April 2012 Archives

April 30, 2012

Apple image.jpg  The "resolutionary" new iPad3, "starting at $499." Photo courtesy of Apple.com

A review


By Andrew Hesner    


I have always been an Apple fanatic. My first computer was a Gateway desktop that lasted 11 months. After that I was given an old iMac, multicolored and teardrop-shaped.  It looked like something from outer space. I immediately fell in love with it. It was the best computer for its time.


I still own an iMac, a newer one from late 2008. On its third anniversary, I took it to a shop for maintenance. They told me it was running perfectly. Those words are rarely uttered to a PC user. Not only have I had outstanding success with the iMac, but I am a proud owner an iPhone, an Apple TV and an Apple AirPort Express wireless router.


And now, an iPad 3.

April 26, 2012

Monica Rizzo.jpg  Monica Rizzo, April 25, 2012, Beard  Auditorium, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Andrew Hesner.


By Andrew Hesner

INDIANA -- Monica Rizzo, 1987 Indiana University of Pennsylvania journalism alumnus-turned-senior writer for People magazine, pep-talked an enthusiastic audience of prospective scribes and others in a half-full Beard Auditorium Wednesday-night.

 "If you keep telling yourself 'you can do it, you can do it,' you eventually will," the California-based celebrity journalist said.


Rizzo recounted her roots in print journalism -- high-school paper, IUP campus newspaper The Penn, The Indiana Gazette -- en route to her position profiling Tinseltown's beautiful people for the 3.7-million-circulation magazine.

April 18, 2012

Anthony Frazier.jpg  Anthony Frazier


The HawkEar's fifth radio-news show of the spring season featured:

--- Trayvon Martin: A Local Perspective: Indiana, Pa., civic activist, faith activist and radio announcer Anthony Frazier discusses issues surrounding the Feb. 26 shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin by white neighborhood-watch patrol coordinator George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. Reporter-producer: Sean Yoder. Live.

--- Pittsburgh sports roundup. Reporter: Chris Galiszewski.

Listen to the HawkEar April 12 WAVE.mp3.

April 11, 2012

Andrew Hesner.jpg  Andrew Hesner



A movie review



By Andrew Hesner

GREENSBURG, Pa. -- "Every shipwreck is a human story," said "Titanic" director, writer and shipwreck explorer James Cameron during his 1995 exploration of the "unsinkable" luxury liner. After embarking on his fifth trip to the wreckage, he started production of the  film which the American Film Institute deemed the sixth best epic of all time. 


The 3-D "supercharged" 2012 re-release of the 1997 Oscar-winning film proved to be even more visually amazing than the original. Cameron waited for the 100th anniversary of the  sinking to resurrect what critics called "the love-story that stole the world's heart," and clearly succeeded.


Cameron's 3-D conversion debuted April 4 and grossed $4.4 million on its opening night. It took in an additional $17.4 million over Easter weekend. The global profits, as of April 10, total $61 million.

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