A Big ‘Oops’ at the Oscars

And the Oscar goes to…no, wait, seriously, who does it go to? As the 2017 Academy Awards came to a close on the evening of Feb. 26, the biggest night of cinematic magic suffered a major snafu.

When Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the coveted best picture award to “La La Land,” the film’s grateful cast and crew flooded the stage to make a tearful acceptance speech, only to be interrupted and alerted too late that a serious error had been made. The award was actually meant for the drama “Moonlight.”

When “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz abruptly ended his speech by saying “We lost, by the way,” audience members assumed it was a joke. The laughter quickly dissipated when Horowitz snatched the envelope from Beatty’s hands and asserted “There’s a mistake. ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won best picture. This is not a joke.” The stunned audience watched as the “La La Land” crew welcomed the overjoyed “Moonlight” party onstage to accept the award.

The colossal gaffe resulted from a simple mishap which occurred when Beatty was evidently handed the wrong envelope. In an interview with the New York Times, Beatty stated “I read the card that was in the envelope. I thought, ‘this is very strange because it says best actress on the card.’ And I felt that maybe there was some sort of misprint.” Many accusing fingers were pointed in different directions that evening, even at Beatty and Dunaway. But, ultimately, the much unwanted blame fell back on members of the PwC.

PricewaterhouseCoopers is an accounting firm that is tasked with the monumental responsibility of tallying up the Academy Awards’ votes, and has done so for the past 83 years. They are also responsible for handing over the right envelope at the right time.

“We are owning this mistake,” said Tim Ryan, the U.S. chairman of the PwC, in an interview with the New York Times. “I’ve reached out to the academy. I’ve shared my personal apology, the firm’s apology, and I’ve begun to talk to them about things we can do to make it right.”

Since the incident, Twitter and other social media pages have been abuzz with questions, jokes, and even conspiracy theories, some cinephiles even suspecting that the results may have been hacked. And whether they were thrilled by “Moonlight’s” surprise win or angered by “La La Land’s” upsetting loss, movie fans will continue to look back on the blunder as one of the most exciting and unforgettable moments in the history of the Academy Awards.

Anime in Today’s Society

When you hear the term “anime,” what is the first thing that pops into your head? Maybe it’s the action-packed, powerful spiky-haired characters from “Dragon Ball Z,” the orange jumpsuit, headband wearing ninjas from “Naruto,” or perhaps the giant naked cannibalistic titans and the military group of teenagers who face them in “Attack on Titan.” Knowing these shows and watching others like them has become more socially acceptable today in Western culture for both youths and young adults. However, anime was not always second knowledge or even well known a few decades ago.

Back in the 60’s and 70’s, anime wasn’t that big of a hit and was rather more of an underground pleasure for many individuals. Sure, there were some that aired on television such as “Astro Boy” and “Kimba the White Lion.” Although, most of the American population didn’t care for it, except for the children that made those shows successful and continued on inspired by them. Soon, those children would become animators and show creators themselves, working the inspired elements from those anime shows into their own. Shows such as “Transformers,” “ThunderCats,” and “Voltron” showed just how popular the style of Japanese animation could become and how memorable it could be as more of the Western youth asked for more. With the creation of Studio Ghibli around the same time in addition to their beautifully animation and fantastic storytelling, it was clear that anime wasn’t going anywhere in media.

While a great deal of anime and shows influenced by anime were focused around children, it wasn’t popular with many older audiences. However, this began to change in the late 90’s with the introduction to the famous anime lineup program of “Toonami” as well as another lineup on the SyFy channel. This allowed for more mature and less kid-based Japanese animation to be shown to Western audiences. Then, once the 2000’s hit, anime had become a popular form of entertainment for youth and the young-to-middle-aged crowd and grew even stronger following the creation of Shonen titles.

Behind all of these popular anime and shows throughout the years, there was another popular genre of Japanese entertainment becoming favored. The original Japanese comics of these anime shows were called manga and they were what really made audiences watch them. Much like todays book-based movies, most of the anime ever made was once drawn and written onto pages. There are even specific sections for manga in today’s bookstores and libraries. Without the manga creators, there wouldn’t be any anime to watch as most of the source material comes from them.

