April 30, 2014

WNJR Now Hiring for Fall 2014

WNJR is now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 student staff.  The Application Form details application directions, position descriptions, and minimal and preferred qualifications for each position. Hiring will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.

April 29, 2014

New Music Tuesday!

Based in Brisbane, My Fiction has released their second album to great reviews.  Rolling Stone has said that “My Fiction should lead the next wave of Aussie festival faves.” Whether or not you agree with the writers of Rolling Stone, this album continues on their comforting indie sound with an honest and confident track line up.

"Young Again" features the sounds that everyone lately likes to hear: a pop indie song with clear lyrics and multiple guitar lines.  In contrast, the band has also thrown a few tracks on the album that might appeal to the rock or punk scene.  "Clever Kids" features a harsher vocal sound and the typical forefront guitar line that drives the tempo and feel of the song.

My Fiction has something for everyone so don't be afraid to check out their website, Facebook, and twitter. They promise "A free mustache twirl with every new follow on twitter"! So get on that, obviously.

April 25, 2014

RADIO RAISER! 4/29-5/5

Join the WNJR staff, community members, and W&J faculty and students as we all band together to raise money for our beloved college radio station!

Next week we will be promoting our annual RadioRager fundraising event which is a 48 hour marathon of live shows and music hosted by all of our volunteers. This year's RadioRaiser goal is to raise enough money to buy a digital sound board to look beautiful (and actually work) in our brand new studio!

Here's a sneak peek of some of the shows to get excited about that will be taking place during the Rager:

Boy Bands Killed Jazz
I Don't Like Mondays Reunion Episode
Top o' the Mornin'!
C Side Jazz
Sundry Lunch
Country Power Hour

Listen to 91.7FM for more details April 29th to May 5th!

April 23, 2014

World Views Wednesday with Joseph Jorjoliani

The host of International Experience Joseph Jorjoliani had an exciting guest last week,
Mr. Jack Myint. He is a future politician from the Republic of Burma (also known as Myanmar).

Mr. Myint is an undergraduate student in his second year at Washington & Jefferson College, majoring in Political Science and Economics with a Pre-Law track. Mr. Myint shared many interesting facts about Burmese culture, politics, and social life. His views on different issues are strong, passionate and fact-based. Perhaps this charismatic sophomore will one day become the leader of his country. 

Joseph: Mr. Myint, I had not heard about Burma before I came here to Washington & Jefferson College. Now, I know how to say one word in Burmese: “minglaba,” which means “hello.” So, minglaba Mr. Myint! How are you doing today? 

Jack: I am doing well, thank you Joseph for inviting me to be a guest on your show. It's truly a great honor. 

Joseph: Thank you for finding some time in your busy schedule to come by. Well, Jack, I know you were born and raised in Burma.So how did you find out about W&J and what inspired you to study in the United States? 

Jack: First of all, I would like to explain what was happening in Burma when I decided that I want to come study in the United States. There was a strong military regime in place and politics as a subject was banned from our high school and university systems. A few months before I left, the regime stepped down and a new administration came into place with a promise to transition Burma into a democratic state. As you probably know, that's the driving factor behind better trade and investment relations with Burma and major western powers over the past couple of years. So, yes it is a very hopeful time for the country but the fact of the matter is, there's still a lot more to be done – rooting out corruption in the bureaucracy, better promoting the educational and health care standards, ridding of military presence (which currently hold 25% of the seats) in parliament to name a few. I firmly believe the education I receive and the network I accumulate over my time in the U.S will give me the background necessary to go back to Burma and become part of the changing political landscape and steadily developing societal and economic stature of my country. I applied to 28 colleges and universities, and Washington & Jefferson College has always been on the top of my list. I chose W&J based on its top-tier pre-law program and my interaction with members of the faculty prior to my arrival. 

Joseph: I know that Burma is not a wealthy country. Did you have enough funds to attend W&J? 

Jack: Right after I received a generous scholarship from the College, I started seeking additional funding. I was fortunate to be selected as a recipient of the Prospect Burma Scholarship, an educational trust set up by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner of Burma who is also my personal idol, hero and source of inspiration. I also received the Open Society Scholarship from the Soros Foundation.

April 22, 2014

New Music Tuesdays!

