Arizona Superintendent of Public Education John Huppenthal has sent out a notice of “non-compliance” to the Tucson High School district, highlighting two musical violations: using Rage Against the Machine’s “Take The Power Back” in a Mexican-American history class, and a history of hip-hop introduction by KRS-One in an English class.According to Huppenthal, who issued these non-compliance notices on his last day on the job, these teachings violated a piece of legislature by attempting to “promote the overthrow of the United States government,” “promote resentment toward a race or class of people” and “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.” According to The Arizona Republic, the school’s funding may be cut by 10% if they do not comply by March 4th.Meanwhile, RawStory is reporting that a lawsuit hoping to overturn the controversial laws will be heard by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals later this month. The teacher of the ethnic studies class, Corey Jones, felt “embarassed” to live in a state with this type of politics, and defended his use of the Rage lyrics from a social justice perspective.In Rolling Stone, Jones said, “When you’re banning and censoring material, for a state that proclaims local control, for a state that proclaims so much freedom – and yet in Phoenix you’re having one of the highest elected officials of the state comb through my curriculum and say, ‘This is illegal, you can’t teach that’ – the contradictions are glaring.”Even Rage guitarist Tom Morello commented about the situation on Twitter, saying “It’s only dangerous if u teach it right.” The statement from Huppenthal reads: “I am deeply concerned by the fact that the noncompliance appears to extend beyond classes taught from the Mexican-American perspective and now also includes classes taught from the African-American perspective…” Huppenthal continues, saying he wants “students, regardless of their race or ethnic background, [to] have access to a high quality education…. In issuing this finding before classes resume, I am hopeful that the district will take immediate action to comply with the law.”Meanwhile, AndrewWalanski, the African-American studies teacher, said that he “thought the selection that was cherry-picked as being illegal because they think it ‘promotes ethnic solidarity’ was a little absurd.”Walanski explains that he feels contemporary African American literature has been marginalized, and wants his students to “engage with it.” In the end,Walanski was urged by the local school district to keep on teaching his class as usual. “I’m just going to focus on my kids and the classroom and continue to teach.”Diane Douglas, who will be replacing Huppenthal, will review the situation at length before releasing a press statement about the issue at hand. Honestly, this is the type of situation that inspires one to listen to Rage Against the Machine in the first place.
In a new interview, Primus bassist Les Claypool opens up about a unique experience auditioning with Metallica in 1986, after the death of the band’s founding bassist Cliff Burton. Claypool’s first recollections was that the audition was “fucking loud,” but then he elaborates on how poorly he fit with the band’s image.“I didn’t fit the bill at all. I showed up with this bass that was a hunk of driftwood, I had two different-coloured tennis shoes on, bleach-blond mohawk, baggies, skater pants – I didn’t fit the bill, especially for Metallica back then.”The One on One With Mitch Lafon interview reveals that, although Lars Ulrich was intrigued, the remaining band members were much more skeptical. “Lars was probably the most enthused about the audition. They were all still pretty messed up about the Cliff Burton thing. But James, you could just tell, was like, ‘Who the hell is this fucking weirdo?’”He did add, “It was fun. I enjoyed playing through Cliff’s rig.”Meanwhile, Claypool founded Primus in 1984, though the band went through some lineup changes of its own before settling in with Larry LaLonde and Tim Alexander. They gained popularity in the Northern California area around 1986, allowing Claypool to have the opportunity to audition with Metallica. It seems, though, that Primus was a better fit for Claypool.“I just think of us as this little band from Northern California that caught a wave and rolled it into the beach. We’re on the same beach making the same sandcastles. We just do our thing, make some racket, throw some Oompa-Loompas on stage, try and have fun and make a living at the same time.”The Oompas-Loompas refer to the band’s recurring Primus and the Chocolate Factory shows, of which they’ve been touring on and off since they released the album of the same title back in October of 2014. While their final Chocolate Factory tour dates will be this September, the band will be playing their original tunes when they hit the Philly waterfront next Thursday, July 23rd, bringing along Dinosaur Jr. for a great night of music.You can watch the full interview below:
