Phish Lyricist Tom Marshall Launches “Under The Scales” Podcast Series [Listen]

first_imgNext to many classic Phish songs is the credit (Anastasio/Marshall), a testament to the songwriting duo of Trey Anastasio and Tom Marshall. The longtime friends and musical partners have written countless tunes in the band’s repertoire, so it’s no surprise that Marshall would want to talk about said music. Fortunately for us, Marshall has started a new podcast called “Under The Scales,” where he dives deeper into the Phish culture from his unique perspective.Marshall launched the series with three episodes. The first talks about the motivation behind the podcast, the second discusses a songwriting weekend that led to some of Phish’s most prized material, and the third talks about “Riding The Rail” at shows. Check out all three episodes, with titles and Marshall’s descriptions, below.Episode #000: Let’s Take A RideMy producer, Mark Dowd, and I take a ride through Trey’s and my old grade-school, and discuss some history and motivation behind the Under the Scales podcast.Episode #001: The Songwriting WeekendIn 1997, Trey and I escaped for long weekends to write a lot of songs which eventually appeared on Phish albums and became part of Phish’s live repertoire. This is the story of one of those weekends, and how it got off to a *horrifying* start. Trey listened to this and said “it’s like the secret backstory to the song Twist” — and it really is.Episode #002: Riding the RailDerek Gregory joins me in the studio to discuss his extensive experience with Phish…he likes it up close to the band. Real close. I try to figure out the hows and whys of “riding the rail” as it’s called.We can’t wait for more Under The Scales!last_img read more

Second fire in almost three months hits College

first_imgFor the second time in less than three months, Moreau Hall on Saint Mary’s campus caught fire Sunday night. Saint Mary’s Security and Notre Dame Fire Department were alerted of a fire in the O’Laughlin Auditorium on Sunday night at 10:59 p.m., according to a press release from director of media relations Gwen O’Brien. “Security officers were the first to respond to the alarm and found the curtains at stage left on fire,” the press release stated. “The sprinkling system above the curtains was working and a security officer used a fire extinguisher to further contain the fire.” When the Notre Dame Fire Department arrived at the scene, they found the curtains were still on fire, according to the release. “Clay Fire Territory and the South Bend Fire Department also responded to the call,” the release stated. “No one was in the auditorium when security and the fire crews arrived. The cause of the fire is under investigation.” The College notified students of the fire around 7 a.m. Monday via text, email and phone call with an automated voice recording. The messages also let students know that classes in Moreau were cancelled for the day. Senior Mariah Niedbalski learned of the fire through social media before she had heard from the College. “Around midnight I saw a friends Facebook status saying ‘I survived the great Moreau fire, again?’” Niedbalski said. “Our school didn’t send out an ’emergency alert’ until 7:45 a.m. the next day. It’s just not safe that our security doesn’t alert us when something as major as a building being on fire happens.” Niedbalski called Saint Mary’s Security around 2 a.m. to see if classes would still be held in Moreau on Monday. “They told me that they did not know how bad the fire was but said we probably wouldn’t be allowed in the building today,” Niedbalski said. “Which is odd seeing that they are security and should know these things right away.” Once Niedbalski knew her classes would be cancelled for the day, she said she knew the damage was minor. “All my classes are in Moreau on Mondays but my professors didn’t seem too worried since the fire started in O’Laughlin and not any of the classrooms,” Niedbalski said. A building that houses multiple majors, Moreau is a central location for many students and professors on campus. Colleen Fitzpatrick, a communication studies professor whose office is located in the basement of Moreau Hall, said she fortunately did not need to enter the building Monday morning. “I was surprised that it has happened twice in only a year,” Fitzpatrick said. “I was notified around 7 a.m. just like the students. The emergency system is up and running, which is always a good sign. I’m hopeful that everything is okay since I have not been in the building yet.” Senior Emily Caltrider, who lives in the Opus Apartments on campus, was still awake when she and her roommates heard sirens coming towards the College. “We figured there was an accident on 933, but then we saw that the fire trucks were on campus and heading towards Holy Cross,” Caltrider said. “We initially thought it was Holy Cross on fire. We were curious as to what was happening, and since we had all lived in Holy Cross the past three years we hopped into the car to see if we could get on the Avenue to check it out.” Caltrider and her roommates were able to make it to the Avenue where they saw several lights. Once closer to the buildings, Caltrider said she realized it was Moreau that had caught on fire. “Fire trucks surrounded the building and the doors in the back were opened with smoke spilling out,” she said. “The fire in Moreau is an unfortunate event for the Saint Mary’s community. It is sad that this is the second fire in that building this year, and that more precautions in preventing such an incident from happening weren’t taken the first time that this happened.” Caltrider, like many other students, faculty and staff as well as the rest of the community, said she is curious to find out what actually caused the fire and what certain precautions could have been taken to avoid this incident from occurring. “I feel for all the [Saint Mary’s] students that have made memories over the years performing on that stage,” Caltrider said. “We hope that Tostal will still be able to take place this spring.”last_img read more

