Trump and Putin Face Off at APEC Summit

By: Neal Kisor, Features Writer

Source: npr.org

President Trump and Vladimir Putin came face to face this past week at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam. The meeting followed the recent scandal of collusion committed by Trump’s campaign team. They wanted to dig up “dirt” on Hillary Clinton and for Russia to surface thousands of emails on her. Trump has remained steadfast in claiming that the people involved were not high on his campaign team, though one of the accused, George Papadopoulos, was named as “an excellent guy” by Trump in 2016. Regardless, those accused have been exiled from Trump’s favor.

Trump singled out former CIA Director John Brennan, former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, and former FBI Director James Comey, all of whom have cited evidence about Russia election activity in 2016. “They’re political hacks,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. “I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper, and you have Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he’s proven to be a leaker.” Continue reading

Even Obama Can’t Escape Jury Duty

By: Neal Kisor, Features Writer

Presidents, past and current, hold the responsibility of being outstanding and model American citizens. This past week former President Obama exemplified this responsibility by showing up to jury duty in Cook County, Illinois.

Source: people.com

Obama arrived to a chorus of excited voices and a swath of smiling faces. Of the almost 200 in attendance, Obama went around to almost every single one, shaking hands and signing books and autographs.

Obama did not allow himself to get too caught up in the popularity. After all, to allow all of the people to take selfies would be to delay the Justice System. When it came time to watch the twenty minute long video on how to be a juror, Obama sat through the whole thing. Continue reading

‘Tis the season of S&T bands

By: Neal Kisor, Features Writer

Source: alp.mst.edu

This past month the various bands of Missouri S&T have put their hours of hard work and practice to the test in a string of various concerts. Fingers press down on well-used metal keys and carefully blown streams of air pass artfully through the intricate tubing of instruments. They go by many names: Brass Choir, Orchestra, Symphonic Band,  Pep Band, Jazz Band, etc. Though they’re all connected through their love of music.

Jonathan Jarvis, director of the Brass Choir, prepares music for his bandmembers. During concerts he takes the stage and conducts the high voices of trumpets and the low rumblings of tubas. When asked about his favorite part of being a member of this musical family, he said it was how easily he could make friends, “everyone was a musician and had similar experiences and similar hobbies.” To be sure, these band members are musicians. Missouri S&T does not have a dedicated music major, which means that every single member of the bands are there on their own will.  This leads to “some incredibly dedicated members,” Jarvis admits. “I’m very honored to have such amazing musicians under my direction in Brass Choir, and I’m honored to play with the same musicians in all the other ensembles.” Continue reading

Murder on the Orient Express

By: Mark Farmer, Entertainment Writer

Source: anygoodfilms.com

Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express released in theaters this past weekend, starring Branagh himself. The story, based on Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel of the same name, follows Detective Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective who must help solve a murder that takes place while traveling on the Orient Express.

Agatha Christie’s works have been adapted and re-adapted time and time again, and Murder on the Orient Express is no exception- In film, television, radio, and even video games, Christie’s famous murder-mystery has been depicted in many forms by many people. It’s no surprise, too- Christie’s writing is timeless, and as such, Murder on the Orient Express is truly a classic. It’d be unfair (and dull) for me to write a critique on a work that has been rehashed so many times, so I want to instead focus this piece towards how Branagh adapts the work for the screen, rather than any piece of the story or its plot. Continue reading

Review of Musas by Natalia Lafourcade

By: Wesley Reno, Entertainment Writer

Source: lafourcade.com

Natalia Lafourcade is a Mexican pop idol, and has been for the majority of the 21st Century. Since the release of her self-titled debut in 2003, she has adapted with the changing artistic climate in the Latin rock community. Her debut project is filled with stereotypical, turn-of-the-century Latin pop tropes that don’t seem to resonate well with changing times. As her career developed, however, she built on her Latin pop roots; this process culminated in her winning a Grammy in 2016 for her album Hasta la Raíz. In May of 2017, she released a trend-breaking record, Musas, which draws heavily from traditional Mexican folk music. Continue reading

CFP contenders lose in tough weekend games

By: Nick Jacquin, Sports Writer

Source: usatoday.com

As the college football season winds down, many teams are fighting for the chance to play in the annual College Football Playoff to determine the best team in the nation, and ultimately the National Champion.  This past weekend was undoubtedly the biggest weekend for many teams to make their case as to why they should be one of the final four teams.

