EXCLUSIVE: Anders Beck, Billy Strings, Vince Herman, & More Play “Interview Tag” At WinterWonderGrass

first_imgPhoto: Elliot Siff Photo: Elliot Siff Though the festival is not for the faint of heart, loyal WinterWonderGrass attendees reap its rewards time and time again. Now hosted in the tucked away ski-town of Steamboat Springs, this Colorado-grown festival has taken on new life, and remains one of the greatest events the state has to offer.The 2018 lineup featured Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many more. Taps of craft beers made all over the state practically flowed like rivers for the duration of the weekend. Snow fell so hard not even wild dancing could keep it from accumulating on the heads and shoulders of die-hard fans. For the weekend, Steamboat Springs was truly just like a sparkly, glittery snow globe with a bluegrass party inside of it.I’d been to a handful of WinterWonderGrass events before, but this year was my first at the Steamboat Springs edition. Since Mischief, or playful trouble making, is literally the name of my game, I came up with a little round of what I call “Interview Tag.” I chose an artist to start with, Anders Beck in this case, and asked him two questions of my own. I then asked him to choose any artist on the lineup, and had him come up with a question for me to ask that artist. Then I went on my mission to track down the next artist, ask them the question I’d been sent with, ask them two of my own, and so on and so forth. The string of interviews led from Anders to Billy Strings to Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, to Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, to Andy Dunnigan of The Lil’ Smokies, and back to Anders Beck.It’s a fun game in which everybody wins. I hope it inspires you to join the fun either in Tahoe next month, or next year in Steamboat. If you do…remember to dress like you are taking a quick weekend jaunt to Antarctica. I’m fuckin’ serious. Tory Pittarelli: Where do you think you’d be right now if you never decided to pick up a dobro?Anders Beck: Probably like…in Fruition or something.[Jay Cobb Anderson yells “YEAH!” loudly from the other room]AB: Is it too late? No, actually. I think I’d be making commercials…like making really funny commercials working for some kind of ad agency. So if someone’s like, here’s this yogurt! Make a good commercial that makes people want to buy and eat this yogurt! And then that’d be my job and I’d make really good commercials that are really funny.TP: You’ve played WinterWonderGrass a ton of times now. Any good memories stand out to you?AB: One time, many years ago, I was skiing Vail, and I was in the trees alone and I jumped off this cliff. I didn’t break my back, but I essentially blacked out in pain and had to crawl down the hill…TP: Good favorite memory…AB: Well it gets favoriter. So I had to crawl down the hill to get to this emergency phone. Halfway down I passed out in pain, like saw red and passed out, and then got carted down the mountain by ski patrol and then taken to the Emergency Room in an ambulance. And the doctor said to me, something like…well the good news is that you didn’t break your back, but you’re gonna wish you had because this is going to hurt even more.And then, we had to play a set the next day, so Dave picked me up from the hospital, and I could hardly move. I had total Batman neck. So I’m playing our set and Sam Bush is with us, and every time he would take a solo, I couldn’t turn at all so I’d have to turn my whole body really slowly to look at him. I was in incredible, immense pain on stage, yet it was actually really fun…because of the energy of the crowd, and the whole festival. It should have been a terrible memory, but it was actually really awesome.TP: Alright! Glad you didn’t break your back, buddy. So if you could ask anyone else on the lineup any question in the world, who would you choose and what would you ask?AB: I would ask Billy Strings…I’d say well young Billy, you just wrapped up a tour where you were opening for Greensky Bluegrass. Did you enjoy it, and do you have a favorite memory from said tour, and what did you learn? TP: So what happened on Jam Cruise, Andy?Andy Dunnigan: Ohhhhh. What didn’t happen on Jam Cruise. I think I’m still kind of processing that whole experience. It was a lot. We had heard about it, mainly from Anders and the Greensky crew, of just the debauchery. I don’t think there’s really any kind of vernacular or syntax that can describe that or prepare you for the experience. Well first off, it was a fucking honor to be included on that lineup, being one of two of the bluegrass bands. To be around that caliber of musicianship was crazy. And that was my first cruise.TP: What haaaappened Andy?AD: [Laughs] We had some late nights. I pulled one of my favorite all-nighters of all time. We stayed up at The Spot with the Horseshoes boys and Nathan Moore. We watched as the boat pulled up in Honduras. Seeing that happen at night just changed the way we started our day. Then we drove through Honduras to go play music for these kids for Positive Legacy. I rode in the back of a van with Vince to go to this abandoned school to do some work on it. I dunno, so many things happened.TP: It’s six days of just things happening.AD: Yep, after that I slept through Yellow Night, which I kind of regret, because that seemed like the night. But I needed that sleep. It was kind of overwhelming by the end of it. That was my first cruise, a lot of great music, and just…I dunno, that whole family, the whole interconnectedness of that whole thing really struck me. And they’ve been doing it for so long. I think I’m still processing all that.TP: Yeah, so there’s some fantastic co-mingling of the bluegrass family and other genres. Jam Cruise loves to facilitate that. Sounds like you experienced that?AD: You know, you have festivals like this, WinterWonderGrass, where it’s all kind of the similar echelon and similar genre, which is great. But I think that’s why festivals like Telluride thrive, you get another voice or atmosphere to throw in the mix.TP: Like when they had Janelle Monáe!AD: Exactly, Janelle Monáe at Telluride. On Jam Cruise, I think it was good for us to give everyone a little breather from the funk beats and the saxophones on the boat. We needed that too, it’s a good reset button for the ears.TP: So you guys started in Montana. Has Colorado stolen your heart yet? Or are you going to stay true to Montana. Lotta folks moving here…AD: Ya know…I already had this scare…Jake was living in Lyons when we met him. We actually in these last couple months were talking about moving to Lyons. And then Brad Parsons has been trying to get me to move into his room in Portland. But I don’t know, there’s something about Montana. I’ve left a couple times, lived in California, but I like being from Montana, from this bands perspective. I like toting the Montana flag. There aren’t many touring bands out of Montana.TP: Kitchen Dwellers are all that come to my mind really…AD: Yep, you’re totally right! Kitchen Dwellers too. I mean, it seems like a natural progression, but I love touring around coast to coast and then coming back to Montana. My heart truly is there, my home, there are wide open spaces, peace and quiet, the solitude that is such a scarcity on the road, that I crave. I get to go back there tomorrow and I’m so excited.TP: You guys played “Montana” last night and it made me so happy!AD: I love that song so much. Brad was supposed to be there. Lil fucker.TP: I loved the video you made of you covering “Montana” in your kitchen…making a…pot roast?AD: Oh yeah, yeah, I know I was gonna do a series about that. Andy in the Kitchen. 