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April 8th, 2014

Talent to Watch: Isabel Sotelo is here

Contributed photo: Isabel Sotelo is an up and coming artist that plans to release a new cover song of Imagine Dragon’s ‘Monster’.Contributed photo: Isabel Sotelo is an up and coming artist that plans to release a new cover song of Imagine Dragon’s ‘Monster’.

In today’s digital age, there’s more than one way to find artists who are on the rise for their talent.

I found Isabel Sotelo, a cover artist from Honduras, on Youtube, after seeing a link on my Facebook feed.

The second the video began playing, I was obsessed.

Every artist has their X factor, something that sets them apart from others, what makes people recognize them the second one of their songs play.

While some rely on gimmicks and their fashion choices, Sotelo needs nothing more than her vocals.

Moscow Festival Ballet presents: ‘Swan Lake’

miac.mercyhurst.edu photo: The Moscow Festival Ballet will be performing Swan Lake on Tuesday, April 15 in the Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.miac.mercyhurst.edu photo: The Moscow Festival Ballet will be performing Swan Lake on Tuesday, April 15 in the Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“Poetry in motion” is a phrase which comes to mind when watching ballet.

The elegance of motion and the use of music and dance expresses what cannot be fully told in words is mesmerizing to watch.

It is even more mesmerizing to watch it done by one of the most famous ballet companies in the world: the Moscow Festival Ballet.

The world-renowned company was formed in 1989, and has performed “Swan Lake” multiple times throughout the years.

The story is quite familiar to them, but to the newcomer, it may seem a bit confusing.

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ supplies visual perfection

ew.com photo: Wes Anderson’s latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has a combination of action, comedy and drama that makes sure that every detail is executed to perfection.ew.com photo: Wes Anderson’s latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has a combination of action, comedy and drama that makes sure that every detail is executed to perfection.

Wes Anderson proves with every release of a new film that he is a true master of Cinema. This has not changed with his latest film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

His films are instantly recognizable thanks to his perfectly manicured style, which makes every one of his films feel like a piece of art.

Something that I feel is becoming less present in modern day cinema.

The “Grand Budapest Hotel” is by far one of Wes Anderson’s best works. This movie is a wonderful combination of genres and themes, which never loses its emphasis on making sure every detail is perfect.

‘Divergent’ gets mixed reviews

themoviemash.com photo: “Divergent” offers mixed reviews for series readers and movie viewers alike.themoviemash.com photo: “Divergent” offers mixed reviews for series readers and movie viewers alike.

The award-winning novel, “Divergent,” written by author Veronica Roth, has finally hit the big screen much to the consternation of numerous book fans.

“Divergent” takes place in futuristic Chicago, which has been divided into five factions, Erudite, who believe in knowledge, Candor, who believe in honesty, Dauntless, who believe in bravery, Amity, who believe in peace, and Abnegation, who believe in selflessness.

These divisions are designed to help keep the peace, after “the war” destroyed their world. The story follows Tris, or Beatrice, as she learns she is Divergent, or a person who doesn’t fit into any of the factions. She switches from Abnegation to Dauntless, in the hopes of protecting herself and her secret, and proving she is brave.

There, she and the other initiates must train and learn to protect the city from whatever is outside.

She must learn what it means to be Divergent before it is too late.

‘Mademoiselle C’ previews in TLT

mens.folio.com photo: “Mademoiselle C” takes viewers to the fashion world in a view that may not be seen elsewhere and can be experienced on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in the Taylor Little Theatre.mens.folio.com photo: “Mademoiselle C” takes viewers to the fashion world in a view that may not be seen elsewhere and can be experienced on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in the Taylor Little Theatre.

Fabian Constant’s 2013 documentary “Mademoiselle C” flows smoothly and allows you to be a fly on the wall in the sometimes strange, sometimes fast pace, and sometimes wildly absurd world of fashion magazines, New York glamour and crisp Parisian fame.

The film, mostly in French with English subtitles, follows fashion designer Carine Roitfeld as she sets out to create her own fashion magazine, CR Fashion Book, in New York after having achieved fame and influence in her field during her 10-year stint as the editor-in-chief for the megaphone voice of fashion, Vogue Paris.

Viewers are provided with a firsthand look at the headaches and highlights of the intense process of putting together a fashion magazine as Roitfeld and her team balance time, money and artistic vision.

Roitfeld’s charm and passion for her work seem to encompass the culture of the fashion world.

The film carefully avoids making any definitive statements about this as it cautiously stands back and observes scenes such as a nude photo shoot in a graveyard, and a model fainting while posing for a photo in which she was pretending to faint.

Facility renovations begin on lower Hirt

The lower level of the Audrey Hirt Academic Center, which contains the working facilities of the Communication and Graphic Design departments, will be renovated over the summer.

The plan is to create a student-centered facility and transition the department to the quality of a professional-level communication facility.

The department was given the green light at the end of last summer, “so we’ve been working diligently in making the plans and making them come into fruition,” said Assistant Professor and Chair of the Communication Department Meghan Corbin.

Student opposes firearms for Police & Safety

Police and Safety feels that they need firearms to protect students and to keep this campus safe. I couldn’t possibly disagree more, and I’m a huge supporter of the 2nd Amendment. What sparked this whole discussion? Was it because of the suicide that took place on campus earlier this year? Many argue that the whole incident could have turned out much worse than it did, but guess what? It didn’t.

Student favors firearms for Police & Safety

Police and Safety officers can be armed, but that won’t guarantee students’ safety. When the Board of Trustees meets on May 31, it shall be no surprise to the students if they decide to let Police and Safety carry firearms. Mercyhurst will be one of the many other American universities following this trend. After the shootings at Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University and Sandy Hook Elementary School, schools and universities across the country have taken measures to prevent such tragedies from ever happening again.

Hospitality students battle for charity

Two Mercyhurst students will go head to head in a cooking battle, as seen in Food Network’s “Chopped.”

The hospitality department will host a student version of the TV series on Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m.

The event will take place at the Marriott Café, located in the lower level of the Center for Academic Engagement.

Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Junior Food and Beverage major, Ethan Sykes will go up against Erie native, Senior Food and Beverage major, Steve Balkovic.

Mercyhurst launches summer program for high schoolers

This is the pilot year for the Mercyhurst Summer Experience.

Throughout the months of June and July, high school students are invited to attend one of several camps on campus.

Each camp is geared towards a particular program offered at Mercyhurst.

“We wanted to gear it to high school students so they could test the waters in different majors,” said Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Michele Wheaton.

Camps offered include majors like art, anthropology, dance, forensic science, geology, music, theater and creative writing.