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Bucknell Concert Committee: Behind the Scenes

10/14/2014

Jaaason Deruloooo. Pretty soon, Bucknellians will be able to hear live the pop star infamously sing his own name in that tone you all know so well. On October 25th, 2014, co-headliners Jason Derulo and Chance the Rapper will perform at the Gerhard Fieldhouse.  With big performers such as these, many Bucknell students wonder how the Bucknell Concert Committee is able to select big artists to come to our school and how they are chosen. As a member of the Concert Committee, I have a “behind the scenes” look at the process.

Don’t delete your email! Take the survey:

At the end of each concert, Concert Committee sends a survey to the student body asking their thoughts on the concert. Did you enjoy your experience? Did you like the artist? We also ask students who they would like to see come to campus next. This year, students responded to our survey saying they wanted a pop artist or “someone they just wanted to dance to!” With these answers in mind, members of the Concert Committee generate a list of artist they think would be popular at Bucknell and who they think would put on a great show.

The middle man:

We then send our generated list of potential acts to our agent (yes, we have an agent). He then tells us who is available and who is in our budget. Our agent also gives us advice on what artists other colleges are looking at or who is popular now/up-and-coming that we should look in to. After looking at who might be available, the Concert Committee puts in a bid for an act (usually two different performers) and we then wait to see if that artist accepts our bid.

Possible obstacles:

#YesIDidEatThat: The Art of Eating Your Way Through Instagram

9/20/2014

Imagine this. You’re out to eat at your favorite Italian restaurant with your friends. Your waiter approaches you, holding the most perfect looking margarita pizza in his hand. He sets this flawlessly crafted pizza in front of you. The crust is golden brown, the redness of the tomatoes and sauce is bright and smooth, and the buffalo mozzarella cheese is melted to perfection, scattered throughout the pizza. With a presentation such as this one placed right in your face, what is your first instinct? Not to immediately grab the first slice, but naturally to take a picture, add a filter, and post it on Instagram for the rest of your friends to drool over (p.s. this is was not just a scenario and I have the picture below to prove it).

While some may argue pictures of food are annoying or pointless, I have no doubt that it has become a trend in our generation. There is an art behind Instagraming your savory food and it goes beyond choosing the right filter (my go-to is Valencia, you can never go wrong with Valencia). And whether you like to admit it or not, we all know your end goal: LIKES. Food instas are always guaranteed for a lot of “likes,” they are crowd pleasers. That melting s’more by the fire or cheesy Mac ’n Cheese is definitely going to be double tapped by your followers.

Embody one of these ’gramers and perfect the most fabulous food Insta.

We Did It

5/7/2014

Each year, Bucknell Student Callers reach out to alumni and ask them to contribute a donation to the annual one-day Annual Fund giving challenge. This year, on April 24, Bucknell reached its goal more than five times over! According to Bucknell’s website, “this year’s theme was “$250K in a Day.” The Bucknell Board of Trustees pledged $50,000 for every 250 gifts made to the Annual Fund on April 24, up to a total of $250,000 for 1,250 donors.” Bucknellians all over the world in Australia, Europe, Asia and Africa were contacted to participate in the challenge. As the day went on and Bucknellians continued to donate, President Bravman and his wife, Professor Wendelin Wright, pledged $10,000 if the Annual Fund team reached 2,500 donors. The Student Callers passed this goal a short two hours after President Bravman’s pledge. The success of this giving challenge demonstrates the dedication and supportiveness of Bucknell’s community! Keep on giving, Bucknell.

           

Read more here!

http://www.bucknell.edu/news-and-media/current-news/2014/april/bucknellians-rally-to-raise-16-million-in-one-day.html

Meet: Jessica Maguire

5/5/2014

Meet Jessica Maguire! Jessica is very involved on Bucknell’s campus. As a member of Chi Omega, Jessica was recently awarded with the honor of being Sorority Woman of the Year. She also was a Homecoming Hostess in addition to being an Orientation Leader. Learn more about Jessica here!

