The Werk Out Music Festival Finalizes 2019 Lineup: Dopapod, STS9, All-Star Tributes To Queen/Pink Floyd, More

first_imgOrganizers behind this year’s Werk Out Music & Arts Festival have shared the complete lineup of scheduled performers to appear at the 2019 summer event. Following the festival’s initial announcement early last month, the 2019 lineup has now been expanded with the addition of Dopapod, STS9, Steel Pulse, and more!Related: The Werk Out Festival Adds The Trancident Featuring Members Of The String Cheese IncidentAnnounced on Thursday, the 10th annual running of the three-day festival will now also include a pair of all-star tribute performances honoring two of rock’s most beloved bands, Queen and Pink Floyd. We Are The Champions: A Tribute to Queen will be performed by Turkuaz’s Josh Schwartz, Sammi Garett, Shira Elias, and Michaelangelo Carubba, in addition to Rob McConnell (Papadosio); Dan Shaw (The Werks); Rob Compa (Dopapod); and Ryan Jalbert (The Motet). The other notable tribute set, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, will also be performed by members of Papadosio, Dopapod and The Werks. Organizers didn’t reveal which members will take part in the Pink Floyd tribute set, but fans should keep an eye out for more details to come in the coming months. “​We are doing the slow release because we feel like EVERY act we book are some of the best musicians in the world,” The Werks’ Rob Chafin mentioned via press release to go with the lineup’s finalized expansion. “We want to showcase everyone individually to give everyone the attention they deserve!”In addition to three nights of music from host band The Werks, this year’s festival will also include headlining sets from Big Gigantic and The Claypool Lennon Delirium. The three-day music and camping festival will also feature The Floozies, Twiddle (2 nights), Matisyahu, Opiuo, Turkuaz, Melvin Seals & JGB, Sunsquabi (2 nights), Cory Wong, MarchFourth, and Joe Marcinek Band.Fans can check out the video below for an idea of what to expect at this year’s event.Werk Out Music Festival 2019 Promo VideoVideo Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.[Video: Werk Out Music Festival]Werk Out Music Festival will take place once again at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH from August 1st-3rd this summer. Fans can head to the festival’s website for more general information on this year’s event. Tickets for The Werk Out Music and Arts Festival 2019 are also on sale here.last_img read more

