“Winning EC on the Rise was one of my biggest accomplishments, I think, in college. It’s exciting.”
“part of me says yes! I’m done! But part of me says how am I gonna survive and leave an impact and be great?”
“It is bittersweet because I’ve spent four years here and have made such great friends. But I know those friends will continue throughout life.”
“I think what I’ll miss the most is the easy access of seeing all my friends… Lately we’ve been venturing down the youtube rabbit hole where we watch one video then go down. Just things like that, it’s so easy to text them and be like see you in three minutes.”
“It’s definitely bittersweet. I am excited for the next chapter, but at the same time I feel like I blanked and four years flew by. Everyday is kind of just like, How many good-byes do I have to say today? What can I do today that I haven’t done in four years?”
Hopefully spring is just around the corner. We have lost an hour asleep, but it still seems like we are losing degrees as well. Here are some meals that will help us get the best of both worlds within the comfort of this campus.
Apple Pie A la Dorm
While this apple pie does not represent your image of an apple pie, one gets the best of the flavors without any of the cost or difficult baking process.
2-3 graham cracker sheets
Break the graham cracker and cut the apple into bite sized pieces.
Combine in a bowl and place in the microwave.
Personalize with any toppings or other flavors such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or whatever you wish.
Recipe by Rachel Jensen at spoonuniversity.com
Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn
While this is not a sweet meal, popcorn is one of the best and most convenient snacks available. Using stovetop popcorn is still easy and much healthier than microwave popcorn. Additionally, the parmesan is available on campus, and even in dorms all students should have a healthy amount of spices like rosemary available.
Add oil to a heated pan and add corn, cover.
Shake pan on occasion.
Cook popcorn until there are 2-3 seconds between pops.
Add in rosemary and pour over popcorn.
Mix and sprinkle parmesan as needed.
Recipe inspired by Samantha at fivehearthome.com
ARTS & CULTURE EDITOR
Traveling from Buenos Aires to Mexico, “The Whole World a Bauhaus” exhibit has made its way to Elmhurst, Illinois; it is only U.S. stop.
The exhibit, which was curated by Boris Friedewal, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of an arts and design school in Germany, the Staatliches Bauhaus, or popularly known as just “Bauhaus”.
The display showcases the talents of students and faculty of Bauhaus as they experiment with modern architectural styles and avant-garde material-based exhibitions. Fourteen years after their founding in 1919, they were shut down by the Nazi Party.
The importance of its presence is not lost on Elmhurst Art Museum executive director, John McKinnon.
“This is a big show for any museum,” he said, describing both the physical size and its significance to the art community. “The Chicagoland area was really influenced by the Bauhaus … their methods helped shape the skyline.”
The Elmhurst Art Museum knows personally of its influence. Known as one of the greatest architects of the 20th century and the last director of the Bauhaus school, Miles van der Rohe designed the McCormick House in 1952, one of only three single-family homes he built in the U.S.
The McCormick House sits adjacent to the Elmhurst Art Museum and, according to their website, houses its own exhibit focusing on the history of architectural experimentation and design influenced by Rohe and his contemporaries.
McKinnon talked about the honor of showcasing the exhibit with the local connection of the McCormick House.
“[It is a] great way to connect the international anniversary with something very local and part of our organizations legacy,” he said.
McKinnon encourages students to visit and experience the exhibit.
“Thinking about Bauhaus’s radical, avant-garde approach would be fun for any student to appreciate and explore.”
The exhibition runs from until April 20 with free admission to Elmhurst College students and teachers.
There’s moments of jaw-dropping beauty and agony in “Climax”. It’s such a wild and hypnotic beast of a film; one that imparts a real sense of nauseating fear on the viewer. This, in terms of content, is the most accessible film French-Argentinian director Gaspar Noé has made, but compared to every other movie currently in theaters, it’s the monster under the bed; a disturbing, unpredictable beast that represents all of the worst human impulses that exist beneath our skins of logic and compassion. This is an awesome movie.
In an empty school building during a snowstorm, twenty dancers rehearse their routine. The viewer can tell by the opening sequence how talented they are, as Noé and his genius cinematographer Benoit Debîe show us a 10-minute unbroken shot of one of the weirdest and most satisfying dance set pieces put to film.
