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Today was our first full day in Chicago after arriving last night about seven. My brother and I went out last night and stumbled upon a Cheescake Factory restaurant. I had an Oreo Cheescake which was amazing.

Back to today. We started off with breakfeast/lunch at this place called White Palace Grill which was featured on Diners, Dives, and Drive Ins on the food network. It was really good food. I had the Texas Omlete which was delicious. I also finished off my brother’s hasbrowns which were also really good.

It had a Waffle House sense of style except much better service and food. The place is open 24 hours a day.

After breakfeast we made our way to the Museum of Science and Industry. I am not much for museums but it wasn’t that bad of an experience. The highlight of the museum was the German U-boat that they had brought into the museum in 2004.

The 35,000 square foot exhibit is a submarine that sank a number of Allied ships during World War II before it was captured by the U.S. Navy in 1944. The exhibit offers a fascinating look at the claustrophobic reality of underwater naval life.

We also took part of the Coal Mine Tour. This exhibit, which dates back to 1934, now incorporates modern mining techniques – but the best part is a simulated trip down into a dark, mysterious recreated mine that’s very lifelike.

One part of the museum that I by myself was the Boeing 727 that they had inside the museum. You are able to actually walk inside the plane and learn about the mechanics of flight and how the plane works. It was pretty neat.

As part of the flight tour, they had a video playing that showed just exactly how they had placed the plane inside the museum. The time and effort that was put into makes it really cool. The plane literally drove down the streets of Chicago to make its way to the museum after being escorted off of a barge.

I took some pictures but I didn’t bring my USB cord to put them up. I will put them up as soon as I get back to Jonesboro. I got some good ones of the houses and buildings that are near the Brownstone that we are staying at.

Tomorrow we are taking a tour of the Chicago Sun Times, so I am looking forward to that. And if I just happen to make an impression and they offer me a job, that wouldn’t be so bad either.

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So I was working on The Herald Wednesday night when my friend told me to check out this video on YouTube featuring T-Pain and Andy Samberg. Samberg has been SNL and is currently co-starring in the movie “I Love You Man” with Paul Rudd.

Be warn they due cuss a lot in this video.

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Wanted: Weapons of Fate allows the player to play as Cross.

Wanted: Weapons of Fate allows the player to play as Cross.

Video games based on movies hardly ever do well. Point and case: Catwoman. Of course, that was a pretty bad movie to begin with so it is no surprise that the video game stunk as well. The only thing appealing was Halle Berry.

Recently I downloaded a demo for the new game Wanted which is based on the movie of the same title starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy.

The game is not just a retelling of the movie, which is encouraging because it means more time and effort could of been put into this game. Especially since it wasn’t released the same time that the movie was.

In the demo, you play as the father of McAvoy’s character and you have to shoot, stab and break necks through an airplane as you make your way to the cockpit. It’s a fairly short demo, as most are, but for the most part I did like the game.

If I had to rate it, I would give it about a seven. Which seems rather low, but there were just key things that I didn’t like.

  1. Curving the bullet (which is one of the key points in the movie) takes too long in the game. You have the aim the curve and try to highlight the enemy before you shoot. And it may or may not kill the target
  2. As far as I can tell, the voice acting is not done by McAvoy which is kinda disappointing because if you are going to do a video game based on a movie, you would like to see the actors reprise their roles.
  3. Shooting is just too sporadic. You can aim but the bullets seem really inaccurate unless you use the special ability to slow down time. (As seen in the Max Payne series)

One thing I did like was the fact, that there were three levels of difficulty. The lowest difficulty was entitled Pussy. That just makes you want to play on one of the harder settings.

Wanted: Weapons of Fate is probably a rent only game.

Check out an interview with Pete Wanat who is the executive producer behind Wanted: Weapons of Fate on gameinformer.com

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According to an article on GameInformer, Guinness World Records has compiled some of the biggest records for the hit franchise.

Most Successful Entertainment Product Launch

On April 29, 2008, Grand Theft Auto IV generated $310 million of sales worldwide in one day, five times the revenue generated by The Dark Knight in its first 24 hours of release.

Most Controversial Video Game Series

The GTA franchise has been the most consistently controversial game franchise in history. Over 4,000 stories news stories have been published about it, with accusations ranging from glamorized violence, alleged connection with real-life crimes, and the presumed corruption of gamers. Numerous lawsuits have also been leveled against Rockstar Games. GTA IV was even banned in Thailand!

