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Flux Playlist: A Disney Disco

What do we want to be when we grow up? Obviously, we want to be college students who still listen to Disney songs. And, hey, we’ve achieved our dream!

This playlist was difficult to make: how on Earth are we supposed to pick just three Disney songs each to represent the bulk of our childhood? How can such a tiny number of songs properly convey the memories these lyrical tunes inspire in each of us? From The Little Mermaid to Ducktales to Bambi, we hope our choices are able to bring you back to a simpler time, a time of mom cutting your spaghetti and tee-ball practice. A time of Disney.

Sam

A Whole New World – Aladdin
My Lullaby – The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride
Part of Your World – The Little Mermaid

Rache’ll

Colors of the Wind – Pocahontas
Kiss The Girl – The Little Mermaid
Almost There – Princess and the Frog

Sarah

I’ll Make a Man out of You – Mulan
Hakuna Matata – The Lion King
Go the Distance – Hercules

Emily

Little April Shower – Bambi
So This Is Love – Cinderella

Marissa

Everybody Wants To Be A Cat – The Aristocats
The Circle Of Life – The Lion King
When You Wish Upon A Star – Pinocchio

Casey

Rescue Aid Society – The Rescuers
Stand Out + Eye to Eye – A Goofy Movie
Duck Tales Theme Song – Ducktales

Chased By Zombies, Sprinting With Mickey Mouse, & Drinking Beer


-Emily Fraysse

Chased by zombies, sprinting with Mickey Mouse, and drinking beer.

What on Earth do these elements have in common?

Over the past few years, themed races have grown in tremendous popularity. Finding new ways to encourage people to exercise seems to be the latest hype. There has been an influx of new ideas and here are just a few:

Spartan Race

If you love obstacles and a challenge, then you’ll love this race. It is the world’s leading obstacle race series with different levels and styles of racing. In this race, you’ll have to climb, slide, dodge, catch, drag, throw, and think on your feet without knowing what is coming next. If you complete each of the three distance races in a single season, you will be crowned the Ultimate Spartan!

Krispy Kreme Challenge

While most people run to lose the weight that they’ve accumulated after eating doughnuts, others chose to do it simultaneously. After running for precisely 2.5 miles through Raleigh, North Carolina, you go to the downtown Krispy Kreme store and devour exactly one dozen doughnuts, then run 2.5 miles back to the start in under an hour. While you can sign up to be a Casual Runner (you don’t have to eat the doughnuts), who would skimp out on the best part of the race?

Run For Your Lives

Ever wonder what it is really like being chased by zombies? In this race, not only will you be racing against time, but you will be running against “brain-hungry, virus-spreading, zombies.” It works like a flag football game: each person is given a flag belt with a few flags. When all of your flags have been taken by the zombies, then you have officially been infected by the zombie virus.

Disney Races

Disneyland and Disney World offer an array of races to choose from – from individual adult marathons to races with entire families to only kids races to infant diaper dashes. Each of the events has their own theme, including a Disney’s Princess Half Marathon, Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Expedition Everest Challenge, Disneyland Half Marathon, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler, Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon, and Walt Disney World Marathon. During the day or during the night, running around one of the Disney-owned theme parks looks like a blast. Many of these events are accompanied by a Health and Fitness Expo.

The Color Run

“If life hands you color, run with it.” That’s the Color Run’s motto and that is exactly what happens. Starting off, each person gets a certain number of bags full of colored chalk, which you can then proceed to pour, throw, or rub all over your friends and fellow runners. At certain points in the race, there are buckets full of a single color of chalk, which stationed people pour onto you, creating a sandstorm of vibrant colors (as shown above).

Bay to Breakers

This race is world-famous for being the wackiest, craziest race of them all. Held annually in San Francisco, people of all shapes and colors and wearing different costumes come together to run the 12k. The outfits have become so outrageous over the years that a costume contest is now held for different categories.

Is Leia Considered A Disney Princess Now?

-Emily Fraysse

On October 30, 2012, the Walt Disney Company announced their purchase of Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion dollars.

So, what does this mean?

For George Lucas lovers, the news probably tied their stomach into knots, but for others, this may look like a step in the right direction.

The visionary private film and television production company that is responsible for the legendary Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises, handed off their precious baby to a different owner. This shouldn’t have come as too much of a shock because the truth is that Disney and Lucasfilm are good ‘ole pals. They have collaborated on features in the past and with George Lucas’s announcement in January 2012 on his pending retirement from producing large-scale features, it seems as though this is perfect timing. You can’t blame the guy for wanting to move on to something else after thirty-five years.

This does not mean that Disney is going to stick mouse ears on Chewbacca or make up a Death Star “Ball of Terror” ride at its theme park. Yes, they have milked the franchise quite a bit over the past few years, but let’s not get too pessimistic here. New eyes are going to be looking through the lens of the camera and I am confident that Lucas wouldn’t hand over his beloved story of a galaxy far, far away into an unqualified director’s hands if he didn’t feel it was right.

For those who are still skeptical, remember that Disney has not messed up every movie they have produced. In 2010, Disney remade a film called Tron fantastically starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Dedlund, and Olivia Wilde. More recently, Disney absolutely nailed it on The Avengers with Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson. And who could hate on their collaborations with Pixar film studios like Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Up, and The Incredibles.

