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Meet the A Cappella Society: Divisi

by Jacob Carey

Brotherhood. That is the core of Central Connecticut State University’s oldest all-male a cappella group, Divisi.

No matter what member of the group you talk to, they always bring up the brotherhood and unity of the group. To these men, Divisi is more than a singing group. It is a place to express themselves in a comfortable environment; a family.

This foundation of brotherhood is incredibly important to the group. They pride themselves on being more than just a group of singers, but a family that will never forget one another. This brotherhood is united to spread the joy and love of their mutual passion of music.

When Divisi placed second in the quarterfinals in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, the group was in total shock. They had not thought they were going to make it that far. There was a sense of surrealism for the group while they performed at the ICCA. With having hundreds, perhaps thousands of people watching them, the group was not nervous, but in awe of the experience that they are grateful to have. With their final concert in the books for this year, CCSU has to wait until the fall to see the award-winning Divisi perform again at the A Cappella Society’s Welcome Back concert.

Their spring 2017 concert was a hit. The group gave an incredible performance to a very large and enthusiastic crowd. With a surprise appearance by DANCEntral to close out the night, this concert was truly a production like no other.

Leading up to the concert, the group was excited to get on stage one more time. Their excitement was clear as they left it all on the stage; they held nothing back for the audience. For some of the members, it was the last concert they would perform on stage with Divisi.

This group is steeped in history. With each era, marked by the group’s director, they look to grow and improve. This adaptation is how the group has been able to continue for over ten years. With each passing year, the history of the group only gets richer.

Divisi has learned that, to have a successful group, they need members who are more than just good singers; each member has more to contribute which helps the group grow. For example, when recording an album, Divisi is able to keep the work in house, because they have members who can arrange music, record songs and produce the music. This impressive set-up allows for creative control to stay within the group.

Most importantly, each member fully believes in the brotherhood concept. The main foundation that the group is built on, having a group of guys who share that belief ensures that everyone will get along well — which also contributes to the group’s longevity.

This remarkable group has been around for a while, and shows no signs of leaving anytime soon. The foundation of brotherhood unites these men through the love of singing. If you are interested in auditioning to join Divisi next fall, keep an eye out for the Welcome Back Concert, where you can see them and all the other a cappella groups from CCSU perform, as well as sign up to audition. Divisi is currently in the process of recording their third studio album. Make sure to check them out on Spotify and iTunes.

A Very Grimm Curtain Call: Grimm’s Season Finale

by Nicolette Tartaglia

On October 28. 2011, the series “Grimm” premiered on NBC. Now, 6 years, 123 episodes, 131 Wesen and one Emmy later, the series has come to a close.

“Grimm” centers around a detective from Portland, Oregon named Nick Burkhardt. In the pilot episode, Nick’s dying aunt Marie Kessler comes to tell him about “the misfortune of their family.” He’s one of the last descendants of the Brothers Grimm, who wrote morbid fairytales about terrifying monsters. However, these stories were not fairytales, but rather warnings about real monsters called “Wesen” (pronounced “Vessen”).

When calm, Wesen look just like anyone else. When emotions run high, they transform into different animalistic beings or their true form. This is called a “Woge” (pronounced “Vogue”). No matter if they are trying to hide their Woge or not, Grimms can always see. Before Marie dies, she tells Nick that he “has to get the bad ones.”

Over the years, Nick learns about the Wesen world as he explores Marie’s Grimm books and befriends different types of Wesen. Legends such as El Cucui, La Llorena, and Krampus become a reality, and Nazi Germany is revealed to have been an attempt at a start to a world run by Wesen. He encounters different evil forces and organizations that kill Grimms. Because the Brothers Grimm were German, the overseas parts of the show are located in Germany and Austria.

An interesting aspect about this show is instead of taking out a chunk of the show’s timeline in between seasons, the upcoming season always starts up at the exact moment when the previous season ended. This leaves all of the issues that were occurring in the season before, the opportunity to continue right where they left off.

