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With fewer African-American MLB players, will black fans turn out for Reds?
Cincinnati Enquirer, Aug. 2017
"In 2016, just 6.7 percent of major league baseball players were African-American.
That's the same percentage playing 60 years ago in 1957, just one decade after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, according to research by Mark Armour and Daniel R. Levitt for the Society for American Baseball Research.
With participation down, it can be hard for baseball to compete with football and basketball when it comes to drawing in black sports fans looking to see themselves reflected on the field, said Phylicia McCorkle, diversity relations coordinator for the Cincinnati Reds.
While the Reds don't keep statistics on the race of fans attending games at the Great American Ball Park, the team has struggled in recent years to draw more fans of any background. In the 2016 season, Cincinnati had the second-lowest attendance since the Reds moved there in 2003 - just under 1.9 million fans.
So Friday night's African-American Community Night is meant to get people who might never even have entered the stadium excited about the game, McCorkle said.
Ink Hounds: Huskies share the stories behind their tattoos
Daily Campus, April. 2016
“Being an art history major I have a lot of interest in symbology and my dad was an artist,” MacGregor said. “I was introduced to a lot of that stuff when I was really little.”
While ancient Egypt was rich with myth and legend, MacGregor said she was struck by their reverence for the scarab beetle, which lay their larvae in nutrient rich dung balls, where they remain until maturity. In 2000 B.C., it seemed that the young beetles were emerging from nowhere, lending them a msytical quality.
“The scarab beetles literally comes from crap and grows wings and fly away from it just to be worshipped,” she explained.
While MacGregor doesn’t want to be worshipped herself, she said she can relate to the scarab’s determination to persevere in the crappiest situations.
Blockbuster Review: Under the sea in 'Finding Dory' vs out of this world in 'Star Trek'
Daily Campus, Aug. 2016
"Given the choice, I’d choose shooting blasters and dodging asteroids nine times out of 10, but not this time around. Despite its philosophical origins, the “Star Trek” series has amounted to little more than a bunch of Michael Bay movies set in zero G. Sure, it’s fun to watch Captain Kirk survive one mind blowing explosion after another for no reason beyond, well, being Captain Kirk, but good sci-fi isn’t just about being a smart ass in space surrounded by hot aliens with daddy issues.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely about that, but it’s also about asking big questions about life, morality and humanity’s place in it all in a larger, intergalactic setting that forces us to reevaluate the idea that one person, species or planet could ever be the center of the universe. “Star Trek,” at least in its most recent incarnation, can’t even get the audience to question whether or not Captain Kirk will survive his various misadventures – of course he will, or he’d be wearing a red shirt."
Review: 'Stardew Valley' is a labor of love
Daily Campus, March 2016
"There’s something special about rolling out of bed at 6 a.m. to feed the chickens and till your ancestral farmlands, even if the natural world that surrounds you consists entirely of colorful pixels and 2D sprite art. A clear homage to “Harvest Moon,” Natsume’s Japanese farming simulation series, “Stardew Valley” takes all the best parts of the original games and crams them into one title.
This game, a multi-year labor of love by solo developer ConcernedApe, has something for everyone. Want to grow gigantic pumpkins, cauliflowers and melons? You can. Want to become a fishing master capable of reeling a legendary catch? You can. Want to forget about farming entirely and go kill some cave bugs with a wooden sword? You can do that too, but you’d be missing out if you didn’t try to take in everything the game has to offer.
Like most “Harvest Moon” games, you begin “Stardew Valley” as a disgruntled city dweller. This time, you’re a burnt out employee of the corporation JojaMart. Lucky for you, your family just happens to own an old plot of farmland in Pelican Town, the inexplicably fertile village where your adventures begin. Your beef with JojaMart doesn’t end there, though. Soon after you move to town, Mayor Lewis tasks you with revitalizing the local community center to bring Pelican Town together and stop the comically evil megastore from paving over the valley entirely."