Goran Kovacevic is 2020 Champion in para-karate for Bosnia and Herzegovina

first_imgGoran Kovačević moved skilfully on the creaky wooden floor demonstrating the martial arts techniques he mastered, ten years ago, in the basement of the old culture centre in the small town of Foča.A gold medal winner. A 2020 champion in para-karate for Bosnia and Herzegovina. No real gym, no tatami floor mats, no fancy fitness equipment to use to exercise. Born with Down syndrome and the strength of a hero.Goran trains with the other children and adults with disabilities, who are beneficiaries of “A Ray of Hope”, the local non-governmental organization and founder of the Service CentreFounded by Jelena Vilotić, a mother who wanted to help her child and others with a disability, this unique facility provides psychosocial support and health care services for people with disabilities in the broader area of Foča and surrounding municipalities.“I thought we were invisible,” says Jelena. “I couldn’t see any other family with children with disabilities on the streets of Foča, and there was really nothing I could offer my son.”Encouraged by her friends, Jelena and another mother in the community decided to establish an NGO. ”That is how a Ray of Hope was born, for all people with disabilities,” says Jelena. “Just lots of love and determination.”Centre of hopeAn enthusiastic woman with a social entrepreneurial spirit, Jelena managed to use the resources available in the local community and connect people. The Centre became the teaching base of the University School of Medicine in Foča, and hosted student volunteers.The Municipality of Foča provided the Centre with a small workspace free of charge, and soon Jelena realized that they were not alone.“There were other families in Foča who needed support for children and adults with disabilities and soon after the Centre opened, they came out of the shadows,” she says.Community in action“At the beginning, we had only three families from Foča, but now we have 114 families from eight municipalities in Republika Srpska and the Federation of BiH: Bileća, Čajniče, Gacko, Goražde, Foča, Foča –Ustikolina, Ljubinje and Višegrad. Connected in hope and with the strength to succeed,” says Jelena.Vladimir Blagovčanin, OSCE National Programme Officer, said that Jelena, with her brave move, unintentionally contributed to breaking the vicious cycle of the stigmatization of families of people with disabilities and their self-imposed exclusion from society. “They weren’t invisible anymore. Rights and services for their loved ones found their way into concrete measures,” said Vladimir.The Centre has an expert team who provide individual and group psychosocial treatments for children and adults with disabilities.“We also offer support to family members,” says Jelena. “Parents, and especially mothers, understand the other parents best, and the problems they are going through, and no one can fight for our children better then we can.”OSCE’s support“We at the OSCE Mission to BiH, strongly support human rights and the inclusion of people with disabilities in BiH society. We were amazed with the work done by Jelena and the whole community,” said Vladimir. “This initiative brought community together and bridged the gap between people living in different entities, by building mutual trust and advocating for equality of people with disabilities”.“We launched an initiative with the local authorities to include the Centre into the municipal social protection system. However, their funding still needs to be permanently resolved” he explained.“We negotiated with the Municipality of Foča to increase the monthly instalments to the Centre in order to improve the quality of service. The Mission initially covered the costs of transportation for children from other municipalities in both Republika Srpska and the Federation of BiH, which enable them to be involved in treatments provided by the Centre,” said Vladimir.After initial support, the Mission is no longer directly supporting the Centre, but continues to co-operate,  by involving Jelena and the Centres’ team as experts who could share their experience and knowledge with the other peers and NGOs for people with disabilities in the region.Vladimir noted that: “This year, the OSCE Mission will support capacity building and assist the networking among associations of people with disabilities and introduce the Centre as positive example of NGO with advanced know-how, technical capacity and knowledge that could transfer its experience to other organisations.According to the results of the 2013 Census, almost 300,000 (8.33 per cent) out of 3.5 million people in BiH have a certain degree of disability.Photo: Klixlast_img read more