4 to 9 AM cooking something. Playing songs.TP: Please do. Alright so if you could ask Anders Beck anything in the entire world, what would you ask him?AD: Hey Anders, what happened on Jam Cruise?Anders Beck: Nothing, gotta go bye!Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Elliot Siff.WinterWonderGrass 2018 | Photos by Elliot Siff TP: Well young Billy, you just wrapped up a tour where you were opening for Greensky Bluegrass. Did you enjoy it, and do you have a favorite memory from said tour, and what did you learn?Billy Strings: God, how do I even start. Um…Greensky is my favorite band. I’ve always wanted to go out on the road and open for them. I used to be a little jealous of Fruition, like man, I wanna go out on the road with those guys. Every night I’d be on Camp Greensky, seeing what they played…I’m a fucking addict. So yes I enjoyed myself, very much. It was amazing. Definitely one of the stand-out moments was Anders’ 2100 [the 2,100th Wednesday of Anders’ life]. The biiiig 2100, Casual Wednesday, where they invited me out to do whatever they do, and I was absolutely terrified to go up there and do the Casual Wednesday thing with Anders.I thought it sounded like a great idea. It was about 15 minutes before they went on, they were like…”Hey, you’re doing this.” I was like, “Sweet, I got it.” But then right before I went on stage, I was so scared. And we just went out there and I faced a fear, and it turned into fun, and I think that’s what Greensky is really good at. Fun. They just know how to fucking have fun.And the last part of his question, what did I learn? I mean, what haven’t I learned from Greensky Bluegrass. I look up to those guys. I learned everything from those guys. Last night I was trying to write a setlist, and Anders gave me a little tidbit. And musically too, they taught me how to have fun with music in a way, I always have fun playing bluegrass and traditional songs, but man I did not know you could have these improvised jams and conversations musically until I became a freak over this band. I used to be sort of a grasshole, a purist, ya know. Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs. If it ain’t this, it ain’t that… I hate that mentality now. I think Greensky deserves some credit as to what is Billy Strings Band right now. They’re just one of my biggest inspirations. They’re my good friends too, but even if they weren’t, they’re my inspiration. No band works as hard, night after night, to put on shows for their fans. Every single night, every single day, they pull out something to make that night so special. That’s what it is for me. Not repeating songs, paying attention to what the crowd wants. They just put on the best show out there, of any band.TP: I think I can safely speak for WinterWonderGrass attendees and bluegrass fans when I say… it has been absolutely amazing to watch you rise up into such a successful and well-deserved career. From what you’re saying, it seems like it’s more about supporting one another than competing against each other.BS: Absolutely. I just came on the scene a couple years ago, and it’s just unreal. I never thought I’d be out meeting the people who I’ve always looked up to, and becoming friends with the musicians I look up to.It is all love here, and all support here. I look out in the crowd and I see all the musicians from other bands right up in there, listening to our set. And I’m right up front raging Leftover Salmon, and Greensky. It’s just magic. Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt and all those guys, Dusters, Sam, David Grisman, all these people who I’ve been able to become friends with, I’m so honored and so lucky to be here at all. It’s a welcoming community. It’s crazy.There’s no intimidation, we’re all just doing our thing. If it was all a competition, that would suck.TP: So I saw that you’re playing a Jerry Garcia Tribute for The Bluegrass Situation next month. Tell me a bit about how Jerry has influenced you as a player?BS: Man…I’ve been listening to a lot of Grateful Dead lately, especially over the last couple years. Freedom. That’s how he’s influenced me.  I’m a bluegrasser, ya know, there’s a really strict way that traditional bluegrass is. You play your little part, and then the next guy takes his break, and then you’ve got harmony…you sing tenor or baritone, or what have you. Because of Jerry, I’ve learned how to really reach for things in my heart and try to flesh them out through my guitar. I think that’s a huge part of what Jerry was doing. It’s so hard to explain, it’s really magical. And it’s really important. I’ve learned to just let the music go where it wants to go. Sometimes, depending on what the song is, but if you’re in an improvised jam, just serve the song and just let it go…go with it. It’s kind of a metaphor for life.TP: Freedom!!!BS: Freedom, just go with it, let stuff happen.TP: So as you know, you can ask anyone on the lineup a question. Who do you choose, and what can I ask them?BS: So I was at Aiken Bluegrass, and I was going to put my guitar away, and I saw Vince Herman. There he was, leading the jam. I had just been on stage for four hours, and so had he! And he’s been doing this for so much longer than I have, and he’s older than me. I was tired, putting my guitar away, and there he was! Leading the jam, leading the charge! Holy shit. This guy is really in it for the right reasons. He’s here for the music, and the fun. We’re never going to be big rich musicians, but we are very rich with our family and this community.TP: So you wanna know how the fuck he does it?BS: How the fuck do you do it, man?TP: Vince….Billy Strings wants to know how the fuck you do it![Light director Andrew Lincoln runs into the trailor]Andrew Lincoln: What do you guys want me to talk about?TP: Nothing!Andrew Lincoln: Okay sweet!John Ryan Lockman – Show Love MediaTP: Vince Herman, how the fuck do you do it?Vince Herman: Well Billy, uh, the way I keep doing this thing is to uh…well it’s kind of a secret, but I’ll let it out. I sleep all day. That’s the way to do it. You just sleep all day. And then you can get off stage and you can pick all night. You just disappear, and people figure you’re having a normal person’s day, and what not. But I just sleep.Now there was a time during my youth when sleep wasn’t as necessary. I do recall having the ability to have 3 or 4 hours of sleep for an entire tour length of shows, ya know, a couple weeks of that. That would kill me if I attempted to do it now. So that’s how you do it! You gotta know when to go to bed.TP: You’re making me want to go to sleep, sleep’s the best. So word on the street is that you got to jam with Draco Malfoy in Maui recently! How’d that go?VH: That was really, really fun man. Draco and his friend, Tom…I think it was. We were at Charley’s on Maui in Paia. He’d been hanging in town, I played two nights. He came the first night and I didn’t get to meet him. After the second show, he was hanging out and we got to go upstairs and have a picking session above the bar, which is always a good setup. That after-show pickin’…great things happen, ya know. When musicians are together, they usually can stay up a little while and that’s a fruitful time.TP: What’d he play?VH: He played guitar. He wrote some great tunes, played some cool stuff. He actually said me that night…”Man, when I grow up, I wanna be you!” [Vince laughs] He said, “My friends and I were talking during your show and we wanna have a pile of tunes that we all know, and we just go show up somewhere and play for a while.”