The stories within the show occasionally got lost, as Nick continued fighting Wesen. But the mysterious keys that were seen in the pilot episode finally circle back at the show’s 100th episode, “Into the Schartzwald,” when Nick and his friend Monroe travel to Germany to find the lost treasure Nick’s ancestors buried during the Crusades. From then on, the show takes a turn for the darkest and most important story yet: The End. Everything that had been happening came around in full circle in the final season. An ancient apocalyptic prophecy was coming to pass, and Nick was in the center of it all.

There was a fight that looked like it would leave Nick alone, but then the show had its final plot twist: the potential depressing ending turned into a happy one. This now leaves speculation for the show to continue with Nick and his family, or a spinoff with some of the supporting characters.

Whatever the future holds for the show, it will always be remembered by Grimmsters who valued their Friday nights sitting down and watching what their favorite Grimm was going to do next.

Divisi Sings Through the Night

by Cindy Pena

The singing voices of Central Connecticut State University’s Divisi a cappella group echoed Welte Auditorium last Saturday night.

With their unique rendition of popular and classic songs and an appearance from CCSU’s female a cappella group, TGFI, and UCONN’s a cappella group, A Minor, the concert was very different from their other concerts, according to Ray Jackson.

“We have invested a lot into this concert; money, time, practice, everything. So, it’s going to be one to remember,” said Jackson, director of Divisi.

The free concert attracted over two hundred students and members of the public who sang and cheered on with the singers. Some were even left emotional, like Emily MacVane.

“They were incredible. Like one of their songs really really got to me. I don’t remember what the name was, but they were incredible, honestly,” said MacVane, singer in TGFI who sang her first solo in the concert.

Connie Rubitz, an incoming student, agreed.

“I felt nostalgia a little. I could feel the bond between them,” said Rubitz.

This reaction is what Jackson was aiming for. He emphasized the importance of getting a positive response to the message of their music.

“I’m hoping that the audience leaves with an unforgettable experience and feeling. That we move people, not just entertain, but move people and touch their hearts,” said Jackson. “If there is someone crying tears of joy, that would be a sense of accomplishment.”

The success of the concert did not come easily. From promoting the event on social media to long rehearsals beginning back in January, they were able to set the date for April 1, the earliest they ever had their concert.

“Rehearsals have been very efficient, very quick-paced, having to pick up things quickly,” said Antonio La Rosa, a member for four years. “We are very impressed with how much work the entire group has put in because it’s been very fast paced, more than I’ve ever seen in my time in Divisi.”

The group was also preparing for a competition. They made it to the semi-finals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, the first time in Divisi history. Their hard work and team collaboration allowed them to balance both major events. Divisi member Alexander O’Niel says the group’s ambition was demonstrated in rehearsals.

“I think there has been such a feeling of drive this semester in particular. Because we have certain aspirations and goals that I think having those in mind really lets the group rise to the occasion,” said O’Niel.

This concert was a special one for many members of the group. La Rosa accentuated how, as it was his and four of his best friend’s last concert as a group, it will be one to remember.

“We were all in the group together throughout the past four years, so it’s kind of like the end of our era,” said La Rosa. “It’s going to be a special experience that we worked our way up to since our freshmen year.”

La Rosa emphasized that, despite the hard work and long hours put into the concert, their main goal was to have fun.

“Not worry if we make a mistake or not, it’s not really about that. It’s just about having a good time and enjoying the accomplishment that we made and to celebrate the success of this semester,” said La Rosa.

Review: ‘Life’

by Trizy Garcia

The reemergence of science-fiction films over the last couple of years like “Gravity,” “Interstellar,” and more recent “Passengers,” have catered to audiences’ curiosity in the search for something extraordinary outside planet Earth.