 

How does it feel to be Sorority Woman of the Year? What kind of work went into earning this honorable title?
I am truly honored to be Sorority Woman of the Year on a campus of so many amazing women. My sisters in Chi Omega promised me a chance to flourish. By giving me two executive positions and a ton of support, this dream was a reality. While the title is nice, I am most excited about the two major philanthropy events my sisters and I were able to host this year, granting two Make-A-Wish wishes.

 

When did you start to become involved on campus? How do you balance everything you’re involved in?
While I first became involved on campus in the Catholic Campus Ministry, I gained my first leadership position as an Orientation Assistant. From there, I was lucky enough to join the sisters of Chi Omega and later that semester, receive my position as an Orientation Leader! Balancing everything was difficult at times, but I had many Bucknellians help me along the way, especially when I was only running on a few hours of sleep! 

 

Campus Celeb: Jen Lassen

4/29/2014

Meet our very own, Jen Lassen! Jen is very involved on campus. As a member of our Her Campus team, Jen is also the Editor-in-Chief for The Bucknellian. Recently, Jen was also elected the Concert Committee Chair for next year. Learn more about Jen! 

As a member of Her Campus and the EIC for The Bucknellian, when did your love of writing and journalism begin?

I've always loved to write ever since I was a little girl. I've kept journals for as long as I can remember, and English was my favorite subject growing up. During my senior year of high school, I decided to take a journalism class with encouragement from one of my favorite English teachers. In that class, I worked as an editor on our high school newspaper and fell in love with journalism as a way to tell other people's unique stories.

How did you become involved in The Bucknellian? 

From my experience with journalism in high school, I signed up right away for The Bucknellian at the activities fair during Orientation! Immediately, I started covering campus events, news stories, etc. and soon after joined the newspaper staff as Assistant News Editor. Since then, I've served as the (then) Arts & Life Editor, News Editor, Director of PR, and have just concluded my term as Editor-in-chief.

How is The Bucknellian different from other organizations on campus? 

Meet: Will Evans

4/24/2014

Meet Will Evans! A peer educator for Speak Up Bucknell, Will is co-coordinating a training program for fraternity men to Speak Up against the bystander model. Read more to see how he got involved with this organization and more about his experiences as a leader at Bucknell!

1. When did you first become involved with Speak Up Bucknell?
I first became involved with Speak Up Bucknell my sophomore year. Back in 2011, which seems like a long time ago.

2. How did you become involved with Speak Up Bucknell?
I became involved with Speak Up because through a series of serendipitous events, I ended up at discussion about sexual assault the fall of my sophomore year. The discussion seemed productive and interesting, and Tracy and Marie were handing out information about their new program, Speak Up Bucknell. I wasn't involved with much on campus and decided on wanting to make a lasting impact on sexual assault education here, so I filled out the application, pretended some professors would recognize my face, and ended up joining the programs inaugural group that spring. I've enjoyed it ever since.

Campus Cutie: Bryan Horowitz

4/15/2014

Name: Bryan Horowitz
Hometown: Chappaqua, NY
Major: Economics & Environmental Studies
Class Year: 2016

The Basics:

Favorite book: Eragon Favorite Movie: Frozen (hey, let it go is real catchy) Favorite Store: Costco Most Played Song on your ipod: Hang Out by Radical Something Favorite Class at Bucknell: Environmental Policy & Politics with Professor Wooden Campus Activities: Orientation Leader, Tour Guide, VP of Environmental Club, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Investment Club, Fundraising Committee for Relay for Life, Green Fund, Club Soccer Campus Posse: Mod 33, Club Jim, Sig Ep Brothers General Interests: spikeball, KanJam, koob, kendama, travel, sports, hanging out with friends, campfires Little Known Fact: I may or may not have had to have a pair of jeans tailored to fit my butt