[Andy Thorn walks in donned in a gigantic furry white coat with his banjo. Vince laughs uncontrollably.]VH: That is awesome. So yeah, Draco was a really cool cat, and he’s an actor, and will forever be known as that guy, but he really loves music and wants to do that!TP:  Never would have guessed he wanted to pick.VH: Yeah! So, look out for more music from him.TP: So I’ve been looking forward to catching up with you about recording with The Sweet Lillies last month. They are so fortunate to have you as the producer of their upcoming album. How was that?VH: That was a really rewarding experience. To help [The Sweet Lillies] shape the tunes going into the sessions, and have them come out as well as they did, was just a really really exciting and fulfilling process for me, to help them realize that. It was great to get Jack Cloonan involved in the band, he went on tour with them after it, that was a good development after the recording.TP: I hear you give him all his haircuts.VH: I’m his stylist. Song stylist and hair stylist, I like to think of myself as. Yeah, the mullet is coming back! There’s even talk about Salmon re-growing mullets for our 30th anniversary coming up here. We might get old school with it. Keep the party in the back.TP: Can’t wait. Alright so…I know you want me to go find Adam Greuel of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. What would you like for us to talk about?VH: Let’s have you talk to Adam Greuel. One of the ways to be able to keep doing this as long as I have here, is getting to meet these great new young characters on the scene, coming out and doing this stuff. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades crew are awesome. I love their incorporation of old-timey music into what they’re doing…polka, all that good Sconny stuff ya know. [I had to look that one up…it means Wisconsin stuff.] What I am impressed with is that they know all this festival lore from back in the days of this legendary festival called Mole Lake. My question to Adam is…with this band that you’ve got, with such powerful players, digging the old-time thing, and incorporating it into young people music, when are y’all gonna start a festival that can bring all the elements of Mole Lake and all that hilarity into the new scene? I think it’s up to you guys, because y’all got the old-timey connection, which really makes the festival thing happen. So I’m passing this thing off to you buddy…when’s your festival?John Ryan Lockman – Show Love MediaTP: Adam, when’s your festival?Adam Greuel: Well this question is cosmic and multifaceted, as usual. I think that there are so many festivals out there, festivals that I love and that we all love, that carry on various spirits… either conceptually or spatially in terms of where they are in the country. In Wisconsin, there are a ton of small festivals that have taken on the spirit of this festival Mole Lake that occurred back in the day. That vibe has kind of spread itself out and created this multi-dimensional festival situation in Wisconsin. So we don’t have plans to do our own festival. For us, it’s more about bringing that Mole Lake spirit of organic debauchery out to places we play, and just the spirit of remembering to make it fun and make it weird.TP: The name of Vince’s game.AG: Right. Organic Debauchery.TP: Well, pretty sure he just challenged you. And there’s the name of your festival.AG: Organic Debauchery! So the idea for us is to bring that out with us, and so many people work their butts off to make festivals happen. At this point, I want to focus on bringing that vibe to wherever we naturally flow to.TP: I’d never heard of this festival before. [It ended in 1993].AG: It was huge! Ronnie McCoury and I were just talking about this. It was one of the biggest festivals. It was kind of like DelFest or Telluride is today, or Blue Ox. It was that scale, perhaps bigger, in Northern Wisconsin, on an Indian Reservation. So it was super deregulated. Anything went. And so there are absurd stories. So when we grew up and started playing shows in Wisconsin, we started attracting this post-Mole Lake crowd to our shows and our scene, because the vibes sort of matched. So we started hearing these stories, and people would bring us their old t-shirts, and old vinyl that they got from those shows. Then come to find out all these stories, down the road, come from people like Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sam Bush has talked about it, ya know, these first-hand accounts of what it was like for them. It was really broad, the genre. Bill Monroe was there, but Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and New Grass Revival were also there. It was eclectic, but it laid the foundation for bluegrass festivals in the upper Midwest. Vinny loves the history of bluegrass, and I do too. I went to school for that, I’ve always been curious about it. So whenever we get together, we’re always talking about various stories throughout the years. I’m trying to remember if he was there…I don’t think he was. I think he was at the festivals that were after.TP: Alright, well Organic Debauchery 2019.AG: We would get some crazy people coming to that one. It’d be weirder than a Rainbow Gathering!TP: So I sat with you last night in this amazing pick in just some old conference room of a hotel. That happened. That’s just part of what happens…AG: Ya know, festivals like WinterWonderGrass…it seems like it all happens so quickly. Three days come and go, but then it takes you three months to process everything that occurred. Particularly moments like last night, where we’re passing a guitar around.TP: Maybe some whiskey.AG: Definitely some whiskey. I just remember thinking at one point that I just heard six songs in a row that I just thought were so awesome. It’s a great moment where you feel like…ya know, just shut up and listen. And it was like that last night. So the Salmon guys, Billy Strings showed up, Lil Smokies guys. Dan Rodriguez. TP: Brad with Wonderwall.AG: [laughs] Brad with Wonderwalllllllll.TP: He texted me this morning and said “I played Wonderwall *facepalm emoji*.”AG: [laughs a lot more] Ya know, I think he might regret it. TP: I loved it, I forgot how much I love that song.AG: Brad Parsons and I met each other this weekend. We’ve crossed paths but never had a hang. And there was a point last night where we were laughing so hard that I began to be concerned that I couldn’t stop laughing. It dawned on me, what if I can never stop? Am I stuck? He’s a contagiously goofy person.TP: That’s the goal, that’s the goal. Speaking of contagious people, I know you want to send me to Andy Dunnigan. What would you like to know from good ole Andy Dunnigan?AG: So what happened on Jam Cruise, Andy?TP: Give us a play by play Andy….good…yes….AG: We talked about how people ask that question when you get off the boat. That’s an impossible question to answer. Photo: Elliot Siff Photo Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Spotlight on black identity

