Pop Culture Roll Call

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2017 is gonna be a great year. And IMHO a good year to have some distractions to avoid the news. What is a better distraction than Pop Culture entertainment for that?

So I ask you students, what pop culture do you follow? I'm very curious to hear your favorite band/musician, movie/movies, tv shows, hobbies, anything else?

This will give me a good barometer for what's important to the upcoming generation. Here's my favorites.

Band: Phish, Kanye, Niki Manaj, Childish Gambino, The White Panda

Movies New: La La Land, I need to see Hidden Figures!

Movies Old: All Godfather movies, Moulin Rouge, Big Fish, Adam Sandler

TV Shows: Not watching any right now, but I like GOT, Silicon Valley, House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Fixer Upper on HGTV

Hobbies: Watching my kids swim :-), Working out

Other: Huge Hamilton Fan! Going to see it in Chicago soon. I suggest giving it a listen.

Please share your favorite Pop Culture topics in the comments.

Oh and my other favorite is the MSU Spartans! Go Green!

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Hi! I'm Lulu Hu

Band: CNBLUE, Big Bang

Movies New:Journet to the West: The Demons Strike Back, The Avengers

Movies Old: Big Fish, The Truman Show, Rango

TV Shows: The Broken Sisters

Hobbies: Watching movies, Drawing, Computer Games, Just Dance!

Other: Overwatch fan, love pets!


Hi, my name is Nick Fus

Bands: The Doors, Rae Sremmurd, Cherub

Movies New: War Dogs, 10 Cloverfield Lane

Movies Old: Goodfellas, Boogie Nights, Casino

TV Shows: Shameless, Westworld, Game of Thrones

Hobbies: Snowboarding, Working out 

Other: I hope to work in the field of advertising in Chicago one day


Hi, I am Yulong Liu

Bandbig bang, Calvin Harris

Movies New: the great wall

Movies old: The Godfather

TV shows: Friends, Modern Family

Hobbies: Basketball, movie, and Photoshop

Other: I wan to have a my own advertising agency.


Hi, I am Larraine Fu.

Band: Girl's Generation; F(X); 

Movies New: Me Before You; 

Movies Old: The Truman Show; Wedding Dress; Harry Potter 

TV Shows: Friends; Empresses in the Palace

Hobbies: Calligraphy; Just Dance! Love dogs.

Other: Play with dogs and cats. 


Hi, my name is Kimberly. 

Band: Drake, Dave East, Big Sean, Migos, Cardi B.

Movies New: Hidden Figures, Split 

Movies Old: The Wood, Mean Girls, Paid in Full 

TV Shows: Right now I am binge watching Gilmore Girls and Containment 

Hobbies: Binge watching Netflix shows going to the bar with my friends 

Other: I'm going to see The Lion King at the Detroit Opera House next week! 


Hi my name is Holly, 

Favorite bands: Counting Crows, Nirvana, The Head and the Heart, Smashing Pumpkins and SO many more

Musicians: Gregory Alan Isakov, Elvis Presley 

Movies: The Theory of Everything, Pretty Woman, and 13 going on 30 

TV Shows: New Girl, anything HGTV and currently watching Gilmore Girls

Hobbies: Thrifting and Traveling

 Other: I love interior decorating and upscaling old items I found thrifting to make something no one else has! 



Hi! My name is Savannah Swix and I am a senior at MSU this year. Here are some of my favorites:

Band/Artists: Ed Sheeran, James Arthur, Panic! At The Disco

Movie (New): Brooklyn

Movie (Old): Titanic

TV Shows: This Is Us, The Vampire Diaries, Criminal Minds

Hobbies: Traveling, spending time with friends and family 

Other: I like to cook! My favorite food to cook with right now is sweet potatoes. 


Hi, my name is Lauren!

I have a pretty wide range of favroite bands and music:

I love classic rock (Beatles, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, The Kinks)

Punk and angsty 90's/2000's rock (Greenday, Simple Plan, Blink 182, Sum 41)

And I also like a lot of today's music or anything that I can just jam out or relax to (Kid Cudi, The Weeknd, Lana Del Rey, John Mayer, Jack Johnson)

For Newly Released Movies, I was a huge fan of Rogue One and Split

For Older Movies, I love Pulp Fiction, Mulin Rouge, The first 3 Die Hards, Unbreakable, and Romie and Michele's High School Reunion (Pretty much anything directed by Quentin Tarantino or M.Night Shyamalan or starring Bruce Willis)

My favorite TV shows are American Horror Story, The Twilight Zone, Lost, and Bob's Burgers

And last but not least, my hobbies include painting, cooking, playing with my dog, and softball

I hope this gives you some insight into the pop culture that I follow and my interests, I am looking forward to this semester!