RELATED: See where Harvick’s 100 wins rankKevin Harvick hit the milestone of 100 wins across all NASCAR national series with his victory on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.Harvick dominated by winning the first two stages of the race, then closed out his 39th Monster Energy Series win by leading 214 of the 267 laps at the 1.5-mile track. He notched his 99th win a week prior at Atlanta Motor Speedway.“I think as you look back and you look at all the different wins and the wins that we have had here and at KHI and Richard Childress Racing and Junior Motorsports. All the different vehicles I have been fortunate to drive, and there have been a lot of good ones,” Harvick said. “I know how hard it is to get to Victory Lane and to know we have been there 100 times is something I almost can’t fathom.”Harvick also has 47 wins in the Xfinity Series and 14 wins in the Camping World Truck Series. Sunday’s win at Las Vegas tied team co-owner Tony Stewart for the most wins (16 apiece) for a single driver at Stewart-Haas Racing.Only three drivers rank above Harvick on the all-time combined wins list; David Pearson with 106 wins, Kyle Busch with 184 combined victories and Richard Petty with 200 trips to Victory Lane.
The Student Union Board (SUB) aimed to improve its outreach, engagement and involvement initiatives this semester, SUB board manager Joe Caparros said. “[SUB has] been doing a lot of outreach this year,” Caparros said. “That’s probably been our biggest program, reaching out to other organizations. These other organizations are passionate about [their programs], and when you team up with SUB, it just produces great events.” For the first time, SUB collaborated with the Student Activities Office (SAO) to produce Comedy on the Quad in September, Caparros said. The comedy show was one of SUB’s most successful events this semester. “That had numbers that matched with regular concert numbers, so Gabriel Iglesias was a big hit,” Caparros said. “Other big events were [the] Macklemore [concert at Legends in November], which reached over 700 people coming in and out. Best of Acousticafe in the LaFortune Ballroom [in October] was really great.” SUB tried to respond better to student feedback and improve its advertising, Caparros said. “We have a website where we can really listen to people,” Caparros said. “It’s all linked to Facebook and Twitter. We’ve heard that people have wanted bigger advertising. With the Michigan State [football ticket] lottery, we had trouble making sure that every student was advertised to, and that’s definitely something we’ll improve on in the future.” In order to gather student feedback, Caparros said SUB implemented focus groups in 21 out of 29 total residence halls. The initiative began last spring, he said, and SUB will continue it next semester. “Sometimes our director of publicity would go to [certain residence halls] and there would be no one there [for previously scheduled focus groups], and that was kind of disheartening, but I feel like the few that we got were really constructive,” Caparros said. Caparros said SUB used the focus groups to ask students what musical genres they prefer for SUB’s spring concert and seek feedback about its movie screenings. “People were asking about having a matinee time, and I love that idea, and I love that we were able to get that from focus groups, so we’re actually having earlier times in the spring to facilitate that,” Caparros said. SUB representatives in residence halls also asked weekly questions to collect students’ opinions, Caparros said, but this initiative was only partly successful due to lack of participation. When SAO restructured this semester, Caparros said SUB adjusted well to its new staff advisor, program coordinator Joshua Wilson. “I think we did well, and I think we can even improve more on those relationships [with SAO] in the future,” he said. SUB intends to host more events in the spring, Caparros said. “We had 39 events this year [so far], and with more weekends available because it’s not football season, we’re going to produce more events and improve the quality,” he said. “The two big ones to look out for are the concerts and AnTostal.” Caparros said he also hopes to produce more alternative forms of marketing. “I’m really pushing the involvement initiative, really pushing the dorm reps,” he said. “They’re really excited, and I’m trying to facilitate that even more.”
