What’s your radio show called?
My show is called “The Royal Cypher with Handsome Francis.”
What inspired you to host a radio show?
I’ve been wanting to start a radio show here since freshman year but haven’t had the opportunity to do a show entirely about hip-hop until I took Professor Kilker’s Audio Production class last semester. However, I knew the minute I got behind the microphone to do my first show that this was something I wanted to keep doing throughout the rest of my time at the University.
What kind of music do you feature?
I mostly play rap music on my show, but it’s not uncommon for me to slip some r&b in there if I think it fits that week’s show. I choose all the music myself and it really comes down to whatever the show’s topic is. So, a couple of weeks ago I did a show about gender equality in hip-hop and featured music from female artists that challenge the industry’s expectations of what a female rapper should sound like, dress like, talk about, etc. I also included music from male artists that either advocated for gender equality or challenged the over-the-top masculinity and other gender stereotypes that male artists typically perpetuate. I try to never play anything without intention.
The Center for Health Education and Wellness strives to encourage every student to put their physical and mental health as a priority. Being busy college students with jam-packed schedules can sometimes make it difficult to put health as a forefront “to-do,” especially when it means making a journey to the fitness center. However, the month before spring break, this trek to the gym is incentivized through the annual Fitness Challenge.
This year, 763 campus members successfully completed the fitness challenge, which takes a holistic approach to fitness. Each week, students had to log in at least 150 minutes of physical activity, while also checking off completed activities that deal with the health of the mind and body. Over the four weeks before spring break, 7,630 hours of exercise were collectively logged.
Scranton students get creative with how they choose to spend their spring break. Some get ahead on school work, some book a direct flight to Florida, some have a “stay-cation,” and others, like Mandy Colombo ’19, jet off to Europe.
“A little different than the typical tropical spring break, I went on a family trip to London and Paris,” she said. “We did the usual touristy activities. Like in London, we saw Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, ate fish and chips, toured the Harry Potter Studios and had a traditional afternoon tea. And around Paris, we visited the Palace of Versailles, saw the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa and ate every carb in sight! Shout out to macarons, baguettes and croissants!”
Whether you spent your spring break enjoying carbs stateside or across the pond, there is no denying that it was a good opportunity to rest and rejuvenate before the last few weeks of the semester.
The Irish Cultural Society presented their 4th Annual Potato Mash on March 7 from 9:30-11:30 p.m. The 4th floor of the Denaples Center was decked out in green, orange and white, and every Irish eye was smiling.
From the French fry bar to the Irish dancers to the traditional bagpipes, authenticity was a clear theme for the event.
Katie Butler, a coordinator of this event, explained the importance.
“This is an annual event to celebrate Irish heritage and St. Patrick’s day, too,” she said. “So we really tried to bring an authenticity that would be noticed and enjoyed by all. We even ordered authentic crisps and chocolate straight from Ireland. The Irish exchange students say they feel like they’re home.”
Spring Break is a great time for rest and relaxation. It’s also a good time to swap out those school books for a pleasure read. Students were eager to share their reading list for break, and their choices were as variant as their personalities. If you’re looking to flex that literary muscle over the next week, here are some of your fellow students’ Spring Break top choices.
Nadiya Latif ’20: A Beautiful Composition of Broken by r.h. Sin – “A collection of poetry and prose meant to remind the wounded that they are, in fact, beautiful in a way society may never comprehend.”
Kaleigh Valeski ’20: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – “Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.”