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Ohio State band to greet students with some ‘Freaky Love’ on Welcome Week stage

August 27, 2014
Some of Ohio State’s students will be looking at the crowd instead of standing in it for the Welcome Week Concert. Fourth-years Nate Baumgard (studying geographic information sciences), Eric Blaha (studying marketing), Nick Samson (studying English), Stew Weinland (studying mechanical engineering) and second-year Andrew Gutierrez (studying English) will be playing in their band, Captain Kidd, at Friday night’s show, opening for GRiZ and Capital Cities. The group started with Baumgard and Blaha, who wanted to keep making music when they came to OSU after they started playing together in high school. They gained popularity with their single “Freaky Love” last fall and a self-titled EP in the spring. “The progression… Read more

Multimedia artists use walkways as hallways

August 27, 2014
Often, artwork can be isolated inside, bound to galleries and museums. That tendency was one the master’s of fine arts candidates at Ohio State fought to break this year. Contributing artist Lillianna Marie said this is the first time the MFA second-years diffused their works around campus and the city. Typically, all the works are clumped together in one gallery. The title of the exhibition, “The Instant Now,” reflects the one thing all artists share, contributor Bill Randall said. “As artists, we all work in really different disciplines, so there’s not necessarily a theme you can draw out of the work. But there’s one thing we all share, and that’s… Read more

School of Music looks to broaden reach with free concerts

August 26, 2014
For those looking to attend a concert of a more classical kind this semester, Ohio State’s School of Music has just the ticket — a ticket that won’t cost you a dime. Unlike previous years, OSU’s School of Music is offering free admission for concerts to the entire community. In the past, the majority of events were free for students with a BuckID. Now, many of the concerts are free to the community, with the exception of some premium concerts, said Tamara Morris, spokeswoman for the School of Music. While the School of Music has numerous performances planned for fall semester, Morris said she is especially excited for the traditionally… Read more

Opinion: Emmys provide moments of amusement despite tedious length

August 26, 2014
The 66th annual Emmy Awards show Monday night was long — very long. But although it was long, there were some funny moments and some cringe-worthy bits I thought were plain weird. Unlike actress Sarah Silverman, who told “E! News” host Giuliana Rancic that she brought liquid marijuana to the event, I didn’t have anything to ease the pain of watching the award show. Luckily, host Seth Meyers made some of the dreadful moments easier to watch with his sense of humor. Here are my thoughts from television’s so-called big night. The real star of the night Pretty boy and HBO’s “True Detective” star Matthew McConaughey did his thing Monday… Read more

OUAB, Acappella Alliance to bring Pentatonix for Ohio State concert

August 26, 2014
Voices will rise at the end of September. The Ohio Union Activities Board and Ohio State’s Acappella Alliance are slated to bring a cappella group Pentatonix for a performance Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom. The quintet took the spotlight after winning Season 3 of NBC’s a cappella singing competition “The Sing-Off.” Since the 2011 win, Pentatonix — its name derived from a musical scale of five notes per octave — has released two albums filled with the group’s covers of Top 40 hits of past and present, as well as a Christmas album and several singles. Popular covers by Pentatonix include Ariana Grande’s “Problem,”… Read more

Exhibit aims to frame feminism in a different angle

August 25, 2014
A new exhibit on Ohio State’s campus advocates feminist ideas as a way to encourage human equality as a whole. The OSU Arts Initiative exhibit “Tracers Takes Over” was brought to Hopkins Hall by a collective of artists, educators and activists known as Tracers. The group is interested in promoting feminism and other forms of social justice. “We aim to help students to see a broader history and view of feminism,” said Melissa Woods, co-organizer of the exhibit and adjunct professor at Columbus College of Art & Design. “Things have changed, but when developments are made, they tend to slide back.” “Tracers Takes Over” features panel discussions with OSU scholars… Read more

Opinion: Artists’ albums sell best with element of surprise

August 25, 2014
Much ado has been made about the death of the full album, but it’s still alive and well — just in need of a good mid-life crisis. For the most part, the process of unveiling new music is pretty much the same: A band or artist announces an album, anticipation builds and the album drops and not many consumers care. But some are not satisfied with that level of apathy. They have learned how to work the market and can shake up the entire industry just by shaking up their own album rollout. When electronic legend Richard James (who makes music as Aphex Twin) announced his first record in 13… Read more

Homecoming to put spring in Ohio State dance department’s step

August 25, 2014
“We’re really excited to be back in our building.” You could even say they’re dancing with joy. Susan Van Pelt Petry’s excitement is shared across Ohio State’s Department of Dance — where Van Pelt Petry serves as the chair — as the program steps back into Sullivant Hall this autumn. In fact, the festivities surrounding the reopening are one of the highlights of the department’s upcoming semester. The building’s renovation project, which began in Autumn 2011 and was budgeted at about $30 million, created six new dance studios, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library, a rotunda on the east side of the building and the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for… Read more

Opinion: MTV’s 2014 Video Music Awards make it all about the music again

August 25, 2014
What comes to mind when you think of MTV’s Video Music Awards? Is it the Britney and Madonna kiss? Kanye’s mic grab? Beyonce’s baby bump? Or Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s twerk-gate? After Sunday night’s annual music video celebration, there might be a cleaner image in your head. It was clear that MTV was striving to stray away from being the sexually charged program that has upset many parents over the past few years. But it would not be the VMAs without a little controversy to discuss at the water cooler the next few days. This controversy came in the form of rapper Nicki Minaj. The show opened with pop… Read more

Ohio State theater sets its stages for global, local productions

August 24, 2014
As students flock back onto campus, Ohio State’s Department of Theatre has made a head start on its productions for the semester. Its first show of the year, “Operetta Burlesque,” happened to be the most difficult to coordinate, Lesley Ferris, interim chair of the Department of Theatre, said. To be performed by Sicilian troupe Compagnia Sud Costa Occidentale, the production, set to run from Sept. 3-5, came stateside as the result of a lengthy advocacy from graduate student Francesca Spedalieri. “She had this dream of possibly bringing them, and we thought it was impossible,” Ferris said. “But she did a proposal, and we all thought it was great, but we… Read more