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5 things to do or watch over Christmas break

By J.D. McKay

College Football Playoff, Dec. 29

These games are what the college football world waits for the entire season. Third-ranked Notre Dame plays second-ranked Clemson at 4 p.m., and fourth-ranked Oklahoma plays first-ranked Alabama at 8 p.m. The winner of these games will face off in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 7. The winners will be Clemson in a close game and Alabama in a blowout.

Wrestling Rage on the Stage, Dec. 20

Wrestling is a sport that does not get very high attendance, but Rage on the Stage normally draws a crowd and makes wrestling more interesting. Rage on the Stage is a wrestling meet held on the stage in the auditorium. The light and sound systems are also used to create a very unique experience for a wrestling event.

U of L vs UK, Dec. 29

This game is always meaningful to people in the Kentuckiana. It hurts me to say this, but UK will probably thump U of L for the second straight year. It will also be the third consecutive time that U of L loses to UK in football and basketball.

Hockey game

I have written several times about why you should go to a hockey game, and I will do it once again today. Hockey is the best sport to watch live and you can watch hockey almost anywhere you travel to over the break. Evansville, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati all have minor league teams that you can pay $10 to get in. If you are going to a bigger city like St. Louis, Nashville, Columbus, or Chicago you could watch a NHL game. However, those cost much more than a minor league hockey game.

Colts vs Titans, Dec. 30

Even before the playoffs, some games are win or go home. This game will be a win or go home game for the Colts. If they win, they should be the sixth seed and go into the playoff having won nine of the last ten. If they lose, they will be out of playoff contention and the Titans could slide in as the sixth seed.

Christmas movie reviews: Elf

By J.D. McKay

A human raised by elves strolls down a busy New York City street. A brightly lit LED sign reads “World’s best cup of coffee.” The innocent human elf views this as a child would, literally, and barges in exclaiming, “You did it! Congratulations! World’s best cup of coffee! Great job everybody! It’s great to meet you.”

“Elf” starts by showing Buddy’s (Will Ferrell) youth and how he originally got to the North Pole. But after being the worst toy maker in the North Pole he makes a startling revelation-he is not an elf. After learning this, he goes to find his real dad, Walter Hobbs (James Caan), in New York City. He first finds Walter, who works in the Empire State Building. After a DNA test several days later, Walter accepts that Buddy is his son and takes him home to meet his wife Emily (Mary Steenburgen) and his son Michael (Daniel Tay). Michael’s first impression is that Buddy is an odd person. But the next day after a snowball fight only a human raised like an elf could have, Michael decides his new half-brother is cool and even helps Buddy get a girlfriend named Jovie (Zooey Deschanel).

The acting in “Elf” is terrific. Playing a role like Buddy could be an interesting challenge. The actor would need to act innocent and like a little kid in a city, and yet not act dumb. Ferrell pulls this off perfectly. There are very few other people who could play Buddy the Elf as well as he does. The rest of the actors also do a great job of working off Buddy’s quirks to make the scenes as funny and cringey as possible.

The directing in the movie also adds an interesting element. Obviously, this movie was made in the 2000s so Jon Favreau could make some pretty high quality animations, but instead he takes a page out of Rudolph, one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time. Instead of animating the artic animals that wave goodbye to Buddy as he starts his long journey, Favreau makes the characters look similar to claymations. Plus, some of the funniest scenes are funny because of the good camera angles that make Buddy’s actions just as awkward as possible. He also does an excellent job of using the actors’ tone to add humor.

This movie is mostly silliness, as are most movies Will Ferrell stares in, but this movie also shows strong family values. While Buddy might originally be hated by his father and thought of as a weird dude by his half mother and brother, their opinions on this weird elf eventually change and they love him.

The movie also shows that some parts of life are more important than a good job and chasing money. Walter starts the movie as a man completely obsessed with his job and not spending much time with his family. However, after a Christmas Eve meeting, he leaves his job and goes to help find his son and spend Christmas Eve with his family.

