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Music and our Mood

We listen to music every day. In the shower, on our way to and from work, while we’re making dinner– the list goes on. How does the music we listen to affect our mood, productivity, and all-around well-being on a given day? (Image via Professor Ramos)

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The Best Releases of October: Music Staff Picks

The Body & BIG|BRAVE – Leaving None But Small Birds  The Body and BIG|BRAVE have each earned their tenure in metal, but together they have created an album that defies any preconceived notions one might have had for them. On Leaving None But Small Birds, both bands veer into a brand of folk rock that is rife with an eerie grit. Twangy layered strings mesh with the heavy distortion of guitars that both The Body and BIG|BRAVE are known for, creating a delicate and foreboding atmosphere. Similarly, the guttural shrieks and growls of The Body are replaced by the haunting croons of BIG|BRAVE’s lead vocalist Robin … Continued

After eight seasons with the Chicago Bears, Devin Hester is set to hit free agency. While he may have faltered in later seasons, it is important to remember what he meant to the team and fans.

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Let’s not kid ourselves, Michael Sam coming out as gay before the NFL draft is huge. In the aftermath of Sam’s earth shaking revelation, many were quick to applaud Sam for his courage to come out. Others thought that he should have just stayed quiet and go about his business under the radar. Finally, there are those that thought Sam was just looking for some publicity and it does not mean anything. But it does, Sam’s coming out does more for the progress of gay athletes in sports than any other figure in this movement. In the past year, Jason … Continued

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Take aside the two Stanley Cup victories in the past four seasons and it becomes very difficult to find many positives city’s sports teams. The Bulls are still feeling the impact of the Derrick Rose’s torn ACL in the 2012 playoffs. The Cubs and White Sox combined for 195 losses this past season and the Cubs are looking for a new manager once again. It seemed like the Bears, with the hiring of offensive minded head coach Marc Trestman would reverse the team’s fortunes. After starting the season 4-2, the Bears headed to the nation’s capitol and looked to improve … Continued

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Minneapolis, Minnesota– Coming off of two seasons where Iowa only took home one rivalry trophy, the Hawkeyes retain the Floyd of Rosedale with a 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “It was a great win. Everybody played good. Our defense played awesome, the offense did great, and we held them throughout the game,” Senior Kicker Mike Meyer said. “It’s good to win those trophy games” Sophomore Quarterback Jake Rudock was directly involved with both of Iowa’s touchdowns for the afternoon. The first was a 4-yard scramble into the end zone, his 5th … Continued

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Let’s forget for a moment that the Minnesota Vikings came into their home matchup against the Cleveland Browns 0-2 and applaud the Browns for the upset they pulled off in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. When two winless teams meet up, it is hard to call the result an upset, but in the case it is the perfect description. It is no secret that the being a fan of any Cleveland team is not easy, especially when it comes to the Browns.  2013 is proving to be more of the same Browns fans. The team started the season 0-2 and … Continued

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