Hot-shooting leads Wildcats past Golden Grizzlies

    Both Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente had been cold from the three-point line through four games.
    The brief shooting slump didn’t last long as the pair combined to hit 11 of 21 3-point attempts while combining to score 45 points to help lead K-State past a tough Oakland team 83-64 Tuesday night in front of 8,356 Wildcat fans.
    Pullen had hit just six of his 25 attempts from beyond the arc going into Tuesday night, equating to just 24 percent, while Clemente was shooting a cool 31 percent from the 3-point line.
    “We played against a zone-team today,” coach Frank Martin said. “Because of the zone the ball can always get in there so you have to rely on the jump shots. To our guys’ credit they shot the ball, moved the ball, and did their jobs. We made shots when we were open and that is what you have to do to attack a zone.”
    Pullen scored a career-high 26 points, hitting eight of his 17 shots.
    Clemente chipped in with 19 points while also dishing out eight of K-State’s 24 assists on the night.
    Overall, the Wildcats shot 45 percent from beyond the arc, making 13 of their 29 attempts. They had entered Tuesday night shooting just 30 percent from the 3-point line.
    “I got open looks and they went in today,” Pullen said. “They were the same looks I got against Emporia State and Cleveland State, I just got a few more of them today and they went in like they are supposed to.”
    Pullen said the zone defense Oakland uses gave them more open looks on the perimeter.
    “We just really emphasized in practice this week on getting into their zone and drawing two and then kicking it to our teammates,” he said.
    Sophomore guard Dominique Sutton narrowly missed a double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing nine rebounds, while junior center Luis Colon pitched in with 12 points to go along with seven boards.
    “I thought Dominique Sutton was phenomenal in what he did against the zone today,” Martin said. “He moved the ball and attacked gaps. I thought he got shots for people.”
    Martin said it was the most complete game his team had played from a defensive standpoint – forcing 22 Oakland turnovers while holding the Grizzlies to just 35.6 percent shooting from the floor.
    “Defensively we were good,” he said. “We paid attention to the scouting report and stuck to our principals. We played disciplined.”
    The game was supposed to be a tough test for the Wildcats. Oakland (1-4) won at Oregon earlier this year in overtime 82-79. The Grizzlies also had lost by only nine points at Iowa and by three points at Cleveland State, a team K-State defeated Saturday 69-59.
    The game marked the first time the Wildcats were out-rebounded on the season, losing the battle on the boards 38-36.
    K-State (5-0) will next play Friday night at the Toyota Classic in Las Vegas against traditional powerhouse Kentucky at 11 p.m. central time. The game can be seen on ESPNU.
   

Hollywood Dish: Week in Entertainment


“Catfights and Spotlights” by Sugababes

    The babes are back and ready to get fierce on their new album “Catfights and Spotlights.”
    This is their sixth studio album and their second with new member Amelle Berrebah after former member Mutya Buena left the group in 2005.
    This album features the babes’ No. 1 single in the UK “Girls.”
    “The title of the album came from the rumored in-fighting that had been going around in the media and we just wanted to clear rumors about that,” said original member Keisha Buchanan on msn.com.
    This album reaches back to the style of soul music from their first album “Overload” and has a little bit of an urban edge that is sure to make fans new and old love them more. There are very soulful tracks on the album like their second single ” No Can Do” and ” Side Chick.” The babes have also stirred up some good ballads like “Sunday Rain.”
    This album also features an acoustic version of the babes single “About You Now” from the album “Change” and the track “She’s Like a Star,” featuring Taio Cruz.   
    “Catfights and Spotlights” looks to be another No. 1 for the babes, so definitely check them out. Their album is available now on iTunes, Rhapsody and other online locations. Also, check out their Web site sugababes.com.

