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Catie Walker, Lifestyle and Culture Editor

Catie is a senior at UMKC studying strategic communication. After she graduates in December, she plans to work in marketing or public relations. She is passionate about music, art, and fashion. She has a love and appreciation for diverse cultures, having spent her childhood living overseas in London and Johannesburg. In her free time she enjoys playing the flute, singing, and playing video games. 

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Road work on Cleaver II Boulevard.

Construction paves the way for streetcar access to UMKC

Catie Walker, Lifestyle and Culture Editor
July 16, 2024

Road closures near UMKC are in full swing this week for the long-awaited streetcar expansion. Construction has caused a closure on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Brookside to Oak Street. Detour routes are set up on Emmanual Cleaver II Boulevard and 51st Street. The...

Floor 1 of Miller Nichols Library, empty.

Summer serenity: UMKC campus embraces tranquility amidst the seasonal lull

Zach Gunter, Evelyn Berger, and Catie Walker
July 12, 2024

 Walking through the quiet courtyards and sleepy halls of UMKC during the summertime is eerie in comparison to the fall and spring.    Most areas of campus remain empty aside from the small stream of prospective students touring the campus.    Many staff and faculty...

Banner and KC skyline at Boulevardia.

Boulevardia 2024: Kansas City’s ultimate urban music fest rocks Crown Center

Catie Walker, Staff Writer
June 20, 2024

Kansas City partied last weekend on Grand Boulevard at Crown Center for Boulevardia 2024, KC’s largest urban street music festival. The festival, sponsored by Boulevard Brewing Co. and Visit Missouri, featured artists Milky Chance and Thundercat as headliners. With four...

Taking place from June 7-9, the event featured performers, businesses and other organizations.

Kansas City PrideFest: A vibrant celebration of love and acceptance

Catie Walker and Evelyn Berger
June 11, 2024

  Kansas City celebrated the LGBTQ+ community at the 47th annual PrideFest and parade this weekend at Theis Park.    “Pride gives the LGBTQIA+ community a place they can go if they are not fully supported by their own community,”said Amelia Horsley, event attendee....

Sight X Sound Gallery

Audience Plays ‘Musical Chairs’ at UMKC Conservatory’s Sight X Sound Performance

Catie Walker, Staff Writer
April 30, 2024

  UMKC Conservatory students embraced creativity in collaboration with the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in an innovative musical performance on April 5.     The Pop Art-themed performance “Pop, Pulse Pattern, Repeat” was the second show in the “Sight X Sound'' series....

KCFW was held at Union Station.

Opinion: From Catwalk to Campus: KC Fashion Week Trends for UMKC Students

Catie Walker, Staff Writer
April 10, 2024

  Local fashion designers debuted colorful collections at Union Station this March during the Spring/Summer 2024 Kansas City Fashion Week (KCFW).    Runway fashion often trickles down onto campus, influencing the styles of students. Here is a look at what KCFW trends...

The program for the Sight x Sound event featuring the performers.

Art and Music Collide: UMKC Conservatory Students Shine in Monet-Inspired Performance

Catie Walker, Staff Writer
March 13, 2024

  UMKC Conservatory students explored impressionism through music in a sold-out show at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art for the “Sight X Sound: An Art and Music Series.”   “Monet and his Modern Contemporaries” was the first in a series of three performances in...

Jaeden Johnson (center), Clara Houske, Molly Sloan, Max Nelson-Steinhoff, Lydia Middleton, Brenna Hood, Natalie Adkins, and Troy Gardner in the dance House of Quensaun, to the song “My House” from the film Renaissance (2023) by Beyonce.

Senior Dancers Shine in Capstone Performances

Catie Walker, Staff Writer
February 21, 2024

  Dancers dazzled in this spring's conservatory Senior Dance Capstone performances. The performers took their final bows at the last show on Feb.10  in White Recital Hall.   As the seniors were performing, the concert hall was buzzing with a lively audience in support...

The Conservatory has around 700 students involved.

Spring Symphony: A Crescendo of Performances at the UMKC Conservatory

Catie Walker and Lilah Manning
February 16, 2024

  This spring, the UMKC Conservatory will host performances ranging from orchestras to jazz groups and solo senior recitals.   Most concerts are free for UMKC students, but larger performances offer students a discounted ticket price.     Sophomore music education...

A large crowd gathered outside of Childrens Mercy Hospital to show solidarity with the victims.

Kansas City Mourns Victims of Parade Shooting, Calls for Action and Support

Catie Walker, Lilah Manning, and Brenna Oxley
February 16, 2024

  Hundreds of community members lit candles Thursday evening in Kansas City to honor the victims of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade shooting.    The community mourned Lisa Lopez-Galvan’s death outside of Children's Mercy Hospital, where several injured children from...

The $36 million project has received mixed reviews globally.

Fashion Identity Crisis: The Clash of Y2K and Modern Styles in “Mean Girls”

Lilah Manning and Catie Walker
January 25, 2024

  Picture this: you’re a nervous new student in the high school cafeteria, surrounded by trendy peers. You hear the squeak of pleather pants and the clomping of combat boots and look up to see… Regina George?    Released on Jan. 12, the new “Mean Girls” movie...

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