Monday, May 9, 2011

So You're Graduating.. Here's a Playlist

College is a good time. Sure, it's not quite like every B movie about frat boys and endless partying, but few will deny that they will be a little bummed when it's over. Call it a mid-college crisis, but as more and more of my friends graduate every spring, that diploma starts to seem right around the corner for me as well.

I feel for you seniors. The least I can do is make an obligatory, end-of-the-semester playlist, because that's how the iTunes generation copes with stuff.

1. "Unstoppable" - Foxy Shazam

The perfect anthem for you to face the real world. Way to go, you did it! You're a champ!

2. "The End" - The Doors

Oh wow.. the real world, huh? Here's a song for when reality sets in.

3. "Grown Ocean" - Fleet Foxes

Come on, it's not so bad. You get to go after your dreams and all that good stuff now.

4. "Chicago" - Sufjan Stevens

Move to Chi-town, because you can!

5. "Someday" - Tegan and Sara

Be something someday, like Tegan and Sara.

6. "Journey Of The Magi" - Frank Turner

English songsmith Frank Turner reminds us of people throughout history that didn't play it safe and were happier because of it. Comforting, right?

7. "Chasing Pavements" - Adele

This one's for Arts Editor Josie Jones. She's graduating this spring and just happens to love Adele. Good luck Josie, we'll miss you!

-Riley Ubben

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Social Networking Sites Gone Viral

Whether you're procrastinating on homework or just looking for something to amuse yourself with, Facebook and Twitter are usually always up on your computer screen, at least that's my case. But now these social networking sites are being used for a lot more than just creeping on new photos from the weekend, or seeing what your favorite celebrity is gossiping about. They are actually covering breaking news. With the recent death of Osama Bin Laden, almost everyone's status had something to do with the death or props to the U.S.A. My personal favorite had to be "Congratulations Osama Bin Laden on being the Hide-and-Seek champion for 10 years" or something along those lines. For me, these statuses is how I found out about his death in the first place. It's sad to think that as a Journalism major, my Facebook page is up more on my computer screen than, but after talking to a few people, I wasn't the only one who found out from Facebook. So I guess my question is, are social networking sites acting as a beneficial tool for finding out breaking news? Or has it gone completely viral leaving people with only the status instead of the full story?
-Sam Gentry