Monthly Archives: September 2017

Float trip etiquette

By: Tyler Zaring, Sports Editor


With the summer coming to a close and the float trip season all but over I have been able to make it to two different float trips with vastly different experiences. For many in mid-Missouri traveling to Leasburg and or Steelville is a summer tradition to join family and friends on a weekend camping and float trip.

While the two trips I took were with completely different groups of people and on two completely different rivers and events on the river. The Bull Float Trip put on by 93.7 The Bull is a large four day event with concerts at night and a float trip in rafts during the day on Saturday. This year marked the 15th time the float trip has happened and it is a big one. Continue reading

‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Movie Review

By: Mark Farmer, Entertainment Writer


Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle released into theaters this past weekend. Starring Taron Egerton and Colin Firth as members of the eponymous spy agency, the remaining Kingsman must track down the source of a mysterious virus, who may have also been responsible for the obliteration of the entire organization.

Two years after the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn helms his first sequel with The Golden Circle. When I saw the trailer for the first film, I was immediately turned off; It seemed more akin to Agent Cody Banks but in 2013 rather than 2003. But there was more than meets the eye- Rather than just another “teenage spy” movie, The Secret Service had Vaughn’s expertly-directed action sequences plus some laugh-out-loud lines of dialog that lampshade other Bond-like spy films (like Agent Cody Banks). Unlike other genre-breaking flicks like Deadpool, The Secret Service walked the fine line between mocking the genre but also serving poignant moments that made you care about the characters (a problem many postmodern irony-laden works have). Continue reading

Living Eternally Through Music

By: Wesley Reno, Entertainment Writer

When I think of music legends, I think of Jimi Hendrix, Tupac Shakur, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, and the likes. While all of these musicians come from incredibly different genres and backgrounds, the trait that they all share is that they’ve passed away. Their existence on this earth lies within the music that they’ve created and in the hearts of its listeners. While I would certainly claim that there are living legends in music, it appears that the majority of musicians that have solidified their place in history have died. This prompts the morbid, yet interesting question of, “does death bring reverence to musicians?”

I’m not going to try and answer this question, because I certainly don’t have the lifespan or knowledge to confidently claim one response or the other. I am, however, qualified to give some points to contemplate. It’s an interesting topic to ponder. For the purposes of this article, I’m going to focus on hip hop. Continue reading

Campus climate survey results show dissatisfaction

By: Caroline Newman, Editor in Chief

In the fall of 2016, executives on the Missouri S&T campus sent a “campus climate survey” to students, faculty, and staff. This survey was designed to measure the perception of diversity and inclusivity on campus, as well as to serve as a general barometer of the experiences of minorities or other marginalized groups. The results, which were sent to the campus community in September of 2017 (and are available via, measure the experiences of over 1,500 members of the S&T community.

Of those respondents, 937 are undergraduate students. 75 are graduate or post-doctoral students, 144 are faculty, and 364 respondents were non-faculty staff members. 712 respondents are women, 728 are men, and 58 identify as being on the transgender spectrum. An overwhelming number of respondents are White or Caucasian, with under 250 respondents identifying as Latinx, Asian, Black, African, Asian, or Multiracial. Continue reading

Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

By: Nicholas Jacquin, Sports Writer


For most sports fans, and in particular those who follow football, fantasy football is a way to keep up with what is going on around the league, and also bring a little competitive fun to watching the games.  Most fantasy teams have their set players that they count on week in and week out.  However, there are a few positions on each team where navigating the waiver wire can make a huge difference.  It can be difficult at times, but it is crucial aspect to being successful in your league.  

Week three of the 2017 NFL season was an interesting one for several fantasy owners.  Many fantasy owners have been disappointed thus far by the production of some of their big-time players.  Players like Sammy Watkins, Pierre Garcon, and Chris Hogan finally had a strong week, although they rode the bench in over 60% of CBS Sports leagues.  Despite the strong week by these players, there are some interesting options worth looking at on the waiver wire.  Continue reading

Cardinals eye second Wild Card spot

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

With the MLB season dwindling down to its final few games, most playoff spots have been claimed. However, the National League Central has not quite been taken by the Chicago Cubs and the second NL Wild Card spot is a toss-up right now.  With only seven games remaining and all seven games being against the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs, the St. Louis Cardinals go into the week knowing every game could have an effect on their chances of reaching the playoffs and could change the playoff landscape altogether. There are plenty of what-ifs to factor in at the moment, but the dream is still alive for playoff baseball in St. Louis.

