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  • Spotlight: Mass Appeal Records

    With independent music becoming more and more prominent, veterans of the business have been taking notice. In May of 2014, legendary rapper Nas launched Mass Appeal Records as a label for up-and-coming emcees to make a name for themselves. The label has signed Bishop Nehru, Fashawn, Run the Jewels and Boldy James. Mass Appeal Records will also release new material from Nas himself and deceased rapper Pimp C.
  • Spotlight: Jeni Suk

    There is an infinite amount of singers who do song covers on YouTube. Some of these artists become so popular that they begin to make their own original content in an attempt to make the transition from YouTube sensation to fulltime music artist. Music acts such as Timeflies, Tinashe, and Justin Bieber have shown the success of this formula. Today’s Spotlight artist Jeni Suk is currently making this transition and producing some phenomenal music in the process.
Tuesday 04/14/2015
Inside the Magic: Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 9:16 pm

We know all the classic lines: “All the world’s a stage.”, “To be or not to be”, and  “Love is blind”. Shakespeare has become a trembled trepidation to each scholar who has ever outlived an English class. Whether you are a ravaged fan or hiss at even the sound of “thou”, Shakespeare has conquered an art form standing the test of time to assert himself as legendary.

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FYE: Disney Developing Live-Action Mulan
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 9:03 pm

Disney, riding the success of their live-action “Cinderella” film in March, which debuted to No.1 and over $330 million.

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DIY Cutout Canvas
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 8:54 pm

As I was thinking about this week’s project, I noticed an empty spot on my wall that needed filling, so I decided to look for DIY wall décor and found the coolest thing. This project is a little more tedious than the previous ones, but it’s worth it.

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Sunday 04/12/2015
Orange and Blue Showcase: Graduate and Junior Voice Recitals
Updated: April 12, 2015 - 4:55 pm

Its spring, a season of blooming flowers and beautiful weather. For the University of Florida’s school of music, it is also recital season. Last week and this week, in the University’s music building or MUB, there were several junior and graduate voice recitals featuring classical Italian, German, French, and English repertoire. The four I attended were soprano, Hannah Hough’s graduate recital, and tenor, John Payne, and soprano, Erica Scaglione, and baritone, Timothy Williams’s junior recitals.

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Saturday 04/11/2015
Spotlight: Mass Appeal Records
Updated: April 11, 2015 - 1:27 pm

With independent music becoming more and more prominent, veterans of the business have been taking notice. In May of 2014, legendary rapper Nas launched Mass Appeal Records as a label for up-and-coming emcees to make a name for themselves. The label has signed Bishop Nehru, Fashawn, Run the Jewels and Boldy James. Mass Appeal Records will also release new material from Nas himself and deceased rapper Pimp C.

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Spotlight: Jeni Suk
Updated: April 11, 2015 - 1:20 pm

There is an infinite amount of singers who do song covers on YouTube. Some of these artists become so popular that they begin to make their own original content in an attempt to make the transition from YouTube sensation to fulltime music artist. Music acts such as Timeflies, Tinashe, and Justin Bieber have shown the success of this formula. Today’s Spotlight artist Jeni Suk is currently making this transition and producing some phenomenal music in the process.

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Enter the Wilderness: A Half Million Acre Opportunity
Updated: April 12, 2015 - 6:20 pm

There’s been a lot of controversy lately over the allocation of Amendment 1 money.

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She Blinded Me With Science: Poaching Near and Far
Updated: April 11, 2015 - 1:11 pm

The problem of poaching does not have a simple solution. Along with it comes differing definitions, complicated moral and ethical issues and the ever-conflicted battle between the growing human population and the need to conserve wildlife.

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
Inside the Magic: How Fast Action Makes a Furious Following
Updated: April 08, 2015 - 11:37 am

The old gang is back together as James Wan will make his mark on one of Hollywood’s most outrageous and profitable franchises of all time: The Fast and the Furious.

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FYE: Game of Thrones Returns with New Players
Updated: April 08, 2015 - 2:19 pm

In case you’ve not been online in the last month, “Game of Thrones” airs next week. Season 5 brings us many changes – here’s what to expect. (SEASON FOUR SPOILERS AHEAD. If you’re not caught up, you should maybe do that.)

