Fall TV Land

Fall Tv land

Students looking forward to new season, new shows ADRIANA PEREZ | Collegio Reporter With the arrival of several new TV shows this season, students are faced with the choice of which programs to spend their free time watching. This fall, the options have expanded as producers are returning with a new season of already favorite shows or ones that are premiering from scratch. For instance, one of the new shows some students are excited to check out this semester is the latest “Charlie’s Angels” remake, a television classic about three women who work for a private investigation agency and showcase their tough-girl roles. Some people are curious about the new characters and what the modern…

More like Notflix

Students abandon service after price increase Ali Clark | Collegio Reporter Netflix has gone through an array of changes the past few months, changes that resulted in the company losing almost 1 million customers. One of those customers is Nick Popejoy, sophomore in elementary education. Popejoy had Netflix, both online streaming and mailed-in DVDs, for a year and a-half before he quit in July. “The increase in price was kind of a cherry on top of it,” Popejoy said. “Downloads were real slow for the instant streaming and there weren’t very many movies available that way that were worth a dime.” Since Netflix was launched 12 years ago, it has morphed into not only a DVD…

‘Abduction’ steals the show from itself

Todd Miller | Collegio writer This movie is tricky. It’s not bad, but you have to get past the first half hour for that to be apparent. Up to that point, it’s just an annoying, teenage angst-filled film. The story is about Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner), an “average teenager” who is starting his senior year of high school. When he starts doing research for an essay on missing children, he finds that he himself is a missing child. When he tries to find out more, he finds himself and his longtime crush, Karen Murphy (Lily Collins), running from Russian terrorists and the CIA as he tries to figure out who he really is. So as I…

End of the world

Students fascinated by films of the apocalypse Madison Dennis | Collegio Editor-in-chief The History Channel, Columbia Pictures, and Warner Brothers have made millions off one of society’s most gruesome fascinations: the end of the world. Whether it’s aliens, disease, the Mayan calendar, or the Antichrist, entertainment that features the end of days seems to soar in popularity. Many students confess to being part of the obsession with the end of days. Jordan Hughes, a sophomore in nursing, says that her fascination comes from the predicted 2012 apocalypse date. “I wouldn’t say that I believe in it one hundred percent,” Hughes said. “But it definitely gives me more of a shiver now that the date is so close.”…

“Drive” takes a wrong turn

Todd Miller | Collegio writer I learned an interesting lesson from “Drive.” If you take a boring movie and add a bunch of deaths, you get a really boring movie with a lot of dead people. Don’t go into this movie expecting it to take off right away. The film spends the first 50 minutes explaining what is going on. Driver (Ryan Gosling, (yes that is what he’s known as; in all two hours of the movie, he is never given a name), is a part-time mechanic, part-time movie stunt driver, and part-time criminal and is considering becoming a NASCAR driver with the financial backing of Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks), a mobster. He soon falls in…

L.O.L.’ing All Night

Second City

Renowned Second City comedy tour visits Pittsburg, earns laughs Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter With the stage erupting in music and movement, the light begins to focus on three actors and the auditorium grows silent. One actress, playing a stewardess, tells the passengers that the plane will be landing shortly. She then moves to two men asleep in chairs, and tells them to wake up, they, the pilots, needed to land the plane now. With the audience starting to ripple with laughter, the show began. Second City, a comedy-improvisation group, performed on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Memorial Auditorium to a crowd of about 250 people. Before the show started, some in the audience said they did…

The platform to perform

PALS changes lineup for fall, spring semesters Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter One of the many opportunities Pittsburg State University offers students is the Performing Arts and Lecture Series (PALS). “I think it gives students the opportunity to experience performances in a more adult setting,” Eva Sager, PALS program coordinator, said. “They learn to be more conscientious of audience etiquette.” The Performing Arts and Lecture Series dates to 1984 on campus and brings in performers, lectures and other programs. The group started this year off on Tuesday by bringing the Second City touring group from Chicago to Memorial Auditorium. Other events scheduled throughout the year include The Haunting Dinner Theater, a jazz festival and a lecture…

‘Contagion’ reminds us to wash our hands

Todd Miller | Collegio Writer I went into this movie expecting it to be lame, unrealistic and full of unneeded, voiceless montages. I was happily surprised that it was much better than expected. Plus, it had only two unneeded, voiceless montages. The film is about a new virus breaking out in spots around the globe, and continuing to spread worldwide. The virus spreads and kills quickly while disease researchers around the world work to stop the epidemic. One problem in the film is the six subplots, meaning there are a lot of characters and story lines to follow. A couple of times I saw a character who had previously been introduced, but I’d forgotten completely…

Gorilla fans painting Pittsburg red

Jen Rainey Collegio Reporter  For students like Jessica Berberich, junior in English education and communication education, Paint the Town Red is a way to build excitement for the current school year and upcoming sports season. “I love driving down Broadway or around campus and seeing windows decorated and everyone getting pumped up,” said Berberich. Paint the Town Red has taken place for six years and window decorating is the oldest event. There’s a community contest where area businesses paint their windows in PSU colors. This contest features small, medium and large business categories and last year over 100 businesses participated in the contest. There’s also a campus contest open to all organizations, fraternities/sororities and residence halls….

‘Colombiana’: all action, little plot

Todd Miller Collegio Writer To lay everything out flat, “Colombiana” is everything you could expect from an action movie. There is violence, explosions and some plot mixed in here and there. Speaking of plot, let’s look at it. The movie is about Cataleya (Zoe Saldana), a Colombian woman out for revenge against a drug cartel after she watched her parents die when she was young. Cataleya flees to Chicago, to her uncle Marco (Jordi Mollê). She tells him she wants to become “a killer,” so he teaches her to be one. Fifteen years later, Cataleya is an assassin, seeking revenge against Don Luis (Beto Benites) and his crew. However, FBI agent Ross (Lennie James) is also…