Daniel Marten

Stories from Daniel Marten

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.

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?”

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.

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) -

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.