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A Concert before Break

Jelena Mrvos

Jelena Mrvos,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 6 March 2019

As the spring break approaches, I have found my work load is steadily increasing, as per usual. Most professors are cramming midterms in before the halfway point of the year, and senior design is in full effect. Often, this time of year can be very stressful, so I think it’s important to take a mental break every once in a while. This time, I went to a concert last Saturday night in Columbus!

The show was Vince Staples, with JPEGMAFIA opening. I went with two friends and fellow ambassadors, Lydia and Quinn! We drove up Saturday evening, and came back later that night. Lydia has friends in Columbus, so we met up with them and attended the concert all together. It was fun to be able to hang out with her high school friends!

Both Vince Staples and JPEG make hip-hop/rap music. The concert was very high energy, and a great way to take my mind off of school! For its entirety, we did not stop dancing. Vince Staples ended the concert by playing an old performance of a fellow rapper and his late friend, Mac Miller. Mac is from Pittsburgh, like me, so I have always had a soft spot for him and thoroughly enjoy his music. It was a little bit of a sad way to end a concert, but I appreciated Vince’s gesture. Overall, it was a really fun night, and I’m glad I attended the concert with friends to take my mind off school for a few hours.

Visiting Arizona

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 23 January 2019

Weekend Trip to Arizona
Last weekend I traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, with my mom and some of my best friends to go to a music festival called 8123 fest. The friends that accompanied me on the journey are people that I had met over the years at concerts across Ohio. One of the girls on the trip I met over five years ago and have since traveled to many concerts with in many different states.

8123 Fest

The weekend in Arizona consisted of many music-related events including the festival itself. During the weekend there were three concerts, one each day of the weekend. I got to see some of my favorite bands such as The Maine, The Technicolors, This Century, and Real Friends.

The craziest thing about this festival, and the weekend as a whole, was that there were 5,000 people in attendance and at one point during the festival, the lead singer of The Maine asked how many people were not from Arizona and almost all the hands in the crowd went up. People traveled from across the country, and across the world, to experience this festival and to see their friends from across the globe.

The longer I go to The Maine shows, the more it becomes a ‘family reunion’ rather than a concert. The sense of community and sight of a familiar face brings me so much joy and to have that while seeing my favorite band is an indescribable feeling.

Arizona

We also explored some of the beautiful nature in Arizona including Camelback Mountain and Papago Park. The mountains, the cacti, and the sunsets were so breathtaking and along with the beautiful weather, I never wanted to come back home. Seeing my favorite band in my favorite state was such a blissful experience and I hope someday that I can call Arizona my home.

Winter Break Road Trip

Jelena Mrvos

Jelena Mrvos,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 17 January 2019

Over the past winter break, I took a road trip to Toronto, Canada! I went with a former ambassador and dear friend, Jane, and her roommate Olivia. We went for a Mumford and Sons concert, as they are on tour for their most recent album. They are a British band that began as a folk outfit but have morphed into more of an alternative rock group over the years.

I have been a loyal listener since first discovering the band on Pandora after the release of their first record. I have seen them once before, on the tour following their sophomore album

Though they are making stops in Columbus and Pittsburgh in March, we wanted to attend this show because of the opener. Her name is Maggie Rogers, and she is a relatively new artist, just now beginning to see her rise to fame.

She was first discovered after a video of Pharrell listening to her original song went viral. Since then, she has released a small LP, and struck up a friendship with the members of Mumford and Sons. She joined them for just a few shows, and the show in Toronto was the closest one to us here in Athens. Maggie makes music that can best be described as a fusion between folk and dance music. She is incredibly talented vocally and stays true to her unique sound!

The show was definitely worth the five-hour drive from Pittsburgh (where I live). Maggie was a fantastic performer live, as she sounds exactly like her recordings. She played most of her repertoire, as well as a sneak peak of her new record that has since been released.

Mumford and Sons played a solid mixture of tunes from the most recent album, as well as older hits. My favorite part of the show was during the encore, when the band brought Maggie back out to sing one of their oldest songs with them. I’ve heard them collaborate before, on YouTube. But experiencing it live was something I’ll never forget!

My trip to Maryland to See a Band Called “The Maine”

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 10 November 2018

Aside from being an engineering student, I frequently attend concerts, many of which are for a band called The Maine.

I started listening to The Maine in 7th grade and have been following them ever since, from concerts on the East Coast to a cactus-framed festival in the southwestern desert.

