Monthly Archives: September 2016

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A History of the Headphone Jack

By Tim Maninger, Features Writer

Apple has for decades been the arbiter to the demise of old technological standards. They were the first to abandon the floppy disk, the optical drive, and now, the 3.5mm headphone jack. The decision to remove the headphone jack is a curious one to most, especially since in early iPod ads, headphone wires attached to iPod were the focal point in Apple and iTunes’ carefree and spirited branding. There are reasons that this effort can be a good thing and reasons that it will not completely abolish the age old analog plug.

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Introducing the iPhone 7

By Mahati Ganji, Features Writer

This past Friday, Apple released the new iPhone for purchase and let’s just say, the lines were long outside Apple stores and Apple retailers. The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are the faces of Apple efforts in recapturing the attention of previous iPhone users that made the change to Samsung upon surpassing their tech specs a few years ago. While the new iPhone has adapted to now offer a waterproof smartphone and the ever growing demands of consumers and competition, Apple has managed to stay true to the iPhone experience and improve upon it. It comes with many advancements and better performance compared to its predecessors. The new phone may not look much different from older models, but the good thing is this new phone is better in ways that are not just gimmicks.

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Missing Brown Leather Couch?

By Leslie Hamilton, Features Editor & Writer   

In my experience, it can sometimes be hard to notice small changes around you once you settle into whatever humdrum routine that fits your current schedule, whether that is noticing a friend’s haircut, the erection of a new building, or the disappearance of a favorite piece of furniture in the library. Noticing that small change often brings you out of the mind-numbing state of your current existence, encompassed by classes, homework, tests, and lab reports – all in a cyclical repetition or slightly rearranged. Regardless of the nature of your ‘slight’ existential crisis, you wake up to realize that you no longer have your favorite couch on the first floor of the library to snooze on, to study on, to split headphones with a friend to watch whatever Netflix series you were currently obsessed with, cushioning your sweet cheeks through it all, or at least that was the case for me last fall.

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SUB Laughfest featuring Demetri Martin

By Tim Maninger, Features Writer

SUB (Student Union Board) has really outdone themselves as of late. In October of 2014, the Student Union Board brought us the musically inclined, stand-up comedian, Bo Burnham. This year, SUB has managed to score a show with a similarly categorized comedian show and the most in demand comedians in the country, Demetri Martin. Martin’s unique comedy style of meandering deadpan has earned him popularity and a Perrier award. He has also written for and appeared on various television shows from Late Night With Conan O’Brien to The Daily Show.

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Medical Marijuana Initiative Dies With Ruling

By Steve Rusakiewicz, News Writer

On September 20 at 4:00 p.m. the River Front Times website reported that Cole County Judge Daniel Green had ruled local election authorities and the Missouri Secretary of State had acted properly when they invalidated hundreds of petition signatures that had been collected on the wrong county form. The ruling effectively kills any remaining chance of the medical cannabis measure to make the November ballot. Trouble began last month when Secretary of State Jason Kander announced more than ten thousand signatures from Missouri’s second Congressional District had to be thrown out, leaving the New Approach Missouri-sponsored initiative just 2,242 signatures shy of the 32,337 target. New Approach sued the Secretary, claiming the signatures were wrongly invalidated and submitted their evidence to argue 2,219 of those dismissed signatures were, in fact, valid. However, this still left the group with a twenty three signature deficit in the district.

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Numbers Climb in Yahoo Breach

By Hadley Bjerke, News Writer

Earlier this month, the internet mogul Yahoo announced that information from at least five hundred million accounts had been stolen from the company in their 2014 breach. Among this news was the belief that a state-sponsored actor was responsible for the attack.

According to Yahoo, among the names, telephone numbers, and birth dates stolen, other information may have included email addresses, and possibly security questions and answers. The scale of this attack contributes to the idea that this is the largest data breach ever in terms of user accounts.

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Celebration of Nations

Source: Sheshan Mahavidanalage

Source: Sheshan Mahavidanalage

By Alexis Lee, News Writer

 

Rolla showcased its seventh annual Celebration of Nations this past Saturday, September 24. The area’s largest multicultural event was kicked off at 11:00 a.m. by a vibrant parade featuring various cultural groups. Spectators ranging from travelers to area residents and Missouri University of Science and Technology students lined the streets of Rolla’s downtown district as the festive day of food, arts and crafts, music, dance, and great food began.

Source: Sheshan Mahavidanalage

Source: Sheshan Mahavidanalage

 

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Chiefs Force 8 Turnovers to Defeat Jets

By Nick  Jacquin, Sports Writer

If Sunday’s game against the New York Jets showed how good the Kansas City Chiefs defense really is, Chiefs fans can really get excited.  The Kansas City faithful packed Arrowhead Stadium for the matchup between two 1-1 AFC teams and it was their defensive unit that proved they are among the best in the league.

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Marlins Ace Dies in Boating Accident

Source: foxnews.com

Source: foxnews.com

By Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

    The game of baseball lost one of its brightest young stars this weekend, as Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was found dead along with two others early Sunday morning. Authorities found the boat around three a.m Sunday morning, but no survivors were found. This tragic event lead the Marlins to cancel their game against the Braves on Sunday. There has been wide spread support from around the league for the Marlins and for Fernandez, as many viewed him as not only one of the best pitchers in the league, but one of the best people on and off the field.

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