Tony Hawk Soundtrack or Random Punk Song?

By: Hope Barbour

Have you ever listened to a song and had the urge to play Nintendo 64s’ Tony Hawk Pro Skater? This 1999 video game has some of the most memorable songs that you might not exactly know the name or even the band just by hearing it. While most people correlate punk with the 1970s Sex Pistols or 1980s Ramones, there are so many more bands that have expanded the genre of punk rock. The original Tony Hawk Pro Skater for the N64 was a game that helped spread punk out to children, teenagers, and young adults all around the world. Within this game there were thirteen revolutionary songs for people to jam to while they were virtually shredding the half pipe in various levels. Depending on how addicted someone was to this fun and exciting game, people started memorizing the songs they heard so frequently.

So let’s see if you remember correctly. Is this song from Tony Hawk Pro Skater or just another punk song from the underground DIY scene? Click the link to listen to each song, make choices as to which song is or is not in the infamous skateboarding game, and then scroll to the end to find out the answers.

Suicide Machines – New Girl


First verse of song lyrics:

Well I can’t wait to tell you all about her, all about my new girl

(he can’t wait to tell you about his new girl)

And I can’t wait for you to hear me shout it, all about my new girl

(he can’t wait to tell you about his new girl)

When we were together you tried to break my heart

Said you always did your best at keeping us apart

Said now you’re dead and gone and I’ve got a new thing going…

I can’t wait to see your face when you and your friends show up

Dead Kennedys – California Über Alles


First verse of song lyrics:

I am Governor Jerry Brown

My aura smiles and never frowns

Soon I will be president

Carter power will soon go ‘way

I will be Führer one day

I will command all of you

Your kids will meditate in school

Your kids will meditate in school

Superman – Goldfinger


First Verse of song lyrics:

So here I am

doing everything I can

holding on to what I am

pretending I’m a superman

I’m trying to keep

the ground on my feet

it seems the world’s

falling down around me

The nights are all long

I’m singing this song

to try and make the answers

more than maybe

The Misfits – Saturday Night


First verse of song lyrics:

There’s 52 ways to murder anyone

One or two are the same,

And they both work as well

I’m coming clean for Amy,

Julie doesn’t scream as well

And the cops won’t listen all night

And so maybe, maybe I’ll be over

Just as soon as I fill them all in


Did you enjoy listening to these punk classics? Have you made your judgements? Do you think you know the answers to Tony Hawk Soundtrack or Random Punk song? Well let’s find out!
Suicide Machines – New Girl: This song is ON the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack!

Here is some information about the band Suicide Machines. The Suicide Machines are an American punk rock band formed 1991. This band formed in Detroit, Michigan, one of the most punk areas in America during the time period. This band fits in a hardcore/ ska genre subculture known as ska punk or “ska-core”.

Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles: This song is NOT on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater Soundtrack. However, the band does have a song on the game’s soundtrack called Police Truck. That might have been why you were confused.

Here is some information on the band Dead Kennedys. This is an American punk rock band formed in 1978 in San Francisco, California. This is a well known band that was one of the first American hardcore bands to make an impact within the United Kingdom. This band used most of their lyrics to express political beliefs or fight against authority figures.

Superman – Goldfinger: This song is ON the Tony Hawk Pro Skater Soundtrack!

Here is some information on Goldfinger. This is a rock band from Los Angeles, California in 1994. This band is more than just punk rock and can also be classified as a ska band due to the type of guitar strumming pattern and occasional use of brass instruments. It is considered to have been a large contributor to the movement of third-wave ska music. Goldfinger can be recognized for their political activism, particularly in the area of animal rights.

The Misfits – Saturday Night: This song is NOT on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater Soundtrack! While the Misfits are a very well known band within the punk rock community, they were not featured on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater Soundtrack.

Here is some information on the Misfits. This is an American Punk rock band that is recognized within the sub genre horror punk founded in 1977. This sub genre blends musical influences of horror flicks into the punk music they create. While this music group disbanded in 1983, they were recognized by the majority of punk followers. The lead singer Danzig went on to creating his own band known as Danzig.


