“I came to Elizabethtown for sports-related reasons as well as the schools accounting program. My sister Megan Feehrer also was a student that graduated from here and she loved it and I wanted to have a similar experience. I went to Airforce Academy for my freshman year but the atmosphere of being in a hierarchal system wasn’t the “college experience” I was looking for. I made a lot of great memories there but I never felt like I was really at home. When I came to Elizabethtown I made so many close connections through soccer and friends of friends that I feel like I’m at home when I’m here now.”
“Get Out” is a social thriller that is an idea turning white racism into unsettling shivers that keep you guessing until the end. It is about a young black man whose world gets flipped upside down when he attends a community gathering of mostly white people. Jordan Peele (from the well-known skit show “Key & Peele”), is the writer and director that created this movie. British actor Daniel Kaluuya was cast to be one of the lead actors Chris, who is a photographer with a nice loft, loveable little dog, and a very striking girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams from “Girls” on HBO).
The movie opens with Chris and Rose in his apartment packing to go for a long weekend to meet her parents at the house Rose grew up in. Chris asks, “Do they know I’m black?”. Rose admits they don’t know but promises him not to worry saying, “My dad would have voted for Obama for a third time if he could have.” They leave and travel out of the city and into the countryside towards her home. Jordan Peele put together the next scene almost as if to set the tone for the whole movie. As they were traveling the scene was cozy and calming, a peacefulness that is broken by an ill-fated deer crossing. Chris’s friend Rod Williams (LilRel Howery), is another important character bringing sarcasm and a comedic emotion to the plot of the movie. Pulling up to her parents’ house a feeling of unease or anxiousness is sensed. Rose introduces Chris to her parents Dean and Missy, (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener), while meeting Chris they both display body language leading the viewer to think they feel awkward with a black man dating their daughter. Dean is very talkative trying to get Chris to feel comfortable assuring him they are fine with their daughter dating a “Brother”, while Missy is mostly quiet but very observing of Chris. As the movie goes on Chris meets the black servants on the property, Georgina and Walter (Betty Gabriel and Marcus Henderson). They both seem to be in a state of unease throughout the movie and seem as if they are living in an older time period showing through their mannerisms and choice of language. The following morning of meeting the servants and Rose’s brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones), guest begin to arrive for the yearly picnic. The day goes on and Chris is strangely the center of attention increasing the anxious feeling that something is going to happen.
Jordan Peele does a fantastic job at playing with his audience’s emotions. Just when the viewer thinks they know what is going to happen he smoothly changes the direction of the plot making the viewer think something completely different. Mr. Peele does an excellent job at constantly asserting real life into scenes. Mr. Peele informed to New York Times that “Our monsters are at times as familiar as the neighborhood watch; one person’s fiction, after all, is another’s true-life horror story.” Chris seemingly spends so much time being around the white people trying to make them feel comfortable that he doesn’t see the danger he’s in until late in the movie. Jordan Peele uses this blindness of Chris’s character to play with the audience’s minds throughout.
Elizabethtown College had their 114th commencement on Saturday May 20, 2017. The class of 2017 gathered for commencement around the Dell at 11 a.m. to officially complete their undergraduate studies at Elizabethtown College.
Over 250 students received diplomas for their undergraduate studies proving their arduous work paid off. To lead this ceremony the college invited Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Following the college’s motto, “Educate for Service”, the class gift from the Elizabethtown College was a donation to a small community in Africa to construct a well for clean water. The class has worked alongside the Water Project to make this dream a reality to provide clean drinking water for many. As a reminder, a small fountain will be placed in the BSC to represent the well built from their donation.Many families arrived early to get the best seats possible. Seating was arranged in the shape of a horseshoe with seats for the graduating students in the middle of all the parents. Many groups of relatives also brought their own chairs. Parking was also scarce as many people began to arrive around the campus. All the convenient spots were taken early forcing people to park at the far end of campus near the chapel and Brown parking lot. Campus Security directed people as best as they could and tried their best to aid request taken by many of the guest on campus that day.
Many families arrived early to get the best seats possible. Seating was arranged in the shape of a horseshoe with seats for the graduating students in the middle of all the parents. Many groups of relatives also brought their own chairs. Parking was also scarce as many people began to arrive around the campus. All the convenient spots were taken early forcing people to park at the far end of campus near the chapel and Brown parking lot. Campus Security directed people as best as they could and tried their best to aid request taken by many of the guest on campus that day. As the students moved their tassels from one side to the other, they all cheered in joy as they spent their last moments as students.
When Beth Andrews was asked what she was most happy about at the moment she replied, “We are excited to see what is next in the chapter of our son’s life. We are so proud of him and have looked forward to this day for a very long time so to be here and see it, it finally is becoming surreal.” Another parent replied saying, “Our whole family is here to see this. Our son is the first in our family to attend and graduate college. We have all helped him in any way we can, we’re all excited and could not be any prouder.” When Sean Phillips was asked what was next in life after graduating with a degree in social work he replied, “Well, it sucks to think about but I guess I’ll be living in the real world. I have a job lined up in a social work office where I’ll be working with young teens and I’m looking forward to that.”
“So, I’ve been at Elizabethtown for 4 years now, I’m a senior, and since freshman year I have been part of the improv comedy troupe ‘Mad Cow Improv’ and um, I just finished my final show with Mad Cow and it was a super emotional experience which kind of strikes me odd to begin with because to a lot of people it just seems like an acting troupe but its a lot more than that. When I originally auditioned it just seemed like an ordinary acting troupe. But when I ended up becoming so close with all of the people that are in it, the amount of drama that has arisen, the joy, the laughter all really binds us together and it means everything to me.”
T:I started off as Engineering major, but recently switched to a Information Systems major
I:Why did you choose Elizabethtown College?
T:I chose it for the lacrosse team and also the fact of the smaller community and I enjoy smaller colleges so I can have a bigger social life and I thought it would be better for me because of class room sizes.