Wellington loses to Clearwater 39-37 in the Roadrunner Tournament Classic Championship

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader boys basketball team could not quite pull off a second straight Roadrunner Tournament Classic Championship Saturday evening.In a teeth grinding kind of game, Wellington would lose to Clearwater 39-37 to finish second in the eight-team tournament.Wellington is now 8-5 and has a week off before traveling to Buhler on Tuesday, Feb. 3.Clearwater implemented a 2-3 zone throughout the game and Wellington could never really solve the puzzle. Trevor Nance, who normally has more than 20 points, was held to 10. It didn’t help that he had three fouls midway through the third quarter and spent much of the second half on the bench. Wellington got off to a slow start missing 8 of its first 9 shots, and never could get into a real rhythm thereafter. It would score just one three-pointer for the game – a trey by A.J. Snipes in the second quarter.But despite all this, Wellington was leading 34-32 with 3 minutes to play after Nance made a nice assist to Ian King on a fast break layup.Clearwater would tie the Dukes twice more and was trailing 37-35 in the final minute.But Collin Neises then hit a dagger from the left corner to give Clearwater a 38-37 lead with 49.7 seconds. The Dukes turned the ball over on the other end and Clearwater’s Konner Wells would hit 1 of 2 free throws and Clearwater led by a pair.Down by two, Wellington would go for the final shot in a chaotic sequence in which Wellington put up three shots off two offensive rebounds, and would come up empty. When a Nance shot under the basket fell off, a Clearwater rebound would secure victory with 2.2 seconds to play.Clearwater seems to be having Wellington’s number this season. The Indians beat Wellington earlier in the season in a game the Crusaders thought they could have won. This game in many ways was not much different.After exploding for 66 points against Kingman the previous night, the Wellington offense mustered nothing remotely similar on Saturday.Wellington fell behind early and was trailing 22-18 at the half. After two quick Crusader baskets to start the second half to tie the game, Wellington and Clearwater played tit for tat the rest of the game.Clearwater didn’t exactly set the world on fire shooting either – even though it did hit five 3-pointers. It was 6 of 12 from the free throw line. Wellington was 6 of 9. Neises was the only Clearwater player in double figures with 10.In other Roadrunner tournament action, Chaparral finished third with an overtime win over Kingman. Conway Springs would beat Ark City for fifth, and Mulvane upended Belle Plaine for seventh place.•••••Snipes and Nance were named to the all-tournament team. Clearwater814910—39 Chaparral Boys Tournament Championship game Follow us on Twitter. Clearwater: Wells 2, Rausch 3, Neises 10, Ellis 5, Smith 2, Mills 4, Hall 7, Bates 6. Total: 9 (5) 6-12 39.center_img Wellington: Gilmore 2, Co. Phelps 4, Reichenberger 2, Nance 10, Pettegrew 1, Snipes 10, King 8. Total 14 (1) 6-9 37 Wellington711109—37 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more