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!

I Spent My Spring Break in Lincoln, Nebraska. And That’s OK


NebraskaWhen you think of college kids and Spring Break you probably picture a bunch of twenty-somethings descending upon some beach town for a week of crazy partying and screaming SPRING BREAK whenever the need arises. You’ve all seen movies, so you know what I mean.

That is not how my Spring Break vacation went. I spent my week far from scenic beaches or crazy SPRING BREAK antics. I spent my week in Lincoln, Nebraska, a place that is without a doubt more a center of Spring Break departures than arrivals.

I was fortunate to have a great guide to some pretty awesome places while I was out there – my fiancé. She had spent the past three months telling me all about the fantastic restaurants in Lincoln and trying them all was something that was near the top of my to-do list for my trip.

What follows is a shortlist of things for you and your stomach to check out if you are ever in the Lincoln, Nebraska area. Don’t click away, this knowledge might save you a series of disappointing McDonalds trips one day.

Honest Abe’s Burger’s & Freedom

Speaking of McDonalds, if you are a fan of burgers and fries, I cannot recommend Honest Abe’s Burgers & Freedom enough. I have been to Lincoln a grand total of two times in my life and in that time I have enjoyed the food at this establishment at least four times.

As my waistline would tell you, I am big on burgers. So believe me when I tell you that Honest Abe’s has the best burger I have ever tasted, fittingly called The World’s Greatest Burger. It’s fairly simple on the face of it: 6 oz patty, cheese, romaine lettuce, ketchup, mayo, applewood bacon, bun. But there is something about the quality of the ingredients that Honest Abe’s uses that makes their staple burger different.

If that’s a bit simple for your tastes, there are also more adventurous offerings. The Smokey & The Bandit burger has a 6 oz patty, sweet citrus coleslaw, balsamic BBQ sauce, and crunchy peanut butter. The Fireside has a 6 oz patty, jalapeño-bacon crumble, sriracha ketchup, pepperjack cheese, cumin lime mayo, and romaine lettuce.

Don’t count on those specific things being on the menu though, they also rotate their menu frequently so there might be some other stuff on there too.

Mellow Mushroom

Another wonderful Lincoln place, this pizza joint is right across from the big UNL basketball stadium and as such is a bit pricey; despite that it would be well worth a visit if you’re into pizza or calzones.

The interior is also a bit crazy, with lots of colors and decoration. It kind of works and doesn’t come off in an Applebees fast-casual chain kind of way, which is really nice.

Ivanna-Cone

You don’t need to tell me that ice cream isn’t a regional thing. If you’ve had it somewhere you’ve had it everywhere, right? Maybe.

But Ivanna-Cone is still a pretty special place. The shop itself is just tons of fun. As soon as you enter it’s just a barrage of colors and excitement.

The ice cream itself is good too, with a huge variety of flavors. In addition to the regular vanilla and chocolate, they have some fun ones too. Here are just a few of their more recent offerings: Sour Grape,Frosted Thin Mint, He is Raisin, and Elderflower Rose Sherbet. Now those are some imaginative flavors.

So there you have it, a few things for you and your stomach to look forward to if you are ever in the Lincoln, Nebraska area. Whether it is for a short visit or, like I did, you decide to spend your spring break there.

Josh Beeman is a dj with KSSU

Things that come in 3….


Image result for 3  3 has always been my favorite number. When I was younger and moved to Northern CA it snowed almost 2 feet on March 3rd. I was 6 and it was the first time I saw snow! It was amazing. We ran and played in the snow all day because there was NO SCHOOL, another bonus. The best bonus was that we could make snow ice cream ALL day long. AMAZING!! One of my best memories of childhood and it  all happened on 3/3.

