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Counterparts in studio

24 Apr 15
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(Counterparts. Image via Google)

More exciting news for the hardcore fans out there!

Counterparts announced the other day that they are working on their fourth studio album, which is set to release later this year. They recently signed to Pure Noise Records, which features bands like The Story So Far, Four Year Strong, and many others.

Watch Counterparts perform a new song, “Burn,” at the below link.

Burn

 

By Jess Kelly

The 1975 working on second album

12 Apr 15
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Some exciting news broke today that The 1975 have begun working on their second full-length album. For those that don’t know about The 1975, they’re an indie-rock band from Manchester, England. Some of their more popular songs are “Chocolate” and “The City”. All we know for now is that they’re in the studio. No news on when the album will be finished or when it will be released. My guess is it will come out late 2015.

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Thanksgiving Song – CMU Style

14 Nov 14
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A CMU Style rendition of Adam Sandler’s Thanksgiving Song filmed and edited by Kayla Niksic and Emily White.

How CMU Students Will Be Celebrating Halloween

31 Oct 14
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A look into how CMU Students will be celebrating Halloween!

Finding Time for a Social Life

30 Oct 14
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Ask Em

Q: Emily, I feel disconnected from my friends, family, and my social life because I’m so busy all the time! How can I fix this?

Finding time to have a social life is something you really have to work hard at. You aren’t in high school anymore where you had an amazing, fun social life. You’re an adult now, meaning you have so many more responsibilities than when you were young. Recognize this and move forward.

Use my de-stressing tips from my last column, but this time make sure to bring your friends along with you! Take them hiking with you or invite them over to your place for movie nights on your day off from work or after school. Get together and form a study group with people from your class and make new friends! Use every chance you have to send a quick text to a friend and together for coffee! FaceTime or Skype friends who are far away.

social life 2It is very important to make an effort to be close to your friends. You need friends to keep you laughing and stress free. Say goodbye to those friends who cause drama and stress. They are toxic. Keep a small group of easygoing friends who are simply just a lot of fun to be around. This will ensure your happiness.

Keeping in touch with your family is something I cannot stress enough. Your family needs to hear from you and be kept in the loop! Now, this does not mean calling them once a month. Call your parents. Regularly. As in once a week or more.

They want to know how you are doing and how your life is changing. Plus, hearing reports of how things are back home are simply comforting. Just the sound of your parents voice will be a de-stressor. Remember, they are adjusting to your new life too. Keep them updated! Tell them you love them!

In this day and age with cell phones that are practically permanently attached to us, there really is no excuse to not find time to keep in touch with friends and your family. A quick text takes no more than a minute, so let someone know you are thinking of them and that you miss them.

Emily White is a Junior at Colorado Mesa University majoring in Mass Communication with a minor in Business.

Keeping Stress Levels In Check

21 Oct 14
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Ask Em

Q: Emily, I’ve been extremely stressed during this semester. What should I do to keep my stress levels in check?

Get Outside!

There is something cleansing to the mind, body, and soul when you immerse yourself in the outdoors. Living in Colorado, we are blessed with unlimited hiking, biking, fishing, and everything in between. Take advantage of it! My favorite thing to do is pack up the car with my little sidekick puppy and drive up into the mountains and go on a long hike.

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Take this time to allow yourself to completely forget about work, school, and other stressors. Simply focus on the way the leaves sound when the breeze ripples through them. Feel the warm sunshine or the cold, crisp fall air on your face. Being in nature is almost intoxicating and it is the best escape.

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Remember, when you sweat and raise your heart rate, you lower your stress levels! So don’t be afraid to really get yourself moving. Amp up your hiking speed or choose trails that are more advanced. Now that’s not to say to push yourself to the limit and completely exert yourself, but really get moving. If you are a beginning hiker (or biker or whatever you may be doing) remember not to push yourself too hard. You want to work up a good sweat and get those endorphins kicking in, but you don’t want to get a head rush and pass out. With anything you do, find your limits and but don’t push them too hard.

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My favorite hiking destination is the Grand Mesa, but especially Old Mesa Creek, which actually used to be the old ski resort! Another favorite of mine is up in Dominguez Canyon at the Bridgeport trail head. You will find an amazing waterfall during your hike that you can stand under (granted that it is summertime).