Entertainment, Film

UPB Rates Superheroes

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an advanced screening of Justice League! Want to know more about the members of the Justice League for the advanced screening on 11/14? UPB rates Justice League members.


This is Superman.

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Powers and abilities: flight, super-strength, super-speed, vision powers, superhuman intelligence

Weaknesses: kryptonite, magic

Origins: Born as Kal-El on the planet Krypton, but was rocketed to Earth before Krypton’s destruction.  Adopted by a couple from Kansas

Alias: Clark Kent

An American cultural icon and played by Henry Cavill, we rate Superman a 10/10


This is Wonder Woman.

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Powers and abilities: Superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, agility, healing, technology (Lasso of Truth, tiara)

Weaknesses: vulnerability to Piercing Weapons

Origins: sculpted from clay by her mother and daughter of Zeus. Her official title is Princess Diana of Themyscira, Daughter of Hippolyta

Alias: Diana Prince

A compassionate warrior, advocator of peace, and strong female role model, we rate Wonder Woman 13/10


This is The Flash.

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Powers and abilities: superhuman speed, superhuman reflexes,

Weaknesses: mortality

Origins: Police scientist in Central City.  Lightning-struck chemicals spills over Barry, and he gains power through the speed force

Alias: Barry Allen

The fastest hero is the DC Universe and has the potential to change reality, we rate The Flash 8/10


This is Aquaman.

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Powers and abilities: amphibious, marine telepathy, strength, speed

Weaknesses: water deprivation

Origins: Son of a lighthouse keeper and exiled Queen of Atlantis, was taught to control his powers and would eventually inherit rule of the seven seas

Alias: Arthur Curry

Interested to see Aquaman played by Jason Momao, but the ability to talk to fish? We rate Aquaman 3/10


This is Cyborg.

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Powers and abilities: mechanically enhanced body, intelligence, strength, speed

Weaknesses: focus

Origins: Body is destroyed in a tragic accident, but was saved through experimental technology that replaced body parts with machinery

Alias: Victor Stone

Also a member of Teen Titans, half man and half machine, we rate Cyborg 6/10


Come to Grafton on 11/14 for a FREE advanced screening of Justice League at 9:30pm!


What Fall Themed Craft Should You Do Based on Your Zodiac Sign?

Aries -The Ram, March 21 – April 19


Creative and spontaneous Aries, this is the perfect craft for you! Show off your unique personality and style with these painted pumpkins. Color, design, even pumpkin size, the choice is yours to make! Extra bonus: this is way less messy than trying to carve a pumpkin. And although this craft may be on the more difficult side, no challenge can scare you off!

Taurus– The Bull, April 20 – May 20


Taurus, you have your stuff together, and nothing says that better than a classy centerpiece! Show off your bold personality with these statement pieces. And as someone who can accomplish anything they set their mind to, you are sure to rock it!

Gemini– The Twins, May 21 – June 20


Gemini, you are very flexible in your life, and so is this slime! (Get it?) Slime makes people happy and so do you. This is a fun craft for a fun-loving person, perfect for sharing with all of your friends! It’s also great to play with as a stress ball, so if you ever feel like you’ve stretched yourself too thin in your daily engagements (get it??), unwind and play with some slime!

Cancer– The Crab, June 21 – July 22


Self-pampering is very important for hard working Cancer. You need to take some time away from what may be stressing you and treat yo self! This easy to make sugar scrub will get you feeling like you’re at the spa, with the added treat of its fall festiveness. And as someone who loves their family, it’s good to have this in your repertoire when you need holiday gifts for everyone!

Leo– The Lion, July 23 – August 22


Social Leo, of course you are the one hosting Friendsgiving! This garland would make a perfect decoration for the event. As someone who is totally in control, you’ll be happy to know you’ve got these pie-perfect decorations so Friendsgiving can go off without a hitch! You are a social and warm person, so invite your friends over for some warm pie, or in this case, paper pie too.

