Listen: Broken Bells Releases Single “Holding On For Life”

first_imgAs we reported last week, Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer have revived their Broken Bells project, and will be releasing their second album, After The Disco, this coming January. The album is also part of a short film, which is directed by Jacob Gentry, and produced in conjunction with The Creators Project.The duo finally released the first single off the album, “Holding On For Life.” The song sounds like the Bee Gee’s stepped into the 21st century. The song is catchy, groovy, and filled with falsetto. Expect other artists to remix this song to its death.Take a listen for yourself:last_img read more

Vermont college tuition increases outpace household income growth

first_imgby Alicia Freese March 25, 2013 vtdigger.org During the last five years, tuition and fee costs at public universities and colleges have risen at a more rapid pace than household income throughout New England, and in Vermont, these costs make up a larger portion of income than they do in any other New England state.A New England Board of Education (NEBHE) study, released in February, examines tuition growth at public colleges and universities across New England, and it compares that growth to changes in median household income.Monnica Chan, policy director at NEBHE and author of the study, observes, ‘ average tuition and fee rates across the region still rose substantially over the past five years at two- and four-year institutions. Median household income, however, stagnated during this time, resulting in larger shares of income being required to pay full tuition and fee rates than previous years.’For Vermont’ s in-state students, the cost of tuition and fees for one year at a four-year school represents 21 percent of the median household income. At a two-year college, these costs represent 10 percent. That’ s roughly a four percent increase since 2007.In New England, the average proportion of tuition to income is 15 percent for four-year institutions and 7 percent for two-year institutions.Since 2007, Vermont’ s public four-year institutions also saw the highest average increase in out-of-state tuition and fee rates among all New England states. The state saw an average increase of 33 percent, whereas the New England average was 27 percent.Vermont’ s in-state rate increase was more modest ‘ it went up 33 percent, while the average increase across New England was 37 percent. The average in-state tuition and fee rate for the 2012-13 school year was $11,380 in Vermont, whereas the national average was only $8,056.Over the last five years, Vermont has stayed in the middle of the pack in terms of tuition increases at its two-year institutions. Both in-state and out-of-state rates have increased by 24 percent since 2007. But during the 2012-13 school year, Vermont had the highest in-state tuition rate increase for two-year institutions and the second highest (to New Hampshire) for four-year institutions in New England.Daniel Smith, communications director for VSC, said that during the same five-year period the study looks at, ‘ our overall gift and grant aid capacity has gone up 47 percent from $26 million in 2007-2008 to $39 million in 2011-2012.’ This includes both federal financial aid and scholarships and grants provided by the colleges themselves.UVM and Vermont State Colleges (VSC) officials are quick to point out that the study does not take into account financial aid or scholarship packages, which can mitigate cost hikes for qualifying students.Net tuition at the Vermont State Colleges has grown despite this, Smith explains, because total student enrollment has risen as well, which means financial aid dollars are split among a larger number of students. Enrollment has grown by about 10 percent since 2007, according to Smith. Vermont State Colleges includes Lyndon, Castleton and Johnson state colleges, Vermont Technical College and Community College of Vermont.Smith says public higher education institutions are subject to the same trends ‘ most notably, rising health-care costs ‘ that are driving up costs ‘ in just about every institution in the country.’ The ‘ chief difference,’ Smith says, is that the state appropriations to public colleges are more meager in Vermont than they are in most other states.‘ We are providing a high quality product but we really need the state to be a partner in ensuring that it is broadly accessible to Vermont students,’ Smith said.Richard Cate, vice president for finance at UVM, described tuition rate setting as ‘ a balancing act between the increased costs of operating the institution and a market analysis in terms of price sensitivity. You’ re trying to figure out how to provide good educational value for students without increasing the price to the point it becomes unaffordable for them.’Due to its small state appropriation, UVM is ‘ extraordinarily reliant’ on tuition as a source of revenue, Cate said. According to Cate, financial aid is driving up tuition costs at UVM, and almost all of the money garnered from the 2.9 percent tuition increase forecast for next year will go towards meeting this need. ‘ The increase is going to generate almost no new net revenue.’Financial aid packages at UVM are ‘ generally quite generous,’ according to Cate, but, he added, it’ s hard to draw comparisons across institutions because schools are often loath to disclose this information. Salary increases and health-care costs are also driving up the cost of tuition, though Cate says UVM has worked hard to keep the former in check during the last several years.UVM and CCV have kept tuition hikes for in-state and out-of-state students comparatively lower than the other Vermont State Colleges ‘ since 2007, UVM’ s in-state tuition has risen 27 percent and CCV tuition increased 24 percent, whereas tuition rates at the other Vermont State Colleges have increased between 34 and 36 percent points.last_img read more

Rosehill parents ask district to consider lowering class sizes at Title 1 schools

