Getting to know Chelsey Magaoay

Chelsey Magaoay Blaire is a studio art major in her third year at SDSU. In her spare time, she likes to take her Corgi on walks and watch Netflix. Chelsey grew up in Grass Valley, California, where nature, and boredom, were very present. To entertain herself, she did crafts such as playing with yarn and coloring in coloring-books. However, unlike the average kid who simply colored the pictures, Chelsey would add to the backgrounds. Her parents noticed this, and began to buy her sketch books. Since then, Chelsey’s love for drawing and painting has only grown.

Now, Chelsey focuses on portraits and abstract work that involves nature. Nature, along with personal experiences, inspire Chelsey’s artwork. When I asked her what art means to her, she answered, “Art is an escape.” It was an escape then, and it still is now.

Chelsey then shared her favorite pieces that she’s created.

Photo provided by Chelsey Magaoay.

The first piece she chose is from her “Fantasy” project. “Fantasy” is her most recent painting, and was done in her Realm Life drawing class. She said that this class helped her figure out what direction she wants to take in the future.

Photo provided by Chelsey Magaoay.

This is an embroidery piece she made last semester called, “These Hands.” It is an identity piece, as she used to play with yarn as a kid, and a representation of many ideas tangled together.

Photo provided by Chelsey Magaoay.

The last piece Chelsey chose is “Self.” She created this last semester in her digital photography class. “‘Self’ is a representation of everything I comprehend…I’ve learned about being comfortable in my own skin, and I try to reflect some of that confidence in my art work.”

After she graduates, Chelsey hopes to curate her own touring gallery with a team of different artists. She believes that working in a team is part of the experience and helps you learn.

Featured image provided by Chelsey Magaoay. 

SDSU men’s hoops looking to make a statement against CSU

Aztecs guard Jeremy Hemsley (42) attempts a basket. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports) per GoAztecs.com

The San Diego State men’s basketball team has had a tough time living up to the expectations given to them before this season started.

The Aztecs were the favorites to win the Mountain West conference. Outside of a two nationally recognized games (Gonzaga and Arizona State), the schedule was destined for a magical Steve Fisher season like we’ve seen several times in his time at SDSU. However, we are about halfway through the season, and the Aztecs are barely .500, opening the door for a lot of criticism from their hometown fans.

After falling to 10th in the MW conference a couple weeks ago, SDSU quickly rebounded with three consecutive wins in the conference, giving supporters of the Scarlet and Black some hope. The Aztecs, however, suffered another frustrating loss to Air Force, which further pushed SDSU’s title dreams out of the picture.

With 11 games still pinned on the schedule, all hope is not lost for the Aztecs.

Fisher is more than capable of leading SDSU on a prosperous run to close out the season, a run that will start with earning a win in Viejas Arena against Colorado State University on Saturday.

“All we have to do is look at the stats right now, Fisher said. “One game separates those of us with three losses from first place, and one game separates those with three losses from eighth place. So every game is crucial to have a chance to win this league.”

The Aztecs (12-8) will look to climb out of sixth place in the MW with a win over fifth-place CSU (12-8).

Led by redshirt senior guard Gian Clavell (16.3 PPG) and senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo (13.3 PPG), the Rams’ offense has flashed their horns in recent weeks.

SDSU will lean on their backcourt in sophomore guard Jeremy Hemsley (14.9 PPG) and junior guard Try Kell (13.3 PPG) to rally the Aztecs’ struggling offense to new heights.

Additionally, look for SDSU to rely on senior forward Matt Shrigley to spark their offense with some key three-pointers in transition.

The Aztecs’ defense, on the other hand, has maintained its strength this season despite the team’s poor record. SDSU’s defense has held opponents to less than 61 points per game in each of their last four games.

With that, the Aztecs’ defense must again carry the load against CSU’s highly talented offense in order to keep the pressure off the team’s inconsistent offensive attack.

Follow @KCRSports to see live tweets from Saturday’s game starting at 3:00 p.m. (PST).

Grammy Insights

Every music artists dream is to win a Grammy; it is one of the highest accolades in the music industry. The nominees for the 2017 Grammy Awards were recently announced. However, this academy of electors seems to have made some interesting nomination decisions this year and I’m here to point a few of them out. Get ready for some cynicism.

How is Chance the Rapper nominated for best new artist?

I saw Chance the Rapper in 2015 at an SDSU sponsored concert.  He gained recognition three years ago with his mixtape “Acid Rap”. Three years of recognition doesn’t really seem like much of a “new” artist to me. He often performs at college campuses and offers up all of his music for free online download. While this helps to avoid the streaming issues that can are often associated with artists and payment, it leaves question as to how Chance survives in a competitive market. Additionally, and with all biases aside, that performance that I saw was awful. The song “Cocoa Butter Kisses” really creeped me out.

