In Requiem


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Austin J. Hunt — Contributor — @ BylineBeat

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Today would have been Kurt Cobain’s 46th birthday. Since committing suicide in 1994, Cobain and Nirvana have been the topic of much discussion, and there have been countless stories and documentaries detailing his life and pondering what could have been.

But why?

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Mobile Photography: An Interview With David Baer


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Austin J. Hunt — Contributor — @ BylineBeat

(Bowling Green, Ohio) Photography has always been a part of people’s lives, whether as a way to capture images of friends, family and the natural surroundings, or as a profession that puts monetary value to the work of a select few. Whichever it may be, photography has mystified many and created a niche for individuals to express themselves, capturing some of life’s most rare and intimate moments. From the first days of the Kodak box camera to the development of throwaway cameras and the present-day digital cameras, people have always loved taking photographs.

Just recently, some photographers and hobbyists have dropped the traditional approach to photography and adopted a new form of capturing and sharing their images with thousands of people in an instant.

David Baer (@David_Baer), located in San Jose, CA, is one of many people taking a new approach to photography. He and many others around the world, dubbed the “Instagramers,” are using their smart-phones to capture high-quality images and are comparable to those photographs taken by professional photographers with high-tech cameras.

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Global Festival Rocks Central Park



Austin J. Hunt — Contributor — @ BylineBeat

(Bowling Green, Ohio) Walking up the subway steps at 72nd Street, the New York City breeze was stout as I got my first glimpse at the crowd surrounding the entrance into the west side of Central Park. Police were lining the entrance while volunteers directed fans into the long, barricaded walkway through the park.

After fifteen minutes of walking, the walkway finally opened into the entrance of the Great Lawn. It was one of the greatest sights I had ever seen; the sprawling lawn emptied into baseball diamonds with a view of the New York City skyline. I immediately knew that I was in for something special that night.

The lawn was separated into six pens that each held 10,000 people. Once a pen was full, it was closed and gated, leaving the rest of the crowd to fill the remaining pens. As fans, we had no choice to which part of the lawn we wanted to occupy. We were herded into the open pen and to remain there for the remainder of the show, only to leave for concessions, merchandise and restroom lines. It was safe to say that fans were not happy with the festival arrangements, but word amongst the crowd was that Central Park requires separated pens due to fire code. I wasn’t complaining…it was a free show.

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Obama Visits Bowling Green State University



Austin J. Hunt — Contributor — @ BylineBeat

(Bowling Green, Ohio) President Obama’s stops in Ohio on Wednesday are focusing strongly on getting college students registered to vote, and voting early.

Students ditched class as Obama spoke on Wednesday afternoon on Bowling Green State University’s campus. The President will be on the road immediately after to speak at Kent State University later that day. He and Romney are both on tour in Ohio today - even more evidence of how important the state and its 18 electoral votes are. No Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio.

A large part of Obama’s campaign lately, along with his speech today focused on pushing hard for his Vote for America project that allows voters to register and vote early. Voters will be able to start voting in Ohio on October 2nd and continue through to November 2nd.  

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Phish Journey To Alpine Valley (Part 2)



Austin J. Hunt — Contributor — @ BylineBeat

(Bowling Green, Ohio) Night Two at Alpine Valley gave me a new perspective on music and the culture it creates.

The whole idea of Phish is something that has always fascinated me. The subculture that surrounds the band is extremely similar to that of the Grateful Dead. People give up a “normal” lifestyle to follow the band around from venue to venue, with each night acting as a prelude to the next show. Phans forgo work for the summer and embark on an entire tour, usually a few months, full of traveling with friends and family, and oh! You get live music almost every night. I couldn’t help but wonder, what would it be like? Is the idea so far-fetched, giving up everything save for a few friends, camping materials, and a means of transportation? I mean, plenty of people have done it. Just look over the older folks at a Phish show, you can clearly see Deadheads turned Phisheads. Some of them have spent their entire lives making a living during the summer selling drugs and grilled cheese. And you bet they make a damn good grilled cheese sandwich in that lot.

