At USF, the earth means the world to us, and last Tuesday Apr. 22, students, faculty, and community members had the chance to prove that sentiment by celebrating Earth Day on Gleeson Plaza. Nearly thirty tables from clubs and outside organizations promoting a sustainable world attended the event. There were also food trucks, face painting, henna, baby goats, and free tea samples.
Using Gleeson Library’s old unusable microfilm, Mitra Fabian, a San Jose-based artist, constructed four hanging cascading columns with long strands of microfilm billowing out at the bottom ends to become a crumpled and tangled celluloid mess. One of the major focuses that the artist expresses is her intent to alter this artificial and manufactured material (microfilm) into a more organic and natural form, blurring the lines between elements that reflect nature and a material that echoes the current condition of human nature.
The idea of using mushrooms to make an easy-back chair might seem a bit ‘far out,’ but fungus furniture is precisely what USF professor Phillip Ross is trying to bring to mainstream industry.
On Feb. 8, the crowd at Campus Activities Board’s (CAB) annual spring concert was doing it right as they worked up a sweat and danced the night away. Swig Gym was converted into the complete dance party venue with massive green and golden lanterns, a large video screen and countlessbackdrops and lights.
DJ Devarock, the stage name of USF sophomore Royce Anies, brought the gathering to life as he pumped up the audience with his mix of popular EDM (electronic dance music) and hip-hop tracks.
“Opening for Krewella was absolutely insane,” DJ Devarock said. “I had a wonderful time opening for them. I felt a little bit nervous at first but calmed down about 20 minutes into the set.”
Following DJ Devarock’s set, the quintet St. Lucia hit the stage with their indie-synth pop music. The band opened with a gradual build up of guitar and drum instrumentals in the song “Night Comes Again.” To coincide with their ‘island’ sounds that extend beyond their tropical album cover art, lights illuminated the band with greens, blues, yellows and purple.
The euphoric performance featured groovy instrumentals and melodious vocals. “We Got It Wrong” took you on a rollercoaster of moods that resembled the ups and downs of a relationship, whereas “Elevate” brought high energy and made the crowd jump.
USF’s hip-hop dance club, VarCity SF, performed at the side stage while the main stage was prepared for Krewella.
“Co-founding VarCity SF my second semester at USF and helping bring the Performance Team to where it is now and performing at the CAB concert is truly amazing,” Edwin Sanchez, senior said.
After three opening acts, Krewella finally came on stage with an electric opening to the hit single “Live for the Night.” The audience surged to life in song and movement. Sisters Jahan & Yasmine Yousaf of Krewella held quite the vantage point of the sweaty dance party, and joined in as they head-bashed to it all from the stage. At one point, Jahan grabbed a bottle of water and poured it over her head in an attempt to cool off before resuming her bouncing.
There was no such thing as standing still in the crowd—even the floor was pulsating with the music’s rhythm and sound as the crowed moved closer and closer to the stage.
The concert ended with Krewella’s “Alive,” and the audience called for an encore. After a few minutes, students began leaving Swig Gym. To their surprise, Krewella returned to perform “Come and Get It.” The show finally ended with the group standing on top of the rail below the stage, taking countless numbers of selfies with the audience and praising the crowd. Later that evening, they tweeted “San Francisco, man what a crowd. Thank you for making it so much to perform. Felt like Six Flags tonight XO.”
The odds are far from Katniss Everdeen’s favor in the second installment of “The Hunger Games” series. Back in District 12, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) prepares for the “Victory Tour,” following her win in the previous 74th Hunger Games. She discovers that her defiance of the Capitol in the previous film has ignited a rebellion throughout the nation’s districts. President Snow (Donald Sutherland) pays visit to District 12 to instruct Katniss that she need not only convince each district of her love for Peeta as the reason for her actions but also convince Snow himself.
“Remember who the real enemy is,” the phrase of mentor Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), sets the tone for the 75th annual Hunger Games Quarter Quell. The last stop on the “Victory Tour” leaves Katniss and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) in the Capitol. This time they are thrown back into yet another Hunger Games, only to be surrounded by fellow victors of earlier games.
The supporting cast features a number newcomers to the film. Sam Clafin (“Snow White and the Huntsman”) as Finnick Odair, and Jena Malone (“Sucker Punch,” “Donnie Darko”) as Johanna Mason bring a sense of danger to their roles as they form an alliance with Jeffrey Wright (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Casino Royale”) and Amanda Plummer (“Pulp Fiction”) as the eccentric and genius characters Beetee and Wiress. Actress Elizabeth Banks, portrays the role of Effie Trinket as seen in the first movie, but this time we see the injustices infringed upon her and how much she truly cares for the victors.
I recommend viewers to watch the film in IMAX to enhance the experience.
Although the first “Hunger Games” movie remained true to its book, “Catching Fire” captured Suzanne Collins’ story like no other sequel movie has done. Often, literature adaptations fail to embody the very essence of the story itself, and in doing so fail to succeed in reviews. “Catching Fire” encompassed all the elements of the book: action, sacrifice, emotion, and a looming sense of danger.
“Catching Fire” played in 4,163 locations in North America, dominating the box office during opening weekend. Lionsgate increased the budget to an estimated $140 million; the first movie had a set budget of $78 million. This budget went into visual effects, use of IMAX cameras, and due to the sequel’s story line, more expansive filming was needed.
I recommend viewers to watch the film in IMAX to enhance the experience. Each scene is deeper and darker, and the surround sound will throw you off your seat. It will be as if you entered the film itself.