first_imgBlack History Month has been on the calendar since 1976, the year of the nation’s bicentennial. But it got its start in an academic setting, at Kent State University in 1970, largely as a celebration of the historically neglected achievements of Black Americans.Now, two Harvard graduate students, founders of a new lecture and performance series, are adding an element they say has been largely absent over the years: a look at art history from a black perspective, Africa included.The result is Black History/Art History, a four-event series that combines traditional academic lectures (two) with nontraditional performances (two), a blend that the organizers hope will start a conversation about evolving black identity in an era of global exchange.“We’re coming at this from a place of consideration and critique,” said Layla Bermeo, a third-year doctoral  student in History of Art and Architecture, “not from a place of celebration, but a place of questioning.”Among the questions are: How has Black History Month changed since 1976? How is it used in current intellectual circles? How does it account for “multiple histories”? After all, the organizers say on the event’s website, black history is white history, too, interweaving slave owners and abolitionists with Jim Crow supporters and liberals seeking civil rights. It is also European history, from the effects of colonization to present-day global exchanges that are multiracial.Working with Bermeo in planning and executing the project is Kevin Dixon Tervala. a second-year doctoral student in the Department of African and African American Studies whose special interest is that fate of art and culture a century ago during the German colonization of what is now Tanzania. (The students’ Graduate School of Arts and Sciences‘ departments are major sponsors, along with Harvard’s Office of the Provost, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, and the Hutchins Center.)Bermeo and Tervala, who cooked up the series idea over coffee in September, hope that it becomes a February tradition at Harvard. They want to create cross-discipline conversations about the global black experience, “elastic and ever-changing.” That means reaching beyond U.S. borders. Two of the events, a lecture and a performance, are explicitly African. “We’re bringing the continent of Africa back into the picture,” said Tervala.The two doctoral students also want to add fresh perspective. “Black history is also art history,” they wrote in an event statement. “Some of the most provocative discussions about visual representation have risen from the canvases and cameras of artists exploring black histories, identities, and experiences.”Opening the series with a lecture last week was Deborah Willis, a New York University historian of black photography and a fellow at the Hutchins Center this semester. Her exploration of black beauty and the role of photography in constructing it was everything the inaugural event of an inaugural series should be: crowded, visual, pointed, fresh, and challenging. Willis, the author of 22 books, including the influential 1985 history “Black Photographers: 1840-1940,” led her audience at the Sackler Museum through decades of images that displayed a largely forgotten history.“These were images never seen before” 1985, said Bermeo. “When we’re exposed to work like (Willis’s), we know it’s possible to rewrite history.”“It’s about the elastic definition of blackness,” said Tervala of Willis. “She provides a grounding on beauty and body and skin color.” But it’s within an American context, he added, which will contrast with the next event on Thursday at the Sackler: a lecture on South African vernacular painting and photography by art historian John Peffer, author of “Art and the End of Apartheid” (2009).The images that Willis discussed included the gracious and the striving: daguerreotypes of freed blacks on their way to Liberia; a proud washerwoman serving Union troops in 1863; and well-dressed Frederick Douglass, who Willis said cautioned black Americans that each photograph was “a biography through the lens.”Other images were harsh evidence of cruel times: portraits of South Carolina slaves commissioned in an attempt to prove that blacks inhabited a remote and separate branch of the human tree; and lithographs of African-born slave Sarah Baartman, the “Hottentot Venus” of the early 19th century. She exhibited her full body in Europe, at one point in the employ of an animal trainer. (Later in the century, said Willis of sexualized exaggerations, Europe’s fashion response to Baartman was the bustle.)Other images showed emerging pride in black beauty, as in black magazines and newspapers starting 100 years ago.(In 1914, New York Age, a black newspaper, invited its female readers nationwide to submit photos in a competition to find the 15 most beautiful women.) In 1947 came the first of the “Miss Fine Brown Frame” local beauty contests. More potent and fraught reflections on beauty arose in the 1960s during the eras of civil rights and black power. “We see how communities are taking back this idea of beauty,” said Willis. But she added later, “I’m not defining beauty, but reflecting on the ways people pose beauty.”Posing beauty is in the performance too, a kinetic component that Bermeo and Tervala want to make a regular part of the Black History/Art History event. “We’re trying to come up with new models of learning, for identity and global exchange,” said Bermeo.The artists on hand this month expressed the same American/international divide as the lectures by Willis and Peffer did. The first performance in the series, on Feb. 13 at the Carpenter Center, was “Fairytale of the Black Mountain” by Mwangi Hutter of Berlin and Nairobi. It contained video and live art that was explicitly African, from a video group of men on a Kenyan beach to street theater recorded in South Africa to Ingrid Mwangi’s breathtaking live vocalizations and movement.In a live performance, Mwangi was wrapped in a dark hooded cloak, which concealed race, age, and gender. From within came scat songs, a kind of keening gibber, both repellant and attractive, that sounded like a search through shortwave radio bands. The message, perhaps, is that in the end race (both repellant and attractive) is incomprehensible.The fairy tale of race — a mash of truths and falsehoods — is “a topic we are busy with,” said Robert Hutter. “We see ourselves as artists, finding artistic solutions for situations we find in the world.”Racial identity often relies on displacement, he added, “the experience you make when you go somewhere else.” Mwangi said, “I only became African when I moved to Germany.”A performance scheduled for Feb. 28 will feature Shaun El C. Leonardo, a black performance artist, videographer, and illustrator whose work explores masculinity. His “One-on-Ones,” a riff on football drills that will feature Crimson players, reprises “Bull in the Ring,” a 2009 piece he did at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.All this live art is “to help think through blackness,” said Bermeo, but “just a series of lectures.”Like performance art, the series is designed “to confront, challenge, and delight,” said Tervala, and to question “all identity categories,” black and white.last_img read more