As things currently stand, the Cubs have a five-and-a-half-game lead on the Brewers and a six-game lead on the Cardinals in the NL Central, making the elimination number for both teams two games. This also means the Cubs could clinch the division in their next series against St. Louis. The best hope for either team is the NL Wild Card, where the recent struggle of the Colorado Rockies has opened the door for a three-way race for that second Wild Card spot. The Rockies currently sit two games up on the Brewers and two and a half ahead of the Cards. The Rockies will split their last six games between the Miami Marlins and the Los Angeles Dodgers, so they will need to take advantage of the series against Miami before facing the NL West Champions. The Brewers are in a similar situation, as they split their last six between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis. Continue reading

Puerto Rico in distress after Maria’s attack

By: Hadley Bjerke, News Editor


People in the ravaged city of Arecibo, Puerto Rico get their drinking water from a hole poked into a fire hose attached to a street hydrant. No one has power and they haven’t heard from the outside world in four days, when Hurricane Maria barreled through here early Wednesday, smashing homes and sending walls of water through town. Now residents here face a new peril: the Guajataca Dam, which was threatening to breach and could send more floods their way.

“Unfortunately, we’re right in its path,” said Kevin Azzaro, an assistant to Mayor Carlos Molina here.Azzaro said he didn’t know how the city could prepare for more floods, other than asking residents to stay in their homes as much as possible. Residents here were desperate for news from the dam. However, with no phone service or Internet access anywhere, they relied on bits of news relayed from other residents or city officials. “The first thing we need is patience,” resident Oscar Perez said. “All of Puerto Rico is like this. We gain nothing from being desperate.” Continue reading

2017 Enrollment Reveals Exciting Trend

By: Neal Kisor, News Writer

The start of a new school year inevitably brings a host of new faces to the Missouri S&T Campus. The influx of freshmen, transfer students and new graduate students create a fuller student body which allows for a better campus. But just how do the numbers stack up this year?

Recently, Missouri S&T reported that there is a grand total of 8,884 students populating the university. That number is .05% fewer than the record enrollment number of 8,889, which was set in fall 2015. However, this year has set a record for undergraduate enrollment, with that number reaching a record setting 6,920 students; with last year’s being 6,909. Continue reading

Cards Against Humanity scholarship applications open

By: Caroline Newman, Editor in Chief 

Cards Against Humanity, purveyors of the world’s most horrible card game, have announced that applications for their Science Ambassador Scholarship are now open! The Science Ambassador Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship for women studying science, technology, engineering, or math. Any female high school senior or undergraduate college student can apply; all they have to do is create a three-minute video explaining a topic in STEM that they enjoy. Finalists will be notified in Spring 2018. Applications are reviewed by a committee of over 50 women who have advanced degrees in STEM fields, including Dr. Alice Marklein (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab), Sophie Shrand (Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago), and Lara Lacher (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute). Continue reading


By: Tyler Chu, Entertainment Editor


Throughout 2017, hip hop fans have been served with some of the best music of the 21st century. From Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN to Joey Bada$$’s ALL AMERIKKKAN BADA$$, high quality hip hop is in abundance. Earlier this year, southern California hip hop collective BROCKHAMPTON contributed to this trend with SATURATION. SATURATION delivered a powerful variety of sounds from punk-like, aggressive shouting to introspective, somber poetry. The greatest feat of BROCKHAMPTON on this project was the production, as it was some of the most unique, interesting production the hip hop world had seen for a long time.

Because of this, the world was fairly stunned when BROCKHAPMTON released an arguably better sequel, SATURATION II on August 25, 2017. This project features the collective’s diverse members delivering their best over new, knacky instrumentals. Continue reading