This movie has been out for 13 years and does not seem to be becoming unpopular, so it would not surprise me if it became a Christmas classic like Frosty of Rudolph.

The same human elf that loves sugar gets his first taste of the big city literally. As he skips down a busy street, he notices gum stuck to the bottom of a handrail and goes at it like an elf in a candy store.

Get Into The Holiday Spirit With The Arts: Accidentals Light Up #OurNA This Saturday

By Hannah Tarr

With Thanksgiving over, it is the most wonderful time of the year: the winter holidays. FC’s arts department is getting involved this year in raising holiday cheer, and this story is the first in a series previewing those events.

In past decades, it has become a tradition for cities to host a public event the night they turn on their holiday lights around the city. Crowds gather in a park to enjoy live holiday entertainment, and children jump and cheer at the season’s first sighting of Santa Claus. The same is true at New Albany’s annual event, Light Up #OurNA. Light Up #OurNA is special to FC not only because it is the most local Light Up event, closer than Light Up Louisville or Light Up Jeffersonville, but because some of the featured entertainment is FC’s own Accidentals choir.

“There are several reasons people should go Light Up New Albany, but the most important reason to go is to get involved and support your community. Also, it will be a ton of fun,” said junior Nick Landrum. “The program overall is filled with a lot of quality entertainment.”

Senior Haley Sieg, a self-proclaimed lover of anything involving music, hopes people will be drawn to the program by the variety and talent of music groups performing. She also notes the convenience of the event’s location: Bicentennial Park, where Light Up #OurNA is held, is on the corner of Spring Street and Pearl Street in the heart of downtown New Albany, so Sieg recommends getting some holiday shopping done and then coming to check it out.

Whatever the reason for attending, audiences are in store for a treat. “The Accidentals have been putting a lot of time and effort into this set to bring top notch entertainment to the people in attendance for this show,” said Landrum.

The 15 member a capella choir performed at the event last year, and it was such a success that the organizers invited them back. They have been rehearsing Monday afternoons to prepare for the big night– plus a three hour rehearsal last Saturday, which was like a pajama party. The Accidentals have four songs in their repertoire to perform and are excited to show them off.

“We’ve been spending a whole lot of time on what we’re doing, and I personally think that our songs are really good,” said junior Maddie Hankins. “We have some classics, like ‘Carol of the Bells,’ but then we also have modern bops like ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You,’ and ‘Up on the Housetop,’ the Pentatonix version. And I really think that it has something that everyone’s going to like.”

The performance is rounded out by the addition of sleigh bells and even choreography. Landrum says that all of this character really rounds out the performance.

“What I have personally learned from my preparations for this event is that in order to get the highest amount of energy from the audience, I really needed to get some movement in the pieces of music,” he said. “While it is entertaining to watch an ensemble of singers stand around and beautifully sing their songs, it is much more enjoyable when that group is moving to the music.”

While it is a lot of fun, it also requires a lot of skill and concentration from the performers. There is no conductor in front of the group while they are performing. And there are very few people on any given part, with “Up on the Housetop” even featuring solos from Hankins, Sieg, and other members of the choir.

“I’ve learned how to be independent,” said Hankins. “There’s only like 15 people, there’s only three second sopranos. Sometimes, I’m the only person singing a certain part. It’s that way for most of the people in the choir too, you have to hold your own very very well and be able to be confident.”

The unique style of the Accidentals’ music presents a learning opportunity for all of its members. This is Sieg’s first year in the choir, and it is unlike her previous experiences in other choirs at FC.

“I’ve learned a lot just about this more jazz/ pop style of singing,” said Sieg. “Additionally, I sing as a tenor in this choir, which uses a whole different part of my range than I am typically used to.”

The skill of the Accidentals combined with the beauty of the Light Up #OurNA experience makes for a truly memorable night. Consider bracing the cold this Saturday, Nov. 24 at 6:00 p.m. and come out to Bicentennial Park to spread some holiday warmth.