The Greater The Risk, The Greater The Reward in LDRs

Michael Cohen

WGMU Blogger

LDRsRelationships are interesting, to say the least.  However, being in a long-distance relationship is even more interesting.  I admit that it sucks being in a different state than the person I love.  However, being involved with somebody you truly love, rather than settling for somebody who lives close to you can be suitable to make the miles only a number.

Some key things to help a LDR include: Communication, Technology is Good and Bad, Patience, Being Alone is OK, Creativity and Living in the Moment.

Communication is key, because it is all you have in LDR’s.  Tone is especially hard to convey when communicating via text, email or instant messaging.  Therefore, the best way to convey tone is by video chatting so that way you can see the other person’s reactions to the things you say.

Technology is good and bad.  Both parties may think you have fantastic Internet connection until it crashes while video chatting or on a Skype date.  Along those same lines, when your partner types those three effing dots you should conclude that you most likely did something wrong/stupid.

Patience is also key.  Most of the times in LDR’s you may feel like you are constantly waiting to talk to your partner.  Therefore, LDR’s can be like medical appointments.

Living in the moment is also key.  Of course, the big payoff in an LDR is finally getting to see your partner in person.  Week’s turns into months, which turn into years of not seeing your partner however, it will all lead to the special and perfect time of an in-person joyful embrace.  Therefore, make the most out of every second, minute, and opportunity you can with your partner whether it when you are apart or together.

For WGMU Radio, this is DJ Mikey Mike signing off.

Grande?! No Way!!

Kyle Kuhn

WGMU Blogger

Ariana Grande performs onstage during her "Dangerous Woman" tour at Madison Square Garden on February 23, 2017 in New York City.

Twenty-three years old, $10 million net worth, and a fan amount equivalent to Beyoncé’s, is what we all wish for, right? Well, in 2009, this wish soon became a reality for hit pop star, Ariana Grande. Ariana, now debuting her “Dangerous Woman” tour, has gone from Broadway shows to concerts holding over 20,000 people. From Madison Square Garden to our very own Verizon Center, Grande has always left an unforgettable mark after her concerts. Not only has Grande performed at the Verizon Center previously, but will be returning this year.

On February 27 at 7 p.m., Ariana Grande will bring her “Dangerous Woman” tour to our nation’s capital to make her mark and leave her story. Not only will this newly performed tour include hit songs like “Dangerous Woman.” “Side to Side,” and “Into You” but will feature special guests and much, much more. Following her early 2016 album, “Dangerous Woman,” Ariana has themed this tour exactly like the album in hopes the crowd will “play along.” She plans to include every song on the album and perform many more hits as well. Ariana says that she likes to incorporate all her new stuff into her set list but also like to play songs that she knows the crowd will remember and like to hear. Not only will she be playing songs from her past couple of albums, but rumor has it that Grande will be debuting songs from her not yet released 2017 album. After posting a video on Twitter back in late November 2016 stating she had a new release coming soon, fans and critics are saying to expect something big this year from the hot star.

Now it may seem that this is just an ordinary tour for any other ordinary professional performer, but this tour has something a little different to it. Ariana Grande and her mother, took on the concert work themselves. After losing her manager in February 2016, Ariana knew she would be out of luck in terms of management for her tour that had already released dates. Grande then decided that she would take on the task herself and make it her own. With the help of her mother, the two could not only produce a concert series, but manage the staff, band and themselves in the process.

Ariana Grande has not only made a wish come true, but has managed to keep herself together, produce tours, and perform like it is a new concert every night. Her “Dangerous Woman” tour kicks off February 14 in Tennessee and then will soon make its way to the District where she will headline and have the famous “Little Mix” as her opener. For more information on this tour and tickets you can go to www.arianagrande.com/tour!

If you are an Ariana fan, WGMU recommends you become a “Dangerous Woman” and move “Side to Side” at a concert you will never forget!

Are Music Videos Dead?

Kaitlyn Koegler

WGMU Blogger

It’s a question many music fans have asked, and certainly one that doesn’t come without its merits. After all, one of the first suggestions that pops up on Google when typing in, “do music videos” is “do music video still exist?”

While many of us know they certainly still exist, to what extent do they still have power and impact in the music world? We’re no longer in the days of cramming around the TV to watch a new music video from our favorite artists on MTV. No longer are we in the days where a new music video causes huge pop culture buzz and excitement.

