The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 99, No. 9, Ed. 1 Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Page: 4 of 4
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HSU Basketball Update
By Cody Herrera
The HSU Cowboys and Cowgirls basketball teams are well under-
way with their seasons. As of December 29, the Cowboys are 5-5, and
the Cowgirls are 8-1. The Cowboys began their season with a win against
Huston-Tillotson, 93-80. In the second game, the Boys lost 88-71 against
Texas-Arlington. They proceeded to win two in a row, followed by a
loss, and then two more wins. The Cowboys season took an unfortunate
turn with three straight losses. They lost 69-62 to McMurry, 60-59 to
Southwestern (TX), and 75-60 against Trinity (TX). As the season con-
tinues, we hope that the Cowboys do their best and that the losing streak
The Cowgirls began their season with a win against St. Maty’s (Minn.),
74-72. After the first game, the Girls won three straight games, lost one,
and won four straight games. Their most recent win was December 29
when the Girls played against Trinity (TX) in the Trinity Christmas Classic.
They won the gam£ 76-72. Their game against Union (NY) on December
30 was cancelled. The next game for both the Cowgirls and the Cowboys
will be on January 20 as they play Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton. The
season has been good for both teams, despite losses, but it is not over yet.
There are still more games to be played and more opportunities for win-
ning games. Good luck to both teams as they continue with their season.
Lone Stars Best in the West
By Ryan Garcia
Looking at the NBA season so far, we are seeing a lot of similarities
to last year. This year, Texas has two of the top teams. The San Antonio
Spurs are not only the best in the west, but the best in the league.
Leading the Spurs in stats is Manu Ginobili. He is the team leader in
points per game and has the highest shooting percentage. Other play-
ers like Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are not too far behind Ginobili in
numbers. This team is going to be hard to beat when it comes down to
the playoffs if they can stay injury free.
Another team that is looking good this year is the Dallas Mavericks.
They are second in the west behind the San Antonio Spurs and are
looking pretty tough also. The Mavericks have split games with the
Spurs so far this season and both teams have extraordinary players.
Leading the Mavericks in stats is Dirk Nowitzki. He is the founda-
tion of the Mavericks and continues to have impressive games every
night. Nowitzki is tough to stop when he finds his shot, and players
like Jason Kidd and Jason Terry make the Mavericks a tough team to
beat. These two teams full of All-Stars will make a good run for the NBA
Championship and try to dethrone the Los Angeles Lakers as they look
for a “three-peat”.
2011: Game On!
By Adam Dearion
It’s 2011, ladies and gentlemen. Besides going to school and studying hard, what does a gamer have to look forward to this year? New games, of
course! This year promises a wide array of impressive new sequels for big name gaming series such as Deus Ex and the Legend of Zelda. I’m going to list for
you my top five most anticipated games for this year and give some information about them. Hopefully, our favorite developers aren’t going to let us down
• Mortal Kombat 9: Mortal Kombat 9 is the first true Mortal Kombat game of this generation (no, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe does not count)
and I couldn’t be more excited for it. Boasting an all new, deeper combat engine, great graphics, fatalities and a host of classic MK characters to choose
from, Mortal Kombat 9 takes the series back to its over-the-top, bloody roots. Online play should also be fun, especially with the inclusion of tag-team
battles. The demonstration I witnessed at E3 left me impressed, and we’ll find out next April if it plays as good as it looks. Release Date: 04/19/2011
• Batman: Arkham City: Batman: Arkham Asylum was perhaps the biggest surprise of 2009. Coming from a relatively untested developer and
being based on a character who has never had much luck in video game form, no one expected Arkham Asylum to be as good or as successful as it
turned out to be. Featuring new characters like Hugo Strange, Two-Face and Catwoman, the game is set to have an all-star cast of characters set in a
new, larger environment within Gotham City. So long as it receives as much polish and attention as its predecessor, Arkham City is going to be another
winner from Rocksteady. Release Date: Q3 2011
• Dead Space 2: Dead Space 2 looks bound to be a winner. More environmental variety, more enemies, more weapons and a new team-based
