The music never dies

first_imgRob Reider is a verified Twitter user, though chances are you haven’t heard of him.But he has walked the halls of MTV studios, jammed acoustically for “Total Request Live,” and made several music videos. He’s been on the road for months at a time, bathed in the doe eyes of shrieking fangirls, and had a single on the soundtrack for the Kristen Bell rom-com “When in Rome” and one of the “American Pie” movies. But that was then, and last year when “some dude in Belgium stole my credit card info,” that unknown bandit likely made away with a few of the royalty dollars Reider receives each year from his stint in the pop punk band The Friday Night Boys.Haven’t heard of them either? Not a surprise. They didn’t have the cantankerousness of the Sex Pistols — they were all just really good friends. When The Friday Night Boys formed in 2006, the average age of its members was a mere 21. They hailed from middle-class Washington, D.C., suburbs, where mostly they’d grown up together.Reider, an administrative coordinator with Harvard’s Campus Services, played bass. The band debuted in the heyday of MySpace, and the boys began posting mp3s of their songs with titles like “High School” and “Better Than You” during the brief window when the site was a platform for launching bands, said Reider. The music attracted managers who sent the group on record label showcases in Los Angeles.By 2008, The Friday Night Boys were signed to Fueled by Ramen Records. “It was a bit surreal,” said Reider. “It wasn’t shock — it was what we all wanted.”“We recorded at the nicest studio in L.A.,” said Reider. “It was so exciting. We were next door to Lindsay Lohan, Ludacris, Justin Timberlake. And our producer was super into the record.”The band sold 60,000 copies of its 2009 album, “Off the Deep End,” which reached 198 on the Billboard 200 in the summertime. By the next year, the band was done.“We finished our last tour in Altoona, Pennsylvania,” said Reider. “We were all just getting older and wanting something more stable.”Reider moved to Boston. “I had friends here, and I loved the music scene,” he said. He started working at Harvard, first as a staff assistant for Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications Kevin Casey, helping with numerous community outreach events and programs. He got married. He moved on to his other job. But there was something more that gnawed at him.“I’ve always had this affinity for small, DIY labels. I’d find these bands I loved, and do some research, and see they were on a label run by one or two people out of a garage or a bedroom,” he said.Early this year, Reider founded Bob Records out of his apartment in Allston.“I thought about it for a couple years, actually,” he said. “But then my friend’s band People in Cars were working on a release, and I asked them how they felt about me putting it out on my newly devised label.”Bob Records is now gearing up for its eighth and ninth releases by Philadelphia instrumental band Mohican and Charleston-based punk outfit Drunk Couples.Reider isn’t just digitizing the music by way of his Bandcamp page, he’s recording the music on cassettes and seven-inch records.Cassettes, though?For one, it’s cheap, said Reider, and turnaround time is shorter. “And you’re listening to a whole album and not skipping tracks,” he added. “You’re hearing it the way the artist made it.”Reider’s also playing music again. Alongside his guitarist brother-in-law, Reider pounds the drums for the Rococo Bang. The instrumental duo is a departure for Reider, who describes their sound as “funky at times, drony at times, Wall of Sound-y at times, loud, intriguing, drenched in riffs.”While the band is set to make their public debut this spring, Reider has no plans to slow down on Bob Records. He’s enrolled in a marketing class at the Harvard Extension School and frequently checks out local venues, looking for that next band to add to his roster.But he’s content to keep his enterprise small, personal — a true labor of love. “My goal is just to sell enough of one artist and put out another artist,” he said. “I have no delusions of grandeur.”last_img read more

Leading the way toward racial healing

first_img Read Full Story Divinity School students Melissa Bartholomew and Rachel Foran are the co-chairs of the Harvard Divinity School Racial Justice & Healing Initiative, a group of HDS students committed to cross-disciplinary dialogue, scholarship, and training in order to address personal and systemic racism.HDS communications recently caught up with Melissa and Rachel to learn more about the initiative and their efforts to ensure conversations and engagement on racial healing and justice have an enduring place at HDS.HDS: Where do things stand with regard to the status of the Racial Justice and Healing Initiative? Is the idea that the “initiative” will become a “center”?Melissa & Rachel: We registered the HDS Racial Justice and Healing Initiative as an official HDS student group in January 2015. The long-term vision is to establish a Center for Racial Justice and Healing at HDS.Dean David Hempton and his administration have demonstrated consistent support for our efforts, and they have also been clear about the challenges of a center model. Our vision for a center reflects our collective response to the urgent need to cultivate racial justice and healing in our time, as well as to provide a foundation for generations to come. We are “dreaming big” and acting now to address the pressing moral crisis of racism.The tragic events in Baltimore underscore the urgency of this work. Racial justice and healing must become a national priority.last_img read more

