The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 98, No. 11, Ed. 1 Tuesday, February 16, 2010 Page: 2 of 4

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FEATURES/BUSINESS
Brand Staff
Adriel Wong
Editor-in-Chief
Elyse Hahne
Managing Editor
Nathan Day
Layout Editor
Janies Morgan
Circulation Manager
Heather David
Chief Copy Editor
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Chief Photographer
Laura Wright
Advertising Manager
Hayley Tow
News Editor
Rebecca Gholson
Feature Editor
Kylie Chye
Op/Ed Editor
Brittany McDonald
Religion Editor
Austin Massey
Sports Editor
Nathan Hale
Entertainment Editor
Kelsie Nygren
Special Projects Editor/
Assistant Layout Editor
Matthew Loeb
Business Editor
Amber Hale
Aubrey Goza
Larissa Shaheen
Stephanie Teoh
Photographers
Adam Dearion
Brian Crawford
Brittany Wallace
Courtney Contreras
Ezra Worley
Izak Santana
Lex Tan
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administration.
Who is Kirk House?
pie, a rather
humorous
rendition of
Jason Mraz’s
“I’m Yours”
had the crowd
singing along
at points, and
elicited some
enthusiastic
cheering.
A seri-
ous musician
with a grow-
ing collection
of six guitars,
House takes
a philosophi-
cal approach
towards his
music. He
loves music
Photo by: Lex Tan
By lex Tan
Staff Reporter
“What you doing
Squirrel?” affably yells
Kirk House, lead guitarist
and vocalist of The Kirk
House Band, to Rocky, his
(to quote House) “consis-
tently, on and off’ partner-
in-crime, the drummer.
Die-hard fans of the duo
understand these words to
be part and parcel of the
band’s infectious chem-
istry, and all throughout
their performance, the two
talented musicians banter
playfully with the crowd
without missing a beat.
A quick interview
with The Kirk House Band
after one of their weekly
Monday night shows at
the Seafood Tavern allows
The Brand a personal
glimpse of the performers.
The guys met through a
mutual performance part-
ner, Happy Fat, another
popular Abilene musician.
Happy Fat took House
under his wing when he
first moved to Abilene, and
gave him his first electric
guitar. Later on, Kirk met
Rocky and they began per-
forming together, starting
about a year and a half ago,
at Remingtons, Elegante
Suite, Rack Daddies, the
Air Force base, HSU cha-
pel, and even the occa-
sional frat party.
On the band’s genre,
House said, “Natural feel-
ing, the natural feeling
is, a Rock and Blues, just
what I feel, what I want to
play. But if I hear a song
that I like, or that I think
people would like, I take it,
and tailor it to us.”
This becomes appar-
ent during the night’s per-
formance, where songs
range from Jason Mraz
hits to Michael Jackson
classics. House’s earthy
guitar tones, versatile
vocals and Rocky’s infec-
tious rhythms make for
an energetic musical
combination. For exam-
and people, and uses two
interesting metaphors
in describing music for
him—as a “bridge” and a
“sledgehammer.”
To him, music con-
nects people, and breaks
down walls and barri-
ers between cultures,
races, and nations. As a
Christian, he believes in
reaching out to others and
getting to know people,
and music is his way of
getting there. He gives the
example of one his perfor-
mances at a biker’s ball, a
place he doubts he would
ever have gone to if not for
his music.
For all readers inter-
ested in attending a per-
formance by Kirk House
and his full worship band,
they will be opening for
David Dunn at the Moody
Coliseum at Abilene
Christian University
March 3 at 7 p.m., so be
there!
Thinking ahead: spring break planning
By Kylie Ghye
Op/Ed Editor
When the semester
is well under way and all
the studying for tests is
over, you will need a break.
The problem is that college
students do not usually
have a huge pile of gold
hidden somewhere under-
neath their beds. Where
do you go on a college stu-
dent’s budget? Here are
some ideas. Are you think-
ing about visiting one of
the seven natural wonders
of the world like the Grand
Canyon or simply going on
a shopping trip to Dallas?
