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I’ve been sitting on this episode for a while now for no particular reason other than sheer laziness (and reading a couple books in the meantime)  but I’m so excited to finally release this interview with UMass Journalism’s boy wonder- Matt Berg.

Matt has an extremely bright future ahead wherever it takes him but he has already had his work featured for The Boston Globe and UMass Daily Collegian amongst others. It was so awesome to finally get the chance to sit down with him.

I don’t think it will disappoint:

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Intro song:

Slippery Slope by Yaw Amp

Outro Song:

Demise by Fellz & Cubie

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NNNN Episode #25 with Yung Sapa and Co.

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Had an awesome time interviewing Josef (A.KA- Yung Sapa) and his boys Billy (@prodby6illy) and Hazy (@hzy.music) about:

-How they got into music

-The challenges that up and coming artists face today

-And much much MUCH more

Enjoy!

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College is Hard…Period!

By: Kate Devine Twitter: @katiedevinee Instagram: @katedevinee

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*Editor’s Note: Only the real will remember

Let’s take a trip back in time to my first day of junior year of high school.

I am sitting in Mrs. Kelly’s classroom, ready to flaunt my new Vera Bradley pencil case for the world to see*. (Yes- I was one of those girls.) After helping pass out all of the unnecessary forms, I saunter back to my desk to check out my schedule that was just passed out. Double-checking to see that everything is correct, I immediately start to stress out over the course load I picked out. 3 APs and all Honors? (Weird brag, much?) I look over to my friend sitting next to me and say something to the effect of, “Wow, it’s going to be a rough year.”

Hoping to find some reassurance from my friend, I instead get slapped in the face with, “You’re not taking AP Chem, so don’t even complain.”

Don’t even complain? My mind started to wander a mile a minute. Am I not taking hard enough classes? Do people think I’m stupid for taking AP Bio over AP Chem?

If I could tell my Junior year self anything, it would be two things:

  1. Vera Bradley ain’t it.
  2. You are smart enough!

I, for one, thought that this toxic competition of classes had ended in high school, but unfortunately, it only gets worse in college.

As a Biology major, I constantly hear my peers complaining about our major and how they wish it was easier, like the Criminal Justice major. Meanwhile, my friend, a CJ major, service learns 30 hours a week for one of her courses and takes intense research classes each semester.

Newsflash: It doesn’t matter what major you are, college is hard for everyone! 

Am I always 100% understanding of this concept? Absolutely not! If you scroll through my Twitter likes, you are most certainly going to find some hilarious content mocking nursing majors or business majors.

As finals season has unfortunately come around the corner once again, here are a few handy reminders.

The fact of the matter is we all have challenging, time-consuming homework. We all have crazy professors. College is hard, because it is supposed to be!

College is meant to challenge you. If you think college is difficult, then you are on the right track! If you hate college and truly believe you aren’t getting anything beneficial from it, it might be time to think more on what you are passionate about and if your current course load reflects that.

Some of my friends tell me how they can’t imagine having two three-hour labs each week, but, I couldn’t imagine college without it. On the other hand, the idea of writing multiple essays a week like my English major friends do, makes my skin crawl. College reels out our skills and strengthens them. Not all of us have the same skills, and that is normal.

Why do we find it normal to compete with each other about who has it worse?

Being proud of being more stressed or ‘having it worse’ isn’t just something that applies to school. Unfortunately, we see this twisted ideology all throughout our society. We find it cool to be sadder than others, broker than others, lonelier than others. When are we going to stop competing with each other’s struggles and instead acknowledge the fact that we all have them and should help each other get through theirs?

Maybe one day we can stop being Negative Nancies and Debby Downers and instead be normal college students, all trying to make it by, together. In the meantime, you can find me minding my own business and shading nursing majors.

Good luck on your finals and remember you always know more than you think you know.

