The Lifestyle of An Alabamian

By Darrell Puckett

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The assumed expectations of some fans towards a certain college program or professional team sometimes seem too much.  Growing up both an Auburn and Louisville fan, there were instances where I observed obsessive behavior from other fans at games.  These fans were at times misguided it appeared.  They seemed consumed with something other than enjoying watching their team play.  They seemed consumed with winning.

I often find myself asking one question consistently.  Is winning the only thing that matters?  Of course, being young and ignorant I didn’t understand the winning tradition for athletics.  Becoming a fan was more than giving my allegiance for this or that particular team.  It was a lifestyle.

The state of Alabama takes college football seriously.  Well, it takes any athletic competition between Auburn and Alabama seriously.  The athletic culture down South differs from any other in our country.  The culture resembles a consistent life style that’s passed on from each generation.  One question is assembled and asked to every child when they’re capable of comprehension.  Roll Tide or War Eagle?  The answer to this question will instantly impact that person’s life until death.  It’s a life style.

Making the decision to become an Auburn fan dictated my relationship with family, friends, classmates, and acquaintances instantly.  The first question asked by people in Alabama is who do you root for?  How crazy is that?  I’ve always heard that if you’re not from here, then it’s impossible to understand.  There’s truth to that statement, just watch an Auburn and Alabama game.

Individuals who refuse to chose a side are instantly considered an outcast and not from Alabama.  To be honest, I wouldn’t trade growing up in this state for anything.  It taught me how to deal with both sides of fans, the overly excessive and plausible types.  First off, both sides have these two types.  The amount of times a day I hear each fan base make claims arguing who’s classier or are better educated is uncountable.  Having thick skin is essential, and how you deal with an insult exemplifies your character around here.

Outsiders are easily seen by their jealous remarks when talking about the SEC dominance in recent years. If you can’t name how many National Championships the University of Alabama have or the amount Auburn claims, then don’t open your mouth.  Fans around here only acknowledge statistics, Heisman Trophies, and National Championships.  People who criticize this mind set are considered ignorant and incompetent among locals.

I’m proud to be a part of something so chaotic, absurd, compulsive, and ridiculed called Alabama sports.  Yes, we love our athletics, but remember it’s a lifestyle.

Contact the writer: dpucket1@aum.edu

Top Five Sports to Watch Heading Into the Summer

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By Chad Underwood

With football out of season, most will assume that we will have to wait until August to see anything meaningful when it comes to the world of sports. Truth is, this may be the best time for sports of the entire year. So much is happening this summer that it is making me sad that I have to get a job and become an adult. Below are the Top Five Sports events heading into what should be an amazing summer.

1. THE WORLD CUP

This is, without a doubt, the premier sports event of the summer. The World Cup is just that, a global tournament for the sport of soccer that is seen by billions of people.  In the United States, many die-hard and even casual fans remember Landon Donavan’s stoppage time heroics at the 2010 World Cup vs. Algeria. The United States will face a much tougher task this time around, playing in a group that features soccer world powers Portugal and Germany, along with a Ghana team that has given the US lots of trouble in the last two World Cups.  No matter what happens to the United States men’s national team, this is a tournament that holds a lot of importance globally and one I will definitely be watching.

 2. THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

(Warning, this is the most biased opinion anyone could ever have. The sport of hockey means everything to me. Just thought I would make that clear).

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are for me the best part of the summer months. As we are already through the first round and into the second, the competition and matchups only continue to get better as we inch closer to the Stanley Cup Final. Hockey is a sport you have to give a chance in person at least once. Nashville is the closest NHL team to Montgomery, but the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League are only about 90 minutes away in Georgia. The playoffs will last until around mid-June, so all you suffering football fans hop on the bandwagon now!

 3. THE NFL DRAFT

To kick off the Summer break from May 8-10 is quite possibly the sports-nerdiest thing of all time. The draft always used to fall during finals week (which was complete and utter torture), but now it has been pushed to the next week, and I will get to watch hours and hours of coverage. At times, it is not the most entertaining event, but a very important one that shapes the foundation for the future of the National Football League. The first round is must-see television.

