Soule Monde is the premier avant funk duo, erupting from the syncopated minds of power drummer Russ Lawton and B3 wizard Ray Paczkowski. An ideal union of swagger and raw talent, the duo is cemented into an indestructible pocket, where bold improvisational leaps by either player are met by a near-telepathic response from the other. This is fluid funk, crafted for the dance floor but supported by an extensive grasp of jazz improvisation.Paczkowski has an intrepid knowledge of the Hammond B3, playing it as fearlessly as Han Solo flies the Millennium Falcon through an asteroid field, while his left hand lays down bass lines on the clavinet with the ferocity of the meanest four-string, soul-cat. Lawton is constantly responding to his partner’s attacks – pushing the groove further and deeper while holding the pocket like he’s handcuffed to the snare. Don’t expect the beat to drop with Soule Monde, and at the same time don’t expect to get stuck in one groove. Quite simply, this is the jazz-duo your parents warned you about!The duo are set to release a new album, Must Be Nice, on March 3rd via Ropeadope Records, bringing eight infectious new grooves together for the upcoming release. Lawton tells us more about what to expect. “The new Soule Monde album Must Be Nice digs deeper into the pool of rhythms and melody. Still drawing from the funk and also the rhythms Russ played with his time in the Afro Beat band Zzebra. Ray and Russ mash it all together Soule Monde style with that great chemistry they have for writing as a band. Always boiling it down to some unique songs for your body, mind and soul. It’s been said before, but Must Be Nice will take you on a musical journey.”We’re excited to get that journey started with “Rocket,” a leading single from the new album. Listen in below!You can also watch the new, official music video, streaming below.Don’t miss Soule Monde on tour, and don’t sleep on their new album! Keep tabs on the band’s doings on their official website, and see their full tour schedule and album tracklisting below.Soule Monde Tour Dates3/2 Newport, RI – The Cafe at Parlor Newport3/3 New York, NY – DROM3/4 Boston, MA – Thunder Road3/11 Foam Brewery – Burlington, VT3/16 Warren, VT – Hostel3/17 Washington, DC – The Hamilton3/18 Plains, PA – River Street Jazz Cafe3/30 Warren, VT – Slide Brook3/31 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live (Upstairs)Must Be Nice Tracklisting1. Immigrant Too2. Rocket3. Take My Hand4. Compared To Jody5. Kota6. Mina7. Took You Long Enough8. InfluenceRecorded at Lovetown
Saint Mary’s director of media relations Gwen O’Brien encouraged students to join the community in launching Faith Always, Action Now, the capital campaign that seeks to raise $80 million for scholarships, professorships, selected facility improvements and other projects, for the College. The reception will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in the O’Laughlin Auditorium lobby, hosting members of the community before the campaign launch event, which begins at 7 p.m. “This event is not something to miss,” O’Brien said. “The reception and launch event will definitely excite students about Saint Mary’s and its future with this campaign.” Alumna Lindsey Anderson, a professional opera singer, is currently on campus to act as the storyteller for the evening, student body president Maureen Parsons said. “Current students will be sharing their Saint Mary›s story and there will be video throughout as well,” she said. “The program is emotional and touching, and I think will be something students who attend will never forget.” Students are also encouraged to attend the Heritage Week dinner, which begins tonight at 5:15 p.m. Special guest speakers include board chair Mary L. Burke, a 1985 alumna, and Sister Veronique Wiedower, a 1970 graduate of the College.”The Heritage Week dinner is an annual event we have during this week each year. This year it is a little different because of the capital campaign launch,” Parsons said. “Mary Burke is going to speak to the students about what the capital campaign is, what we are raising money for and why it is important for current students.” As a senior, Parsons knows she and her peers may never see the changes while students but said students must remember that “the renovations and new buildings we have currently are because of past alumnae investing in the College as well.” Also part of the campaign she and her peers may never see the changes while students, but said students must remember that “the renovations and new buildings we have currently are because of past alumnae investing in the College as well.” Also part of the campaign launch festivities was a faculty luncheon hosted by College President Carol Ann Mooney on Wednesday afternoon that awarded two faculty members for their excellence at the College. “These awards, made possible by the generosity of two alumnae and their spouses, recognize faculty members who are deeply dedicated to their students, their scholarship, and their communities,” a College press releasee said. Mary Ann Merryman, professor of business and accounting, was presented The Donald R. and Nora Barry Fischer Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. This award, named for the 1973 graduates of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, respectively, recognizes excellence in discipline-specific teaching by a faculty member in upper-division courses in a major, the press release said. “In addition to her typical teaching responsibilities, over the past nine years, Merryman has organized and coached a team of four to compete in the INCPAS Case Competition, competing against teams from colleges and universities across Indiana,” the press release said. “Merryman has led Saint Mary’s teams to the final six for seven of the last eight years with the teams finishing first in 2010 and 2011.” Merryman is a certified public accountant account who received her Bachelor of Science from Manchester College and her Master of Science in Accountancy from Notre Dame. Jayne Kendle, associate professor of nursing, was presented with The Kevin J. and Marijo Rogers Kelly Service Award, named for the 1977 graduates of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, respectively. This award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional commitment to local, regional, nationa, or international service to his or her academic field, according to the press release. “Kendle has expanded her service role to include serving as a Board member of the O’Hana Heritage Foundation helping to establish A Rosie Place, a specialty care hospital for medically fragile children,” the press release said. “She continues to work to educate Indiana legislators and work with the State Department of Public Health to secure funds to support these families.” Kendle received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Evansville and has a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri.
