Carney joins Auerbach at the University of Akron, initially pursuing photojournalism. He attends school for five semesters:
…I was still a freshman because I kept changing my major. I took a few philosophy classes and studied medieval philosophy but decided I hated it. Then I took a few art classes and a general music class, but I ended up dropping out of school for the spring semester of 2002, and Dan had already dropped out.