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DAMN, Kendrick: The decorated Compton rapper drops another classic

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Following up a Grammy-winning, critically-acclaimed rap album with another classic is an extremely tough task, but with the release of his fourth album, DAMN, Kendrick Lamar did just that. After breaking ground with his first album, Section 8.0, Kendrick cemented his place as an elite rapper with the legendary album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City in late 2012. In early 2015, he released To Pimp a Butterfly – an album that many people consider one of the best in rap history, and critics thought there was no way he could bounce back with an album nearly as good. After Kendrick released the loose track “The Heart Part IV” to generate some hype, he released a single from the album, “HUMBLE”, through an incredible video that stacked the excitement for his new album. “HUMBLE” quickly found its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and it left Kendrick’s fans starving for more. On Thursday,…

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Northstar could potentially be brought to St. Cloud

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For Twin Cities residents who attend St. Cloud State University, getting home to their permanent residence can be a tough task – especially for those who don’t have a car. Many have their parents or other relatives make unnecessary trips back and forth, and some have to beg peers and offer high sums of money. The current method to get back to the Twin Cities is to catch a bus in St. Cloud at the transit center downtown, take that bus to Big Lake, wait for the train to show up, and have the train take you to Minneapolis, stopping at Target Field. Since there’s only one time on Friday and Saturday morning this option is available, students often have obligations during these times and it’s difficult to make something work out with public transportation. Many over the years have clamored for an extension of the Northstar line to St.…

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Editor in Chief send-off

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Journalism and the industry around it have changed. We as a society have become more and more dependent on technology that will get us the news we want, faster and more personally than ever before. Does that mean that journalism itself is changing? I can truthfully say that here at the Chronicle, the basic principles of standards essential to journalism have not changed in the slightest. As I write this send-off, I recollect all of the great times I’ve experienced with so many exceptional human beings. Everything that I have learned about the 4th estate comes from the people that I have worked with here at the University Chronicle. The previous editor in chiefs helped to sculpt how I thought as a journalist and ultimately my attitude towards overseeing this incredible institution of journalistic endeavors. This industry has come to a cross roads, a challenge in which we may decide…

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Seniors display best pieces in gallery show

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The end of the school year marks the time for tests, papers, and presentations (and lots of them). For students who spend their days in the Kiehl art building, however, this is the time to show off their very best work. In a building that is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, students are giving the opportunity to perfect their art at all times of the day. The pieces range from sculpture to pottery to paintings and everything in between. Each year the gallery director (currently Bruce Tapola) chooses a juror/guest artist to look through the students’ work and select pieces for the gallery. The faculty also donates funds to three of the top artists chosen by the juror that year. Kiehl gallery assistant, Brittany Omann, says that galleries are important for these art students. “I believe openings are important and exciting. It’s a great way…

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Hockey Day Minnesota 2018 To Be Held in Saint Cloud

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There are many names to describe the great state of Minnesota – the land of 10,000 lakes, the North Star State, L’Etoile du Nord – but perhaps none exemplify our passion more than one name: The State of Hockey. Every year, Minnesotans come together on one day in mid-January to celebrate the beautiful game. Beginning in 2007, an event dubbed, “Hockey Day Minnesota” has been an annual tradition where a unique outdoor location is picked, a rink is built on said location, and high school teams face off on the rink in front of a crowd. The games are also broadcast on Fox Sports North, along with the Gophers and Wild games that are usually scheduled on Hockey Day. On April 19, the Minnesota Wild, along with Fox Sports North and Minnesota Hockey, announced the location for the 2018 iteration of Hockey Day: our very own Saint Cloud. “Hockey Day…

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Joey Bada$$: the young rapper speaks his mind

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With the very tense political and social climate in America today, many artists have taken the initiative to base their work on amplifying their injustices and those of their people. With the release of his third studio album, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, New York rapper Joey Bada$$ put together an album that exemplifies that theme in a way where most others haven’t been able to. On his previous albums, Joey’s style has been a hard-hitting, 90’s style of rap, with a flow that was very hard and emotional. On All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, he changes this up. Not only does he come in with a lot of melodic singing on “For My People,” “Temptation,” and the hit single “Devastated,” but he shows off his classic New York influence on “Rockabye Baby,” “Super Predator,” and “Ring the Alarm.” Joey’s main theme on this album is his view on the current climate for African-Americans in the…

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All action in “Fate of the Furious”

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From the series inception in 2001, the ‘Fast and the Furious’ has become Universal’s greatest franchise. It delivered financially once again as the 8th film in the series generating the largest opening weekend earnings of all time with $532.5 million globally in the box office. “The Fate of the Furious” departs the story away from the Brian O’Conner (previously played by the late Paul Walker) while staying true to the action that made the series famous. Opening with Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) honeymoon in Cuba, the movie quickly jumps into scenes of fast driving and aggressive action. Dom quickly defeats Raldo, a man seeking to repossess his cousin’s car, and chooses to give his current car to his cousin. This seeks to emphasize Dom’s commitment to “family” which is a topic repeatedly touched on in the previous films. Dom faces a huge obstacle when approached by Cipher…

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2017 NFL Draft Projections

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The new league year is upon us in the NFL, and that means one of the most coveted events of the year is right around the corner: the NFL Draft. 253 men are looking to see their dream of being in the NFL become a reality. All eyes are going to be on the first few picks of the 2017 Draft. Here is a preview of the first five mock selections: The Cleveland Browns have the first overall pick and are projected to select Myles Garrett, a defensive end from Texas A&M first overall. With the number two pick in the draft, the 49ers are expected to select defensive end out of Stanford, Solomon Thomas. The 49ers need players all across the board. Their top needs are a quarterback, outside linebacker, and lineman. The Chicago Bears hold the third spot in this year’s draft. In the offseason, they released veteran quarterback…

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