“Life” is no exception. With a little more suspense to make the film satisfying, it delivered just what it promised – a thriller surely to leave you thinking, “I’m definitely never going into space if I ever had the chance.”

“Life” released on March 24, introduced six scientists aboard the International Space Station (ISS), on a mission to study the findings of a collected sample from Mars to see if there really is life beyond Earth. After discovering a single-celled organism, the crew begin to celebrate the first proof of life beyond Earth.

The single-celled organism is named Calvin during a celebratory call to Earth, where a middle school got the chance to pick a name. Celebration soon turns into terror and a fight for survival as Calvin starts evolving, growing and threatening life on the ISS and Earth.

This is when the film becomes more suspenseful, and Calvin becomes such a large threat that he needs to be eliminated.

The film dives into the possibility of life beyond Earth, and whether the human race can handle such a discovery. “Life” comes at a point where the curiosity for other life forms is high, with people wanting to know if our next-door-neighbor Mars, can be inhabitable.

To anyone who has watched “Alien,” it seemed that this movie had similarities to it, but since the “Alien” movies began being released in 1979, it’s fair to say that most extra-terrestrial sci-fi films have an element of that movie mixed in, and it’s hard not to compare every movie of that sort to it.

The cast of “Life” is what made the film promising. With A-List stars like Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson, they really dove into their characters and made the audience feel the terror, claustrophobia and anger in the film.

Even though the film only garnered $12.5 million during its opening weekend out of its $58 million budget, it is definitely still worth the watch. Since “Beauty and The Beast’s” opening weekend on March 16, it has dominated the box office, out-shining any and every movie coming out for the rest of March and maybe the beginning of April. This is why “Life” didn’t get the amount of recognition it should have.

Either way, if movie fanatics need a film to watch after watching “Beauty and The Beast” three times in a row, “Life” is where they want to be. The thriller-filled movie made the audience feel the panic of every member on the ISS.

“Life” will leave the audience wondering if there really is life beyond our planet. Do we really want to communicate with it? The movie can be found playing at most movie theatres, and viewers  unafraid of aliens should check it out.

Ten Essential Concept Albums For College Students

by Kayla Murphy

A concept album is one that features an idea or theme expressed through a cycle of songs. Whether rock or rap, concept albums have been perfected by artists of many different music genres.

Personally, concept albums are the most unique and interesting. My favorite part is dissecting the message and following it up with a personal interpretation. I’ve compiled a list of concept albums from an array of genres and artists that every college student should check out.

  1. “The Wall”- Pink Floyd (1979)

“The Wall” is a rock opera that touches on themes of abandonment and isolation, symbolized by creating a metaphorical wall. Follow the life events of the main character Pink, whose father is killed during World War II. Pink grows up with an overprotective mother and is tormented by abusive teachers. He later grows up to become a rock star, but develops a drug and relationship problem. After his marriage crumbles, he sinks into a deep depression. Tormented by his own guilt, Pink places himself on trial for showing human emotion and is ordered to “tear down the wall.” If one seeks a visual aid to this masterpiece, check out the movie Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.”

  1. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”- The Beatles (1967)

On a return flight back to London, Paul McCartney had an idea about an Edwardian-era military band, which led to his idea of the “Sgt. Pepper” concept. The Beatles dedicated an entire album to the fictional Sgt. Pepper. The creation of this alter ego allowed The Beatles to express the freedom of experimenting with music. Songs most known on the album include “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “A Day in the Life,” and “With a Little Help from My Friends.” One can check out the movie inspired by this album.

  1. “Lemonade”- Beyoncé (2016)

“Lemonade” is divided into 11 chapters named Intuition, Denial, Anger, Apathy, Emptiness, Accountability, Reformation, Forgiveness, Resurrection, Hope and Redemption. The concept behind “Lemonade” was described as “every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing.” Beyoncé was inspired by her grandmother, Agnez Dereon and Jay Z’s grandmother, Hattie White. One can hear a sound clip from Hattie White saying “I had my ups and downs, but I always found my inner strength to pull myself up. I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.” One can also watch the hour-long film that features Beyoncé and all of her songs on the album.

