"Have you ever heard of the power of suggestion?" hypnotist Greg Steele asked the students at Welcome Days Comedy Night. It seems that no one had ever heard of the power of suggestion, not even UPB to whom many would have "suggested" that Comedy Night be postponed in order to find a more appropriate act.
Of all of this year's Welcome Days activities, last Thursday's Greek Carnival may have been the most welcoming. The field behind Leutner was packed with incoming freshmen and friendly, enthusiastic representatives of over a dozen Greek chapters. The people, the sunshine, and the aroma of deep-fried Oreos (courtesy Phi Kappa Theta) made the atmosphere more than inviting.
After sitting in many meetings, reading countless Observer articles, and chatting with fellow bitter students, I've realized we are closer than ever to campus civil war. Even though Barbara Snyder balanced the budget in a year, provided funding for a new student center, and fixed that annoying cobblestone sidewalk outside of Yost, she has no power compared to the Student Executive Council (SEC).
In the same song from which I pulled this column's name, Stephen Malkmus sings, "You can never quarantine the past." This holds true for all the *NSYNC and Britney Spears you used to listen to and might currently pretend don't exist. I learned that such notions were follies, and to explain how I got there, it may be best to explain the awkward things I grew up listening to.
The beginning of a new semester is a time of fresh faces, swapped stories, and most of all: introductions. As The Observer's beautiful typesetting and talented layout designers have already made apparent (placing it right under the headline) my name is Noah Swartz.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the story of a 23-year-old veteran video gamer, amateur rocker, and Canadian slacker who encounters the seemingly perfect girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers, and must secure their relationship by defeating all seven of her ex-boyfriends in epic battles.
UPB's annual Welcome Back Concert on Friday, Aug. 20 provided an excellent start to the highly anticipated "weekend before classes start." Nashville rocker Meagan Mc- Cormick opened the show. Her blend of dusky vocals and contemplative guitar can be classified as "roots rock," a sub-genre of rock with origins in folk and blues music.