We are now in the days where streaming services like Spotify and Pandora thrive and the focus on an audio experience seems to be more popular than that of a visual one. We’re busier now; our lives are arguably more fast-paced than ever before. We don’t need to worry about making time to turn on the TV or buy a CD to hear music; for all we need to do now is just log on to YouTube on our own schedule.

But has that switch to media consumption through the Internet caused music videos to fall through the cracks? It’s certainly an argument that can be made. On the other hand, however, it could simply be that music videos just don’t have the mass amount of funding that they did back in the 80s and 90s. Music video directors like Anthony Mandler find this to be music video’s biggest problem.

“Part of what is missing today are event videos,” said Mandler to Forbes magazine. “70 percent of videos today don’t have enough money invested in production or start with a clever enough idea to do something unusual … and, therefore, slip into the sea of the average.”

This is not to say that music videos today are never clever and impactful by any means. Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” is an entire compilation of music videos that easily pass as an art film with an initial release on HBO that harped back to the best years of MTV. But it’s a matter of the frequency of these types of videos and how, in modern times, we just don’t see them very often. They just don’t pack the same punch as they used to.

Could music videos go back to being as huge as they were in their best days? Perhaps. The platform is there, and the ability to reach a global audience is right under artists’ fingertips. It’s just a matter of not only funding, but bringing back the emphasis on visual performance that we once knew with greats like Michael Jackson or Prince. Audiences need to have a reason to want to see a music video. There needs be an aspect of an artist’s music that can only be expressed through the motions of a music video.

Will those motions appeal to mass music audience ever again? Only time will tell.

The Greatest Show on Earth!

Kyle Kuhn

WGMU Blogger

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Clowns. Lions. Magic. Thrill. Are you ready for the circus? Because we know that the Circus is ready for us. Founded in 1871 by none other than the original Ringling Bros., The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be appearing at the Eagle Bank Arena! If you are into extraordinary performers, exotic animals and the ultimate circus experience, be prepared to buy your tickets as soon as possible. Between April 7 and April 16, you will have the opportunity to witness their final show. Prepare to take a ride to the intergalactic space-age to join the adventurous family in a futuristic show as they present “Out Of This World.” Audiences will be able to join the Circus fleet as they go on a good versus evil hunt, letting them expand their imagination and experience unexpected surprises and thrills.

Through the eyes of a magic telescope, The Ringling Bros. have outdone themselves in presenting a story that will blow your mind. Including gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals, fearless daredevils, humorous clowns and orbital aerialists, the show will include various acts to make sure you are on the edge of your seat the whole entire time! To find out more about the Ringling Bros and their upcoming shows, you can visit www.ringling.com!

More good news?! If you can’t make the shows at the Eagle Bank Arena, they will also be holding shows at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. March 31 to April 2!

Get Ready…Because Ladies and Gentlemen, this is…THE GREATEST SHOW ON THE EARTH!

 

The Game Boy for Adults – “Nintendo Switch”

Michael Cohen

WGMU Blogger

nintendo switchFriday, March 3 was the launch of Nintendo’s first console since 2011. The console is the Nintendo Switch. The Switch costs approximately $300. The console has a design that is comparable to no other on the market. The controllers slide on/off the sides of the screen allowing it to go from a living-room console to a mobile thingamajig. The screen size is 6.2”, which is easy enough to “throw” it in a bag to use while commuting to school or work or to “throw” in a tote bag to go play it in a park, just as people did when Pokémon Go was released. The Nintendo Switch is also known as the Game Boy for grown-ups. When you turn the Switch into a mobile thingamajig, the battery holds out for about three hours, which is exactly what Nintendo has predicted. Three hours is great for commutes or when taking road trips. The Switch comes with a 32GB memory card, which is not a lot if you download a good number of games. Therefore, if you want to download a good number of games you want to consider purchasing a larger memory card at your everyday electronics store. Yes, Nintendo has some more things to do to make the Switch more attractive for most people’s disposable income. However, if Nintendo does make it more attractive, then it will be a hit in the markets.

Mixtapes

Alyssa Casano

WGMU Blogger

mixtapeThere’s nothing like the gift of music. When you have a message you want to say but are unable to put it into words there is likely a song out there to express the message for you.

