Jumping expectations

21 street jump

Todd Miller | Collegio Reporter Rating: 3 stars It’s a wonderful surprise when a movie looks like it will be terrible but ends up better than expected. That doesn’t mean “21 Jump Street” was good; it just wasn’t horrible. The movie is a loose sequel to the late ‘80s/early ‘90s show of the same name. Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) hated each other in high school, but they become close friends in police training when they recognize the other’s skills. After they graduate, though, they find their job is less exciting than they expected. When an arrest goes wrong, they get transferred to 21 Jump Street, which is a special police…

Bands balance school, passion

Pittsburg State’s Deadeye performs on Thursday, March 15, in the Oval.

Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter Many students spend their free time listening to music but some, like Kyle Brown, have taken to playing it outside of the classroom. “Playing onstage is the most visceral feeling I’ve ever experienced,” said Brown, senior in communication. “When there are thousands of eyes watching your every movement, thousands of watts worth of lighting illuminating your face, in that moment, you feel like a true rock star.” Brown is the rhythm guitarist for the southern-rock band, Burning Tide. There are three other Pittsburg State students in the band: Roxi Quinn (bass/vocals), junior in graphic design; Wayne King (drums), freshman in communication and Connor Askren (lead guitar), freshman in engineering. Though…

‘Games’ leave fans hungry for more

Hunger Games

Todd Miller | Collegio Reporter Book Rating: 4 stars Movie Rating: 4 stars To the excitement of its fans, “The Hunger Games” was released last week in theaters. The movie fares comparably to the book as each is centered on Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). Katniss is a teenage girl who lives in a future world where North America has been replaced with a new capital, Panem, and 12 surrounding districts. The rulers initiated an annual competition called The Hunger Games after a failed rebellion by the districts. Each district sends one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to compete in The Hunger Games, but only one will be living when…

Does PSU love dubstep?

A crowd moves to dubstep at Dalton’s Event Center outside Pittsburg on Jan. 22. Photo by: Hunter Peterson

ZACH WAGNER | Collegio Reporter The turbulent techno, blasting bass and electronic- feel of dubstep-genre music has struck chords with PSU students. Danny Davis says he considers himself a dubstep enthusiast. “I’ve been listening to dubstep for about Hot New Dating Advice For Women Ebooks a year now. A lot of Skrillex, some Flex Pavillion as well,” said Davis, freshman in exercise science. “Dubstep music has a different feel to it. There’s a lot of inten- sity with it and it gives off a dance beat. I think that’s something other music can’t do.” Dubstep music began to emerge in the United Kingdom around the early 2000s. It was initially an electronic dance music that…

ME3 delivers story, action

Mass Effect 3

TODD MILLER | Collegio Writer Rating: 4/5 stars The final chapter of the Mass Effect series was released with high expectations. Overall, the game meets them, but it is not flawless. Mass Effect 3 picks up where Mass Effect 2 left off: John Shep- ard was relieved of his duties after the consequences of his actions at the end of the previous game, even though the Earth military suspects an imminent attack from the Reapers. However, just as they’re asking Shepard what they should do, the Reapers launch a large-scale attack on Earth and he is forced to retreat shortly after his superior, David Anderson, reinstates Shepard’s Alliance commission. Shepard seeks the help of the Council…

John Carter is out of this world

John Carter

TODD MILLER | Collegio Writer Rating: 4/5 stars The adventure and sci-fi genres come together well in “John Carter.” Many action movies get by with good fighting sequences and some explosions while containing little in the way of a plot. However, “John Carter” man- ages the former and exceeds the latter, making the film intricate enough that it lives up to the expectations of its genre. John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is an ex-Confederate cavalryman searching for a cave of gold in Arizona while trying to avoid becoming involved in a war between the Native Americans and the U.S. military. Carter finds the cave of gold, but he is attacked by a mysterious figure that transports…

‘The Boss’ breaks new ground with ‘Wrecking Ball’

Bruce Springsteen

CARL J. BACHUS | Collegio Reporter Rating: 3/5 stars To be fair, I will allude to them, but I will not compare “Wrecking Ball” to any of Bruce Springsteen’s previous material. That’s a difficult thing to do given Spring- steen’s illustri- ous career, but “Wrecking Ball” is almost completely different from anything else he has done. “Ball” is Springsteen’s 17th studio offering and features 13 original tracks written by the singer himself, in his classic Americana sound with some gospel and Irish folk sounds. The album’s first track, the patriotic war cry “We Take Care of Our Own,” perfectly symbolizes the album’s theme of anger and rebellion. Most of the tracks are written from the…

Getting LinkedIn

Getting Linkedin

Allie Clark | Collegio Reporter Before Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and even MySpace, there was a social network considered to be more professional: LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a social networking site created for members to connect with business contacts, search for jobs and contact potential clients. The social network was launched in May 2003, before other better-known social networks. It had more than 1 million users after its first year and now has more than 100 million users in over 200 countries. David Hogard, assistant director for employer relations, says LinkedIn is a good tool for students seeking a professional presence online. “Most students have a Facebook account and that’s fine,” Hogard said. “But generally Facebook isn’t…

X-tremely poor

Project X 2012

Todd Miller | Collegio Writer It didn’t take the film community long to release the worst film of 2012. I didn’t have high hopes for “Project X,” but it still managed to be disappointing. Quite simply, the movie is about high school students Thomas (Thomas Mann), Costa (Oliver Cooper) and J.B. (Jonathan Daniel Brown) who want to celebrate Thomas’ birthday with a big party. The party, and everything leading up to it, is recorded in a documentary-like fashion through the camera of AV-student Dax (Dax Flame), who is rarely seen in the movie since he’s always behind the camera. The group makes many efforts to raise awareness of the party, and their wish is granted…

Boring gameplay

SSX 2012

Todd Miller | Collegio Writer Although the worldwide snowboarding game “SSX” was highly anticipated, it doesn’t bring much to the table. The game is based on a weak premise, but that isn’t one of the game’s drawbacks. A team of snowboarders, surfers and motor-crossers form a team, calling themselves “SSX.” The group is challenged to various races on some of the most dangerous mountains in the world. It’s a thin plot, but sports games don’t need more than that. The trouble is that the game did so little to draw me in. The game-play appears to be easy to master. The technique of button mashing is good enough to succeed, hardly different from other, similar…