  1. “American Idiot”- Green Day (2004)

“American Idiot” is a punk-rock opera that follows the story of Jesus of Suburbia, a teen anti-hero who is divided between rage and love. Throughout the story, listeners begin to understand the album’s expression towards disillusionment and dissent of a generation that came in the age of military turmoil, with events like the Iraq War. Known songs off the album include “American Idiot,” “Holiday,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” This album inspired the Broadway musical: “American Idiot.”

  1. “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars”- David Bowie (1972)

Ziggy Stardust is David Bowie’s alter ego, as the album tells the story of Stardust. Ziggy Stardust is a rockstar alien who wants to spread his messages of hope, peace and love to the human race. The album centers around Ziggy’s glam-rock influences, themes of sexual exploration and social commentary. In real life, this reflected Bowie’s sexuality and one of his greatest and most controversial pieces of all time, “Starman” was created.

  1. “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”- Kendrick Lamar (2012)

This concept album follows the story of Lamar’s teenage experiences in drug usage, gangs, and the lifestyle that surrounded him in his hometown of Compton. With production aid from Dr. Dre, this album was nominated for four Grammys, including Album of The Year. Songs most known from this album include “Swimming Pools,” “Poetic Justice” featuring Drake, “Backseat Freestyle,” “The Recipe” featuring Dr. Dre and “Don’t Kill My Vibe.”

  1. “American Gangster”- Jay Z (2007)

Jay-Z was inspired by the film American Gangster, which was about Harlem mobsters in the late 1960s. Jay-Z even stated that almost every song is based on a specific scene from the film based on the character, Frank Lucas, head of the mob. The album charted number one in the U.S. and the songs most popular on the album include “Blue Magic,” “I Know” and “Roc Boys.”

  1. “Tommy”- The Who (1969)

The plot to “Tommy” is a little complex. British Army Captain Walker goes missing during an expedition and is believed to be dead. Years after, Mrs. Walker gave birth to their son, Tommy. Captain Walker returned home and discovered that his wife found a new lover. The Captain then murders the man and Tommy watches. Tommy’s mother convinces him that he did not see or hear the incident and must never tell anyone about it. As a result, he becomes deaf and blind to the outside world and relies on his sense of touch and imagination. Some of The Who’s most popular songs on this album include “Pinball Wizard,” “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

  1. “The Black Parade”- My Chemical Romance (2006)

The Black Parade is a rock opera about a character known as “The Patient.” The concept album is about his life and memories as he is on his deathbed. “The Patient’s” fondest memory was seeing a parade as a child. My Chemical Romance also used this concept album as an opportunity to perform as an alter ego, where at concerts they would perform in all black marching band uniforms. This album included many hits, such as “Famous Last Words,” “I Don’t Love You,” “Teenagers” and “Welcome to the Black Parade.”

  1. “Watertown” – Frank Sinatra (1970)

In 1969, Sinatra’s sales reached an all-time low; to combat this decline, he wrote a concept album about the story of a man whose wife leaves to raise his two young sons in Watertown. Sinatra’s rich and classical vocals will serenade you, especially his classics on the album “For Awhile,” “Michael and Peter,” and “Elizabeth.”

Female Artists Flock To New Britain For Tenth Annual Swan Day

by Lorenzo Burgio

The halls of Trinity-On-Main were filled with live music echoing off the stained-glass windows, while supporters of the tenth annual Support Women Artists Now “SWAN Day CT,” were promoting female artists from around the state Saturday night.

Female artists painted bodies and canvases live on the main stage, while musicians ranging from 15 to 80 took the stage to perform.

Current nominee for the New England Music Festival’s Best of CT award, That Virginia was present.

