And the Oscar Goes To: A Complete List of Winners

On Sunday Feb. 22 Neil Patrick Harris was our tour guide through the biggest night in Hollywood. Some people celebrated, some people cried and still others just thought “everything was awesome.” Actors, actresses and directors all clung to their Lego Oscar statues, hoping that their name would be called after those $200 envelopes were opened. America held its breath to see who would be named the best. Here is a complete list of who was chosen by the academy as the representatives of the best in this year’s American cinema, and next year’s votes for who will be considered at the top of their game.

Visual Effects: “Interstellar”

Sound Mixing: “Whiplash”

Sound Editing: “American Sniper”

Live Action Short: “The Phone Call”

Animated Short: “Feast”

Documentary Short: “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”

Production Design: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Best Original Song: “Glory” from the movie “Selma”

Best Original Score: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Makeup and Hairstyling: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Costume Design: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Cinematography: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Film Editing: “Whiplash”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Ida”

Best Documentary Feature Film: “CitizenFour”

Best Animated Feature Film: “Big Hero 6”

Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu for “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Best Adapted Screenplay: “The Imitation Game”

Best Original Screenplay: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: J.K. Simmons for his role in “Whiplash”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Patricia Arquette for her role in “Boyhood”

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Eddie Redmayne for his role in “The Theory of Everything”

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore for her role in “Still Alice”

And last but certainly not most least, Best Picture: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

There were tears, there were laughs and there were exchanges of hate glares (Richard Linklater to Alejandro G. Inarritu). “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” who were both tied for nine nominations, ended the night tied, again, with four wins each. “Whiplash,” which was seen as kind of an underdog of the Oscars blew everyone away by taking home three wins. “Boyhood” was let down with its singular statue. Congratulations to all the winners, and I hope they choose more wisely next year with their guaranteed places on the academy when it comes to “Best Animated Film.” Maybe Disney won’t win one of these years.

Article by Krista Skweres

Illusions and Life Changers: Magician Jim Munroe Visits Parkside

This upcoming Wednesday March 4 UW-Parkside’s Cru will be hosting illusionist Jim Munroe at the campus cinema. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be about two hours long, although many will want to stay afterwards. The show is entitled “The Maze” and promises to be a great time for all.

Jim Munroe has been touring campuses across the nation for about six years now but this will be the first time he’s visiting our campus. Cru is absolutely delighted to be welcoming him. He has previously been offered opportunities to have his own show in Vegas, but declined in order to continue sharing his talents and his story of self-discovery with young students.

The show that he will be putting on for the campus on Wednesday will be a two-part performance. The first hour will be the illusion show, promising to blow minds and impress even the skeptical. There will then be a short intermission where all who feel uncomfortable in a religious setting are welcomed to leave, no strings attached. After this, Munroe will speak to the crowd about his life and faith. This event is open and free to the public and all are welcome. The Cru organization would like to welcome anyone who is interested to come and enjoy the magic of Jim Munroe, no religious affiliation required.

After the discussion and illusion show, the Blood Center of Wisconsin will be there as well, registering those who are interested in becoming bone marrow donors. The Blood Center will be waving the usual $100 fee that goes along with registration to all students who choose to register after this event. Bone marrow transplantation has saved many lives over the years and is a known treatment for things such as cancers as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma and many other diseases that damage bone marrow. This is a great way to give back to community.

Cru is a Christian community organization at Parkside. They meet on Tuesday evenings in Molinaro, Room 107 at 8 p.m. They strive to connect students to the Gospel through different speakers, such as Munroe, and spend time learning what it means to be a Christian.

Article by Krista Skweres

Get Fit and Healthy with The Ranger Wellness Challenge

Looking for new, cost efficient ways to stay fit and healthy this semester? The UW-Parkside Campus Activities and Engagement Center has got you covered.

The Ranger Wellness Challenge is hosting dozens of heath related events all month long and the best part is they are free! The Challenge is comprised of various fitness activities while also providing students and faculty with informative health tips.

