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America’s favorite snake oil salesmen continue to talk about stuff: second presidential debate

As I watch the second presidential debate I continue to be reassured about what I will do with my own vote; which will be for Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson. However, my piece will focus on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. After the first 10 minutes the debate tone was already set, with a healthy mixture of pandering and condescending remarks. These two champions of big government duke it out as Americans begrudgingly decide whom they will choose as their next leader.

Barack Obama

“Jeremy, first of all, your future is bright.”

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E3 2011 Microsoft Press Conference

Courtesy of E3expo.com

The promise of greatness in the near future can be highly exciting. However, with that promise, excitement cannot be properly utilized unless one is made to believe in the promises being made. It is for this reason that Microsoft’s E3 2011 Press Conference falls desperately short.

All of the big hitters showed up to this conference. It started with a look at the newest Call of Duty game, which offered a rather familiar look at something that appears fairly unchanged. The environment of the game is now set in America, but other than that, it appears you’re getting the same Call of Duty, once again.

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‘Mortal Kombat’ is a bloody good time

The new Mortal Kombat game, now available on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, can be thought of like a bucket overflowing with blood, gore, and cheesy humor.

“Mortal Kombat 9,” better known simply as “Mortal Kombat,” takes a return to its blood-dripping roots that the fans know and love, last seen in “Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.” Aside from bringing back the brutality that the series is known for, the new game also returns to the 2-D fighting plane for the first time in over 15 years.

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Social Media in the Classroom

Twenty years ago, the best way to contact professors was to go to their office. Now, students only need to fire up their computers.

Traditionally, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Skype have been used for entertainment purposes, but recently, their integration into the classroom has changed the landscape of post-secondary education. Educators are slowly realizing that these tools can be used to bridge the generational gap between themselves and their students.

Heidi Everett, an English professor at SCSU, said that implementing social media into the classroom is the future.

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SCSU student turns videography hobby into business

Starting a new business can be challenging, but it can also be very fun, especially if you are doing something that you love in the process.

Jason Przybilla, a 20-year-old sophomore at SCSU, decided a few months ago to take on a new hobby. Back in November, Jason decided to start filming weddings and editing the videos he shot into masterful works of art.

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Community bands together, makes music

On Friday, at the Meeting Grounds coffee shop in downtown St. Cloud, the focus was community.

Dubbing the evening “Making Music for Making Changes,” The Green Band set out to do a lot more for St. Cloud than just put on a good show for the debut performance of the coffee shop’s new stage.

“We are an organization about helping local businesses, and so I thought that this would be a perfect place for a stage,” said Justin Lewandowski, Executive Director and founder of The Green Band. “We want to encourage local musicians to come out and play. We want to promote awareness for local issues in our community as well as helping other organizations, and we also want to help local business.”

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Pink Party empowers students

Pink cupcakes with jelly beans carefully placed in the middle of them, designed to resemble breasts, were being distributed. A room was packed with people playing an educational game titled “Boobie Bingo.” Many people were seen wearing pink bracelets that read “Operation: Save 2nd Base.” Survivors shared their story on the same stage where a funky fashion show took place. These are the creative ways the Pink Party raised money for breast cancer awareness and prevention on Thursday evening in the Quarry.

Ann Budig-Mitchell Hall Director, speaking from the heart about a friend that was diagnosed with breast cancer and then recovered through treatment.

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The feminist fight is far from over

The oppression of women is not breaking news; it started with Adam blaming Eve for getting them kicked out of the garden and has lead to the massive gender gap in income that exists today.

According to Time Magazine, U.S. women still earned only 77 cents on the male dollar in 2008.

As attendants of a modern university complete with a very educational and active Women’s Center, I’m sure this comes as no surprise to our readers.

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Sixteen tracks of suburban pessimism

When Arcade Fire discreetly released “The Suburbs” title track on a 12’’ to various independent record stores at the end of July, fans were a little under-whelmed and really confused.

The track was poppy, catchy, deep with pessimistic lyrics, but severely out of place within Arcade Fires previous releases. Now that the full album has been released the title track has begun to make sense.

Arcade Fire is known for grandiose statements. Their music has an epic quality to it created by multiple instruments and bold vocals. The Suburbs title track feels anything but grandiose. The loud statements come on the rest of the 16-track album and the title track stands as an ironic poppy meets pessimistic commentary on suburbia.

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