'Shakespeare in Hollywood' is a Delightful Romantic Comedy

“I go, I go, look how I go!” So says the fairy Puck in William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and in Ken Ludwig’s comedy “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” a  in which literary characters come to life in a real-world setting. And if you went to one of the showings of the Theater, Film and Media Studies Department’s spring production of the latter play, you would know that it went very, very well.

The show’s cast under the direction of Holly Blumner, associate professor of TFMS, brought to life both well-known Shakespearean characters and historical 1930s Hollywood figures. In the play’s opening scene, film critic Louella Parsons (senior Maggie Schmidt) interviews Austrian director Max Rhinehardt (junior Christopher Joyce) at the premiere of his new film adaption of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”–a real film that opened in 1935. From there, we are taken on a flashback in which Oberon, Shakespeare’s king of the fairies (sophomore Edward Brence, whose commanding and deep voice lends itself well to his character) and his sidekick Puck (the effervescently funny sophomore Abby Doyle) materialize on the set of Rhinehardt’s film, and get roped in to the scheming, romantic entanglements, and power plays of the Hollywood elite.

“Performing in this show also required some research into Hollywood during its time period,” said senior Jemarc Axinto, who played movie star legend Jimmy Cagney. “Almost all of the characters in the play are real people–in fact, Mickey Rooney [who starred in the actual film] passed away during our rehearsal period, so we had to capture the essence of the real person, then create a caricature of that character.”

The heavily-researched acting was not the only notable aspect of the show, which also featured a depth of detail on the part of the set and costumes, courtesy of Jessica Lustig, the production’s scenic and costume designer and visiting professor of scenography. The set featured layers of panels painted with foliage fit for an enchanted forest, and the costumes emulated true Hollywood glamour and whimsical fairy fashion.

“All of my costumes have loads of tiny details in them, from the buttons on the jacket, to the dye in the gloves, to the historical accuracy of the fur closures (and those are fake furs, on the insistence of several cast members),” said Schmidt. “Also, each character got a special costume element that repeats in each of their scenes. I have a different hat in each scene. Alexander Rhoades, who plays Daryl [underling to a studio director], has a different argyle sweater vest for every scene, even the ones where he just walks on stage.” 

The show’s success owes a great deal to the cooperation and camaraderie of the entire cast and crew. “Everyone was amazing to work with, including our director, Holly,” said sophomore Celia Rector. “It made coming to rehearsals and shows fun because I knew we would be having a great time together.”

World Carnival 2014 Rocks the Greens

On Saturday, April 26, the twenty-first annual World Carnival took place on the Townhouse Greens as a sunny day of live music, games and countless other activities. Green and blue globes swaying from the branches of pink-blossomed trees marked this year’s theme in addition to the array of World Carnival favors offered under the iconic white tent.

The event has been traditionally held on Admissions Field, but a slight mishap prevented this from happening this year. A water-main was punctured during preparations for erecting the tent on Admissions Field, flooding the area. Hence, the event’s location was changed to the Townhouse Greens–but this in no way changed the spirit and scope of the event.

Each year, the program comes to life through the efforts of the SMCM SGA Programs Board and the Office of Student Activities, in addition to many student and faculty volunteers that are eager to help. Among these volunteers was sophomore Alia Abadir.

“I’ve been here since 7 this morning working because I really love World Carnival. I loved it freshman year, and I wanted to help out as much as I could,” said Abadir.

The performances at this year’s World Carnival featured dance troupes specializing in different cultural or folkoric styles. Mana Polynesia showcased dances from the Pacific islands (including Hawaii, Fiji, and New Zealand),  the Wong Lion People performed an interactive Chinese dragon act (in which the human-operated dragon tried to eat bystander’s french fries), and the Nomad dancers introduced carnival-goers to a variety of Central Asian dances.

Much like the many World Carnivals before, there was no shortage of delicious food on the greens. To the side of the tent, tucked away in the back corner of the greens were several food stands serving up their famously craved gyros, barbecue sandwiches, Jamaican jerk chicken, and deep fried sweets. On the other side of the tent, guests could shop for jewelry, scarfs and colorful clothes.

Throughout the day, various student clubs such as Habitat for Humanity, Raices Hispanas and the Equestrian Club provided tables with activities to raise money and promote the interests of their groups. One notable club display was that of the Equestrian club, with their special guest appearance of Lil’ Sebastian the mini-pony, a real-life version of a beloved animal from the NBC television series Parks and Recreation. Sebastian quickly earned a VIP status among all World Carnival attendees, garnering his fair share of attention through affectionate petting and many photo opportunities.

