The Australian-based John Butler Trio will be touring North America extensively this year, working their way through number of headlining concert dates and festival performances, much to the delight of fans who have eagerly awaited their return. Already known as a force in the music world with a delightful blend of rock that appeals to jam sensibilities and unreal musical skills that frequently leaves onlookers with their jaw dropped, the trio will be bringing their music to the masses at a slew of festivals this summer, including The Ride Festival in Colorado, LOCKN’ in Virginia, and their debut at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois. They also have announced dates for individual shows, which will see them traveling from coast to coast between August 17th through September 12th.You can check out the full dates for their summer tour below or on John Butler’s website, and check out a video of John Butler playing “Ocean” at Rothbury back in 2009, in case you’ve forgotten that he’s the man.Summer Tour 20177/8 – Telluride, CO – The Ride Festival8/17 – Washburn, WI – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua8/19 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre8/23 – Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak8/24 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre8/25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore8/26 – Arrington, VA – Lockn’8/27 – Asheville, NC – Highland Brewing Company8/30 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival9/1 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre9/3 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads9/7 – Boise, ID – Egyptian Theatre9/9 – Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl9/10 – Bend, OR – Athletic Club of Bend9/12 – Jacksonville, OR – Britt Music and Arts Festival
The Mathematics Graduate Students Association at USC held their second annual Math Festival in Hahn Plaza on Wednesday, where different branches of mathematics were explained to students.Can Oguz, a Ph.D. student in mathematics at USC, was the president of MGSA last year. He came up with the idea of the math festival and manned the algebra table.“I really like the idea of having this math festival. I am a TA and I get more questions like, ‘What else is there in math?’” Oguz said. “The courses in math are limited and I think this festival was our only way to communicate what else is there beside the regular curriculum in mathematics.”Six tables represented each area of mathematics that were highlighted: topology, geometry, combinatorics, algebra, probability and analysis. Students had the chance to win prizes depending on the number of stars they won for math games, like forming shapes out of pentominoes and dividing a shape into a number of other equal shapes on the combinatorics table. Each table had graduate students explain different math concepts.Ezgi Kantarci, the president of MGSA and a graduate student in mathematics said that the highlight of the festival were the games.“Organizing this festival was hectic, but it is also fun,” Kantarci said. “I get to play games with people all day, and plus we get a lot of positive reactions about math. So that is the best part.”The topology table depicted the area of mathematics that studies different types of knots, links and braids. It was explained by the secretary of MGSA, Ilknur Egilmez.“It is interesting to know that people actually study knot theory and it is something that is never shown in a class,” Egilmez said. “Mathematics is not only about integrals or something that you need to struggle with. So this festival will really change their [student’s] perspective towards math.”On the geometry table, students dipped different symmetrical geometric shapes formed out of wire into soap water to see how the film formed by the wire took on different shapes. Professor Francis Bonahon of the mathematics department explained the phenomenon of minimal surfaces formed by these soap films around symmetric shapes.Students had to solve analytical problems in order to earn a star at the analysis table. The probability table had a game of dice to teach students about probability.The graduate students of the math department organized this festival with the help of the Academic Culture Assembly. Two graduate students of the computer science department, Eric Heiden and Bhaskar Bandyopadhyay reflected on the festival.“I got to learn many new things about harmonographs, probabilities, complex algebra as well as combinatorics,” Bandyopadhyay said. “So it was very good.”Heiden also recapped the positive aspects of the festival.“It is a great event, and I think the math department got us some new things to see on campus, so it was really interesting,” Heiden said.
The national sitting volleyball team of Bosnia and Herzegovina qualified for the finals of the Paralympic tournament in Rio de Janeiro.The BiH volleyball players ensured their fifth consecutive performance in the finals of the Paralympic games by defeating the team of Egypt with 3:0 (25:23, 25:16, 25:20).Opponent of the BiH volleyball team in the fight for the third Paralympic gold will be the national team of Iran who defeated the host Brazil in the second semifinal match with 3:0 (25:20, 25:19, 25:17).The Iranians were opponents of the BiH team in all four previous final performances at Paralympic Games. BiH team celebrated in Athens in 2004 and in London in 2012, while the Iranians were better in Sydney in 2000 and in Beijing in 2008.Final match will be played tomorrow, starting from 5 pm.(Source: vijesti.ba)