In 1985, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young organized the first Farm Aid concert at the height of the US Farm Crisis. They wanted to raise awareness about the economic plight of the family farmer and raise money to help family farmers keep their land. The concert was only meant to happen once, but its goals remained unfinished after the first concert. So they did it again. And again. And again. This year, the 29th Farm Aid concert was held in Raleigh, NC and I was lucky enough to get a ticket.
All three founding members - Nelson, Mellencamp, and Young - were there, and so was Dave Matthews, who is a Farm Aid board artist. 7-year Farm Aid veteran performer Jamey Johnson gave a rousing performance through the pouring rain, and Jack White rocked the house by playing a set of his own songs and White Stripes hits like “Icky Thump” and “Seven Nation Army” (which made us feel like we were at a Wolfpack home game at Carter-Finley!). But local band Delta Rae really stole the show. As a student in Raleigh and a live music fan, I was ashamed I had never seen them before after I saw the performance they gave.
Apart from the music, there were local food vendors (I had a “Lamby Joe” from Mattie B’s of Durham) and tents full of non-profits and companies focused on helping family farmers. Farm Aid’s commitment to local and family owned farms even spread to the concert’s “Dirt Shirt”, which was 100% made and grown in the Carolinas. All in all, it was a fantastic concert and a great experience. As an ag student and an American, I was thankful for the opportunity to give to family farmers while enjoying some of the best music around.
Want an idea of what Farm Aid sounded like? Here’s some of my picks from a few of the artists.
Parents and Families Weekend is this upcoming weekend and I am so excited! Not only is this weekend a great time to show off how great NC State is, but it is also a great time to show off Raleigh! Whenever my parents come to visit I always rack my brain to for new and delicious places to take them out to eat! Here is a short list of some of the most mouth watering places to eat in Raleigh that are not too far from campus!
This is not your typical cheese pizza! The flavors at Moonlight Pizza are so unique and fresh! I have not had a pie here that I did not like!
Located in Cameron Village right by campus, The Flying Biscuit is a great place to take your family — especially for brunch! Your parents are sure to love their amazing biscuits that come with every meal!
3. Cantina 18
Also located in Cameron Village, Cantina 18 is one of the best Mexican restaurants in all of Raleigh — maybe even the world! All of their ingredients are very fresh and the queso is to die for!
Located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, this has become one of my favorite places to eat! They specialize in traditional southern cuisine, including their world famous chicken and waffles!
Are you hungry yet? These are just a few of the many excellent places to eat in Raleigh! If you have any other suggestions, feel free to comment! If your parents are yearning to get the on campus dining experience, don’t forget to show them the new eateries in Talley Student Center!
Go Pack! Last Saturday NC State wore their newly revealed black jerseys for the football game. To support the jerseys most people wore their black NC State shirts to have what we called a “black out” game.
I got to the game early to join the tailgating festivities. There were so many people out there. I think it took me about 30 minutes just to find a park, but it was worth it. Everywhere I looked I saw people cooking on the grill and playing the classic game of Cornhole. Half of the fun from the football game is from the tailgating before.
The game was so hype. I got slightly nervous when the other team scored fast in the beginning. But the Wolfpack bounced back and took over fast. The best part for me was when my friends had a great plays on the field. I am friends with about 6 guys on the team, and each of them had a highlight play. I told them they can’t forget about the small people if they make it to the NFL on day!
When you get here make sure you wake up early on Saturdays and get to the game!
Now I’m not the biggest history buff in the world, but I do like understanding and hearing about the history of certain places I’ve been or things I’ve experienced. World history and U.S. History aren’t the most interesting topics in the world, but NC State History? That’s a completely different story. Last week I was given the opportunity to look through the 1926 Agromeck (NC State’s yearbook) thanks to one of the assistant directors here in the office. This might sound like a bore to some people, to be looking through a yearbook that is almost 100 years old, but for me I was flipping though the pages of that book awestruck at all the awesome NC State memories that were in there. I have been able to look through some old Agromecks before (my grandfather’s issues from 1956-59) and those are fantastic as well, but the older these books get, the cooler they are to me.
I have loved watching NC State’s campus transform in just the three years I have been here already. I’ve been able to see a brand new award winning library spring up on our centennial campus, which is already rapidly growing every day, as well as see the new Talley Student Union coming together in what is practically my backyard on main campus. But to be able to look at the old pictures of the campus is 1926 and see how far our university has come and expanded in 88 years is pretty sweet. The different uses of the buildings such as the 1911 Building now being administrative offices and classrooms, used to be one of the first dormitories on campus. Leazar Hall, now home of The College of Design, used to be the dining hall for students. Winston Hall, home of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (my college-GO CHASS) used to be the home of the engineering school. I love knowing about the history of these buildings that I work in and spend so much time in here as a student. I also love knowing that I am here at school contributing to this university that some students a century from now might come to appreciate and be interested in just like I am today about the stuff that went on at NC State in 1926.
One of the cool things about this Agromeck was that under each Senior photograph that was in the yearbook, there was a small cartoon that may or may not have been drawn by that respective student, I couldn’t really tell, and they were all very funny and related to the time period or NC State. Just the design of the yearbook and the graphics and other advertisements on the mostly black and white pages were so interesting and it was fun to dive into some old NC State life right there in that book. But the main reason for even posting about this yearbook was a statement that was on one of the pages before the student life section, and what it said a perfect representation of life here at NC State.
