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20 Under 20 – West Hartford Yoga

By Kiley Krzyzek

Got six bucks and an hour to kill? Take the quick 10 minute drive to West Hartford Yoga and try a relaxing session of Gentle Yoga. A comparable local studio charges $20 per drop-in session, so this is an awesome deal.

It’s BYOM (bring your own mat) or you can buy one there. Ladies, here’s a real excuse to wear yoga pants! Store your shoes and belongings in a cubby and pay at the counter. The receptionist will direct you to a big beautiful studio with relaxing music playing in the background. You can lay out your mat and borrow a block or blanket to help you with your poses.

The class consists of breathing exercises and a routine of classic poses like downward dog and child’s pose. You’ll appreciate that they don’t go into detail about the spiritual meaning of yoga or anything–you get enough lectures at school. It’s a fantastic class for beginners or anyone who wants to go at a slower pace. My guess is you’re going to yoga to de-stress, not to get more overwhelmed than you were in the first place.

If you’re a veteran at the exercise regimen, you can opt for WHY’s signature class “Power Yoga 1” which is only six dollars. It’s a more vigorous class and isn’t recommended for beginners. I must warn you though, instructors in the class may come around and physically adjust your poses, so if you’re uncomfortable with strangers casually touching you, stick to the gym.

Otherwise this yoga class is a way to free your mind from everything for a bit and you’ll finish feeling refreshed, as if you just awoke from a nap.  Check out www.westhartfordyoga.com for the class schedule.

Bookmark it! To Kill A Mockingbird

By Paige Brown

I’m sure most of us remember being assigned books like “Dante’s Inferno” and “The Old Man And The Sea” in our high school English classes. I’m also sure most of us dreaded reading these books since we were more interested in getting our license and going to prom.

However, I read one book four times throughout my high school years, and many more times since then. “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, is by far my favorite book.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells a story about a little girl, Scout Finch, and her brother Jem growing up in a time a small town in Alabama in the early 1930s. Their widowed father, Atticus Finch, is a well-known lawyer who is defending a black man being accused of raping a young white girl throughout the book.

During the trial, there is another story that narrator and protagonist, Scout, tells about pertaining to her adventures with her brother. Down the road from their home lives a man named Boo Radley, who has not been seen outside of the house in over three years.

Every day, it is Scout’s mission to see Boo, and throughout the story there are small indications that he has ventured outside, and has even been watching them play. Even though there are rumors about why Boo doesn’t come outside, Scout is an adventurer and likes to stick her nose wherever she can.

This story tells of how life during this time was, which also makes this an educational novel. Atticus is defending a black man accused of rape, which usually back then would not go through a trial. Because of the racism during this time, it makes an unusual, yet interesting story to read.

Now, I don’t want to spoil this story for anyone, so all I can tell you is: read it. It’s not only educational, but a fun, exciting, adventurous and even a little bit mysterious novel.

And yes, once you read it, I promise you will understand the meaning of the title “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

Confucius Say…

By Skyler Magnoli

For the month of September, Central Connecticut State University is presenting the art exhibit “Confucius – A Life Journey in Pictures” in the Elihu Burritt Library.

While the exhibit features portraits and teachings of Confucius, it also represents the debut of the Confucius Institute at Central.

“One of the things our Confucius Institute is going to be doing, is we are really looking to engage faculty and students here on campus to really help provide a broader experience with China,” said Steve Kliger, the director of the Confucius Institute.

Since 2004 the exhibit has traveled around to different Confucius Institutes in the country. All of the artworks are photographic reproductions of the original silk paintings that are located in the Shandong Providence in China. The original paintings are too fragile to even show in public, with some of the pictures being over 500 years old.

“They are so rare and so fragile that not anyone can just go in and take photos of them,” said Erik Cronqvist, the director of the US-China Center at Central. “So this is a specific program that they had to put together for this exhibition.”

The exhibition is usually much larger, but the institute chose specific pieces to show at the university. Cronqvist said the exhibition is separated in to two parts. The first section of the exhibit are all portraits of Confucius, the second section are paintings of the stories and teachings of Confucius’s life.

Cronqvist along with Kliger hopes students will come to the exhibit and see something that interests them, and that the artwork will encourage them to learn more about Chinese culture, history, or philosophy.

“I really like the art, that’s why I stopped by today,” said Susan Jensen, a student at Central. “I must have heard his name through Buddhism, but I don’t really know anything about him.”

There are currently 90 Confucius Institutes in the United States and the one located inside Central’s Library is the only one located in Connecticut. It has taken nearly three years to get the program up and running. At CCSU, the Confucius Institute seeks to promote Chinese language skills, study abroad opportunities, and Chinese-American cultural exchange for students.

