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WSU students enjoy SpringFest concert with Ying Yang Twins and Redeye Empire

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By Andrea Castillo and Kari Bray

Hundreds of students packed Beasley Coliseum for the concert that wrapped up Springfest 2010.

Springfest, put on by the Student Entertainment Board, was split into an afternoon festival in the Bustad Hall parking lot with an indoor concert later on.

WSU Battle of the Bands winner Genevieve opened the concert with enthusiasm, pumping up the audience with songs such as “Welcome to Wazzu,” a local take on Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind.”

The Canadian band Redeye Empire took the stage next, bringing a springtime feel with their rock-reggae style.

Co-headliner The Maine really got the show going when they invited students onto the floor, whether or not they had floor tickets. Though campus police and the SEB asked that anyone without a floor ticket move back up to the seats, The Maine’s encouragement kept the floor packed throughout the rest of the show.

“The Maine did a really good job getting people going,” said Cassie Bilyeu, a freshman chemistry major.

The Ying Yang Twins closed the show. Audience members danced to popular songs such as “Shake” and “Wait (The Whisper Song).”

“It was a fun concert,” said Rachel Daniel, a sophomore agricultural biotechnology major. “I had a great time dancing with my friends and boyfriend, and I thought the lead singer of The Maine was pretty entertaining.”

Earlier in the day at the festival, downcast weather didn’t stop students and community members from enjoying themselves. Whoops and hollers could be heard from every ride.

Mary Yovanoff, a sophomore engineering and psychology major, said her favorite part was riding the Yoyo, a ride that spins people seated in swings, elevating off the ground as it speeds up.

“When my feet don’t touch the ground, I kind of feel like a little kid,” she said. Freshman neuroscience major Jacqueline Johnson said she came to Springfest because she wasn’t able to go to her hometown county fair this year. Though Springfest isn’t as big, she said, it was just as fun because she got to come with friends. Jessica Duren, SEB special events programmer, helped organize the event.

“I hope people see that Springfest is really getting big and becoming a carnival,” she said. “There is actually a lot of fun stuff to do that isn’t just sitting there and watching something. I’m hoping people see that this year.”


Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo to speak at Get Lit Festival

Bestselling authors Richard Russo, Jess Walter and Reza Aslan will give readings or discussions at the 2010 Get Lit Festival this week in Spokane. The Get Lit Festival is a weeklong celebration of reading and writing that brings headlining authors to the Inland Northwest to discuss the importance of the written word.

Reza Aslan, Thursday, April 15 at 7 pm $20 general (students free with ID)

Selected Shorts, Friday, April 16 at 7 pm $25 general (students free with ID)

Richard Russo and Jess Walter, Saturday, April 17 at 8 pm $20 general (students free with ID)

Sallie Tisdale, Sunday, April 18 at 11:30 am $10 general (students free with ID)

Janet Fitch, Sunday, April 18 at 7 pm $20 general (students free with ID)

Patricia Smith Jazz Poetry, Wednesday, April 21 at 7 pm $20 general (students free with ID)

For lecture locations visit the Get Lit Festival Web site.


Jay Leno performs at WSU Mom’s Weekend

“Tonight Show” host Jay Leno was the main attraction at WSU’s Mom’s Weekend, performing Saturday night at a crowded Beasley Coliseum.

Leno’s rapid fire delivery of staccato one liners kept a steady stream of laughs rolling through the audience. With quick jabs at Sarah Palin, John Edwards and other public figures, Leno displayed his classic stand-up performance that he has honed from decades on “The Tonight Show.”

Similar to his Tonight Show monologues, Leno’s topical humor was fresh and relevant, but his long-form stand-up act lacked the same comedic punch. Leno’s eye for the absurd and the ridiculously mundane events in people’s daily lives that are a never-ending source of laughs for most comedians is not as strong as his contemporaries. Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and the late George Carlin all had far more expansive comedic repertoires.

Check out Leno’s interview with The Moscow-Pullman Daily News.


Fareed Haque to perform at WSU

Award-winning guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque will give two performances with students and musical groups from the Washington State University School of Music April 13.

At 12 p.m. Haque will perform with WSU students in the CUB and at 8 p.m. he will join WSU’s vocal jazz ensemble VoJazz and the WSU Big Band for a performance in Kimbrough Music Hall. After the performances, Haque will play at Rico’s Pub in downtown Pullman at 10:30 p.m.

Haque plays jazz and classical guitar. His talent has allowed him to work with artists such as Sting, Dizzy Gilespie, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Kurt Elling and numerous symphony orchestras. Haque has performed all of the major guitar concertos, is an active transcriber of baroque as well as South American music, and has had many works dedicated to him. Currently he is an associate professor in jazz and classical guitar studies at Northern Illinois University.

Born in 1963 to Pakistani father and Chilean mother, he’s traveled extensively, including long stays in Spain, France, Iran Pakistan and Chile, which exposed Haque to different music from a very early age.

