Summer of TV Shows: 12 Shows to Watch This Summer 2016


The Spring semester is winding down. As finals are completed, everyone starts thinking the real questions of life: what am I supposed to do this summer? As college students, we usually don’t have the luxury to go on exciting summer trips around the world. For most of us, the greatest part of the Summer is lounging on the couch and napping all day. But in between naps, here are a few TV shows you might enjoy:

(New shows written in Italics)

1. Preacher (AMC)

May 22nd

Based on a comic by the same name, Preacher is one of the most anticipated shows of the summer. Produced by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express, Superbad), Preacher  follows a small town Texas preacher, Jesse Custer, on a journey to find God. Throughout his journey, he meets a wide array of interesting characters and faces challenges to his faith and morals.

While fans of the comics remember Preacher for its dark and morbid scenes, the TV show is likely to take a much more tame approach. Nevertheless, this show should provide memorable characters (i.e. an Irish vampire, angels) and captivating storytelling throughout the Summer.

2. Wayward Pines (FOX)

May 25th

Based on novels by Blake Crouch, M. Night Shyamalan creates a mystery around a town that isn’t quite what it seems. Though the small town seems peaceful, viewers start to realize that there are dark secrets lying underneath the surface, and those secrets might be best left hidden.

Now on its second season, Wayward Pines successfully blended mystery and science fiction into a unique experience last year. But the story has taken a great deal of twists since the series premiere, the second season is likely to offer the same degree of lunacy. If you are looking for an elaborate story filled with shocks and awes, be sure to check this show out.

If you want to try to catch up with the first season, it is available to stream on Hulu.

3. Outcast (Cinemax)

June 3rd

Created by The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman, Outcast tells the story of Kyle Barnes, a man whose life has been connected to demonic possessions. As an adult, Kyle goes on a journey to discover the source of these possessions and their connection to him. However, as he finds more answers to his questions, he begins to open doors that shouldn’t be opened.

Based on a comic by the same name, Outcast is looking to repeat the success of The Walking Dead with the help of Robert Kirkman. The premise based around demonic possessions can make for an intriguing story, and with Cinemax having already renewed the series for a second season without the first having premiered yet, the hype around Outcast is certainly prominent.

4. BrainDead (CBS)

June 13th

Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane), BrainDead provides a quirky look at the U.S. government. With all the politicians in Washington D.C. acting a bit strangely (what’s new), a conspiracy is investigated about whether there are aliens inside the brains of politicians.

Billed as a political thriller, BrainDead feels more like a satirical comedy about the idiocy fascinating behavior of today’s politicians. With a cast that also includes the hilarious talent of Tony Shalhoub (Monk), this show is likely to provide audiences with laughs during this summer season.

5. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

June 17th

Back for its fourth season, Orange is the New Black (OITNB) brings together an ensemble cast as the inmates of a minimum security women’s prison. The series follows the story of Piper Chapman’s time in prison, chronicling the insane and remarkable events that occur during her imprisonment.

There is that I can say about this show that isn’t already known. OITNB perfectly blends different elements of humor and drama to create a show that keeps all audiences either on the edge of their seat in anticipation, or falling back laughing at the hilarious hi jinks that ensue. If you haven’t had the opportunity to witness this wonderful series, I would highly recommend checking out the first few seasons on Netflix before the fourth season is released.

6. American Gothic (CBS)

June 22nd

Centered around a renowned Boston family, American Gothic sees a murder mystery unfold as this family begins to uncover the secrets behind their recently deceased patriarch. Discovering the deadly truth behind a string of murders, this family must now keep their eyes out for the existence of a potential accomplice.

While the premise may seem a bit unoriginal, for those who enjoy the intriguing discovery behind a murder mystery, this show will more than satisfy your craving. The creator promises a constant stream of twists with an astonishing ending, so be on the look out for this show.

7. BattleBots (ABC)

June 23rd

A revival of the old Comedy Central show, BattleBots brings together some of the most innovative groups of engineers as they put their robots to the test in an exhilarating, action-packed tournament for the crown of BattleBots champion.

For anyone interested in a fun, thrilling competition show that involves robots tearing each other apart, this is the show for you. After being revived last year, BattleBots has reignited its fans and established itself as one of the most fascinating shows of the summer. You aren’t gonna want to miss this.

