It seems that every year, right before Phish is ready to announce a tour, one of their dates slips out on ticketing website Ticketmaster. This year is no exception, as it appears that the jam band is performing on October 16th at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL. This Ticketmaster link shows the on sale date to be August 19th, though the link will probably be taken down once it is discovered. The event even comes up when you pull up the Phish artist page on Ticketmaster.Here is a screenshot of the ticketing page in question:On top of that, the website Phish Rumors has this exact date listed in their predicted schedule for the band’s 2016 fall tour. While nothing is for certain, our eyebrows are certainly raised at the possibility that fall tour dates could be announced any day now.Here are the rumored dates that they have listed:10/14 North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC10/15 North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC10/16 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL10/18 Ascend Amphitheater or Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN10/19 Ascend Amphitheater or Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN10/21 Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth, GA or Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA10/22 Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth, GA or Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA10/25 Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX(Maybe AL/TN/MS)10/26 Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX10/28 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV10/29 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV10/30 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoIn her third season as Wisconsin’s setter, Jackie Simpson finally seems to have the hang of things.It’s not as if Simpson struggled the past two years, but she has really emerged as one of the Big Ten’s premier passers this year.Through the team’s first 13 matches, Simpson is averaging 13.05 assists per game, good for fourth in the Big Ten and 17th nationally.Simpson has also become much more of a scorer than in the past, confusing opponents with a fake-set attack. While she’s only averaging under one kill per game, Simpson has been extremely efficient with a .400 hitting percentage, something she attributes to her teammates behind her.”A lot of it has to do with our back row players, especially Jocelyn [Wack],” Simpson said. “She’ll be back there to keep an eye out on their blocking and tell me what zone to go to. She’s kind of like my second set of eyes.”Simpson’s individual numbers may not have drastically increased this year, but UW head coach Pete Waite has noticed a great improvement in her game as she is running the team better and opening up many more kill opportunities for the Badgers’ outside hitters.”Her game’s growing,” Waite said of Simpson. “She’s changing and we’ve talked about how much she knows as a setter and that she can bring it in every game.”She’s a crafty setter, she’s deceptive, and when she’s aggressive and does everything she can, she does some great things,” Waite continued. “She’s a tall setter, jumps sets and when she starts throwing the ball down, it really freezes the middle blocker, which opens it up for the other hitters in the offense.”Wack keeps NCAA record aliveJunior libero Jocelyn Wack was in danger of losing her NCAA record of consecutive games with double-digit digs Friday night against Michigan State, as she headed into the third game with only seven digs. Wack dug a couple of balls in the final game to finish the match with 11 digs to just barely eclipse the mark.Wack only needed two games the next night against No. 24 Michigan to keep her record alive, finishing with a match-high 16 digs.Carlini tweaks ankleSenior floor captain Maria Carlini was in a foot brace all week but still started Friday. Sophomore outside hitter Morgan Salow subbed in for her briefly in the second game, but during the third game Carlini took herself out after two straight kills.”She landed hard on her heel and then ran into the pole so she decided she needed a little break right then,” Waite said. “We took her out and I thought Morgan Salow did a nice job, got in there, got a kill and took some good swings to give her a rest when she needed it.”Carlini started Saturday night and played the whole match.Happy Birthday to MayaSaturday marked junior middle blocker Maya Carroll’s 20th birthday, and Waite decided to give her a present of sorts during the third game — some playing time.Following a dead ball at 27-11, Wisconsin’s student section began to sing “Happy Birthday” to Carroll, prompting Waite to insert the middle blocker into the lineup.”That was a little gift from me and the whole team,” Waite said. “We’ve talked about that as a team all the time where we really should have a time where we can put other people in who have been working hard in practice and deserve it in some way, and this is one tonight that was a present from the whole team.”Carroll finished with one kill on one attempt for a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage.