Whatever the destination
may be, here are some tips
on how to travel on a col-
lege student’s budget.
First, create a bud-
get. If you know how much
money there is to spend in
your pocket and how much
you are willing to spend,
you will have an idea on
how to plan for your spring
break. Start hunting for
travel options based on
your personal budget.
Spring break can be a
viable option if you know
where to look for the best
deals. Do what each and
every one of us has been
trained to do since we set
foot in college: research.
Research and study your
destination by clicking
around online for the best
student deals that suit
your budget. For example,
great sites for this purpose
include StudentHolidays.
com and StudentCity.com.
There are many websites
created specifically with
traveling college students
in mind. You will not be
disappointed in locating
the cheapest deals in the
country and abroad.
Next,. plan trans-
portation ^for your trip.
Flying to destinations
would severely drain your
budget. Opt for a bus. It is
a relatively safe yet cheap
way to get to and from
your destination. A bus
trip may be just a tad time
consuming, but it saves
money that can be spent
on something else. Next,
bring only the essentials.
Pack enough clothes, toi-
letries, and basic medica-
tion for the trip. In addi-
tion, keep your money and
I.D in various locations
in your luggage and on
yourself in case you lose
your luggage or something
unfortunate happens.
Traveling is all
about enjoying the desti-
nation; however, lodging
is one of the most expen-
sive parts of the trip.
Hostels may not be the
Ritz Carlton but they are a
safe place for you to spend
the night. Opt for hos-
tels instead of hotels. The
more people you can share
your room with, the more
you can save.
Good luck planning
for your upcoming trip!
Stock competition:
By Matthew Loeb $10,219.66 and an increase of
2.20 percent. His portfolio was
the first two weeks
Business Editor
The competition is in
full swing, with a final number
of 27 players. These first two
weeks have been tumultuous
but ideal for market analyz-
ing. With Obama’s first term
at an end, much of the mar-
ket’s unstable nature has been
attributed to the nervous stand-
ing of the public on the current
year. With the national debt and
unemployment still fresh on
the minds’ of the public, many
remain unsure about the com-
ing market performance.
In addition to this, with
the recalls of Toyota and the
continuing problems with the
financial sector, an investor was
hard pressed to find profit in the
beginnings of 2010. However,
many had portfolios that effec-
tively outplayed the market in
the first two weeks.
Biggest Winners:
Cgriffithoo62, with a
current portfolio value of
effectively anchored by rising
blue chip stock (a large national
company with sizable holdings)
Cisco Systems, and further
helped by his stock in Axiom.
Earbiaza, with a current
portfolio value of $10,123.80
and in increase of 1.24%. He
also was helped by Cisco stock
but also had profit through his
ownership of Costco shares.
Strappinyounglad, with
a current portfolio value of
$10,084.25 and an increase
of .084 percent. His portfolio
has yielded a small but steady
return with his large holding
of somewhat recession proof
stocks, whose returns are small
but whose nature is steady.
Best Stock Gains:
Clhooks88 and Rotei866-
BRK.B, a long stock position
with a 5 percent increase. This
stock represents a long term
investment and a built-in
diversification.
Cgriffithoo62- CSCO,
a well performing networking
stock that has so far yielded an
impressive 4.87 percent increase.
It is always difficult to out-
play the market itself, and on an
annual basis only a lucky few are
able to produce higher returns
than the Dow Jones, NASDAQ,
and other market indexes.
However, several players have
done a very respectable job in
stock picking and diversifying,
and many have produced returns
far better than the market as a
whole.
As many large companies
will be producing their 2009
annual numbers in the coming
weeks, it will be a pivotal point
in the competition. This key
occurrence will spell significant
upturns and downturns for big
name stocks, and will represent
the first challenge for players.
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