Author lectures on origin of blues

first_imgAcclaimed nonfiction author and literary journalist John Jeremiah Sullivan spoke on Tuesday about his current research into the origins of the blues musical tradition in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium.Sullivan said he was recently captivated by a story that is “a very strange wormhole in Indiana history.”“A couple years ago, I was doing some research on early African American newspapers, post-Civil War African American newspapers,” he said. “I came across a very strange sentence — an immediately intriguing sentence in an article from 1914. It was especially intriguing for me because I have had a life-long obsession with the blues.”The sentence that interested Sullivan was written by an African American music critic and stated “‘Mr. William Abel … will sing the first blues song entitled ‘Curses,’ by Mr. Paul Dresser,’” he said.“Already, before we know anything about this sentence, something very special is happening here because you have someone who is speculating about the origins of the blues, even in a somewhat lighthearted or offhanded way, before those questions are really being asked,” he said. “There may be one or two other people who had even taken enough interest in the music at that point to speculate where it may have come from.”The origin of the blues style of music has always been debated, Sullivan said, with many scholars disagreeing about any given answer. The song “Curses” was unfamiliar to Sullivan, though he was aware of the composer, Paul Dresser.“Dresser had a younger brother, whose name was Theodore Dreiser — Dresser changed the name to make it sound more American,” he said. “He ran away from home to join a medicine show, and he became a singer, a songwriter and a comedian. … Starting in the late 1880s and 1890s, he became the most popular songwriter in America.”The song, also known as “The Curse,” was inspired by a tragic time in Dresser’s life. A time when his child had died, his wife left him shortly afterward, he was addicted to opium and he was suffering from syphilis, Sullivan said.“It’s an upsetting piece of music, even though it’s almost comical at places because it’s so over the top,” he said. “It creates its own problems, in trying to interpret that original sentence that calls this song the first blues song. A black writer and critic in Chicago in 1914 is saying that that is the first blues song, ‘The Curse.’“From a musicological standpoint, it’s totally baffling because you can’t really hear any of the moves being made in that song that we associate with the blues and the early blues: the flatted notes and the A-A-B lyrical pattern and all those things you expect to hear when you turn on a blues station. This is obviously totally different, and yet you have someone who is there at the moment, calling it the first blues song. So I wanted to understand that better.”In attempting to better comprehend this claim, Sullivan said he went further back in history to research.“It’s ended up being the most fascinating journey for me because it turns out once you go back far enough into the 20th century and even back into the late 19th, everything you think you know about what the blues is, and what’s happening in it, musically and even culturally, to a certain extent, just gets fractured,” he said.Sullivan said that etymological dictionaries show that the term “the blues” is extrapolated from the expression “the blue devils.”“The ‘blue devils’ was to be melancholy, especially morbidly melancholy, Sullivan said. “It was a special kind of melancholy.”In the post-Civil War era, Sullivan said, music emerged from both black and white artists that was overtly melancholy.“There is a period of time of about 20 years before you hear people calling a song ‘the blues.’ And when you hear people talk about ‘blue music,’ they’re very rarely referring to songs that we would think of as being in the blues tradition,” he said. “For instance, a Tchaikovsky melody would be referred to as blue music.”Thus any song, with depressing subject matter could be considered ‘blues music,’ said Sullivan. Therefore, “The Curse,” with its tragic overtones, could be considered a blues song.“I felt like that sentence had given me a new lens, so some of that confusion is cleared up, as to how the blues might have come into being as a distinct genre,” he said.After about 20 years, people in the medicine show world began applying the descriptor blue music more specifically to a certain kind of songs, and what we’ve traditionally known as the blues came into being, Sullivan said.The lecture was sponsored by the department of American Studies, John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts’ Henkels Lecture Series.Tags: American Music, Blues Music, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Paul Dresserlast_img read more

