Video games validated

2005 strategy game gets a Grammy Bart Klick Copy Editor As a film buff, I am, of course, excited about the Oscars, but as a longtime video-gamer, I’m far more interested in what happened at last week’s Grammy award ceremony. It passed under a lot of the more important media radars, but Christopher Tin won a Grammy (one of the music world’s most prestigious awards, and comparable to an Oscar) for his choral and instrumental piece, “Baba Yetu.” This piece, as it happens, was composed specifically to be the opening theme song for the 2005 best selling strategy game, Civilization IV, and the 2011 Grammy awards mark the first time in history that the award has…

Gorilla Card:

Accepted everywhere (almost) Caitlin Taylor Collegio Reporter The Gorilla Card has many functions and services that students can use across campus and across town. Mark Seeley, assistant director of Overman Student Center, says that the Gorilla ID Card has been around since 1998. Commerce Bank connected to the Gorilla Card in April 2006 to make it a functioning debit card. “It serves a lot of functions,” Seeley said. “The concept is to take one card and get it to do as many things possible on campus. It serves as a library card, tickets to sport games, access to the rec center, debit card, meal plan and Banana Bucks.” Seeley says the card is designed for…

To dorm or not to dorm

Stress levels key in housing decisions Stephanie Rogers Collegio Reporter College is full of its ups and downs and can be mentally exhausting. The stressors students face cause the question of location to rise.  Is it easier to live on campus and feel completely focused on class work, or to live off campus with fewer distractions, but more responsibilities? Matthew Janasek, a sophomore who has experience living in the dorms but currently lives in the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house, says he has mixed feelings about living on campus. “Sometimes, I felt the events on campus sort of helped me procrastinate instead of working on homework,” Janasek said. “I would go to different events with…

Early start keeps options open

Whitney Saporito Managing Editor Though this semester is not yet halfway over, it is again time for students to start thinking about where they will call home next fall. While students living in residence halls will see their contracts end with the semester, most off-campus leases will end at some point in the summer. Whether on campus or off, deciding where to live can be stressful for many students. For Sydney Hague, sophomore in commercial arts, the biggest issue in finding housing for next semester is finding a living space with the right number of rooms. Hague, who has lived both on and off campus, says she chose to live off campus for multiple reasons….

SGA analyze smoking ban

Whitney Saporito Managing Editor Members of the Student Government Association used a list of ten questions from John Maxwell’s book “Developing the Leader Within You” to analyze a potential campus wide smoking ban at the Student Government Association meeting Wednesday night. Kathleen Engelland, senator, uses the book for a leadership class and said she thought it could help SGA to approach the smoking-ban issue effectively. The “Checklist for Change” consisted of ten yes or no questions. If the answer to the question was yes, that meant change would be easy, while no meant change would be difficult. “Maybe the head of the smoking committee can mark down the ones that we say no to, so…