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The ‘Write’ Time: Reintroducing Sioux City to Theatre



Adam Gonshorowski is a rising star in the film and theatre business in our very own Sioux City.

Gonshorowski graduated from Morningside College on May 8th of 2010. A Dakota City, Nebraska native, Gonshorowski was awarded his Bachelor of Arts, one of 479 degrees earned that year. This propelled him forward towards a fascination with the arts.

After graduation, Gonshorowski went on to earn his Master’s in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University. He moved back to Sioux City soon after and began a career in film production and screenwriting.

Though Gonshorowski began with a focus in film and screen, he has recently been transitioning from film to theatre.

Theatre is a recent development in my portfolio of work,” Gonshorowski said, “First and foremost my work has consisted of film and television, but there are different challenges working in that medium that makes theatre more accessible to work in at this time.”

He detailed that his childhood was filled with great movies and films, but rarely theatre. This lack of theatrical “intervention” caused Gonshorowski to lean more towards film production. Sophomore year of high school changed that.

Around sophomore year I picked up an app called Final Draft and a book titled The Screenwriter’s Bible.  The combination of the software and book gave me an insight into writing screenplays and I unlocked the key to writing.” He began to vigorously apply to Graduate schools in Film Production and landed in the middle of the largest city in the film industry: Los Angeles, California.

“I was taught by the best in the business, everyone from J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, to my mentor and prolific writer, Jeph Loeb.” Loyola Marymount University left no stone unturned and Gonshorowski believed he was headed towards studio writing.

After three years of some of the best teaching in the world, Gonshorowski made a big move back to Sioux City where his first true production, “The Truman Decision,” is being performed at Evelyn Larson Theatre.“I decided to start my own production company with the goal of producing films, television, and theatre.  That brings us to today after over 15 years of trying to get here.”

Gonshorowski is leading a new era of theatre with self-written productions. Khiana Hume, a Morningside College Freshman with a passion for theatre, explained how she feels about the changing theatre scene.

It’s amazing and is becoming more culturally diverse and inclusive.” Theatre productions are now trying to push the agenda of incorporating differences. Hume also believes that the growth of theatre is acting as a new News medium.

“The audience can relate more to it [theatre] because the modern issues are being presented to them by real people and not a screen.” While Gonshorowski began in the screen industry, he is now pushing the stage and live action. “Most of them [new productions] push boundaries and that is what makes them great because they are original.”

“The more we humanize entertainment the more beneficial it will be for our society,” said Chloe Person, a Freshman English Major from Morningside College.

Gonshorowski is bringing theatre to the people. Self-written and directed plays are getting attention, which surprised Gonshorowski.

“It is amazing the outpouring of support that appeared as if by magic.”

Adam Gonshorowski is bringing Los Angeles to Sioux City, and the magic of the screen to the stage.

Mega City Mall’s Explosion Will Keep Doors Closed Until Further Notice

An explosion just before 10 am in Mega City Mall left 2 dead and close to 100 people injured.

The explosion occurred close to the Dairy Queen in the food court before the opening of the mall. There has been no indication of the cause of the explosion according to Sergeant Fuglsang. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Those injured are in the process of being transported to local hospitals. Names of the deceased will not be released until next of kin is notified, but one is a male from Seargent Bluff and the other is a female from Sioux City.

The Sioux City Police Department is not worried about any follow-up danger and is not referring to this as an attack.

Security footage has been found and given to police, who will review the tapes later today.


Before the incident occurred a 12-year-old boy, Stephen, went missing from his mother but has been located and interviewed.

“I was just over by the bungee jump area trying to sneak in. My mom was shopping in boring places. When I heard the explosion I ran to the parking lot and just kept running.”

Stephen and his mother have yet to be reunited but he is in the care of the SCPD.

Nathan Hoogland, a Police Officer himself, was in the vicinity of the mall as he was off-duty. Retired from the FBI bomb squad, Hoogland tried to run towards the site of the explosion but was ushered outside by on-duty police officers.

“I initially ran towards the ‘boom’ but saw a stampede of people coming towards me so I ducked into an alcove to avoid being trampled.”

Hoogland states that he cannot distinguish the source of the explosion.

“I haven’t seen the crime scene, I haven’t seen pictures, so I can’t say what caused the explosion.”

The Mega City Mall will remain closed for the rest of the day and potentially the week depending on damages and the crime scene. A crime scene investigation will need to be conducted before the doors of the mall will reopen, but mall officials hope to open doors soon for holiday shoppers.

Repairs will begin after the investigation.

A second news conference will take place at 3 pm today between Seargent Fuglsang and the media. Updates will be released thereafter.

Marcus Mackey To Study Abroad

December 5th, 2017


SIOUX CITY, IA- Marcus Mackey has been selected to spend a semester abroad studying at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. He is very excited to have been granted this opportunity.

