From near death to success

Do you love giveaways and live music? WIUV Castleton was almost unable to bring its listeners live music last week.

Twice the Student Association Finance Board tabled WIUV’s requests for funding for bands for last week’s WIUV Week, said Student Association Vice President Rebecca Seguin.

“WIUV didn’t go to the Finance Board in the proper fashion,” said Seguin.

The station’s Treasurer, Tsubasa Corey, explained why the stations requests for funds were tabled.

“Our original plan for Led Zepagain was tabled because it was on Easter weekend,” she said. “They didn’t want to spend that much money on something that wasn’t going to get a large turnout.”

The second request, for Eric Schwartz and The Charms, was tabled because of a lack of coordination and misplaced papers, Corey said.

Student Association Treasurer Chet Cohen said WIUV had no documentation regarding pricing for the bands.

“It was a big mess. The Finance Board needs to know how much money is needed and proof from bands stating the prices,” said Cohen

Others, however, blamed the mix-up on the recent SA election process.

“You have people coming in that often have no idea what they are doing,” said MJ Stades, WIUV general manager and past vice president of academics. “But they certainly make a great effort to get everyone what they need.”

According to Seth Tuper, WIUV program manager, there “was a lot of miscommunication.”

But Tuper was ecstatic to say that the Finance Board accepted WIUV’s requests for funds.

“We’re having a fortnight celebration because we are celebrating our 30th anniversary as a radio station,” Tuper said.

A Night of Musical Comedy

WIUV brought Eric Schwartz, a parody and satirist musician, to the Campus Center Amphitheatre Tuesday April 18. Schwartz entertained the audience with lyrics like “Keep your Jesus of my penis and I’ll keep my penis off of you” and “These are things that stoned people do.” These lyrics did cause interruptions from members of the audience, but Schwartz didn’t mind.

“I’m getting paid, so have fun. Anything that happens is part of the show,” Schwartz said.

Tuper estimated that about 40 people attended the performance.

“I wish there were more people here, he’s really good,” said DJ Andrew Nardone, who wore a children’s lion costume.

The event was successful in Tuper’s eyes. He said last semester’s WIUV Week band brought the same amount of people, but cost about $2000 more.

A game of pool anyone?

WIUV hosted a pool tournament in the Campus Center game room last Thursday night at 8 p.m. The tournament had 22 competitors, Tuper said.

Productions manager Jesse Durona, who organized the tournament, said he was “especially satisfied.”

After two hours of tournament play, WIUV had its winner. Freshmen Jessee Maranda took home the prize, a graphite pool cue with carrying case.

“That’s why they came, they all wanted a good stick,” said Tuper.

The sound of loud garage rock

WIUV once again filled the Campus Center Amphitheatre with people last Saturday night. As part of the conclusion of WIUV Week, the station hosted Castleton band Flex and the Psychedelic Connection and Boston’s The Charms, said Tuper.

Flex and the Psychedelic Connection began playing at about 6:30 p.m. Like on cue, when the music started a line of girls stood up and began to dance. They swayed and grooved to the music looking like a bunch of trees in the wind.

During the set, Drummer Chuck Smith performed a 30-second drum solo, which received huge applause.

Responses to Flex and the Psychedelic Connection were varied.

“They weren’t on MTV’s Made, but the could be,” said Senior Tyler Lonzack sarcastically.

“The breaks are random, so it’s hard to dance to. But it’s good cause it’s not a normal set,” said Freshman Bryn Williams.

Flex and the Psychedelic Connection’s guitarist and vocalist Colin Kelly said he appreciates WIUV for giving him the chance to use the right equipment and work with Chad Voghell.

After an hour intermission, The Charms who consist of vocalist/pianist Ellie Vee, guitarist Joe Wizda, bassist Mark Nigro and drummer Prince Frederick began to play.

The Charms play an alternative, post-modern, punk style rock known as garage rock. The sound coming from the stage was loud, fast paced and fun. Vee, wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and knee high green boots mesmorized the audience. Wizda slammed out mind-blowing guitar riffs and Frederick rocked the Mohawk.

“She’s hot, they remind me of The Sounds,” said Junior Collin Haynes.

The Charms have been together for three and a half years and have toured all across the country, said Vee. She was ecstatic to play Castleton because it was their second show they’ve played in Vermont.

Vee said it was fun playing Castleton because they’ve played for audiences of 20 people to 10,000 people.

According to the unofficial headcount, there were 60 people in attendance.

The Real Reason Behind WIUV Week

WIUV Week allows the station to show that it is a useful medium on campus providing a community service, said Tuper.

“WIUV Week allows the station to reach out to fellow clubs and give us the opportunity to make public service announcements,” said DJ Adam Howland. “It helps us get listeners involved with the college community.”

Also, WIUV Week allows the station to reach out to listeners.

“WIUV week doesn’t only give us a chance to see if people are listening, but we also have cool giveaways and live music,” said Howland.

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