The 27-year-old DIY musician is originally from Brazil but now lives in Bridgeport, as he has been playing guitar for nine years while scheduling her own shows and tours.

 “When I first heard about SWAN Day through another performer, I reached right out to Jennifer Hill,” said That Virginia, who has participated in SWAN Day for three years now.

Hill, who is referred to by many participants as Mama Swan, has organized SWAN Day CT in conjunctions with the WomenArts organization for the past ten years.

The singer/songwriter and pianist has been recognized by the organization for making SWAN Day CT one of the most successful hosted nationally and internationally.

Ryan Kristafer from WTNH cohosted the main stage with fashion and jewelry designer Ebony Amber of Torrington.

“It’s a great way to support women artists and it’s nice to see a lot of guys here too; without women where would we be,” said Kristafer.

A pop-up market with various female vendors hosted another smaller stage where many enjoyed the music while checking out what the vendors had to offer.

Each vendor displayed their own unique craft or passion.

Lisa McDonald of Harwinton, who is a self-proclaimed chocoholic, was there representing her business Underground Truffles, and 34 of her own chocolate recipes.

When visiting friends in Gualaceo, Ecuador, McDonald became familiar with the cocoa plant and began mixing the raw cocoa with Austrian chocolate to create her recipes, taking about 20 hours each.

Her chocolates contain no preservatives or dies and she usually vends at different farmers markets around the state and online.

Second year vendor Emily Falkowski, displayed earrings handmade from balsa wood she burned designs on, prints of her artwork and t-shirts she designed.

“Last year I was cutting people’s silhouettes out of paper and I thought this year to bring some more work to get myself out there this year,” said Falkowski, adding the event is a good way to network with other female artist.

Nick Landell Get’s a Shot at Summer Baseball

by Nella Lastrina

While sitting in his public relations class, Nick Landell felt his phone vibrate from his pants pocket. Immediately, he stood up and walked to the hallway as everyone including the professor watched. When he answered it was the call he had been waiting for.

“My coach helped me find a collegiate team in Arizona and I was expecting a call back from the general manager,” said Landell. “Even though I knew I was getting the phone call I was still a little nervous, and I would answer my phone to every number that called even if it was a telemarketer.”

That afternoon, Landell got the news he was waiting for; he was one of the 35 men accepted into the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League.

“Most college baseball players play in collegiate summer leagues,” said Landell. “It was such a great feeling knowing I was officially in the league”

In the summer, many college baseball players join collegiate summer baseball teams. These programs run throughout the summer beginning early June, and operating until early August. Landell’s league is known for using wooden baseball bats thus the name “Wood Bat League”.

The process of joining is rather effortless for the student athletes. In order to find a collegiate team, Landell was scouted by the general manager for the Gila Monsters. Typically, college coaches speak with potential teams’ general managers to set up a summer league for their players.

Being nearly 3,000 miles away from home, Landell was provided transportation to practice, road games and a place to stay free of cost, but was not given a stipend for food or groceries. Instead, the 22 year-old worked online for an SAT and ACT company to design smart documents.

“I created smart documents that are basically like electronic practice ACT or SAT tests for tutors to use overseas,” said Landell.

In fact, Landell held this job throughout his college career. He made his own schedule that worked for him so he could work around school, practices and games.

“This job was perfect for me because I practice for about 2-3 hours every day, have classes for about 3-5 hours Monday through Thursday, and during the season I have baseball games,” said Landell. “Since there isn’t a set time for baseball games, they can last a long time, and not all employers can work with that kind of schedule.”

Before working for the SAT and ACT company, Landell worked at Baseball City in Hartford training people of all ages in an indoor facility.

Raised in Higganum, Connecticut with his brother Steve, Landell grew up in a sports oriented family.

“My brother and I were always playing sports growing up, and eventually both of us ended up focusing on baseball,” said Landell.

At 5 years-old, Landell began playing t-ball with his brother and quickly found his passion.

