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Hopeful predictions for ‘True Detective’ Season Two

Last week, it was announced that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, along with a yet to be cast female lead will star in the upcoming second season of “True Detective.” Farrell will star as a detective, while Vaughn has been cast as a career criminal and seems to be the antagonist of the new season. The only other details that have been revealed about the new season are that it will take place in California and will have something to do with, in the words of show creator Nic Pizzolatto, “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.” That certainly leaves a lot of room for speculation, and because I am a huge fan of both speculation and “True Detective,” I have decided to come up with some scenarios of what the new season might have in store, as well as which female actress would be best cast as the lead.


Brian Weidy
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Spotify study reveals campus music trends

A couple of weeks ago, Spotify released a big ol’ batch of data on the Top 40 musical universities. The fine University of Wisconsin-Madison came in at 15, the top school in the Big Ten, though that last clause holds true on just about everything, not just how much students here listen to music through Spotify.


Jim Dayton
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Heisman Watch: Week 5

This is the second edition of the Heisman Watch, a weekly feature tracking the candidates for college football’s most prestigious award. To read last week’s inaugural piece, click here.


Austin Wellens
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"Belle" provides beautiful example of the unspoken language of film

So there’s this really terrific film called “Belle,” and if you haven’t seen it I really recommend it. The premise is (basically) that the mixed race daughter of an English admiral runs into trouble when she tries to be a black person in 18th century Britain. It intelligently tackles social and racial issues, it’s visually stunning, and the cast, especially star Gugu Mbatha-Raw and veteran Tom Wilkinson, give fantastic performances.


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New Gotham City makes television debut

Gotham City is dark. It has always been dark, and “Gotham,” Fox’s new drama that has basically been billed as Gotham City before Batman, is not about to lighten it up. The pilot opens with a sequence of what can only be a young Catwoman climbing about and eventually witnessing that most heinous of crimes, the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Soon the future commissioner James Gordon and his corrupt partner Harvey Bullock are on the case. As Bullock says, “This isn’t a job for nice people.”


Brian Weidy
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Weighing the worthiness of concepts on concept albums

When one listens to non-instrumental music, the point (sometimes) is to tell a story. While one could spend all day looking for a real story in Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” you already know that she’s in the fast lane between California and Japan. The song is remarkably catchy but one isn’t looking to Ms. Swaggy P for an investigation into post-racial discourse in the 21st century.


Conor Murphy
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We exist: Being queer in a media saturated world

Few things are harder in adolescence than peers perceiving you as “different.” Whether it was the choice in clothing, music taste or after school activities, if you didn’t fit into the normal parameters, which popular kids and jocks dictated, labels started flying from those groups to describe yourself.


Grey Satterfield
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Column: What's in an early season upset?

College football season is in full swing, which means the upsets have started rolling in like a rising tide, but not a Crimson Tide (screw you Alabama). Last Saturday saw four ranked teams bite the dust. Georgia, USC, Virginia Tech and Louisville.


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Heisman Watch: Week 4

We’re now three full weeks into the 2014 college football season. That has given us enough time to peruse box scores, watch plenty of highlights and formulate some legitimate Heisman Trophy watch lists rather than preseason predictions that often turn out to be wildly incorrect. Check back in the following weeks for updated rankings.


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Late night news satire is the new comedy battleground

Like the vast majority of generation, I am the proud owner of a Facebook account. As someone who has maintained my Facebook account over the past year, I have seen a fair amount of clips from John Oliver’s new HBO show, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Oliver hosted “The Daily Show” while Jon Stewart was away directing his movie Rosewater (which, judging by the trailer, is going to be awesome). After Stewart returned to “The Daily Show,” HBO snapped up Oliver and his show, which premiered last April, has swiftly reached dizzying levels of popularity, especially with college-aged students.


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Reflections on a summer in the books

"And the fever called living ... is conquered at last.” It will be extremely pompous and presumptuous of me to begin my first column of the semester with a randomly—albeit exceptionally brilliant—selected sentence from a poem that you may or (probably) may not be aware of. But then again, where’s the fun in not doing something like that?


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