Prepare yourself to place on those earphones, strut down UNLV’s Academic Mall, and dance like no one is looking in Pida Plaza– courtesy of the specially curated UNLV Back to School playlist on Spotify.
KUNV Radio’s trainee DJs assembled the mix of hip hop, indie, classic rock, and pop to catch the state of mind of campus, impart some knowledge to fellow Rebels, or honor our history. Obviously, The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” is a nod to UNLV alumnus Ronnie Vannucci, who utilized to sneak his band into Ham Fine Arts for practice before they achieved global success.
DJ Monserrath Hernandez chose Blink 182’s “Disappearing to College,” to send a message to incoming students. It’s a 1999 tune about a sweetheart writing to his girlfriend at the end of high school. “I thought it was a great way to start the term. It’s my in 2015 here so the tune is bittersweet,” stated Hernandez, a journalism major who handles KUNV’s The Rebel-HD2 station and hosts the show “Los Punks.”
She completed the playlist with the last song, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses because she hopes trainees know “everything will be OKAY” whenever they deal with difficulties.
Isaiah Thomas, a junior journalism major, selected “Commitment” by Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna. Thomas is the host of “Rebel Rebound” on The Rebel-HD2 and values Lamar’s talent to tell stories through his lyrics and calls him the “best in the video game.”
“I close my eyes and I can feel the bass of the music,” Thomas stated. He likewise picked Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” for anybody travelling to school. (Write’s note: please exercise safe owning steps if choosing to start carpool karaoke to “Bohemian Rhapsody” or anything by Queen– simply stating).
Laurents Banuelos-Benite, a graduate student in journalism, selected New Found Splendor’s “My Buddies Over You,” from the album “Sticks and Stones.”
“It’s one of my favorite songs, preferred bands. It’s my go-to- album for a great deal of things,” Banuelos-Benite said. “It’s about sticking to individuals who came up with you, who have existed to support you.”
The student DJs also asked Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Dean Robert. R. Ulmer to choose a song. Bruce Springsteen’s “Thunder Roadway,” he said, “has to do with setting out on a new course in life and the chances, and the uncertainties that feature it.” In other words, it has to do with making your method as a Rebel.