4. THE NBA PLAYOFFS

I am far from an NBA expert, but the playoffs are always a fun time to watch and learn about the sport. There are many interesting storylines that have already surfaced in the first round of the playoffs, but mainly one about Miami Heat forward Lebron James’ alleged stare before a dunk at basketball legend/owner of Charlotte Bobcats Michael Jordan. Lebron is playing with an edge to his game I have not seen since his days in Cleveland. I love the confidence he brings to the floor and his teammates. Hopefully, we get to see an NBA Finals that features him and the Miami Heat once again.

5. MLB BASEBALL

I always pick baseball up in the summer months because the season is so long. It is impossible for me to watch 162 games and still maintain anything that resembles a normal life. So around mid-July, typically after the All-Star break, I really start to pay attention. Is it the best option in May and June? No. But, is it always on to cure one’s sports fix? Yes.

10 Essential Record Store Day Releases

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By Jessica Klinner

Record Store Day has finally arrived. For vinyl lovers, RSD is the equivalent to Christmas Day. Every year artists and bands release special edition albums and singles specifically for Record Store Day. Thanks to Rad Vinyl Records and More, Montgomery now has a resident record store to help local vinyl enthusiasts take full advantage of Record Store Day without having to travel to another city. Take a look at 10 Record Store Day releases that I think are worth checking out this year.

 1. Fun.- Point and Light (10-inch on rainbow splatter vinyl)

The 10-inch rainbow splattered vinyl pressing of Point and Light is a necessity for any Fun fan. It features unreleased demos from their first album, Aim and Ignite. It’s always interesting to hear demos of songs to see how they developed into the album versions. If you’re a fan of Fun, you will not be disappointed by this special release.

 2. Paramore- “Ain’t It Fun”

Paramore’s most recent single, “Ain’t It Fun,” is slowly taking over the airwaves. The special Record Store Day 12-inch vinyl release appears to be a broken record because of the half black and half clear design. Lead singer Hayley Williams designed the unique looking vinyl herself. If you’re familiar with the music video for “Ain’t It Fun,” the broken record design will come as no surprise.

3. Green Day- Demolicious

Demolicious is a collection of 18 demos recorded by Green Day in 2012 while they were recording their Green Day ¡Uno!, Green Day ¡Dos! and Green Day ¡Tres! album trilogy. The release will also include an unreleased track called “State of Shock” and an acoustic version of the song “Stay The Night” from Green Day ¡Uno!. The two-disc set will be available on CD, cassette and clear or red vinyl.

4. Nirvana- “Pennyroyal Tea”/ “I Hate Myself And I Want To Die”  

The 7-inch release features one of the standout songs from Nirvana’s 1993 album, In Utero. The track was supposed to include a grungy B-side called “I Hate Myself And I Want To Die,” but the original release was cancelled after lead singer Kurt Cobain’s death. This month marks the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death, and this release is a great way to commemorate it.

5. Death Cab For Cutie ft. Magik*Magik Orchestra- Live 2012

This double LP documents Death Cab For Cutie’s 2012 tour with Magik*Magik Orchestra. With hits like “Transatlanticism” and “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” on the track list, it will make you feel like you’re experiencing the concert first hand. This release needs to be at the top of your list of Record Store Day purchases.

6. American Authors/The Mowglis- “In A Big Country”/”You Make My Dreams Come True”

This split 7-inch vinyl features breakout band American Authors and their friends in The Mowglis. The bands took two classic pop songs and put their own spin on them.  The two bands have spent a lot of time together this year on tour so releasing a split vinyl for Record Store Day was an appropriate and smart move.

7. The Ramones- Meltdown with the Ramones

Meltdown with the Ramones was released in 1980 in the U.K. as a promotional-only sampler. For this year’s Record Store Day, it is being released in the U.S. on navy vinyl. This record is essential for any punk rock or Ramones fan.

