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The Snoball in Wonderland

by Joshua Quintana

A line of well-dressed students waited in line for the dance of the semester in Alumni Hall, Friday Jan. 29th. As students waited with their dates for doors to open, Students voiced their excitement to finally be able to enjoy the Snoball.

The doors haven’t opened around around eight. Ten minutes after, the excitement is clear. The balloon arch placed in front of the doors started to sag, the clock-shaped cut outs hanging from the arch seemed to mock the tardiness of the event.

When the doors opened, the Alice in Wonderland themed masterpiece Central Activities Network (CAN) put on is noticed. Five dollars has never provided such a wonderful and rapturous first impression. The Student Government Association (SGA) chambers are gone and instead a sumptuous feast of fruits, vegetables, cupcakes and marshmallows set beside a mini lake of smooth creamy chocolate fondue is set up. Beside that, a mashed potato bar with all the tea time fixings are set for everyone to come and enjoy.

By 9 p.m. the room is filled and the DJ played songs that got everybody in the partying mood. By 9:30, the entire room is up and dancing, taking requests and couples out on the dance floor slow dancing. It is clear that CAN has out-done themselves with this event.

SGA Vice Chair of Public Affairs Committee and CAN Program Director Jahmil Effend was taking tickets at the door, and he explained the late opening was due to, “Sodexo setting up everything just right.” He also said that the vaunted VIP tickets on sale sold out entirely. Clearly the time was well spent.

Freshman Dana Brianti attended with her friend Kayla Walsh and clearly enjoyed themselves. “I like it so much and the DJ is great,” Brianti said while she and Walsh wait in line to get their picture taken. Scott Hazen, Director of the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SA/LD) said, “I’m glad to see the students coming out and having a good time.”

Later in the evening an announcement regarding the artists for the Spring Concert was supposed to be made. However, upon speaking with Julie Koivisto, program adviser for CAN, the announcement won’t be made for another couple of weeks. Instead it will be announced over the new social text CAN is setting up  and promoting. For more information, be sure to sign up for the CAN text system and check their Facebook page.

Effend was happy with the event’s turnout. “The decorations in the room were awesome and it looked like everyone who came enjoyed themselves.” On the announcement of the Spring concert lineup, Effend offered, “I know a lot of people were disappointed that we didn’t reveal the spring concert acts, but it definitely built anticipation about who it may be!”

If you were wondering about whether you missed an opportunity to have one of the most memorable times of your life at CCSU, the answer is yes and a helpful hint to not miss out next year.

Poetry by “G” Ties Tradition and Innovation

by Sheridan Cyr

Spoken word artist George “G” Masao Yamazawa, Jr. visited Central Connecticut’s Devil’s Den on the first night of Central Activities Network’s “Alice in Wonderland”-themed welcome week of the Spring semester. G took center stage over a murmuring crowd of seemingly apprehensive students and blew away all doubt with an electrifying, compelling evening of in-your-face poetry, sprinkled thoroughly with a comedian touch.

“Poetry is not like golf,” G said, peering over the crowd. “Ain’t gotta be all quiet!” With that opening, tension fled the room. He made some conversation, warming everyone up, then transitioned suddenly from typical conversational voice to rhythmic. G’s first poem discussed “ten things you should know about being Asian in North Carolina.” G blended traditional heritage with some of the stereotypical opinions made regularly in popular culture.

Coming from a background in which his parents were strictly traditional to their Japanese culture, while growing up in a modern American city, G’s path to adulthood had been confusing at times. He found himself fighting off plenty of common misconceptions about Asian culture: some innocent and curious, and some that did not come from such a good place. All his life, he was compared to characters like Bruce Lee and Jet Lee; names G admitted to being strong and admirable characters, though a sure sign of misunderstanding of culture. It seemed as though few had the desire to get to know George Yamazawa, but were instead interested in placing him into their image of an Asian American teenage boy.

