It’s pretty normal these days to be addicted to music. If you’re anything like me, then you can’t go a day without it. For those of you who have been a student at Radford University for more than a semester, you probably know that Radford tends to host pretty good concerts. The majority of the time they include aspiring music artists of different genres that we all like to listen to. I have attended almost every concert held at the Dedmon Center in the past few years. If you’ve been to any of these events you’ll most likely agree that it seems like a lot of time and effort goes into them. In my opinion, you can’t beat seeing A$AP Rocky for $10, but if there’s a cheaper venue please do share.
Concerts are a great way to have an eventful weekend with your friends and also meet some new ones. We can agree these concerts are great for going out after a long week of class and blow off some steam while having a good time. But sometimes the artists that come to perform aren’t exactly your taste of music, or are maybe just not a very popular artist at the time. I think that this would be a great opportunity to get the opinions of the entire student body on what or who they would like to see come perform at RU. There could be a chain email sent to all students and have a survey asking what genre or artist that they would like to see the most.
I’m in no way saying that R-Space doesn’t do a great job with these events, because believe me they do. It’s pretty cool being able to say you’ve seen big name artists like Mac Miller, and A$AP Rocky perform at your school. But if we all were given the chance to share our opinions on this topic I think that we could have big time concerts year after year. I believe that when more opportunities like these are available to us, it would help take some weight off our shoulders from living a hectic life.
In this day and age, almost everyone has a smart phone with the latest features. These typically include access to the Twitter feeds and Facebook pages. The following is a list of pages and feeds every student should check out, “like” or “follow” to be an informed highlander. Continue reading Radford University social media pages→
Maybe I just don’t understand the rap scene. It’s possible that, because of where and how I was raised, I value very different things in my music like lyrics, vocal ability, catchiness and live performance. It’s more than likely, however, that I wasn’t the only one disappointed by the Mac Miller show that came to Radford University’s Dedmon Center. Continue reading Mac Miller’s rap music plays to a different beat→
Radford Student Programming and Campus Events, better known as R-SPaCE, just added another showtime to their current movie showing schedule. The new change lights up the silver screen in the Bonnie Auditorium at 9 p.m. on Thursday nights. Continue reading Now showing: Movies on Thursdays→
Josh Vietti’s mesmerizing performance impressed and delighted Radford University students last week. He did a fantastic job of blending different genres of music, which is often hard to do. His style is something caught between rock and hip-hop, only executed on a violin. The performance was truly unique. Continue reading Josh Vietti – Pop violinist→
Radford Student Programming and Campus Events (also known as R-SPaCE) has been working hard to put together an incredible spring 2012 schedule for Radford University students. If the world’s really going to end this year, at least RU students will have seen some great shows before our demise. Continue reading Spring concert announcements→
Most people spend their lives waiting for something extroardinary to happen to them. Especially in college, students are weighed down and often thrown off course by the pressures to be a molded citizen in society. We all know the drill. Graduate high school, go to college, get a good job, get married, have some cute little babies that run around and wait for life’s purpose to find you. The guys who started “The Buried Life” project have adopted a slightly different philosophy than this common one, and that is the idea that “today is the youngest you will ever be.” Radford University was lucky enough to have two guys from this project come and speak to students Monday night. What most expected to be a simple lecture about life and goals turned into what felt like a talk among friends, an inspirational night not soon to be forgotten.
Duncan Penn and Ben Nemtin began by telling the audience about how their lives started before they became nationwide celebrities. Each of the guys had picked out an individual moment that they thought began their transformation away from the norm. One was a poor college student, one was inspired by a friend’s successful clothing line, one gained a freshman 45, and one lost a friend in an unexpected drowning accident. Their stories were unique, but they were united by a common bond. They asked themselves, “Are you doing the things you want to be doing in life?” And instead of graduating and diving into the “real world” where jobs and bills awaited them, they swam upstream toward a very different lifestyle. The guys made a list of 100 things they wanted to do before they die, and set out on a roadtrip to accomplish those things. This task is quite inspirational in itself, but it is only the beginning to their story.
Some of the things they’ve already crossed off their list include: opening the 6 o’clock news, kissing the Stanley Cup, being a knight for a day, riding a bull, singing the National Anthem (this one was accomplished in front of 20,000 people), playing basketball with the president, and making a television show. These go along with many more items they crossed off their list. The best part of their project is that for everything they cross off of their list, they help a stranger cross something off theirs. From delivering pizzas to a homeless shelter to reuniting a 17-year seperated father and son, these guys are making what seem like small differences everywhere they go. But to a select few people, these are those exceptional moments they’ve been waiting for their whole lives.
