As time passes and the jam band scene continues to evolve, it has been exciting to see the rise of new acts. One such band is Spafford, the four-piece traditional jam band, that is currently experiencing a meteoric rising through the ranks as their name gains more weight across the country. Starting last fall with their “Breakout Tour”, the buzz around the band was palpable and has only been gaining momentum. 2017 is quickly proving to be the year the band sticks the landing. Having completed the full first leg of a national tour opening for Umphrey’s Mcgee with headlining dates mixed in, it is fair to say that Spafford has seen a huge boost in exposure and an increasingly larger spotlight on their music and improvisational creativity.So far that spotlight has served them in an enormously positive way. Taking the stage at prestigious theaters is always a huge step in the evolution of an up and coming band, and thus far for Spafford, transforming their sound from the club circuit to large venues has only bolstered their fan base. Their sound has smoothly crossed over into the larger rooms and the connection to new audiences has been undeniable.Today, the band shared a pro-shot video of original composition “The Postman” from the beautiful Fillmore Theater in Detroit, MI. See for yourself what all the buzz is about, video courtesy of the band.
In response to a petition signed by active alumnae, the Saint Mary’s president and Board of Trustees outlined 13 commitments in an open letter to be implemented immediately to support Black students and improve race relations on campus.“We recognize that we need to do more work to make Saint Mary’s a truly diverse and equitable community, one with safety and inclusion at its center,” the letter said.To start, College President Katie Conboy asked for six community conversations to hear from students, faculty, staff and alumnae of color to be completed over the course of a week. These conversations will help guide the next steps the College will take to be more inclusive.“These conversations will be uncomfortable,” the statement said. “We are prepared for that discomfort and know that we must first sit with it if we are to begin creating real and meaningful change at Saint Mary’s College.”To attract a diverse student population, Saint Mary’s committed to creating a scholarship to be used exclusively to recruit Black students and vowed to build new admission events to make diverse prospective students feel welcome and represented at Saint Mary’s. The College also plans to establish a Diversity Dialogues-style program for Welcome Weekend for the first-years and improve upon resources for the physical, mental and emotional of students of color and LGBTQ+ students.In addition, Saint Mary’s committed to “report and promptly investigate any incident of hate/bias” and to increase funding for clubs and organizations that focus on diversity and inclusion. The College will prioritize the diversity of the faculty and staff and establish diversity training for all faculty and staff members.While Saint Mary’s has implemented changes to become more diverse and inclusive, the email acknowledged there are more steps to take.“In 2018, Saint Mary’s issued a strong statement pledging to disrupt the dehumanizing effects of ‘systemic and individual racism, both intentional and unintentional,’” the statement said. “We must continue our concerted efforts to bring these words to fruition.”Tags: Black lives matter, george floyd, Katie Conboy, Racism
Mrs. Darlena Kay (Lock) Smith, age 66, of Madison, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on July 15, 1950, in Madison, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Leonard and Nona Virginia (Darbro) Lock. She was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana where she was a 1968 graduate of the Vevay High School. Kay was united in marriage on November 1, 1969 at the Fredonia Baptist Church on Tapps Ridge in Vevay, Indiana, to Jerry Smith and to this union arrived two sons, Keith and Kevin to bless their home. Kay and Jerry shared nearly 48 years of marriage together until her death. Kay was a former employee for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, for 3 years. She was later employed for Edelweiss Floral for 2 years and for the Vevay IGA for 20 years. Kay was employed as a Clerk for CVS Pharmacy in Madison, Indiana, for 5 years. She was a member of the Bennington Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 407 and the Fredonia Baptist Church. Kay resided the past 11 years in the Madison community. Kay enjoyed drawing, baking and cooking and will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends. Kay passed away at 10:45 am, Sunday, April 23, 2017, at her residence in Madison, Indiana.Kay will be dearly missed by her loving husband of nearly 48 years: Jerry Smith of Madison, IN; her sons: Keith Smith and his wife: Rebecca of Vevay, IN and Kevin Smith and his wife: Valerie of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren: Huxley, Sam and Ben; her step-grandchildren: Zach, Kaylen and Kinsey; her brother: Terry Lock of Vevay, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Leonard Lock, died January 9, 2003 and Nona Virginia (Darbro) Lock, died May 23, 2000 and her brother: Leonard Wayne Lock, died September 9, 2011.Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Wayne Daugherty, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Fredonia Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.