Emergency panel discusses Burma crisis

first_imgAn emergency panel discussed the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar (Burma) on Tuesday night. The panel focused on the persecution of the Rohingya minority group by the Myanmar government and the resulting refugee crisis. Soldiers are reported to have committed massacres, rape and mass burnings of villages and homes. More than 620,000 Rohingya have left Myanmar for refugee camps in Bangladesh, according to a pamphlet distributed at the panel. Of these refugees, 60 percent are children under the age of 17, the pamphlet said. “[Myanmar is] an extremely diverse country, which has 135 different ethnicities,” graduate student Dorottya Pedryc said. Chris Collins | The Observer An emergency panel discusses the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar. Due to persecution by the Myanmar government, many Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee the country.The majority of the Rohingya, of which there are around 1 million people, live in the Rakhine state on the western edge of the country, assistant professor of global affairs Susan Ostermann said. The Rohingya living in Myanmar are not classified as citizens by the Myanmar government, but as illegal immigrants. Although they are recognized as illegal immigrants, “the fact is they actually arrived to the country 2000 or 3000 years ago, according to scholars,” Pedryc said.The most recent crisis has been ongoing since August, “when an insurgent group associated with the Rohingya carried out some limited attacks against state security forces,” associate professor of political science, Ernesto Verdeja said. “The response has been an overwhelming use of violence,” he said of the actions taken by the Myanmar government and military. Pedryc said around 240 Rohingya villages have been destroyed in recent months as a result of this violence. “In September of this year, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, referred to what’s going on in this area as a textbook definition of ethnic cleansing,” Verdeja said.While Bangladesh has “actually done quite a lot” for refugees, Ostermann said, the country still faces certain issues.“Bangladesh is still incredibly poor, despite the fact that development has lifted income dramatically over the last 10 to 15 years,” she said.Bangladesh is a small country with a large population, and the addition of refugees is putting an intense strain on the nation, Ostermann said. While much of the panel focused on the history that has led to this point, as well the status of the current situation, the panelists also discussed how students can get involved and make their voices heard with regards to this crisis and other humanitarian issues. The first suggestion was that students become more informed on the issues they care about. In addition, panelist and assistant professor of political science Jaimie Bleck gave suggestions for ways in which students could become more actively involved in a solution.“There is a range of things that you can do: contacting government representatives, raising awareness amongst your peers, amongst your family, continuing to educate yourself … and, finally, raising money,” she said. Tags: Burma, Myanmar, refugee crisis, Rohingyalast_img read more

Long Island Teen Admits Trying to Help al-Qaeda

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 18-year-old Long Island man who pledged his loyalty to al-Qaeda and “wanted to die so that he could go to paradise” pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to provide material support to terrorists, prosecutors said Wednesday.A complaint unsealed in federal court on Tuesday revealed that Justin Kaliebe, a Babylon and Bay Shore resident, attempted to travel from the United States to Yemen to join al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a terrorist organization also known as “Ansar al-Sharia,” and got as far as John F. Kennedy International Airport, where he was arrested on January 21 during an attempt to board a plane to Muscat, Oman, prosecutors said.But law enforcement’s investigation into Kaliebe was well underway before his planned trip overseas.Kaliebe began meeting occasionally with an undercover officer in June 2011, but the meetings became more frequent when the officer became aware of his “self-proclaimed intent to support terrorists groups,” according to court documents. One year later, Kaliebe was recorded in a conversation with an undercover officer as saying he expected to fight the “Yemeni army” and “those who are fighting against the Sharia of Allah . . . whether it’s the U.S. drones or the, their puppets, in the Yemeni army . . . or, who knows, if American agents or whatever, U.S. Special Forces . . . who they got over there,” according to court documents.Kaliebe began saving money for a trip to Yemen in July 2012 with the intent to “go to Yemen to fight jihad,” court documents quote him as saying in a July 30 meeting.“Kaliebe attempted to turn his back on his country and align with radical terrorists,” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, said in a statement. “His goal was to travel overseas to wage violent jihad against Yemeni and U.S. forces opposed to alQaeda. Firmly committed to this plan, he found both inspiration and guidance in the online teachings of al-Qaeda leaders, including Usama Bin Laden.”Kaliebe also pleaded guilty in February to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. He faces up to 30 years in prison.The investigation is continuing. The Joint Terrorism Task Force and New York City Police Department are also investigating Kaliebe’s activities.“I pledge my loyalty, allegiance and fidelity to the Mujahedeen of Al-Qaa’idah in the Arabian Peninsula and its leaders, Shaykh Abu Baseer Nasir Al-Wuhayshi and Shaykh Ayman Al-Zawahiri, hafidhahum Allah!” he said in an email, according to court documents. “May Allah accept this from me and may he allow me to fight in his cause til the day that I leave this dunya.”Kaliebe is the third Long Islander to be publicly connected to radical terrorist groups. One of those men, Samir Khan, an al-Qaeda propagandist from Westbury, was killed in a drone strike in 2011.last_img read more