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Matriculate helps low-income high-schoolers apply to college

first_imgNonprofit organization Matriculate works to ensure all students in the United States have equal access to quality higher education, regardless of their socio-economic background.According to the organization’s website, only 8% of low-income, high-achieving high school students apply to college in a strategic manner similar to their high-income peers. Matriculate wants to change that.Matriculate is a national organization based in New York City that assists high-achieving, low-income high school students in their transition to college. The organization pairs low-income high school students across the country with college advisors — college students interested in aiding the high schoolers through the college admissions process.“[Matriculate helps] particularly those students who would traditionally be caught up in the cycle of under-maximizing where they have the talent to really thrive at a top college or university,” Staci Hundt, former interim director at the Office of Outreach and Engagement Recruitment at Notre Dame, said. “[The students] may not have a balanced college list built out that would allow them to kind of enter into the funnel at one of those top colleges or universities.”Notre Dame is one of nine colleges and universities throughout the country partnering with Matriculate, according to their website. Hundt was involved with the launch of the Notre Dame chapter of Matriculate in the fall of 2015, she said.“We actually became aware of [Matriculate] because of Sean Cullinan, who is a graduate of Notre Dame,” Hundt said. “At the time, he was a current parent, and he actually sat on the board at Matriculate. He introduced Don Bishop [Associate Vice President of Enrollment at Notre Dame] to the organization, and we thought, ‘Oh gosh, it would be a perfect fit for Notre Dame.’”Matt Winkler, a Notre Dame senior, is the head advising fellow of the Notre Dame chapter of Matriculate. He has been involved with the organization on campus since his freshman year.“The experience has been really amazing. Having the opportunity to both work with the various college students advising the high schoolers and my high schoolers over the years has been incredibly fulfilling,” he said.During his time with Matriculate, Winkler said he has helped eight low-income, high-achieving students who are now freshmen at various universities and colleges.“Seeing them grow from their junior year all the way through to the end of their senior year [of high school], and even through the beginning of their college experience right now, I still keep up to date with them, and they’re all doing really well,” Winkler said. “Over the time, you end up becoming pretty close to them.”Winkler said he still keeps in touch with Eliza Haider, a current sophomore at Princeton University, whom he helped with the college process.“I started with her at the end of her junior year, and she really didn’t know much about colleges at all. [She] really only knew the local colleges around her,” he said. “She’s doing really, really well.”Students who participate in Matriculate are passionate about giving back to their communities, Winkler said.“We’ve kind of all been given an incredible opportunity to come here and study those relationships and have really great college experiences, and I think all the advisors that I’ve seen have really been motivated to kind of pay it forward and help influence the lives of high schoolers,” he said.The club recruits potential advisors each year in the fall, Winkler said.“For people who are open to having difficult conversations with people and people who are friendly and outgoing and willing to put in the time, I can see those types of people would have an easy path to becoming an advisor,” he said.Tags: Matriculate, Undermatchinglast_img read more

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Brazil Increases Fight Against Novel Coronavirus

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto / Diálogo April 09, 2020 Since January 2020, when the world went on alert about the coronavirus, Brazilian service members have been intensifying the fight against the pandemic. The same has happened in the majority of Latin American countries that rely on the armed forces to strengthen measures against the spread of the virus. Assignments for personnel and equipment may vary, from closing land borders to producing hand sanitizer in military laboratories.For General Edson Leal Pujol, commander of the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese), this current battle “may be the most important mission of our generation,” he said in a statement to Brazilian service members, on March 24. “In this moment of crisis, one of our responsibilities to the nation is that our troops will remain operational to fight this challenge and make a difference.”In Brazil, a joint operations center located in Brasilia coordinates service members’ operations, which are distributed to 10 regional joint commands nationwide. The operation has about 20,000 service members from the EB, Brazilian Navy, and Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese), said on April 1 Brazilian Defense Minister General Fernando Azevedo e Silva.To date, the main courses of action include the preparation of spaces to screen suspected cases and to provide health care to patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. A field hospital with 1,200 beds was built in the city of Boa Vista, capital of Roraima state, to provide care to Brazilians and, for the most part, Venezuelan refugees who are already in Brazil. Roraima shelters about 5,000 Venezuelan immigrants.EB helped set up tents to screen citizens with flu symptoms in at least 12 cities of the south and southeast regions. These facilities are being built in open areas adjacent to hospitals to avoid the concentration of people within health care facilities.With the shortage of hand sanitizer, the Brazilian government opted to use Armed Forces’ laboratories to manufacture the product. EB’s pharmaceutical unit aims to produce 180,000 units of 3 fluid ounces hand sanitizer bottles within the coming weeks. FAB’s laboratory should have 2,100 gallons of the product by next month. The hand sanitizer will first be distributed to service members and health organizations of the Armed Forces.Military laboratories are also participating in the manufacture of chloroquine. The medication is being tested in several countries as a possible treatment for COVID-19. According to the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, production in military units may reach 500,000 chloroquine pills a week.Brazil remains the nation with the greatest number of patients infected with coronavirus and deaths caused by COVID-19 across Latin America.last_img read more