Hey again, everyone! This week on New Music Tuesdays, we're featuring Our Friend and The Spiders (OFTS) with their 2012 album "Walk Me Out."

Formed in 2008, the band is based in Montreal and  "Walk Me Out" was their first full-length album.  The included tracks offer the typical indie-band vibe, but in no way do they have a small-time sound--catchy rhythms and choruses mixed with an interesting guitar line and some "vintage reverb," this album is definitely worth a listener's time.  With 10 great tracks, OFTS has produced a CD that should probably get more recognition than it has, so check it out!

OFTS is currently touring, but you'll have to have your passport ready as they make their way through their lengthy Montreal-based tour schedule! Check it out on their website or Facebook for your continued enjoyment!

April 17, 2014

What's Up DubJay?

Student Life Staff
Tyler Kowcheck will be turning joining the W&J community as Director of Residential Life.  Kowcheck returns to our campus after serving as ResLife coordinator from 2009-2012.  David Zlockie will be joining us as Director of Community Standards and Support Service.  In this new position, Mr. Zlockie will work with student behavior and conduct issues, development and implementation of support services, and will coordinate the PAL program.
Seniors!  Check out Senior Week schedule on washjeff.edu and don’t forget to purchase your Senior Week Ticket before May 4th!
Spring Concert
The SGA spring concert, featuring Uncle Kracker, is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd at 8PM.  Check your washjeff email to reserve your ticket through W&J Weekly!  Remaining tickets will go on sale April 21st.
International Week
All week long is International Week here at Washington and Jefferson College.  Stay tuned for international themed activates and contact Dr. Buba Misawa at bmisawa@washjeff.edu for more details.
PAL Tutors Wanted!
Applications for tutor positions within the Peer-Assisted Learning center are now being accepted for next year.  Please check out the W&J Weekly for the link to the application.  Deadline to apply is April 30th.
Scholarship Info Session
Dr. Bilsky will be holding a scholarship information session on Monday, April 21st at 5:30PM in DP100 to introduce students to a variety of grants for undergraduate and graduate study.  Contact Dr. Bilsky at bbilsky@washjeff.edu for more information.
The sisters of Pi Beta Phi will be hosting “Lemonade for Literacy” on April 21st from 11:00AM to 1:00PM outside of Rossin Campus Center.  Lemonade costs 25 cents and proceeds benefit the Emma Harper Turner Fund.

April 16, 2014

World Views Wednesday

Last week on "International Experience," the host Joseph Jorjoliani interviewed international student Bako Glonti from Wagner College in New York. Mr. Glonti is a very good friend of Joseph Jorjoliani. They went to the same high school in the Republic of Georgia.

Glonti (pictured left) shared many funny stories about his first impressions of the United States and talked about the differences between his home country, Georgia, and the USA.

Joseph: Bako, you have been living in the United States for about two years. How is it living in a foreign country?
Bako: Well, it is a challenge of my life. Of course I miss my family and friends, but I go back to Georgia during breaks. So it makes my life easier and much more pleasant.
Joseph: So you came here two years ago, what was the first cultural shock you experienced here in the USA?
Bako: I want to share this funny story about my experience in Washington, D.C. When I went to D.C., my friend was campaigning for a political party, and he went door to door and gave booklets to many families, so one day I decided to go with him, and after a while he asked me to do his job, knock on a door and talk to the family. Well I did not know that “sir” meant “man” and “ma’am” meant “woman,” so when a woman opened the door I said “Hi, Sir!” and she replied: “I am not a Sir, I am a woman, little boy.” So I was shocked, did not know what to do. My friend was laughing so hard I could not even apologize, so the woman closed the door and we left.
Joseph: Great story, Bako. I hope you learned a lesson from that.

April 13, 2014


WNJR has strategically placed eggs around Washington & Jefferson College campus. All have candy, some have FABULOUS PRIZES! If you find an egg with a prize slip, bring it to WNJR during our office hours!  A staff member will provide you with your prize(s)!  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.!  Happy hunting!

April 11, 2014

Freaky Friday

What's going in Pittsburgh this weekend? Not your usual weekend in the 'Burgh.