8. Hank Williams- The Garden Spot Programs 1950 EP

The Garden Spot Programs 1950 EP features previously unreleased performances from country icon, Hank Williams. The special Record Store Day release includes tracks like “Lovesick Blues” and “Mind Your Own Business” from a radio broadcast in the 1950s.  Since Williams was a native of Alabama, you should almost feel obligated to pick up this record.

9. Bastille- Of The Night EP

Bastille’s Of The Night EP, a 10-inch picture disc, features the title track, a live version of their song “Oblivion” from 2013’s Bad Blood and two remixes of “Of The Night.” The U.K. natives have made a name for themselves in the U.S. after the release of their debut album last year. It’s a shame this EP is limited to 2000 pressings because it is sure to be an incredible release.

10. Cage the Elephant- “Take It Or Leave It”/ “Jesse James”

Kentucky rockers Cage The Elephant are releasing a limited edition 7-inch vinyl for Record Store Day. This 7” will include the songs “Take It Or Leave It” and “Jesse James” from the Melophobia sessions. If you can get your hands on one of the 1500 copies being released for Record Store Day, consider yourself very lucky!

Survivors of the Holocaust

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By Sethany Hagel

AUM’s gym was crowded with people.  The people there did not gather for a big game, but to listen to eye witness accounts of one of the most horrific times in the history of the world.

On Wednesday, April 9, Max Herzel and Max Steinmetz, came to AUM to tell their survival story of the Holocaust.   With the candles lit and burning,  every eye was on them. The survivors begin to tell of the horrific existence they led while in captivity.  Living in conditions worse than slavery, but they came out alive.  They tell their stories not for pity, but as a warning.

They told one horrific story after another.  One father gave up something to keep his son warm in winter, and both father and son were hung.  One Rabbi tried to keep his high holy day and was killed for keeping the traditions of his ancestors.  In a heart wrenching tale Max Herzel told of his first encounter with an American soldier who gave up his coat to keep a frozen Jewish boy from dying.

Telling stories from all over the spectrum, from horrors and fears, to rebuilding faith in mankind, Herzel and Steinmetz relived their terrors. This is so that another generation could be warned and would make a stand if their time came. They lived through torture for all those years and when they sleep that torture returns.  However , when they retell their story it’s worth it, if only this generation will keep a second Holocaust from happening when the next Hitler rises up.

History has a way of repeating itself.  In the last century alone there has been one genocide after another, from the Armenian genocide to the Rwanda genocide.  These brave survivors are warning us, so history won’t repeat itself on our generation.

The AUM Archers Are Here To Stay

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By Darrell Puckett

Auburn University Montgomery has a new archery club on campus called the AUM Archers.  This newly established club has been consistently growing over the past two years of existence and exemplifies the qualities needed to start a team.

AUM Archers President Paul Wigham, Vice President Barry Langston, and Secretary Kelsey Fleming have been influential in developing the club’s membership and overall message since 2012.

“We exist to give students the opportunity to travel places they otherwise may never go,”  Wigham said. “We have something very special at AUM and have the opportunity to make a mark on not only Montgomery, but Alabama and the entire country.” 

The team started with 10 members in 2011, but has grown to 14 males and eight females.  The closest collegiate programs that have an archery team are Kentucky, Texas, and Michigan.  

In 2013, the AUM Archers won best new club honors on campus.  “Our goal is to be able to raise enough money through sponsors and other means to be able to give members scholarship in the future.”  Wigham said.  The Archers goals are to help and reward their members for hard work.

Langston’s success away from college archery has brought AUM recognition by itself.  He finished second out of 122 competitors at the Realtree Archery Shooters Association pro-am in Columbus, Ga. on Feb. 28, 2014.  Also, Langston finished second out of 103 competitors at the Hoyt ASA pro-am in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on March 28, 2014.  “I love the sport of archery and want to help spread the sport all around,” Langston said.