8. Vice Principals (HBO)

July 17th

Created by and starring Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), Vice Principals is an upcoming HBO comedy show about two vice principals battling for the soon-to-be vacant principal position. While dealing with issues in their personal lives, Neal Gamby (Danny McBride) and Lee Russell (Walton Goggins) will do anything to outwit the other and prove that they are the better candidate for the promotion.

With the hilarious success of Eastbound & Down, HBO’s second venture with Danny McBride looks to find continued success with this adult comedy. Taking advantage of the freedom that HBO gives, Vice Principals is likely to give a large dose of uproarious humor throughout this season.

9. Degrassi: Next Class (Netflix)

July 22nd

If you are searching for teenage melodrama, look no further than Degrassi: Next Class. Based in a fictional Toronto high school, Degrassi tackles the many hardships of being a teenager. From topics as typical as dating and getting good grades to deep, emotional struggles of depression and suicide, Degrassi places a much needed spotlight on today’s youth.

Degrassi has existed for decades, spanning many generations of teens. The newest iteration of this show covers the Generation Z teens. Although many of us in college may not fully relate to the problems that these teens have, the issues that are discussed are still relevant in many parts of society, and Degrassi provides an excellent platform to start those tough conversations.

10. The Get Down (Netflix)

August 12th

Created by Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby), The Get Down takes a look at the lives of those in 1970s New York. With the city on the brink of bankruptcy, the youth living in the Bronx struggle with gangs, oppression, and poverty, but also find themselves in the middle of a musical revolution, as Hip-Hop, Disco, and Punk are born from this struggle.

Baz Luhrmann has always been known for his unique, musical style, and this project is a excellent showcase of that style. Creating a setting filled with music and drama, The Get Down has the feel of a show that an audience can immerse themselves into, and discover a world truly distinct and and remarkable. With a core of young talent and rounded out by exceptional actors in Jimmy Smits and Giancarlo Esposito, The Get Down is one to keep in mind when August comes rolling in.

11. The Strain (FX)

August 28th

Created by Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), The Strain showcases a new look at a classic horror monster. With a virus spreading throughout New York, thousands of people begin to die. But their bodies continue to live, as they become blood-sucking creatures of the night. It is up to CDC Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team to discover the cause of this outbreak and prevent the potential apocalypse.

Del Toro’s experience with the horror genre is well respected, and The Strain only continues to show just how creative the director can be. By giving a different spin on the original “vampire”, this show re-examines the potential dangers of a fatal disease spreading across the world. With creative monsters and fun action, The Strain  is worth a viewing or two.

The first season (and soon the second season) of The Strain are available on Hulu.

12. Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)

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In the early 1980s, computers evolved from office machines to personal appliances. Halt and Catch Fire explores this “personal computer boom” through the eyes of two men, Joe MacMillan and Gordon Clark, as they attempt to claim their piece of the American dream. However, they soon find out that achieving this dream is much harder than either of them thought.

As the spiritual successor to Mad MenHalt and Catch Fire delves into the relationships between these partners, as well as their workers around them. Add in the 1980s setting and excellent performances from the show’s leads, and you have an endearing look at the struggle to capture success in business. Having existed for two seasons already, Halt and Catch Fire has been a critical success, but not so much a commercial one. Perhaps a new wave of fans can help this show reach its potential.

The first two seasons of Halt and Catch Fire are available on Netflix.

 

It is very possible that you might have the opportunity to take exciting trip this summer. Or perhaps you are too busy watching the Summer Olympics in Rio. Either way, if you have the opportunity, make sure to give these shows a try this summer. Hopefully, you find them to be the highlight of your break before classes come back around.

Have any other shows that people should watch this summer? Tell me about them in the comments.

Albert is a dj with KSSU

 

Dead Week


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We have made it to dead week here at Sacramento State.

What is dead week you ask? It is the zombie week before finals where we students crowd the libraries and any other available tables on campus with every intent to study. Where we stand in long lines for coffee. Where we get out laptops to start on final papers due next week. And one way or another we end up on twitter.

