“Flight” Takes Off Strong

By Alyssa Pattison

Flight, directed and co-produced by Robert Zemeckis, is a story that loosely resembles the events of Flight 1549 piloted by hero Chesley Sullenberger, which was crash landed in the Hudson River in 2009. Flight is Zemeckis’ first live-action film since Cast Away in 2000, after which he does not disappoint.

The film begins catching a moment in the daily life of main character William “Whip” Whitaker (Denzel Washington), who wakes up hungover and sleep deprived in his hotel room in Orlando.

After relying on cocaine to wake him up, he gets to work flying to Atlanta. Shortly after take off they experience turbulence, which the overly confident Whip approaches aggressively. Afterwards, when skies clear, he passes the control to his nervous copilot Ken Evans (Brian Geraghty) and opts for a drink and a nap.

He is abruptly awakened by a mechanical noise as his plane begins falling from the sky. Eventually, he is able to crash-land beside a church in an open field, but loses consciousness in the midst of the crash.

When Whip regains consciousness, he awakes in a hospital room to find Charlie Anderson (Bruce Greenwood), a representative of the airline’s pilot union and also a former colleague and friend of Whip’s. He informs Whip that his actions saved 96 of the 102 passengers. By the nation’s image, Whip is regarded as a hero.

However, days later it is revealed through a toxicology screening that Whip was intoxicated when admitted into the hospital, a fact that threatens Whip going to prison on drug and manslaughter charges. Hugh Lang (Don Cheadle), Whip’s attorney, convinces the National Transportaion Safety Board who performed the screening to disregard the results.

Whip is able to convince himself that no one else could have landed the plane like he had, and begins a trail of lies. Overcome with guilt, Whip continues to feed his alcohol addiction. The evening before the NTSB hearing, Charlie and Hugh leave Whip in an alcohol-free hotel room to guarantee he won’t drink.

In the middle of the night, Whip finds a door connecting the room to another room with a mini fridge stocked with alcohol and is found the next morning passed out drunk. They call in Whip’s drug dealer, Harling Mays (John Goodman), who gives Whip cocaine before the hearing to perk him up.

At the hearing, Whip is commended by the investigators on his actions during the crash, as they explain no other pilots were able to safely land in the same conditions. Although he is technically off the hook, Whip cannot stand the guilt and comes clean about flying drunk and about his alcoholism.

While a lengthy movie to sit through, and at some points laughably obvious, Flight contains a deep moral message, making it worth the watch.

Dishin’ It: Turkey Bombes

By Alyssa Pattison

With the holiday season approaching, you may be thinking about festive ways to contribute to the upcoming events. Holiday gatherings with family and friends are a great time to try out a new recipe and receive an immediate reaction to your new ideas.

To really stand out among the typical holiday go-to desserts, perhaps attempt something different this year, such as this dessert recipe festively dubbed the ‘Turkey Bombe,’ created by Clinton Kelly (of TLC’s What Not To Wear) and Carla Hall. This recipe was featured on ABC’s The Chew earlier this month.

Of course, if you plan on giving a recipe as a gift, be sure your gift is delicious! Creating a test batch to be sure you’ve reached the intended outcome of your recipe is highly recommended.

 

Clinton Kelly and Carla Hall’s Turkey Bombe (Featured on ABC’s ‘The Chew’)

Skill Level: Moderate

Time: 30-60 min

Serves 12

 

Kitchenware needed: Cupcake liners, dry and liquid measuring cups, cupcake tin, mixing spoon, large mixing bowl, rubber spatula, pastry bag (a zip-top bag will work, also), sifter, and hand mixer

 

Ingredients

  • For the Cupcakes:
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 12 tablespoons Butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream

 

For the Whipped Cream Filling:

  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/3 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves

 

For the Icing:

  • 32 ounces Cream Cheese (4 blocks softened)
  • 4 sticks butter (softened)
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dark Rum

 

To Top:

  • 1 cup Sweetened Coconut (lightly toasted) or
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts (lightly toasted)

 

Directions:

Step 1: (Refer to ingredients for the whipped cream filling.) Whip cream into soft peaks, add sugar and spices and continue whipping to achieve medium peaks. Gently fold in pumpkin puree. Transfer to a pastry bag or zip-top bag fitted with a piping tip.

Step 2: (Refer to ingredients for the icing.) Whip together softened cream cheese, butter, powder sugar and rum until combined. Transfer to a pastry bag or zip-top bag fitted with a piping tip. Chill until ready to use.