It was hard not to notice the happiness and pride in their voices as they reminiced about their experiences on the road. Their idea was simple, their journey was straight forward, but the outcomes of their trip were undeniably life changing. Nemtin and Penn preached to an excited audience of RU students about taking control of their own lives.
They read, “Be reckless enough to gamble all or nothing to follow your dreams, ” a quote from John Gauiano.
Toward the end of their presentation, the boys gave some guidelines for following in their footsteps. 1. Make a list, make it tangible and be sure to not skip the things you think are impossible. The greater the challenge, the greater the reward. 2. Go after it; persistance was key in accomplishing all that “The Buried Life” guys have so far. They emphasized how their journey was never easy but the personal rewards are greater than any struggle they faced. 3. “Happiness is only real when it’s shared,” a quote from Into the Wild.
It was after this that the guys asked RU students to come up and publically share what they wanted to do before they die. Start a theater company, skydive, backpack across Costa Rica, ask out Taylor Swift, be on the “Today Show,” ride in a helicopter, launch a fashion line, start a wedding planning business, and have dinner with someone famous were just some of what your fellow students wish to accomplish in their lives.
“It’s amazing what people will do when given the chance to be a hero,” Ben Nemtin said, recalling a story in which they helped buy a truck for a former homeless man who started his own business to take control of his own life.
Their whole story was about taking control of your life, doing what you truly want to do. Don’t fall subject to those pressures we all feel every single day. Life is much, much shorter than we realize, and as tears formed in students’ eyes Penn and Nemtin reminded them that we have the power to do something amazing with what short time we have. The difference between a dream and a project, is that a dream is floating around somewhere in the air waiting to be grabbed; a project is a dream being put into action and fullfilled. “The Buried Life” project is one that will not soon fade away, and will continue to touch lives across the nation. Every single person out there can make their own extraordinary moment, their own extroardinary life, and maybe someday someone will be saying to you, “Thank you for doing what you do.”
If you walked into the Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center on the evening of Nov. 2, you would have emerged into quite a different scene than the usual hustle and bustle of hungry and stressed college students. Among those waiting in line to get their meals were the excited and enthusiastic faces of those in charge of Exit 109, Radford University’s student-run literary and arts magazine.
For those who didn’t know about Exit 109, the event in the Bonnie was aimed to do exactly that — make students aware that the magazine exists and give samples of some of the creative writing that can be submitted. Hungry students looked on curiously as volunteers from R-SPaCE and Exit 109 set up their equipment and display — complete with an assortment of desserts and samples of the literary magazine. As the event began to take shape, another volunteer went table-to-table, asking dining students if they’d like to go up on stage and take part in the poetry reading.
Poetry books were passed around the tables as volunteers scribbled their names down on the sign-up sheet. The Bonnie was the perfect place to host an event like this, where Exit 109 could reach a wide audience and get publicity.
Things got off to a quick start as the members of Exit 109 took the stage and read off poems they brought and prepared to applause. The stage fright was obvious in some readers, but they mustered up the courage to read unfamilliar poetry with no preparation. One girl on stage swung back and forth with nervousness, as if she was 5 years old again, wearing a flouncy pink skirt and twirling to inflate it with airflow. Volunteers’ searched the crowd for familiar faces, but most stayed glued to the white pages they were reading off of, for fear they’d stumble over the words.
Poetry is the expression of emotion when and wherever it wants to come out. Poems scribbled in hurried handwriting on the backs of crumpled pocket paper, notes from class, table tents from the Bonnie, napkins with holes from a hard-pressed pen; anything can be a medium for a poet’s words. We heard a lot of original poetry from RU students, our peers expressing themselves publicly because, why not? Write anywhere you want to, anytime you’re inspired. Fellow artists out there, you know inspiration isn’t always easy to come by, so take advantage of it.
If you like what you create and want to show it off and get a little recognition, try publishing it with Exit 109 or taking part in their spontaneous and creative readings, it’s an experience not soon to be forgotten.
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.
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.
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.
Basketball season is long over, but the Dedmon Center came back to life last Thursday, April 8 when Third Eye Blind paid Radford University a visit. When R-SPaCE first announced the show in February there was buzz all over campus about the beloved childhood band making a “comeback.”
Third Eye Blind’s longtime drummer Brad Hargreaves wouldn’t call it one.