first_imgRosehill has seen the need to add sections at the last minute several times in recent years. Parents are hoping the district will consider a policy change that could create more stability.A group of Rosehill Elementary parents are asking the district to consider lowering the cap for class sizes at Title 1 schools in hopes of providing a more stable and productive classroom environment for students in buildings that serve economically disadvantaged populations.Megan Peters, a Rosehill Elementary parent, addressed the board of education at its meeting this week with concerns about the prospect of the school losing three classes next year. With 520 students enrolled at the school, Rosehill is among the largest elementaries in the district. It also serves an economically disadvantaged population, with nearly 60 percent of students qualifying for free-and-reduced lunch programs. What’s more, more than 25% of current students qualify as English language learners.Rosehill Elementary third graders met with Lenexa city officials to present a project on civics this fall.Peters noted that accurately predicting student enrollment from year to year in such neighborhoods can be difficult.“With poverty comes increased mobility, so often when the district is planning class sections at Rosehill, we do not know what that number will actually look like of students enrolled the next year,” she said.Because forecasting for actual enrollment can be so difficult, the building has been forced to add class sections right before the start of the school year — or even in the middle of the school year — when numbers exceed predictions.“Six times in the last ten school years, Rosehill has had to add a section at the last minute or after the school year has begun, which is extremely disruptive to teachers and students,” Peters said.With the proposed reduction of sections at Rosehill next year, each grade level would already be at capacity. Peters and her allies fear that it’s likely the school will again need to scramble to add sections once more students enroll.“Full capacity means something different in a school with 57% poverty,” Peters said. “The classroom challenges our teachers face are unique. And while having a classroom of 24 5 year old kindergarteners is always a challenge for any teacher, the difficulty is multiplied when taking into account the difficulties our students face.”The group is proposing that the district consider setting a classroom size cap for Title 1 schools that is two students lower than the cap at non-Title 1 schools. Peters noted that such a policy is already in place at Olathe Public Schools. She said that the group had calculated the cost to the district would be less than $900,000 per year.Superintendent Mike Fulton told Peters and the group that he planned to follow up with them on the proposal.last_img read more

Japanese struggle on Toray tourney’s 1st day

first_imgTop seed Maria Sharapova and No. 2 seed Martina Hingis had first-round byes, with Hingis playing her first match Wednesday against Australia’s Nicole Pratt. Sharapova, named world No. 1 on Monday despite her defeat to Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, begins her pursuit of the title she won in 2005 on Thursday against Schiavone.“I would have loved to have played Sharapova,” the 19-year-old Takao said. “But the result today against a higher-ranked opponent has given me confidence that I can play at this level.”Takao is ranked 136th in the world, while Schiavone is 25th.Nakamura is up against Italy’s Mara Santangelo in the singles competition on Wednesday morning, while Ai Sugiyama, making her 15th appearance at the tournament, plays Russia’s Elena Vesnina later the same day.Holder and No. 3 seed Elena Dementieva of Russia, who beat Hingis 6-2, 6-0 in last year’s final, and fourth-seed Jelena Jankovic also received byes into the second round.No. 8 seed Daniela Hantuchova was the first seed to fall Tuesday when the Slovakian went down 6-4, 6-4 to Italy’s Roberta Vinci.No. 5 seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia defeated American Shenay Perry 6-4, 6-2 and Australia’s Nicole Pratt beat Meghann Shaughnessy of the U.S. 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-4.China’s Li Na, seeded sixth, beat America’s Lilia Osterloh 6-3, 6-2 and France’s Severine Bremond thrashed compatriot Marion Bartoli 6-0, 6-2. It was bad day at the office for the Japanese players as the Toray Pan Pacific Open began at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gym on Tuesday.Erika Takao crashed out in the first round of the singles, losing 7-5, 7-5 to Italy’s Francesca Schiavone, while doubles pair Akiko Morigami and Aiko Nakamura were on the receiving end of a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing by Vania King and Rennae Stubbs. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Marquis Haynes’ performance no surprise to Ole Miss

first_imgOXFORD – Ole Miss’ leading pass-rusher is No. 3 in the Southeastern Conference in sacks.No, it’s not former No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche or veterans C.J. Johnson and Deterrian Shackelford.Rather, it’s freshman Marquis Haynes, whose 6 ½ sacks are two behind Missouri’s Shane Ray for best in the SEC.Haynes has exploded during the team’s last two games, collecting 4 ½ sacks, including 2 ½ in a 34-3 win against Tennessee on Saturday.Ole Miss defense dominant against TennesseeFilm Session: Emulating Lombardi and dominating defenseHaynes, who has four more sacks than any other Rebel and a third of the team’s 18 total takedowns, is a surprise to many.But not to his team.“I thought I told y’all about him in August,” Johnson said.Said cornerback Senquez Golson: “We knew he was going to be a player coming into the season. His potential is just through the roof.”Haynes started the season opener against Boise State, collecting his first career sack. But since then, he’s come off the sideline in a role probably best defined as a pass-rushing specialist. He’s able to do that because of the team’s depth; Haynes often replaces Fadol Brown, and is paired with Johnson and Nkemdiche on a line that makes third-and-long a difficult situation for opponents.Ole Miss remains No. 3 in both pollsGameDay heading to Baton Rouge for LSU-Ole MissHaynes, who joined the team in January after North Carolina denied him admission even after a year at Fork Union Military Academy, is only 220 pounds on a 6-foot-3 frame; coaches hope he’ll eventually get up to 230-240 pounds.Playing with his left hand on the ground was bothersome, so he started playing in a four-technique (standup) position.Notes: Freeze apologizes for late touchdownOle Miss QB Wallace eventually finds grooveMost players would be too high coming off the ball in such a situation and put themselves in position to be rocked off their path by stronger offensive tackles.Not Haynes.“He was going too far upfield, not having the right angle,” Johnson said. “All week, we really just worked on getting his angle fixed, and he came out (Saturday) and was on fire.”Said coach Hugh Freeze: “He plays the game with a speed off the edge that is certainly SEC-quality. And he’s very physical.”Haynes also has three quarterback hurries, a pass breakup and three forced fumbles. Not many outside of the Ole Miss program would have predicted this from him when the former three-star prospect arrived on campus.“He’s not just a pass-rusher for us,” defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said. “He’s a great pass-rusher.”Contact Hugh Kellenberger at (601) 961-7291 or [email protected] Follow @HKellenbergerCL on Twitter.No. 3 Ole Miss at No. 24 LSU6:15 p.m., Saturday, ESPNTiger Stadium,Baton Rougelast_img read more