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Ron Shaffer’s seat behind the Prairie Village city council dais was empty during the committee of the whole meeting Monday. Council president Ashley Weaver, who will be serving as interim mayor, took the seat during the council meeting later in the evening.Prairie Village Mayor Ron Shaffer missed what was expected to be his final City Council meeting as Prairie Village Mayor Monday after being admitted to the hospital for a medical procedure.City Administrator Quinn Bennion made the announcement as the Council of the Whole meeting convened at 6 p.m. He noted that Shaffer would be in the hospital until at least Wednesday, but did not discuss additional details about Shaffer’s condition.Councilor Laura Wassmer responded to the announcement with a series of remarks on Shaffer’s dedication to his role as “Prairie Village’s biggest cheerleader.”“I used to giggle when he would give his mayor’s report and list all of the things he’d done representing the city,” Wassmer said. “I think he was literally doing something every day for 25 years to represent this city. I wish he could be here to hear this.”In Shaffer’s absence, the council reviewed the protocol for selecting someone to fill the remainder of his term.Current council president Ashley Weaver of Ward 1 will become interim mayor when Shaffer officially steps down the morning of Monday, Jan. 12, before his swearing in as the District 1 Board of County Commissioners representative. The council will then have the option of electing a permanent replacement to serve as mayor until April, when residents will go to the poll to select someone for a new four-year term.If the council elects one of its members to fill the remainder of Shaffer’s term, that councilor would be forced to relinquish his or her council seat. It’s possible that the new mayor elected in the April could reappoint the councilor elected to fill Shaffer’s term until April back to the seat he or she gave up — but it’s not required.The other option for the council is to decline to elect a permanent replacement to fill the remainder of Shaffer’s term, in which case Weaver would continue to serve as the “interim mayor” until the April election.The filing deadline for the April Prairie Village mayoral election is January 27. At this point, no candidates have filed with the Johnson County Election Office.
Bassel & The Supernaturals. Photo courtesy of Rolling Hills ChurchLater this month, Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in Overland Park will kick off its second annual “Love Your Neighbor” series, three events designed to celebrate diversity of culture, music and arts and discuss issues of social justice — even as the concept becomes political.A fellowship gathering at the end of one ‘Love Your Neighbor’ event last year. Photo courtesy of Rolling Hills ChurchRev. Laurie Anderson said the church is addressing justice issues through the event as the church hopes to shed light on “love and diversity.” Each event in the series will showcase poetry, music and theatre/film.Anderson said today’s climate around justice issues has shifted and that churches are perceived to be discouraged from addressing those issues.“There seems to be this perception that any time — especially from the church’s perspective — that justice issues are mentioned, they’re also just thrown in this pile of ‘Well, that’s political; that’s not the church’s problem or response,’ which is the farthest from the truth,” Anderson said. “Any simple assessment of who Jesus was when he came was to change what was going on in society. So it’s very much, I think, the church’s place to address justice issues.”Each event includes a fellowship gathering for attendees to connect with performers over a meal.While the events are free to attend, the church is accepting donations to benefit a different local organization. The series raised nearly $8,000 last year for local organizations, she said.Here is the schedule of events, which are all free and open to the public. All of the events take place at Rolling Hills Church, 9300 Nall Ave.Jessica Ayala and The CollectiveJessica Ayala and The Collective. Photo collection courtesy of Rolling Hills ChurchWhat: A tribe of poets and percussionists passionate about preserving the spirit of African and Native American drum.When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21Donations go to: KTraditional Music Society, an organization that teaches drumming to youth, mostly in the urban core, with a focus on the development of community cohesiveness through the study of music and dance.”Bassel & the SupernaturalsWhat: A band that combines funk and soul with captivating lyrics about love, loss and a war in Syria that has affected Bassel Almadani’s family along with 10 million others.When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7Donations go to: KC for Refugees, an interfaith organization that helps refugees who have been forced to flee their home countries and settle here in the greater Kansas City area.“The Unafraid” movieWhat: “The Unafraid” follows the lives of three DACA students in Georgia, a state that has banned them from attending its top public universities.When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11Donations go to: The Clinic, an organization providing assistance to low-income individuals and families in the midst of immigration removal proceedings within the legal system.
