Conquest prepares for crosstown showdown

first_imgStudents joined together in McCarthy Quad Monday night for the annual Conquest spirit rally and concert featuring artists Miguel and ILoveMakonnen. Conquest 2015 was the result of a combined effort by the Office of Campus Activities, Undergraduate Student Government Program Board, USG Concerts Committee and Trojan Pride in anticipation of the crosstown rivalry game against UCLA this Saturday.Conquest included a Bruin Bonfire put on by Trojan Pride, a fireworks show and a Ferris wheel all in McCarthy Quad. Food truck vendors The Boba Truck, Kogi, Coolhaus, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Jogasaki and Farmer’s Belly opened for business at 5:00 p.m., followed by the opening of the Ferris wheel.The next portion of the night was the spirit rally, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The rally included guest appearances from student groups, including the USC Cheer team.“Conquest is really exciting because we know a ton of people are going to be there to watch us,” said Lindsay Luiz, an undeclared freshman on the USC Cheer team. “I’m nervous because it’s our first really big performance, but it’s fun to build up to the game on Saturday. We’ve been preparing for a long time and making a special routine just for Conquest.”Athletes and coaches, the Spirit of Troy, Song Girls, Trojan Dance Force, Spirit Leaders, UnderSCore, Reverse Osmosis and Break Through all made appearances on the Conquest stage.“There are a lot of moving parts to Conquest,” said Alya Omar, one of the student MCs for the rally. “My job is to keep things moving, help with transitions, make sure everything goes smoothly and keep students excited and pumped. This is one of my favorite events because it’s a really good unifier. All of the student groups are so talented and just really fun to watch.”Miguel and ILoveMakonnen were announced as the featured performers on the Conquest Facebook event page on Friday. Miguel, a Grammy-award winning, critically acclaimed artist, and ILoveMakonnen, best known for his song remixed by Drake, “Tuesday,” pumped students up toward the end of the night. Previous Conquest headline performers have included Phantogram, Jason Derulo and Childish Gambino.“I’m not a huge R&B or soul music fan myself, but I think Miguel and ILoveMakonnen are really diverse in their nature. They will appeal to a wide array of audiences in the student body,” said Leah Palacios, a freshman majoring in communication. “For the Welcome Back Concert we had more EDM style artists, which I thought was really cool. Something like pop rock would have been better at really making people pumped up for the game on Saturday.”At the event, five students were randomly selected to predict the  halftime and final score of the USC-UCLA game on Saturday. Winners will receive $10,000.The spirit of Conquest began even before the rally and concert Monday evening. Representatives from the Office of Campus Activities and Program Board hosted a variety of activities in front of Tommy Trojan since last Monday, Nov. 16. These mini events included free Conquest t-shirt and goodie-bag giveaways, Sprinkles Cupcakes.last_img read more

6-year-old killed by man attempting to ‘cast the demon out’ of him

first_imgAuthorities in Arizona have arrested a 31-year-old man after he allegedly killed a 6-year-old by forcing hot water down his throat.The incident occurred Thursday at a home on the Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation near Tuscan where the boy lived with  his adoptive mother and the suspect Pablo Martinez.According to the report, Pablo, volunteered to give the child a bath, but at some point during the bath, he decided to pour hot water down the child’s throat.The child’s adoptive mother, Romelia Martinez, says she heard gurgling noises coming from the bathroom and went to see what was happening. Romelia told authorities that she noticed the bathroom door was locked and worked to unlock it. Once she was inside, she found Pablo holding the child under the running bathtub faucet.Romelia says she began screaming at Pablo to stop but Pablo just kept telling her “he had to do it.”Romelia then reportedly called their pastor and when the pastor did not answer, she called 911 while Pablo attempted CPR on the child.Firefighters reported that they found the child naked and propped up on a pillow. He did not appear to be breathing.The child was taken to Banner University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Officials reported that he had burns on 15% of his body.At the home Pablo told authorities that they were not in the right mindset or faith to understand what occurred, however, Pablo later told authorities that he noticed a demon in the child last week and then noticed the child “have an unnatural fit of rage” which led him to hold the child’s head under water in an attempt to “cast the demon out.”When questioned about the incident, Romelia told authorities that she noticed the child had been acting ” demonic” lately.The Pascua Yaqui Police Department and the FBI are currently investigating the incident.Officials also reported that though Pablo lives on the reservation, he is not a part of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.last_img read more