There are other things that come in 3’s. The Famous Three Musketeers. Ready, Set, GO! Ready ! Aim! Fire! Hutt 1, Hutt 2…HIKE!! Me, Myself & I. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Three’s a crowd. Larry, Curly and Moe. The Mode Squad. Three’s Company. Peter, Paul & Mary. Earth, Wind and Fire. The 3 Little Pigs. The Three little Kittens, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. The 3 Blind Mice. 3 Doors Down, Give Me 3 Steps, Brittney Spears-3,  Arcade Fire – “Neighborhood #3”, Bob Marley- “Three Little Birds”, Kenny Rogers – “Three Times A Lady”. The 3 Ring Circus. Rock, Paper, Scissors.BLT. Past, Present, Future. Man, Women and Child. Tripod, Tricycle, and Triangle. 3 Scoops of Ice Cream . Ear, Nose and Throat. 3 French Hens. 3 Sheets to the Wind. 3 Piece Suit. The Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. 3 Legged Race. 3 Feet in a Yard. Up, 3-D, 3 Prime Colors Red, Yellow, Blue, A Clock has 3 Hands. A Season Has 3 Months. a Clover has 3 Leafs.a Trio. Triplets. ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, TNT…ETC. The 3 of Hearts. The 3 of Spades. The 3 of Clubs. The 3 of Diamonds.The 3 Ball. 3 on a Dice. A Snowman’s Body.  3 Peas in a Pod, Up and Away. The Rule of Three – The rule suggests that when things come in threes, they are inherently funnier, more satisfying, or more effective than other numbers of things. Hear No Evil. See No Evil. Speak No Evil. Of the People, For the People, By the People. And Last but NOT Least… Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice.

Things always come in 3’s……

Have GOOD March the 3rd month of this year!!!

DJ Freedom Cares…..

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I Made It!


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Hello everyone DJ Rivers here!

So I recently hit a huge accomplishment and felt the need to share. Over this past weekend I ran. And not just any run. I ran 13 miles.

It was in the top five of the hardest workouts I have ever done. My co-worker at the MAX asked me to join her on a run. Prior to this the farthest I ran for my training was 9 miles. She said I could decide if I wanted to run 10 or 13 on the day of our little adventure. Against my better judgement I said I’d give it my all and run 13 miles.

Before I go into more detail let me just say that this lady is a beast. She just recently ran a full on marathon and kicked butt. She kind of intimidates me but totally pushes me to do my best.

We were about four miles into our run and apparently we ran straight into a local 10k race that was going on. There were tables set up with cups of water, Gatorade, and there were people cheering. I was so caught off guard that I didn’t hear the pace maker on a bike yell at me to get out of the way, and almost got mowed down. My running companion and I ran straight through the finish line and I’m pretty sure they snapped pictures of us at this event. Whoops!

Fast forward to about mile 10. We’re running around the Sacramento Zoo and the smell of animal poop is motivation enough for me to pick up the pace. Just when I thought we were in the clear I realized that the smell clung to my shirt and I probably smelled just as bad. I was sweating like a pig and the weather was getting warmer. My running partner was starting to pick up the pace and let me just say that the struggle was real to keep up.

I have never felt so accomplished after a workout as I did that day. We finished a little over 13 miles in 2 hours and 10 minutes. This was a total success in my book and now I know that I am capable of running 13 miles without dying.

When I run I find that I can’t focus on anything other than my breathing and not tripping over my own two feet. I love that it becomes something challenging and relaxing all at once. I am still slightly nervous about my upcoming half marathon race in April, just because the atmosphere is totally different in a race versus independent running. I can’t wait for it though! Honestly I think I’m more excited to get the T-shirt that says I ran a half marathon, but the actual race part will be fun too.

Moral of the story: if you’re ever looking to get a workout done and clear your mind, just create a playlist of your favorite music, find a scenic trail and get going. It doesn’t have to be a full on sprint either. It can be a walk or light jog. It’s nice to get outside and soak up some vitamin D while getting active. Invite some friends along too!

DJ Rivers is a dj with KSSU

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