My favorite Thanksgiving memories happen at a place that for centuries has been deemed second best; underrated and unrecognized. A place where all the youngest cousins, siblings, nieces and nephews gather in a distant, far off realm: the kid’s table.
At our house, it’s the after dinner festivities that I look forward to the most. While the men plop down on the couch with full bellies to watch the football game and the women dig through Black Friday deals, we at the respected kid’s table have a bigger mission: an annual home-run derby to decide who has it in them to win over the respect of our elders and gain bragging rights until Christmas.
We set up the bases in the backyard and take the field. The battle commences. Brother against sister, cousin against cousin. One by one we step up to the plate and give our best swing. My oldest cousin usually reins champion, but not the Thanksgiving of 2009. After the two of us compete head to head for a solid hour, I hit one clear over the fence to put me in the lead. My family applauds and I run the bases in victory. The game ends. The prize: the last beloved slice of chocolate cheese cake.
by Traci Hendrix
Holidays, though seemingly overdone, are simply a special time of the year that aim to bring together families and cherish relationships. Whether they are religious or not, holidays are special to every single person. They do not need to be snuffed out by schools, taken out of media or discriminated against by rivaling celebrations. The number of holidays celebrated throughout the world is infinite.
Each holiday serves a specific purpose or (else) it wouldn’t be considered a special occasion, and that aspect is not something to be overlooked. After eating your weight in turkey and pies, surviving the apocalypse, ripping wrappings, spreading cheer and spending time with loved ones, bring in the New Year with a resolution to have an open mind to others’ holidays and accept the fact that none of them are going anywhere any time soon.
CELEBRATE LIFE by Megan Emory
Winding roads, cold wind and the smell of Christmas trees mark the start of the holiday season. We all have family traditions that we know are worthy of telling our kids and grandkids about someday and this is one of mine.
Christmas doesn’t really begin until I am in my grandparent’s living room putting ornaments and lights on the newly chopped tree that my twin sister and I just spent 40 minutes searching for in every worthy tree lot in West Virginia. With Christmas music and the smell of pumpkin pie baking in the background, I always have a moment where I stop and realize this is why I love this holiday. It’s bigger than just a day to get gifts, it’s about spending time with those you love celebrating life.
Haunted houses have been preparing all year to scare willing victims and now is the time to test one’s courage and fortitude. Americans spend incredible amounts of money to be frightened. According to AmericanFrights.com, the haunted attraction industry generates about $300 million a year, most of which is made during the month of Halloween. Why are people attracted to this sort of thrill? Quite simply, people love to be scared.
Even in today’s still-lagging economy, getting spooked in some form or fashion around Halloween is a priority for many. The Metro Atlanta area offers plenty of haunted attractions to enjoy, from the returning and popular “Netherworld” to the newer “Zombie Apocalypse.”
When choosing a haunted attraction, it’s important to understand the options and what sets each apart from the others. Before shelling out $15 to $40 for the thrill, make sure the venue is worth the money. After all, few college students have money to burn. For example, “13 Stories” haunted house located near Town Center mall is known for its local myths and legends that they use live animals and bugs and give free admission to anyone who can make it all the way through. People go to “13 Stories” because of these false tales and pay a hefty $22 to see for themselves if they are true, which they are not. Since 2004, people have been scared by an attraction that prides itself on using live actors instead of machines and animatronics.
The “Chambers of Horror” haunted house, located in downtown Atlanta, is the only haunted house in the city that admits adults only. This venue claims its experience is gory and more violent than the others, think movies “Saw” and “Hostel.” Another interesting difference compared to other scare stops is that each room is like being thrown into a horror movie scene, so if scary movies get you giddy, this is the place for you.
“People go to haunted houses for the adrenaline rush and the quick scare,” said Cody Roberts, a Halloween Horror Nights employee at Universal Studios Florida. “They like to feel like a part of a movie, but walk through knowing it isn’t real.”
Halloween Horror Nights features seven haunted houses, street scares and a show called “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure.” Universal Studios aims to satisfy all degrees of scare entertainment, which is exactly what attendees pay for: entertainment.
