Top of the Month: September

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The month of September has been filled with trends both on and off campus. According to the Billboard music charts, for the week of Sept. 24 “Closer” by the Chainsmokers featuring Halsey was the top trending song. “Heathens,” featured on the Suicide Squad album, by Twenty One Pilots came in second on the Top 100 Chart, while “Cold Water” by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber & MO came in third.

Billboard ranks the top Album Sales for the week of Sept. 24 as “Bad Vibrations” by A Day to Remember taking the number one spot, “Dig Your Roots” by Florida Georgia Line were number four, and “Suicide Squad: The Album” Soundtrack coming in at number five. Another popular song to listen to was “HandClap” by Fitz and the Tantrums.

“It’s fun and eclectic, makes me want to get up and dance.” Merritt Davis, a junior at Western Carolina University, said.

According to Fandango, on the top of the box office for the week of Sept. 12 was “Sully.” “When the Bough Breaks” came in second, with “Don’t Breathe” taking the third spot and “Suicide Squad” holding on at number four. “Blair Witch,” was released Friday, Sept. 16, and is a reboot/sequel of the original released in 1999. Also released on Friday, Sept. 16 were “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and “Snowden.”

The next on-campus movie showing will be “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” playing October 2 and 3. On-campus movies are hosted by Last Minute Productions.

Top charts for the Apple App Store include several emoji apps available for purchase, including “KEVMOJI by Kevin Hart,” “Not Karlton Banks Emoji,” and “Ellen’s Emoji Exploji.” One of the top free apps, coming in at number two on the charts, was “Bitmoji.”

Harambe is still a relevant topic this month in various forms of social media.

“A few months ago a terrible incident was reported at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. It was not the young boy that fell that we speak of today but the lowland gorilla, which dragged the young boy, whom was wrongly shot and killed for such a petty crime,” said Kyle Whitlock, a junior attending Western Carolina University. “Today we mourn his death and celebrate his life as a wonderful, caring, fascinating gorilla. Today, do not go about as if the world has forgotten, today go out, and do it for Harambe, the gorilla who died for you.”

Off campus, the North Carolina Mountain State Fairgrounds are also hosting the Asheville Quilt Show starting Sept. 30. On campus, football season has started in Cullowhee! The Catamounts are playing their next home game on Oct. 1 against The Citadel for Family Weekend.

Along with football means tailgating, a favorite among students.

Kaitlyn Nobles, Phi Mu’s Tailgate Committee Head at Western Carolina, said, “My favorite campus activity right now is football games and tailgates! Since I’m the Tailgate Committee Head I have to be at every home game and plan the Phi Mu tailgate, which is stressful but a lot of fun! I love hanging out with friends and socializing at the tailgates, then watching the game and the band perform. It’s always the highlight of my weekends when we have a home football game!”

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