The worst & best Halloween costumes I’ve seen


The worst Halloween costume I have ever seen is a banana costume.

When I was in high school I saw both a student dressed up as a banana and one dressed up as a banana with the peels split down. It was not funny to me until I sat down to hang out with my friend at a table.

When I looked up from my food, I saw the student dressed up like a banana with the peels split down running across the school yard getting chased by a student dressed as a gorilla. Not only that, the gorilla was roaring as it was chasing down the banana.

I realized that the other banana was hiding on the side of a building to avoid being chased by the gorilla and I just couldn’t stop laughing. Even though this was years ago, I could never forget the costumes of the three students because of that movie-style chase scene. Even without the hilarious chase between the bananas and the gorilla, I could not accept the idea of me wearing a banana as a costume for Halloween. Everything is not meant for everyone, and a banana costume is not something meant for me to wear.

The best Halloween costume I have ever seen was when rapper “The Game” dressed up as vocalist Jidenna for Halloween.

For those of you who do not know who Jidenna is, he made the hit song ‘Classic Man’ in 2015. The same year, The Game dyed his hair, wore a suit, and looked similar to Jidenna. The following year, Jidenna dressed up as The Game for Halloween by putting a fake tattoo on his face, wearing a baseball hat with comfortable clothing and jewelry. There was a similar resemblance to The Game as well.

These were such great Halloween costume choices for both celebrities because it has been over two years and it is still shared all over the internet. If any of you have not seen The Game and Jidenna dress up as each other for Halloween, I would recommend you take a look, it is bohumorous and mind blowing how similar they look.

If anyone has a great or horrible costume experience in mind please share your stories. I love Halloween and enjoy the stories that come along with it. If you do not have any humorous stories to tell, meet up with friends or family this year and make some amazing memories.

Have a great October!

Any Plans For Halloween? BOO! SF 2018


With Halloween just around the corner, Insomniac Events returns to San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Historically, Insomniac Events have been known to throw some of the best parties in California all year ’round. From ringing in the New Year with “Countdown NYE”, and a Valentine’s day rave called “Crush”, you can never go wrong with buying tickets to a party hosted by Insomniac.

This year’s Halloween themed rave “BOO!” returns for another year. Much like last year, it will be a two day event. Since the line up for this year’s event has been released there has been a clear divide on the types of genres being represented this time around.

Day One features some of the world’s most celebrated House DJs and producers. Featuring the likes of Habstrakt, the creator of last summer’s festival anthem “Chicken Soup” this first day is full of bass lines and House records that are guaranteed to have you dancing all night. What I find the most interesting is that Malaa is headlining the show and is scheduled to preform right before the well known DJ Afrojack.

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Malaa is signed to the label Confession, pioneered by the French electronic producer Tchami. The Confession recording label has gained a reputation of putting out a number of House records which bring the exotic and seductive sounds of Europe to the United States. Making his debut to the electronic music scene with his single “Notorious”, it is no doubt that the western rave culture has taken a liking to the Future house sound.

I have noticed that a new trend is starting to take over in the Western Electronic Music scene here in Northern California. Around the time of my first rave in 2016, I saw the Trance and Progressive house DJ ATB. In 2016 Big Room House music was trending here in California through the sounds of Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia.

Fast forward to present day and in 2018 I’ve noticed a number of California raves and festivals are moving away form the Big Room House sound. Instead, there seems to be a trend of Bass House and Future House talent being booked for most of the events here in California.

I am excited to finally see a whole lineup dedicated to the House genre and I am the most excited to see Malaa live, as well seeing Afrojack closing out the show. BOO! SF’s day 2 line up is more of heavy, head banging sound with GTA and Flosstradamus. Be on the look out for my Day 2 preview. Till then, keep it locked here on KSSU.

What is My Favorite Candy and Why is it Not Skittles?


No Blog Boi, my favorite candy is not Skittles (although they are delicious, especially the sour ones). As of right now, my favorite candy is white chocolate Reese’s. My interest for this candy began last semester during the last week of September when I went to Target with a friend and I saw a white chocolate Reese’s in the Halloween section.

It was shaped as a pumpkin and I was interested in trying this new candy so I bought it. Once I had a taste of it, it was so good that I had a craving for white chocolate Reese’s for the rest of that day. The next morning I went to 7 Eleven searching for the candy and lo-and-behold, it was there.