Halloween is the perfect time for every type of person to experience thrill without the destruction of buildings or limbs. Whether you’re the friend who reluctantly gets dragged along, the guy who takes the girl so she will think you’re a fearless protector, a horror movie buff or someone who merely enjoys laughing at frightened friends, you’ll pay to nearly pee your pants.
“It was more like a ‘Wow! That surprised me!’ experience rather than a ‘That scared me to death!’ one,” said Netherworld visitor and South Carolina native John Ferrer. Ferrer’s experience differed from the screaming females fleeing the site as masked men chased them with chainless chainsaws.
Each individual will have a unique experience and understanding of the haunted houses, depending on his previous disposition to the house’s substance. “Netherworld” offers two houses: “Banshee” and “The Hive.” If you want to pay a lower fee, choose one or the other. If you enjoy bugs and screaming banshees, buy tickets to both. For lighter-hearted fright seekers, “Fear the Woods” is a $15 attraction in Stockbridge, Ga., that offers a haunted hayride, chilling trail and zombie paintball, as well as the usual farm pumpkin patch and an unusual reptile exhibit. It just goes to show, these places cater to their audience and know the levels of scary to appease.
Choosing a haunted experience can be tough, but hauntworld.com can help narrow the choices. This site lists all the houses and scary destinations in the state along with their locations and a link to their websites, which lists the real determining factor: price.
We all love to be scared, even when we know it’s fiction. We pay for terrifyingly trained actors and fake bugs to scare us because if these terrors were real, they wouldn’t be nearly as fun.
In high school, Homecoming events are simply social gatherings to show how pretty students think each other are and an excuse to break dress code rules with themed outfit days, but Homecoming at the collegiate level is unfairly seen as a popularity contest within Greek Life. Since most students relate the Homecoming experience with their high school, they treat it as something to be looked over or unimportant without a football team. What students need to realize is that Homecoming, college style, is one of the most exciting times during the year.
How does this year differ from the others? We all know, and are potentially embarrassed by, our fluffy mascot named Scrappy. During “Flight Night,” the preview for men’s and women’s basketball, the new and improved, buff Scrappy will be revealed. It is also when the Homecoming court is formally announced to the school. So, essentially, we meet our new mascot and see the faces of those who are deemed “royalty” for their duties within our school.
“Homecoming royalty represent the array of students involved in the life of campus from all academic class standings from first year to senior,” said Dean of Student Success Dr. Michael L. Sanseviro.
“Student Life works closely with the students on the Nestfest committee to establish a comprehensive process that maximizes opportunity for student involvement in selecting the royalty.”
The candidates must go through an interview process as well, so being nice to look at doesn’t quite cut it for the college-level Homecoming court.
The Nestfest activities hosted by the Department of Student Life, Kennesaw Activities Board, Student Government Association and the student planning committee are what most students anticipate. The powder puff football tournament fills football needs required for Homecoming events; there will be a Lady Gaga impersonator to entertain on Oct. 10, a “Yell like Hell” pep rally to liven up students, a T-shirt swap, a Blacklight and Gold rave, a parade and a fashion show to name a few of the events. KSU has planned and constructed a five-day period of non-stop, fun, free and way-cooler-than-high school events sure to please everyone’s interests.
”The Owl Prowl Festival will be held more like a tailgate this year,” Sanseviro said. “There will be activities, games, food, music and giveaways.”
If there is one thing that will make students come to an event, it’s free stuff. The free J. Dash and Ying Yang Twins concert is sure to draw in students. Eight of 10 students said they would simply attend an event if food was being provided. Nine of those students said they would attend if a T-shirt was being given, so KSU planners have done their research and are adhering to the wants and needs of their prospective attendees. They are also reaching students using social media. The hashtag on Twitter #ksuhc is being used for everyone to tweet about their experience and Homecoming in general.
The intriguing thing about Homecoming in college is the fact that it is significantly larger and offers exponentially more opportunities for students, as well as the community, to get involved. The Kanstruction – Unity Can Sculpture, for instance, provides a fun, artistic activity while collecting canned goods for the KSU Health Clinic Food Pantry.