Check the Status of Your Stimulus Check Here

first_imgMillions of Americans should see their coronavirus stimulus money arrive today in the form of a direct deposit to your bank account. The Treasury Department says the $1200 payments will hit the accounts of more than 80-million people. The payments are part of the federal government’s $2-trillion aid package as the pandemic roils the economy. If you have not received your payment…don’t worry.The IRS has launched a website that allows Americans to track the status of their stimulus checks. By the way, your check will contain President Donald Trump’s signature.The IRS “Get My Payment” website tells users when they can expect their $1,200 coronavirus stimulus check, and whether the agency needs more information before they send the check along.The website also tells users if their check has been delivered, and to which bank account it was sent.In order to use the website, users may need their 2019 tax return, if filed, and their 2018 tax return. Users will also need to enter a Social Security Numbers, their date of birth, their address and ZIP code to use the website.The federal government began sending stimulus funds to citizens who have filed direct deposit information with the government earlier this week. Officials who do not have banking information on file may need to wait a few months before a paper check arrives in the mail.Anyone who has not set up direct deposit banking information with the federal government can click here to do so.The following people are eligible for stimulus cash from the federal government.$2,400 – Couples earning less than $150,000 a year (couples earning $150,000 – $198,000 will receive a prorated check).$1,200 – Individuals earning less than $75,000 a year (individuals earning $75,000 – $99,000 will receive a prorated check).$500 – Each dependent child age 16 or under as of Dec. 31, 2019 (for qualifying individuals and couples).For more answers for frequently asked questions about the stimulus program, click here.last_img read more

Two Gallery Shows Top Off the 2017-18 School Year at SPSCC

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Two gallery shows top off the 2017-18 school yearApril 18, 2018 — OLYMPIA, Wash. The Gallery at South Puget Sound Community College is proud wrap up the 2017-18 school year with two outstanding shows highlighting student success in art and collaboration.Collaboration Installation: Confined / FoundVisiting artist Erin Shigaki, a Seattle-based graphic designer and mixed media artist, and SPSCC art students will collaborate to reflect on the Japanese American internment camps. The project is inspired by Shigaki’s family history and pilgrimages to internment sites. Students will study artists who deal with confinement in their work, such as Takuichi Fujii, Roger Shimomura, and Kara Walker. Together, they will explore ways in which Japanese American artists in the camps created art out of modest and found objects to defy the soul-crushing physical and emotional conditions. The project will culminate in an array of chromatic banners cut from recycled sheets, symbolic of freedom and solidarity.  Community, students, staff, and faculty are invited to join the free reception.ReceptionFriday, May 4, 20186 – 8 p.m.Student Art ExhibitionIn its 13th year, the Student Art Exhibition features work from studio art classes during the 2017-18 school year, selected by SPSCC art faculty. Works include ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking, digital photography, mixed-media, 2D and 3D design exercises, and sculpture. A continuous slide show of additional work is also included in this exciting showcase of student creations.This exhibition will run from May 14 to June 14 and is sponsored by Olyphant Art & Media and the SPSCC Bookstore.  Community, students, staff, and faculty are invited to join the free Opening Reception.Opening ReceptionFriday, May 18, 20186 – 8 p.m.The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon to 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays.Facebook: @SPSCCgalleryInstagram: @thegallerySPSCCWebsite: artgallery@spscc.eduPhone: 360-596-5527last_img read more