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Being Informed Of What’s Going On In The World

These days it seems like less and less people know what’s going on in our country let alone our world. Especially, and it pains me to say, millennials. Whether it’s the constant new shows popping up on Netflix, too much school work, or partying, it just seems like less millennials know what’s going on.

Some people that are of age aren’t even registered to vote, which I simply can’t understand. When I asked some of my peers why they weren’t registered to vote when I found out they responded that they just didn’t care. How can someone not care about their world? Their future, their kid’s futures, and grand-kid’s futures are going to depend on what’s happening right now and in our lifetime.

“I watch the news every morning and not just one news channel but multiple ones.”

I can’t imagine not voting; especially in a presidential election, but in the other elections too. I want a say in who’s leading my country and what’s going on in my country. I have a friend who constantly complains about the presidential candidates and what’s going on with them and our country and when I asked if he had voted he said no. I don’t think complaining is going to change what he doesn’t like about our country or the people running for office. I do think that him registering to vote and actually getting out there and voting  is going to do more than just complaining about it.

I watch the news every morning and not just one news channel but multiple ones because I want to be informed about everything from all perspectives and not just bias from one news channel. I’m not saying every millennial needs to watch the news every morning, even though it would be very beneficial and very informative, but whenever you have time switch on a news channel even if it’s while you’re doing something else. Glance at the news whenever you can, register to vote, and actually get out and vote because it does make a difference and it’s always a good thing to be informed with what’s going on in your country and in the world in general.

Local music festival announces jam-packed lineup

Country and bluegrass music fans rejoiced Tuesday, April 22 when the 2014 lineup for the  in Bristol, Va. / Tenn. was announced. Brent Treash, the chair of the Music Committee for the festival, announced the lineup via a press conference, which was filmed and posted to YouTube shortly after the event. Continue reading Local music festival announces jam-packed lineup

RU Home for the Summer: Vermont

It’s no secret that most of the students who attend Radford University are from Virginia, or at least from the surrounding areas. Often when I tell people I’m from New England they stare at me curiously for a second, and then inquire as to why I don’t have a British accent. I give them a “You’re kidding me, right?” look before realizing they’re being serious, and walking away. And yes, this has really happened to me. Continue reading RU Home for the Summer: Vermont

Country boys rock the house

Even though the show didn’t start until 8 p.m., by 7 p.m., there was a long line of plaid shirts and cowboy hats streaming into Preston. There had been buzz on campus for weeks about the Brantley Gilbert show, and it seemed to be the only thing country music fans could talk about. When the night finally arrived, the high energy could be felt bouncing off the walls of the auditorium as people clapped their hands and stomped their cowboy boot heels in unison. The Radford University police officers at the edge of the stage were even joking around with the crowd as they waited impatiently. Something about country music just gets everyone so excited.

Craig Campbell. Photo by Brian Hollingsworth.

A roadie in a Jim Beam shirt walked across the stage and the crowd began to cheer in anticipation. When Craig Campbell took the stage, decked out in a black cowboy hat and a sharp purple shirt, jubilant fans rushed to the front and created a wall of clapping, screaming, dancing country lovers. Campbell has that husky, southern accent that makes girls swoon, and many did as he began to sing, “That’s Music To Me.” He asked to thunderous cheers from the crowd, “So, ya’ll don’t mind if I play you a country song?”

Campbell showed off his many musical talents, putting down his guitar to take a seat at the piano, commenting that he once played for Lou Bryant (another country artist coming to Roanoke in just a few weeks). His soulful voice rang out across the crowd, as students–to the displeasure of RU police–held their lighters in the air. Campbell saved his top radio hit “Fish” for last, closing his set on a strong note. His voice rang out, “Do y’all even like to fish?” which, in the context of the song, is a very funny question to ask college students.

After a brief intermission, a loud mix of what can only be described as country-rap boomed through the completely dark theater. The crowd impatiently waited in darkness for a few minutes. In a glow of red light, against the roaring cheers from the crowd, and under a loud beat of hip-hop/rap music repeating, “Cowboy baby!” Brantley Gilbert took the stage. “Let’s raise some Hell,” he said, as his band began to play familiar country beats and the crowd began to sway and sing to the music. His powerful voice echoed around the auditorium, its sound sent through an old Elvis-style microphone.

Brantley Gilbert. Photo by Nikohl Miller.

A sea of waving, clapping arms with orange wristbands attempted to keep the beat, and not all were successful. But it didn’t matter in the slightest. Everyone in the auditorium was united by a common love for this energetic, deep-south country music. It was no accident that Gilbert and his band bathed in red, white and blue lights for most of the show. Country music emphasizes the old-fashioned values of family, patriotism and–most importantly–having a good time. “We throwin’ down tonight baby! Y’all make some noise,” Gilbert said as members of his band laid into the heavy rhythm of his next song. Even Gilbert’s roadies, who have no doubt heard his set many times before, couldn’t help but bob their heads off on the side of the stage to Gilbert’s infectious melodies. Every single person in the auditorium was up and out of their seat, cheering the up and down wails of a country guitar’s twang. Gilbert’s performance did much more than simply entertain the crowd. Country music takes a lot of people back to their roots and away from the stresses and pressures of college life. Gilbert did exactly that, leaving the crowd with that familiar taste of home and the memories of an unforgettable show.