One of Sebastian’s biggest fans was senior A.J Landy, who prided himself on his own photo with Sebastian.

“World Carnival was a really good time, I especially enjoyed hanging out with friends… and hanging out Sebastian,” said Landy.

As a first time World Carnival attendee, freshman Marissa Poudrier spent the day enjoying all that the event had to offer.

“It was really cool to see all the different clubs bring out things for the variety of the big crowd that we have here. It wasn’t just students but also kids and adults, and it was cool to see everyone be able to do something different,” said Poudrier.

In past World Carnivals, concerts by up-and-coming bands during the evening have drawn huge turnouts to end another successful day of spring fun, and this year was no exception. Carnival-goers were in for a surprise this year with not one, but two headlining bands during the event’s evening portion. Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, a band from Detroit that sounds like an Amy Winehouse-esque combination of rock, Motown, soul, and blues, kicked off the night’s festivities and got the glow-sticked crowd dancing. Up next was rock and hip-hop fusion band RDGLDGRN (pronounced “red, gold, green”) from Washington, D.C., whose energy and repartee with the crowd cemented a satisfying night of live music.

The beautiful weather complimented the day’s many activities, and set the stage for yet another successful concert event that hundreds of SMCM community members enjoyed.

From the Manager's Desk: Bidding Farewell to the Point News Cave

It seems to be a mocking rule: every time a Point News layout weekend comes around in the spring, the days are stunningly beautiful, and all the colors of St. Mary’s–the shimmering blue of the river, the pink, white, and yellow of the blossoms dotting the trees on the path, the red of the brick buildings, and the green of the scrubby trees–are brought to life by the sun. When compared to the gloriously sunny outdoors at the moment, The Point News cave tucked away in the SGA Club Room, with its small windows and minimal access to cell phone signals, is disproportionately freezing.

The setting mocks the chilly hesitation I’m feeling at leaving this remarkable community of learners, teachers, activists, scientists, and artists which I have grown to love and appreciate so much, especially now that I realize this type of community does not easily exist elsewhere in the “real world”–the world after college.

Although I’ve learned a lot in my four years at St. Mary’s, like how to write a semi-decent paper in two nights, how to efficiently forage for tater tots during Great Room brunches, and how to find the quickest route between the north side of WC and the Campus Center (you make two stops through Monty and the ARC, in case you were wondering), the most enduring and profound lesson that St. Mary’s and working for The Point News has taught me is the power of communication.

Whether it is expressed through the mass media or in a private face-to-face conversation, communication has the ability to bond people together or break them apart, and to see someone else as more relatable to oneself or more disparate than you would have realized otherwise. It’s a tool that must be wielded with the utmost caution.

I’ll admit it: what I have enjoyed most of all about being the managing editor of this lovely newspaper is the exclusive insider knowledge that I am able to glean from various administrators and students on campus. I do realize, however, that with this knowledge comes responsibility, and my goal as managing editor is to inform students, faculty, and staff of the issues that are the most pertinent to them, while also being mindful of how the campus community could react if not enough caution is exercised in regards to the publishing of sensitive information.

At present, while a debate over what should be private or public knowledge as been resurrected again with the leaks of surveillance plans from the National Security Administration, we are more keenly aware of the aspect of consent which comes with the sharing of information.

St. Mary’s is a place that loves to communicate; we host countless open forums (namely the “St. Mary’s Speaks” series) on topics ranging from world peace to climate change, and from race to gender equality and sexuality; we form close relationships with our professors and administrators while working for a better campus environment in projects such as the St. Mary’s Wages campaign, Green Dot, or the Public Safety Advisory Committee; we advocate for total transparency between students and all offices on campus; and yet sometimes these efforts at communication don’t pan out in the way we would hope, sometimes due to polarizing or unclear rhetoric.

A few years ago, The Point News dealt with cases in which a wholly well-intentioned attempt to raise a topic for discussion in the Opinions section erupted into a much more inflammatory issue than anyone on staff had anticipated. This incident has been haunting the back of my mind ever since I took up the managing editor’s mantle, and I had made it my goal to ensure that similar incidents will not occur under my watch; and considering that this is my last issue of The Point News, I’m happy to report that I’ve reached my goal.

Although working for TPN has been exhausting and tedious at times (This is the one and only issue I’ve stayed up past one in the morning to work on. Why not go out with a groan?), I wouldn’t exchange my time on staff for anything else. The experience has been thoroughly rewarding. Mostly due to the pizza parties. And with that, I leave the coming generations of SMCM with a final word of advice: Please continue to communicate, and do so with your ears and your mind open.

DeSousa-Brent Scholars Host Cultural Fashion Show

On Saturday, April 19, the DeSousa-Brent Scholars held a cultural fashion show on Greens outside of Daugherty Palmer Commons. The show was held as a celebration of international fashions, and portrayed the beauty and uniqueness of couture worldwide. Outfits and models were taken from the St. Mary’s student community.

The show featured fashions from Latin America to East Asia, and was accompanied by a mocktail party afterward. The fashion show represents the final one of the many events offered by DeSousa-Brent Scholars in the 2013-2014 year. Other recent events included a Lunar New Year celebration back in Febraury, and a lecture on Race, Education, and America’s future by Professor Lawrence Blum of the University of Boston.

Much as with past events by the DeSousa-Brent Scholars, the show was not only meant to be an interesting and enjoyable presentation, but also to serve an educational purpose. The show was meant to enlighten students not only about the different fashions representative of cultures around the world, but also accepting and embracing different kinds of beauty. This is very much in the spirit of the DeSousa-Brent program, which describes its mission as one that “cultivate[s] the academic and leadership potential of talented students from groups traditionally underrepresented at St. Mary’s,” according to their website.

“For me the cultural Fashion show was a chance for me to step outside of my day-to-day routine and engage the SMCM community more,” said junior Abiola Akanni. “To shortly sum it in words the fashion show was an opportunity for people to show case their culture and heritage in a fun, respectful space.”

Though this is the last program of the semester, more information about the DeSousa-Brent Scholars program and their future events can be found on their website: http://www.smcm.edu/desousabrent/index.html.

Students Push for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Students at St. Mary’s College and members of SEAC have begun an initiative to divest their endowments from fossil fuel companies. This initiative will most likely take place over the course of several semesters, and is part of a larger network of colleges attempting to divest from fossil fuels.

One of the main arguments for divestment, according to junior Emily Tanner who is heading the cause, is the feeling that investment in fossil fuels is inconsistent with the values of St. Mary’s. “We don’t think it is at all reflective of our values as an “environmentally friendly” school to have our money invested in an industry that is anything but.” says Tanner. “We think that there are opportunities for us to invest our money in actual environmental initiatives or the local community that would fit better with our values and are manageable as far as the money goes.”

Tanner went on to explain that divestment is not just an initiative at St. Mary’s. It is part of a larger, national movement of which St. Mary’s students would be proud to be a part, particularly since the people most affected by fossil fuel mining have shown support for it. Men and women in communities that are the site of mining and extraction have encouraged the cause, and for many involved in the initiative of showing solidarity for the people put at risk by fossil fuel mining is equally as important as preventing the inevitable environmental consequences.

At this time, SEAC and the students involved in the initiative are seeking out student support, and trying to build a strong team to continue the effort next semester. ‘We’re hoping to be able to meet with the foundation board next semester to see how this will be received by them and get a feel for how the money really works.’ says Emily. ‘We’re researching possible investment alternatives, building up a presentation, and we are going to start reaching out to faculty and alumni soon.’

So far, a student petition has reached 500 signatures, and involved students are hopeful that this will be a strong start for the new cause. Emily would like to let students know that she is looking for interested students to be a part of the initiative, and any interested people can email her directly at emtanner@smcm.edu with their interest or questions. Students can also learn more about the national movement for divestment at http://studentsdivest.org.

Lacrosse Players Honor Wounded Warriors

By Danielle Fullerton

The St. Mary’s Lacrosse team hosted a Face-off for a Cause event on Saturday, Apr 12 at the Seahawk Stadium. The Face-off for a Cause event benefited the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior project raises awareness and aid for the needs of injured service members. Their vision is “to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history,” (Wounded Warrior Project).