Lawyer outlines laws, gives advice

first_imgAs part of its beND campaign in response to a recent spike in alcohol-related arrests off-campus, student government hosted a lecture Sunday evening titled “Alcohol, Parties, and the Law,” presented by attorney C.L. Lindsay. Lindsay, who left his New York law firm in 1998 after seeing the need for legal work concentrating on higher education, founded the Coalition for Student and Academic Rights (CO-STAR), which now receives 10,000 requests annually. In his lecture, Lindsay detailed the specific state and federal laws affecting students, the consequences of infractions and steps students should take to minimize their risk before, and improve the outcome after, having a legal incident. He said the reason most parties draw police attention is due to noise complaints from neighbors. “The first thing to do is make nice with your neighbors. … If you’re going to have a party, talk to them, have them call you, not the police,” Lindsay said. “Set up your party, go outside and listen. If you can hear from a distance, it’s probably too loud.” Lindsay also emphasized the importance of choosing a location unlikely to cause a nuisance and draw complaints from neighbors. “Never have a party outside, there’s just too much noise,” he said. “The basement is the best place for a party.” Lindsay clarified the laws on when students can refuse a police search and how to avoid forfeiting the right. He said posting invites for the public to see, which can include online event postings, could leave the event legally open to anyone, including police. According to Lindsay, police can enter a home when they have a warrant, receive permission from a resident, see a crime taking place in plain view or believe that waiting to enter would result in a loss of evidence. To minimize hosts’ liability for underage drinkers at a party, Lindsay suggested posting two signs, one stating that the party is private, and another reminding minors not to drink. He also advised party throwers to have two designated, sober hosts. “If the police do show up, you need one to talk to them … the other to be a witness,” he said. “If you’re alone, it’s your word against two officers’. … If you send two people out it changes the dynamic.” While the hosts should be aware and take advantage of their rights, they should also be cooperative, and avoid arguing with officers, as it reduces the likelihood of leniency. “The time you argue your case is in front of a judge, not a police officer,” he said. Lindsay also warned against charging partygoers for alcohol. “It’s illegal to charge for liquor, period,” he said. While encouraging voluntary donations is legal, charging for cups, requiring “mandatory donations” and claiming the money is for a different part of the party unrelated to alcohol, such as a band, does not change the legality, he said. Lindsay touched on other alcohol-related issues relevant to students, including the use of fake identification, which has an extremely general definition in the law, that provides police with wide discretion when issuing citations. There is not a legal difference between using a manufactured fake ID or using someone else’s legitimate license. In addition to giving students advice on dealing with existing laws, students can and should take a more proactive role in changing the laws they disagree with. “The US has the most paternalistic drinking laws in the world,” he said. “The best way to change the laws isn’t to go behind closed doors and break them.”last_img read more

