Women’s golf team wins another invitational, Smith takes third place

KU’s women’s golf team were reading greens and driving balls with the best of them at the Clarion Invitational this past weekend. Their play was so phenomenal that the team took first place for the second straight year. Though no individual on the Golden Bears took first place, KU had multiple golfers finish in the top-20. Continue reading Women’s golf team wins another invitational, Smith takes third place

Kimmel hosts, comedic personality shines through at Emmys

Comedian and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards for the first time this past Sunday. The 64th annual awards were held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Cali. The Emmys honored television programming aired from June 1, 2011 to May 31 of this year.
The program opened with a comedic video that features actresses such as Zooey Deschanel, Mindy Kaling, Kathy Bates and HBO’s Girls star Lena Dunham trying to console a crying Kimmel after he received some bad Botox. In order to make him show-ready, the girls punch his face to correct his plastic surgery faux pas. The funniest part of the sketch is when one of the ladies says to him, “You did great the year before last!” and he chokes through tears, “That was a different Jimmy,” referring to Jimmy Fallon. The video ends with Ellen DeGeneres lending Kimmel a hand by giving him her pants.
At one point, Kimmel brought up 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan, and told him to lie on the floor. After promising viewers a prank, while Morgan layed on the floor Kimmel asked viewers to tweet, “Tracy Morgan just passed out on stage the Emmys. Turn ABC on now.” Morgan continued to lay on the floor for 10 minutes or so, and after a commercial break Kimmel announced that Morgan was okay, just beat from “exhaustion.”
The biggest surprise of the night was that, for the first time in four years, Mad Men did not win the award for Outstanding Drama Series. Another surprise, this was the first ceremony that none of the four major American broadcasting TV networks, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, were nominated in the categories of Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. The award instead went to Showtime’s Homeland. Not so shocking, ABC’s Modern Family won Outstanding Comedy Series for the third year in a row.
Other notable winners were Julianne Moore (HBO’s Game Change) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live) for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Kathy Bates (Two and a Half Men) for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (playing the ghost of Charlie Harper), and Louis C.K. (Louie) for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
The most disappointing win was Jon Cryer (Two and Half Men) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the fact that NBC’s comedy series 30 Rock went home without a win in any category.
Presenters included Amy Poehler, Jim Parsons, Ricky Gervais, and Louis C.K. The funniest presenters of the night were Melissa McCarthy and Mindy Kaling, who presented Jon Cryer with his award, after confessing their love to each of the nominees.
Kimmel confused audience members ever so slightly with the 2012 In Memoriam as people assumed it would be a reflection of individuals lost during the past year and not a comedic skit. Usually it is full of entertainers and artist who have contributed to the Hollywood community. Instead it was a reflection of Jimmy Kimmel’s career with lots of tape from his late night talk show. Josh Groban performed One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” during the skit, and later tweeted “Ok sorry had to keep it secret. So much fun!! Happy to sing the 1D to the not-late, great Jimmy Kimmel. Will miss you everyday. Eventually.”

By Taylor Zimmerman

All-star comedians come together in Pitch Perfect

From director Jason Moore comes what looks to be this fall’s best comedy, Pitch Perfect. Elizabeth Banks is one of the producers and, although she has never worked as a producer on a film before, she has starred in multiple movies, such as Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Role Models, Our Idiot Brother, and most recently she starred as Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games.
Pitch Perfect, in select theatres tomorrow and opening everywhere on Oct. 5, follows an all-girl a cappella group who rebuild so they can make their way to the championship and take on the boys.
The film features Becca (Anna Kendrick), a freshman at Barden University. Although skeptical, after the singing group “The Bellas” overhears her singing in the shower, she is pressured into joining. After injecting some much-needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy described the film as “an enjoyably snarky campus romp that’s both wildly nerdy and somewhat sexy.”
Other reviews from bloggers such as Cole Smithey (colesmithey.com) and Darren Mooney (them0vieblog.com) gave the film rave reviews, stating that, although the film comes off as a Glee-turned-movie type film, “Anna Kendrick reinforces her reputation as a cinematic force of nature, performing impressive singing duties against a variety of musical styles,” and “the film is a joy to watch, a light feel-good film with a wonderful charm and a bright wit about it, brought to life by a fantastic cast working off a wry script.”
Kendrick’s breakthrough performance was her role as Bella’s friend Jessica Stanley in the Twilight Saga. Other notable cast members include Brittany Snow, who plays the leader of The Bellas, True Blood’s Anna Camp, Workaholics’ Adam Devine, Bridesmaids’ Rebel Wilson, and Superbad’s Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Based on a book by Mickey Rapkin, the screenplay was written by Kay Cannon, best known for her work as an Emmy-nominated writer for NBC’s 30 Rock, who, in 2009, received a record-breaking 22 Emmy Award nominations, winning five.
With an all-star comedic cast, a director with endless Broadway and musical talent, a producer who has starred in countless comedies and a script written by a woman whose show has won countless Emmy, Directors Guild of America, and Golden Globe awards, Pitch Perfect is destined to be a dynamite hit that leaves viewers in stitches.

By Taylor Zimmerman

Traveling alumnus to write book

Shawn Gamez graduated from KU with a degree in professional writing in Fall 2010. After graduating he worked for globalgrind.com, in New York City, as the Music and Culture Editor where he worked as an intern before graduating.
However, like many , he wanted to do something more than cover music and culture.
“I’ve always had an overactive imanination and when I was a child the imaginative things I saw tended to be monsters,” Gamez said in an email to The Keystone. Continue reading Traveling alumnus to write book

Career Development Center offers guidance

Graduation is fast approaching for KU’s fall seniors and the panic is settling in. The thought of leaving the comfort of a college campus brings on high anxiety, little sleep, and ripping ones hair out to “get it together” before the end.
What is one to do when there is approximately two months and fifteen days left before the big day? Well seniors, the Career Development Center (CDC) has a few ideas for you. Continue reading Career Development Center offers guidance

Music festival doubles as help for Farm Aid

On September 22, people from all across the country descended upon Hershey, Penn. for the 27 annual Farm Aid benefit concert.
The concert, originally organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, was created to help raise money for American family farmers who were in danger of losing their business and land because of the massive amounts of debt that come with their trade. Since the inception of the event in 1985, Farm Aid has raised over $40 million to support the family farm system that helped build the backbone of our country. Continue reading Music festival doubles as help for Farm Aid

Can Obama match up against Romney

The first presidential debate is approaching quickly. On Oct. 3, President Obama and Mitt Romney will face off for the first time together in front of a crowd of voters. There should be many issues to talk about, including past, present and future accomplishments. What should really be in the minds of voters are personal statements that the candidates made, since they can tell about a person’s values. Of course being politicians, what they say should not always be taken at face value. Continue reading Can Obama match up against Romney

She Said: Food

Food has the ability to comfort, to heal and to nourish. Everyone has their favorite comfort foods. For some, that may be bacon (more on that later). For me, there was nothing a bowl of Campbell’s chicken noodle soup couldn’t cure. In fact, for much of my childhood, it was what I subsisted on. As an adult – a vegan adult no less – I have to laugh at how I could have lived so long with such a limited perception of good food. Continue reading She Said: Food

He Said: Food

Food is by far one of the most fantastic things on this planet. Food is what brings people together. When a teacher says, “We are having a multi-cultural day,” what is the single thing that everybody contributes? Food! In some ways, food is kind of like money. What makes money so fantastic is the fact that you can use it for just about everything; you don’t need to have a specific item to trade for whatever it is you want to buy. Money is “fungible.” There is a good college-level word for you. Continue reading He Said: Food