Smile on

John McGrath, a senior majoring in creative writing, played at the Battle of the Bands Friday at Tommy’s Place, as part of the grand opening of the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center. He has been part of the band The Smiles since freshman year.

Leaving behind medicine for music

Brian Ralston — renowned film composer and graduate of Thornton School of Music’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program — was once an emergency medical technician involved in clinical research for pharmaceutical companies and poised to apply to medical school. For any artist, starving or not, a career in medicine is a clear antithesis.