Monthly Archives: November 2015

Who is Maynard James Keenan?

By Marcus Kienemann, Editorial Writer 

Who is Maynard James Keenan?  For being the front man for multi-platinum progressive metal bands Tool and A Perfect Circle, as well as his side project Puscifer, not a lot is known about him.

His real name is not even Maynard, turns out that is just his army nickname.  He is also not just another zoned out space case like most aging rockers of this era.  He happens to be a history buff and is not opposed to wearing designer suits.  To add to his sporadic randomness, not only is he a practitioner of the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but also a wine connoisseur; owner of the Arizona wine garden/vineyard, Caduceus Cellars.  Among other business ventures, he is a partner in the Los Angeles restaurant Cobras & Matadors, and also owns an organic produce market in Cornville, Arizona, which features a food court and a tasting room for his wines.

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American Idol: The Final Season

By Emma Pliska, Features Writer

American Idol has helped many people emerge into the spotlight, and aided many stars – such as Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, and Carrie Underwood, achieve their dreams. But everything must eventually come to an end; American Idol is wrapping up their innovative show with their fifteenth season premiering in January.


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Bond is Back! Spectre Now in Theaters

By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer 

In his second try at a 007 film, director Sam Mendes makes an obvious attempt to bring the Bonds of old back to life with “Spectre”, a post-9/11 thriller that furthers the agenda of “Skyfall” with less existential emphasis. The innuendos and comedy in “Spectre” are more prevalent than any of Craig’s three previous Bond films, but the results are just plain off. The action sequences are more awe-inspiring than before, but character development is sacrificed.

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Music in Review: Foxing

By Spenser Webb, Entertainment Writer 

Indie rock band and St. Louis natives, Foxing, recently released their second studio album “Dealer”. The eleven track album is a classic indie album hitting on numerous tropes. The guitar riffs are simple and almost ambient at times, the drums are fairly straightforward, and the lyrics are often muddled and melancholy.

Soruce: Foxing | photo by Rachel Del Sordo |

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Our Band is Crisis

By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer 

Sandra Bullock is known for playing strong female characters, and her latest performance in director David Gordon Green’s “Our Brand is Crisis” follows this trend. Bullock leaves everything out on the table in this role, walking the fine line between the tenacious a
nd the ridiculous. Nevertheless, with Green’s guidance as director, this film drowns in its own satire, ultimately devolving into a prank war between Bullock’s Bodine and Billy Bob Thornton’s rival campaign strategist Pat Candy.


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An Anthropologic Study: What is Basic?

By Jessica Bone, Features Writer 

Scientists and experts in anthropology have stumbled upon a brand new phenomena within their research: the belief of “basic” being a category of human personalities. Though this new classification slowly began to develop at the beginning of the century, anthropologists are only now discovering its effects.

At first, scientists thought humans were classifying people as basic rather than being acidic and that the more basic one was, the more alkaline properties that human contained. This was quite the scientific hunch, so scientists began to act on it. Researchers originally thought that a normal pH reading for humans was around 7.3 to about 7.45, fairly alkaline. However, with the term “basic” being tossed around, they began to wonder if humans outside of the scientific world had developed some sort of superhuman way to determine the pH levels in other people. Luckily for them, no one has developed such a trait just yet. Researchers gathered people of all cultures, ages and genders to test their pH levels by taking a piece of litmus paper to each test subject’s salvia before they ate or drank during the day. The results were clear that the human average for levels of pH remain to be about the same.

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Good Kids

By Stephen Showers, Features Writer 

Entertainment, of all kinds, is one of the best ways to spread awareness. Oftentimes artists and writers, all of different types, infuse their work with a message; that message is what an audience truly takes away from any performance, exhibit, or show. In the modern world we deal with innumerous heavy issues: war, famine, poverty, and brutality. Another problem, one that is incredibly difficult to address and correct, is prevalent across the nation and the world: Good Kids, a play that will be performed here at S&T, tackles the issue of sexual assault in school.

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Greatest Albums of All Time

By Leslie Hamilton, Features Writer

In 2003, Rolling Stone asked a panel of producers, industry executives, artists, and journalists to pick the greatest albums of all time. In 2009, another poll was completed for the best albums produced in the 2000’s. Here are the top five greatest albums of all time.

It’s no surprise that The Beatles came in at the number one spot with their album, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. This album was released in 1967 and was their eighth studio album. Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band spent 27 weeks at the top of the albums chart in the UK and 15 weeks at the top in the United States. This album was received well internationally and Time Magazine regarded it as “a historic departure in the progress of music.” As of 2014, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band sold more than 30 million copies internationally.

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Solar House Places 5th In National Competition

By Tim Maninger, Features Writer 

At Missouri S&T we have many design teams to be proud of, and this month our Solar House team did indeed make us proud, taking home 5th place in national competition. More than a year of hard work finally came to fruition in Irvine, California during the US Department of Energy’s Biennial Solar Decathlon. Our team’s house was evaluated in 10 contests measuring its efficiency, practicality, and appeal, earning above average scores in each one. This admirable performance was brought about by a team of over 60 students and faculty advisers who put forth tremendous effort and put in thousands of man hours. The Solar house team has represented us well, and shown the world what it means to be a miner.

Source:; Photos by Sam O’Keefe 

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