Dead men tell tales

Students land parts in Tulsa Opera Alex Ussery | Collegio Writer Last weekend, PSU students Andrew Hayse and Jayson Canton starred in a production of “Dead Man Walking,” a play about Sister Helen Prejean’s experience as spiritual adviser to inmates. Both Hayse and Canton got their start in the play during auditions with the Tulsa Opera Company.  “It’s a bit of a departure from their usual stuff,” said Hayse, senior in vocal performance. “Because it’s got coarse language and some new-age things that really aren’t presented in normal opera, so it was a big risk for Tulsa Opera to undertake.” Hayse plays Solo Inmate #2 in “Dead Man Walking.” He says it includes a solo…

Betty the Yeti

Micah Black, playing Betty, sticks a tissue in her mouth during Act Two of “Betty the Yeti” during a rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Grubbs Hall. Photos by: Hunter Peterson

Carl Bachus | Collegio Writer Environmental responsibility is a hot topic and few works of fiction bring it to the forefront quite like Jon Klein’s “Betty the Yeti,” playing Thursday through Sunday, March 1-4, in the Grubbs Hall Studio Theater. The production involves Russ Sawyer, a down-on-his-luck logger and his relationships with his estranged wife, her lover, his mother-in-law and Betty, the eponymous yeti. Sawyer is a logger caught between his mother-in-law, also a logger, and his tree-hugging wife and her environmentalist lover. In the midst of extramarital drama, Sawyer and a sardonic park ranger happen upon Betty, a yeti with a fondness for domestication. Things take a turn for the scandalous when Betty develops…

Valor brings action, shallow plot

Todd Miller | Collegio Writer There is one thing this movie does well and that’s having some of the best action sequences I’ve seen in a movie in a long time. But don’t get your hopes up. After that, everything else “Act of Valor” does is mediocre at best. “Valor” got a lot of hype because it features active duty U.S. Navy SEALs performing realistic re-creations of the types of missions they perform. The film is said to have used live ammunition in several scenes. The plot is pretty simple: A SEALs team is deployed to rescue a kidnapped CIA officer, Lisa Morales (Roselyn Sanchez), but the scope of their mission turns global as they…

‘Wrath’ offers spectacle, not gameplay

Nevin Jones | Collegio Writer Ridiculous. That is the word that comes to my mind as I played Asura’s Wrath. I don’t believe there is a better word to describe a game that opens with a space fight between impure beasts and demigods, and ends with Earth sprouting a squid-like monster that gets punched in the face. The plot takes place over a span of 12,500 years and it follows the exploits of Asura, a demigod who is betrayed by his comrades. His wife and daughter are taken from him before the other demigods kill him, and cast him to the planet below. He resurrects through the sheer force of his intense anger, only to…

Thirty years later: Van Halen still rocks

Van Halen

Carl Bachus | Collegio Reporter It’s been nearly 30 years since Van Halen and original lead singer David Lee Roth, released a new album of original material. The band reunites for a new LP entitled, “A Different Kind of Truth,” showcasing an array of new songs with the original Van Halen chemistry that the band’s subsequent lead singers just couldn’t imitate. The album fares extremely well given the band’s rocky history, and the intimidating bar set by their first six, Roth-led, albums. “Truth” is also the first album not to feature original bassist Michael Anthony. Even with that notable exclusion, it’s still obvious which band is playing from the very first track. The album features…