Prince was always destined for stardom. Even in his earliest days of making music, the Purple One was full of raw talent and uncompromising integrity. Through 40 years of musical activity, Prince never ceased to amaze with his powerful performances and songwriting abilities.While Prince’s 1999 album was the major breakthrough that put him on a national radar, there’s no denying that Prince’s early music could foretell his funky fate. Even this concert, filmed just several months before the release of 1999, shows a young Prince powering through some prime funky classics.Without the power of hits like “Little Red Corvette” and “Delirious” from the 1999 album, which came out in October of 1982, this performance from 1/30/82 at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ is just perfect. It’s prime funk, soul, R&B… in a word, it’s Prince.Enjoy:Setlist: Prince at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ – 1/30/19820:00:00 – The Second Coming0:02:00 – Uptown0:04:50 – Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?0:12:24 – I Wanna Be Your Lover0:29:14 – Dirty Mind0:35:42 – Do Me, Baby0:45:45 – Controversy0:53:01 – Let’s Work1:00:55 – Encore Applause1:02:55 – Jack U Off1:07:42 – Applause[Video/setlist by Prince on MV]
The Notre Dame Knights of Columbus council hosted a dinner to benefit Christian refugees Saturday night, highlighted by the keynote address from Professor Gabriel Said Reynolds on the role of Islam in the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.As the West looks at ongoing developments in the Islamic world, the gravity of Christian persecution is not to be underestimated, Reynolds said.“It seems that genocide is not too strong of a word,” he said.It is crucial, Reynolds said, to understand why these atrocities against Christians are happening in areas where Muslims constitute the majority. “Much of the Christian persecution is taking place in the Islamic world, and it’s not taking place in just one area of the Islamic world,” Reynolds said.Reynolds said it is important to recognize the threat of Islamophobia while also acknowledging the widespread persecution of Christians — not just in one specific place in the Islamic world, but across the world from the Middle East to sub-Saharan Africa to Southeast Asia.“We have an issue that we need to address very clearly and soberly, not in way that invites Islamophobia or Islam-bashing,” he said.In order to explain the current situation, Reynolds discussed important theological concepts involved, saying the complex web of political, economic and other causes that contribute to Christian persecution went beyond the scope of the talk. Therefore, Reynolds said it is vital to understand what Islam says in theory and then address the practical reality.Reynolds said Americans often have a faulty understanding of the Islamic word “sharia,” because it is typically used as if it were a concrete set of laws or specific system. Rather, Reynolds said sharia is a fundamental principle behind the Islamic faith that God has a plan for everything.“Sharia is the divine will for individual humans and for human societies,” Reynolds said.Underneath the concept of sharia, Reynolds said Islam holds three basic tenets: that Islam is a natural religion, that it has comprehensive scope and that is the only true religion.By natural religion, Reynolds said he means Muslims believe Islam is in harmony with human nature and that all humans are born Muslim.“Many converts will say ‘I never converted to Islam, I reverted to Islam,’” he said.Reynolds said the nature of Islam and its many teachings is surprisingly vast for many Christians because it covers nearly every facet of human endeavors, from daily life to broader topics such as politics and science.“Islam will not only teach you how to pray, it will teach you how to dress, how to eat, how to run an economy, how to run affairs of state,” he said.Reynolds said he risks stating the obvious when he claims Muslims believe Islam is the true religion, but it is important to understand how strong and absolute their faith is. In contrast, Reynolds said when he asks his undergraduate theology classes whether or not they believe in Catholicism, many say yes, but add self-conscious explanations that there is truth and good in other religions.“Muslims don’t have this sort of uncomfortable attitude as regards to the truth of their religion,” he said.Under sharia, Reynolds said Jews and Christian are supposed to be offered certain protections and granted a special status as “people of the book,” in contrast to polytheists and atheists.“Because they have been included in the divine book or scripture of revelation that God has spoken to their prophets, they’re close enough to Islam that they can be tolerated in an Islamic state,” Reynolds said.However, Reynolds said this religious tolerance is quite limited, especially in regards to public expressions of faith that are not in accordance with Islam.