With their first appearance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre set for this Thursday, July 14th, opening for Galactic, Brooklyn’s Pimps of Joytime have released an official video for the track “Dance Cardia”, which lead singer and guitarist Brian J co-wrote with Rubblebucket‘s Alex Toth. The video features Brian J aka “The Hustler” preparing for an epic match of Jenga, versus childhood foil “The People’s Champ”. The track appears on the group’s latest album Jukestone Paradise.Pimps Of Joytime Bring Their ‘Janxta Funk’ To The Aggie In Colorado [Video]The group has been on a recent run in Colorado, which culminates with their first-ever appearance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, with both Galactic and BoomBox. Brian J discussed the honor of playing the venue (which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year), “Colorado has been real good to us over the past 6 years. There seems to be a genuine appreciation for what we do out here….It’s a privilege to be invited to play the amazing Red Rocks Amphitheater and we have our fans to thank for it.”Pimps of Joytime Tour Dates:7/13 Telluride, CO – Sunset Concert Series7/14 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater 7/15 Avon, CO – Agave7/16 Snowmass Village, CO – Deaf Camp Benefit Summer Festival7/28 Asbury Park, NJ – Jams on the Sand7/29-30 Floyd, VA – Floydfest7/31 Lancaster, PA – Long’s Park Amphitheater8/6 Bedford, PA – Wills Mountain Festival8/11 Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival9/16 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom *9/18 Felton, CA – Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival10/22 Rohnert Park, CA – Funkendank Oktoberfest ^* with Greyboy Allstars^ with Galactic, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and The Dixie Giants
Kaeser noted that although a lot has been done over the past four years, the company is still shaping the “digital transformation of the industry.”Implementation of the Vision 2020 strategic realignment was initiated at the start of the fiscal year that began on October 1, 2014. The core elements are the alignment of the company with theSiemens is focusing on aligning the company with the growth fields of electrification, automation and digitalization, as well as on sharpening of the focus of the company’s portfolio and the implementation of concrete, sustainable measures for enhancing its functional efficiency. Siemens has extended Joe Kaeser’s appointment as the company’s president and CEO ahead of schedule. His term in the office will now extend until the annual shareholders meeting in 2021, Siemens said on Thursday, noting this decision is part of the company’s Vision 2020 strategy program.Speaking of Kaeser’s extension, Siemens’ supervisory board chairman Gerhard Cromme, said, “He’s not only a guarantor of success but also of stability in increasingly turbulent times.”
United States Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan discussed her role at the agency at an event on Monday in the Social Sciences Building.Jay Wang, director of the USC Center of Public Diplomacy, began the event by introducing Ryan. Ryan assumed her position as assistant secretary of state on Sept. 26. Previously, she served in the White House as assistant to the vice president and special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement.The visit to USC was Ryan’s first stop outside of the state department. Ryan began the conversation by introducing what the ECA does and what it is responsible for.“The ECA oversees international exchange programs — cultural, professional and academic. We have about 140 exchange programs of different kinds,” Evans said. “Through these programs, we have about 300,000 foreigners coming into the United States every year.”The ECA’s mission statement is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges that support the development of peaceful relations.“We are sharing American values around the world, to develop individual skills for people to return to their home country with enhanced skill bases, in order to lift up their communities and countries,” Ryan said.Ryan said the ECA also tries to reach out to new and diverse communities.“A huge goal for us is trying to reach people who may have never previously met someone from the U.S.,” she said. “Those are the audiences we are trying to expand to — the nontraditional people for these exchange programs.”Ryan also spoke about different exchange programs through the ECA. For example, there is a Fulbright-mtvU program for students who are more interested in music.“A Fulbright-mtvU fellow developed a band of Palestinians and Israelis. They travel around and perform,” Ryan said. “It’s a really rare partnership between Israelis and Palestinians and it’s based on music. It is really a heartening thing to see.”The second half of the conversation with Ryan consisted of a Q&A session.Students who were at the meeting with Ryan had differing opinions about it. Many were excited to learn more about the United States’ diplomatic efforts.“I came into the conversation without knowing much about what she does and the program. It was really interesting to hear all these international efforts to create better relationships,” said Cindy Barrios, a senior majoring in East Asian area studies.Some students said they were interested to learn exactly what diplomacy means.“Public diplomacy is one of those things that everyone has heard of but it’s also something no one can define exactly,” said Luke Phillips, a sophomore majoring in international relations. “It’s refreshing going to an event where all they do is talk about it. It’s amazing to know that by working for the state department for this group, you can plan events while serving your country and serving the interests of peace and freedom for the rest of the world.”Other students, however, thought Ryan should have focused her speech on more practical matters.“It’s definitely interesting to listen; it’s rare that you get to hear directly firsthand, sitting in a room,” said Nona Yegazarian, a senior majoring in business administration. “At the same time, it’s not new. We already understand what diplomacy is. I wanted to hear about the actual problems and how they’re working to overcome them.” Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan
Nick is a senior majoring in history and English. Think you know something about the game Nick doesn’t? Probably, he’s not that smart. But let him know at [email protected] anyway. For many sports fans in the Dairy State (happy cows come from Wisconsin, not California), this Super Bowl presents a vexing situation. Grumblings and moans have been echoing into space from the state, “This is the worst Super Bowl matchup ever.”Granted, there are some fair points to those grumblings. Two East Coast franchises that have been contenders for a long period of time are both in the Super Bowl. For diehard fans of the green and gold, it’s almost impossible to root for the Giants: a team that ended one of the most successful regular seasons in franchise history.On the other hand, it’s not exactly a dream to root for a man who wears hoodies with the sleeves cut off, and a quarterback who has dominated the NFL while getting more borderline roughing-the-passer calls (and the tuck rule) than anyone in history. While the good of the NFL lost in the divisional round for Packer fans, a big decision remains for Sunday: Do we root for the bad or the ugly?Even though Titletown’s finest did not reach the pinnacle of football prowess this season, the Super Bowl offers one of the better title game storylines since, well, the last time the Giants and the Patriots met. David Tyree doesn’t belong on New York’s roster this time around, but it’s hard to believe that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady won’t be out for revenge this year. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be, the Giants and Eli Manning have had the Patriots’ number lately. After defeating New England in Foxborough during the regular season, 24-20, New York has all the confidence in the world they can once again repeat their Super results.Trying to predict any Super Bowl in the past has proved challenging, but there are a few keys the average sports fan should keep his eye on when two of the NFL’s best collide on the greatest day on the entire sports calendar.Manning vs. BradyThere’s really no arguing that Tom Brady is a Hall of Fame quarterback. This Sunday’s game will match the fifth time the signal-caller has reached the Super Bowl, tying him for the most appearances in NFL history along with John Elway. Brady is coming off another terrific season, posting 39 touchdowns and a quarterback rating over 100. Brady makes the big plays at big moments, and reaching another Super Bowl is just a testament to that fact.Eli Manning, on the other hand, is starting to cement a legacy of his own. Often regarded as an afterthought for sharing the same last name as his brother Peyton, the younger Manning has a chance to surpass his older brother in Super Bowl titles. While Eli has been closely scrutinized this season after referring to himself as an “elite” quarterback on a radio show this past August, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to argue against that title. Manning put up his best season as a pro this year while posting eight touchdowns to only one interception in three playoff games.In both of the Giants’ Super Bowl appearances with Manning at the helm, the team has taken the road less travelled to the promised land of the Lombardi Trophy. In 2008, when the Patriots and Giants met in Super Bowl XLII, Manning guided the Giants through three straight road playoff games on their way to beating the Patriots. This time around, Manning guided them through two postseason road games, including an upset at Lambeau Field and a dramatic overtime victory over San Francisco at Candlestick.Manning has been clutch time and time again in the duration of his playoff career and with the added hunger of proving himself as one of the NFL’s best players under center, it may be a dangerous choice to bet against an Eli-led Giants squad playing its best football when it matters most.Normally, this would be a push for advantage, but since it’s the Super Bowl we’ll go to a tiebreaker. More tolerable: Brady’s different hair styles or Manning’s face?Advantage and Tiebreaker: Manning and the GiantsGiants’ D-line versus Patriots’ O-lineWhile a quarterback is the most important position in the sport of football, a quarterback is only as successful as his offensive line. Brady has usually been lucky in his lengthy career as the Patriots’ starter, surrounded constantly by Pro-Bowl linemen who give him a mini-vacation in the pocket on every passing down. This year both of the Patriots’ guards, Logan Mankins and Brian Waters, were named to the Pro-Bowl, helping to strengthen a line that boasts the likes of veteran tackle Matt Light.The only way to beat Brady and the Patriots’ offensive juggernaut is to pressure him in the pocket. Luckily, the Giants have all the right tools to do just that come Sunday. Anchored by Pro-Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, the Giants have perhaps one of the most talented combinations of pass rushers in recent memories. Throughout the playoffs the group has terrorized offenses, combing for 33 tackles (seven tackles for loss), 10 quarterback hits and five sacks. This group knocked out two of the NFL’s better passers as well this postseason, eliminating Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers.If Rob Gronkowski is unable to play, look for Brady to face harassment off the edge all game, as the Patriots’ tight end is not only a terrific weapon in the passing game as a receiver but extremely invaluable for the chip blocks he gives when lined up against a premier rusher. With a high ankle sprain, the record-setting tight end will most likely be a step slow even if he plays. This may erase his value as a pass blocker, forcing New England to either keep a running back present constantly in the backfield or Aaron Hernandez off the edge to give help if the Giants’ pass rush gains early success. With three Pro-Bowl caliber defensive linemen seeing snaps, I’m giving my edge to the G-Men.Advantage: GiantsTwo key position battles that may define the Super Bowl. Enjoy your wings, beer, brats, pizza, sandwiches and other miscellaneous deep-fried foods this Sunday. Perhaps the most important part of Super Bowl Sunday doesn’t actually deal with football, but the hangover (induced by food, football or something else) that follows.Maybe there’s another key matchup out there: Students vs. Monday morning class.