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Bea Miller’s “Chapter One: Blue”

By Jimmy Sears

Bea Miller has yet to release her second studio album, but there’s activity going on in her camp as she released her latest EP, “Chapter One: Blue.” “Blue” is the first of three EPs, with the latter two, “Chapter Two: Red” and “Chapter Three: Yellow” to be released in the coming months. “Chapter One: Blue” is about the realization that someone in a person’s life is toxic, yet while one knows this person is toxic, it’s hard to part away because of attachment.

A slower tempo begins with “A Song Like You,” which describes a song she listens to. This song never tells her the truth. She can’t get this song out of her mind, and plays it every night. The echoes, snaps and slow beat create a feeling of being isolated, which would apply to the line, “there is nothing outside this room.” There may be a case of benign entrapment for Miller, as she sticks with the devil she knows and replays this song, which could be a metaphor for an ideal. Outside of Miller’s room are the horrors of the world, while inside her room she remains in her bubble while listening to this song that soothes her.

Track 2, “Burning Bridges” is about a breakup where Miller yearns for that person’s return while also knowing how that person is toxic. A chorus looms around while a sense of decay brings it to a head. The chorus singing “London Bridge is falling down” also adds a nice, ironic touch. Finally we come to Track 3, “I Can’t Breathe.” Perhaps the most beautiful track, “I Can’t Breathe” is a cry of nostalgia where Miller wishes to return to a better time where nothing felt amiss. Miller constantly repeats “I can’t breathe,” which can get repetitive, but towards the end a gorgeous orchestra really brings out the beauty of this track’s instrumental.

All three tracks have a strong composition with a soothing sound. The lyrics on the EP, except for “I Can’t Breathe,” have good variation, which stands out for me. It’s easy to appreciate the quality of all three tracks, and I look forward to hearing “Red” and “Yellow” when they come out.

Women’s Basketball team momentum carries them second round of the ASUN tournament

Women’s Basketball team momentum carries them second round of the ASUN tournament

By: Sam McSweeney

Email: smcsweeney@ksuradio.com

 

The Kennesaw State University Women’s Basketball team wins first home conference tournament game advancing them to the Semifinals!

These lady Owls made history becoming the second team in program history to make it to Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Semifinals, after defeating New Jersey Institute of Technology(NJIT) Highlanders 62-60. It was a hard-fought win for the Owls, but these are the kind of games this team has become accustomed to over the course of the season.

Through the first half of the season, the Owls found themselves in many closely contested games, but they were only able to gather a (2-16) record. The determination and grit began to show as the Owls progressed through the final run of their schedule. Once conference play began for the team, they were able to gain momentum and finish their final 11 games with a record of (8-3). This final stretch of games was enough to earn the women’s basketball team the fourth seed in the Atlantic Sun Conference going (10-19) and the Programs first conference tournament home game against the NJIT!

When it came time for the two teams to square off, the Owls hunkered down, took the lead, and didn’t once surrender it too the Highlanders. The first half of the game stayed close, but the lady Owls held a 36-27 lead to end the second quarter. NJIT slowly clawed their way back into this game, going blow for blow, and closing the gap on the Owls lead late in the fourth quarter. As time was about to expire at the end of the game, NJIT had the opportunity to take the lead on a buzzer-beater, but their attempt rattled in and out of the basket. That missed shot attempt gave the Owls the ball back and they ran out the remaining 3.7 seconds on the clock to secure the victory.

The Owl’s Kelly Dulkoski and Carlotta Gianolla’s tied for a team high 12 points. Clara Young also set a career high in assists with ten, surpassing her previous record of nine. Young is also on the cusp of history, needing only 15 more points to break the school’s all-time scoring record of 1,374, currently held by Kristina Wells. Kennesaw finished the night with four players total in double figures.

Kennesaw State is now scheduled to play Stetson University in the semifinal round of the Atlantic Sun tournament. The Owls have played the Hatters from Stetson two times previously this season, losing to them by nine at home and then by 17 on the road. Both teams have changed a lot since their first meeting, but only time will tell if the momentum the Owls have will be enough to carry them to their first ever Atlantic Sun Conference Final appearance. The Semifinal game will be played Wednesday March 8th, with the first tip at 7:00 pm and a live broadcast of the game will be on ESPN3!

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Owls Win 6th Straight ASUN Indoor Championship

Owls Win 6th Straight ASUN Indoor Championship

By: Bret Baker

Email: bbaker@ksuradio.com

 

Winston-Salem, N.C. – Over the weekend, the Kennesaw State Owls Track and Field team brought home their sixth straight A-Sun Conference Indoor Championship after their victory at JDL Fast Track in North Carolina.