Agents fume at exclusion from rating consultation

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Smaller renovations on the rise

first_img“This extension to a single storey, brick veneer home in Brisbane’s east is an example of a new wave of alterations and additions projects in the city’s suburbs,” the firm said in its statement on the project.Award-winning architect Stuart Vokes who was one of the jurors on the panel for the awards, said they reviewed a massive 477 entries from around Australia.“There is evidence that contemporary residential architects in Queensland are showing a strong design leadership nationally,” he said.“There were works that instantly moved the jurors, others triggered lengthy debate, and some offered delightful surprises.”That’s strong praise coming from a firm that won 2017’s coveted Australian House of the Year award for a property in inner Brisbane’s Auchenflower.“Aaron Peters and I felt like the award not only recognised the Auchenflower House as a demonstration of contemporary local urbanism, but also our sustained interest in the Brisbane suburbs and the critical role the suburban field plays in the city making of Brisbane.” sophie.foster@news.com.au JB House in Capalaba by architecture firm Reddog Architects. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones. Zuzana Kovar, who runs the small firm with business partner Nicholas Skepper, was thrilled that the awards allowed for smaller projects as well, which generally come in at prices around $150,000 to $200,000.“For us a lot of the times it’s about trying to do the most affordable thing possible,” she said.“With the Monash House it was very much about renovating everything in place rather than trying to shift services, that’s costly when you pick services up and move them around. We used opportunities to cut a hole in the wall for example rather than remove it all.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17Ms Kovar told The Courier-Mail that the most important factor towards reducing renovation costs was to “renovate in place”.“When you’re on a tight budget then trying to renovate in place is the best way to go about it,” she said. “and trying to minimise new build work where you are adding roof as that’s where it starts to get very expensive.”“Potentially if there are interesting spaces that can be included (highlighted) that would be a way of saving money as well and also by trying to be economical with materials.“Reusing and repurposing, that’s a possibility in the project. Sometimes clients like to source their own things as well which allows projects to be more affordable, like their own appliances and light fittings.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago Monash Road House in Tarragindi by architecture firm Zuzana and Nicholas used the strategy of cutting a hole in a wall where costs prohibit removing the whole thing. Picture: Toby Scott. Terrarium House in Highgate Hill QLD, architect John Ellway, has been short-listed for the 2018 Houses Award for House Alteration & Addition under 200sq m. Picture: Toby Scott.RENOVATION figures have shot through the roof in Brisbane and now local designs are also drawing strong attention nationally with several projects making the final cut for national awards.Three Brisbane house transformations have been short-listed for Houses Magazine’s 2018 Houses Award for House Alteration and Addition under 200sq m, with the design work so impressive that the architects behind one of the finalists are also in the running for a coveted Emerging Architecture Practice award.Architecture firm Zuzana and Nicholas’ Monash Road House in Tarragindi made the smaller renovation final cut, using a strategy of “minimal intervention” — something Brisbane was like to see more of as more people choose to use the low rates environment and higher property values to upgrade their current homes. Having an expert pick out opportunities to maximise a property’s potential was important though, with architects often finding creative ways to make the most of space, including fellow small renovation finalist Terrarium House by architecture firm John Ellway.The firm turned a small 100-year-old cottage into the large family home via a sympathetic upgrade that made the dark undercroft of the property into a large living space.The design made the most of the retaining wall on the front boundary which dropped away 2.5m from footpath to yard to create a stunning living space under the house.“Concrete floors, rendered walls and perimeter ledge make you feel grounded, sitting ever so slightly below the garden level in a breezy undercroft, not sure if you are inside or out,” was how the firm described the project on their site.JB House in Capalaba by Reddog Architects, which looked at reutilising the existing home but “reconfiguring” it for passive environmental control, sought to use “ordinary materials to create extraordinary spaces”. Terrarium House in Highgate Hill by architecture firm John Ellway redeveloped the undercroft of the home. Picture: Toby Scott.last_img read more