St. Vincent with Noveller
Friday, Apr 11 7pm
Stage AE, www.stageae.com

Sister Spit
Friday, Apr 11, 8pm
$10 for Students, $15 for everyone else
"This multimedia program features host Ali Liebegot, along with authors Dia Felix (Nochita) and Beth Lisick (Yokohama Threeway: A Collection of Small Shames), slam poet and award-winning playwright Chinaka Hodge, fat activist Virgie Tovar, (one of the U.S’s leading experts on body discrimination), award-winning playwright and poet Lenelle Moise (Haiti Glass) and novelist Rhiannon Argo (Girls I’ve Run Away With)."
The Warhol Theater at the Andy Warhol Museum

The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Saturday, Apr 12 12pm
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
FREE but have to preregister, call 412.622.1398 for more information
screening a documentary covering Ali's battle to overturn the 5 year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. 

Wilmington Hammerheads at Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Saturday, Apr 12 7pm
Highmark Stadium
Tickets start at $19, and the most expensive are $23
Home opener of Pittsburgh's pro soccer team

April 10, 2014

What's Up DubJay?

Welcome Mr. Robert Cocco
The DubJay community welcomes Mr. Robert Cocco as the new director of Campus & Public Safety.  Mr. Cocco has held positions within the US Marshals and has worked with campus safety organizations and police departments throughout Pennsylvania.  Mr. Cocco will begin on campus in early May.
W&J Link Program
The W&J Link Program, a new collaborative effort between Student Life and Academic Affairs, is now accepting applications for interested students.  The Link program hopes to assist new students in adjusting to the academic and social differences between high school and college.  Interested students should visit the Student Life page of washjeff.edu.  The deadline to apply is April 15th.

Lou Gherig Home Run Derby
The brothers of Phi Delta Theta invite you to the Lou Gherig Home Run Derby on Sunday April 13 from 11AM to 5PM at Brooks Park.  All proceeds of the event go towards ALS research.

Spring Concert - Uncle Kracker
The SGA spring concert, featuring Uncle Kracker, is scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd at 8PM.  Check your @washjeff email to reserve your ticket through W&J Weekly!

Another Rashomon
From Thursday April 10th to Saturday April 12th, the Washington & Jefferson Student Theatre Company will be performing “Another Rashomon,” written and directed by Professor Dan Shaw.  Showtimes for Another Rashomon are 7:30pm with a 2:00pm matinee on Saturday.  Doors open a half hour prior to the event; admission is free.

This weekend’s events,
On Friday April 11th,
§  At 9:30PM, the HUB will be showing “Lone Survivor” as part of the “Movies in the Alley” series.
On Saturday April 12th,
§  The Spanish Club invites you to the annual Son Latino Fiesta at 6:00PM in the Rossin Ballroom.  Be sure to stop by for a salsa dancing lesson, Hispanic foods, and a live DJ.  For those interested in attending please send your swipe number to spanishclub@jay.washjeff.edu.

This weekend in sports,
o   On Saturday, April 12th:
§  Men’s lacrosse goes against Susquehanna at Alexandre Stadium at noon.
§  Softball Vs. Grove City double header starts at 1:00 at Brooks Park
§  At 4:00PM Women’s Lacrosse takes on Oberlin at Alexandre Stadium.
o   On Sunday, April 13th:
§  Men’s Tennis goes face to face with Thomas More at the Swanson Courts at 10:00AM.

April 9, 2014

World Views Wednesday

A different conversation took place during last Friday's International Experience. The guest from France, Marion Ruffier, gave feedback to the host, Joseph. She both criticized and admired his show. 

Joseph: Marion, you were the first guest in my first "international Experience.” How do you think I am doing so far?
Marion: In the first show you were a little bit nervous and strained. I do not see anything like that right now. I listened to most of the shows you had, and I would say you are improving.
Joseph: Oh, I did not expect you to listen to all of my shows, thank you. Which show did you like the most?
Marion: Well, the first one with me was the best, but the one with Australians was the funniest.
Joseph: What do you think is the best part of my show?
Marion: Oh, the quizzes are fabulous. When your guests try to win the t-shirt but they never get it.
Joseph: That is not my fault. If they answer all the questions correctly they will get the t-shirt!
Marion: Well, I will make a quiz for you.
Joseph: Go for it.
Marion: I will do it later. I would like to tell you that many of my friends from France are listening to the show right now. And I want to ask you to allow me to say ‘hi’ to them in French.
Joseph: If you are not going to say something that I need to put on the Swear Chart, go ahead. But translate it for our listeners please.
Marion: (Laughs) Of course!