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Phish Journey To Alpine Valley (Part 1)



Austin J. Hunt — Contributor — @ BylineBeat

(Bowling Green, Ohio) It was the summer of 2011, and my father was on a flight from New York City to Bangor, Maine. Seated in a small plane, he was on a trip to Paquetville, New Brunswick, to visit his birth mother he had only met two other times in his life.

Seated next to an older woman named Dina, the two casually engaged in small talk on the hour-long flight. He learned that she was an author of children’s books, some of which he was familiar with due to his career in elementary education. The two discussed each other’s travels and where they were headed; she was on connecting flight back home to watch her son’s concert.

I received a text from my dad at this point in their conversation that read, “Have you ever heard of the band, Phish?”

Yes father… I have heard of the band, Phish. The bigger question is why are you asking me if I’ve heard of Phish. Did you discover a new liking for music outside of Top 40’s country?

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Life After College: A Look At Student Loan Debt



Austin J. Hunt — Contributor — @ BylineBeat

(Bowling Green, Ohio) Students from all over the country are graduating this spring and looking forward to starting a new chapter in their life, but there’s one problem; many of those students will be out of work before they even start.

According to the 2011 Current Population Survey, one out of every two new college graduates are jobless or underemployed. Stephen Auchmuty graduated from Bowling Green State University in December of 2011 with a degree in Geography. After five years of college, Auchmuty has accumulated a student loan debt upwards of $40,000. According to the BGSU Student Financial Aid Department, the average graduate is walking away from Bowling Green with approximately $35,000 in debt, putting Auchmuty above the campus average.

“When I started college (August 2006) I didn’t really think about what would happen after, the loans were like fake money at the time,” said Auchmuty.

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Columbus: My Night With Primus



Austin J. Hunt — Contributor — @ BylineBeat

(Bowling Green, Ohio) Dressed in black with various tattoos and piercings, the group of four stood quietly under a bridge in the arena district of Columbus, Ohio.

“Hey bro. I’ve got wholesale nitrous. You need?” mumbled a short-statured man standing in front of the rest of his nitrous mafia.

The bridge just so happened to be located at the end of the queue. The group would act as if they were in line then would proceed to do a kind gesture and let you cut in front of them. If you looked innocent and unaware of what they were actually doing, you weren’t even bothered. But, if you looked like you enjoyed a nice head rush here and there, you were offered nitrous at “wholesale price.” 

Wearing a 1992 B.J. Armstrong Bulls jersey, flat-fronted khakis, and beat up Sperrys, I guess I looked as if I wanted to buy nitrous from a group of Juggalos under a bridge where someone has probably shot up heroin after dark. I never actually heard the price, but I assumed it was cheap. Hell, it was wholesale! I politely said I wasn’t interested and moved to get in line.

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Lollapalooza: Alt-Nation to Mainstream America



Austin J. Hunt — Contributor — @ BylineBeat

(Bowling Green, Ohio) Perry Farrell had a vision in 1990; create a farewell tour for his band, Jane’s Addiction, that would be unlike anything that had ever happened before. He wanted the tour to not only be about music, but other attractions as well, such as art displays, virtual reality games, and freak shows. One year later, Lollapalooza was born.

Lollapalooza was a festival unlike any other. Instead of the normal one venue, one-date festival, Lolla traveled around the United States and Canada. The festival quickly became recognized as “Alternative Nation,” thrusting alt-rock into mainstream America. Fans around the nation saw regional bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains on a more national setting. And better yet, fans saw them all together on the same tour.

From 1991 to 1997, the festival toured the nation every June, July, and August, entertaining hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers. But by 1998, Lolla was unable to find suitable headliners for its exhausting summer tour schedule, and Farrell was forced to pull the plug.

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Noel Gallagher: “(It’s Good) To Be Free”



Austin J. Hunt — Contributor — @ BylineBeat

(Bowling Green, Ohio) “Winning The Break-Up.” It’s the one thing that everyone nonchalantly tries to accomplish when ending a long-term relationship.

In the case of Noel and Liam Gallagher, Noel, the elder brother, walked away the victor. The brotherly love that formed Oasis and held it together for 18 years ended with Noel walking out on the band before a gig in Paris.

After the fall of Oasis, the brothers from Manchester, England, wasted little time going their separate ways. Liam and the remaining members of Oasis formed Beady Eye. Noel, on the other hand, decided to go solo.

