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After all these years, Gator is dead… again… kind of. The cheesy joke that became one of the biggest cult hits of recent memory has not had so much as a teaser image since the release of the franchise’s latest entry, Man 2: I Didn’t Man To, did horribly at the box office. In an interview after Man 2’s release, the series’ original creator, Charles Spitzner, reportedly stated “Y’all’ve taken this way too far. I’ve been saying that the joke died.” With no new Gator or Man movie seeming to be in the works, and even with the original creator saying that it should end, it looks like after all this time the franchise as a whole may actually die. As such, now seems like the best time to look back at the franchise, both to remember where it came from and to try to analyze both what it did…

It all started when Stony Brook University’s Black Lives Matter movement stood with Mizzou in Nov. 2015. Stony Brook students requested a platform to voice their concerns on campus diversity issues. The school’s administration complied by providing a space for dialogue, Judith Greiman, Chief Deputy to the President and Vice President for Government and Community Relations, said. “[President] Stanley made a deep commitment to them that we would put together a broad-based plan and implement it,” Greiman said. In December, they released an initial draft of the diversity plan for the community to critique. It came back with approximately 130 comments, and was reworked around four key goals: To improve the diversity of the Stony Brook community through enhanced recruitment and retention. To expand educational, research, healthcare and other efforts to ensure that students are able to thrive on campus and as global citizens in a diverse society. To support…

After its initial 52 episode run 12 years ago, the final season of “Samurai Jack” began on March 11. After such a long wait, one question begs answering: was the original series actually that good, or are people being blinded by their nostalgia? In short, the series holds up well, but with a few glaring flaws. Some are creative decisions, others are byproducts of the time. Before delving into the positives and negatives of the show though, a brief reminder about the overall plot of “Samurai Jack,” as explained by the series’ antagonist, Aku: “Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil! But a foolish Samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I tore open a portal in time and flung him into the future, where my evil is law! Now…

The first anime of 2017 are well underway, and all have had a chance for their respective openings to demonstrate the show’s best qualities and draw an audience to watch it. So all of the openings can be compared to each other to determine which is the best of the season. As with previous top anime opening lists, the only anime considered are new shows in their first season. Ongoing shows like “Naruto” and sequel, prequel or reboot shows like “Rewrite 2nd Season” are not eligible because the opening may rely on information from the previous season or seasons. If an opening changes during the run of the show, the changes will not be considered for this list. This list does not judge the content of the anime, only the quality of the opening. elDlive elDlive’s opening has two main positive points: the song and the…

Nowadays, the “Bridge to Nowhere” is something of a myth, a story told to freshmen about how absurd the campus they call home is. When new students are in their first semester or so, they are told about how Stony Brook University built half of a bridge, going from the second floor of the Union and just stopping in midair near the library. No stairs down at the end or anything; just a sharp cutoff in midair. It turns out that the Bridge to Nowhere not only existed, but also did so up until fairly recently. It was completed eventually and had good reasons for its strange history. Construction on the bridge began in 1967 as a way to avoid traffic accidents. The road splitting the Union from the academic campus was open to traffic at the time, so students had to worry about being run over if…

The tunnels underneath the academic mall at Stony Brook University have an almost mythical status. Most students seem to know something about them, but almost no one knows anything concrete. Some of the more popular myths are that any student caught in the tunnels is expelled, and that the tunnels connect every building on the academic mall. Despite the illusive nature of the tunnels, campus media shows that they have a storied history, with various mentions in the Statesman and other publications from the 1970’s to the present. Several of the stories confirm with official sources that the tunnels are for utility pipes like steam and electricity going throughout the academic mall, and that students are not allowed in the tunnels under any circumstances. Some of the more interesting mentions of the tunnels include when a student died by falling into an open manhole and when…

This past Sunday, “Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu” (“Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-”) ended its 25 episode run as the highest rated anime television show of 2016 on MyAnimeList. The show features Subaru Natsuki, a 17-year-old shut-in NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) who gets transported to a fantasy world with no way back and nothing on him except his jumpsuit, a phone and some groceries. The basic premise is a trope that has been gaining popularity in recent years. A genre savvy protagonist gets transported to a world where they expect to be extremely powerful but end up being just another person. In “Sword Art Online,” a show in the same subgenre but which takes place in a virtual reality video game, the protagonist’s knowledge of the game gave him an edge and allowed him to win. In “Konosuba,” the protagonist was killed and sent to another…

Assassination Classroom is an anime about an octopus creature deciding to teach a group of Japanese middle schoolers precious lessons across various subjects like math, history and as the title suggests, assassination. They are being taught to kill because they have a daunting task: in one year they must assassinate their teacher, a being capable of reaching Mach 20 (15,224 miles per hour) instantly, or the Earth will be destroyed just like the Moon. The show masterfully combines the totally absurd with deep sensibility and decent character development. Despite the serious subject matter, the show bubbles with laugh out loud comedy. There are too many examples to even begin naming, from the teacher’s obsession with raunchy material to his frequent travels to other countries and, most simply, how he presents himself to his students. The teacher, nicknamed Koro Sensei, with his superspeed, is capable of amazing and otherwise impossible feats,…

At the start of every season, a new batch of anime begins. Most use opening credits and title sequences to get the attention of as many viewers as possible. With the current anime season well underway, all of the shows have had time to broadcast  their openings. As with previous seasons, this means that I can judge the openings against each other to determine which promote their respective shows the best. The only anime considered for this list are ones that started airing this season and do not have a previous anime adaptation. Also the openings considered for this list are from the first episodes they aired in. If an opening changes throughout the season, then the changes are not considered. This list does not judge the content of the anime, only the quality of the opening. Mayoiga (The Lost Village) The main draw of this opening is how…