All posts by Ariana LaBarrie

Northwestern students revolutionize speaker design with start-up Audiovert

By Ariana LaBarrie

Three Northwestern University students are taking their love of music and technology to the next level with their audio speaker start-up called Audiovert.

Instead of the usual black box speakers, Audiovert offers as much personality as the music people play . Customers can customize the basic hexagon-shaped speakers by deciding how many panels or sides they want and they can stylize the design with artwork on the speakers.

Audiovert – launched by Northwestern undergraduate students Ahren Alexander (CEO and Chief Engineer),Chris Beauchene (Chief Web Developer) and Justin Fleischmann (Chief Marketing Analyst) – demonstrates a trend in how students are starting businesses before donning that cap and gown.

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Superstar The Weeknd captivates the United Center with staging and songs

By Ariana LaBarrie

The Weeknd was back in Chicago with “The Madness” tour at the United Center on Nov. 6. The concert also featured opening acts Travis Scott and Banks.

The tour features The Weeknd’s latest album “The Beauty Behind The Madness,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart at its Aug. 28 release and spent three consecutive weeks in this position. Continue reading

Workout fanatics take it to the barre

By Ariana LaBarrie

The newest workout trend takes cues from ballerinas, but you don’t have to be a dancer to tone up and build lean muscle.

Turnouts, plies – the barre workout is derived from these ballet movements and others.  Participants use the ballet barre for balance, resistance and to perfect form. Small, isometric movements exercise and fatigue different parts of the body, including arms, abs, thighs and the butt.

“When you fatigue each part of the body you are actually changing the muscular structure within the moment.  Stretching immediately after is how you create really long, really lean muscles,” said Brynn Samp, manager of Pure Barre in Evanston.

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Stars light up the night at WGCI’s Big Jam 2015

By Ariana LaBarrie

Festival season ends when the leaves change color in Chicago and this year’s season ended with a bang – cooler weather brought WGCI’s Big Jam 2015 to the United Center on Oct. 25.

Sponsored by WGCI, one of Chicago’s urban contemporary stations, the annual concert featured Vic Mensa, Crucial Conflict, Do or Die, Twista, Lil Durk, Omarion, Dej Loaf, Rae Sremmurd, Monica, Meek Mill, Future and Kendrick Lamar. Continue reading

Colleges rev up academic success with free fitness classes

By Ariana LaBarrie

Students are toting sneakers and water to class instead of laptops and notebooks with the free fitness classes offered at many colleges.

Several campuses, including Chicago area colleges like Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern University and DePaul University, are offering the work out classes to students ranging from aquatic workouts to Zumba.

Students often come to class with their backpacks, taking a quick break in their hectic schedule to fit in a sweat before going back to the academic grind.  Stressed out students become more relaxed both mentally and physically with these work outs that require them to take time their mind of their studies and focus on their mind and body.

Students can feel a sense of community by participating in these classes, as well as improving physical and mental wellness, fitness experts said.  These benefits can increase students’ chances for academic success. Continue reading