Dyslexia

first_img Share BBC HealthDr Trisha MacnairWhat is dyslexia?Dyslexia comes from the Greek language meaning ‘difficulty with words’. It’s a symptom of a number of different information processing disorders in the brain.Because there are so many different possible underlying problems (many of which have yet to be understood fully) dyslexia is hard to closely define because it affects children in many different ways. However, the basic problem is a difficulty learning to read, spell and write, despite adequate intellect and teaching.Causes of dyslexiaDyslexia is caused by differences in the areas of the brain that deal with language, which aren’t yet fully understood.Several areas in the brain interact in a complex way to coordinate the manipulation of words needed for reading, writing and spelling, so the features of any one person’s dyslexia will depend on which areas are affected and how.There may be problems, for example, receiving sensory information through vision or hearing, holding it or structuring it in the brain, or retrieving it later, or there may be problems with the speed of processing information.Brain-imaging scans show that when dyslexic people try to process information their brains work differently to those without dyslexia. This has nothing to do with intellect – people with dyslexia show a normal range of intelligence.Inherited or genetic factors are important in dyslexia and other family members are often affected.Who’s affected by dyslexia?About four per cent of the population have severe dyslexia, while a further six per cent experience mild to moderate problems.Symptoms of dyslexiaDyslexia may become apparent in early childhood, with difficulty putting together sequences (for example, coloured beads, days of week, numbers) and a family history of dyslexia or reading difficulties.Toddlers may jumble words and phrases, forget the names of common objects, have problems with rhyming or show slightly delayed speech development. They may have never crawled (even if walking early) and have problems getting dressed, putting shoes on the right feet and clapping rhythms.At school, children may lack interest in letters and words, have problems with reading and spelling, put letters and figures the wrong way round, be slow at written work and have poor concentration.These problems persist as the child grows up, with poor reading, writing and spelling skills, which can erode their self-esteem.Dyslexia treatmentsDyslexia should be diagnosed after testing by a psychologist or specialist dyslexia teacher.There’s no cure, but recognition that a child has a problem (especially, if possible, the specific processing disorder relevant to the individual) and appropriate teaching methods can help a great deal. It’s vital children are diagnosed and given the help they need.Other approaches can help, too. In cases linked to visual differences, coloured overlays and lenses can lead to improvement because they may stop the letters from ‘dancing on the page’ (a common complaint). HealthLifestyle Dyslexia by: – February 22, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share 53 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Count me out! Messi denies he will help Ronaldinho get out of jail

