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“The Office” says final farewell to Scranton

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Cast and crew of “The Office” invaded Scranton on Saturday to say a final farewell to their loyal fans and the city. The hit NBC mockumentary revolves around the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company and the fictional Scrantonians who work there. More than 10,000 people filled the streets of Scranton to celebrate everyone’s favorite comedy, “The Office.”

The stars who turned out for the event include, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Oscar Nunez, Brian Baumgarten, Ellie Kemper, Kate Flannery, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, Craig Robinson and Andy Buckley. Steve Carell even crashed the event later in the day at the PNC Field for the Final Farewell celebration.

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Christina Scully and I were issued press passes so that we could cover the event for The Aquinas.

Editor-in-Chief Christina Scully and I had the amazing opportunity to cover the entire event for The University of Scranton‘s newspaper, The Aquinas. We even got nifty press passes that helped us get front-row seats to all the events and great photo opportunities!

The day kicked off bright and early with the Blogger’s Breakfast where bloggers and fans had a chance to mix and mingle. The morning started with excitement when actors Paul Lieberstein and Andy Buckley showed up to sign autographs and meet with fans. Buckley made sure that he stuck around at the event long enough to get a picture with every single one of his fans.

Next up, was the Behind the Scenes Q&A which packed the Byron Center. Directors and writers took the stage to answer questions about “The Office.” The panel included Editor Director Claire Scanlon, Director of Photography Matt Sohn, Co-Executive Producer Allison Silverman, Property Manager Phil Shea, Producer Steve Burgess, Executive Producer Greg Daniels, Executive Producer Paul Lieberstein and Writer Carrie Kemper.

The crew answered many questions for the audience and reminisced on their time making the show. Fans had the chance to view never before seen footage of the show. Property Manager Phil Shea, reminisced on the early days when the show was first starting. He discussed how many of the props seen on the show were gathered from local Scrantonians.

When fans see things like the Froggy 101 sticker on the office desk, those items were all collected from the locals!

“We’ll take this back to California with us,” Shea said of the fan support for the show.

Executive Producer Greg Daniels said, “It has been a privilege to get to work on this show. To have gone nine years — it’s amazing. We have the fans to thank. They kept the show going.”

After the Q&A there was a short break until 2 p.m. for the big parade which began by St. Thomas Hall. Fans swarmed downtown Scranton to get a peek at the stars as the parade made its way down Linden Street to the Lackawanna County Courthouse square where the party continued. The cast and crew took to the stage to talk to the audience, sing and perform with the Scrantones.

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John Krasinski signs autographs for fans during the parade.

After the parade the cast, crew and fans traveled to PNC Field for the Final Farewell where the biggest surprise of the night was revealed. Steve Carell shocked fans at the PNC Field for the Final Farewell celebration. Carell played Michael Scott, a character who left during the show’s seventh season.

Rainn Wilson (@rainnwilson): 10k in downtown Scranton for the Office wrap party. Amazing. So moving.

John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski): Hell yeah Scranton!!!

After the Final Farewell at the PNC Field came to a close, the stars of the hit show took to the streets of Scranton to party it up one last time. As they say, “There ain’t no party like a Scranton party” and according to their Twitter accounts, they had a pretty crazy night. And I mean they really partied. Fans flocked to The Backyard Ale House where the stars hung out all night, tending bar, buying drinks and taking pictures with fans. (John Krasinski even rocked a University of Scranton tshirt!)

Celebrity Tweets from their big night out in Scranton:

Brian Baumgarner (@BBBaumgartner): Thanks to the 20,000 people who showed up to say goodbye today. We’ll see you tonight. Drinks are on @johnkrasinski

Craig Robinson (@MrCraigRobinson): Backyard ale house

John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski): Backyard ale house Scranton y’all!!!

Kate Flannery (@KateFlannery): We are at the #backyardalehouse

Jenna Fisher (@jennafischer): Hell yeah!! Ain’t no party like a Scranton party…!

Brian Baumgartner (@BBBaumgartner): Great great times in Scranton last night. I am PRETTY sure I bought all of these people a drink.

And then at almost 4:40 a.m…

Brian Baumgartner (@BBBaumgartner): None of us have gone to bed.

After the Wrap Party, the cast took to Twitter to thank their fans and their beloved city of Scranton:

Steve Carell (@SteveCarell): Thank You Scranton.