Thursday will be Saint Mary’s third annual symposium, an event featuring research and showcasing creative works completed by students and faculty.Senior Mary Coleman, representing the Humanistic Studies department, will be on the visualization panel presenting on a medieval castle in Italy, which has the largest collection of Arthurian frescoes in the world. “I have been working on this project since the beginning on March. I developed the larger project out of a paper I wrote my one of my Humanistic Studies classes,” Coleman said. “Professor Ambrose in humanistic studies has been instrumental. She encouraged me to apply for symposium and develop this project beyond a paper.”Hope Marinkovich, a senior representing the art department, will be involved with the poster segment of the symposium.“My poster will explain the concept behind my senior comprehensive art show, which focused on upcycling and how a mindful treatment of textiles can bring us to a greater understanding (An enlightenment, even!) of our actions as humans and how they/we connect to the natural world,” Marinkovich said in an email. “At the symposium, I will also be experimenting with a performance piece, in which I will invite anyone present at the symposium to weave a circle with me and create a collaborative work with members of the Saint Mary’s community. It will serve as a demonstration of the necessity of working together with others to literally build this circular structure and metaphorically keep the upcycling movement going as a group effort.” Marinkovich has been working towards the symposium for a month, but her senior comprehensive project began way back in October of last fall “with brainstorming, finding resources, experimenting with the textiles and envisioning what [her] show would look like.”Instrumental to Marinovich’s symposium project was the support of professors Krista Hoefle, Julie Tourtillotte and Ian Weaver, she said.“[They] have not only given me their time and advice in guiding my senior comprehensive project, but have been supportive every step of the way, inspiring me with their kindness, passion, books and tea to help make this project a success,” Marinovich said.Saint Mary’s students will be given the day off to attend the symposium.“I think it is beneficial for all students to show up to the symposium, because these are research projects designed and conducted by your peers. They are interesting and diverse projects focusing on topics that are important to the students of this generation,” Marinkovich said. “Simply showing up to the symposium communicates a nonverbal message that you care about learning something new that is pertinent and important in this day and age.”Tags: Art Department, humanistic studies, Saint Mary’s College, saint mary’s symposium
A 29-year old Broward County woman who had been missing since October of last year has been found buried in the backyard of a Mississippi man’s home, according to police.Coral Springs resident Sarah Willard was found dead on Valentine’s Day in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.Jackson County, Mississippi Sheriff Mike Ezell says 54-year-old Phillip York killed Willard and then buried her body in his backyard.A joint investigation between the FBI, Coral Springs Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office led investigators to Willard’s body.Ezell explains that Willard met York online.According to a missing person’s report, her husband, Daryl Allen Jahnke, told detectives that his wife was “extremely bi-polar,” and was known to leave the area randomly to travel or to meet with people she met online.He adds that she would typically stay in touch with relatives during the timeframe – usually one to two weeks – in which she would be gone.The report further states that Jahnke told investigators that he woke up on the morning of Oct. 29 to find his wife gone, in addition to all her belongings. He also revealed to them that the couple texted throughout the day and that she told him she was going to Texas.Jahnke never heard from his wife again after 11 p.m. that night.York has been charged with murder. Authorities have not disclosed how Willard was killed.Investigators say York is a felon who previously served 10 years in a Virginia prison for stabbing a woman.
