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Grand welcomes the Russian Ballet

Suzanne Stroup

April 10, 2013

I have a secret obsession with ballet. I watch a lot of documentaries and movies like “Center Stage” far too often. Because of this, I was thrilled when I heard that the Russian National Ballet was coming to The Grand Opera House with Prokofiev’s “Cinderella”. Reading the program notes, I was...

Mercer Cribs: The Bro’s Den

Suzanne Stroup

March 27, 2013

Located at 994 Maple Street, the Bro’s Den has everything Mercer students Vince Cooley, Evan Manning and Matt Huston (and Maconites Kevin Mosby and Mitchel Wachtel) could possibly want out of a house. “We chose that location because it was a large house and we have plenty of space,” Cooley said....

Backdoor Theatre keeps flooding: Mercer do something!

Suzanne Stroup

March 27, 2013

Anyone who has ever seen a play performance at Mercer knows about the Backdoor Theatre. In the basement of Willingham, a 67 seat black box theatre is the only performance space students in the theatre department have. It has roaches, mold and it floods so often that Scot Mann makes that a joke in his...

E.L. James’ newest work: A Parody by S.M. Stroup

Suzanne Stroup

March 27, 2013

E.L. James, author of the best-selling “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, is writing a new book called “Fifty Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess (A Journal)”. The book will be a writing guide for new writers as well as an instructional guide on how to find your “inner goddess.” Though the book isn’t...

‘Sexy glitter:’ Disney princesses receive revitalization

Suzanne Stroup

February 20, 2013

Disney is kind of my life. I’m fully aware that as a 21-year-old woman this should not be true anymore, but hey. I worked there for nine months, so I think I’m allowed. I follow Disney news pretty religiously, and because of that, I saw that the princesses were getting a redesign (or an update on...

Homemade in the Microwave: Valentine’s Day Chocolate Fudge

Suzanne Stroup

February 6, 2013

February poses two problems for most college students - Valentine’s Day and a lack of money. For crafters with someone to celebrate the holiday with, its nice to have a cheap, if not, free alternative to the typical Valentine’s gifts. Personally, I’m a fan of baked goods. Baking is tough in a dorm,...

Forget about the Ravens; Beyonce won the Super Bowl

Suzanne Stroup

February 6, 2013

Like just about every other NFL fan this year, I was disappointed by the Super Bowl. The two best teams lost in fluke games, so the teams that actually played were mediocre at best—not to mention controversial (my favorite quote of the night was “I hope someone checks around Ray Lewis after the lights...

‘Catch Me’ at the Grand

Suzanne Stroup

January 23, 2013

Sometimes, the musicals that I enjoy most are not widely loved. I love them for their original Broadway casts or the music, and they get slammed for their plot and scene design. Or the musical wins Tony awards but isn’t successful at the box office. “Catch Me If You Can” is one of those musicals,...

Lawrence and Cooper sweep Oscars in ‘Silver Linings’ film

Suzanne Stroup

January 23, 2013

It takes a special “rom com” to be my jam, and I mainly like that kind of film if it has elements that are atypical of the genre of romantic comedies. “Silver Linings Playbook” was, without a doubt, one of these films. Yes, there was love, but there was also mental illness, hospital breakouts,...

MU Opera presents “Toy Shop”

Suzanne Stroup

November 7, 2012

Mercer Opera recently produced Seymour Barab’s opera, “The Toy Shop.” It is a one-act opera aimed at children, so all of the words are in English and the subject matter is a little more toned down than what typical opera-goers are used to. As I sat in the audience, this was evident before the show...

Season Premiere: Once Upon a Time

Suzanne Stroup

October 10, 2012

There is a town in Maine where every storybook character you’ve ever known is trapped between two worlds, victims of a powerful curse. Only one knows the truth and only one can break her spell. ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” had me hooked from the pilot. Basically, every fairytale character you grew...

More than a cancer book: John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars

Suzanne Stroup

August 29, 2012

This summer I became somewhat obsessed with an author named John Green. He has only written five novels and I only have two left, so I know I’ll be devastated when I’ve finished his entire body of work. And this obsession started with one book: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, Green’s masterpiece. TFiOS...

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