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The Rosie Project

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Written by Katrina San Nicolas

Posted on 15 September 2014

BookCover-TheRosieProject-01Don 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 Review: U2 and Apple: The Savvy Partnership

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Written by Kellen Malone

Posted on 15 September 2014

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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Movie Review: "Spirited Away"

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Written by Erica Dettmer-Radtke

Posted on 15 September 2014

Spirited-AwayMiyazaki, 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 Review: Donnay Tennis Racquets

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Written by Kellen Malone

Posted on 15 September 2014

DonnayXDualGold99-1When 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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BioShock A Series in Review

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Written by Frank Knafelc

Posted on 15 September 2014

Bioshock-Rapture-_-ColumbiaWhile 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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Gooey Rolls

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Written by Jacqueline Feuerborn

Posted on 15 September 2014

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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Book Review: Haroun and the Sea of Stories

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Written by Erica Dettmer-Radtke

Posted on 15 September 2014

harounSalman 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.

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"XCOM Enemy Unknown:" Lady Luck Knows no Mercy

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Written by Ethan Meeks

Posted on 07 September 2014

xcom-enemy-unknown-logoThe leaves of a thousand year old oak tree rustle in the wind, causing him to press his back more firmly against the small boulder he has taken refuge behind. It's common knowledge that the forest is a dangerous place to be during certain times of the day. Turns out that a UFO landing is indeed one of those times.

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Watch Dogs in Review

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Written by Emily McNair

Posted on 07 September 2014

watch-dogs-skull-logo59-minimalistic-videogame-wallpapers-redone---taking-requests-in-uaa4iqdmIn a world where everyone and everything is at a man's fingertips, Chicago's darkest secrets come to light. Aiden Pearce's quest for revenge leads to forays into Chicago's dark underworld of human trafficking, gang activity, and corruption. Although this story could easily have all of the fixings of a world-class game, Ubisoft failed to deliver with "Watch Dogs." From the lackluster graphics to the poor driving mechanics, the game certainly is not the blockbuster it was made out to be.

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"Guardians of the Galaxy" is a Marvel Adventure

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Written by Erica Dettmer-Radtke

Posted on 07 September 2014

GuardiansoftheGalaxy"Guardians of the Galaxy" takes a step away from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Entertaining, humorous, with a surprising amount of heart, this movie is one wild ride. Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, the first women to be given credit for working on a screenplay of a Marvel film, and directed by Gunn, "Guardians of the Galaxy" stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Dave Bautista. Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voice the two main CGI characters, and arguably the most lovable two characters. Other well-known actors such as Lee Pace, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Benicio del Toro, and Stan Lee (in his usual brief cameo) help bring the movie to life. The storyline of a band of misfits coming together for the greater good is hardly original but "Guardians of the Galaxy" is fresh, exciting, and filled with charming characters who steal your heart.

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An Honest Review of The SKS-45

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Written by Frank Knafelc

Posted on 07 September 2014

In an age filled with advanced, tech-heavy, synthetic, expensive weapons, one is inclined to believe that for those on a low budget, a semi-automatic rifle of assault rifle quality is by far out of reach. While this is true for weapons like the more hailed AK-47 or AR-15, the SKS-45 is a distinguished exception. Designed by Sergei Simonov in 1943, the rifle was designed to counter the world's first assault rifle, the recently deployed German Sturmgewehr 44, and was used as the general battle rifle for the Red Army until it was phased out by the iconic AK-47 in the early 1950's. The SKS is still used by both the Chinese and Russian honor guards and has served in almost every major war since its creation including Korea and Vietnam.

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Summer Squash and Orange Muffins

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Written by Jacqueline Feuerborn

Posted on 07 September 2014

Cooking-Corner_-MuffinsWhen mothers drop their children off for a new year of school, they often leave behind vegetables in a futile attempt to get their kids to eat more healthily. Some vegetables, such as carrots or tomatoes, will be used pretty quickly. However, some vegetables no one knows what to do with. What if a summer squash gets left behind? This is a vegetable that no self-respecting college student even knows exists, so when they find one hanging out in the fridge, they wonder what to do with it. Some students may take that as a challenge to invent a delicious treat. One such invention is Summer Squash and Orange Muffins.

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Book Review: The Ways of Kings

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Written by Jacqueline Feuerborn

Posted on 07 September 2014

200px-TheWayOfKingsThe novel "The Ways of Kings" by Brandon Sanderson is an incredible book worth picking up. It is a perfect book for anyone who loves a good fantasy book featuring well developed, complex characters and unpredictable plot lines. While the one thousand pages that make it up can seem a little daunting, the story makes it completely worth it. "The Way of Kings" is a complex book that just keeps throwing new twists in, just to keep readers interested.

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