“Jews and Christians can be tolerated. They have freedom to worship, they can go their churches and their synagogues, they can do their own marriages, they can do their own divorces all of that — but they can’t sow the seeds of discord,” he said.In reality, Reynolds said the implications and consequences of sharia can lead to fundamentalism and ultimately persecution, referencing groups like Boko Haram and ISIS that derive their ideologies from a specific reading of Islam.“The phenomenon that we’re dealing with, with global jihad or Islamism, is exclusively Sunni and never Shi’ite,” Reynolds said.Reynolds said Sunni Islam places a strong emphasis on defending the faith, which is often used as justification to ban public statements or anything considered offensive to Islam. For example, he said it is a capital offense to insult Islam in Pakistan. However, Reynolds said the religious devotion in Islam has positive aspects that Christians should embrace.“This piety often is sort of beautiful. It’s people who love God and find meaning in their religious life,” he said. “They’re obedient to God, maybe in different ways than Catholics. They’re deeply devoted to prayer. Their example of prayer and fasting can be inspiring.”Reynolds concluded his talk by suggesting ways in which Christians in the West can help the persecuted. He encouraged people to donate to organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus, that support refugees. However, Reynolds said it is important that organizations helping the persecuted in the Middle East do not exclusively help Christians.On a personal level, Reynolds said Christians should to get know Muslims, pray for them and love them, in addition to contributing to the new evangelization and focusing on getting young adults more involved in the life of the Church.Tags: Christian refugees, Islam, Knights of Columbus, Muslim, Refugees
If you were listening really hard, you might have been able to hear a collective groan ring throughout Los Angeles on Saturday as Washington State scored the first touchdown of the game against USC. It was as if Trojan fans knew exactly what they were in for over the next three hours — inconsistent USC play allowing a much weaker opponent to stay in the game for much longer than it should.Though it took the Cougars all of three and a half minutes to score, senior fullback Stanley Havili needed just a fraction of that to make everything right once again in Troy.Havili took a handoff from sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley on the Trojans’ first offensive snap and proceeded to embarrass the entire Washington State defense, breaking tackles and juking players en route to a 59-yard score.And he didn’t stop there.Havili, apparently unsatisfied with just leading the Trojans’ ground attack, went on to post a team-high 107 receiving yards and a touchdown on five catches.The 187-yard day might be dampened by the fact that it came against a Cougar defense that would fit in better in the Pullman high school system than the Football Bowl Subdivision, but the benefit of his work remains every bit as important. On the whole, the Trojans have looked anemic this season, and Havili’s offense provided the fastest possible cure to their disease.Although this isn’t the first instance, it was certainly the most obvious example of the veteran running back showing that he has no intentions of letting this new squad fall short of the bar that previous USC teams have set so high.The senior’s contributions to USC expectedly flew under the radar — fullbacks usually are not given the credit they deserve in football, as their primary job is to block — but Havili is being noticed week in and week out as a leader of not just the offense but the entire team. And because USC’s roster is saturated in inexperience, Havili has the opportunity to take on a patriarchal role of sorts and provide a base of consistency from which the offense can build upon. Without the senior, the growing pains that have been seen thus far this season would be substantially greater.Havili did not get to this point in his career without first having to undergo some change of his own. The fullback capped a disappointing sophomore season by being ruled academically ineligible to play in the 2009 Rose Bowl, which USC won 38-24 over Penn State. Earlier this season, he punched teammate T.J. Bryant during an altercation, injuring the junior cornerback severely enough to warrant cheekbone surgery.Yet, Havili dealt with his problems in the best way possible — by learning his lesson and moving on. He improved his grades and now seems to have improved his relationship with Bryant, telling the Los Angeles Times that the two