Author: Chase Knudsen

Live on wild side and read a banned book

Many of us can agree that breaking the rules can be more exciting than keeping the rules, such as watching the speed dial go higher in a car or jaywalking. So, it is no surprise we, as rebellious U.S. citizens, celebrate banned books week. Breaking the rules and reading a banned book is exciting . Above the noise to the west of the Fulton Library, a straight dead-eye shot from Starbucks sits a book display of some banned books that many students have enjoyed reading, such as: Harry Potter series, Hunger Games trilogy, Matilda, Beloved and much more. Censoring literature, which began with the Roman Catholic church in the mid-1500s in Europe, has been in practice for hundreds of years and has always brought controversy. The celebration of banned books came about in the early 90s when the American Library Association (ALA) wanted to raise awareness to literature that was considered too peculiar. This showed how there are many people in the world who want to censor the rest of us. Books become censored for one of two reasons. Content within the pages, such as promiscuity, adult language, suicide, etc., or the overall theme of the novel and the influence it potentially has on its readers, are all excuses used to ban books. “[Banning books] doesn’t help society at all. It is harmful and destructive,” English senior Megan Mankins...

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Cornbelly’s celebrates 22 years of business with laughter and fright

Celebrating its 22 years of business, Cornbelly’s picked a superhero themed Halloween celebration for this season. But, upon arrival, expect more than just a bunch of superheroes. At the ticket booth, the aroma of a fresh bakery fills the air, which is surprising considering Cornbelly’s is on a farm. According to Brett Herbst, owner and founder of The Maize, they bake an assortment of fresh donuts onsite, as well as apple cider. Herbst graduated from Brigham Young University in 1996 in agricultural studies, and he opened the first corn maze in Lehi shortly after. Everything is done with computer....

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Top 7 Halloween movies to watch this season

The night of the living dead will soon be upon us. In order to prepare for the madness of monsters, witches, clowns, serial killers and haunted houses galore, here are the top seven Halloween movies that will prepare you for the blood curdling screams echoing through the city on Oct. 31.: 1. Hocus Pocus (1993) This is a perfect children friendly movie to watch if scary movies are not your cup of tea. It is the story of three witches who return to Salem. While exploring an old house in Salem, Mass. with his younger sister Dani Dennison (Thora...

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Zeitoun: Life of an Immigrant After Katrina

Dave Eggers, known for his self-reflective, verbose works, wrote Zeitoun, a character-driven potboiler account of a single family living in New Orleans. With the story of the Zietouns, Eggers reaches to the core of each reader’s pathos. He lets the reader know his true feelings about immigration with this great narrative of nonfiction. The protagonist Abdulrahman Zeitoun is a refugee who owns a painting and contracting business. He also manages several rental properties throughout the city. His wife Kathy, a Louisiana native, met Abdulrahman when he immigrated to America from Jableh, Syria. They have four children, and this is...

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The Subjectivity of Abstract Art: It’s in the eye of the beholder

The Woodbury Art Museum put on a show titled Art of our Century: Movement and Marcus Vincent, June 1- Sept. Even though some enjoy looking at aesthetically pleasing things, one does not need to be an art coinsurer to enjoy abstract art. What is abstract art? “There is no universal agreement. … Abstract art can mean anything you want it to mean in your personal work,” adjunct professor of the visual arts at Holyoke Community College Dean Nimmer wrote in Artists Network. Basically, abstract art is all interpreted by creator and viewer of the art. Marcus Vincent, arts and...

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