A Federal ‘Cash for Cronies’ Plan Crafted by Coal Companies

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Post:Energy Secretary Rick Perry had been in office less than four weeks when he took a meeting from a coal magnate who had an urgent request.Robert E. Murray, founder of Murray Energy and a major Trump supporter, presented a four-page “action plan” to rescue the coal industry. The plan said that commissioners at three independent regulatory agencies “must be replaced,” Environmental Protection Agency staff slashed, and safety and pollution rules “overturn[ed],” according to photos and documents seen by The Washington Post.Murray’s plan lamented that under former president Barack Obama, environmental regulators had written rules with “38 times the words in our Holy Bible.”The March 29 meeting was part of an aggressive lobbying campaign to make sure that President Trump would deliver on his campaign promise to prop up the coal industry and tear down its regulatory foes. And a central aim of Murray’s lobbying was to get the new administration to change the rules of the electricity grid to help a floundering utility, FirstEnergy, that was one of the chief buyers of coal from Murray Energy’s mines.Eight months later, Perry is pushing a plan that would deliver new subsidies to a handful of coal and nuclear companies and keep open decrepit half-century old plants just as Murray had hoped — all in the name of improving the reliability and security of the electrical grid.It’s not unprecedented for industry executives or environmental groups to lobby new administrations. In 2001, then-Vice President Richard B. Cheney and his aides held at least 40 meetings, mostly with fossil-fuel-producing industries, in drawing up an energy plan.But the Perry plan has roused overwhelming bipartisan opposition because it would help a small number of firms at the expense of millions of consumers.“You can wrap this Christmas present in whatever paper you want, but it’s still cash for cronies,” Nora Brownell, a consultant and former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member appointed by President George W. Bush.Perry has also put unusual pressure on FERC, an independent federal agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity. Perry has pressed it to sign off on the changes by Dec. 11. That’s an unusually fast turnaround time, especially since two commissioners were confirmed only on Nov. 2. The commission on Thursday asked for a 30-day extension.More: An American energy plan straight from coal country A Federal ‘Cash for Cronies’ Plan Crafted by Coal Companieslast_img read more

Promoting fairness and diversity

first_img March 1, 2006 Regular News Promoting fairness and diversity Promoting fairness and diversity Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Representatives from the Cuban American Bar raised questions about the disparate treatment faced by those with language barriers. The Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers brought up slights often directed toward black litigants and lawyers. The Asian-Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida raised concerns about stereotyping.Those were just a handful of the topics discussed when the Supreme Court’s Committee on Fairness and Diversity spent two days taking public testimony at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting in Miami.The committee, chaired by 11th Circuit Judge Gill Freeman, was established a little more than a year ago to advance the court system’s efforts to eliminate from court operations inappropriate bias based on race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, or socioeconomic status.“We are dedicated to making our court system is accessible to everybody and fair to everybody,” Judge Freeman said.The committee already has released a report titled “Promoting and Ensuring the Diversity of Judicial Staff Attorneys and Law Clerks Within the Florida State Courts System” (see story above) and has established a Court Diversity Information Resource Center that provides links to diversity and fairness court education curricula, best practices for diversity recruitment and retention utilized by state and national organizations, and other research materials on the ongoing development of diversity perspectives. The committee’s Web site can be found at Once there, click “Diversity Resources” on the right side of the page.The committee also will use the testimony taken in Miami, and other information gathered from across the state — including the results of surveys of judges, court staff, parties involved in legal cases, and lawyers regarding the court system — to identify areas where changes may be needed. The committee’s final report will be presented to the court by June 30.“I think there are a lot of people who have something they want to say and this is the first and only opportunity they have had to say it,” Freeman said.Judge Freeman has already reviewed survey results from questions the committee asked the Bar to include in its 2005 Membership Opinion Survey and was startled by some of the findings, “but not most of them.”“I was surprised that 50 percent of the lawyers who responded said that the judges do not follow the laws,” Freeman said. “That shocked me” and needs to be explored further.“I’m not sure that is really a bias issue, but as a judge, I find it very upsetting,” Judge Freeman said. “That lawyers don’t think we follow the laws is a problem.”That survey also found that 56 percent of the African American lawyers polled said they disagreed with the statement courts treat Caucasians and minorities alike.“That really did not surprise me because I have been doing this fairness work now for 22 years and I don’t expect it to go away, but I hope that it keeps getting better as we keep working on it,” Freeman said. “But many in the court system thought that those issues were over and so now we have evidence that it is not over and we need to continue to work on it.”Freeman said the best way to address perceptions about disparate treatment in the courts is through education and increasing diversity.“We have no control over the diversity of judges, but we do have some control over the diversity of court staff and the education of judges,” Freeman said, noting that she teaches a fairness course at the new judges’ college and fairness is addressed at the circuit and county court conferences on a regular basis.“What we try to do when we develop the courses is to do it in such a way that the judges recognize and can see that it is something that is really concrete and not touchy-feely.”last_img read more

