Campus musicians find outlets for talent

first_imgNotre Dame has provided Nick Gunty with special opportunities to display his musical talent, the junior, who plays the guitar, said. “Every once in a while something comes around, like the Sudan peace rally last Saturday,” Gunty said. “I got to play for that. That was probably the most special or most ‘Notre Dame’ thing I’ve done.” Junior Will Thwaites said the University has also allowed for unique performance opportunities for his musical group, A Face For Radio. The group consists of Thwaites, juniors Kyle Collins, Michael George and Collin Chudwick and sophomores Danny Cruser and John Mandrakas. “We opened for White Panda when they were in town, which went really well. It was really fun to get up there before a really big act,” he said. “They had about 500 kids in the audience, not all of them super psyched for our music but it was definitely cool to have a crowd that big.” Thwaites said he is lucky to have found other music students who enjoy playing and performing in their free time. “The biggest thing here is there is a lot of untapped talent. There’s a ton of kids who were really talented musicians in high school that really don’t have the opportunity to pursue music here because they’re dominated by their education,” he said. “A lot of the musical initiatives on campus are very formal.” Gunty, who describes his music style as indie folk rock, said he has worked hard to not only play live on campus, but in local establishments. He also said he is looking to expand where he performs. “Fiddler’s Hearth [in South Bend] has an open mic every week. That gives you a lot of frequency,” Gunty said. “Lately I’ve been reaching out to places a little more extended like Indianapolis, Three Oaks in Michigan and Chicago.” Thwaites said his musical endeavors are more of a hobby. “It’s definitely not my number one pursuit,” he said. “I’m working hard at school, and this is something I do on the side.” Thwaites said he sometimes struggles to strike a balance between academics and music. But he said musical success brings him greater joy. “Since I have been doing this, I’ve been trying to find this dynamic between the two because every time I get my school work down, my music suffers and every time I get into a flow musically, my grades turn into C’s,” Thwaites said. “The thing I come back to is every time I finish a good music thing, I’m on cloud nine and every time I do well in school, it doesn’t feel any different than before.” Though he considers his music a full-time pursuit, Gunty said his classes have made it difficult to commit to his music. “It definitely is a full time thing. Particularly sophomore year, I spent a lot of time — probably half and half — between music and school,” he said. “It’s easy to do that freshman and sophomore year when you don’t have a lot of work to do.” Gunty said he plans to pursue a career in music. “To really figure out if you can make it, you have to live in a place that really lives it,” he said. “I definitely have a plan to move to Chicago or maybe Los Angeles after school to give it a full-time try.” Thwaites said he sees his music as more of an outlet for his creativity than any sort of potential vocation, but he said he would give a musical career a try if the opportunity presented itself. “It’s definitely not my number one goal in doing it,” he said. “I do it just for the fun of it. I do it because it’s a nice way to express myself creatively.” Thwaites said he focused mainly on rap freshman and sophomore year. His YouTube video, “Daisy’s Lullaby (The Great Gatsby Rap)” has over 97,000 views. Thwaites said the success of his song has spilled over into classrooms across the country. “I’ve had a lot of different English teachers get in touch with me. One in particular who works at a Title One school where a lot of her kids haven’t read books before,” he said. “She reached out to me to help her plan to get these juniors in high school to finish their first book, being ‘The Great Gatsby.’” Gunty, who already has an album available on iTunes, said he doesn’t plan on halting his musical pursuits as he studies abroad in the spring in Toledo, Spain. “By the end of next semester, I want to have another short one recorded, like a five song EP,” he said. Thwaites said despite a busy fall semester, A Face For Radio is looking to release new material in the near future. He said he has always been active in singing in local choirs from a young age, but an assignment for his senior English class where he sang about his classroom experiences sparked his interest as a live artist. “It was the first time I had gotten on stage in front of a group of people,” he said. “Once I got a taste of it I didn’t want to turn back.”last_img read more

