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Despicable Me"" anything but despicable
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Despicable Me"" anything but despicable

 Any animated film that comes out the same summer as a Pixar film is bound to have trouble meeting those high standards. Illumination Entertainment, the new Universal/NBC-owned production company tries its hardest with ""Despicable Me,"" a lighthearted caper film that draws inspiration from ""The Incredibles"" and ""Monsters, Inc.,"" among others. ""Despicable Me"" is a worthy first effort for the fledgling animation studio, and while the film certainly doesn't reach Pixar's lofty levels, it's still an enjoyable family movie.

Film's second sequel doesn't 'Toy' around
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Film's second sequel doesn't 'Toy' around

Fifteen years ago, Michael Jordan came out of retirement, leading the Chicago Bulls to the best record in NBA history. Fifteen years ago, the United States was rocked by the Oklahoma City bombings, forcing the closure of parts of the White House. And 15 years ago on Nov. 22, ""Toy Story,"" the first ever full-length computer animated film hit theaters, grossing $362 million worldwide and establishing the Pixar/Disney standard of excellence that has been unrivaled by any other studio. ""Toy Story 3"" manages to succeed not only as a children's film, but as an exercise in nostalgia for a generation of twentysomethings who grew up saying ""you've got a friend in me.""

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Kevin is a poor, mentally scarred guinea pig

The scene was the summer after my junior year. I had just completed another day sitting at the Terrace, collecting abandoned pitchers until I had enough to buy a pitcher of Miller Lite with the $1 refund per pitcher returned. It wasn't glamorous, but for a broke college student like me, such was life. But after the Future Business Leaders of America kicked me out of their meeting for taking six slices of free pizza and smelling like a mix of Ale Asylum and urine—the latter an unfortunate side effect of the wrestling match I had with a homeless man on State St. over approximately $1.65 worth of empty cans—I decided my life needed to change.

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People who like liking things on Facebook

I like everything about Facebook. I like the ever-changing layout and the inevitable groups decrying every miniscule change. I like the creepiness it can cause, including one particular instance in College Library when a girl walked up to a rather seedy-looking guy and demanded to know why he was looking at her profile. I even like the awfulness of Facebook Chat, and how there is no single browser that can support its endless bugs. But the thing I like the most about Facebook is liking. When Facebook introduced that little ""like"" button, I wish I could have liked it. Who knew that by the time that little button was done growing, I would be able to like a page devoted to the like button, essentially fulfilling my wishes?

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Choose your own adventure: College edition

Someone once said that college is an adventure and only you hold the map that shows the path to success. That ""someone"" was an ex-con turned motivational speaker who completed two hours of his court-ordered community service by speaking at my eighth grade graduation. Despite his teardrop tattoo and missing fingers, I took the advice of Henry ""T-Bone"" Watkins to heart; he was genuine and emphatic and said anyone who didn't listen to his advice ""IS GONNA GET STABBED.""

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