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Volume 88 (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017)

Surfing Jersey’s Summer: A Surfboard Buyer’s Guide || Opinion

Surfboard GuideIt’s time to assault the beach. Winter has waned and Spring is (kinda) springing. While devoted wetsuit warriors are still charging cold swells on the Atlantic, the water and weather are slowly starting to warm. Soon surfers will molt their outer layer of neoprene in response to rising water temperatures. Contrary to popular belief, surf season in NJ usually runs from September to March; the biggest swells pulse through during these months. As the summer season arrives, board riders naturally have to change the surf craft under their feet.

“While gutless summer surf sounds extremely lackluster, it doesn’t have to be. You can’t change the waves (without a plane ticket at least), but you CAN have the right small wave gear to maximize your wave count and have way more fun than you may have thought imaginable in summer slop,” says Dave Kaminsky.

Mr. Kaminsky owns and operates DaveySKY Surfboards and currently shapes custom boards for his clients out of his headquarters in Manasquan, NJ. As a 29 year-old shaper and lifelong surfer, Dave understands which boards work well in any situation, for any surfer.

Longboards

“Admittedly, I was always averse to longboards when I was younger (for no good reason other than my stupid ego). It took two or three waves of surfing a longboard to realize how much of a huge mistake that was, and how many days of fun waves I’d missed,” said Kaminsky.

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Blue Hawk Records: The Finish Line is in Sight || Entertainment

BHR Press Release 1West Long Branch, New Jersey – Blue Hawk Records (BHR) is a student-run record label which works out of West Long Branch’s Monmouth University. BHR was originally created as a club in 2013 to expose students to the hard work and dedication behind a fully operated record label. Teaming up with Lakehouse Recording studio in Asbury Park, BHR offers students jobs, internships, and many other opportunities to flourish in the music industry.

With just under a week until it’s big debut, Blue Hawk Records’ tenth compilation album, Hang Ten, is finished and ready to hit the public on April 19, 2017. All of the acts have been busy with last minute perfections to make sure this album is one to go down in the books. Successful albums have dedicated workers who work behind the scenes. Hang Ten was produced by students with the oversight of faculty member, Joe Rapolla.

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Blue Hawk Records Chooses Artists for Next Album || Entertainment

Every semester, the Applied Music Industry class markets and produces a compilation album featuring artists from all over Monmouth University's campus. Last Wednesday, Feb. 1 in Lauren K. Woods Theatre from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., over 15 acts auditioned for Blue Hawk Records 10th compilation album. Acts who auditioned varied from local Rap star, Tyler Robinson (aka Teddy) to acoustic acts like Oliver's Wanderers (who are senior music industry student, Dylan Hoski and junior communications student, Kristina Caliendo) and even full band acts like Hunter's Run who features sophomore music industry student, Tommy Allen, on the drums.

Jess McGovern, a sophomore music industry student and one of the General Managers for the project, had explained how it was really tough to pick from all the acts who auditioned, but the class settled on 5 acts. The acts that will be a part of Blue Hawk Records 10th compilation album are The Nooks, Incolor, Society Hill, Antonio Gonzalez, and Nicolette Pezza.

Society Hill is a four-piece alternative rock band who are made up of music industry student, Liam Frank; communications student Matt Mendez, Zack Everson, and Dave Hays. Society Hill is currently recording an EP in Bridgewater and is excited to record the song "Soft Eyes" with Blue Hawk Records to include on the later LP. Pezza is a senior communications student who is recording her acoustic song, "Feels like Home" for the compilation album. Another act and a name you are probably familiar with because he was on BHR's 9 Lives album last semester, freshman music industry student, Antonio Gonzalez, will be recording again with his acoustic song "Can't Keep Us Down" for this album.

Both other general managers of the record, Eva Michaylin and Olivia Rohlfs, are recording with their bands for this album. The Nooks are a female acoustic trio that formed while they were studying abroad in Florence, Italy. The members are junior music industry students Olivia Rohlfs and Amanda McTigue and music education student, Briana Musco.

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Light of Day Show || Entertainment

On Jan. 12, Asbury Park was rocking all night long and Blue Hawk Records, Monmouth's student-run record label, had everything to do with it. Every year Asbury Park hosts the Light of Day Festival which, as Professor Joe Rapolla, Chair of the Music and Theatre Department, explains, "Is an important event for Monmouth students to participate in not only because it is a high-profile music event that local and international acts, including Bruce Springsteen, perform at, but because of the purpose of the light of day organization."

The Light of Day organization raises awareness and funds in hopes of finding a cure for diseases like Parkinson's and ALS. The festival draws crowds from all over the world to rock together and bring an end to these terrible diseases. Aja Armstrong, a sophomore Music Industry student and active member of Blue Hawk Records states, "It was a very successful night for Blue Hawk Records. It brought us together as a club and showed that we are passionate and devoted to making music and using that gift of music to raise awareness for a great cause."

The event kicked off at 8 p.m. in Langosta Lounge on Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park. The kitchen and bar were open for people to relax and order a cocktail or some sushi while they listened to all the acts. Eva Michaylin, a junior Music Industry student, said, "The Light of Day show was a perfectly constructed event for a great cause that had a wonderful turn out! All of Monmouth University's artists put on a show that had the picturesque restaurant entertained for the entire night."

Professor Rapolla commented, "Overall, it was just an amazing, fun, well produced, and transformative evening for Monmouth students and the local Asbury community."

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