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Festival of the Arts hosts concerts, art gallery, movie screenings

The yearly tradition of the Pittsburg Festival of the Arts has come once again, featuring a variety of performances and artistic presentations ranging from the traditional classical music concert to screenings of classic films in the Linda and Lee Scott Performance Hall.  Starting on Sunday, Jun. 13 and ending on Saturday, Jun. 19, the Pittsburg State University …

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Pittsburg Festival of the Arts kicks off with Jazz at Dusk

For the better part of a year, live performances of music have been mostly quashed. The yearly tradition of the Pittsburg Festival of the Arts came back full force with Jazz at Dusk.  On Sunday, Jun. 13 at 8:15 p.m, the Pittsburg State University department of music hosted Jazz at Dusk as part of the …

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Rotten Bananas: ‘Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’

At the beginning of 2020, actor and comedian Bo Burnham decided to return to performing live after a long absence away. And then, the COVID-19 pandemic changed his plans.   “Inside,” written, produced, directed, and performed by Burnham, is a comedy special recorded entirely by Burnham over eight months in 2020 in his …

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No, students aren’t learning critical race theory in schools

One of the newest culture wars manufactured by conservative politicians, anchors, and commentators is related to the “critical race theory.” The name itself can sound spooky and misleading (a hallmark of scientists – inability to name things), but don’t fall for the traps: critical race theory is not the issue. Historical accuracy is.   …

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‘Cruella’ goes crazy at the movies

“Cruella” is a wild tale of everyone’s favorite Dalmatian-hating, split haired villain from Disney.  The film, directed by Craig Gillespie, stars Emma Stone as the titular Cruella de Vil at an earlier time in her life before her escapades with Dalmatians. The film is a prequel and features younger versions of characters from the …

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Smooth Bananas: ‘Sour’

Olivia Rodrigo’s first solo album release, “Sour,” is the apex of the rolling ramp since her first solo hit, “Driver’s License.”  The album, produced by Dan Nigro and released under label Geffen, is Rodrigo’s first solo album. Rodrigo got her start in music by landing a role on the Disney+ …

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Social constructs are everywhere and it’s time we realize that

There are few immutable facets of our modern life. Most things we think of as objective and set in stone are completely constructed entirely from collective experience as members of society.  Firstly, let’s start by stating what a social construct is. A social construct is any concept that is defined by a …

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Rotten Bananas: The Pandemic Movie Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on nearly every facet of life from our education to our healthcare. One area of life that has been hit in a particularly special way is the TV and film industry.  The most obvious on-the-ground way that the film industry has been hit has …

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Students present findings at Research Colloquium

Mammal communities around Kansas mine lands, educational needs for concussed young athletes, and an evaluation of healthcare literacy among Southeast Kansas residents were just a handful of the research projects presented at the Pittsburg State University Research Colloquium.  On Thursday, April 14 starting at 8 a.m, undergraduate and graduate students presented the findings of …

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