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April 01, 2014

Contributed by Paige Newman

The past few months have been crazy. I have had a heavy load of homework with classes and I have not had time to sit down and write.  I just realized that there is only about a month left of school and I will soon be on summer break.  I thought that I would be a bit more excited about this, but the more I think about it the more I realize that I do not want to leave for the summer.  Wilmington has been a great place for me for the past two years and I am sad that I will have to go home for a few months. 

Although I have been sad to think about leaving, I feel better when I think about all of the incoming freshmen who are so excited about summer because it brings them that much closer to coming to Wilmington.  I love meeting freshmen who are just as excited about going to college as I was last year, and still am. 

So as this blog post and this school year come to a close, I will remember not be sad.  Summer brings whole new opportunities and next fall just may be the best year yet.

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Where has the time gone?

February 17, 2014

Contributed by Brad Fuller

Where has the first third of this semester gone!? I cannot believe it has already been five weeks and that I will be going on my final spring break as an undergraduate, especially with all of the snow we have had lately. Prior to this year, I have had a total of zero classes canceled due to snow. This year, we have had three! I’m hoping that New York City has a warm winter next year, as that is where I will be living. I usually don’t make big plans for spring break, but this year I will be going to Louisville to see Arcade Fire, one of my favorite bands! To the average student that wants to go to Florida for break, it may not sound too exciting. But to an avid music fan, it is. I’m also almost finished with my senior sport for athletic training. It will be nice to have some more free time, but it was also nice to learn a lot of new skills that I would not have been able to learn in the classroom alone. It is still crazy to think that all of this is coming up so soon!

Now Listening:
Sun Kil Moon – Benji
(Caldo Verde; 2014)
 

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Some Thoughts on my Senior Sport (Athletic Training)

January 20, 2014

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

As you may remember from my previous blogs, I am the senior athletic training student assigned to the men’s basketball team on campus. I am with the team at [almost] every practice and game, so I get to see all of the injuries from start to finish. I went into the clinical assignment not knowing how much relevant information I would learn because I am attending physical therapy school next year and not continuing as a full time athletic trainer. However, I have gotten to see a lot of injuries and do considerable work with rehabilitation skills, which will be a huge help in my future career as a rehab specialist. As far as the different clinical rotations go, I have by far learned the most in this one. One thing I really appreciate about the athletic training program at Wilmington College is the hands-on experience, which in my opinion is the most important part of learning athletic training or therapy skills. You can learn tons of new information from textbooks or the most recent literature, however nothing beats having ot actually do something in a real life situation and problem solving on your own. It is also better to get this done during a clinical rotation because you have an expert with you at all times to correct you when you make a mistake (and yes, I, as well as all of my classmates, make tons of mistakes as part of the learning process). So far, it has been a great experience that has done nothing but confirm my career choice even more!

Now Listening:
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
(Nonesuch; 2002)
-An incredible alternative-country album that I am revisiting because there isn’t much new music out yet this year, but it is coming soon!
 

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You sound like you have a bright future
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Top 13 from '13

January 15, 2014

Contributed by Brad Fuller

Towards the end of 2013, I wrote an end of the year music list and realized that I didn't share it here. So, here it is. Hope everyone's semester is starting out well!  

 

It’s that time of the year again; the semester has come to an end, the holiday season is upon us, and end of the year music lists. If you have followed this blog for the past few years, you may remember my lists from 2012 and 2011. If not, you can probably find them in the archives. 2013 was a busy year for me, so I only consumed around 50 albums and spent significant time with 25-30 of them. However, I feel this is enough to give a quality top 13 albums from ’13 that you definitely should not have missed. As always, feel free to contact me at bfuller@wilmington.edu or check out my last.fm at www.last.fm/user/bfuller92.

[13] Kanye West – Yeesus

Even though Kanye cancelled on Columbus because his set got destroyed or w/e I still think he is a piece of strange modern art in human form that everyone misunderstands.

[12] Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Who doesn’t love Daft Punk?

[11] DARKSIDE – Psychic

I bet their Halloween show in Paris was amazingly creepy and fun

[10] Mutual Benefit – Love’s Crushing Diamond

It seems to me that there has been a huge lack of new releases in the folk scene recently, but this one definitely does not disappoint

[9] The Knife – Shaking the Habitual

I’m still waiting for them to come to the U.S. (the opening track Tooth for an Eye is my favorite track from the year btw :o)

[8] Sarah Neufeld – Hero Brother

When you go to a show, usually the opener doesn’t have the whole crowd in silence amazed by the sound (unless its Sarah Neufeld, violinist of Arcade Fire who now does solo work).

