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America’s Little Darling
Fantasia Evans, staff writer
Imagine this: an action-packed
film based on the epic adventures of
Lego mini figures. You read correctly—
a film about Legos. At first, I thought
this to be a hoax, but realized it was
quite real. The film centers on a quest
that the main character. Emmet Brick-
owski, is mistakenly thrust into. On his
unexpected journey, he meets a variety
of interesting and lively characters, such
as Batman and Han Solo. One character
in particular, Wlydstyle, is the vivacious
female counterpart who accompanies
Emment through his series of mishaps.
From their first meeting at Emmet’s job
on the construction site, this dynamic
duo stick together and fight against the
evil forces of Lord Business in order to
save the universe while providing many
comical moments in between.
Although the idea of having
computer animation Lego figures star
in a feature film seems a bit absurd, it
has garnered serious cinema-worthy at
tention. The film has been popularized
among children, teenagers and adults.
Even cinema critics have given high
praise to the film, and with good reason.
What seems to have captured the atten
tion of such a wide audience is the abili
ty to pull different themes from the film.
One could say that the film is based on
the tensions of capitalism, as Lord Busi
ness could represent the wealthy yet cor
rupt businessman whose plans of rnone-
tary gain are to be foiled by the common
citizens (i.e. Emmet and Wyldstyle) who
stand for justice and equality. Or it could
simply be taken as a story of good versus
evil, and good must triumph over evil.
No matter what vantage point viewers
take, it makes the film all the more in
teresting and entertaining.
I think I would be remiss though
if I did not mention overall qualities
of the film that make it worth viewing.
From the great artistic features, the
quality celebrity voice overs and the su
perb computer animation, this film has
received numerous accolades. It even
won third place for the Best Audio/
Visual Technique at the 2013 Key Art
Awards. So to add to the positive praise,
I suggest you see the film and take a
stroll down memory lane with Legos on
the big screen.
How are you liking this cold winter?
31.25% If it’s going to be cold, it needs to snow more!
37.5% LOVE it!
25% I could deal with the cold at the begining, but I’m over it now.
6.25% NEED. SUMMER. NOW.
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A Day in the Life of Someone with Cystic Fibrosis
Noel Fox, contributing writer
At 7:45 a.m., most college
students are either asleep or drag
ging themselves to class. Katie Bur
kett, however, is just starting a thirty-
five minute long process of taking her
medication. Katie lives with Cystic
Fibrosis. First she puts on an inflated
medical vest that shakes her to loosen
any mucus that has accumulated in her
lungs overnight. After this has gone on
for twenty minutes, she takes her pills
and uses an inhaler. “I am indifferent
to all of this because I’ve always done
it. It’s a habit. It’s part of my day.”
At 9:00 a.m., she says that
she makes a cup of coffee and takes a
shower: “I shower in the morning be
cause I can’t shower at night. Sleeping
on curls is a DISASTER.” She cleans
her room, gets ahead on her school
work, and fills up her water bottle to
start out her morning. “I always keep it
with me and drink throughout the day
to help my mucus stay thin.”
At 11:00 a.m. every day she
heads to class. She usually skips lunch
“unless I’m, like, desperately hungry.”
She says that she has to be careful with
certain foods because of the way they
are prepared: “Some foods are cooked
in a special oil that doesn’t sit in my
system well because of Cystic Fibrosis.
Mucus blocks the pancreas from re
leasing certain enzymes, and my stom
ach just can’t handle it.”
At 3:00 p.m., Katie heads
toward the gym after classes to keep
herself strong. She usually starts off
with 30 minutes of cardio “to keep up
my lung capacity.” This is followed by
a session on the treadmill: “I work out
in front of the mirror so that I can con
vince myself that I’m not dying, I am
enjoying this, and that I’ll feel better.”
She does 30 minutes of weight lifting
to keep up her bone density followed
by another 30 minutes of stretching to
At 6:00 p.m., she heads to
get dinner: “I’ll try to eat what’s there.
If not I’ll get a pizza and a salad.” She
will spend her free time doing home
work and playing candy crush. “I’m on
level too. It’s terrible; I have a prob
lem.” After a quick dinner, she heads
to dance from 6:30-9:00. She dances
jazz and contemporary for Meredith’s
DanceWorks. While some people may
think that her dancing would be hin
dered by Cystic Fibrosis or that her
disease would hold her back, she says
it is quite the contrary: “The cardio in
dance and all the moviijg around helps
keep me healthy and in a better condi
tion to handle my Cystic Fibrosis. Ev
erything I do is centered around being
At 11:00 p.m., she finishes
her work for the day, repeats her morn
ing routine of medicine, and heads to
bed. Though her schedule is rigorous,
Katie is focused on keeping herself fit
and leading a normal life. She views
her situation matter-of-factly: “As my
mom put it, I spend every day fighting
for my life. Everything I do is centered
around being healthy and fighting to
stay alive. Though I go through a lot
having CF, I don’t want people to see
me as the girl who has a disease or
needs help. I want them to see me as
just me, Katie.”
Meredith Hacks: Life Hacks for Avenging Angels!
This week: Meredith Hacks: How Not
to Get Sick When Your Roommate is
Cody Jeffery, assistant editor
With every fall season comes
the expected email or poster about
how to stay healthy during the peak of
cold and flu season. But what if you do
everything suggested in those emails
and posters and end up getting sick
from something almost unavoidable—
Almost every Meredith stu
dent who lives on campus will be faced
with the roommate sickness dilemma
at one point or another. How do you
avoid getting sick When you live in the
same area as someone who is sick?
You breathe the same air, use the same
sink, share a bathroom, have your food
in the same fridge, open the same door,
and most of all, spend at least twelve
hours a day together in a closed space.
In order to combat the almost-
guaranteed passing of sickness, try
these simple tips to avoid your room
1) Clorox wipes are your savior.
Use them on common surfaces that
you and your roommate touch every
day (door handles, TV remote, fridge
door, sink handles, light switches,
2) Open the windows whenev
er possible. Fresh air is a wonderful
weapon against airborne sicknesses
because it allows the “bad germs” to air
out and “clean air” to come in.
3) Don’t share the same food. If
you and your roommate have the habit
of bujdng groceries together and split
ting them, don’t do that while one of
you is sick. If you have to keep your
food together, such as places like the
fridge, keep your food separate and
sealed to prevent germs from spread
4) Keep your toothbrushes far
away from one another. Try not to
store your toothbrushes in the same
area. Toothbrush holders can be the
perfect breeding ground for germs
(luke warm, damp).
5) Do yourself a favor and take
a multivitamin, drink lots of liquids
(vitamin C!), and use hand sanitizer.
The primary defense against room
mate germs is to keep yourself healthy.
If you are not fully prepared to battle
the bug, then the other tips won’t have
enough effect to keep you from catch
ing your roommate’s sickness.
6) If all else fails, flee the scene!
If you can, stay with a friend or even
go home for a few days. Some serious
airborne sicknesses can be bad enough
that you may not be able to avoid
catching it from your roommate. Once
the peak of her sickness has passed, re
turn to wash and sanitize everything!
Although the goal is to keep yourself
healthy and sickness free, remember
to be considerate of your sick room
mate and help her as much as you can.
As the Golden Rule recommends, “do
unto others as you would want done
For more tips on escap
ing roommate sickness sharing,
mate-25003118 or http://www.wiki
for more information.
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