Once in class, he was asked what race he is. “Japanese,” he replied. “Oh, I thought you were Asian,” said the classmate.

G talked about his father to great lengths to share with the audience the manner in which his family stayed true to their traditions. Oddly enough, when G spoke of him, he used a thick, stereotypical Japanese accent, one which he did not possess naturally. He described the day his father gave into one of the most American things around. His father called him one day and told him it was a very special day. “Why?” asked G. “It’s a secret,” his dad said before laughing and announcing, “Today, I get… iPhone!”

While there was a fair share of humor that night, G made sure to dabble in the rougher topics in his poetry. He had a particular style of blending both lighthearted stories and personal hardships, making for an entertaining yet informative look into what those from foreign cultures endure in our roughly-edged American society.

Reserving G for a night at Central was not exactly a simple task for CAN. Samantha Rowe, head of CAN, explained that a handful of program board members attended an NACA conference prior to the event where dozens of entertainers’ information was displayed in personalized booths. Board members wander through the room and examine each potential candidate. They go through something called “blackbooking,” where several Connecticut universities join together to get one entertainer reserved in the Connecticut area for a certain time period. George Yamazawa happened to be quite popular at the conference.

G is widely considered to be one of the most popular young spoken word artists in the country. He is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, Southern Fried Champion, and has toured in over 50 American cities and five European countries. If you missed him in Devil’s Den, the best chance you’ll get to see G in your lifetime is probably online.

Culture and Clothing Meet at ‘Views From the 860’

by Analisa Novak

Central Connecticut’s Fashion Design Club held a fashion show properly titled “Views From The 860,” Friday in Welte Theater.

“This is a different type of fashion show. This is a fashion show for the 860,” host and emcee Nigel “SwizzySuede” Jessamy said at the start of the show. Welte Theater was almost at capacity for this event as many CCSU students and alumni showed their support for these up-and-coming designers.

“It’s not about what you wear. It’s about how you wear it,” emcee Jesselica Rodriguez said, pumping up the crowd. The show opened up with designer Taj Mirage which brought an artistic view of the four elements. Models were painted with body paint and dressed to depict either earth, fire, air or water.

The show had a couple of musical acts to accompany the models. Rapper and designer Sogni performed an opening rap about how he is following his dreams. Popular local artist DJ Meechie from “Hot 93.7,” provided the music for the models to walk the runway.

The fashion show brought a combination of casual street wear and high-end couture pieces. One of the more multicultural collections was CCSU student Dillon Milardo’s “First Twelve,” which was influenced by his life and love of sports. “Our collection is based more on experience of life. It’s not just one genre. I like to say it’s the journey of life and different experiences and different cultures we come across. We merge them into one to create our own world,” said Milardo.

“First Twelve” brings an athletic look with a modern twist. “A lot of our influences are soccer and sportswear because there is a lot of international influence in soccer. It’s a worldwide sport so we like to use cues for that,”said Milardo. His collection is named after Milardo’s suite number at James Hall. It was started in 2011 and has been featured in Complex magazine and Soccer Bible.

Bringing elegance to the show was designer Dominick Daniels, a photographer and designer who emphasized the beauty of all shapes and sizes. The design featured a variety of pant suites, coats and dresses with a high-end material.

A natural and holistic approach to fashion was the stylish “Cleansing Moon Crotchet.” All “Cleansing Moon Crotchet” pieces are handmade and prepared with ethically sourced natural fibers. It featured an assortment of bohemian pieces, which included bell bottoms, scarves, leg warmers and skirts. The crowd’s favorite was the crocheted halter top that flattered the models.

Incorporating African culture to the program was “Touch Of Africa.” The line had a mix of tribal hats, dresses and backpacks and showcased unique prints and vibrant colors that are not common in the fashion world.

Overall, “Views From The 860” delivered in showing us that fashion is more than what we see at the mall. There are so many ways you can find your own sense of style by looking within yourself just as these designers did.

