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MARIKA ROBAK, Arts & Culture Editor Emerita

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Fashion Industry Photos Provoke Questions of Political Correctness

June 22, 2011

Published: October 02, 2008 This past August, Vogue India featured a 16-page photography spread to promote fashion items from designers like Burberry, Fendi and Hermes Birkin. These images featured...

Senior Show Spotlight: Paulie Dibner, Jennifer Melo, Marika Robak and Matthew Macri

June 22, 2011

Published: April 9, 2009 Every spring semester, the visual arts department showcases the work of a selection of senior arts majors who have been working on their thesis projects throughout their final...

Senior Show Spotlight: Stephanie Butikis, Charlotte Canner and Aubrey Stallard

June 19, 2011

Published: March 12, 2009 Every spring semester, the visual arts department showcases the work of a selection of senior arts majors who have been working on their thesis projects throughout their final...

“Pulse Park” Illuminates the Beat of New York

June 16, 2011

Published: November 13, 2008 In this age of mobile technology, do you ever feel cut off from the people around you? Are you sick of walking down the street and wondering whether the guy in...

Museum of Biblical Art Features Religious Film Ephemera

June 12, 2011

Published: February 26, 2009 Ducking into the Museum of Biblical Art (MoBIA) on a rainy afternoon, I felt enveloped by the warmth of the intimate gallery, painted a vibrant maroon and emblazoned...

Comics Are Cool: Why the Genre Is Finally Getting the Respect It Deserves from Academia

June 9, 2011

Published: February 12, 2009 As I sat in Pope Auditorium listening to a group of panelists discussing “The Power of Graphica,” I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. Sure, I thought much...

Analyzing the Academy Award Nominees: Editors’ Picks

June 9, 2011

Published: February 12, 2009 MARIKA ROBAK, Arts & Culture Co-Editor Most Deserving-Yet-Unnoticed: 1. Martin McDonagh for Best Original Screenplay, “In Bruges” As a fan of McDonagh’s...

Underdog Nominees’ Strengths Also Their Challenges: Being Themselves May Not Be Enough

June 9, 2011

Published: February 12, 2009 Mickey Rourke, who has been nominated for Best Actor for his performance in “The Wrestler,” and Robert Downey, Jr., nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role...

“Radical Knitter” Featured on The Colbert Report

June 6, 2011

Published: December 11, 2008 If you’re a member of the Colbert Nation, you might now be inclined to “totally agree that knitting can be used as a form of protest.” On Dec. 3, Fordham...

Joan Miro Assassinates Painting at the MoMA

June 5, 2011

Published: November 20, 2008 You may have heard the MoMA has an exhibit on view now dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh—probably the world’s most famous painter of all time. Too bad, then, that you will...

Five Comics’ Movie Adaptations That Will Change Your Life (Or Maybe Just Your Perception of Comics)

June 3, 2011

Published: August 28, 2008 Not all comic book-based flicks have to be about super heroes! The dorks and dweebs, neurotics and psychos all have their places, too. Here are five comics-come-movies that...

Hollywood Goes Geek as Super Heroes Soar on the Silver Screen

June 3, 2011

Published: August 28, 2008 Kapow! Wham! Bonk! Holy box office returns, Batman! Luckily for us, the age of Adam West’s campy Batman is over. Today, the comic book genre of film is being...

New Student Publication to Hit FCLC

June 2, 2011

Published: April 3, 2008 The cosmos is a big place—some even say it’s infinite. Jeremy Johnson, a 21-year-old junior here at FCLC, is just a tiny speck in the grand scheme of things; as a...

All Points West: It May Not Be Coachella, But We’re Not Complaining

June 2, 2011

Published: April 3, 2008 So you’ve always wanted to go to Bonnaroo.  Or, even better, Coachella.  Or even Lollapalooza.  You’ve schemed up countless ways of doing it—volunteering so you can...

For the Vintage Purist in All of Us…

June 1, 2011

Published: Febrary 14, 2008 Amazon MP3. iTunes. Zune Marketplace. In an era of digital music downloads, is there any place for ancient technology like CDs and (gasp) vinyl records? With...

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

May 30, 2011

Published: November 15, 2007 “It’s not enough to just have rights.  You have to use them to deserve them.” This is one of the opening lines of director Jim Brown’s new documentary, “Pete...

Hey Hey, My My, Rock & Roll Can Never Die

May 29, 2011

It’s been a busy month in the music world, with new records having been released by rockers spanning the generations.  Here are a few of the albums you won’t want to overlook. John Fogerty—“Revival” Where...

Songs to Add to Your Halloween Mix Tape

May 29, 2011

Published: October 25, 2007 Greetings from beyond the grave, fellow ghosts and ghouls! Whether you’re spending this Halloween down in Greenwich Village for the annual parade or sneaking into abandoned...

The Boss is Back

May 27, 2011

Published: October 11, 2007 Where is your hometown? How well do you know it? The mythologized American hometown—be it a small town or a bustling city—is a staple motif of American literature,...

MoCCA Offers Clickable Comics

May 27, 2011

Published: September 27, 2007 The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is nothing to gape at admiringly; this is no Guggenheim. But what’s the old saying? Oh yeah, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” The...