The idea for supporting the Wounded Warrior project started in October at the Green Door by current seniors, Gordon Muldoon and Zach Blewitt. Muldoon stated, “We were talking about how we wanted to do something bigger us and better than us our senior year, when we got the idea for fundraising for the Wounded Warrior Project.” Blewitt and Muldoon knew the Wounded Warrior Project was very applicable to St. Mary’s College and community, due to its location near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station and United States Coast Guard Station at St. Inigoes. The community is positively affected everyday by service members. Blewitt stated, “We knew we wanted to incorporate our love of lacrosse with this great cause, so we contacted the Wounded Warrior Project to get involved,” Blewitt and Muldoon planned the event to include all age groups as well as bring in companies and the community. There were lacrosse-centered events, food vendors, silent auction and Wounded Warrior Project t-shirt sales.

From 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, there was a free lacrosse youth clinic for boys in grades three through eight provided by Trilogy Lacrosse and run by National Director Will Casertano. St. Mary’s lacrosse players helped out as well.  At 12:00 at the Seahawk Stadium, the Patuxent High School and Leonardtown High School played in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference. St. Mary’s College men’s lacrosse team played Christopher Newport University in Capital Athletic Conference action. It was a close game, but St. Mary’s came out on top for the win.

The Face-off for a Cause Event was a huge success. Anywhere from 800 to 1000 people showed to give their support for the event and the men’s lacrosse team raised over $18,000 for the Wounded Warrior project, which was $8,000 over the original goal of $10,000.  Muldoon and Blewitt have set up the framework for the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s lacrosse team to continue the event and raise even more money and support for the Wounded Warrior Project. Muldoon stated, “The event can only get bigger”

 

Details on Upcoming Sexual Assault Forum

By Emma Kaufman, Contributing Writer

TRIGGER WARNING: Sexual assault, trauma, violence

In many ways, St. Mary’s College of Maryland is a paradise for students. The campus is small, but comforting. Many class discussions are intimate and enlightening. The student body is so familiar with each other that it’s nearly impossible to walk down the path without saying “hello” to at least one person you know well. But our school, like many colleges, has a problem with sexual assault. The administration is aware of this and has implemented a new sexual misconduct policy this past semester. They have sought student opinion through campus-wide surveys to gauge the sentiments regarding how sexual assault is handled on campus. They have also hired a Title IX coordinator to oversee all issues pertaining to sexual assault of students at St. Mary’s.

But this process by which these changes were made lacks transparency in many ways. There are many questions that remain to be answered. Some of these include: How should we raise awareness to combat sexual assault on campus? Are there better approaches than The Clothesline Project? Who is the new Title IX coordinator? What is the new sexual misconduct policy? Why is the First Responder Caller Hotline no longer permitted to maintain caller anonymity? How are we training students, faculty, staff and administration to prevent sexual assault on campus? Is it effective? How might previous mistakes made in handling issues of sexual assault on campus inform our action for the future?

There are some methods by which people on campus have attempted to raise awareness about this issue, such as the Take Back the Night event that allows survivors to speak about their experiences. Another way to empower survivors is the Clothesline Project, which is a series of t-shirts depicting the stories of those who have experienced sexual assault. These t-shirts are hung in stairwell to the Great Room the Campus Center each year, with the trigger warnings at each entrance to the stairwell, warning of the contents of the Project. The display of shirts provoked a lot of controversy this year, but most of the critics of the Project were anonymous. It’s time for people on the SMCM to speak out about sexual assault, and there needs to be a place for them to do so.

On April 30th, 2014, there will be a forum on campus sexual assault held for students, faculty, staff, and the administration. This event will feature a panel comprising of Interim President Ian Newbould, Dean of Students Roberto Ifill, Title IX Coordinator Kristin McGeeney, Professor of Religious Studies Katharina von Kellenbach and Peer Health Educator/First Responder Helena Klassen. The panel will answer questions concerning recent changes to the sexual misconduct policy, improving ways of raising awareness about sexual violence (such as the Clothesline Project) and discussing methods of preventing sexual violence on campus. Meghan Root, the SMCM wellness/sexual assault advocate, will moderate the forum. The forum will be held in Cole Cinema at 8pm. All students, faculty, staff and administrators who believe that sexual assault is an issue that most be confronted and prevented on the SMCM campus are encouraged to attend.

 

Please email all questions or comments regarding the forum to Emma Kaufman at ekaufman@smcm.edu.

