15 Rom-Com Movie Quotes To Live By This Summer

15 Rom-Com Movie Quotes To Live By This Summer

Nothing inspires optimism like a good romantic comedy.
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One of my favorite things to do over the summer is binge as many rom-coms as possible. Listen, I know they're cheesy and unrealistic, but there's something to be said for the warm and fuzzy feeling a good romantic comedy leaves in the black hole of my heart. And you know what? Maybe these cliche flicks are on to something. Here are some iconic quotes to live by this summer so that you can try your hand at living the rom-com fantasy life:

1. The Notebook

2. Crazy, Stupid, Love.

3. 13 Going On 30

4. The Spectacular Now

5. Bridesmaids

6. 10 Things I Hate About You

7. A Cinderella Story

8. Love & Other Drugs

9. That Awkward Moment

10. 500 Days Of Summer

11. Hitch

12. 27 Dresses

13. Pretty Woman

14. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

15. Aquamarine

Go forth and embrace the unbeatable optimism of rom-coms this summer.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Five Highlights From The 'Days of Rage' First Preview

I saw the new play "Days of Rage" premier October 9th. Here are some elements that stood out.

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This show takes place in October of 1969, just before the Days of Rage riots in Chicago that protested the Vietnam War. This thought-provoking play had many special elements in it, including some of the ones below.

The Set

Imagine if you took a house and cut it right down the middle, that is what this set looked like. Even the books, the couches, the chairs were sliced in half towards the end of the set up to show that we were looking into the house. And that open-house set up /moved/ as well. It was on wheels and apparently, according to an understudy, the set shifted backwards when the actors were upstairs so the people in the front rows could see better, and forwards during the more chaotic scene. The set shifted all the way to the front of the stage at the end, so much so I thought it was going to fall off, to make us feel like we were really inside of the house. If that is not incredible set design, I don't know what is.

The Costumes

Paloma Young's costume design is superb in this show. The show takes place in October of 1969, and the way Young designed the costumes is absolutely perfect. From the muted, burnt colors to the long-sleeved sweaters and slightly bell-bottomed pants, the costuming harkens back to that age while also remaining very modern. The costuming is done in a way that the action could very well be taking place in either the late 1960s or with a very trendy group today, which helps maintain and improve the relevance of this piece.

The Script

Steven Levenson did it again. As with Dear Evan Hansen, Levenson brought humor and grace to a piece about such a serious topic. His writing made it so the actors could make the audience laugh with ease. His writing through the whole show was consistently intriguing, thought-provoking, and mind-blowing. This is definitely one of the most advanced and intricate plots I have experienced in any form of theatre I have ever seen, and Levenson pulled it off with amazing results.

The Cast

Everyone in this show was phenomenal, from beginning to end. I sat close enough that I could see the intensity in Mike Faist's eyes, that I could see the tears in them that stayed reliably through the end portion of the play, I could see him fully embody the character and emotions. Odessa Young was feisty but shaped the character so well that we could see the sensitive side too, and the same with the seemingly-cold Jenny played by Lauren Patten. Tavi Gevinson who played Peggy facilitated what was easily the most intense plot twist I have ever seen, and J. Alphonse Nicholson never failed to bring much needed comic relief to such a heavy show, and bring reason and contrast to such extremes.

The Music

If you're into 60's punk rock music, this is the show for you. While it is not a full-blown musical, music is used during scene changes and key scenes in the show, and the music helps keep the viewer engaged in the setting of the piece while allowing time for actors to change scenes, costumes, etc. The music captures the rebellious spirit of the show and is definitely a crucial touch in the production.

This is definitely a life-changing show, and I highly recommend seeing it if possible. This must-see show is showing through November 25th at the Tony Kiser Theatre. This is, without a doubt, an unmissable event for anyone interested in theatre and thought-provoking entertainment.

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