Economics professor Timothy Fuerst dies at 54

first_imgTimothy S. Fuerst, William and Dorothy O’Neill Professor of Economics at Notre Dame, died Tuesday morning at the age of 54 after battling stomach cancer for the past 10 months, the University said in a statement.Fuerst’s research largely centered on monetary policy. He also served as senior economic adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and taught for 19 years at Bowling Green State University, according to the press release.“Tim was one of the cornerstones of a revived and extraordinarily successful economics program at Notre Dame. … We will miss him terribly, but we can be grateful for knowing him as we did and for his inspiring service to the University,” John McGreevy, the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, said in the statement.According to the University, arrangements for the funeral are pending.Tags: dies, economics, Fuerstlast_img read more

New full-service bike shop in Fayetteville is just one part of Arrowhead Bike Farm’s big plans for 2020

first_imgYouth Camps and Clinics with BICP Certified Instructors. Photo by Jay Young. Feature image by Jay Young. “We will have a number of quality camps, clinics, and tours that cover different skills and riding levels. We just want more folks to have fun on bikes and are excited to create a space for it,” said Brown.  Adult Lessons and Clinics with BICP Certified Instructors Fayetteville, West Virginia’s Arrowhead Bike Farm — a restaurant, campground and full-service bike shop with mountain bike rentals — is eager to show off some exciting changes this upcoming season.  Mountain Bike Rentals, Service and Sales The Handle Bar, Arrowhead’s restaurant and taproom that is connected to the new bike shop, is in the midst of a complete menu revamp. New offerings will include grab-and-go breakfast items, sandwiches, barbecue and, as always, local craft beer. Adena Joy, Arrowhead Bike Farm’s Food and Beverage Director, has years of restaurant experience and plans to add to the menu throughout the season.  “Our goal at Arrowhead Bike Farm is simple: we want people to ride bikes and have fun,” Stephens said. “We offer camps, clinics, guided trips, and mountain bike rentals if you don’t have your own ride. Stop in and get geared up before hitting the trail! You can share some stories over beer and some great food and camp here, too. Plus, we’ve recently improved, upgraded, and added to our RV sites.” “We are kicking things off with the opening of our brand new bike shop along with many more updates, upgrades, and improvements,” said Bike Shop Manager and Co-owner Adam Stephens. “Being a part of the kitchen team here at Arrowhead is an awesome new challenge that I’m ready to tackle,” said Ms. Joy. “I can’t wait to share some of the new culinary creations we’ve come up with, many of which were inspired by my time in restaurants around Fayetteville as well as my travels to New Mexico, Colorado and other places across the country.” Youth Camps and Clinics with BICP Certified Instructors. Photo by Jay Young. The campground at Arrowhead Bike Farm has proven to be extremely popular with mountain bikers and other adventurers, such as climbers, kayakers and rafters, because of its convenient location to popular trailheads, crags, and put-ins in the New River Gorge area. The dead-simple field camping option is an inexpensive and easy way to set up camp and quickly access all of the nearby adventures. Wooded sites, including group sites, are available, and Arrowhead has also added RV sites with electricity and water that are new this season. Last year, Arrowhead added Travis Brown to its team. Brought on to create and manage Arrowhead’s bike programs, Brown is a BICP Level 2 Certified mountain bike instructor and Wilderness First Responder. He has created a number of mountain biking clinics, camps and guided mountain bike tours that will be available during the upcoming season, including a Women’s Weekend and a Youth Mountain Bike Camp for younger riders. The camps will be separated into sessions for 6-11 and 12-17-year-olds.  “Folks that visit always comment about the convenience of our location. Our guests are right next to Long Point Trail, and they can ride from their campsite or vehicle — and we welcome you to park here — to the Arrowhead Trails, Fayetteville Town Park Trails and connect through those to more longer rides,” said Stephens. “We have many rock climbers that camp or simply stop in on their way to and from Kaymoor Top, and see paddlers on their way to Cunard. We are close to all the action in the New River Gorge.”  Campground with field camping, wooded campsites and new for 2020 RV sites with water and electric. The team at Arrowhead Bike Farm began construction on the new bike shop in fall 2019. The 1,400 square-foot facility is now complete and will open on March 6. Arrowhead is Shimano (or S-TEC) and BBI mechanic-certified as well as an authorized Trek and Pivot dealer. The new shop will sell and service these and other brands along with a complete line of accessories, tools, helmets, shoes, tires, and apparel.  last_img read more

