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Bethanie Barrios

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The better of being a proud Indian: Aikytha Night 2017

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On Nov. 18, 2017, the India Student Organization hosted Aikytha or India night and there are only three words that can describe such an event: colorful, exciting and creative. As you walk into the Atwood Ballroom you are surrounded by a feeling of friendliness and overall positive energy, and that never dimmed once throughout your time there. The evening was made up of dancing, food, fun and enthusiastic vibes, that as an audience member, it makes you feel as if you were in India that very night. This was the idea the organization had gone off of when the whole event was staged as a flight simulator. When the audience has arrived into “India,” right away we started to witness the culture of the country. Creatively, they expressed their traditions with a story of a couple, one from northern India and the other from southern India, and their desire to…

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How to survive a Minnesota winter: some advice to newcomers from veterans

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This upcoming winter isn’t staying shy, in fact, mother nature is already giving us a taste of the cold front coming ahead. Only a couple weeks ago, did Minnesota hit a high of 68 degrees and now in the beginning of November, we are plummeting into a new average high of 34 degrees. With winter coming quicker than ever, it’s that time of the year again where the swimsuits are tucked away, and the snow boots come out. As St. Cloud State is the home to many from Minnesota, who are used to this type of weather, the school also has students coming from across the country and across the world. With that being said, there are students who have never lived through a Minnesota winter or have even seen snow for that matter. The University Chronicle had the opportunity to sit down with three Huskies who have grown up in…

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Susanne Bier’s “In a Better World” calls attention to international violence

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On Monday, October 23, the Department of Theater and Film Studies kicked off their annual event: the International Film Series. It is an event that showcases internationally recognized films that have otherwise made their mark in the film industry. The starter of the series this year was the truth telling movie named In a Better World directed by Susanne Bier. Susanne Bier is a Danish director who is changing the way the world looks at movies. Her main focus in all of her movies, no matter what the theme, is to demonstrate using family structures that are endangered by outside forces. The first of her films that were recognized by critics and made its way to America, was Broken Hearts (2002). Soon after that, another film of hers that made its way to America and then to the New York Film Festival was Brothers (2004), which was then remade by…

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KVSC and GREAT Theatre recreate War of the Worlds broadcast

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Only 79 years ago, the radio show War of the Worlds, by Orson Wells, took the nation by storm. The GREAT Theatre paired up with St. Cloud State University’s radio station KVSC on October 28, to recreate such a legendary broadcast. The broadcast that created terror in America in 1938 has become a staple in American history. Orson Wells, renowned director, and writer was famous for his realistic writing skills. At the time, Wells wanted to write and put something on-air that was terrifying for Halloween night. He had produced a story about aliens invading New York City, then quickly spreading to other parts of the nation. Because it was only showcased on the radio at the time, the audience could only listen to the story as it unfolded, using life-like sound effects and voices making it all more realistic. So, for those who had decided to tune in later…

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Big Mouth is a big yes from me

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There is a new gut-busting adult cartoon series that has just joined the rest, and it is the Netflix original Big Mouth, directed by Jennifer Flackett, Andrew Goldberg,  and Nick Kroll. This show about the beauty an,d awkwardness of growing up, is nothing short of hilarious, engaging, and yet shocking all at the same time. Big Mouth is about pre-teen boys Andrew Glouberman (voiced by John Mulaney) and Nick Birch (voiced by Nick Kroll) living their normal middle school lives as the big, disgusting, and crude Hormone Monster (also voiced by Nick Kroll) comes to help transition them from being boys, into being men. They are also accompanied by a female character named Jessi Glaser (voiced by Jessi Klein), who also has a Hormone Monster appear as well, to get the female perspective of the transition into womanhood. This show is definitely not one to show to your 7th-grade class…

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MAZE: Not your ordinary magic show

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This last Wednesday at Richie Auditorium, St. Cloud State University’s Cru, the Christian fellowship organization, had brought to campus the mind-boggling illusion show, MAZE. For anyone who did not get the chance to see it, truly you missed out, for it was one of the most amusing, confusing, and inspiring shows that I have seen in a while. Not only does the founder and illusionist himself, Jim Monroe, never fail to surprise the audience with his tricks, but he also reveals an underlying lesson of life and its purpose. For those who still wish to see the show in the future, I will refrain from any spoilers of the performance so you can see it for yourself. I will say that Monroe has a never-ending set of tricks up his sleeve, and doesn’t fail to surprise the audience with something new and creative during his entire production. His humor and captivating personality kept the audience’s eyes glued to the stage, anticipating what he was going to do next. However,…

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Trouble among Garvey Commons: SCSU students are not thrilled

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Food, health, and wellness are all things that are required for a college student to have a successful year at school. The way St. Cloud State University tries to help out is by providing the students with meals on campus, made and produced by a company called, Chartwells. Although, it seems those who have bought a meal plan and eat at Garvey Commons are unsatisfied with what they paid for. With money being so tight for most college students, it can be frustrating when they feel it’s been put to waste. Especially on something like basic meals and for a hefty cost. There’s also an expectation that is held for food services on campus, ensuring that students are getting their money’s worth. However, a lot of students say Chartwells is not meeting there standards. The University Chronicle took a survey of approximately 125 students in order to gain feedback about…

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How 90 Minutes of no power made its impact on St. Cloud State University 

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On Friday, September 22 at approximately 8:14 a.m., electrical power at St. Cloud State University and other parts of St. Cloud had failed. Xcel Energy, the local electric company, had shared exactly what went wrong that morning. “The failure was due to the splice of a wire,” stated a repair representative from the company. “That one wire and overall equipment failure had caused 1,900 customers of Xcel Energy to lose power.” Even though the incident did not last long – an hour and a half to be exact – it still caused some serious effects that occurred on campus. Staff at the Department of Residential Life were quick to act, making sure all of the residential halls were as functional as possible. Action by staff in each hall was taking place the moment the lights started to flicker on and off. Hall Directors and Community Advisors had reported immediately to…

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“Disjointed”: More Like Disappointed

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The new workplace comedy, Disjointed directed by Chuck Lorre and David Javerbaum, was just recently added to Netflix’s collection of original series and is getting quite the amount of attention. This may be because of how shockingly humiliating this show is, being under Netflix’s name, who has been known for making hit series such as House of Cards and Stranger Things. For those looking for cheap plot lines, improper acting, and multiple tacky jokes regarding cannabis, this show is for you. Disjointed, follows Ruth Whitefeather Feldman (played by Kathy Bates) an advocate for cannabis all of her life, finally making her dream a reality by opening her own marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles called Ruth’s Alternative Caring. There she is accompanied by her college graduate son Travis (played by Aaron Moten) and her three “budtenders” to help her run the shop and help those in need in order to spread…

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