Here are some of my favrite things:

Band: Chance the rapper, the lumineers, ben rector, justin bieber 

New Movies: hacksaw ridge, fantastic beasts, dope

Old Movies: remember the titans, phantom of the opera, hoosiers 

TV Shows: parks and rec, weeds, west world

Hobbies: traveling, family, friends 


Hello! I'm Sara!

I like A LOT of songs/movies/shows/books... So this list is going to be pretty difficult to make. 

Band/Artist: Coldplay, Martin Garrix, Matoma, Calvin Harris 

Movies Old: The Impossible, The Grinch, Ferris Bueller's Day Off  

Movies New: I haven't been to the movies in a while but- Me Before You, Interstellar, The Dark Knight 

TV Shows: Lost, Prison Break, Shameless, House of Cards, Bob Ross, The 100 

Hobbies: Traveling, reading, and yoga



Hello fellow ADV 420ers! My name is Austin Bruns and I am a junior Advertising major at MSU. Here is my list of current interests that I have compiled during my first 20 years of life!

Band: Country (Dierks Bentley, Tim Mcgraw, FGL) Rock/Alternative (Shinedown and Blink 182) 80s, yes the generation of music most of our parents probably listened to (Duran Duran, Styx, Men at Work)

Movies: Shooter, The Big Short, Star Wars, The Sandlot

Movies Old: Anything Adam Sandler, Star Wars

TV Shows: Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Better Call Saul, Impractical Jokers

Hobbies: Pretty much anything involving Basketball; Intramurals and Gus Mackers during the summer. If you don't know what a Gus Macker is, we can't be friends.

Fun fact: I was born and raised a Michigan fan so most of you probably wouldn't want to be my friend in the first place. Not sure what I was thinking guys, we all make mistakes. Please forgive me!


Hey everyone! My name is Megan McLellan, and I'm a junior studying Advertising and Public Relations.  Here's just a few of the things that I'm into right now!

Bands: Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, ZAYN...anything really on the radio with pop and country in it!

Movies New: La La Land

Movies Old: The Notebook, Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Legally Blonde

TV Shows: Scream Queens, Pretty Little Liars, and The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise

Hobbies: Running, walking, biking, swimming, traveling (both domestically and abroad), studying new cultures and languages

Other: I love the French culture and language.  One day, I hope to spend a longer period of time in France in order to improve my French speaking skills.

Sports: Anything to do with MSU and Detroit sports teams!  I'm a huge Tigers fan!



Band/Artist: Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Lana Del Rey, Luke Bryan


Movies New:  Fifty Shades Darker, The Girl on the Train


Movies Old:  The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins


TV Shows:  How I met your Mother, New Girl, Friends


Hobbies:  Zumba, Yoga, Volunteering


Other: I love fashion and interior design!


Hi! My name is Danielle Homic. I'm a senior at Michigan State University majoring in advertising and minoring in public relations. My favorites are below:

Band/musician: I'm into all kinds of music genres, but I gravitate toward pop and country the most. With that being said, my favorite bands/musicians are Luke Bryan, Dustin Lynch, Justin Timberlake, Chainsmokers, Brothers Osbourne.  

Movies: Imitation Game, Remember the Titans

TV Shows: Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Friends, New Girl, Designated Survivor

Hobbies: Playing sports (softball, basketball, volleyball), listening to sports podcasts, puzzles

Sports teams: I'm a sports fanatic. I love all Spartan and Detroit teams. 

Other: My favorite ice cream concoction is an oreo blizzard with chocolate ice cream. Talk about a guilty pleasure!




Hi, my name is Kelly Cullen! 

Band: Kings of Leon, John Mayer, Coldplay 

Movies New: La La Land, Sing 

Movies Old: Up Close & Personal, Mean Girls, Shawshank Redemption 

TV Shows: Greys Anatomy, Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, Friends, The Office, Shameless

Hobbies: Hanging out with friends! Running & Babysitting 

Other: Celebrity Gossip, Politics 



Hi i'm Haley! 

Band: Lana Del Rey, Kanye, A$ap, Drake, Nicki Minaj, 

Movies New: Split, Moana, Don't Breathe, 

Movies Old: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Sandlot, Pretty Woman, 

TV Shows: Stranger Things, Greys Anatomy, The Bachelor, Real Housewives series, anything on Bravo 

Hobbies: Hanging with friends, working out, 

Other: I am a big foodie! I love food and could go to a restaurant every day. 


