Matt’s Monday Morning Mailbox – PUBG vs. Fortnite (3/19/18)


This is a series that I would like to start here at UIC Radio. Every Monday, I want to answer questions regarding the military, video games, track and field, or really anything presented to me. Anyone can submit a topic to me via email (, and I will humbly answer these questions with the best response I can muster. I hope this gives you the level of power an espresso shot would give you to start your Monday morning, and I hope you all enjoy!

Good morning everyone! My name is Matt, your host for today’s Monday Morning Mailbox. Today’s question was asked by Ryan H:

Ryan H: I play both PlayerUnknown’s Battleground’s and Fortnite’s Battle Royale Mode. Which one do you think is better?

Thank you for your inquiry. I think that this is a question many fans argue about. Let’s compare and contrast the two.


Fortnite Battle Royale (With Cheese)

In my opinion, Fortnite Battle Royale contributes a lot of its success to the fact that it is free. Fortnite’s Battle Royale has received a lot of positive reception since its release in September 2017 (The full game was released in July 2017). The game mode is highlighted due to its easy accessibility to the general public and is a game that is easy to learn and play. The skill ceiling is somewhat low too, so it is not hard to master. Fortnite, like other battle royale games, is played with singles (lone wolf), doubles, or squads (four players) to try to be the last surviving member(s) alive.

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Trash Talk: Stay Golden, Girl(s)

Thank you for being a friend

Throughout the month of February Trash Talk has been dedicating episodes to different kinds of love and relationships. And last week’s episode highlighted one of the most important types of relationships people can have, friendship. It sounds super cheesy, and that’s because it is. But friends are very important people in your life and they should get the same recognition as a partner does on Valentine’s Day.  Give a shout to the pals and the confidants in your life.

Miki and I had a hard timing finding the perfect song about friendship, considering most of the songs about friendship that we heard dealt with some sort of underlying romantic desire. But then it hit me! The greatest theme song ever written and best 40 second song about friendship was right under our noses the entire time. The Golden Girls theme song!

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A laundry list of what to do during your winter break


(Above: not shredding the gnar.)


So, the 2017 fall semester is coming to an end. Many of us call Chicago home, while a good group of UIC students think that they are from Chicago but are really from the suburbs (such as myself).

After spending about four months at UIC, it is definitely nice to take a break and come home for the holidays to spend time with family and friends. Winter break officially begins on December 16th, 2017 and ends on January 16th, 2018. You might have some apprehension regarding not knowing what to do during break.

As do I.

Because humans really like to read lists, I have compiled a few things that will hold you over until the spring semester.

1. Get a job, you lazy bum. I recommend the seasonal positions for Mobile Sales Consultants at Best Buy, Cart Attendants at Target, or even working for the Pavilion at UIC. Maybe even sign up to be a lifeguard at your local outdoor waterpark.

2. Go snowboarding and SHRED THE GNAR!!!

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Sea Stories V – High School Sweethearts and Best Friends


I made it to my bed (or rack, as it was now called) the night of the Moment of Truth. My division was sleep-deprived for 49 long hours. I’m pretty sure I saw the utensils at the galley swing-dancing in front of me; that’s how tired and cracked I was. In the 49 hours I had been at Great Lakes Recruit Training Command, my division got off those coach buses in the middle of the night, we spent hours getting our gear issued, getting our hair buzzed off, and going through hours of paperwork. On top of that, we ate 5 times at the galley, we spent time cleaning the head, (bathroom) we spent time stenciling our gear, and we received initial medical checkups. It was due time for sleep. The recruit division commanders were giving us 8 full hours of sleep, and our new temporary home was at the USS Red Rover. (It’s not actually a ship. It’s just a building named after one). Lying face up in my rack, I thought about my last day, right before the Navy.


I wanted to cry for her to see, but I didn’t as well. It was strange.


It was only that evening we were watching Silver Linings Playbook. We cuddled and hugged each other until it was time to leave. We didn’t watch Ant Man with her parents that night, either.