In order to be given this opportunity, Mackey was required to volunteer around campus and create a name for himself. He was hand selected by a professor for this opportunity. He is hoping to accomplish a great amount of learning while overseas.

This is Mackey’s first opportunity to study abroad.

“It is a great opportunity to learn stuff I can’t learn here” was Mackey’s reaction to being presented with this opportunity.

For more information on Marcus Mackey’s study abroad opportunity, contact (555) 555-5555.

Nat Simpson

Nat Simpson has known about her anxiety disorder ever since she can remember. It is her longest memory and goes everywhere with her, even to Thanksgiving of 2017.

Spending the holiday alone in Sioux City, the Morningside College student Simpson spent her time talking to her friend Jackson from back home. After being friends for two years, Simpson finally realized she had genuine feelings for this guy, the first time she had even developed feelings at all.

She panicked. Simpson did not know how to handle the situation internally or externally, thinking and overthinking. This developed into a panic attack but subsided when she confronted the problem by talking herself through the issue.

Jackson supported her (by saying “you’re a gem”) and waited till she had calmed to talk to her. Simpson’s anxiety disorder had not ruined her relationship, had not won, and she is moving on.

Reilly Mahon

Morningside College has continuously recruited and educated bright minds from throughout the world. They are drawn to the extensive nursing and biology programs, the computer science and math departments, the English, arts, and acting departments, and the Mass Communications curriculum.

Reilly Mahon, a 2015 graduate of East High in Sioux City, is one of these students that is pursuing a career in the Mass Communications field.

Originally, Mahon planned on studying to become a high school band teacher and she spent many years playing the clarinet. She soon realized that she lacked the patience that band requires.

Her younger brother spiked her interest in the communications departments with his photography. At the beginning of this semester, she decided to change her path and focus on the Mass Comm department.

With new dreams of becoming a Sports Reporter, Mahon has put her all into her studies. She believes that one of her unique qualities is her focus on school instead of social activities.

“I’ve always been this focused,” Mahon said to the question of whether her focus was new because of her new academic path. It gave her something to lean on after her parent’s divorce and it gave her a reasonable goal to achieve.

The change in departments for her major has allowed her to come out of her shell. Mahon is shy, but the Mass Communications department leaves no room for silence. She has been forced to find a voice and an opinion.

What Would You Do For a Klondike Bar?

This question rang through the bowling alley in Davenport, IA on Sunday, November 12th and across social media as I tried to find the most interesting answer to

“What would you do for a Klondike bar?”

Many people answered that they wouldn’t do anything because they were gross. Others said they would merely pay for it such as Ally Dudley, a freshman bowler from Morningside College, because what else would they do for one?

Many people were phased by the question, such as Cassy Huiras, and stated that they “would do a lot for a Klondike Bar,” but couldn’t specifically say where their devotion would stop. Haley Mathes said that she would “give up her nap” to secure a Klondike Bar.

Though there were many answers to this very simple question, they most astounding and crazy came from Senior Bowler from Iowa State Univerity, Caitlin Morris. She stated that she would sell her friend Reid’s kidney for a Klondike Bar.

Though this could seem extreme, it also shows Morris’s devotion and love for the ice cream filled cookie sandwiches.

With the idea of a $200,000 kidney on the line, the real question remains,

“What would YOU do for a Klondike Bar?”

Sioux City News


Hello and Good Morning, this is Mari Pizzini and I am here to give you this week’s news in both Sioux City and the United States.

Our first story focuses on the importance of college sports attendance.

According to a study done by the University of Oregon, sports audience attendance in college is on a major decline.

An audience is an integral part of sports performance, but only mainstream sports such as football and volleyball are bringing in crowds. We talked to different athletes from Morningside College about their experiences with audience attendance.

Tessa Renze, a freshman swimmer at Morningside, is who we approached first.

Me: How does having an audience support you make you feel?

Tessa: “I get really excited” 

Me: Does it change your performance in any way?

Tessa: “it releases that side, that competitive side.”

Along with swimming, bowling is one of the least attended sports at the college. We talked to Haley Mathes, a third-year bowler and co-captain of the Mustangs team this year.

Me: What does having personal support make you feel?

Haley: “I feel like I need to try more”

Me: Do you change how you compete when people come to watch you?

Haley: “I feel like I need to showcase my talents for the people that know me”

Audiences are what propel students to become their best at the most important times.

In National news, Tuesday marked the day for country-wide elections with some different, even unexpected, outcomes.

Danica Roem, a 33-year-old former journalist, became the first openly transgender elected official Tuesday night when she ousted Robert G. Marshall from his Virgina committee spot.

Marshall, during his 13-terms, was known as Virginia’s “chief homophobe” and he introduced a “bathroom bill” that died on the floor. Roem overpowered his efforts in raising donations and made her margin of victory very clear.

Her election was one of the many included in the change from Republican holds, to Democratic committee members.

Tommy Croskrey commented that “it went from Democratic to Republican when Obama was elected, it’s just an interesting thought.”

Democrats lost around 900 seats between 2008 and 2016, but the sitting percentage is changing again, and now it is bringing the LGBTQ community with it.

Anti-Trump Democrats and Independents vied for committee spots to prove how to move past the opposition to the unpopular Republican President.

Roem was concerned with showing voters her care about local problems, and Marshall’s infatuation with mainstream conservative causes.

Sioux City also had their City Council elections Tuesday, and Morningside’s very own Alex Watters was re-elected to his seat, along with two other incumbents.

Watters will be taking his first full-time seat after being appointed a 10-month position to fill in for Keith Radig.

We asked Emma Sonier how she felt about the local elections,

“I’m okay with Alex being re-elected, but I also would have liked to see some new faces elected to City Council this year.”

Watters, Dan Moore, and Pete Groetken were all re-elected, the first time in decades three incumbents have retained their seats.

Ballots from Tuesday allowed voters to choose up to three different candidates. These three will make their office oaths in January.

This concludes your Local and National weekly news. Have a good day, this is Mari Pizzini signing out.

Emma Watson Speaks about Gender Equality at One Young World

The feminist movement is “building an unstoppable current” in the world today according to Emma Watson during her speech at One Young World. The Harry Potter star and UN Messenger of Peace believes the rise of the gender equality movement is at an all-time high and is “as important as any of the other goals” that are at large.

One Young World is a UK based charity founded in 2009 dedicated to gathering the “brightest young leaders from around the world” and empowers them to make lasting changes.

This organization is about leaving behind the individual and embracing what a group can accomplish together, just as Watson was speaking about finding her tribe. She said that she found a “sisterhood; a brotherhood,” her tribe, where she could work with a group to enhance the world.

Watson’s speech was honest and emotional. She laughed before beginning her speech out of disbelief about having the ability to call herself an activist, “a word [she] never imagined that [she] would use to describe [herself].”

Watson goes on to describe the fight for gender equality as being a factor that “intersects with every single other issue we face.” Feminity and masculinity energies are within everyone and need to be “lifted up, respected” through the world.

Feminism isn’t a one time deal. Watson, quoting Bobby Kennedy, said that “each time a man or women stands up for an ideal…he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” These ripples cascade into currents that can fight against oppression.

Watson said that these ripples must be made by people of all ages, races, experiences, etc in order to overcome oppression. They must come from a tribe.

This tribe, activists in their own way like Watson, must consider her seven questions:

Am I willing to

be seen?

speak up?

keep going?

listen to what others have to say?

go forward even when I feel alone?

go to bed each night at peace with myself?

be my biggest, best-est, most powerful self?

These seven questions “scare the absolute shit” out of Watson herself, but they are what she sees a tribe must accomplish in order to work together for the good of all. Especially the good and installation of gender equality.



Broadcast #2: Shooting

Yesterday Laurette Brunson, 38, was shot in the abdomen by her husband Richard Brunson, 50, only three hours after their wedding.

The shooting occurred around 5 pm on Black Street. Richard Brunson used a .22-calibre handgun to shoot his wife after she threw a plate of macaroni salad at him.

The couple had been living together in the house where they were married for four or five months before the incident.

Relatives and friends said that they were surprised by the shooting. Neighbor Michael Martin said “I’ve never seen him violent. Never heard them yelling. It blows me away.”

Laurette’s three children were present during the shooting. Another neighbor, Walter Corse, was near the house during the incident.

“I heard the sound of the shot, or I think I did. It was kind of a ‘pop pop pop’ and then the son came out yelling she’s been shot and can’t breathe.”

A neighbor called the police, but Richard Brunson was gone by the time they arrived. His whereabouts are still unknown.

Mrs. Brunson is in satisfactory condition at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Broadcast #1


Psychology Today, June 2016

“An Element of Protection”


Studies have begun to show that stardust could be the ticket to Alzheimer’s research.

This stardust, more commonly known as magnesium, is essential to the body’s functions.

Scientists are finding that magnesium is more important to the body than originally thought. It is important in protecting the brain and preventing the loss of connections between nerve cells.

Scientists in the United States and China are researching the effects magnesium has on the typical disorder. It has the ability to prevent the loss of nerve connections.

In studies on both young and old animals, injections of magnesium have shown promising effects. Magnesium has the ability to rescue transmission signals.

These lost signals are what cause the traditional effect of short-term memory loss. Magnesium can potentially repair the signals between nerve cells and slow or stop memory loss.


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