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Movie Review: “First Man” is a powerful look into the life of Neil Armstrong and the first steps on the moon

Movie Review: “First Man” is a powerful look into the life of Neil Armstrong and the first steps on the moon

Connor Cable

November 6, 2018


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There is just something about the mystery of space that always makes for such great movies, and “First Man” is no exception. In this film, viewers are treated with an exploration of the life of the late, great Neil Armstrong, who was the first person to ever walk on the surface of the moon. This m...

TV Review: Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” is a good, if flawed, spy series where John Krasinski shines

TV Review: Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” is a good, if flawed, spy series where John Krasinski shines

Connor Cable

October 19, 2018


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If you went up to nearly any student on a college campus and asked them if they have seen “The Office,” odds are you would get a resounding yes. The show is still a bingeable favorite for many, and John Krasinski as Jim is a fan favorite to this day. However, since the days of “The Office,” K...

Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Lisa Meskimen

October 19, 2018


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A ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a Samurai suit suddenly shows up in major cities around the world. Large-scale art installation or something else? The intriguing statue, later to be nicknamed Carl, prompts 23-year-old April May to take a harmless YouTube video of it. And then things get really weir...

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: A step in the right direction for romantic comedies

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: A step in the right direction for romantic comedies

Marianna Bacallao, Layout Editor

September 20, 2018


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“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a refreshing new addition to a genre in desperate need of new ideas. The past decade of romantic comedies have, by and large, failed to be romantic or funny, weighed down by overused tropes and formulaic writing, while young adult (YA) literature has ev...

Review: “The Dark Beneath the Ice” is a terrifying and impressive debut

Review: “The Dark Beneath the Ice” is a terrifying and impressive debut

Elizabeth Tammi, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 6, 2018


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Canadian author Amelinda Bérubé’s debut novel “The Dark Beneath the Ice” released on Aug. 7 from Sourcebooks Fire. This story falls under the young adult genre, geared towards a teenage audience but still riveting for older readers as well. “The Dark Beneath the Ice” follows a Canadian teenager, Mari...

‘Zootopia’ provides insightful, but subtle, social commentary

‘Zootopia’ provides insightful, but subtle, social commentary

Parker Van Riper, Opinions Editor

March 30, 2016


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Disney’s “Zootopia” beat out box-office hit “Frozen” with a $73.7 million in their U.S. opening weekend. The evil has been defeated. Maybe now, people will finally let it go. But if you need more than just a couple million dollars to convince you that you’re not going to see just another ta...

“PlayStation Vue” offers convenient and affordable television service

“PlayStation Vue” offers convenient and affordable television service

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

March 30, 2016


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PlayStation just launched a new service that could change the way we “Vue” television. “PlayStation Vue” launched to select markets in places like New York and Chicago in 2015. On March 14, it went nationwide with a few minor tweaks. The major markets still have more features than the...

Bear Bites: Pho Saigon

Bear Bites: Pho Saigon

Nick Wooten, Managing Editor

March 30, 2016


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Any pun I can make here isn’t fit for print, so I’ll keep it simple: Pho is delicious. I’ve had few encounters with the wonderful Vietnamese noodle soup, but I’ve loved every one. The mint and basil flavors poking through the meaty broth with hints of just a little bit of sriracha and hoisin...

“XCOM 2” surpasses “Enemy Unknown” with highly moddable design

“XCOM 2” surpasses “Enemy Unknown” with highly moddable design

Carson McGorry, Copy Editor

February 24, 2016


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Time is as big of an enemy in “XCOM 2” as any one of the new aliens. The number of times I have come up a day late and a dollar short on a critical research project or scouting mission is as big as the memorial wall of soldiers that have fallen under my command because of it. “XCOM 2” is the s...

‘Deadpool’ delights with R-rate hijinks

‘Deadpool’ delights with R-rate hijinks

Parker Van Riper, Opinions Editor

February 24, 2016


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Here we go again — another superhero movie.  We are overrun with superhero movies right now.  Some are great, wonderfully written pieces . . . and some are not so much. Deadpool — the merc with the mouth — is not your typical superhero. Honestly, he’s not really a superhero at all. The...

Bear Bites: Bearfoot Tavern

Bear Bites: Bearfoot Tavern

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

February 24, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Bear Bites

Bearfoot Tavern is back from an extensive facelift. I’m probably not the first person to say this, but it's about time. In the past, when a friend suggested a meal at Bearfoot, I felt my taste buds protest in disgust. Now, with a new menu, a new location and a pub-esque façade, the recently ...

Bear Bites: Metropolis

Bear Bites: Metropolis

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

January 27, 2016


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Let me be frank: Indian cuisine is not in my gustatory wheelhouse. I come from a poor, white Southern family that fries anything that can be floured and cooks nearly every vegetable with pork. But, as with my love of sushi, my parents’ taste will not indefinitely define my own. I’ve had Indian fo...

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