This semester’s dead week for me consists of actually taking finals and stressing out over course selection. Yes. You heard correctly, professors give out finals on dead week. I love it. It means one less class to worry about next week, and possibly not even having to come to school during finals week. While some may not enjoy it, I fully embrace early finals.

But let’s get back on track.

Course selection.

College students everywhere let out a collective groan when they hear the phrase “course selection”. I am a second year student here on campus, but technically a junior due to all the AP classes I took in high school. While that is exciting that I get to skip a year, it is also terrifying that I get to skip a year. Trying to ensure I graduate on time is no easy task.

First off, it seems as though every class I want or need fills up an hour to my enrollment period. Let the last minute scramble to find classes to get you to “full time” student enrollment status, begin! Ultimately this leads to us having to take a class on dinosaurs or a class on the study of camping.

Second, taking all these filler classes and prerequisites means staying in school longer. Don’t get me wrong, I love campus and the instructors, but I would like to leave some time soon. Here is my advice for y’all:

Choose your classes wisely! This includes knowing what the prerequisites are to those classes as well.

Meet with advisors because they make life a ton easier.  Plus you get a free pen for talking with them.

Treat yourself to an ice cream after finals and course selection. If you’re lactose…I apologize.

I wish you a smooth course selection process, a productive dead week and a happy summer! I keep hearing that all the stress will be worth it in the end, so let’s plow through these last two weeks and recharge during summer to start the next semester strong. For you seniors graduating this semester, you rock! Despite all the stress, tears, and sleepless nights it was your dedication (with a little support from caffeinated drinks) that got you to this point. We’ll miss you all, but have fun living your post-college lives!

Angelina DJ on KSSU

Love Life


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Hello there, everyone!

I think we can all agree that life gets hectic at times. Juggling jobs, school, recreation, studying and maybe even a little sleep here and there can seem like an impossible task. When this happens it is easy to get frustrated and discouraged, but you can do it! Balance is possible and don’t take any of your opportunities for granted.

Personally, I find it hard to evenly balance my responsibilities and my desires. I either binge watch Gossip Girl on Netflix and neglect my responsibilities; or I spend copious amounts of time on daily tasks then get frustrated when I don’t have the time to do other activities.

Trying to break the procrastinator cycle can be difficult for many. And from the attendance in the library during the semester, I think everyone falls under the first (bing-watching) category for the first 14 weeks and spends the 15th week in overdrive trying to cram information into the nooks and crannies of their brain. Then comes the sleep deprivation then the stress then the frustration, but it doesn’t need to be that way! I recently found myself in the same rut, but after taking a step back I realized that there is so much I could do to turn that around. Instead of blaming the world around me, I could change my habits and my attitude to live a happier and healthier life. So here are the steps I took to turn things around…

  1. Take inventory of what is going on around you

    The first step to solving the problem is figuring out what the problem is in the first place. Too much sleep? Not enough sleep? Feeling overwhelmed? Procrastinating?Once you’ve identified your problem write them down. Look at what it is that is stressing you out. Then see how much of it can be prevented and think of how you can turn that around.

  2. Appreciate what you have

    This past week I found myself dreading working out and I found inspiration in the most unlikely places, Facebook. I was scrolling through my feed and saw a member of a workout program I instruct for post a picture. It read ” Be thankful for what you have. You have no idea how many people would love to have what you’ve got.” And that really struck me. I am a young, healthy individual. I’ve got two arms, two legs, ten fingers, ten toes and am able to workout. That’s more than some have. I am able to go to an awesome college and graduate in three years. The more I thought about it, the longer the list became. There are over 7 billion people in the world; and I’m glad to be me.

  3. Plan your days out

    If time management is what your troubles boil down to, then make a list. I keep a planner with me at all times! Put everything in there and you will thank yourselves later! That’s right: birthdays, work schedules, school schedule, homework assignments, finals, deadlines, all of it!

  4. Stick to your plans

    It’s a little counterproductive if you spend all this time writting in a calendar and then leave it at home or never open it again. If it helps, write specific tasks to complete each day and cross them out as you go. Your phone is a helpful tool for this as well. If you’ve got an iPhone, take advantage of the calendar and reminder applications; it’s what it is meant for! This helps you feel accomplished at the end of the day and relieves any anxiety about forgetting something.