multiplayer mode similar in style to Left 4 Dead all combine to make a sequel of epic proportions. Dead Space is this generation’s best survival horror
game, in my opinion, so I was glad EA and Visceral Games decided to stick with it and expand the franchise. Release Date: 01/25/2011
• Deus Ex: Human Revolution: The Deus Ex series is one that, rightfully, carries a lot of respect. The original game was named PC Gamers’ “Top
PC Game of All Time” for good reason, being one of the first games to combine the FPS and RPG genre in such a skillful manner and allowing you to
forge your own path through the storyline. You could augment yourself in a number of ways to tailor your character’s abilities to your liking, which
made for many different ways to play through the game. Human Revoution, a prequel to the original game, looks to continue in this manner, though
there are not a ton of concrete details yet as far as gameplay is concerned. Judging from the seriously amazing CG trailer, you’ll definitely have a wide
array of special abilities to choose from. Even if I’d never played the previous Deus Ex games, I’d still be excited for this one, based on what I’ve seen
so far. Release Date: TBA 2011
• Mass Effect 3: Anyone who knows me saw this choice coming a mile away. The Mass Effect series has become my favorite IP of this generation with
its painstakingly crafted universe, in-depth, relatable characters and difficult moral decisions. Bioware has stated pretty much from the beginning
that Mass Effect was being built as a trilogy, and Mass Effect 3 is set to bring the series to an even higher level. The story seems to focus around the
invasion of Earth by the mysterious and destructive Reapers, a race of massive, sentient machines bent on eradicating all advanced life every 50,000
years or so. Naturally, they’ve taken a particular interest in Shepard and the human race in general. You’ll finally have the chance to see just how all
of your decisions from previous games will play out, and if it’s anything like Mass Effect 2, there will be many ways Shepard’s story can end. No one
is more excited to explore these possibilities than I am and Mass Effect 3 can’t possibly arrive soon enough. Release Date: Q4 2011
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An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
By Brittany McDonald
Special Projects Editor
In An Object of Beauty, Steve Martin takes readers into
the life of Lacey Yeager and inner makings of the New York art
world. Lacey is a young, witty, and beautiful character that has
just begun her climb up the ladder of success. Martin fills the
reader with intrigue, wanting to get to know Lacey more, but
really never being able to.
Martin brings Lacey to life, giving an interesting view
through the eyes of her friend and art critic, Daniel Franks. This
prohibits an in-depth understanding of who Lacey is and what
she is truly going through, but it also allows her to remain a
mystery, never quite revealing the true Lacey Yeager.
As Lacey makes the trek from a lowly basement worker to
opening up her own gallery, something meaningful seems to be
lost. Lacey stops admiring the art as an object of beauty and gets
caught in the traps that greed and money can bring. The love for
money and fame becomes more important than the art itself,
and during that process Lacey begins to lose herself in the mix.
The corruption brings about fraud, illegal bidding, promis-
cuity and apathy for even those closest to her. She pushes away
the very people that helped her start and does not seem to be
affected by that fact. Martin creates Lacey in such a way that it
is hard pinpoint the beginning of her downfall, and equally as
hard to place Lacey as either the victim or villain. This is not to
say that Martin creates this sweet girl that gets lost among the
crowd, because Lacey is far from that. She is cold from the start,
and continues to get colder throughout the entire novel.
An Object of Beauty offers appeal to both those in the art
world and those who are not. He writes is such a way that will
captivate both audiences in the attempts to understand Lacey
Yeager and the game the art world presents. The novel is filled
with the ups and downs associated with the climb of success,
and also offers elements of surprise and horror.
As expected with anything by Steve Martin, An Object oj
Beauty is filled with sharp and witty comedy that will leave the
reader both humored and horrified. Yet such comedy does come
with a price, for the novel is engulfed with frequent vulgarity
that is often unnecessary. Nevertheless, Martin gives life to an
unfamiliar world, while overarching it with the quest everyone
can understand: a hunt for fulfillment and delight.
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