Author EmilyKochanski

On Friday, Nov. 3, Saint Leo black box theater had its first showing of “The Secret in the Wings,” a play by Mary Zimmerman. The play was directed by Dr. Alicia Corts, the Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy, who was also the music director of the show.     “The Secret in the Wings” is a play that combines lesser-known fairy tales and myths with an ugly mystique and a childish humor all in one. The audience was thrilled and spooked at the same time as the play quickly transitioned between a humorous to a melancholy tone without warning. The show successfully managed to incorporate the…

On Oct. 30, the entire campus was abuzz with spirited students and staff celebrating “A Day for Saint Leo.” This year’s event kicked off Homecoming week and featured multiple t-shirt drops, a selfie station, and a Phonathon. The event was hosted by members of Alumni Engagement and Sustained Giving. Regina Belvin, the department’s Assistant Director, wanted this special day to bring both students and arriving alumni together. “The purpose of this event is to celebrate the Saint Leo community with our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends,” said Belvin. “Since the event is social media based, everyone can participate no…

The most frightening day of the year is right around the corner, and it’s time for Halloween lovers everywhere to start preparing with a good old-fashioned fright fest. For those who’ve already exhausted their horror movie inventory, they can shake things up a bit with these top television shows guaranteed to send shivers down the spine. Scream (Netflix) Based on the popular Wes Craven film series, “Scream” is the story of a group of teens coming to grips with their darkest demons in the midst of a series of gruesome murders committed by a revenge-driven, ghost-faced psychopath. While the…

President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is of great concern to the nation today. On Sept. 6, before Hurricane Irma’s arrival, Saint Leo President William J. Lennox sent out a mass email to the student body that made the University’s stance on DACA crystal clear. “As a Catholic university, Saint Leo University is disheartened by the move to terminate DACA,” the letter stated. “We are in accord with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.” In an interview, Lennox went on to further state that “[Saint Leo University] follows the Bishops and what the…

On Sep. 28, a member of Saint Leo’s Creative Writing team proved that she was among the “Best of the Bay.” Gianna Russo, the Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing, took home a Reader’s Choice Award for Best Local Poet. The award was presented by Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay. Russo has been a member of the University’s Creative Writing department for seven years, but writing has been a major part of her life for far longer than that. “I’ve been a writer since childhood. My parents were great readers and storytellers,” Russo elaborated. “I wrote poems all through middle…

It’s no secret that Saint Leo University possesses a diverse array of artistically talented students and staff. On Oct. 7, the campus decided to share those talents with the community at large by hosting the first annual “Arts in the Park.” The event was held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Agnes Lamb Park in Dade City. The event was co-created by Marissa McLargin, Instructor of English/Professional Writing, and featured a wide variety of acts from both members of the Saint Leo community and Dade City residents. McLargin was approached by Wendell Speer, a local author, who had the…

Funny man Seth MacFarlane, creator of the hit television series “Family Guy,” engaged quantum drive and made a bold leap from animation to live action with his new series “The Orville,” which premiered on Sept. 10. MacFarlane stars as Ed Mercer, a down on his luck interstellar fleet officer who catches a much-needed break when he is awarded command of an exploratory vessel, the U.S.S. Orville. But on his first day on the job, Mercer’s high spirits quickly take a nose dive when he learns that his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (played by Adrianne Palicki), is to be his first officer. …

Horror fans who have been harboring doubts about the remake of Stephen King’s “IT” can finally put those fears to rest. The film, which debuted in theaters on Sept. 9, is frightening, visually stunning, and even down right funny enough to give Pennywise the clown a fit of the giggles. “IT” stars Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Leiberher, Finn Wolfhard, and more, and is directed by Andy Muschietti (“Mama.”) All is not right in the small town of Derry, Maine. Children are disappearing left and right under mysterious circumstances. When Bill Denbrough’s (Leiberher) little brother, Georgie, ends up among the missing, he…

After learning that Hurricane Irma would hit us only at a category 1 storm, I wasn’t exactly shaking in my boots. However, I quickly discovered that I was wrong to not be scared. On Sunday, Sept. 10, I learned that although one may be well prepared for the physical damage that may come, you can never be truly ready for the toll that impending chaos can take on your sense of security. The last major storm that I can vaguely recall experiencing was Hurricane Frances, which struck in 2004. Aside from spending a sweltering 5 days without running water or…

Fans of the popular rap metal group Linkin Park were in for a horrific surprise on July 19. The band’s lead singer, Chester Bennington, was found dead in his home from an apparent suicide. He was 41. Linkin Park was formed in 1996 and quickly rose to fame after their debut album, “Hybrid Theory,” was released in 2000. Since then, the band has produced numerous chart topping singles and six more albums, including their latest entitled “One More Light,” which was released in May. The band has been numerously praised as one of the greatest of the past decade and…

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