The UW-Parkside’s Campus Connect website describes The Ranger Wellness Challenge as “a wellness competition for UW-Parkside students, faculty and staff who want to achieve a healthier, balanced lifestyle. It is not a diet program or an extreme fitness routine, but a fun, informative way to learn how to improve overall health and wellness. Teams or individuals compete by earning points for weekly activities such as exercising, eating well and maintaining a balanced life.”

Dance your heart out at one of their scheduled Zumba sessions or ask a friend to accompany you to a health demonstration right here on campus. Now is the perfect time to get involved and partake in a challenge or two since the last day of activities is scheduled for March 13. Upcoming events can be found on their Facebook page or by searching The Ranger Wellness Challenge on the Campus Connect website. Go get involved and make a healthier, happier you!

Article by Chelsie Aloisi

Tough night for the women as the men bring home a third straight regional division championship on Senior Night.

It was a very successful night for the Ranger men as they brought home a third straight GLVC East championship to DeSimone Gymnasium. Their game was never really in doubt, but Lewis did manage to keep competitive until the final buzzer. The women’s game was very competitive early, but the Flyers pulled away in the second half, spoiling the emotional Senior Night for our ladies.

The girl’s game started out very slow, with both teams talent taking center court. Neither team was really able to get a rhythm early because both were causing turnovers and playing great defense. Whenever one side made a shot, the other countered immediately, whether it was a layup or three. The shooting for the Ranger women was uncharacteristically off tonight. The team couldn’t cash in on free throws throughout and their jumpers weren’t falling. While our women couldn’t hit a shot, the Flyers were staying true to their name and pushing the ball in transition, getting layups and hitting their shots. Though the Flyers are the second ranked team in the country, they didn’t dominate the game as expected. We were getting the shots we wanted. Unfortunately, it was just one of those off nights. The Flyers ran away with the game, 60-46.

Though the team lost, this doesn’t diminish the season they have had thus far and isn’t an indication on what is to come. This was the final home game for seniors Gaby Bronson, Jennifer Blunt, Sarah Mlachnik, Maddie Johnston and Justine Boerger, who have been very successful in their time playing for the Rangers. Their journey isn’t over yet. They are going into the GLVC tournament ranked fourth, having a first round bye.

Unlike the women, the men’s game started out with the Ranger men jumping out to a very quick 11-4 lead in the first five minutes. They were pushing the ball often early in the game, with Jimmy Gavin seemingly taking over towards the end of the half. They penetrated throughout, never settling for jump shots unless they were necessary. But when they did shoot, it seemed as though they couldn’t miss throughout the duration of the game. The all-time leader in three point baskets made went on a personal 6-0 run midway through the second half. The Flyers put on a show though, throwing up a pretty nasty lob towards the end. But when they tried it again, Gavin was having none of it. Free throws sealed the game and the guys won, notching their 25th win on the season, the most in program history, 73-68.

Seniors Jordan Mach, “Ziggy” Riauka, Tavaris McNeil and Mohammed Mohammed played their last game in DeSimone, but they all have their eyes on now capturing the GLVC tournament championship. They will go into the tournament ranked third, getting a first round bye in the tournament.

The men’s tournament begins on March 5, while the women kick off their tournament on March 6. Both conclude on March 8. The tournament will take place in St. Charles, Missouri.

Article by Jalen Perry

Student/Staff Spotlight Series: Jazz Professor, Russ Johnson

“It smelled like Franksville during sauerkraut season,” confessed Parkside’s jazz professor, Russell Johnson, reflecting on just one of the interesting yet unusual experiences in his time as a jazz musician. It was on stage in France, playing aside the legendary jazz musician Lee Konitz that Russ encountered the offensive smell.  “I’m sitting there, eyes watering, next to this legendary saxophonist thinking, ‘what’s going on?’” he said. Konitz then proclaimed “I’ve got cabbage on my knees!” The then 80-year-old Konitz had visited a homeopath in France to alleviate pain he was having in his knees just before his gig with Russ. There they had applied ointment and then wrapped his knees with cabbage leaves, the culprit of the pronounced smell.

