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Thor: Ragnarok thunders its way to the top

This November, Thor: Ragnarok thundered its way into theaters, featuring the titular God of Thunder. This version iterates with a more colorful and more funny Thor than we’ve seen in past films. Humorously styling himself as “the strongest avenger,” he struggles with the oncoming threat of the goddess of death: Hela. Played by Cate Blanchett, Hela proves to be too much for the God of Thunder after she is released from her inter-dimensional prison. This is realized when she effortlessly destroys Thor’s hammer Mjolnir in an early melee in the film. The humor and colorful set pieces were designed to homage the Thor comics of the 1980’s. This design largely worked well with the plotline of the movie, but the soundtrack felt out of place in some of the key moments of the movie. Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant song worked for the trailer, but not the climactic battle in Asgaard. The… Keep Reading

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Opinion: The Baha’i faith received worldwide attention

The local Baha’i community in St. Cloud, Minnesota organized a one of a kind anniversary for their faith. The Baha’i faith was founded in Iran around 1863 and the founder was Baha’u’llah whose name means the Glory of God. The event which was about Baha’u’llah’s 200th-year birth, got worldwide attention by government officials, such as Jimmy Carter, Theresa May and many more. Baha’u’llah’s cornerstone teaching is about the promotion of the fundamental unity in all things. The religions of the past have prepared for a world that soon will be considered as one country and all humanity as its citizens. This is what Jesus Christ spoke of when He said, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” The basic principle of the faith is the oneness of humanity, the oneness of religion and the oneness of God. Also, God has sent to humanity teachings to guide… Keep Reading

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Gamers battle back against microtransactions in Battlefront 2

In 2017, nothing was more likely to turn a player away from a game than the implementation of “loot crates.” The idea of buying a random item with a mere chance of getting something useful is not in line with the experience all gamers are looking for. When Electronic Arts (EA) unveiled their latest multiplayer shooter, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, a vocal community of gamers quickly took a stand. The game went into beta in October and it was quickly discovered that the loot crate system in the game gave an upper hand to anyone looking to buy their way to victory. Originally seen in “free to play” titles, the loot crate system has carried over to full retailer releases, often in ways that impact play. Purchasing these loot crates allows for gamers to unlock random items. Whether it is heroes, weapon upgrades, or simple things like celebrations, the majority… Keep Reading

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Dead Space: A post-mortem for Visceral Games

Dead Space was a series I was always curious about but never explored. I was a wimp when it came to horror until fairly recently, and I think I can chalk up my acclimation to it from bad horror films. I had forgotten the series existed until recent news broke about Electronic Arts dissolving the development studio of Dead Space. Late October to early November is turning out to be the period of time for EA to get another load of well deserved anger pointed at them. The death of Visceral Games (Dead Space), Acquiring Respawn Entertainment (Titanfall), and the massive controversy about Star Wars Battlefront II’s micro-transaction models and grind for a $60 game have soured my opinion of the company below the already subterranean bar it then held. This is going to be a post-mortem for the death of Visceral, a review of their claim to fame: Dead… Keep Reading

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New Jigsaw film fails to live up to franchise success

Back in October, Lionsgate released the latest installment in the Saw franchise.  Saw fans were elated for the return of their favorite gory film franchise on the big screen.  It stars relatively unknown actors Matt Passmore and Callum Keith Rennie as the main characters Logan and Detective Halloran.  Tobin Bell also cameos in a few scenes in his iconic roll as John Kramer aka. Jigsaw. The film starts out in its usually predictable beginning with a bunch of people stuck in traps meant to cause horrible pain and mutilation.  This case being a metal collar attached to a chain leading to a bunch of whirling buzzsaws on a wall.  Next, a taped recording of John Kramer telling them the usual “you must give a sacrifice of blood in order to survive” and proceeds to start the trap.  The prisoners soon realize that they need to cut themselves on the saws in order to prevent their demises.  Most of them succeed… Keep Reading

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10 pieces of advice for college students

1 . Go to Class, Connect with Profs. I learned this in my first year of being in college. Connecting with your professors is very important because they are the best resource in any class that you take, can give future career advice, write letters of recommendation and even connect you with alumni. All these can take you far in your college career. Also if you’re struggling in classes, they can help give further explanations and break things down and help with make-up tests. Ultimately professors want the best for you and it is important that you make good use of them. 2 . Use Rate my Professors. Rate my professor is an online platform that shows you what other students say about your professors and the kind of grades they give and also if they give A’s or more like they prefer to give anything other than an A.… Keep Reading

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Internships can lead us to our dream jobs

“Internship” According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary is a period of undergoing practical instruction in one’s job or career: seeking a summer internship at a local television station. “Job” According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary is a regular remunerative position. An example is working at Chick-fil-A as a server. The difference between a job and an internship is that an internship is temporary and a job may be permanent. Another difference is that an internship is a field directly related to your career while your job can be any means of making money to pay bills. If I am a political science major and I get an internship with the United States Senate that means I am building my career. I could also get a job as a waitress in a restaurant around my school and that does not relate to my career. I remember how I got my first internship. I… Keep Reading

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SCSU Veteran talks about what it’s like to have PTSD

On November 11, Americans take the time to remember and reflect the Veterans who’ve served the country in all branches of the military. Many may think if you make it back in one piece, it’s a blessing, but war doesn’t always leave the mind of a soldier. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, nearly 20 out of every 100 Veterans who return from war, suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.   This is something St. Cloud State University student Mckenzie Warne lives with every single day. “It’s hard to explain,” he said. “[I] kind of feel like an outcast because there’s little things that make me tick that would seem crazy to other people, little things that are a big deal to me that aren’t as big of a deal to other people, so it makes me look like I’m crazy or I’m a bad person, even though… Keep Reading

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SCSU Interim President Ashish Vaidya accepts position at NKU

St. Cloud State University’s Interim President, Ashish Vaidya will be leaving the university come June 30, 2018. Vaidya has accepted the position of president at Northern Kentucky University, effective July 1, 2018. Vaidya came into the role of interim president at a challenging time after the previous president, Earl H. Potter III died unexpectedly in a car crash in June of 2016. Vaidya was signed onto a two-year contract with St. Cloud State University. Minnesota State Interim Chancellor, Devinder Malhotra, said after Potter’s passing, St. Cloud State University needed a leader who could both keep the university moving forward in a positive direction, as well as one that could help the school heal. “He did just that,” Chancellor Malhotra said. “President Vaidya mourned along with students, faculty, staff, and the community but also gave them something to hope for. A stronger and better university – a stronger and better St.… Keep Reading

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