Cliff Fielding and Jean Luc-Vila

Music is something NE student Cliff Fielding takes seriously. While many students change their major during college, Fielding has remained steadfast.

“It has been a straight and narrow path for me,” he said. “All I’m interested in, all I’ve ever been interested in is sound.”

Fielding is bassist in the three-member band PSI, a psychedelic, instrumental rock group.

“We have this room we call the sanctuary. It is like the most important thing to us,” he said.

Fielding said the three will lock themselves in the sanctuary, and no one goes in or out. Then there is a moment of realization when the music all comes together. They will then try to remember how they created the specific sound.

“We call it the holy moment,” he said. “It is an unexplainable moment of closeness.”

Enter Jean Luc-Vila. PSI sought out Vila to take pictures of the band. Vila gets his creative inspiration from nighttime and spends up to eight hours in the darkroom working on flashless photography.

“I’m inspired by the way people and objects take on different images at night,” Vila said.

Fielding describes Vila as a genius.

— Shirlett Warren and Karen Gavis


Chelsea Keith

Chelsea KeithChelsea Keith, at first glance, appears to be a stereotypical girlie-girl, but the pretty hair and pink accessories are just a small part of her personality.

She is pursuing a double major in criminology and criminal justice with a minor in psychology. She wants to start out as a police officer and gradually become a homicide detective.

Keith does not shy away from thoughts of encountering dead bodies, or of the perils an officer could face.

A frequent visitor to the gun range and Fort Worth gun shows, she is trying to obtain a concealed handgun license and a membership with the NRA.

“I hate feeling defenseless and useless,” she said.

With a taser she has already accidentally felt the shock of, Keith now has her eye on purchasing a pink-zebra handgun, which she plans to sport as a female police officer.

Keith’s passion for gunplay and law enforcement contrasts with her feminine appearance. This Keller girl, who frequents the gun range with her boyfriend, is truly more than she appears.

“I love the thrill [of shooting] … and knowing I am not defenseless — overall, the badassness,” she said.

— Kelli Henderson and Taylor Jensen

Jake Hensarling

NE student and retired Disk Jockey Jake Hensarling is getting back in the mix since moving back to Texas.

Hensarling was introduced to the DJ scene after high school while attending raves in the late ’90s. He started off as a coat checker and worked his way up learning from established DJs.

Hensarling saved up enough money to buy some basic equipment.

“I had a cheap belt-driven turntable and a Radio Shack mixer doing my thing,” he said.

He became involved in party promotion and did shows at the old Bronco Bowl in Dallas and at the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth. One show at Dallas Market Hall set an attendance record and made more than $4 million.

Hensarling said the rave scene cooled down and the money wasn’t as good.

“It’s been a hobby since 2002,” he said.

He moved from Dallas to Florida and to Colorado before moving back to DFW. He took up DJing again when he moved back to the area.

“In Colorado, I was bored in life,” he said. “The only time I was really happy was when I was doing this stuff.”

Hensarling began working again in the music scene and is currently pursuing an associate degree in radio, television and film and would like to transfer to the University of Southern California or Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla.

Hensarling said he is trying to promote himself for his next gig at The Door in Dallas by uploading his work on SoundCloud. He would eventually like to do an Internet radio broadcast of every gig, he said.

— Eric Poe, Mario Montalvo, Ashley Johnson

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