 

Second Annual 'Du the Point' Duathlon

On Saturday, May 3, the Bike Shop, in conjunction with the Cross Country Team, will hold their second annual “Du the Point” event. This event will span a 5k run around Historic St. Mary’s City, which will then be followed by a 40k bike ride to the Point Lookout light house, then back to campus.

This event was primarily planned by the Bike Shop; they will oversee the biking portion of the event. The Cross Country Team will head the running portion of the event. Students are encouraged to go but non-students are allowed to attend as well. The Bike Shop manager, Michael Woollen explained, “We would really like for this to become a primarily student attended event but we do allow non-students to participate.”

With this being the second year that the event is running, the expected number of attendees will range from 50 to 100 people. This event will also allow those who wish to attend to partake in as many functions of the event as they would want. “Students can Run, Relay, or do the entire event,” stated Woollen.

This event will cost attendees five to 20 dollars, with all the proceeds going towards St. Mary’s Christmas in April. If interested in the event, make sure the look for the Facebook group or go to BikeReg.com and search for “Du the Point.”

Club Spotlight: St. Mary's Drum Corps

Even though the semester is coming to an end, many clubs are already searching for new members to join next semester. One of these clubs is St. Mary’s Drum Corps (SMDC). SMDC performs at various events around campus, including Orientation Week and World Carnival. They entertain the audience by playing upbeat and enthusiastic beats at events throughout the year. At the weekly meetings, Drum Corps practices the beats they think will be well received by the audience. Along with their love for music, the Drum Corps incorporates the values that make St. Mary’s College such a great environment to be in, such as being supportive of each other in and out of the club. One of the members of the club, first-year Sarah Didden, finds Drum Corps a great place to meet new people and share a love for music and fun. “Drum Corps is all about having fun and supporting each other. It’s such a welcoming environment where we can learn new beats and, if you’ve never played before, learn an entirely new instrument.” Another reason that Drum Corps is a strong choice of a new club to join is the fact that no experience is necessary! You can join the club without having any prior experience with any instrument, including the drums. Didden, who is set to be the new Vice President of the club next year, recommends the club to anyone who is interested. “If you’ve ever even thought about joining I encourage you to come out to a meeting! No experience is necessary, and so there are no reasons not to give it a shot!” she explains. “The experience has been so much fun and I have loved getting to know the amazing people in the club.”

Junior Derrick Fyfield, President and founder of SMDC, explained how the club began and what the future holds for Drum Corps next year.

Point News: Why did you first join Drum Corps? How has the experience been for you?

DF: I am the founder and President of SMDC. My interest in playing in Drum Corps stems from my experience while in middle and high school. When I arrived at St. Mary’s, I had no intentions of starting another one here. It began with small conversations amongst friends, and then transitioned into supportive suggestions from upperclassman at that time. I then did an informal poll on the Class of 2015 Facebook page. From the responses to this post, it appeared that students and staff alike seemed interested – I did not even have to look for an advisor, because Rob Maddox almost immediately offered! Once the club was up and running – gracefully funded by the SGA – we prepared for our first performance ever, at the World Carnival event in the spring of 2012. I would say my experience has been one of great joy and fond memories. From our very first performance which incorporated humor and lots of corniness, to playing at pep rallies, parades and special events. In the lifespan of SMDC, my experience has been of utter happiness and satisfaction – being able to support the campus community in a pretty loud way.

What do you think of the atmosphere of the club, compared to other clubs on campus?

DF: I would have to say that the atmosphere of the club is highlighted at any given practice. Our club’s main objective is to learn and solidify skills in playing the drums. However, we encourage one another to simply enjoy the experience, and be yourself. This then leads to a playful atmosphere of laughter, stories, and fun.

Any changes upcoming for next year?

DF: For this upcoming fall, we will be adding a second quad drum (which is the drum that has four connected heads). This will allow for more individuals to get a chance to try it out and explore! The quads are indeed really fun to play, as each head has a unique tone. We are looking forward to having a second one at our practices. Also, another thing we will be pushing for is [the opportunity to] perform at athletic games. We intend to reach out to Scott Divine and try to coordinate performances for half-times or even pre-game sessions.

Why do you recommend other students to join the club next year?

DF: To this I say… Come one, come all! When the club first began, there were only about three or four individuals who had any sort of experience playing the drums. We often promote the fact that no prior experience is necessary, and there will always be truth in this. One does not need to know how to play the drums to join SMDC! If anything, one should join for the purpose of beginning that learning process. If not, one can join simply for the experience of creating new bonds through the fun and memorable moments we share – both at practices and at performances.

