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Wilson and Killeen address faculty concerns at annual meeting

Wilson and Killeen address faculty concerns at annual meeting

By Christin Watkins

October 26, 2015

It was the annual meeting of the faculty, but President Timothy Killeen made sure to reiterate the importance he places on students at the University.“What comes first is the student experience,” he said.Killeen and Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson hosted the meeting Monday to address University issu...

Jenna Marbles brings the internet to real life

Jenna Marbles brings the internet to real life

April 15, 2015

Just as Clark Kent transforms into Superman, Jenna Mourey dons her false eyelashes, sardonic wit and pint-sized pooches to become Internet legend Jenna Marbles. Marbles has built an online empire based on YouTube videos, Instagram posts, blog and vlog posts, and most recently, a podcast. With her mini ...

Community members reflect on mission of Mars One

Community members reflect on mission of Mars One

March 16, 2015

It sounds like a movie plot, but the team at Mars One isn’t joking around. The Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp founded the mission in 2011 with a goal to make a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2025.  The only catch is the team won’t be coming back to Earth.  According to its “road map,” the...

Box Office Report: “The Theory of Everything”

Box Office Report: “The Theory of Everything”

By Jack Heyden

February 5, 2015

Bearing a haunting resemblance to 2001’s “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Theory of Everything” wonderfully unveils a biography boiling with heartbreak and reality without glazing over a period in history. The film takes a look at the relationship between esteemed physicist Stephen Hawking and his w...

No Comment wins ICCA Midwest Quarterfinal

No Comment wins ICCA Midwest Quarterfinal

By Stephanie Kim

February 3, 2015

Members of No Comment have had a note-worthy January.  From performing in a room of seasoned politicians and professionals at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield on Jan. 12 to winning the Midwest Quarterfinals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella just 12 days later...

Hotdog! Wienermobile recruits on campus

January 22, 2015

Since Monday, Alex Lando and Joe Zerka, also known as “hotdoggers,” have been driving the Wienermobile through campus honking and waving at passersby while sharing their stories of how they became drivers. Now they are recruiting college students to become the next class of hotdoggers, the 28th in Osca...

Penny Dreadful Players presents “Tis the Season: A New Holiday Show”

Penny Dreadful Players presents “Tis the Season: A New Holiday Show”

By Amanda Gecewicz

December 9, 2014

The Penny Dreadful Players (PDP) will present a new twist on holiday favorites in their newest play, “Tis the Season: A New Holiday Show,” on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Channing Murray Foundation. The PDP is the oldest student-run theater group on campus. For 22 years, the group has served as ...

Box Office Report: “Birdman”

Box Office Report: “Birdman”

By Jack Heyden

November 20, 2014

I knew that Michael Keaton would be playing a mirage of himself (given that both he and his character were both formerly cast as megastar superheroes), and I knew that I was going to like what I saw on the screen.  It was by far the most original film I have seen in a very long time — not solely for...

Box Office Report: “John Wick”

Box Office Report: “John Wick”

October 29, 2014

My thought process walking out (or escaping) the theater was to label “John Wick” as either bad or really bad depending on how pissed off traffic made me on the ride home. And I will say that I hit more red lights than I intended to.  The film concerns a retired hit man played by Keanu Reeves, who bre...

Survivor Spotlight: Robin Kaler

Survivor Spotlight: Robin Kaler

By Alice Smelyansky

October 15, 2014

Since her undergraduate days at the University, Robin Kaler has been a runner. What started with a tiny track at the Intramural Physical Education Building has led to 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons and even multiple marathons. Kaler said training for a race is a project. Some days are devoted to spe...

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