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A ‘Grinchy’ retrospective 

Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has received another remake in the form of a computer-animated facelift, but it is time to examine if it really needed one or if this iteration of the now-classic Christmas tale is just another cash grab by Universal Pictures.  To get to the …

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‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ casts a spell at the movies

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” takes us back in time to when plots were convoluted and racial stereotypes reigned supreme.  The film, directed by David Yates, acts as a sequel to 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts,” and is part of prequel series of films to the popular “Harry Potter” series. The film picks up …

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Jazz ensemble shares stage with high school honor band

The PSU Jazz Ensemble welcomed the District II Honor Jazz Band to the Bicknell Center Thursday, Nov. 15.  Under the direction of Robert Kehle, the PSU Jazz Ensemble performed a concert in conjunction with District II of the Kanas Music Educators Association (KMEA)’s ensemble, the Honor Jazz Band. The students in the Honor …

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‘Girl in the Spider’s Web’ ensnares the box office

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” doesn’t live up to the spy-thriller hype; it doesn’t even thrill its main characters.  The film, directed by Fede Álvarez, is based on the popular mystery/spy-thriller book series, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” by David Lagercrantz, and focuses on two central characters: Lisbeth …

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ named champion of the box office

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a stunning show of Freddie Mercury’s tragic life and Queen’s troubled lifetime.  The film, directed by Brian Singer, focuses on the life of famed lead singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury, until his iconic and almost mythic performance at Live-Aid in 1985. The film begins in Mercury’s college days …

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PSU alumni publish internet comic

PSU alumni Bartholomew Klick and Zachary Stoppel have published their web comic, “Thieves Can’t” in a 15-page print edition.  Klick and Stoppel currently run their website (yesthievescan.com) together and publish smaller pages of their comic online. However, they began working together during their student days as employees of the Collegio.  …

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Jazz Ambassadors to perform at Pitt State

The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors will make the Bicknell their home Monday, Oct. 29. In addition to their personnel, the concert will feature three Pittsburg State students.  Founded in 1969, the Jazz Ambassadors are part of the United States Army Field Band and considered the United States Army’s premier jazz …

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When things go bump in the night, bump back!

Many people, from friends to enemies, have told me that they dislike horror movies because they don’t want to be scared, but what if I said that’s not the point? You’re probably watching horror movies all wrong.  Yes, it is true that horror movies are scary. That would be kind …

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Trumpet Festival to make music at Pitt State

The Midwest Trumpet Festival is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7, and Monday, Oct. 8 and will feature international trumpeter Wayne Bergeron, along with the Crossroads Jazz Orchestra.  The festival, founded 10 years prior, brings together teachers and students of trumpet from across the nation. The participants in the festival come …

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PSU hosts international English lecturer

The PSU English department hosted the 25th annual Victor J. Emmet Memorial Lecture and honored international lecturer and professor Judith Saunders with the award and honorarium.  Saunders won the honor and monetary prize by composing an essay and submitting it to the Midwest Quarterly, a journal of essays published regularly …

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