NCUA’s Harper speaks with AACUL advocacy/compliance committee

first_img This post is currently collecting data… NCUA board member Todd Harper joined the American Association of Credit Union Leagues’ (AACUL) Regulatory Advocacy/Compliance Advisory Committee Wednesday to discuss credit union policy issues, including responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.AACUL’s Regulatory Advocacy/Compliance Advisory Committee provides advice and feedback to both CUNA and AACUL regarding federal and state regulatory advocacy and compliance issues affecting credit unions.It seeks to develop and promote successful efforts for favorably impacting the regulatory/compliance process, including identification of best practices in regulatory advocacy, delivering compliance support and developing methods to better coordinate credit union input through the League/CUNA structure to provide more consistent and effective messaging to regulators. This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Indonesia’s GDP may contract more than 2.1% in Q3 amid Jakarta restrictions: Sri Mulyani

first_imgIndonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to shrink even further than projected in the third quarter as capital city Jakarta reimposes large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said Tuesday.The government previously expected the economy to post a flat growth at best or a contraction of 2.1 percent at worst in July-September, but the partial lockdown reimplemented by Jakarta is likely to drag down GDP to the lower end of the prediction, she told reporters in a virtual briefing.“The economic impact will not be as bad” as the first PSBB because Jakarta still allowed offices to remain open with 25 percent capacity, she went on to say. “This will be very different compared to March and April, when people’s activity stopped.”The government will monitor social mobility data, among other things, in the next two weeks to assess the country’s GDP performance in the third quarter, she said, warning that economic activity might contract more than the current estimate.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is requiring non-essential industries to have their employees work from home, residents to limit the use of public transportation and restaurants to prohibit dine-ins starting Monday following a spike in the coronavirus infection rate in the capital in recent days.Jakarta has recorded a daily average of around 1,000 new cases this month and registered more than 55,000 infections and 1,440 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March, official data show. The city implemented a stricter PSBB in April and relaxed it in the so-called transitional PSBB in June before cases started to spike even higher than before.The capital city contributed the most to the national economy compared to other regions in the country as Jakarta’s regional domestic product accounted for 17.17 percent of the country’s GDP in the second quarter, Jakarta Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show. It was followed by East Java (14.6 percent) and West Java (13.45 percent), both also virus epicenters.Indonesia’s economy shrank by 5.32 percent in the second quarter and is widely expected to shrink further in the third quarter, which would mark the first recession since the 1998 Asian financial crisis.“The economy may return to a growth of 0.4 percent to 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter but it will heavily depend on the management of the coronavirus pandemic,” Sri Mulyani said, expecting a 1.1 percent contraction for the full year at worst, or 0.2 percent growth at best.Topics :last_img read more

