Hofstra Spring Music Fest 2014

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Hofstra University’s Spring Music Fest 2014 did not fail to bring out the dancing fool in me.

If you follow me on Spotify, you’ll notice that I listen to a lot of alternative rock and pop music. Hence, this year’s lineup of ASTR, Vic Mensa, SZA, and Young the Giant made me extremely excited.

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The only rides this year were inflatable, so I didn’t really go on anything except the slide with my friend Aja. My jeans weren’t slippery enough to go down, so Aja’s satin-like romper wasted no time pulling me down. If we weren’t holding hands, I would have been stuck there for a bit!

Aja and I at the Hofstra Music Fest

We also got some really cool free stuff, including sunglasses, beach balls and airbrush tattoos!

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First up was pop/rock duo Zoe and Adam of ASTR. They performed a few songs from their new EP Varsity including my favorites, “Blue Hawaii” and “Operate.”

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Might I add that Zoe sure knows how to move those hips! Dayum girl!

Next up was Vic Mensa from Chicago. If you learn anything from Mr. Mensa it’s, “Make money, but the money you make don’t make you.”

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I can’t stop dancing to his new single “Down on My Luck.” It’s so good!

Sub-headliner SZA put us all in a mellow state of mind with her beautiful R&B vocals. She sang crowd-pleasers “Babylon” and “Child’s Play.”

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At one point during her performance she told us she was self-conscious because her clothes kept falling off. She still looked cute!

Then came the moment we’d all been waiting for: Young the Giant.

They opened with “Anagram,” one of my favorites off their new album Mind Over Matter.

Lead singer Sameer Ghadia explained to us that the guitarist traded pants with someone for inexplicable reasons. I gotta say, he worked those baggy floral pants!

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After singing some of my all-time favorites, including “Cough Syrup” and “Eros,” Ghadia did the unthinkable:

He came off the stage and into the crowd during their closing performance of “My Body”!

I was standing against the gate, so I got to touch his armpit! AHHHHH!

I can’t believe this was my last Spring Music Fest as a Hofstra student. Hopefully next year someone can bring me as a guest?

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Entertainment Unlimited Presents: The Burlesque Show 2014

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Burlesque is officially the best form of evening entertainment.

Hofstra’s burlesque show on April 25th at Hofstra USA was a blast. This year, the company sent us two boylesque dancers. I knew they existed, but boy was I in for a treat!

Most of the things I had to say about the show are in my audio slideshow below.

The talent for the evening included British host/balloon twister Kenwyn Dapo, Peekaboo Pointe, Topher Bousquet (aka “The Most Bendable Boy of Burlesque”), Poppy Tart, and Chris Harder.

I couldn’t tell which amazed me more: the balloon twisting, the merman contortionist or the “Chicken Licken” routine.

My favorite performance of the evening was Peekaboo Pointe’s Gatsby-esque routine.

Her costume looked like something straight out of Jordan Baker’s closet. Her pearls were simply stunning.

Overall it was a great night. I still can’t believe it was only $3!

Follow the dancers on social media:

Peekaboo Pointe:
Twitter:  twitter.com/Peekaboopointe
Instagram: instagram.com/peekaboopointe

Topher Bousquet:
Twitter: twitter.com/FlexTopher
Instagram: instagram.com/flextopher

Chris Harder:
Twitter: twitter.com/chrisharderxxx
Instagram: instagram.com/chrisharderfilms

Poppy Tart:
Twitter: twitter.com/_PoppyTart_
Instagram:  instagram.com/misspoppytart

Exclusive #DopeArt2 Interview With Artist Henry J Fuller

"Beyoncé XO" and "Lil' Red Riding Rihanna"

“Beyoncé XO” and “Lil’ Red Riding Rihanna”

If you love pop culture, then your heart will burst with excitement when you see Henry J Fuller’s artwork. On March 24th, his #DopeArt2 exhibit opened at Hofstra University’s student run FORM Gallery, and even though I couldn’t make it, I can imagine how much everyone loved the paintings.

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“Oh Miley”

#DopeArt2 is the sequel to Fuller’s #DopeArt exhibit featured in FORM Gallery during the Fall 2013 semester. #DopeArt focused more on the male Hip-Hop scene, while #DopeArt2 lends a hand to some of the leading ladies in the music industry. The exhibit includes paintings of Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna. Also thrown into the mix are portraits of Michael Jordan, and a scene from the popular television series Breaking Bad.

