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“Mass Effect” review

Andrew Bradley, Staff Writer
April 20, 2017
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Andromeda was released on Mar. 21. In that short time, many people, including myself, have finished everything in the game. Now, that’s not to say the game is short, we just spent about ten hours a day playing it. Mass Effect Andromeda is the fourth game in the Mass Effect universe. In this univer...

Art Education Alumnus Micah Bloom presents “Codex”

Art Education Alumnus Micah Bloom presents “Codex”

Jill Hoppe, Copy/Photo Editor
April 20, 2017
Filed under A&E, Top Stories

SMSU alumnus Micah Bloom visited on April 6 and 8 for a showing of his self-directed short film, “Codex,” and a printmaking session sponsored by the SMSU Art Club. Bloom’s film features the collection and restoration of books lost in the flooding of the Souris River in Minot, North Dakota. “C...

A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body

Emily Errico, Staff Writer
April 20, 2017
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Comedian Alison Grillo came to SMSU on Apr. 13 for a show sponsored by the GLBTA organization and the Feminist Club. She gave commentary on everything between her struggles with depression to her experience with gender issues. “I always liked to make people laugh,” Grillo said. “I was also an o...

Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” review

Grant Kleiman, Staff Writer
April 20, 2017
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Based on the best-selling novel by Jay Asher of the same name, “13 Reasons Why” follows the story of Clay Jensen in his search to discover the meaning and story behind the mysterious set of cassette tapes that are sent to him by Hannah Baker. Hannah, who was a friend and crush of Clay, sadly committ...

Philosophy Club hosts speaker on autonomous weapons

Cole Miska, A&E Editor
April 20, 2017
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On Thursday, March 30, Zac Cogley, an associate professor of philosophy at Northern Michigan University, hosted a talk on future autonomous weapons being able to make moral judgements. The event, entitled “Will Future Autonomous Weapons Make Moral Judgements?” took place in the BA 102/202 lecture hall....

“Iron Fist” pulls its punches

Andrew Bradley, Staff Writer
March 30, 2017
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“Iron Fist” is a Netflix exclusive show based on the titular character from Marvel. It was released on Netflix March 17. “Iron Fist” follows the trend of the Marvel shows on Netflix that came before it. Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are all referenced throughout the show. “Iron Fi...

“We Are Proud to Present…” challenges misconceptions

Ben Broze, Staff Writer
March 30, 2017
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This March, the Guthrie hosted a showing of “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884 - 1915.” Yes, that is the full title. It’s a unique play unlike any other, yet the Guthrie w...

Death at Macbeth Production

Death at Macbeth Production

Ben Ryan, Staff Writer
March 30, 2017
Filed under A&E, Satire, Top Stories

Four actors were slain this past weekend during the school’s production of Macbeth. The incident reportedly occurred because the fake plastic swords were “mistakenly” swapped out for real, very sharp swords. Limbs were severed, stomachs were disemboweled, and heads rolled. The play continued as ...

Breathing new life into Legend of Zelda

Grant Kleiman, Staff Writer
March 30, 2017
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As one of the few titles chosen to herald the arrival of Nintendo’s newest console, the Switch, Breath of the Wild has a lot of expectations to live up to. Fortunately, the latest title in the critically acclaimed Legend of Zelda series delivers a phenomenal experience for longtime fans as well as ne...

Conversation with Poets

Andrew Bradley, Staff Writer
March 16, 2017
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On Monday, Feb. 27, SMSU held “A Conversation with Poets,” as part of its  Visiting Writer Series at noon in the Marshall-Lyon County Library and again at 7 p.m. at SMSU in CH 201. Susan McLean, a professor of English at SMSU, read poems from her book “The Whetstone Misses the Knife.” Gwen ...

Fokken and Loft discuss the music of World War I

Martin Olsen, Staff Writer
March 16, 2017
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On March 8, there was a presentation on the music of World War I and fantasy themes that pervaded that period of time. Dean of Arts, Letters, and Sciences Jan Loft and Speech Communications Professor Mark Fokken were the main presenters. The atmosphere was comfortable inside the Charter Hall lecture...

“Get Out” to see this movie

Grant Kleiman, Staff Writer
March 16, 2017
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Despite what its title would suggest, “Get Out” will not make you want to leave the theatre halfway through. On the contrary, director Jordan Peele delivers a compelling psychological thriller that also manages to address issues regarding race. “Get Out” tells the story of Chris, played by D...

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