“It’s a lot of caffeine, and sporadic naps whenever there’s time. It takes serious dedication and love for what we do.”
This is how CC Witt, lead singer for Lyn Avenue and graphic design major at Armstrong, says she balances her music career and school work.
Lyn Avenue is a local, self-proclaimed contemporary country band comprised of mostly Armstrong students. Patrick Ellington is the lead guitarist and a biology major and Randy Cuba is the drummer and a communications major. They, with Witt, have been performing together for roughly three years now. Recently, bassist Larry Jones joined the crew.
Armstrong has a brand new club, unlike any other in the state or the southeastern United States. The first chapter of the Student African American Sisterhood was officially recognized as active on April 6.
The national CEO and founder of the Sisterhood, Khalilah Shabazz, visited Armstrong over the weekend to offer a training seminar and bond with the new members.
In their first meeting on April 7, the ladies recognized Shabazz in their “Shero” moment. Shabazz founded SAAS at her alma mater, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, in 2005.
Melissa Bates is a junior double-majoring in political science and philosophy. A native of Portland, Ore., Melissa has been in Savannah for 13 years.
If you didn’t catch it over the weekend, SNL had an epic skit that parodied the game show “Jeopardy” with a twist – “Black Jeopardy.” The host, Darnell Hayes (played by Kenan Thompson), led three contestants (two black and one white) in the classic game:
Amir (played by Jay Pharoah), Keely (played by Shasheer Zamata), and an African American Studies professor from BYU, Mark (played by Louis C.K.), who is the quintessential white person. The categories are classic black expressions: “Had it been me . . .,” “It’s been a minute,” “That girl,” “Psssh . . .,” “On punishment,” and, of course, “White people.” Mark struggles to get in the game, but finally gets an answer right (somewhat). Here is an approximation of what ensues:
Mark: “Okay, let’s go to “White people” for $200.”
“Armstrong is my second family. I’m graduating in December and I have nostalgia because I am leaving my second family,” said Student Government Association President Andy Cabistan.
“My first family is in Costa Rica, and Armstrong is a wonderful, wonderful place. It is more than an academic institution, it is a place where students grow as leaders and as a family,” Cabistand said on April 3 at the inaugural Paint the Town Maroon event.
As the lights dimmed, turning the packed auditorium pitch black, the audience’s steady conversations turned into ear piercing cheers as We the Kings made their way onto the stage. Although the group was missing guitarist and background vocalist Coley O’Toole, who was with his wife welcoming their newborn into the world, the group still drove the crowd wild.
We the Kings started as a group of middle school boys from Bradenton, Fla., with a passion for music. They adopted their name from Kings Middle School where they met.
However, there were times when the group considered other occupations in their childhood. Travis Clark, the lead singer stated, “I had a weird dream about being a pizza delivery boy,” to which Hunter Thomsen proudly added, “I did that once.”