Langston is currently ranked in Open A class, which is the highest amateur ranking class.  He will be moved into semi-pro next season.  “I’m not only excited about my pro career, but thrilled about this great opportunity to get the AUM Archers name out there,”  Langston said.

Wigham constructed the AUM Archers in 2012 and is still thriving to make this club a success and keep it going for future aspiring archers.  “Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to be a part of something special,”  Wigham said.

The next competition will be in Texas, where Langston chases his opportunity for shooter of the year.  “All of my hard work could potentially payoff with a high finish in Texas, and I couldn’t have done any of this without the AUM Archers support,”  Langston said.

The AUM Archers are looking for new membership and would be more than happy to hear from anyone.  If interested in membership, send an email to aumarchers@gmail.com or call 334–549 –4772.

Contact the writer: dpucket1@aum.edu

10 Must-See Summer Music Festivals

By Jessica Klinner

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1. Beale Street Music Festival

If you’re looking to attend a music festival that caters to all types of music genres both new and old, look no further than the Beale Street Music Festival. Based out of Memphis, Tennessee, this diverse festival attracts people from all over the country every year. This year marks the 38th anniversary of the festival. Located on the famous Beale Street in Memphis, Tn., this music festival will be an experience you’ll never forget.

When? May 2-4
Where? Memphis, Tdnn
Lineup: Kid Rock, Alabama Shakes, Foster the People, Pretty Lights, Avenged Sevenfold, Snoop Dogg, Fitz & the Tantrums, Third Eye Blind, Juicy J, Grouplove, Blues Traveler, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Twenty One Pilots any many more!

2. Bonnaroo

The Tennessee based music festival Bonnaroo is maybe the closest thing we have to a modern day Woodstock. At Bonnaroo, festivalgoers can choose to stay on site and camp out for the entire four-day festival. This seems to be the way to go if you want to get the full experience of this festival. Not only does the lineup include incredible musicians every year, but also many comedians. This year Ed Helms and SNL’s Taran Killam are among the dozens of comedians who will make appearances over the duration of the weekend.

When? June 12-15
Where? Manchester, Tenn
Lineup: Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, Lionel Richie, Vampire Weekend, The Avett Brothers, Phoenix, Skrillex, The Arctic Monkeys, Frank Ocean, Wiz Khalifa, Neutral Milk Hotel, Cage the Elephant, Capital Cities, City and Colour, and many more!

3. Vans Warped Tour

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the Vans Warped Tour, and founder Kevin Lyman and his crew are pulling out all the stops to make sure this summer is the best Warped Tour to date! Since the lineup is being revealed week by week, there are still many more bands to be announced, and the tour already holds some of the biggest names in alternative rock music. Before long, the traveling festival will have scooped up every great alternative band out there to bring along for the summer.

When? June 14- August 3
Where? All over North America
Lineup: Of Mice & Men, The Maine, Anberlin, Bowling for Soup, Every Time I Die, Four Year Strong, Mayday Parade, Saves the Day, The Devil Wears Prada, Yellowcard, and many more!

4. Firefly Music Festival

The Firefly Music Festival is a very different festival experience. Not only does the festival offer the best in popular and upcoming music acts, but also amazing attractions such as the Hammock Hangout, TOMS Style Your Own Sole and the Coffee House. These attractions, an on-site farmers market and a variety of delicious food vendors make for an incredible festival experience you’ll never forget.

When? June 19-22
Where? Dover, Del.
Lineup: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Beck, Young the Giant, Weezer, Arctic Monkeys, Tegan and Sara, Band of Horses, Cash Cash, A Great Big World, Sleeper Agent, John & Jacob and many more!

5. Lollapalooza

Featuring artists and bands from an array of genres, Lollapalooza might have the most diverse lineup of the summer. By doing this, Lollapalooza appeals to all types of music fans. The festival features great music, local food vendors, pop-up shops and a farmers market. If you want to bring along kids, Lollapalooza features a unique experience for parents and children called Kidzapalooza, which is held in a separate part of Grant Park in Chicago.