first_imgLionel Messi has disassociated himself from the Ronaldinho’s fake passport saga as he denied he will fork out £3.25million to help the former football icon get out of prison.  Ronaldinho in Paraguay  According to The Sun of Uj, the Brazilian World Cup winner, 39, was arrested just over a week ago after allegedly entering Paraguay with a fake passport. Ronaldinho has been warned that he could face up to six months in jail for using the alleged dodgy documents. And there were claims Messi plans to help his old Barcelona team-mate by hiring four top lawyers to take on his case. It was reported that it would cost the Argentine ace up to £3.25million in legal fees. However, according to Catalan publication Sport, Messi’s advisors have insisted that, while the Argentine superstar sympathises with Ronaldinho’s situation, he will NOT be helping financially. Brazil legend Ronaldinho has lost a new appeal against his remand in prison. The former Barcelona and AC Millan star was told late on Friday his fresh bid to be allowed out of jail and placed under house arrest had been rejected. Paraguay’s Appeal Court said the former footballer posed a “medium to high” flight risk if his prison situation was modified. His brother Roberto, who is being held in the same cell in a jail on the outskirts of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion, also had his appeal rejected. The decision makes it more likely the pair will have to sit out the next six months behind bars. Ronaldinho’s lawyers were offering a property bond as their get-out-of-jail card. More than a dozen other people have now been placed under formal investigation over the passport scandal Ronaldinho and his brother have been caught up in. The list includes the Brazilian businessman alleged to have handed them their passports and two women believed to be the rightful owners of the travel documents. Police were first called to Ronaldinho’s luxury hotel two days before his March 6 arrest after a tip-off he had entered the country hours earlier to attend a charity launch and present his new book with a Paraguayan passport which stated he was a naturalised citizen. Prosecutors have said the passport was requested by a woman before its contents were doctored to include Ronaldinho’s photo and full name – Ronaldo de Assis Moreira. His brother had a similar passport. Loading… Promoted Content8 Ways Drones Are Going To Change Our LivesThese Hilariously Creative Shower Curtains Will Make Your DayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One Movie6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?center_img The former footballer was initially offered the chance of an escape from trial and a fine before a U-turn by prosecutors led to him being arrested in dramatic fashion last Friday at the Sheraton Hotel and hauled to court in handcuffs the following day. An expert in financial crimes has now been drafted into the remodelled prosecution team leading the investigation after its scope was widened to look at possible money laundering. Ronaldinho and his brother are claiming they were tricked. His Paraguayan lawyer Adolfo Marin has said the former footballer had been given his Paraguayan passport as a “gift”. He allegedly assumed it was an “honorary-type” document of no real value, and gave it to an official without thinking when he reached Paraguay because it was the “first thing he got out of his bag.” Last weekend the lawyer branded Ronaldinho “stupid”, saying he hadn’t understand he had been given false documents to enter Paraguay. Ronaldinho’s life has been under the microscope for all the wrong reasons since he won two Fifa World Player of the Year Awards as well as a Ballon d’Or at the peak of his playing career. He officially retired from football in 2018 – which is the same year he was forced to deny bigamy claims. He had his Brazilian passport confiscated after he was convicted alongside his brother of building an illegal fishing platform on a lake in a conservation area. But Paraguayan prosecutors confirmed last week they had discovered it had been returned to him and he used it to leave Brazil on a flight from Sao Paulo. The revelation has left a huge question mark over why Ronaldinho did not use the same passport when he entered Paraguay, with his lawyer’s comments about it being the “first thing” he laid his hands on being greeted with a mixture of derision and disbelief. Last year it was reported the ex-Paris Saint-Germain only had £5 in his bank account. Police raided Ronaldinho’s family home to seize assets in a bid to guarantee he paid fines due over the illegal fishing platform. Officers were said last November to have seized three luxury cars and a piece of art from painter Andre Berardo. Ronaldinho’s brother was sentenced to five years in jail in 2012 in Brazil for money laundering and other financial crimes. Read Also:Ronaldinho to be rewarded with 16kg pig in prison football tourney Reports at the time said Roberto de Assis had been accused of lying to Brazilian tax authorities to justify the entry into his homeland of money held in secret accounts in Switzerland. Ronaldinho has kept himself busy behind bars by playing in the prison futsal tournament – and he scored five goals. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Former Milan leader receives ‘Richard G. Lugar’ award

