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A Day To Remember, Common Courtesy Album Review


Earlier this month, hardcore rock band A Day To Remember released their fifth album entitled Common Courtesy. This album brings them back to their strong riffs and lyrics like on their 3rd album, Homesick. After their lead guitarist, Tom Denney quit in 2009 it made their guitar lines a little weak, but new lead guitarist Kevin Skaff seems to be setting the bar higher for himself. This album has a wonderful flow and many different themes incorperated throughout. Jeremy Mckinnon outdid himself with some of the lyrics. A personal favourite is off track three, entitled "Sometimes You're The Hammer, Sometimes You're The Nail." The lyrics that speak most are towards the end of the song.

A New Hope

It’s that time of year again and no, I’m talking about your
bi-yearly visit to the dentist, tax time or even an oil change. No, this early
spring when the sun starts to shine a little brighter, each day gets a little
bit longer but most importantly, baseball season has arrived in full fashion.

I spent most of last week in
Phoenix mostly to escape the snowfall of Colorado and grab some sun but I was
also treated to a little of America’s past time. Watching and observing each
inning not only brought me to a perfect and much needed place of relaxation but
brought me to a point of rejuvenation. That’s when I realized that in a place
where so many come to retire, to live out their second lives if you will, while
at the same time many others travel to the vaunted vacation destination in
looks of a second chance themselves.

Rookie ball players come from
around the world in hopes on etching their name in the lineup. In some cases
most players are looking just to sign a contract no matter the price while
others are looking to sign the big deal. Veterans enter the likes of Goodyear
and Phoenix Municipal ballpark in order to give one last shot at a title. No
matter the player, no matter the team, no matter the age, each has spent his
life striving for excellence season after season but it is in spring when every
player still has hope.

Hope also lives in the hearts of
the fans. Each individual fan realist or optimist has a glimmer of hope for the
upcoming season, even if you’re a fan of the Seattle Mariners. They spend their
March afternoons counting each pitch, recording each strike, marking every
error and chalking up every win with a positive attitude.

With opening day tomorrow and each
prayer for a good season in the air from players, managers and fans alike,
April brings a new hope and a new season along with it.

-Thomas Hoffman

Mt. Invisible

Traditionally, the NBA’s Western Conference has been the most competitive. The 2012-2013 season has been no different. Teams in the west are going to have to win at least 45 games to have a shot at the eighth spot while out east you could be under .500 and be sitting sixth.

The Knicks and Heat receive all the attention on the east coast and notably due to the A-list players on each team. Melo and the Knicks, although playing very well in spurts, are taking a back seat to LeBron, Wade, Bosch, and the birdman who have now won 14 games in a row.

On the Western side of the league, San Antonio, the Clips, OKC, and of the Lakers receive all the attention. Don’t get me wrong, each of these teams play some great basketball and I think this is the year that the wily veterans down in San Antonio come out on top, but with all the attention fixed on the major market teams that leaves some quality teams literally flying under the radar.

The Denver Nuggets this year have been one of the most impressive teams that I have watched this year. I hale from the Northwest and admittedly haven’t followed the Nuggets as closely as I have this year but George Carl has his team playing some of the best basketball in country this year and no one seems to care one iota.

Denver has wins against all the top teams in the western conference this year including two against noted rival Oklahoma City, the last of which everyone will remember Ty Lawson’s game winner. But even on that night, the best Denver could do was crack the top ten list on Sports Center...

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

 

I had a teacher in High School once tell my class, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” He was referencing the history of politics and war. And as with most things, you can relate them directly to the wide world of sports. This pre-season’s men’s basketball top 25 rankings almost mirrored that of two or three decades ago. With Indiana at the top, Duke just behind, UNLV cracking the top 10, Michigan, Kentucky, and Arizona all with strong programs to start the year, sports enthusiasts across the nation might have thought the was the sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine 2. We’d picture Bobby Knight throwing chairs, Jalen Rose trash talking, Christian Laettner practicing turn arounds, maybe even Adolph Rupp walking out onto the floor instead of Calipari, which I’m sure would be welcomed by most of the nation. At the beginning of the year you could be asking yourself which team would prove to be dominant?

With only a month left until the madness, we’re still asking ourselves the same question, but it’s a question that most of us are glad to be asking. Ratings have declined substantially in the last ten years with so many youngsters fleeing the books and class rooms to the night clubs and team planes. We’ve been missing great rivalries that we were used to seeing year after years. In past years, you could walk into the Bellagio and place a bet at the beginning of the season on Kentucky to win the National Championship and you would almost have a 50/50 shot of being right. People were getting bored of watching freshmen and sophomores struggle through tight situations. No one was developing skills under some of the greatest coaching in the world...

Open Mic Night Continues to Thrive

Pictured is Preston Adams

Photo Credit -Matthew Davis

Open mic night is alive and well, as student after student make their way to the stage and do... what ever they want.  UNC has a vast amount of tallent, and UNC Student radio gets to see it every two weeks when UPC (click here to find out more about UPC) has their open mic night.  The dates for the remainder of the year are up on the UPC facebook page (link above).  Hope to see you all there!

 

 

Local Thrift Shops See Massive Profits

In preparation for the next month's Macklemore show, UNC students are lining up outside of thrift shops such as Goodwill, The Arc, and other locations in order to stock up on apparel. Students have been seen buying Tommy Bahama shirts, stainied ties and old suit jackets. 

One employee told us, "We owe it all to Mr. Macklemore. We can hardly keep any of our urine soaked clothes in stock." Goodwill also reported that they have seen massive increases in profits, almost doubling the normal revenue average in February alone. 

Students are encouraged to bring no less than $20 in their pockets, and expect lines and delays while trying to purchase clothes that will resemble "your grandpa's style." 

Tickets are officially sold out for the show, but for those who already have their tickets, be sure to stop by anyone of these local businesses and get your threads together for the show. 

-Benjamin Fuller, Northern Lights

Student Senate Open Forum a Great Success

Picture of Oliver Bourne

Oliver Bourne, Student Senate Director of Finance, speaking at the                        begining of UNC Student Senate's Open Form this evening.

Photo Credit -Matthew Davis

 

Tonight was the Student Fee Open form which had a massive turn out.  Only a few chairs sat empty this evening as every Organization on campus had an opportunity to either speak on their own behalf, or for other students to add their commentary.  Mostly positive comments came forward, while a few reflected change to come in the near future.  The event was run by Mr. Bourne who is the Director of Finance for UNC's Student Senate.  

 

More photos of the event are available here

Click here to learn more about UNC's Student Senate

Winter Jam 2013 Happening Now!

-Picture Credit: Matthew Davis

 

TONIGHT!  The Carols are opening Winter Jam 2013 in the UC Ballrooms.  Next up is Paul Bevirege & Company.  Come hang out with us and listen to some great music!

Radio at Bear Bistro this Week!

Signage

Photo Credit -Matthew Davis

This week University of Northen Colorado Student Radio is in front of the Bear Bistro in the UC during Lunch on Monday and Friday, and Dinner Monday through Thursday.  Playing top 40 hits and requests.  The Bear Bistro serves Pizza / Pasta and you can use your meal plan swipes.  Until Friday when you order a meal you will be entered to win their raffle which will be drawn on Friday.  Come on down and hang out with us here at Bear Bistro.

Bear Bistro Lunch Hours:

Monday through Friday: 10 30 AM to 1 30 PM

Bear Bistro Dinner Hours:

Monday through Thursday: 5 00 PM to 7 00 PM

 

Come on down, We'll see you there!

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