Members Of Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses And Screaming Trees Form New Supergroup [Listen]

first_imgLevee Walkers, a new supergroup featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees, has released two new singles “Freedom Song” and “Tears for the West”.  While all three musicians have known each other and played together over the years, this particular project was born out of the Mad Season reunion show – both McCready and Martin were in that group with Alice in Chains’ Layne Stayley – that took place in 2014 at Seattle’s Benoroya Hall.Both songs feature vocals from Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman. Apparently, the band will be releasing more music with additional singers, saying that Coleman is one of only “a handful of select singers who will be putting words and voice to the music of the Levee Walkers. More walkers are coming, as they emerge from the shadows”. Check out “Freedom Song”:On the group’s Facebook page, they are described as, “a Seattle band to be sure, but their roots are firmly dug into the foundational music of blues, rock, and punk, reinterpreted through the filter of the Pacific Northwest. To become a Levee Walker you must have at least 25 years of musical experience, survived battles with the forces of darkness, and perhaps even kissed death on the cheek. More importantly, there must exist a deep reverence for the music of your comrades, and the commitment they made to this hardest of paths.” We are looking forward to more music from Levee Walkers.Check out their second single “Tears for the West” below:[via Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

SMC appoints sexual assault task force members

first_imgEric Richelsen | The Observer Last Wednesday, the Saint Mary’s faculty selected members for President Carol Ann Mooney’s task force on sexual assault. Mooney officially announced the creation of the task force over the summer after a screening of the documentary “The Hunting Ground” on April 9 spurred dialogue on the issue of sexual assault on campus.In a letter sent Sept. 8 to Saint Mary’s campus community, Mooney said the task force is comprised of Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff, and it will announce its recommendations in May. Staff members include counselor Gina Christiana, Vice President for Student Affairs Karen Johnson, Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations Shay Jolly, College counsel Rich Nugent and Director of Campus Ministry Regina Wilson. Students on the task force include sophomore Lydia Lorenc, juniors Caylin McCallick, Kayla Gaughan, Julianne Olivieri and senior Bri O’Brien.Faculty members include Bettina Spencer, associate professor of psychology, librarian Ula Gaha and Jamie Wagman, assistant professor of history and gender and women’s studies.Mooney wrote in the letter,“I am most appreciative of the willingness of so many to participate in this important work and thank them in advance for their service. Minutes of the task force’s meetings will be posted on the college’s portal — [which is] expected to ‘go live’ on October 6.”Mooney, who will serve as chair of the committee, said the task force will address three issues: reducing and eliminating sexual assault and sexual violence against students, improving the College’s procedures for handling claims of sexual assault and sexual violence and providing better support for students who have survived some form of sexual violence.Gaughan said she is honored to be on the task force and hopes her participation will contribute to a reform of the current system.“Being on the task force means I have an opportunity to voice students opinions, concerns and thoughts about sexual assault here at Saint Mary’s,” Gaughan said.“This task force is important to Saint Mary’s because sexual assault is an epidemic on our campus and college campuses around the United States.”The task force is a step in the right direction for the College, Gaughan said.“‘The Hunting Ground’ illustrated how the current system does not serve the student body or survivors. The task force gives us an opportunity make progress in prevention, policy and procedure.” Tags: President Mooney, Presidential Taskforce, saint mary’s, SMClast_img read more

Solving the Millennial credit union conundrum

first_imgScott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: Details It’s quite the conundrum: credit union leaders know they can’t afford to skip over lending to Millennials, but many haven’t yet figured out how to successfully attract enough borrowers under age 35 to impact their average age of membership. There’s so much talk about how to woo this 80-million consumer market – and so few bragging rights.Why?Frequently the problem is many of us pursue the Millennial market as though it was one homogeneous group. But it’s very far from it. The Millennial generation is a diverse group of consumers made up of different ages, lifestyles, cultures, interests, and credit histories. I think this reality explains why technology and digital marketing alone haven’t been enough to capture the results we desire.Consider the following broad groups that comprise, in part, today’s largest demographic:Young MillennialsSingleMarriedCollege-educatedHispanicsMarried with childrenEntrepreneursActive militaryBut, of course defining this group runs deeper. Within these groups we find cause-and-community-driven, diverse income levels, credit challenges – you get the idea.Which Millennial target(s) is right for your credit union?Start with an internal perspective. Today, who are your most profitable Millennial members? Identify unique traits, product usage, credit score, or service behaviors that set this group apart. If you like what you find, judge whether your success has been by chance or part of a strategic focus. Can you find more opportunities to leverage what’s working?Next, look externally to your potential field of membership. Who are the Millennials living within your potential service area? Are there any dominant groups, such as active-duty military, students, or Hispanics? What is the local economic landscape like? Is your credit union located in a lower-income area with lower average credit scores? Or are your potential Millennials in the upper-age bracket in a booming suburban market? What types of financial products and services are your local, dominant Millennial groups using? If your local area is dotted with predatory Payday and “Buy Here, Pay Here” car lenders, you may want to consider second-chance and credit-builder products to develop and improve credit. If you have a growing Hispanic community (average age is 22), you may want to have bicultural staff and communication to reach this market. If the economy in your market is more robust, you may want to target Millennials interested in applying for their first mortgage loan. To be successful, you need to have more than convenient access and technology. You will need to align the right products and services with the right demographics. Do you offer the products they are using elsewhere? From their perspective, will they view your product type, terms, benefits, features, etc. as relevant?You don’t have to solve the conundrum aloneIf your credit union isn’t succeeding, it’s time to re-examine your tactics.I’ve spent a majority of my professional credit union career responsible for successful marketing strategies, profitable membership and loan growth, sales, and community development. I learned there’s no reason to go it alone, and you don’t have to re-create the wheel – but you do need to act.Leveraging high-quality analytical tools is a start. Companies like Experian can help you quickly identify your most profitable Millennial member with its credit and account review products, then overlay Millennial lifestyle information to help you identify the best Millennials to target for your credit unions’ branches. Depending on your resources and budget considerations, you can gather this information by either working with Experian’s credit union consulting team or through a set of self-service tools. Pre-qualification and prescreening tools can then help you make the right offer to the Millennials who best match your risk-based criteria, and serve up digital invitations and offers.Why it mattersSuccess finding (and lending) to your Millennial market is going to require investment (time, money) and prioritization. Time and resources are limited. There are just so many tasks that can be done, and a limited amount of money to do them. But consider this: if your credit union isn’t attracting and lending to the Millennial market it needs to survive, what else could be a higher priority?No credit union can afford to skip over this generation during its prime borrowing years. Indeed, one might say the fate of the entire credit union system hinges on our collective ability to serve this generation.If you’re not yet engaged, now is the time to act. 80SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfieldlast_img read more