Opinion

Film in review: ‘The Fate of the Furious’

Posted on Apr 26th, 2017 - By zachbailey - 0 Comments

Nate Nelson / Winonan “The Fate of the Furious” is the eighth film in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, and at this point, the films are beginning to show their cracks. While “Fast Five” was the closest thing to perfection for these slightly campy, overindulgent car films, “Furious 7” gave the series a proper ending after the death of star Paul Walker. “Fate” feels like…

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Graduating editors: a final goodbye

Posted on Apr 26th, 2017 - By zachbailey - 0 Comments

Allison Mueller - Editor-In-Chief Years from now when I reflect on my two years as editor-in-chief of The Winonan, I will first think of the amazing editing staff I had the pleasure of working with. I won’t think of the little mistakes we made, or the somewhat big ones that seemed like the end of the world. I am so thankful for the amount of experience I’ve gained through working with the…

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Open letter to the editor

Posted on Apr 19th, 2017 - By zachbailey - 0 Comments

A few weeks ago a sign was removed from each of the bathroom doors of the Lutheran Campus Center (LCC). The LCC shares space with Mugby Junction, so I wondered if the owner or manager of the coffee shop had removed the signs; they hadn’t. I printed two new signs and posted them on the doors, perturbed by the initial removal. Then I sat in on a KEAP Council meeting and became more than…

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Show in review: ’13 Reasons Why’

Posted on Apr 19th, 2017 - By zachbailey - 0 Comments

Nate Nelson / Winonan Suicide is one of the most difficult topics to take on, both in literature and in film. It is one of those few subjects that can hit close to home for a lot of people, and if the creators aren’t careful, they can easily overstep their boundaries or portray it in the wrong light. “13 Reasons Why,” Netflix’s recent adaptation of the book of the same name, straddles the…

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Film in review: ‘The Discovery’

Posted on Apr 12th, 2017 - By Allison Mueller - 0 Comments

Nathaniel Nelson / Winonan "The Discovery” was released on Netflix last week, and to be completely honest, it’s a bit of a conundrum. Directed by Charlie McDowell, the film is a mixture of science fiction, romance and mystery, but it’s not particularly successful at any of the three. Netflix has been at the top of its game in recent months, barring a few outliers, but this film doesn’t…

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An open letter to the campus community

Posted on Apr 5th, 2017 - By Allison Mueller - 0 Comments

I am saddened by the recent letter from the Turtle Island Student Organization that appeared in the Winonan, and I am disenchanted that the organization has chosen a strategy to “call out” the president and apply other tactics in public forums to disparage the president who has been working in good faith with TISO and other groups on campus to resolve the issues currently orbiting the…

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Film in review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’

Posted on Apr 5th, 2017 - By Allison Mueller - 0 Comments

Nathaniel Nelson / Winonan "Ghost in the Shell” is the epitome of modern blockbuster filmmaking, and that’s not a compliment. Directed by Rupert Sanders, it’s a love letter to the visual excesses of the franchise machine, putting aesthetics before story and in turn spitting on its source material. It’s not wholly a bad film  — it’s a completely serviceable action film. But in…

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Film in review: ‘Power Rangers’

Posted on Mar 29th, 2017 - By Allison Mueller - 0 Comments

Nathaniel Nelson / Winonan To be completely honest, “Power Rangers” is an objectively bad film. The dialogue is shoddy and forced, the plot is a nonsensical corporate sponsored ad for donuts and the teen heroes are as angsty as you can get. This isn’t just an adaptation of a campy kids TV show from the 90’s, but it’s essentially a two hour episode. Compared to most other blockbusters,…

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An open letter to WSU president, Dr. Scott Olson

Posted on Mar 29th, 2017 - By Allison Mueller - 0 Comments

As our WSU website proclaims, we are a community of learners with the mission to improve our world. Our mission is a lofty one that challenges us as both an individual and a community to strive toward that end. We can be hopeful that one day our mission will be fulfilled. However, as of today, in this moment in time, we have fallen short. As indigenous students since 2014, we have witnessed an…

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Show in review: “Marvel’s Iron Fist”

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2017 - By Allison Mueller - 0 Comments

Nathaniel Nelson / Winonan It’s hard to describe what went wrong with “Marvel’s Iron Fist.” Iron Fist is one of Marvel’s strongest heroes, with an origin rarely seen in superhero narratives. With a mystical monastery that exists in another dimension, chi-powered martial arts and an immortal dragon, you’d think Marvel would be able to make a compelling show from it. Yet, “Iron…

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Horror film in review: “Get Out”

Posted on Mar 1st, 2017 - By Allison Mueller - 0 Comments

Nathaniel Nelson / Winonan I've talked before about how indie horror is having a comeback, but “Get Out” is something else entirely. Many of you have seen Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s collaborative show “Key and Peele,” but that says nothing for what Peele is able to accomplish in his debut film. It still has a good dose of his trademark humor, but surrounded in deep…

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Film in review: “The Lego Batman Movie”

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2017 - By Allison Mueller - 0 Comments

Nathaniel Nelson / Winonan One of the most anticipated movies of the year, “The Lego Batman Movie” has finally landed. After the near perfection of 2014’s “The Lego Movie,” all eyes were on Will Arnett’s return to the cape and cowl for another fun, brick-filled romp. Aside from the constant references to Batman continuity and interesting genre parodies, “The Lego Batman Movie” is…

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Editorial: A Modest Proposal from a Bitter Cyclist

Posted on Feb 15th, 2017 - By Allison Mueller - 0 Comments

I bike in the winter, and no, I am not one of those aggressive endurance athletes. I am simply a college student that prefers to bundle up a little extra to avoid being outside for longer. But there’s been one thing standing in my way recently. No, it is not the ice – I avoid that when possible or just bike slowly – and no it is not the surprising lack of true bike lanes, rather than…

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Show in review: “Santa Clarita Diet”

Posted on Feb 8th, 2017 - By Allison Mueller - 0 Comments

Nathaniel Nelson / Winonan Let’s just cut right to the chase: the entertainment world is flooded with zombie narratives these days, and they’re beginning to hit a wall. “The Walking Dead” is seeing its lowest ratings in years, George Romero hasn’t made a good film in decades, and even Marvel Zombies has lost its luster. To make a solid zombie story, creators need to look out of the box…

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Year in review: 2017 Academy Award Predictions

Posted on Feb 1st, 2017 - By Allison Mueller - 0 Comments

Nathaniel Nelson / Winonan It’s that time of year again: awards season. We’re coming up on the end of it with the Screen Actors Guild Awards having just aired last week, but that still leaves the big one, The Academy Awards, airing on February 26. This year, the Oscars are surprisingly hard to call, with a plethora of amazing works all around. While there were a few snubs here and there, Amy…

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