It was only that afternoon we were sitting on the balcony of her house, reading some book about palm reading. I didn’t agree with her choices of what I was in a hand. It was only that morning we went out for breakfast, and we had one of our last meals together. At least the last one I spent taking her out. We switched cars to her driving after breakfast. I felt pretty happy in her arms.

“I love you.” She said back to me, parking the car in my driveway. “I shouldn’t say that, but I don’t know any other love like you. I wish we had more time, too.”

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Blahsmopolitan No. 6: “Love, Contractually” AKA “Queer’d Science”


This is Blahsmopolitan, a weekly column about one freshman’s misfortune as he navigates his New Adult Life in Chicago, and the songs that soundtracked it. New stories are posted every Thursday, alongside a curated Blahsmo playlist available on Apple Music and Spotify to complement your reading and get you through the week with some new music. This week, our columnist deals with a close friend coming out of the closet, speaks to a Lobster Demon, and turns into a goldfish in hopes you can learn from his mistakes.

Stream this week’s playlist on Apple Music or Spotify.

My sophomore year of high school, I got a Facebook message from a guy who once made himself hard during AP European History and showed me the outline through his sweats.

He was shorter than me, but with absolutely shredded abs and an attitude that was incredibly easy to fantasize about. Someone who hates every single person in school except for me? Someone who despite being sixteen told me he knew how to finish a guy without even touching their dick? I asked him for advice on how to get a body like his and he delivered anecdotes of sprinting shirtless in the coldest hours of the morning. A Katy Perry song played in my heart for him.

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“So no one told you life was gonna be this way…”

Hey guys! I’m back for the spring semester! I hope you all had a wonderful break and are adjusting into this new semester smoothly.

Last semester, it came as a shock to most people that I have never seen the hit ‘90’s show, Friends. I didn’t understand what all the hype was about. After getting constant confused looks from several people when they realized I have never seen the show, I decided to give it a chance. To no surprise, I was addicted and finished the entire series this past winter break. With all the laughs, tears, and lessons, this show still airs late at night being an all-time favorite.


When rumor started spreading that there will be a Friends reunion, several people went ecstatic. With high hopes, I was anticipating this reunion more than ever, but sadly it’s not the reunion we were hoping it to be.

The “reunion” we have all been hoping for is not what it seems like.

When Matthew Perry confirmed he was unable to attend the reunion on The Graham Norton Show, he further explained this was not the reunion everyone is expecting.

FRIENDS -- Pictured: (clockwise l-r) Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay  (Photo by Jon Ragel/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS — Pictured: (clockwise l-r) Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay (Photo by Jon Ragel/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

“It’s not the reunion everyone is hoping for- they are celebrating Jim Burrows who was a director of Friends…The other five are going to be on this special and I am going to introduce them from London. I’m doing the play here so I can’t be there.”

Friends Reunion

Although this was not the reunion we were all expecting, seeing a majority of the cast together again will be sure to bring back memories.

Be sure to tune into this two-hour special! It is scheduled to air on NBC on Sunday, February 21.

Till next time,


Love is in the Air

Happy Valentine’s Day!

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love”.

-Maya Angelou

valentines day

Well first off, I hope everyone has a wonderful day ahead of them. Valentine’s day is not just about being with a significant other, it’s about spending time with the people you love and making the most of the day.

Most of the time we portray “Valentine” as someone we have a romantic interest in. That’s not true.

Your valentine can be a friend, family member, or even a pet.

For those that are single, make the most of today by spending time with those who care about you because in the end, what really matters is being by the ones you love and care for you.

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Here are a few ideas on what to do for this holiday:

  • Go out for food. Everyone loves food, and it’s a great way to catch up on how everyone is doing. In person conversations definitely bring you closer to others.
  • Since it started snowing, go play in the snow! Bring out your inner child by having snowball fights and building snowmen.
  • Go explore the city of Chicago. There is just so much to do. This works great for those who are single and for those who are involved in a relationship.
  • If you really want to get in the Valentine’s day spirit, try baking cookies, cupcakes, or even brownies for your loved ones. This will definitely bring a smile to anyone’s face.

These are just a few ideas, but I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s day with the ones you love!