“Nestfest creates competition and spirit specifically geared for KSU students, while other signature events target alumni, faculty/staff, parents and community members,” said Sanseviro.
“In college, you can bring artists who are more cutting edge than high school and sponsor events that speak to an older and more diverse audience.”
People want to know about KSU; they want to get involved and see everything we have to offer, so including them in the events will bring in potential students, athletic event ticket buyers and spectators and build a fan base for KSU’s future. Alumni can also get involved, attend happy hour and brag about KSU becoming a powerhouse school.
Because people are so busy, Sanseviro said they have “restructured the schedule so more events took place in sequence and with more activity on Saturday to encourage more participation from both on and off campus.”
The Homecoming events span a five-day period, so everyone can participate at their convenience.
“To enhance school spirit and bring the entire KSU family and surrounding community together to celebrate everything that makes KSU great” is the ultimate goal for Sanseviro and Homecoming planners in holding the 2012 Homecoming events. Pride in KSU is one of the most important things Homecoming creates. Getting involved and participating in these carefully executed events is one way to show true Owlism. So if you think Homecoming is for the faint, fairy-dusted high schoolers, think again because KSU has the best events of the year packed into five days of fun Homecoming festivities.
Great movies must have one necessary element: a killer soundtrack. Movies now are required to stimulate all our viewing senses as well as give us goose bumps from the mood setting sounds. We wouldn’t get half as scared in low-quality horror or thriller movies if it weren’t for the suspenseful low notes designed to warn us of our upcoming fright. Likewise, we wouldn’t cry if love scenes didn’t have the sweet, heart-wrenching scores designated to touch our inner-fuzzy. But that’s what makes movies great, even if it negates the fact the acting is under par.
Some of the not-so-arguably worst movies are the Twilight series. Bad acting, predictable story lines, silly makeup and thrown-together scenes can be overlooked by the fact that the first installment of the saga has an impeccable soundtrack.
“The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, having sold about 165,000 copies in its first week of release,” according to Billboard 200’s website.
The website also stated that this theatrical movie-soundtrack was the best-selling soundtrack since “Chicago.” Songs by Paramore, Muse and Collective Soul give the scenes in Twilight an emotional connection with the audience making them believe it is a good movie.
Robert Pattinson even had his own bit of music played in the film. The main score was composed by Carter Burwell who is also known for his scores in “Raising Arizona,” “Conspiracy Theory” and “The Blind Side.” Having a composer who can tap into the emotional and figurative aspects of a film can make all the difference.
John Williams, one of the most successful and well known composers for films, created some of the most recognizable classics we all hum today. From “E.T.,” “Indiana Jones,” “Jurassic Park,” “Hook,” “Harry Potter,” “Jaws” and “Star Wars” films, Williams has imprinted his talent on all of hearts and our brains with these scores so that they will forever be in our heads. Music from “Harry Potter” is strewn all over the world because of Williams and is played in national theme parks all over the globe.
Musicals also prove that music is a powerful story aid. Music moves a story and can even move a story from the stage to the big screen. When a musical is made into a movie the story has ready-made fans and the music is provided.
“When I was a kid, I actually loved the “Annie” soundtrack,”” said Dr. Arnett, assistant professor of professional writing. “Starting as a musical on Broadway made it so much more enjoyable to listen to.”
Movies like “Annie,” “Chicago” and “Hairspray” that were turned into movies from Broadway musicals had instant success with their catchy tunes and lyrical insights. Music puts us, no matter who we are, into certain moods and reminds us of times we thought we may have forgotten.
“Forrest Gump” has a soundtrack that perfectly places the viewer into Gump’s specific and memorable instances. From Gump teaching Elvis how to dance with “Hound Dog” to landing in hippie-strewn California with “San Francisco” to going back home with “Sweet Home Alabama,” viewers know exactly where they are in the film and how to feel. Songs that can take you back to another memory are an art in themselves.
“‘The Star Wars Episode 2” soundtrack is great because it is one of those that invokes and refreshes memories on an original movie,” said junior Matthew Walters, a theater and performance art major.
