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Get Baked: Double Chocolate Banana Cake

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by Ashley Arnesen

Do you love chocolate and are looking for a way to satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling totally guilty? Try this version of a healthy double chocolate banana cake. Even without the butter and oil, this recipe is still delicious and moist thanks to the applesauce and bananas.

If you really want to make this recipe healthy, try using coconut flour, unsweetened apple sauce, cacao powder and cacao chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

  1. 3 medium ripe bananas (if you love bananas, feel free to add more)
  2. ¾ cup brown sugar
  3. ½ cup applesauce
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  6. 1 cup flour
  7. ½ cup cocoa powder
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. ¼ teaspoon salt
  10. 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  11. Handful of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips for topping (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat an 8-inch pan with cooking spray. You can use any type of pan, but the cooking time will vary. If you decide to use a loaf pan, the cooking time will increase to about an hour.

2. Mash bananas and combine with brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

3. Add the applesauce, vanilla and a lightly beaten egg. Stir to combine.

4. Stir in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the chocolate chips and pour into pan.

5. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and bake for 25-30 minutes.

6. Enjoy!

Inspired by a recipe from www.fridaycakenight.com.

Game on: “Assassin’s Creed Rogue”

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by Larry Clark

“Assassin’s Creed Rogue” is the game that should have been the franchise’s sole release this year.

“Rogue” is the perfect continuation from “Black Flag,” that ties together “Black Flag,” “Assassin’s Creed III” and “Unity.” Here’s why you should play on:

The story of “Assassin’s Creed Rogue” follows Shay Cormac, an assassin in British colonies, during the events of the Seven Years War. As the story sets out, Cormac is already a fully fledged assassin and working under the tutelage of Achilles, the mentor from “Assassin’s Creed III.”

After playing what is mostly some tutorial missions in the form of Cormac refining his skills as an assassin, afterwards he is sent off to obtain a wooden box that was lost in Haiti and recovers it in his ship the Morrigan. Cormac recovers the artifact which turns out to be a map of precursor artifacts (ancient artifacts that can have a magic like power). Naturally, Cormac gets sent to Lisbon to retrieve this artifact, where instead he is greeted with a powerful earthquake that destroys the city.

Horrified by the results of the deadly earthquake, Cormac returns to the assassins and is only shocked to hear that Achilles wishes to pursue more artifacts, which leaves Cormac in shock having just barely escaped the earthquake in Lisbon. Cormac, in an almost ultimate act of rebellion, steals the manuscript that goes along with the map, which leads to a confrontation with his mentor. After a brief cut scene, Cormac runs off, and is chased and hunted down by assassins. Eventually he is shot and falls into the ocean.

While this may seem like the appropriate time for a person to die, it seems as though Cormac truly does make his own luck, and survives the swim of his life by the grace of a family in colonial New York. This family also happens to be sympathetic with the Templar way of thinking. It is here that Cormac meets George Monro, and learns that the assassins are driving a large number of the criminal activity in the colonies. Outraged by the assassin’s activities, Cormac sets out to eliminate their forces from the city. It is these actions that set him on the path to becoming a templar and dismantling the Colonial Assassins.

“Assassin’s Creed Rogue” finds itself in an odd place as a game. Having ended up playing “Rogue” after “Assassin’s Creed Unity,” there were some difficulties transitioning back to older systems of play.

On top of this, while the story for “Rogue” was very engaging on its own, it features many inconsistencies when held up against to the other “Assassin’s Creed” games. “Rogue” also answers many questions about what happened to the Colonial Assassins who were all but wiped out at the end of “Assassin’s Creed III.”

Overall, “Assassin’s Creed Rogue” is a great game in terms of story and game play. While there are some failings in parts of the plot line, the story fills in any events that were missing between “Black Flag” and “Assassin’s Creed III.”

 

Editorial: Rolling Stone Schooled on Campus Rape Reporting

An alleged rape victim, Jackie, told her story to Rolling Stone in a report that  made national attention- first for graphic details and lack of intervention by the University of Virginia, then for journalistic error.

