A duo in perfect harmony: Radnor & Lee interview

Article written for Flyer News, published May 22, 2017.

    Josh Radnor and Ben Lee’s newest musical endeavor breaks away from the traditional music scene by incorporating meditative, thought provoking lyrics into folk pop songs. Brought together through their love of philosophy and acoustic music, Radnor & Lee are a match made in harmony heaven.

    Radnor and Lee have had their fair share of success through their previous projects. Lee started his musical career in the ‘90s Australian alternative-rock band, Noise Addict and has been producing indie-pop music for almost 25 years. Radnor, famously known for playing Ted Mosby on the CBS hit show “How I Met Your Mother,” has spent most of his career acting, directing and screenwriting.

    Friends for over a decade, Radnor and Lee began this project and the rest came naturally. Radnor & Lee’s debut single, “Be Like The Being,” dropped this past Friday on all music platforms. Flyer News got the chance to talk to Radnor & Lee about their newest single, their friendship as songwriters and how they have made this endeavor their own.

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University of Dayton Speaker Series begins Oct. 26 with Dayton-raised duo, The Minimalists

DAYTON, Ohio — The University of Dayton 2017-18 Speaker Series kicks off this fall with a Dayton-raised duo who star in the popular indie documentary, Minimalism, and an NPR chief international editor.

“The mission of the series is to bring people to campus to talk about contemporary issues,” said Susan Wawrose, Speaker Series committee chair from the University of Dayton School of Law. “They’re inspirational. They’re pulled from the headlines, these are the newsmakers.”

The Speaker Series begins Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Union ballroom with Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, known as “The Minimalists” by their 4 million active readers. The event is co-sponsored by Hanley Sustainability Institute and part of UD Sustainability Week programming.

Through their podcast, website, books and documentary, Minimalism, Millburn and Nicodemus’ work revolves around helping people live more meaningful lives without clutter. The duo has been featured on the Today show and in Time magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and L.A. Weekly. They also have spoken at Harvard, Apple, SXSW and TEDx.

In partnership with the Social Practice of Human Rights Conference, William Dobson’s lecture, titled “Learning Curves of Dictators,” begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Kennedy Union ballroom.

Dobson, a former visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy, has provided on-air commentary on international politics. He oversees global NPR correspondents who report powerful international politics, economic and culture stories.

The events for spring 2018 will be announced soon.

Tickets are not required for Speaker Series lectures, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis. Parking is available without a permit in B and C lots only.

Photo courtesy of The Minimalists’ website.

Two engineering students on a quest for vocation interview Brother Ray Fitz

Article written for Flyer News, published Oct. 31, 2017.

The University of Dayton prides itself on being a “University for the common good,” a new initiative implemented by President Spina. The tagline has a deep meaning: integrating knowledge and finding truth grounded in faith and reason with our Catholic, Marianist commitment and being servant-leaders to our community. Two engineering students, Joshua Romo and Tom Tappel, are committed to figuring out how their major fits in with the mission.

“Our ultimate goal is to connect engineering with vocation,” Romo said. “We know there’s a lot of people that know about vocation, let’s try to get people to talk about it and uncover their stories. There’s little structures constantly changing in the School of Engineering.”

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UD seeking community input for higher learning commission reaccreditation

Article written for Flyer News’ online platform, published Oct. 12. 

The University is preparing to be reaccredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent corporation that accredits degree-granting post-secondary institutions in the North Central region of the U.S., and they need your help.

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Building community through Breaking Bread

I participated in Breaking Bread as a student leader my junior year, so this article was a lot of fun to write! Article written for Flyer News, published Sept. 19, 2017.

The heavenly scent of creamy macaroni and cheese and the spicy notes from an Indian curry surrounds the students as they arrive to their first Breaking Bread dinner. The students are hungry for more than just the food, they’re hungry to experience something new. Through thought provoking conversations over a home cooked meal, students will have their hunger satisfied with Breaking Bread.

Established in spring 2013, Breaking Bread is an organization sponsored by the Center for International Programs, the Office for Mission and Rector and the Office of Community Wellness Services. The program invites both international and American students to “break bread” over traditional American meals and international dishes provided by students and team members. While building a connection through food, the dinner creates a comfortable space to share dialogue about the participants’ own unique cultures.

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UD senior Katherine Liming named 2017 Hidden Hero

Article written for Flyer News, published Aug. 26, 2017.

Last year, University of Dayton’s Fitz Center for Leadership in Community decided to bring something new to campus. That something was UD’s very own Vote Everywhere branch, and Katherine Liming was immediately drawn to this new opportunity.

“I was excited,” said Liming, a senior double major in communications and political science. “My hope was to make millennials excited about the democratic process.”

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The Moral Courage Project brings Ferguson narrative to life

Article written for Flyer News, published Sept. 5, 2017.

During a time of chaos, people stood up to create community, peace and tried to reinforce justice within their hometown: Ferguson, Missouri. The aftershock of an outraged town compelled a group of UD students and program coordinators to be there, front and center, to experience the start of a human rights movement.

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