ISU-Core is an RSO on campus for fans of Metalcore, Hardcore, Post-Hardcore, Metal, Deathcore, Progressive Metal, Pop-Punk and more. Roughly seven months ago, sophomore Arts Technology major Alex Zarek founded the group with the intention of creating a space for fans of heavy music to come together and listen to and talk about their favorite bands.
Zarek emphasizes that although the group was founded in order to bring lovers of heavy music together, it also serves as a means to create a family on campus, a place where people can feel they belong. “From this beginning, this was never my group. It has always been for all the people involved. It’s always been their family,” Zarek said. It was also important to Zarek to fight the stereotype of delinquency and poor behavior that surrounds those who enjoy heavy music.
After joining Skate Ilstu and looking up to that particular RSO’s leader, Zarek realized how easy it would be to begin his own group on campus of which he could be a leader and share his interests with the rest of the community.
“Since sixth or seventh grade I have been into this specific type of music. I hadn’t been thinking about starting an RSO — I mean, I was just a freshman, I didn’t even know what an RSO was. Originally it was just going to be a Facebook group where we would make plans to hang out and listen to music together. I never thought it would turn into weekly meetings, or us planning concerts or interviewing bands.”
ISU-Core has been lucky enough to receive funding in order to host a concert later this semester. For Zarek, this is extremely exciting.
“On Dec. 7, “ he tells us, “we have a show in the Brown Ballroom. The headliner is Real Friends, a pop-punk band from the Chicago-area. They played all of Warped Tour this past summer and are touring in Europe right now, so this is a big deal. They’re up there. As of now the tickets are on Ticketmaster, and I have seven bands opening for them.”
What’s exciting is that most of these seven bands are made up of members of ISU-Core. This is especially meaningful because as Zarek tells us, “most of these bands opening for Real Friends have been influenced by them, and they get to share the stage with them.”
As stated before, ISU-Core is more than just an RSO for Zarek. He sees it as a lasting family, and a legacy. He hopes to see the RSO live on even after he has graduated.
“I didn’t want to go through college having been just another face in the crowd,” Zarek said. “I wanted to do something, leave my mark on the school and make an impact on people. I am so grateful to have been able to start it so early in my college career.”
ISU-Core meets at 8 p.m. every Tuesday night in Stevenson 121. Visit their Facebook group or contact Alex Zarek by phone at (708)-522-9561 or by email at email@example.com.