Rainn Wilson (@rainnwilson): I ❤ Scranton

Jenna Fischer (@jennafischer): From the bottom of my heart, thank you Scranton for the most special send off. Great city, great people, great day.

Brian Baumgartner (@BBBaumgartner): Thank you City of Scranton for throwing us the greatest Wrap Party any show has ever had. Send pics if you were there!

Kate Flannery (@KateFlannery): It is impossible to individually thank everyone who came out yesterday, but please know I love each & every one of you. Reading every tweet!

Craig Robinson (@MrCraigRobinson): Dear Scranton……I mean, what can I say? So much fun hangin, u all couldn’t have been nicer. Thank u. Love u

The final episode will air on NBC May 16 from 9-10:15 p.m. (NBC gave the show the go-ahead to run an extra 15 minutes longer than usual). There will be an hour long special starting at 8 p.m. about “The Office” Wrap Party. Be sure to tune in and see if you can spot yourself!

Chris Dolan, photographer for The Aquinas, was on hand all day snapping photos of all the stars as they spent their day in Scranton. Check out all of his amazing photos from the day.

Check out the live Twitter coverage of the event.

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Scientology: Tom Cruise’s beliefs, religion or cult?

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Scientology was the talk of the town last year when Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes split. Scientology was put in the limelight when media began reporting that Holmes scientology_027allegedly left her husband because they had been arguing about Suri, their daughter, joining the church. Other famous Scientologists include Kirstie Alley, Juliette Lewis and John Travolta.

Scientology, a controversial religion that teaches that human beings have forgotten their true nature, was created by Ron Hubbard in 1952. Scientology has beliefs and practices that are based on research and science. Since beginning in the 1950s Scientology has spread to Britain, Ireland, South Africa and Australia. In the sixties it was banned in some parts of Australia for hypnosis and it still remains banned in some parts of the country.

Hubbard developed Scientology after his self-help system Dianetics. Both Dianetics and Scientology use a form of rehabilitation called “auditing.” During auditing, they re-experience painful or traumatic experiences and events as a way to move on from the past. Auditing is only available to members after a specified donation. This was seen as a new form of psychotherapy.

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Scientologists believe that our souls, called “thetans” reincarnate after death and that they have lived on other planets before Earth in a previous lifetime. Scientologists also observe events like weddings, child naming and funerals which are performed by ordained Scientology ministers.

They also believe in two divisions within the mind: the reactive mind and the analytical mind. The reactive mind stores mental images and absorbs pain and emotional trauma. These memories are not available to the analytical mind and are called engrams. The analytical mind is rational and responsible for consciousness. Engrams are considered painful and debilitating. When engrams are accumulated people move away from who they truly are. In order to stop this, auditing is necessary to move towards what is called the “clean state.”

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Scientology also studies personalities. Hubbard believed that about 80 percent of people had social personalities. People with this personality are people who contribute to the welfare of others. He also believed that 20 percent of people were suppressive personalities. Of this 20 percent, only 2.5 percent are considered to have a hopelessly antisocial personality. These people are are truly dangerous people who are evil. Those who go against Scientology are called suppressive people. Katie Holmes was labeled this after her break up with Tom Cruise.

The religions uses the Scientology cross which says “the horizontal bar represents the material universe, and the vertical bar represents the spirit. Thus the spirit is seen to be rising triumphantly, ultimately transcending the turmoil of the physical universe to achieve salvation.”

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In 1953 Hubbard incorporated three churches in Camden, New Jersey, and in 1954 he set up the first church called the Church of Scientology of California. The Church of Scientology claimed in 2005 that they had 8 million followers worldwide with 3.5 million followers in the United States. A survey in 2001 found that there were only 55,000 Scientologists in the United States.

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Scientology gets a lot of criticism and some people even say that it’s not a religion, but a cult. The religion is learned through studying Scientology materials that are separated in advancing levels that become increasingly harder. This process is called the Bridge to Total Freedom and it has two sides: training and processing. Training is the education received about Scientology principles and the practice of auditing while processing is the personal development that results from training. It is necessary for members to make donations to study and move up the Bridge to Total Freedom. The later teachings are not reveals until members have paid thousands of dollars. For this reason, most Scientologists only move up the bridge so far as their income allows. The official memorial page for Lisa McPherson also blames Scientology for her death. McPherson died of pulmonary embolism while under the care of the Flag Service Organization which is a branch of the Church of Scientology

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