Virgo– The Virgin, August 23 – September 22


These pumpkin jars are perfect for you, Virgo! Charm all your houseguests by offering them candy from one of these adorable jars! And since you’re such an amazing team player, why not invite your friends over for a craft night and make these together? And since tidiness is so important to you, it’s great to have a place to store candy and treats without adding clutter to your space.

Libra– The Scales, September 23 – October 22


As a lover of beauty and a hard worker, this is the perfect fall DIY for you, Libra. Channel your inner Bob Ross and learn to paint these beautiful leaves! Take a break from your crazy busy week of activities; a quiet night in of painting and drinking hot coco seems like exactly what you need right now.

Scorpio– The Scorpion, October 23 – November 21


Here are some bold pumpkins for bold Scorpio! You are cool and confident, so show it off on some Pun-kins! But as someone who isn’t afraid of speaking their mind, try to be careful to keep your Pun-kins appropriate for the place you put them in.

Sagittarius-The Centaur, November 22 – December 21


Your focus and drive makes this a perfect craft for you, Sagittarius. You need a creative outlet to channel your abounding energy, so why not make these adorable string pumpkins? You can even tie them together to make a festive pumpkin garland! As an eternal optimist, you’d be the perfect candidate to make these happy lil’ pumpkin pals.

Speaking of happy lil pumpkins, come to UPBoo! We’re going to be making this same craft at the event. Find UPBoo on October 25th at 7pm in TDU! We’ll have crafts and candy and costumes and all things Halloween! But don’t let the name fool you, it won’t be scary!

Aquarius– The Water Bearer, January 20 – February 18


Artistic Aquarius, let your true colors shine with these decorative leaves! These leaf paintings are highly customizable, so you could spend all day creating unique and beautiful designs. And a quiet walk in the woods to collect leaves for the project will help you clear your mind from your daily stresses.

Pisces– The Fish, February 19 – March 20

And finally, here is a fall craft for you Pisces! Let your inner uniqueness shine with this string art décor! With your active imagination, you can create all sorts of fall shapes and string designs and they will come out spectacularly.


See a craft you like for a zodiac sign that isn’t yours? Do that craft anyway! Do all of the crafts if you want! I’m not the craft police, I can’t tell you what to do.


The Ten Most Important Things You Need to Know About UPB!

1. It’s run entirely by students

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UPB is one of the largest student run organizations at JMU! All years and majors can be a part of UPB. We send out surveys every year to students to make sure our events are relevant to student’s interests. There are about 150 students in UPB, do you want to be one of them?

2We plan more than just concerts!

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UPB is made up of 5 committees that each plan special events on campus. We host over 200 events each year. Movies at Grafton, Late Night Breakfasts, Bus Trips, Guest Speakers, Comedians, Moonbounces, Free Food and More! If you ever find yourself on campus with nothing to do, odds are you’re probably missing a UPB event!

3. So that means there’s something in UPB for everyone!

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And you don’t just have to like event planning to be a part of UPB. Are you interested in graphic design or photography? Finance? Community outreach? Dressing up in silly costumes? Arts and crafts? Dancing (sometimes poorly but with full enthusiasm)? We’ve got all sorts of things on our to-do lists.

4. UPB stands for University Program Board!

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For some of you this may seem obvious, but there are plenty of people who wonder what our acronym means! The University is JMU (okay that one is obvious), the Programs are all the great events we have on campus, and the Board is the 150 students who are a part of UPB.

5. Programs usually have *FREE FOOD*

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Thats right. FREE FOOD. Stop by a Spotlight Sounds concert at TDU and you can get free Campus Cookies. Late Night Breakfasts have free breakfast foods, like bacon and tater tots. Everyone loves the tots. And if there is another bus trip to Busch Gardens you can get a giant turkey leg! (Ok I know that last one isn’t free, but good for UPB for providing the people access to giant turkey legs).

6. Most of the events are FREE

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Funny Freakin Friday comedians, Late Night Breakfasts, Spotlight Sounds concerts and more have no admission fee! So if you’re living the #BrokeCollegeStudentLyfe, you can enjoy our events and bring all your friends! Most events have freebie giveaway items or crafts, too!