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Mental illness awareness — or the lack of It

first_imgMental illness awareness — or the lack of It August 1, 2004 Regular News Mental illness awareness — or the lack of It Angela D. Vickers Why do we know so little about mental illnesses? Perhaps it is, as a physician speaker at a recent national mental health conference reminded attendees, that 90 percent of what we know about the brain has been learned in just the last 10 to 15 years. A typical physician or mental health professional over 40 may be greatly outdated in his or her knowledge and understanding of psychiatry, mental illnesses, and the latest advances in assessment, treatment, and recovery. Many physicians and other professionals have not invested the substantial time necessary to keep pace with the rapidly advancing medical information. The Report of the Surgeon General’s Conference on Children’s Mental Health: A National Action Agenda, 2001, states that we are “facing a crisis in mental health for children and adolescents.” This report emphasizes the need for education.Medical specialists understand that early recognition and treatment will prevent what was, for years, considered to be the inevitable progression to chronic and severe mental illness. Although much is now known about how to treat the common mental illnesses, getting this vital information out to the public is the challenge. Education —through the combined efforts of the media, medical professionals, our faith leaders, our educators, and our legal community —is the solution.National jurisprudence is just beginning to focus on “mental illness awareness,” and legal education about mental illnesses will protect both lawyers and clients. In 2001, the Florida Supreme Court launched what was a quiet, polite, courtroom-based civil rights movement for the 54 million Americans who have mental illnesses. The court changed the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, adding “mental illness awareness” to the mandatory category of continuing legal education courses for all Florida lawyers. Rule 6-10.3 (2001). Placement in the mandatory category of CLE courses prioritizes this topic equally with ethics, professionalism, and substance abuse. Despite the addition of mental illness awareness to the categories of mandatory courses that every lawyer must take, many areas of the state and many areas of practice have not offered any CLE courses in mental illness awareness. Additionally, some of the CLE courses approved for mental illness awareness credit did not teach attendees about mental illnesses, although they may have dealt with procedural issues concerning mental health laws, such as the Baker Act. As a result, advocates, persons with a mental illness (and their families), and lawyers aware of the injustice are approaching bar associations in nearly every state, requesting training for the protection of the rights of those with a mental illness.The wheels of justice turn ever so slowly. Although national studies commissioned by President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton have confirmed that mental illness problems have a major negative impact on our economy, our workplace, our safety, our marriages, our productivity, our general health, and our children, America is slow in overcoming the shame and fear of discussing mental disorders in public. Until the legal system understands the illnesses and the legal issues they create, millions of Americans will remain shamefully closeted, fearing discrimination.Delay in recognizing and properly treating mental illnesses can be deadly; untreated illnesses cause devastation in thousands of families every year. Over 30,000 Americans, including lawyers, take their own lives each year through suicide. Their deaths could have easily been prevented, if they, and those around them, had learned basic facts about brain illnesses. Medical experts report that 95 percent of all suicides are the result of untreated, or improperly treated, depression or bipolar disorder. These mood disorders are very treatable (with an 80 percent recovery rate with prompt and proper medical care), and are easy to recognize when the observer has had at least a basic introduction to the common symptoms. Yet thousands die each year.Perhaps this is due in part to the stigma attached to the popular stereotypes of mental illness that are promulgated through the media. It would be safe to say that most people view mental illnesses as a serious, but negative, condition. They would not wish to acknowledge that a friend, or they themselves, is afflicted by such a serious problem. The fact that mental illnesses are responsive to many forms of treatment and have a high rate of recovery is not discussed on the morning talk shows. Accurate information about mental illnesses never seems to reach the public.Major social reform has often come through the courts — from school integration to addressing sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination. With civil rights including the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, many rights of the mentally ill are being violated. Persecution is so likely that most in this huge class of citizens do not even tell their closest friends about their area of diversity, despite the fact theirs is a common, treatable medical diagnosis, affecting approximately 20 percent of the population. These millions share common, treatable brain illnesses, and are referred to, shamefully by many, as “the mentally ill.” A civil rights lawyer explained to me that “they are not a protected class.” If they were even able to find representation that understood basic facts about the disorders and recovery, we might not be in our present mental health crisis. Only with the help of an educated legal community will civil rights be protected and restored to the over 54 million Americans who have one or more of the common mental illnesses.As the legal community becomes more educated about problem areas in mental health, there will be increased accountability for the medical profession and all mental health professionals. This will encourage “best practices” and will raise the level of practice in all mental and substance abuse treatment fields. For too long, mental patients have been presumed “crazy” and not credible witnesses. Misunderstanding and misinformation about mental illnesses has discouraged malpractice litigation in psychiatry or psychology, due to the lack of training for judges, lawyers, and juries. We have tools to remedy this situation, and now we must use them. Angela D. Vickers of Jacksonville is a member of the Quality of Life and Career Committee and is the recipient of the 2004 Clifford Beers Award of the National Mental Health Association. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at www.fla-lap.org/qlsm.last_img read more

