Lotus is gearing up for a two-night stand in Chicago at The Vic Theatre this coming weekend (Nov. 4th-5th). The instrumental post-rock and dance-driven group will be joined by up-and-comers Spafford, who have been on a tear recently. Without a doubt, Lotus will be kicking it into high gear this weekend in Chi-town.A serious buzz is building around Arizona-based jam powerhouse Spafford. Each show, they pick up new devoted fans as they blow away the new and often unsuspecting listeners with their improvisational prowess. Playing with a sound that is easily digestible while still pushing boundaries, the band is building a following by connecting to the special, in-the-moment energy, only found through improvisational dives.For tickets and additional show info, check out the Facebook Event Group page here.Watch Lotus Perform “Wax” Live At Red Rocks:Spafford Performs “Virtual Bean Dip > Pizza Jam > All In” in Wisconsin 9/29/16:Spafford will also be making their NYC debut on a co-bill with the Colorado based Magic Beans for two special post-Phish performances. Purchase tickets for 12/30 here, and 12/31 here.
La Fuerza, the Saint Mary’s club that represents Latina culture, hosted Immigration Monologues Thursday as a part of Action Week. Club president Cristina Posadas began the lecture by addressing six myths commonly associated with immigrants.She said the myths are that immigrants do not want to learn English, do not pay taxes, increase crime rates, take jobs away from Americans, drain the economy and are a burden on the health care system.Posadas said she hopes by promoting the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, people will become more aware of the potential of undocumented immigrants.“This would provide a pass to legal status so they can go to college, get careers and contribute to society,” Posadas said.A group of students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross and Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) helped make up the panel that addressed the issues of immigrations they personally faced.Panel member Felix Marquez, an IUSB student, shared his own story of how he was forced to leave El Salvador after he was recruited by the military at age 16.“[The military] said they were going to make me into a man and I’d go represent my country,” Marquez said.Marquez said his mother had other ideas and sent him to the United States where he would not be forced into a war she did not support. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1990, Marquez said he has learned English and was the first of his family members to attain a high school degree.Notre Dame freshman Luis Huerta was born a citizen of the United States to illegal immigrant parents. As result, Huerta’s family was forced to move multiple times and suffer in poverty.At age 5, Huerta said he remembers his teacher saying he would amount to nothing because of his parents’ social standing in life. He said that moment would inspire him to denying his cultural heritage for many years.“It wasn’t until high school that I was finally able to be proud of my heritage,” Huerta said.Huerta is currently pursuing a degree from Notre Dame alongside his mother, who is hoping to earn a degree in management.“I just want people to know that anything is possible here in the United States, it just takes time,” Huerta said.
I was reading an article in the Indianapolis Star about Southport’s Paul Scruggs. He is the third Indiana High School star to transfer to a prep school this year. Scruggs is headed for Prolific Prep of Napa, California.Most of these young men are doing this for two reasons. The one they are willing to talk about is their desire to play on a team that will hone their skills for college. They want to be a McDonald’s All-American so they can be a “one and done” college player.The reason they are not willing to talk about it is that the transfer is usually initiated by their AAU coaches. In high school basketball today, the top AAU coaches steer their players away from the normal high school program. These AAU coaches hope that if the athlete does well enough, they will reap some of the rewards that these prep stars might bring them.High school athletic associations are in a quandary as to how to regulate participation outside the confines of their high schools. So far, it seems the AAU is winning.
By David S. MenjorAs the nationwide exhibition of the 2017 voters roll began yesterday, the National Elections Commission (NEC) has expressed regret over the inaccessibility of several centers in Sinoe County Electoral Districts #1 & 2.At a brief press conference in Monrovia yesterday, NEC chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said the centers are unreachable for now due to the flooding of the roads as a result of heavy rainfall in those districts.“For the sake of transparency, we will continue to keep the public informed of every unfolding event, regardless of the location, where each case is identified,” Korkoya noted. He added that even though the deadline for the exhibition is on Saturday, June 17, residents in the affected areas who have registered to vote will have extended time to allow them to verify all of their voter registration (VR) information before the start of the campaign period.The voter roll exhibition is intended for all registered voters to verify the accuracy of their information, including names, ages, places of birth, among others, as given to NEC registrars at the time of the VR process that ended on March 14. It also provides adult community dwellers who have registered to vote the opportunity to identify the names of people who are not residents of said community and are non-Liberian citizens who might have succeeded in registering to vote.“Due to the flood, it was dangerous for any of our staff to make any attempt into those centers,” he pointed out. “District #1 has 20 VR centers; and of the 20 centers, six were affected. Electoral District #2 has 25 VR centers, but we were able to access only two of them.”He listed Kabada, Tubmanville Clinic, Palatroken Palava Hut, Plasiken Palava Hut, Wessay Town Palava Hut and Saywon Town VR centers as those affected in District #1, while Old Government Camp-Neeteah and Sunshine Town Hall were the two centers in Sinoe Electoral District #2 that have so far been reached.“We expect new updates from our Sinoe staff before the close of business today (yesterday),” he said.Meanwhile, yesterday’s press conference coincided with the training of staffers from the registered political parties as well as some civil society groupings on how their election hopefuls should be listed on the ballot papers. The training also afforded them the opportunity to listen and make inquiries about issues of concern, including challenges faced in Sinoe County regarding the exhibition of the voter roll.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –