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Errant alarm causes confusion on campus

Errant alarm causes confusion on campus

Brad Allen and Nicole Aimone, Staff Reporter and Editor-in-Chief

May 13, 2018

A technical error with the campus-wide emergency warning system caused a false emergency alert to sound at approximately 3 p.m. on May 13. An alert was sent out campus-wide via email and broadcast in buildings and residence halls on campus at 3:11 p.m. saying, “There is an active threat to life sa...

Talking Flowers, Finals, and Playlists

Talking Flowers, Finals, and Playlists

Jon Ball, Staff Reporter

May 8, 2018

Plants are similar to that one friend who never has much to say and only speaks when necessary: their mouths remain shut most of the time at dinner, however, they send a nod or smile in your direction every once in a while. Yet, if you know them well enough, they have a lot to say. Plants communica...

Music on the Mind: Seek out local music and embrace community pride

Music on the Mind: Seek out local music and embrace community pride

Jon Ball, Staff Reporter

May 1, 2018

Live music has been a major source of entertainment for centuries. The earliest performances were by choirs singing hymns in church. One can only imagine the energy in the room and the state of awe felt by the churchgoers. The joyful sensation brought upon by live music has not changed. Every ban...

Disco and Drag

Disco and Drag

Jon Ball, Staff Reporter

April 23, 2018

Imagine a baseball field, a wide-open diamond made of freshly cut grass. Now picture a mountainous pile of burning vinyl stinking up center field. Whenever there is a blazing heap of anything, a pack of ruffians will be in spitting distance. Visualize these yahoos dancing around the flames as if they ...

Love songs and overcoming Nicotine addiction

Love songs and overcoming Nicotine addiction

Jon Ball, Staff Reporter

April 23, 2018

Nicotine and I starting dating while I was studying abroad in London last semester. She comforted me rain or shine. We hung out before class and after, on the way to the metro, or whenever I felt like it. Nicotine was always be there for me, and I failed to realize that as a red flag. I became cli...

Guns and bail money

Guns and bail money

Jon Ball, Staff Reporter

April 9, 2018

Rap once found itself locked in a prison of musical ignorance that not only I, but everyone possesses in the deepest corners of their mind. Rap found itself cellmates with country and dubstep in my prison. But one night while I listened to National Public Radio, a quick-witted, canny and engagin...

Plato is not a punk rocker

Plato is not a punk rocker

Jon Ball, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2018

When I look back on my childhood in bittersweet longing and regret, I distinctly remember the words “You do not have to be intelligent to enter government.” This bold statement was conceived by the mind of my grade eight history teacher, an individual who booted his filter to the curb when lessons...

Music on The Mind: Appreciation of the artist

Music on The Mind: Appreciation of the artist

Jon Ball, Staff Reporter

March 5, 2018

The singers and bands we hold near and dear have impacted our lives in myriad ways. Their lyrics have comforted us in times of breakups or failed exams. The melodies they composed have energized our bodies to move along with the rhythm. Their fashion influenced our physical message to the world and terrif...

Music on the Mind: The Beauty of Disagreement

Music on the Mind: The Beauty of Disagreement

Jon Ball, Staff Reporter

February 26, 2018

Music sends messages, develops discussion and creates unity. Its impact on society never ceases to amaze me. We are blessed with a multitude of genres and sub-genres such as Jazz (a personal favorite), hip hop and even math rock. Since there are so many differing types of music, it is only natural fo...

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