Artists of TCC: Sedricka Morris

TCC Talon’s Natalia Areas sat down with Sedricka Morris, a TCC student whose passion is her art. Morris paints in her free time and is currently working towards her dream of becoming a recognized fashion designer. 

TCC student, Sedricka Morris is very passionate about the arts.                                             

NATALIA

When did you discover your artistic abilities?

MORRIS

“I actually discovered my talent when I was three years old by drawing on the hallway wall with a box of crayons that my mom bought me for Christmas.”

NATALIA

Where do you get your inspiration from?

MORRIS

“My 9th-grade art teacher, Mr. Stefano. He motivates me to finish all my artworks because sometimes, I can be hard on myself about every little mistake I make.”

NATALIA

Would you like to become an artist?

MORRIS

“I plan on majoring in fashion design. I don’t have much time to paint anymore and artist don’t get paid that well. Though I have been drawing tattoos for my friends.”

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The Progression of Elisa Cecchetti

Elisa Cecchetti played her high-school softball career in her home country of Italy. Despite playing abroad, Cecchetti received interest from multiple college teams in the United States.

After careful deliberation, she decided to further her athletic and academic career at Tallahassee Community College.

“I had to pick between a couple schools and I was told TCC had a good program for education and then they talked really [well] about Coach Patti,” Cecchetti said on choosing TCC.

Cecchetti got off to a successful start at the college level. She finished second on the team in hits (39) and batting average (.322) as a freshman. The Eagles finished just 21-23 on the season, but Cecchetti had an uptick in confidence because of her success. She carried her momentum into the offseason and continued to put in the time to become a better all-around player.

Cecchetti calls out a play to the Eagles outfield. (Photo courtesy of TCC Athletics/Michael Schwarz.)

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The Zanders Review: Painting Pictures

Kodak Black has become a cult icon in the state of Florida over the course of the last three years. His infamous Kodak Black Dance, putting his pinkie on his teeth, and his hit singles have carried him to an elite status amongst high-school and college-aged Floridians.

So far, the 19-year old rapper has only released mixtapes, which are basically free versions of an album. This all changed on March 31 when he released his first studio album “Painting Pictures.” The 18-track debut album comes on the heels of his chart-topping single “Tunnel Vision,” in which he invented a new dance craze that swept the south by storm.

Photo courtesy of www.kanyetothe.com.

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The Zanders Review: Rather You Than Me

On March 17, 41-year-old hustler turned rapper Rick Ross released his ninth studio album “Rather You than Me.”

Rather You Than Me is an album that is best listened to off the coast of a beach with a fancy drink in your hand.  It just has a rich, luxurious vibe to it. From the opulent think piece “Scientology” to the silky “Santorini Greece,” the album sounds like an ode to the old Grecian days.  

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The Russell Review: Your Name

Minor Spoilers Ahead: You’ve been Warned!

If you had the opportunity to temporarily switch places with someone in a different situation than your own, what would you do with that time? This is an idea explored at length in Makoto Shinkai’s animated film Your Name, which was released last year in Japan. Thanks to critical and commercial acclaim in Japan, it was recently sent to American cinemas for a limited run. While the movie comes off as predictable at first, as everyone has seen the “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” stories, but this feature brings some interesting magic and originality to the plot that make it refreshing and heartwarming.

Mitsuha is a teenage girl living in rural Japan. She lives with her younger sister and her grandmother, where they run the local religious shrine. Mitsuha tires of the country life and wants to run off to Tokyo once she’s done with high school. Taki is a teenage boy living in the heart of Tokyo, where he goes to school and also works at a restaurant. Taki tires of the fast-paced nature of Tokyo at times and wishes he could relax for a bit. When a comet flies over the night sky, a change occurs and Mitsuha and Taki find themselves in very different bodies the next day. At first, the two think that they’re just having very vivid dreams. However, from talking to their friends the next day and from looking in their journals, they discover that they’re switching bodies randomly. What follows is a chain of events I would rather not spoil, but I was happy to see that the filmmakers did a relatively good job staying away from cliché and recycled plot.

Taki and Mitsuha from Your Name. Photo Credit: Kimi no na wa
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5311514/mediaviewer/rm3024826368.

There were two things that stood out to me from the beginning of the film and all throughout: the animation and the soundtrack. I can, without a doubt, say that this film had some of the most beautiful artwork I have ever seen. The colors were intensely vibrant, the movement of characters was incredibly fluid, and the lighting, both natural and artificial, had the glimmer of the real thing. Japanese music can be pretty hit and miss for me, but every song from this movie’s soundtrack had me tapping my foot in my seat, to the annoyance of those next to me I’m sure.

This is certainly an anime movie, and those who are turned off by that style of animation may wish to steer clear from this one. Like most anime, the emotions are quite a bit more exaggerated than they have any right to be, although it is far from the most “over-the-top” one that I’ve seen. There’s also a recurring plot point that has to do with one character’s obsession with breasts that, while funny the first time, overstays its welcome after a while.

Taki looking out at the comet flying overhead. Photo Credit: Kimi no na wa
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5311514/mediaviewer/rm2675849216.

The version that is playing in American theaters right now is still in Japanese, so there will be a bit of reading subtitles, but I think it is worth hearing it the way that the director intended it to be heard.  Often, the English translation will change some of the dialogue to fit American audiences better, and it can often change the tone of the film.

