The Clarion

Author risks life for advocacy

Cristalyne Bell, Editor in Chief

March 30, 2011


Filed under Arts & Culture

Zoya Phan was 8-years-old when she came across a badly abused and decomposing body floating down the river. Until then she had been oblivious to turmoil that lay just outside of her “tranquil paradise.” Her small village was nestled in the eastern jungle of Burma, and hidden away from the devastating,...

Ethnic awareness in theater

Andrew Killgallon, Arts & Cultures Editor

March 30, 2011


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Gentrification within a small neighborhood reveals a growing problem of racism among its inhabitants in Eric Theis’ “Riverwest: A Rhapsody." Theis, a Madison Area Technical College alumnus, and his cast of six performed this must-see at The Broom Street Theatre . While the play is fictional, it...

Journalist poets provide a new form of documentary

Leah Durst, Staff Writer

March 9, 2011


Filed under Arts & Culture

When you hear “poetry,” the terms Shakespeare, sonnet and rhyme are more likely to come to mind than documentary, social justice or journalism. That was not the case at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference where a crew from Madison Area Technical College’s Yahara Journal...

Taste of the Southwest at Los Gemelos

Joseph Shaul, Staff Writer

March 9, 2011


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One of the great unknown joys of the west coast is the taco van, a roving restaurant providing freshly prepared tamales, enchiladas, and more, all for what you might pay for a bag of Taco Bell. From the beaches of LA to the office blocks of Sacramento, all you need to do is listen for the honk of an...

Food, music and black history

Andrew Killgallon, Arts & Cultures Editor

March 9, 2011


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With February being Black History Month, United Common Ground sponsored their annual Black History Luncheon on the Mitby Stage on the 24th. This afternoon filled with music, traditional cuisine, and dancing provided a fun break from the chaos of college classes. The food, entirely donated by teachers,...

Huge cuts a carnivore’s cornucopia

Joseph Shaul, Staff Writer

March 9, 2011


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In a school offering champagne education at a beer price, it is no surprise that most students favor cost effective eateries. However, even the thriftiest student splurges occasionally, and the excellent Tornado Steakhouse provides an ideal location for such a blowout event. Passing through the entrance...

Hookah Lounge: Mediterranean flare at local lounge

Ross Schuette, Staff Writer

March 9, 2011


Filed under Arts & Culture

The Mediterranean Hookah Lounge may be situated in trailer park, but the interior atmosphere provides an astounding contrast. The dimly lit, low-key restaurant with a full bar proves to be an ideal spot to spend an evening. Comfortable seating and a friendly wait staff further welcome you to the restaurant. The...

Mad Rollin’ Dolls featured stars in new video game

Andrew Killgallon, Arts & Cultures Editor

February 23, 2011


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The Mad Rollin’ Dolls are speeding in Madison for their sixth year. The Roller Derby bouts attract thousands of spectators of all ages to the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum and for the first time, fans are now able to play as their favorite Mad Rollin’ Doll on Jam City Rollergirls, a new game available...

Acoustic vibe: Mike Droho and The Compass Rose

Andrew Killgallon, Arts & Cultures Editor

February 23, 2011


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Mike Droho and The Compass Rose have been consistently touring, bringing their unique sound to college campuses around the U.S. With a classically trained violin, acoustic guitar, and a beat boxer, their very unique sound will resonate, making you crave more. “I’d take it to be fresh, something...

Artistic Vision: Binkley’s work now a part of Star Wars

Ryan Spoehr, News Editor

February 23, 2011


Filed under Arts & Culture

The Star Wars franchise has always fascinated Ed Binkley. He was in college when the first film (A New Hope) hit theatres. Now, he has a new connection to the Star Wars series – as an illustrator. Binkley has been an artist for Raven Software, Mattel, and Publisher’s Toolbox. He has even been...

Madison County has become one of area’s most popular bands

Steve Cornils, Staff Writer

February 9, 2011


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Twelve years ago Madison County was a new star on the rise in country music. A decade and three albums later, they’re still shining bright. Madison County’s road to success began when Mike Zibell decided to start a band with family member and uncle, Augie Zibell. With several changes over the...

Takara Japanese Restaurant offers affordable taste of worldly dining

Sarah Blaskey, Managing Editor

February 9, 2011


Filed under Arts & Culture

Complete with a miniature waterfall, charming decoration and subtle lighting, Takara Japanese Restaurant on State Street makes moderately priced dining feel like a trip around the world.  Between the atmosphere and their locally renowned sushi, hibachi, and a list of entrees, Takara is one of the best...

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