With much of anime being on television for the longest time, the big game changer was when the online social media boom began. With the creation of social media online and YouTube, more options opened up for anime fans. Sites such as “Cruchyroll” and “Funimation” allow viewers to watch a large variety of anime shows from Japan at any time. With global fans able to converse and talk to each other, the fan base for anime grew larger than ever before. This is how we arrived to the place we’re at today in which anime is well known to a vast majority of Americans.

Much like any other genre of shows, anime has a spectrum of programs for people of all ages. Whether it’s horror, action-packed, slice of life, or just full on comedic nonsense, there will always be an anime title that will relate with individuals. With this spectrum growing with every new season of anime titles, this style of entertainment will be around for many years to come

School Records Fall as Lions Open Track Season at Embry Riddle

The Saint Leo Track Team opened their season on Feb. 18 at the Embry Riddle Aeronautics last chance meet in Daytona, Fla. The event went from the morning to the afternoon including field events and running events from the 60 meter to the five kilometer race that was the last individual event before the relays.

The Lions were extremely successful from the beginning on. In the first event, which was the 3000 meter run, Colett Rampf and Rafal Matuszczak took home the victory in the men’s and the women’s race by setting new personal and school records. Both ran an offensive race by leading the field from the front and running an 8:36 for Matuszczak and a 9:49 for Rampf.

Throughout the day, the Lions scored during a variety of events from sprints to distance events. Lauren Csubak was also able to run a school record by placing fourth in the 1000 meter race in a time of 3:07. More top ten places for the women’s were performed by Haley Roussel and Tiffany Gargiulo in the 800 meter run, and Natalie McCormick in the one mile race. In the 5000 meter race Laura Tobin placed fourth with Fatima Abu-Rumman placing ninth.

On the men’s site, Anthony Deleva was able to place fourth in the 3000 meter run and shortly after that scoring another fourth place in the 1000 meter. Niclas Bez was able to win the one mile race with a school record. More top ten results were scored by Joshua Sickinger and Joe Marrah by placing second and eight in the 5000 meter.

“I felt really good today. Starting off the day with the 3000 meter was very hard, since it was very windy on the track. However, running a school record in the one kilometer race was great and I hope I set the bar high for future athletes,” said Deleva, who is a junior with a major in sports business.

The last events of the day were the team relays. Saint Leo had entered teams in the distance medley relay, which consists out of a 1200-meter leg, 400-meter leg, 800-meter leg, and a mile at the end. The women’s team was able to beat the University of Tampa in a head to head race with Rampf outrunning their big rival on the last leg of the relay.

“I think that it was a very good day for myself and the entire women’s team. A lot of girls ran new personal bests and I am very excited to see how the season will continue. At the end of Mar. and in Apr. we will have bigger races, like the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina and the Mt. Sac relay in California. The quality of the athletes in these races is very high and we are looking forward to it,” said Rampf, who is a senior with a major in economics.

The last event of the day was the men’s distance medley relay. In the order of Deleva, David Gardner, Bez, and Matuszczak, the Lions were having a close race with the University of Tampa and Embry Riddle. In the end, the Lions were able to take the win and break the previous school record by 37 seconds in a time of 10 minutes and 27 seconds.

“Winning is always great, but helping the distance medley relay break the school record was amazing, especially because the other guys are all seniors. I think the coaches prepared us really well, since we were all able to do well in multiple events” said Deleva.

Overall, the Track team had a successful start to their 2017 track season. Both the men’s and the women’s teams had outstanding performances by setting many personal and school records. However, all athletes will have to keep improving in order to have a chance to qualify individuals for the National Championship that will take place in May in Bradenton, Fla.

“I would summarize today by saying that it was a very successful meet even though we just used it as a test to see where our fitness level is. Knowing that we were still able to break six school records is exciting. In order to keep improving throughout the season we will work in two groups, the mid-distance and the long distance group. Each of the groups will have to work more on performing better at the end of races,” said Head Coach Kent Reiber, after the meet.