Imagining impact, and believing in it

first_img“There has to be a better way to do this.”From common roots — intellectual curiosity and the desire to make life just a little bit easier — 64 ideas blossomed this year in the Harvard College Innovation (I3) Challenge.Pursuing innovation not for its own sake alone, but out of a conviction that problems can be solved, students wrought lasting impacts, typically inspired by some challenging life experience.For Majahonkhe Shabangu ’14, a biomedical engineering student from Swaziland, it was something deeply personal: a relative who was living with HIV had stopped taking an essential medication. That’s all too common in patients taking a drug whose side effects can feel worse than the disease itself. But defaulting on a medication can lead to drug resistance, and it can allow HIV to advance or even kill — as it did Shabangu’s relative.During summer internships at a health clinic in South Africa, Shabangu and Nathan Georgette ’13 worked to help patients keep up with their medications. They made personal phone calls to support those who seemed most at risk of default, but they also spent hours sifting through paperwork to keep up with everyone’s treatment. There had to be a better way, they thought.Shabangu, Georgette, and collaborators Dario Sava ’13 and Roy Zhang ’13, won the $5,000 Senior Social Start-up Prize this year for Sawubona, a software program that automates clinical record-keeping, sends text messages to remind patients to take their medication, and identifies a “high risk” group of people who might need that extra phone call.Last summer, the group tested a prototype of Sawubona (the name is a Zulu greeting), analyzed the results, and quickly realized the impact they could make.“If we implemented this program [in one clinic] over 10 years,” says Zhang, an applied mathematics concentrator, “we could actually prevent 300 people from contracting HIV.”“There are over 2,000 clinics in the entire country, so you can imagine scaling this to cover South Africa, and out beyond the country [it could] have a huge impact in cost savings and the HIV incidence rate,” adds Sava, who studies engineering sciences.“Imagine, invent, and impact” — that’s the motto of the I3 Challenge, as it’s known on campus. Run by the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), and based at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the program involves more than just a competition. Over six years, I3 has grown into an independent study course (ES 95r), a mentorship program, a series of workshops, and a rigorous training program in idea development, pitching, legal issues, marketing, and technology research and design. Many of the projects grow out of assignments for courses such as CS 50 (Intro to Computer Programming I), Soc 159 (Social Entrepreneurship), or ES 139 (Innovation in Science and Engineering).Of the 64 teams participating in the challenge this year, 20 were selected as semifinalists, and six were announced as prizewinners on March 4 at the student start-up showcase and reception at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square. Two additional teams were given second-place grants.The program was especially beneficial to Olenka Polak ’15 and her older brother Adam, whose personal experiences revealed a problem in the film industry and an innovative solution, but not an obvious path to market.“I grew up in a Polish-speaking house with parents who spoke little to no English, and they never came to movies with us,” recalls Polak, who is studying economics at Harvard. “We thought they didn’t like us,” she jokes, “but in fact it’s because they didn’t understand the language spoken on screen.”MyLINGO, the proposed solution, is a phone-based app that offers moviegoers a selection of audio files in various languages. What’s really new in myLINGO is a technique called “audio fingerprinting,” which automatically keeps the sound in synchrony with what’s happening onscreen. Arrive late to the theater, and the dialogue picks up at the right place, in any language.Through I3, Polak and her brother were able to find a mentor (electrical engineer Dan Ellis at Columbia University — “the exact guy” they needed, Polak says), find collaborators at the Graduate School of Design, identify the right studio contacts, and walk through the so-called “user funnel,” the route by which a potential user learns about the app, commits to it, and then accesses the audio files.Their project won the McKinley Family Grant for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership in a Commercial Enterprise, a $10,000 award.“The great thing is that we can actually launch a movie with that sum of money because of how much we’ve already done,” Polak says. “We could go to market without even raising capital.”Common to every successful I3 project is the desire to create and share something good.Project Lede, a $10,000 McKinley Family prize winner in the social category, wants to bring journalism workshops and newspaper starter kits to middle schools. “It’s such an awkward and vulnerable time,” says social studies concentrator Jacqueline Schechter ’15, who developed the project with a friend from her hometown. “We realized we could take our newspaper experience and scale it down to the middle school level to help engage and empower kids.”OpportunitySpace, developed by masters students at the Harvard Kennedy School, aims to facilitate the most cost-effective use of government properties — land and buildings — to advance policy goals.“Our students don’t sit back,” says Paul Bottino, executive director of TECH. “When they see a need in health care, in government, or in everyday life, they also see tremendous innovative solutions. But more importantly, they believe in their own ability to make change. These awards are meant to celebrate that and to help push their ideas to the next level of development. The drive to bring them to fruition after I3 continues, and so does our support.”Dario Sava ’13 (left) and Roy Zhang ’13 helped create Sawubona, a software program that enables health clinics to stay in touch with HIV patients who are at risk of stopping their medications.The winners are as follows:McKinley Family Grant for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership in a Commercial Enterprise$10,000 awarded to: myLINGOOlenka Polak ’15 (Economics)Adam Polak (Johns Hopkins ’12)$5,000 second place awarded to: Theratech (video here)Nikhil Mehandru ’15 (Engineering Sciences)Aaron Perez ’15 (Mechanical Engineering)Alydaar Rangwala ’15 (Applied Math)Brandon Sim ’15 (Physics)McKinley Family Grant for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership in a Social Enterprise$10,000 awarded to: Project Lede (video here)Jacqueline Schechter ’15 (Social Studies)Elizabeth Quartararo (University of Delaware)Public Sector Innovation Award, presented by Accenture$10,000 awarded to: OpportunitySpace (video here)Cristina Garmendia, M.P.P. ’13Alexander Kapur, M.P.P. ’13Andrew Kieve$1,000 second place awarded to: textMEdVishal Arora ’14 (Economics)Tracy Lu ’14 (Computer Science)Divya Seth ’14 (Neurobiology)Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard: Senior Start-up Prize$5,000 awarded to: Get It TogetherAndrés de la Llera ’13 (Engineering Sciences)Phillip Galebach ’13 (Government)Nevin Raj ’13 (Applied Mathematics)Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard: Senior Social Start-up Prize$5,000 awarded to: Sawubona (video here)Nathan Georgette ’13 (Applied Mathematics)Dario Sava ’13 (Engineering Sciences)Majahonkhe Shabangu ’14 (Biomedical Engineering)Roy Zhang ’13 (Applied Mathematics)Harvard Student Agencies PrizeAwarded to Butucu (video here)Neel Patel ’16 (Computer Science)James Ruben ’16 (Economics and Computer Science)Nithin Tumma ’16 (Computer Science and Mathematics)About I3The Harvard College Innovation Challenge is known on campus as I3, for “invent, imagine, impact.” Students compete for project grants and incubator space to help them realize their innovative visions. It is a yearlong program that cultivates, coaches, and showcases Harvard’s rapidly growing group of student entrepreneurs.Now in its sixth year, I3 has provided more than $600,000 worth of grants, incubator space, and professional services to students pursuing commercial and social start-ups on campus, online, and internationally.The students compete to win summer funding and space by submitting proposals and presenting their ideas to expert panels. The McKinley Family grants are awarded only to underclassmen; the TECH Prize is given to the best senior project.I3 relies on the support of several sponsors, including: The McKinley Family, The Lumry Family Endowment for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Accenture, WilmerHale, and The Coop.last_img read more

