Hollow Horrors

By Josh Templin

Found horror “artifacts” now fail to frighten.

It was sometime during the eighty-five minutes of the movie Alien Abduction that something broke inside me. I remember watching the found-footage horror film and slowly descending into a kind of mild insanity. The film went from slightly boring to absolutely agonizing, in no small part due to its pseudo-documentary style. Unfortunately, the “found footage” device has become a tiring crutch for many horror and thriller films, and the madness needs to stop.

The first really successful found-footage film was, of course, The Blair Witch Project. That film, for all its flaws, effectively used its documentary approach to give us an unfiltered view from the characters’ viewpoints. What it traded away in cinematographic terms were things like composition and careful editing in favor of a visceral feeling of being right in the characters’ shoes.

Taking Wing

By Emily Wickel

Enriched by her RACC experience, a Raven graduate considers her challenges after RACC—and urges current students to invest in their RACC community.

In the three and a half years I spent as a student at Reading Area Community
College, I came to think of it as my second home. RACC had always been full of friendly faces and happy memories for me.

I feel my time at RACC helped me to grow into a new woman, a married mother who was actively working to achieve her own life, who was (is) interested in pursuing her own dreams. I spent many long and sleepless nights feverishly writing, editing and completing numerous papers. As an education student, I spent hours writing lesson plans—eager to share them with young minds. I worked long and hard to achieve my Associate’s degree, and on May 8, 2015, my dream finally came true. I was beyond excited as the day I had been waiting for finally arrived; yet, as with every other day, it passed, and time moved forward. Only one question remained: Now what?

Serious Change Headed for FAFSA

By Ashlee Scott

Effective October 2016 students will be given the opportunity to file for their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) three months prior to the traditional month of January.

Over the years, college tuition has been drastically increasing. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that student loans currently total to $1.2 trillion. This staggering statistic has left many people rethinking whether or not they should continue their education after high school. Most higher education students are now pinching pennies in an effort to afford the cost of attending the colleges and universities of their choice. As a result, the number of college applicants has plummeted.