Step 3: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.

Step 4: (Ingredients: ¾ cup Coca powder, ¾ cup All-purpose flower, 1/2 tsp. Salt, 1 tsp. Baking powder.) Sift flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder together in a bowl.

Step 5: (Ingredients: 12 Tbs. or 1 ½ sticks of Butter, 3 Eggs, 1 cup Sugar, 2 tsp. Vanilla extract.) Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Continue mixing and add one egg at a time until incorporated. Mix in vanilla.

Step 6: (Ingredients: ½ cup Sour cream.) Alternate between the flour mixture and sour cream, mixing slowly to combine.

Step 7: Evenly distribute batter among muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan until cool enough to handle. Finish cooling on a wire rack.

Step 8: Use a knife to trim the bottom of the cupcake to round off.

Step 9: Pierce the bottom of the rounded cupcake with the pumpkin whipped cream filled pastry bag and squeeze to fill cupcake with a few tablespoons of mixture.

Step 10: Cover filled cupcakes with icing, smoothing to achieve desired look.

Step 11: (Ingredients: 1 cup Sweetened coconut – lightly toasted or 1 cup Chopped walnuts.) To top: Roll in your choice of coconut or walnuts.

Club Hockey Struggles Against Super East Rivals

By Brittany Burke

After dropping their first two games of the weekend the CCSU club hockey team managed to end the three-game stint on a high note with an 8-2 win against the Western Connecticut State Colonials.

The Blue Devils traveled to Danbury Sunday afternoon following a 6-1 loss to their Super East rivals, the Endicott Seagulls. The game against Endicott wasn’t the first meeting of the season between the two teams. CCSU fell to Endicott on Oct. 20, 4-3 and this past weekend’s game didn’t yield better results.

The Seagulls managed to take advantage of the home team as they spent time in the penalty box, while also exposing their ever-present weaknesses on defense.

CCSU took to the Newington ice on Saturday night following a road loss to UMass Amherst 0-2.

“I thought we made some strides last night, we lost 2-0 but I thought we finally played a very good solid game with limited penalties then coming in tonight I thought we were making the turn and we regressed,” said Head Coach Ben Adams. “We went the wrong way.”

As soon as the game began Endicott was able to take control of CCSU, keeping the puck in their zone. The Blue Devils defense came out sluggish and struggled to clear the puck from in front of CCSU goaltender Greg Coco, which allowed the Seagulls to dominate in the beginning minutes.

With Coco looking better in net the team started to wake up, but it was still Endicott who struck first with 3:32 left in the first period.

Team president, Evan Mink tied the game 2:18 into the second period, notching the goal off a rebound, from Pisano and Mazurkiewicz. Despite the tie, Endicott edged forward going into the third period with a 3-on-5 power play goal.

Penalties continued to be an issue for the Blue Devils as the third period wore on. Four goals were scored in the final 20 minutes, all against Coco.

“Most of the guys that were getting the penalties, that were mentally not there tonight were veterans and they just have to play better. Everybody has to play better from the net out. We can’t really ask much more of Coco, but maybe some combinations and line changes should have been a little different and personnel should have been a little bit different. A situation like this you start thinking about everything as to how you could have made a difference,” said Adams.

Two of the Seagulls’ goals came on the power play, while the other two happened while both teams were playing a man short for the 4-on-4.

Both CCSU and Endicott spent a lot of time in the box, and the team’s power play unit of Conor Stanley, Matt Siracusa, Frank Pisano, Evan Mink and Andrew Mazurkiewicz looked strong, but weren’t able to capitalize on the opportunities given to them.

“I think they were put in situations that they’re not accustomed to. When you’re asking a guy who is fairly in experienced to play a major penalty kill role he’s going to make mistakes, it’s the nature of the beast,” said Adams. “And they’re put in situations without the proper time to adjust and warm up to it’s tough. Some guys are out there battling all the time and some guys pick their battles.”

CCSU managed to turn the weekend around against WCSU to end on a strong note. The team will be back in Newington on Friday Nov. 16 as defending champions of the Governor’s Cup.

“We obviously care about wins and losses but my concern is more of what’s going on in the room. We need these guys to play as a unit and play together, if they do that wins will come,” Adams said.