I was lucky enough to catch up with the artist behind all this pop culture magic a few days after #DopeArt2‘s opening reception.

Me: What was your inspiration for this exhibit? 

Henry Jordan Fuller: My inspiration for #DopeArt2 was the introduction to my #DopeArtDivas collection. In my first #DopeArt exhibit I mainly focused on male Hip-Hop artists with a lot of tattoos as well as top name male Hip-Hop artists in the industry. So for my 2nd showcase, I kind of wanted to focus on popular females in the industry as well as expand the size of my canvases from 18×24 to 24×36.

Me: How long did it take to finish each painting?

HJF: Usually it takes me at least a week to do a painting, but my showcase was pushed forward a whole month, so I did six out of seven of the #DopeArt2 collection within 2 weeks, each taking between 1-3 days.

Me: What is your favorite part of the exhibition process?

HJF: My favorite part of the exhibition process is creating detailed portraits of popular celebrities that can easily catch any onlookers attention.

Me: Which painting is your favorite?

HJF: By far my favorite portrait of my whole #DopeArt2 collection is my 36×48 Breaking Bad portrait entitled “Scavenger Hunt”. Breaking Bad is my favorite show, and I really enjoyed creating this piece.

“Scavenger Hunt”

Me: How did you come up with such cool titles for your paintings?

HJF: All of my titles were added on last minute, but I just wanted to create catchy titles that fit both the painting as well as the artists’ careers. The [Michael Jackson portrait’s] title “I Got my J’s Tho” is just a popular saying among sneaker collectors. All of my titles were thought of last minute.

Me: Will you be selling and/or have you sold any of these paintings? If so, for how much? 

HJF: The only portrait from this collection that I’ve sold is my “I Got my J’s Tho” Michael Jordan portrait, and that was for $700, which is my highest selling painting thus far. I do a lot of commissions, so I’m not in a rush to get rid of these portraits, but I do plan to sell for around the same, with the exception of my “Scavenger Hunt” Breaking Bad portrait which I would like $1300 for.

Me: Anything else you’d like to add?

HJF: Follow me on Instagram to keep up with my latest artwork @kinghpromo & @dopeart___

Be sure to follow Henry J Fuller on Twitter to stay up to date on what he’s working on!

Barnes and Noble Dream Class: Comedy Writer Alida Nugent’s “Crucial Info for Surviving Your 20s”

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From: togather.com

On October 1st, I received an email from the Hofstra Barnes and Noble Bookstore about a Dream Class that students could vote to bring to campus.

Ask me again which courses were available or which one I voted for. I honestly can’t remember, but I do remember claiming my free ticket when I read that we won the BNC127 course “Crucial Info For Surviving Your 20s.”

The first 20 students were able to snag free tickets to the event with speaker Alida Nugent, a 25 year old blogger and comedy writer from Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse and the genius behind the blog The Frenemy.

Alida Nugent had quite the list of tips for us that night.

She’s very serious about helping 20somethings not screw up after college. She told us that one night, as she was typing up a paper with some alcohol in hand, she accidentally spilled it all over her computer causing her to lose all of her files.

So her first tip, of course, was backup your computer.

    Event page for BNC127 "Crucial Info for Surviving Your 20s" on Nov. 20th

Event page for BNC127 “Crucial Info for Surviving Your 20s” on Nov. 20th

There were a few other tips that were worth noting from her speech:

1. Throw away some of your clothes after college. When you move into a NYC apartment, half of your clothes won’t fit, and more than half of them are no longer appropriate for your age.

2. Learn how to cook a meal under $10. “Just put sh*t on starch,” she recommends.

3. Get a plant before you get a pet and see if you can take care of it.

4. Keep a list of at least 5 phone numbers in your wallet. (She left her phone and keys in her apartment once, and ended up having to ask her boss to Facebook message her roommate to let her in. “How professional,” she joked).

5. Don’t think that being in your 20s means you can’t still be a kid sometimes. “So eat ice cream for dinner, stay on Facebook all day, and go up to the roof and scream your heart out” if you want to.

20 is just the beginning. Apparently, it gets worse!

Follow Alida Nugent on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram.

Hofstra Fall Fest 2013 and Aziz Ansari Comedy Show

Saturday, September 28th was a very exciting day at Hofstra University.

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Even before the Fall 2013 semester began, there were rumors that Ke$ha would be performing at the Vibe Live concert on campus for homecoming.

