Category Archives: Issue 63.3

Grand Theft Auto V Online review

From server woes to mysterious glitches GTA V online starts off shaky.

Photo used coutesy of Rockstar games.
Photo used coutesy of Rockstar games.

 

   Grand Theft Auto online launched on Oct. 1 and was instantly too big of an undertaking for Rockstar’s (GTA V’s development company) servers.

It’s what I expected when the numbers of units sold came out after the GTA V launch on Sept. 17, selling over $800 million dollars worth of games its first day alone. The majority of those gamers have access to online content, so the amount of traffic when the online portion launched was just too massive to continue on without a hitch. Continue reading Grand Theft Auto V Online review

Fallen leaves, pumpkins, and spiced rum

'Tis the Season. Portrait credit Kristopher Reynolds
‘Tis the Season. Portrait credit Kristopher Reynolds

It’s that time of year where people will be welcoming the scent of wet, fallen leaves, colorful trees, and pumpkin-scented/flavored products.

Perhaps one of the best days to welcome this season (or any other for that matter) is with good, old-fashioned intoxicants, ergo alcohol. Continue reading Fallen leaves, pumpkins, and spiced rum

Internet addiction: are you an addict?

Everyone has wasted a few hours cruising around on the Internet, but is there a risk of becoming addicted?

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is characterized by “inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response.” Continue reading Internet addiction: are you an addict?

Evil Dead 2013: Dead-on or just dead?

October is here so it is time to roll out the gore. Fede Alvarez’s 2013 remake of Sam Raimi’s cult classic “The Evil Dead” does just that.

The story is basic; group of friends staying in a cabin, one ingenious young man reads an evil book, (aloud, of course, you always read evil incantations aloud) and then demons come out and everything goes south in a hurry. Continue reading Evil Dead 2013: Dead-on or just dead?

Have no fear, Campus Patrol is here!

These emergency phones connect directly to 911, and can be found at various locations around campus. Photo credit: Angie Stoecklin.
These emergency phones connect directly to 911, and can be found at various locations around campus. Photo credit: Angie Stoecklin.

   It’s winter time. You just ended a long school day and as you exit the building, you notice the freezing cold that takes your breath away. All you can think about is getting into your warm car, and sitting in the driver’s seat with the warm air blasting on your cold rosy cheeks. You insert your key into the car door and attempt to turn it.

Nothing happens. Continue reading Have no fear, Campus Patrol is here!

Wonder Woman: swords, blood and angry gods

In late 2011, Brian Azzarello was hired to recreate Wonder Woman within the context of the new 52 reboot. It has consistently been one of the most interesting titles that DC has put out. You should be reading it.

wonder woman The biggest change in the book has been taking Wonder Woman almost completely out of the superhero game. Instead they have placed her in her own corner of the DCU that plays up the mythological angle of her character. Azzarello placed her in between of the angry goddess Hera, Zeus’s wife, and the mortal mother of a child of Zeus. Continue reading Wonder Woman: swords, blood and angry gods

Club Awareness Day

Each semester, Student Government organizes Club Awareness Day in the Student Center at SC4.  This semester, the event yielded an unusually small amount of participants, students and clubs alike.

To encourage active participation in Club Awareness Day, Student Government offered passports; a piece of paper that students could collect stamps on for every club booth they visited. After receiving at least five stamps, the passports were entered in a raffle to win prizes such as SC4 hats, t-shirts, and lanyards. In addition to the raffle, cotton candy was also handed out. Continue reading Club Awareness Day

SC4 hosts Dr. Robert T. Bakker

The famous paleontologist keynotes STEM Conference.

   SC4 will host Houston Museum of Natural Science Curator of Paleontology Dr. Robert T. Bakker to speak during the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education conference, Friday Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre.

Bakker is the keynote speaker for an evening lecture on popular paleontology, during the two day STEM education conference taking place Friday Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 26. Continue reading SC4 hosts Dr. Robert T. Bakker

Ray Charles lives again

On June 10, in year 2004 the music industry lost one of the most influential artists to ever grace the Earth with their presence.

I am speaking of course, of Ray Charles.

Frank Sinatra said Charles was “the only genius in show business.” Even Billy Joel stated that he may have been more important than Elvis Presley.

On Saturday Oct. 5, Ray seemingly came back to life, to give a stunning performance at the SC4 Fine Arts Theatre. Accompanied by the West Shore Community College Ray Live Band, Pete Peterkin, a finalist on America’s Got Talent, put on a great Ray Charles impression for “A Tribute to Ray Charles.”

Donned in full Ray Charles attire, Peterkin’s performance included such hits as “Georgia on My Mind”, “Busted,” and “Hit the Road Jack,” among many others. Peterkin has also portrayed Charles in the opening ceremonies of Super Bowl XXVII.

The Ray Live band consists of Ted Malt on Saxophone, Stephen Plummer on Guitar, Jason ‘Harvey’ Hargreaves on Bass and Vocals, Erin Wall and Michelle Kiessel on Vocals, Dutcher Wright Snedeker on Piano, and David Claire on Percussion. Malt leads the band as Music Director.

Peterkin, to pull a fast one on the audience, branched out with his impressions, also portraying Stevie Wonder, Cab Calloway, James Brown, and the Blues Brothers. He impersonated all with surreal accuracy in vocals, movements, and playing styles.

Audience members seemed to all agree on the performance. Susan Wright exclaimed, “I’m an avid Ray Charles fan, and that impersonation was amazing.” Goldie Smith added, “I saw Ray play while he was still alive, and honestly, tonight I seen him again.”

Peterkin simply said, “Ray is one of my biggest influences, and it’s truly an honor to have this opportunity.”

Even Ray Charles himself would’ve been impressed.

 

Kristopher Reynolds

Staff Writer