“I loved the game and just kept playing it,” said Landell.

Almost every day he would grab his bat and head outside (and sometimes even inside) to play ball. Since Landell’s brother was four years older, he began playing on a team leaving Landell to want to be like his older brother.

“Besides practicing in our backyard and at the playground, my brother and I never got to play together because we were in different age groups,” said Landell.

Growing up, Landell attended Haddam-Killingworth High school, University of Connecticut Avery Point, and now he is currently finishing up his senior year at Central Connecticut State University.

“I wanted to play Division I baseball, and CCSU provided me with a good opportunity to do that,” said Landell when asked why he chose Central.

At Haddam-Killingworth High School, Landell was named All-Conference in his senior year and at UConn of Avery Point, the then sophomore was named Defensive Player of the Year.

With dreams of one day playing profession baseball in the Major League Baseball (MLB), Landell pushes his limits to fulfill his dreams, but he understands that sometimes things do not work out the way people want. He is pursuing a major in communication, with an emphasis in public relations and marketing and a minor in business.

“If I don’t get to play in the MLB, my second best option is working in marketing for a professional sports organization,” said Landell. “That way I will still be working in a field I’m passionate about, and I don’t think I can ever get sick of that.”

 

Stories Shared at CCSU’s First Dear World Event

by Alonso Velasquez  

Students sharing important moments in their lives by writing a personal message on their body filled the Student Center last Thursday when Central Connecticut State University hosted their first Dear World event. 

Messages were written on students’ arms, foreheads or upper chests, then photographed and shared on social media, in conjunction with the organization’s efforts to share people’s stories. 

Katie Greenman of the Dear World organization was the photographer of the event and focused on telling participants’ stories through their images. 

Six students from CCSU who had had their portrait taken were brought forward by Greenman to speak about their own unique message. The students included Kaylah Gore, Shane Early, Shandra Witke, Kelly Turner, Grecia Zaldivar and Christopher Aquino.  

Their messages ranged from sexuality, bullying, estranged family relations and overcoming prejudices.  

Greenman talked about the organization’s roots and how they originated in Louisiana in 2009, as a way to improve people’s spirits after Hurricane Katrina.

Messages were initially meant to be light-hearted and a “love note to the city,” such as “Team New Orleans,” or “Creole food is the best.”  

However, one man took a different direction, writing “Cancer Free” on his lower neck, bringing to light how much more the project could mean.

Since then, the organization has traveled internationally, trying to facilitate and bring to light people’s untold stories.  

Through videos and other media, they have shared stories of hope from Syrian refugees to those affected by the Boston bombings.  

Those who helped run the event had to go through a two-hour training session in preparation; of those helpers were Simmi Miranda and Mehna Desai, of the Mosaic Center. 

“Last semester, during one of our Mosaic meetings, we were talking about how we wanted to bring all of CCSU together,” said Miranda. “We’re in the height of a lot of things going on. With the political season came a lot of tension, so what we wanted was some kind of way where students, faculty and staff could come talk to people, reflect in a safe environment and unite… Dear World had exactly what we wanted.” 

“Dear World is basically a project that consists of storytelling. It is a time to reflect about your individual story, something that makes you unique,” said Desai. “I feel like we’re not really focused on each other, we don’t really have time to talk about our stories. We usually just talk about usual things.”

A photoshoot was also held the day before, which was restricted to a select number of student leaders, students and faculty who were helping to carry out the following day’s event.

Dreamworks’ Captain Underpants Movie Gains Anticipation Of Old Fans

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by Matt Balogh

Strewn throughout Scholastic book fairs in hundreds of elementary schools in the early 2000s, were collections of Dav Pilkey’s series “Captain Underpants.”

These novels featured a story of two young friends, George and Harold, that share a love of pulling school pranks and writing comic books. They eventually find a way to hypnotize their corrupt school principal into acting like one of their comic book characters, Captain Underpants.