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LI Sandy Victims to Rally for Aid Package on Capitol Hill

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sandy victims gather in Island Park before bus trip to Washington D.C. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)A group of Superstorm Sandy victims loaded into a bus in Island Park early Tuesday morning as they prepared to descend on Capitol Hill where they will try to convince a divided Congress to approve a full relief package two months after Sandy ravaged the area, crippling infrastructure and leaving many to fend for themselves.Going along for the ride to Washington, D.C. was 12-year-old Island Park resident John Byrne who stood at a podium in his hometown and passed along a stern message to members of Congress: stop the “political shenanigans,” he said to applause.That rallying cry seemed to galvanize the dozens of storm weary residents who boarded the bus just after 6 a.m. with the hopes of coming back to Long Island with two “yes” votes in their back pockets.“We should be getting the money, we should’ve gotten it already—it’s time to stop,” said 38-year-old Roy Gunther.Storm victims have grown frustrated with Congress’ inability to approve a full relief package despite emotional testimony from local lawmakers. Those making the trek to Washington D.C. hope personal testimony will help convince lawmakers to approve two aid packages that are expected to go in front of the House Tuesday.A $18 billion bill is expected to address emergency needs and another $33 billion bill—the most controversial—would help allocate funds and resources to assist in recovery efforts and also includes long-term projects focused on preventive measures for future storms.So far, Congress has only approved a $9 billion bill for the national flood insurance program.“I feel like the only one’s helping each other are us,” said Melissa Van Wickler of East Rockaway, before boarding the bus. “I’m only one person and I’ve been volunteering so much time all up and down from East Rockaway, Oceanside, Island Park.”She added: “We need more people to make a difference.”Sandy victims board a bus that will take them to Washington D.C. where they will push for Sandy aid. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Historically, the federal government is quick to approve funds for relief efforts. It only took Congress two weeks to approve $62.3 billion in federal emergency appropriations after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on New Orleans.Also making the trip to the Nation’s Capitol are Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and is Suffolk County counterpart Steve Bellone.“We bring our voices to members of Congress today,” Mangano blasted into a microphone.“When Americans are hurting and suffering our country has always been there to support them…until now,” added Bellone. “We need this bill passed now.”In December, the Senate passed a $62 billion recovery bill with bipartisan support but the legislation was never brought to the floor of the House, leading Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) to blast his fellow Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).Last week, King said on his Facebook page that “I think we’re going to have the votes” to pass the Sandy aid package.Despite the delay in aid, some attending the rally said a federal relief package is better late then never.“We can still save homes, still save business, we can still save lives if we effectively apply this aid,” said Walk A Mile in Our Shoes co-founder Peter Corless, who organized the trip.last_img read more

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Tide turns for growth corridor

first_imgOne of the house designs at Villa World’s Silvan Rise estate at Dakabin.The sun is well and truly shining on the property market in the Moreton Bay region.A recent report by Hotspotting found the region was the third best place to buy property in Australia, with everything from rural lots to waterfront apartments on the market.Twenty-nine active residential projects – the highest number of projects in the southeast – are in the works, according to the latest Oliver Hume report. This comes as the latest REIQ report revealed rental vacancies had tightened by 0.2 per cent to 1.4 per cent. “This market is generally a tight market and it is one of Queensland’s fastest growing regions,” the REIQ report found.Developer VillaWorld has reported strong sales at its Silvan Rise estate at Dakabin, predicting a sell out within a year of its launch. Villa World is forecasting that the remaining homes at its Silvan Rise development will be snapped up in the next few months, delivering a sellout within 12 months of the project’s initial release.Stockland will also launch a new community at Rothwell, with land at Promenade expected to be released in June.Moreton Bay offers a vast array of property options and locations, with semirural Samford the region’s first million-dollar suburb.CoreLogic data shows the median house sales price in the Samford Valley has reached $1 million, with homes in the nearby rural suburbs of Camp Mountain ($950,000), Cedar Creek ($940,000) and Highvale ($870,000) also showing growth. Newport on the Redcliffe Peninsula has the highest median sales price for a waterfront suburb at $820,000. Stockland is constructing a masterplanned community around a 23ha lake at Newport, which will be home to around 5400 people. Villa World’s Silvan Rise development at Dakabin.THE developer behind a residential community at Dakabin is predicting it will sell out within a year of its launch.More than half of the 109 lots available at Villa World’s Silvan Rise estate have sold since it hit the market in June last year, with complete four bedroom homes selling from $461,500. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoVilla World development manager Craig Morgan said buyers were drawn to Silvan Rise’s enviable location within the Moreton Bay region, one of the nation’s fastest growing areas. “Buyers love that North Lakes is just a five-minute drive away from their home,” Mr Morgan said.“They are also less than a kilometre from Dakabin State School and Pine Rivers Cricket Club.“Silvan Rise puts its residents on the doorstep of a wide array of retail, education, sporting, leisure and health facilities that bring tremendous convenience to daily life and supports a more active and family friendly lifestyle.” Dakabin’s proximity to employment hubs and a number of key infrastructure upgrades was also appealing to purchasers.Mr Morgan pointed to the opening of the $1.2 billion Moreton Bay Rail Link as a major drawcard for buyers, making the daily commute easier. He said the Bruce Highway upgrade at Narangba would also make it easier for residents to get to and from work.“And in nearby Petrie, there is more than $150 million in development to come, including a new campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast, which is expected to generate 2,500 jobs alone,” he said. “Dakabin is surrounded by job-rich areas such as North Lakes, Strathpine and Caboolture, while the wider Moreton Bay Region is forecast to experience a whopping 54.4 per cent rise in employment over the next 25 years. “Silvan Rise is ideally placed now and well in to the future to deliver residents easy access to these local work hubs.” Silvan Rise’s architect-designed three and four-bedroom homes have open-plan interiors connecting to patio entertaining areas. Many home designs also feature an additional multipurpose room and a walk-in pantry to cater for growing families. Each home has quality inclusions such as stone benchtops, leading brand stainless-steel appliances, a Colorbond roof, double lockup garage and full landscaping. ***CASE STUDY 2 PROMENADEDeveloper: Stockland Location: Morris Road, Rothwell Stockland Isles of Newport residential development Scarborough Moreton Bay aerial view.Meanwhile, Beachmere, which is between Caboolture and Bribie Island, posted the biggest 12 month growth, with median house sales up 43.3 per cent, according to CoreLogic. It was followed closely by Kurwongbah, which rose 40.5 per cent.The Moreton Bay region has experienced strong growth, with the population increasing 12.5 per cent between the 2011 and 2016 census. And that growth shows no signs of slowing, with a huge amount of residential and commercial investment in the region. The new University Sunshine Coast campus at Petrie is under construction, with the first students expected in 2020. The Moreton Bay rail line is open, and numerous residential developers are capitalising on the projected growth.***CASE STUDY 1SILVAN RISEDeveloper: Villa WorldPrice: From $461,500Location: Dakabin Land at Promenade at Rothwell is expected to be released by Stockland in JuneA new community worth $44 million will soon be launched at Rothwell, a suburb within the Moreton Bay region real estate powerhouse.Just 35km from the Brisbane CBD, Rothwell has seen a 21.4 per cent growth in median house sales prices in the past five years, according to CoreLogic. Existing homes are selling for an average of $425,000, and with the opening of the Redcliffe train line in 2016 the suburb is set to become more popular with buyers wanting easy access to the city and Moreton Bay. Capitalising on the expected growth, Stockland will release its first residential homesites at its family-friendly Promenade Rothwell community. Promenade will feature 191 homes close to walking and cycle paths, parks, schools, public transport and shops. Stockland’s acting Queensland general manager for residential communities David Laner said the community would be in an “enviable location” for buyers seeking bayside living and an easy commute to the city. “Our nearby communities at Newport and North Lakes have been incredibly popular, and we look forward to providing an affordable entry-level market opportunity,” he said. “Seven parks, two private schools and a childcare centre will be within a 1.5km radius of future homes, and a shopping centre will be a few minutes away by car.” Rothwell Train Station is about 2km away. Prospective buyers can now register their interest, with the first land release expected in June.last_img read more

