It’s that time of year again. It’s time for intense cramming sessions, yearning for flip-flop weather and even staying true to our Ignatian ideals by reflecting on the past year. The Marquee desk has compiled a list of five things we want to see next school year in arts and entertainment, as well as five things we could do without seeing ever again.
- Filling vacant storefronts: There are so many open spaces downtown that have yet to be replaced with something new. When they have, you get stores like the Hot Flash Pantry, on 7th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Bizarre name + flashing neon lights in the window = what sounds like a strip club for menopausal women. Let’s fill the empty stores on Wisconsin and in Grand Avenue Mall so there’s some affordable and fun places to hang out.
- Empowerment: Media should be used for good and not evil. Regardless of how you feel about the KONY 2012 campaign, it challenged young people to get involved in an important humanitarian movement. Other documentaries, such as “Bully,” followed victims of severe bullying and informed young people about the consequences of these hurtful actions.
- Boy bands: Everyone is nostalgic for the days of ’90s Nickelodeon cartoons, Razor scooters and most importantly, boy bands. The Wanted and One Direction are making boy bands cool again (and easing the pain of those suffering from an embarrassing post-Jonas Brothers depression).
- Vinyl culture: Records have been making a comeback, with new bands starting to sell their albums in record form. It’s so much more meaningful to hold a piece of art than to stare at pixels on a screen. Plus, vinyl sounds better than your iPod.
- Organic food: It’s no secret that Marquette is lacking in variety and healthy options. Yes, we have hosted farmer’s markets, and Sodexo chefs have cooked with organic food in the dining halls, but these experiences are rare.
- Making two movies out of one: Harry Potter was able to get away with it, but then Twilight tried it. And once Twilight starts picking up on a trend, it’s time for that trend to die.
- “Sorry I’m not sorry”: As funny as the saying once was, this phrase only perpetuates the stereotype that college students, particularly young women, are rude, shallow and self-indulgent. Cut it out, everyone; we’re smarter than that.
- 3-D Movies: Most 3-D movies, such as “Shark Night 3D” and “Pirates of the Caribbean 4,” do not even use extremely immersive and depth-filled visuals that make a third dimension necessary. 3-D movie tickets are more expensive, yet the only added feature is the ability to induce headaches.
- Dead celebrity holograms: When Tupac Shakur rose from the dead, fans started rallying to bring other dead celebs back to life. Ethical implications aside, holograms of the dead are a little too sci-fi for the Marquee desk.
- The Kardashians: Kim’s marriage and divorce got way too much media attention, especially considering it lasted as long as an episode of her self-indulgent reality show. Marquee is tired of all these scandalous socialites. (That means you, too, Snooki).