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Magnus Chase series ends with a tailwind

Courtesy | Rick Riordan website

Todd Kleiboer, Co-Editor

October 18, 2017

The Big Banana has set sail for now, but Rick Riordan’s third installment of the Magnus Chase series “The Ship of the Dead” leaves readers dazed with its action-packed adventure with romantic undertones as Magnus strives to stop Loki from starting Ragnarok, the end of all nine worlds. Wi...

The Drunken Mule under new reins

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Spencer Nelson, Staff Reporter

October 17, 2017

The Drunken Mule Saloon is now becoming the Beaten Dead Horse according to some students. The well-known Commerce saloon has had recent changes to their new management, and it has created a new image for themselves that students are not attracted to. “They need to see what the old management...

Keeping it weird at ACL Festival

People walk into  entrance of the Austin City Limits Festival.

Sierra Abbott, Staff Reporter

October 10, 2017

Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival is a three-day event that happens twice a year in Zilker Park which is right outside downtown Austin, Texas. This year ACL was is Oct. 6-8 and 13-15 starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 the two main headliners for the day were The xx and...

Top Ten 2017 Manhattan Short Film Festival Finalists

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Todd Kleiboer, Co-Editor

October 5, 2017

In its twentieth year, the Manhattan Short Film Festival once again treated audience members to amazingly crafted short films, and with their votes, the audience picked what they though was the best film and actor. Their votes will decide the festival winner which will be announced Oct. 9. These films...

Etch It invades The RSC

Students etching their names and designs in glasses.

Tyler McDonough, Staff Writer

September 20, 2017

The A&M-Commerce Campus Activities Board (CAB) put on the Etch It program on Sept. 20 in the Rayburn Student Center. The CAB is always putting on activities but this particular event was a big hit drawing in nearly 50 students in by the first 45 minutes. The event is student led and is an opport...

Magnus Chase Brings the Hammer Down

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Todd Kleiboer, Co-Editor

September 18, 2017

With its third installation coming Oct. 3, Rick Riordan’s series “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard” is an adventure into Norse mythology without the boring lectures from instructors, and the second novel “The Hammer of Thor” is no different. Opening a few months after the first novel’s...

Alien: Covenant Is Nothing But Horror Movie Schlock

Daniels Branson (Katherine Waterston) 
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Manuel Ramirez, Movie Critic

May 21, 2017

You know how the first movie in a Horror franchise turns out to be the best of the bunch while everything else goes down the drain. Just look at the countless sequels and reimaginings of Jaws, Friday the 13th, Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street to name a few; they never live up what made the ...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Semi-Deliver’s

From left to right Drax (Dav Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Baby Groot (Vin Diesel), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Nebula (Karen Gilliam), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Yondu (Micheal Rooker).

Manuel Ramirez, Movie Critic

May 19, 2017

I’m just going to come out and say it, I was never impressed by Guardians of the Galaxy. With the exception of Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Drax (Dave Bautista), the guardians range from being bland with no personality like Gamora (Zoe Saldana) or unlikable smart-alecks like Peter Quill aka Star...

Top 10 Anticipated Summer Movies

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Manuel Ramirez, Movie Critic

April 27, 2017

As the summer season draws near the cinemas begin to screen the blockbusters.  From the highly anticipated like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and War of the Planet of the Apes to groaners like Transformers: The Last Knight and The Emoji Movie. Who knows, many of these may turn out to be good or ba...

Double Feature: The Boss Baby & Smurfs: The Lost Village

Double Feature: The Boss Baby & Smurfs: The Lost Village

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter

April 18, 2017

From DreamWorks we have The Boss Baby based on the children’s book by Marla Frazee, seven-year-old Tim Templeton (Miles Bakshi) doesn’t take to liking his new baby brother who sports a slick business suit, gold wristwatch and briefcase. To make matters more complicated, Tim discovers that the baby...

Art Educators Workshop Held for Local Instructors

The Paper Plate Sculpture Workshop, led by Wyman Williams (back), had participants fold paper plates to form different shapes or to combine these shapes into a sculpture.

Ahnaliese Bell, Staff Writer

April 17, 2017

Texas A&M University-Commmerce continued its long history of education dedication with the yearly Art Educators Workshop held on Feb. 14, and it focused on improving classroom skills for forty attending art instructors from local public middle and high schools. Marilyn Thompson, art professor, orga...

The Boys Are Back in T2 Trainspotting

Spud (Ewen Brenner), Renton (Ewan McGregor), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) in T2 Trainspotting, the sequel to the 1996 Trainspotting film/TriStar

Manuel Ramirez, Staff Reporter

April 9, 2017

In 1996, fresh off his debut film Shallow Grave, director Danny Boyle followed with Trainspotting, a black comedy that centered on a group of misfits swimming in the pleasures of sex and drugs in the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. There was Renton (Ewan McGregor), the protagonist and straight man of t...

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