Les Miserables One day more! Nothing says “Happy Graduation” like the aftermath of the June Rebellion of 1832. This clearly homemade (but very fun) Les Miz cake uses pretzel rods as barricades, and features Enjolras in what appears to be football shoulder pads. Mamma Mia! We don’t know many six-year-olds who would request a Mamma Mia! birthday cake, but hey, let’s get her started on the Broadway path early. This cake evokes the Greek Isles, and—damn it, now we’re going to have “Super Trouper” stuck in our heads for the rest of the day. Thanks a lot, Crystal. June is a time for celebration, and with Broadway fans all over the country getting married, graduating, celebrating Father’s Day, having impromptu barbecues and of course, making parole, we think you deserve a sweet treat. After hours of internet research, Broadway.com is highlighting the most impressive, silliest and weirdest Broadway-themed cake creations we could we could find. Check ’em out! Newsies How adorable is this Newsies birthday cake adorned with teeny papes? This obviously homemade treat gets an “A” for creativity—although we wish it included some edible photos of Jeremy Jordan and Corey Cott. The Book of Mormon Show your Book of Mormon-obsesed pal you care with this clever sheet cake. (If you’re thinking of sneaking into the kitchen and binge-eating the whole thing yourself, just turn those cravings off like a light switch.) View Comments The Phantom of the Opera Cakes featuring the Angel of Music are pretty basic stuff—what, you didn’t have a Phantom cake for your 12th birthday party? Don’t lie. But this treat by Toronto’s For the Love of Cake featuring a very smiley masked man really takes the, uh… You know. The Lion King He’s gonna be a mighty king! What three-year-old wouldn’t want this delicious bug-covered ode to The Lion King? Pumbaa looks a little squished down there, but hey, he’s just gonna get devoured anyway. Aladdin Four-year-old Anissa is one lucky girl—she got a gorgeous Aladdin cake for her birthday! We wonder if a tap-dancing, Tony-winning James Monroe Iglehart comes out of that magic lamp when you rub it. Chicago Celebrate your release from jail with this delectable and sexy Chicago creation. It’s got everything: metal bars, legs, inexplicable poppies… This looks illegally delicious. Kinky Boots Sex isn’t in the heel—it’s in the frosting in this cake by Ron Ben-Israel. There’s only one problem: We’re not exactly sure how you slice a piece of this gorgeous dessert and eat it. Lola? Help! Wicked Although we’re not sure how much this Elphie looks like Idina Menzel, she certainly defies gravity in this three-tiered treat by Anne Arvin. Created for a Wicked fanatic’s 21st birthday, the bottom tier is decorated with flying monkeys and decorated with green icing flowers.
Saint Michael’s College,Fiske Guide to Colleges in 2012 and the Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges 2012 edition. The Fiske Guide is widely sold as ‘the #1 best-selling guide to colleges.’ And the Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges is called ‘the Princeton Review’s flagship college guide.’ ‘We’re very pleased to be included in these guides; we know that these are among the most important resources for students and their parents in making college choices, so it’s wonderful for Saint Michael’s to be described in books that get into the hands of so many families across the nation,’ said Saint Michael’s President John J Neuhauser. Being selected for these guides in the first place is the big step, since each book selects only about 15 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities for inclusion in its publication. On top of being included, Saint Michael’s was deemed a ‘Best Buy’ in the Fiske Guide, one of 49 institutions so named. Saint Michael’s made the 6th best in the Princeton Review category ‘best gown-gown relations’ and was deemed ‘a best Northeastern college.’ Neither guide ranks the colleges overall from 1 to 376 (that’s left to U. S. News). These two guides simply select the schools they deem academically worthy for inclusion, based on interviews, visits and research. They also make sure to include schools located across the whole U.S. geography and schools of all sizes. Saint Michael’s is a Fiske Guide ‘Best Buy’‘All of the Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and most have four- or five-star academics ratings,’ according to the Fiske Guide’s press release, which said further, that despite rising tuition rates, ‘there are some bargains to be found in higher education.’ The Fiske Guide Best Buys are ‘schools that offer outstanding academics with relatively moderate prices,’ Saint Michael’s among them. Founded and written by Edward B. Fiske, who was education editor of the New York Times for 17 years, the Fiske Guide has come to be widely regarded as the leading college search book. It has been published for more than 25 years, helping untold numbers of students, parents, and counselors gain an independent perspective on the distinctive personalities of ‘the best and most interesting colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain,’ according to the announcement of the book’s release.Saint Michael’s is #6 nationally in ‘good town-gown relations’ and ‘a best Northeastern college’ in Princeton Review’s Best 376 Colleges‘Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board,’ said Robert Franek, Princeton Review VP and author of The Best 376 Colleges.
