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Faculty went too far censoring art

The act of censorship should be reserved for extreme circumstances. The censorship imposed on a sculpture in Tandy Hall was uncalled for.Not only does censorship breach the right to free speech, but it also undermines the intelligence of the students on campus.

A 2-foot sculpture of a monkey that was anatomically correct was removed after two days of being on display in the building.

Faculty and staff said the piece of art was removed because they did not feel it was appropriate to be displayed in a workplace setting.

ROCK ‘n’ ROll GODS

Once you have proclaimed your band to be the greatest in the world, what else is there left to do? Make a movie, of course.That is exactly what the overweight middle-age rock group Tenacious D did, and, surprisingly, it didn't suck.

The band is best known for the short comedy skits that first started airing on HBO in the late 1990s.

"Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny" sets out to portray how the band got its start.

MtvU gives campus bands shot at fame, major label contracts

Are you and your band just itching to make it big and explode onto the national music scene? If so, mtvU has just launched this year's Best Music on Campus search.There are four different record and video deals up for the taking with one grand prize winner receiving the opportunity to perform on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."

The non-grand prize winners' record deals are with Epitaph Records, Definitive Jux Records and Drive-Thru Records - each offering their own package.

‘Heroes’ flies to top of fall schedule

"Save the Cheerleader. Save the World." If you don't know where this TV season's most popular catch phrase is from, then you are missing out.NBC's "Heroes" is the most watched new show of the season, and for good reason. It tells the stories of common people with uncommon powers and how they must come together to fight the ultimate evil.

NBC is about to air the last new episode before taking a six-week break, which means there is no better time to get caught-up on all the action. NBC still has the first 10 episodes posted on its Web site.

Newcomers shine in ‘Babel’

Take one plot, divide it into four subplots occurring in four different countries - Morocco, Japan, Mexico and the United States - and you have the groundwork for "Babel."In the biblical story of Babel, people were punished for their pride and vanity by becoming incomprehensible to each other. And while speaking different languages poses enough of an obstacle to overcome, the real barriers are those made by man.

In the movie, directed by Alejandro González I¤Ã¡rritu ("21 Grams"), much of the same is present as he weaves the story through the four subplots.

Rockin’ in the U.S.A.

It is often said the war in Iraq is comparable to the Vietnam War, but there is one thing that is noticeably different -- where are all the protest songs?Many of today's musical artists are so worried about having a radio-friendly hit that they forgo writing any songs that have actual messages. Thankfully, some artists are willing to take that risk.

Now that the mid-term elections have come and gone, let's take a look back at some of the most politically-charged songs to come out in the past year.

Meat Loaf still fresh

It's exactly what you would expect it to be - Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose" is bombastic, over-the-top melodrama and simply one of the best albums to come out this year.In what marks Loaf's ninth studio album, and supposedly the last in the "Bat" series, this disc delivers the goods. Opening track "The Monster is Loose," which is about war and famine, is more than seven minutes in length and sounds like something off a Styx record from the 1980s; it is clear that Loaf has been brushing up on his vocal abilities.

FLUSH THIS

What is there to say about the latest animated movie to hit the silver screen? There are rats, jokes that are three years old and not a whole lot of laughs in between.Despite game efforts from A-listers Hugh Jackman ("The Prestige" and "X-Men") and Kate Winslet ("Little Children" and "Titanic"), the end result is the same as you would expect from less-talented actors.

Jackman voices Roddy, a coddled pet rat who finds himself flushed down the toilet of his plush bachelor pad by an obnoxious sewer rat named Sid (Shane Richie, "Shoreditch").

Hilariously outrageous plot delivers all ‘Borat’ promised

It is true. Believe the hype. "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," is hands-down the funniest movie you will see this year - possibly this decade.What can only be described as pure genius, "Borat" is a movie based on the sketch of the same name on HBO's "Da Ali G Show."

It follows the story of journalist Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen, "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" and "Da Ali G Show") who leaves his native land of Kazakhstan for America.

Movie Review: ‘Scissors’ features sharp acting

Ignore everything you think a movie should be about, and you have the general concept of "Running With Scissors.""Scissors" is the adaptation of the bestselling memoir written by Augusten Burroughs and tells the story of a boy in his adolescent years.

While that doesn't seem like an interesting plot for a book or movie, the details of Burroughs' life make it far more fascinating.

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