Bringing back scores in a series is essential to maintaining a similar feeling that lead the viewers to get involved with the series in the first place. “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and “Lord of the Rings” have this in common. Once you hear the distinguishable tune of the “Shire” or the “Imperial March,” you are instantly in the familiar mood for adventure and excitement.
Mood setting is one thing composers know exactly how to implement. Alexandre Desplat won a Grammy last year for his composition in “The King’s Speech.” The movie was an emotional roller coaster and Desplat took the reins and guided us through the hard parts. Desplat was also the accredited composer for “The Queen,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “New Moon,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” – Part 1 and Part 2.
But we can’t forget about the reason most of us like musicals and catchy tunes: classic cartoons and Disney movies. These make up the basis of our cinematic musical intellect. “The Circle of Life,” “Under the Sea,” “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “Beauty and the Beast” are just some of the few masterpieces that have stuck around for decades putting us in better moods since we were throwing tantrums on the floor. Disney movies are still getting rewarded for their creativity and memorable tunes today. Last year at the Grammy awards Disney’s “Tangled” was given “Best Song Written for Visual Media.”
Throughout the test of time, music has given films and visual media an advantage over any other type of entertainment because it taps into our emotions, memories and stimulates our brains. Soundtracks are important. They give scenes substance, provide a façade for bad acting and define characters’ identities. Otherwise “ba na na na ba na na na BATMAN” would mean nothing to you and “buh duh buh duh” wouldn’t make you terrified of the ocean.
People of the world are consistently impressed by the feats of extraordinary others. These people are looked at as heroes of sorts. They are the rule breakers, the risk takers; they are the world record holders. But what separates them among themselves? Surely a woman with 28 foot long fingernails cannot be given the same adoration as the world’s fittest man.
Guinness World Records is the go-to place to be known for your talent, skill, determination or odd characteristic. The people of Guinness do not reject for strangeness but rather welcome it if it is unusual enough to not have been done or seen before. The dedicated weird folk that hold these records would fit better in Ripley’s museum next to taboo artifacts rather than next to an incredible, trained athlete or the experienced oldest woman in the world.
The first amputee to win an X-Games gold medal, the heaviest aircraft pulled by a man and the highest bicycle jump should not likely be in the same accomplishment accreditation than the most gnomes collected, the largest collection of rubber ducks or the most spoons balanced on a face. There is a difference between striving to be the best in the world and just wanting to be in the book for having the strangest interest.
What’s stranger than the people that slice their tongues in half to look like a snake is the fact that people are more interested in that than they are when a woman running the fastest half-marathon with a stroller. In a survey, four out of six students at KSU would prefer to see the world’s loudest burp than the fastest 100 meter hurtle while wearing swim fins. While one takes nearly no training and the other requires serious physical strain, the brainless record is given the most attention.
The really interesting thing about Guinness World Records is the fact that, according to its website, it all started because there was an argument in an Irish pub about what Europe’s fastest game bird was. The then manager of Guinness Brewery found this perplexing and thus compiled a book, with the help of others, to create a database to settle all unknown disputes. “On 27 August 1955, the first edition of The Guinness Book of Records was bound and, by Christmas that year, became Britain’s number one bestseller.” Today, the world’s best-selling book sells approximately 3.5 million copies a year. People are interested in the interesting.
KSU attempted to break a world record this year. It wasn’t for a mindless feat, but it actually had enough merit for people to take pride in and support. Jessie Blowers, KSU Peace Project founder, wanted to give students the opportunity to “work together and accomplish a common goal by standing up for peace” in hopes that we could be a more united university.
This is more than just breaking a world record. Blowers stated that she realized just how little people actually care or even think about peace.
“KSU is the only public university in the southeast that offers a Peace Studies Program,” Blowers said.
This was one of the many reasons she decided to create this event, it just so happened that there was a standing world record for students and community members to be a part of breaking.
“So much was involved in making it happen that I can’t even begin to describe the whirlwind of crazy I had to endure,” Blowers said.
This is something that serious record breakers go through to be recognized in a book that is home to a record for stomping on and smashing 88 alarm clocks in one minute.
