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‘Carmen Sandiego’ finds her place on Netflix

“Carmen Sandiego” is an animated spy thriller with just a dash of political intrigue; and here’s a hint: it really works.  The show, produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is based on the popular video game series with the same name. The video game series spanned an expansive line of educational programs for children …

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Historical ensemble performs on campus

The Les Delices ensemble took the stage in McCray for the second concert of the Solo Chamber Music Series.  The ensemble performed on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall and is made up of professional musicians Debra Nagy on oboe, Julie Andrijeski and Tekla Cunningham on violin, …

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‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ kills

“Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’ is an ultimately boring rehash of the original Ted Bundy fiasco.  The Netflix documentary, created, written, and directed by Joe Berlinger, details the intimate aspects of Ted Bundy’s criminal life, from his initial capture, through his multiple escape attempts and then to his …

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‘You’ on Netflix creeps and thrills

“You” is a thrill ride that takes the typical psychological drama and turns it on its head.  The series, developed by Greg Berlanti, stars Penn Badgley as Joe, a seemingly mild-mannered bookstore manager who finds infinite comfort in the literature he sells. The series begins when Joe meets Beck, played by Elizabeth Lail, and …

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Music professor hosts Honduran conducting workshop

Professor of music and conductor of the Southeast Kansas (SEK) Symphony Raúl Munguia conducted a three-day orchestral workshop for his native nation of Honduras.  Munguia’s workshop, taking place Jan. 3 to Jan. 5, was the first of its kind, and for the people of Honduras, an altogether unique experience, as the country currently …

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Opinion: Trump’s wall is his biggest criminal act yet

President Donald J. Trump’s presidency has been marked by scandal, federal investigations, and now his infamous wall, but how have we arrived at this point, and why does this seem to be the “new normal?”  To examine the situation accurately, we first need to address how we got to such a …

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Evergy donates $100,000 to Block22 development

Westar Energy’s recently formed parent company, Evergy, donated a large sum of money totaling $100,000 to Block22, Pittsburg State’s newest residential complex.  The company formed when Westar Energy and Kansas City Power and Light merged last summer, and they have a history of donating to community and academic causes around the …

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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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