When? August 1-3
Where? Chicago, Ill.
Lineup: Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Lorde, Foster the People, Krewella, The Avett Brothers, Zedd, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Grouplove, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cage the Elephant, The 1975 and more!

6. Hangout Music Fest

Every year the lineup of the Hangout Music Fest gets bigger and better. This year is no different. With bands like Outkast, The Black Keys and new break out artists The 1975 and Bastille on the list, this year’s lineup might go down as the greatest yet. Ten stages placed around the beach make for a unique and fun festival experience. What’s better than hanging at the beach for three days listening to great music?

When? May 16-18
Where? Gulf Shores, Ala
Lineup: The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast, Zedd, Conor Oberst, Matt and Kim, Needtobreathe, Bastille, The 1975, Modest Mouse and more!

7. Toadlick Music Festival

The Toadlick Music Festival is a fairly new music festival held on the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan, Alabama. In past years, it has attracted thousands of people and featured some of the biggest names in country music. This 3-day festival is one of the most reasonably priced at a flat rate of $99. With the festival only being two hours away, it’s a great way to spend a weekend away from responsibilities.

When? April 24-26
Where? Dothan, Ala
Lineup: The Band Perry, Merle Haggard, Billy Currington, REO Speedwagon, Joe Nichols, Gary Allan, Colt Ford, Gloriana and many more!

8. Counterpoint Music Festival

Counterpoint Music Festival is an outdoor music festival held in Kingston Downs, Ga. This 3-day festival has the best to offer in music, food and activities. Between watching your favorite bands play, there are carnival rides, an arcade and art displays to enjoy. This festival has something for everyone. If you aren’t one for camping, try Counterpoint’s unique style of camping called glamping. This luxurious camping experience is like being in an outdoor hotel room.

When? April 25-27
Where? Kingston Downs, Ga.
Lineup: Outkast, Pretty Lights, Foster the People, Krewella, Janelle Monae, J. Cole, Phantogram, Major Lazer, Chance the Rapper, Moon Taxi and many more!

9. Shaky Knees Festival

The 2nd annual Shaky Knees Festival will be held at Atlantic Station in downtown Atlanta. Unlike other festivals, Shaky Knees features late night performances from several bands on the lineup that take place at music venues throughout the city. It is a unique festival experience because it takes place in the heart of the city of Atlanta. If you’re looking for a new kind of festival experience that doesn’t involve camping and wide-open fields, Shaky Knees is perfect for you!

When? May 9-11
Where? Atlanta, Ga.
Lineup: The National, Modest Mouse, Alabama Shakes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dropkick Murphys, Portugal the Man, Jason Isbell, Cage the Elephant, The Gaslight Anthem and many more!

 
10. CMA Fest

Starting in 1972, CMA Fest began as a way for artists and fans to interact in a new way. CMA Fest brings the biggest names in country music both new and old in to one huge festival in Nashville, Tennessee. All proceeds from the festival go to support music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools and other programs through the CMA Foundation’s Keep The Music Playing program. If you’re a big country music fan, this festival needs to be at the top of your list this year and every other year to come!

When? June 5-8
Where? Nashville, Tenn.
Lineup: Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Rascall Flatts, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band and more!

SGA Elections: A Look at the Three Candidates

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By Caleb Conner

[Please note that the AUMnibus has two staff members running for positions. Sethany Hagel is running for president, and Caleb Conner, the writer of this article, is running for a senate seat.]

This Tuesday, March 25 at 9:00 a.m. until Wednesday, March 26 at 9 a.m. the Student Government Associations is holding elections. While there are different positions that are obtainable such as vice-president, secretary, chief of justice, and senate seats, the highest and highly coveted position is the SGA President. The three candidates are Sethany Hagel, Marie Reuter, and Jay Bradford. Each candidate was asked to respond to the following question: if elected what is your vision and goals as AUM’s SGA President?

