Spring’s in Full Swing

Hello everyone! Spring quarter has been off to a great start! I really love all of my classes, and we’re only three weeks into the quarter, but it seems like so much has already happened in that short time – both school and non-school related. So I’ll try to touch on a few of the more interesting things of these first few weeks here in Columbus…

So I’ll start with something “non-school” related: the CD 101 concert. Here in Columbus, one of the big radio stations called CD 101 (even though it’s technically now on a different frequency of 102.5) put on a great little concert last weekend that I had the pleasure of attending. It was packed with some excellent bands including two of my new favorites, Ra Ra Riot and Fitz & the Tantrums. If you have not heard of these bands, I highly recommend both – just click on their names above to jump to their websites… Ghost Under Rocks by Ra Ra Riot and MoneyGrabber by Fitz & the Tantrums are currently my favorite specific songs by these bands, in case you need any specific recommendations. I have a feeling there will be plenty more concerts and fun events throughout the rest of this quarter as the weather continues to warm up.

Senator Sarbanes
Senator Sarbanes at the Fisher College of Business

Now something more school-focused but equally interesting: Senator Sarbanes (as in one of the two legislators for which the Sarbanes-Oxley Act is named). This was very cool because as far as the world of accounting goes, this is as close as I’ve ever come to an accounting celebrity. Senator Sarbanes spoke to a large group of MAcc and other Fisher grad students mostly about SOX, and it was really interesting to hear what someone who helped create the act had to say about it. (Thanks to Seth W. for the picture.) Our next scheduled speaker will be Mark Morze, former CFO of the infamous ZZZZ Best Carpet Cleaning fraud from the 1980s, so I’m sure you’ll see a post about that in the near future.

Speaking of the future, and one other entertaining topic that I can cram into this post, this Saturday a good number of Fisher students will be participating in the spring Fisher Games. Basically I’ve been explaining this to people as a field day of sorts, filled with games ranging from disc golf to dizzy bat to kickball to an egg toss. I will be joining a few of my fellow MAcc students to compete against other Fisher students, and it should be a great time!

So with everything going on this quarter, I’m sure I’ll be writing very soon about something else, so until next time!

Concerts in Columbus

I will gladly admit that I am a HUGE music fan. In fact, between playing an instrument and listening to music, I would say that music in general is by far my favorite hobby/pastime. Considering this, one of my biggest concerns of moving to Columbus was the question: “is Columbus a good music scene?” (I honestly asked that question on my tour when I came and visited Fisher during the admissions process). It’s only been a few weeks into the quarter, but I think it is safe to say yes – Columbus is a great place for concerts and music in general.

I am declaring this for two big reasons. The first being that the city of Columbus, OH is a decently-sized city – definitely big enough to be on the map of all major music tours across the country. One big concert destination for these traveling acts of musical entertainment is called the Newport and it is conveniently located directly across the street from the student union. In the small time that I’ve lived here, there’s already been a plethora of musical goodness to grace the stage at Newport including some really big names such as Guster. In the next month, other acts for Newport include, but are not limited to: Ingrid Michaelson, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Jonsi (from Sigur Ros). Basically what I’m getting at is that Newport is a great place for some great bands, and I really like it because it’s so close to campus. And of course, there are some other great venues around town – I just haven’t had the chance to venture out to them yet.

The second big reason behind Columbus being deemed a great place for music is the same reason it’s a great town in general – OSU. With one of the biggest and best universities in the country, you’re bound to have some great performers that are willing to come for a visit. Not to mention that the Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) seems to do a fantastic job of ensuring that our student activity fees are spent on quality entertainment. This last Thursday I had the pleasure of seeing Iron & Wine for free in the student union. John Legend is playing for free tonight as I type this, and next week I will be going to the comedic stand up act of Aziz Ansari. On top of all this, with such a diverse student body that attends the Fisher College of Business, you can quickly come across other individuals with similar tastes in music. Personally, the quickest way I have expanded my musical knowledge is through my friends (new and old) that just knew about all these great artists that I had never heard of. Basically, with the students of Fisher you can find similar interests in anything with at least someone, and music has been no exception.

Overall I am pumped that OSU and Columbus is such a great scene for music. If you are a proud music-buff like me, be sure to take advantage of all the concerts they have here. On a final note, the one band that I am anxiously holding my breath for would be The Black Keys – they started their musical career here in Ohio and I think it would be really cool to see them in the state where they started it all (I just checked and at least through next March, they have no plans to stop in OH, so I’ll be crossing my fingers for some time between March and our June graduation). Below is a concert poster for the Black Keys by one of my favorite artists, Tyler Stout. I know it’s not for a show in OH, but I wanted to get some color in this post.