For more places to visit outside as well as inside, check out the Grand Junction Visitor’s Center website HERE.

If you have a question you’d like me to answer, send me an email at: askem@kmsa913.com

Emily White is a Junior at Colorado Mesa University majoring in Mass Communication with a minor in Business. Be sure to check out her weekly column HERE.
Kayla Niksic, Photographer, KMSA

Finding A Job That Fits Your School Schedule

14 Oct 14
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Emily WhiteAsk Em

Q: Hi Emily, I have been deciding on whether to get a job as a full time student. What should I consider when looking for a job?

Perhaps the most important thing you can do for yourself when finding the right job is to find a job that works with your school schedule. You need to ensure from your work that they understand that you are a full-time college student and your first priority is school. I speak from experience when I say that not every job actually understands this. At my previous job, (we won’t name names) they would constantly schedule me to work a shift when I would be in class. After confronting them about it, I was told, “Well you can’t get everything you want, Emily.” That just didn’t work for me. In fact, you CAN get everything you want, you just have to stand up for yourself and go and search for a job that allows you to have school as your first priority.

A great way to ensure this is to apply for Work Study or Student Assist on campus! There are many jobs available that are all right on campus, which makes it easy and very convenient.

To be eligible for Work Study, you have to first fill out a FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and CMU will base your eligibility on financial need.

For those who don’t qualify for Work Study you still have options! Student Assist provides jobs through the school’s budget. An example of this is working Custodial for the Facilities Services on campus or as a Desk Attendant for a residence hall. For more information, click HERE.

A great benefit of Work Study or Student Assist is that not only do they work with your school schedule, they even have a maximum number of hours you can work during the school week so you don’t get overwhelmed. They make sure school is your first priority. After all, you are paying an ungodly amount for school, so if it’s not your first priority you need to stop and reevaluate.

There are also many other places off-campus that are always on the hunt for responsible, hard working college students. Job searching is very time consuming. You really have to make it a goal to go out everyday and apply to multiple places. Don’t just apply to five places and call it good. To find a job fast, you have to apply everywhere! Don’t limit yourself. I will go into more detail in my future columns about job searching and tips to land a job.

Remember to focus on your school responsibilities first and foremost and you will always be on the right path to success. Keep being a hard worker and you’ll find it pays off in more ways than one.

Emily White is a Junior at Colorado Mesa University majoring in Mass Communication with a minor in Business.

Ray Rice Suspended Indefinitely

09 Sep 14
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Former Baltimore Raven, Ray Rice, was originally suspended two games for knocking his fiancé (now wife) completely unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator. Any NFL sports fan knows that Ray Rice is no small time athlete. Coming into his 6th year in the NFL, Rice has made it to three Pro Bowls and has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season three times in his career. As a main building block into the Baltimore Ravens franchise, Rice was arguably approaching the prime of his career. With these type of accolades, Rice was prime for the big media spotlight. Rice was indicted for third-degree aggravated assault with the possibility of three to five years in jail and a fine up to $15,000.

The oh so “beloved” NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, played his deck of cards in the absolute worst way possible during this crucial situation. Goodell deemed that a two game suspension was fitting for the man who knocked his fiancé out in the elevator. This means that Rice was scheduled to miss only 120 minutes of action on the field. After Goodell smacked the gavel on the case, social media went ballistic. NFL players, coaches, fans, females, and non-sports fans across the world voiced their disapproval towards the commissioner’s decision. This is the same commissioner who granted Denver Broncos kicker, Matt Prater, a four-game suspension for drinking a few beers at his house during the offseason. FOUR games for LEGALLY enjoying his time away from football. This decision represented the NFL very negatively.

The NFL tried to even the score by setting a new domestic violence standard into play. First offenders will receive a six game suspension while second offenders receive banishment from the league. The ban can be appealed after one year. This was the very least the NFL could do to get their reputation back on the right track. Weeks following the incident, Goodell admitted to the error in judgment by saying only suspending Rice for two games was a mistake.