“I have never worked so hard for anything my entire life, but it was an incredibly rewarding experience, one that I will never forget,” Blowers said.
The experience, credibility and significance are what record breakers should strive for, not simply being the most outrageous.
Sure, breaking a world record for sticking the most needles in your head is an accomplishment, but the people who train for years and break world records to better themselves and support a genuinely decent concept should be shone in a brighter light.
Going back to school means plenty of different things to every student. Whether it’s more money to be spent, more things to learn, more people to meet or avoid, more hassles or more opportunities there is simply more of everything. This isn’t all bad, folks.
Returning to college after a long awaited break is tough, but remembering that every student has their own reasons for being at KSU is key to enjoying and experiencing college to the fullest. Going into your classes with a “let me see your homework” or “do you have the quizzes from last semester” mindset may slyly get you through your courses, but it will realistically get you nowhere beyond that.
There are two types of people: ones who enjoy school, knowing what it will bring and those who go because they feel they must do so. It’s a choice either way, but it’s a good one to invest in.
Whether or not the student chooses to attend college or is simply forced to by parents who want the best for them, it is ultimately up to the student to make or break their future during their college career. Some people go back to college because their lives took a turn and they are simply catching up and living the life they want for themselves.
“I went back to school not for the freshman 15 and keg stands, but I went so that I could have a better job and a fulfilling life that my kids can look up to and strive for,” said Kim Byrd, a Spanish major alumna.
With KSU being a commuter college, many people are coming at a point in their lives where they realize KSU can enable a steady and more rewarding environment.
“For many, earning that ‘piece of paper’ can make a significant difference in their professional or personal life (the achievement of a lifelong dream),” said back2college.com, an online resource for individuals returning to the ever-changing college atmosphere.
Getting a diploma is imperative to landing that dream job or finally feeling the pride of success; sometimes it’s just hard to see the end reward when there is a dark forest full of tests, projects and unnameable obstacles.
Newcomers are often anxious and uneasy about transitioning from high school to college knowing there is the said dark forest. There are daunting hurdles to jump ranging from registration, financial aid, parking, the endless choices of student life and being thrust into an unfamiliar and large place.
“I’m really excited to be a student here, but still pretty nervous about starting classes in a new place,” an undecided freshman Priya Ramani stated.
Being in a new place is always hard, but the first couple of weeks of classes have campus crawling with helpful upperclassmen, faculty and warm-welcomers to greet and guide unsure newcomers.
Thomas Gray, a senior lecturer and intern coordinator in the Department of Communication expressed his feelings toward the new school year by saying, “Following a short break it seems most students are refreshed and energized at the beginning of the new school year.” Gray also said, for students to succeed they simply need to “keep that level of interest and enthusiasm ongoing throughout the semester.”
Professors are keen to keeping students driven and on task, so naturally they too have struggles.
College courses enlighten the previously educated, open the minds of young adults, broaden horizons for the adventurous and showcase personalities for the folks who are simply looking to find themselves. No matter what age, race, gender or ethnicity, there is a niche for students to apply themselves to as long as they are willing to suffer through the difficulties that come with college.
Of course there is always the unwelcome pang of tuition, institution, parking and numerous other fees to be dealt with, but the point of it all is that you pay so you can get paid. Think of it like a tax return you wait what seems like years to receive. You put in the hours and you are rewarded for sticking with it, paying your dues and doing what you must. You give the money to get even more when you flash your diploma and shining, updated resume in your new, and highly paying, job’s face.
Going back to school is frankly a pain for everyone, but in the end it’s singularly up to us to finish, graduate and be the best people we can be all thanks to KSU. If Billy Madison can go back to school and prove to his dad he’s not a fool, you can too. So pack up your laptops, notebooks, pens, number two pencils and smile as you walk onto campus and into your bright future.
You may not be one of the lucky ones able to take part in the new Harry Potter tours in London, but don’t despair. The Sentinel was there to capture the magic of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour “The Making of Harry Potter.”
People all over the globe have immersed themselves in the magical world of Harry Potter. It started with the book series written by J.K. Rowling. The books became instant best sellers among people of all ages. Once Warner Bros. discovered this phenomenon, it decided to recreate the charmed world within the film industry, and since then, the world has never been the same.
“Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter” officially opened its doors as a studio tour to the public on March 31 and The Sentinel was there to see it all. Leavesden Studios (is this where the tour is located? Not clear.)has made Potter fans’ dreams come true by letting them enter the place where all the magic was created for the Harry Potter movie series. Hundreds of people lined up past four Potter-themed double-decker buses waiting to get inside and discover secrets they have only read about.
“Oh, there are lots of secrets,” says Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna in the Harry Potter film series. “You get to look at everything up close and really absorb the atmosphere.”
Celebrities involved with the films attended the grand opening red carpet event and were just as excited for the tour as fans were.
“It’s just as magical now as it was 12 years ago,” said Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the films.
When asked if there were any set in the tour he would like to have in his own home, Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, said, “I grew quite fond of the boys’ dormitory and my bed that I actually slept in.”
Robyn, the event coordinator, an admitted fan herself, said, “The tour opens people’s eyes to this amazing world producers have created out of the books. Over 10,000 people have worked on the films and made them so great. The detail encased here is incredible and it cannot go unnoticed. I’m thrilled to share.”
Director David Barron said that from a behind the scenes perspective, “We are particularly proud that we can show off the work of the unsung heroes… the stitching on Dumbledore’s costume, the carving of the statues in the Great Hall. It’s never been done before and I don’t think fans will be disappointed.”
The directors worked closely with author Jo Rowling to make sure everything she and fans had envisioned in the books was brought to light in the studios with every detail. Fans were able to see complete sets, elaborate costumes, handwritten books and labels, authentic props and much more.
The spellbinding films took more than 10 years to make, so there was much to see. From the potions room to riding a broom, Harry’s cupboard under the stairs, the Ministry of Magic, Privet Drive, the Knight Bus, the Weasley’s car, massive chess pieces, Diagon Alley, Hagrid’s hut, daunting life-size creatures and drinking butter beer, a touring fan could get lost inside the elaborate details and millions of things to see.
“It’s actually quite moving,” Grint said after touring the sets. “Every brick of that building holds a memory of the 10 years we spent there, and it’s a really special place to all of us, and to have the opportunity to share it with everyone is amazing.” After seeing the stars and touring the studios, anyone can see the captivating effect the books and films have had on the world. All stemming from one children’s book, Harry Potter has enchanted the world one reader at a time.
As Americans, we love to spend a pretty penny on things we want and things we think we need, but when it comes to appreciating our parents we unevenly shell out a bit more. Every respectable son or daughter knows the date for Mother’s Day, but out of ten students asked when Father’s Day is, only three knew. This has become an acceptable discrepancy among children and often forgiven by fathers, but it seems throughout time people have always valued mothers above fathers.
In 1914 the U.S. Congress declared the second Sunday in May as National Mother’s Day. Only 58 years later did Richard Nixon declare the third Sunday in June as National Father’s Day, as he very well needed some form of love and support. Since then we have celebrated both of our parents for all they do, for one day a year. However, even though they both have a special day, we kids continue to favor mothers through our spending.
According to H&R Block, we spend a hefty $14.6 billion on mom and only $9.4 billion on dad. Where is all that money going? H&R block also noted that 162 million greeting cards are sold just for mom and a sales clerk at Hallmark revealed their best business comes from Mother’s Day greeting card sales. Though for our dads we get 110 million cards and other things they may enjoy more than prewritten words.
A customer service attendant at the local Publix said Mother’s Day overflows with flower and card sales, but Father’s Day brings in sales from the meat department and gift cards. So as our mothers get fluffy sentiment, our fathers get bleeding recognition.
While Hallmark and Publix stores will thrive on Mother’s Day, one store is guaranteed to get more business for Father’s Day: Best Buy. A sales associate said Father’s Day is a very busy holiday and they sell a large amount of electronics and lately, a lot of tablets. Even though dads don’t get as much appreciation, they get the coolest presents.
