Good Ol’ A Capella at American University

“I’m talking ’bout soul to soul, brother to brother, a capella… it sounds good to me…” and to the rest of the campus here at American University where On A Sensual Note, the university’s only premier all-male a capella group, has amassed quite the following. From sorority girls and athletic teams to elderly neighbors nearby and even President Barack Obama during his ’08 campaign, On a Sensual Note has fans all over the district.

The group began back in 1996 but OASN truly found it’s footing in 2000. The group’s come a long way since then and lucky for us, their repertoire has as well. Featuring songs like Cecilia by Simon & Garfunkel, Mama Said by The Shirelles, and Lean on Me by Bill Withers, OASN wins over the older crowd crooning favorites with new beats. Don’t think that means the boys forget their younger fans, OASN is constantly revamping radio hits like a Kanye West Medley, We are Young by Fun.,  I’ll Make Love to You by Boyz II Men, and most recently, Adele’s Rolling in the Deep.

All of the OASN members are students at AU and find time to balance their studies with what clearly is a passion for music and performing. Though the guys prove time and time again they can do more than just carry a tune, in my time spent with them I quickly learned that OASN is bigger than just a musical group. They’re a bunch guys in ties doin’ what feels right and creating a community of music, personality, and friendship around them.

Video produced and edited by Meagan Shamberger, 2012

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Barks Abound at WHS’ Pet-A-Palooza

The Washington Humane Society‘s Walk for the Animals and Pet-A-Palooza took place Saturday, September 29 in Adams Morgan. The event featured a one-mile walk, pets, proud owners, and tail-waggin’ tunes. All of the $86,000 raised will stay in the DC Metro area within the DC Loves DC Animals programs. Donations are still being accepted!


Web Video Critique

Erik Olsen takes video journalism to new heights in his New York Times video op-ed on “Trampoline’s New Frontier”. The video depicts the budding sport of “wall trampolining” as it is developed at the Quebec Circus School, known for continually sending students to the internationally famed “Cirque du Soleil”. Olsen employs a multitude of different shots to highlight the styles, tricks, and leaps performed. Including tight shots of shoes jumping out of the frame, repeated views of landings from under the trampoline, and even a short clip filmed on a “Go-Pro” style camera, Olsen exemplifies the action and excitement of the sport through videography.

Profiling professional trampolinist, Julien Roberge, the video features interviews with him, several other wall-trampolinists, and Yves Neveu, Circus School director. The video also introduces the audience to the initial rules and scoring process of the sport. Still enjoying the effects of his internet celebrity, Roberge demonstrated some of his tricks from  his 10 Trick Wall Routine on YouTube in the video. In conclusion, Olsen mirrors the excitement and intensity of the gymnastics/parkour sport with new shots and angles to create an enjoyable and captivating web video.

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