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A Valley First

A Valley First

Evan Pflugradt, Editor-in-Chief
February 27
Filed under Columns, Men's Basketball, Opinion, Sports

It would be unprecedented. In the Missouri Valley’s Larry Bird Player of the Year award, only two sophomores — Fred VanVleet and Doug McDermott — have been awarded the trophy. Since the inception of the award in 1969, no Missouri Valley freshman has ever won. That should change this season. Wichita...

Beach: ‘Get Out’ has some hits, some misses

Beach: ‘Get Out’ has some hits, some misses

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 27
Filed under Columns, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

“Get Out” is a gripping movie experience that is definitely not for everyone. The film is the directorial debut of Jordan Peele, half of the comedy duo Key and Peele. He is one of comedy’s biggest names and many were torn when they heard he would try his hand at a horror movie. The plot centers...

Beach: Moonlight stuns La La Land to wrap up Oscars

Beach: Moonlight stuns La La Land to wrap up Oscars

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 27
Filed under Columns, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

It was going just like the book. All the favorites were running away with all the big categories and even some of the smaller ones. “La La Land,” a love driven musical taking place in beautiful Los Angeles, was long considered the favorite to take home best picture and did pretty well in its othe...

Linnabary: On ‘Future,’ the trap king reloads the clip

Linnabary: On ‘Future,’ the trap king reloads the clip

Andrew Linnabary, Managing Editor
February 22
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Music, Opinion

Let's be honest — Future has been stuck in the past for awhile.  He's been on a six release run — beginning with 2014's "Monster" — of ruthless, auto-tuned trap music fueled by codeine, cold-heartedness and an insatiable creative hunger.  It seemed like the drugs were getting to the Atlanta ...

Cohen: Student Section final assessment — not bad, but could be better

Cohen: Student Section final assessment — not bad, but could be better

Grant Cohen, Sports Editor
February 22
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Wichita State students have seen the men’s basketball’s success and their emergence into an elite college basketball program firsthand over the previous three seasons. As WSU was continuing to grow its success, the student section fell behind. Face it, the student section this year was no where...

Beach: Margin of victory could help sway selection committee

Beach: Margin of victory could help sway selection committee

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 22
Filed under Columns, Men's Basketball, Opinion, Sports

Fans and pundits alike are torn on where Wichita State currently stands in the eyes of the NCAA Tournament selection committee. Where should they look for an answer? Win margin. The Shockers' average point differential in games this season is above 18. That’s not only in victories, it’s a...

Pflugradt: Give up the damn seats

Pflugradt: Give up the damn seats

Evan Pflugradt, Editor in Chief
February 20
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Saturday, Wichita State was the featured game on a nationally televised ESPN network. An older, non-student audience represented the university in all its glory. Season tickets are steep, but non-students have found a way to beat the system — and it’s killing the student experience. Season...

Campbell: Latest alt releases are killing the game

Campbell: Latest alt releases are killing the game

Marissa Campbell, Reporter
February 20
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Music, Opinion

“Zombies on Broadway” by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Released: Feb. 10 Genre: Alternative-pop Rating: A Known for his early 2000s band Jack’s Mannequin, Andrew McMahon made a comeback in 2014 with the self-titled album “Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.” This album featured all the...

Beach: ‘The Great Wall’: high budget, low impact

Beach: ‘The Great Wall’: high budget, low impact

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 20
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

“The Great Wall” is a great disappointment. At $150 million, it’s the highest budget film to be made entirely in China — a lot of money to spend on a movie with such a weak premise. With stars like Matt Damon, this film, filled with high-energy sequences, had potential. Instead, it flopped. Damon...

Beach: Softball beginning to reign supreme over baseball

Beach: Softball beginning to reign supreme over baseball

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 16
Filed under Baseball, Baseball Guide, Columns, Opinion, Special Editions, Sports

After a 21-37 season and another disappointing campaign for Shocker baseball fans, look no further because there is another squad taking the field this spring. Not to discredit Shocker baseball, the long running tradition will live forever and maybe that’ll even upstart one again this season. But...

Beach: ‘Lego Batman’ full of good laughs

Beach: ‘Lego Batman’ full of good laughs

Nick Beach, Reporter
February 13
Filed under Columns, Lifestyle, Movies, Opinion

“The Lego Batman Movie” is a great way to escape the Valentine’s Day hype surrounding the dreadful “Fifty Shades” film series. Why go see a poorly written Twilight fan fiction film when you can see two of the world’s greatest wonders, Legos and Batman, on the big screen? Chris McKay...

Pflugradt: The rent is too damn high

Pflugradt: The rent is too damn high

Evan Pflugradt, Editor in Chief
February 13
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Finding the right place to call home is a challenge. Finding a place all your own while in college is a struggle. Trying to find this place on Wichita State’s campus is a burden. The Flats at WSU, a public-private partnership between the developer and Wichita State University, announced absurd leasing...