  5. Do at least one thing you enjoy each day

    It can be as simple as going on a walk or reading, but do something that is strictly for you! Dedicate 30 minutes to an hour to yourself. Treat yo self. If you find yourself with more free time then amp it up by going out with friends!

  6. Smile more and worry less

    You are an amazing person and don’t forget it. Be the best possible version of yourself in all aspects of life.Find that happy balance between work and pleasure and enjoy life. College students spend so much time stressed out that we often lose sight of the fact that these are supposed to be our fun years. While it is important to take school seriously, your mental and physical health need to be in tip top shape as well.  I’ll leave you with this last tid-bit. As Dr. Seuss once wrote:

Today you are you! That is truer than true!

There is no one alive who is you-er than you

The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

 You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way! 

Angelina is a DJ for KSSU

April Fools Day


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Truthfully, I was never one to pay much attention to April fools day. It is not a day I dread, fearing lame jokes or hoax announcements from various companies. Nor do I look forward to the day like Spongebob. Some of the announcements are absolutely ridiculous. For example, this year Duolingo, a free language learning site, announced a language learning pillow that promises to teach you a language as you sleep. That would be fantastic if it were real. Some companies announce sequels to their programs, games, or shows, leading the entire internet into a healthy skepticism for 24 hours. Given my gullibility one would think that I would loath this day. Instead I chuckle at the jokes and move on.

I fell for my first April Fools day prank this year thirty minutes before the actual start of April Fools. Someone on Reddit posted that the anime studio Pierrot announced the release of Tokyo Ghoul season three. Unlike many people who would scream at the prospect of a new season of a show, I had, and expected everyone else who was a fan of the series to have, a visceral reaction. The second season of Tokyo Ghoul was one of the most atrocious pieces of trash to enter our eyes. The studio completely ignored the author Sui Ishida’s draft, making the story nonsensical. The Animation went from okay in the beginning to so horrid by the end that some of the characters movements were not even animated and they slid across the screen. I was surprised then to see excitement and praise in the tread. Granted, as little faith that I had for the quality of a new season I knew that I would watch the series because I am a loyal fan of the original manga. But as I scrolled down the river of praise I suddenly realized that it was, for me, April Fools Eve. The original poster must have been in a time zone ahead of me.

My favorite joke however was the Legend of Zelda movie trailer in 2008. Even then I saw the mixing of Ocarina of Time monsters and Twilight Princess monsters as odd but I brushed it off. I also realized that, although the film looked good, Link’s outfit on a real person is ridiculous. Rewatching the trailer now I laugh at how hard I fell for this prank. It was only at then end when the film teased coming “April 1, 2009” That I realized I had been shmakledorfted. A quick splash of shame followed by laughter was the extent of my humiliation, which I now look back on with more laughter.

I find nothing exceptional about April Fools day, like Christmas or even Halloween. But if people collectively try to make funnies and a few of them make me laugh or embarrass me a smidge, then it is alright.

Tex on KSSU he talks and stuff.

All Fool’s Day


To not have a set-in-stone origin of history for a well known ‘holiday’ is already unusual, so it fits that this unknown explanation belongs to April Fool’s Day. Also known as All Fool’s Day, its back story has many theories as to when this day actually started. Some historians date it back to the 1500s when Pope Gregory XIII made the Gregory Calendar to replace the Julian Calendar, except that people did not want to accept these new dates and the ones who did not run with the crowd got made fun of and were sent on ‘fool’s errands’ which send people on quests that do not exist.  Other explanations involve a Roman festival called Hilaria or tied to the vernal equinox.

Whichever historical background you believe this is tied to, it is still practiced today, whether people love it or not. To some it is a day to poke fun at each other and make snide remarks or gags that are usually forgiven if it ends with one saying, “April Fools!” However others take it more extreme with dangerous pranks and jokes that seem to never end. We would think that children would take this day more seriously and put more thought into pranks on the playground, but sometimes it is the adults that find more joy into pranking others.

In fact, we dedicate our creativeness and entertainment to pranks! TV shows like Punk’D or Scare Factor or even the Jackass gang became hit shows and movies because of the pure enjoyment we see of people getting scared or pranked. I myself was never a fan of these ‘reality shows’ but it seems the majority of social media viewers still tune in to popular shows on TV and online.

