Declaring a Minor

I began my time at SJU as a Communications major, but after my first semester decided to switch over to the wonderful world of the English major. It was potentially the greatest decision I made while at Saint Joe’s. Don’t get me wrong; I know a lot of Communications majors who love what they do, but Communications just wasn’t the major for me.

Because my parents were concerned about what I could do with an English major, they thought it would be best that I declare a minor. This presented a new problem for me because I had no idea what to minor in.

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“Dream on, dream until your dreams come true.”

– Aerosmith, ‘Dream On’

In my last post, I teased that one of my greatest experiences as an intern at XTU came only a day after I began working there.

And it’s about time I tell you what that was: I just so happened to meet Steven Tyler (yes, from Aerosmith!) while he was visiting our station to promote his new country record.

Let’s jump back in time to the first day of my internship. On Monday, January 25, I left my home on SJU’s campus and made my way into my newfound second home: the radio production room.

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“And everything I had to know, I heard it on my radio.”

– Queen, ‘Radio Ga Ga’
(Before I begin this post, let me just say: WOW, it feels so good to be back! I’ve had to take a bit of a break from blogging lately to focus my energy on other endeavors; last semester, my classes required me to spend all of my spare time studying and working on group projects, and this semester’s internship has changed my sleep schedule — and my life — completely. But I’ll get to that.)

Monday morning, 3:45 AM. One of the four alarms I have set on my phone begins blaring what would normally be considered a fairly pleasant tune;

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Filmadelphia

I have always been a big movie buff. I love everything about them–the creation process, the cinematography and, most importantly, watching stories come to life before your eyes.

And this year I was lucky enough to volunteer at the 24th Philadelphia Film Festival. Last year, as a freshman, I found out about the opportunity through my first semester English professor who recommended it to us.  It was such an awesome experience last year that I had to do it again!

The festival ranged from October 22nd through November 1st.  It featured a whole array of different films including documentaries,

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I must Gogh!

On Friday I ran the Student Union Board‘s (SUB’s) first late night event of the semester!

The event was First Friday, which features numerous galleries and local artists from the Philly area!

“First Friday is a unique cultural event in Philadelphia and one of the city’s most popular evening escapes. Held the first Friday night of each month, this arts community ‘open house’ brings together city dwellers and suburbanites, contemporary arts and antique collectors, aficionados of classical and contemporary design, and theater and performance buffs.”

And added to that list was Saint Joe’s students!

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Why you should go to a play that will make you cry

The 20th century was miserable. I can’t say that from personal experience – my cognitive awareness reached its peak when I turned six in 1999. I also can’t say that the 20th century was more or less miserable than any other century. Every place and time has its own troubles, on both individual and community scales. What I can say, however, is that the (American) 20th century’s particular variety of misery yielded a slew of depressing and gloomy literary works. Among this canon, and, in fact, perched at the very height of melancholy, rests Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

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Of Family and Funny: The Story of SJU Improv

By: Justin C. Russell

How do you see your foundation when the top of the building crumbles? How do you feel pride when faced with disappointment and embarrassment? How do you remember the laughs when surrounded by silence?

It was a chilly January morning when the SJU Improv team was voted out in the first round of the National College Improv Tournament in Philadelphia. In a Shake Shack on Sansom Street, the rowdy group of performers ranging from sorority girls to Division 1 Athletes, sat reading the judges’ critiques.

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The Maine act

“And now…the moment you’ve all been waiting for…THE MAINE!” The crowd goes wild!  “Heeeellllooo Philadelphia!”

First they hear the drums, then the bass, the guitar, and the vocals. After the first beat, everyone in the room can tell it is going to be a night they won’t forget.

Saint Joseph’s University offers a lot of really amazing activities, which are advertised during the annual club fair in the fall. The Student Union Board (SUB) plans and executes events for all undergraduate students attending St. Joe’s and I am lucky enough to be a part of the Executive Board during my freshman year!  

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Finding My Voice

If you know me then you know that I am a member of the campus radio station, Radio 1851. If not, you could probably easily figure it out.

I wear more radio gear than anyone else. I have black t-shirts, grey long-sleeve shirts, multicolored radio sunglasses, hoodies, and more! I am literally a walking advertisement for Radio 1851. (I write with radio pens for goodness sake.) I even constantly talk about radio – about my shows, about friends’ shows, about events, about music… I literally don’t shut up.

It has been a while since I’ve been so passionate about something.

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