[7] The Weeknd – Kiss Land

A lot of people criticized The Weeknd for Kiss Land, but honestly I liked it better than any of the parts of The Trilogy

[6] Tim Hecker – Virgins

This is ambient artist Tim Hecker’s best work since he released Harmony in Ultraviolet in 2006.

[5] Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Too long, too boring, too disco, too strange, too much James Murphy, too little insight, too different… the list goes on but I still love Arcade Fire and have tickets to their Louisville show in March!

[4] Disclosure – Settle

So much hype, so much groove, so few disclosure shows near Ohio :(

[3] Colin Stetson - New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light

I saw Colin Stetson live in Cincinnati back in April and it was the most incredible sound I have ever heard; Solo bass saxophone played using circular breathing.

[2] Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

It may have something to do with the fact that I’m moving there in May, but I have been obsessed with New York City-based artists this year; This just happens to be the best album to come out of NYC this year.

[1] Burial – Rival Dealer

If you don’t know anything about Burial, you probably know just as much as those of us that know a lot about Burial. He has been releasing tunes for around a decade, but only in 2008 did he upload a picture of himself to his Myspace (yes, Myspace) after speculations of the anonymous act being compiled by other various musicians. For the past few years, Burial has been releasing spectacular EPs in December; his last full length, Untrue, was released in 2008. This EP is drastically different than previous Burial releases, but it still “sounds like Burial”. He claimed that he wanted the tunes to have an anti-bullying theme and hoped that they could help someone that is going through a rough time in their life. The looped vocal samples bring light to controversial sexual and social issues of the 21st century and the ambience makes the listener question the artist’s intent and personal story. As in previous Burial releases, the looped vocal samples are slightly androgynous and neutral, yet this release focuses more on the vocals and less on musical texture. The EP is a journey unlike Burial has ever taken us on before, and if you only listen to one new release from this year, make it this one.

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Traveling as a Student Athletic Training Student (+ My spring break plans)

November 25, 2013

The WC team warming up at Millet Hall, Miami University

The WC team warming up at Millet Hall, Miami University

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

If you have followed Wilmington College athletics at all in the past week, you should be aware that our men’s basketball team just defeated Division I Miami University 65-63. As the senior athletic training student with the team, I had the privilege of watching the game from the sidelines. Traveling with teams as part of the athletic training staff is always fun because you get to see how other schools do everything from athletic training to their fan base. But getting to travel to a large school with a rich basketball tradition was especially exciting. It was also exciting to see our guys pull off the upset! It is something that hasn’t happened in 3 years (a division III team beating a division I team in basketball) and it was a very fun game to be on the sidelines for.

Music Stuff: Tickets to Arcade Fire’s Reflektor Tour went on sale this past week. The first US tour date is March 6 in Louisville. It just so happens this is during our spring break, so guess who has tickets to the show!?!? If you haven’t heard the album, you’re missing out.

Now listening:
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
(Merge; 2013)
 

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The Beginning of the End

November 15, 2013

If you are into folk at all, you will love this collection of baroque-folk songs from Mutual Benefit

If you are into folk at all, you will love this collection of baroque-folk songs from Mutual Benefit

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

We have finally reached the point in the semester where classes are beginning to wind down and final exam preparation has begun. However, this means that final papers and a final sprint to the end has also begun. As I may have said before, this semester has been my toughest, but that was partly my fault. I knew since the beginning of my Freshman year that I needed to take certain prerequisites for physical therapy school, so this semester I am in three classes I need for that. On top of research in Athletic Training and my senior sport, it is a lot. So here is my advice to incoming students: if you know you want to go to grad school for any reason, work on the requirements early and spread them out evenly! This may mean taking a couple courses over the summer, which is not always fun but it will save you the stress of trying to take everything senior year, which happened to me.

That being said, I have learned a ton this semester, especially with my senior sport for Athletic Training. For the senior sports, we are basically the one student that is supposed to do most of the work, which leads to a lot of learning. With men’s basketball, we have already experienced a number of injuries, all of which I was able to learn how to initially manage and rehabilitate. This will definitely help me in my future as a physical therapist!