These paragraphs talking about the indescribable nature of college life are spot on. I try and try to describe how much I love life at NC State and why I love it so much, but it really is so fantastic it that my explanations of it can never be thoroughly understood; they must be experienced. College is a magical place where you can find yourself and learn how to live and learn what you love, and NC State is the perfect place for uncovering all these mysteries of life. The traditions of this place, the abundant opportunities, the thousands of things to do all the time, the fact that we are in Raleigh, the rambunctiousness of our fans at sporting events, the beautiful and innovative campus, I could go on and on about it all. I thought that this statement couldn’t have been more accurate about life as an NC State student, and I am so grateful that I was able to stumble upon it in this awesome 1926 yearbook.
Today I’m going to be talking about one of my favorite things that NC State offers. If you remember my intro blog I mentioned a lovely thing called the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service. You should also remember that from now on I’m typing that as CSLEPS for both of our sakes. CSLEPS offers many wonderful service and leadership opportunities (check the name), ranging from alternative spring breaks to working at the food pantry on campus. CSLEPS also sponsors something called the Visionary Leaders program, which I think is a wonderful opportunity for any student.
The Visionary Leaders program offers a variety of topics from Emotional Intelligence to Leading Diverse Groups to my personal favorite, Time and Stress Management. Whether it’s your first year or you’re on your victory lap*, the information in these sessions can help you become the best student/leader/activist you can be. Did I mention that CSLEPS offers a certificate if you complete a certain number of courses that you can put on your resume? Nothing looks better than showing an employer that not only can you manage time, but that you actively want to improve your skills. Come back soon to hear me talk about the other wonderful opportunities CSLEPS offers!
*A victory lap is any year after your fourth year**
** But seriously, don’t take eleven years
Many say time flies when you’re having fun…here at NC State that is the understatement of the year!
Students have been in school for almost a full three weeks! Everyone is hopefully starting to feel at home, having fun at welcome week events, getting used to hitting the books, enjoying plenty of university sporting events, and attending many programs thus far!
Not to Mention the two wins to start off a winning streak season!!
The fun does not stop there! Student Involvement has endless opportunities for students!. As a matter of fact, NC State has over 600 student organizations on campus! With the University being so large it can be intimating, but by finding a student organization to join, you will surely find your home here at NC State! Whether it’s a club on campus, community service, Greek life, club and/or intramural sports!
I personally I have fully experienced many of the above! In my most recent and passionate student Involvement, I took on the task of creating my own organization on campus! That’s the true beauty of NC State’s Student Involvement, if you can’t find your place, you can make it!
The process wasn’t hard at all! I saw an idea that was not truly embodied within any of the current student organizations, so I took it and ran with it! My organization is called, “Students Proactively Engaged towards Activism Knowledgeably” or S.P.E.A.K. The organization aims to foster NC State student talents and abilities for the greater good and to support our communities whether local, national or global!
As students, we are often busy with school work, jobs, family, or other organizations we may be involved in. Therefore, we barely have any time for fun or to really know how to apply ourselves and speak as a community on current events and issues.That’s where S.P.E.A.K. comes into the picture!
I want to empower the student! Bringing current events in the world and in our particular communities to campus in an easy, accessible, yet FUN way! All the while giving students a chance to join us as an opportunity to S.P.E.A.K. on them in a fun new way!
With all of this in mind and to wrap up with the title of my post “I’m late,I’m late, For a very important date. No time to say “Hello” “Goodbye.” I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.” In everything that students take on in college, it’s always important to put school first while finding time to balance all the fun! In college you must stay focused, organized and diligent in all that you take on whether class, student involvement, and even family/friends!
As the Talley Student Center renovations continue I keep remembering back to my sophomore year (2 years ago) when Talley was a completely different building. It’s amazing to see how quickly it is being built up. I remember when we had places like the Wolves Den and Freshens as our food options in Talley. With this new change that has happened we now have more classrooms and conference rooms, more space for the bookstore, and different food options to satisfy everyone’s wants. With that being said my new favorite place is either between Red Sky Pizza or Los Lobos but I haven’t had the chance to try One Earth yet. It’s pretty cool that they offer three different types of international food on a daily basis with another option that rotates every so often. Be on the lookout for more cool updates to the Talley Student Center this year. Hopefully it will be complete before I graduate so I can see/use it as well.
So you play music, love football, and for some reason adore wool uniforms. The fact that anyone would have a passion for all of three of those things is a little strange, but I can think of something even stranger. What if I told you that you can enjoy all three of these things in one all-encompassing activity? You can! It’s a band called the Power Sound of the South, and not only is it the Most Dangerous Band in the ACC, it is also the official marching band of NC State University.
Now I know you’re already ready and raring to join because it’s got all three of your passions, but in case you’re not completely sold, here’s five reasons that might make you change your mind.
1) You get the best seat in the house - and you never even pay for a ticket!
This is the view we have every game. Right in the action!
2) The uniforms are super fly
Wool uniforms, policeman’s hats, and spiffy gloves and gauntlets - all in Wolfpack colors! This is the very definition of style.
3) Nobody gets down like the Power Sound!
There’s nothing like seeing the band do the Dirty Shuffle at games - and nothing quite as fun as getting to do it with them!
4) You get to meet famous people
If you want celebrities, look no further - Mr. and Mrs. Wuf love hanging out with the band.
5) You can be the belle of the ball
At the end of every season, there’s Band Ball - the huge banquet/party/prom where we hand out awards, eat cake, and take ridiculous pictures in our fancy clothes. If you’ve always wanted to be Cinderella, you can be in the NC State Marching Band.
These are just a few of the great things about the band. If you ever want to know more, or are interested in joining, you can visit the ARTS NC State website. And if you want to see what it’s like in the day of a band member, check out our awesome band photographer, Dan Jahn, whose pictures I used in this post.