But why is it usually so hard to shop for dads? Jamie Russo, a senior Marketing major, said, “Dads always buy everything they want or need, so it really gives us a limited selection. Ties are almost a slap in the face now because he knows we couldn’t think of anything else.” It’s not our fault that most dads treat themselves to nice things because they know what they like, but it is our job as grateful children to indulge our dads one day out of the year.
We know moms put up with a lot to deserve a day of gratitude, they did bring us into this world, and all families are different, but don’t forget the dads that were there too. They taught you to ride a bike, went to your painfully long childhood sports’ games, took care of your family and maybe even paid for you to better your education at KSU, so be a good kid and give them an extra special Father’s Day this June 17. They deserve it.
Twenty-seven local businesses and vendors filled the Carmichael Student Center and University Rooms for Market Day. Market Day is a semi-annual event hosted and volunteered by Student Life and Student Media in which outside businesses are invited to campus for one day only to promote their brands and products.
The event took place on April 18 and included vendor booths and representatives from T-Mobile, Mary Kay, Kaplan Test Prep, Vespa, Chase Bank, U Club on Frey, Lofts of Kennesaw, GoodLifeBoutique.com and drew in hundreds of students..
To get more students to attend, free products and drawings for multiple giveaways were offered at most tables to give students knowledge about their respective businesses, hoping to gain new clientele.
“I know KSU as a whole has wanted to make better connections with the local community,” said marketing coordinator Amie Mowrey. Mowrey also said the event aims to show a greater support from the university toward the community businesses surrounding the campus.
Not only focusing on selling goods or services, some vendors offered more long lasting products and services. Kaplan Test Prep offered information about upcoming graduate school testing help sessions and Chase Bank offered options for their checking accounts for college students.
The Mary Kay cosmetics line was looking to also recruit prospective representatives as they talked about their merchandise.
“We are looking to make connections in the Kennesaw area that we love and let people know it’s not your mama’s Mary Kay,” said Sales Director Siobhan Alvarez.
Students did not just attend Market Day festivities; they were also representing their off-campus organizations, hoping to bring a bigger audience from KSU.
Sophomore L.P. Page spoke about @KSUAfterglo, an organization that formed through the First Baptist Church of Woodstock collegiate ministry, whose vibrant green duct tape has been seen all around campus.
“We’re not trying to push any agendas; we just want to have a good time,” said Page.
With the wide variety of vendors in attendance, Market Day tended to everyone’s wants, needs and interests. Whether students and staff came for freebees, school supplies, a stylish new addition to their wardrobe or simply to browse, no one left without new information about business in the Kennesaw community.
Every student has their own music preference and the Student Composers Recital showcased individual talent and style as students performed world premiere works written
by the students themselves.
Dr. Laurence Sherr, Composer-in-Residence and Associate Professor in Music, hosted the music event consisting of students performing compositions written by their peers including a horn duo, woodwind quintet, choral piece, piano, guitar and more.
“The music performance program is growing by leaps and bounds. We are very pleased to be part of the vibrant cultural and musical life we have here at the university,” Sherr said.
Senior Alex Depew, majoring in music performance, said that what makes performing fun is the fact that the instrumentalists can work live and collaborate with the composers. He also said the composers give each instrument something different, which keeps it entertaining.
Depew played the French horn in two brass quintet pieces written by music in performance majors, senior Steven Melin and junior Joshua Martin.
Student composers were able to portray their unique style and creativity with original compositions and hand-picked performers.
“What’s really great about this recital is that this is the first time most of these pieces will be performed in front of a live audience. And by the composers choosing their performers, it is essentially students helping out other students show their talents,” said senior Michaele Postell majoring in music performance and house manager for Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center.
The six composers introduced themselves, the theory behind their work and some even performed their own pieces. Many College of the Arts students were in attendance, but other majors were excited to see their peers perform as well.
“I’m really looking forward to hearing music that is fresh and original,” said junior Karen Hackerson majoring in nursing
The composers revealed their inspirations, even including 70s rock band Rush, and many were inspired by classical ideals including English folk songs and composers such as Mozart.
Of the six composers’ pieces, none were the same, but they all shared the ground-breaking act of displaying entirely original work and making their world debut as composers.