Any fan of funky good music is certainly aware of Snarky Puppy, the Grammy-winning jazz collective that never fails to incite a jammed out boogie. The band recently made their way to Europe for a tour, which included a stop at the SildaJazz – Haugesund International Jazz Festival in Haugesund, Norway. Led by Michael League, the band has shared some great footage from their European festival for our viewing pleasure.Watch Snarky Puppy hard at work, below. Snarky Puppy also recently announced their very first music festival! Check out more information about that here.[Photo via Dave Vann/Jam Cruise 14]
If you’ve been paying attention to IPAs recently, you’ve probably noticed that they’re getting a bit cloudy. The hazy IPA craze is taking over the craft beer world. It started in the Northeast, up in Vermont and Massachusetts where upstart breweries started making high ABV IPAs that were unfiltered and cloudy to the point of being milky. These beers are so fruity, they’re downright juicy and have almost no bitterness associated with IPAs. If West Coast IPAs are a blend of citrus and pine with a bitter backend, then New England IPAs are a tropical fruit cup. And it’s a trend that’s no longer contained to the northeast. Breweries all over the US are making New England style IPAs and the world is basically better off because of it. As I said, these beers are juicy, high ABV and not that bitter. Win/win/win.New Belgium is now officially in the hazy IPA game. The brewery revamped their entire IPA lineup recently and has just released Juicy Mandarina IPA as part of the Voodoo Ranger Special Release Series. It’s an unfiltered wheat IPA that uses Mandarina Bavaria and Galaxy hops, for a super cloudy beer that lives up to its “Juicy” moniker. The beer has a soft, round body thanks to the wheat and hits you with a helping of pineapple juice right out of the gate. It’s smooth, ridiculously fruity and damn easy to drink. In other words, it’s exactly what you want out of a hazy IPA. The fact that New Belgium, which acts as a sort of standard-bearer for the craft beer industry, is jumping into the haze game shows that there’s some legitimacy and longevity to the trend. There was a time when part of the quality assessment of a beer was how clear it poured in the glass. It was like judging diamonds; you looked for clarity. Thanks to this wave of hazy IPAs taking over, we no longer live in those times. Cloudy is the new clear.
Theo Offei and Julia Riley are running for Undergraduate Student Government’s president and vice president, respectively, with the goal of making university life more inclusive for all students.Election 2012 · Julia Riley, a junior majoring in political science and art history, and Theo Offei, a junior majoring in political science, are one of the USG presidential tickets. – Ani Kolangian | Daily TrojanOffei, a junior majoring in political science, served as student body president at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz before transferring to USC. Riley, a junior majoring in political science and art history, is the vice president of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity.“We decided to run because of the disconnection between USG and the student body at large,” Offei said. “We believe we have a greater opportunity to build a greater connection and stronger relationship between these groups.”Offei and Riley said one of their main goals is to represent student groups who are usually not recognized. Their platform also includes plans to implement two-unit courses to help prepare students for graduate admissions tests, such as the LSAT, GMAT, MCAT and GRE; extending the hours at Doheny Memorial Library and the Lyon Center; and extending the benefits of the USCard so students can receive discounts from local businesses, a goal Offei accomplished at Cabrillo.“Our platform goals are really aligned with this high achieving academic success President [C. L. Max] Nikias has been advocating for,” Riley said. “These two-unit courses and extended hours at Doheny are two things that will really aid this message.”Offei and Riley said they plan to stay connected with the student body by increasing the transparency of USG and making themselves more available to students by holding round-table discussions and attending group meetings.“It’s imperative we reach out to the student body,” Offei said. “We’ve got to put USG out there and make sure they know it’s a government for the students, of the students and by the students. We want USG to be very visible by the end of our term, and hopefully it’ll continue from there.”Offei and Riley said their ticket is unique because they have the leadership experience to accomplish their platform goals.“[At Cabrillo] I worked with legislators in Santa Cruz county, I worked with a lot of business and community leaders and visited Sacramento to lobby with legislators,” Offei said. “If I can lobby the workers of Sacramento, I’m pretty sure I can go through with our goals at USC.”Offei and Riley identify with groups of students they consider traditionally underrepresented within USG, so their ticket aims to diversify and make USG more accessible to transfer students, international students and various groups typically ignored.“We’ve already started this idea of inclusion by specifically targeting those groups who have not really had their voices heard,” Riley said. “These groups need to be heard. The basis of USC is these diverse groups that provide so much for USC culture [and are], a lot of the time, overlooked because they do not hold as much power.”It is currently Offei’s first year at USC, but during his term as student body president at Cabrillo College, he worked with legislators in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., advocating on behalf of students.He is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity and a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, awarded to him in recognition of his academic success and leadership.Riley is the co-founder of the USC chapter of the American Red Cross, and he served as director for two years. She also volunteers with Women and Youth Serving Each Other to mentor local junior high school girls.“We bring a new perspective to USG,” Offei said. “We’re running to change USC so that it works for the students. We’ll bring real changes that will affect the lives of students.”Video edited by: Alexis Driggs | Daily TrojanFor more coverage on the 2012 USG elections, click here.