Allegations of assault should always be taken very seriously, and perhaps going to the press wasn’t the best first course of action.

The fraternity in question, Phi Kappa Psi, was accused of a horrific coordinated gang rape at a function involving 18-year-old freshman, Jackie, her date, and other fraternity members and pledges in fall of 2012.

The fraternity has recently announced their plans to sue the magazine.

“It’s completely tarnished our reputation,” said Phi Kappa Psi President, Stephen Scipione.

Rolling Stone commandeered The Columbia School of Journalism to look into their reporting practices, and the report goes into deep detail about where they went wrong.

As journalists, this raises the question of respecting confidentiality and verifying sources to avoid defamation.

One major flaw in the reporting was that the reporter allowed Jackie to arrange for much of the proof of the attack, including an interview with her freshman roommate, who stated that Jackie told her about the attack some four months later. Also, Jackie warned that the three friends she cried to immediately after the attack, (whom she named only with first names), didn’t want to be quoted.

“The magazine did not pursue important reporting paths when Jackie had made no request that they refrain,” asserted The Columbia Review.

Sexual assault on college campuses is a very important and sensitive issue. Reporting such cases requires much balance and respect.

“It would be unfortunate if Rolling Stone’s failure were to deter journalists from taking on high-risk investigations of rape in which powerful individuals or institutions may wish to avoid scrutiny, but where the facts may be underdeveloped,” states the Columbia Review’s dissertation.

Recent cases have involved students frustrated at the lack of procedures in place to report such incidents, such as the Columbia student who carried around a mattress with her to class in protest. It should never have to get to the point where a student feels that the only option is to make a huge public statement to make headlines, however, this is making a huge difference on college campuses everywhere to prevent such incidents.

While reporting assault is supposed to be required as part of the Clery Act, it may be challenging for students who have been victimized to know what steps to take, and what university resources are available to them.

The aim of the StandUpCCSU campaign, is to make resources more readily available for students, and also work on bystander prevention. It’s a step in the right direction for Central.

Although there may have been falsehoods stated in the Rolling Stone article, that doesn’t take away the significance of such allegations on college campuses. Sexual assault is a very serious issue, and college campuses need to take accountability in both preventing such incidents and having recourse when a survivor steps forward.

CCSU Presents “Young Frankenstein”

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by Kaitlin Lyle

In this spectacular adaptation of Mel Brooks’ beloved parody, the cast and crew of “Young Frankenstein” pulled out all the stops in their performances to give their audiences an unforgettable night of laughter.

In the opening number, the villagers of Transylvania rejoice at the passing of Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein, but recoil abruptly when it’s revealed that a Frankenstein still lives in the form of grandson Frederick. However, the distinguished doctor has made his place in New York, abandoning his family name (pronouncing it “Fronkensteen”) with no plans to live up to his heritage.

However, duty calls for him to visit Transylvania to resolve his grandfather’s estate; it is here that he befriends buxom lab assistant, Inga, and hunchbacked servant, Igor, who are ecstatic at the chance to assist him.

As much as Victor resists joining the family business, he becomes tempted to experiment with reanimation, especially with the encouragement of family ghosts.

Together, the group repeats the steps of the past and succeeds in bringing their creature to life, resulting in a rampage. Determined to restore peace to the community and give the creature humanity, the group sets out on an adventure of hysterical proportions that ensures a remarkable show.

As Frederick Frankenstein, actor Nick DeCrosta went beyond the call of duty in reanimating Gene Wilder’s iconic role, both embodying the role in its fevered entirety, and elevating it to exciting heights. Both his companions and “creature” excelled in dispensing newfound life to Mel Brooks’ characters with electrifying results.

In addition to its leads, the musical brought forth two of the most memorable supporting roles – fiancée Elizabeth and servant Igor – to light up the stage with a perfect amount of panache and pun. Newcomer Chris Whitcomb had audiences in tears of laughter in the role of everyones favorite hunchback; Kat Barone’s “adorable madcap fiancée” took her part by the reigns and had spectators fawning over her in no time.

