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“Lord of the Rings”trilogy scholar discusses J.R.R. Tolkien

Douglas Anderson didn’t know that his first reading of “The Lord of the Rings” when he was 13 years old would lead to his career as an expert on J.R.R. Tolkien. “I was visiting my older sister, and she gave me the Tolkien books to…

Professor talks of love, appreciation for movies

At first glance, you might think Steve Warner is just another college student in his faded wash jeans and polo T-shirt. However, this mild-mannered man is actually a Bradley professor. With an office that is “literally a closest, it is used for storage,” Warner is…

Stimulus package passes

Aspects of package may affect Bradley students The $787 billion economic stimulus bill, which President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday, includes a higher education tax credit aimed at helping families with children in college. Financial Assistance Director Dave Pardieck said the increased tax…

Bradley donor gifts decline

Bradley’s endowment decreased 26 percent in the last six months of 2008, as donors’ wallets pinched and stocks plummeted. Vice President for Business Affairs Gary Anna said students shouldn’t see any immediate impact, but the drop has caused some belt-tightening and may cause more in…

Safety gets sized up a year after NIU

Last Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting at Northern Illinois University, during which six were killed and 22 were wounded. Since then, Bradley has taken measures meant to prevent a similar situation from happening here. “You are always looking for ways to…

Cult film “Office Space” celebrates 10th anniversary

It’s been 10 years since Mike Judge’s famous film, “Office Space,” graced theaters and quickly became an American cult classic. The “Office Space” cast reunited in Austin, Texas, this month for the 10th anniversary of the film, according to Cinematical.com. Over 1,200 fans and cast…

Essential Albums: “OK Computer”

It is hard for me to get along with people who do not like Radiohead. There are plenty of bands and artists out there who I do not like for rather simple reasons. There are other artists I am perfectly fine with when people tell…

Mickey Rourke delivers in “The Wrestler”

“The Wrestler” does a lot with a little.  It is the kind of dark and gritty film that gets stuck between your teeth, almost making you shudder in its unrelenting realism. The movie is comparable to Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” in the American professional wrestling arena. It’s…

Stimulus plan will help U.S. despite concessions

It seems as though more has been accomplished in the first three weeks of President Barack Obama’s administration than former President George W. Bush did in the last eight months of his. But it’s hard to say whether the economic stimulus bill that passed in…

Student-athletes deserve more credit

Student-atlhete   That word is commonly thrown around for people who play sports in college. Notice the first word, student, comes before the second word, athlete. This is a fact many fans don’t consider. Stories are written day-in and day-out about how athletes perform on…