The NBA Board of Governor’s voted 22-8 against the relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, Washington. As current NBA Commissioner David Stern said, roughly, this isn’t a win for the NBA but this is a big win for Sacramento. Jokingly, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some intense parties today or tonight in Sacramento that involves police and/or fire coverage.
But in all seriousness, I have been a Sacramento Kings fan all my life. I know of nothing else. Now yes, I am awful and have yet to go to a Kings game, but forgive me as I am a poor, starving college student with no time. But if money and time permits, I’ll go at least once next year.
I don’t hate Seattle, nor am I mad about this entire situation. True Kings fans deal with this on an annual basis it seems. I feel sorry for Seattle for not having their storied team back. Read more
The Great Gatsby Film Review
By: Joanne Serrieh
It is very exciting when important novels like The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, are made into Hollywood movies, especially when you can compare how close what you imagined while reading the book is to how the director sees it. I had the opportunity to attend a special screening of The Great Gatsby before its official release, May 10th, 2013, and I absolutely loved it. The movie captures the themes that we all had to analyze in our high school English classes, such as the difference between the lives of the newly rich and those who are born rich and even the significance of the green light that is a symbol of J. Gatsby’s high hopes of getting Daisy, the love of his life, back. I do not want to spoil the movie for those who have not read the book so I will focus more on the production aspect of the film.
About four years after the release of their debut full-length album, Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do, Major Lazer (a project from DJ and producer Diplo) released the sophomore album called Free the Universe. Although house DJ Switch worked on the previous album, he left in 2011, leaving Diplo in charge of the second album.
Free speech has many challenges. So do civil rights. And does expressive association, the right of “free speaker” (in this case, a private group) to exclude someone that would undercut their message, limit free speech or civil rights? Both, really. The trick is, not letting it restrict either too much.
The Boy Scouts of America is a private group. They were sued because they expelled an assistant scoutmaster for stating he was gay. They argued, successfully, that their right of expressive association would be undercut by allowing gay people. Yes, their “message” supposedly includes the fact that being gay is morally wrong. Which was a big surprise to everyone, because they seemingly went out of their way not to convey that message to the public before their court case came about. And that’s just one reason the Supreme Court got this case wrong. They had no long-standing tradition of opposing the gay lifestyle in public, that’s the Westboro Baptist Church.
So if you haven’t heard, there is a cool new band in town. Well, maybe not Sacramento, but not too long ago the band There Is No Mountain formed. The band is comprised of the duo Matt Harmon and Kali Giaritta – formerly of The Ascetic Junkies. Along with forming, they released a self-titled album. For those unfamiliar with There Is No Mountain (and previously The Ascetic Junkies), their music is best classified as Americana. Americana is often seen as a fusion of country, folk, and bluegrass, but it is a bit more than just that. Really there are similarities, but Americana is not called country or bluegrass or even considered a subset of country, folk, or bluegrass for a reason – Americana is unique; its own genre. There Is No Mountain is equally unique. Read more