It did not have the Halloween pumpkin on the wrapper similar to the one at Target, but it was on sale at 7 Eleven so that made up for the lack of a fun wrapper. The sale was “buy two King Size Reese’s (milk chocolate, white chocolate, or Reese’s sticks) and get one King Size Reese’s for free”. I assumed it was my lucky day because the sale was a perfect chance for me to get enough Reese’s to take care of my craving so I grabbed it without thinking twice.

I bought the candy and once I returned home I ate the entire pack of King Size Reese’s. I was tempted to open another pack, but then realized I could enjoy the candy for two more days so I saved my two packs of King Size Reese’s and ate one pack for the next two days with pleasure.

I used to enjoy milk chocolate Reese’s, but I have to say that I enjoy white chocolate Reese’s more. I have always had an interest for the taste of white chocolate and so I HAVE to say: whoever thought of combining white chocolate and peanut butter was a creative genius. There are some people that I know who are not interested in white chocolate Reese’s due to personal reasons and I am okay with that, especially if a person is lactose intolerant or they have a peanut allergy.

Not figuring out a favorite candy is okay because there is such a wide variety of candy to choose from, it almost seems crazy to pick just one! I would recommend eating whatever candy makes the body feel satisfied and relaxed after a long day. When doing this, a realization may come to mind that Skittles do fall into the category of being a top favorite candy. However, do not eat too many Skittles as I hear they are addicting. You do not want to get Skittles Pox from eating too many! “Are these contagious? I don’t think so.”

My Summer’s Highlight


The biggest highlight of my summer was going to a Jazz and Blues club in San Francisco called Biscuits & Blues. I was invited to join my sister for my birthday weekend. I am interested in live performances, and this was the first time I was able to see someone perform the Blues music genre live.

The performer was a nineteen year old male from Mississippi named Christone Ingram, better known by his stage name Kingfish. He is a Blues guitarist and a singer and he caught my attention on a few television shows I have been watching on Netflix over the summer. My sister informed me that he was touring this summer and was performing the weekend of my birthday so I was thrilled to see him perform live.

The night of the show, my sister and I went inside the Blues club which was filled with a lot of middle aged couples. The food was amazing and so was the service. Kingfish finally entered the stage with his pianist and drummer and the first few songs they played were his original songs which were heartwarming. I did not realize how much I enjoyed listening to live Blues music until I witnessed his performance. His voice had a mellow tone, and his lyrics were relatable. He went to the crowd to play his last written song,= and when he returned to the stage, he played the guitar with his mouth. I was very amazed with this young man.

The next few songs were from artists I knew such as BB King, James Brown, and more. The music had me reminisce about my childhood because my family would play those artists when I was younger during the holidays.

Towards the end of his show, he asked the audience what the last song should be. Someone said the belated singer Prince which made Kingfish smile. The lights on the stage were different colors, but then they all turned purple. Prince was known for the color purple because he used to wear the color often and even made a song called Purple Rain. Kingfish began to play the song with his guitar and it sent shivers in my body because I am a Prince fan.

When Kingfish’s performance was over, I left the club satisfied. I will definitely enjoy seeing him perform again. For anyone who is interested in listening to blues music, I would recommend visiting Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco. Also yes, they do serve biscuits in case you were wondering. The club has different performers every week so if you’re interested, check out their website. As for Kingfish, I plan on playing his music throughout the semester to bring a new sound to my show. Feel free to check out his music online as well.

I did not expect my birthday weekend to have such a satisfying jazz club experience. I hope all of you enjoyed your summer as much as I did and if not, enjoy this semester by attending events on campus and listening to KSSU. Make every day awesome!

Europe…and then some


DJ Hot Coffey here!  If there was ever a reason for visiting a new country, one might stick the “to find myself” label across their trip photo album.  As luck would have it, I *indeed* needed to find myself, or rather discover a new version of myself that the former semester had beaten to a pulp.  Divulging briefly, I endured a painful break-up, death of 2 friends (1 to suicide), and death of 2 family members prior to this long-awaited trip.  Suffice it to say, I had more than enough ammo to pull the trigger on this MUCH-needed vacation.