All of the dancers seem to like each other as they work side by side, but after the dance they split off into their cliques, chug sangria, and begin to brutally gossip about everyone out of earshot. The viewer realizes that the most likable of the dancers are also the most selfish, and the worst are potentially violent.
The dancer the audience is most likely to root for is Selva, played by real-life dancer Sofia Boutella (she also played a handicapped supervillain in “Kingsman: The Secret Service”). She seems nice: a free spirit with a genuine appreciation for dancing.
For a while, the viewer glides from conversation to conversation, learning tidbits about each of the characters. If you go into this movie not knowing what its about, these scenes might test your patience. But once it dawns on the viewer that somebody spiked the sangria with LSD, the entire mood shifts. An atomic bomb of insanity is about to drop on these unsuspecting dancers.
Noé shows the viewer every second of the destruction once the LSD consumes the group. The expressive, challenging, intricate cinematography by Debîe—who also worked on “Spring Breakers” and “Enter the Void”—lets the camera movements convey to the viewer that they’re watching the events from a ghost’s POV, using extended, unbroken shots to make them feel as though they’re wandering, hesitantly, from one cruel act to the next instead of jumping suddenly. This is an immersive film, one that’s visually spellbinding regardless of whether or not you take Noé’s advice and watch the film under the influence of a mind-altering drug (he recommends this diet for all his films, having grown up a psychedelics user and appreciating their cinema-enhancing abilities).
During the LSD riot, the performances transcend dancing ability as each actor finds their own way of expressing their breakdowns. The daring physical commitments made to pulling off the film’s biggest scenes deserves a standing ovation, as Noé’s script was only five pages long, making the audacious decision to have all of the actors ad-lib and improvise for most of the runtime. The risk paid off because every performance in here is extraordinary. The most moving, however, is Boutella’s as she shows confused mercy towards the dancers who have disintegrated entirely. The viewer also feels safe around her because she is tripping the least hard.
“Climax” is an astonishing, frightening, relentlessly energetic film. It’s 50% dance party, 50% pure hell. That said, it’s also surprisingly fun. Noé’s movie is alive, exhilarating, sad, and more active on a minute-to-minute level than most of the movies you’ll watch all year. “Climax” refuses to slow down, and as chilling a movie experience as it may be, it is also the first great narrative film of 2019.
It’s finally happened. Everyone’s family celebrity couple (or maybe just mine) took to Instagram to celebrate the news of their upcoming nuptials. Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, 43, got down on one knee and proposed to singer and actress, Jennifer “J-Lo” Lopez, 49, on the beach during what seemed to be a very romantic vacation. Posting with a picture of a ring that may or may not cost as much as some of (or most of) our houses, A-Rod wrote that “she said yes ♥️”. Well, duh? But Rodriguez was not to be outshined on this very important day. J-Lo’s own engagement announcement featured a beautiful beach, a gorgeous sunset, a ridiculously large engagement ring, and, of course, A-Rod’s World Series ring. The couple that wears matching colossal diamonds together stays together, right?
Pop-Princess takes on Broadway
Anyone got any plans for November 13 through December 1, 2019? No? Well let me let you in on a little secret: Britney’s Back, B**tch. Coming to Broadway in Chicago this winter in its debut running is none other than the Britney Spears-themed musical comedy, “Once Upon a One More Time” from screenplay writer, Jon Hartmere, and Tony-nominated director, Kristin Hanggi. The absolute bangers by the pop-princess herself will be the backdrop for a Grimm Fairy Tale-inspired story about “letting your hair down, gaining your sea legs, smashing the glass slipper, and claiming your own kingdom,” according to their website. CNN reports that this is a “dream come true” for Britney. Honestly, this is a dream come true for every person who grew up singing “Toxic” in the shower. Anyone wanna carpool? I’ll bring the snacks.
A True Hallmark Drama
Where do us college kids draw the line when it comes to getting and paying for our expensive education? Would you, perhaps, I don’t know, bribe the school with hefty “donations” and then go onto your Youtube channel and tell everyone that all you want out of the college experience is to party and have fun? YouTube vlogger and famous spawn of Aunt Becky from “Full House”, Olivia Jade, 19, seems to have done just that. Amid allegations of her mother, Lori Loughlin’s, 54, cheating scandal with USC admissions, it seems Jade’s life as a beauty and fashion influencer is perpetually over. During the flurry of rumors surrounding the news that Jade has been dropped from collaborations with companies like Tresemme and the Olivia Jade x Sephora collection, Hallmark has decided do void their relationship with longtime partner, actress, and collaborator, Lori Loughlin. Worried about making it into your dream college? Don’t worry, as long as you have rich parents who are willing to commit fraud, you shouldn’t have a problem.