Haque will also hold workshops from 1:10 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Kimbrough Music Hall room B48 on April 12.



Composer Wayne Horvitz presents “Heartsong of Charging Elk”

Renowned composer Wayne Horvitz presented his musical interpretation of James Welch’s novel “Heartsong of Charging Elk” Saturday at Kimbrough Hall.

Horvitz attempted to capture the fictional odyssey of Charging Elk, a Sioux warrior who becomes marooned in 19th century Marseille, France while traveling with the Buffalo Bill wild west show.

The piece is a cacophonous mess, mixing an operatic libretto with a misused brass section and a new age spoken-word performance by Robin Holcomb.

Horvitz’s decision to ignore traditional Native American instruments in the early parts of the performance prevents the audience from identifying with the main character of the book. Horvitz said he decided not to invoke more Native American sounds due to his lack of familiarity with the genre. This decision gives the piece an alienating feeling.

The tragic tale of Charging Elk is filled with opportunities for a composer to create a an overarching narrative structure. Charging Elk’s displacement could have been reflected in a shift from Copland-esque sounds of Americana to 19th Century European composers. Instead, Horvitz’s interpretation is a myopic wandering cacophony of discordant sounds and white man’s guilt.

In the early pieces, the presence of a snare drum and an overly pronounced trumpet seem out of place. The instruments are synonymous with the U.S. cavalry charge and strike the wrong tone for music that is intended to compliment the a passage from the book about reservation life.

Compositional mistakes like these lead to a disconnect between the music and the book, and an even greater disconnect between the music and its audience.


Can the newspaper be saved?

As newspapers in the Pacific Northwest, such as the Seattle PI, are forced to change their business models, more and more media critics present their opinions on how to save the newspaper.

Check out New York Times Media Critic David Carr’s remarks on a government bailout for the newspaper industry.

Newspapers must rethink revenue by Gavin Mathis

The smudged ink on the reader’s fingers, the rings of coffee stains on the paper, the tactile feeling of flipping through pages of daunting black print – For many people, reading a newspaper is a religious experience. However, the days of waking up to a cup of coffee and a copy of The New York Times (or The Daily Evergreen) are numbered. For better or worse, a fundamental change in the dissemination of news is occurring, and the newspaper industry must adapt or be swallowed by its antiquated methods.

Due to the dramatic economic decline, advertising revenue is slowing to a trickle and newspapers have been forced to do more than eliminate distribution costs. A shift away from the current business model, which does not charge readers for the content they read online, must be undertaken to save America’s crippled newspaper industry.

There is little sense in defending the medium of newsprint, but my critiques of the physical medium should not be confused with the newspaper’s content. The printed word transcends time and space and is a cornerstone of a functional democracy. It is illogical to abandon print journalism simply because the conduit used to convey the message is no longer pertinent in society. The San Francisco Chronicle, The Rocky Mountain News and – to an extent – the Seattle Post-Intelligencer have already fallen victim to this faulty business model.

Walter Isaacson, the former managing editor of Time magazine, is receiving considerable attention for his idea to incorporate micropayments (fees similar to the ones made on an iTunes account) to the online newspaper industry. According to Isaacson’s plan, readers would pay a small fee for every article they view, making the paper beholden to the reader rather than advertisers.

The flaw in Isaacson’s plan is that newspaper articles are not songs. Articles and columns are not continually digested by the user. After the reader finishes an article, they are done, period. This is why the micropayment system must be based on subscriptions. If customers want to read Time or Newsweek, they would make a monthly payment for the online publication. Charging by the article is a deterrent to browsing, whereas a subscription-based plan allows the consumer to impulsively explore the publication.

An additional problem plaguing Isaacson’s model is consumer demand. Many people will refuse to pay for something they already get for free, and those who are willing to pay might be more inclined to read trashy celebrity gossip than real news.

The decline in online advertisement revenue proved content cannot be free. In the globalized world where the reader possesses more choices than ever before, content must be commoditized and become the defining factor of the news industry. Newspapers cannot afford to maintain foreign bureaus or send reporters into the midst of conflict zones if the consumer does not pay for the product. It does not take a Nobel prize-winning economist to see that newspaper’s current online business model is horribly flawed.

I’m sure most people are pondering the question: If newspapers don’t exist, what will I read when I’m on the toilet? One of the most important qualities of a print product that needs to be preserved is the mobility factor. Some type of handheld media device – perhaps similar to Amazon’s Kindle – is needed to replace the print product in this dynamic news era. BlackBerrys and iPods will not suffice because their displays are far too inferior to properly preserve and present the front page of The Wall Street Journal. Much like Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press, this new medium will facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and give voice to the voiceless.

Without the Fourth Estate’s capacity to convey information through some medium, the way people interact and interpret the world around them will be compromised. Unless substantive steps are taken to adopt a new means of thinking about the printed word, another local newspaper will fail and another American city will suffer the same fate as Seattle, San Francisco and Denver.

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