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Songs from Tik Tok You Should Actually Be Listening To

By: Emily Beatty Instagram: @emilyhbeatty Twitter: @emilyhbeatty

Tik Tok has become a cultural phenomenon for our generation. Everyone from ages 5 to 35 has seen a Tik Tok within the last 6 months, whether it was on the app’s ‘For You’ page, trending on Twitter, or on your favorite meme page’s Instagram. This addictive app is the best thing since Vine, and you cannot change my fucking mind. I get that a ton of the sounds and dances are super cringe-worthy, but there are songs that are actually stupid good. These are my top 10 Tik Tok trend songs that you should actually be listening to.

For the full playlist, click here!

Track 1: SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK by Joji

I believe I was introduced to Joji at some point last spring, and his album BALLADS 1 is one of my favorite albums from this past year. This song fucking s l a p s. It’s an older Tik Tok trend, but this song was used as a sound for the Circle Challenge, where Tik Tok-ers would spin in a circle on the ground without using their arms or legs. This trend was stupid, mainly because I still don’t know how they did it. The song though? Still amazing, and still one of my favorites from this past year.

https://vm.tiktok.com/H5Gyax/

Track 2: Chanel by Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean is a God and a musical genius, and the fact that he is dropping new music right now? I’m literally praying that he releases a new album before the year is over. “Chanel” was a single Ocean dropped back in 2017, not long after Blonde, which was only his second album. On Tik Tok, Ocean’s track is usually seen paired with “American Boy” and is either a dance or a glow-up of some sort. It’s also used in the “Choose Your Player” format. I love the song so so much, but honestly sometimes when I listen I genuinely wish the original had the bass beats that the Tik Tok version does, oops.

https://vm.tiktok.com/H5W7Ys/

Track 3: Buttercup by Jack Stauber

I originally wanted Stauber’s “Coffee” on this list (another popular sound on the app) but it wasn’t available on Spotify so I chose “Buttercup” instead. The sound is still really good, and Stauber creates some very weird YouTube videos, but the sounds he produces with them are actually all great songs. He writes, records and produces all of his own work, and we support small and underground artists on this page. If you are interested in the creepy and weird, and want to check out more of Stauber’s stuff, click here to visit his YouTube page.

https://vm.tiktok.com/Ha6RU3/

Track 4: 20 min – Chopped and Screwed by Lil Uzi Vert, Remixed by DJ Purpberry

Okay, this is an unpopular opinion, but I personally hate Lil Uzi Vert*. I think he’s mediocre at best and completely overrated. However, this remix by DJ Purpberry is really fucking good. It’s a bop and a half, and I love the Tik Toks that come with it because they’re usually really funny. Anyways, I’m not saying Lil Uzi is good (because he’s not), but this song might be an exception.

https://vm.tiktok.com/9cqN14/

Track 5: Sunset Lover by Petit Biscuit

So, this track is mainly a mellow instrumental, but it is most definitely worth a listen. I am a huge fan of deep instruments and bass guitar, and this song has them. The compilation of the bass, the high/distorted simple sounds, and the synth beats is just so chill, and it’s a great lo-fi song to listen to while doing homework or reading. The song is usually used when Tik Tok-ers are bragging about the gorgeous places they live in/have travelled to. I love these videos, I’m a sucker for anything that’s pretty to look at.

https://vm.tiktok.com/9cTV6P/

Track 6: we fell in love in october by girl in red

I loved this song so much it actually made my November 2019 playlist (article coming after Thanksgiving!). girl in red is a band that I have been following since their named popped up in my recommended tracks. They’re super talented, and I really love the indie pop vibe that they’re pulling off. The lyrics for this song are very catchy and the synth is heavy, leaving this song to be a bit more on the Top 40/Pop side, however, the electric bass guitar and easy drums partnered with the raspy singing brings the folk-y tones back out. This song is usually seen in the “POV: you see me at a party and remember why we broke up” Tik Toks, and those never fail to get me to laugh, if I’m being honest.

