With Bob Weir‘s Blue Mountain coming out at the end of this month, fans of the Grateful Dead guitarist await patiently to find out what the full-length album of originals will sound like. Following his previous release, “Only A River”, Weir shares a new track, “Gonesville”, from his new cowboy album.You can listen to the song, which premiered on Rolling Stone today, below:“Gonesville” was collaboratively written by Bob Weir and Josh Ritter and will appear on Blue Mountain on September 30th, which marks Weir’s first solo album in over 10 years, and his first batch of songwriting in over 30 years. The record features The National’s Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, and Scott Devendorf as contributors.According to Rolling Stone, the full list of contributing musicians also includes: Ray Rizzo (drums, harmonium, harmonica, backup vocals), Joe Russo (drums), Jon Shaw (upright bass, piano), Rob Burger (keyboard, accordion, tuned percussion), Sam Cohen (electric guitar and pedal steel), Nate Martinez (guitars, harmonium, backup vocals), Jay Lane (drums, vocals), Robin Sylvester (upright bass, vocals, hammond organ) and Steve Kimock (lapsteel). The Bandana Splits – comprising Annie Nero, Lauren Balthrop and Dawn Landes – sing backup on the album.Check out the full tracklist and tour schedule below.Blue Mountain Tracklist1. Only A River2. Cottonwood Lullaby3. Gonesville4. Lay My Lily Down5. Gallop On The Run6. Whatever Happened To Rose7. What The Ghost Towns Know8. Darkest Hour9. Ki-Yi Bossie10. Storm Country11. Blue Mountain12. One More River To CrossBob Weir Tour DatesSan Rafael, CAMarin County Civic CenterOctober 7, 2016Oakland, CAFox Theatre OaklandOctober 8, 2016Los Angeles, CAThe WilternOctober 10, 2016Upper Darby, PAThe Tower TheatreOctober 12, 2016Brooklyn, NYThe Kings TheatreOctober 14-15, 2016Port Chester, NYThe Capitol TheatreOctober 16, 2016Nashville, TNRyman AuditoriumOctober 19, 2016[via Rolling Stone]
Who are they: Student body presidential candidate Lauren Vidal brings experience to the table from her time in FUEL as a freshman and her service as student body parliamentarian during her sophomore year. A junior Management and Consulting major with a minor in public policy, Vidal hails from Miami, Fla.Devine, a Cincinnati native, studies pre-medicine and economics with a minor in Peace Studies. He chaired the department of Gender Issues in student government last year.Both studied abroad last semester — Vidal in Washington, D.C., and Devine in London.First priority: If elected, their first goal would be to work within the existing structure of student government and seek to foster a close-knit community among members of that group. Vidal said they will look for a broad array of passionate people to lead the departments and then work to get each department on board with their goals from the beginning.She said the restructured platform they composed, structured around the divisions of each department, reflects and reinforces the underlying importance of each department in student government.Top priority: The team’s biggest goal is serving their peers and the broader Notre Dame community as best they can, Devine said. He said they will do this by both serving the student body through their leadership and then providing opportunities for them to be of service to the greater South Bend area.“We really have this idea of service, and although we understand that’s a broad term, we really [prioritize] service to our peers and to our community as a whole,” Vidal said. “For our peers, we work on specific, tangible projects.”Best Idea: Devine said the two hope to continue many of the current administration’s agenda items, including a push for medical amnesty for students. He said he contacted members of the Office of Student Affairs to discuss whether “du Lac” would be up for revision during the year ahead, and he said he talked extensively with current student body president Alex Coccia about Coccia’s work toward that goal.Devine clearly did his homework on the matter and gathered the necessary information to make the platform item grounded in real possibility. He said he hopes to change the tone of that conversation to center around keeping students safe and accountable, not enabling them to behave irresponsibly.Worst Idea: Vidal said while interning in D.C., she worked with a press secretary and hopes to find someone to replicate that role in student government. She said the press secretary would be a channel of communication between the cabinet and the student body and could help coordinate media coverage of initiatives.While increased communication is generally a positive thing for any administration, in this form, it would likely remove Vidal and Devine from the student body. Face-to-face communication and a visible, personal presence on campus would better serve students’ needs.Most feasible: Their “29 for 29” initiative would pair each residence hall with an underprivileged South Bend family, linking students to the surrounding area and fostering a deeper understanding of the Notre Dame family. Both Vidal and Devine said they have worked at the South Bend Homeless Shelter and have the contacts to organize and execute this plan.Least feasible: The platform contained plans for Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) to supplement the existing SafeWalk system. The patrol would essentially consist of teams of two trained students on call to pick up students in distress on golf carts with the goal of providing other options besides walking and protecting students from inclement weather.Because the service would run only from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., though, its hours overlap directly with SafeWalk’s current availability. A better option would be to run the service from 2:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. in order to provide 24-hour options. However, even this is not necessary because an after-hours call to SafeWalk will connect a student to NDSP, who will provide a ride to their destination.Notable quote: “One of the main things we’re pushing is continuity. … A lot of our policy initiatives are extensions of what already exists.” — DevineFun Fact: Vidal comes from a “loud, proud Cuban family” and said she loves to cook with her parents and grandparents. Devine has a twin sister at Ohio State University.Bottom line: Vidal and Devine both cited extensive, diverse friend groups at the University that they hope to draw upon for ideas and involvement if elected to office. Their plans to maximize efficiency and collaboration within the student government offices will help them to execute the wide array of initiatives outlined in their platform, but they might do so from a skewed vantage point of the student body’s actual needs if they view campus life mostly through the lenses of their friends and co-workers. Their comprehensive platform speaks to their familiarity with many aspects of student life, and their previous experience in student government makes them well-prepared to lead in the year ahead.Tags: 2014 Election, Student Body President, Student government
