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Amy Friedman

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Draft Day
Film

"Draft Day" Fails to Make the Cut

“Draft Day” offers a somewhat interesting look behind the curtain of the NFL draft and stars Kevin Costner.

Theater

Memory and Identity are Present in “Absence”

Though many stories of dementia focus primarily on the relationships and emotional struggles of patients’ close friends and family, the script of “Absence” distinguishes itself by choosing to focus primarily on Helen’s interior losses. In doing so, the production forces the audience to contemplate the fine line between memory and identity in a way that lingers in the viewer’s mind afterwards.

Film

"Thor" is Marvelous Entertainment

As with many recent Marvel films, “Thor: The Dark World” gives equal weight to wry wit and hammer-clashing battle. Though assuredly a superhero flick, “The Dark World” rises above expectations thanks to its pithy humor, gorgeous visuals, and the creation of a perfect supervillain.

Music

"Bangerz" a Mash of Confused Ideas

Considering her new “fearless” image, “Bangerz” is surprisingly guarded. The best songs on the album are the few where Cyrus sings on her own and takes on any kind of emotional range.

Film

"Parkland" Falls Short of Promise

Writer and director Peter Landesman’s “Parkland” tries to tell the story of the assassination of John F. Kennedy through the eyes of a few bystanders who were directly affected by Kennedy’s death in unexpected ways. Unfortunately, the film packs too much in during its relatively short run time to be very coherent or satisfying, despite its deeply compelling subject matter.

On Campus

"Tower" Rebuilt

The eleventh season of “Ivory Tower” begins this fall with a new story that one executive producer, Joao A. Vogel ’16, describes as part “Romeo and Juliet,” part “Godfather,” with a Harvard twist. The coming season will feature two “student groups”—the Italian Mafia and the Ninjas—vying for control of the UC. “Ivory Tower” has been kicking for more than a decade, and after a severely truncated single-episode season last year, the new leaders are looking to resurrect the show.

Music

Singles Rundown

Miley Cyrus' new single is a welcome departure from her earlier single "We Can't Stop," although the music video complicates the message. Icona Pop resurfaces after their massively successful "I Love It" to remake a classic Lesley Gore song. And Coldplay releases their new song for the "Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

On Campus

Shel Silverstein Should Not Grow Up

The program for “An Adult Evening With Shel Silverstein,” which ran until August 31, forewarned the audience that the “show is not suitable for children.” This might seem like a surprising disclaimer to accompany the work of an author best known for child-friendly poems, but the play took on a lot, from wild obscenities, to killing horses, matricide, infanticide, and being raped by a bunch of Koreans (we never find out why the Koreans are in the story specifically, but it gets dwelled on).

Elizabeth Warren

Warren Secures Democratic Nomination for Senate

In a landslide victory of 95.7 percent of delegate votes, Elizabeth Warren secured the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention on Saturday. Her only competitor, Marisa DeFranco, failed to gather 15 percent of the 3,500 delegates to qualify as a candidate in September’s primary election.

FAS

Vaccination Company Wins President's Challenge Grand Prize

Vaxess Technologies, a company working to increase global access to vaccines through harnessing silk technology, has won the grand prize in the President’s Challenge, a competition that looked to foster social entrepreneurship across Harvard’s campus, the University announced Monday.

Race

Warren Speaks Out on Heritage Accusations

After weeks of speculation, Elizabeth Warren released an official statement Thursday confirming that she had claimed Native American heritage to both Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. Warren remained adamant, however, that her descent did not have an impact on job offers, as those who hired her had no knowledge of her background when they offered her the positions.

Crime

Laptop Thefts Double in April

The month of April has already seen twice as many laptop thefts on campus as the previous month, an uptick driven especially by thefts from residence halls and undergraduate classroom buildings.

Crime

TF Back in Court for Sexual Assault Charge

Court proceedings in the case against Bradley J. Spencer, a former Harvard teaching fellow who has pleaded not guilty to the charge of sexually assaulting a woman on an MBTA train in December, will resume in June.

Yale

Yale Tailgate Crash Victim Sues Driver, U-Haul

One of the women injured in the U-Haul crash at the November Harvard-Yale Game tailgate party filed a lawsuit last week seeking at least $15,000 in damages from the Yale undergraduate who was driving the vehicle and the rental truck company.

Cambridge Police

CPD Cracks Down on Heroin Activities in Central Square

The Cambridge Police Department made 17 arrests for drug-related conduct in Central Square during “Operation Booting Heroin.” Ten of the arrests took place last Thursday and Friday.

STANTING TALL
Football

Harvard-Yale 2014

Playing with the Rules
Scrutiny

Playing With The Rules

Highlight

Title IX Complaints in Higher Education

Art Museum Feature
Visual Arts

Newly Opened, Art Museums Prepare To Engage Undergrads