https://vm.tiktok.com/HaY9Uy/

Track 7: PRIDE. by Kendrick Lamar

This is a song off of one of the best Hip Hop/Rap albums of the past five years. If you read my last article, you know it’s not my genre of choice. I respect the music, and I definitely listen to a decent amount but it’s just not my favorite style. I can’t vibe with it 24/7. However, this song? I’ll listen to it at any given time on any given day. It’s a masterpiece. I honestly feel this way about the whole album. It’s a work of art. The Tik Tok community really only uses the intro to this song (their loss), and the videos themselves are alright. (I couldn’t find a Tik Tok with this sound so pls enjoy this relatable substitute)

https://vm.tiktok.com/9cWp2q/

Track 8: The Less I Know The Better by Tame Impala

I don’t fucking care if you don’t like Indie/Alt. I. Don’t. Fucking. Care. Go and get your AirPods, or your Beats, or your cheap-ass headphones that still have wires, and listen to this song. Tame Impala is a music project produced and performed by psychedelic rock wizard Kevin Parker. He’s a god. All of Tame Impala’s songs are amazing, and you should be listening if you’re not already. As for the Tik Tok side, who gives a fuck, it’s the song that matters.

https://vm.tiktok.com/9cvyT3/

Track 9: I Don’t Want the Juul by DEL

So, this song has a special place in my heart because I actually know the guy who wrote and performed it. His name is Joey and he starred in a show at Suffolk with his band and he is so so talented. He made a Tik Tok with his own song as the sound and it actually popped up on my “For You” page. I was super surprised. Since then, there have been a bunch of people who made their own versions of the video. This song is super funny, very relatable, and overall a really great listen. It’s upbeat but mellow, and has some very dope 80s/90s electro vibes.

https://vm.tiktok.com/HaN7D4/

Track 10: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by AIIVAWN

This is a remix/remake of a classic song commonly associated with Heath Ledger’s stint in “10 Things I Hate About You” (the most superior chick flick, sorry Notebook fans). This remix is really insane. I’ve listened to it a few times and at this point I really might prefer it to the original. Its mellow beats are such a good replacement for the marching band-style heard in the Frankie Valli version. And the added alto saxophone? It’s a great way to incorporate the original brass and jazz sounds, too. I unfortunately couldn’t find it on Spotify, but I’ll link the YouTube video here for you guys. The Tik Toks seen with this sound are more often than not thirst traps or glo-ups, and I hate them, but the song is good so… oh well!

https://vm.tiktok.com/9ctF7v/

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Editor’s Note: Hate is a strong word Emily- tsk tsk! Otherwise nice list.

RIP Pete Frates

By: Gerry Sullivan Twitter: @gerrysullivan12/@UltSportsBlogs

Donate: petefrates.com/donate

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Finals season is upon us, and if you are anything like me you are probably up late into the night, working on assignments that are due or studying for your exams that are coming up. It’s an extremely stressful time of the year and it is easy for you to complain about everything that you have going on and feel sorry for yourself because you are so miserable.

It would have been easy for Pete Frates to do that. For those unfamiliar with his story, Pete was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2012 at age 27. A former Boston College baseball player, Pete was only 5 years out of college when he was diagnosed. He had his entire life in front of him, but suddenly that future was swiped away with his diagnosis. At age 27, Pete was told that his health was going to quickly get worse, and that he did not have much life in front of him. As his disease worsened, Pete was paralyzed and was forced into a wheelchair, lost his ability to talk, and was fed through a tube. With such a terrible situation given to him, it would have been easy for him to give up, feel sorry for himself, and complain to everyone about how his life was ruined.

But he didn’t.

Pete decided he was going to fight ALS, and he fought like hell. He was the one who really helped the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge explode during the summer of 2014, and the Ice Bucket Challenge helped raise $220 million for ALS research. 

Unfortunately, yesterday Pete’s 7-year long fight came to an end, as he died at the age of 34.

Pete Frates is an inspiration. He taught me and many others that no matter how bad a situation gets, you need to keep fighting and try to make the best of it. He inspired everyone he came into contact with, and was the true definition of a superhero. People not only in Boston, but all over the country, will be feeling this loss.

So, during this stressful time where you are facing some small adversity, just take a second to remember how Pete Frates responded to the most severe adversity anyone could face. He’s the ultimate role model, and every single person on this planet can take a lesson from the way he fought a disease in a way that most of us couldn’t. 

Rest in peace Pete Frates. An inspiration to all, and a leader in the fight to stop ALS.

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