Exciting Special Guest Singers Announced For Tonight’s All-Star Prince Tribute

first_imgTonight at Brooklyn’s The Hall at MP, a special tribute to Prince will take place with a house band that consists of Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Marcus Rezak (Stratosphere All-Stars), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), and Louis Cato (Late Show With Stephen Colbert). The show will now feature an incredible horn section, with James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Maurice “Mobetta” Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Roots, Wyclef Jean & more), and Ian Gray (Swift Technique) will be adding brass flare.It has just been announced that Con Brio’s Ziek McCarter, Mayteana Morales of The Pimps of Joytime, Hayley Jane of Hayley Jane and the Primates, and Nephrok of the Nephrok All-Stars will be sharing vocal duties throughout the night in this very special tribute. Ziek McCartner recently fronted Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe for a Prince tribute in New Orleans, and all four singers are eager to perform selections from the Purple One’s iconic catalog.Doors for the event open at 10pm with a set from DJ Logic, followed by the very special set of Prince songs. You can find tickets for the show by heading HERE.Karl Denson w/ Con Brio’s Ziek McCarter performing “Head” on Jam Cruise:Full Lineup:Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)Mike Greenfield (Lotus)Louis Cato (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) Marcus Rezak (Stratosphere All-Stars)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Maurice “Mobetta” Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Ian Gray (Swift Technique)Nephrok! (The Nephrok! Allstars)Hayley Jane (Hayley Jane and the Primates)Mayteana Morales (Pimps of Joytime)Ziek McCarter (Con Brio)Opener: DJ Logiclast_img read more

At Least 18 FARC Guerrillas Killed On Border With Ecuador

first_imgBy Dialogo September 21, 2010 At least eighteen FARC guerrillas died in combat and a subsequent bombardment by government forces in the Colombian municipality of San Miguel (in the southern part of the country, on the border with Ecuador), Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera announced. “The operation is underway, and the bulletin we can provide as of now is eighteen casualties among the FARC terrorists,” Rivera told the press in Bogotá before traveling to the area of the fighting, located in the jungle department (province) of Putumayo, bordering on Ecuador and Peru. “We’re going there in order to consolidate” the offensive, he emphasized. Police, soldiers, and Colombian Air Force (FAC) planes and helicopters participated in the action, according to other Defense Ministry sources cited by the press. The troops bombarded at least three rebel camps in a jungle area near the San Miguel River, which marks the border between Colombia and Ecuador, military officers said. The events took place Sunday morning in the same region where a commando squad of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) killed eight police officers and wounded four on 10 September, the sources indicated. Rivera and the military commanders did not make an immediate announcement about deaths or injuries among the members of the government forces confronting the rebels from the FARC’s Front 48. The minister traveled to Putumayo accompanied by the director of the National Police, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, and several military commanders, the Defense Ministry announced. The authorities are investigating whether the dead rebels include two Front 48 commanders accused of drug trafficking and of supplying arms and explosives to around seven hundred insurgents who operate on Colombia’s border with Ecuador, according to ministry sources. The events at San Miguel took place a day after Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announced the relaunching of the country’s “democratic security” policy, following attacks attributed to the FARC and the National Liberation Army (ELN) that have left at least forty police officers and military personnel dead this month in Putumayo and other regions. The new policy will also include strategies to check the violence committed by drug traffickers, gang members, demobilized paramilitaries, and other criminals in the cities, according to other administration sources.last_img read more

CET discusses poor classroom attendance

first_imgThe best way to encourage students to attend class is to make sure lectures provide added value, student fellows of the Center for Excellence in Teaching said at a panel discussion Wednesday.Attendance · Members of the Center for Excellence in Teaching suggested that teachers go beyond just using textbooks and refer to current events or pop culture in their lectures to encourage student attendance. – Mindy Curtis | Daily Trojan The panel discussion, which was moderated by James Green, CET undergraduate fellow, included Becky Courter, a CET teaching assistant fellow, Joseph Dombrosky, the CET undergraduate fellows chair, and Colby Kennedy, a CET undergraduate fellow.CET held the panel to receive feedback from students about attendance and to provide extra resources for professors who want to improve class attendance.“There are three primary issues for students,” Green said. “Lack of interest in the class, lack of engagement insofar as participating and getting involved and lack of added value, in that students don’t feel their class experience is adding to their required textbook readings and the other parts of the course.”Green said students can be classified into three categories: those who will attend class no matter what, those who never attend class and those who are somewhere in  between. The students who are in between often feel they have better things to do than attend class.“They don’t feel the class is worth going to. Or [they have] other assignments or quizzes,” Green said. “It’s important that [faculty] create an environment that really encourages students to come to class.”Some students said they have a difficult time going to class when they feel the information is verbatim from the textbook.“What is the most productive way that I can spend my time,” said Frankie Bennett, a senior majoring in business administration. “When a professor is really interesting, of course I’ll be there every time. But when I’m being taught something I could learn faster outside of class, then it doesn’t make sense for to me to go.”Courter said CET is trying to provide extra resources and ideas for professors to improve attendance. It falls on the professors, however, to care about attendance, and on the university to provide incentives for those professors to care.“As a teacher if you care about your students, then you care if they show up,” Courter said.TAs often play a large role in engaging students in the course content because they teach discussion sections that expand on professors’ lectures to a smaller number of students.Courter said she tries to stay as comfortable as possible when she is teaching because she believes it makes students feel comfortable, too.Wayne Glass, professor of international relations, said classroom attendance supports a healthy educational system.“I want my classes to be exciting and active,” Glass said. “In some sense, that’s being successful; it’s a measure of my own success as a professional.”In classes where attendance is high, professors encourage class discussion and interaction give frequent quizzes and assign small group work to replace powerpoint lectures, according to Green.CET encourages professors and TAs to focus on adding value to their lectures by getting students interested in the subject through the use of varied media, such as the internet, pop culture and news articles that cater to student interest.“Find a way to encourage students to learn more outside of class,” Green said. “You want to encourage students to come to class — not just to fulfill an attendance grade, but to learn.”last_img read more