7. We have a budget

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We can’t have Beyonce as a concert or Kanye West as a motivational speaker because the UPB budget doesn’t have enough money for that! We balance our yearly budget very carefully so that none of our events have to suffer due to lack of funds. And because of this careful balance, we’re able to make all of our events amazing! (Or at least we’d like to think so!)

8. We have an office in Madison Union

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UPB’s address is 324 Madison Union. There are a lot of people who don’t realize we have an office on campus! We use our office to get WORK done. Anyone can stop by if they want to learn more about UPB, or if they have any questions about what we do. The office is also located very close to Dunkin’ Donuts, which is ideal because Dunkin’ = Life.

9. You can make some really good friends in UPB!

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This organization does a great job balancing work and play. We take our jobs seriously, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t having fun! UPB is an amazing JMU family, and working together brings us all really close! And since students in UPB are all years and majors, there always something we can learn from each other.

10. You can apply to be a part of UPB!!

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Check out the P.I.T. crew application! If you are a sophomore to senior and want to be even more involved in UPB, apply for Spotlight Sound’s Artist & Repertoire or Admin chair! The applications close on September 22nd at 5p!  https://beinvolved.jmu.edu/organization/upb

Come to our information sessions on Thursday September 14 at 6-7p in MU 302 and Wednesday September 20 at 5-6p in MU 405!


What are you waiting for? JOIN UPB!

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Center Stage

7 Things You May Not Know About Jesse McCartney

Everybody knows Jesse McCartney’s hit song “Beautiful Soul” and that he was in an episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, but only true fans know these facts!

  1. He’s a movie star…

Did any of the chipmunks in the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies sound familiar to you? In fact, Jesse is the voice actor for Theodore (the one in the green sweatshirt). He’s also been in Chernobyl Diaries, Horton Hears a Who!, and various Tinker Bell movies.

2. …a theater star…

His first national tour wasn’t actually based on his solo music; he was in a musical! In 1997, he started touring with The King and I, the tony award-winning musical from the ‘50s. He was also in A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden.

3. … and a TV star too!

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody isn’t his only television venture! He’s been in a bunch of other hit TV shows, like Hannah Montana, CSI, Fear the Walking Dead, Greek, Young Justice, and Law & Order: SVU. He was even in All My Children when he was 11.

4. He smells

Jesse has his own fragrance! He released “Wanted by Jesse” in 2011.

5. He’s not just a pretty face… he can write too!

Even though he’s had a platinum selling album, Jesse considers his biggest accomplishment co-writing Leona Lewis’s #1 song “Bleeding Love”, which was nominated for Best Record of The Year at the Grammy’s in 2008.

6. Jesse’s in Kingdom Hearts

Jesse’s plays the characters Roxas and Ventus in the hit game series Kingdom Hearts

7. …and Jesse McCartney is coming to JMU!

He is coming to JMU tonight!



by Veronica Garcia

Okay, so here’s the deal: Cole Sprouse blocked me on Instagram. It has been about a month since I realized this and I think about it at least thrice a week (wouldn’t you?).


I know showing that I’m blocked through pictures is a bit difficult, but you’re going to have to trust me on this. When I’m able to visit his profile, Instagram claims that there are “no posts yet” despite there being over 700 posts. Some days I can’t even find his profile through search by typing in his username. Side note: I should start charging my phone

I feel the need to clarify that I’ve never met him, never @-ed him, and as far as I’m concerned I’ve never harassed him or any celebrity, nor do I plan to. Regardless, there must have been a reason for him to block me and, since getting an explanation from him is unlikely, here I present a list of possible explanations.

I’m boring. 

Like I said, we’ve never met. But maybe after stumbling on my page and reading my way-below-average captions he blocked me as a preventive measure. Can’t have me infiltrating his comment section with my boring contributions.

I didn’t forward that chain email that one time in 8th grade.

I knew I should’ve! Ugh.

I deleted an episode of the Suite Life from DVR before watching it.

