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Joey Verskotzi

Joey Verskotzi has been diving headfirst into the Minnesota music scene, meanwhile touring his band around the country.

While confidently stretching his sound into the furthest corners, last year, Joey dropped his bittersweet album “Lemon Heart” and is now in the midst of mastering his next EP, “Waving.” The Wake sat down with him in studio [...]

SOLO Affects Many

McKnight Artist Fellow Dancers talk about the creative process

Four dancers sat on Northrop’s warmly lit stage, listening to the Program Director of The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers and Choreographers, Mary Ellen Childs, introduce them to the audience. Ashwini Ramaswamy, Tamara Ober, Stephen Schroeder and Kari Mosel, McKnight Artist Fellow Dancers from 2012-2013, all [...]

What I Did This Summer

From stressed to selfish (and happy)

This is the true story of fifteen strangers, picked to live in a duplex, work together and have their lives changed forever.

I was chosen alongside other foster youths to work for a nonprofit in Oregon that specialized in foster care advocacy. We prepared multiple workshops for youth [...]

Pitch Perfect Planning

The process of landing big name Homecoming performers

Ever wonder how the indie-rock band Walk the Moon and rapper Iggy Azalea were chosen to perform at the Homecoming Concert? The process of bringing big name artists to play at the University of Minnesota is a much longer one than you would expect. For eight months, [...]

Almost (YouTube) Famous

50,000 people follow her. She could be a sensation. But does she want that?

Poised to capture the perfect angle, Lauren Skager’s tripod faces the wall of her dorm room that is covered in iridescent tendril. Waiting for the camera that will capture Skager’s face, the tripod looms down on the now empty chair pulled [...]

30 Days of Biking

Another gem that makes Minneapolis a top cycling city

The multitude of community bike shops, greenways, cycling lanes, and biker cafes only begin to reflect the immense cycling culture that exists here in Minneapolis. To celebrate and encourage this, April was deemed 30 Days of Biking. A simple concept that started just four years ago [...]

Where in the World is Mike Gould?

A Look Back on an Elusive Campus Icon

In desperation, I wasted my time and money on charms, talismans, amulets, oils, even beads. Still, no good luck. Then one day walking through Northrop Mall, a stranger handed me a dollar bill. I looked at the stranger,

who held a bible in one hand, a guitar [...]

Bad Bad Hats

We sat down with the band to talk about new sounds.

The sugary sound and bittersweet lyrics of indie band Bad Bad Hats made a mark on Minneapolis music with the 2013 release of the band’s It Hurts EP. Relatable songs about relationships and junk food are carried through by upbeat guitar riffs and simple but effective [...]

Northrop Hall Finally Reopens

After three years of renovations, Northrop is now open to the public

Northrop Hall originally opened in 1929, and since that time it has been one of the focal points of the University of Minnesota campus. Numerous concerts, ballet performances, and lectures have been held there, and its new $88.2 million renovation is a huge [...]

Controversy Erupts over Rice’s speech

Former secretary of state brings controversy to the U of M

A former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice has a resume aspiring politicians can only dream of.

With such a resume, it cost the University of Minnesota $150,000 to bring Rice on campus to speak at Northrop Auditorium, where members of [...]