The Memorial Union has offered a nice twist to studying this spring as Kathy Reser, the director of the memorial union installs Tunes on Tuesday outside of the Outtakes Corner Store. For the past three weeks, there have been a variety of bands and genres pouring in on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m to offer students a ch.ance to. sit back, relax and enjoy listening.
“We want to keep this program going as long as it continues to be successful, and so far, I think it has been,” said Reser.
Reser and Janel Rutherford, assistant director of business services, began Tunes on Tuesday last spring and have continued it every semester since with success. During this time, students not only have the chance to expose themselves to new music, but they are given discounted sandwiches from dining services through the Outtakes Corner Store and one-time item offers from the Washburn University Bookstore. The idea is to encourage students and faculty to take time to enjoy themselves, even if only for a few moments, through the hectic schedule of college life.
“It’s really relaxing and a great place to study in between classes,” said Jon Trotter, sophomore legal studies major.
This past week featured a trio called the Patrick Lentz Band.
The week before last was a duo featuring Brendan MacNaughton and Keith McGeeney. They featured a guitar/vocalist and bongo drums. This band has been featured at Washburn on several occasions and has hopes to continue to come back to entertain in the upcoming semesters..
“We have always gotten a positive response,” said MacNaugton. “The biggest thing is that we are able to play original music here and expose students to something they might not have heard before.”
You can find out more about the Brendan MacNaugton Band or listen to some of their original music by visiting brendanmacnaghton.com.
The upcoming dates for Tunes on Tuesday will be Feb. 14 and 28, as well as March 6. These dates will each be featuring new bands and continued lunch and bookstore discounts.