Darya's Pop Culture Talk: The King is Dead

Warning: Possible Game of Thrones spoiler alert!

Many people are aware of the demise of King Joffrey Baratheon from Games of Thrones. Maybe they’ve heard it from friends who have read the book series, or maybe they actually read the book series. Either way, a lot of people knew that Joffrey was going to bite it sooner or later. Personally, I knew that Joffrey was going to die because some friends ruined it for me last year (thanks a lot, guys), but I had no idea when or how it was going to happen (though to be fair, neither did they, because apparently the TV series has strayed quite a bit from the books since the first season).

Let me give you a little background about King Joffrey (played by the apparently extremely nice Jack Gleeson – seriously, he’s reportedly the nicest person ever, plus he’s really smart and funny and has a lot of friends that he loves to prank). In season one of Game of Thrones, Joffrey didn’t seem like quite so much of a punk you wanted to shoot. He was courting Sansa, and while it was clear that he was kind of a selfish brat, he at least pretended to be a decent person sometimes, because he knew he was supposed to (also his uncle, Tyrion Lannister, slapped him around a little, which was probably the best thing that could ever happen, even before Joffrey’s true colors really started to show). He was a prince, and everyone assumed his father was the King. I say assumed, because what actually happened is that the Queen had sex with her brother, and then the two of them had three children together, but it was kept a secret from everyone. All the kids are blonde, even though the King is dark-haired (the two incestuous siblings are blonde); Ned Stark figures it out later in the season and is beheaded on Joffrey’s orders because Joffrey is a prick. Plus the King is dead at this point, and Joffrey knows that he can basically do whatever he wants.

As the seasons progress, Joffrey only gets worse, and every time he opens his mouth or does anything besides sit on his throne, you think to yourself, “Wow, he really sucks.” In fact, many critics, fans, and pop culture media sources speculate, and ask the question of whether he is the most hated TV villain ever. I’m sure there is someone worse…actually, no, I doubt there is anyone worse. Maybe if HBO hadn’t aged him up he wouldn’t be so hated (at least in the first book, he’s about 12 or 13), but they really did an excellent job of making him someone that the world could despise and not feel about it. Season three is when Joffrey is absolutely at his worst. He is engaged to Margaery Tyrell; she seems to be one of the best people in the world, only making him look worse than ever in comparison. Towards the end of the season, I found myself saying out loud (every time Joffrey said or did anything), “What a little s$&%.” I couldn’t help it, he sucks that much.

In the first episode of season four, and most of the second episode (though Joffrey doesn’t make it to the end), I found myself saying it more often than I ever remembered saying it in a single episode. It’s like they were building up to something huge by making him worse than he had ever been, which I didn’t think was possible. I hated him more than I had ever hated him (I actually really liked his character, but in a way that only a psychologist/Psych major can like him). In the second episode, he got married to Margaery Tyrell, and then they all went and celebrated with a huge feast. While at the feast, Sansa Stark is effectively mocked by Joffrey when it is reenacted how her brother Robb was killed by the Lannisters. In addition to that, Joffrey mocks and shouts at everyone, because he is just that much of a [insert better word for “jerk”]. During the feast, good old Olenna Tyrell goes and talks to Sansa, mentioning something about killing a man at a wedding, and “What sort of person would do that?” At the feast ends, Tyrion is forced to pour Joffrey wine, and then Joffrey starts to choke. I have to say, while Joffrey was choking, I was literally at the edge of my seat, practically jumping up and down, because I hoped it was finally happening. And it did, after which I silently rejoiced (it was after quiet hours).

I have been browsing the Internet since, trying to find theories about who killed Joffrey, and though I found several, my favorite is that Olenna did it. How could she not have? She talked to Sansa about killing a man at a wedding, and then Joffrey is poisoned at his wedding. Plus, Olenna is only wearing black after his death because she knows she’s supposed to. She’s not mourning him, she hated him as much as the rest of us did. I think she killed Joffrey, then paid people to get Sansa out of King’s Landing before she could be blamed and beheaded for killing the King that everyone knew she hated. Not a bad plan (not so much a bad thing to do either). What I’m wondering now is: Who are they going to say actually did it? Would someone ever actually admit to killing the King, even if he is the most hated person on the face of the earth?