St. Andrews Green Valley Panthers made the trip to Malaysia on May 26 for this year’s Primary FOBISIA Games at the British International School Kuala Lumpur (BISKL). Having arrived tired but excited, the Panthers enjoyed an excellent welcome dinner before an early start the next day.On Friday morning the team arrived at the Shah Alam Aquatics centre, hoping that their previous hard training work in the pool would pay off. They did not have long to wait before the medals started coming and it was fantastic to see the improvement from the previous year.The St. Andrews Green Valley Primary team showed what exciting sporting prospects they are for the future.With spirits high the squad headed to the Panasonic Stadium where they showed amazing commitment and excellent consistency across track and field events. The St. Andrews team achieved third place overall in the athletics – a brilliant achievement and so well deserved.That winning feeling followed through into the following day at the BISKL sports field where T-Ball was the day’s event. The Under 9s showed great enthusiasm and confidence and after overcoming some tough opposition they achieved a fantastic third place finish. The Under 11s, brimming with confidence, batted and fielded superbly and in the final game held their nerve to secure the runs needed to deservedly take second place. Once again, the students fought hard and showed terrific sportsmanship and made St. Andrews proud.Day 3 was the football competition and every game played displayed St. Andrews Green Valley’s brand of movement and flair and soon the results started stacking up. The under 9 girls showed just what exciting prospects they are for the future, narrowly missing out on medals but playing with big smiles on their faces and producing some lovely football.Keng Dabing & Lily Suksawad were named Green Valley’s MVPs of the event.The under 9 boys were absolutely dominant with solid defending turning into beautiful attacking football. Some huge scorelines later they had won all of their matches and brought home the champions’ trophy.The Under 10 girls also showed what quality there is at St. Andrews, going unbeaten to the end and they were thrilled to win their gold medals.The Under 10 boys were in a tough, physical group, but showing defensive grit and moments of attacking magic they managed to finish the group unbeaten, only losing out on the medals on goal difference.The Under 11 girls fought bravely in the KL heat, winning some tough matches but narrowly missed out on the top 3. The boys however played some fantastic football bringing home the silver.The weekend was capped off with a gala dinner where Lily and Keng were presented with St. Andrews Green Valley Most Valuable Athletes awards.
STEELERS FOR LIFE—Surprise guest Jerome Bettis, left, with Hines Ward and Mel Blount, share many laughs at the roast. Guests at the 12th annual Mel Blount Youth Home All-Star Celebrity Roast knew they were in for a treat as the line of NFL players and coaches, past and present, entered the ballroom of the Hilton Hotel April 16.Being honored that night was Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. Following in Steelers tradition, Ward is known for his efforts on and off the field as a four-time NFL Pro Bowl selection and a devoted philanthropist. “I understand what it means to be a true Pittsburgh Steeler,” Ward said. “Being honored at the dinner means something because it reflects what I do outside of football, too. Even though we are not paid to be role models, we are role models.”The celebrity roast benefited the Mel Blount Youth Home, a residential program in Claysville, Pa. The home provides mental, physical and spiritual development for troubled boys ages 7-17.Past roast honorees include former Steelers Franco Harris, Joe Greene and Lynn Swann, who served as the night’s master of ceremonies. Each event has raised more than $300,000 for the youth home.“We just kind of accidentally fell into this. The original idea was just to get some friends together for my 50th birthday and here we are 12 years later,” Blount said. “We had the roast and we wound up raising a couple hundred thousand dollars so we said, we need to do this every year.”Through Blount’s connections, boys in the home are presented with positive male role models on a daily basis. The roast served as another opportunity for them to be exposed to some of their sports heroes.“You have corporations that spend money to be in the presence of those guys and the fans get a chance to interact with the local celebrities,” Blount said. “But really the children get to see these guys and see they can one day be successful, whether it’s sports or business.”Thanks to the work of Blount and his supporters, the home has produced many success stories. Several young men from the program were given the opportunity to speak about how their experience has helped them.“You want kids to get up and have them be honest about what they think about the home. We want them to speak from the heart,” Blount said. “We try to teach the basic Christian principles of living and these kids know they can do anything they want to do. We don’t have any excuses for not succeeding.”Shining through the sea of other sports stars was Blount and his wife, TiAnda, who were the subject of high praise from many of the guests.“It’s a fundraiser to support the effort and vision of Mel Blount to establish safety and well-being for our youth,” said Lanita Iverson. “Mel provides unconditional love for our youth.”Despite the recent controversy surrounding the Steeler franchise, many said the event was an example of the best of what sports can offer to youth.“It’s a wonderful event that brings people together who understand the importance of sports in the lives of youth,” said Adrianne Smith. “I believe sports teaches children how to make the right choices.”(A complete photo spread of the event will be in next week’s paper.)