Bright future for the Black Country

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Out of stock

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Obagoal ready for action as CSL players test negative

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous Actors10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeRevealed: 6 Hidden Secrets Of The Great Wall Of China6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Big Actors Who Started Off With A Part In A Soap Opera Nigeria international and Shanghai Shenhua returnee striker Obafemi Martins is good to go as they begin season opener against Guangzou Evergrande on Saturday. Martins who made 40 appearances scoring 19 goals in his first ‘missionary’ sojourn at the club, was recently re-engaged in a €400,000 per week deal replacing compatriot Odion Ighalo who is currently enjoying his extended loan deal at the Old Trafford. The former Inter Milan, Newcastle, Levante, Wolfsburg, Rubin Kazan and Seattle Sounders forward was handed the No.17 on his second comingTwo matches have been slated for Saturday, Evergrande host visiting Shenhua in the first match while Wuhan Zall take on Qingdao Huanghai in the second match. The 16-team league has been grouped into Group A and B with eight teams per group.Meanwhile all Chinese Super League (CSL) players have reportedly tested negative for COVID-19 ahead of Saturday’s kick off. The campaign is returning after a five-month delay from the scheduled start, state news agency Xinhua reported.A total of 1,870 individuals from the tournament’s two hubs Suzhou near Shanghai and Dalian in the northeast of China have undergone medical checksNone of them tested positive for the disease that has caused havoc around the world, the report addedPlayers and officials from the 16 participating teams will be confined to their hotel and parts of the stadiums and tests will be conducted once a week during the tournament, it added.The CSL was originally scheduled to start on February 22 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Read AlsoShanghai Shenhua sign ‘Obagoal’ to replace Man Utd loaneeTeams will play a round robin with the top four qualifying for an eight-team ‘championship’ stage and the bottom four from each group going into a ‘relegation’ phase.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

USG to propose increase to student programming fee

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government is suggesting a $1 increase to the student programming fee to make up for miscommunication between treasurers and also to keep up with rising costs. If approved, the student programming fee will total $56.50 per semester, and USG will add an additional $30,000 to its budget.USG has surveyed student interest and determined that an increase to the programming fee, which students pay every semester, will help it better serve students, President Holden Slusher said. The fee increase must be approved by Student Affairs and the Board of Trustees before it is enacted.USG found itself shortchanged this year because of miscommunication that arose the last time they proposed a fee increase in 2008.The proposed 50 cent increase was approved by Student Affairs, and, as USG budgeted for the 2008-2009 school year, they included the extra 50 cents. The trustees vetoed the budget, however, and the veto was not communicated properly to USG. USG was surprised to learn they would not have the $15,000 extra they had anticipated, and, because of the communication issue, Student Affairs chose to compensate USG.But in 2009, the outgoing treasurer did not adequately communicate the situation to current treasurer Ashwin Appiah. USG drew up their budget and included the extra $15,000 that Student Affairs had provided to compensate for the previous year’s error, only to find out that the $15,000 payment was a one-time compensation.To avoid this kind of mistake in the future, Slusher told Appiah to be cautious.“This year, we lost $15,000 but, because of mandatory university policies, we had to give all of our staff … a 3 percent pay raise, so it’s like ‘great, that money comes out of programming or somewhere else,’” Slusher said. “We’d have to get really creative and I think it’s something we’ve already done. And sometimes it’s really hard.”With the $1 increase, USG hopes to offset costs and to continue offering the quality of programs they do now.USG was not particularly hindered by the missing $15,000 this year, Slusher said, because supplemental funding accrued when more students enrolled than expected, thus allowing USG to collect more programming fees.Still, the situation was not ideal.“We had to adjust to operate like normal,” Slusher said.A survey sent out in November asked students if they would be willing to increase the programming fee, and one question asked if they would be willing to pay more for “bigger and better talent,” according to Appiah.“The overwhelming response was ‘yes, we would like an increase,’” Appiah said. “I saw that the increase was more than a dollar, so a lot of people would want an increase in the student programming fee for bigger and better events.”Helena Wichova, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering, said she agrees an increase would be good if used in the right ways.“I’m not really sure where USG is putting their money,” Wichova said. “Although I’m sure I’m benefiting from some of the programs that it funds.”Sean Perry, a junior majoring in economics and mathematics, also said he agrees that an increase in the programming fee would be beneficial.“I think it’s a good idea if they have a lot of money to do a lot of good things,” Perry said. “I know other schools have to pay more because the students get bigger name artists to perform. USC seems like it’s a little bit below the other schools.”Click here for an extended interview with USG’s Ashwin Appiah.last_img read more