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Alex Bono leaned over to fix the socks that had rolled up after another sliding save. But the freshman goalkeeper noticed that Georgetown had regained possession and was on the attack again, and that meant he would have to wait to brush the dirt off his shin guards.Bono was too preoccupied with the vaunted Georgetown attack to fix his socks or try to relax during Syracuse’s third-round NCAA tournament game. But even in a losing effort, he saved his best performance for his last game, saving eight shots and playing like the program centerpiece that head coach Ian McIntyre hoped he’d become.“Alex kept us in it tonight,” McIntyre said after the game. “He was brilliant tonight, and without him on our side it would’ve been tough to keep it that close.”McIntyre was right. The game had every making of a one-sided affair, with the third-seeded Hoyas holding the ball away from Syracuse and driving on goal again and again.Georgetown took 16 shots in the first 90 minutes. It shot five more times over the two following 10-minute overtime periods. And after that, Georgetown tested Bono four more times during the penalty-kick stage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBono didn’t save any of Georgetown’s four penalty kicks. He did, however, disrupt enough Hoya scoring opportunities to ensure that his team would even reach that stage.The Baldwinsville native started his strong performance early on. Thirteen minutes into the first half, a Georgetown corner kick taken by Steve Neumann curved from left to right and headed right to a pack of waiting Hoya players.But Bono ended that threat quickly. He boxed out two attacking players, leapt over another and snatched the ball at its highest point before landing squarely on his two feet.“Not a lot of other goalkeepers can do something like that,” said defender Nick Bibbs, who patted Bono on the back after he punted the ball away. “Sometimes you wonder how he can get so tall.”Bono would take charge of the SU defense again minutes later. On a free kick granted to Georgetown, he directed a wall of defenders to shield the goal from a striking Andy Reimer. The ball deflected off Bibbs and rolled back to Reimer, who played it back into the box and into another swarm of Hoya attackers.This time, Bono punched the ball away with two clenched fists, redirecting the kick out to midfielder Nick Perea and jumpstarting the SU counterattack.But no other save was more impressive than the one Bono notched with 10 minutes left. Brandon Allen gained position at the top of Syracuse’s 18-yard box, split two defenders, and launched a shot to the near post.Bono prevented a surefire goal when he dove right, jamming one arm against the post in order to block the shot with the other.He relinquished his first goal five minutes later. But after Jordan Murrell watched Bono deny one of the NCAA’s top teams over and over again, he couldn’t help but think about the future of his program — one that features an even better Bono than the one on display during Syracuse’s season finale.“It’s tough to lose, but this season opened up so many possibilities for us,” Murrell said. “It starts with the goalkeeper, and it just trickles down. It’s tough not to smile when you think about what he can eventually be for us.” Comments Published on November 25, 2012 at 11:36 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweets Facebook Twitter Google+
USC remains the 23rd best university in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 college rankings released Tuesday, but it moved up in the “Up-and-Coming Schools” list from No. 11 to No. 8.The Up-and-Coming Schools list identifies universities making “promising and innovative changes” to student, academic and faculty life. The schools are ranked based on peer votes from college officials.“USC’s reputation has been strengthening over the past 20 years,” said Kirk Brennan, USC director of admissions. “It is more of a long-term trend than any sort of short-term recent change. People are finally catching up to the great things that are happening here.”Steve Wolfsohn, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering, said receiving a high rank in the up-and-coming category shows the university’s ambition.“It’s nice to know that we are at the top, but we’re not settling,” Wolfsohn said.In the rankings of best national colleges overall, USC is again tied with Carnegie Mellon for No. 23 — as it was in last year’s rankings — and sits between Georgetown University (No. 22) and UCLA (No. 25).USC is the only top-25 university to also be ranked on the up-and-coming schools list.Since 1991, when then-President Steven B. Sample began leading USC, the school has moved up 28 spots in the national university ranking to where it currently sits.“Movement happens only occasionally,” Brennan said. “I think we made a big jump a year or two ago — that’s good. Reputation is one of larger components in these rankings and I think President [C. L. Max] Nikias’ campaign to boost endowments will make a difference.”Since his inauguration last October, Nikias has raised more than $1 billion dollars in large gifts to USC. This includes a $200-million donation from David and Dana Dornsife to the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences in October 2010.The USC Marshall School of Business undergraduate programs went up one spot to No. 9 in the nation since last year’s ranking of No. 10. For programs at the graduate level, the Viterbi School of Engineering is ranked No. 11 and the Rossier School of Education is ranked No. 14.“All our deans are doing terrific things, the more people talk about them and more people become aware internationally and the better it is,” Brennan said. “It’s not a surprise that Marshall did extremely well. It is a great program.”The U.S. News & World Report college rankings are based on a weighted combination of key indicators, including class sizes, average freshman retention rate, faculty resources, peer evaluations and high school counselor evaluations. The alumni giving rate accounts for 5 percent of the total ranking score.For Stephanie Fong, a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering, USC’s ranking at No. 23 indicates it is one of the best colleges in the nation. “That’s why I came here,” Fong said.Current USC students can rejoice in the school’s standing above its rival university — UCLA at No. 25 — but the rankings play an important role for high school students, such as Jimmy Chen, who are still deciding which college to attend.“I wouldn’t want to think that it’s a giant factor, but it is pretty important,” Chen said. “Since I can’t visit or know about all the campuses, it is nice to have some outside source telling me what is good.”Chen is currently a high school senior in Portland, Ore. He said he plans to apply to USC after hearing from friends about the university.“I know that USC has good academics, so now I am just trying to figure everything else out,” Chen said. “I haven’t visited the campus yet, but I know a lot of people from my high school who have gone to USC and they seem to like it a lot.” Kristy Pyke contributed to this report.