Ten Terrific Ideas for Buying Local this Holiday Season

first_img Holidays,  The Blog Thanksgiving is behind us for another year, and we have another few weeks before setting those New Year’s Eve resolutions. In between, though, we have the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season. And in this season, it’s the perfect time to support local Pennsylvania businesses, particularly those that proudly carry the PA Preferred logo.PA Preferred is the official state branding program used to identify locally-sourced agricultural products made and grown right here in our commonwealth. By supporting local businesses and those carrying PA Preferred products, you are supporting the local economy in the most direct way.Throughout the year, I have the opportunity to visit a number of PA Preferred members. Each offers something unique – a piece made with pride in Pennsylvania that you cannot find in many other places. Whether you’re shopping for holiday gifts or for a celebratory dinner with the people you love, the PA Preferred brand ensures that your purchase will be something special for someone special. Check out some of the great products made right here in Pennsylvania.Holiday brunch with your favorite folks:Eggs and bacon, ham and sausage, fried potatoes or hashBreads, muffins, donuts and pastriesCheese, butter and yogurtApples and cranberries, peach and blackberry preservesFresh-roasted coffee, tea, milk and juiceGifts for giving and receiving:Gift card or dinner at a PA Preferred restaurantWearables – scarves and mittens, sweaters and vestsHome accessories — baskets and blankets, candles and cardsLotions and potions — lip balm, soaps and salvesSuper snacks — popcorn and pretzels, dried fruit and chocolateBefore you start your holiday shopping list – for your loved ones or yourself – take a look at all the places you can buy PA Preferred products, by clicking here to view a searchable map. You know that the products are local when you see the blue and yellow PA Preferred logo, and you know that your gift will be treasured because it was made or grown locally.After the holidays, you’ll have a special opportunity to stock up on many of your favorite PA Preferred products at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show (January 6 – 14, 2017). Stop by the PA Preferred Marketplace to try and to buy products made by PA businesses, including EPIC Pickles, Red Hawk Premium Peppers and Oregon Dairy.Since the early days of Penn’s Woods, we’ve been blessed by hard-working farmers, artisans and others who feed us, clothe us, and bring beauty into our lives and our homes. When you shop at local stores and purchase PA Preferred products, you are honoring their efforts, celebrating their craftsmanship, and supporting your local economy. This holiday season, I hope you will look for the PA Preferred logo when making your gift-buying decisions and consider supporting the farmers and businesses that help to make Pennsylvania such a diverse and dynamic state.From my family to yours, best wishes for the holiday season! December 08, 2016 By: Russell Redding, Secretary of Agriculture Ten Terrific Ideas for Buying Local this Holiday Season Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: HOLIDAYS SHARE TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Qatar Petroleum to sell shares in its Qatalum joint venture

first_imgImage courtesy of QatalumQatar Petroleum will be offering 49 percent of its shares in its joint venture Qatalum in a public offering for Qatari nationals.Qatalum, a joint venture with the Norwegian company Hydro, produces about 645,000 tons per year of aluminum to customers in Asia, Europe and the United States. Its facilities include a carbon plant, port and storage facilities and as well as a gas-fired power plant.It is expected that the necessary procedures and approvals will be taken for listing on the Qatar Exchange during the last quarter of this year.Qatar Petroleum will also establish a holding company that will acquire Qatar Petroleum’s stake in Qatalum.The move is regarded as an important step in implementing Qatar National Vision 200’s goals in developing the national economy.last_img read more

