Thoughts with Profs: Connery, Sean Connery

Guest Column by Dr. Kit Medjesky               medjesky@findlay.edu @medjesky  Celebrated British actor Michael Caine once credited Golden Age movie star Cary Grant with ushering in a “generation of non-slobs.” It should be no surprise, then, that Grant was the original choice to play James Bond. Contract negotiations fell through, and Sean Connery...

Tis the season for screamin’

Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu   Halloween may look a little different this year with no parades, masks being worn by (hopefully) everyone, and candy being passed out differently than any year before. If you decide you must go out, be safe and sensible about it.   For those who want to stay inside during this spooky time of year, you may ask yourself “What’s a good horror...

Your voice matters, use it

Column by Alana Sundermann sundermanna1@findlay.edu In the United States the legal age to vote is set at 18. According to the United States Census Bureau, in the 2016 election 46.1% of 18-29-year-olds exercised their right to vote. While this was still higher than the turnout in the 2012 Election, it is still a statistically low turnout. As Americans, it is important that we continue to use our...

Is this the curtain call for movie theaters?

Low sales, closures, and lack of movies hurting movie theaters overall Column By Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 With everything that’s going on in the world, both before COVID-19 and now, one thing that I could always count on is that movies provide comfort and joy for a few hours. They can take you into new worlds, make you forget all the craziness going on, and even teach you...

Game three of the NBA Finals ends with a . . .walk off?

Lauren Wolters woltersl1@findlay.edu On Sunday night in game three of the NBA Finals, Jimmy Butler led the Heat to the 115-104 win, arguably having the greatest game of his career. Butler recorded a 40-point triple-double (40 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists). Only two other players in NBA history finished a finals game with a 40-point triple-double. These two players are Jerry West (1969) and...

South Park reminds us of the awful summer we had

Matt Stone and Trey Parker summarize the vents of Summer 2020 Review By Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   A few weeks before classes began, I was at work talking with my coworkers about how hectic the world is now. We eventually started to talk about South Park and whether the producers will have an episode devoted to COVID-19. I told them it was only a matter of time. I was...

Can D1 college football really last until January??

Column by Dylan Frazier Frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44 With the announcement of the Big Ten making its return to play football starting Oct.24, it led to a flood of all other conferences making the same announcement. One of the staples of the fall, especially in the Midwest, is our college football. As a Midwest kid, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to Ohio State football...

Mulan too much moola?

Column by Lauren Wolters Woltersl1@findlay.edu If you love female empowerment, great battle scenes, and Disney movies, get excited because the new Mulan movie hit the box offices Sept. 4. Actually, it hit no box offices because The Walt Disney Company has decided to only showcase the film on their nearly new streaming service, Disney Plus. The company also decided that the film is worth much...

Using A Platform for Change

Herbstreit calls on everyone to be better Column by Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 This might be a controversial topic, but I feel it is one that needs to be talked about in today’s world. Last Saturday, during ESPN’s College Gameday, Kirk Herbstreit gave a 3-minute speech on the racial injustices going on in our country today. Herbstreit discussed how people may be making...
Chadwick Boseman as the black panther

Long Live the King

Column by Dylan Frazier Frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier On Friday, Aug. 28, Chadwick Boseman passed away after his four year battle with colon cancer. Many know him as King T’Challa of Wakanda, some may know him as Jackie Robinson, and many other iconic roles that he has blessed us with over the years as an actor. But above all, he was a real-life superhero in every single way. You can say...

Tenet: Going back to the theaters, while going back in time

Review by Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44 Even before COVID-19, Christopher Nolan’s latest project, Tenet, was at the top of the list as one of the most anticipated movies of 2020. Having one of my favorite newer actors, John David Washington, as the lead role with Robert Pattinson as his right-hand man, I was very pumped to see this movie. Even with a few COVID-ridden...

Masks up when the the film is rolling

Column by Dylan Frazier Frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44 I’ve been very cautious with COVID-19 since before it was cool (not to brag). I bought some surgical masks before it was cool, and I bought so much hand sanitizer that we still have some leftover (again not to brag or anything). I’ve hardly left the house except for a few things here and there, but one thing I have truly missed is...

