Monthly Archives: April 2016

Movie Review: The Jungle Book

By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer 

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Disney’s latest live-action adaptation of a classic animated film features groundbreaking CGI, quality storytelling, and talented voice acting, all with a director who is no stranger to immense projects. Director Jon Favreau has directed films like “Elf,” “Zathura,” and “Iron Man,” yet his direction of 2014’s “Chef” showed audiences that he wasn’t ashamed of returning to his independent roots. “The Jungle Book” has the showiness of a large-scale blockbuster, but the more intimate moments have an indie-film feel. These elements, combined with the unmatched refinement of Disney films prove a very powerful combination. There is always this concern with the revamping of classic films that the story will somehow be botched, forever altering one’s perception of something they once loved. In the case of “The Jungle Book,” these concerns are quickly put to rest.

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Music Review: Surgical Meth Machine

By Spenser Webb, Entertainment Writer 

New speed/industrial metal band Surgical Meth Machine recently released their first album, “Surgical Meth Machine”. Surgical Meth Machine is the latest side project of Cuban-American Al Jourgensen of Ministry, The Revolting Cocks (RevCo), and other acts; their first album is a tribute to the late Mike Scaccia who played with Jourgensen in both Ministry and The Revolting Cocks. Jourgensen described Scaccia as “the best shredder guitar player who walked the earth.”

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Vinyl Lives On

By Caroline Newman, Editor 

In honor of this year’s Record Store Day, the fine folks at College Radio Day are sponsoring a College Radio Vinylthon, and Missouri S&T’s own KMNR is proud to participate! Tune in this Saturday, April 16th to hear some amazing tunes all played on vinyl. Many of Saturday’s regular shows will be utilizing the vinyl format all day long, including Sea of Sound (on air at 2 am, and hosted by me!) and Your Turntable’s Not Dead, a weekly all-vinyl show hosted by DJ Butz and DJ Buzzard every Saturday at noon.

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Music Review Editorial: R. Kelly

By Caroline Newman, Editor 

This week, the Miner brings you a special throwback music review: an examination of Robert Sylvester Kelly’s 2003 masterpiece Chocolate Factory. This triple-platinum album, Kelly’s first release after his child-porn controversy, is practically perfect. A guilty-pleasure album full of summer jams and romantic R& B hits, it’s the type of cheesy easy-listening that can appeal to everyone, and it comes as no surprise that it reached the number one spot on the US Billboard Top 200 Chart, as well as hitting other chart positions in countries such as Germany, Canada, and even Switzerland. Full of handclaps and call-and-response style, vintage soul-inspired choruses, the album is literally timeless, a classic for the ages. After all, it’s already thirteen years old and still sounds hot and fresh.

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The Festival of Colors

By Leslie Hamilton, Features Writer 

This past Sunday, the India Association at Missouri S&T held their annual Holi Festival celebration at Schuman Park. The event was free to attend and was open to all persons wanting to get doused with bright colored powder from 10 AM to noon, when the powder ran out. Outside of Rolla, Holi is celebrated each spring world-wide, but originates in India and Nepal, holding deep cultural significance to the Hindu religion, other Indians, and other people of south Asia. Due to increased exposure on an international scale, the celebration of Holi is rapidly becoming popular among non-Hindus as well and is an inspiration for many color runs and music festivals like the Festival of Colours Tour. Outside of the well known color celebration, called the Rangwali Holi, there are other events that are affiliated with Holi; however, they are not as widely celebrated. An example of such is the Holika bonfire, which starts the night before Holi and people perform religious rituals symbolic of the destruction of their internal evils. Other events and customs, and the duration of the Holi festival differs from region to region depending on their own regional history and interpretation.

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Chancellor Commits to Communication in Memo

By Spencer Cioci, News Writer 

This last February, the Missouri Miner reported on the challenges facing the Missouri S&T campus, administration and faculty.  Many issues of direct concern to the student body motivated the officers of the Faculty Senate to conduct a rapid, informal inquiry as to the perceptions of senior faculty with respect to the current state of affairs on campus.  As reported in February, faculty opinions were mixed at best.  Some felt administration was responding in an effective, efficient manner to various concerns being raised by faculty, while others felt the administration needed to step-up its efforts to address and resolve faculty-specific issues.  As the formal administrative review and COACHE survey periods drew to a close throughout the UM system last week, Chancellor Schrader drafted a personal note to ensure both her appreciation and respect for the S&T faculty is known.

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Music Review: Frightened Rabbit

By Spenser Webb, Entertainment Writer

Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit recently released their fifth studio album “Painting of a Panic Attack”. The twelve-track album marks the band’s first release since the departure of guitarist, keyboardist, and backing vocalist Gordon Skene over creative differences and lead singer Scott Hutchison’s side project Owl John. For what it’s worth, Skene’s absence is hardly felt on the album as the rest of the band easily picks up the slack.

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Movie Review: Hardcore Henry

By Nate Willis, Entertainment Writer

In his feature-length directorial debut, Russian director Ilya Naishuller brings audiences “Hardcore Henry,” a non-stop action flick that’s shot from the first-person perspective.  Filmed on a GoPro Hero 3, this film attempts to break into a new realm of filmmaking, one that immerses the audience into the character’s world not unlike a first-person shooter video game. However, the combination of non-stop action and phony video game-like dialogue leads to poor character development and a plot that doesn’t make much sense.

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S&T Paintball Travels to Nationals

By Jefferson Specker, Sports Writer

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The Miners this year have both new and experienced players on the team and are hungry for a top place finish at Nationals.  The team has traveled around the country competing in tournaments, placing in the top 5 in all three events they’ve competed in this year and are looking to continue that drive and take it to Nationals in hopes of taking home a coveted podium finish.

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Another Memorable Opening Day in Baseball Heaven

By Jefferson Specker, Sports Writer 

It is an event unlike any other.  In fact, most people think it should be a state holiday.  Opening Day in St. Louis is special, compared to those of other major league teams.  It is an event that marks the beginning of a new season for the Cardinals, with eyes on their 12th World Series title.

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