I suppose the biggest reason April Fools and all these prank shows still tickle us with joy is not only fixed with tradition, but it can let out the creative side in a person. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter…Memorial Day Weekend, are always tied to fun holiday cheer and the only creative mindset that goes into these so called holidays are what to make for dinner and decorations to put up. Usually Martha Stewart is already creating that creativity for you anyway. But April Fools Day is known for its creativeness. If friends, family, and coworkers get into a tradition, every year needs to top the last; bigger and better.

There is also a sense of joy to this All Fool’s Day. We adults long to go back to the simplicity of kindergarten and have recess again with nap time. We humans are nostalgic for ‘once was’ and always try to reach that same level of childhood wonder. April Fools seems like a simple little holiday but underneath it all, it gives us freedom to be a little childish and have that same excitement to bring each other closer together through the small jokes and gags, to the big pranks that make us question if you should really trust that person ever again.

DJ Jaws plays music on KSSU

DJ Freedom Cares Goes International!!!


I am proud to announce that I have been selected to Study Abroad in the Fall of 2016!!! I will be attending Oxford Brookes University located in Oxford, England. It has been a long a grueling process of deciding to travel so far from home and my family. I am also going to miss Sac State my beloved campus and club KSSU. My radio show has become an intricate part of my week and I am going to miss it and the gang at KSSU.

I will continue my education and study Economics, completing my electives for my Major. Returning in the Spring of 2017 to graduate with my class!! At the end of this semester I will be 7 classes from graduating. After 24 years of pursuing my degree it is hard to imagine that I am getting this close to achieving my Bachelors Degree. I have attached some information and a photo of the campus I am to attend. I am overwhelmed, frightened, excited and thrill to have this opportunity of a lifetime being given to me. I am humbled by this gift and plan to take full advantage of it.

Oxford Brookes is a vibrant, modern university that attracts international students from more than 130 different countries worldwide.

More than 3,000 students from around the world choose to study at  Oxford Brookes every year and we continue to value the academic and cultural contributions that you make to the university.

  • About Brookes

    The leading modern university in the UK for the tenth year running.

  • Oxford and the region

    Located in the beautiful city of Oxford, one of the world’s great student cities.

  • Teaching and learning

    Internationally recognized for our high quality, innovative teaching and learning methods.

  • Your career

    Respected by employers and our degree programs are designed with your future career in mind.

I believe that this opportunity will only enhance me personally and professionally. It is my hope that I will gain a global perspective that will enable me to make a difference. I have a heart for change and in helping others find their true potential. Expanding my sphere of influence is exciting and limitless. I thank all my friends, family and mentors for encouraging me to believe in myself and knock on this door of opportunity. I also thank God for giving me the faith to believe that I am worthy of a new beginning with endless potential.

More to come…..

DJ Freedom Cares…Bringing Hope                        Friday Nights 7-8 PM on KSSU.COM

 

My Unpleasant History with April Fools Day


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Hi, my name is Josh Beeman and for most of my life I hadn’t really given much thought to April Fools Day. For me the first day of April was just any other day, not really notable in any way. But that all changed when the Fire Nation attacked I got April Fooled hard last year.

For those not aware – which I’m assuming is pretty much everyone, I am the Managing Editor of Indomitable City Soccer, a blog dedicated to coverage of Sacramento Republic FC. This means that I receive a lot of press releases in any given week, which is pretty cool.

There is one problem, though. The good people at Sacramento Republic FC love themselves some April Fool’s and up until last year I was a gullible little fool with a twinkle in my eye and a song in my heart. Ok, maybe there was no twinkle or song.

In 2015, Sacramento Republic sent out a press release saying that they would be opening up the Cal Expo monorail and the Raging Waters waterslides near their stadium, Bonney Field, to premium seating. Not realizing what day it was, I started tweeting away about how weird and cool it was for the Republic to do that. After all, I had joked a few times about seeing a game from the monorail or the nearby waterslides, and now with this completely real news I would have the chance.

But then I noticed that there were a few too many people paying attention to what I was saying and got suspicious. A quick look at my phone confirmed my suspicions, that I had been had. That I had been April Fooled harder than I had ever been before.

