Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Tau Kappa Epsilon along with Stay West Weekends put on the "Snowpocalypse 2012" event on Friday, Jan. 27. Students were able to play in real snow, enjoy free hot cocoa, and receive free t-shirts. Below are a few other pictures from the event.
In a lecture at the University of West Georgia Thursday night, Dr. Michael Warren, director of the C.A. Pounds Forensic Anthropology Lab at the University of Florida, and one of a very small number of active forensic anthropologists in North America, set out to outline the true nature of a career in forensic anthropology, which he said is sometimes, but not normally, as nicely packaged as it is seen on television.
“It’s a growth industry,” Warren said. “It involves understanding human uniqueness. We always like to think that we work for the families of the victims. We also like to think that we prosecute the guilty and exonerate the innocent through science.”
Read more:Times-Georgian - TV has helped create greater interest in forensic science
Thursday, January 26, 2012
This Friday Jan. 27th Stay West Weekends and Tau Kappa Epsilon will be hosting "Snowpocalypse," a snow day outside the HPE Gym. There will be a snow machine covering the area in snow and all students and faculty are invited to have a snowball fight build snowmen, or just enjoy the weather with a warm cup of hot cocoa.The event starts at noon and ends at 4 p.m.. There will be free hot chocolate and t-shirts.
Preview Days are your chance to see the UWG campus on your own terms. Meet professors, learn about campus life, and see our residence halls. The choice is yours!
Preview Day Activities begin at 1:30 pm at the UWG Coliseum. However, we recommend you arrive at 1:00 pm for parking and check-in.
For more information, visit the Admissions .
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Researcher of Film and Television Trends
This year's Oscar nominations were announced on Jan. 24 and, as always, there were a few surprising snubs and inclusions. Here are the nominees in some of the top categories, along with my gut reactions.
Best Supporting Actor:
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week with Marilyn”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Max Von Sydow, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
The biggest surprise here is Von Sydow’s inclusion, which should’ve given pundits a big heads-up about the Best Picture shocker we’ll discuss later. I’m glad Nolte got a nod, since his work in the little-seen “Warrior” is the best part of a phenomenal movie. I think the winner here will be Plummer, who has already racked up some other awards for his terrific performance in an otherwise insufferable flick.
Best Supporting Actress:
Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”
Snubs aren’t exactly stunning when the talent pool in this category is so vast. Still, I was surprised that Shailene Woodley wasn’t nominated for her strong work in “The Descendants.” It appears that McTeer got her spot, since everyone else was pretty much a lock. Chastain being nominated for “The Help” instead of “The Tree of Life” probably hurts hers and Spencer’s chances, since they’ll probably split the vote. If that happens, look for Bejo to take home the trophy for her adorable breakthrough performance. Although I’d be totally fine with a surprise win for the hilarious McCarthy.
Demian Bechir, “A Better Life”
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Juan Dujardin, “The Artist”
Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”
Bechir is the surprise nominee here, edging out a superb performance by Michael Fassbender in “Shame.” In hindsight, that flick was likely too extreme for Oscar’s more conservative voting bloc. The other big news is Oldman getting his first(!) nomination in a career worthy of many more. A win for him would be welcome, but it’s likely a toss-up between Clooney and Dujardin.
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Michelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn”
Mara (deservedly) snuck into a crowded field, but I doubt she has a path to the win. This one has been a face off between Streep and Davis since the beginning. Honestly, it could go either way, but my gut tells me that Davis will come out on top because she has the better-reviewed movie.
Best Animated Feature:
"A Cat in Paris"
"Chico & Rita"
"Kung Fu Panda 2"
"Puss in Boots"
This marks the first time Pixar hasn’t had an entry in this category, thanks to the critically lambasted “Cars 2” (which I didn’t think it was that bad). I’ve never heard of “A Cat in Paris” or “Chico & Rita,” which seemed to be the general consensus after the nominations were announced. My first impression is that “Rango” will emerge victorious, though I wouldn’t mind a “Puss in Boots” surprise.
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”
Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”
Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”
If you want to know the films with a real shot at Best Picture, just match these directors with their work. It’s not scientifically binding or anything, but it lets you know what probably would’ve made the cut if it the big prize remained a five-flick category. If we judge by current momentum, I’d say Hazanavicius gets the win because of all the love “The Artist” is getting. However, sometimes the Academy considers this a consolation prize; in that case, I’d give the edge to Scorsese, who tackles similar Hollywood-friendly material on a grander scale.
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"
"Midnight in Paris"
"The Tree of Life"
And we’ve come to the biggest shocker of this year’s nominations. Because of the new rules placed on the field by the Academy, most pundits were expecting six or seven films to be in contention for the top prize. Instead, Jan. 24’s announcement revealed nine nominees, including the completely unexpected recognition of Sept. 11 drama “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” That says more about the campaigning skills of producer Scott Rudin and director Stephen Daldry than it does about the quality of the movie, which is passable but nowhere near the quality of its competitors. No matter, as “The Artist” has had this thing in the bag for months now. Pending any changing tides in the next few weeks (which is always possible), it’s your winner.
Be sure to watch ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. to see the winners. Host Billy Crystal returns after a long absence, a safe choice after last year’s debacle with James Franco and Anne Hathaway.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
University of West Georgia President Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, was recently honored by the institution as it celebrated its 50th anniversary. IIMA, as part of marking its milestone, awarded the designation of distinguished alumnus to 40 alumni recipients, including Sethna. Founded with active collaboration from Harvard Business School, the Indian Institute of Management is considered to be the best business school in India and is also considered to be one of the most respected schools in the Asia-Pacific region. His fellow award recipients include Ashok Alexander, India Country Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation and Ajay Banga, president and CEO of MasterCard Worldwide.
