Monthly Archives: September 2016

Bayer Buys Out Monsanto

By Hadley Bjerke, News Writer

As the biggest deal of the year so far, public debate has sprouted over economic concerns with Bayer’s possible purchase of Monsanto. Bayer, a pharmaceutical and health care company based in Germany, announced the deal on September 14 to merge with Monsanto, a crop chemical and seed business based in the US. If the $66 billion all-cash deal were to be approved, it would create the world’s largest supplier of seeds and agricultural chemicals.

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Missouri House and Senate Vote on Concealed Carry

By Alexis Lee, News Writer

 Missouri officially joined ten other states on the “constitutional carry” right this past week. The Missouri House and Senate voted to override Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s veto with statistics recorded at one hundred twelve to forty-one and twenty-four to six, respectively. This act toward loosening Missouri’s already lax gun control laws created mixed feelings across the country and state, as more state lawmakers choose to remove the need for a permit for concealed carry of firearms.

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Community Fuels Up for a Cause

By Hadley Bjerke, News Writer

On Friday, September 16, the cities of Rolla and St. James, as well as those passing through, helped “Fuel up for a Great Cause.” At Love’s Truck Stop located off of Interstate 44, the Rolla Police Department, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, and the St. James Police Department held their annual fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network. They were also joined by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri S&T Police Department.

Source: Rolla Police Department

Source: Rolla Police Department

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College Football: Week Three Updates

By Nick Jacquin, Sports Writer

It was another classic weekend in the world of college football. While it was yet another blowout win at home for the Louisville Cardinals, SEC powerhouses like Alabama and Georgia had to escape upsets on the road.  However, the Louisville victory was the most impressive win of the weekend.

Source: Thestate.com

Source: Thestate.com

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NFL Week Two: Top Storylines to Watch

By Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

With only the Monday night game left to be played, week 2 of the NFL season is just about wrapped up. While every team has a story from this week, a few notable ones come from the Rams, Vikings, and Patriots. The Rams got their first win since moving back to Los Angeles, the Vikings have received a ray of hope without Christian Ponder, and the Patriots are now down yet another quarterback.

After getting shutout in their first game since moving back to Los Angeles, the Rams have now won their first game of the season and are now 1-1. They beat their NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks 9-3 in their home opener on Sunday with the majority of the credit going to the Ram’s defense. They held Russel Wilson to 254 passing yards and no touchdowns, and held the Seahawks run game to 75 yards as well.

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Amazon Prices

By Michael Pellham, Features Writer

Amazon is often the first choice for any online buyers because of its ease of use, variety of products, the coveted two-day shipping, and the lowest prices around. So how does Amazon maintain the pricing on all of their inventory and how do they always seem to be the cheapest price?

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World Suicide Prevention Week

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Source: http://twloha.tumblr.com/post/56812002550

By Mahati Ganji, Features Writer

This September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month. The week surrounding the World Suicide Prevention Day, which is September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Week. This year the World Suicide Prevention Week runs from September 5th to 11th, culminating in the World Suicide Prevention Day. This year’s theme is “Connect. Communicate. Care.” Many individuals and organizations on campus come together this week, drawing attention to the topic of suicide.

 

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Making the Most of the Career Fair

By Tim Maninger, Features Writer

Whether this is your first or your 50th, the career fair can be a daunting, if not completely overwhelming experience. For students, it is one of the best opportunities to find that valuable experience that employers look for in their job applicants; and for alumni, it is one of the best places to find a job because the companies there are already familiar with our reputation of excellence. The pressures of getting that offer can sometimes lead to oversights or dumb mistakes. To help everyone avoid that, here are a few tips you may or may not have thought of.

Update your resume and bring extras:

This one should be fairly obvious. The career center (COER) located in Norwood offers help with writing and/or updating your resume, whether or not you think you need it, getting a second pair of eyes to look over what you have written is never a bad idea. After you are done updating your resume, remember to bring more copies than you think you will need. There is nothing more embarrassing than running out of resumes at the career fair.

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Blackboard vs. Canvas

Leslie Hamilton, Features Editor

It is no secret that S&T plans to move from Blackboard to Canvas as its sole Learning Management System, they literally have a countdown in anticipation for the move on the S&T Blackboard login page and all this propaganda for it on school property. As far as I am concerned, I am not super into this change that has been implemented in my classes the past year or so in that I have spent the last four or five years in Blackboard. I had classes my last two years of high school using Blackboard with the sole purpose that we become familiar with the interface for “it is the only system that you will ever use in college.” Yet, here I am, having to learn a new Learning Management System, within a few semesters of graduating. Not to mention, since the S&T chose to allow access to both systems until December 31, 2016, I have some professors that opted for Canvas and others, like myself, that have emotional/nostalgic attachment (or for their own practical reasons) chose to stay true to Blackboard. Although this change seems very tedious for myself and for the faculty, there are some aspects of Canvas that when compared to Blackboard’s equivalent, are clearly superior.

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Editorial: This Mundane Dystopia

By Heather Pribil, News Editor

The world we live in is a mundane dystopia. Faceless corporations track us and gather information about our likes, our dislikes, our personalities. They sell this information, and suddenly a greater network has the means to sell back to us the products of our exploited labor. Some groups are granted fewer privileges than others, and many people are treated as lesser because they are less suited for lining the infinite pockets of the greedy “elite.” We are taught to love our oppressors, because they create the jobs that we need to survive in the system they created and from which they profit.

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