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Bill to decriminalize polygamy earns unanimous approval from Utah Senate committee

first_imgThe Salt Lake Tribune 12 February 2020Family First Comment: As we predicted would happen….Remove the gender. Why not the number?“Ora Barlow, who was raised in a polygamous community, said she realized that all her life she had been thought of as property but the law was on her side. “The law is there for a reason,” Barlow said. “And it’s for people like me who feel trapped.””#MarriageOneManOneWomanDraper shared her story Monday with members of the Utah Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee, which voted unanimously to endorse a bill that would effectively decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults. “The law is there for a reason,” Barlow said. “And it’s for people like me who feel trapped.” Angela Kelly, Sound Choices Coalition director, compared polygamy to organized crime and slavery. To ease the criminal penalties, she said, would encourage more people to live that way. She testified alongside the bill’s sponsor, Spanish Fork Republican Sen. Deidre Henderson, who argued to her Senate colleagues that the state’s current law classifying polygamy as a felony is unenforceable absent other crimes.But several members of the public, including former polygamists, spoke against SB102 during Monday’s hearing. “To bring it down to an infraction, you’re essentially saying this is an OK lifestyle,” Kelly said. “And it might be for 10 people, but we’re talking about society as a whole.”Ora Barlow, who was raised in a polygamous community, said she felt free when the leaders of her church were imprisoned and prosecuted. She realized that all her life she had been thought of as property, she said, but the law was on her side. Easton Harvey, with the anti-polygamy Sound Choices Coalition, said criminalization is a social policy for all of Utah. And the reason that members of a polygamous community are afraid to report crimes is not because they’ll be charged as criminals by outsiders, he said, but because of the fear of being ostracized from within or subject to divine punishment.“The primary reason they do not report crimes is because of a weaponized God,” Harvey said, “because of weaponized scripture, because they’re trying to protect their priesthood.” If the SB102 becomes law, polygamy among consenting adults would be reduced to an infraction — a level below many traffic offenses. Infractions in Utah carry no jail time. Punishments can be fines of up to $750 and community service.READ MORE: https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2020/02/11/bill-decriminalize/last_img read more

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State Health Commissioner Resigns, Cites Personal Reasons

first_imgIndiana Health Commissioner William VanNess is resigning.INDIANAPOLIS – Dr. William VanNess has announced his resignation as Indiana State Health Commissioner.The doctor said his departure is due to personal reasons and will likely step down in October after serving in the capacity for a year and a half.Dr. Vaness applauded the state’s health care workers, “The dedicated employees at the Indiana State Department of Health have done a tremendous job of promoting and providing essential public health services for Hoosiers and I have every confidence they will continue to serve the state to the best of their abilities during this transition and after.”VanNess added that he will assist Governor Mike Pence’s office during the process of naming a replacement.last_img

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Anxiety as Ronaldo ‘returns to Italy today’

first_img Loading… Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, is expected to fly back to Italy today ahead of returning to training. Ronaldo would get even more assists out of De Bruyne Ronaldo has spent the last few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic in his homeland of Madeira. However, Record claims he will be touching back down in Turin on Tuesday after Juve started recalling their foreign-based stars.Advertisement The No 7 will observe a two-week period of self-isolation in Italy before getting back to training. read also:The man who discovered Ronaldo recalls what he said about Juve star It now remains to be seen whether Gonzalo Higuain will follow suit, with the striker currently in Argentina tending to his mother. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks Now10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The Worldlast_img read more

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