Monthly Archives: April 2017

Go green for Solar House 5K

By: Mahati Ganji, Features Writer

The Missouri S&T Solar House Design Team encourages building a more sustainable world. Every two years, the students on the team collaborate with faculty and industry advisers to design and construct a successful solar powered home. This team represents an opportunity for students to learn innovative skills, leadership abilities, and teamwork by getting hands-on experience. The Solar House design team competes in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a biennial event. The challenge is to design, build and operate 100% solar-powered houses that are marketable, cost-efficient, and energy-efficient. The competition monitors the whole process and encourages the team to raise the necessary funds themselves from donors or sponsors. Our team’s proposal has been accepted again this year, meaning that Missouri S&T has qualified more times than any other university worldwide. This experiential learning opportunity for our students helps them develop qualities that will be very valuable in their respective industries.

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Big year ahead for the Gorillaz and their fans

By: Tim Maninger, Features Writer

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Gorillaz recently, their new album comes out this month, a VR app has been released, and a TV miniseries has been rumored. Gorillaz is what is known as a virtual band. The members are cartoon characters and the actual creative talent behind them comes and goes. The two most constant members are the band’s co-creators, Damon Albarn, lead singer for the band Blur, and Jamie Hewlett, the comic book artist behind the celebrated Tank Girl. The project originally started as a commentary about the state of MTV. The pair were watching the music television program and reportedly noticed, “If you watch MTV for too long, it’s a bit like hell, there’s nothing of substance there.” The band has experienced wild success from the beginning with hits like “Clint Eastwood” and “Feel Good Inc.” topping the charts in multiple regions. If the current buzz is any indication, the Gorillaz’s popularity is only growing, and fans are in for an exciting year.

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United Airlines

By: Alexis Lee, News Writer

The media has been putting United Airlines under fire for over a week now after a controversial event occurred involving violently removing a passenger from the flight.

Dr. David Dao was in his seat on flight 3411 out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when the airline stated that passengers would need to leave the aircraft to accommodate four United employees. Since no volunteers spoke up, the airline was required to select four passengers at random to trade their seats. Dr. Dao was one of the selected passengers.

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Sean Spicer in Hot Water

By: Tim Maninger, News Writer

The White House Press Secretary is an often overlooked member of the President’s staff. Up until the position became an official role in the late 1920’s it was common for the President to hire someone experienced in journalism and newspaper to interact with the press, and since then the position of White House Press Secretary has steadily gained in responsibility and closeness to the President. The position reached its current state around the time of Eisenhower when James Hagarty began holding regular news conferences. The responsibilities of the press secretary are to inform the media, and thereby the people, of the President’s day to day actions and to answer questions posed by the press corps at the daily briefing. Usually this position is one that mainly concerns members of the media, but since the most recent election Press Secretary Sean Spicer has been in the spotlight quite frequently, and not always for the reasons that he would like.

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S&T ranked best value in Missouri

By: Alexis Lee, News Writer 

Missouri S&T is continuing to prove its prestige within the nation. Across multiple ranking sources, the university has been declared one of the top-60 universities in the nation for the best colleges for engineering, top public universities, and best value colleges.

Missouri S&T was recently ranked as #1 for the best value college in the state, according to an analysis by SmartAsset. Each university was graded on the following factors: graduates’ starting salary, grants, living cost, scholarships, tuition, and retention rate.

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Movie Review: T2 Trainspotting

By: Mark Farmer, Entertainment Writer

Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting released into theaters earlier this year, with Ewan McGregor reprising his role as “Mark ‘Rent Boy’ Renton” from 1996’s Trainspotting. This sequel, taking place 20 years after the original film, follows Renton as he attempts to re-forge friendships with the rest of the gang that he betrayed years prior.

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Allen takes command of Blues first round series

By: Nicholas Jacquin, Sports Writer

Source: hockeysfuture.com

As the first round of the NHL Playoffs began last week, the St. Louis Blues were the hottest team in the league.  That streak has continued into their first round matchup versus the Minnesota Wild.  Starting goaltender Jake Allen has come up big for the club and has been the difference-maker in the series thus far.

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Cardinals worst start since 1988 season

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

Source: http://www.mlbshop.com/Calendars/St._Louis_Cardinals_2017_Box_Calendar

The St. Louis Cardinals are off to a 3-9 start to the season, the team’s worst start in 20 years. The club has yet to win a series this season and was most recently swept by the Yankees this past weekend. Many of the losses have not been closely contested games either, as they’ve lost by five or more runs in half the games they’ve played so far. No specific aspect of the team’s play can be blamed, as this season has been all-together rough to start out.

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Philanthropy hits S&T in a big way

By: Mahati Ganji, Features Writer

Last month, we had many fraternities and sororities raising funds for different charity organizations and they were able to exceed all expectations to reach their goals and to help those in need. Although many philanthropic efforts seen last month, such continues on into April as April is our official philanthropy month at Missouri S&T. It is the time of the year when we celebrate the support of our alumni, students, friends and family towards good causes by giving back to campus or their favorite charities. Every April, our campus spotlights the spirit of giving by celebrating Philanthropy month. There are many who give back to local charities, to veterans and to students and the campus, such as the Blue Key Honor Society, who provides scholarships and gives coffee to Student Success Center as a random act of kindness.

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New York aims to go tuition free

By: Tim Maninger, Features Writer

Recently, there has been an uptick in interest in policies making public colleges tuition free. There has always been some push for this idea from those fed up with the ever-growing problem that is student loan debt. The main factor that led to this recent surge of support was the presidential campaign of Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Making public colleges’ tuition free was one of the main talking points he carried throughout his campaign. His campaign ended at the primaries, but it seems that his message resonated with the governor of New York, who has announced a budget deal that will make public colleges’ in his state tuition free for students, whose family makes less than $125,000 by the year 2019.

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