Last month, my sister and I traveled to Silver Spring, Maryland for a ‘funeral’ concert which was a farewell to their latest album, ‘Lovely Little Lonely’.

Lovely Little Lonely

My sister and I made a trip out of the weekend and explored the city of Silver Spring as well as the University of Maryland (where my sister is planning on conducting her post-doc research after she finishes her PhD).

n Saturday night, we got dressed up in our red attire (since the album’s theme was red, the show was a ‘red out’) and made our way to the venue. Lined up outside the venue were hundreds of people all dressed in red, many of whom had traveled across the country and even a few who traveled from all over the world! Like a funeral procession, we entered the venue, leaving roses to pay our respects to the end of an era.

Lovely Little Lonely

By the time The Maine came on, the sold-out venue was packed full of 2000 fans from around the world. The band played 19 songs spanning their entire discography with the crowd singing along to every word.

Lovely Little Lonely

After the show, I talked with members of the band and met with friends who I knew from years of these shows. Even after 23 shows over 8 years, the feeling I get at these shows never changes. The way my heart leaps when they come on stage, the happiness I feel when I see a familiar face, and the feeling of home no matter where I am; it makes the sleep deprivation, midnight project sessions, and all the school stress that come after completely worth it.

The Tempo Tantrums

Jelena Mrvos

Jelena Mrvos,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 17 October 2018

Throughout my childhood, I have always been involved in musical groups. Whether I was singing, dancing, or playing an instrument, music was always my outlet. I never realized just how important it was to have a creative outlet like that until I got to college.

Freshman year, I made the decision to not participate in anything musical, or even fine arts related. For a while, I didn’t even notice the void it left in my life, because I was so distracted getting acclimated to college life. However, about midway through the year, I realized just how much I missed having music in my life. So, sophomore year, I decided to join an a cappella group.

Tempo Tantrums

The Tempo Tantrums, or TT as I like to call it, is one of two a cappella groups for female-identifying students on campus. Of the two, we are the only group that does not require the enrollment in a choir class. We sing for various events on campus, such as events for student organizations or university occasions. We also perform at Donkey Coffee every semester!

However, the peak of the a cappella calendar is the Spring Invitational, in April. Every a cappella group on campus sings a set at the Memorial Auditorium, and many people come to listen!

I have met so many of my closest friends through TT, and the memories I have made are irreplaceable! Three years in, I am so happy with my decision to join; I couldn’t imagine college without TT!

Learning the Guitar

Mollie Whitacre

Mollie Whitacre,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 1 December 2017

My family lives in a pretty centralized area, except for my aunt and uncle who happen to live in Texas. I very rarely get to see them, so where an opportunity arrives, I have to be sure to take it. Just to my luck, they took a trip back to Ohio to see the family before the holidays! I was able to go home for the weekend and have a great gathering with them.

The coolest part about this whole trip is that I recently just started learning guitar and my uncle is a wizard on the six string. I can play the basic chords and such, but when my uncle pulled out my guitar and started playing all sorts of songs, it was hard to be anything else but amazed!

I took in every second of being able to learn subtle movements or finger placements to make chords easier, and also, he was telling me some of the best ways to learn. He was also sharing to me about the guitars he has. I was just amazed at how talented he was and that I never knew this information about him, even when all of the times we have seen each other.

I am looking forward to being able to see him next time and hopefully impress him with getting better at the guitar.

Physics and Open Mic

Jordan Osman

Jordan Osman,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 22 October 2017

An interesting non-engineering class that I have decided to take this semester is physics. It has really taught me to view our world in a different perspective and I believe that perspective is really the best thing one can take from a class.

Moreover, it’s nice to take a class that offers a crash course in technical writing. Although you do go over it in in the engineering classes we
take here, you never really get the chance to actually test and make sure if you have good technical writing skills, and my physics class is a helpful check for that.

Away from classes, I do do weekly open mics with a group of kids, and that’s a lot of fun. Last week I played with my friend Elli at the front room coffee shop and it was packed. The crowd was great and it’s always nice to be able to show something you’ve spent a lot of time refining and tweaking. I plan on continuing to do that with my group of open-mic friends all over Athens.

I’m really looking forward to Dads Weekend because of all the dads we ended up meeting through athletic events here on campus. My roommates and I plan on having a Dads Weekend cookout and inviting all the dads. It should be a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to it.