This week’s “Heard It Through The GrapeVINE” spotlight is Bethany Russo ‘17, a psychology major who is also a resident assistant in Jogues Hall. When not keeping an eye on the youngest members of Stag Country, Russo enjoys immersing herself in the campus culture, which involves being a mentor for sophomores in McCormick Hall.


“Music is important to me because I believe it is a way to express oneself uniquely in a way that can be verbalized more so than simply words can be communicated,” said Russo. “Many people can relate to a song, and so these people can come together and share in the same emotions as one.” Russo added that “music is a way to ensure that no one is dealing with things alone and can validate one’s feelings.”

  1. “Ditmas” by Mumford and Sons: I really enjoy this song because it meant a lot to me this summer. I think the lyrics have such a deep meaning that many people can connect to, and I love their music.
  2. “Comes and Goes (In Waves)” by Greg Laswell: He is my favorite singer and musician and I think all of his songs are just heartbreakingly beautiful.
  3. “This is Gospel” by Panic! At the Disco: I’ve always loved this song. It is very catchy and I can listen to it all the time and never get tired of it.
  4. “Hold Back the River” by James Bay: This is my current obsession. It’s a feel-good song that always puts a smile on my face.
  5. “Someone New” by Hozier: This is a great summer song; it’s fun and light and all around pleasant to listen to.
  6. “Till I Collapse” by Eminem: I always listen to this song when I need inspiration and motivation to do something.
  7. “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers: This has been my favorite song for years. It will never get old. Anyone can relate to this song and has some sort of memory associated with it.

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