I can imagine how happy Hofstra students were when Entertainment Unlimited finally released the full lineup.

As a commuter, of course the first thing that caught my eye that day was all of the cars parked in places that student cars don’t usually park. I was starting to worry that the shuttle wasn’t going to be able to let me exit at Hofstra USA to get my wristband.

Parade of Floats, Carnival, and Vibe Live

The day kicked off with the Parade of Floats, led by Kate and Willie Pride, the school mascots.

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Following them were the lovely cheerleaders, the nominees for homecoming King and Queen, and the movie themed floats.

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Later on during the festival, Justin Smith of Pennsylvania was crowned King and Rachel Elizabeth of Texas was crowned Queen.

Over on the intramural fields, the 2000 ride caught my eye. My friend Jessica was so determined to ride it as soon as we were allowed to enter at 2pm.

IMAG2545Jessica was the first to start screaming when the ride started to spin around in circles on a different axis after every 20 seconds or so. Chad and Mrs. Johnson were also screaming like mad, and I could not stop laughing.

After 2000, we went on the swings, hoping that we wouldn’t fly out and end up on the south side of campus.

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On the Swings
Front (l-r): Chad and Jessica
Back (l-r): Me and Mrs. Johnson
Photo Credit:  Jessica Johnson

The Vibe Live concert began with cover band Bon Journey.

If you haven’t already figured it out, they sing covers of Bon Jovi and Journey songs.

The lead singer had some trouble hitting the high notes. At times it sounded as if he were screaming.

Their cover of “Don’t Stop Believing” was very well orchestrated.

Next up on the lineup: Sugar Ray.

Cue moment when everyone born circa 1990 realizes that they’ve probably heard these songs before somewhere.

Lead singer Mark McGrath is so silly.

“You see this ring?” he said right before the band performed “Fly.”

“This is the no fun ring,” he said, referring to the band on his third finger.

I mean, if that’s how you feel after being married to beautician Carin Kingsland for only a year then…

And to the people in the crowd next to Jessica dancing in circles around a folded sweater:

WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU DRINKING? THIS IS NOT A FREAKING MOSH PIT!

After Sugar Ray, DJ Whatever tried very hard to stall until Ms. Kesha Rose Sebert decided she was ready to sing her little heart out for all of us Hofstrans.

The crowd danced to the “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO and the ancient folk song “Cotton-Eyed Joe,” circa Civil War.

I stopped the shenanigans when DJ Whatever decided to try to make us dance to “Gangnam Style.”

If you were on a blanket in the grass, I hope you danced. In the crowd, no. I’m not going to try riding an invisible horse when I have fourteen people breathing down my neck in desperation for Ke$ha.

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Ke$ha at Hofstra Vibe Live 2013
Photo Credit: Jessica Johnson

Ke$ha opened her performance galactic style with “Warrior,” the song that she named her 2012 album after.

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Ke$sha Performing “Warrior”

Other songs she performed included “Crazy Kids,” “Tik Tok,” “We R Who We R” and “Blow.”

Ke$ha Performing "Take it Off"

Ke$ha Performing “Take it Off”

For “Blah, Blah, Blah,” Ke$ha brought two special dancers onto the stage.

“You know, I have a fetish,” she said before bringing two ginormous eyeballs out for the crowd.

Ke$ha Performing "Blah, Blah, Blah"

Ke$ha Performing “Blah, Blah, Blah”

I can’t lie, Ms. Sebert, I like balls too.

She brought her mom onto the stage during the show, and even filmed some of her MTV documentary, My Crazy Beautiful Life.

Don’t even bother trying to find my face in the crowd when that airs. I’m way to short to be seen in that massive array of insanity.

After an encore, Ke$ha closed the Vibe Live concert with “Die Young.” The confetti cannons exploded everywhere.

When I got home that night, three pieces of the red confetti fell out of my shirt.

Way to go guys. I took your mess home with me.

After all the festivities and fireworks, it was time for some serious comedy with Aziz Ansari at the Mack Exhibition Complex.

Aziz Ansari, “Out Loud” Comedy Show, Dangerously Delicious Tour

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Yes, the guy that plays Tom Haverford on Parks and Recreation. No, Amy Phoeler did not get up on stage with him.

This guy actually got one of the VIP floor seated members to let him read her text messages.

The bar at Dizzy’s better have paid for that advertisement. Now we all know she invited a guy to one of the three bars on the strip.

On a night when those “girls was loooooooooose!”

