‘Fantastic Beasts’ brings back the magic

By Alison Perelman, Assistant Culture Editor After 13 years filled with books and movies, our Harry Potter generation was forced to go five more before the thrill of new material. Of course, I was overjoyed — I may have cried seeing the trailer. But I was also worried about returning to the wizarding world. Would it (could it) ever be the same? But the wait was worth it, and I wasn’t disappointed. After four successful Harry Potter films, director David Yates has conjured up magic once again with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Based on the “textbook”...

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Symphony orchestra to feature American premiere of ‘Chimera’

By Alison Perelman, Assistant Culture Editor The hallways in the basement of Presser Hall start to buzz with activity — students in conversation, weaving in between the growing crowd and getting instruments out of the lockers. A few are already inside room seven. The percussion players set up their drums and cymbals. The harpist plucks at the strings, adjusting the knobs for tuning. Others blow notes to tune or play up and down a scale. In the middle of this slight chaos, Ricardo Palmezano practices a section of his piece, his violin’s slow, melodic tune rising above the random...

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Free hugs: Spreading a message of love and hope

Alison Perelman, Assistant Culture Editor Wind blew, making the air chilly, the sky was already beginning to fade and not many students were still walking the sidewalks. But despite all of this, Emma Shibley stood where she had been all day, on the corner of Maple and Spring Street with a smile on her face.  She stood next to a sign that read “FREE HUGS” in blue and red dry-erase markers and offered one to anyone passing by.  Around 11:15, as she was leaving her 10 a.m. class, she had decided that if no one was at the corner,...

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Costume craze: Students dress up for Halloweekend

By Alison Perelman, Assistant Culture Editor Through the window of Skyline it all looks normal — a group of college kids enjoying a late night meal, one of them stuffing a coney into his mouth. But then there’s the fact that he’s dressed as a police officer, and Where’s Waldo sits next to him. And someone from “Orange is the New Black” is across the table. The costumes started appearing much earlier. Around 3:30 p.m., two girls in matching green and red onesies made their way down the street. Not long after, three guys dressed in bath robes —...

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9,000 feet up, then right back down: Skydiving with the MU Dropouts

By Alison Perelman, Assistant Culture Editor The door of the plane flies open and is pinned to the wing. The cold rushes in — somewhere below 20 degrees. “Okay, Alison, swing your feet out,” Scott shouts over the noise of wind and the engine. I bring my legs around and out from under myself. My right leg gets caught by the winds and I jerk it back. Why did I not think about that happening? I tell myself to focus on the small platform, left leg now. Breathe. I don’t feel my heart pounding. Maybe it has stopped completely....

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