Celebration of Sinatra’s Centennial Continues

by Katelyn Avery

“None But the Brave” (1965) played inside Torp Theater on Nov. 13th as the fourth Classic Friday Films of the fall 2015 semester. Frank Sinatra is the string within these movies, as the semester long event is meant to honor him. This year is especially exciting as December will mark the centennial celebration of the musician’s birth.

The event, hosted by Gilbert Gigliotti, a professor from the Central Connecticut English department, took a different turn with the last film of the semester. In the first three Sinatra had only been an actor, but Gigliotti explained, “It’s the only film that Frank directed, and given that it was made in 1965 (during the escalation of the Vietnam War), it has a very interesting anti-war message.”

The guest speaker was Assistant Professor Lee Einhorn from the English department. His connection to Sinatra was much more than closer to home. It was from home, “My dad and all his friends who were all second fathers to me raised me on him,” added Einhorn.

Movie poster for "None but the Brave." Photo credit: lewiswaynegallery.
Movie poster for “None but the Brave.” Photo credit: lewiswaynegallery.

The film itself is about American and Japanese soldiers during World War II. Through different events on both sides, they are forced to cross paths. Despite the attack America suffered on Pearl Harbor, the film is not meant to demonize the Japanese as one would expect. Instead the audience sees the humanity in both troops. They both suffer a horrible experience, being forced into their country’s war, when they share more similarities than differences. The fighting takes a toll on both troops, even their temporary truce cannot fix everything. It would explain the words that show up at the end of the film, “No one ever wins.”

Within the film a line spoken on the American side by Capt. Dennis Bourke (Clint Walker) could explain why violence would destroy everything, as the final scene includes a shootout between the Americans and the Japanese. “Never swing at your enemy in anger, or you’ll end up getting clobbered,” said Bourke. On the Japanese side Lt. Kuroki (Tatsuya Mihashi) ponders, “Why are we trying to kill each other?”

“This film in particular from Sinatra is, I think one that is most interesting to reflect on,” said Einhorn in his opening speech.

“It’s literally a half Japanese, half American film,” noted Einhorn, as he explained that Sinatra co-produced the film with Japanese Finance series, which also added some style choices to the final product.

In attendance was CCSU freshman Kerra Jackson. When asked why she attended the event, Jackson explained, “Extra credit for theater class.”

Of course school work wasn’t her only motivation, just a plus. Jackson said that she enjoyed old movies, also her theater background probably helped with this.

Among the intimate crowd were Halina and George Popzzak. “We’ve been coming for several years now. We like the old movies,” said Halina. George added, “I enjoy watching his films.”

Movie poster for "None but the Brave." Photo credit: shop.tcm.com
Movie poster for “None but the Brave.” Photo credit: shop.tcm.com

A discussion between the audience, Einhorn and Gigliotti followed the film. The topics ranged from portrayals of the Japanese soldiers, some exaggerated aspects to different characters and the decade it came out in.

Classic Fridays Films are not a new event to CCSU, Gigliotti has hosted them for 12 semesters. He plans to continue showing Sinatra films. When asked about plans for next semester, Gigliotti reported, “I’m hoping to have the schedule finalized by Friday.” At the event, flyers were passed around to preview the spring 2016 semester’s films. All films contained trains in the plot as the main theme.

As for the rest of the fall 2015 semester, a 24-hour Sinatra radio show will be played on 107.7 WFCS New Britain/Hartford on Dec. 12th.

CCSU Psychology Club Screens “Shutter Island”

N.A.S.

by Kaitlin Lyle

The ominous weather of last Wednesday night served as a perfect framework of illusion for what the Psychology Club had prepared for both members and fellow students alike.

As a final event, club members had chosen to screen the film “Shutter Island” in Marcus White Living Room at 8 p.m., a fitting choice for the rainy night that lay ahead. Along with the film’s screening, the students provided pizza and brownies for their audience’s enjoyment.

