Humans Of Potomac State

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“I am originally from Morgantown. I came here because I just wanted a little change of scenery. A lot of people who grew up in Morgantown end up going to college there, and end up living there for the rest of their lives. I do plan on graduating from WVU, but I wanted to experience something a little bit different first. I do miss it though. It gets really quiet here on the weekends. I’ve even started going home almost every weekend because I would just be sitting in my dorm. But I’ve made some good friends while I’ve been here, so it hasn’t been all bad.”

Interview by: Cody Brazil, Editor

Humans of Potomac State

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“I’m originally from Washington D.C.

I like Potomac State okay, but the campus can be a little boring. It was more of my mom and grandma’s decision for me to come here; I wanted to go to Florida Memorial University. I’m majoring in criminal justice and am interested in becoming a police officer in Washington D.C. after I graduate. My ultimate goal in the career path would be to either eventually be the chief-of-police or maybe a lieutenant. I just really want to help people.”

Interview by: Cody Brazil, Editor

Humans of Potomac State

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  “I was homeschooled before college. I can’t say I loved it, but I did get to sleep in later than my friends, so I did enjoy that. I never really wished I went to a traditional school either because I was allowed to go to dances and other events. I think I want to be an astronaut when I’m done with school. I think it would be great to just float around in space and listen to music. I’m a huge fan of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies if you couldn’t tell. Right now I’m majoring in general education, but I think I’ll switch to aerospace engineering when I transfer to Morgantown.”

Interview by: Cody Brazil, Editor

Landau Eugene Murphy Returns to Keyser

 

The lights dim as the audience sits quietly in anticipation. The band swiftly rushes to their seats to prepare their instruments. Suddenly, the saxophone starts to play as Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. energetically takes the stage to do what he loves.

On Saturday, Sept. 30, Murphy returned to Potomac State College for a third year to sing for the students and citizens of Keyser. As a native of Logan, West Virginia Murphy rose to fame after winning the sixth season of “America’s Got Talent.”  After his big win, Murphy secured a one-year contract to headline at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Murphy kicked off the concert with his rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly With Me.” The audience couldn’t stay in their seats as he sang other jazz classics. Murphy was very good at interacting with the audience. He was always quick with a joke between each of his songs.

Murphy ensured that each member of his band was given credit throughout the concert. He even gave them time to perform solos.

Murphy was joined on stage by the music group LCB (Leonard, Coleman and Blunt.) The band consists of Glenn Leonard (former singer for The Temptations,) Joe Coleman (former lead singer for The Platters) and Joe Blunt (former lead singer for The Drifters.)   The members of LCB are lifelong friends who decided to put together their band after retiring from their respective former groups. The musical trio performed many Motown classics.

“The show was really good. It’s not the type of music I’d normally listen to, but I think I might give it a try,” said PSC student Joshua Rubin.

Potomac State College Runner Smashes Record

emily pylesEmily Pyles plans to beat the 5k record next.

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Potomac State College runner Emily Pyles beat the previous women’s 6K time by nearly five minutes at the Frostburg race at Maplehurst.

  The WVU-PSC Catamount cross country team is looking to continue rolling through the 2017 slate after finishing third and seventh in the Barbour County Skirmish and the Westmoreland CCC Invitational respectively, although they had failed to place in the Shenandoah University Invitational. At press time, the team is headed to the Hood College Invitational.

  The Catamount cross country team consists of an all-freshman team of Kole Bennett of McHenry, Maryland, Joshua Kincaid of Parsons, West Virginia and Shane Yutzy of Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. The Catamounts are led by first-year head coach Kurtis Wildman. 

Student Mixes Original Music

Snapchat-1870740327Seth O’Neill making his own music. Photo Provided by: Seth O’Neill

Potomac State College student Seth O’Neill has been mixing his own music in his free time. He mainly creates Downtempo, Low Fidelity and Trip-Hop music. O’Neill tries to make mellow sounds for all of his followers to enjoy.

“Mixing music involves a lot of repeatedly listening to the same thing over and over trying to get it right. Adjusting to the frequencies, volumes and adding distortions to a sound to get it right,” said O’Neill.

O’Neill started working on music when he was in middle school. He was introduced to Soundation, a website that allows users access to free loops. A loop is a beat that continuously repeats.

O’Neill draws a lot of his inspiration from listening to bands such as Gorrilaz, Daft Punk and Deadmau5.   

  Although he was really into mixing music, O’Neill failed to master any musical concepts until this year.

At the beginning of the year, he was able to break through the learning curve and attract some attention to his music.

“In September, I was interviewed for the first time on Free Music Archive. It is a website that is all about posting curated artist’s songs for free creative commons use in any media, which was cool. I never expected to attract this much attention to be interviewed in such a short amount of time,” said O’Neill.

You can also check out his music at his Bandcamp: https://sromuchsound.bandcamp.com/or his SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/s-r-o

His music is also posted on other commercial platforms. You would be able to find his songs on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

O’Neill would like to make music professionally if his career takes off. O’Neill believes that a job in the marketing field might be a good use of the skills he has learned.

Wherever O’Neill may end up in the future, he knows that he will still have a blast mixing his own music.