The international approach to wearing a mask

Wearing a Mask should be a team effort Column by Ethan Hockaday Hockaday@findlay.edu Wearing face masks has become a point of contention in recent months following the onset of the Coronavirus, with the primary argument being about the enforcement of mask-wearing. For some people being forced to wear a mask is a breach of personal liberties, whilst to others, it is a needed evil to stop the...

DON’T Take Me Out to The Ball Game

Why baseball coming back is pointless Column by: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 Sports is always something that can ease tensions, unify people, and bring joy into peoples’ lives. For me, one sport that has always brought me happiness is baseball, and my Cincinnati Reds were primed for a stellar season with many great offseason additions… and then COVID-19 happened. This put...

Trying to come up when everywhere else is still down

Column by Dylan Frazier @dylanfrazier Life hasn’t really been too easy for most of us since March. One day we were in class with our friends, professors, and classmates and then the next we were watching lectures on Zoom. Social isolation plaguing all of us and the constant threat of accidentally spread COVID-19 being in the back of our minds has only been part of the hardest year for many of...

Dear Freshman Me: An incoming senior takes a look back at lessons learned over the last three years.

Column   Twitter: @alana_sundy23 One week away from my last first day of school, ever. I can’t decide if I am excited or sad. I’m excited because I only have one more year until I get to experience all the possibilities the real world has to offer, but I’m sad because I only have one more year to be young and free from a lot of responsibilities. When you’re a freshman everyone tells...

Tracking press freedom in the U.S.

Column by: Leah Alsept, Staff Writer Press freedom and protection is something of a hot topic lately as riots, protests, and the persisting coronavirus affects the world around us.  We live in a world that requires the utmost vigilance in knowing the news and being at least a smidgen updated with politics. Journalists of all kinds—ranging from freelance to the Associated Press, informs the...

A letter to my college athlete in the midst of COVID-19

The battle against COVID-19 is a serious fight. And it's taken some things away from the normalcy of our lives. Of course everyone understands the importance of the measures taken to cancel the spring athletic season, It doesn't make the cancellation any less sad for the athletes and their families, especially the seniors. The following is a letter from Tammy Gould, the mother of senior baseball...

From Green Hill Zone to the top of the box office

Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44   After releasing  what may have been the worst trailer of all time, where a talking hedgehog looked like a demon sent to scare everyone in the universe, Sonic the Hedgehog made my least anticipated movie list. But what Sega, Paramount, and all else involved did that no others seem to do, listen and it paid off tremendously. I’m not...

The what football league?

By: Cory W. Berlekamp berlekampc@findlay.edu @Cberlekamp Faster football, cheaper tickets, no kicking extra points, there are only eight teams in the entire league, and what kind of kick-off is that?   The XFL made its debut on Feb. 8, just six days after the Super Bowl wrapped up the NFL’s season, giving fans an extension of football into the spring. But the game has a few rule changes...

Birds of Prey take topflight

  Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44   With two bad trailers and not much marketing, I was very worried that Birds of Prey would be a disaster, I am glad I was wrong. The colors, the humor, the actions made this Harley Quinn-led movie a real treat at the box office. It’s a shame it isn’t’ doing better as far as financial success goes.   As a sequel to the...

Is this the Reds year?

Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   With spring training getting underway, it’s time to talk about my favorite team in all of sports, the Reds. If you would have asked me if the Cincinnati Reds, my favorite MLB team (sorry, Cleveland), were the favorites for the National League (NL) Central after another “rebuilding” (really having high hopes only to be let down once...

The stars come out Sunday night

Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44   2019, what a year in film. From the return of Quentin Tarantino to Parasite taking the awards season by storm. And of course, Marriage Story being the best Netflix movie ever released (sorry, Irishman and Roma), it was a great year for movies. The year that was 2019 will finally wrap up Sunday night, Feb. 9, when the Academy Awards take...

