Monthly Archives: September 2021
A (re)introduction The Collegian and upcoming events for students at UJ.
New waves are being made in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the first trailer for Tom Holland’s “Spider-Man: No Way Home” just dropped. After the death of Tony Stark, Spider Man has been the focal point of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Shows like “Wandavision,” “Falcon and Winter Soldier,” “Loki” and “What If…?” have opened the door to the multiverse. That’s just the beginning, Doctor Strange has been cast in a major role in the film. He’s seen side by side with Peter Parker in a reckless attempt to make the world forget his secret identity thus causing a rift in the multiverse.
However, fans seem to be anticipating the appearance of former Spider-Man stars, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield more than anything. The trailer suggests villains from those franchises will be sharing the screen this December. We see an appearance from Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus and the unmistakable laugh of Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin in the trailer which has prompted an expectation that the rest will follow. People are even wondering if the Doctor Strange we see in the trailer is in fact the real Doctor Strange. It would be out of character for him to cast a dangerous spell so recklessly in the first place.
For all of these uncertainties we do know a few things. Marvel Studios continues to deliver by giving the fans what they want. The buzz around this blockbuster is sure to spark a comeback in movie theatre attendance in a way that no other movie has been able to do since the start of the pandemic. The pandemic threatened the normalcy of going out to movies, streaming services like HBO Max and Disney+ allowed moviegoers to stay home and watch these big movies in their own home. But with this new Spider-Man film approaching we can see the end of the pandemic is near. It is looking like the perfect storm for Disney, and we will see if the forecast stays true.
After this movie is out, the stage will be set for several future MCU projects to continue to grow and expand on the multiverse, a concept that Marvel has mastered throughout their tenure as cinema’s unstoppable force.
Philomena Ledermann, who goes by ‘Philo’, has recently joined University of Jamestown as a freshman. Travelling all the way from Regensburg, in Germany, where she has lived all her life, she accepted a scholarship to play soccer as a Jimmie. We asked Philo a number of questions, to get more of an insight on her background and what it is like being a Freshman here at UJ:
Where is it that you’re from?
‘It’s about 1 and a half hours away from Munich, so it gets very hot in the summer and freezing in Winter, kind of like here’ said Philo.
Why did you come to the University of Jamestown?
‘I got the opportunity to play soccer here on a scholarship, so I can choose to stay for 1 year or the full 4 years, but I’m going to play it by ear and see what my bank account allows me.’
How long have you been playing soccer?
‘I’ve been playing since I was 6 years old, so 14 years in total. I played for my school and my club for this length of time. The soccer culture is massive where I live, so I just fell into it through school. I grew up with it playing soccer on the streets with my neighbours when we were younger.’
How are you settling in?
‘Well I’ve been here since the start of August, so I’ve had a bit more time than most freshmen and my teammates gave me such a warm welcome by showing me around campus and easing my nerves.’
Have there been any culture shocks for you?
‘Everything. The food is so much sweeter here, we don’t put ice in our drinks, the legal drinking age is 16, and the beer is so much better at home, no offence.’
What are you looking forward to this year?
‘Hoping to have a successful season and have a great time on and off the field. Excited to learn more about American culture, meet new people and make new friendships.’
What’s your favourite thing about Jamestown so far?
‘Definitely the people. They are so nice, open and friendly, it’s definitely one of my favourite things about Jamestown.’
After speaking to Philo, we learned that she wanted to experience life outside of being a Jimmie, while she is in the USA. From wanting to ‘visit California’ and ‘experience the holidays here’, there are so many things that she’s looking forward to. She is enjoying her time here so far, excited about her soccer career and has made very memorable friends.