Norman Corwin, the “poet laureate of radio” and writer in residence at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, died Tuesday. He was 101.Corwin died of natural causes at 5 p.m., according to Annenberg.“I’ve been at USC for 37 years; the entire experience has been my favorite memory,” Corwin told the Daily Trojan in 2010, at his 100th birthday celebration. “Teaching is my favorite achievement.”Corwin had been an Annenberg faculty member since 1979, during his tenure he authored several books and wrote a monthly column about media.Corwin began working as a print journalist when he was 17 years old but moved into radio after 10 years.He wrote, directed and produced original radio plays for CBS in the late ’30s and ’40s, the golden age of radio. His programs aired uninterrupted by sponsors.Corwin is noted for writing “On a Note of Triumph,” which marked the end of World War II and was the most listened-to radio drama in U.S. history, and “We Hold These Truths,” which he wrote after President Franklin Roosevelt asked him to write a program celebrating the Bill of Rights.Corwin’s screenplay biography of artist Vincent van Gogh, Lust for Life, earned him an Academy Award nomination in 1956. He earned an Emmy, two Peabody medals and a Golden Globe award for his writing.He also wrote and directed plays, television dramas and motion pictures. He chaired two award committees for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.Corwin is survived by his two children.
For Dieuwertje “DJ” Kast, ’11, who was listed in Forbes fifth “30 Under 30” list for her work in STEM education, her recognition is just the latest development of her ongoing successes at USC and the surrounding community. A self-proclaimed “Trojan for life,” Kast holds a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from USC, but her journey as a member of the Trojan Family started earlier. Her, father, Martin Kast, is a professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and she grew up learning about his Human Papilomavirus and cervical cancer research.“I was definitely inspired to be in STEM because of my dad,” Kast said, “He was very happy when I applied to USC as a freshman biology major. It’s because of [my family], and [it’s] because of all of the other STEM education mentors I’ve had throughout the years that I’ve been able to get this successful.”USC alumni were among many featured in Forbes’ list, acknowledging influential teens and 20-something’s from 20 different fields. Starting with 15,000 nominees, only 600 young visionaries made the “30 Under 30 Class of 2016.” Out of those who made the final cut, whom Forbes calls “Today’s Brightest Young Stars And The Future Leaders Of Everything,” at least 11 are USC alumni. USC boasts finalists from seven categories, from games to venture capital.Now STEM Programs Manager for USC’s Joint Educational Program, Kast attended JEP’s summer science program at Catalina Island in high school. She went on to volunteer with JEP during her time as an undergraduate and found her home there in science education.“Being a science major and starting in research science academia, I never really felt like I fit in,” Kast said. “I started doing a lot more work with the community right outside USC and I found that I truly loved that more. I felt that really was my calling.”Since beginning at JEP, Kast said, she has become their “poster child” for STEM education. Not only does she coordinate the STEM component of the Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a comprehensive, seven-year college preparatory program for low-income youth, but she also introduces elementary school kids in the community to the world of science with educational programs like Wonderkids and the Young Scientist Program, which both work on the sciences with local schools in Los Angeles.“There’s usually not a lot of science in the lower grades,” Kast said. “We choose different fields of science, we do really hands-on science activities to introduce that particular field, and at the end of that unit we actually get a scientist in that field that comes in and talks. Kids so young love to ask questions and they can ask them to a real scientist.”Kast also instructs USC undergraduates in volunteer science education. In all she does, from running these programs to wearing science-themed dresses in class, Kast hopes to inspire a love for science.“My kids know that I really like science, and I hope to inspire them to like science,” Kast said. I want them to see how fun science can be. Even if they don’t go into science, I want the to at least appreciate what it can do.”Kast’s advice for USC students and aspiring professionals is to be your authentic self and follow your passions. Although she won recognition for science, like many of the others on the list, Kast wears many hats and she encourages others to do the same.“Get experience in what you love,” Kast said. “There are lots of ways to combine multiple loves, especially in science. Try to get experiences in all sorts of fields. Once you do know what you really like find those mentors. Find people that are doing what you like. Reach out.”