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Lauren in Ireland

April 29, 2016

Since the time I last wrote about my experiences in Berlin, I have traveled to four more cities in Germany, all over Northern Ireland, Dublin, and Nice, France. And now,with four days left in Europe, I plan to see as much of Amsterdam as I am able before I board a plane for a final flight back the to United States.

‘The Machete Season’ book review

April 28, 2016

The book “The Machete Season” by Jean Hatzfeld is an account of not the victims of this genocide, but the perpetrators. The author interviewed a group of men who were convicted of murdering countless Tutsi people. The novel is a chilling account of how one day a group of average people can turn into mass murderers.

Remake of ‘The Jungle Book’ brings back beloved childhood memories

April 20, 2016

Disney makes another foray into its past to bring about an adaption that for once adds to its original work rather than takes, as The Jungle Book manages to be enjoyable, simple, but true to its source material.

‘The Jungle Book’ does original story justice with great cast

April 20, 2016

Everyone knows about the Jungle Book. This was a movie that I grew up watching as a little kid and it was one of my favorites (the 1967 animated movie). When I heard that they were making another remake of the movie, I was both excited and nervous because not all remakes are worthy of the original. This is NOT the case when it comes to this movie. This adaption of The Jungle Book not only did the original justice, but it improved on it.

‘The Epic of Gilgamesh’ offers unique insight into ancient history

April 14, 2016

Having been written roughly in 1800 B.C., “The Epic of Gilgamesh” is the oldest surviving piece of literature, at nearly 4000 years old. Written by the Sumerians in the city state of Ur, in the Dhi Qar province of modern Iraq, “The Epic of Gilgamesh” is a tale of the eponymous god king.

Lauren in Berlin: A city caught between two worlds

April 14, 2016

Berlin is a shining glass mecca of modern buildings with colorful graffiti carefully applied to any surface paint can get to. Along with the buildings, the people of Berlin even match their city, their loud and colorful clothes with plenty of metal glint in the city’s warm April weather.

The novel ‘Gulag Archipelago’ offers a frightening look at the Soviet Union

April 7, 2016

“A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.” Not a quote one might expect to be written by a prisoner in one of the Soviet prison camps known as a gulag, but Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is the author of the quote and a former prisoner of several infamous gulags.

Bar Review: Maverick’s has delicious food, okay service

April 7, 2016

This week I decided to check out a bar that doesn’t get much attention from UWRF students. I’m not really sure why Maverick’s isn’t more popular because I sure liked it. The service and drinks were good, and the fries were delicious.

Lauren in the Netherlands: The influence of the United States on countries around the world

April 6, 2016

Another week, another new country to explore with new sights, new sounds, and language. The new sights are usually the first things I notice. I look up and all I see are voluminous scarves in varying shades of plaid with perfectly windswept hair being blown in the breeze. The people of Utrecht, a city in the Netherlands that you have probably never heard of, are tall, perfectly fit, and can usually be found riding bicycles. It is also the first European city where I feel I do not stick out as much as I have in other European cities because I am within the same height zone as the people of Utrecht!

‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ doesn’t live up to super expectations

March 30, 2016

The man of steel and the caped crusader meet face to face in this sequel to Zack Snyder’s 2013 superhero film, and much like the first of Snyder’s Superman films it is rife with weird representations and a significant lack of humanity.

‘The Godfather’ novel just as absorbing as its film adaptation

March 23, 2016

While many of us have seen the 1972 film “The Godfather” fewer of us have read the novel by the same name of which it was based. Written in 1969 by the Italian American author Mario Puzo, “The Godfather” is every bit as thrilling as the film.

Five Netflix movies to watch over spring break

March 10, 2016

If you don’t have any wild plans to go Costa Rica or some tropical place over spring break, here are a couple of movies that you need to watch on Netflix. I tried to pick some movies that maybe you haven’t heard of before.

Bob Dylan’s ‘Desire’ still resonates with college students

March 10, 2016

For musical giant Bob Dylan, the rock and roll voice of the 1960’s, 1976 was more about soldiering on than accepting reality. On Dylan’s, “Desire,” which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, he put the feelings and issues of his new surroundings to song, while creating one of his most sonically interesting records ever.

Moonshiner’s and After Dark offers an entertaining night with clean facilities

March 10, 2016

For those of you following this new column, I reviewed Broz on a Monday two weeks ago. I checked out Broz on a Thursday, but I’m not going to review the same bar twice in a row. After spending most of my night at Broz, I went over to Moonshiners around 1:00 a.m., which I’ve heard is the time to go there. Apparently, Moonshiners is the type of bar that you only go to late. If you go there early, no one will be there.

Three fun things to do in River Falls this weekend

March 10, 2016

No plans for the weekend? Check out the editorial staff’s list of fun things to do in River Falls.