Gophers’ dance bonding and practicing without football and comps in the fallThe 19-time national champion and 3-time world champion Gophers dance team is one of the elite DI programs in the country.Photo Courtesy of Janelle Elise Photography Matthew Kennedy, Sports ReporterSeptember 8, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFans of Gophers’ football and Gophers’ men’s basketball can catch the Minnesota dance team on the field and court during games, but few know the ins and outs of one of the most successful sports programs at the school.The dance team competes in two different styles: Pom and Jazz. Pom is known for being more physically demanding and requires more athleticism than the classy and expressive Jazz. While each style has its merits, fourth-year captains Leah Kasner, Katherine Hebig and Chloe Bauer agree that Jazz is their favorite.“Pom is great because you wear a uniform representing the University of Minnesota, but every time you have to do a Pom routine full-out it can be a bit intimidating. Jazz is more artistic and has an interesting story to every dance,” Kasner said.Competing in nationals last season, the Gophers finished ninth in Pom and second in Jazz. For Bauer, Kasner and Hebig — who experienced the joy of winning first place in Jazz in 2019 — eighth place in Pom stung.“It shook us, yet I was really proud of our team to turn it around in Jazz to finish second. Nationals is a high stakes week for us, and you can feel the pressure escalate going head-to-head against the best teams,” Bauer said.Despite last season’s disappointing outcome in Pom, the Gophers’ dance team has seen a wide range of success in the program’s history. The Gophers have won 19 national championships and three world championships, making it one of the most successful DI programs in the country. Kasner, Hebig and Bauer are looking forward to another successful season, even if it will be wildly unique amid the pandemic.“We haven’t officially met as a team … We’ve been having two practices a week over Zoom wherever we can find a mat and getting creative,” Hebig said.When new dancers come to campus, they usually show up for tryouts. There is little recruiting in high school, and even the skilled dancers getting looks from the Gophers are not guaranteed a spot.“We can’t offer scholarships to incoming freshmen because our budget isn’t as large as other sports,” Kasner said. “Tryouts are usually in April, and then we have May off and start the season with the new rookies. This year, tryouts were sent in by video, and it was different than anything we have done before.”Unfortunately, with comps canceled due to COVID-19 and no Big Ten football, there is little to prepare for as of now.“We have a new coach and still are learning a lot of new material, especially in Pom, and welcoming in our rookies to the program,” Bauer said.This gives the team time to grow closer, opposed to the typical schedule of practicing end zone celebrations and preparing for competition.“Right now, our focus is more on team bonding instead of practicing in the fall for learning football end zone dances and practicing for each new game. Our one big competition got moved to the spring. So, normally, we would practice our comp routines from now until January, then take a break and focus on basketball. Now that we don’t have nationals right away, we are going to start practicing harder later and can relax and focus on more team bonding,” Hebig said.But without football games or comps, the team needs to stay mentally tough as they practice to maintain their form. The Gophers have used hypnosis to help keep them focus and to provide the necessary mental toughness required to compete at the highest level.“We have a 30-minute recording that has been a part of the team for almost a decade. Coming into our freshman year, it was a little odd but it really does help,” Kasner said.The three captains recommend hypnosis for helping other athletes with mental toughness. They’ve seen results in the biggest moments.“One thing about dance that is unique is you have two minutes to perform exactly what you have been training for the entire season. So, what I love about our team is that we consistently thrive under pressure,” Hebig said.Yet, all three captains agree that the biggest reward in joining the Gophers’ dance team isn’t the program’s prestige and constant success — it’s the community formed. The trio agrees the friendships gained on the team and the opportunity to meet a wide array of alumni and make connections within the professional world is something special.
