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The Bad Movie Stack: Bug Buster

Are you tired of monster movies where everyone acts mildly sane? I doubt you would be, not many of them exist; nor is Bug Buster one of them. The characters of most monster movies would be prime candidates for a Darwin Award, if they covered fiction. It’s a real problem in horror, even modern horror, where the overall enjoyment of the film sees a major negative detour once characters start acting like idiots. Would you open a door that had a bloodcurdling scream come from behind it? Of course, if that’s your cup of tea, all the power to you; but I have a hard time retaining the feeling that it’s supposed to be a horror experience. Bug Buster, also known as “Some Things Never Die”, is enjoyable because it doesn’t have the luxury of being a serious horror movie. I’m still unsure if it is intentional or not however.… Keep Reading

A & E/Lifestyle/Opinion

New Snapchat update makes students frustrated

Only recently did the most popular social media platform among teens, Snapchat, completely change the design of their app. Needless to say, the update has sparked outrage and controversy among its users about how difficult it is to use. For those who are up to date, Snapchat split their app into two sections: one for socializing and the other for media and advertisement purposes. The update is the biggest change to come to the app since 2011, and users are upset, confused, and angry at the sudden modification. Senior Erica Dakahl, a student here at St. Cloud State University, expressed her thoughts on how inconvenient the app is currently, ” I did not like it [the app] mostly because it was confusing for users,” said Dakahl. The marketing major also voices how the company is going against what is normal for most corporations and businesses by making this change. “What… Keep Reading

Lifestyle/Movies/Reviews

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” an explosive and flashy finale

The penultimate installment to Wes Ball’s teenage dystopian franchise, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, hit theaters late last week. Returning from serious injuries sustained on-set, Dylan O’Brien along with Ki Hong-Li and Thomas Brody-Sangster give their all in their last performances as main characters Thomas, Minho, and Newt, respectively. Picking up almost immediately after the events of “The Scorch Trials,” Thomas (O’Brien) and Newt (Sangster) stage a flash train heist rescue, not unlike those you’d see in an old western film, only this time they’re rescuing their friend Minho. Having been captured by the sinister WIKD organization during the ending of the previous film, their rescue is in vain when they pick up the wrong train car and Minho is transported back to WIKD headquarters. Regrouping with the “Right Arm” resistance group who is planning on sailing a ship to a deserted island offshore, they hatch a new grand plan to… Keep Reading

Events/Gallery

Students De-Stress With Pets

St. Cloud State University students gathered in the Atwood Memorial Center on Feb. 8 to de-stress with pets. The Tri-County-Humane Society brought in three dogs for students to pet and spend time with. “It is so comforting to see the pets. I was so happy to see dogs, but it makes me miss my pets back home,” freshman Paige Jaeger said. After two hours of de-stress time, the dogs returned to their home and the students returned to class. De-stress with pets will be available to students again closer to finals week. All photos by Chelsea Bauman. Chelsea BaumanTravel the world is the goal. Take pictures for a living is the job. Film memories and moments that will last a lifetime. https://cleecreationssite.com/ Keep Reading

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Video game review: Endless Space 2

I play a lot of games, and quite a few of them are very active in game play, but sometimes I just want to play a game where I can chill out and not have to worry about time being a factor. As a result, I find my library to be an amusing dichotomy of two categories, Chill and Thrill. RollerCoaster Tycoon was my go to chill game for 12 years, up to 2015. I loved making wooden roller coasters, but I started to realize how much time I was giving that game. I cut it down almost entirely, but then came the problem of not having a game to replace it for the purposes of relaxing. Thanks to Amplitude Studios, I have my new chill game: Endless Space 2 (ES2). Game: Endless Space 2 (PC) Developer: Amplitude Studios Publisher: SEGA Endless Space 2 is the titular sequel to the… Keep Reading

Events/Gallery

Malaysian Night Gallery

Students, staff, alumni, faculty and community members gathered to celebrate Malaysian Night held on Feb. 3, 2018. Throughout the night, songs, poems, dances and speeches were performed. After the entertainment came to an end, a meal was served buffet style to all those in attendance. Malaysian styled food was on the menu, some of which was given a heads-up about the level of spiciness. The event took place in the Atwood Ballroom at St. Cloud State University. All images by Chelsea Bauman. Chelsea BaumanTravel the world is the goal. Take pictures for a living is the job. Film memories and moments that will last a lifetime. https://cleecreationssite.com/ Keep Reading

Creative Arts/Lifestyle

Andrew Norwood brings contemporary art to St. Cloud gallery

When people think of rural Minnesota, they imagine cornfields, farmland and the beginning of the Great Plains, but to artist and photographer Andrew Nordin, he sees those sights through a different lens. Nordin’s Gallery of paintings has been on display at the gallery across the street from the Paramount Theater for the last month as part of the organization’s monthly feature local artist display. They’ve been up since mid-January. The Paramount said it invites serious master artists to present in the gallery and they decide which pieces of their work they want to put up. They can either select new pieces of work for their showing or they bring back old material and create a particular theme for their time there. Executive Director for the Paramount Center for the Arts Bob Johnson said Nordin has a distinct way he paints his pictures. For those viewing them for the first time,… Keep Reading

Saudi Night 2018 demonstrates power in convergence

Starting off a new Sunday on a gorgeous day in January, many students, faculty and those of the St. Cloud community gather to celebrate the Saudi Student Club’s very first cultural night in the last five years. While the room was filled with excitement, history, and enthusiasm, the theme of the event, “Alsallamo Alaiko” or “peace be with you” really stood out on that wonderful night of cultural education and appreciation. The occasion was composed of many different skits, all of which were entertaining, to demonstrate what life is like in Saudi Arabia. They ranged all the way from simply eating breakfast with your family in the morning to going to large celebratory events. The organization had shown their traditions and beliefs through wild passion, loud cheers and free-spirited dancing with one another. Not only that but what made the night different from other cultural events was their ability to… Keep Reading

The Big Sing on the big stage

Having a project last for 10 years is no small feat, and St. Cloud State’s annual choir concert and recruitment series, “The Big Sing”, is no exception. Having gone to the tenth annual Big Sing concert, you can just get a feel for the amount of work that went into this project as an outsider. For people that have played instruments, or performed in a choir themselves, you gain an even greater appreciation for pleasantly or complicated sounding compositions. The amount of hours required spent practicing to produce something that sounds pleasant to the ears is not as easy as one might think; playing the right notes or singing at the right pitch at the right time is a learned process. I am in the latter camp, a former trumpet and baritone horn player, and even still I was impressed by the performing choirs. As the nature of this concert… Keep Reading

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