Many top ranked teams faced tough matchups and there were a couple of upsets that ultimately changed the landscape as to who will play in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.  The top-ranked team in the country, the Georgia Bulldogs faced off against the tenth-ranked Auburn Tigers.  Notre Dame, who came into the weekend as the third best team in the country, played the seventh-ranked Miami Hurricanes.  Lastly, in a battle of teams looking to get into the final four, number five Oklahoma squared off against number six TCU in a Big 12 matchup. Continue reading

Schwartz, Schenn lead Blues atop Central

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: nhl.com

The St. Louis Blues have started the new NHL season red-hot, currently holding the best record in the entire Western Conference. The success is primarily due to the breakout season of left-winger Jaden Schwartz, and the outstanding production of the first line as a whole. The Blues’ defense and goaltending have also been having a good season, allowing one of the lowest goals-against average in the league. The team was riding a three-game win streak before losing to the New York Islanders in their most recent game. The Blues are certainly going to be a playoff team, but the real question will be if this production can be sustained and if St. Louis can finally bring home their first Stanley Cup.

The Blues have had undoubtedly the best first line in the NHL this season. The line consists of Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko, and the newly acquired Brayden Schenn. The Blues received Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers in July in exchange for Jori Lehtera and draft picks. Each member of this line is currently tied for first place in the NHL with a plus/minus rating of 15, indicating that when this line is on the ice, the Blues are demolishing their opponents. Schwartz is currently ranked fourth in the league in total points, with Tarasenko and Schenn both tied for 11th. This incredibly productive line has also been backed by a good year in goal for Jake Allen. Allen is currently 17th in goals-against average, but this number is slightly inflated after his last game against the Islanders in which he allowed a whopping five goals. The team currently holds a 2.4 goals-against average which is good for the third lowest average in the league. Continue reading

The NFL and the National Anthem

By: Tyler Zaring, Sports Editor

With the start of school and the month of September also comes football for all age groups. Being one of the top four major sports in America mean that many people tune in on Sundays to watch their favorite NFL team. This year has been a completely different story for fans and their team’s.

I rarely miss watching my favorite Kansas City Chiefs game no matter the day and this year has been no different. For other fans this year, that is not true. Due to the players and at times even the owners demonstrations during the National Anthem many fans have vowed to never watch another game. Others have taken it a step further and joined in America’s new favorite thing to do in sports by burning their team jersey, flag, and even season tickets. Continue reading

Wait, the FE is Required to Graduate?

By: Danielle Sheahan, Features Writer

The FE is the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination that the majority of campus undergraduate engineering students must take. By passing the FE exam you will become an EIT (engineer in training). A large portion of engineering companies would prefer their entry level engineers to be certified EITs, especially consulting firms. The purpose of the FE exam is to get you started on your path to become a PE (professional licensed engineer). The exam is organized and conducted by the NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying). This exam cost $225 which unfortunately is non-refundable, but if you are working on an engineering degree at Missouri S&T you are most likely required to take the FE exam to graduate. The only degrees that do not require the FE exam to graduate include aerospace engineering, ceramic engineering, and metallurgical engineering. Please note that aerospace engineering students are required to take and pass an exit assessment which is completely different than the FE exam. Depending on your engineering department you might have to take a specific discipline’s FE exam. Those include chemical, civil, electrical, computer, environmental, and mechanical engineering. If you are not one of those engineering disciplines you will most likely take the “other disciplines” FE, but sometimes you are able to take the generic “other disciplines” FE in certain scenarios (this would be up to an advisor or head of a department). Continue reading

Joe’s PEERS

By: Danielle Sheahan, Features Writer

Joe’s PEERS is an organization supported by Missouri S&T which put on events promoting student wellness. Student wellness is described as the betterment of intellectual, social, environmental, spiritual, occupational, emotional, and physical aspects of students. Joe’s PEERS are Missouri S&T students who have applied to become volunteers to serve our campus. There are a select few students who are paid for their positions, and they are called PWE (PEER Wellness Educators). They are paid to be the main reference person for a social norms topic area.

These topic areas include:

Mental Health

Sexualized Violence & Healthy Relationships

Alcohol & Other Drugs

Fitness, Nutrition & Sexual Health

Research & Development Continue reading