Five Shows To Watch This Fall

By CHARLES FERN

Staff Writer

The most wonderful time of the year for Television fans is approaching: the start of the new season for the major broadcast networks. In addition to returning favorites, there are a lot of new series premiering as usual. It is close to impossible to keep up with everything that is on the air right now. Therefore, viewers will need to do some picking and choosing of what they will watch this season. For those who are not sure what to choose, here are some suggestions courtesy of The Flyer.

The Good Doctor: The hit A&E series Bates Motel may have ended earlier this year, but actor Freddie Highmore did not need much time to find another job. In this series, Highmore will be playing Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon who happens to have autism. Highmore has come a long way since his Charlie and the Chocolate Factory days, and his turn as Norman Bates was an acting masterclass. The fact that the series focuses on an autistic character is also noteworthy, as autism is arguably underrepresented in media. This one should be a winner. (Premieres September 25 at 10 PM on ABC.)

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders: Perhaps taking a page from Ryan Murphy’s series about O.J. Simpson, Dick Wolf is back with another series in his most successful franchise. While we have seen single cases spread out over a series of weeks before on other shows, it has not been done in the L&O franchise. However, the franchise has had many riveting episodes based on true stories, so this dramatization of the story of two brothers who killed their parents should not be an exception. (Premieres September 26 at 10 PM on NBC.)

Will & Grace: One of the most popular sitcoms of the early 21st century is back for a series of new episodes. Will Truman, a lawyer, and Grace Adler, an interior designer, are best friends and roommates. The only thing stopping them from being together romantically is the fact that Will is gay. Joining them in their misadventures are their neighbor, aspiring actor Jack McFarland, and Grace’s assistant, socialite Karen Walker. The original cast is returning, and the previews look hilarious, with jokes involving Heads Up and Fox News. Anyone looking for laughs should get their fill with this one. (Premieres September 28 at 9 PM on NBC.)

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Larry David is back for another season of getting himself into the most uncomfortable situations one can think of in what might be the funniest sitcom of the 21st century. David, the co-creator of Seinfeld, plays a fictionalized version of himself in his everyday life. Even though the series is returning for its ninth season, it has been six years since the last season, so there should be fresh ideas with lots of laughs in store. In addition to previous cast members returning, Lauren Graham and Bryan Cranston will be joining Larry’s world. It may be a demented world, but it sure is hilarious and relatable. (Premieres October 1 at 10 PM on HBO.)

The Middle: The Heck family return for their ninth and final season of love and laughter. Despite its endurance, this series has often flown under the radar, standing in the shadow of the more popular Modern Family. This is a shame, because while M.F. is a quality show, The Middle has been more consistently written, especially in more recent years. The series is hilarious and heartfelt, and it paints a portrait of a real family in middle America that isn’t often seen on television. This truthful series will be missed, but not before it leaves us with what should be one Heck of a farewell season.

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What Happened to Monday? – A Movie Review

By LILLY METCALFE

Staff Writer

“What Happened to Monday” is a new science fiction film available on Netflix that brings to light the moral dilemma humans will eventually need to face with time, and that is how to deal with overpopulation.

It is a science fiction film full of action, crime, and suspense. There were some gruesome scenes so it is not for people with a weak stomach. The science fiction elements in the film were thankfully not distracting like many movies in the science fiction genre are. The director, Tommy Wirkola, did a good job at making this possible Earth realistic and gritty even with the advanced technology depicted.

In a dystopian future of Earth, overpopulation gets out of control.  Food and resources are extremely limited and the solution is to limit every family to just one child. This means a family with siblings is a crime.

There are strict checkpoints throughout the city regulated by the Child Allocation Bureau. If they discover that anyone is a sibling, that person is sent to the “cry-o-sleep.” This is a machine that puts the child to sleep, and when the population has decreased, they are woken up to continue to live. This system is controversial because that child may never wake up and of course it challenges the ideas of free-will.

The conflict in the film arises when a woman in the beginning of the film gives birth to septuplets. They are all given names based on the days of the week. They all live as one person, being able to get to leave their shelter on the day of the week that matches their name. They each replay their days so they all are experiencing the same person’s life.

Eventually their secret gets discovered and they are hunted down one-by-one. Who exposed them and what happens at the end are both really nice surprises that were unexpected. The script by Max Botkin and Kerry Williamson was well written. Kerry Williamson is well known for being one of the writers to the movie “Alex Cross.”

