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Aladdin: amazing, astounding, astonishing

I sat in my seat at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, mouth agape and eyes sparkling, as the actors and actresses for Aladdin took the stage. Four years ago I sat in the same theater and utterly melted under the sounds and sights of Beauty and the Beast, the best show I’d had ever seen. I never thought I’d like another show more, but Aladdin gave that show a run for its money. I usually know exactly what to say and how to say it, but this show left me completely speechless. From the beautifully built set, to the sparkling costumes, to some of the longest and most flawless musical numbers I have ever seen, I walked out of this show with very few negative criticisms. I could babble on and on about how the costumes absolutely glowed under the bright lights, or how realistic it looked when Jasmine and… Keep Reading


Clothed in Pink, Participants Walk For a Cause

The annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event took place on October 14, 2017, as community members of all ages came bundled up in pink. A chilly temperature made the three-mile walk a bit long, but participants displayed smiles the entire route. Families full of young, old, survivors, and friends gathered to spread awareness and walk for a great cause. Several teams coordinated t-shirts and raised thousands of dollars to support Breast Cancer. Dance and cheer teams of SCSU cheered on participants throughout the walk around St. Cloud State University campus. Water stations were available at both the one mile and two-mile marker with volunteers also clothed in pink. A speaker informed guests that about 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, therefore donations can be used to further research, and provide help and comfort to those battling at the moment.   All… Keep Reading

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SCSU eSports hosts Spring League of Legends Tournament

On April 15, gamers took to Atwood to compete in St. Cloud State eSports’ Spring League of Legends Tournament. The event was officially sanctioned by the LoL developer, Riot, who also supplied Riot Points as prizes. With 10 teams of five players each competing, including both SCSU students and community members, the event lasted nearly all day. It was also streamed live on Twitch and in Atwood, where about 100 people tuned in to watch the matches. The “MNSU Chimps” placed first with a roster of feelsbatman, ILoveVarus, Ransackmoose, Gegabyte, and Under 50 Percent (who became the tournament MVP). They received 2017 championship jerseys, mousepads, Red Bull, Riot Points and a plaque for their victory. In second was “St. Cloud 9” and in third place, “JFK was outside of heal range” who also received prizes for their efforts. Both the second and third place finishers were teams made up of… Keep Reading

Skate Unity Fundraiser creates art and opportunities for area skaters

The Skate Unity fundraiser, hosted by The Youth Shelter Supply (YSS), started on March 24 and ran through Saturday evening, April 1 at The White Horse in downtown St. Cloud. For the 11th year, the event marks an opportunity for local artists to showcase their skills while helping others in the community. YSS handed out blank skateboards for artists to design on and the finished products were put up for sale during a silent auction all week. All of the money raised from the auction this year will go towards the St. Cloud Skate Camp – a free summer camp for kids learning to skate. We caught up with some of the artists to find out more about their motives and designs. Art was something which was long a part of many of the artist’s lives, and the event gave them an opportunity to further express themselves. Madison Holler, a… Keep Reading


The Red Carpet rolls out for Psychostick

St. Patrick’s Day was quite a busy time for the nightlife of downtown St Cloud. It was my first real experience with the day’s celebrations in full swing, and I’ll tell you that it was interesting, to say the least. Never have I been asked so many random questions in a single night by people who collectively drank enough alcohol to take down an elephant herd. I can only imagine what the staff of the local bars had to deal with. It was admittedly difficult to stay relatively sober during the night’s events, but I had a mission. Psychostick, a band I’ve listened to since I was in middle school, was going to perform at the Red Carpet, and I was pretty excited. For the unaware, Psychostick is a comedy metal band who released their debut album in 2003 and have been playing silly metal ever since. One characteristic that… Keep Reading


Nintendo Switch brings new era of gaming

Earlier this month Nintendo released the latest in gaming technology, their Nintendo Switch. The Switch is among the first of its kind, a console for your TV that can also function on the go as a portable handheld. The interesting new concept brings a fresh experience to the gaming market, but if Nintendo’s recent struggles with home consoles are anything of a concern, their experiments could prove to be troublesome. The Switch’s predecessor, the Wii U, was released just over four years ago in November 2012. Since then, Nintendo has been falling behind Microsoft and Sony in the console wars. The Playstation 4 and Xbox One have come to dominate the home console market with 50 million and 24 million units sold respectively according to TechRadar. Meanwhile, the Wii U sold just 13.56 million units according to the Nintendo website, despite releasing a year before the Xbox One and PS4.… Keep Reading


New Pokemon Go update brings back old players

For some, the summer of 2016 will always be remembered for the release of Pokemon Go in the same way the “Summer of ‘69” was memorable for its girls and guitars. To those who played it the most, Pokemon Go was so much more than a game for your smartphone. It’s something which pairs childhood nostalgia with friends, and lets you embark on a digital adventure anywhere in the real world. The game’s popularity was unmatched when it released in July, with its peak coming at 45 million daily active users according to Apptopia. By August however, Axiom Capital Management had discovered the game had lost 15 million, or one third, of its daily active users. While the most dedicated of players would continue playing well into the fall, some opened the game very few times, if not uninstalled the application all together. Developer Niantic tried to lure players back… Keep Reading


New Gallery Concert Series visits SCSU

I was mildly curious about the concept for this New Gallery Concert Series. From what I read originally, this performance was going to be a mix of visual and musical artists. In my free time I have a hobby of making playlists that coincide with visualizers for the purpose of making a guided means of day dreaming; so a performance with this description piqued my curiosity. Having seen the show, I feel that I can say with absolute certainty that the performance was good, but felt like mishmash more often than I would have liked. Founded after the turn of the new millennium, the New Gallery Concert Series is a musical outfit dedicated to the purpose of performing compositions and featuring visual artists that are among the living. An interesting purpose, especially in the realms of musical and visual art; where the greats are still lauded many centuries after they… Keep Reading


Dr. Mehnaz Afridi: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

In a world that is at a height of conflict in multiple ways, many are trying to educate on the topics that are dividing our nation. On February 1, 2017, known as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, professor Mehnaz Afridi spoke to a crowd at Ritsche Auditorium, educating the crowd on many different topics involving the Holocaust as well as the Islam religion. Dr. Afridi is a professor of religion at Manhattan College in New York, and very uniquely, she teaches about both the Holocaust as well as Islam. “Only in the U.S. can you have a Muslim woman speak on the remembrance of the Holocaust,” she said as an opening remark. Dr. Afridi receives lots of disdain in her community for touching on both focuses. However, she sees the Holocaust and Islam as things that are more similar than people think. President Vaidya opened the event. The President thanked everyone… Keep Reading

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