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Opinion

The best and the worst of Career Day pens 2014

Industry jobs are all roughly equivalent. You trade in your hours for a handful of dimes, until middle age set in and you are left wondering just what exactly you did with the best years of your life. Therefore, when you go to visit the CSM All-Mining All-Drilling All-Dancing Career Fair © ® ™, you should choose which companies to visit based on the only metric that really matters: who gives away the best pen?

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Features

Uproar Music Festival

It seems that when large entertainment tours roll through Denver, a problem arises. Mayhem Festival, featuring the likes of Korn and Avenged Sevenfold, decided they needed two days and two different venues to perform at; the Oddball Comedy Tour had one of the smallest lineups for their Red Rocks show; Riot Fest, as was all over the news, got kicked out of their initial venue and moved to Sports Authority Field. Uproar wasn’t any different, opting for only half of their talent to rock the 1st Bank Center. Luckily, the artists that performed were some of the top bands on the tour.

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Books

The Rosie Project

Don Tillman is definitely not a typical protagonist. A professor of genetics at a prestigious university, he prepares Lobster, Mango, and Avocado salad every Tuesday, once memorized the Periodic Table for fun, and uses a giant whiteboard to schedule out his time literally to the minute. Don lives his life as a science…until a spontaneous, fun-loving woman by the name of Rosie comes crashing into his life. As Don and Rosie take on one challenge after the next in Graeme Simsion’s “The Rosie Project,” readers will find themselves captivated by one man’s unexpected journey of spontaneous fun, irrational attraction, and ultimately, true love.

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Music

Music Review: U2 and Apple: The Savvy Partnership

A band’s new album has just become the most downloaded in history. At more than 500 million downloads, it happened in a flash, in an unorthodox manner, and by an unexpected band. Many iTunes users woke up in the last few days to (happily or unhappily) find a free new album by U2 in their music library named “Songs of Innocence.” Why would Apple and U2 do such a thing?

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Movies

Movie Review: “Spirited Away”

Miyazaki, director/writer of “Howl’s Moving Castle” (2004) and “Princess Mononoke” (1997), brings his top game in “Spirited Away.” Studio Ghibli, the studio responsible for this piece of art, outdid themselves with this movie, and it is possibly one of the best movies that they have made. It has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. “Spirited Away” follows a young girl, Chihiro, as she journeys into a strange magical world filled with witches, spirits, and a magical bathhouse.

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Gear

Gear Review: Donnay Tennis Racquets

When one thinks of tennis racquets, what brands immediately come to mind? Head? Prince? Babolat? Wilson? Usually, they are the brands that sponsor the best players in the world. Wilson has Roger Federer and the Williams Sisters; Head has Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova; and Babolat has Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, and Li Na. It is no wonder that even avid tennis players have never heard of Donnay racquets. No top pros are sponsored by them. But back in the day, when wooden racquets were the bee’s knees, Donnay was by far the most popular tennis racquet company. Every major champion and tennis great before the 90’s used a Donnay racquet: Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, Margaret Court, even as recent as Andre Agassi. In 1981, Donnay produced the most racquets in the world. But the company did not transfer into graphite racquets like other popular brands, and, in 1988, administration took over the company and sales became stagnant; the company’s shares meandered between governments and individuals.

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Video Games

BioShock A Series in Review

While one has to realize that to review the entire BioShock series is sort of a ridiculous task in itself as it covers an immense and radically diverse amount of ideas, gameplay, and characters, one must also have to come to the conclusion that to not to do this review would have been extremely parasitic as well. Despite this terrible catch in the end, a hand was forced to write this review by the recent disbanding of the Irrational Games team, the creators of the BioShock series. Recalling that a man chooses while a slave obeys, and in an effort to do the game some justice and possibly influence someone who has not played any or one of the three segments of the series, a basic overview of its titles are provided.

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Features

Entering a Rumor: Chapter 2: Disturbed

The trees swayed slightly in the gentle breeze, their leaves rustling as a horse thundered by. Isidore leaned forward in his saddle, ducking underneath the branches that wanted to introduce him to the hard surface of the forest floor. Experienced hands tugged gently on the reins of his mare, bringing her to a slow stop before dismounting.

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Cooking Corner

Gooey Rolls

For anyone that is looking for a ‘socially acceptable’ breakfast that is essentially just sugar, covered in sugar, with a little extra sugar, then look no further than some delicious Gooey Rolls. People who have eaten monkey bread or cinnamon rolls can probably picture what this is. Basically, Gooey Rolls are just a sweet bread covered in sugar and cinnamon (possibly with pecans added in to pretend they are a little bit healthier). Whether or not they are being made just for a sugary breakfast or perhaps to fill a craving; either way they are sure to be delicious (assuming the recipe is followed correctly).

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Books

Book Review: Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Salman Rushdie has written a variety of adult books including “Midnight’s Children” and “The Satanic Verses.” While these books are great reads, they are complicated, long, and at times very confusing. “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” (1990) is the lightest and most accessible of Rushdie’s books. It was written for Rushdie’s son after Rushdie was separated from him for a significant period of time. Although this book could technically be categorized as a book for young adults, it tackles important societal problems (that are especially relevant in India, Rushdie’s home country) and has themes that are relevant to people of all ages.