The film touches upon the real concerns of overpopulation facing our cities today and a lack of resources. This is not the first film to use this topic; Kingsman: The Secret Service, Wall-E, Idocracy and more also express the true concern, how do we save the Earth? Other films leave a trace of hope for mankind, but in “What Happened to Monday” there is less hope then audiences were expecting which will be thrilling for some but unsatisfying to others. It is an eye opener that is a great watch.

The Flyer gives “What Happened to Monday?” 8 out of 10 stars.

Country or Rock: Who Rocks The Stadium More?

By DREW LACOUTURE 

Editorial Editor 

With the summer coming to an end, the music festivals and big summer tours from artists of all genres begin to hibernate, while audiences suffer from concert withdrawal.  Country music has mastered the art of drawing crowds and giving people memories, leaving its cousin rock music in the dust in terms of packing stadiums with both young and old audiences. 

 This shift in the concert world has been building for a while, and it started when Rock stopped being fun. Labels began to stop promoting Rock music in the same way they had for decades. At the same time country had charismatic artists in the late 2000’s and early 2010’s, and both label’s and fans pushed it to the top of the charts.  

 Looking at just concerts alone, it is clear that modern country music can be successful, with artists like Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, and Florida Georgia Line selling out stadiums around the country.  

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Luke Bryan is one of modern country’s biggest stars that sells out stadiums during every one of his tours. (Picture by Neilson Barnard of Getty Images). 

 In a 2016 article from Forbes Magazine titled “Country Music’s Popularity and Influence Continues to Rise” it claimed that were 4,002 monitored country stations in 2015, compared to 2,874 stations in 2008. This increase is just one of many factors at play here. 

 There are no modern rock bands that have broken the mainstream barrier in the past decade that can fill up a stadium like these country artists can. Foo Fighters, Green Day, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers all precede even this millennium. Artists like Imagine Dragons and Mumford and Sons, for most people, do not follow a standard rock formula both in instrumentation and performances for they lie more in the alternative spectrum.   

 With the Nielsen Information Company recently stating that hip hop and R&B are statistically more popular then rock, it is clear that rock really is dying unfortunately. With that said, country is still not as popular as rock in terms of this list. However, with country music’s constant need for a good time, safe lyrics (for the most part), and rock’n’roll style, it is filling a large space that rock music cannot anymore. 

 Many music listeners both casual and enthused naturally want “crunch” in their music even if they do not realize they want it. “Crunch” is the driving sounds of electric guitars, heavy drums and big vocals that made rock so popular for many people, and country has capitalized on. For the longest time  rock music satisfied most people’s desire for this. However due to exposure from radio and streaming services, many young people and even some middle aged people see country as their only option to satisfy this listening need.  

 This is why many adults like country music, even though they did not grow up listening to it. Bands like the ones listed earlier are still thriving, but part of that is because they have long-time fans that want to hear their old material.  

 Country music is arguably more polarizing than hip hop today, with both genres performing on the world stage despite still having their naysayers. Rock music just does not have the young talent, label backing or excitement to keep up. It might be sad for some, but other people will feel fine because they are dialing to the country station to listen to Dierks Bentley instead of the same classic rock station they have listened to for so long.  

Let us de-stress and go to the gym

By JACKIE BONOLA

Staff Writer

Everyone wants to be in the best shape they can.  There are many reasons why people loose motivation in their quest for maximum fitness. However, going to the gym is one of the best things you can do for yourself in this time of stress.

For college students a common but reasonable excuse is school work. Over the semester the sheer volume of homework increases, and we students become overwhelmed with the idea of balancing grades, eating healthy and being fit, along with all of our other obligations. Going to the gym starts to take the backseat. It becomes a “maybe I’ll go to the gym” or “I’ll just go tomorrow.”

From my own personal experience when I would feel unmotivated to go to the gym I would use the gym as a way to relieve stress from all the work I had to finish. I guess running the stress off on the treadmill helped me clear my mind. I would be more focused on the work that had to be done instead of sitting in the library freaking out over whether I would get any of it done or not.

There is something to be said to those students who are able to balance school work, eating healthy and going to the gym regularly. Those students deserve an award.

It is difficult to stay motivated and you are not alone. It is hard to be self-motivated. I’ve been working on it all school year. But it all has to do with the mindset. If you can think of the gym not as a task to you have to do but something that you want to do. Going to the gym will become less of a chore and more like a ritual.