Share on Twitter Share Pinterest LinkedIn Email Share on Facebook Evidence is mounting that drugs used to treat depression and Alzheimer’s disease also can help patients recover from strokes.But there are conflicting findings from studies of these and other drugs given to recovering stroke patients. Large, well-designed studies are needed before any drug can be recommended routinely for stroke recovery, according to a study in the journal Drugs and Aging by neurologists Xabier Beristain, MD, and Esteban Golombievski, MD, of Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.“These medications have not yet been clearly proven to be of benefit to patients recovering from strokes,” Dr. Beristain said. Speech and physical therapies traditionally have been the mainstays of stroke rehabilitation programs. But more than half of stroke survivors are left with some neurological impairment. “The limitations of these rehabilitation efforts have sparked an interest in finding other ways to enhance neurological recovery,” Drs. Beristain and Golombievski write.So far, the most promising drug treatments are antidepressants to improve motor recovery and Alzheimer’s disease drugs to boost recovery from aphasia (impaired ability to speak, write and understand verbal and written language).About one in three stroke patients suffers depression, which can limit a patient’s ability to participate in rehabilitation. There is mounting evidence that the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs (such as Prozac, Paxil and Celexa), may enhance neurological recovery beyond their effect on mood. Another type of antidepressant, norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (NRI) also has shown benefit.An analysis of 56 clinical trials of SSRIs found the drugs appeared to improve dependence, disability, neurological impairment, anxiety and depression after stroke. However, these findings should be taken with caution because the studies have different designs. Several additional clinical trials now underway are evaluating the use of antidepressants to enhance stroke recovery.There is growing evidence that Alzheimer’s disease drugs called acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (including Aricept, Exelon and Razadyne) can improve aphasia in stroke patients. A second type of Alzheimer’s medication under study is memantine (Namenda). When used in combination with therapy, memantine has shown language benefits lasting at least one year when compared with a placebo. But clinical evidence of memantine for stroke recovery remains limited.So far, most studies of these and other drugs used for stroke recovery have been small, employing different methodologies and time windows between the stroke and the clinical intervention.“We need well-designed, large clinical trials with enough power to establish the usefulness of medications as adjuvants to rehabilitation before we can routinely recommend the use of these agents to enhance neurological recovery after stroke,” Drs. Beristain and Golombievski write.
FDA launches effectiveness study of healthcare antisepticsThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a proposed rule requesting additional scientific data to support the safety and effectiveness of certain ingredients used in over-the-counter healthcare antiseptics, the agency said in a news release.Healthcare antiseptics are primarily used in hospitals, clinics, outpatient settings, and long-term-care facilities. They include hand washes and rubs, surgical hand scrubs and rubs, and patient preoperative skin preparations, the FDA said. Their most common active ingredients are alcohol and iodines. The rule does not cover consumer antiseptics like antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers.The rule will be published tomorrow in the Federal Register, and the FDA is allowing 180 days for public comment. The rule lists 25 antiseptics that the agency will assess, plus 3 combination products. The FDA recommends their continued use while researchers gather data.”Based on new scientific information and concerns expressed by outside scientific and medical experts on an FDA advisory committee, the agency is requesting additional scientific data to demonstrate that health care antiseptics in the over-the-counter drug monograph are generally recognized as safe and effective (GRASE) for their intended use to reduce bacteria that potentially can cause disease,” the agency said in the release.”The FDA’s request for more safety and effectiveness data for health care antiseptic active ingredients should not be taken to mean the FDA believes that these products are ineffective or unsafe.”The FDA last thoroughly assessed these products in 1994. The agency said emerging science suggests that for at least some healthcare antiseptic active ingredients, systemic exposure as shown by detection of antiseptic ingredients in the blood or urine is higher than previously