This is what you can expect from Russ. He’s chock-filled with interesting and amazing stories, which is expected, considering that he has played the trumpet since fifth grade, “…played in 45 different countries and been to every state except for 4 in the U.S.”, and has been a sideman with countless main jazz figures such as Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Bill Frisell and many more. Not only has he been a sideman in many bands, but he leads a few of his own bands. His main band that he leads is called “The Meeting Point Quartet,” in which he composes all the music himself. They released a record last year, which was incredibly well-received and made the “Best CDS of 2014” list. He has had an extremely fulfilling and successful career as a jazz musician, and still does, but has worked incredibly hard to get to where he’s at.

He first started playing the trumpet in the fifth grade after his older brother, who also played the trumpet, introduced it to him. Ironically, he says music wasn’t a part of his household. No one really played or listened to music, other than his brother. Russ then began borrowing many of his brother’s jazz records and recalls specific records that have “changed his life,” such as Miles Davis’ records “Workin’,” “Steamin’,” “Cookin’” and “Relaxin’”. At age 16 he then went to a jazz camp which “solidified that he wasn’t alone” and was an affirmation of his career path. After that, his parents couldn’t stop him from practicing his trumpet. Russ has always been completely devoted to his career as a musician. He says that he “never had a job other than playing his trumpet, from age 19 to 45, when he started teaching.” So how has Russ Johnson, this notably successful jazz musician, come to grace Parkside with his presence, and what made him choose Parkside?

After living in one of the greatest U.S. jazz communities for 24 years, New York, he started teaching at Parkside in January of 2010. During his first year and a half of teaching, he was dedicated to commuting from New York to Parkside for a year and a half until he moved here in 2011. But what finally drew him out of the bustling Big Apple to the quiet Midwest? His family. When it came time to enroll his daughter in school, he wasn’t confident about raising his daughter in the Brooklyn public schools. Russ tells me he actually grew up in Racine and was familiar with the location, schools and people here, so that is why he looked into transferring to this area. One of the most appealing things about Parkside for Russ is that it is only an hour from Chicago, another major jazz community. “My playing career is extremely important and I’m still very active… so Parkside is a perfect fit,” said Russ.

Besides the location, Russ says that the students are what he likes the most about Parkside. “I knew the general type of student that I was going to be working with,” he said. “I get as much from them as they get from me. I have some very, very talented students that I work with.”  Even with the relatively new musicians, Russ said that “it’s unbelievably fulfilling… to see them develop as musicians and people.” He also said that some students are so strong that they even push him forward in his career.

To conclude, I asked Russ if he had any advice for other young musicians and students. “It requires so much hard work, and dedication, and you need to be fully committed… and then the pay-off is incredible,” he said. Russ also had further advice for music students. “Create a practice journal and go into it with a plan, and this can go for any type of study,” he said. “Finding ways to organize your time is extremely important. And it is very easy to waste your time, to pick up your instrument and just have fun. It’s not about having fun, it’s about working really, really hard and the fun will come later. It is unbelievably rewarding, but it requires a lot of work”. He also said that choosing you career path really isn’t “a decision.” You just know. You have to go with your passion, but prepare to work hard. So in Russ’s words, find what’s in your heart, work hard and it most surely will pay off in the end. It definitely did for Russ.​

I can’t think of a better way to hit off our Student and Staff Spotlight series, which honors outstanding members in Parkside’s community, than by showcasing professor Russ Johnson. It was a privilege and joy to interview Russ. He is an all-around stand-up guy with amazing talent, passion and dedication to his career. We are most blessed to have him here at Parkside, as a mentor, fellow colleague, friend, professor or just as a great person in general.

Article by Liv Gripko