Daniel Marten

Stories from Daniel Marten

Date: 
Friday, November 10th, 2017

As the semester finds itself four weeks away from its glorious close – much to the anxiety of students and faculty – undergraduates and graduate students alike are beginning to lay out their holiday plans. Though it may come as a great surprise that Illinois Tech students actually had lives before college, this likely means that underclassmen will be visiting friends at their respective old high schools.

Date: 
Friday, November 3rd, 2017

 

One bright, sunny, miserable day during midterms season, a mentally-bruised freshman who just horribly failed his humanities exam and approaches his RA, a veteran senior. He asks, “with all of these problems and papers, how am I supposed to live a happy life?”

The RA doesn’t have an answer to this. Confused, distressed, and dejected that he can’t help his friend or answer it himself, he approaches an ever-accessible counselor at the Student Health and Wellness Center and asks her the same question: “how am I supposed to live a happy life?”

Date: 
Friday, October 20th, 2017

 Of all the words and traits the public-at-large might associate with Kanye West – prolific producer, braggart, media mogul, washed-up mess – a wholesome success story might not be one so commonly thought of. However, this Grammy-interrupting and game-disrupting artist is truly one of the most inspirational people in today’s contemporary music society.

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Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Over the past week, an insane collection of new releases by well-known artists have dropped, and I would be remiss not to share my incredibly subjective opinions on them. The writings and ramblings below are in no way coming from some source of authority, but rather just a college freshman who enjoys listening to music. I hope what’s below brings you some sense of entertainment, a recommendation, or even an intense disagreement.

XXXTentatcion - "17" (6/10) -

Date: 
Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Throw some 900 bright-eyed freshman into a collection of dilapidated residence halls with only a handful of icebreakers, an obnoxious convocation catchphrase, a newfound sense of independence, and one of the greatest cities in the world only 15 minutes away – skyline looming over campus – and you’ve got the ingredients for the Illinois Tech Freshman Experience. Or at least that’s how it worked out for my community on MSV South Second Floor.