Fast forward to this year and I marked off April Fools Day on my calendar way ahead of time. I woke up last Friday determined not to be taken in again. Thankfully I was not.

So there you have it, my most memorable moment with the least memorable of holidays.

For the record, I still think that monorail seating would be awesome.

Beeman is a DJ with KSSU

Cutting down a Tree


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This is not the tree Tex cut down, but it is a tree. I would imagine Tex’s tree was also made of wood and possibly had leaves on it.

I do not enjoy exercising. I have never been a person who gets any sort of rush from running on a treadmill, climbing up infina-stairs, or pumping iron (or any other element for that matter). This is not my excuse, but I have always found it funny that when we “work” out we are not really doing anything. Nothing actually gets accomplished, no houses built, no statues erected, not even the weights themselves properly re stacked on the G-darn racks when people are finished. The only thing that gets “done” is our bodies exhaustion, which of course is the point of exercise. This past spring break I had the opportunity to exercise my body by pulling down, chopping up and hauling away a ready to fall tree in my backyard. I jumped at the chance to give my lethargic body a chance to get a workout and accomplish something at the same time. But the mistake I always make when preparing and looking forward to any physical excursion is underestimating how difficult it will actually be.

The skinny pine tree was about thirteen feet tall. It started leaning towards the house after my Father chopped up some of the roots on one side to clear away room for the shed that he was building. Before long the tree would fall on its own so we made the decision to pull it down ourselves. Climbing up the ladder that leaned against the tree I thought that it would collapse under my weight. Each step I took shook the tree as I climbed up to secure the rope to pull it down. The tree itself was stubborn. It refused to uproot even as we pulled and pulled. Unfortunately I forgot to say timber, even though we were not chopping down the tree. The roots still anchored the tree into the freshly churned dirt. I climbed up on top of the tree and jumped up and down, stretching the roots but still the tree remained anchored. My Father and I pushed and pulled the tree around its anchor point. The taught roots twisted, snapped, and popped from their place in the ground, weakening their grip on the collapsed tree. But still the roots held their tree in place.

I went to the garage and returned dragging an ax across the floor like a last ax murderer (yes I really did this just for giggles). My dad held down the tree I chopped away at the last roots clinging to the ground. Dirt flew in my face with each swing, but the tree came loose. We pulled the tree from it’s hole in the ground and started cutting it into smaller pieces. I thought that cutting a tree would be easy work. Each swing brought down the ax with a large thud and the handle trembled and shook in my nervous hands. Again and again and again I swung the ax, cutting deeper and deeper into the tree trunk. I was exhausted and my hands were aching, but I wanted to finish. Finally the ax struck past the hardwood to the soft ground beneath. I stood up, elated that I had cut through a tree (a skinny tree granted, but a tree nonetheless). My mother claimed the bottom section of the tree so she would place candles in the truck for decoration. I claimed the top two pieces and am now working on whittling one down into a wooden practice sword and the other into a spear. I have always wanted a spear.

Tex is a dj with KSSU where he does the dj things.

KSSU Celebrates 25 years of Student Run Radio


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Sacramento, CA: KSSU, Sacramento State’s student run radio, turns 25 years old this semester. Although the actual anniversary is on May 14th, the official celebration is slated for April 15th in the University Union from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

KSSU is an online radio station that broadcasts live 24/7 on KSSU.com. It is run entirely by Sac State students. Being the only student radio station of Sacramento State, KSSU provides the opportunity for Sac State students to learn about broadcast media with no prior experience necessary. KSSU is a non-commercial and free format radio station, which allows students the ability to express themselves with each show. This brings a diverse selection of programming to the station, which reflects the diverse interests of the Sac State student body. KSSU is a Student Engagement and Outreach (SEO) program of Associated Students, Inc., (ASI) at Sacramento State. For more information on KSSU and its history, go to kssu.com/about.