April 8, 2014

New Music Tuesday!

 Night Drive's latest album "Position 1" was released September 2013. Born from two Texan frontmen from other bands, the electronic/synth-based duo has already released 4 albums altogether.  "Drones" and "No Plans" from the EP showcase the mixing talents of the two band members with their steady electronic beats, digitally manipulated voices, and driving tempos.  Electronic-indie-pop has become a popular genre and Night Drive blends nicely into the scene along other similar sounding artists such as FUN.

Definitely worth a listen to this week if you're looking for something new yet familiar. 

Night Drive is currently touring around Texas. Check out their website for additional information, music, videos, and more here!

April 3, 2014

What's Up DubJay?

On Saturday, April 5th, Delta Gamma is hosting their annual Anchor Splash event at Henry Memorial pool from noon to 4.  Run by the sisters of the W&J Delta Gamma Chapter, Anchor Splash is a friendly competition between the fraternities and sororities of campus in a series of relay races and choreographed water dances.  Last year the event raised nearly four thousand dollars, all proceeds benefited Service for Sight.  Admission to Anchor Splash is two dollars.

All throughout April join W&J in both Washington and Pittsburgh to celebrate Earth Day!  Volunteer opportunities are available with Highland Ridge Community and Pittsburgh Botanical Garden on April 5th, 12th, and 19th.  For more information please check out the Volunteer Program page.
From Thursday April 10th to Saturday April 12th, the Washington & Jefferson Student Theatre Company will be performing Another Rashomon, written and directed by Professor Dan Shaw.  Showtimes for Another Rashomon are 7:30pm with a 2:00pm matinee on Saturday.  Doors open a half hour prior to the event; admission is free.

Friday April 4th:
  • Stop by the Campus Circle at 10:30 AM to Pie a Field Hockey Player!  All proceeds go towards Relay for Life to fight cancer!
  • Stick around the Campus Circle for Feel Good Friday, starting at 11:30!
  • Cupcake Decorating, part of the SAIL DIY series, will be held in the Fireplace Lounge at 6:30PM!
  • Drop by the HUB for Karaoke Night at Monticello's starting at 9:00!

Friday April 4th:
  • Men's Tennis takes on Mount Aloysius at the Swanson Courts at 3:30PM
Saturday April 5th:
  • The Baseball team holds a double header against Thiel at Ross Park, starting at 1:00PM
  • The Intramural Coed Street Hockey Tournament will be held in the basketball court at 1:00PM
Sunday April 6th:
  • The Softball team goes face to face with Mount Union for a double header at Brooks Park starting at 1:00PM

April 2, 2014

World Views Wednesday

 Great discussion with last friday's guest Danilo, from Peru. Talking about Peruiuan beliefs was pretty interesting and appealing. Danilo shared his views on an early marriage culture, which is mundane in Peru.

Joseph: Danilo, what is particular aspect in Peruian social life that disturbs you?
Danilo: Actually, I can think of many of those but the most peculiar one could be the early marriage in Peru.
J: Why do people marry early in Peru?
D: There are many traditional and religious beliefs in Peru, which lead to those marriages but nowadays those religious beliefs transformed into social cliche.
J: What do you mean by social cliche?
D: Well, it became common sense that people should marry after high school graduation. Even not religious people follow this tradition, that is why I call it social cliche.
J: So the tradition of small groups of people shaped this little aspect of Peruian culture?
D: Yes, absolutely.
J: What encouraged the people to engage early, was it only for religious purposes or something else?
D: Oh, have you ever heard about shamans in Peru?
J: I guess so, Peru has 2nd largest number of Shamans in the world after India.
D: That is right, and some people often hire them to make a marriage, in spite of the partners' willingness.

April 1, 2014

New Music Tuesday!

A London-based indie group, Breton just released a new album this year, War Room Stories.  The album's pop-indie sound is similar to that of Django Django and Alt-J.  With their interest in multimedia and production, the group's new album includes double-vocals, electronica and tropical themes, and just enough beat to make it dance floor worthy. 

More well known for producing and remixing other artists, Breton is a band that should not be overlooked for their own musical talents.  Although they just finished up their promotional tour for War Room Stories, you'll probably still have to go across the pond to catch a live glimpse of these guys. 

Check out their website here!