Nashville band The Delta Saints recently released a special edition of their album Bones with Loud & Proud Records, packaging the acclaimed 2015 release with six bonus tracks, including three b-sides and three live versions of album tracks, that were recorded during the filming of live performance music videos at Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville. The Delta Saints have been garnering praise for a sound that is all their own, but with hints of My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys and The White Stripes thrown in for good measure. They even received an stellar endorsement from the legendary Chrissie Hynde, who was a guest on Bravo’s “Watch What Happen Live” last year and told a caller that she saw The Delta Saints play Akron, OH, that they are a “great band” and suggested that people buy Bones – watch HERE. With the new special edition of Bones, the band has been releasing accompanying videos in support of the new release. Singer Ben Ringel tells us about the third and final video in the series, for the song “Dust.” Says Ringel, “Dust is the third and final chapter of our Live at 5th & Church video series… our videographer Tim Duggan had a vision for us all standing back up against a wall and having the cameras just moving left and right, really just trying to catch the right moments. We tracked the song live so what you’re hearing and seeing was played in real time, which made Tim’s job a bit tricky.”Watch the premiere of “Dust,” streaming below.Ringel tells us more about “Dust,” saying “The story for Dust came about after a conversation that I had with my grandfather about his childhood. He was a young boy living on his family’s farm in Kansas during the dust bowl. They used to sit and watch the mid-day sky turn black from mountains of dust being moved across the plains. I imagine back then it was a bit of a harrowing religious experience that no one could explain.” The down-home nature of the song shines through with every note.The Delta Saints have spent the last nine years playing festivals and selling out headline shows in the U.S. and across Europe, averaging about 200 shows per year, organically growing their audience all the while. They have performed at several festivals in the U.S. including Summer Camp, Harvest, The Ride, Summerfest, Wakarusa and The Simple Man Cruise. After just returning from a European tour, the band will hit the road throughout the U.S. with a major summer tour, beginning on August 17th. Check out the band’s full tour schedule below, and head here for more information about the group! Purchase the Bones special edition through iTunes now.The Delta Saints U.S. Tour ScheduleAug 17 – Pour House in Raleigh, NC Aug 18 – Clementine Café in Harrisonburg, VA Aug 19 – Mercury Lounge in New York, NY Aug 20 – Milkboy in Philadelphia, PA Aug 21 – The Hamilton in Washington, DC Aug 22 – Club Café in Pittsburgh, PA Aug 24 – Rumba Café in Columbus, OH Aug 25 – Beat Kitchen in Chicago, IL Aug 26 – Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill in University City, MO Aug 27 – Jackpot Music Hall in Lawrence, KS Aug 31 – Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO Sep 01 – Marquis Theatre in Denver, CO Sep 03 – New Belgium Tour De Fat in Fort Collins, CO Sep 09 – Black Swamp Arts Festival in Bowling Green, OHSep 10 – Zanzabar in Louisville, KY
There is no shortage of words starting with “re-” that can describe what winter break and Wintersession are meant to achieve. Despite the fact that alliteration makes anything sound more dramatic than it is (cue the title of this piece), the most commonly used descriptions are quite true. In contrast to the semester in full swing, the free time and significant gaps between appointments that mark Wintersession give us ample opportunities to rediscover who we were before Harvard, how it has changed us, and who we are today.And winter break, whether spent launching the next Facebook, skiing overseas, or watching Netflix in bed at home, is a great time to step back from an extremely fulfilling, but also sometimes overwhelming and hectic semester.As a freshman, and especially as an international student who had never spent anything other than short visits in the United States, I relished the time I spent away from Harvard. It was eye-opening to step back and cast off some of the pressures, expectations, and stress surrounding GPAs, internships, and even social life that inevitably mount as we study with highly accomplished people.After a short break, coming back to campus was surreal. Part of the strangeness came from realizing that Harvard actually feels like a second home now ― it is “getting back to Harvard” instead of “going to Harvard.” Campus was not too quiet for the most part, and many people were back as early as Jan. 15, working on various pursuits. I heard tales of practical workshops such as how to manage personal finances, new experiences like taking up kendo, and even intensive academic experiences like a case-study workshop at Harvard Business School. As for me and 50 other freshmen, we chose to take part in the Refresh Retreat.The retreat originated as a psychology concentrator’s senior thesis project, and was then adopted by the College. Dean Madeleine Currie of Oak Yard, Paul “Coz” Teplitz of the Freshman Dean’s Office, and 10 upperclassmen facilitators brought us freshman to Hulbert Outdoor Center in Vermont, where we frolicked in the snow, stayed in warm rustic cabins, and pondered the meaning of life. What I found most rewarding was the opportunity to get out in the countryside