Introducing Ray Goren

Introducing Ray Goren

By Lauren Duell

Ray Goren is a singer and a self-taught musician from New York City. Goren plays many instruments, but two of his most prominent are the guitar and piano. At the age of seven, he moved to California to pursue a career.

As a young boy, he listened to jazz and blues. He started to play the piano. Ray says, “I started messing with piano when I was three but got really serious about it at the age of five when I was listening to Theolonius Monk, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, and Coltrane as well as Miles Davis and all those guys.” His father eventually got him a boom box and at home he would try to play like them. Ray got into guitar when their family moved to California. Some of his inspirations are B.B. King, Albert Collins, and Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton. He eventually came across one of their songs called “Sweet Little Angel” and this song spoke to him.

Ray’s music has a foundation of blues. He listened to Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, and Amy Whitehouse for inspiration and then started to incorporate rock into his music. He released a song last year called “Save My Soul.” I listened to this song and, although it may not fit my taste in music, I believe people who enjoy rock and blues music will enjoy this song and this artist. His “Save My Soul” EP has charted on the Root’s charts for about six month and peaks at number thirteen. I believe Ray has a great future ahead of him in music and I hope he will become a popular and fun artist that many will look up to.


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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Golden State of Mind (Almost)

By Erin Gardner

I am Erin Gardner, ‘The Seton Connection’s’ online editor, bringing to Seton, ‘Food for Thought’, a bi-monthly philosophical column.  My hope for this column is to introduce thought-provoking issues and to stimulate conversation.  Welcome and relax!

As April winds down into May and summer approaches, talk of senior trip and prom mingles among the conversations of exams.  Chlorine and suntan lotion smells are welcomed with open arms.  But first, making the grade needs to be a priority.

This week’s topic: Golden State of Mind (Almost).  Summer is close enough to smell. People are enjoying the weather and breaking out the dresses and sandals.  Coffee companies market cold drinks, swim suit sales engulf department stores, and flip flops will soon be de rigueur experiencing summer  at full throttle, exams need to be taken and final grades await.

So often in life, upcoming events seem to take precedence over the current moment.  When planning the week ahead, the excitement of the weekend typically overshadows the monotonousness of the weekdays.  Consequently, the reality of the “now moments” are lost.  People forget to stop, breathe, and take one day at a time.  The workday is seen as something to push though with grunts and closed eyes.  But open your eyes, and the punch clock is right there, beckoning.  The nine-to-five mentality becomes routine: clock in, stare at a computer in a cubicle, take a lunch break, and stare at a computer screen in a cubicle until happy hour.

The school week follows a similar pattern: Friday always takes priority over Monday, lunch is everyone’s favorite subject, and the only way to pass time is to glare down the clock, willing it to move faster. However, it is these moments that you will miss the most.  When you look back on your high school career, you will want to remember the lunch table jokes, the jam sessions on Spotify, and the test that you studied three hours for and aced.

In the midst of prom and senior trip excitement, it is hard to just sit and breathe.  But it is extremely important that you do. Close your eyes.  Shut the textbook.  Walk away from the computer.  As summer approaches, the to-do list seems to pile up. The fact is, it’s not summer yet.

Prom and exams need to be accomplished.  Grades and graduation invitations needs to be sent out.  But, graduation is paramount.

Take these last few months to look around and enjoy the view, enjoy the schedule, and enjoy the people.  Take this time to take deep breaths and root yourself in the present moment.  Do not race through classes, because this is it.  This is your high school career.  Please don’t wish it away through closed eyes and clenched fists; keep an open mind.  Keep a golden state of mind. (Almost).

Girl Power: Women Working in Medicine

Girl Power: Women Working in Medicine

By Abby Nutter

As a woman, aspiring to become a doctor, I find myself constantly facing the ever-important question: “When will you have children?” As someone who feels they are not inherently limited because of her gender, I find myself flummoxed by this inquiry. I wonder why it is that people feel comfortable inquiring about such a personal topic. I also wonder if they have the same response for a male counterpart of my age with the same professional aspirations. Speaking from personal experience, I know people do not question my brothers who are in their late twenties on when they plan to start a family, yet because of my gender people feel the need to question me on this topic. I decided to channel my frustration regarding this matter into my senior project. I have spent days shadowing different female doctors and interviewing them on any sort of adversity they have faced as women in a powerful professional field. Observing these strong women has inspired me to be equally empowered in my everyday life.

On any given day one can feel the female empowerment that exudes from the Obstetrics and Gynecology division of the Christ Hospital location on Montgomery Road. I spent the day with Dr. Valerie Allen and her completely female staff last week, and learned about women’s increasingly prominent role in medicine. Dr. Allen, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Medical School, is a perfect example of an empowered woman. The OB/GYN and mother is an inspiration to all young women aspiring to balance a career and family. While, our country has made significant progress in the movement for gender equality, women still face substantial pressure to put their careers on the line when raising a family. When questioned on this topic, Dr. Allen explained that people are always going to have preconceived notions attached to gender, but as women we deserve to be celebrated for our success both inside and outside of the home. “You really can do both,” she shared with me, “Yes, you have to make sacrifices, but if you are determined you can and will be successful.” She explained that while it has been a long road to get her to where she is today, it has been incredibly worth it. After spending the day with her I was completely motivated by her undeniable brilliance and vivacious personality. She glided through the office, professionally assessing each patient, while creating a comfortable environment for everyone. She explained that she loves getting to be a strong woman working in a field that specifically benefits women. As a young woman hoping to become a doctor someday, getting to experience the presence of such a confident, powerful and intelligent woman was a very exciting experience. Dr. Allen is the perfect example of a strong female role model in the medicinal field.