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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...

NSIC Championship with Comedian Maggie Faris

Desiree Bauer, Staff Writer

March 16, 2017


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While the boys’ basketball team was playing for the NSIC South Division championship on Feb. 28, comedian Maggie Faris entertained the students that stayed on campus. Faris understood that having the team playing for the championship was a big deal for many students, and didn’t want them to miss ...

Video game review: For Honor

Matthew Stude, Staff Writer

March 16, 2017


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The video game “For Honor” has been out long enough that many gamers have been able to understand everything the game has to offer. However, with Ubisoft as the publisher, many gamers are pushed away from even trying the title. Those who avoid every game made by Ubisoft could unfortunately miss out on...

Movie review: Logan

Caleb Herrlich, Staff Writer

March 16, 2017


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Long claws, a lot of gore, frequent f-bombs and lots of death, “Logan” is the final chapter of the badass superhero Wolverine, played brilliantly by Hugh Jackman. Jackman portrays, in completely his own way, the struggles and triumphs of Wolverine, a.k.a. Logan, as a tough, ‘never-say-die’ ma...

Macbeth comes to SMSU

Macbeth comes to SMSU

Wyatt Albers, Staff Writer

February 24, 2017


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“Double, Double, toil and trouble,” chanted the Witches. The Drama Club’s student run production this semester is William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth. This play focuses on the story of General Macbeth, who receives a prophecy that he will become King of Scotland.  As he is pushed on by his wife, an...

Movie review: Hidden Figures uncovered

Emily Errico, Staff Writer

February 9, 2017


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“We get to the peak together, or we don’t get there at all.” “Hidden Figures” was released on Dec. 25, 2016 and has since been nominated for numerous awards to recognize its captivating story and impressive cinematography. Based on a book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, the mov...

Movie review: Feelings split on Split

Martin Olsen, Staff Writer

February 9, 2017


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Director M. Night Shyamalan’s recent thriller, Split, hit theatres Jan. 20, and it’s been the top box office seller since its release.  James McAvoy, who plays the film’s primary antagonist, is an enthrallingly composed actor, and he brings the films premise of multiple personalities in a single ...

International artists define abstraction in compelling ways

Kevin Danielson, News Editor

February 9, 2017


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Unique and clever variations of abstract art is on display in the Whipple Gallery as part of the Undefined Abstraction exhibit, which runs from January 16 to March 16. Works in the show are from a mix of well-known and emerging artists represented from four continents. The show contains 17 pieces from 12...

Blast from the past: A look back at Disney’s High School Musical

Alyssa Dobie, Staff Writer

January 26, 2017


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On Jan. 20, 2006, the movie High School Musical premiered on Disney Channel across the United States. Kids everywhere were glued to their televisions to watch this new Disney Channel original movie. There had not been many musicals done in this fashion for the Disney channel audience. The film, directe...

Oscars 2017: Prediction and analysis

Kevin Danielson and Jill Hoppe

January 26, 2017


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Oscar nominations were announced on Jan. 24, which included milestones and few surprises. “La La Land,” this year’s front-runner and Golden Globe favorite, received a record-tying 14 nominations. “Arrival” and “Moonlight” scored eight nominations each, followed by “Hacksaw Ridge,” “...

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