 

Girls, Girls, Girls:

Relationship: Nope What do you look for in a girl: Someone who is honest, athletic, likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain Female turnoff: No sense of humor Celebrity Crush: Jennifer Aniston

Best of the Rest:

Proudest Accomplishment: Getting into Bucknell Where do you see yourself in 10 years: Spending my winnings from the lottery on my wife and kids 3 words to describe yourself: Driven, spontaneous, understanding

 

Drunkorexia

4/11/2014

The high prevalence of eating disorders among young women today is continually growing. Anorexia and bulimia seem to be the two most common and talked about eating disorders. Both conditions are triggered by an obsessive fear of gaining weight. But with all the new diet trends today, girls are finding new ways to lose weight in an unhealthy manner other than anorexia and bulimia. So, have you heard of drunkorexia? This is a new phenomenon to me. Drunkorexia is not a medical term, but a slang expression used to describe another eating disorder. Drunkorexia happens when a person has the habit of restricting food calories to make room for alcoholic drink calories. Studies have shown that approximately 30% of women between the ages of 18-23 diet just so they can drink. 

Drunkorexia is most prevalent in college women (and sometimes college men as well) and stems from the fear of gaining weight from drinking alcoholic beverages. Sure, you can drink a Skinny Girl margarita, but it is no lie that alcohol is high in calories. Often times, this slips peoples minds when they’re enjoying a drink or two with their friends. Here is an approximation of the amount of calories in “basic” alcohol:

1 beer= 154 calories (regular) 103 calories (light) 1 shot of 80-proof gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, tequila= 97 calories 1 glass of red wine= 125 calories 1 glass of white wine= 121 calories

Campus Cutie: Anthony Gingerelli

4/7/2014

 

Name: Anthony Gingerelli
Hometown: Worcester, Mass.
Major: Accounting & Financial Management
Class Year: 2015

 

The Basics:

Favorite Book: The Little Engine That Could Movie: 50/50 Store: WalMart.. all the essentials Song: “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys Class: American Judicial Politics with Prof. Meinke Activities: Lots of baseball, BSG Exec Board, newly selected OA Campus Posse: Baseball Team, Phi Psi, BP5 General Interests: Sports, people, Bop-It, heaven   Little Known Fact: I'm extremely jealous of Corey Furman's facial hair

Girls, Girls, Girls:

Relationship: Nope Look For in a Girl: nice smile, happy, funny, outgoing Turnoffs: Arrogance Celebrity Crush: Alicia Keys

Best of the Rest: 

Proudest Accomplishment: Having the opportunity to play baseball at such a great school. Where do you see yourself in 10 years: One day at a time… Three Words to Describe Yourself: Optimistic, unpredictable, cool?

Campus Cutie: Cole Jordan

3/31/2014

Name: Cole Jordan
Hometown:  South Orange, NJ
Major:  Civil Engineering
Class Year: Sophomore

The Basics:

Favorite book: The Giver Favorite Movie: Space Jam Favorite Store: Fight Club Most Played Song on your iPod: Power Trip – J. Cole Favorite Class at Bucknell: Econ 103 with Ian Campus Activities: Local GDI Campus Posse: Mod City and the Fine Gentlemen of Chay General Interests: Freestyling, dancing, Chinese, snowboarding, basketball, shoes, and cats Little Known Fact: Lived in Beijing for a semester

Girls, Girls, Girls:

Relationship: Eligible Bachelor What Do You Look For In A Girl: Funny, good personality, confident, brunette Female Turnoff: Being crazy, bad breath Celebrity Crush: Jhené Aiko….. Alison Brie. Either works with me

Best of the Rest:

Proudest Accomplishment: Probably this Where Do You See Yourself In 10 Years: Traveling the world, running my own business, and living on the beautiful island of Tobago Three Words To Describe Yourself: Ice-Cole, J.Cole, Hercoles