Arts & Entertainment

Students enjoy summer movies and music


This summer was full of new music releases and movie premieres. Whether it was seeing new movies, attending concerts or purchasing CDs, this summer was a great time to change things up and try new options.


It was a big summer for the movies.  The domestic box office total from the first weekend in May to Labor Day was $4.6 billion with the blockbuster of the summer being Iron Man 3 earning $408.9 million at the box office, reports Box Office Mojo.

It was the summer of sequels with the releases of Iron Man 3, Despicable Me 2, Monsters University, Grown Ups 2 and GI Joe 2.

Jonathan Davis, sophomore early childhood education major, said, “Grown Ups 2 was by far the funniest movie I have ever seen in my entire life.”

Davis also saw GI Joe 2.

Davis said, “It’s [GI Joe 2] one of those movies that is not scary or bloody, but has enough action to satisfy someone’s needs.”

Steven Pustay, studio manager and professor of applied media, said he was not a fan of Iron Man 3 because he enjoyed the first Iron Man too much.  This one was not as good as other movies that Iron Man has been in, such as The Avengers.


Some of the talented and dedicated artists with new music out this summer were Luke Bryan, John Mayer, Miley Cyrus, One Direction, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys, Katy Perry, Mumford & Sons, and Lady Gaga.

Katie Brim,  junior early childhood education and intervention specialist major, said, “I just got really into the indie rock type of music. Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons, and Phillip Phillips were really great.”

Junior Jasmine With lounges with Harry, a member of the band One Direction. One Direction was a big hit with students over the summer. (Photo by Autumn Berry)

Many impressive concerts took place this summer. Justin Bieber performed in Cleveland and Columbus in July. One Direction performed in Columbus in June. Miranda Lambert, Maroon 5, and John Mayer also stopped in Ohio on their tours.

Meghan Green, sophomore psychology major, attended both the Justin Bieber and One Direction concerts and would definitely go again if she had the chance.

“They were the best nights of my life!” she said.

According to Green, Justin Bieber had an elaborate stage with a lot of screens and clothing changes.

In addition to summer concerts, many summer music festivals took place this summer. Area music festivals include the Alive Festival, Country Fest and Vans Warped Tour.

Music festivals draw music lovers from near and far to join in the festivities.

Pustay has attended Bonnaroo for the past three summers which is a large music festival held in Manchester, Tennessee.

Pustay said, “Portugal the Man and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were some good bands that played in Bonnaroo.”

As fall weather is beginning to come and the warm weather and the sun shining become memories, the music and movies of the summer live on and help us remember the past season.

 Josey Petz is the feature editor for The Aviso AVW.

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