This is a conversation with Elyse Jost, an opinion writer for the Daily Utah Chronicle, and Sydney Duncan, an African American student at the U. Sydney is from Texas. We touch on unique perspectives concerning racism in the South, and in America at-large. The conversation was sparked by Elyse’s article, about the prevalence of racism on Greek Row at schools such as SMU. Very provocative, I hope you all enjoy it!
Today for campus news we cover the Million Student March happening nation wide with commentary for and against it concerning the protest on campus that happened Friday for free tuition and deft forgiveness.
Local news we shared Utah BLM’s master leasing plan dealing with oil fields things that effect the climate.
National food for thought around the news U should know is the refugees coming in to the state from Syria and a raise in concern over terrorist being present in their ranks.
World news we touch on ISIS and how they attacked France and other countries recently, spreading fear, with commentary on how we should respond with more love, even force, and reformation.
How will connectivity improve thoughtful engagement? What’s the main motivator for social media? Can it improve democratic society?
Texas-born, Avery Holton is a voice for “connectivity” at the U. His award-winning studies recently identified a gap between personal identity and journalistic enterprise. Our conversation picks up at LNCO 2149, where personal identity, relationships, and culture come together around the challenges of social media.
Are you creative, intentional, collaborative? Do you seek outlet for your phenomenal ability and skills before you graduate?
This conversation is about doing something with your education as you learn. The payoff is all about U.
Innovation is using leftovers to fuel your life with something wildly tasty. Forever. Warming to the topic of innovation culture and “intentional community” at the U, Troy D’Ambrosio lit up like a Christmas tree, as the campus Shuttle squeaked behind us along Ft. Douglas Blvd.
Chances are, if you’re a gamer, you have precious little time to spare right now from playing Fallout 4. But if you’re the kind of person who can listen to the radio while you play a game, then we think you’re going to enjoy this episode. We talk about Fallout 4, and all of the announcements and hype from Blizzcon (just give me Overwatch already!)
If gaming isn’t your favorite realm of The Geekdom, we also talk about new movies we’re excited for (Finding Dory, Toy Story 4, Star Wars VII, Warcraft). Solar tells us about seeing Chris Hardwick live and stories about The Talking Dead.
We also watch Shia watch Shia for a little bit. Definitely don’t want to miss that.
Today we went over the police report from campus, the LGTBQ issues on homosexual relationships.
Big stories and food for thought today was on University of Missouri President resigning over racial issues.
People in different cities are protesting the minimum wage to be raised to $15.
The first thing you will realize about Tom the Lion’s sophomore album Sleep is that it’s a little old, in fact about a year, but with our massive stacks of music you have to start somewhere. The first thing you will realize however, while you listen to the London, England based indie rock band is their unique spacey sound, which makes feel as though your floating in mid-air while still providing a surprisingly big, powerful and at times emotionally charged feel to their music. Perhaps the closest main stream equivalent to Tom the Lion would be to arena rock bands such as the Killers and U2, though where these bands tend to lean towards bigger powerful wafts of uplifting synthesizer lead, distortion filled moments of pure awesome (I’m one of the like five people who actually enjoyed the “crappy” album U2 dropped on everybody who IPhone a couple years back). Tom the Lion prefers to keep things on a lower more mellow level allowing for some beautifully musical moments where everything seems to align itself perfectly, creating complete Zen of synthesizer rich indie music.
Yet, the record is not perfect. Specifically there is a lack of dynamic range. Sleep is an album that loves its sound and refuses to deviate from an admittedly winning formula. From the Silent Partner to Winter’s wool Tom the Lion is at their best when they are laying down a slow but grooving rhythm overlaid by a myriad of melodies and counter melodies provided by spacy synths, guitars, and keyboards. This leads to some very well developed courses, and I found myself sing along far more than once. Though I sat listening to this album I found it impossible to tell most of the songs apart, while some level this is enjoyable as it makes the album feel cohesive as whole. It does make looking at individual songs a bit bother, as while the hooks on tracks such as Ragdoll and Beholden are great, it can be hard to discern them apart once you get past the hooks. The one time the band does deviate from their formula, is in the track Oil Man which is interesting but ultimately falls flat in terms of giving any sort of substance besides deviation.
I am going to give this album a VERY solid seven out of ten. Tom the Lion, despite being a year old, proves to me I should learn their name with a fun and unique sound, and I look forward to seeing more or their stuff in our inbox. However this album just does not provide enough deviation and substance for me to truly appreciate their album. Though it is been a good entry point to a band who I hope will have long and exciting career.