“Cadillac Records”
     Rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950’s is resurrected in the film “Cadillac Records” starring Adrian Brody as Leonard Chess, the owner of Cadillac Records.
    This movie tells the story of the lives of some of America’s music legends including, Etta James (Beyonce Knowles), Chuck Berry (Mos Def) and Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright).
    In this tale of sex, violence and race within rock ‘n’ roll, the story of these legends are re-lived and it takes an intimate look into their careers.
    Knowles’ performance in this movie is very similar to  Regina King’s in the movie “Ray,” and Mos Def’s portrayal of Chuck Berry is also very impressive. Brody’s portrayal of Leonard Chess is also surprisingly good in this film. 
    Cadillac Records will be in theaters Dec. 5th.
   

Zomba Label Group gives Barnum and Bailey a run for their money.

    Record company Zomba Label Group is running away to the circus and taking three artists with them.
    Zomba set up artists Pink, T-Pain and Britney Spears with new albums based on a circus theme.
    First up is Pink with her new album “Funhouse.” This album is already in stores and has been doing well on the billboard charts.
    Her new single “So What” is a rock-pop song talking about moving on with her life after her divorce with BMX star Carey Hart.
    Next is T-Pain with his album “Thr33 Ringz.” This album features the singles “Chopped and Skrewed” and “Can’t Believe it,” featuring Lil’ Wayne. This is album No. 3 for T-Pain following his hit album “Epiphany.”
    This album brings a mix of good urban and funky melodies that are almost a standard for this man. The album is in stores now.
    And for the grand finale, Britney Spears walks back into the center ring after her dark period during her album “Blackout” with her new album appropriately titled “Circus.”
    Her first single “Womanizer” is doing very well on the charts as the single made the biggest leap to No. 1 on the billboard charts beating out artist T.I. with a leap from No. 96 to No 1.
    Her album is set to be released on Dec. 2, which is also the pop singer’s birthday.  
   

International Educator Award recognizes 2 KSU professors

    The distinguished International Educator Award was presented to two K-State professors on Friday.
    One of them was Ted Cable, professor of horticulture and forestry, and the other was the late Elfrieda Nafsinger, who taught at K-State for several years before her death last year.
    Both recipients excelled in their fields and achieved the criteria for receiving the award, which included creating programs for international education and promoting international exchanges here at K-State.
    The first recipient of the award, Ted Cable overwhelmingly achieved these goals with his work in more than thirty countries. He was the first of the K-State faculty to lead study abroad trips to Africa. In his travels, Cable recruited several students to attend K-State. Cable is also the Chair for the 2008 Vernon Larson International Lecture Series.
    The second recipient, Elfrieda Nafsinger, spent a lifetime devoted to international friendship and awareness.
    She taught English all over the world, including in Finland. Nafsinger was also one of the founders of World Friendship. To receive her award for her were her sons Brian and Kevin Nafsinger and her husband Wayne.
    Selection committee chair Bill Richter said, “I think they’re both wonderfully deserving of the award.” Richter worked closely with both Nafsinger and Cable.
    “I’m glad we could honor both of them,” Richter said.
    Kristin Young, interim international provost agreed with Richter’s sentiments.
    “It was such a challenge. I was so glad I didn’t have to make the decision. It’s unbelievable what people are doing,” Young said.
    When his award was presented to him, Cable told the audience how happy he was to be selected for such an honor.
    Cable told the room, “[It's]really a blessing to have my career here at Kansas State.”

Kansas Vampire flick holds up to expectations; will entertain most fans, frustrate others