The Saint Leo men’s and women’s track teams will return to action on Mar. 3, when the Lions travel to the University of Tampa for the UT Track Invitational.

Top 5 Monster Hunting Games

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One of the greatest feelings when playing any video game is when a player defeats a difficult, incredibly large, or even towering boss. But what if that feeling could happen more often than the end of every level? In fact, what if the point of the game was to hunt these monster-sized bosses? Well, there is a genre of games that focuses on battling bosses and hunting large beasts during the whole game rightfully titled, monster hunting games.  

  1. Shadow of the Colossus (2005)

One of the most jaw-dropping experiences of the late 2000’s was the game “Shadow of Colossus.” The main character of the game, Wander, seeks out to destroy the many sentient stone beasts with the blade of his sword to take their energy and save the maiden, Mono. The beasts of this game range in size, but all are larger than Wander, making the threat seem that much greater. The scale of this game is also large due to the monsters’ sizes, the player can feel so tiny and fragile compared to the monsters, making the feeling of defeating the beasts that much more rewarding.

  1. Dragons Dogma (2012)

Ever had a dragon steal your heart, leave you for dead, then become your prey? “Dragon’s Dogma” gives the player this experience, as the player character must hunt and prepare for defeating this dragon. This game has some of the best RPG mechanics to date and has become one of the most famous monster hunting games. Chimears, hydras, griffins, and more can be hunted in this game, and each one makes the player feel that much closer to getting to fight against the dragon.

  1. Toukiden: Kiwami (2014)

When Japanese demons, or Oni, begin to appear in the world, warriors, also known as Mononofu, are sought out to hunt these demons and slay them. With a medieval Japanese theme, this game has a lot of culture and uniqueness to it. The demons in this game are distinct in both design and scale, making the player feel threatened by their appearance. With many weapons, armors, and skill sets, this game shows just what it would feel like to have the title of demon slayer.  

  1. God Eater 2: Rage Burst (2011)

When the world is brought to its knees by the Aragami, a special division of monster killers called the God Eaters rise up with their giant weapons in hand to defend what’s left of the human race. “God Eater 2: Rage Burst” has an anime-rich theme, due to this franchise doubling as an anime series. Customizing their weapons and avatar, the player can then pick a team of characters to go out on missions with them. With the addition of “blood arts,” a mode that gives the players a broader attack bonus, this game does its best to deliver one of the best monster hunting games.

  1. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (2013)

This game franchise is the prime example of the Monster Hunter game genre, as these games test player’s skills to dodge monstrous attacks and find openings to unleash their own attacks.  By planning new strategies to break off specific pieces on the monsters, the player can make better armors and weapons. But what makes “Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate” better than past installments of this franchise? That is the new mechanic of being able to mount the monsters by jumping off ledges and cliffs. Nothing feels more satisfying than getting onto the back of a tough monster and knocking it down to the ground to get more hits on it.  

While the monsters in the other games on this list look unique, the ones in the monster hunter games have unique ways in fighting, unique patterns and sub species, and have such creative designs that tie in with their elements. With the customization, side games, and large amount of replayablility and encouragement to play online with friends, these games are still the top dogs in the monster hunting genre.

Monster hunting games are a very small genre for now, but many have already felt the thrill of the hunt and want more. With sword, hammer, lance, or gun in hand, hunters heed the call to these games to prove their skills at hunting, taking down large beasts, and disproving the odds of size.

Finally! “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is the seventh movie in the Resident Evil franchise starring Mila Jovovich and is directed by her husband, Paul W.S. Anderson. It features Jovovich reprising her role as Project Alice, a physical weapon created by the Umbrella Corporation. This is marketed as the last of the series of movies in this zombie apocalypse world.

Alice’s goal is to right the wrongs made by her former bosses in The Umbrella Corporation. The corporation after conducting experiments on Alice released a destructive virus called the T-Virus on the world. The virus has converted two-thirds of the world’s population into mindless flesh eating zombies. Exposure to the virus occurs, either through blood contamination or by being bitten by a zombie.  