“Out of all the roles I’ve played at Central, playing Elizabeth is one of the hardest roles I’ve had to play, including Hedda Gabler. She’s very showy and loud, and it’s something I’ve never done before, so for an actor who wants to put something on her resume, it’s an exciting twist,” said Barone on her role.

“Embrace the unexpected,” she sings as a poorly-timed arrival for her darling Freddy in the song “Surprise.”  By that point, the audience had already been hooked into the performance since the show’s opening number.

A range of hilarious accents spilled across the stage, from Sam Wolf’s Inspector Kemp to Delaney Cassidy’s Frau Blucher. Jokes of all nature surfaced in both song and script, whether they remained true to the original dialogue or produced sidesplitting innuendos.

The extensive choreography performed in the show’s musical numbers awoke awe in the theatergoers as footsteps on the stage caused their seats to rattle in place. The soundtrack relayed the story’s most iconic quotes by transforming them into unforgettable show-stoppers, such as “Roll in the Hay” and “He Vas My Boyfriend.” Avid film fans were perched at the edge of their seats in preparation for the infamous tap number between monster and maker in “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

“It’s meant to give a laugh, but I think the greater message is passion: finding your passion and your dream,” said Victoria Daigle, an ensemble member and dance captain, on the message the show had to offer.

Rest assured, there was a happy ending in store for this year’s spring musical, however laced in it was with the show’s final shenanigans.

 

Ebony Choir Reignites the Fires of Faith

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by Sheridan Cyr

The Ebony Choir has done it again; in their spring recital last Wednesday evening, they filled every inch of Welte Auditorium with faith, hope, confidence and joy through the spirit of God.

Billy Powell, emcee and gospel recording artist, started off the recital with a rap of his own. As the chorus came around, he had the whole room singing back to him, “Giving glory to our King.” Some even rose from their chairs and danced to his song.

Next, two girls under the name “The Freedom Dancers,” left an incredible impression with an interactive dance advocating for renewal, healing and self-power. They began with one girl on the ground surrounded by picture frames. Each frame had one hardship scrawled across in bold; alcoholism, drugs, depression. The grounded girl would show one at a time, while the other acted it out to the music. Mid-way, they fought over the frames and ended up throwing them to the ground, shattering them. Their message was to free yourself from your demons and of spirits that are not like God.

Jonathan Cunningham followed after the dance with his self-written song, “God’s Grace,” on the keyboard. He focused on second chances and freedom. “No matter what you’re going through, His grace is a vision for you.”

Powell took the stage again to introduce the Ebony Choir, “the baddest college choir in Connecticut!” he claimed.

Steven Wilson, director of the chorale, offered a message before beginning the recital: “Saying ‘yes’ to the Lord means you’ve got to give up some things. You will fall and make many, many mistakes, but if you say ‘Yes, Lord, I will try,’ He will guide you to where you should be.”

The choir enriched the audience’s faith with a number of deeply moving, provocative songs. They touched on many fears and insecurities that nearly every person faces.

One issue within Christianity is that many people do not feel that they deserve God’s love. Their song, “You are Worthy,” fought that idea, claiming that everyone deserves His love, no matter how wrong you may have been, or how far you have pulled away from God.

In the very energetic and upbeat song, “Yes, Lord,” Ebony Choir gave into God, promising to do anything for Him. The audience danced, clapped and shouted out praise and approval to the catchy beat.

One of their slower songs, sang by director Wilson, beckoned that “the power of sin is broken, Jesus overcame it all.” The song talked about Easter and Jesus’ death, only to rise again three days later. Wilson’s powerful voice alone was enough to send chills through the room.

Wilson led his choir through a song of confession and overwhelming compassion. They gave all of their love to God, repeating, “Lord I love you more than anything.”

Giving all to restore the faith of those broken in the room, Wilson said, “It’s a different kind of love with God. People walk in and out of our lives. They use us. They mistreat us. They disrespect us. God is always here. God only offers love, and He will never hurt you.”

The choir put on an exceptionally profound performance that evening. Their message was definitely received, and audience members walked out of the room with full hearts, renewed faith and peace.