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Linnea Hardin

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Marching Through Dublin With Ashley Otte


Junior Ashley Otte has been a member of Marching Mizzou for three years. She serves as the president of Tau Beta Sigma, an honorary service sorority for band members, and she was in charge of the new band uniforms this year. She recently traveled with about 240 other Marching Mizzou members, faculty, staff and alumni to Ireland to perform in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin.

Her Campus Mizzou: What were some of your favorite memories of the trip?
Ashley Otte: My favorite memories of the trip were the short, sometimes long, bus rides back and forth from hotels to tourist sites to the starts of parades. I was on a really cool bus with an awesome bus driver named Dennis. He taught us the songs “Molly Malone” and “It's a Long Way to Tipperary,” which has the exact same tune as “Every True Son,” and we sang on the bus almost every morning.  My favorite site that we stopped at was this random spot on the side of the road after we left the Cliffs of Moher. The entire ground was covered in limestone. It's actually quite impossible to just describe.

HCM: What did the people of Ireland think of your music?
AO: The people of Ireland seemed to really enjoy our music. “Every True Son” is actually originally an Irish song with different lyrics, of course. Mostly, I think they were amazed by the size of our band. I had several people come up to me and ask just how many of us there were, and when I said about 220, their eyes would get bigger. They'd say something like, "I've never even heard of a band so big!"

Dance Moms: Miami Doesn’t Live Up To Original


Get ready for tears, screaming and drama galore when you tune into Dance Moms: Miami on Lifetime. If you’ve ever seen the original Dance Moms in Pittsburgh, you know what I am talking about.

Staying true to the original, the bickering moms, talented dancers and intense choreographers are back – Miami style. Victor and Angel work together choreographing dances, so along with the moms voicing their opinions to them, you get to see the additional drama and bickering between the two of them.

Many aspects of the show are very similar to the original. Instead of “the pyramid,” Victor and Angel implemented “the list,” in which they put the dancers in order based on their recent attitudes and performances. The setup of the show is essentially the same. The cameras follow the dancers as they learn difficult choreography in a short amount of time, travel to various competitions around the country to compete and win numerous awards. Crying, fighting and yelling fill all the gaps in between. These devoted dance moms are not afraid to make their opinions known, especially when it comes to defending their child.

Despite the drama, this spin-off doesn’t measure up. The Miami choreography does not seem as interesting and innovative. As an avid fan of the original Dance Moms for two seasons (and not missing an episode), I have grown attached to those girls and moms, so my opinion might be a little biased. I don’t know yet if I will continue to watch this season. But I’d encourage you to make tune in and decide for yourself!

Jeff Bethke Performs At Mizzou BYX Island Party


Looking for something to do Saturday, April 14? Beta Upsilon Chi, Brothers Under Christ fraternity, has got you covered! They are throwing their annual evangelical outreach Island Party from 5 to 10 p.m. on the South Quad near Cornell. The party will feature Christian poet and recent YouTube sensation Jeff Bethke, best known for his video called, “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” Christian rapper Da MAC will also perform at the Island Party. Everybody is welcome, so grab your friends and head over to South Quad for a fun night!

Lighthearted True/False Film Lives Up to Expectations


College students and elderly people alike quickly filled Jesse Auditorium and chatted as a four-member band played folk music to pass the time before the showing of The Queen of Versailles at the True/False Film Festival.

The film opens as Jackie Siegel poses seductively on the lap of her husband, David Siegel, and a photographer takes pictures of them.

David, 74, and Jackie, 44, have eight children and a house of 26,000 square feet, which Jackie describes as “bursting at the seams.”

This large, wealthy family decides to build what would become the largest home in America at 90,000 square feet. As images of a room filled with $5 million works of marble appear on screen, incredulous gasps echo throughout Jesse Auditorium.

“This is, like, the nicest, grandest house in all of the United States right here,” Jackie says about the house inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France.

However the plot takes a twist when David, owner of Westgate timeshares, finds himself in financial trouble. He can no longer afford to keep his company running and lays off 7,000 employees.

Although this film contains images of a grand, luxurious house, it also manages to capture the brokenness of the family inside it. “Nothing makes me happy these days,” David says at one point.

David often comes home from work and refuses to eat dinner with the family. In one scene the couple’s teenage daughter, Victoria, goes into David’s study room and yells at her father for treating Jackie rudely and for not eating the meal they had prepared for him. During this scene Jackie stands by silently, watching her daughter stick up for her. When Victoria storms out of the room, she says that she hates her dad.

Formal Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa Speaks At Jesse Hall


Calling all Cardinals fans! Former Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa will come speak in Jesse Auditorium at Mizzou  Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to this event are available for purchase at MSA/GSP Box Office at the Student Center. Tickets cost $10 for MU students and $12 for the general public.
La Russa’s presentation will focus on leadership, success and management. A signing will be held at the University Bookstore at 4 p.m. earlier that day. La Russa has managed over 5,000 games and retired three days after the Cardinals won the 2011 World Series. This presentation is sure to be a grand slam!

Her DJ: Houston's Hits


With the recent death of singing sensation Whitney Houston, it only seemed fitting to reflect on some of her best songs throughout her career. This singer, known for herstrong soulful voice, left a lasting impact on the music industry and her fans. I found myself listening to Whitney songs nonstop for hours on end, trying to pick a handful of my favorites, and these are the five hits I finally decided upon.
1. “I Will Always Love You”
Whitney, I will always love you for making this song famous. Though Dolly Parton originally performed the song, Whitney’s rendition brings out a soulful sound that captured the hearts of people all around the world. Suitably, a recording of this song played in the sanctuary at the end of Whitney’s funeral.
2. “I Look to You”
This touching ballad uplifts broken spirits with lyrics like, “And when all my strengths are gone, in you I hear a song.” Released in 2009, “I Look to You” signified Whitney’s road to recovery from her drug addiction and abusive marriage. In an interview with Oprah in 2009, Whitney described this song as the essence of her final studio album.
3. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
“Don’t you wanna dance, say you wanna dance, don’t you wanna dance” along with Whitney’s hit song, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”? You can’t help but rock out to this song in the privacy of your dorm room or crank the volume up while driving around in your car. In 1988, this sensation took the prize of “Favorite Pop/Rock Single” at the American Music Awards.

The Cupcake Craze Hits Columbia!


Prepare yourself for an instant sugar rush when you sink your teeth into a delicious cupcake from The Velvet Cupcake. Sure to satisfy even the most intense sugar cravings, these cupcakes make the indulgence. You can forget about your resolutions to eat healthier as you step inside downtown Columbia’s hottest new cupcake and wedding cake shop, which opened this past December next to The Tiger Hotel. In all seriousness, though, these blissful desserts are worth the extra calories!

Trying to choose one cupcake is like trying to pick your favorite sister. You just can’t do it! We at Her Campus Mizzou suggest going to The Velvet Cupcake with a group of friends and splitting as many different flavored cupcakes as you can afford.

Red velvet remains a fairly constant flavor at The Velvet Cupcake, but the shop rotates among a variety of other flavors, such as tiramisu, triple chocolate ganache, and wedding cake. They also have sugar-free options, including carrot and strawberry.

The cupcake that immediately caught my eye was the peanut butter cup. Both peanut butter and chocolate frosting are swirled into a heaping pile atop this chocolate cupcake, and let me tell you, this beauty tastes as good as it looks.

Based on the recommendation of the woman behind the counter, I also tried cookies and cream. This one is perfect for days when you have an especially strong sweet tooth. The delicious frosting tasted like the inside of an Oreo, and with bits of the cookies mixed in, it complemented the chocolate cake nicely.