Based on the best-selling crime thriller by Dennis Lehane, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels, who makes an arrival at Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane in order to investigate the disappearance of murderous patient Rachel Solando. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, Teddy searches throughout Shutter Island in order to track Solando down, only to uncover an unexpected amount of sinister activity. As Teddy becomes more involved with the mystery behind the hospital and its inhabitants, both he and his audience soon begin to realize that nothing is remotely what it seems on Shutter Island.

The film itself exuded the style of a Martin Scorsese production, including fast-paced camera angles to make statements and a soundtrack perfected to fit the mood of each scene.

“We decided to do “Shutter Island” because back around Halloween, we were looking for something we could show everyone, and everyone had voted on that one,” said Sofia Iseppi, the club’s vice president.

Iseppi added that the process involved taking suggestions for what could be a psychological thriller film, and that available funding was a significant part in the process, especially since getting the rights to movies are expensive to show in a public setting.

At this point in time, the Psychology Club is now in the process of planning events for next semester, including its potential participation in the Compassion Campaign, and finding more ways to promote a compassionate campus. Iseppi noted that she would like to get the club involved in more volunteering, as well as putting its members more out in the public’s view for the purpose of promoting club membership.

“I’m really excited to work with her [Iseppi] next semester. I know we have a lot of goals for next year, and I think we’re going to do a lot more than we did last year,” said sophomore Amanda Mendoza.

While the opening titles of the film were projected on the screen, Damar Britto, a freshman member to the club, commented on how enjoying the chosen film could be related to what members talk about during Psychology Club. Other attendees noted the film’s attributes as a contribution to the horror genre.

“I like a good horror movie that’ll make me jump and be suspenseful, but not gory,” said freshman Hannah Webster, who came to support friends at the film’s showing.

Though last week’s event was small in attendance, the club provided a cozy atmosphere where students enjoyed good food, time with friends and the screening of an excellent psychological thriller.

CAN Spring Carnival Brings A Final Hurrah

N.A.S.

by Kaitlin Lyle

As an opportunity to end the semester on an exciting note, CCSU students were treated to the annual Central Activities Network (CAN) Spring Carnival held in the Student Center Circle on April 23.

After rescheduling the event due to inclement weather, students came out of the woodwork to enjoy what CAN had in store for them. Even with the surprise snowflakes that fell 10 minutes into the event, students were determined to remain in the long lines for food and activities alike.

Sponsored by CA. and Inter-Residence Council (IRC), the theme for this year’s Spring Carnival was “Life is a Beach”. According to CAN Advisor Erica Gardner, both organizations’ members had thrown out various ideas for this year’s Spring Week before considering the beach theme as a fun reflection of the springtime weather.

As a result of the theme appealing to the students, the event soon became a collaboration of various student organizations, including the Student Government Association (SGA) and Phi Sigma Sigma, who wanted to help promote the carnival.

“We figured ‘Why not?’ because there’s more than enough room, and it’s really awesome to get different organizations all together underneath the same roof. We all collaborate really well together, so it make things a lot of fun,” said Ryan White, vice president of Programming for CAN

White also added that the members tried to aim the event towards the seniors as a last hurrah in their final weeks at CCSU, as well as appealing to the freshman with CAN’s brand of entertainment.

“I think they’ll love it. Every year that we’ve done it, students love the carnival,” said White.

For this year’s activities, CCSU students were given a menagerie of diversions to attempt, from a mechanical shark ride to bungee jumps. A new addition that brought students together in large numbers featured bubble bump soccer that was played out on the lawn next to Copernicus Hall.

Along with the fried dough truck that held the longest line of hungry students, the Carnival held a stand for Monster Energy as well as machines for popcorn and cotton candy. Novelties were given out including t-shirts, tank tops, drawstring bags and towels inscribed with CAN’s logo and the year’s theme. In the middle of the Circle was a carnival-themed photo booth that offered souvenir photos that students could take with their friends.