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If there’s anything I’ll take from Aziz’s comedy show it was this: stop being so rude.

If you meet someone and they take your contact information, what are you going to do when they message or call you?

You can keep making excuses. You can lie to them. You can even get them to actually believe that read receipt you got at 8:49am was a Facebook glitch.

Or you can just be honest.

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Fall Fest 2013 was a blast. And so was Aziz Ansari.

Hofstra Spring Music Fest 2013

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On Saturday, May 4th, 2013 students from Hofstra University treated themselves to the Spring Music Fest.

It was a blast!

There were rides, games, and music, all out on the Intramural Fields. And some crowd surfing. Check out some of the photos on the official Facebook page taken by Jared Cohen!

The lineup included Tune$, Persona, host Erin Willett, Twenty One Pilots, Joey Badass, and Third Eye Blind.

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Erin Willett

During the intermissions, students were encouraged to check out the bands at side stage. One of those bands happened to be my buddy Colin Scanlan’s band The Feel Good. The band also includes members Ian Terry, Trever Crist, and Paul Legerme. They did great job. I especially loved their song “LIFE FIGHT.” Check out their music on bandcamp!

My personal favorites were Erin Willett and Twenty One Pilots.

Erin Willett is a 2011 graduate of Hofstra University and semifinalist on season 2 of The Voice. She not only hosted the Music Fest, but she also sang for us. Her vocals are amazing. She literally blew me away with her cover of “Rolling on the River.” She looked stunning in her Festival Style tee.

Before the festival I did not know a thing about Twenty One Pilots.

I’m quite pleased that I now do know of them because they are so good!

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Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun.

At first I was alarmed by their masks, but then they started to play. Their beats are so catchy, and band members Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are the cutest (once they take off the masks that is)!

These guys performed some seriously catchy beats including, “Holding On To You”, “Migrane”, “Screen” and “Car Radio.” They even came down from the stage with their drums, assembled in the middle of the crowd, and then played for us! At one point, Tyler Joseph said to the audience, “We’re from Ohio, but today we’re from Hofstra.”

You can be a Hofstran any day, Tyler.

Twenty One Pilots won us all over with their mashup of covers, including Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Akon’s “Don’t Matter.”

In the days leading up to the concert, my fellow Hofstrans would not shut up about Third Eye Blind!

And they had reason to, because when they played their famous song “Jumper”, I began to realize something: music brings us together. Although everyone had their different motives for going to the festival, at the end of the day, we were all feeling that same bass guitar coursing through our bodies. We were all standing there, huddled up close at lead singer Stephan Jenkins’ command due to the chilly breeze, swaying to the same beat. Somehow in that moment, we were all connected.

Enjoy some footage from the festival!

WRHU 88.7 FM Hofstra University

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This lovely Monday I spent some time at the radio station WRHU 88.7 at my school, Hofstra University. Autumn and Alex were there hosting Alternative Nation, a segment that plays alternative rock songs from artists such as Sixpence None the Richer, Breaking Benjamin, and my favorite, Neon Trees.

They played some really good stuff while I was there. I sat at the table and jammed out to “It’s My Life” and “Do You Really Love Me?” by No Doubt, and the amazing “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay. They even let me request a song! Watch here.


Clearly I had a good time.

Autumn, a broadcast journalism major at Hofstra who helps out with the show “Alternative Nation” every other Monday from 11am-1pm, let me interview her when the show was over. She’s such a sweetheart. Watch the interview here!


WRHU serves the Long Island, NYC, and Conneticut areas. It is home to the New York Islanders Hockey, and of course, Hofstra Pride sports teams.

The station is known for being the leader in development of multimedia, new media, and diverging media platforms. It is Long Island’s largest radio news station team.

WRHU hosts a variety of shows and segments, including “HMWC” (Hofstra Morning Wake Up Call), “Off the Charts”, “Political Seance”, “Jazz Cafe”, “Polka and Oberek”, “R&B Serenade”, “Dead Zone”, “Women’s Show”, “The Locker Room” and more.

WRHU can be streamed online or via iPhone app. To listen online click for PC or Mac. For the iPhone app click here.

WRHU 88.7 allows students to sign up for a training program in order to help out with the station and/or create their own radio show. A few of my friends have participated in the 10-week training course, and they do not regret having taken it one bit!

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If you’re a musician, you can send your music in and they might play it on the air! Send submissions to:

WRHU Music Director
111 Hofstra University
127 Dempster Hall
Hempstead, NY 11549