Here are a couple of tips to keep you motivated to stay in the gym:

  1. Give yourself a pep talk before and during your workout. This could be something like telling yourself “you can do it” or “just one more set.”
  2. Go the gym when you are feeling stressed. That break that you take between study sessions watching YouTube can be used more wisely.
  3. Set up small milestones/goals, and give yourself enough time to achieve them. Nothing feels better the setting a new personal record.
  4. Take a friend! find someone who can help you stay motivated. It can be easier if you do not have to do it alone.
  5. Create a gym playlist on Spotify that will get you pumped. Whatever gets you going whether it would be Hip-Hop or Rock, play it every set and never forget your headphones.

Always keep one thing in mind, why did you go to the gym? Remind yourself that you joined the gym for a reason and that you should not stop until you reached that goal. Many join the gym to loose weight, gain muscle, be better runners or just becoming the healthiest you that you can be. Sometimes they forget those reasons.

Students have a difficult time finding time amongst all the chaos, so it is always good to slow down and take care of yourself. Do not let the gym take the backseat. Take an hour long break from that research paper and liberate yourself by going to the gym.

Why everyone should run regularly

By ABIGAIL CHEW

Most people are well aware that running provides an excellent way to get into shape, but they are unaware that it can improve almost every aspect of life. While it may not be everyone’s favorite exercise, knowing what it can do for their life may give entirely new perspectives.

A daily run can have monumental physical benefits. Running will help to raise an individual’s levels of good cholesterol as well as reduce the risk of developing blood clots in later years. The lung function and use will significantly improve due to the constant focus on steady breathing.  The immune system will be boosted, preventing sickness.

Illness prevention is an important aspect of running that more people should take into consideration. For women specifically, running is known to lower the risk of developing breast cancer.  The risk of heart attacks and strokes will also be greatly reduced.   Many doctors even recommend running for those in early stages of diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.

The other often not as highly recognized advantages that running provides are the mental benefits. Stress relief is a major example of such benefits.  Runners are found to show more optimism compared to those who do not incorporate the exercise into their daily routines.  Studies show that sleep quality improves as well as a healthier appetite.  Running gives an individual the time to clear their mind, reducing the chances of developing tension headaches.

Running has also been well known to reduce depression. As one is running, the brain will begin to secrete hormones that naturally improve one’s mood.  The creation of increased feelings of energy and focus allow life to be better enjoyed.  The act itself presents a different focal point (since one must divert all attention to their breathing), eliminating the opportunity to have negative thoughts.

Being able to set and accomplish goals is an extreme confidence booster, which is an opportunity running offers. Feelings of empowerment and satisfaction with oneself are developed through the knowledge of strength and capability.  If the choice to run is based on a goal to lose weight or to tone the body, then a better self-image is acquired.

Becoming part of a running community itself provides an excellent way to improve the social component of life. There are always clubs, teams and fundraising events that offer running opportunities, which allow one to meet others with similar goals and outlooks.  There is always constant support provided by this group of wellness-focused people.

Though there are numerous ways running can improve one’s mind and body, many people still find excuses to avoid it. Not having the time for a daily run is a common reasoning.  A 30-minute run is all it takes to reap all the benefits, which is very little time that can easily be set aside during the day.  Plus, running does not require any equipment to assemble in order to partake in the exercise.  Finding motivation is another deterrent when it comes to running.

However, finding a friend to run with and hold you responsible is an excellent solution for this issue. Some people find themselves self-conscious about running in public.  Again, running with a friend can be a solution, and so can choosing to run on a treadmill rather than outside.  Fear of injury is probably the most reasonable excuse to running, but it is a fear that can be easily abolished.  Educating oneself on the proper stretching techniques before and after a run will assist in avoiding joint damage.

For so many people, it is surprising to learn of all the different ways that running can improve overall physical and mental well-being. The truth, however, is that these are only a few of the many benefits that running can offer the body.  Making running a daily routine can leave one feeling more energized, more focused and better able to enjoy what life has to offer.

The North Korea non-issue

By LUKE WATHEN

Staff Writer

North Korea, a nation that has long had an antagonistic relationship with the United States, has been in the news a fair deal lately following their testing of a nuclear missile. In a political era where almost anything is possible, many are wondering if such aggressive actions from North Korea are likely to spur an all-out conflict with the U.S.

Despite these fears, a war with North Korea is highly unlikely. The reasons for this are plentiful and can easily be outlined by looking at the country’s past 20years of blunders.

In 1994, America and North Korea both signed an agreement that would give North Korea oil and economic aid in exchange for the country dismantling their nuclear weapons program. In 2002, however, it became apparent that the country had no intention of discontinuing its nuclear program, effectively rendering the 1994 agreement moot.

