Thursday, February 15, 2018

Beauty and the Remake

Beauty and the Remake
By Trina Scuderi, Spring 2018 Intern

When I was little, I would have Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast playing on loop. I watched those movies so often, I’m sure even my mom could quote them verbatim. 

Recently, Disney has been reimagining these classic tales as live-action; replacing animation with actors. So it was no surprise that I was thrilled when Disney released their adaptation of Alice in Wonderland in 2010.

The 2010 version wasn’t bad as a standalone film, but it couldn’t compare to the magical quirkiness of the original. I was left disappointed. It just didn’t hold the same enchantment as its predecessor.

When the live-action Beauty and the Beast was announced, I was much more skeptical. My hesitation grew with every cast report and photo release. I almost expected to be disappointed.

Instead, the remake held the magic of the original. I was enthralled by the music, cast, CGI, everything. The cast was especially incredible. Luke Evans and Josh Gad were the perfect Gaston and LeFou, respectively. It was the Beauty and the Beast of my childhood.  

The sheer perfection of Beauty and the Beast has restored my excitement for Disney’s live-action remakes. I’m definitely looking forward to the upcoming remakes of Aladdin, The Lion King and Mulan!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Hostel on Mango Street: Following Poet Sandra Cisneros to Greece

The Hostel on Mango Street: Following Poet Sandra Cisneros to Greece
By Erin Sherry

Have you ever fantasized about meeting your favorite writer? How about serving her a plate of mountain trout, with a hearty helping of Sriracha sauce on the side? While working at a restaurant in Western New York last summer, not only did I get to serve dinner to the beloved poet Sandra Cisneros—I got to tell her about the time I followed her words all the way across the globe!

Sipping a pot of green tea, my favorite writer listened as I told her that, while studying abroad in Europe, I traveled with three of my fellow Cisneros-loving friends to the postcard-perfect island of Hydra, Greece, where she had written The House on Mango Street.

Using Cisneros’s memoir, A House of My Own, as our travel guide, we ate calamari at the crest of the mountains, took turns reading her poetry aloud as we hiked along the turquoise coast, and admired the limestone houses she had accurately described as seeming “carved out of feta cheese.” Cisneros’s eyes lit up at the mention of Hydra, and she said she was thrilled to hear that she had sent a group of young female writers like herself to such a special place.

Though I often feel like my favorite books have transported me around the world, I’ll always remember the time one actually did!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Nap It Off!

By Alex Belloli
Spring 2018 Intern
One thing got me through college with (most of) my sanity intact: napping. Whether it was in my apartment or in the library, napping gave me the energy to carry on. Even after graduating, I find a good nap to be immeasurably helpful in energizing me when I need it.

There are three types of napping: planned, emergency and habitual. Planned napping is what I often did between classes—napping to give myself energy before I got exhausted. Emergency napping is more rare: if you’re driving at night and find yourself too tired to drive, pull over and take an emergency nap. Habitual napping is just daily scheduled naps. Napping for 20–30 minutes daily is recommended in order to increase alertness and productivity!

The length of the nap is important! Sleep comes in five stages: Stages 1 and 2 are light sleep, Stages 3 and 4 are deep sleep, and Stage 5 is REM sleep (where most dreaming occurs). Humans cycle through all of the stages in about 90 minutes, so if you have the time, a 90-minute nap can be as beneficial as 8 hours of sleep! If you wake during the deep-sleep stages of a cycle—something that I am often guilty of!—you’re more likely to be groggy and irritable. So if you’re going to nap, nap smart!