In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town of Harpers Ferry, W.Va. is defined by its confluences. Harpers Ferry is located at the confluence of two of the main arteries of the mid-Atlantic, the Potomac River and the Shenandoah River. The town is also located at the intersection of three states: Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. This unique location – two major rivers, Mason Dixon Line, etc. – also made Harpers Ferry a flashpoint during the Civil War and was the scene for John Brown’s famous raid on the armory there. Today, the tiny hamlet of around 300 permanent residents is part living museum of centuries of historic impact, part modern outdoor recreation hub. What was once the launch point for settlement of the Shenandoah Valley – the only ferry across the mighty Potomac – is now a center for active pursuits ranging from white water rafting to mountain biking to rock climbing. The Appalachian Trail also runs right through town, and is the location of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters. Obviously, the town has not lost its touch of being a central part of United States history.All of these pursuits come together at the annual Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival, happening this weekend June 14 and 15. Although the focus of the festival is primarily paddling oriented – it is summer after all! – all outdoor recreation activities are celebrated and encouraged, with the aim of promoting the healthy and peaceful enjoyment of the natural environment. To that end, all proceeds are donated to conservation groups including Friends of the Shenandoah, Save the Blackwater, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, and the Friends of the Cheat. Organized activities include the Tim Gavin Down River Race, Whitewater Rodeo, 5k trail race, whitewater film extravaganza, raft race, and kid friendly activities. There will also be a coordinated river cleanup and live music each day from local bands. Plus, you’ll be right outside downtown Harpers Ferry, where you may learn a thing or two about the robust history of the area and the town. It really is like stepping back in time, in a good way.The best part of this event may be the price: $10 gets you a day pass for either Friday or Saturday ($20 for both), but that includes free camping on site. So hit up the Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival this weekend to give a little back and have a whole lot of fun along the way.View Larger Map
Comments Published on January 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: email@example.com | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+ Fab Melo failed to record a block for just the third time this season. He was mired in foul trouble from the opening minutes.The stage was set for a disastrous night for the Syracuse center. Yet he remained valuable defensively. Melo took four charges in a six-minute span in the first half, a foundation of the Orange’s 18-point halftime lead.‘He changed the game for us in the first half,’ SU guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘… We need him on the floor because when he’s on the floor our defense is so different when you got a guy back there who’s taking charges, blocking shots, getting the crowd into it defensively.’It didn’t appear as if Melo was going to have a successful performance against Marquette when he picked up two fouls and was out of the game less than two minutes after it began. In a 21-second span, he fouled Davante Gardner when the MU forward rose for a shot, and then again as they fought for a rebound on SU’s offensive end. Yet the sophomore displayed his ongoing maturation process in the Orange’s (17-0, 4-0 Big East) 73-66 win over Marquette (12-4, 1-2) on Saturday. Melo did foul out, but it wasn’t until there was 11 seconds left and the win was secured.And while he entered the game averaging six blocks per game in SU’s three Big East games and had none Saturday, he found other ways to contribute.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘He’s got to draw charges, it’s as simple as that,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘You’re less likely getting in foul trouble than trying to block it, in a charge situation.’Before picking up any fouls, Melo took a charge from Gardner on Marquette’s first possession of the game. But the second time the 6-foot-8, 290-pound Gardner barreled down the lane, Melo didn’t get in front of him in time and Gardner converted a three-point play.Fortunately for Melo, backup center Baye Keita returned after missing Wednesday’s game at Providence with a hip injury and anchored the center of SU’s 2-3 zone while Melo sat.Still, Syracuse needed Melo on the floor. Melo returned with SU leading 16-12 and 11:57 left in the first half.About a minute after Melo reentered, Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom slashed into the lane and dished to Gardner. Melo was in good position to take the charge, though.‘I’m moving well now, so it’s just if I’m moving well it’s just what I’m going to do,’ Melo said. ‘I knew that last year, I just wasn’t in shape enough to get there on time. And now I’m in good shape so I can get there on time and get the charge.’Jae Crowder tried to drive baseline against the zone, and he got as far as the left block. There was Melo, taking another charge with 9:27 left in the first half.Todd Mayo was next. Fourty-nine seconds after Crowder committed a foul, Mayo got into the lane with the ball. The referees blew the foul on the MU guard, and Melo jogged down the court laughing.Watching Melo, it was difficult to imagine he was playing with two fouls.‘They knew we were in foul trouble so they tried to take me out with five fouls,’ Melo said. ‘But I think I did a good job.’He came out with seven minutes remaining in the first half, still with two fouls and with the Orange outscoring Marquette 10-3 while he was in the game.He picked up his third foul 1:29 into the second half, and again took an early seat on the bench as Keita took his place. He didn’t take any more charges in the second half, but still maintained an aggressive presence while being careful at the same time.In one moment, he was too aggressive. After the referees reviewed the play, Melo’s fourth foul was determined to be flagrant for elbowing Johnson-Odom. Melo said he didn’t see or feel the play, but saw Johnson-Odom on the ground and the foul was eventually called.Melo sat from that point, with 9:41 remaining in the game, but returned with about four minutes left.With Syracuse leading 63-57, Melo rose highest for a rebound off a missed 3 by Crowder. Moments later, he watched Johnson-Odom sink a 3 to make the score 66-60. He quickly hustled up court and answered by receiving a lob from Jardine for an alley-oop.No blocks, sure. But six points, eight rebounds, and perhaps most importantly, four charges.‘That’s four turnovers,’ SU guard Brandon Triche said. ‘We get the ball. You get a blocked shot, sometimes they get the ball back, they score. Charges, we automatically get the ball back.’firstname.lastname@example.org