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Heather Tondreau

Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 21 year old senior at UNE. I grew up in central Maine and then moved to Biddeford to attend UNE. I’m majoring in Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies with a minor in Sociology. I have plans to attend the UNE Master’s of Occupational Therapy Program on the Portland campus starting in late May of this year. I hope to become an Occupational Therapist and aspire to work with the geriatric population after graduation.

I am an extremely social person and enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends. On the weekends you will find me in exploring coastal Maine, checking out some local eateries and bars, reading, making rap/hip hop playlists/mixes, or watching netflix.

I chose to research and write about the creation of MTV (Music Televsion) and the impact the network, music videos and featured artists had on youth culture in the 1980’s. MTV has been a prominent part of my adolescence and believe that it started a youth culture movement and therefore needed recognition. I hope you take some time to read through my articles. Thank you!

Alexandra Burdo

Hi! I’m Alex, I’m 19 and I’m from New York. I’m majoring in Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies with a minor in Art at University of New England. I hope to go on to graduate school and major in Occupational Therapy. I’m also an Emergency Medical Technician and work at an Elementary School.

I enjoy art and hiking as well as exploring nature, especially the beaches near my school. I enjoy working with children and helping out as much as I can. I also care very much about social issues, which is why I chose to write about Gay Youth. I wanted to look into how the youth of the 1970’s and 1980’s had a lasting impact on the fight for gay rights. It has been a very exciting and thought provoking journey. I hope you enjoy my articles!

Joshua Shepherd

I’m Josh. I write things for this blog.

The reason why I chose DC hardcore is because of my love for music. The pure aggression and angst of the vocals with the thrumming of the drums and bass and heavily melodic guitar leads produced such a recognizable sound and feeling. It summed up the despair that many people who were young in the 1970’s and 1980’s felt. Feelings of going nowhere, anger at the monotony of their lives in the middle class, fear of a possible economic collapse, the pressure of conforming. Even though this despair permeated through to their music, the scene managed to create music about self preservation, rising above adversity and supporting others. It showed a feeling of hope in an otherwise helpless time for young people.

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