The books usually involve a quirky monster based off of a school faculty member that the boys share a dislike towards, turning them into either aliens-like creatures or powerful villains.

Since 1997, Dreamworks had been trying to get Dav Pilkey on board for a film adaption of his popular books, which left Pilkey skeptical of the idea. Earlier this month, Dreamworks released the official trailer for the “Captain Underpants” movie adaption. To the surprise of many fans, the film seems to capture a strong grasp on the goofy toilet humor and quirkiness that the books provided.

In a constant battle of animation between Pixar and Dreamworks, it seems that Pixar always takes the top chair in the eyes of critics. Dreamworks usually spans across all types of animation, and also picked up various books to make films adaptions for.

Around 2013, Dav Pilkey finally gave the company permission to make an adaption after seeing how the film adaptions of How To Train Your Dragon turned out in theaters.

While presumably reliving the classic characters and villains from the books, it is not clear whether or not the movie follows a plot-line strictly to a specific book, as it seems to pick and choose pieces from each of the series.

The trailer showed a fair amount of action and seemed to sum up the situation of the story quite thoroughly, as it explains both a quick back story of the boys and how they manage to convert their principal into the title character. As no implication as of now suggests otherwise, the film could introduce an entirely new story to the universe of Captain Underpants.

With voice acting provided by Ed Helms and Kevin Hart, their comedic charm will waste no time bringing laughs into the film. Having a plot full of child-like jokes and humor, there will probably no surprise with the amount of one-liner jokes. Hopefully the voice acting will bring the characters to life in a way to do the original books justice.

Along with new movies like Power Rangers, new generations of kids are being introduced to various series from the 1990s. Since the first release of “Captain Underpants” in 1997, Pilkey went on to write eleven more books to continue the story across the next decade.

In this case, not only will the new generations be excited for what may seem like an entirely new concept to them, fans of the old books are going to be in line for the film as well.

Yo Soy Latina

By Kayla Murphy

“I think people should come see this show because there is a big message that I believe will inspire people. Enjoy who you are and take strength in your background,” says Simone Brown, a senior theatre student.

On Thursday April 20th at 7:30 p.m., CCSU students, staff and faculty have the opportunity to witness the free showing of “Yo Soy Latina” in Thorp Theatre in Davidson Hall. Hosted by the Women’s Center, the show is co-directed by Simone Brown and . The hour and a half long show was written by Linda Nieves Powell and has been performed on Broadway.

The cover of the play “Yo Soy Latina” by Linda Nieves Powell

“We waited awhile to receive copies of the script from Powell,” said junior social work student Demesis Negron. “We had to specifically email Powell to obtain rights for the show. She was very nice about lending the rights to us and wants to see a taping of our performance. This is the first time she is letting students and the university take charge of her show. She usually supplies other campuses with her choice of her actresses and directors.”

The show starts with an urban poet who sets the tone for the beginning of the show. The show consist of six main characters and touches upon important topics such as female empowerment, barriers, family, stereotypes and men.

“The show is very-well balanced,” said Brown, “there are parts that make you laugh, and then there are parts that are really emotional and hit home. It really makes you think.”

Brown and Negron casted the show during the fall semester and have been having rehearsal every week since January.

Negron said, “we really hope for a good turn out and support for the ladies who put in a lot of hard work to make this possible. Several years ago, CCSU performed this show, and I think we recent events happening, it’s time for CCSU to see once again what Latinas are about. It’s a really strong piece that I feel like everyone will enjoy.”

Having worked with the Women’s Center before when they sponsored her domestic-violence piece “Is That Love”, Brown hopes she can make all the staff and students at the Women’s Center proud.

“I really want to take advantage of these last few weeks we have. I want it to be just as good as Ms. Powell wrote it” said Brown.

The doors to the show open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Make sure to bring a friend or two to this empowering piece performed by fellow CCSU students.