Not gonna lie, I grew up without DVR (still don’t really get it). So, yes. this is 100% reasonable.

He’s secretly in love with me but is too PETTY to deal with his feelings.

I meaaaaaaaan. Understandable.

I stepped on a crack… now I can’t follow back!

Not that he ever followed me to begin with, but at least this is better than breaking my mother’s back!

I forgot to watch the Riverdale premiere.

I’m kicking myself for it, too. To be fair, he could have sent me a nice reminder. You think if I catch up now, I’ll redeem myself?

He was trying to block the author of the Divergent series, Veronica Roth, but got us confused.

Although blocking Veronica Roth, such a pioneering author of young adult books, seems unreasonable. PR move gone wrong? 😮

He was weirded out by, what he thought was, a Veronica Lodge impersonator

Except I’m not a Veronica Lodge impersonator. I am a real-life Veronica just trying to live life by appreciating celebrities through social media.

At least this makes the task of choosing my favorite twin easier.

Hint: my favorite twin didn’t block me on Instagram.



Netflix News: Scifi Edition

By Taylor Sarlo

Here are the latest and greatest science fiction shows you can find on Netflix currently! Of course, these aren’t the only stellar shows available, but they are some of the best.

The OA


“Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her 20s with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.”

This summary from IMDB doesn’t even come close to describing how epic this series is. If you’re looking for a show that combines all the best elements of Stranger Things, Criminal Minds, interpretive dance and Phyllis from The Office, this is the right show for you. Where was Prairie when she was gone for seven years? How did she get her sight back? How is Phyllis involved? The answers to these questions will have you SHOOK. SHOOK. The fast paced plot leads you on a series of twists and turns, that makes you anxious to start the next episode. Season two is being created currently, release date unknown, and once you watch the first season, the second can’t come soon enough.

Stranger Things Season Two


“When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.”

Stranger Things is a national treasure. And it’s not too late to catch up on the first season before the second season airs on Netflix on Halloween this year. The show is funny, suspenseful, a wee bit spooky, and at times the fabulous Winona Ryder has been known to make the audience shed a tear or two. Stranger Things expertly combines the tales of kids on bikes trying to solve a mystery, otherworldly phenomena, and government conspiracy. Along with the 1980’s aesthetic, this series has literally everything. If you have a soft spot for cute kids with missing front teeth, you will LOVE Dustin. I love Dustin. Honestly I am still waiting for him to get his own spin off show, but that’s another story.

Black Mirror


A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology.”

My Fitbit counted my watching Black Mirror as exercise time because of my increased heart rate. I just wanted to put that out there. This show is WILD. Each episode is a different story, some set in far off futures completely dictated by technology, others in more modern times. But they are all equally crazy. The show offers answers to questions such as what happens when people become too addicted to social media? How can technology make soldiers completely obedient? What happens when we’re given an option of what happens to our consciousness when we die? I’ll give you a hint: the answers aren’t pretty.

The 100


“Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet.”

The 100 is another spin on the young adult dystopian story that has become so common in entertainment lately. Luckily for you, The 100 provides a refreshing twist on the usual, overdone YA fad. One aspect that makes it unique is the variety of characters, and the amount of depth given to each. You really start to empathize with the characters, but it’s complicated because well, they’re criminals. You spend most of the time rooting for them and their survival, and then something happens to remind you that “hey, this kid’s a murderer! That’s why he’s here in the first place.” There are three seasons on Netflix and the fourth season is currently airing on the CW. It’s a great story, but often uses fighting to move the plot along. If you don’t have the stomach for gore, you may not enjoy this one very much.

Magic School Bus

“An eccentric school-teacher takes her class on wondrous educational field trips with the help of a magical school bus.”

Netflix is recreating a childhood classic, staring Kate McKinnon as the voice of Ms. Frizzle! I am particularly excited because the Magic School Bus was my absolute favorite show as a kid. It’s full of classic one-liners and bad puns that I still laugh at as a more grown up-ish kid. And now, we’ll be able to enjoy the next era of Magic School Bus splendor. Who knows where the bus will take the kids on their next field trip.

