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Wings Etc. gives hometown-feel, BDubs can’t take the heat

By Matt Thomas

As a 20-year-old man that is a sophomore in college, chicken wings have essentially become their own food group to me. Ask me which night a certain chicken wings restaurant has a special, and I can probably tell you without hesitation. What are half-price-apps? Only the greatest business idea Applebee’s has ever implemented. 

Recently, a new wings restaurant has flown into the city of Franklin. Wings Etc. is a chain of restaurants offering various “bar foods,” consisting of burgers, sandwiches, wraps, just about any kind of fried food and — of course — chicken wings, specifically their trademark “jumbo” boneless wings. 

Although there are more locations popping up across the country, the restaurants themselves seem to be more “small-town” than the well-known Buffalo Wild Wings, a huge competitor that is expected to invest Franklin in the near future. Wings Etc. has a smaller restaurant, which creates a cozy atmosphere, and the staff is extremely friendly, making it appear to be locally-owned when it is actually a franchise. 

In terms of price, both restaurants seem to be somewhat similarly priced – with Buffalo Wild Wings most likely the more expensive option. While both businesses also offer various specials each night with the goal of bringing in more customers in mind, it seems that Wings Etc. offers more meat for their money. The wings are almost twice the size as the wings at Buffalo Wild Wings, and they’re essentially the same price or cheaper. 

Flavors of the wing sauces are very important, and both Buffalo Wild Wings and Wings Etc. do an exceptional job at offering a wide variety of flavors for their wings. Each restaurant offers about 20 flavors each. Where Wings Etc. has the advantage in this area, however, is that you can mix up your flavors as much as you want. You want 10 wings with 10 different flavors? No problem. At Buffalo Wild Wings, however, there is a minimum amount of wings that must be ordered just to get two different sauces. 

Either way, I will gladly support both wing businesses, and I’ll see you at 59 cent wing night Thursdays!

‘Rogue One’ takes viewers to a galaxy far away

By Adrianna Pitrelli

In a galaxy far, far away, a young and vindictive Jyn Erso joins forces with resistance fighters and others in order to steal the station’s plans for the Rebel Alliance. After being taken away from his family when Jyn was much younger, Galen Erso, Jyn’s father, is the Empire’s main engineer for the Death Star.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is just that — a “Star Wars” story. It’s a story “Star Wars” fans needed as they have nearly two years to wait between “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.”

From armored combat vehicles to aerial fights, “Rogue One” takes viewers through the formation of the Rebel Alliance and their strategy to steal the plans of the Death Star from the Galactic Empire. 

Although “Rogue One” falls between “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” viewers can enjoy the new “Star Wars” story without seeing any other movie in the franchise. And if you haven’t seen any “Star Wars” movies, but want to after watching “Rogue One,” don’t worry — “Rogue One” does not spoil “A New Hope” in any way. 

Of course, with every movie, there are negative parts. While some enjoy the amount of action that happens right after the words, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” hit the screen, others say there is too much going on. Within the first half hour, viewers are taken to different planets, time periods and bases while being introduced to quite a few characters. The bouncing around makes it difficult for the audience to remember where they’ve been once reaching Jedha. 

Overall, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is a must-see for “Star Wars” fans or for someone who wants to see a good film with a lot of action. The movie as a whole will leave you with a desire to run out of the theater during the credits to buy a ticket to the next show — not that I would ever do such a thing.

Science corner with Matthew

By Matthew Brown 

On Feb. 10, the night sky was ablaze. Lit by a full moon, an eclipse and a comet, that cold winter night turned out to be a rare sight to see. 

The full moon was most visible of all three. However, it was no ordinary full moon. 

This moon had a name. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, this moon was referred to as the “Snow Moon.” The name derives from the idea that February brings heavy snow fall, which is ironic when thinking about the spring-like weather Indiana has seen this season.

Stargazers and night owls could also witness a penumbral eclipse during the early evening hours of the night. The eclipse started at approximately 5:34 p.m. in North America, and ended at 9:53 p.m., according to CNN. The climax of the eclipse occurred at 7:44 p.m.

While the Snow Moon and the eclipse were both seen fairly early in the night, the comet came later. The comet passed by the Earth at approximately 3 a.m. The green comet, dubbed 45P, was the most difficult sight to see. Those with camera capabilities and precision may have witnessed the passing.

It is rare to have three events like these in one night, but with the phenomenon comes a question: Has technology destroyed the marvels of such events? Technology gives us opportunities to experience wonders, such as the comet 45P. However, many watch these events days after on YouTube, rather than spending the evening outdoors that night. 

The problem with relying on YouTube is that the website takes away from your personal experiences. Sure. Anyone can hop on the internet and watch a multitude of videos on eclipses, comets and full moons. But nothing beats laying under the night sky to witness the rare events with the naked eye.

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