Since then, North Korea has stayed on the world’s radar due to their infrequent, yet alarming nuclear missile tests. The U.S. is unable to act decisively against these perceived threats, however, due to the country’s strong ties to China, a major trading partner for the U.S.

What is worth noting about these tests is that they are always failures; none of the missiles launched reach a proper altitude and are thus unable to be any real threat to the U.S. In other words, North Korea is simply flexing its anemic muscles and hoping that the world trembles in fear.

Following the most recent missile test, North Korea has not only shown that their nuclear program is an embarrassment, but reminded the world that their leadership is as well. The government-controlled media of North Korea issued a statement denouncing  not only President Trump, but the Chinese government as well.

While it is no surprise that Trump and the U.S. were the target of a verbal attack, it is shocking to see North Korea lash out at their only ally on the international stage. It is difficult to say what the future relations will be between the nations, but suffice it to say that North Korea may very well find themselves completely isolated in an increasingly globalized political arena.

North Korea, though the subject of rightful scrutiny and contempt, is by no means the threat that some fear it to be. Despite its frequent threats to the contrary, their nuclear program is laughable at best and their threats for a major conflict are empty at best.

Coupled with their uncalled-for antagonism towards their only ally, China, the country is effectively signing its own death sentence. For now, it is safe to say that North Korea is best described as a non-issue.

Has Disney lost its creativity?

By RILEY FANNING

Staff Writer

In recent years, Walt Disney Studios has continuously pumped out live action remakes of their classic films that have been box office successes despite having a lack of creativity on the company’s part. “Alice in Wonderland,” “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” and, most recently, “Beauty and the Beast,” have all been re-adapted from their older cartoon origins into movies with real actors. Other remakes like “Mulan” and “Aladdin” are in production, and rumors are circulating about even more being made.

All of these live action remakes are most likely being made solely based on profitability. The older films they are based on have a wide audience to reach once they are adapted and promoted. People in their twenties and older who watched them as kids are drawn in, as well as their children and new consumers.

Most of us know the movies, the characters and the songs by heart. It provides a connection between all of us who grew up with these films. The nostalgia alone draws many people to these movies, but there is a sacrifice to all of this when Disney is focusing on this strategy.

These films may be giving us a nostalgic glance into our childhoods, but they will never be as magical as the original. Disney is basically making the same movie again and again, using our own fond memories to cash in at the expense of creativity.

Stories and storytelling are largely essential parts of the human experience. Yet, the film industry is first and foremost a business. Movies are a form of storytelling that lets us know about society, culture and the ideas of the people who create them.

The constant updates being made to the old tales is a sure way for Disney to make millions, at the expense of new stories created about our current time. It is much easier to recreate something already made than to come up with original and compelling content.

Remakes are not necessarily a bad thing, but the huge quantity Disney has been spewing out is excessive. Movies with new characters and plot are risky, which is why many films are either remakes or based on books that have an established audience. But with risk comes reward, and it is going to get tiresome seeing the same old Disney tales brought to life.

The focus on updating the old classics is leading to the absence of new stories and interesting cinema coming from Disney. Hopefully the upcoming adaptations will add new life into the stories, and give them relevance to today’s culture.

“Everything We Keep” is everything a reader wants

By HALEY DICK

Gull Life Editor

In “Everything We Keep,” author Kerry Lonsdale keeps the reader captivated page after page through a dense plot filled with unexpected events, romance and strong character development.

It is an adult fiction novel listed as a top Amazon bestseller of 2016 and a Wall Street Journal bestseller that breaks the reader’s heart just to build it back together again, only to tear it right back out by the next chapter.

Lonsdale sets the stage in the first chapter with heavy heartbreak, in which the protagonist, Aimee Tierney, is attending the funeral of her fiancé, James Donato, whom she had been dating since she was eight years old. Talk about a tear-jerker.

Later in time, Aimee discovers that James is indeed still alive and the reader follows her in uncovering the mystery of what happened to James at the hands of his dysfunctional family, as well as the journey Aimee takes through her loss and recovery from love.

The novel’s strengths lie in its unique plot twists that leave the reader both relieved and irritated as the story comes to a close. The journey to the end of the book pieces the characters together in an invisible web that makes sense once the conflicts are resolved, though some may argue that the ending is too much of a cliffhanger.

While the novel is impressive, it does have setbacks. The author provides too many obvious clues that can leave the reader guessing what is going to come next, but she does still leave the element of surprise in some instances.