Congolese teen Kuminga awaits his chance at NBA stardom

first_imgChris Chavannes, who coaches Kuminga at noted prep program Patrick School, pointed out some of the obstacles facing the highly touted prospect in the number 1 jersey during a workout.“He comes from a place where there was not as much talent and where it was not as intense, so he must integrate our demands, physical and mental,” Chavannes said.“But he loves basketball, so the transition will not be so difficult for him.”Kuminga has the frame, according to Al Harrington, who is among the few players to make the leap directly from high school to the NBA.“Physically, he already has the body to play in university or in the NBA,” Harrington said.“It’s very rare to see such a combination, a guy of his size able to dribble quickly and post himself” Chavannes added.At ease with the ball and patient as plays develop, the young Congolese student can become fearsome in transition, although he is still working to perfect his shooting touch.Since arriving in the United States from the Democratic Republic of Congo at age 13, Kuminga has had a chaotic journey, attending four high schools in as many years.Several members of his family live nearby, but Kuminga has not seen his parents since departing his homeland.“I am still a kid, so I miss them,” said Kuminga, whose older brother, Joel Ntambwe, played US college basketball at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.The cost of a trip back to Africa and a visa issue prevent a reunion with his parents or joining his homeland’s national team, whose jersey he has never worn.Nevertheless, with the 2021 AfroBasket tournament on the horizon he is on the radar of Congolese federation manager Joe Nkoi.“We are following him closely,” Nkoi said. “We give ourselves time.”– Possible top pick –Since last year, “Jon” has been considered a possible top pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, becoming eligible for the selection process one year after his high school class graduates.“With his talent, he could be number one in the NBA draft,” said his cousin, Utah Jazz star Emmanuel Mudiay, who is also from DR Congo.While the NBA has discussed changing the rules to allow direct moves from the high school ranks to the NBA – something unseen in 15 years – any change is unlikely to come in time to prevent Kuminga from having to spend a year in college basketball.Congolese teen Jonathan Kuminga, considered a top prospect for the 2022 NBA Draft, practices at Patrick School in Hillside New JerseyRead Also: Clippers land Morris for playoff push at NBA trade deadline“He has his feet on the ground so much that it makes everything very easy for him. He does not get distracted,” Chavannes said.And helping him stay on track, Patrick alumni like Harrington and Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving sometimes drop by workouts and pass along advice.“We foreigners who come from far away come with a goal,” Mudiay said. “His is to go to the NBA.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 At 17, Kuminga waits for his moment in a small establishment in Hillside, New Jersey, 30km southwest of New York. He might be a millionaire in a matter of years, but for now, the 6-foot-6 (2.03m) playmaker spends most of his time in a modest red brick building, studying and training. Loading…center_img He will not finish high school until 2021, but Congolese teen Jonathan Kuminga is already considered by some to be the young player who most interests the NBA.Advertisementlast_img read more

IHSAA 2014 Boys Basketball Sectional Scores (03-07)

first_imgCLASS 1A SECTIONAL 60 @ SOUTH DECATURGame 1: Overtime FinalRising Sun 69   South Decatur 65Game 2: FinalOldenburg Academy 61   Jac-Cen-Del 56CLASS 2A SECTIONAL 45 @ SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)Game 1: FinalAustin 75   South Ripley 65Game 2: FinalMilan 67   Switzerland County 62CLASS 3A SECTIONAL 29 @ GREENSBURGGame 1: FinalGreensburg 74   Franklin County 29Game 2: FinalBatesville 70   Lawrenceburg 46CLASS 4A SECTIONAL 14 @ SHELBYVILLEGame 1: FinalBloomington North 56   Columbus North 49Game 2: FinalBloomington South 55   Columbus East 45last_img read more

Ripley County native helps to pen children’s book project in Florida

first_imgRipley County, In. — Mary Brown, a double major in junior elementary education and special education at Ball State University Milan, Indiana, is in Florida until March 2 to research manatees, seahorses and sea turtles for the Conservation Tales, a series of books for children grades 3-5 that features an endangered, threatened or vulnerable species or groups of species.Brown’s role on the diverse team of 12 students includes helping write the books at the correct reading levels and both developing and representing the characters accurately.The project is one of the university’s immersive learning projects. These efforts bring together interdisciplinary, student-driven teams guided by faculty mentors to create high-impact learning experiences. Through immersive learning, students earn credit for working collaboratively with businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to address community challenges.The team is led by Ball State biologist and author of the series Tom McConnell and art professor Barbara Giorgio-Booher. Books about warblers, bats and salamanders are already part of the series, and this research trip will result in three new books about manatees, seahorses and sea turtles. The series was created by McConnell to help students grades 3-5 understand endangered animals and the importance of protecting these species.“The collaboration across majors is by far the best experience. I am learning more about art and what truly goes into creating a book than I ever thought that I would,” Brown said. “If not for this class, I would never have been able to collaborate with such talented individuals” To learn more about the Conservation Tales project click here.last_img read more