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| Jay Benedict reporter | The Super Bowl is a unique event every year. Even though only two teams play, the spectacle draws millions of viewers. The game might be exciting or it might be a dud, but it’s always the hottest thing on social media and in conversation Monday morning. Last year 111 million people watched the game. That means that more than 1 in 3 Americans were tuned in. Much of the draw is the pomp and circumstance that surrounds it. Everyone has an opinion of the halftime show, the commercials are discussed in offices and classrooms and links are posted all over Twitter and Facebook. Companies spend huge amounts of money on…

Decade of puppies

| Audrey Dighans copy editor | The chips are open, the drinks cold, the chicken wings spicy and couch space is limited as anticipation grows for this weekend’s upcoming Super Bowl Sunday. But for those who aren’t diehard football fanatics, an arguably cuter athletic event kicks off this Sunday as well: the Puppy Bowl. More than 264 paws will hit the turf during Animal Planet’s 10th annual Puppy Bowl, which airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. The event takes place in an enclosed playpen resembling a football field. Just like its human counterpart, Puppy Bowl includes official game balls, or squeaky toys in this case. Coverage from a miniature blimp piloted by hamsters is…

Super Bowl XLVIII Seahawks vs Broncos

| Michael Bauer sports editor | The most anticipated Sunday of the year is once again upon us. “Super Bowl Sunday” has become a national holiday for football lovers and for those who watch the spectacle just for the commercials and the halftime show. Each Super Bowl is unique in its own way (at least the people at NFL Films will agree). From Eli Manning and the New York Giants beating the New England Patriots (both times) to John Elway’s winning touchdown drive in Super Bowl XXXII to Joe Namath’s “guaranteed” victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, the American spectacle delivers glory to the victors and agonizing defeat to the loser, all…

Bad words, boobs, blood

| Jay Benedict reporter | “Black Sails” is about pirates, but if you’re looking for the lighthearted fun of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” this is something completely different. The world that the premiere created is darker, dirtier and definitely more mature. Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay “Transformers” are among the executive producers brought this pirate tale to the screen. “Black Sails” features many of the familiar faces from Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” but takes place 20 years prior to the events of the book. Captain Flint “played by Die Another Day’s Toby Stephenson” is still raiding the seas with his crew aboard the Walrus. Early on, he recruits a young John Silver (Luke Arnold)…

Students learn the ropes of gallery setup

Gretchen Burns | reporter At the beginning of the fall semester, Catherine Jepson, Liz Pace and Jenna Spencer entered Porter Hall enrolled in separate independent study courses, with their topics varying from sculpture to printmaking to paper art. The three women were students of Portico Bowman, university gallery director, who suggested they all meet to critique each others’ work, converse, problem solve, observe and encourage each other in their projects. “It was Portico’s idea to have us all meet periodically through the semester,” said Spencer, junior in art. “It was her idea to have us put these works in our own show the semester after.” Spencer created a life size sculpture series of dancers made…

‘Worth a watch’

Carl J. Bachus | writer Film is an extremely flexible medium of storytelling. Some films can take the viewer on a sprawling journey of epic proportions; others are thematically-centered and intimate. The film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage County” falls sweetly into the latter category, offering one of the year’s best exercises in cinematic character study. “County” centers on the Weston clan, led by Bev (Sam Shepard) and Vi (Meryl Streep) a once lauded, alcoholic poet and his acerbic, cancer-addled wife. When Bev goes missing, the family gathers at its old Oklahoma home to investigate. Tensions rise and familial ties begin to sever as each member of the family faces a similar decision: bear…