The title itself, “Everything We Keep,” reflects the major theme of secrets that is present throughout the storyline, for most of the characters in the novel grapple with something or someone they have lost in the past.

The sequel, “Everything We Left Behind,” will be released in July 2017, and will continue the tale of what happens after the epilogue of “Everything We Keep.” The question readers are asking will hopefully be answered: will Aimee be tempted to fall back into the arms of James?

This book is ideal for mature readers, as some of the conflicts pertain to situations college-aged readers can grasp. Some of these concepts include career obstacles and medical diagnoses. The characters in the novel, especially Aimee, teach the reader lessons on how to overcome uncertainty, set and accomplish goals and continue forward after losing someone foundational.

The Flyer gives “Everything We Keep” a 9/10.

The terror and liberation of graduation

By Luke Wathen

Staff Writer

College is, for many people, a time of exploration and opportunity, a time where you are free to explore interests, potential careers and connect with professionals from all walks of life. Like all good things, however, college eventually ends with a degree and, for many, the lingering thought of “What now?”

As of the writing of this article, I am four weeks from graduating and entering the workforce. While I was initially ecstatic at the idea of finally shedding the label of “student” that I have carried for over 15 years, a part of me could not help but feel frightened at the idea of graduating.

These feelings are, of course, perfectly natural. When you continuously do what is essentially the same thing for 15 years, anything new can come off as intimidating; it also does not help that horror stories of educated professionals struggling to find employment permeate the media.

Two resources have done wonders in alleviating my fears of the future, however, and these resources were afforded to me through Salisbury University.

The first is indeed.com. Indeed is a job-posting site that is the very definition of user friendly and expansive; all you need to do is type in a keyword for the type of job you are looking for and a general area of where you are willing to work. What follows is a list of available jobs, the qualifications needed for said job and information on how to apply.

If you are unable to find a job that interests you at that time, you are also able to enter an email address to receive alerts when jobs that meet your criteria become available. Suffice it to say, this website has saved me much toil and heartache in my job search.

The second and most important resource is something every college student should carry under their belt: internships. I was fortunate enough to be part of a field of study (communication arts, journalism/public relations track) that included a mini internship as part of the core requirements, and it was a fantastic opportunity to say the least.

My internship with the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) offered me many opportunities that would not be available in a traditional classroom. Not only that, but it also provided an excellent networking opportunity, something that is essential in the competitive job market.

I can only speak on behalf of the CMAT department, but finding another internship was not difficult at all. SU does an excellent job both through the academic departments, as well as career services, with assisting students in finding and securing internships that can eventually lead to employment.

Graduation time can be both a liberating and uncertain time where a new beginning comes from another beginning’s end. In my experience, however, this anxiety can be alleviated with the proper utilization of some on-campus resources.

At the end of the day, it is important to relax and be confident that you will succeed. We are all seagulls after all, and seagulls are made to soar.

 

Unite to save science

By: RILEY FANNING

Staff Writer

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One of the many anonymous protestors at the March for Science Protest in Washington D.C. during Earth Day. 

With the recent March for Science and the People’s Climate March occurring so close in time to one another, one must wonder why they did not join forces to create one giant protest.

On Earth Day, people in Washington D.C. and other cities nationwide protested for science. At the core, the main message was anti-Trump and his proposed budget cuts on climate change. Essentially, it was a fight for rationality against a cabinet of alternative facts.

A week later, another march occurred on April 29 specifically for climate change due to the recent claims from President Trump that climate change is not real. The separation of these two events makes little sense, and seems disorganized.

The People’s Climate March is essentially the same as the March for Science. The core message of the climate-centered movement is to make a statement to the new administration. The March for Climate website states “On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet.”

The March for Science had a nearly identical goal, and similar mission statement. The March for Science Website states “We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.”

The split of these two marches seems unnecessary and sloppy. They are both based in the idea that science and fact should be fought for. These are great ideas, but the dichotomy between the two protests is actually harmful to the mission. Both have the same aims, and both are under the umbrella of science. Making two entirely different marches that could have come together is excessive.

It would have made much more of an impact to combine forces and have one large march. Protests for movements such as Black Lives Matter and the Women’s March have been able to have huge impacts due to their singular message. With the March for Science and the People’s Climate March splitting up, the message becomes confused. Instead of helping the cause, the different marches become somewhat counteractive and muddled.

Protests and marches can ignite real change, but when the message branches off and breaks down into pockets, the ideology is weakened. Unity should be the focus of a protest, bringing together people who believe in the same things. In the future, similar protests for the same cause should come together in order to have a larger social effect.