Suspected drug ‘pusher’ arrested

first_imgPadilla was detained in the lockup cellof the Jaro police station. ILOILO City – A suspected drug pusherwas arrested in Barangay Tabuc Suba, Jaro district. No bail bond was recommended for histemporary liberty./PN Police identified him as 32-year-old RingoPadilla, a resident of the village. Padilla’s arrest last week was staged onthe strength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Rosario Abegadil Dris-Villanueva,of the Regional Trial Court in relation to drug charges the suspect faces. last_img

Two victories give Trojans Pac-10 lead

first_imgThe No. 4 USC men’s tennis team moved to the front of the Pac-10 conference with two very different types of wins over the weekend.Big weekend · Senior Robert Farah won all four of his matches this weekend against tough Pac-10 competition including a tussle with Stanford’s Bradley Klahn in which Farah dropped the second set 6-1, but was able to win the third-set tiebreaker. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan With No. 9 UCLA losing 4-3 to No. 7 Stanford on Saturday, the Trojans (18-2, 4-0) remain the only undefeated team in conference play with two more Pac-10 matches left on the schedule.On Saturday, USC hosted No. 17 California (10-6, 1-2) and defeated the Bears 6-1.The Trojans started out quickly with wins at the top two doubles positions to take the match’s initial point.The No. 8 team of senior Robert Farah and sophomore Steve Johnson played at the No. 1 position and defeated its counterparts from Berkeley 8-3, and at No. 2 sophomore Daniel Nguyen and freshman JT Sundling won 8-4.During the singles portion, USC continued to rack up points as No. 1 Johnson, No. 83 Nguyen, and No. 123 Sundling easily kept their opponents at bay and clinched victories.Soon after, No. 15 Farah defeated No. 71 Christopher Konigsfeldt 6-3, 6-4 to give USC a 5-0 match lead.The Trojans split the remaining two matches, which went to third-set super tiebreaks.No. 73 junior Jaak Poldma came up short at the       No. 3 position, but senior Jason McNaughton finished off the match with a victory over Riki McLachlan, making the most of his opportunity to contribute during conference play.McNaughton has had an injury-plagued career as a Trojan and is relishing his opportunity to participate in conference play.“It feels good to contribute to some good wins in the Pac-10 with a chance to win one of these Pac-10 titles,” McNaughton said.On Friday, the Trojans entertained the large Marks Stadium crowd in a down-to-the-wire finish against No. 7 Stanford (12-5, 2-1).USC beat Stanford 5-2 in a close match, which has come to be expected when the Trojans and Cardinal meet on the courts.“We seem to have nine lives,” USC coach Peter Smith said in describing how his team pulled through another tightly-contested match against Stanford.As with Cal, USC had some good performances from the top two doubles positions.Farah and Johnson defeated No. 1 Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher 8-3, and Nguyen and Sundling defeated No. 31 Alex Clayton and Richard Wire 8-4.At the No. 3 position, Poldma and junior Peter Lucassen were ahead in their match 7-4, before it was suspended when the doubles point was clinched after the completion of the first two matches.The singles portion seemed almost a different match compared to the way the Trojans played in doubles.To start off, Stanford was able to tie up the match score as Denis Lin defeated Lucassen 6-3, 6-4.Johnson reclaimed the match lead — avenging a loss during the previous Stanford match to No. 45 Clayton — with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph.In what Smith called the key performance of match, McNaughton defeated Greg Hirshman 6-4, 6-3.Hirshman was previously undefeated at the No. 6 position, and McNaughton’s win propelled the Trojans to a 3-1 match lead with three three-set matches still being decided on the courts.Poldma came up short in his match, tightening up the match score and ratcheting up the tension at Marks Stadium.With the two remaining matches on the courts still in doubt, the large crowd was fixated on every point.Nguyen pulled out the decisive victory, defeating Wire 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.Nguyen has not been in such a crucial position often, but displayed maturity and poise to gain the fourth match point.“I was happy to embrace the opportunity,” Nguyen said. “I was a little nervous, but it was good to clinch the match.”Meanwhile, Farah and Klahn were locked in an intense battle. The match went back and forth as Farah and Klahn exchanged breaks to send the deciding third set into a tiebreak.In the breaker, the struggle continued until Farah finally prevailed 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-7 (8).The Trojans’ success in close matches this season can be boiled down to one prevailing theme — experience.“The team sees the bigger picture, they are very experienced and have lots of understanding of what it takes to win in these situations,” Smith said. “They have had success in close matches, which builds momentum and recall during the tough situations.”With two more conference matches left in their dual match season, the Trojans understand the mindset necessary to achieve success and potentially win the Pac-10 title.“We have to keep it going, and stay rested, healthy and hungry,” Smith said.last_img read more