Now listening:
Mutual Benefit – Love’s Crushing Diamond
(Soft Eyes; 2013)
 

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10 Things About Me That Make Wilmington College The Perfect Fit!

October 31, 2013

 

Contributed by Paige Newman

1.    1.       I love to sing…

So at Wilmington College I am Music minor.  I take private instruction voice lessons. I am in the College Community Choir, and the College Chorale.

2.       I am from a small town…

Wilmington is small enough that it is not overwhelming, but big enough that there is always something to do.

3.       I love coffee…

Jen’s Deli is a quick walk from campus and there is always coffee at the school’s cafeteria.

4.       I love to talk…

Wilmington College is small enough that you get to know pretty much everyone. 

5.       I like finding cool new things to do…

Wilmington has a Water Polo Club and I like to go watch them play.

6.       I enjoy learning…

The teachers at Wilmington are extremely invested in the students, and they are able to have close relationships with the students that are beneficial to their education. 

7.       I love to read…

The library is full of interesting books and the couch on the second floor is the best reading spot.

8.       I like to take walks…

The Hazard Arboretum is beautiful!

9.       I love Chipotle…

The nearest Chipotle is a short drive away.

10.   I love people…

You will not meet a stranger at Wilmington College.  The people here are very friendly and the community is lovely.  

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A bit on why I love music

October 31, 2013

An early, mysterious Reflektor logo, painted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a couple miles from the graduate school I will be attending next year. At the time, it was unknown that Arcade Fire was randomly putting this symbol all over Brooklyn and the Internet

An early, mysterious Reflektor logo, painted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a couple miles from the graduate school I will be attending next year. At the time, it was unknown that Arcade Fire was randomly putting this symbol all over Brooklyn and the Internet

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

Tonight, I just finished up a large portion of my senior athletic training research project. It feels great to get this far in the project, so I spent some time relaxing and thinking tonight. Every once in a while, it is nice to forget about school for a few. It is a great way to not get too caught up in a routine at school, because that can get exhausting. Without music, I don’t think I would have been able to make it through school. (OK, I would have made it. But it does help me focus a lot, and finding something to help you focus is something I highly recommend).

One way I like to “get away” is through listening to music, but I don’t just casually listen to the radio or the top 40. I love searching to find the best music that is out there today, and I wonder how people can be content with most of the music played on mainstream radio. I think of this because of the release of Arcade Fire’s new album Reflektor. I really got into music in 2006, my freshman year of high school, and Arcade Fire’s Funeral was fairly new at the time (released in 2004). It remains one of my favorite albums to date, but it was also a monumental album in music. Its hard to imagine a future alternative rock album ever being better than Funeral. Reflektor is completely different than Funeral, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet. The lyrics are much darker than their first three albums, but the James Murphy produced sound is more electronic and upbeat. So far, it seems like a proper evolution in sound and expression. But when a band has released an album as good as Funeral, it is difficult to really get into it. If you get the chance, listen to Reflektor (or listen to Funeral first if you have not done so) and tell me what you think!

Now Listening:
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
(Merge; 2013)
 

 

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OCTOBER

October 31, 2013

Contributed by Brad Fuller

 

What a busy time October is! I’m not sure what it is about October, but it seems a large proportion of events occur this month, whether is it midterm exams or fun campus events. A fairly large portion of my senior year in the Athletic Training Program started last week: I began working with my senior sport. My sport is Men’s Basketball, and I will be with them the entire season. As the senior with the sport, I will get to experience everything first hand just as a certified athletic trainer would. Of course we are still supervised, but we are the first ones that get to participate in all of the learning experiences. From talking with seniors in previous years, they seem to think that the senior sport is one of the best clinical experiences because of the amount of time you get to spend with the athletes and how you get to see the progression from the beginning of the season to the end. I am also glad that the season happens while the weather is cold outside! It will definitely give me something to do over winter break.

Now Listening:
The Field – Cupid’s Head
(Kompakt; 2013)
 

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Pumpkin Painting!

October 30, 2013

My pumpkin painting skills need a little work.

My pumpkin painting skills need a little work.

 Contributed by Paige Newman

Hello! Tonight I painted pumpkins with my freshman advisees to get in the fall spirit! This year I have been working as a Peer Advisor.  Essentially I am an extra support for the freshman during their first semester of college.  I just wanted to share a picture of the pumpkin I created during the fun filled night.  

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