Along with the SGA table that handed out novelties for the upcoming spring concert, the National Guard had its own table, and the sorority Phi Sigma Sigma appealed to participants with their featured “Pie a Phi.”

“Basically, we’re letting people come up and ‘pie’ any sister they like for fun,” explained Phi member Kaitlin Zaidel, gesturing to the plates of whipped cream they had laid out for their participants.

“It’s also to get our name out and support other organizations,” added Aunchlee Reilly, one of the many campus delegates for the event.

In spite of the initial weather, the students of CCSU were met with enthusiasm with the day CAN had planned for them.

“I think it’s really fun. This is the first one I’ve gone to. Usually I can’t make it due to classes,” said junior Tisa Platt.

From the long lines that stretched across the Circle to the student’s eager participation in all the Carnival’s activities, the Central Activities Network went above and beyond to provide students with a great time before the semester’s end.

The Helix presents Dead Poets Society

By Sheridan Cyr

Central’s own Helix literary magazine hosted a screening of “Dead Poets Society,” Thursday evening in honor of Robin Williams’ passing. Students were invited to bring a lawn chair, grab a cup of warm apple cider and cozy up outside of the Student Center to enjoy one of Williams’ most moving films.

The story opens up with a group of boys reciting Welton Academy’s four principles in the opening ceremony: tradition, honor, discipline and excellence. We quickly begin to see how strictly the all boys’ boarding school is run. The staff seem to do everything in their nature to keep students close-minded, get their work done and graduate as professional, robotic intellectuals.

Mr. John Keating, Robin Williams’ character, brings a bold, vibrant, unheard-of change to their seemingly dull education when he takes the place of the retired poetry professor.

On their first day of class, Keating instructs the boys to tear out the first chapter of their textbook that described poetry as an almost-mathematical phenomenon. He continues performing tactics like this, demanding that his students stand upon their desks to see the world differently, march madly around the University and shout lines of poetry in the classroom.

The students grow to love Mr. Keating, although they know his methods are risky. They learn of the Dead Poets Society and recreate their own immediately, as Keating had when he was a student.

In the end, the students had pulled far away from the university and their parents’ established ways. One of the main characters, Neil Perry, becomes so distraught that he takes his own life in reaction to his father’s disapproval. This, and the reinstated Dead Poets Society, is put on Keating’s shoulders, and he gets fired.

Keating asked the boys to invite into their lives the saying: “Carpe Diem,” or ‘seize the day.’ Apparently, the university did not agree.

Robin Williams took his own life on August 11, 2014. It seemed as though the world stopped for a moment upon hearing the news. He was a well-respected and adored actor and comedian. No one saw it coming, and all who knew of him felt the loss deeply.

Some of his most favored films include “Aladdin,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Jumanji” and “Good Morning, Vietnam.” He also starred in the show, “Mork and Mindy” (1978-1982). His career began with stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the 1970s.

While students dealt with a few cool breezes and bent their necks to see passers-by, they watched in adoration, with open hearts and minds as Williams performed.

And to the man himself: we are saddened to know of his choice to leave. We only wish we could have given him the same lessons he left behind for us. As Mr. Keating said, “This is a battle — a war — and the casualties may be your heart and soul.”

Jay Dukes jokes

by Kiley Krzyzek

“Make sure you get a job before you graduate because you aren’t the same smooth dude when you move back into your parents crib,” warned comedian Jay Dukes while sitting with a microphone on the stage in Alumni Hall on Thursday.

The show was sponsored by Central Activities Network as part of the Homecoming Week festivities.

He covered a variety of topics, joking about girls having guys on call for certain days of the week and opening doors for girls and having a guy slip through.

Mostly, he joked about money or, rather, not having money.

