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March Movie Roundup

March Movie Roundup

Ben Wheeler, Online and Social Media Manager

April 3, 2019

“Captive State” In this Rupert Wyatt – directed film is the story of an insurrection, mostly from the point of view of the group organizing it, with some perspective from officials that this insurrection is targeting.  The governing body that is targeted is an American one with an alliance wi...

Games, difficulty and the necessity of challenge

Games, difficulty and the necessity of challenge

Rune Torgersen, Online and Social Media Manager

April 3, 2019

The phrase “this is like the Dark Souls of (insert medium here)” is heard more often than any of us are fond of, often implying a certain degree of unnecessary difficulty in the work it’s hurled at. For those who’ve been living under a rock, the Dark Souls video game series  is notorious f...

Time to live your best BitLife

Time to live your best BitLife

TyYonna Kitchen, Copy Desk Chief

April 3, 2019

Sometimes life gets messy. You could easily be born as a result of an affair or you could take too much cocaine and die at 13 years old. What happens when you accidentally murder your school bully or fall into such a huge mountain of debt that you are forced to live with your parents until they die? Th...

‘Fargo’ (1996) vs. ‘Fargo’ (2014-Present)

‘Fargo’ (1996) vs. ‘Fargo’ (2014-Present)

Ben Wheeler, Online Editor

March 8, 2019

Usually when watching a television series based on a popular film, it’s hard to understand many of the plot points without having seen the film first. Luckily, watchers of the currently ongoing “Fargo” TV show don’t have that problem, as the series operates in an anthology format.  Some very...

Kingdom Hearts 3: lovable nonsense

Kingdom Hearts 3: lovable nonsense

Rune Torgersen, Copy Desk Chief

March 8, 2019

I’m a gigantic fan of culture clashes. Like hot and cold air fronts, whenever two drastically different aesthetics meet at high speed, a storm happens. Whether or not that storm is any good is often up to debate, but it almost always ends up being spectacular in some way. For those who don’t know,...

No wrong way to deal with stress and anxiety

No wrong way to deal with stress and anxiety

Nick Jahnke, Senior News Reporter

March 7, 2019

It’s safe to say that most students, and humans in general, feel some degree of stress and anxiety in their lives. The list of reasons could go on forever. As it pertains to students, the stresses of succeeding in classes and finding the right path to take can be enough to put them into a depressed...

Fixing climate change begins with you

Fixing climate change begins with you

Cassandra Hays, Scene Editor

February 28, 2019

Climate change is real, and it’s a problem. While there are still plenty of climate change deniers, including the President of the United States, it’s difficult to dispute concrete facts and evidence. According to NASA, the rate of Antarctic ice mass loss has tripled in the last decade. Global sea...

Vaccinate your damn kids, people

Vaccinate your damn kids, people

Jack Belcher, News Editor

February 28, 2019

I am afraid that no matter what I say, no matter what facts I use, people who don’t believe in vaccines will refuse to listen to logic. It seems that people who don’t believe in vaccines only want to listen to whatever facts already support their opinions, and are more concerned with proving themselves...

SAD(ness) happens, the sunshine will come

SAD(ness) happens, the sunshine will come

Nick Jahnke, Senior News Reporter

February 22, 2019

There’s snow on the ground. The car is frozen over. The outdoors are a hostile place. Wouldn’t it be better to just stay in bed? This is the reality some of us have battled with since the winter months began. Maybe your friends haven’t been getting together lately. Maybe you’ve dedicated...

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”: fun at a million MPH

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”: fun at a million MPH

Rune Torgersen, Copy Desk Chief

February 22, 2019

The Lego franchise has long had a reputation for bringing together franchises that wouldn’t normally exist within the same space. Whenever the company acquires the rights to produce brick-based assembly toys based on a popular franchise, they also gain the opportunity to incorporate that franchise...

Open Mic Nights aren’t for everybody

Open Mic Nights aren’t for everybody

TyYonna Kitchen, Copy Desk

February 22, 2019

On Feb. 14 there was an epic talent battle to the death at one of Ellensburg’s restaurants, The Porch. 10 contestants entered and everyone ended up surviving, but there were a few bruised egos by the end of the night. The bloodbath ended with four winners while everyone else was offered free consolation...

“Happy Death Day 2U”: could surpass original

“Happy Death Day 2U”: could surpass original

Ben Wheeler, Online Editor

February 22, 2019

2017’s “Happy Death Day” was a horror-dark comedy, taking the basic premise of “Groundhog Day,” of living the same day over and over again, and applying a baby-face-masked killer to the formula. Each time the main character Tree (Jessica Rothe) is killed, on her birthday no less, the day resets....

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