Marie Reuter is currently serving on the SGA as a cabinet member. Her vision is simple. She wants to promote a more reflective representation for all AUM students and everything that is going on within the SGA so people will know what is happening with the organization.  Reuter said, “I’m putting the U in AUM,” meaning she wants to get the focus on all students. Some goals she has listed is extending hours of operation for the library during finals, providing a Warhawk Access keychain option and creating additional senate seats for non-traditional students.

Another candidate for SGA President is Jay Bradford. He is also the current SGA Treasurer. His vision for President is to provide a “new AUM experience”. He wants to focus on improving campus activities, creating initiatives to improve campus communications, and strengthening and creating campus traditions. Bradford’s goals are the restructuring of the SGA, rebranding SGA by offering a monthly SGA event for the entire campus and improving accountability of SGA elected officials so students know what they are doing.

Sethany Hagel, the final candidate, currently serves on the SGA as a Senator for the School of Education. She is also a staff member of the AUMnibus. Hagel’s vision is to have what is ethically best for AUM. Her goals are to restore ethics to SGA, as well as to serve the student body and faculty to the best of her ability.

We have three diverse candidates running for President that want to make positive changes to our Student Government Association and Auburn University at Montgomery. Your participation is needed – so vote!  You can cast your vote for one of these candidates and others on your My AUM account.

The Pearly Gates of Auburn

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By Darrell Puckett

There’s a new attitude in Auburn athletics brewing.  It’s been circulating in the atmosphere ever since athletic director Jay Jacobs hired Gus Malzahn.  Sunny Golloway was hired next to coach baseball, and then came Bruce Pearl for basketball.  Jacobs has potentially established himself with the ranks of Louisville athletic director, Tom Jurich, as colleges’ top AD.

Auburn basketball has been nothing short of terrible for years and facilitates one of the worse football-basketball college programs.  Of course, Coach Malzahn brought Auburn football back to dominance, but how about basketball?  Obviously, Tony Barbee wasn’t the answer and was fired after AU’s loss in the SEC Tournament.

Who’s going to bring Auburn back?  That answer was simple.  Bruce Pearl.

Pearl’s resume speaks for itself.  His record as Southern Indiana basketball coach was 231-36 with a NCAA D-II Championship in the ’94-95 seasons.  He then took the Milwaukee job from 2001-2005, where Pearl lead them to an 86-38 record with two NCAA Tournament appearances.  Afterwards, Pearl accepted the Tennessee coaching job where he excelled and brought together a struggling athletic college.  His record at UT was 145-61 with six straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

Pearl isn’t all shiny and glamorous, but no one ever said he was perfect.  His past is talked about as if he committed a murder, but in reality, it was just one bad mistake.  Pearl’s knowledge of the NCAA recruiting handbook is strong, but he just ignored it for one grill out.  Yes, he hosted a cookout and acknowledged to the recruit that he shouldn’t be there because of NCAA rules.  Aaron Craft and his family was the invited family, and they were encouraged to not speak of this party to anyone.

This obvious and ridiculous rule-break wasn’t what did Pearl in at Tennessee, but his consistency to lie about it all.  Honesty is always the best approach to any problem, especially with the NCAA.   So with all that being said, what does Pearl bring to Auburn and how can he bring this dying program back?  Again, the answer is simple.

Pearl’s ability to engage a fan base and bring people together is exactly what Auburn needs.  The Auburn Arena has been waiting for a coach to bring it to life and exemplify how college basketball should look like.  His energy and enthusiasm will help promote Auburn in every avenue possible.  Basically, Pearl’s a marketing machine who will sell AU basketball everywhere.

It’s a great time to be an Auburn Tiger with so many great coaches.  There’s a lot of promise that sits at the pearly gates of Auburn, Ala.  Malzahn, Golloway, and Pearl will bring Auburn to a national powerhouse in the big three sports.  Congrats if you’re an AU fan, because it’s going to be a long fun ride to the top.