“I’m grateful to be here, I gotta get this check,” said Dukes before listing crazy things you can do to save money such as cutting open the back of a tooth paste tube to get your money’s worth. “College students know how to stretch that refund check,” he said while stomping and letting out a loud ‘ohhhh’ exclamation. “We have to ball on a budget,” commiserated Dukes. Luckily for the crowd, the show was free admission.

Dukes was not shy when it came to addressing the audience of students, calling out a select few in the crowd for their reactions.

“Yo homie in the hoodie, you got a girl?” Dukes called out to a student sitting alone in the crowd with his hood up. “Nah” he replied. “But you have a girl you can call right?” pressed Dukes.

“Yeah” said the hooded figure, creating a nice segue into his interpretation of a girl pretending to be unavailable.

He asked ladies in the audience if they were single, at which a handful of hands went up, then confessed that he’s in a relationship.

“I’ve been in a relationship for two years… Give it up for me,” said Dukes, prompting the crowd to respond with applause. “Stop clapping,” deadpanned Dukes. “It was an accident,” Dukes said telling the story of a fight he had with his girlfriend when he didn’t want to get up from the couch to do the dishes like she asked and she kicked him out. He walked back soon after to apologize and she questioned what he wanted. Dukes then took off his belt, much to the chagrin of the crowd, just to say “What I want is to finish watching Law & Order,” said Dukes. And who could blame him?

“I love the way ya’ll laugh like ‘ha ha ha, next joke’” commented Dukes.

“I can’t stand lectures, especially college lectures,” he complained and gave the example of a professor saying the class will cover a certain chapter, getting side-tracked, and assigning a test the next class. “No we don’t, we have a test on your weekend because that’s all we talked about!” he exclaimed before making a show of acting like a preacher teaching a math lesson. “Professors should be more like preachers, I wouldn’t have failed man,” he said.

In addition to surveying relationship status, Dukes initiated an unenthused pep rally by calling out each class before addressing the freshman.

“Freshman, ya’ll know about the freshman 15 right? It’s so real, but it’s important to maintain yourself. I’ve also witnessed the sophomore 45,” said Dukes.

Dukes slipped in some real advice into his act such as “It’s important to know who your true friends are and keep them around.” Just when you think he’s gone soft, he tells a very descriptive story of accidentally feeling up his friend’s grandmother. Naturally, this resulted in events management dimming the lights, a student named Isaac being ushered from the crowd to beatbox, the right side of the crowd calling out “What” and the left side calling out “Gimme dat” on command as Dukes recorded the “Two-handed Titty song” for Instagram, a CCSU Original.

Student Starts Study Website

by Kiley Krzyzek

Junior Eduardo Sebastiao is the creator of einStudy.co, a website that launched this week to help CCSU students set up study sessions with other students in their classes.

“It’s basically an academic network that can help CCSU students create and join study sessions with students taking the same courses,” said Sebastiao.

Sebastiao realized that he had friends in other majors, but had a hard time connecting with students in his classes.

“I came up with the idea for the website about a year ago, last fall. Last year I was attending community college and I was taking large courses with over 20-30 people in it. And I realized I wasn’t making connections with the other students. Same thing happened when I came to Central because most kids commute. I was going to class and going home, so I didn’t have people to study with,” said Sebastiao.

einStudy aims to change that, allowing students to meet people taking the same class, even if it’s at a different time.

“It’s a good way to get to know people and it’s also a good way to study. Meet people with the same academic goals and make friends in school,” said Sebastiao.

“It’s free of charge, you select your school, the sign up process is fairly simple. You select your major, you need your school email. Once you login you have the ability to select your courses, every course availible this year is listed,” explained Sebastiao.

In addition to selecting courses there’s an about me section on profiles.

“We encourage people to write about academic stuff because we don’t want to get too personal,” said Sebastiao.

Once you’ve created your profile and selected your classes, you have the ability to create invites for study sessions, sent via email and notifications to other students taking those courses as well. Then you can get together in the student center or library and go over course work together.

“Because if something happens not on campus, we don’t want to be responsible for that,” said Sebastiao.