According to starwars.com, the anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII will be released in 2015 along with two others to follow in the future. George Lucas explained that, “It is now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars would live beyond me and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I am confident that Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy (soon to take over George’s spot as CEO), and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.”

Hang in there Star Wars fans because for Lucasfilm, Disney is now your father.

For more information, you can either visit the website www.starwars.com or watch the youtube videos of George Lucas explaining the transition.

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Top 5 Movies I Can’t Wait For

-Sam Bouchat

5. Brave

Release date: June 22, 2012

This newest production of creative powerhouse Disney and the genius work of Pixar promises to be another superb hit; however this Pixar movie is slightly different from others. It boasts a female lead, Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), and will be released in 3D. In this story, Merida, an archer and daughter of the king, goes on a crazy and dangerous adventure to defy tradition and save the kingdom. Voicing talent includes Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly and Julie Walters.

4. Men in Black III

Release date: May 25, 2012

I fell in love with the Men in Black franchise back in 1997 when the first of the trilogy was released. The unorthodox science fiction and humor reminded me of the original Star Trek series. Now, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back in this new thriller comedy. Agent J (Smith) must go back in time in order to discover the whereabouts of Agent K (Jones) who mysteriously disappears. The most excellent part – Josh Brolin plays a young Agent K, and, if the trailer is anything to go by, he pulls off Tommy Lee Jones to a tee.

3. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Release date: June 22, 2012

I’m normally not a fan of Steve Carell flicks, but the originality of the plot makes this my number 3 movie for this year. A giant meteor heading towards Earth creates a panic as the world population realizes that they have only three weeks until they all perish. Dodge (Carell) teams up with his neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley) to find his childhood sweetheart before the world is destroyed. While I’m not a huge fan of romantic comedies, I look forward to seeing how director Lorene Scafaria envisions a world knowingly doomed to destruction.

2. The Avengers

Release date: May 4, 2012

I’ve already made it apparent how excited I am for the Avengers movie. The concept of characters that I’ve individually fallen in love with, in individual movies, with individual plots, all meeting together and teaming up sound more like a fanfiction than the plot of a big budget Hollywood film. But Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth will be returning to the big screen as their mechanically, chemically, and supernaturally enhanced characters. Also added to the cast is Mark Ruffalo, replacing Edward Norton as the Hulk. I honestly don’t care if this movie doesn’t have a plot – I’m going for the mindless action and eye-candy.

1. The Dark Knight Rises

Release date: July 20, 2012

Words cannot describe the effort it takes for me to go on living, day after day, without having seen this movie. The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion of the Batman trilogy and brain-child of genius director Christopher Nolan (Memento, Inception), will truly be an event to behold. Christian Bale will be returning as an aloof, all-too-serious Bruce Wayne, Michael Caine as Alfred the butler, and (my favorite) Gary Oldman as the ever-concerned, adorable Commissioner Gordon. When we left the theaters of the Dark Knight back in 2008, we had no idea what was going to happen next. Batman has been blamed for the murders conducted by Harvey Dent, and Gordon has destroyed the Bat Signal. The whole of Gotham is against the Batman, and now here comes a new villain – Bane (performed by Tom Hardy, who gained about 28 pound of muscle for the role). Anne Hathaway will also be joining the cast as Selina Kile (Cat Woman). It is sure to be explosive, and a fitting end to such a fantastic series of films.

Follow Sam at @sambouchat

 

The End of an Era

 

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-Mike Munoz

In the world of technology, Steve Jobs wasn’t just the face of Apple In., but he was also one of the most innovative thinkers in the industry. For the past few years, Jobs had struggled with his health and was forced to step down from his title as CEO of Apple. Earlier today, Jobs passed away and the technological word lost one if its leading visionaries.

During his time at the helm of Apple, Jobs made sure that his products were the standard of all technology. Over the last several years, iPods have practically held a monopoly over the mp3 player market and Mac Books have become one of the most popular laptops for students and businessmen alike. Jobs was also one of the main reasons the iPad has been able to stay ahead of the game and continue to be the leading tablet available.

Aside from the impact he had on the technological world as the Co-founder of Apple, Jobs also had a significant impact on the entertainment industry. In 1986, Jobs purchased Pixar Animation Studios, which was then known as The Graphics Group. The first film released by Pixar was “Toy Story,” for which Jobs was named an executive producer. “Toy Story” went on to be a major success and Pixar is now one of the most respected animation studios in the business.

Apple has responded to Jobs’ unfortunate death by adding a tribute to the homepage of their website of apple.com. Current Apple CEO, Tim Cook release a statement saying, “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor.” Disney CEO, Bob Iger, also released a statement saying, “Steve was such an ‘original,’ with a thoroughly creative, imaginative mind that defined an era.”

Whether you’re a Mac or a PC, there’s no doubt that the technological world lost an icon on Wednesday. Steve Jobs worked tirelessly to ensure that Apple’s products became the standard of computers and mobile devices, and kept them at the top for many years. There no way to measure the impact that Jobs has had on the technology we use today, and his innovative ways of thinking will truly be missed.