Memes made by Noah Pearson, Opinions Editor
Skipping breakfast is NOT a badge of honor, but many of us do it and are proud. Take these quick and easy yet substantial breakfast foods for a chance to get the most important meal of the day in without having to wake up any earlier.
1/4 cup of quick oats
1/2 cup of milk
1/4 of a banana (sliced)
1/2 cup of blueberries
1. Place all the ingredients in a jar and refrigerate overnight.
2. Enjoy with any of your favorite toppings in the morning.
Recipe by Gina Homolka of skinnytaste.com
Frozen Yogurt Berry Bites
1 cup of berries of your choice, easier with smaller ones such as blueberries or raspberries
1 serving of Greek yogurt; the amount is based on the desired amount of food
1. Place berries in an ice tray.
2. Pour yogurt over berries.
3. Freeze 3-4 hours or overnight.
4. Enjoy the next morning.
Recipe by Heidi of happinessishomemade.net
A & C REPORTER
This Valentine’s Day a group of Elmhurst College students teamed up with student-created record label, Schnauz Records, to release a new song from pop duo Meghan & Caitlin. The two-person group features sisters Meghan and Caitlin Foley, based out of nearby Villa Park.
The new single coming out on the Schnauz label is aptly titled “Mean.” Written entirely by the indie pop duo and “based on a true story” of teenage angst and betrayal, the distressed lyrics are relatable and relevant.
Meghan & Caitlin describe their style as “indie pop with a twist of blues.” The Irish sister duo is active in the national music scene, splitting their time between gigs in Chicago and Los Angeles.
They were signed to Schnauz Records by Matthew Zoppa, an EC student double majoring in music business and marketing. He admits that the Gretsch Recording Studio was the perfect place to record Meghan & Caitlin’s new single because the space is modern and relatively inexpensive.
In total, Meghan & Caitlin recorded three songs on the EC campus, all engineered by music studies students working with seasoned music professor John Towner.
Towner, a graduate of EC’s music business program himself, has been a recording engineer for nearly 40 years. He has inspired many EC students to pursue music as a career.
“Before, I was just a kid who liked to play music and organize things,” laughs Zoppa, remembering how his interest in producing music first started. Now that he’s been exposed to the world of music production, he can’t imagine doing anything else.
Zoppa says he has always been a leader when it comes to promoting and producing music, but he reveals that “the real entrepreneur behind Schnauz Records is … Josh Gablin.”
Gablin, EC music business major and CEO of Schnauz Records, started the label in 2015. Originally, it was a convenient way for the artist to release his own music. Eventually, the brand grew, and he began recording his friends’ music.
Once Gablin’s business took off, he enlisted the help of other EC students in producing music for emerging local artists. Today, there are numerous students on the Schnauz label, including Nate Baxter, Nick Zoppa, and Adela Skowronski.
The newly formed group of music business majors at EC teamed up to produce Meghan & Caitlin’s new single after receiving their digital submission nearly a year ago. The Schnauz Records team has been working to promote the single, from creating social media posts to coordinating rehearsals and arranging music.
“What’s unique about [Meghan and Caitlin] is that what you are hearing on the record[ing] is authentically who they are,” says Zoppa.
For EC students, it’s important to give artists control over their work. Schnauz Records tries to give emerging artists the space to be genuine. They believe that music is art and entertainment, and that both should be spontaneous.
“We tried to stay as far away as possible from touching the song. We just … produced the best recording possible,” he says.
Meghan & Caitlin plan on working with Schnauz Records in the future to produce and promote their music.
“We’re always writing new music,” they tease on one of their many social media accounts. “Look out for new songs coming soon.”
The new single is available on streaming platforms like Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, and Amazon as of February 14.
LINK TO THE SONG: https://www.schnauzrecords.com/meghan-and-caitlin-mean