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The highlight of my 2018 summer was my first trip to Europe, specifically the Emerald Isle.  I boarded a plane with 3 college guys, and we jetted off to

Manchester and London for the first leg.  The United Kingdom was cool and all:  Parliament, The Ministry of Magic, Piccadilly Circus, REAL Fish n’ chips… but the pure magic (for me anyway) came when we boarded a puddle-jumper to Dublin.  The flight was less than an hour, and I could barely sit still.  Upon landing on the fair greenery, I burst into tears.  This definitely boded well for me – gushing in front of 3 young college men whose sole excitement was in merely trying an authentic home-land Guinness.

Did I mention that visiting the land of my Irish ancestors has been on my bucket list since I was 12 years old?  Ah, yes.  There was passion and depth behind this trip for many reasons (not just the unfortunate affairs listed above).  I came to Ireland in search of peace and joy; however, those elements were already alive within me, and continue to burn within me with each day of purpose… I just got caught up in the shuffle of everyday life!  Happens to us all.

We become sidetracked with rubbish that, in retrospect, all-together won’t matter in the end.  And the longer I stood on that beautiful soil, the more I realized all of the “goods and bads” that I had endured earlier this year.  I hadn’t really processed everything I went through until I stood completely still and took in the sweet Irish air.  Additionally, this culmination of occurrences (including standing there!) had transformed me into THIS woman right here, right now.  And this woman is bound and determined to move forward with this crazy Piccadilly-circus called life.  And to tell ya the truth, she’s pretty freakin’ badass.

To say that my trip to Europe was “amazing” would be a brutal understatement.  It was the trip my soul desperately sought after for so long.  Prior to coming home to MYSELF, I was living, but by mere breaths only.  What a fool I had become to allow external circumstances navigate my internal norms.  I knew who I was, and allowed nonsense to tell me otherwise.  How dare we continue to live a life we KNOW we are not meant for.  How dare we continue to bow down and accept a mediocre life, when we have daringly touched a great one.

Go somewhere you absolutely dream of, and have absolutely no idea of how you will get there.  You will find a way.  You will make it happen.  And you will thank yourself so much once you get there. =)

Treat School like Marvel (5 Steps)


As I sit here and watch “Deadpool 2,” (the latest Marvel film out on Blu Ray) two things come into my mind: 1. God I hope that Ryan Reynolds plays Deadpool forever, and 2. With 20 films currently flying under the Marvel Films Banner, how do they keep audiences interested? As I traversed through the film titles of new and past Marvel movies a-like, thoughts of personal long-term goals arose in my own Cinematic Universe, called “School Life,” (With more sequels then I would like to admit). Here’s my 5 Step Guide on how to make your schooling as successful as a Marvel Movie.

Step 1: You Are Not Alone (Find Help)

Now before some readers mention it, yes I know Deadpool isn’t “officially” part of the Marvel Universe but it is considered in-partnership with Marvel… And that is the FIRST step (Ahhh, see what I did there?) School can be long and hard like Thor’s new battle-axe. So the first step is to realize that you’re not in this fight alone. There are several programs and tutors at your local Stark Tower… I mean college. If you are attending Community College (in California), your tuition you pay for actually covers FREE COUNSELING through your Counseling office at your Community College.

Step 2: Plan for Multiple Villains (Come Prepared)

By Villains, I obviously mean the person who raises their hand in the middle of class to announce that they will be taking over the world. Side Note: If you are a student who wishes to do as such, please refer to Step 1 where I go over seeking counseling. By Villains, I mean challenges that will arrive from the endless waves of Homework, Quizzes, and Tests. I highly suggest using a website called ratemyprofessor.com which allows students to rate their teachers by their effectiveness. Now I know I might get some flak for suggesting this website but the real value in this outlet is that it lifts the veil of what potential course work will be. We as students are either borrowing or paying out-of-pocket thousands of dollars and investing it into strangers hoping that we will be fairly judged, graded, and given equal attention. This is all done with the hopes that we will secure a brighter future for ourselves which will effect the next 60-70 years of our lives (unless you are me because I intend on living forever). Why wouldn’t we wish to arm ourselves with the knowledge of the best opportunity?

Step 3: You have to be Accepted into the Avengers (Teacher’s Good side)

Right out of high-school I spent 5 years as a Teacher’s Aide and gained insight on some of the highest level of insider details about the illusive specimen known as Teachers, and here is the big secret: THEY ARE HUMAN (Que the dramatic gopher). Yes, Teachers are indeed humans with feelings, needs, wants, likes, dislikes, and biases. It is not a guarantee but typically a person will cut more slack for someone they like (it’s human nature). Once I found out that (theoretically speaking of course) if two students turn in identical work with identical effort but the teacher likes one student and dislikes the other student, they could potentially get two separate grades… I turned into Captain America 2.0 faster than you can say “We Have a Hulk.”