Final Verdict

Your Name is a very sweet and heartwarming anime. It sent me on a wide range of emotions throughout its run time, and I found myself constantly mesmerized by its startling artwork and energetic soundtrack. I think that any fan of anime should see this movie, and even those who don’t normally watch anime but enjoy a cute story should give it a shot. If this movie does well, this could open the door for more anime releases in America in the future. However, if you can’t stand anime, I can assure you that this will not change your opinion on the genre. If you could swap minds with an anime lover, even for just a little bit, I’m sure you’ll have a great time!

TCC Celebrates 36th Edition of Eyrie Magazine with Annual Unveiling Event

By Kelly Maere, Eyrie Staff Member

The Eyrie Art & Literary Magazine staff excitedly unboxes the 36th edition of the magazine that they’ve worked so hard to complete, preparing for its release to the public in just a few days.

Since 1982, Tallahassee Community College has published a yearly edition of the Eyrie, a student-run magazine showcasing unpublished literature and artwork submitted by TCC students.

“The Eyrie is a great opportunity for students to feel more connected to their campus,” said Niki Costantino, the Eyrie’s Faculty Advisor of the last five years. “It’s an awesome testament to creativity and leadership for the students.”

Art and Literature Magazine staff layout the final proof of the magazine’s 36th edition. (Photo courtesy of Niki Constantino.)

Nearly 300 art and literature pieces were submitted to the Eyrie by students over the course of 2016, 53 of which were selected for publishing in the 36th edition of the Eyrie.

“I’m excited for people to see the retro cover and consistency of the design throughout the magazine,” said the 2017 Eyrie Design and Layout Editor, Donald “D.J.” Paradis. “I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned so much from this process.”

The unveiling of the newest edition of the Eyrie will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 in the Fine and Performing Arts Center Lobby. The event is free to attend, but business casual attire is required. Refreshments will be provided, as well as music and speeches made by genre winners. All TCC students and staff are invited to attend.

“It’s a great opportunity for the TCC community to come together and celebrate the students who have had their work published, but also for the students who have worked really hard to make the magazine,” said Costantino, “If you love to listen to works of literature read out loud, or if you like looking at art, it’s a great community event and a chance to really celebrate students.”

Art and Literature Magazine staff layout the final proof of the magazine’s 36th edition. (Photo courtesy of Niki Constantino.)

For more information on the Eyrie Literary & Art Magazine or the unveiling of the 36th issue, please contact Niki Costantino at costantn@tcc.fl.edu.

Lawriell Wilson Returns from ACL Injury to Set Records

Lawriell Wilson was ranked as a three star recruit and the number 25 point guard in the country by ESPN. Then, she tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the state championship during her senior year of high school. After the injury, some schools lost interest in Wilson but Tallahassee Community College continued to be proactive in her recruitment.

“The coaches were the most consistent and I felt a relationship with them.” Wilson said about her decision to attend TCC. “I just decided to come here because I trusted them.”

Her trust in TCC’s coaches paid off. Wilson will leave Tallahassee as the most productive women’s player in the college’s history.

She became the Eagles all-time leading scorer by finishing her career with 1,127 total points. This surpassed the previous record of 1,055 points scored by Syreeta Bromfield from 1999-01.

TCC’s Lawriell Wilson (23) takes a shot during TCC’s women’s basketball team’s 95-67 win against Northwest Florida State College on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photos courtesy of TCC Athletics/Michael Schwarz.)

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#OverheardAtTCC

“That’s what you get for dating Jack Daniels on a Saturday night.”

“My tombstone’s just going to say, ‘I’m FINE.’”

“I want to pet every dog at least once, is that really too much to ask?”

“I just don’t know where to get a band aid on campus. I mean, it’s not like elementary school where you can just go to a nurse.”

The Russell Review: Power Rangers

Minor Spoilers Ahead: You’ve been Warned!

It was difficult to watch Power Rangers without feeling like I was 6 years old again. I haven’t felt nostalgia and childlike wonder in the theater like this in quite some time. The Power Rangers were a big part of my after-school ritual for years, and knowing that a big budget version of the costumed “teenagers with attitude” was coming to theaters got me more excited than I expected. While it’s not a revolutionary movie, Power Rangers is arguably the best children’s show movie when held up to the Transformers, Ninja Turtles and G.I. Joe series.

The main thing that stood out to me about this movie was the actual depth of the characters. In the original series, the Rangers themselves were very one-dimensional. Billy was nerdy, Kimberly was a gymnast, Jason was the leader, Zack was a dancer and Trini was just…Trini. However, in this new movie, all of the kids have problems. Sexual orientation, learning disabilities, sexting, and broken families all play a part in the lives of the teenagers in this movie. I think it was bold of the movie’s screenwriters to go down this path, as the young audience of this movie might have similar problems, and they now have new idols to aspire to. Often, heroes are these perfect paragons of humanity, so it’s refreshing to see people come together because they’re far from perfect.

Becky G. as Trini, Dacre Montgomery as Jason, Naomi Scott as Kimberly, Ludi Lin as Zack, and RJ Cyler as Billy in Power Rangers. (Photo Credit: Kimberley French, Lions Gate Entertainment
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3717490/mediaviewer/rm203162905).

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Theatre TCC to Present Production of Award-winning Musical “Pippin”

(Photo courtesy of www.tallahasseearts.org)

Theatre TCC has a history of producing a variety of world-renowned and award-winning plays.

From Young Frankenstein, to Catch Me If You Can, to The Crucible, TCC’s performing arts program has covered a wide berth of classic and widely accessible musicals and comedies. This semester, this trend will continue.

Theatre TCC will be putting on a production of “Pippin,” the famous play by Stephen Schwartz and Bob Fosse, on April 6-8 and April 13-15. The play will start at 8 p.m. and will focus on Pippin, the son of Charlemagne, searching for his purpose and fulfillment in life.

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