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John Wick Chapter 2: Bliss and bullets

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I periodically mention in these reviews of how tired I am of modern filmmaking and the products they output. A good majority of the films that will release this year are sequels or are a part of an established franchise, and it’s honestly becoming tiresome to just keep seeing series just going on seemingly perpetually. That being said, if future entries into the John Wick series are just as enjoyable as the first and this second film I will be discussing, then I will be willing to start an exceptions list. For those who are unfamiliar with the plot of John Wick, let me give you the backstory of John Wick’s character before the first film’s events. John Wick was an extremely successful assassin who managed to do something unheard of in his occupation: retire. John married a woman named Helen and lived happily with her until death from an…

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Data collection of SCSU students shows where students work after graduation

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As Huskies, our main purpose for coming to St. Cloud State – aside from gaining experience in life, work and citizenship before graduation is to well, get a job. Many including myself are always curious where many of our fellow Huskies choose go and pursue their work after graduation, whether that be in a foreign country, out of state or the greater MN area, St. Cloud State students have many places they choose and hope to go once they get that diploma. The University Chronicle obtained the most recent list of student graduates and where they are now from the St. Cloud State Career Services. The amount of countries, states and cities the most recent St. Cloud State graduates work in is too large and expansive in order to factor in everything – so we made our job very simple. We wanted to find out the amount of people who…

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Big Sean’s I Decided: A new Sean Don

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Big Sean is a rapper who has hit it big in the rap game with hits like, “Dance (A$$)”, “Clique”, “Blessings”, “I Don’t F*** With You” and many others. After the release of his last studio album, Dark Sky Paradise, which charted at number one on the U.S. charts, hopes were high for Sean’s new album. After much anticipation, the G.O.O.D. music rapper released his fourth album, I Decided, on February 3, 2017. As usual, he did not disappoint. Upon first listen through, the first songs that really jumped out at me were, “Bounce Back”, “No Favors” and “Sacrifices”. Each of these songs, like many others on the album, have very fluid, hard hitting beats. Sean, who is often accused of writing cheesy rap lyrics, brought great lyricism to these tracks. A line from the chorus of, “Bounce Back” that immediately jumped out at me was one that had very…

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Fresh Thyme brings fresh taste to Saint Cloud

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In the two years since the closure of big box retailer Kmart’s Second Street South location, three businesses have came to take over its old location in Waite Park. Late in 2016 sporting goods retailer Dicks as well as discount retailer Five Below opened their doors. Now grocery store Fresh Thyme joins them after their recent opening. Customers stood in line outside before 7 a.m. on the morning of January 25th for the store’s grand opening celebration. Many were enticed by the promise of a free bag of groceries for the first 250 customers to make a purchase. Since their grand opening, Fresh Thyme has became a popular destination for families and those looking for a healthy alternative to the pesticide grown fruits and vegetables of a conventional grocery store. Fresh Thyme’s mission is to provide customers with organic food at an affordable price while also providing a unique grocery…

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SCSU professor and grad student strive to breach cultural divide

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After the most recent election, America has seen a division of values, cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic status and political leanings and with the new president in the White House, those divisions are being exploited – even across the world. Bill Meissner, a retired SCSU professor from the Creative Writing department is troubled by the new president’s first month in office and the attempt to ban refugees from seven different countries. “I have been really upset and irritated by what the administration has done the past few months,” Meissner said. “I want to change these feelings into some kind of positive action.” In order to breach the cultural divide, Meissner and Yuhman Zhao, a graduate student from the Center of International Studies are forming an organization called the SCSU Cultural Connections Club to introduce students of multicultural backgrounds and American students in order to build empathy and develop a wider global perspective. Originally,…

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Justice League Dark: Bland Magic

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For a few people I knew, trying to dive into the lore of D.C. Comics without already being versed in some of its history was like diving into to an Olympic pool filled with concrete. You feel euphoric starting to fall into the material, but then your mind scatters once you hit the large chunks of lore that require prior knowledge. Having characters and histories that are as old as most of your grandparents made this a real problem for new readers; it felt like you needed to be a historian to follow some elements of D.C. plotlines. This was one of the reasons “The New 52” revamp was launched: to provide a fresh start for old and new readers alike. The New 52 wasn’t limited to the comics, and eventually became the main universe for DC animated films, such as Justice League Dark. Justice League Dark is an animated…

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Forgotten Black Leaders: Remembering Medgar Evers

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When Black History Month comes around we often hear about the same great activist Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks. Yes, these individuals have helped fight racism and changed our perception on what African Americans and truly all communities can do when we come together, and demand a change. However, we rarely hear about other activists such as Medgar Evers who was an activist in Jackson Mississippi and was fatally shot outside of his home in 1963. Yes you read this correctly. He was assassinated by segregationist Byron De La Beckwith. Evers, a World War II veteran and later college graduate, became active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. Evers also married his fellow classmate, Myrlie Beasley, whom he stayed with until his death. Together they had three children: Darrell Kenyatta, Reena Denise, and James Van Dyke Evers. Later joining the National Association for the Advancement of…

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Best Batman Ever?

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Who was the best Batman? Michael Keaton, Christian Bale or Ben Affleck? I think Will Arnett takes the cake as the greatest Batman ever, and “The LEGO Batman Movie” might just be the best Batman movie ever.Somehow, this animated delight manages to lovingly capture the ridiculousness of the Caped Crusader, in all his incarnations. It’s a giant, hilarious love letter to Batman that is stunning in how well it works. This LEGO form of the legendary superhero seems to capture just how ridiculous and yet captivating Batman can be. Reaching fans from past, current, and future generations. It magically seems to all come together and it just works. The LEGO take on “The Bat” weighs heavily on the fact that he is alone and longs to be loved and to replace his family that was taken from him. Yet this version works hilariously. Eventually our hero realizes that he needs…

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