On September 8, 2014, TMZ released a video to the public showing what actually happened inside the elevator. The video shows Rice meeting up with his fiancé, Janay Palmer, outside of the hotels’ elevator. Rice then proceeds to spit in his fiancé’s face prior to entering the elevator. Once inside the elevator, an argument seems to ensue which ends with Rice throwing a right hook at his fiancée.

Ray Rice then proceeds to drag her out of the elevator as if he was dragging a suitcase around the airport. Palmer stays unconscious for a minute or two until finally waking up on the floor outside of the elevator. After the release of the video, social media again went ballistic. NFL players, coaches, fans, females, and non-sports fans across the world voiced their disapproval towards the commissioner’s decision for a mere two game suspension.

Terrance Knighton, a Denver Bronco, had this to say, “That man should be thrown out the the nfl and thrown into jail. Shame on those deciding his punishment. Smh (shaking my head).”

Knighton continued, “If there’s anyway to open that case up and give this guy the punishment he deserves, it NEEDS to be done. As players we must speak up. Stand up for what’s right. I don’t give a damn who u are or how much money you make. No place for this.”

Knighton received his wish. The Baltimore Ravens cut him from their team, and shortly after the NFL suspended him indefinitely.

Zach Rosenberg, Writer, KMSA
Brenden Fatchett, Editor, KMSA

All opinions expressed by Zach Rosenberg on this website are solely Rosenberg’s opinions and do not reflect the opinions of KMSA 91.3 or their affiliates.

A Shattered Dream

07 Sep 14
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Put away that piggy bank Mr. Moore! Former NHL hockey player Steve Moore settled a lawsuit with former Vancouver Canuck Todd Bertuzzi for an undisclosed amount ranging in the millions. For those of you who are not familiar with the situation, Steve Moore is a former NHL player who spent his career with the Colorado Avalanche. In March of 2004, The Avalanche squared off against their division rivals, the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver was upset at Moore because of a punishing hit he gifted to the NHL leading scorer and Canuck captain, Marcus Naslund. This hit was deemed legal by the NHL and caused a stir amongst the Canuck bench.

Midway through the 3rd period of play, Bertuzzi skated down the ice, squared Moore up, and threw a right hook at the side of Moore’s head. A disgusting play to say the least. Bertuzzi’s only intention was to ensure injury upon Moore and he succeeded. The contact knocked Moore out cold. Bertuzzi then proceeded to drive Moore’s head into the ice as a skirmish ensued on top of them. Moore sustained a concussion and a fractured neck. Moore would never return to play another NHL game. He was just a rookie.

The result of such a careless action? A shattered dream of a young Steve Moore. Of course Bertuzzi showed sympathy in his press conference weeks following the all purposeful “incident” and of course he shed a tear or two for the camera, but was he ever truly sorry? This lawsuit closed one DECADE after the incident. That tells me that Bertuzzi’s priorities were directed more at his own personal endeavors than the dream he took away 10 years prior. Bertuzzi had the ability to play in the NHL again while Steve Moore did not. That sounds a bit unfair to me. Moore fulfilled his childhood dream by making it to the NHL and it all came to an end because of a negligent decision made on the ice. A twenty game suspension was handed to Bertuzzi, or as what I like to call it, a mere slap on the wrist.

No amount of money can compensate for a lost childhood dream nor the pain and agony dealt with every day. When Moore was asked about the large sought after amount of money he was suing for, he stated, “I think any player put in that situation would do the same thing. I can’t recover anything else. I can’t recover my career, the experience of living out my dream from the time I was 2½ years old of playing in the NHL.”

This is the absolute truth! Cheers to you, Mr. Moore!

Zach Rosenberg, Writer, KMSA
Brenden Fatchett, Editor, KMSA

All opinions expressed by Zach Rosenberg on this website are solely Rosenberg’s opinions and do not reflect the opinions of KMSA 91.3 or their affiliates.

Website Redesign!

07 Sep 14
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KMSA 91.3 welcomes you to our new website!

Our new website will further our ability to share content, stories, and information to our followers!

Over the next few weeks, you will continue to see enchantments and new features added as we respond to feedback from you and our other listeners.

Whatever you do, be sure to tune in to KMSA 91.3, the Alternative!