thought, and existing data raise potential concerns about the effects of repeated daily exposure.The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) today strongly supported the FDA’s actions. “Since all infection prevention and control guidelines are evidence-based, it is important to stay up-to-date on safety and effectiveness data to protect healthcare personnel and their patients,” the societies said in a joint statement.Apr 30 FDA news release Apr 30 FDA proposed rule Apr 30 APIC/SHEA statement NDM-1 in Dhaka water raises flag for rapid rise in drug-resistant bacteriaThe carbapenemase NDM-1, an enzyme that fosters the spread of extensively drug-resistant bacteria, has made its way very recently into a large portion of the environmental waters of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and is likely to continue its rapid spread, say the findings of a study published yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.The authors, from Cardiff University in Wales, tested environmental water/sewage samples from 58 sites in seven regions of Dhaka in October 2012 for NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase variant 1) and found it was present in samples from 36 (62%) of the sites.They also found high rates of NDM-1 in gram-negative bacteria, particularly Escherichia coli, in gut samples. Gut carriage can lead to contamination of drinking water and food because of poor sewage treatment. In addition, since E coli causes common community-acquired infections that often require hospitalization, the likelihood of NDM-1–encoding E coli moving between the community and the hospital increases as gut carriage of the bacteria spreads.The authors say testing for NDM-1 in Dhaka water in 2008-09 did not detect its presence, nor did testing of gut samples in 2009-10, pointing to the rapidity with which it has spread. Apr 29 Emerg Infect Dis study Reports: 6 melioidosis cases in arid Australia, vaccine candidate progressBurkholderia pseudomallei, the agent that causes melioidosis, a disease of animals and humans that typically occurs in wet, tropical areas, can survive in harsh and even desert environments, as evidenced by an Emerging Infectious Diseases dispatch yesterday that detailed six human cases of the disease in the normally arid interior of Australia.The cases occurred over a 4-month period in 2011 after heavy rains and flooding in central Australia, which has a desert climate with low rainfall and often-dry riverbeds. None of the case-patients had traveled overseas or to the tropical part of the country, which lies in the north.All patients lived below the 20th latitude south; melioidosis historically occurs between latitudes 20 degrees south and 20 degrees north. Half the patients were male and half female; five were indigenous Aboriginal Australians.Three required intubation and ventilation for severe bacteremia. All received intravenous ceftazidime or meropenem followed by trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole or a similar agent according to standard guidelines, and all survived. Multilocus sequence typing showed each of the isolates to be novel and unique, and none had any known single-locus variants.Outbreaks of meloidosis are not unheard of in the dry areas of Australia after flooding but have been rare. The authors say that “the geographic boundaries of B pseudomallei across the vast interior of the Australian continent and the extent of incursion into southern Australia remain entirely unclear,” that further study is needed, and that the diagnosis of meliodosis should be considered in the area, particularly after heavy rains and flooding.Apr 29 Emerg Infect Dis dispatchIn other melioidosis news, another report in Emerging Infectious Disease says consensus among a group of experts at a March 2014 meeting was reached on steps for advancing to the next stage of development of vaccines against B pseudomallei.To date, no standardized protocols have existed for the testing of candidate vaccines, meaning direct comparisons between them have not been possible, plus partial effectiveness has been demonstrated only in murine models.The meeting included members of the Steering Group on Melioidosis Vaccine Development (SGMVD), which was established in 2013, plus several additional experts from the United Kingdom and the United States.It was agreed that a gateway system similar to that used for tuberculosis vaccine candidates will be used. Head-to-head comparison of the candidate vaccines using standardized mouse models and a defined set of testing criteria will be carried out by an independent institute, after which vaccines to test in non-human primates will be selected.A melioidosis vaccine is “urgently needed,” for public health purposes, say the authors, but also for biodefense, in that B pseudomallei is categorized as an agent at high risk of “deliberate misuse as a weapon.”Apr 29 Emerg Infect Dis report