Fun’s sophomore effort falls short

Some Nights

Carl Bachus | Collegio Writer Indie music can be weird sometimes and there’s no better example of that than the new release “Some Nights,” by the group Fun. The group has attracted an entirely new fan base with the popularity of its single “We Are Young.” Sadly, none of the album’s other offerings adds the same amount of flair. “Some Nights” is plagued with inconsistencies. Though it offers a decent collection of material, the album feels chunky and disorganized. If there were one word to describe “Nights,” it would most likely be disconnected or incongruous. I’m not saying the songs aren’t good in their own right, but it just doesn’t flow as an album. The…

Mr. Cinderfella

Jeremy Donahue, junior in plastics engineering, representing Phi Sigma Kappa hugs former Mr. Cinderfella Tim Spears, junior in communication, during the 2012 Mr. Cinderfella competition held in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom on Tuesday, February 21. The event was hosted by Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.Photo by Kaitlyn Doherty

Val Vita | Collegio Writer Corbin Kroenke was dressed like the other 14 men in the dressing room next to the Crimson and Gold Ballroom.  He had on lipstick and eye shadow, and he was wearing a colorful, low-cut dress. Kroenke says the black socks and men’s shoes were for comfort. “This is to keep it casual,” said Kroenke, junior in automotive technology. Kroenke and the others were competing in Mr. Cinderfella, a male beauty pageant organized by Alpha Sigma Alpha. Jakey Dobbs, junior in communication and  event coordinator for Mr. Cinderfella, says the pageant raises money for the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation, which supports educational and leadership programs, academic scholarships and assists children with…

This means nothing good

Todd Miller | Collegio Writer Someone call the Federal Railroad Administration because I haven’t seen something stick to rails like this since arcade shooter games. I know romantic comedies have a formula, but at least most of them try to mix things up, even if they don’t do so successfully. However, “This Means War” was so bland and predictable that I had the whole movie figured out in 15 minutes. The movie is about FDR Foster (Chris Pine) and Turk Henson (Tom Hardy), two partners in the CIA. When their mission in Hong Kong goes south, the two are “grounded” and stuck at home for several days. While stuck at home, Henson meets Lauren Scott…

Social media madness

Jennifer Kivett checks her Facebook account during her photojournalism class in Grubbs Hall on Friday, Feb. 10.

Students struggle with networking addiction Caitlin Taylor | Collegio Reporter Some social media users throw around the phrase “I’m addicted to Facebook” liberally, but according to some PSU students and a professor, it’s just something to do. Kristen Humphrey, assistant professor of social work, says that if social media could be an addiction then it would be a behavioral addiction, much like gambling.  No diagnosis “People use the term ‘addiction’ loosely,” Humphrey said. “All the time, people say things like, ‘I’m addicted to chocolate’ or ‘I’m addicted to Netflix,’ but they don’t really mean addiction in the clinical sense.” Courtney Snyder says she uses Facebook and Twitter, but she doesn’t think that she is addicted…

Safe House not a safe bet

Todd Miller | Collegio Reporter http://oemsoftwaredownload.org/ As far as action movies go, “Safe House” fits the bar with fast-moving scenes with lots of action. But when it comes to being a good movie, it can barely grasp the bar. The movie is focused on the criminal Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), an ex-CIA agent who’s gone rogue. While being pursued by a number of unknown men, he turns himself in at a U.S. embassy in South Africa. Frost is taken to a safe house run by protagonist Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) to be interrogated. The safe house quickly becomes anything but safe and Weston must protect Frost from the attackers, while keeping the criminal in custody…

Promise rings ring true for some

Promise Rings

Zach Wagner | Collegio Writer Daniel Youngers gave his girlfriend of three years a promise ring at Christmas as a symbol of his commitment to her. For Youngers, family tradition was a large part of his decision. “Both my older brothers gave their girlfriends promise rings before they got engaged,” said Youngers, sophomore in plastics engineering. “College can be a tough time for keeping relationships, so what the ring does is it keeps our commitment and faith for one another stronger.” Promise rings have been around for centuries, but in the last few decades they have become more popular with younger couples. The purpose of a promise ring is to signify exclusive commitment to one…

McCartney’s ‘Kisses’ bottoms out

Carl J. Bachus | Collegio Reporter Sir Paul McCartney has returned with a selection of neglected American standards on his 16th solo studio effort, “Kisses on the Bottom.” The collection was produced by Tommy LiPuma of Barbra Streisand and Miles Davis fame and features 12 classics from the 1920s to the 1950s, along with two original tracks penned by McCartney himself. The album plays like a house band at Sunday brunch, with jazzy renditions of numbers like “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” and “Bye Bye Blackbird.” The album’s soft-pop overtones recall those of Tony Bennett and the late Etta James. At first listen, the album is a pretty straightforward jazz collection. You might find songs blending together…

Students tackle taco tournament:

Justin Graham, left, junior in physical education, Larry Fleury, middle, senior in English, and Kevin Coker, right, alumnus, compete to enter into the taco eating tournament held at 5th Street on Tuesday.Photo by:Chris Medved/Collegio

5th St. Bar and Grill turns dinner into a competition CAITLIN TAYLOR | Collegio Reporter Taco Tuesday has been a familiar event at 5th Street Bar and Grill, but recently the local hangout has launched a taco-eating tournament that will last until April 3. The contest is the brainchild of Kyle Mullen, the bar’s manager. “The old record was 54 tacos in a two-hour time limit, but since then it has been nearly impossible for anyone to beat,” Mullen said. “And everyone likes contests, so we decided to go that route.” Mullen says the contest is based on the Nathan’s hotdog eating contest, and the timeline is set up like the March Madness for basketball….

Funny name, serious game

Final Fantasy XIII - 2

TODD MILLER | Collegio Writer Last week, Square Enix released Final Fantasy XIII-2, the latest game in the long-running Final Fantasy series. If you’re like me, you may look at that sequel number and chuckle under your breath. Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a continuation of the events that took place in Final Fantasy XIII. The game opens with the series’ previous character, Lightning, fi ghting a massive battle in an unknown location. During the battle, a boy falls from a light in the sky. Lightning rescues him and tosses him through a gate in time to fi nd and protect her sister, Serah. Serah is grieving the loss of her sister, who disappeared before her…

Sometimes the movie is better than the book

TODD MILLER | Colligeo Writer I noticed the book “The Woman in Black,” while looking for books to read last week. I recognized the title as it is the same as one of the movies coming out this week. It seems that the book of the movie was released back in the 1980s and seemed to surprise people of its existence when I mentioned it to them. So in the spirit of movies based on books, I partook of both to create this joint-review. The story of both follows the young lawyer Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe, in the fi lm) who is sent to Eel Marsh House of Crythin Gifford to settle the affairs of…