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Netflix sex ed: ‘Big Mouth’ hits puberty with grace

Netflix sex ed: ‘Big Mouth’ hits puberty with grace

John Darr, Culture Editor

October 17, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Lifestyle, TV

Let’s establish something: there are animated kids who masturbate, dry hump, and flash their privates in “Big Mouth.” No, it’s not child pornography, and yes, you should absolutely watch it. Anyone who has survived a high school health course knows that most sexual education programs are awkward,...

PHOTOS: Empty Bowls Chili Cook-Off fights against hunger

PHOTOS: Empty Bowls Chili Cook-Off fights against hunger

Selena Favela, Photo Editor

October 13, 2018


Filed under Galleries, Lifestyle, Multimedia

The Empty Bowls Chili Cook-Off featured bowls of all different sizes and shapes. Once a bowl is purchased, event goers can enjoy a bowl of chili. The annual event sells handmade bowls and the profit then goes to the Kansas Food Bank to help those in need of food.    

Mikro Mikro

Mikro Mikro

John Darr, Culture Editor

October 10, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Lifestyle

Give us your Best Words, whatever their forms — a Poem or Tale or a Thing Beyond Norms, a Tweet or a Status or Snap-witted Chat, if it’s funny or stunning, well — please send us That! Our minds have been opened along with submissions, So dig out your Writing and make some revisions. Or...

Ambrose Akinmusire’s ‘Origami Harvest’ inspires with ‘lingering velocity’

Ambrose Akinmusire’s ‘Origami Harvest’ inspires with ‘lingering velocity’

Mariah Perkins, Columnist

October 10, 2018


Filed under Lifestyle, Music

Ambrose Akinmusire is a trumpeter and composer who, for the past ten years, has been creating jazz fusion tunes that communicate with culture while holding a steady hand on the constraints of genre. His new album, “Origami Harvest,” comes out On Oct. 12. After the release of the single, “a blooming...

Cancelled: When art and artists shouldn’t be separated

Cancelled: When art and artists shouldn’t be separated

John Darr and Ella Dominguez

October 10, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Columns, Lifestyle, Opinion

Steve Roggenbuck was the first writer to make me believe that poetry can still change our world. Roggenbuck’s work, which incorporates the language of internet to explore personal politics and joy in the age of technology, felt vital in an artform often seen as exclusive and out-of-touch. I shared...

This week in culture — Oct. 8

This week in culture — Oct. 8

John Darr, Culture Editor

October 8, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Lifestyle

Ceramics Demonstration Date: Tuesday, Oct. 9 Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Location: Hubbard Hall Cost: Free! Are you struggling to mold your life into a beautiful work of art? Start small with a pinch pot at this week’s Ceramic Demonstration! Get your hands on some clay and prepare...

‘I would rather engineer a song than engineer a machine’

‘I would rather engineer a song than engineer a machine’

John Darr, Culture Editor

October 8, 2018


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Music

Joe Hagen, with his gleeful smile and ambling stride, is one of the most deceptively laid-back guys at Wichita State. I first found out about him at last year’s Final Fest. After watching him perform with his band, After Judo, I found out he had also helped create and run the entire festival. When...

Husband, wife, daughter all pursuing undergrad degrees at WSU

Husband, wife, daughter all pursuing undergrad degrees at WSU

Audrey Korte, Reporter

October 8, 2018


Filed under Features, Lifestyle, Showcase

For the Hill family, student life is a family affair. Heather, John, and their daughter Stephanie are all undergraduate students at Wichita State. “We’re the trifecta,” John Hill said. “Triple trouble.” John is studying history and Heather is working toward a degree in women’s studies....

I should laugh, but I cry: Analyzing the Joker’s new look

I should laugh, but I cry: Analyzing the Joker’s new look

Madeline Deabler, Visual Managing Editor

October 7, 2018


Filed under Lifestyle, Movies

After the train wreck that was “Suicide Squad” and Jared Leto’s Hot Topic-esque Joker, Batman and the DC universe were in dire straits. When I first heard there would be a new movie with Joaquin Phoenix portraying the Joker, I was skeptical. I’d seen Phoenix in movies like “Her” and “Walk...

Finnish education abroad: A firsthand Shocker account

Finnish education abroad: A firsthand Shocker account

Lauren Rust

October 7, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture, Lifestyle

There are Shockers out in the world who are taking their education into their own hands. In this series, we give them an opportunity to pen personal essays about their experience abroad. Our first essay is from  Honors and Education major Lauren Rust, who is currently studying at Åbo Akademi in Vaasa, Fi...

‘A Star Is Born’ debuts as genuine and gripping

‘A Star Is Born’ debuts as genuine and gripping

Jordan Shannon, Columnist

October 7, 2018


Filed under Lifestyle, Movies

The cacophonic stage lives of many successful artists are riddled with underlying personal issues. Drug habits, complicated personal relationships, and more, act as crucibles that artists must either overcome or submit to. This phenomenon is the focus of Bradly Cooper’s ambitious directorial debut,...