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Etown Faculty and Students Respond to Super Bowl Questions

Article by: Kim Morris, Lauren Poland,  Jamie Verrekia, Brandon Wolf

Super Bowl LI took place on February 5th, 2017 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.  Kickoff happened at 6:30 PM in the NRG Stadium in Huston, Texas. The final score was 34-28 with the Patriots winning in overtime. According to Variety.com proximately 111.3 million people watched the game, including some Elizabethtown College students and faculty.

At halftime, Lady Gaga performed a mix of her old and new tracks, surrounded by thousands of lights and drones. She dropped from the stadium’s roof into the stadium to perform her solo set. Britani Graver, a sophomore at Elizabethtown said, “I loved the halftime show, I love Lady Gaga!” According to Andy Williams, Director of Broadcasting at Elizabethtown College, “the opening portion of the show was shot a week before-hand due to a no-fly-zone within 35 miles of the stadium.” Gaga used 1,000  drones to illuminate her as her backdrop for her opening.

68 ads were shown between the quarters, several of which were repeats of the same products. Some of the ads shown included Mr. Clean, Skittles, The Nintendo Switch, T-Mobile, and Avacados from Mexico. Matt VanCleef, a junior, didn’t watch the whole game, but he enjoyed watching the ads. “My favorite was the Chrysler Alfa Romero ad.” Williams said, “my favorite was the Kia Motors Eco-Hybrid commercial.”

Elizabethtown College to Debut David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Fuddy Meers.”

In February, Elizabethtown College’s Theatre Department will present “Fuddy Meers” by David Lindsay-Abaire. The show will run on February 9-11, 16, & 17 at 8 p.m and on February 19 at 2 p.m. in the Tempest Theater at Elizabethtown College. The show stars students Jason Mountain, Connor Burke, Emily Seratch, Amber Mangabat, Hannah Paymer, Tyler Rossi and Nick Loschiavo. Junior Sarah Olson leads the show as the Stage Manager.

The title of the show comes from one of the characters, Gertie, who suffered from a stroke. Her character suffers from speech issues, causing phrases like, “funny mirrors” to be turned into “fuddy meers”. Fuddy Meers is about Claire, a woman who wakes up every day with no knowledge or memories about anything.

The show premiered off Broadway in 1999, and ran until April of 2000. The show presented 16 previews and 78 performances throughout its year-long career.

In the year 2000, the show was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress.

In an interview, cast member Emily Seratch gave her interpretation of the plot, “Fuddy Meers is about a girl who has amnesia and doesn’t remember anything. The entire show revolves around the people in her life trying to fill her in on what she’s missing”; 

Seratch also recommends, “Bring some tissues!”  The show is said to be a wonderful and powerful production. “We have a small, talented cast of actors and the story is a powerful one,” said cast member Hannah Paymer. On the techincal side of things, Sarah Olson noted, “The lighting design is incredible, pay attention to it.”

Tickets are $7 and they can be purchased at the box office or at the door.

Robert Stanton and J. Smith Cameron in Fuddy Meers Off- Broadway. Photo by Photo by Joan Marcus
Robert Stanton and J. Smith Cameron in Fuddy Meers Off- Broadway. Photo  by Joan Marcus