Look! They even visited dinosaurs, which you can do at Land Before Late Night Breakfast later this month!


How To Fake Your Spring Break

By Maggie Graff

Your professor’s just told everyone your next assignment is due in two weeks, right when you come back from spring break. Chatter commences while people are exchanging what airlines they’re taking, and all you’re exchanging are desperate looks to everyone in the room in hopes that you aren’t the only one who has -3 plans.

The kid with questionable hygiene who lent you his pencil two weeks back?


The girl who reminds the professor of the homework he assigned that he forgot about?


And that’s when you devise what’s arguably the best plan you’ve ever had; how you are going to fake your spring break.

Step One: The Blueprint


(see UPB’s Blueprint here)

“I’m going to go to Miami first flight out Monday morning,” you tell your Media & Politics 470 friend the next day.

“What hotel? I’m going to Miami too!” she says.

This is about when you start to sweat, but you cheerfully tell her, “The National Hotel! On Collins Ave. They have this rooftop bar that overlooks the pool!”

You did the website walkthrough, you’re no amatuer. You planned every detail out.

Step Two: Your first social media post


It’s the first weekday of Spring Break. You craftily place your two fingers in front of a google images beach photo from Miami, and add the National Hotel to your location in the instagram post. What’s the caption? You refer to your Blueprint. “Changes in latitude, changes in attitude.” Just the right amount of ambiguity for a first post.

Step Three: The Close Encounter of the Spring Break Kind


Your friend from class texts you asking to meet her at The Regent Cocktail Club 15 minutes away from your hotel. You hastily google it, and note they’re doing a $3 strawberry margarita special.

You reply, “Our concierge told us they were doing a $3 strawberry margarita deal!! Is that true? I’ll try to get my friends to leave the hotel pool!”

30 minutes later you tell her your friends wanted to go elsewhere, and that you should hang later in the week.

Step Four: Investing in an ultimately lackluster but suitable spray tan


It’s the weekend before classes, and you have to find means to sport all the Miami sun you got. Beach Bum Tanning & Airbrush Salon never seemed so ingenious until now.

As soon as you walk in, the lady winks and says, “So where did you go for Spring Break?”

You laugh, and divulge every trick and stealthy post you did. She tells you her daughter went to the Bahamas for the week, and that she’s going to keel over at your story.

Step Five: Reality Check


You’re back in class, and your professor asks everyone to go around and say what they did for spring break. The one girl reminds him of our assignment, and he graciously thanks her. She starts us off by talking about her spring break in the Bahamas, but then pauses, and begins to unravel the story of how her mom works at a spray tanning place in town, and that apparently, she met a girl who faked her ENTIRE spring break.


La La Land Costume Walk-Through


In honor of the Oscars this weekend, I thought I would share this costume walk-through.

After seeing La La Land on New Year’s Eve, I was enamored. Beautiful instrumentals, captivating cinematography, elaborate dance numbers, Emma Stone’s eyebrows, the list goes on. I was particularly drawn to the costumes; the contemporary take on old Hollywood glamour (the swishy skirts!) was magical.

The costume I liked the most?

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Ryan Gosling with a keytar. I immediately wanted to do a couple’s costume of Mia and Sebastian from this scene. With months and months ‘til Halloween, and no news of an iconic duos party coming up, my boyfriend and I decided to play dress-up at UPB’s semiformal instead.

————————–Costume Break DOWN————————–


Red button up? Check. White tank top? Check. Mustard pants? Khakis will have to do. Clothes for this costume were easy to find without needing modification. The hardest part of Sebastian’s costume was the keytar.

Mini keyboard from Amazon
Flat bat or old guitar hero guitar handle from Goodwill
Red tape
A sharp knife lol 

After I got the mini keyboard, I went to Goodwill to try and find an old guitar hero guitar that I could smash the handle off of. This was as close as I got.


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I think it’s for sports?!??!?!?!?!?
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I cut out one of the sides of the flat bat, leaving a little C shaped cradle. After a ridiculously long time, I gave up trying to make it even and set the keyboard into the cradle.

