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Clubs, Clubs, and More Clubs!

When deciding to go to UCAS, there are a few things that need to be sacrificed. Extracurricular activities such as sports and clubs are two of these things. Sports are a huge part of a lot of people’s lives. It’s hard to give up things that you love in order to fit new things into your life. Time management is key if you plan on staying sane. It’s extremely important to surround yourself with things unrelated to school, such as clubs. A lot of sophomores don’t know that clubs can be an amazing escape from school. Currently UCAS offers a few clubs, such as the Writing Club, TSA, and choir.   read more

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The Daily Jam: REALiTi by Grimes

Lately, I’ve been trying to expand my music taste to other genres. During the search for new music I happened upon this wonderful tune. “Realiti” by Grimes is a strangely addicting song I can’t stop playing. It has an atmospheric sound, and cruelly truthful, but bright lyrics that make you want to dance around your room. And I don’t mean cool dancing, I mean like weird space robot type dancing. The artist, Grimes, appears to have a lot of fans, especially those of the hipster-sort. Grimes produces all of her music. She is constantly experimenting with new styles and she has definitely become an artist I will look out for. Now if you are into some intergalactic awesomeness, or even if you aren’t, give this song a quick listen. I can assure you it won’t be the last. read more

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In the Eye of the Storm

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Mississippi and Alabama recently experienced a tornado on February 2nd. Within this past week, nearly a dozen of tornadoes have hit the south, according to the Weather Channel. A total of four tornadoes were confirmed in Birmingham, following their surveys of the areas damaged by the storms Tuesday night. Before the storms worked their way into Alabama, they left plenty of damage behind in several Mississippi towns Tuesday afternoon. Four tornadoes were confirmed by the NWS in Jackson.

While tornadoes in movies seem fun, and adventurous, a tornado is actually “a mobile, destructive vortex of violently rotating winds having the appearance of a funnel-shaped cloud and advancing beneath a large storm system”. A tornado usually lasts less than 10 minutes, but has been recorded to last up to several hours. Signs of a tornado includes the sky turning a greenish color, heavy rain and/or hail proceeded by either fast or calm yet intense wind shifts. read more

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The Daily Jam: One of These Things by Nick Drake

Nick Drake understands your confusion. He understands what its like to have infinite possibilities of what you can be and how you can define yourself. That’s what this song is about. “One of These Things” is a song about everything you could be. Along with a catchy back track this song comes out to be a perfect tune. Throughout the song Drake reflects on everything he could’ve been, and, in the end, what he should’ve been. Overall, a great song with great lyrics.

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The Daily Jam: Silly Little Things by Shannon Saunders

I’ve been listening to Shannon Saunders for what feels like years now. Her voice has an original tone you never get sick of hearing. All her songs are refreshing and somewhat cleansing, if that makes sense. This song especially, has a great sound and a joyful melody that will make you kill the replay button. I play this song on days when I am especially happy. Shannons Saunders as an artist has great vibes and “Silly Little Things” gives of the same feel.

Reasons to Listen:

  • The voice is great.
  • The feel is great.
  • The melody is great.
  • The composition is great.
  • The song is great.
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    The Daily Jam: Promise by Ben Howard

    For those who are in love with rain, you will find solace in this song. This a truly calming piece made by Ben Howard. Ben Howard is an artistic Londoner who is truly self made. “Promise” is off of his album Every Kingdom, his most successful album so far. I love this song’s peaceful opening which sets the tone for Ben Howard’s tranquil voice. Howard’s singing voice has a way of giving each word worth, and value, that quality makes me think of him as not only a musician, but a poet. read more

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    Style Types

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    “Fashion is about something that comes from within you.” – Ralph Lauren

         Fashion is endless. There are so many different designers and trends, that it is often hard to decide on one style. But finding a style that matches your lifestyle and personality can help narrow down your options, to finding the perfect look for you. At UCAS, these are probably the five most popular style types:

    • Chic
    • Western
    • Girl Next Door/Casual
    • Preppy
    • Tomboy

         Enkivilliage.com says;

    “One of the popular types of fashion styles is the chic style. “Chic” is often synonymous with “trendy” or “fashionable”. People who favor this style prefer classic and stylish designs that are striking and smart. For example, the garments are always well tailored and the accessories are well chosen. Chic style means having clothes that have strong colors but not garish.” [1] read more

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    Shoes of the Future

    Fashion from the movies Tron and Back to the Future II is finally a reality. More specifically, the shoes from these movies are coming to reality this year. Glow in the dark fashion, especially in footwear, is a huge topic this year. But what makes this years footwear stand out is Nike’s newest invention for shoe technology.

    After years of waiting, Nike is bringing the shoes from Back to the Future II to the present! The shoes as seen in the movie will be capable of tying up their own laces and lighting up.  The actual Marty McFly shoes are coming in spring 2016. This video from CNN shows Micheal J. Fox trying on the self-lacing shoes by Nike. More information is expected to come out on the shoes soon. read more

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    The Daily Jam: Black Wave by The Shins

    I told you I really like the Shins. The composition is the reason you listen to this song. “Black Wave” has minimal words that come in towards the middle song. The sound has a calming melancholic feel. It reminds me of the beaches on the Pacific Northwest. I already gave you a bio on my post of their song “Caring is Creepy” so if you haven’t read that one yet, go check it out and if you did and you liked it definitely give this song a listen.

    Reasons to Listen:

  • The Shins are amazing.
  • The composition of this song is amazing.
  • The sound is oddly calming.
  • It has a different sound compared to those you’d normally listen to.
  • Its kind of weird, but a good kind of weird. You know?
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    The Daily Jam: Stuttering by Jazmine Sullivan

    This song is just a good song. Simple enough. “Stuttering” is a soulful R&B song written by the Grammy-nominated artist, Jazmine Sullivan. Whilst listening to the song you may find yourself completely engulfed in the strength and smoothness of Jazmine’s voice. You may also find yourself wiping the tears that have fallen because this song is just that good. Even if you are not a R&B fan, you have to acknowledge the greatness of this song. From the lyrics, to the composition, to the voice, this is fantastic through and through. So make sure to sit back, close your eyes, and give this song a listen. read more