U. Penn’s Jennifer Shen, an economics major, enjoys her solid pop hits—with a few oddballs thrown in for edge—while rollerblading and hanging out with friends.

“Better to be Apart,” Lee-Hom Wang
“Run,” Snow Patrol
“Your Guardian Angel,” Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
“The Prayer,” Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion
Celine Dion married her manager, Ren Angelil, in 1994. They first met when Dion was 12, and she announced ten years later that she had fallen in love with Angelil, 25 years her senior.
“Don’t Wait,” Dashboard Confessional
“Everything Changes,” Staind
“Follow Through,” Gavin Degraw
Gavin Degraw first received attention when his single “I Don’t Wanna Be” was chosen as the theme song for CW Teen Drama One Tree Hill.
“Diary of Jane,” Breaking Benjamin
“Am I Ever Going to Find Out,” Lifehouse
“Hurricane,” Something Corporate
“Face Down,” Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
“Auf Achse,” Franz Ferdinand
“Hundred,” The Fray14.
“Kill the Messenger,” Jack’s Mannequin
Jack’s Mannequin is the solo project of Andrew McMahon, lead singer of California punk band Something Corporate. While producing his debut solo album, McMahon was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia. After receiving a bone marrow transplant in August 2005, McMahon is expected to make a full recovery.

Chill Out
An electrical and computer engineering major at Carnegie Mellon, Jason Hwa plugs into his music to relax, blending rock, acoustics and low-key beats for a mellow mix.

“Clarity,” John Mayer
“I Did It My Way,” Frank Sinatra
“Overkill,” Colin Hay
“Over My Head,” The Fray
Because the members of The Fray used to have trouble composing lyrics and making decisions as a group, they named themselves by setting out a suggestion bowl for friends. Since then, they say they’ve learned how to compromise.
“You’re Beautiful,” James Blunt
“Even Rats,” The Slip
“Come On Eileen,” Save Ferris
The song “Come On Eileen” was originally performed by British band Dexy’s Midnight Runners and was the biggest selling single in the UK in 1982.
“Galapagos,” The Smashing Pumpkins
“Linger,” The Cranberries
“The Suffering,” Coheed and Cambria
“Daughters,” John Mayer
“You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison,” My Chemical Romance
Front-man Gerald Way was moved to start the band in the aftermath of September 11th.
“Sleep Now in the Fire,” Rage Against the Machine
“Memory,” Sugarcult

Background Music
Though he studies neuroscience at Duke, Juan Carlos Rosa tries not to put too much thought into his tunes, letting these melodies wash over him without focusing on the lyrics.

“In the Arms of an Angel,” Sarah McLachlan
“La Valse Des Vieux Os,” Yann Tiersen (Amelie soundtrack)
“Ring the Alarm,” Beyonce
“Gabriel,” Lamb
“Maneater,” Nelly Furtado
“She Is,” The Fray
“Fix You,” Coldplay
“Marching Bands of Manhattan,” Death Cab for Cutie
“I Think That She Knows,” Justin Timberlake
Back when J.T. was still a member of boyband *N Sync, his half-eaten piece of French toast was auctioned on Ebay and sold for a buttery $3,100.
“Pining,” Rebekah
“Let Go,” Frou Frou
“Beating Hearts Baby,” Head Automatica
“Better Together,” Jack Johnson
“La Tortura,” Shakira
Belly dancing is now a Shakira trademark, but she first took it up as a way to help her overcome crippling shyness.

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