While this honor is historic it is not the first of its kind bestowed upon Sethna. Prior to this award, Sethna has also been honored with the title of distinguished alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. IITB is India’s premier engineering school. This places Sethna as being a distinguished alumnus from both of the best undergraduate and graduate institutions in India.
Nicknames come and go, but 'Mr. 1,000' might stick with Gavin Field for a while.
The University of West Georgia shooting guard from South Lake, Western Australia is just three points shy of becoming the ninth 1,000-point scorer in school history and the first since 1991.
"It's awesome. Everyone knows about it, especially [fellow senior] Da'Ron [Sims]. People have started calling me 'Mr. 1,000' just as a joke to get on me. Just with the guys, everyone wants me to get it," Field said.
Field's biggest fan might just be men's coach Michael Cooney who recruited the 6-foot-7 Australian as part of his first recruiting class as the UWG head coach. At that time Field was a tall, skinny, raw talent that has become one of the top players in school history.
Read more:Times-Georgian - Field closing on scoring milestone
Monday, January 23, 2012
The committee will host Ben Privot at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Campus Center.
Be sure to like the committee on Facebook
The University of West Georgia was ranked 26th in the nation in the area of Online Student Services and Technology and 27th in the nation in the area of Online Faculty Credentials and Training, according to U.S. News and World Report’s first-ever national ranking of online educational programs. These rankings were also the highest of any institution in Georgia.UWG's online degree programs offer students the convenience of attending class on their own time and work well for working students and other non-traditional students.
Friday, January 20, 2012
In his speech to the Georgia Legislature on Jan. 10, Deal heralded last year’s HOPE overhaul, which he signed last March and which brought about several changes in the amount of tuition assistance HOPE recipients can receive, as a move “that preserves HOPE for future generations.”
“One year ago, HOPE — arguably the nation’s most generous merit-based, higher education scholarship and grant program — was on an unsustainable course and faced a complete depletion of reserves as early as FY 2013,” Deal said.
But in a recent presentation to state lawmakers, the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the state body that administers the scholarship, told legislators that as enrollment and tuition continue to rise at Georgia colleges, and despite efforts of the Legislature to stop the program’s fund hemorrhaging, the amount of financial aid a student would earn from the HOPE scholarship could drop below half of the actual cost of college tuition within the next three years, leaving students to pay the difference.
Read more:Times-Georgian - Will HOPE survive Concerns persist about scholarship s future
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The University of West Georgia presents the exhibit “What’s The Big Idea? How Black Inventors Past and Present Have Changed Your Life.” It opens on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Ingram Library. There will be a reception on opening day at 1 p.m., followed by a talk and tour by Dan Moore, curator of the exhibit and director of the Apex Museum in Atlanta. Refreshments will be served.
The exhibit is on the main floor of the library and continues through Wednesday, Feb. 29. It is free and open to the public. The library is on a 24/5 schedule, opening at 2 p.m. on Sundays and closing at 11 p.m. on Fridays. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The exhibit features inventions that are part of everyday American life: Garrett A. Morgan’s traffic light; Alfred L. Cralle's ice cream scooper; and the infamous Super Soaker patented by Lonnie Johnson.
Guided tours for groups are available through advanced reservation. The exhibit is sponsored by UWG’s Office of Institutional Diversity and the Ingram Library.
The Apex Museum, founded in 1978, accurately presents and interprets history from an African American perspective. It seeks to help the public better understand and appreciate the contributions made by African-Americans to the United States and the world.
For more information or to arrange a guided tour, please call 678-839-5400 or 678-839-5337.
With its next home contest following tonight’s tilt three weeks and four games away, the University of West Georgia men’s basketball team wants to make the most of this evening’s Gulf South Conference showdown with West Florida — and you better believe coach Michael Cooney certainly realizes the value to it.
So when the ball tips at 7:30 p.m. in The Coliseum, it ultimately becomes the most important 40 minutes — to date — for the Wolves (15-3, 2-2 GSC) all season.
“It’s a huge game for us. We can’t afford to drop home games. Losing the North Alabama game really put us behind the 8-ball. We recovered by getting the split on this last road trip, but we’ve got to get back on the home serve. The only way we can do that is beat this West Florida team,” Cooney said.
Read more:Times-Georgian - UWG men look to get back on track
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
A recent article in the British newspaper The Telegraph reports that some moviegoers apparently make their viewing decisions by playing "Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo." Several audience members at a recent Liverpool screening of "The Artist", the hit silent film about the death of silent film, demanded a refund after discovering that the movie contained no dialogue.
This isn't the first time that an easily-Googled bit of information has caused a stir in the movie business. Last fall, a woman sued FilmDistrict because the indie crime drama "Drive" wasn't more like "The Fast and the Furious."
While humorous on the surface, these examples lead to a larger question: should theaters and studios be held responsible when ticket buyers clearly haven't done the homework on their purchases? Weigh in on the discussion in the comments section.
(Photo credit: The Weinstein Company)
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Most writers have a ton of unfinished novels and screenplays on a flash drive somewhere. Generally, it's because they lost the motivation to finish the project, hit a brick wall in the narrative or just don't know how to take that next step in the process.
Fortunately, there's an entertaining and helpful article - more like a book, really - that answers any questions a writer might have when it comes to screenwriting, including whether that idea might be better suited for a different format altogether.
Start reading Part 1 of "Screenwriting 101" here. Part 2 is here.
(Note: The article is written by an anonymous industry professional known as Film Crit Hulk. As such, he writes in ALL CAPS as part of the gimmick. If this proves too much for your eyes, try pasting the article into convertcase.net.)