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I taped the keyboard into place using the red tape, then proceeded to cover the rest of the bat with the tape. I made a little angular handle out of the tape, too. Ta-daaa! This keytar is ready for playing.

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Yellow dress
Black fabric paint pen
Needle and thread
Tacky glue

This outfit required more. Much more. I hate yellow, but it was the outfit that she wore in the scene. So it goes.

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I thrifted this yellow dress at Goodwill for less than $5.00. I know it’s ugly! But I saw its potential in the color and length, and the way it swished! All it needed was a quick hemming, square neckline, chopped sleeves, and sketch-like, black flowers.

First, I put it on inside-out and had my roommate cut it at my knees, making sure to leave at least a quarter of an inch for hemming. I then drew a new square neckline with a crayon, and outlined the sleeves to be angular and short. I took it off, did the snipa-snip along the crayon lines, and tucked them under and secured it with tacky glue (since I was too impatient to sew it).

For the neckline, since the dress was a little big, I cinched it by sewing in and out sparsely and tied to secure.

After the cut was right, I got to work on the pattern. Using a black paint marker, I practiced the whimsical, sketchy flower design on Emma Stone’s dress. Once I had mastered it (enough), I started sparsely painting flowers on, making sure to stick a piece of cardboard to separate the layers of dress so that it didn’t bleed through to the back.

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All done dress!


Blue and white paint
Glitter ($0.98 at Walmart)

Since Emma Stone wore blue heels at the party scene, I decided to transform shoes I already owned instead of buying completely new ones. I got these shoes from Plato’s Closet in the summer because I thought they had character, but I never wore them because the green didn’t go with anything I owned #impulseshopper.

I didn’t take before pics, but I quickly googled “green shoes silver point” and they immediately popped up. To preserve the silver point, I put some painter’s tape over them, then painted the body of the shoes white so that the blue would pop instead of being dull.

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I covered the shoes with modge podge and coated it in glitter. After letting it dry overnight, I put a top coat of modge podge to seal them so glitter wouldn’t be all over the floor (because we can’t do that anymore!!).
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There you have it! What a waste of a lovely night.

La La Land will be coming to Grafton the last week of March. 3/29-4/1 Go. See. It. I know I’ll be at every showing. Follow us on social media to see what’s playing this week in Grafton! 

Send movie suggestions to @harmlette on twitter with the hashtag #moviethriftre if there is a costume you would like me to make a walk-through for!

Written by Leigh Taylor Harmer


8 Thoughts About This Month’s Weather

By: Maggie McGowan and Makayla Cornwell

  1. Why am I sweating in February????

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THE BACK SWEAT IS BAAAACK! I’m supposed to be wearing 5 layers in February… what is happening? All I wanted to do was show off my new sweater and jeans that I got for Christmas but nope that just won’t work in this heat.

  1. When are we supposed to have snow days if it’s 70 degrees?!

I had big plans for this year’s snow days. Am I really expected to wait until next year to go sledding? Because that’s just not okay.

  1. So glad I wore shorts on this 30 degree day when I was told it would be in the upper 60s.
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I was not prepared for this. SOS where is the warmth?! How am I supposed to know when the weather app is going to lie to me?

  1. Is it spring break yet?

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Yes, I know I should be learning that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, but all I can think about is laying in my bed at home watching Netflix without feeling guilty.


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Let’s be real, this is honestly a blessing. Usually we only get the last few weeks of the spring semester to enjoy this free dog therapy, so this is the greatest gift anyone could ask for.



Was it necessary to repeat this? YES. It’s that important.

  1. My summer body is still under construction so I can’t be dressing for the warmth like this??!!!


Everyday is leg day at JMU, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m confident enough to show them off yet in those shorts. I was hibernating for the winter, sue me.

  1. The Earth is literally dying.
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As wonderful as this weather has been, it’s hard to neglect the fact that climate change has caused this serious issue. We need to take care of our Mother Earth because once she’s gone, it’s over… THINK OF THE POLAR BEARS!!!