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ND Collegiate Jazz Festival Kicks Off

first_imgThe 52nd annual University Collegiate Jazz Festival (CJF), the longest-running college jazz event in the nation, will be held at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at Washington Hall. Nine bands in total will participate in CJF, including Notre Dame’s own Jazz Band 1 and the Notre Dame New Orleans Brass Band.Other jazz groups represented at the Festival will come from Tennessee State University, Western Michigan University, Capital (Ohio) University, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Alma (Michigan) College, Indiana University at South Bend and the Reunion Jazz Orchestra of Chicago.  “I’m excited to see the outstanding collegiate jazz musicians at their best,” said student coordinator Mike Rodio, a sophomore.  “We’re especially happy to welcome the Tennessee State Jazz Collegians this year. Tennessee State has always boasted an extraordinary jazz program, and they will bring some incredible talent to the Festival on Saturday night.”Five highly acclaimed jazz artists will judge the performances. The judging panel is led by saxophonist Jeff Clayton, who has played and recorded with artists like Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Kenny Rodgers, Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Madonna and Earth, Wind & Fire. Other judges include renowned musicians Ira Nepus (trombone), Llew Matthews (piano), Marion Hayden (bass) and Willie Jones III (drums).At the end of Friday night’s program, the five judges will play a jam session together.The CJF is distinctive because it focuses on learning, not rankings. The judges will select outstanding musicians from each performing group, and provide a feedback session for each group immediately after it performs.The five judges will also present a clinic Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall on the east side of campus. The clinic is free and open to the public. The judges will discuss and demonstrate performance methods, and answer questions about instrumental techniques and different jazz styles.Rodio and fellow sophomore student coordinator Bert Hootsmans have been working on the Festival since the beginning of the year. Amy Geist of the Student Union Board and Larry Dwyer, Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Director of Bands, also helped to coordinate the Festival.  “We started with the basics, sending information about the Festival to jazz groups throughout the nation,” Rodio said. “Some of the bands this year are perennial favorites, and others are new this year, like Tennessee State.  We gradually put things together, from the advertising to the merchandising to encouraging volunteers to participate.”Rodio said he believes jazz is still very popular among the young people of college campuses, and that even if students don’t regularly listen to jazz, they should still come out and see the show.  “Jazz is very much alive on college campuses, and we’re proud of Notre Dame’s tradition of showcasing collegiate jazz talent from across the nation,” Rodio said.  All CJF events are free but ticketed for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students. Tickets are available at the LaFortune Box Office.last_img read more

Vermont Electronics Recycler expands

first_imgGood Point Recycling of Middlebury, Vermont, has announced the recycling of its ten millionth pound of electronics. While other states debate, legislate, and ponder the safe management of used computer and TVs, Good Point has quietly established Vermont as the second highest per-capita recycler of electronics in the nation.After holding several one-day events for used electronics collections in Vermont (under the American Retroworks Inc. banner, www.retroworks.com(link is external)) beginning in 1999, Good Point contracted as an official collection agent in 2001 for ElectroniCycle, Inc. – the official Cathode Ray Tube glass recycler for Massachusetts and Maine. After its reuse-and-recycle model spread to every part of Vermont, Good Point opened its own independent operation in 2003. Through continued expansion, the company now employs 10 in Addison County, Vermont, and collects in a 300 mile radius. Good Point still delivers over 1 million pounds per year of used electronics to the Massachusetts DEP recycling contractor, while expanding its on-line reuse and scrap metal operations in Middlebury. But the company also receives over 10,000 parts requests per month through its international, online, parts listserve. The company documents hard drive destruction for commerical clients, an environmental audit trail, and documents recycling of lead glass (banned from disposal in waste facilities) into new TV and monitor tubes.Robin Ingenthron, founder of Good Point Recycling and American Retroworks Inc., attributes success to “common sense” management of used computers and TVs. “Some states, like California, require recyclers to destroy everything, and it costs 68 cents per pound. Other recyclers don’t recycle at all, but dump everything overseas, for ‘free’. We have charged a modest fee – like the toll at the Washington bridge, abd reuse the good parts to subsidize proper domestic recycling of the bad parts.” Ingenthron has been hired as a consultant to EPA (Washington), Dell Computer (Texas), Chinas EPA, and the National Recycling Coalition. Ingenthron hopes a new patent for computer gold recycling will propel the company farther, while creating a stronger domestic market for “e-waste”.Good Point Recycling operates a job training program with the Addison County Employment Services, to help train under-employed Vermonters to repair, recycle, or re-sell electronics on-line.In 2004, Good Point Recycling helped launch the international trade association WR3A (World Reuse, Repair and Recycling Association), with corporate members in several states and countries, dedicated to legitimate trade in reuse items without sending ‘toxics along for the ride’. Visit www.wr3a.org(link is external) for more information about environmentally sound, and economically fair, recycling trade worldwide.For more information about electronics recycling in Vermont, visit www.good-point.net(link is external) or www.retroworks.com(link is external)last_img read more

London Olympics: Armyman Vijay Kumar has come a long way

first_imgIf you aren’t really familiar with Himachal Pradesh, you may not have heard of Hamirpur. While the rest of the state is famous for its scenic beauty and goes by the moniker ‘dev bhoomi’, Hamirpur district is referred to as ‘veer bhoomi’ because of the large number of Army personnel who hail from there. Subedar Vijay Kumar Sharma, and his father Banku Ram before him, belong to that category.Vijay, born in 1985 in Harsaur village, joined the Army as a 16-year-old and is attached to the Dogra regiment, though his shooting exploits have earned him a posting at the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh.While Vijay was representing the country in London, the AMU was following his fortunes on a projector screen in the 10m range.As soon as it became clear that Vijay had clinched a medal, the officers and jawans broke into celebrations.AMU commanding officer Colonel JS Sarang said it was a proud moment for the country, the Army and the unit. “The Army has always been committed to Mission Olympics, and it is indeed a matter of pride for the entire country that Vijay has achieved this silver medal,” Sarang told Mail Today.”Vijay started his journey here in 2003, and has gone from strength to strength. The boy is extremely focussed and committed.”Lieutenant Allan Daniel Peoples, the national champion in skeet shooting, said the medal didn’t come as a surprise to the AMU. “We were expecting him to get a medal, because that’s just how good he has been over the years. There is a jubilant mood here because one of our own has done the country proud on the biggest stage of them all,” he said.advertisementHowever, Vijay is seen as an outsider in his own state. Despite having fetched medals for the country repeatedly on the world stage, and belonging to Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal’s own district, he still had to write to officials listing his achievements and asking to be considered for the Parshuram State Sports Award and the Himachal Gaurav Puraskar. Even then, his plea was dismissed since he competes for the Army rather than for the state in national competitions, forcing Vijay to consider buying a house in Haryana, a state that has taken the lead in honouring sportspersons.But as Vijay’s training partner and fellow Commonwealth Games gold medallist Pemba Tamang says, he has now grabbed the country’s attention.”Finally he will get his due. Although he is a world-class shooter, he has always lived under the shadow of top shooters like Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra,” Tamang told Mail Today.last_img read more