The celebration of being a radio station on campus for 25 years will happen throughout the day on April 15th in the University Union. KSSU alumni will be taking over the airwaves in honor of the anniversary. Various alumni from the past 25 years will program radio shows throughout the day for all to listen on KSSU.com. Some highlights of the day include: a student-produced video presentation on KSSU’s history, and a panel discussion with the founders Jim Bolt and Chris Prosio. At their panel discussion, the founders of the station will discuss their journey to start what is now known as KSSU. Following the panel discussion will be a Q&A. At the conclusion of the day, there will be a reception for attendees. Music will be provided by KSSU Alumnus, DJ Mappquest. The reception also features a photo booth. Food will be provided by Epicure Catering. A photo slideshow highlighting the achievements of KSSU alumni will be on display. The specific schedule for the day is as follows:

  • In-studio sessions with KSSU Alumni: 10:00am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, live on KSSU.com.
  • Panel discussion and presentation with KSSU Founders: Jim Bolt and Chris Prosio: 3:30pm – 5:00pm, Delta Room in the University Union
  • Reception: 6:15pm – 7:45pm, University Union Ballroom 1.

More on KSSU: To stay updated with the anniversary and KSSU, follow us on social media. Follow @KSSUsparky on Instagram and Twitter or like KSSU, Sac State Student Run Radio on Facebook. Go to KSSU.com for more information and to listen to KSSU live.  

 

Disney Galore


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Alright, let’s get down to business! I’m about to open your eyes to a whole new world, and I’m not talking about the one under the sea. That’s right, I’m talking about the wonderful world of all things Disney!

Over spring break I was lucky enough to get to go to Disneyland! Disneyland has been a big part of my life since I was a little chipmunk, and it has tuned into a bit of an obsession. As a season pass holder, I get the privilege of going several times throughout the year. I know what you’re thinking, “Don’t you get tired of it after a while?” the answer is NOPE! Things are always changing and always magical and this last trip was nothing short of awesome!

Rides

Despite it being spring break week, the park was relatively empty and we were able to get on every major ride and then some before the day ended.The longest line we waited in was Indiana Jones which was close to 40 minutes as opposed to the usual 70 minute wait.

The newly renovated Hyperspace Mountain is a MUST if you are heading over to the park any time soon. While nothing structurally has changed about the ride, they added elements that gave it that Star Wars feel. As you settle into the seats, your space craft moves upwards and you get thrown directly into battle. All you can see is shots being fired around you, so sudden dips and turns get your tummy tingling and make you feel like you’re submerged within the action.

Other notable rides include Big Thunder Mountain, Star Tours, Peter Pan, and Haunted Mansion. These attractions have also had recent facelifts, but I won’t spoil those ones for you.

Food

When it comes to Disneyland snacks, everyone has their go to’s, but be sure to try something new! There are so many delicious snacks available, why settle for a churro every time?

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try the following:

  • Dole Whip (Tiki Bar in Adventureland)
  • French Macaroon (Jolly Holiday Bakery on Main Street)
  • Beignets (Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square)

If you’re more of a salty/savory type person go for one of these:

  • Sweet Potato Fries (Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Corner)
  • Corn Dogs ( Little Red Wagon on Main Street)
  • Cheddar Garlic Bagel Twist (Maurice’s Treats in Fantasy Faire)

Shows

When the sun begins to set that’s when you know its about to be show time!

If you’re going to sit for an hour waiting for any show it HAS TO BE for the new firework show (9:10 pm). Anywhere is a great spot to sit. With projections on the Main Street Buildings and the castle, you are surrounded by magic wherever you look.

The firework show visits old Disney classics and also incorporates some of the newer released movies into the show as well. The finale is what left people teary eyed. I am the first to admit that I’m an emotional person, but let me just say that the boyfriends and dads within the audience didn’t leave that show without misty eyes. I cried, the people next to me cried, it was truly a bonding moment. Without spoiling how it ends, let me just say that you need to keep your eyes on the castle! You will thank me later.

In addition to that, the World Of Color (9:45 pm) and Mickey’s Soundsational parade (4:30 pm) are also worth watching!

Photos

In today’s time we all feel the need to post pictures on social media when we go out. Let’s face it, it didn’t happen unless you post a picture on Instagram. So to assist you in your quest to find the prime location here are the best places to take pictures in Disneyland:

  • Flower Mickey at the entrance
  • Main Street
  • Tomorrowland Astro-Orbiters
  • Walt Disney and Mickey Statue
  • Extra Bonus is getting pictures with Characters if you are patient

I hope this makes your next Disneyland trip even more magical! Enjoy!

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