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Director of the National Federation of State High Schools Association, Bob Gardner, is the second annual recipient of the Richard G. Lugar Award for Distinguished Service to Interscholastic Athletics. A presentation will be made during halftime of the 4A state championship game by IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox, Jim Morris, Vice Chairman of Pacers Sports and Entertainment, and Governor Eric Holcomb.Gardner has worked in education for the last 48 years in a variety of capacities. He also served as a principal and superintendent in the Milan Community School system. In 1985 Gardner joined the IHSAA staff as an Assistant Commissioner, and was later appointed Commissioner of the Association in 1995. He has been a member of the National Federation of State High Schools Association in 200 and became the executive director in 2010. During his service with the IHSAA he has focused on risk minimization and on concussion awareness.Gardner graduated from Boonville High School where he was a three-sport athlete. He graduate from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor’s degree and earned a Master’s degree from Ball State University. He is a member of the Indiana High School Wrestling Hall of Fame, and has also served on the Board of Directors for USA Football, USA Basketball, and the Indiana Sports Corporation.last_img read more

Governor, legislative leaders move solution forward to assure 100 percent funding for Indiana’s K-12 schools

first_imgStatewide — Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced on Wednesday that he will ask the Indiana State Board of Education to take action to ensure that Indiana’s K-12 schools receive 100 percent of funding as he committed earlier this summer.Governor Holcomb will ask the State Board of Education to call a special meeting for the purpose of taking action to delay the fall count of student enrollment, commonly known as the Average Daily Membership, through at least December. The count date is currently scheduled for September 18. Indiana law allows the State Board of Education to take action to change the count date, among other reasons, when there are extreme patterns of illness.The Average Daily Membership count, which is completed twice a year, is used to set new funding levels for schools. The count requires school districts to designate students who receive at least 50 percent of their instruction virtually as virtual students. School corporations in Indiana receive 85 percent of the foundation formula dollars distributed for virtual students.Concern has been raised in recent days that schools electing to begin the academic year by providing virtual-only instruction because of the changing coronavirus conditions in Indiana would receive 85 percent of funding for all of their students once the count date occurs.last_img read more

MMA Sailors Back On the Water

first_img Hold the pickles and the piercings, please – April 28, 2015 Latest Posts Latest posts by Nicole Ouellette (see all) Bio Kickstarter has lots of gray areas – May 5, 2015center_img The Maine Maritime Academy offshore sailing team trains at home aboard Colgate 26 sloops. Last month, for the second year in a row, the team won the Port of Los Angeles Trophy regatta sailing 37-foot sloops. Later this month the team heads for Annapolis, Md., to race 44-footers at the U.S. Naval Academy.CASTINE — It may be hard to tell if you live where there’s still ice on the cove, but spring has arrived for the Maine Maritime Academy sailing team.MMA sailing coach Tom Brown had his team’s first on-the-water practice scheduled for Monday afternoon. This weekend, the dinghy sailors will head for Newport, R.I., to race in the Wood Trophy regatta hosted by Salve Regina University.The Mariners sail at a considerable disadvantage. Although the ice is scarcely off the water in Downeast Maine, many New England college sailing teams have been on the water for a month or more. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWhile the dinghy team tries to stay warm on Newport Harbor, the big-boat sailors will head for California to race in the Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta on Saturday and Sunday.Hosted by the Los Angeles Yacht Club, this year’s POLA Cup regatta will include teams from the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Naval academies, Northwestern University, the California Maritime Academy, the University of Southern California and California State University. Last year, the Mariners shocked the collegiate saling world by winning the inaugural edition of the intercollegiate big boat regatta on the West Coast. This year the crew will sail with two key changes. Senior Matt Bourque will sail as skipper, replacing Matt Stevens, who graduated last year. T.J. Scott, winner of last year’s collegiate match racing championship, will sail as tactician.For more details pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Nicole OuelletteColumnist at Breaking Even CommunicationsWhen Nicole isn’t giving advice she’s completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who’ll talk back. asknicole@ellsworthamerican.com Ask Nicole: What do I do about ignorant Internet commenters? – April 21, 2015last_img read more