by BRANDON UTLEY
Imagine this. A teenage boy growing up in small-town Northeast Ohio, in a high school where there are more tractors and pickup trucks than there are iPhones. This boy often struggled to fit in with the “popular crowd,” not because he was not cool enough just because he was interested in different things. The popular crowd liked football and country music, while the young man loved musical theater and reality TV. That boy was me.
Do not get me wrong, my high school experience was great but liking musical theater when I was growing up was always considered a taboo. People who enjoyed musicals were always stereotyped as dramatic, over-the-top, or gay. But has this opinion changed.
“The genre itself is so wide that it’s intimidating,” said TU sophomore Becca Keilbasa. “I think people generally find them strange until they listen to them for the first time because until you understand the story the music is out of context and a bit strange.”
Tiffin University music director Aly Horn stated, “I used to find that people would stereotype those that have an interest in musicals and you either were totally into them, or you were definitely opposed.”
With Broadway taking a turn from the classic style of shows, such as The Sound of Music, Cats, and Hello, Dolly! to a new contemporary sound with shows, such as Hamilton, Be More Chill, and Legally Blonde, is musical theater becoming cool?
by BRANDON UTLEY
While juggling 15 credit hours, extra curricular activities, and multiple jobs finding time to make or find a healthy meal is nearly impossible. Second only to those cumulative final exams, one of the most difficult challenges college students face is how to battle away hunger?
The caf? Fast food? The pack of ramen they forgot they dropped under their bed last week?
Putting aside the debate over the quality of the dining hall food (see my article “In defense of the cafeteria: Picky eater finds appreciation for the caf”), the place that students choose to eat depends on their busy schedules, their particular taste in food, and more importantly their bank account. With the prices of the meal plan options rising, how are people who cannot afford them or choose not to get them eating.
Senior Tyler Slavens lives in his fraternity house on campus, which includes a full kitchen. “Normally I eat fast food between classes, but if I have enough time I cook in my house,” he said.