Since receiving its start up funding for the program in the spring of 2013, the Confucius Institute has been able to set up two Chinese language after-school programs in local New Britain schools. The institute has helped sponsor dragon boat racing on the Hartford River, and cosponsored the Chinese New Year’s gala at Central.

Along with the exhibition the institute will do a mid-autumn moon festival, host a lecture on Chinese painting and have a concert with a Chinese instrument called a qin. Currently the institute is planning its opening in the spring and hopes to have people from Central’s sister school in China come.

“We are new, but in a very very short time we have a lot of programs going on,” said Kliger. “From when we started it was a long and arduous process.”

A major aspect that the institute wants to help students with is to have a more global perspective and to be able to succeed in today’s job market. Kliger explains that with exchange programs at Chinese universities they will have 300 students who speak English and want to come to Central, but here it is difficult to find students who speak Chinese.

“Generally I think also that there is the fact that there is an imbalance of knowledge between the US and China,” said Cronqvist. “Chinese students usually know a lot about the United States, where as students here might not know as much about China.”

Cronqvist and Kliger agree that having Chinese language skills will help students in the future, especially with the global market. By developing short term language programs at Central, they hope the institute will give students a competitive edge in the job market.

“Our goals are really to develop a vibrant Chinese language program in New Britain, and at CCSU,” said Kliger.


SGA Bullet Points

Last week’s meeting was covered by Amanda Webster.

*Members from CTRides and CTFastrack spoke to the Student Government about furthering their efforts to help commuter students at CCSU.

*Construction for CT fastrack was announced to be on schedule and should be completed in the Spring of 2015. According to the representatives of CT fastrack, about 50 percent of the project is complete and members of the CCSU community are looked to be active users of the system.

*Senator Alex Rodriguez announced a 5K walk for sickle cell awareness will be held on September 21st at 9am in East Rock Park in New Haven.

*The Student Life budget was approved for $7,250 by the Executive Board. The amount is a decrease from last years budget.

*The Academic Affairs budget was approved for $1000.

*The student government is awaiting the resignation of two commuter senators, which will add two more spots to fill during SGA elections.

*$1,200 was allocated for the Academic Affairs Committee for the Majors Fair on September 17thThe motion passed with 25 votes in favor and one abstention.

*$940 was allocated to the American Choral Directors Association. The motion was passed with 24 in favor votes and two abstentions.


Netflix It! Sherlock

 By: Kari Muzer

If you haven’t found yourself checking out the series “Sherlock,” it’s about time to get hooked. It’s not just another television series, it’s an experience.

BBC released “Sherlock” to the United States in 2010, and since then a huge fan base has grown in America. The series has two seasons currently, but each season only has three episodes per season. The third season has an expected release date for the United States sometime in 2014.

Each episode is more like a well-written movie rather than a TV show. Each episode is around an hour and a half long. The episodes are each their own story and besides the engaging plots and incredible acting by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson), the artistry behind the camera work is also impressive.

Holmes and Watson bicker like children, and Holmes consistently makes Watson’s life more difficult, but in the end of every episode they are best friends and need each other. Holmes is a difficult and eccentric, but brilliant person who never fails to surprise people with his antics.

The first season that aired in 2010 begins with “A Study in Pink.” I clearly remember sitting and watching it with my friends completely engrossed with the television screen. In this episode, Watson moves in with Holmes and the audience gets its first look into the relationship between them and their crime-solving abilities.

The next episodes “The Blind Banker” and “The Great Game” are just as exciting and allow the audience to follow along and try to solve the crime before Sherlock reveals the ending in his fantastic ways. “The Great Game” is the first experience with Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott) and the mind game that he plays with Sherlock throughout the series. Moriarity is psychotic and evil, but so hilarious that viewers love to hate him.

The second season comes in with a bang.

A Scandal in Belgravia” introduces Irene Adler and begins to show that Holmes may be capable of possessing feelings for another human. “The Hounds of Baskerville” is one of the more frightening episodes that keeps viewers on the edge of their seat trying to find out if what they see is real. “The Reichenbach Fall” is the final episode that has aired thus far. This episode is incredible, and many points throughout the episode you wonder if you have been tricked. The ending truly is jaw-dropping and will leave you excited for season three.

Are you looking for a new series that has incredible acting, storylines and camerawork and will keep you laughing as well as on the edge of your seat? “Sherlock” is all this and more–it is a series that is hard not to love, and I can officially say I am SHERLOCKED.