The victory last Friday extends the Owl’s dominance within the A-Sun conference, as they own a conference record eight indoor championships. Believe it or not, Friday’s triumph came with an extra bit of power, as the Owls set a few more records in their typically dominant performance.

For starters, the first place Owls scored a conference record 223 total points. The second place team, North Florida, finished with 114 total points. In defeating the second place team by a whopping total of 109 points, the team set a championship record in margin of victory.

Individually, sophomore Dayo Akindele earned the honor as Co-Most Outstanding Performer, along with North Florida’s Nick Morken. Both athletes collected a total of 24 combined points throughout the meet. Akindele earned a medal in the triple jump (gold), long jump (silver), and the high jump (bronze).

Including Akindele, a total of 13 Owls medaled in their respective events. Freshman Paris Williams won a gold medal in the Heptathlon, as well as a bronze in the triple jump. Right behind Williams, freshmen David Lott earned a silver medal for his second-place finish in the Heptathlon.

The team swept the podium in the weight throw, earning all three medals. Fabeon Tucker won the gold with an 18.56-meter toss. Along with Tucker, Daniel McKune earned a silver medal, and Chuck McConville won bronze.

Hunter Arnold won gold in the pole vault by beating his teammate Brenton Rosa, who earned a silver medal for his second place finish.

As for the 60-meter events, the Owls reeled in a total of three medals. Terrell Singleton won silver in the 60-meter hurdle. In the 60-meter sprint, Cam Bolden earned gold by outpacing teammate Chandler Nichols, who earned a silver medal.

Sophomore Jonathon Womack set a school-record in the 400-meter sprint with a finish time of 48.77 seconds. The school-record earned Womack a gold medal. Womack wasn’t done after his gold medal finish in the 400-meter, as he also earned gold in the 200-meter sprint.

Braden Canamere also placed in the 400-meter, earning a bronze medal in the process. Sean Blassingame collected a bronze medal in the 200-meter sprint as well.

To end the meet, the Owls won gold in the 4×400 relay. The winning team consisted of Jonathon Womack, Braden Casamere, Sean Blassingame, and Nick Grant.

After the regional USTFCCCA rankings placed the Owls in the middle of the conference, the

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Owl Radio’s Artist of the Week: Quron Payne

Quron Payne was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but it wasn’t until he moved to North Carolina (Courtesy of the United States Marine Corps) he start making music regularly. Releasing his first single, “Never Want to See You Cry” in October 2014 the Music Video would find its way to MTV Jams! and spark interest from DefJam. Quron has been moving ever since. Working with Director FrankU (Taylor Gang) on his follow up projects, the States started to love Quron Payne. Quron released his debut EP “Brief Intermission” March 2015. It received so much press coverage that it would power his own Headlining Tour: “The Brief Intermission Tour”. The tour built a buzz that landed him a spot opening for Big Sean. Releasing “FAME” Quron landed a spot in Source Magazine and on the radar of HOT97’s DJEnuff.

Quron Payne’s Debut EP – Brief Intermission


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“22 MINUTES LATER” by Brayton Bowman

By Jimmy Sears

With February’s departure and March’s arrival, for me, there’s always been an air of optimism this time of the year. Spring beckons, midterms are over (whether we did well or not), we’ve reached the half-way mark, and baseball returns. As spring blooms, so do budding artists; Brayton Bowman being one such. The 22-year-old artist reminds us that, as humans, we are always a work-in-progress in terms of learning who we are. Inspired by musicians such as Amy Winehouse and Stevie Wonder, Bowman describes his sound as pop music we are not used to, but to be more specific, it could also be called “90s-R&B-influenced electronic music.” This week we’ll look at “22 MINUTES LATER,” which was released on February 24.

The album opens with “WORRY TOO MUCH (INTRO),” where Bowman introduces himself as a 22-year-old who “worries too much.” The track is a story about feeling regret, yet marching on despite these circumstances. There’s a philosophy that states that if one has or lacks the power to fix a problem, then he or she should not worry, which seems to be at play here. The song also describes the insecurities despite “feeling strong,” which I’m positive we’ve all felt at some point. The instrumental includes smooth piano play along with rhythmic drum beats. Both elements complement each other to make for a strong opening track that ends with the declaration that Bowman will “keep on writing these songs.” It seamlessly transitions into “PUFF PUFF PASS,” which, if the title didn’t give it away, is about relaxing while smoking weed to de-stress and forget about the struggles of everyday life.  The voices change their pitch and sound throughout to possibly represent the drug’s effects along with psychedelic beats to create the illusion of being under the influence.

Throughout the album, claps and snaps are heard and share a similar beat to “WORRY TOO MUCH,” which, while it doesn’t particularly bother me, it makes me wish Bowman put more variety into his sound to show us what he’s really capable of. But, for now, this is a solid album, so I’d definitely recommend checking out “22 MINUTES LATER.”