“Twilight”
4 out of 5 stars   
On Friday, the first installment of the “Twilight” saga was brought to the silver screen, finally sating the grueling anticipation and waiting for millions of fans. Followers finally have something more to obsess about.
    The awkward and shy Isabella Swan (Kristen Stewart) moves to cold and cloudy Forks, Wash., only to find a family of vampires and fall in love with the handsome but deadly Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). The story follows the young lovers on their quest to be together, and ultimately, stay alive.
    I’ve always been a big fan of movies that are created and inspired by books.
    It is exciting to watch stories develop on screen as interpreted by someone else and the characters you’ve fallen in love with given faces, voices and backgrounds. For me, “Twilight” was no different.
    For someone who hasn’t read the book, “Twilight” would still be fairly entertaining. It has action, romance and surprisingly, quite a bit of humor. My worst fear was that it would be cheesy. And with the exception of a few scenes that I could have done without, it was driven toward an older audience as well as the younger crowd.
    Of course, with millions of fans around the world, we are all bound to be skeptical, and some will be disappointed. There’s only so much a movie can have that follows the book.
    But “Twilight” followed the book quite closely, only stirring off to better explain plot points or editing scenes to have the story flow smoother. Overall, I was satisfied, and it was entertaining all the way through.
    For someone who has read the book, the atmosphere of the movie is incredibly different than that of the book. The book was driven by details and intimacy, and while the movie had its share of these points, it was also fast-paced and filled with humor. And thankfully, the humor was actually funny and not amateur. And as a big fan of the book series, there were things I could do without and things I thought were right on.
    My first thought when the movie ended was: Edward was perfect.
    I know this is a highly controversial statement to make, but I’ve been a fan of the idea of Robert Pattinson playing Edward Cullen since the first time I heard he would. And for me, every emotion, every line and every scene was delivered just the way I thought it should. The only thing missing for me was his cute British accent.
    As for the rest of the characters, like Bella’s dad, Charlie Swan (Billy Burke), the vicious tracker James (Cam Gigandet) and Edward’s quirky sister, Alice (Ashley Greene), I thought their interpretations were very well done.
    Stewart was able to capture the awkwardness and clumsy nature of Isabella — however the dramatic scenes were a bit too over-the-top.
    As for Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), Edward’s soon-to-be rival, I couldn’t stop laughing at his black wig long enough to create an opinion of his portrayal skills. As for Bella’s high school friends, they were just that: high school.
    In several of the interviews I’ve watched that featured Stephanie Meyer, the author of the “Twilight” series, she has said she always saw “Twilight” played out like a movie in her head.
    Well, with Meyer contributing to the film and even making a cameo in one scene, it’s safe to assume she is satisfied with the outcome of her book adaptation.
    Some fans will love it, some will hate it, but for me, it was an entertaining live-action ride of a story I love, and I would not hesitate to see it again.

KSU fine arts student presents ‘contained’ work for master’s degree thesis

    Machiko Yamazaki presented her master’s of fine arts thesis exhibit, “Containment,” a series of sculptures, on Friday in the William T. Kemper Art Gallery.
    Inside the gallery itself one couldn’t help but think of the work of painter Piet Mondrian, paintings of solid colors contained by straight black lines. Here, the media were slip-casting and glaze, and the lines of division were actual wood frames and plexiglass.
    Slip-casting is a method of mass producing pottery by first making a cast and then pouring in liquid clay. Yamazaki’s molds imitate the symmetry of nature, juxtaposing it with the much more rigid symmetry of human constructions.
    “I chose slip-casting mainly because of the quantity of the pieces I needed to create,” explained Yamazaki. “Also, the result is cleaner as long as the mold is clean.”
    Yamazaki’s pieces were glazed various pastel hues, soft reds and greens, on the black wood background. Each piece reflects a natural form, plump sea shells and dimpled eggs on the verge of cracking open. Within each black box is a kind of suppressed activity in waiting.
    “I researched curio cabinets and collecting habits — why people collect and how they categorize,” Yamazaki said. “‘Containment’ goes even further. It’s how I see the universe — ordered organically by atoms and cells — and how everything has to be in the right order to construct this universe. We apply the same order to information, knowledge, ideas, and we organize it in the same ways.”
    For two hours, Yamazaki stayed in the gallery to answer questions about her art.
    Jason Harper, senior in fine arts, said, “The pieces are obviously contained within the boxes, but also each box is containing the others.”
    Amanda Small, MFA student in ceramics, helped set up the displays.    “Machiko did an outstanding job,” she said. “It’s astounding that she could create so many pieces. After three years, it’s just such a beautiful culmination of her talents.”
     Beth Bailey, assistant director of Union Program Council, made the opening possible. For more information, visit www.k-state.edu/upc.