Aguero lifts City in FA Cup, Hughes’ Stoke crash

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Sergio Aguero fired Manchester City to a 4-1 win over Burnley in the FA Cup, while Mark Hughes is fighting to remain Stoke boss after a 2-1 loss at minnows Coventry on Saturday.While City strolled into the fourth round, Chelsea face an unwanted replay after being held to a 0-0 draw at Championship side Norwich.City boss Pep Guardiola named a strong team including Aguero, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling at Eastlands, but the runaway Premier League leaders fell behind in the 25th minute.Ashley Barnes blasted into the top corner after City defender John Stones sliced his attempted clearance.However, Burnley hadn’t won at City since 1973 and Argentina striker Aguero ensured that run continued.City, who last tasted defeat in domestic competition in their FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal in April, were level in the 56th minute when Aguero fired home from Ilkay Gundogan’s pass.Aguero then finished off a superb backheeled pass from Gundogan in the 58th minute.Sane prodded home to put the result beyond doubt in the 71st minute and Bernardo Silva made it four in the 82nd minute.Hughes could face the sack after fourth tier Coventry rolled back the years with a memorable cup result at their Ricoh Arena,.With Stoke in the relegation zone, it was reported this week that the club’s hierarchy had considered dismissing Hughes and whether he can survive any longer must now be in doubt.Coventry have fallen on hard times since winning the FA Cup in a classic 1987 final against Tottenham and now reside in League Two — their first time at that level since the 1950s — after a spell having to play their home matches in Northampton due to a stadium row.Jordan Willis put the underdogs ahead in the 24th minute with his first goal in a year.Willis conceded a 52nd minute penalty with a foul on Ramadan Sobhi and Charlie Adam stepped up to equalise.But Coventry right-back Jack Grimmer weaved his way through Stoke’s defence and side-footed past Jack Butland in the 67th minute.– Bournemouth escape – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte made nine changes at Carrow Road, with Eden Hazard rested and Alvaro Morata only used as a substitute for last season’s FA Cup runners-up.The result was a disjointed display from the Blues, who now face an extra match that will add to Conte’s frustration after his recent complaints about the draining effects of fixture congestion.The only flash-point in a tame tie saw Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger square up to a fan after the supporter threw away the ball when the defender tried to retrieve it.At the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe made eight changes as he prioritised Premier League survival and it needed a second half revival from his understudies to rescue a 2-2 draw against Wigan.Northern Ireland forward Will Grigg gave Wigan a fourth minute lead from close-range and there was worse to come for Howe in the 29th minute when Emerson Hyndman’s own goal doubled the visitors’ lead.Yet Lys Mousset reduced the deficit for Bournemouth in the 55th minute and League One leaders Wigan, who won the FA Cup in 2013, were denied a surprise win by Steve Cook’s goal two minutes into stoppage-time.Newcastle had been tipped as potential upset victims, but they swept away fourth tier leaders Luton with a 3-1 win at St James’ Park.West Bromwich Albion won for the first time in 21 games in all competitions, 2-0 at fourth tier Exeter giving boss Alan Pardew his first victory since replacing the sacked Tony Pulis.Salomon Rondon’s long-range drive put Albion ahead in the second minute and Jay Rodriguez added the second goal in the 25th minute.Watford avoided more cup misery against giant-killers Bristol City with a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road.City had also won at Vicarage Road in the League Cup this season, but Watford avoided another embarrassing loss thanks to goals from Andre Carrillo, Troy Deeney and Etienne Capoue.Southampton won 1-0 at Fulham, Huddersfield beat Bolton 2-1, Swansea drew 0-0 at Wolves and Leicester were held to a 0-0 draw at third tier Fleetwood. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more