Noel and his backup band dubbed themselves Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds (NGHFB) when they released their self-titled album in October 2011. The band quickly rose above Liam’s Beady Eye, selling over 600,000 records in the UK alone as of February 2012, while Beady Eye managed to sell fewer than 200,000 records.

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WrestleMania XXVIII Preview



Austin J. Hunt — Contributor — @ BylineBeat

(Bowling Green, Ohio) WrestleMania has been described as the showcase of immortals, the granddaddy of them all, it’s where champions are made and legends are born. And tomorrow, April 1st, over 80,000 fans will flock to Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL, to witness what could be the greatest WM of all-time.

Wrestling fans from all over the world will take over Miami, Florida, in anticipation of WrestleMania XXVIII. This year’s WM will be the second one held in the state of Florida (WM24 Orlando). It will also be the third M to be held entirely outdoors (WM9 Las Vegas, WM24 Orlando).

The hype for this year’s WM is at an all-time high. This year’s event has been built up since last April when it was announced that John Cena would take on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Since then, WWE has done everything humanly possibly to promote the event, including resurrecting the Undertaker, putting Triple H back in the ring, taking the dancing shoes off of Chris Jericho, and even went as far as masking Kane to give him a badass look again.

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The Black Keys Rock Columbus



Austin J. Hunt — Contributor — @ BylineBeat

(Bowling Green, Ohio) “Success” is a very broad term in the music industry. Some musicians consider themselves successful the day they sign their first record contract, others aren’t satisfied until they headline their first show. All of that aside, few musicians graduate from the “School of Bars and Nightclubs” to the “University of Arenas.”

The Black Keys from Akron, Ohio, have finally made that next step in their 11-year career as touring musicians. The duo have recently embarked on a 17-date, North American arena tour that began in Cincinnati last week and will conclude next month in Charlotte, North Carolina. Along the way, the Keys will be playing Madison Square Garden, which was sold out in a matter of minutes.

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have come a long way from recording their first album, “The Big Come Up” in 2002 in Carney’s basement. They have released six studio albums since then, including the critically acclaimed “Brothers” in 2010, which was for nominated for five Grammy awards.

During their 11-year career I have only managed to see them twice; first at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival last summer when they sub-headlined for Eminem then, most recently, to a jam-packed crowd at the Schottenstein Center on the Ohio State University campus.

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BGSU: No Matter The Letter We’re All Greek Together



Austin J. Hunt — Contributor — @ BylineBeat

(Bowling Green, Ohio) Today I woke up to the news of a terrible car accident, which involved my fellow students of Bowling Green State University.

Details hadn’t been released of who was involved, so I didn’t think much of it. I continued through my normal Friday schedule, grabbing some breakfast at the dining hall before clocking in for my morning shift at the Cookie Jar & More, and enjoying my morning cup of coffee.

Little did I know the accident that took place this morning would hit so close to home. It’s hard to imagine the impact that the news has on someone until you’re the person that it affects.

The five students involved in the crash were BGSU Greek Life members, all of them apart of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority here on campus. They were struck head-on by a wrong way driver on I-75 on their way to the Detroit airport to begin their travels for spring break. Three of them passed away and two of them are in critical condition at a nearby hospital.

As more details emerged it started to become reality that I knew all of these girls, one of which I will never forget.

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Destination Bonnaroo



Austin J. Hunt — Contributor — @ BylineBeat

(Bowling Green, Ohio) “The best time I never want to have again,” is how I would describe my time in Manchester, TN, at the 2011 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Just the sheer thought of 80,000+ people crammed together in what I would describe as a refugee camp in the middle of June, baking in 100 degree heat, and waking up in a pool of sweat every morning should make any normal person cringe.

But, I should have known better than to think that I would never step foot on “The Farm” again.

This year I will be in attendance again, witnessing a Roo lineup that has finally gone back to their roots as a jam-band festival.

In recent years The Farm has seen the likes major hip-hop acts such as Eminem, Kanye West, and Jay Z. But, this year the lineup features a more mellowed out lineup, including Radiohead, Phish, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the highly anticipated reunion of The Beach Boys.

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