‘A War You Cannot Win’: All That Remains Releases Unbeatable Album

By Derek Turner

A War You Cannot Win, ironically released Nov. 6, brings the heavy hits you are used to with All That Remains, but also adds some metalcore sounds and hits you hard right off the bat.

“Down Thru The Ages” comes right at you with the menacing death metal vocals of Phil Labonte and high-pitched screams from bassist Jeanne Sagan. It sets the tone of the album with a screeching guitar solo and heavy percussion. “You Can’t Fill My Shadow” continues to bring the brutality. The heavy drums of Jason Costa really give this song strength behind the heavy vocals. This song just gets you pumped and makes you want to move.

The guitars are very impressive all throughout this record. Oli Herbert and Mike Martin can absolutely shred, especially in “A Call To All Non-Believers.” They do bring it down a tick with the radio single “Stand Up” and a possible second single “Asking Too Much.” These tracks are what the casual All That Remains fan expects and they nailed it.

“What If I Was Nothing” could very well be another single. It starts out slow, but picks up just enough to make it a memorable track, a nice change of pace which sets this band apart from many. They can play the slow song well, but don’t lull you to sleep as “Sing For Liberty” and “Not Fading” come right back at you hard and in your face. The acoustic instrumental of “Calculating Loneliness” brings it way down, but the album finishes almost as heavy as it started with the title track.

Labonte’s vocals are what make All That Remains who they are. Many may say their songs sound the same and they may, but it works for them. This album should appeal to the mainstream rock and metal fans, but also satisfy metal heads and even some of the hardcore crowd.

CCSU Pays Tribute To Students On Asia Day

By Acadia Otlowski

Soft music filtered through the air as students and faculty gathered in Alumni Hall this Thursday to celebrate the fourth annual Asia Day at CCSU.

The event, coordinated by Shizuko Tomoda, professor of modern language and part of the East Asian Studies Committee, featured projects from students in addition to presentations and performances from guest speakers.

“I am the organizer but also try to stay behind the scenes,” said Tomoda, stressing that the day was all about her students and their projects. These projects lined the edges of the room, some featuring candy and other elements to attract attention.

“I bring [in] guest speakers but this is student oriented,” Tomoda said. “I was working towards getting the students together; I wanted them to be ambassadors.”

Tomoda explains that CCSU is unique because it is the only school of the four state schools that has an East Asian Studies program.

“It’s a challenge,” Tomoda said, referring to budget constraints that limit the program. Tomoda cited the drumming performance of Stuart Paton as an example of why Asia Day needed more funds.

Paton, founder of the Burlington Taiko Group, played a solo performance for CCSU’s Asia day. Tomoda said she was confident in his strong performance, but said it would have been preferable to have the whole group perform, calling them “dynamic” together.

Tomoda said that she hopes to do some fundraising to make the program even more successful. As it was, she was pleased with the turnout, despite weather issues, which lowered the number of projects displayed.

“Hopefully next year we can raise about $3000,” Tomoda said.

At the event, students spoke about their projects, with encouragement from Tomoda. The topics ranged from Asian cultural phenomena’s, language and geography. Although many seemed willing, Tomoda described it as her job to “kick their butts” and have them come up and present even when they were  unwilling.

One group spoke about sumi-e, the Japanese word for ink drawing, or ink painting.

“The point of sumi-e is that it’s a very minimalistic style of art… it is done with as few strokes as possible,”  said one student to the small crowd that had gathered.

Another student in the group described the usage of sumi-e in popular culture, noting its use in various video games.

Gustavo Mejia, Spanish professor,  said he was watching student presentations. Meijia was joined by other professors who stood in small groups near the back.

“[The main purpose of this is to] promote Asian culture,” said Xiaoping Shen, professor, chair of the Geography Department and another coordinator of the event.

“We also make students talk about their travel abroad experience,” said Shen. “Students are presenting from Chinese and Japanese classes.”

In addition to the student performances, Shen said that they have organized two guest speakers.

One of these guest speakers was Piper Gaubatz, a professor of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts and author of two books, one being Chinese Cities, which was the topic of her presentation.

“Chinese cities are also recognized as world heritage [sites],” said Gaubatz. “China has possibly, I don’t know the exact numbers, the most world heritage sites of any country.”

As she spoke, students wandered into the room, perusing the student projects, taking a seat or grabbing refreshments from the table in back.

The event full of student projects was open to drop-ins until 6:30.  Anyone seeking more information on East Asian Studies should visit the International and Area Studies, accessible through the CCSU website.