The Gentlemen: unique, confusing, and hilarious all in one movie

Dylan Frazier Frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44   So far so good this January, with now two very good movies in back to back weeks, it’s nice to see films that are worth going to see. First Bad Boys for Life, now The Gentlemen, I am hopeful this is the sign of what’s to come in 2020…good films throughout the year. While the way the story was told may turn some people off, Guy...

Staying informed is more important than you realize

Leah Alsept alseptl@findlay.edu   Political bubbles will trap you, but unlike a soap bubble, which easily pops when touched, the material is made out of thick, suffocating plastic. Staying within the boundaries of one such political bubble will ultimately cause harm to an individual and the world they live in. It may not be harm that is directly seen or felt, but it is unconscious, narrow,...

What game delays really mean

By:Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   We truly are in the golden era of video games. With better technology and more money invested in stories, artwork, voice acting, gameplay, and musical scores, video gaming is now receiving the recognition it deserves as art. However, even with so much invested, one dilemma with gaming is when to release the game. Unfortunately, the time...

Bad Boys for Life: unnecessary, but surprising

Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44 In the sequel that no one asked for, Bad Boys for Life, starring once again Will Smith and Martin Lawrence proves that over the top action and quick quips help save any flaws with the story. Even though I haven’t seen either of the first two, I still found myself enjoying the movie without feeling like I’m missing out by not seeing the other...

What does not kill you can make you anxious

By: Cory Berlekamp Email: berlekampc@findlay.edu Twitter: @Cberlekamp   Coming into any new year, you always hope it is better than the last and it was no different leading up to Jan. 1, 2020. The news was stressful prior to Dec. 30 with the whole impeachment thing and the brushfires in Australia. But maybe we could follow our resolutions, get past our differences, and band together to help...

Mendes’ 1917 takes war movies to new heights

  Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44   I am not one for war movies, especially recent ones. The most recent one I saw in the theaters was Midway, which was one of the worst movies I saw last year, so while I had high hopes for 1917, I was a little nervous about seeing this. I shouldn’t have worried about this movie because it’s one of the best movies, not just in...

When less is more: Oiler Nation is the place to be

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   For some people going to college, it’s about going somewhere where you’ll be surrounded by thousands of people of different backgrounds in a place unknown. For me, that was last year. I was a first-year going to THE (Yes, I am doing it that way) Ohio State University hoping to become an Athletic Trainer. I’ll be honest, I hated the...

Mangold’s Ford v. Ferrari zooms past finish line

Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44   I’m usually not one for movies involving racecars unless we’re talking Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. But with awesome co-lead performances from Matt Damon and Christian Bale, James Mangold’s Ford v. Ferrari, albeit a tad long, is a fantastic movie. We follow Carroll Shelby (Damon), the owner of...

Are we celebrating Christmas too early?

By: Olivia Wile Email: wileo@findlay.edu Twitter: o_wile   Here we are again. The days are getting shorter and shorter, the temperature is drastically cooler and leftover Halloween decorations and candy now sit in the clearance aisle. Another spooky season has come and gone and now we wait patiently to gorge ourselves on Thanksgiving, at least I do. Without a Turkey in our fridges yet,...

Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit proves that even Nazi Germany can be funny

  Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44   Even though it was hard to find a theater near me to watch this movie, it was well worth the hour drive to see Taika Waititi’s latest film, Jojo Rabbit. While I can see this movie being very divisive an some may hate it. But to me, the seamless blend of serious tones of social commentary but hilarious comedy, Jojo Rabbit shines as...

My home is on fire…AGAIN

By: Madi DeVries Email: devriesm@findlay.edu   Born and raised in Southern California, I am very used to natural disasters, like earthquakes, droughts, and fires. I live in Mission Viejo, which is located on the south side of Orange County, California. Mission Viejo has a population of about 96,000 people crammed into just over 17 square miles of land. While earthquakes are the most common,...

Chalamet-led film, The King, falls short of taking the crown

Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44   With yet another major release for Netflix, The King hit the streaming service last Friday. Starring Timothée Chalamet and Robert Pattison, the movie has potential but never truly reaches it because of a boring story and not much else besides a great performance from Chalamet. Even being a Netflix movie couldn’t help this movie all...