are “on good terms.”And if his work on the field isn’t enough to convince you of his renewed devotion to the team, keep this in mind: Havili is spending his last year of eligibility in college at a school that can’t even go to a bowl game. He had the chance to transfer and use his talents elsewhere, but he decided to stay and contribute to the same team that he has been with his entire career.USC might not have needed every yard from Havili in its stomping of Washington State on Saturday, but the team won’t have the luxury of playing the Cougars every week. If the Trojans are going to continue to win this season, they will need the bruising fullback that was all over your television screen Saturday — not only for his football talents, but his leadership as well.“One-Two Punch” runs Mondays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail James at [email protected]
Published on March 20, 2019 at 9:10 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ SALT LAKE CITY — Baylor (19-13, 10-8 Big 12) has lost its four March games heading into an NCAA Tournament opener against Syracuse (20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) on Thursday. The Bears had done enough earlier in the year to make it to March Madness, though, and they’ll pose a threat at 9:57 p.m. on Thursday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Here’s what Baylor is saying heading into that matchup. Passing on experienceBaylor only returned three scholarship players from a year ago to this season’s roster, meaning that many of the Bears haven’t had NCAA Tournament experience. That’s not true of guards Makai Mason and King McClure.Mason actually was the point guard for a Yale team that upset Baylor in the NCAA Tournament three years ago. McClure played on the 2016 and 2017 Bears teams that made the dance. They’re trying to use that experience to help their younger teammates. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Last year we were in NIT, it is not a good experience,” McClure said. “So the fact we are here is a huge blessing. So I tell all the younger guys: Enjoy the moment and be happy. Play with joy. When you go out there, don’t worry about the crowd. Do everything you did coming in here to win.”Baylor head coach Scott Drew echoed that message. He added that he thought being able to play in the Big 12 tournament first would make the environment seem less large. “The first time you got the police escort, everybody isn’t looking around like, What’s going on?” Drew said.Zone v. zoneSyracuse’s players and head coach Jim Boeheim answered similar questions to the one posed to Scott Drew: What’s it like to head into a matchup with another team that plays the 2-3 zone?Drew was quick to point out that just like with man-to-man defenses, each team can have their own wrinkles. But he did add that most 2-3 zones have the same couple weak spots.“We know where they are and they know where they are and probably both teams are more comfortable playing against a zone,” Drew said.Drew brought up SU’s length soon after. He said that the first time some of his past teams have played against zones with that much length, it’s been an issue. “That’s really tough for teams that see that length for the first time,” Drew said. “And that’s why Syracuse has got a top 25 defense in the country.”Howard’s absenceDrew and his players both learned of Frank Howard’s absence shortly before taking to the interview dais. Both of their responses included something along the lines of: Syracuse will still play the 2-3 zone.But beyond that, they expected SU’s depth to come in handy. Drew referenced times during the Big 12 season when players were surprise scratches and Baylor had to adjust to a slightly different rotation as being something that could prepare the Bears for this.Buddy Boeheim could remain in a starting role with Howard back, and Mason seemed to allude to him in his answer.“They have got some really talented guards off the bench that will step up,” Mason said. “(Howard) is a great player. They have some great players on the bench, so it won’t change much for us.”Drew’s first game as a head coachScott Drew made his head-coaching debut in charge of Valparaiso on Nov. 24, 2002. He played Syracuse and Carmelo Anthony in the Carrier Dome. With five minutes to go, the game was close.“I was thinking, ‘Is this head coaching stuff really that hard?’” Drew recalled Wednesday.Syracuse pulled away to win by 15, Anthony scored 28 and Drew had his answer.“The last five minutes told me why the profession is so difficult,” Drew said.That season, of course, ended in Boeheim’s only national championship. Drew and Valparaiso considered themselves fans the rest of the way.“The good thing is Syracuse won the National Championship that year and we got to cheer for them the rest of the year,” Drew said.