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#emmyforMaslany, or: the 2014 Emmy Nominations

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by MATTHEW LIBBY

The nominees are in for this year’s Emmy Awards, and they are the usual cocktail of brilliantly inspired, boringly obvious, and mind numbingly confounding. While the nominees get their tuxes pressed and select the episode they will submit to the voting body for consideration, here are my opinionated rants and wild speculations as to the potential victors of TV’s most anticipated awards.

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he’s back: excitement for Bill Murray’s “St. Vincent”

by KELSEY DAYTON

Lost in the manic excitement over LeBron James’s return to Cleveland, which continues to ripple through the sports world fulfilling fan fantasies of Biblical proportions, is another lost son’s return to his promised land, a return that is equally critical to American Pop Culture.

That son would be Bill Murray, and that promised land is broad comedy.

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it’s a trap! the aesthetics of future

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by JAKE FRIEDLER

I remember when it was considered weird to like electronic music.

It was only four years ago. I had just returned from my first rave: a too-hot, too-sweaty disaster of a massive held at the Cow Palace. As I gushed to my high school classmates about my amazing experience getting lost in the stylings of Steve Aoki, Boys Noize, and Benny Benassi, I was met with a mix of disgust and confusion. Weren’t raves really dirty? Didn’t the music sound like Transformers having sex? Don’t you have to be on ecstasy to like that shit?

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made at stanford, not #madeatstanford

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by LOUIS LAMBILLIOTTE

I read an article in the Daily last month entitled Push for Arts Boosts Stanford Image”, written by Nitish Kulkarni. It starts off with a memorable quote:

Stanford’s ascendancy to the pantheon of higher education is most commonly linked to the University’s prowess in technical disciplines. Less heralded, however, are Stanford’s programs in the arts and humanities, even as the University continues to make great leaps forward in those fields.”

I will spare you the summary of this article, since you’ve probably read it a thousand times before. The rhetoric at work is as old as the university itself: we’ve invested all this money in new programs, it’s really promising, Stanford’s still top. Phenomenal.

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bay to breakers, or the mass glorification of rally gear and pop culture

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by ALEJANDRA SALAZAR

To save you the trek to my “About Me” blurb: I hail from the far-away lands of South Texas, specifically the fair city of San Antonio. It is a flat, humid place, capable of reaching swelteringly hot temperatures on your average summer day. I say summer, of course, because spring—or any seasonal differentiation past “hot” and “cold”, really—is practically a myth in South Texas. According to the 2010 US Census, the population of my city is 63.2% Hispanic, a number that has likely grown in the last four years and is projected to keep growing rapidly. On the spectrum, the average language of choice falls somewhere around Spanglish. We eat breakfast tacos, Whataburger, and fry a disconcerting number of traditionally unfried foods. We have a yearly rodeo, 5+ Tejano music stations, and drive lots and lots of environmentally unfriendly pick-up trucks. And as a shout-out to the impending NBA playoffs, our Spurs pride is real: nobody—nobody—trash-talks our team and gets away with it.

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fuck wit dre day 2k14: YOUR WEEK TEN PLAYLIST

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by StAR STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS

Dr. Dre became Apple’s newest (and buffest) employee over the weekend. Ice Cube’s latest project was the sequel to “Are We There Yet?” These are dark days for gangsta rap. Still waiting on Detox to drop…

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more than a quirk: Clementine Jacoby and the art of aerials

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by KATHARINE SCHWAB

If you’re ever biking up the row, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a girl flying through the air.

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go away, you sad immoral harlot: Stanford Theater Laboratory presents “Boston Marriage”

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by ALEC ARCENEAUX

As StAR’s resident David Mamet fanboy, and generally willing to attend plays about lesbians, I was happy for the opportunity to review “Boston Marriage.” This was somewhat tempered by the realization that, unlike Stanford Theater Laboratory’s previous play, the scenery did not contain a chalkboard filled with terrible puns. That was a questionable directorial choice on the part of Austin Caldwell, in my opinion, but I respect that he stuck to his vision.

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performance without a stage: Disneylönd exchange students meet & greet

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by JESSICA WALDMAN

I did not get to go to Frost Music Festival this year. At least, not as Jessica.

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art is prophecy: a profile of IDA director Jeff Chang

by KATIE SALMON 

The first question that crossed my mind when I met Jeff Chang was: How does a Chinese-Hawaiian prep school kid from the islands with a hipster-esque fashion sense become one of today’s preeminent hip-hip scholars and activists? 

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