Aqueous Announces New Year’s Eve Hometown Throwdown

first_imgAqueous have had a huge year in 2017, touring from coast-to-coast, performing in support of Umphrey’s McGee, rocking their own headlining club dates, and playing to packed stages at national festivals like Peach Music Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival. After a relentless year on the road, it comes as welcome news that the Buffalo-bred band will return to their hometown for a special performance on New Year’s Eve. On Sunday, December 31, Aqueous will ring in the new year at Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY.Last month, the band released a brand new studio single, “Weight of the Word,” which is Aqueous’ first studio cut since their 2014 album Cycles. Earlier this year, Aqueous released their live record, Element Pt. I, which compiles fan-selected cuts from their 2017 Spring tour. The second installment, containing selections from their Spring 2017 run, as well as those from this Summer, is expected in the coming months.See below for a full list of Aqueous’s tour dates, and join them in celebrating 2017 while welcoming 2018 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY. Tickets are currently on sale and available here.AQUEOUS // Tour Dates9/7 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Schmiggity’s9/9 – Bellvue, CO – Canyon Jam9/12 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s9/13 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry9/14 – Madison, WI – The Frequency9/15 – Menasha, WI – The Source Public House9/16 – Indianapolis, IN – The Mousetrap9/22 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music and Arts Festival9/23 & 9/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Comes Alive9/29 – Glens Falls – The Summit – Queensbury Hotel9/30 – Canton, NY – Java Barn10/24 – Wilmington, NC – The Calico Room10/25 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall10/26 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House10/28 – Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween10/31 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco11/1 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt11/2 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Music Hall11/3 – Covington, KY – Octave11/4 – Morgantown, WV – 123 Pleasant Street11/15 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom11/16 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall11/17 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Café Back Room11/18 – Ferndale, MI – Otus Supply Parliament Room12/31 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom1/17 – 1/22 – Miami, FL – Jam Cruiselast_img read more

To improve education, reallocate funds, DeVos urges

first_img A keynote address by Betsy DeVos, 11th United States Secretary of Education. Later, in conversation with moderator Paul E. Peterson, the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government and director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at HKS, DeVos touted a tax credit program in Florida that she said shows promise in getting more disadvantaged students into college. It may be a worthy model for a federal program, she said, but only if doesn’t add to the federal bureaucracy.DeVos said the Department of Education is in the middle of “a very big review” to look for ways “to streamline and make [the agency] more effective and efficient,” and has launched an effort to review “all the regulations,” some of which she finds burdensome. “We’re committed to divesting as many of those as we can,” she said.From the earliest days of the current administration, President Trump’s selection of DeVos — a billionaire charter school activist from Michigan with no professional experience in education — has been polarizing with some audiences, raising objections from many parents, teachers, school administrators, education policy analysts, and critics on the left.In February, DeVos survived a bruising Senate confirmation hearing that sharply split Republicans and Democrats, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote to approve her, a first in presidential cabinet appointments.HGSE student Tony Delarosa raises a fist in protest as Betsy DeVos speaks. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerHours before the forum began, protesters began gathering outside on JFK Street. Inside, Archon Fung, the academic dean at HKS, acknowledged the charged atmosphere but framed DeVos’ appearance as a part of the School’s longstanding commitment to “understanding differences and building bridges.” He asked the predominantly student audience to be respectful, and warned that protesters who disrupted the event would be ejected.“Our practice of dialogue and debate is critical. When you prevent others from speaking or hearing disagreeable views, or when you yourself refuse to be challenged by those who disagree, it means that you are sure that you’re right and so sure that they are wrong that you have nothing to learn from them,” said Fung.Citing Michigan’s problematic track record with charter school performance amid the large number of for-profit institutions operating there, one Harvard College student from DeVos’ hometown, Grand Rapids, asked her during the question period to explain her desire to nationalize school choice.Struggling to be heard over the crowd, DeVos defended Michigan’s approach.“Everybody who has had means and wants to move elsewhere has moved out of the city of Detroit. And the students that are there, 49 percent of them have chosen to go to charter schools. Nobody’s forcing them to go to charter schools,” DeVos said. “Is there room for improvement? Absolutely.”An HKS student and former teacher asked DeVos how her department thinks about student safety when issuing rules and regulations. The student noted recent departmental decisions reversing Obama administration policies about transgender student bathrooms and Title IX sexual assault guidelines. The student suggested the shifts have made it harder for teachers to keep students feeling safe in school.DeVos said making students feel unsafe “is the last thing we want,” and said the Title IX rulemaking review process now underway will proceed “in the right way.”“One sexual assault is one too many. By the same token, one student that is denied due process is one too many, so we need to ensure that policy and that framework is fair to all students — and we’re committed to doing that,” she said. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says she’s more convinced than ever that giving parents money to shop around for schools that they believe will best serve their children, rather than funneling those funds through school districts, will go a long way toward improving the nation’s public educational systems.During a speech about school choice on Thursday at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), DeVos, a longtime supporter of school choice, said that parents too often are limited to sending their children to local public schools that may be underperforming or unsuitable. Or, if they have desirable public schools in their communities, parents may have to enter lotteries to gain slots for their children, a system that she said can leave a child’s future “to chance, not to choice.”“It’s not right for some people to be able to choose, and you not to be able to. And yet, we spend more and more and more money funneling through a system that tries to tell you ‘We’re going to do better next year’ and then it doesn’t,” she said.Giving parents flexibility and options is critical, DeVos said. She compared the freedom to choose schools to selecting a restaurant or farmers’ market when looking for something to eat, and likened charter schools — which she cast as positive, innovative forces of disruption — to food trucks.“What tastes good to me may not taste good to you,” she told a capacity crowd at a JFK Jr. Forum that included a number of protesters.Giving parents options is critical, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos says. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerDeVos conceded that opponents have successfully defined school choice in the public mind as a “house of horrors” that uses vouchers to steer children into charter, private, parochial, or for-profit schools that offer little accountability and nonexistent standards.“Nothing could be further from the truth,” she said. “If we can put a man on the moon, surely we can put families in charge of their own destinies.”DeVos blamed failing schools on teachers’ unions.“Their focus is on school buildings instead of schoolkids,” she said. “Funding and focus should follow the student, not the other way around.”Shortly after DeVos began her 22-minute address, several audience members rose from their seats. Some raised fists, while others silently unfurled handmade signs that read: “White Supremacist,” “Our students are not 4 sale!” and “Reclaiming my democracy.” As DeVos continued speaking without acknowledging the protesters, dozens more stood and raised signs or draped banners from the balcony, some of which read “Protect survivors’ rights” and “Educational justice is racial justice.”Secretary Betsy DeVos at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

Chiefs, Tyreek Hill working on ‘record-setting deal,’ report says

first_imgWhile the #Chiefs plot moves for the 2019 season and beyond, they do have some big deals coming: They have begun negotiations with star WR Tyreek Hill on what’ll be a record-setting deal, source said. Along with tagging Dee Ford, shopping Justin Houston, that’s a consideration.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 5, 2019Rapoport also noted the Chiefs reported releasing of Justin Houston and potential trading of franchise-tagged Dee Ford, the possibility of a megadeal with Hill is likely.Hill is entering the final year of his rookie contract, where he will make around $2 million from his base salary and bonuses. Related News Tyreek Hill could see a huge extension coming his way.The Chiefs are working on a “record-setting deal” with their top receiver, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, who cited a league source. He posted 1,479 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in his third year in the league, a career best.center_img Landon Collins will not receive franchise tag from Giants, report sayslast_img read more