Band joins with Ugandan choir

first_imgWhen 2012 graduates Brian Powers and Nick Gunty traveled to Kkindu, Uganda, last summer, the pair gained much more than expected from their experience. Powers and Gunty, who comprise the band Frances Luke Accord, spent 18 days recording an album with the community’s Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir to raise money for members of the group. “During our stay, we were touched by the many people we met living in rural poverty, who at the same time abound in human potential and an unparalleled spiritual wealth,” Powers said. “Through our interaction with the children and with village leaders, it became apparent that many of these children face hardships that none of us would ever encounter in our lives.” Powers said one of the hardships for the 28 children in the choir is the lack of access to free, public education. “They are not prevented from attending school, but they cannot sit for the necessary exams unless they pay their school fees,” Powers said. “The costs associated with these school fees, including a school lunch and uniform, totals only 70 dollars a year.  But with an average annual income in Uganda of only 511 dollars per capita, many cannot afford even this modest amount.” To raise funds for the children to advance grade levels, the choir and Frances Luke Accord collaborated to record an album entitled “Kandote,” a Lugandan word meaning “I dream.” “All money from the sale of this CD is going directly towards paying these school fees,” Powers said. Kevin Dugan, an operations assistant for Notre Dame men’s lacrosse and the former manager of Youth and Community Programs for Notre Dame Athletics, developed the idea for the project. Dugan is also the founder and director of Fields of Growth International, an organization that uses athletics as a community and human development tool in rural villages in Uganda. “The project was also funded in large part through grants from Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement as well as some private donations,” Powers said. “Thanks to these generous grants, we had the unique opportunity to spend 18 days in the wonderful country of Uganda doing what we love: listening to, writing, performing and recording music -and bridging a wide cultural divide along the way.” Powers said the band sent the choir a CD before the trip so the children could learn the songs. Approximately 40 takes of each song were recorded before Frances Luke Accord selected the best one for the album. Kandote can be purchased at any online music store or at the band’s website, For fans to gain further access into the production of the album, the band uploaded a YouTube video entitled “Kandote” that details the group’s trip to Kkindu and its interaction with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir.last_img read more

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Dealing with bullies

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaEveryone will be bullied at one time in their lives. It will most likely happen at school. If your child is being bullied, there are things you can do to help stop it. Bullying can come in many forms. But it can include, physical or emotional abuse, damage to a child’s property, spreading malicious rumors or forcing a child to do something he or she doesn’t want to do, says Sharon Gibson, a family and consumer science educator with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Don’t ignoreA consistently bullied student can have emotional problems and can begin to perform poorly in school. And if the bullying is physical, it can take its toll on the student’s body.Don’t ignore the problem. And don’t tell your child to ignore the bully.“When a child is bullied, he or she may feel angry, helpless or deserted,” Gibson said. “If that child tells a teacher or parent about the bullying, they need to know that it is not tattling and that speaking about it was the right thing.”Parents can become angry at first learning a child is being bullied. “Parents should stay calm and first find out if their child is in any immediate physical danger,” she said.Contact schoolThe most important thing a parent can do is find a way to stop the bullying. Ask for a meeting with the principal of your child’s school. The principal can then determine if and when to bring the child’s teacher or teachers into the conversation.“Again, parents should stay calm. If they are not, this could set up a defensive action by school officials,” she said. “Parents should be proactive but not demanding before they learn more about the situation at school.”Teachers and principals train to deal with issues like bullying, she said. Parents should voice concerns but listen too. Most schools have an action plan to deal with bully situations. If the school doesn’t, the parent should offer to help develop a plan.The child doing the bullying should be given a chance to reform. The bullied child should have an adult contact at school to tell if the bullying doesn’t stop. This person could be the teacher or a paraprofessional.There is a lot going on in the average classroom. A teacher or paraprofessional can have their hands full all day. It can be tough to concentrate on one child.Gibson recommends a codeword be established for the bullied child to use when he or she feels uncomfortable or in danger due to bullying. This will inform the adult without the child having to raise a hand or bring much attention. The adult can then investigate or even witness the bullying. Parents should follow up with the school to make sure steps are in place to keep all children from being bullied. Parents can also:- make sure the school has good monitoring.- keep records of bullying episodes and of any communication with the school.- work with other parents in their neighborhood to make sure children are supervised and feel safe. At home, parents should encourage good social skills and behavior. They should help their child find his or her talents and praise accomplishments, she said.last_img read more

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Syracuse breaks 3-week scoring drought in win against NC State

first_img Published on October 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ Head Coach Phil Wheddon hadn’t even sat down yet, but he was already excited. After constantly citing his team’s need for a fast start — Syracuse hadn’t scored once in three weeks —Wheddon got exactly what he wanted. The Orange scored a less than a minute into the match.SU’s (5-10-1, 1-6-0 Atlantic Coast) offensive execution was the key component in the 3-0 win over North Carolina State (4-11-0, 0-6 ACC) on Sunday at SU Soccer Stadium.“It was great for the team to come out and get a quick goal like that,” Wheddon said. “…I was very happy for us that we were able to score the goal and settle down into a little bit of a rhythm.”Coming into the match, the Orange was in the midst of an offensive drought. The last time SU had scored was in a 3-1 loss to Virginia Tech on Sept. 27. The team’s goalless streak spanned over four games.Within 50 seconds on Sunday, that streak was snapped. Sophomore forward Eva Gordon took a pass and ran with the ball up the right sideline. She launched a ball toward the left goalpost and it landed at the feet of junior midfielder Emma Firenze, who fired it into the back of the net to give the Orange the early lead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think we really came out very hungry and we wanted to score early, and that was one of our goals, and we did so,” junior forward Stephanie Skilton said.That early goal made Sunday’s game the first time that the Orange held a lead since Sept. 17 against Drexel. The issue that’s plagued SU for most of the season – having to play catch-up after giving up a lead – was nonexistent on Sunday.The Orange added on to its early lead. Junior midfielder Maddie Iozzi possessed the ball on the left side of the field near the Wolfpack baseline. She passed the ball toward the middle of the field that hit off a defender and found its way to Skilton, who rifled the ball in to make it a 2-0 game.Coming out of the half, the Syracuse players looked ecstatic. Goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan was grinning cheek-to-cheek in the team huddle before resuming play.The Orange got out to another fast start in the second half. Just over a minute into the half, Alex Lamontagne took the ball down the left sideline, made a nifty inside move and kicked the ball toward the goal. The goalie deflected the ball, but Eva Gordon recovered, turned and fired into an empty portion of the net for a 3-0 SU lead.“Coach told us to come out strong … put the third goal away early so we set the tone,” Gordon said. “We didn’t want a 2-1 game in the second half,” Gordon said.Two of the goals the Orange scored came off of deflections in the box. Being in the right place to capitalize on rebounds was something the practiced over the course of the week.“It’s happened to us consistently throughout the year where a ball is served into box and its not the first person, the first runner that often scores it, it’s the second or third,” Wheddon said. “… We’ve been really working on trying to get more numbers into the box, and I thought today we did a very good job at that.”With a six-game losing streak now over, Wheddon wants his team to focus on continuing to play well and win the final three games of the season. Still, he acknowledged that this win could help the team morale.“Today was definitely a good day to get the win,” Gordon said.“We needed it.” Commentslast_img read more

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