The Spur

We Want Smoke isn’t hazy

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

November 3, 2017

In 2003 hip-hop artist and rapper T.I. (Clifford Joseph Harris Jr, a.k.a. “Tip”) founded Grand Hustle Records with Jason Geter and began one of the more consistent labels in the industry. Over the years, almost 15 now, Grand Hustle Records has become more than a brand name looking for young talent ...

“Stories for a Lost Child” loses its focus

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

October 19, 2017

Even Carter Meland confessed that this book was an accident. A colleague asked for a collection of Meland’s essays and instead got four distinct pieces that are clearly linked. “True to character,” joked Meland, “he never got my essays.” Yet, even after this mistake, he didn’t realize that ...

“Bladerunner 2049” is a cut above its predecessor

Ben Broze, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017

Blade Runner 2049 is a new sci-fi dystopian future move and a sequel to the original Blade Runner which was released in 1982. It stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, with Ford reprising his role from the first film. The series takes place in a future Los Angeles, where artificial beings called replic...

“A Chicago Story”

Kenyetta Watt, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017

Brain distracted Temper overacting So many fears, so many tears I can’t wait till the smoke clears. No one said life would be easy Believe me when i tell you life is not as great as people make it seem From not having a job and unable to eat Believe me when I say life is a struggle for someone lik...

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” delivers a lackluster sequel

John Palmer, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017

As a huge fan of the original Kingsman movie, I went into the sequel with high hopes. Well-designed action, a far-fetched, nefarious scheme, an interesting villain, and daring spy work pretty much summed up the original, so those elements were what I expected from the feature. With my biases in mind, let...


Grant Kleiman, A&E Editor

September 29, 2017

Tired when I slip out of bed Tired as I head to the shower Tired as water slips down my head More tired with each passing hour Tired as I get dressed Tired as I brush each tooth Tired as I try to look my best Most tired of avoiding the truth Tired as I wander to class Tired as I take my seat Tired as...

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: a magical reading experience

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2017

Set in Napoleonic-era England during the early 19th century, Susanna Clarke has created Harry Potter for adults. The story begins when Mr. Norell, a scholar and proven magician, shows that he is more than willing to lend his talents to the war effort. However, he doesn’t want anyone else to study magic...

“Baby Driver” is a thrilling ride

Emily Errico, News Editor

September 29, 2017

Since its release on Aug. 25 and earning a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93%, Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” has defied expectations and thrilled audiences with its innovative integration of subtle choreography and an energetic soundtrack into a fast-paced crime story. In the simplest of terms, “Baby ...

iPhone X: cell phone or sell phone?

Heidi DeSutter, Graphic Design Editor

September 29, 2017

Are you ready for the new iPhone X? Or perhaps I should ask if your bank account is. The iPhone X (which by the way is pronounced iPhone “10”) is one of Apple’s most exciting releases to date. The entire front panel, unlike previous iPhone’s, is all screen. It is made of surgical-grade stain...

“Ode to the Beholder” Beholder”

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer

September 29, 2017

Lo and behold the mighty Beholder (Purple is the color this season) with its many rays of death, disintegration, destruction (Rays for days, though not of the Romano or Charles variety). It’s a machine meant to protect you as you disintegrate your foes (Just avoid explosives aimed at the cent...

“It” doesn’t clown around

John Palmer, Staff Writer

September 29, 2017

Having not read a single Stephen King novel or seen an adaptation of one, I went into the theatre with a completely blank slate for this film. A few thoughts from friends, family and other folk gave me a few ideas on what to expect, but otherwise my mind was free of any spoilers or preconceptions. I knew it was...

“Person of Interest”: A show worth watching

Sarah Palmeter, Graphic Design Editor

September 14, 2017

Have you ever taken a moment to stare at a surveillance camera wondering if anyone was staring back at you? Watching you? “Person of Interest” is a show that is actioned packed with such ideas. When a billionaire tech savvy genius named Harold Finch creates the Machine for the government, he failed t...

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