Hooked on Fishing

Madison DennisEditor-in-chief Jacob Scott, senior in business, knows the location of the sweetest fishing hole in southeast Kansas. He’s not telling. “I am really protective of my spot,” Scott said. “No one else really knows about it. I’m ready to get out there as much as possible this spring.” Scott’s intensity for fishing is matched by many students, who are gathering their poles, lures and hooks to prepare for this popular pastime. “I’ve been making more trips back home to get my gear, so that I’m ready,” said Taylor Johnson, junior in construction management. Johnson estimates that he fishes about five hours a week during the school year, and can fish more than 10 hours…

Thinking with portals

‘Portal 2’ a mind-bendingly difficult, fun game Todd Miller Collegio Reporter This week, Valve released its massively anticipated game, Portal 2 for the PC, Mac, XBox 360 and Playstation 2. Although the release date was pushed back from February to April, the final product did not disappoint. Portal 2 offers more characters and dialogue, a more intricate plot, more complicated test chambers (the game’s term for levels) than the previous installment of Portal, and the sequel is roughly four times as long. The graphics are breathtaking, even with my computer’s moderate video card. There wasn’t a time when I felt they were wanting. If things are shot or hit with a laser, the damage stays….

For the love of the film

Madison Dennis Editor-in-chief Although the current selection of spring movies has critics groaning overall, students have not lost faith in the industry. Rather, the lull in new movies seems to have reminded students of their original love for film. “I saw the movie ‘Hop’ with my little stepsisters, and it was horrible,” said Kristyn James, a freshman in biology. “I couldn’t believe it was doing so well in the box office.” James said that she feels older movies have more cinematic merit than recent movies. “My favorite movies of all time are oldies,” James said. “I love the movies  ‘A Taste of Honey’ and  ‘Charades.’ They are my absolute favorites.” While some prefer the glamour…

‘Your Highness’ a low, unfunny adventure

Bartholomew Klick Copy Editor Humor is hard to pull off, and this film proves it. Even with talent like Natalie Portman (Isabel), “Your Highness” was too one-dimensional and shallow to be truly humorous. The concept behind the movie is simple – mock high fantasy tropes and add nudity and sex jokes.  The problem is that without complex characters and depth to the humor, the concept I have described is a two-minute YouTube video, not a 102-minute movie. I get that the film’s goal is, in part, to poke fun at one-dimensional characters and bad fantasy plots, but the movie doesn’t seem self-aware enough to realize that it has become what it was meant to parody…

‘Wimpy Kid’ wimps out

Jennifer Katzer Collegio Reporter The common theme of a slightly cynical, bullied main character comes alive again in the 2011 film “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,” the second movie based on the popular children’s books. Greg (Zachary Gordon) is the middle child of an average working-class family, constantly tortured by his brothers. The movie follows his first few weeks of the new school year as he encounters many people and events that make his life difficult. Keeping in mind that this is aimed toward children, the movie as a whole was well delivered and clever, with a strong cast and mostly believable and generally lovable characters.  Greg had both gentle and cruel moments,…

Dungeons & Dragons

An adventure awaits Luke Pryor Collegio Reporter “Regdar and Aramil are searching for adventure and wealth in hidden passageways deep beneath the surface.  Vicious evil creatures fill these ancient tunnels, so you constantly must be alert to danger.” “You step into a room and see three small, lizardlike humanoids.  They have scaly hides and short, stubby horns.  Two carry spears, and one has a crossbow.” Although it might sound as if the following was taken straight from the pages of a fantasy novel, it is actually a sample Dungeons and Dragons scenario, taken from Wizards.com, which sells products for the game. The fantasy novel assumption is not altogether off-base, seeing as the game itself is…