Archives - Aaron Schaffer

An emotional album: ‘The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg’

“The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg,” the first proper album from South African pop group Beatenberg, is an album that furthers this idea. Released in 2014, the album is a compilation of stories—of youth, of bittersweet happiness, of nostalgia—and is one of the most innovative pop albums released in recent memory.

With ‘Pablo,’ Kanye West grows up—sort of

“The Life of Pablo” is not as good as “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” nor does it have the consistency of “Yeezus.”

Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ is fitting punctuation for an iconic career

If “Blackstar” tells us anything, it’s that Bowie wanted to be remembered for being himself, not Ziggy Stardust or Aladdin Sane.

President Seligman responds to student petition on race relations

“I cannot ignore evidence that our campus climate can be improved,” Seligman stated in an email following Friday's student protest, in which protesters gave him a list of demands.

Silent film still makes itself heard

Dziga Vertov's classic black-and-white film, "Man With a Movie Camera," hasn't lost its ability to capture audiences, 86 years after its release.

An incisive mind, an eternal dream: the life and times of Steve Jobs

Danny Boyle’s latest film, “Steve Jobs,” occurs in an explicit three-act structure. The film focuses on the failures of Jobs…

Deerhunter album shoots straight

Late last month, before they released their seventh full-length album, “Fading Frontier,” the indie rock band Deerhunter put an interactive…

Rob Clark named next University Provost

On Thursday, Oct. 15, University President Joel Seligman announced that Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences…

Robert Clark to be next UR Provost

[caption id="attachment_149742" align="alignleft" width="300"] Aaron Schaffer, Editor-in-Chief[/caption] Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Senior Vice…

‘Scrambled eggs’ and academic freedom

The only time “the scrambled eggs hit the fan,” according to then-UR Provost and acting president McCrea Hazlett, was in…