Monthly Archives: March 2016

#HulkvsGawk

By Leslie Hamilton, Features Writer 

For those of you who do not keep up on vitally important, current events that really showcase the faults in American society, I am deeply sorry because the the Hulk Hogan versus Gawker lawsuit media coverage is possibly the most entertaining legal case coverage that has ever happened and you are absolutely missing out. To start, here is a little background information for the unfortunately ill-informed. The lawsuit was filed by Terry Bollea, more famously known as Wrestle Mania veteran Hulk Hogan, against Gawker Media, a popular celebrity gossip blog, for $115 million dollars for the “emotional distress” he endured and loss of privacy upon releasing a sex tape starring Hogan in 2012. The main argument being that of if protection of the First Amendment applies to this case. The sex tape featured Hogan having private relations with his best friend’s (Bubba the Love Sponge) wife, Heather Clem, in her private residence in 2007. There are three reported tapes, the one of the tapes having been anonymously sent to Gawker. Hogan’s relations with Heather Clem were reported to be encouraged and under the blessing of Bubba during an interview with Howard Stern after the tape was released. Ever since 2012, Hogan has been trying to bring his case to various courts, which initially included Bubba and Heather Clem on the lawsuit under the pretense that he was not aware he was being filmed; however, Bubba and Clem were later removed from the lawsuit after Bubba revised his statement, saying that Hogan knew he was being filmed, and formally transferred the legal rights of the tape to Hogan. It only took Hogan four years for to find someone to feel sympathy for his case only for it to turn into a hilarious media spectacle.

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The Missouri Miner is proud to present weekly interviews with djs from KMNR, Missouri S&T’s free-format college radio station. This week, we interviewed KMNR Music Director Lauren Steele, aka DJ Sputnik.

LSteele

What is your major?

EE

When did you train?

Fall 2014.

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Movie Review: Zootopia

By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer 

Since acquiring Pixar Studios in 2006, Disney Animation has been able to crank out some high-quality animated features that are either on par or perhaps better than Pixar films. Disney’s “Zootopia” continues this trend with a message that is both powerful and highly relevant. Computer-animated films have gotten so good in the 21st century that the actual animation style isn’t even a focal point for most audiences any more.

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Music Review: Tonight Alive

By Spenser Webb, Entertainment Writer 

Australian pop punk band Tonight Alive recently released their third studio album “Limitless”. The eleven track album is the band’s first release sense “The Other Side” and is musically comparable to that album. While there are no personnel changes since the band’s first release “What Are You So Scared Of”, this album does feature a new producer and co-writer, David Bendeth, who has produced numerous albums for bands ranging in style from Elvis Presley to Taking Back Sunday and Paramore.

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Trump, Clinton Win Missouri by Razor-Thin Margin

By Steve Rusakiewicz, News Writer 

Tuesday, March 15th was a significant day for presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who each managed to edge wins in their parties’ nomination race. Trump, who has been making regular media headlines with his now characteristic unfiltered, in-your-face statements from behind his campaign podium, won 25 of Missouri’s 52 delegates to the Republican National Convention while Ted Cruz secured 15 delegates for his efforts. On the blue side of the polls, Hillary Clinton split 34 Democratic delegates with Bernie Sanders, with three delegates and one superdelegate not yet allocated by the Associated Press projection models. The delegate tallies alone tell a story of competitive election campaigns, but the popular vote totals suggest this is a nomination race that will be difficult to predict.

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Here’s to the Best EVER!

By Heather Pribil, News Writer 

The 108th Best Ever St. Pat’s is officially over. It was a packed week with a Snake Invasion, Court Elections, Grand Ball, Follies, Blarney Bash, the Parade, and much more.

Tony Miano, a senior in mathematics from Ballwin, Missouri, portrayed St. Patrick during the celebrations. His court officially arrived downtown at noon on Wednesday, March 16. After a procession through downtown, the court presided over follies at the pavilion on 9th and Oak streets. Members of the court were Brandon Kane, a senior in engineering management from Eureka, Missouri and Anneka Swinson, a senior in information science and technology from St. Charles, Missouri as Master Guards, Cairon Washington, a junior in electrical engineering from St. Louis and John Ziegler, a senior in multidisciplinary studies from Webster Groves, Missouri as Guards, Joseph Loesche II, a junior in nuclear engineering from St. Louis as Herald, Andrew McDonough, a senior in mechanical engineering from St. Louis as Page, and Daniel Wilson, a senior in business and management systems from St. Charles, Missouri as Trumpeter.

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PlaNet

By Tim Maninger, Features Writer 

If you were shown a randomly chosen picture from anywhere in the world, how accurately could you tell where it was taken? Even for the most well-traveled people, it is a stretch to guess within a thousand miles. But what if we built a sophisticated piece of software to do the same task? Tobias Weyand, a computer vision specialist at Google, has done just this. He has used millions of location tagged images to calibrate a deep-learning machine to find the location where the image was taken, and millions more to test its ability. The results look promising for the future of machine learning.

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The Best and Worst of Netflix Originals

By Leslie Hamilton, Features Writer 

Netflix Originals are the reason why valued customers and long-term Netflix-ers keep their Netflix subscription. When it comes down to it, Netflix usually has the same amount of content available, if not less, than Amazon Prime. Hulu Plus has the recent episodes of the shows we all love without the wait. But if you are too cheap to spend the three or so dollars to remove advertisement interruptions, along with a bunch of B-movies that you have no interest in watching, then there could be drawbacks to this service. If you want to watch HBO series, HBOGo has all of them plus the movies that Prime, Hulu and Netflix do not offer. All these streaming services are starting to produce their own original shorts, movies, and TV series. Outside of HBO, Netflix is the only one that is producing notable and binge-worthy shows watched by the masses. Netflix’s most watched original series are “Orange is the New Black”, “House of Cards”, “Making a Murderer”, and “Nick Offerman: American Ham.” While these are the more well-known and popular Netflix Originals, there are a few hidden gems that are not so common. Most will be familiar with some, if not all of the titles below. Put them in your queue and watch them when you have the chance. They’re worth it!

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KMNR Interview of the Week: DJ ENT

The Missouri Miner is proud to present weekly interviews with djs from KMNR, Missouri S&T’s free-format college radio station. This week, we interviewed KMNR Public Relations Director Brady Voepel, aka DJ ENT

Photo Source: Nathan Krenning

Photo Source: Nathan Krenning

What is your major?

Computer Science

When did you train?

Fall 2013! Best trainee class ever.

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Movie Review: Zoolander 2

By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer 

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Fifteen years after writing, directing, producing, and starring in the popular comedy “Zoolander”, Ben Stiller reprises all of those roles with “Zoolander 2”. Filled to the brim with celebrity cameos, and jokes that are 15 years old, “Zoolander 2” is exactly what fans of the original “Zoolander” needed. Co-starring Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and Penélope Cruz, this film doesn’t feel as fresh as the original, but it definitely kept the laughs coming.

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