Art students define their foundation in A.F.A Exhibition

By Hania Jones

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The Associates of Fine Arts Foundations art exhibition gives art students an opportunity to display their art at a gallery on Marple Campus. Photo by Hania Jones

The Associates of Fine Arts Foundations exhibition held their open reception on Oct. 20, on Marple campus to showcase artwork by students enrolled in the Foundations program at DCCC.

The opening reception included an award ceremony with guest juror Professor Aaron Thompson from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, who announced the recipients.

“We have a relationship with PCAD,” explained DCCC gallery director Caitlin Flaherty. “Building a relationship between the two schools will get most of their credits of the arts transferred over there.”

In addition to Thompson, faculty of the A.F.A. programs were also jurors. Bob Jones, professor of graphic design, announced the honorable mentions.

Nhi Ton, one of the purchase award winners, won for her color and design artwork. It was purchased for $200 by the college to have in their permanent art collection.

“This is the third time I had my art displayed,” Ton said. “I had my art displayed in the exhibit last year and also at the Graduation Art Show.”

Rebecca Sabinga won the purchase award for her mixed media titled “Drawing II.” Sabinga shared some background information about her piece simply titled, “Shoe.”

“Basically, my assignment was scaled-up shoes,” she said. “I had no inspiration to the assignment, so I went into my family shoes and got my dad’s wedding sandal.”

This was not Sabinga’s first time having her art exhibited at a college.

“I had some art exhibited at Lake Erie College,” Sabinga shared.

Omair Ali received the purchase award for his digital print titled, “David and Goliath,” an allegory for depression.

“It’s overwhelming,” Ali said.

Among the honorable mentions were students like Taylor Super, Heather Scullin, Michelle Reif, and Eileen Toole. Other students who had their artwork displayed also shared their thoughts on their own art pieces.

“My painting, ‘Two-Point Perspective’ is about perspective,” said Rebekah Williams, who added her painting challenges the viewer’s perception of space. “Things are at a distance, so when you look at it, at an angle, it gives you a new perspective.”

Genna Hennessey shared her enthusiasm and pride over her steampunk inspired graphic artwork.

“[I am] very excited!” Hennessey said. “Honestly, it’s the best feeling having your best work displayed.”

The foundations exhibition has been at DCCC for six years. It is one of the many exhibitions that the art gallery hosts, including a student-based exhibit so art students can get exposure.

“The art sector is very heavy,” Flaherty said. “Who you know, who you are around, what galleries you’re in, just getting your work out there and getting exposure. So I think this is really great for the students to step inside that.”

According to Flaherty, the art gallery not only gives art students exposure, but also gives students of other majors exposure to the arts.

“Our mission is to reach out to other areas in the college because for such a long time, a lot of people did not know that the art gallery even existed because it was so closed off and not a lot of people knew about it,” Flaherty said. “We have students who are coming in with other majors who appreciate the artwork so amazingly much. I had so many students coming up to me and saying, ‘Students did this?’ ‘Wait, they did this?’ ‘How did they do that?’ ‘Can you put me in touch with them?’ So I hope I can make those connections with other students through the artwork of their peers.”

In addition, the art gallery has jump started successful careers of past students by showcasing their work in exhibits.

Former student Cecilia Bursell, whom, according to her LinkedIn page, has 12 years of experience in graphic design and is a design director for Nickelodeon.

DCCC alumnus Michael Houz, is a graphic designer who has worked for prominent companies such as The Heads of State and Blackrose NYC and has client experience with The New York Times, Scholastic Books, and Columbia University, according to his official website.

The A.F.A Foundations exhibition will be open until Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The next exhibit, 215 | 610 Contemporary Exhibition, will be open to the public from Dec. 7 to Jan. 13 and will feature artwork from regional artists, according to Flaherty. Pepón Osario of the Tyler School of Art and recent member of President Barack Obama’s National Committee of the Arts will jury the event.

“Fellow artists can make connections within one another and within themselves,” Flaherty concluded.

Contact Hania Jones at communitarian@mail.dccc.edu

“Rolling in the Deep” at the Wells Fargo Center

By Dave Mattera

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Adele performs at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

More than 19,000 fans filled Philly’s Wells Fargo Center Sept. 10, to attend the second of two sold-out nights performed by singer-songwriter Adele.

As fans cheered and smiled, the British vocalist burst into song, her vocals flooding the arena.

She performed all of her hits, including her first single, “Chasing Pavements,” to her latest number one hit, “Hello.”

“My music is pretty miserable…it’s all about me,” said Adele, showing the audience her tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. “I only have two songs that you can really dance to, so it makes my show better if you’re drunk.”

For more than two hours, Adele belted out lyrics to her 16 song set list to awestruck fans.

In the beginning of the night, predominately female fans, many of whom wore dresses and heels, dragged their significant others to their seats with anticipation to see one of the hottest concerts in 2016.

The curtain on stage featured Adele’s eyes with her cat-like eyeliner. Her set was unadorned except for a band wearing all black suits.

The lights dimmed, fans’ screams ricocheted off the walls, and the spotlight, enough to land a plane, beat down in the center of the arena.

Coming up through the stage wearing a sparkling black dress, her famous pout glued on her face, Adele stood, surrounded by applause.