A better nomination in this category is The Chainsmokers. Although I am not primarily a pop/dance/electronic music listener, there is no doubt that The Chainsmokers have had a very successful year. They have had multiple hits including my personal favorite “Closer” and continue to bring new things to the table in terms of collaborations and performances.

How did Blink-182’s California get nominated for Best Rock Album?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Blink-182. However, I prefer pre- Matt Skiba Blink, as do most sane people. California was a good album, but not a great one, especially when compared to past Blink albums.

A better nomination in this category is Weezer’s self-titled album. My favorite song of the album is “Thank God for Girls”. This album is Weezer’s tenth studio album. Whether or not Weezer actually receives the little golden trophy, they sure are fabulously prolific.

The Song of The Year

This is perhaps one of the most important categories of the whole awards ceremony. It is left until the end so that you have to stay tuned the entire time for fear of missing it. This year the nominees are pretty standard 2016 hits: “Formation” by Beyoncé, “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber, “Hello” by Adele, “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” by Mike Posner, and “7 Years” by Lukas Graham. The nominees in this category were relatively well selected and all five songs have equal capability of winning, but I have a favorite, of course.

2016 brought about the Lemonade bug and while I truly appreciated seeing Beyoncé’s extra sassy side, I’m going to have to go with “7 Years” by Lukas Graham as my Song of the Year choice. Like many Top 40 hits, “7 Years” was a bit over played on the radio, but otherwise was a rather well written song. Perhaps the most award-winning part of this song is that it tells a story, which can be quite difficult in popular music. This story of a man throughout different stages of his life is relatable to everyone in some way, even if it’s just a little one. My favorite aspect of music, specifically lyrics, is that it can really touch people and “7 Years” excels in that way.

Neighborhood Jams: KCR College Radio

This is it everyone – my last and final post for KCR College Radio. I am officially graduating from San Diego State University TODAY, but don’t you worry, I will be walking in the graduation ceremony in May. This post is completely dedicated to my true love because without this drive and passion, I wouldn’t know who I am today.  This one is for you, KCR.

I first joined KCR College Radio in August of 2015 and the next month I became the Music Submissions Director.  I still remember the day that I found out I was selected – it was more than just a director position. It was a major stepping stone into my future career in radio. In February of 2016 we went to New York City and accepted the award from Intercollegiate Broadcasting System for Best Station in the Nation. I personally represented the station as I received the award for Best Blog as well.  Together are two memories that I will hold dear forever. The twenty KCR representatives filled the room with Aztec cheer, and I couldn’t have been more proud to be an Aztec and a KCR director.

In the summer of 2016 I was able to personally represent KCR College Radio at the yearly Vans Warped Tour where I was able to be centimeters away from headlining bands and musicians.  It was a teenage dream that finally came true – all because of KCR. I might have been dehydrated, sunburned, and exhausted at the end of the day, but given the opportunity I would snatch it up again. Below are some of my personal photographs from Vans Warped Tour:

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State Champs

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We the Kings

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Mayday Parade

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Yellowcard

In the fall of 2016 I unexpectedly found out that I could graduate an entire semester earlier than planned, and my first thought was KCR. I didn’t want to leave the studio.  I didn’t want to leave the dream team (aka management). I was not ready to hang up my headphones. I was able to succeed this past semester because of the support system at KCR College Radio. I am the person I am today because of KCR College Radio. It is way more than a student-runned organization, it is home.

I want to give a huge thank you to General Manager, Matt Hoffman for believing in me and taking a chance on me.  I was always on my feet and ready to help out in anyway possible.  You constantly believed that I could do more, and you gave me confidence in pursuing my dream.  Another huge thank you to Social Media Director, Kelsey Donahue for being my first KCR friend and the best co-host ever.  Together we were able to discuss Blink-182 drama and Buzzfeed quizzes early in the morning – it was a pure dream come true.  Lastly a shout out to KCR Management for the great memories.  The endless meetings to better the best station in the nation; the constant talk of improving every aspect possible; I loved it, and I am going to miss it. Thank you, team, for believing in me and being a wonderful support system.

I love you, KCR College Radio. When I think back to my days at San Diego State University I will be instantly reminded of my time in the studio. I have high, HIGH hopes of working in radio in the near future, but I will always remember my first show here. Good luck out there, KCR, and I wish you the best at the IBS Awards next March. Go win some gold microphones, Aztecs!

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-Brianna Avalos