Monthly Archives: March 2017

True life: I am addicted to reality television

By: Leslie Hamilton, Features Editor

You know how people say something is like watching a car accident, “it hurts to look, but you cannot look away,” that is exactly how I regard reality television. I grew up on a steady diet of trashy, VH1 dating shows, I am above the Bachelor, the Bachelorette, and Keeping up with the Kardashian. If I am going to watch reality television, I want it to be so bad that it is almost good or a really intense, time-sensitive competition that requires some specialized skill. I want to not be able to look away and even go as far as getting stressed out from empathizing with a competitor. There is no doubt that I am not alone in seeking out reality television that satisfies a similar criteria, mostly stemming from an immodest and vain need to feel better your current existence in watching someone else’s life struggles or – what I assume to be – the desire to relate or connect with others. I cannot speak for everyone, but I personally tune in for my own fiendish enjoyment and particularly, to have a false sense of authority on cooking. Perhaps my criteria thus predisposes me from losing sleep just to squeeze in one more episode and in a way, I am responsible for my own addiction. Anyway, while I might not have any authority on cooking, having set an oven and electric grill on fire several times now, I feel as though I do have a real authority on reality television. It may be a very vain self-declaration, but I assure you that it is well supported, to which I intend to prove in the coming paragraph(s).

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St. Pat’s Coronation

By: Tim Maninger, Features Writer

St. Pat’s at Missouri S&T is steeped in tradition and a large part of that tradition is the Coronation and Knighting Ceremony. This event is an annual celebration of the history of St. Pat’s and those who have and continue to contribute to the Rolla community, S&T campus, and charity efforts. For the past several years, the event has been held in the Leach Theater in Castleman Gall. There, honors are bestowed, songs are sung, and all the silliness that one would expect is used to great effect to make the Coronation a jovial and well loved part of the St. Pat’s tradition.

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Getting over the slump

By: Leslie Hamilton, Features Editor

Staying motivated and keeping up morale is tough during any school semester; however, the spring semester seems to be significantly harder than the fall semester or a summer class session. The particular period of the semester that we are in at the moment is notably hard with recovering from St. Pat’s and the annual post St. Pat’s illness, midterm exams and midterm grades posting, and Spring Break just a few days away. This period can be a rude awakening for many, a calm time for few, and a time where motivation is at an all time low. I lovingly refer to this time as the mid-semester slump. I like to imagine that if St. Pat’s was not a thing at S&T – side note, I would never wish that to happen – then mid-semester slump would not seem so painful. I also imagine that if we just went straight into Spring Break right after St. Pat’s instead of having this awkward week in between, that student morale would be significantly higher – talk about an ideal situation. Personally, I cannot remember a year where I did not dread the week after St. Pat’s, especially when multiple professors schedule exams for that week.

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600-year-old Buddha Statue

By: Danielle Sheahan, Features Writer

The Hongmen reservoir in east China’s Jiangxi Province is now the site of a fascinating archeological find. In December 2016, there were renovations to a hydropower plant and once the waters had subsided, a local saw the head of a Buddha statue. The statue is roughly 12.5 feet tall and according to Serenitie Wang’s CNN article, the Buddha is approximately 600 years old. After some investigation, it was found that both the Buddha statue and an entrance to a Buddhist temple were submerged in 1960 during the construction of the Hongmen reservoir.

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White House incidents leave security on high alert

By: Alexis Lee, News Writer

Twenty-nine-year-old, Sean Patrick Keoughan, was detained on March 18 by the U.S. Secret Service due to a car that was “declared suspicious.” The car in question was a black Indiana-registered Chevrolet Impala that was earlier reported as stolen in Roanoke, Virginia, stated police. The driver of the vehicle claimed to have “a bomb in the trunk,” thereby greatly escalating the situation and causing authorities to act quickly.

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Remembering Chuck Berry

By: Tim Maninger, News Writer

Source: http://bestclassicbands.com/chuck-berry-obituary-3-18-17/

The undisputed father of rock n’ roll music, Chuck Berry, died on Saturday, March 18, in St. Charles county at the age of 90. Berry was regarded by all as one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the last century. He was not only responsible for the beginnings of rock and roll, but was also the origin of the bad boy rocker image. Admirers and fans from all walks of life have come out of the woodwork to pay their respects online.

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Research on Tap series continues

By: Caroline Newman, Missouri Miner Editor-in-Chief

“There are two fundamental ways of conducting research,” notes Dr. Larry Gragg, “either you ask a question, then delve into source materials to try to find answers, or you just dive on in and see what questions present themselves.” Gragg has chosen the latter method as he reaches a midway point in his research into the history of the S&T campus. He is slated to publish a book based on his findings during the university’s sesquicentennial celebration.

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Movie Review: Kong: Skull Island

By: Mark Farmer, Entertainment Writer

Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3731562/

Kong: Skull Island hits theaters this week, starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Goodman as they trek to Skull Island in hopes of uncovering whatever creatures live amongst the terrain.

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Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

By: Mark Farmer, Entertainment Writer

Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast opened in theaters this past weekend, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as Belle and the Beast respectively. A live-action remake of the 1991 animated film of the same name, the plot follows a young woman who encounters a Beast living in an enchanted castle. Cursed by an enchantress for mistreating both herself and his servants, the prince was transformed into a beast until someone could somehow manage to fall in love with him.

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