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Much Ado About Nothing

In Event, Theater on April 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm

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By Tom Schwans, Adjunct Professor of Theater

From April 10th – 13th, Quinnipiac University Theater for Community was proud to present William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Below is my director’s note from the production. A complete collection of photos by Melissa Mizell can be seen on the QU Theater for Community Facebook page.

Shakespeare didn’t know that he was “Shakespeare!” Our deifying of Shakespeare came long after his death and our study of his work as literature is relatively recent. Shakespeare was a playwright, he was an actor, and he was a theatre owner. In modern parlance, Shakespeare was a cheap hack who was trying to make a buck. There was money to be made in writing plays and charging admission, and Shakespeare made money. He did so by appealing to the masses. He wrote about love, about power, about sex, about death, about everything that it means to be human.

The Aesthetics of Gameplay

In Event, Faculty on March 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

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By Greg Garvey, Professor of Game Design

The ACM SIGGRAPH DIGITAL ARTS COMMUNITY (DAC) sponsored online game art show (http://gameartshow.siggraph.org/gas/) showcases recent indie digital games from independent developers that are uniquely creative in putting together striking and distinctive aesthetics with engaging gameplay. Titles like Giant Sparrow’s Unfinished Swan or Flower by Thatgamecompany included in this exhibition, immediately come to mind as representative examples with their innovative use of visual mechanics fundamental to the gameplay. While those games are now available on the Sony PlayStation Network (PSN), all games in “The Aesthetics of Gameplay” have emerged from the indie game scene.

The House That Edison Built

In Faculty on March 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

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By Stan Rothman, Professor of Mathematics

Spring recess at Quinnipiac University means my wife Tara and I make another trip to Naples, Florida to visit our granddaughters. On Friday, March 7 we decided to visit the Edison-Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. I never anticipated what I discovered. Of course I knew about many of the inventions of Thomas Edison including the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph, and the motion picture camera as well as improving the telegraph and telephone. In fact his 1,093 patents is the most by any person.

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