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It may seem counterintuitive, but with instant access to more recorded music than ever before in human history, it’s easy to get stuck in a listening rut as a college student today. Websites like Amazon and iTunes analyze users’ tastes in order to suggest music similar to what they already like, leading to more opportunities to listen to the same genres, but fewer opportunities to branch out and discover new types of music.
There are very few pure college students left, with regard to social media, and those who have managed to resist and abstain for this long probably have a level of mindfulness that’s long been unattainable for the rest of us. But participating in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram doesn’t have to mean being drawn into a vortex of FOMO and despair every time you sit down to write a Daily Gamecock article (or a paper for a class). There are countless websites dedicated to helping you procrastinate while — maybe, sort of — bettering yourself. Here are a few of my favorites.
Alan Rickman, the actor best known for playing Professor Snape in the "Harry Potter" films, died of cancer on Jan. 14 at the age of 69. He was widely beloved by other actors and movie fans, and, like singer David Bowie who died earlier this week, Rickman’s cancer was not known by the public before his death, resulting in much surprise from his fans — including J.K. Rowling, author of the "Harry Potter" books.
Danielle Talley has been huge video game fan since high school, when The Legend of Zelda and World of Warcraft consumed her time. It’s only natural that the fifth-year computer engineering student's interest in playing games would expand into designing them — an activity she decided to share with other students, when she started USC’s Carolina Gamers Club a semester ago.
Fourteen months ago, podcasts were on the margins of entertainment media. They were no longer new, having originated in the early 2000s, and seemed to be going the way of Betamax and MySpace.
Jonathan Franzen epitomizes the temperament of the American Midwest. In interviews, he speaks lightheartedly but with intensity, thinking carefully about each word. A devoted birdwatcher, Franzen is nothing if not mild-mannered, contrasting sharply with his bold new novel, “Purity.”
"Radius" by Allen Stone
In 1908, painter Georgia O’Keeffe was feeling discouraged about her artistic career and decided to abandon it. She got a job as a commercial artist in Chicago for a few years, then went to Columbia University to pursue her teaching degree. By the time she took a job in 1915 as a teacher at Columbia College, here in Columbia, she was trying her hand at being a painter again.
Five noteworthy musical side projects that deserve more attention and appreciation.
Korean and American culture collided this Saturday as Columbia residents spent Halloween day at the 11th annual South Carolina Korean Festival at the Korean Community Presbyterian Church. Started to celebrate and promote Korean culture in Columbia as well as to benefit local charities like the Oliver Gospel Mission, Harvest Hope and Sistercare, among others, the Korean Festival included more than 20 dance performances, three food vendors offering a number of Korean dishes and multiple bouncy houses for kids to enjoy.
If you acquired the bulk of your knowledge of American history from public schooling and pop culture, you may have noticed a certain paradox: While patriotism — maybe even nationalism — is undeniably robust in the United States, there’s a near-ubiquitous dullness that tinges the images of our past in our collective subconscious.
Despite last week’s flooding and its consequent curfew, USC’s annual amateur drag pageant, Mr. and Ms. Gaymecock, was a huge success. Organized by IRIS at USC, Gaymecock was hosted by established local drag queen Patti O’Furniture at PT’s 1109 in the Vista, and the bar was packed, with only a small area left for contestants to strut through the crowd.
Never underestimate the South's love for okra. This weekend saw the 42nd annual Okra Strut in Irmo, South Carolina, a local festival harkening back to the city's okra-farming past. Irmo's biggest city-sponsored event of the year, the Okra Strut was a success yet again, featuring food, rides and live music. While the actual okra component of the Strut was downplayed aside from a giant, anthropomorphic piece of okra, attendees seemed pleased with the variety of non-okra themed activities that were available.
Students know there’s a wide variety of settings, activities and experiences to be found in Columbia — anybody who needs a break from classrooms and residence halls has options ranging from Maxcy Gregg Park to the Blatt P.E. Center to the W. Gordon Belser Arboretum.
Metalcore is not necessarily a universally beloved genre, even among college students. Even the tiresome response to a polite question about someone’s musical taste, “anything but country,” arguably includes an implicit “and anything that features screaming.” Even though this may be true, Minnesota metalcore band Reflections' new album “The Color Clear" is surprisingly therapeutic when approached with an open mind.
Going to school with more than 30,000 other students definitely has its benefits — such as friends to share any interest and large university resources for every type of research project — but the constant interactions can be taxing.
Food trucks have become a big deal in Columbia this year. From the South Carolina Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival in April to the Food Truck Wars Festival earlier this month, the Columbia community has quickly discovered the appeal of portable restaurants.
Sketch comedy, as a medium, has seen some pretty widespread changes over the past decade or so. The year 2005 saw the birth of YouTube, arguably the most responsible party for the brand of professionally produced observational comedy videos that now dominate the Internet, and as a consequence, the current reigning set of comedians and companies producing original content is much different from that of ten years ago.
Toast! Improv lets a diverse group of students take risks together while entertaining.