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Sunday 04/05/2015
Orange and Blue Showcase: Theatre Strike Force hosts Upright Citizens Brigade
Updated: April 05, 2015 - 6:19 pm

Thursday night 9:00 PM, the University of Florida’s Theatre Strike Force hosted an improv show featuring the traveling improv group, Upright Citizens Brigade.

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Footnotez Reviews: Rebel Heart
Updated: April 05, 2015 - 5:45 pm

On March 6th, Madonna released her 13th studio album Rebel Heart

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Why Baseball’s Opening Day is a Cut Above the Rest
Updated: April 05, 2015 - 5:59 pm

The 2015 Major League Baseball season will get underway at 1:05 PM on Monday when the New York Yankees take the field against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
She Blinded Me With Science: Alachua Dams Plum Creek
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 11:36 pm

We’re a timber company, Rose Fagler said plainly. Tree farmers.

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Enter the Wilderness: Devil's Millhopper
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 11:29 pm

Hiking is fun, but the journey isn’t always the destination. If you’re looking for a picnic spot that doesn’t take a miles-long trip to reach, check out the Devil’s Millhopper.

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
FYE: What’s New with X-Men
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 11:10 pm

Now that it’s Hollywood downtime, I’ve been thinking about the new trajectory of the “X-men” films.

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Monday 03/30/2015
DIY Glitter-Dipped Mason Jars
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 10:16 pm

This project is to make those ordinary-looking mason jars a bit more fancy. You can use these as decorative pieces for anywhere in your apartment. This project does require glitter, so if you’re okay with glitter dropping everywhere, this is for you.

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Sunday 03/29/2015
Why the NCAA Tournament is Just so Watchable
Posted: March 29, 2015

This year’s NCAA tournament is in full swing with all of the upsets, all of the powerhouses being, well, powerhouses, and all the drama and excitement that has become the norm. I’m no big basketball fan, and frankly, to me March Madness is more than anything else an indicator that baseball season is around the corner. Nevertheless, March Madness just seems more watchable to me than, say, a high-profile NBA game or a Duke-UNC matchup. It’s sort of got what I’ll call a “world cup effect.”

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Orange and Blue Showcase: Romance and Religion, University of Florida Concert Choir and Colleagues
Updated: March 29, 2015 - 1:02 pm

Tuesday, March 17th, the University of Florida’s concert choir, conducted by Dr. Will Kesling, performed in the University Auditorium.

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Footnotez Review: To Pimp A Butterfly
Updated: March 29, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album on March 16th. This album has been dubbed a surprise album due to the lack of information revealed prior to its release. When Kendrick Lamar revealed the title for To Pimp a Butterfly it led to a lot of speculation about what the subject matter and soundscape of this album would be.

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Enter the Wilderness: Amendment One
Updated: March 29, 2015 - 5:06 pm

Last year Floridians passed Amendment One, an initiative to direct existing state funds to acquisition, management, and expansion of access to conservation lands.

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She Blinded Me With Science: ******* ***** Is Happening
Updated: March 29, 2015 - 12:53 pm

Last November, I received an interesting tweet after commenting on Rick Scott's re-election and his infamous “I’m not a scientist” rebuttals when asked about climate change on the campaign trail.

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Tuesday 03/24/2015
FYE: 6 Movies to watch before the summer season
Updated: March 29, 2015 - 6:40 pm

There is a popular argument that the best films come out in summer time. Kids are out of school, and families have money to spend. The lull between the Christmas movie explosion and the arrival of summer is sometimes droll.

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Monday 03/23/2015
DIY Paint-Splatter Canvas
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 11:24 pm

This project is for those of you that do not mind getting a little bit dirty!

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Sunday 03/22/2015
Orange and Blue Showcase: Killer Joe, presented by the Florida Players
Updated: April 12, 2015 - 7:47 pm

Friday, March 13th, the university’s Florida Players performed their opening night of the show Killer Joe. Nick Chinaris, director of the show, described it in a short interview on the group's Facebook as a “black comedy, so even though there are dark moments, there are still laughs.”

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