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Piano competition winners grace the Bicknell stage

Pittsburg State is certainly accustomed to hearing live music, but none with the caliber of three young artists playing the Bicknell’s very own Steinway.  The Third Annual Piano Festival continued on Friday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m with a concert presented by the Treble Clef Club of Pittsburg. The concert featured both the winners of …

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‘Midsommar’s’ Ari Aster delivers boring box office bomb

“Midsommar” is a spiritual successor to Ari Aster’s last film, “Hereditary” in almost every way: it’s weird, it’s not scary, and it doesn’t pull punches with graphic content.  The film, directed by Ari Aster, is a psychological thriller/horror film set primarily in a small Swedish commune. It stars Florence Pugh as Dani …

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‘Ma’ serves up a box office flop

“Ma” is much like a car accident: grotesquely horrible but for some reason, you are absolutely unable to look away.  The film, directed by Tate Taylor and produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, features Octavia Spencer in the titular role of Sue Ann Ellington, soon known to the town’s teenagers as Ma. The …

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‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ crowns a box office king

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is an epic monster fight going back to the dawn of time.  The film, directed by Michael Doughtery, stars the titular ancient titan alongside three major classic kaiju, referred to in the film as “Titans.” The other three giant monsters are Mothra, Godzilla’s recurring insectoid sidekick, Rodan, the …

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Melinda Roelfs takes over as interim registrar

After a long career, registrar Debbie Greve steps away to retirement, but her position will not be filled by an empty suit.  During her 31 years at Pittsburg State University, Greve served in the office of admissions and then worked as the assistant registrar, and eventually the registrar in 2007.  “She’s (Greve) had a great career,” …

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Bicknell Center celebrates rehearsal room completion

The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, a standing structure of musical performances and enrichment, is now complete.  University students, faculty and staff, and Pittsburg community members came together Wednesday, April 24 in the newly completed rehearsal room at 3:30 p.m. to celebrate the new and last addition to the …

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Marvel characters bring it all home

With “Avengers: Endgame,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is coming to a momentous stopping point. It’s time to ask, “What has it amounted to?”, “What will come next?”, and “Why should anyone care about these movies?”  The MCU had simple beginnings but not exactly smooth ones. For those that remember, …

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