university


V.23 No.27 | 7/3/2014
Takoyaki balls
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Beyond the Hot Pot

Ramen comes of age at O Ramen and Curry House

A new Asian restaurant in the university area is taking ramen beyond the hot pot.
V.22 No.29 | 7/18/2013
B Rosen via Compfight cc

Music

I’m Happy When it’s Sad

Study concludes sad music evokes positive emotions

A group of researchers from Tokyo University of the Arts and RIKEN Brain Science Institute have decided to tackle an interesting subject: Why do we love sad songs? It's a valid question, considering many sad songs have entered the top-40 and kept listeners on their toes while belting out minor chords over hopeless lyrics. Adele's “Someone Like You” is one example that comes to mind. These researchers not only wanted to discuss the various reasons why people listen to sad music but also to see if they could pinpoint certain characteristics within the music that pique certain emotions.

They had 44 volunteers listen to two pieces of sad music and one piece of happy music, and they basically came to the conclusion that sad music actually made people feel more positive about their own lives. They concluded that while the volunteers listened to these despairing, emotionally-driven opuses, they found “sad music to be more tragic, less romantic, and less blithe than they felt themselves while listening to it,” according to an article in Science Daily. So maybe we do listen to sad music to realize how good we have it?

This got me thinking about what sad songs I enjoy listening to, or better yet, got me thinking what my favorite sad song is. As a music journalist, that's a hard question to answer because I like different things at different times. But one sad song that did come to mind was Joanna Newsom's “Go Long,” from her 2010 album Have One On Me. It's one of those songs that if you see her play it live, it utterly kills you. I witnessed the most rough-looking dudes crying like babies when the song was over. I don't cry when I hear it, but I do really enjoy it. It's a beautiful number that dissects the “Bluebeard” story in its most poetic, morbid sense. But now I'm curious … what's a notable sad song for you?

V.22 No.13 |

news

The Daily Word in baby gorillas, reinstatement of CNM Chronicle and eyeballs in the can

The Daily Word

Sandy Hook Killer's home was crazy armed!

Damascus mortar strike claims 15 Syrian students.

Go, Gladys, Go!

CNM reinstates The Chronicle!

Hear ye, sign wavers ...

Casaus is still on the streets?

Eyeballs found in a trash can ...

V.19 No.11 | 3/18/2010
Undergrads Jeffrey Waldo (left) and David Griffith are working to start a Queer Resource Center at UNM.

News Feature

Campus Queer Space

Students seek LGBT center

One segment of UNM’s student population has slipped through the cracks, says undergraduate Jeffrey Waldo. “UNM has a national reputation for its diversity and takes really great efforts in welcoming its diversity, but the queer community has really been overlooked."

[ more >> ] [ permalink ]