and reflect in a group setting.I had never visited Vermont in my life, nor really seen any decent snow, so stepping out of Greater Boston was a magical experience. I and the others immersed ourselves in a winter wonderland of completely frozen lakes, pristine snow, icy meandering creeks, and dazzling night skies. During the several hours of free time we had each day, we sledded along the slopes, sang songs from “Frozen” as we built snowmen, tried to perform gymnastic tricks on slides, and had roasted s’mores with hot chocolate. The unique setting and the special experiences helped me forge friendships with people I had never and would never have met otherwise. Beyond friendships, the setting also contributed significantly to our reflection. I consider myself a fairly reflective person, and I enjoy taking time during each day, or each week, perhaps during the shower or while I’m at the gym, to think about what I have been doing and how I want to go forward. Yet there is something about taking yourself away from your usual physical environment that opens up the mind in new ways. While skating (and trying not to fall) along the plowed paths of Lake Morey, I found myself reflecting on the past semester, how far I’ve come and how far I still need to go, and reaching depths and new insights like I never had before.I was able to reflect so deeply in part due to my facilitators and the wonderful sessions we had in big and small groups. Our reflections were divided neatly into three themes, one for each day — the past, the present, and the future. Sitting inside a cozy cabin with 10 other faces made us all open up to relative strangers in ways that even surprised ourselves. I, and many others, commented how gratified we were to hear about the struggles the others faced. It is often easy at a place like Harvard to assume that everyone is doing fantastically well and that you are the odd one out struggling with sleep, extracurriculars, or procrastination. There was none of the “Duck Syndrome” here (a term coined at Stanford for the façade of calm that people put on to belie their struggles), as people shared genuine fears like falling GPAs, taking on too much, not taking on enough, and blocking drama (that came up a lot). As freshmen, we also had the opportunity to learn from those who had experienced it all before us; our facilitators gave us great tips, like reading a few pages in an assignment to estimate how long it would take to do the whole section, or writing to-do lists manually to avoid getting distracted by electronics ― both strategies that I am excited to implement as the semester rolls ahead.If I had to choose one snapshot to represent our collective reflecting experience, it would be when we sat in a circle around a spitting fire on our last night there. We each held flameless candles, which we switched off as we went around the circle and shared our regrets and fears, and lit as we expressed gratitude and aspirations. It was a deeply emotional experience that I believe connected us seemingly disparate individuals in our collective quest to do better and make the most of this wonderful institution.Heading into the next semester, we all have goals, dreams, and targets. I, for one, have already failed some of mine (looking at you, Annenberg breakfast). But no matter how much you reflect and refresh, you cannot accomplish everything and you won’t be perfect every time. And you know what? That’s completely OK.
Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) alerted students in an email Saturday night of a reported sexual assault that occurred in the early morning hours of March 3. NDSP is investigating the reported incident. Police said the reported assault was committed by a non-stranger in a residence hall. They advised students to be conscious of the environment they are in and look out for friends to reduce the risk of sexual assault. “College students are more likely to be assaulted by an acquaintance than a stranger. This means that the person perpetrating the assault could be part of the campus community. Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault,” the email stated.
MATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoBrian Calhoun didn’t take long to make his presence felt as a Wisconsin Badger. Playing in his first game in nearly two seasons, the junior running back and Colorado transfer rushed for 258 yards and five touchdowns on 43 carries to lead Wisconsin to a 56-42 win over Bowling Green in the team’s season opener.In doing so, Calhoun racked up more rushing yards in a debut performance at UW than any tailback in school history. He tied the Wisconsin rushing touchdown record while surpassing his previous career rushing high, 137 yards, by the second quarter.“I was excited to get out there,” Calhoun said. “The first few plays I had a few butterflies, but after we kept moving the ball, I really became more comfortable with the game.”At the same time, the Oak Creek native managed to steal the spotlight from Falcons quarterback and Heisman trophy candidate Omar Jacobs, who passed for 458 yards and five touchdowns in the loss despite directing his team to a 13-0 first-quarter lead.Jacobs began the game completing 11 of his first 12 passes for a pair of touchdowns to spot Bowling Green the early advantage.“I think Jacobs, he lives up to his billing,” UW head coach Barry Alvarez said. “He’s exceptional, a lot of poise, knows where to go with the ball. They (the Falcons) create a lot of problems.”Wisconsin responded on its second possession, with Calhoun rushing for 42 yards on a drive capped by a 21-yard touchdown strike from John Stocco to wide receiver Jonathan Orr. Stocco had missed part of the scoring drive after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Falcon corner Antonio Smith on a first-down scramble.