The onset of “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” gives the audience an abridged view of all the characters and subplots associated with the first six movies of the franchise. Optimism about the structure of this movie is relatively high within this portion as it further swells expectations of what will be seen. This “refresher” on the previous movies while annoying to some viewers, proved as introduction for newcomers to the franchise.  

However, the movie takes a turn for the worst and emulates several different movie franchises in particular, “Mad Max Fury Road,” which is known for its fast paced action scenes with fast paced editing. It then begins to solicit cheap thrills from viewers with jump scares. The jump scares in the scenes of this movie are void of any music or sound, which is abruptly disturbed by action.

“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” then continues on its quest of attempting to bring finality to the franchise, by tying up loose ends and unexplained plot holes left behind by previous movies. One of which is the origin of the Red Queen, a holographic projection of a young girl within the Umbrella Corporations facilities.

“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is not short on action; when it gears up, there are only non-stop heart racing thrill after thrill. What goes unnoticed, however, is the trivializing of Alice’s abilities. Initially, the franchise portrayed Alice as having superhuman abilities and even telekinetic powers. Her abilities in this movie though, are as common as any person with access to martial arts training and weapons. This makes this film feel disingenuous to a series of movies that have built a legacy behind a character of great strength. In the previous iterations of the series,  Alice used her superhuman abilities given to her by The Umbrella Corporation’s experiments, to fight against the company and the hordes of zombies and monsters they have created.

Overall, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is a guilty pleasure for all fans of the franchise in terms of seeing their favorite character on the screen once again. But in an effort to wrap up an already convoluted series, it creates even more questions than answers and does not provide the satisfaction that it had advertised.

Staph Infections: Is There a Cure?

According to pubmed.gov,website affiliated with The National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health, staph infections have an incident rate of 20 to 50 cases for every 100,000 people per year. And among these people, 10 to 30 percent will die from this infection, accounting for a greater number of deaths than for “AIDs, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis combined.”  After 50 years of this infection being introduced into society, there is still no cure.

Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as staph, is a group of bacteria that cause infection. The bacteria’s genus includes at least 40 different types of bacteria. The bacteria are found commonly in areas on the body such as the nose and skin, and on mucous membranes. The bacteria will become an issue if it enters deeper into the body, like into the bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs, or heart. If the bacteria can gain access to any of these areas, it can cause diseases that are fatal to the human body.  

Staph is spread through a variety of different outlets, like contaminated objects or skin to skin contact. Staph infections are especially common in areas like schools and hospitals; places where germs are plentiful and common.  

Staph infections can cause other ailments, such as boils, food poisoning, cellulitis, and toxic shock syndrome. In some instances, staph infections can even be fatal. Symptoms can include the collecting of pus, like boils and abscesses, and a tender or swollen area.  

Although staph infections have been a serious issue for many years, there is still no vaccine.

Many forms of staph infections are treatable with antibiotics. However, some forms of the bacteria have developed resistances to all current antibiotics, and are therefore untreatable. Professionals are working on a couple different and new methods to treat staph infections.  

According to Cassie Martin, in her article Staph Infections Still A Concern, “a natural antibiotic recently found in human noses may lead to drugs that target antibiotic-resistant staph.”  

Doctors and researchers are hoping that a vaccine, if it could be developed, would be able to help hospital patients, who are prone to staph infections, and people with weakened immune systems as well.  

On University campus, staph infections are a central concern for health services. There are fliers outside of the nurse’s office which offer information on the bacteria and how to prevent its spread. Teresa Dadez, the director of health services, had plenty to offer regarding staph infections and how to prevent their spread.  

“You have to protect yourself from whatever could be there,” said Dadez. “Protect your family. Use hot soap and water, wash your clothes, wash anything that could make contact. If you’ve got one of those nasty little bubbles (an infected area), keep it covered at all times.”

Staph infections have been a problem for a long time, and after more than 50 years of research, it’s perplexing that we still have not developed a cure. As more forms of Staph keep adapting resistances to our current antibiotics, the race to find a way to treat and prevent staph infections from occurring becomes tighter and tighter.