Bands: Tame Impala, The Growlers, and in general bands that sound like they belong in the 60s or 70s. 

Movies New: Haven't been to the theater in months, looking forward to Blade Runner. 

Movies Old: Ex Machina, Intersteller, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

TV Shows: GOT, Mad Men, Peaky Blinders, Westworld, anything on VICELAND. 

Hobbies: Working out, watching soccer, photography, cooking. 

Favorite sports team: I'm a huge soccer fan, EPL is the league I primarily watch, and the team I support is Tottenham Hotspur. 


Music: Mac Miller, J. Cole, Young Thug, Chance the Rapper and Eminem

Movies: Deadpool, Interstellar, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Star Wars

TV Shows: House of Cards is my favorite of all time, I also like Silicon Valley, Workaholics, Family Guy, Revolution and The 100

Hobbies: Anything that has to do with sports (watching, talking and playing), Hanging out with my friends, Sleeping, and Traveling

Other: As I said in hobbies, I really enjoy anything that has to do with sports. A couple of my favorites teams are obviously MSU, Arsenal, Tigers, Lions and the United States men's soccer team


Band: Brothers Osborne, The Lumineers, Clean Cut Kid

Movies: La La Land, Fifty Shades Darker, Power Rangers

Movies (Old): Titanic, Armegeddon, Casablanca, Gone with the Wind

TV Shows: Fixer Upper HGTV, Love it or List it HGTV, Ladies of London, Greys Anatomy

Hobbies: Exercising, Reading, Coloring, Listening to Music

Other: Oceans Eight


Music: I listen to everything, but right now I'm most excited for John Mayer to release tickets for his upcoming tour in a few days

Movies: Also La La Land, Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Imitation Game

TV Shows: House of Cards, The Office, Westworld, Peaky Blinders

Hobbies: Traveling, reading, staying active, being outdoors, musicals, fashion




Music: I listen to all kinds of music, but my favorites right now are Shawn Mendes, Brett Young, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar.

Movies: I also saw La La Land recently and loved it! My other favorite movies are Forrest Gump, Boyhood and 10 Things I Hate About You.

TV Shows: I watch most of my TV on netflix and Hulu. My favorite shows are Atlanta, The Office, New Girl and Revenge.

Hobbies: I enjoy being active and hanging out with friends. I played soccer throughout middle school and high school.

Other: I am a huge sports fan. My favorite teams, besides Michigan State, are the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Clippers and Arsenal F.C. I go to a lot of Tigers games during the summer with friends and family.


My name is Jeanine and here are my favorites!

Band/Musician: I like all kinds of music, but favorite musician is Taylor Swift! I have been a fan for a long time and I think will always like her music. I also enjoy Ed Sheeran, Matchbox Twenty, Selena Gomez, Mumford & Sons, and Thomas Rhett.

Movies New: Girl on a Train, but I really want to see La La Land!

Movies Old: Sweet Home Alabama, Secretariat, 7 pounds, and The Dark Knight 

TV Shows: GOT, Shameless, Jane the Virgin and Fixer Upper for sure!

Hobbies: MSU Pompon, going to the movies and hanging out with friends

Other: I love traveling and reading travel blogs! I hope to start my own travel blog soon!



Im Jack Ringwood, and my culture popped about 25 years ago.

Bands/Music: I'm a big fan of Classic Rock. Bob Seger, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd to name a few. Some of today's country is ok and a little Jazz can enhance a nice dinner out.

Movies: Any and all of The Godfather movies. Tombstone, Goodfellas, It's a Wonderful Life are all favorite classics.

TV Shows: Not a big TV watcher, but Big Bang Theory is pretty funny.

Hobbies: Full time career, 19 yr old daughter and four classes at State. What's a hobby? I enjoy golf and boating when time permits.

Other: I am a foodie. I love checking out new bars and restaurants and a HUGE fan of Detroit!


Hello! My name's Sarah Thelen - and I'm 21 years old (Just to give you a little sense of my culture).

Bands/Music: George Strait, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Shania Twain, Dixie Chicks, Jon Pardi, John Michael Montgomery. 

Movies: Holes, Beauty and the Beast, American Sniper, Sweet Home Alabama, Raising Arizona, Transformers.

TV Shows: I don't watch a whole lot of tv, but to name a few... Fixer Uppers, Flea Market Flip, Full House, My 600Lb Life.

Hobbies: Selling LuLaRoe, Showing my horse, Refurbishing old furniture, thirfting, home decorating.

Other: I don't like traveling, I don't like crowds, and I don't like technology. I'm an extreme old soul, and I hope to open my own home furnishings boutique in whatever small town I end up in.

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