The AS Review is launching its first podcast, “Tripping on Bricks,” on April 30. The podcast will air every two weeks on Thursdays after the premiere, will feature stories by and about Western’s students.
“In creating it, I want to make a platform for students to share about their daily lives and their endeavors,” said Soleil de Zwart, editor-in-chief of the AS Review. “I know there are so many students on our campus who have their own businesses or work on fascinating projects. I hope this podcast can shed more light on the assortment of students at Western.”
The first episode will feature stories on how students are impacted by COVID-19 financially and emotionally.
“I want to hear how students are adjusting to online classes, how their own lives have changed,” de Zwart said. “I think highlighting these stories will show us that we are all adjusting together, and maybe we can help each other out.”
The podcast is a collaboration with students and de Zwart wants to continue that for future episodes. Students can get involved by learning more information on the podcast’s website or by submitting story ideas through this Google Form.
“Tripping on Bricks” episodes will be available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts and written transcripts will be available on the AS Review website.
There will also be an introductory episode that will be posted on April 20 on the podcast's Spotify page, briefly giving students a feel for what the ensuing episodes will be like.
The AS Review will continue publishing their regular online content as well, de Zwart said. Their writers are working on covering topics such as activism and protest, arts and entertainment, AS clubs and offices, crime and courts, opinion, student government and student life.
“We are working from home to connect students to what's happening on our digital campus,” de Zwart said. “Online classes have brought a new challenge to our platform, but we are fortunate to still be working and still be striving to bring the news to students.”