In 2017, much to the delight of his fans, future-funk favorite Manic Focus released his highly anticipated new album, Minds Rising. As a follow-up to the album, in 2018, Manic Focus has plans to release Minds Rising Remixed, a collection of reimaginings of Minds Rising‘s tracks from a diverse array of some of his favorite artists, including Liquid Stranger, Cofresi, SunSquabi, Edamame, Wick-it The Instigator, and more. Today, in anticipation of the upcoming Minds Rising Remixed, Manic Focus has released Emancipator’s remix of “Stochastic Resonance” featuring Statik, marking the second single released off the upcoming LP.Emancipator’s trippy take on Manic Focus’ “Stochastic Resonance” is a delight to listen to. Spacious and super vibey, the remix coasts along on its laidback groove while calling back to psychedelic 90s trip-hop. You can take a listen to the new remix below. If you’re a fan of what you’re hearing, you can catch both artists at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in a few weeks, when Manic Focus opens for Emancipator on May 26th. See below for a full tracklist for Minds Rising, as well as a list of upcoming tour dates. For more information, head to Manic Focus’ website.Minds Rising Remixed Track List:1.) Drop In feat. Marvel Years & Chris Karns (SoDown Remix)2.) Putting All of My People On Feat. ProbCause (Liquid Stranger Remix)3.) Joy In The Noise feat. Psalm One (Daily Bread Remix)4.) Stochastic Resonance feat. Statik (Emancipator Remix)5.) Snap Like This feat. Artifakts & Erick Jesus Coomes (Wick – It The Instigator Remix)6.) Pushing feat. Psymbionic (Rave Boar Remix)7.) Rage Fits Perfect feat. The MFin’ Band (SunSquabi Remix)8.) Habit feat. Russ Liquid & The Rapper Chicks (Megan Hamilton Remix)9.) Stronger feat. Late Night Radio, Jennifer Hartswick, Adam Deitch (Cofresi Remix)10.) Timeless feat Carlile (Edamame Remix)11.) Sowing My Zone feat. Ryan Viser (GoodSex Remix)12.) Your X Now feat. Exmag & Borahm Lee (LWKY Remix)13.) *BONUS TRACK* – Pushing feat. Psymbionic (R34L Remix)View All TracksManic Focus 2018 Tour Dates:May 11 – Shaky Beats Festival – Atlanta, GAMay 26 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, COJune 7 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TNJune 21-24 – Electric Forest – Rothbury, MIJune 28-July 1 – Electric Forest – Rothbury, MIAugust 11-12 – Moonrise Festival – Baltimore, MDAugust 17-18 – 515 Alive – Des Moines, IASeptember 6-9 – Dancefestopia – Kansas City, MOSeptember 20-22 – Resonance Festival – Thornville, OHView All Tour Dates
Following last year’s devastating earthquake, a student commits to improving health care in his native countryWhen Ramu Kharel, M.P.H. ’16, was seven years old, his father won the lottery for an immigrant visa to become a permanent resident of the United States. That serendipity ultimately brought Kharel from a small village in Nepal to America, to medical school in Texas, and ultimately to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to learn the skills he is now using to improve health care delivery back in his native Nepal.Currently enrolled at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Kharel took a break after his third year to study global health at Harvard Chan School. His awakening to issues of public health came during the year he spent in India as an undergraduate, when he worked in impoverished neighborhoods with a Muslim women’s rights organization. Among other health issues, Kharel witnessed a lack of basic hygiene and heavy smoking among the residents and realized there was more to being a doctor than just treating individuals; some of these problems needed to be addressed at the population level.When it came time to choose his medical specialty, he decided on obstetrics and gynecology because he had enjoyed that rotation in medical school and because of his work with women in India. After Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake in 2015, however, he now plans to specialize in emergency medicine, with a focus on disaster preparedness and disaster management. Read Full Story
