‘Fifty Shades’ of Controversy

By: Allison Wisyanski ~Staff Writer~ “Fifty Shades of Grey” hit the box office on Valentine’s Day, setting new records for the highest grossing President’s Day weekend opener and ranking among the biggest R-rated debuts in history. According to the Associated Press, the movie set a record of $81.7 million from more than 3,646 locations over the three-day period. Variety reports that the movie’s ticket sales over the three day period hit $209 million and that the overall box office should reach $240 million. With over 100 million copies of the book sold, it is no surprise that the movie lures … Continue reading ‘Fifty Shades’ of Controversy

2015 Grammy Awards

By: Allison Wisyanski ~Staff Writer~ This year, LL Cool J hosted the 57th annual Grammy Awards, music’s biggest night when artists are recognized and honored for their craft. While Sam Smith and Beck dominated the evening, plenty of others left with a Grammy award in their pockets. Smith had a huge night, putting Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album under his belt. Other artists who went home with a win that night were Miranda Lambert whose “Platinum” won for Best Country Album, Christina Aguilera and A Great Big World’s “Say Something” for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s “Cheek to Cheek” for Best Traditional Pop … Continue reading 2015 Grammy Awards

Xavier addresses ‘Interview’ controversy

By: Maddie Day ~Staff Writer~ A special event was held in the Honors Lounge in the Conaton Learning Commons to discuss the controversy surrounding the release of “The Interview” and its political implications. Dr. Hwisang Cho, an assistant professor of History with expertise in East Asian languages and cultures, and Dr. Mack Mariani, chair and associate professor of the Political Science Department, led the discussion, which was held on Jan. 22. “The conversation was enthusiastic and interesting, as the issue generated a great deal of discussion about a wide range of issues, including free speech, privacy and internet security and … Continue reading Xavier addresses ‘Interview’ controversy