Step 4: Even the Odds (Use Statistics to your Advantage)

Statistically speaking, the students who sit in the front row benefit with having a higher level of attendance and grade point averages. So a quick cheat would be to sit in the front row.

Step 5: Act like an Avenger (Fake it ‘Til You Make it)

In Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America is picked on, ridiculed, and rejected from following his passion. His goal was to join in the fight against the Nazi’s and serve his country. This was all before he was officially Captain America, so he had no super powers at his disposal. While out on a training course, he was running drills with other military personnel and a fake grenade is thrown in between all of them. Without hesitation, Rogers sacrifices himself by throwing himself on the dummy grenade, thus attempting to save the same group of people who had been mocking and bullying him merely scenes before. Courage and strength in school doesn’t come from being good at school. Most 4.0(+) students will tell you that they had to put in the time and effort to have it reflect on their grades. If you wish to be a Hero, you must act like one… if you wish to be a good student, you must act like one. No Matter what guidelines we may receive or Iron suits we may build, if we don’t go into them like heroes, we’ll stop short of being genius billionaire playboy philanthropists… And no one wants that.

What I Am Looking Forward to This Semester.


This semester I am most looking forward to the Phlagleblast. This year it is referred to as Phlagleblast-off and features an outer space theme due to the new building space in the University Union. I am really into science so for me, this theme is awesome.

If anyone is unfamiliar with Phlagleblast, it is an open house event in the University Union for students to find various locations in the building. This is meant to provide students with resources to use throughout the semester. It will be held Wednesday September 5th, between the hours of 8am-2pm. If you have time to come by and check it out on the way to or from class, please do so. It is an amazing experience in my opinion, especially this semester as there is more building space and there are useful resources for students to have in the building.

After students have had an adventurous walk throughout the building, collected stamps on a card provided when entering the building, and turned in those cards toward the end of the event, there are free t-shirts given to participants. There is also a chance to be a part of a raffle to win prizes.

In addition, there are usually recyclable bags for students to grab free goodies throughout the event which can come in handy throughout the semester; and they are good for the environment!

As mentioned, the entire building will be decorated with an outer space theme. There may be an appearance of our KSSU team at 8am to get good vibes up for a few hours. Why not come check it out and say hi to the crew?

I hope to see you all there. Happy Friday!

P.S. Congratulations on making it through the first week of school. Best wishes to all of you.

Good vibes this semester.

Go Hornets!

Safety in Zombies: Tricks to Protect Yourself in a Pre-Apocalypse World


Navigating the world around you on a daily basis can be tough. There are bills to pay, food to eat, chores to do, pets to care for…blogs to write. On top of all that, everyday you need to keep yourself safe from any number of dangers like muggers, murderers, and rapists to name a few.

It’s not like we don’t know how to prevent a surprise attack from catching us off guard, but all of the little things you have to do can be a bit much to remember.

Park close to the building, underneath a light, and within sight of the windows of the building.

Always have your pepper spray.

Keep your head on a swivel.

Keep track of everyone you see.

Have your keys ready before you leave the building.

The list goes on. It’s is so much to keep track of that it would be easy to forget a step and end up a victim. Luckily, there is an easy, fool proof way to remember all of these safety precautions and more.

Pretend you are in a Zombie Apocalypse.

No, you didn’t read that wrong. Zombie Apocalypse. Think about it.

If there were zombies out and about, would you casually saunter to your car while digging your keys out of your purse? No. Your keys would be in your hand as you power walked to your car, all the while checking the shadows and jumping at every sound.

Would you sit in your car while scrolling through Spotify, trying to find the perfect playlist to drive home to? No. You’d check your backseat, get in, lock the doors, cut the car on, and go!

Would anyone ever be able to sneak up on you because you had your headphones in and were dancing to another bop by Todrick Hall? No! You would know where everyone around you is, was, and is going to be because any one of them could be after you and your brains.

On top of your new constant vigilance, you would never leave home without your pepper spray, knife, brass knuckles, or whatever is your preferred self-defense weapon. Walking around unarmed in a zombie apocalypse is a death sentence for sure.

