A Fresh Perspective: We the Kings

BDDAnnaliseSeeing the band We the Kings has been on my radar since my freshman year of high school when I first caught wind of the song “Check Yes Juliet.”

Since then I have become quite the fanatic, to say the least. I love their pop, rock sound that you can either get up and dance to or get up and rock out to.

Rewinding to just a few weeks before the concert, not only was I planning on jamming out to We the Kings from the front row but when I heard I would be interviewing the band members I was more than ecstatic.

November fifth arrived and it was such a crazy day. I first lent a hand to Blue Devil Productions during set-up earlier in the day and in-between classes. Then, I got to stand in during the We the Kings meet and greet, as well as at their sound check. It was a great time to let out some fan-girling before my interview with them.

The moment of anticipation finally arrived when We the Kings and their manager came strolling into the ballroom with open arms and hugs to go around for both myself and my camera guy for the night, Ryan Ballweber.


Oh my, they were such goofballs! I could not stop laughing!

We the Kings were incredibly friendly, and behind their wacky sense of hu2mor they have immense passion for what they do. It was humbling and impressive to listen to them speak on a serious note about their appreciation for those who helped them reach where they are now.

They love what they do and never take themselves too seriously, a simple model for how all of us should live life.

After the interview, I was able to reach my other goal of the night, which was to jam out from the front row.

Windsor Drive and Quietdrive were the lucky openers for the night. During Quietdrive, I was randomly chosen to join the band on stage and showcase my hidden talent for playing the tambourine during one of their songs.

Look mom — I fo3und my true calling.

Looking back at that night, I was so lucky. I was so fortunate to meet one of my favorite bands, push the limits of my comfort zone even more and find my true calling as a tambourine player.

I wouldn’t change any part of that night.

If I didn’t choose to go to UW-Stout, I would not have had such an unforgettable night. I am truly #StoutProud.

Dorm Decor: Accent tape and Shelving

Barbara Young

Here’s another post for those of you in the dorms.

By now I’m sure you’re all a little bored with the wood laminate pattern on all of your furniture. There’s something about sitting and staring at the same pattern for hours while you put off your homework that just really gets to ya’, you know?

So here is the solution. It’s so simple, fast, easy and versatile that it will make you think. Unfortunate, I know.


Behold! The solution to your dull room!

This pink accent tape really gives the furniture a personal touch.

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Make sure you choose tape that doesn’t leave a residue or you’ll have to clean it off at the end of the year. You really don’t want to have to pay a fine once you leave the room.

You can get Scotch Decorative masking tape, or use some of the popular washi tape that is all over these days. With just a bit of shopping you can find that perfect tape to match your awesome bedspread.

But wait. You think that’s all I would give you? Not likely, UW-Stout, not likely.

Here is an additional tip to get you some extra storage space.

As the year progresses I always find I need to re-evaluate what I’ve collected in my bedroom. Generally, the amount of stuff continues to grow as the semester goes along.

I don’t have a clue where it comes from or how it all gets there, but one way or another I find stuff heaped in odd places. Clothing, food, small trinkets from all of the thrift and antique stores around Menomonie. Just a lot of stuff.

But the question is, where do I put it all? I generally did a good job of filling up my dorm room on move-in day, so when I purchase new items I have nowhere to put them.

Lucky for me, one of my friends found the solution. It’s simple, easy and requires minimal work.


Step one, make sure your room is arranged so your bookcases and your roommate’s bookcases are across from each other. Next, measure the distance from your shelf to his or hers.

Then, purchase a board of that length. The width of the board is entirely up to you. If you’re only going to be using it to set trinkets on, you probably don’t need much width, so a simple 2×4 will probably work fine, but if you want an extra food shelf, like these boys have, you may need to get something a bit wider.

I don’t have any cool pictures, but why not combine these two ideas? The board is pretty ugly on its own, but if you decked it out in washi tape or even gave it a paint job you could get some cool results.

And, if you put yours in front of the window like these guys, why not staple some curtains to the back to give your room an extra elegant feel?

Or screw hooks in the bottom to give you some space to hang that cool macramé owl your mom made you? There really are tons of options.

Have fun with it, and have a great week UW-Stout.

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