Largest Voice Cast in a Video Game

GTA IV boasts a total credited cast of 861 voice actors, including 174 actors playing named characters, DJs, and TV voiceovers. Many of the additional 687 voices were volunteered by people who just wanted a chance to be heard in the game.

Highest Production Budget

In an interview with The Times in April 2008, GTA’s producer Leslie Benzies estimated that production costs on GTA IV reached $100 million, smashing the previous record of $70 million set by Sega’s Shenmue.

Largest Grand Theft Auto Environment

GTA: San Andreas features the largest playing area in the series. Up to four times larger than the other GTA titles, it contains three cities, 12 towns, and many miles of virtual countryside with an area of roughly 17 square miles.

Largest In-Game Soundtrack

GTA IV features 18 radio stations playing 218 licensed tracks, beating the previous record of 156 songs set in GTA: San Andreas.

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Photo by Ashley Helliwell

Photo by Ashley Helliwell

For the first time in ASU history, a student has been elected twice for SGA president. So congratulations to Ryan Beaird and Kimberly Winchester for defeating Lark Little and Adrian Everett by 256 votes.

According to Beaird, it was one of the largest voter turnouts in school history as well with roughly 1400 people voting in this year’s election.

“I am glad to have the opportunity again. I loved it so much this year and I couldn’t imagine my senior year without being president,” Beaird told the Herald.

Winchester said that she has never felt so excited about anything in my life. Winchester is a 19-year-old chemistry major from Jonesboro.

“Ryan is a really great guy and has been a wonderful president for SGA,” Winchester told the Herald. “I think he has done a wonderful things and he will continue to do great things for the us at Arkansas State.”

The newly elected officers will be sworn in on April 14.

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Senior pitcher Jett Jones gave up two runs on five hits in five innings of work, while walking one batter and striking out three.

Senior pitcher Jett Jones gave up two runs on five hits in five innings of work, while walking one batter and striking out three.

Over the weekend, I went to my first ASU baseball game of the season. I was there about thirty minutes and took some pictures of ASU senior pitcher Jett Jones.

I thought the pictures turned out pretty well, so I thought I would put one of them on here. Let me know what you think of it by leaving your comment below.

ASU defeated the Ragin Cajuns two games to one over the weekend by winning 3-2 on Sunday, 2-0 on Friday and losing 3-2 on Saturday.

The two wins give them two wins in the Sun Belt Conference which is always good. I thought it was a pretty good outing by the Red Wolves for an opening conference weekend.

The Red Wolves will be back in action on Tuesday beginning at 3 p.m

 

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The SGA elections will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday in the Student Union and I want to encourage everyone to be sure to vote.

This is the first time, in a long time, that there have been three parties running for SGA president and vice president. Usually, there are only two teams running.

This is also the first year that an incumbent is running for reelection. Current SGA president Ryan Beaird is running for a second term and has chosen sophomore senato Kimberly Winchester as his running mate.

Brandon Allen, a junior marketing and international business major from Dumas and Kiel Smith, a junior accounting major from Forrest City are also running for election.

Lark Little, a senior nursing major from Jonesboro and Adrian Everett, a sophomore chemistry major from Mcgehee represent the final team running for the election.

Representatives of the teams were on campus today, campaigning for votes. If you walked behind the Wilson building, you surely could not have missed them. I think I was stopped nearly five times.

SAB Multicultural enrichment director Sharnea Diggs was one of the people who I spoke with during one of my trips through. She was proudly supporting Little/Everett campaign and when I asked her why should I vote for them over the Beaird/Winchester group she said ‘experience.’

“I believe [Winchester] is just not qualified enough to become a vice-president,” Diggs said. “Her biggest attribute or achievement is that she has attended every SGA meeting.”

Which is apparently true.

According to the Facebook group, “Elect Beaird*Winchester as SGA President and VP: STILL Serving By Example,” it reads:

“Kimberly has shown perfect attendance to every SGA event and meeting, volunteered for extra duties and responsibilities, and has gone above and beyond every expectation laid upon her.” 

While these are great qualities to have, I don’t think it qualifies someone for a demanding job like the SGA vice presidency. Experience is a heavy factor and I believe Ryan might have a choose a poor running mate for his reelection.

I have not completely made up my mind who I will vote for in the upcoming election. I want what is best for the campus. I am graduating soon but I want to leave knowing that the ASU campus is good hands. What do you think? Who are you going to vote for and why?

Be sure to pick Thursday’s issue of the Herald and be sure to vote on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Student Union.

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