Contact the writer: dpucket1@aum.edu

Holidays: Why Do We Do What We Do?

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By Nikki Headley

You wake up and realize that it’s Easter. This can only mean one thing: the Easter bunny came to visit. You walk to the living room to see your youngest brother bouncing up and down with anticipation. You see a large basket in his little hands. You look at him and ask, “Where does the Easter bunny come from?”

Holidays and folklores, we all have them. Whether it’s Christmas, The Fourth of July or Easter, we all have traditions. Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day, and some people were asked why they wore green.

Katelyn Turner said that she wanted “to participate with tradition.”

Kelsie Miller said “you wear green so you won’t be pinched by annoying people.”

Traditions are fine, but the real question is where the tradition of wearing green came from? Avoiding be pinched is understandable, but where does this come from?

So many Americans celebrates July Fourth. Have you ever wondered why we shoot fireworks?

I asked Brittany Williams this question, and she said “It’s culture to shoot fireworks during July Fourth.”

Everything is coming back to words like “tradition” and “culture.” It seems as if both of these words lack meaning. A tradition is something you do with your family. As Americans we do so many things during our holidays. We wear green, put up Christmas trees and shoot fireworks. Do we really understand what started these practices?

Unfortunately we do not. What’s the point of doing all of these things if we don’t understand their origins? Are we just doing them to seek entertainment? Has the sacredness of a holiday been exchanged for a good time?

Most people do not know where pinching each other for not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day comes from. During our big holidays movies will come out in theatre for us to go and watch. We entertain ourselves with the ideas that we have about a certain holiday. During winter break most college students are looking forward to the long break. This means we will get more time with the people that matter. While family-time is crucial, would one go so far to say that all of these distractions take away from the importance of what the holiday signifies?

When we forget the source, we forget the holiday. We have customs that are acted upon every year, but they no longer show us why we celebrate our holidays. We all seem to be more than willing to participate in these things without even knowing why we are participating. Do you really want to wear green and not know why you’re doing it?

What type of person do you want to be? Go out there and learn about why we celebrate. Stop asking other people and find out on your own.

Spring Break Playlists

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By Jessica Klinner

Spring break is finally here! After spending half of the semester freaking out about papers, deadlines and tests, it’s time to relax and unwind for a whole week. For many people, spring break is a week spent taking road trips with friends, beach days and fun nights out. Music is always a huge part of any of those activities. From tan lines to conga lines, here are a few playlists to keep your spring break moving. Enjoy!

Road Trip

  1. Best Day of My Life- American Authors
  2. I Feel Alive- We The Kings
  3. Pompeii- Bastille
  4. Radioactive- Imagine Dragons ft. Kendrick Lamar
  5. Treasure- Bruno Mars
  6. The City- The 1975
  7. Young Volcanoes- Fall Out Boy
  8. Tightrope- Walk The Moon
  9. Ain’t It Fun- Paramore
  10. It’s About Time- Young the Giant

Beach Day

  1. Waves- Sleeper Agent
  2. The Wind- Zac Brown Band
  3. Little Black Submarines- The Black Keys
  4. Happy- Pharrell Williams
  5. Good Times- Cassadee Pope
  6. Kangaroo Court- Capital Cities
  7. Chillin’ It- Cole Swindell
  8. 19 You and Me- Dan + Shay
  9. Give Me Hope- New Politics
  10. Diane Young- Vampire Weekend

Night Life

  1. Wild For The Night- A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, Birdy Nam Nam
  2. Neon Lights-Demi Lovato
  3. Hesher- Wallpaper
  4. m.A.A.d city- Kendrick Lamar
  5. Talk Dirty ft. 2 Chainz- Jason DeRulo
  6. Drunk In Love- Beyonce, Jay Z
  7. Take Back The Night- Justin Timberlake
  8. This Is How We Do- Katy Perry
  9. Holy Grail- Jay Z, Justin Timberlake
  10. Stay The Night- Zedd, Hayley Williams