“She is absolutely glowing,” said Amanda Fritz, a Brookhaven resident and longtime Adele fan. “I love her, she is so classy and elegant, and her voice is perfection.”

Adele kicked off her concert with “Hello,” and “Hometown Glory,” followed by “One and Only.”

The backdrop flashed images of Philly, including the Walt Whitman Bridge, City Hall, and LOVE Park.

After she performed “Rumor Has It,” Adele invited two teenage girls up on stage as thanks for their non-stop dancing during her show.

“You girls are dancing like lunatics,” Adele said. She then insisted the teenagers take selfies with her for Snapchat.

Her second set of songs included “Water Under the Bridge,” and “Skyfall,” then wrapped up with “Make You Feel My Love,” a Bob Dylan cover song.

“I go to a lot of concerts and I have to say that I’m in awe,” said Marlena Schaefer, a personal shopping assistant and self-proclaimed huge Adele fan. “For [a performer] who isn’t a dancer or has theatrics, the concert was very entertaining.”

In-between songs, the 28-year-old singer-songwriter cracked jokes and shared the background behind her lyrics.

“She sounds just as good live as she does on her records,” said “Dede,” 45, a resident from Ithaca, NY who preferred to use only a nickname. “It was worth every penny.”

Later, the concert finished up with some of Adele’s bigger hits like “Someone Like You,” and “Set Fire to the Rain.”

The concert closed with a two-song encore of her biggest hits “When We Were Young,” and “Rolling in the Deep.”

“It was absolutely phenomenal,” said Phyllis Hall, 57, a resident from Ithaca, NY. “She put on such a great show and she was so funny.”

Adele has 30 out of 107 shows remaining on her tour before she returns home to London.

Contact Dave Mattera at communitarian@mail.dccc.edu

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Adele shares a story with her audience between songs during her Sept. 10 concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. Photo by Dave Mattera
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Fans try to catch pieces of confetti with messages from Adele written on them at the finale of her Sept. 10 concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. Photo by Dave Mattera

‘Hands on a Hardbody’ wins over crowd

Friday, May 6, 2016
By Shannon Reardon
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“Last man with his hands on the truck, wins it,” said character Mike Ferris, played by DCCC student Clark Smith.

“Hands on a Hardbody,” a musical focusing on 10 individuals competing to take home a brand new truck, was performed by DCCC students and alumni on the Marple Campus April 12 to April 23.

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Aspiring hip-hop artist laments genre’s agenda

Friday, May 6, 2016

By Leah J. Mahoney

Special to The Communitarian

Spencer Parker, 22, spends most of his days nonchalantly accommodating mass consumers as a cashier at the Home Depot.

Parker is also known as ZeeRoh, a conscious hip hop artist struggling to make a name for himself, as a result of the mainstream hip-hop agenda.

Working at a home improvement store is a means of income for the hip hop artist who feels frustrated, he said, because his real passion cannot be pursued unless he changes his style and conforms to today’s “acceptable” hip hop mold.

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Not your average zombie apocalypse

Friday, May 6, 2016
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By Joshua Smith

Tracking through flooded, fungus- ridden buildings, dark and treacherous sewer lines, and dense, complex city elements, gamers experience no shortage of excitement and horror in 2014’s game of the year, “The Last of Us Remastered.”

“The Last of Us Remastered” is a refurbished edition of Sony Entertainment’s previous release, “The Last of Us,” originally for PlayStation 3, developed by Naughty Dog Studios.

Gamers follow the two main characters: Joel, a brawny, battle-hardened, middle- aged man, and his infinitely wise, adolescent sidekick, Ellie.

Joel and Ellie trek through a post- apocalyptic United States after a pandemic outbreak of the Cordyceps Brain Infection.

The Cordyceps Brain Infection is a fungal-based infection that results in the host becoming highly aggressive and attacking any uninfected human on sight. Of course, in true zombie folklore fashion, anyone who is bitten will contract the infection.

The main objective of our two characters is to find the elusive, anti- government group, The Fireflies.

Throughout their quest to find The Fireflies, Joel and Ellie encounter endless perils in which they must solve puzzles, silently evade infected zombies, and fight

gainst some of most horrifying creatures imaginable.

“The Last of Us Remastered” rings true with the survival aspect of the game. Since firearms are hard to come by, and ammunition even more so, gamers can be easily over powered, and the environment proves to be anything but tame.

Interesting concepts of the game include custom weapon crafting, character ability enhancements, and movie-like story development.

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“The Last of Us Remastered” also enthralls its players with a beautifully developed and highly detailed game environment. From the cracks in the pavement, to stains on the buildings, and every single leaf depicted on each tree, the game’s graphics could easily be mistaken for reality.

The controls in this game are an absolute joy to play and seem to be almost innate for the hands to perform.

Whether it’s the incredible storyline, the suspenseful gameplay, or the beautifully developed environment, “The Last of Us Remastered” is one of the best games I’ve played to date, and it continues to amaze players since its release.

Without a doubt, “The Last of Us Remastered” is a staple for zombie lovers and connoisseurs of epic games alike. This game is one for the collection and should

not be passed up.