Julia Skorcz


'Godzilla': friend or foe?

Clichés by nature make films predictable — laughable even — but rarely do they contribute to a film’s success.

Open Arts Slam marries catharsis and creativity

Take Back the Night, a national organization founded in 1999 which “seeks to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence,” according to its website, has shown its presence in full force this week as the University chapter hosts a number of events leading up to Thursday night’s rally and vigil.

Exes: TV’s only exception

Two weeks ago when the only shadow of productivity I’d managed in an afternoon was planning my Pinterest wedding to Chandler Bing, I knew I had a problem.

Almost overkill:

I’m no stranger to scary stories. At eight years old, my dad introduced me to the twisted mind of Edgar Allan Poe and ever since then I’ve been utterly intrigued by all things dark and mysterious.

A steady climb

The University Programs Council teamed up with Intramural-Recreational Sports and the University climbing team last Thursday to bring “Reel Rock 8” to Newcomb Theater. The film, a compilation of four documentaries, follows climbing’s most daring athletes as they escape the conventional world and seek refuge thousands of feet in the air with only a rope, a few hooks and sheer willpower.

UBE to revamp elections system

The University Board of Elections will be making big changes to its elections systems this year. Starting in the spring 2014 elections, the UBE will use a new software program, “Big Pulse,” as well as mandatory information sessions to ensure a fair election experience for all candidates.

Don't judge a book(store) by its cover

Charlottesville is known for having one of the highest number of restaurants per capita in the nation — the Huffington Post ranked the city 14th — but what’s hidden among these eateries is even more spectacular.

Know thine “enemy”

Sometimes, it’s not just about what you see, but also what you hear. Frenzied voices in heated argument, chaotic chants, screeching rockets, The Beach Boys and the bone-chilling echo of a single gunshot took the stage during the University production of Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People.” This alluring but unconventional soundtrack took the place of the Gershwin melodies of Drama Department shows past, consistently keeping audience members on the edge of their seats. Beyond its auditory experience “Enemy” is an impressive culmination of both dramatic and comedic features, which together help craft a powerful storyline that won’t easily be forgotten. The play, adapted for the University’s Ruth Caplin Theater by Assoc.