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Quidditch: Not Just for Witches and Wizards

Quidditch by John Morgan on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Ah, Quidditch. The old pastime of the sporting wizard or witch. Only recently has this magical sport come to our attention through J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter series. Athletes take flight on their broomsticks, trying to launch the Quaffle (the main ball in gameplay) into their team’s goal, dodging Bludgers, enchanted balls designed to attack players. Meanwhile, one sharp individual from each team, the Seeker, tries to catch the tiny, gold Snitch, another enchanted ball, earning their team 150 points and ending the game.

Unfortunately, since we live in a non-magical world with no flying broomsticks or magical balls, we have had to resort to Muggle Quidditch. Quidditch was first adapted for muggles, i.e. non-magical folk, in 2005 at Middlebury College in Vermont, and began intercollegiate competition in 2007. Since then, over 100 teams from around the world have joined the International Quidditch Association, a league founded by those initial Middlebury players. Colleges from all over the world come together to compete, from our own Yale, Harvard and Occidental to University of Vaasa in Finland. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Sports

 

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SAVE THE INDEPENDENT MOVIE HOUSE!

Does it seem that lately American culture is slowly becoming more and more homogenized, insular and isolated? Advancements in technology have made it so we can experience almost any form of entertainment from the safety of our homes. We can buy the latest Black Keys CD or see the latest Harry Potter movie while sitting around in our underwear. We can watch Leonard Cohen live in London on hi-def Blue Ray with surround sound without having to cram ourselves into a crowded arena amongst other (gasp!) humans and we can order our dinner online and have it delivered in 30 minutes. Dinner and a show? Done! All without leaving the house. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in Film

 

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