The study session invite includes the date, time, location, and course.

“You can message students and say, ‘hey lets study for this class I’m struggling,'” said Sebastiao.

einStudy is kicking off at Central, and hopefully expanding to other schools soon.

“I’m just trying to get as many students involved as possible. I go to Central so it made sense,” said Sebastiao.

In the future, einStudy hopes to generate partnerships with local businesses to place student oriented ads and coupons on their website.

“Hopefully by spring semester, you can come to the deals page and see the coupons. If someone decides to advertise on our website we’re going to ask what you offer to our users,” said Sebastiao.

It’s been a learning process in itself for Sebastiao who has been working on the website since March. He’s been working on the programming, coding, design, and business aspect of things.

“I’ve spend a lot of time on this. Hopefully it pays off and we get a few people on the website. The goal with every startup is to become big. And we’re still working on coding. Our goal was to start at the beginning of the semester. Every day you wake up with a new idea. We’ll launch it, hear feedback, and make changes accordingly,” said Sebastiao.

CCSU Shows Guardians of the Galaxy

by Kaitlin Lyle

While the rain drizzled down upon campus, the students of CCSU were treated to a movie night hosted by C.A.N., featuring the latest Marvel creation “Guardians of the Galaxy” last Thursday.

The floor of Alumni Hall had been cleared to set up round tables for the night’s crowd and chairs were organized to offer an excellent view of the most recent superhero release. In addition to the screening, the night allowed students to watch the movie in their pajamas and a popcorn machine was set up in the back. In spite of the small screen, the projection of “Guardians” showed great quality with stereo that echoed throughout the entire hall.

“We have a certain amount of movies that we play here. The movie got a lot of great reviews, so we thought everyone on campus would enjoy seeing it,” said Sara Bobbins, Program Director of C.A.N.

As Center Stage was hosting an event for Devil’s Den, C.A.N. planned wisely around the cabaret so that students could enjoy the movie and go to Devil’s Den afterwards. With a smile, Bobbins remarked how she had yet to see “Guardians” herself and was “really excited to see it”.

For those who aren’t familiar with the extended universe of the Marvel comics, the basic premise of “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars an intergalactic band of outlaws-turned-heroes in a mission to save the world.

Among the Guardians is an array of impressive characters, with Peter “Starlord” Quill leading the way as a self-proclaimed legendary outlaw who was abducted from Earth as a child. Following Quill is trained assassin Gamora who dons a green pigmentation and, like most Marvel women, is an overall badass. And then there’s Drax the Destroyer who seeks vengeance after the death of his family.

The Guardians are an unlikely, but memorable team of bounty hunters: Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), a genetically engineered raccoon, and Groot, a humanoid plant whose communication skills are limited to three words. Each of them is notorious in their criminal ways, which eventually leads to their arrest where they become acquainted with one another. While there is initially conflict between the five, they decide to join forces for the purpose of taking down overlord Ronan the Accuser. After conducting their jailbreak, the newly formed Guardians set off to prevent Ronan from using a force called the Infinity Stone from destroying the galaxy.

The film features a 70’s pop and rock soundtrack that adds comedic value amid the action. Even with the sound of explosions going off full blast, laughter from the students could be heard echoing from the tables; the rest of the evening held silence in concentrating on the film’s plot.

The student crowd had nothing but enthusiastic reviews of the movie and the atmosphere that C.A.N. had set up for them.

“I think it’s fun that they get to show these movies on campus. It’s exciting and I get to hang out with my friends,” said Junior Hayley Noel.

“It’s pretty awesome: people, movies, popcorn,” said marine Anthony White, who assisted in serving popcorn to the long line of students. “I love the environment. The tables are all round, so everyone can interact with each other,” Sophomore Zoë Grant, who helped manage the popcorn line added.

Overall, for its first movie night of the semester, C.A.N. couldn’t have picked a better choice to draw in the student body for an action-packed night.