By: Mark Farmer, Entertainment Writer
Get Out opened in theaters nationwide last weekend, making it the directorial debut of comedian Jordan Peele. David Kaluuya stars as a photographer who travels with his girlfriend to visit her family out in the country, only to find that something seems terribly off about the family and their home.
By: Tim Maninger, News Writer
This week may provide some hope for those who would rather not live on this planet anymore. After some delays SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), and seven potentially habitable planets have been discovered 40 light years away. These events both strengthen the privatized space industry and provide further motivation for continuing to push out from this lovely blue orb.
By: Alexis Lee, News Writer
Missouri S&T is hosting a “TEDx” event to bring “ideas worth spreading” to campus on April 6, 2017. The theme of this discussion will be “Creating Tomorrow: Bold Solutions and Big Ideas.” The application deadline was back in late-January, where the applicants were expected to summarize their presentation and explain how the talk ties into the overall theme during the application process. The presenters were then selected based on their ideas and relevance. “We hope to present a diverse lineup of scientists, artists, storytellers and volunteers who share their vision of the future,” commented Melani Wulff, project support coordinator in student diversity, outreach and women’s programs and member of the organizing committee. So far, the event has a large variety of topics. Peter Ehrhard, Communications Specialist of External Relations at Missouri S&T, reported, “Presentations at the event will range from the power of school breakfasts, a gerontologist’s study into the understanding of a parent’s legacy, and the importance of a universal technological education, to rethinking plants for engineering, and community engagement through the arts.”
By: Alexis Lee, News Writer
Back in 2009, Rio de Janeiro was granted the opportunity to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The Brazilian community was ecstatic and jumped at the lavish opportunity to utilize the event to help improve Rio and transform it into “A New World,” as the slogan of the Rio Games stated. Rio had plans to improve its infrastructure, water quality, and schools. However, there was some turmoil that offset these dreams, and the aftermath couldn’t be any more different from the views seen eight years ago.
By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer
When free agent centerfielder Dexter Fowler was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals this offseason, it was expected that he would improve the outfield defense and be a good bat at the top of the lineup. However, it appears that Fowler is already bringing another positive to the ballclub with his energy. The Cardinals have revamped their Spring Training routine with some help from Fowler, and it could be the change that the club needed to reclaim their spot as a contender.
By: Nicholas Jacquin, Sports Writer
A lot has changed since the last time the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks met on the ice for a pivotal Central Division matchup. The Blues have endured tough stretches of multiple losing streaks, ultimately leading to the firing of head coach Ken Hitchcock, while the Blackhawks have been nearly unbeatable. The trend continued on Sunday evening as the two battled it out at the United Center in downtown Chicago.
By: Mark Farmer, Entertainment Writer
John Wick: Chapter 2 entered theaters on February 10, starring Keanu Reeves as he once again returns to his life as a hitman after a bounty is placed on his head. Fans of the original John Wick, rejoice- Chapter 2 is full of the same good action that made the first film so famous. Before we get into the sequel, let’s take a quick look at what made the original work so well. Continue reading
By: Danielle Sheahan, Features Writer
Who: The rapper, Lil Dicky, hosted by Student Union Board (SUB)
When: Friday, April 21, 2017 – 7:00 PM
Where: Havener Visitor Lot, 1201 N State Street, Rolla, MO
The Student Union Board, otherwise known as SUB, consists of many teams and supplemental teams and/or committees, but the most important one mentioning for this article is the team that managed to bring Lil Dicky to our science-loving campus. This particular team consists of Richard “Ricky” Dolan, who is in charge of concerts, Heather Reynolds, who is in charge of light and sound, Brennan Kristek, who is in charge of promotions, and lastly, Owen Murphy, who is in charge of campus traditions. Their different committees and roles act independently, and as a whole, are the ones tasked with making Lil Dicky’s concert a success.
By: Leslie Hamilton, Features Editor
Although S&T is a rather small campus and walking, biking, and even scootering are considered norms for commuting, a fair amount of people still commute by car or need a semi-permanent place to park on campus – particularly those that still live on-campus in residential halls. Unfortunately, on-campus parking and even parking remotely close to campus is rather difficult to come across. A parking spot closest to your destination can be as rare as a desert oasis, especially one that does not violate parking ordinates, coins for a parking meter, or a parking permit/pass. In the end, it comes down to your willingness to risk getting a parking ticket. Nevertheless, this parking problem continues to grow as incoming freshman classes continue to get larger and larger and more transfer students transfer into the university. From a student’s standpoint, the university is making an effort to correct the parking situation alongside issues related to limited student housing; however, is it enough and is there a longterm solution?
By: Tim Maninger, Features Writer
Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, just over a month ago, there have been several large scale protests involving people all around the country and the world. Some have had a specific purpose like women’s rights or immigration, while others like the Not My President’s Day protest are more specifically anti-Trump oriented. Smaller protests have occurred outside state capitals and politicians’ offices, usually regarding officials’ support of Trump and his policies. Both the Women’s March organization and filmmaker, Michael Moore, have set up services just to find and organize protests. The sheer scale and frequency of these events can make them seem frightening, just because organizers claim a protest is meant to be nonviolent does not mean nobody will go against their wishes. Events this size also tend to draw the attention of the police who, while mostly good intentioned, are also not immune to unfortunate misjudgement. In this political climate that is so starkly divided, the idea that people can sit and talk civilly about issues can seem hopeless, but it does not need to be. Empathy is the enemy of polarization and by trying to understand why a person holds their beliefs and realizing that a person is more than just their beliefs, civil discourse can continue in spite of even fundamental disagreements.