West 133rd Street in Harlem, right next to the City College of New York. It is a part of the Riverside Park Community, a complex of buildings in Harlem that includes over 1,000 apartment buildings. KIPP Infinity takes up one of the floors of one of these buildings, where it serves students from kindergarten to grade four, a group of over 500 students, mainly young students of color. According to their website, 92% are on free or reduced lunches, and, as explained by…

Endgame Comes to Conn

Endgame Comes to Conn

Waiting for pain medication. Looking out the window at a barren landscape. Savoring a stale biscuit. Such dismal actions comprise the lives of the characters in the post-apocalyptic world of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. Di- rector Patrick Gallagher Landes ’16 brought such devastated world to Connecticut College on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 in Palmer with the support of Wig & Candle, the College’s student run theater group. The recent performance fittingly corresponded with the 59th anniversary of the play, which originally opened on April 3, 1957, in London’s…

Capitalism Works for Me! – But Does It?

Capitalism Works for Me! – But Does It?

With its gaudy twinkling letters and blaring red scoreboard, the Capitalism Works For Me! public art piece currently positioned out- side of Cro is tough to miss–but perhaps that’s the point. Designed by artist Steve Lambert to spark- conversation about our economic system, the piece has served as a rarity in promoting these frequently silenced conversations around the country. “I realized there wasn’t really a space for people to talk about capitalism and how to make it better,” Lambert explained, while displaying the piece in Times Square. The art piece…

NFL Early Retirement: A New Trend?

NFL Early Retirement: A New Trend?

The beginning of the NFL offseason: a time for many players to mull over their futures in the league. While players approaching the prime of their careers are signing contract extensions or testing the free agent market, many older veterans are choosing to end their careers. Usually, starting-caliber players will stay in the league into their mid-30s. However, the past couple of seasons have experienced a trend toward player retirment an earlier age. Many players retire after an obvious decline in their abilities. Now, more than ever, younger players are…

Men’s Squash Takes on NESCACS: Earns National Ranking

Men’s Squash Takes on NESCACS: Earns National Ranking

The Connecticut College Men’s Squash team just finished a tough weekend in the NESCAC Championships, facing some of the strongest teams in college squash. Senior tri-captain Brendan McClintick positively reflects on the tournament, saying he felt “extremely proud looking back on this weekend.” The Conn men entered the weekend as the last seed, ranked 11 in the NESCAC, and fought through three competitive matches. As the underdog, McClintick admits his team went into the tournament “with plenty to prove,” but he says his teammates played some fantastic squash. The team…

Scandal in Time for March Madness

Scandal in Time for March Madness

In 2013, the Louisville Cardinals won the NCAA Tournament, but the Cardinals will not be competing in the 2016 Tournament because of a self-imposed ban relating to a recent investigation into a recruiting scandal involving escorts and strippers. The scandal involves their assistant coach, Andre McGee, paying an escort to have dancers show up at a Louisville and dance for possible recruits and other basketball players. Katina Powell, the escort McGee is alleged to have paid, has written a book saying that she was providing dancers to McGee from 2010…

Help is Needed in Cleveland: Why Johnny Manziel is no Longer About Football

Help is Needed in Cleveland: Why Johnny Manziel is no Longer About Football

The camera pans over to Johnny during a preseason game in 2014. After being chided and barked at by numerous Redskins players, he momentarily loses his cool and flips his middle finger behind his head. After throwing an interception in a game against the 49ers this year, the camera goes to the Browns sideline where we see Johnny smashing a Microsoft Surface tablet against his head repeatedly. After a failed attempt at a come-from-behind victory against the Kansas City Chiefs, we see Johnny angrily rip off his helmet and spike…

Sparks Fly at New London Makerspace

Sparks Fly at New London Makerspace

Last October, Spark Makerspace opened at 86 Golden St. in downtown New London. The project was spearheaded by social entrepreneurs Hannah Gant and George Ryan, and the space joins many across the country cultivating creativity in various media. According to their website, Spark members pay a monthly fee for access to a full woodshop, commercial kitchen, 3D printers, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine and laser cutter, robotics lab, screenprinting equipment and much more. Spark’s community also extends to its shared office, meeting, classroom and retail space at 13 Golden St….

Parents

Parents

A girl once told me that she was mad at her parents. Little did she know I had a lot of experience in that field. Not as a parent, but someone who missed them. I asked, “Why are you mad at them?” To which she replied “My mother’s just always on my back about everything.” The funny thing is I remember myself saying things like this. I don’t anymore, and in that reality I now see how truly foolish I once sounded. Recognizing my position and taking a bold, firm…

Review Battles: Straight Outta Compton

Review Battles: Straight Outta Compton

The emergence of N.W.A in the late ’80s and early ’90s came at a pivotal moment when issues of  race relations, inequality and prejudice came to a head. The group that emerged comprised of young, frustrated, once-in-a-generation talented but marginalized young men who were embracing hip hop to express anger, raw emotion and distaste with the state of our country, especially when it came to social issues. I believe that Straight Outta Compton could have achieved critical success simply because the story of the group is so utterly captivating. But,…

Review Battles: Straight Outta Compton

Review Battles: Straight Outta Compton

Felix Gary Gray’s smashing summer blockbuster, Straight Outta Compton, is a compelling examination of one of the most radical civil rights movements of the 1980s. The now classic story of N.W.A.’s creation of the hip hop genre and the subsequent plague of record labels and personal ambitons is portrayed in one of the most convincing films of 2015. The film analyzes the power of art in social movements and how that art is then exploited. With impeccable performances from Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E, O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Corey…

Hollywood’s Depiction of a Gender Transition – “The Danish Girl” Review

Hollywood’s Depiction of a Gender Transition – “The Danish Girl” Review

Editor’s Note: If you do not want to know the end of the movie, do not read this article.  In response to the current international transgender awareness movement, perhaps made most visible by Caitlyn Jenner’s widely publicized gender transition, Hollywood has produced a film depicting the beginnings of the movement. Tom Hooper’s film, The Danish Girl, is a biography of Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) who underwent the first gender reassignment surgery in the early twentieth century. Throughout her transition, Lili is supported by her (eventually ex-)wife Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander),…