Not only are you now hyper aware and armed but in a Zombie Apocalypse you would also be knowledgeable of the many weak points on the human body in the event you do ever come in contact with a zombie or maybe a looter taking advantage of the fall of humanity. Go for the foot, the diaphragm, the nose, the eyes, the throat, the…under carriage. Whatever you can get to, strike it hard and fast because everyone knows that it takes a lot to bring down a Zombie and we don’t know what kind of Zombies these are. Are we talking Walkers or White Walkers? Thriller or Zombieland? It would be best just to cover your bases and kick it until it stops coming for your precious brains.

Make it fun too. That is, you have to do all of this anyway. Why not turn it into a child like game of make believe so you don’t have to face the cold hard truth that you are literally trying to keep yourself alive.

Therefore, if you ever find yourself out in the world and all alone just remember:

Zombie Apocalypse.

Turns out that all those sci fi and horror shows you watched just may have been good for more than just a scare.

My Visit to the Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room


Recently, I visited the Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room here on campus. I was initially surprised AS I thought it would just be the small space of the tea room but that space was actually on display in a larger room. It reminded me of a stage because of the raised platform and it being on display for the rest of the room.

The one idea I would associate my visit with is Time. When you first enter and sit down, you are given time to quiet your mind. We sat in silence, to let the rest of the world and anything that might be floating in our minds, fade away. One of the major thing discussed was the idea of the “natural clock.” They talked about how, for the tea ceremony, one thing that might be done beforehand is picking a flower. They pick a flower that is very close to blooming and then display the flower.

Sometimes, the flower will bloom during the ceremony or it will wilt during the ceremony. Both outcomes showcase this idea of time, of everything having a natural clock. We talked about how we, ourselves, are a natural clock. A 10-year old boy, in attendance with us, did a great job of explaining the idea that people are a natural clock. The woman who talked to the crowd made him repeat it so all the adults could hear him. He said that all of our senses can work together to keep track of time. For instance, our eyes can see the light from the position of the sun.

Another thing we talked about, relating to time, is being mentally present in the time you are in. We were told that one of the lessons of the tea ceremony is not to have your mind thinking about another place and time. Instead, we should make our mind be present in the moment we are in and, if we can accomplish this, studying would be a lot easier. Personally, I’m still working on that last part.

I would definitely recommend this to other people as it not only is a free experience, but you also get to learn something about another culture. You can volunteer to be a more active participant in the ceremony and actually go inside the tea room setup as well as try some of their tea. It was fun.

For more information on visiting the Sokiku Nakatani tea room, go to their website here.

You can also listen to my show, Poli-Psycho with DJ Traysquat, every Wednesday from 4-5pm on KSSU.COM.

 

Written by Tracy Jordan a.k.a. DJ Traysquat

March Mania | KSSU Picks


Recently, CHVRCHES released a cover of The 1975’s “Somebody Else” BBC Radio 1’s “Live Lounge”! We totally love this cover and it evokes the same kind of emotion that The 1975 have when performing the song. Head on over to BBC 1’s website and skip to about 2:10:25 to hear the track!

Altered Carbon is an ambitious sci-fi, Bladerunner themed movie. It explores the future without the possibility of death and income inequalities in a dramatized way. Many found this series an underwhelming introduction to Netflix’s sci-fi category. Although we see a lot of potential! It starts off very ambiguous and hooks you until you’re obsessed and eventually have to keep watching to find out what happens next. If you have Netflix, you’re in luck!

Beach House’s has been teasing their new album with two new singles! We love their sound and how they always stay super authentic. They’ve been true to their sound and themes since the beginning. We can always count on Beach House to have the dream pop anthems of the year and be consistent with their releases! The track list for their upcoming album 7 has been released along with a full U.S. tour. Make sure to grab your tickets for the 2nd Bay Area show before they sell out! Listen to their new singles “Lemon Glow” and “Dive”, out everywhere now.

Another Round Podcast with Heben & Tracy covers everything in the media, as well gender, race pop culture from the perspective of Black women! They’re hilarious and incredibly vulnerable and sensitive! They talk about the normalization of mental health awareness in Black families and give people a voice that normally wouldn’t have one. Listen on iTunes podcast app or on Buzzfeed now.

Icarus is a documentary about the doping of athletes and the history behind it. Filmmaker and cyclist Bryan Fogel sets out to endure a huge scandal in the cycling world. He goes to great lengths to uncover a story of personal experiments, unexplained deaths and Olympic gold medals. Watch on Netflix now!