The Black Keys Concert Poster
A Black Keys Poster by Tyler Stout

Thanks for reading (now go check out all the links to the great bands above by clicking the embedded hyperlinks),


New To The Area

Why it’s important to do your homework before moving to another city, and why Columbus won’t disappoint.

The Peach Pit from 90210. No, we did not have one in my hometown

At least I was, 10 years ago when I came to Columbus for my undergraduate degree at THE Ohio State University.  But when do you actually start saying you’re from a city, not just living there, not just going to school there?  Is it when you can tell someone new to the city where the best pizza or sushi in the city is?  Or is it when you found your own little secret place that even someone who has lived their entire life here has never heard of?  These were the kinds of things I needed to know, wanted to know before I moved out here.

I had my reservations about coming to Columbus.  I was a little bit of a snob, (hey, my high school was the basis for 90210.  Can you blame me?) a burgeoning foodie, and a shopaholic.  Growing up in DC/MD, I had access to all the best shops, concerts, cultural centers and an ethnically diverse population that demanded not only an incredible variety of restaurants but that these restaurants be top of the line.  Moving to the Midwest was not as glamorous as moving to NYC or Malibu like a lot of my friends were.  But I wanted an adventure and I wanted my wanderlust to take me somewhere I had to work without a safety net like classmates or family.

Before I took the plunge and said yes to OSU, I did my research.  I wanted to know all about the shops, concert venues, restaurants, the gay scene, campus life, public transportation, etc.  I wanted to have jump off points as places for me to start exploring this city and make it my own.  I was not disappointed.

That’s the great thing about Columbus.  We have such a diverse population that if you’re a hipster or a punk or a prep or an alt or a gay or a jock or a college kid or a foodie or an art snob or anything else under the sun, you can not only find a niche here, you can carve out a whole new scene and watch it flourish.

Did you notice I said we?  Yeah, it slips sometimes.  Now and then I say, “Oh yeah, I’m from Columbus,” instead of saying “I live in Columbus” or “I go to school in Columbus.”  I have definitely made this city my home for the past ten years and at least the next two years as I return to OSU to pursue my MLHR degree.

Over the year I’ll be taking you to places around the city that are definitively Columbus and to some places you may not have even heard of, so you can make this city your home and whatever else you want it to be.

All good things must come to an end

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring. I knew the amazing weather wouldn’t last long – I’ve lived in Ohio my entire life, changing weather is Ohio’s trademark. Hopefully the weather shapes up for my first bridal shower this weekend! Sad news today though – I misread my indoor/outdoor thermometer, and thought it said 68 degrees for the outside temperature instead of 50, so I’m just wearing a longsleeve t-shirt, with no coat, and it’s definitely a little too chilly for that. At least I’ll be inside most of the day.

A few shameless plugs before I actually start my blog

  1. Support my sister and her team for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by clicking here. Her name is Jennifer Osborne, and you can donate to her, or to the team or to the cause in general. Imagine a life without Breast Cancer
  2. Support the Fisher 5K. As of a few days ago, they’d raised $17,000 and counting. Click here for more information and to learn what the money supports – the Boys and Girl’s Club of Columbus.
  3. This is a great song. I just discovered it, thanks to Pandora. Check it out!
  4. Whenever you’re bored with life, or studying, or you’re just plain procrastinating, check out Mark “The Shark” Titus’ blog – Club Trillion. It’s pretty awesome and entertaining. I won’t bore you with details, you can read them in Joseph Fahrendorf’s blog if you want to know.

Now that that’s over…

So far classes are shaping out to be very interesting this quarter. It’s week 2 and so far I am completely caught up on reading. Be impressed. Normally I read before exams, and skim through it as the need arises for projects. Tonight is our first quiz for our Seminar class, aka economics. Why don’t they just call it economics? Anyway, we’ll see how it goes. Last week I missed class because I was in church for Maundy/Holy Thursday, so hopefully I’ve prepared enough to make up for it. I have notes from two of my classmates, so that should give me a fairly well rounded view of what I missed. And, as a reassurance, if I totally bomb the quiz, I can always have my lowest dropped. Whew.

I found out last night that a few of my classmates read my blog. It’s a really weird feeling to know people read it, but kind of cool, too. Most of the time when I write these things, I write them as if no one ever reads them, because I feel like it gives a more honest view of what actually happens in my life. But, still sweet that people read what I write.

Anyway, have a great Thursday. Tomorrow’s Friday and I’m going to the Daughtry/Lifehouse concert with Jaimie and a few friends, so I’m excited. It should be a really great weekend!