Parenting Column 101:The Fragile Balancing Act of Being a College Student and Parent

Lisa Erickson | Columnist

 

Life as a parent and student is challenging, but possible!

Life as a parent and student is challenging, but possible!

I hadn’t been feeling well for weeks. I felt like I had some sort of stomach flu. I was nauseated; tired all the time, and my body ached—something was very wrong. After pressure from my family, I finally made an appointment to see the doctor. Continue reading

Most Feared, Most Hated, and Most Imitated

Slave by your own design: Original art by Pawel Kuczynski

Slave by your own design: Original art by Pawel Kuczynski

Keesha Webb | Staff Writer

I am bi-racial, mixed with black and white, so growing up for me was a little different than being purely black or purely white. Despite being half and half, I was always only considered black because my skin is darker than what is accepted as white. My father taught me, as I later came to learn, that most black parents teach their children (especially males) to behave differently when encountering law enforcement, and to give law enforcement no excuse to harm you. Being black, you are usually seen as a threat just on principle alone of the pigment of your skin and that little voice that whispers to many, the assumptions that black males are violent, unpredictable, and usually have something to hide. Continue reading

The MOBA Scoff

Levi Nordine | Staff Writer

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It seems that whenever you hear about anything relating to the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena genre these days, it is accompanied by a condescending tone that undermines the topic at hand. Though games like League of Legends and Dota 2 are indisputably the most popular out there, a somewhat pervasive sentiment of dismissal seems to run through the conversations had not only by the press and media, but also by everyday hobbyists and enthusiasts. I think I’ve been able to understand where this type of attitude comes from, and I’d love to air my thoughts on the matter, but first, a little background. Continue reading

Limping into the Console Race

Levi Nordine | Student Writer

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courtesy of portablegamingregion.com

In a time where the phone in your pocket is capable of providing you with interactive entertainment, along with an immense suite of practical utility all packaged in a portable format, it becomes harder and harder for dedicated gaming consoles to be relevant. However, as the Darwinian model predicts, the companies that manufacture and distribute these machines have attempted to adapt. Just in the past year we have seen Microsoft attempt to wriggle its way into the living rooms of people outside of their target audience by implementing television aggregating capabilities into the newly debuted Xbox One, essentially making it as much a set-top-box as it is a gaming console. Continue reading

Steven Sondheim’s “Company”

Jon Sill in the role of "Bobby" and Bobby's three girlfriends:  Kathy, played by Willow Bousu, April played by Hannah Weinberg, and Marta played by Annie Crepeau  Photo by Will Slayden

Jon Sill in the role of “Bobby” and Bobby’s three girlfriends: Kathy, played by Willow Bousu, April played by Hannah Weinberg, and Marta played by Annie Crepeau Photo by Will Slayden

Spring is in the air, and for the Century College Theater Department, that means it is time for a musical! This year, the musical of choice was Steven Sondheim’s award-winning “Company,” directed by Randy Winkler.

The play is centered on the character of Bobby, a confirmed bachelor who has a commitment phobia. He is celebrating his 35th birthday with his friends, five couples, who seem convinced that he should be in a relationship and settle down. The play also includes three women Bobby is dating. None of them are aware he is dating multiple women.

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Shields Up! The Star Spangled Avenger Delivers Quite a Punch

Matthew Hoemke | Staff Writer

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier: A-

The Captain America sequel is easily the best of Marvel’s Phase II line so far. The film offers not only excellent action set pieces, but also real engaging drama as the stakes are raised against Cap and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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The Art of Writing: And The Winners Are…

Drew Petersen | Staff Writer

Winner, Starkfield, by Debbie Johnson-Hill. Photo taken by Aisha Ali

Winner, Starkfield, by Debbie Johnson-Hill. Photo taken by Aisha Ali

The 2nd annual student art contest in the Writing Center came to an end with many great submissions. Students expressed themselves in various ways to help the Writing Center, showing off their talents in the process.

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2014 Common Book Symposium

Angela Garagiola | Staff Writer

From left to right Kashmere Tulgren, Evan Freeman and David Boettger from their multidmedia project Beautiful Sorrow. Photo by kashmeretulgren1.efoliomn.com/Home

From left to right Kashmere Tulgren, Evan Freeman and David Boettger from their multidmedia project Beautiful Sorrow. Photo by kashmeretulgren1.efoliomn.com/Home

Her card says, “Author. Speaker. Teacher. Editor.” On a snowy April Friday, in a year that winter did not want to relinquish, Heid E. Erdrich began wryly by reading her poem, “Last Snow”.

Heid, a member of the Turtle Mountain band of Ojibwe, was the keynote speaker at Century’s Common Book Symposium on April 4. The symposium was a culmination of two semesters of events that focused on American Indian culture.

This year’s common book was “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich, Heid’s sister. The novel explores justice and coming of age through the eyes of a 13-year-old Native American boy.

Giving a speech which celebrated poetry and blended themes from the common book, Heid read poems from her books, briefly discussed issues related to the common book, and showed several short films, called anipoems.

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Anime-niacs: They Came, They Saw, They Ate

Lanie Carter | Staff Writer

Picture by Lanie Carter

Picture by Lanie Carter

On March 12, Century’s Anime Club held their first Cosplay Café and Contest Event in the Nest. Staff and Volunteers dressed in costume as their favorite anime characters.

First, what is Cosplay? Cosplay, short for costume play, is when people dress as a character from anime, comic books, video games or films. Cosplay Cafés are a theme restaurant or pub, usually having a theme like a Maid or Butler, and serve food and drinks.

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The Art of Writing

Drew Petersen | Staff Writer

Carla Halverson - intertwining inspirations

Artwork by: Carla Halverson Photo by: Drew Petersen

The 2nd annual student art contest in the Writing Center is calling for submissions. Here’s your chance to express yourself. If the Writing Center has helped you in any way and you feel like showing some gratitude, or you just want an opportunity to show off that talent of yours, then here’s your opportunity.

Like most other students taking composition, I spent almost my entire first semester of free time in the Writing Center staring at blank computer screens and looking to the walls for any type of inspiration. The suggestions that I received on my writing by the well-informed staff was invaluable. The staff really took the time to answer my questions and point me in the right direction whenever I found myself stuck. Continue reading