Want to tell someone that you love them? There are millions of songs for that. My suggestion would be Plain White T’s song 1,2,3,4. Want to say you don’t care about what others think? There’s another hundred thousand songs to choose from. My suggestion would be Lady Sovereign’s song Love Me Or Hate Me.

Want to get some motivation to study before midterms? Well admittedly this would take some more creativity to find a song but it can be done. The best suggestion I can give for motivation would be Eminem with Lose Yourself. Of course, my suggestions could be songs that you might not like but there are trillions of songs out there in the world.

There will be something that fits whatever category you are looking for. It may take some time, and it could be an unknown artist that produces what you are looking for, but music is there for your every need. Take the time to discover the amazing world of music.

Maintaining Your Zen While Maintaining Your GPA

Rachel Handschuh

WGMU Blogger

stressed girlHomework. Quizzes. Exams. Finals. It’s a lot to take in, not only time management wise but mentally. College is a lot of work, which leads to stress not only on your brain but your body as well. Lucky for you, Mason has you covered! The Center for the Advancement of Well Being, which is run by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, offers a lot of programs to relieve you from that test you’ve been studying for.

All of the free services that are available for Mason students, faculty, and staff that they have on a weekly basis include Yoga for Well-Being, Silent Meditation and Mindfulness Practice. Using these services, which you can find out more detail about on http://wellbeing.gmu.edu/our-programs/weekly-well-being-practices, can help you establish a daily practice of mindfulness.

Establishing a daily or weekly practice has amazing effects for your mental and physical health. For example, meditating and yoga do not only reduce stress levels, but they reduce blood pressure, which is good for anyone looking to be healthier. Also, it helps with focusing before a big event such as a project, which is a main reason why I choose to do it myself. So, if you’re looking to maintain your Zen and maintain a great GPA, look to The Center for the Advancement of Well Being for some mindful inspiration.

The Nice Guys: Spring Break Woes

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Cory has a bone to pick with Spring Break. Of course it’s bizarre and doesn’t make much sense. Plus, it’s weird how much adults LOVE Disney World.

 

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Special guest and WGMU alum Brian Gianelos joins in on our discussion.

 

You can hear The Nice Guys every Wednesday, from 4:30 to 5:30. Tune in for hosts Cory Morgan and Matt Dotson, as they provide a look into their daily lives and neurotic ticks. Self deprecation, unwarranted hostility, and overall hilarity ensues each and every week.

 

 

After The Trade Deadline, The Capitals Postseason Looks Promising

Nick Colletti

WGMU, Sports Blogger

Thursday March 2, 2017

skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on February 28, 2017 in New York City. The Capitals defeated the Rangers 4-1.

The acquisition of defenseman Kevin Shatterkirk from the St. Louis Blues has given many Capitals’ faithful genuine excitement heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A blue liner that can assist on the power play and provide even more depth to what was already a deep defensive roster. Goaltender Phoenix Copley was also a part of the transaction as well, returning to the organization that drafted him.

Multiple high draft picks were sold to buy these players but these are picks the Capitals can afford to lose. Once again a favorite to win the Cup, the Caps had no business selling and GM Brian MacLellan demonstrated his confidence in this squad by locking and loading  for April, and hopefully May and June. His team is playing the best hockey this franchise has ever witnessed, even more so than the Presidents Trophy squad the season before.

The Capitals who currently possess the best record in the league, also have multiple injuries that can hopefully be resolved before the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Andre Burakovsky is nursing a broken wrist and may not return for a couple of weeks. Both Brooks Orpik and T.J Oshie have been bruised up but both are expected to hit the ice in the not-so-distant future.

A major complaint of last year’s Caps team was the theory that the team had peaked to soon and weren’t in postseason shape when the playoffs began. This year as the playoffs become less distant it seems the Capitals are starting to peak at the perfect time, such as the Pittsburgh Penguins did last year. Emulating the 2015-2016 Penguins isn’t a bad idea at all and the Caps should do all they can to play copycat. If they do, few teams pose a threat in their quest for Lord Stanley this spring.

The Nice Guys: The Goose Problem

nice guys 3Matt brings to our attention a rather concerning issue with some new campus residents.

You can hear The Nice Guys every Wednesday, from 4:30 to 5:30. Tune in for hosts Cory Morgan and Matt Dotson, as they provide a look into their daily lives and neurotic ticks. Self deprecation, unwarranted hostility, and overall hilarity ensues each and every week.