SUNDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: GUSA Afterthoughts

The last weekend before Spring Break is coming to a close. For those of you who have spent your time dreaming about next week and the prospect of no papers, tests or studying, here is a wrap-up for the news of the weekend.

  • Early Friday morning, Clara Gustafson (SFS ’13) and Vail Kohnert-Yount (SFS ’13) (pictured with current GUSA President Mike Meaney (COL ’12) and Greg Lavarriere (SFS ’12)) won the race over the seven-ticket field. Over the campaign, we saw two presidential debates, signs, campaign literature, a giant American Flag posted in Red Square, the flag being vandalized and the construction of a giant Rubik’s Cube.
  • The Hoyas rebounded from a 73-55 drumming from Seton Hall, with a 67-46 blowout over Villanova at the Verizon Center. Next up, the 8th-ranked Hoyas take on the 18th-ranked Notre Dame tomorrow at the Verizon Center.
  • The NBA, in all its usual fanfare, held its All-Star Weekend. Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz won the slam-dunk contest and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves won the three-point contest on Saturday, but the real spectacle of the weekend was the game itself — a Western Conference victory in the 152-149 nail-biter, where Kobe Bryant became the highest-scoring athlete in All-Star history.
  • Mitt Romney picked up the endorsements of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder over the weekend, and polls are turning his direction before Tuesday’s Michigan and Arizona primaries.
  • Among the bejeweled celebrities arriving at the Academy Awards Sunday night was Sasha Baron-Cohen, in character as a crazed dictator. He spread the ashes of deceased North Korean leader Kim-Jong-Il along the red carpet — a welcome break from gowns and tuxedos.

The Best (and Worst) of Super Bowl Ads

by Martin Hussey

Last night marked my second favorite American holiday (behind Thanksgiving). After all, when else do people crowd around the TV, watch some football, stuff their faces with junk food and cheer at advertisements? And despite a matchup that did not feature my Denver Broncos, this Super Bowl turned out to be one of my favorites. For one, it was exciting until Tom Brady’s very last Hail Mary. It also featured the best halftime show I can remember (certainly better than The Black Eyed Peas’ disaster in Dallas last year). More than anything, though, this year’s ads topped even those of last year.

While no single ad was better than Chrysler’s epic inspirational 2-minute commercial last year (although Chrysler did show another, slightly depressing and less exciting 2-minute ad during halftime this year) the group of commercials in Super Bowl XLVI was, as a whole, more hilarious, more inspirational, and more entertaining than before. In case you missed the ads, here’s my rundown of the best and worst ads from last night:

BEST:

Dannon’s Oikos Greek Yogurt: When this first came on, I was furious that Dannon wasted a Super Bowl spot on an ad featuring John Stamos playing with yogurt (boring!) but the ending is priceless.

 

Chevy Sonic: It is really amazing how Chevy can make a subcompact car seem completely awesome just by dumping it out of a plane, making it do skateboard tricks, and putting it on a bungee jump. The song choice just brings the whole thing together. Great ad.

 

Doritos: Babies flying through the air and stealing Doritos away from a mean big kid is funny. Doritos wins the award for best use of juvenile humor this year.

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