XFL commissioner Oliver Luck has said in several interviews he wants quarterbacks to be the focus of the league. He felt having good quarterbacks would greatly impact whether or not the XFL becomes successful.”If there’s one thing we learned from watching the Alliance it was that quarterback play is critical. In the game of football today — whether it’s pro, college or even high school arguably — your quarterback play is determinative,” Luck told the Tampa Bay Times. “So we made an effort to sign guys, some of whom played in the AAF but the vast majority didn’t.”Since quarterbacks are so important to the XFL, let’s look at the names that made final rosters.MORE XFL: Rules | Schedule | Uniforms | RostersQuarterbacks in the XFLPlayerXFL teamCardale JonesD.C. DefendersTyree JacksonD.C. DefendersEric DungeyDallas RenegadesPhilip NelsonDallas RenegadesLandry JonesDallas RenegadesLuis PerezN.Y. GuardiansMarquise WilliamsN.Y. GuardiansMatt McGloinN.Y. GuardiansP.J. WalkerHouston RoughnecksConnor CookHouston RoughnecksNick FitzgeraldSt. Louis BattleHawksTaylor HeinickeSt. Louis BattleHawksBrogan RobackSt. Louis BattleHawksJordan Ta’AmuSt. Louis BattleHawksCornelius TaylorTampa Bay VipersChase LittonTampa Bay VipersQuinton FlowersTampa Bay VipersAaron MurrayTampa Bay VipersB.J. DanielsSeattle DragonsBrandon SilversSeattle DragonsJosh JohnsonL.A. WildcatsJalan McClendonL.A. WildcatsChad KanoffL.A. WildcatsA few recognizable names include Cardale Jones, the Ohio State QB who led the Buckeyes to a national championship after injuries to starting quarterbacks. Josh Johnson is a journeyman NFL quarterback who has signed with 13 teams. Matt McGloin, Connor Cook and Aaron Murray all played for high-profile college football teams and all saw success.Quinton Flowers is an interesting player as he’s listed as a QB/RB on the team’s official roster. He played QB at South Florida before switching to RB while trying to make an NFL roster. Brogan Roback isn’t too well-known for his play on the field, but he was a featured player on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”While the players above all made the 52-player rosters, it’s still unclear which players will be starting for each team. The BattleHawks appear to have a four-way competition at quarterback as they carry the most players at the position of any team. Three of the eight teams (Defenders, Dragons, Roughnecks) are carrying just two quarterbacks. The XFL announced trimmed-down rosters for its 2020 reboot season, and among the names are plenty of players you’ll recognize when the new football league kicks off in February.In total there are 416 players in the XFL, 52 for each of the eight teams. Those are a lot of names to sort through, and there will be plenty you may not recognize. But there are some who had mild success in the NFL, or were stars for their college football teams. Fans of the AAF (Alliance of American Football) will recognize plenty of the names — a lot of players moved over from the now-defunct football league. Other notable XFL playersAntonio Callaway, WRCameron Artis-Payne, RBSammie Coates, WRLance Dunbar, RBKony Ealy, DEMatt Jones, RBChristine Michael, RBRahim Moore, DBDonnel Pumphrey, RBKeenan Reynolds, WREli Rogers, WRRashad Ross, WRWill Sutton, DTAndre Williams, RBScooby Wright, LBDerron Smith, SCharles James, CBWill Hill, STerrance Williams, WRKenneth Farrow, RBMarquette King, PNick Novak, KGarrett Hartley, KGoing through the rosters, the names above are ones that stuck out to me the most. You can go through the rosters yourself to see if there are any you recognize that I missed. But most should be able to recognize the majority of the names from the list.Antonio Callaway was a fourth-round draft pick in 2018, but a variety of off-field issues led to his release from the Browns. Sammie Coates and Eli Rogers are both former Steelers receivers. Keenan Reynolds is the former Navy quarterback who once finished fifth in the Heisman voting.Notable running backs include Christine Michael (second-round draft pick in 2012), Matt Jones (third-round draft pick in 2015) and Donnel Pumphrey (third-most rushing yards in a career in NCAA history) among others.