“That was a prime example of an illegal play,” Alvarez said of the hit. “For a player to get hit with the helmet, unprotected like that, that’s a penalty. John needs to learn how to go down. He needs to slide and not take a hit.”Stocco’s touchdown toss was the first of five Badger touchdowns in the second quarter, an offensive explosion that yielded the most points in one quarter during the Barry Alvarez era.Not surprisingly, Calhoun led the way, rushing for 106 yards and three touchdowns in the quarter. An 85-yard kickoff return from Brandon Williams set up another Wisconsin score, an eight-yard plunge from fullback Matt Bernstein.However, Jacobs kept Bowling Green in the shootout with some fireworks of his own, engineering a trio of touchdown drives for the Falcons in the second quarter. A Jacobs touchdown pass to senior Steve Sanders, the duo’s second scoring connection of the contest, tied the game at 35-35 with just four seconds remaining in the first half.After the break, though, Calhoun put a stranglehold on the match-up. The UW defense did its part as well, allowing the Falcons just one yard of offense in the third quarter.“Our defense did what they had to do the first few possessions of the second half to get the ball back for us,” Alvarez said.Meanwhile, a Wisconsin offensive line featuring three new starters continued to open gaping holes for Calhoun and backup tailback Booker Stanley, who rushed for 103 yards in his reserve capacity. The duo combined for all 66 yards on the Badgers’ opening drive of the second stanza, with Calhoun capping the march with his fourth score.“It was to a point where (the offensive line would) come back to the sidelines saying they wanted to run every play,” Calhoun said. “Because we knew that we were having the mentality of finishing and Bowling Green’s defense really didn’t have an answer for us so we just kept pounding.”After consecutive sacks by Nick Hayden and Mark Zalewski forced a Bowling Green punt, Calhoun and Stanley went back to work, racking up 51 yards on the ground on a drive that spanned 5:39. This time, however, Stanley did the honors, breaking a 15-yard scamper to pay-dirt to give Wisconsin a two-touchdown advantage it would never relinquish.Calhoun went on to add another rushing score early in the fourth quarter to tie the school record, joining Anthony Davis and Billy Marek as the only Badgers ever to rush for five touchdowns in a single game.Jacobs, on the other hand, endured his share of struggles after the break, completing just 10 of his 22 attempts and throwing his first interception of the season. He did find Charles Sharon for a 20-yard touchdown following Calhoun’s final score to keep the Falcons in the game. However, the UW defense did enough in the second half to seal the victory for the Badgers in a very atypical contest.“You get in shootouts sometimes, and if you walk out of there with a win, that’s great,” Alvarez said. “There’s a lot of different ways to win games. I’m pleased with the win. But if we can build off the good things, the important thing is that we correct a number of the mistakes that we made. But I think this will help us. This should help this team.”
Usman, who is an undergraduate of Kwara State Polytechnic turned the table against his experienced counterpart to clinch a slot in the quarterfinal with a 2-1 win.Before setting up a second round battle against the European, Usman had beaten Ugandaâ€™s Jacob Musisi 2-0 while his performance against the Portuguese gave Nigeria something to cheer.From the start of the encounter against the Portuguese, the Kwara State-born Usman played with a lot of caution taking instruction from his coach throughout the encounter.When it was clear that the Nigerian was taking charge, the Portuguese had to submit in the third match to bow out in style.In his post match interview, an excited Usman said he played according to his coach’s instruction gave him a big advantage in the match.â€œI think what really worked for me in the encounter was because I listened to every instruction passed by my coach. He told me to always drive my shot and block to the net. And that if I have any sure ball, I should smash it. All these really helped me a lot in the match. I am so happy and I am looking forward to my next match against the Egyptian who is the number three seed.â€The second Nigeria in the last eight is Anuoluwapo Opeyori who also defeated his compatriots to berth in the quarterfinal round of the championships.Today in the menâ€™s quarterfinal, Nigeriaâ€™s two surviving players, Usman will face Egyptâ€™s Ahmed Salah while Opeyori will battle against number four seed, Indiaâ€™s Rahul Yadav Chittaboina.Elated coach Samson Egbeyemi believes the Nigerian players have the potential to do better while hoping that Usman and Opeyori would come through in the quarterfinal ties.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram LAGOS INT BADMINTON CLASSICSNigeria’s Isiaq Usman was the hero of the day at the ongoing Lagos International Badminton Classics after his hard won victory over top seed, Duarte Nuno Anjo from Portugal.The Portuguese star, seeded number five in the tournament got more than he bargained for as he was shown the exit door in the men’s singles event to the admiration of packed crowd at the Molade Okoya-Thomas hall of Teslim Balogun stadium.