North Carolina natives and jam band extraordinaires BIG Something served up some extra funk last month at Cervantes’ Otherside in Denver. The sextet were joined by DJ Logic on the turntables for an extra special pre-Valentines Day celebration, and together, they threw down a “Beastly” performance.BIG Something Finalizes A Great Lineup For The BIG What? FestivalIt takes a certain kind of musical hero to go out and play the music of Vulfpeck, using an electronic saxophone nonetheless. These guys got after “Beastly” from 2011’s Mit Peck release and it’s tastefully delicious. Watch, and listen, how it all went down:For those who can’t get enough of the Vulf, the band will be making an appearance at the inaugural Fool’s Paradise this April 1-2 in St. Augustine, FL. Performing alongside Lettuce, GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, The Nth Power, and Goldfish, this is one destination festival that you won’t want to miss! Tickets are on sale now and available here.
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaAs female baby boomers crawl toward menopause and retirement, eating disorders among this age group have started to rise.Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc., reports that some speculate the eating disorder increase in this group, born from 1946 until 1964, is because they’ve consistently considered image to be of major importance.Connie Crawley, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert, agrees.“Women of all ages are very conscious of their bodies and sometimes have a very negative opinion of their bodies,” she said. “Now that the baby boomers are aging, their body changes are really kind of hitting them harder than probably the previous generation. So now there are women who are becoming much more concerned about the normal changes in body fat distribution that come with age.”Crawley is a UGA Extension nutrition and health specialist and a registered dietitian. She says many people focus on the physical symptoms of an eating disorder, but “the self-esteem issues, the coping skills, dealing with all the changes as one gets older,” are the real issues.“Some of these women are under tremendous stress because they’re kind of that sandwich generation where they still have children to deal with and yet they’re dealing with elderly parents,” she said. “They may be having job pressures. They may have marital issues as they get older. So all these things become manifested in their eating habits, which are just symptoms of their struggles. Eating and exercise may be the only things they feel they can control.”The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia. About 4 percent of college-age women are bulimic and 1 percent anorexic. Unfortunately, ANRED reports, accurate figures for baby boomers aren’t available. Because people with eating disorders are typically secretive, it’s hard to know how many older people are affected.“There’s also an eating disorder called compulsive overeating,” Crawley said. “And in that case, the woman may eat excessively due to stress or some other reason, but she doesn’t necessarily purge.”An eating disorder occurs when a person isn’t able to eat enough to maintain a normal body weight and is unable to enjoy food.“It’s usually a reflection of more psychological problems than physical problems,” Crawley said. “If the psychological problems are dealt with, usually the physical symptoms begin to get better.”She debunks the myth that eating disorders among older people are relatively new. “It’s probably not been confined to the younger population for quite a while,” she said.“Being thin is seen as the ultimate good thing to be,” she said. “Unfortunately, they’re taking it to an extreme. It’s good to be physically active. It’s good to eat a good, healthy diet. But it doesn’t mean restricting your calories excessively or exercising three or four hours a day. It’s certainly not that. It’s certainly not using laxatives or purging by vomiting. That’s very, very dangerous.”Crawley said many of the women now developing eating disorders have had to deal with eating issues all their lives. “But again,” she said, “it’s just a symptom of the internal issues that are more related to their self-esteem.”She gives the following tips for spotting eating disorders: “Those are just some of the things,” she said. “There are many, many different signs. But the symptoms depend on the type of eating disorder the woman has.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Significant weight loss over a fairly short time, up to 30 pounds in less than six months.Extended periods spent in the bathroom after eating so they can purge by vomiting or using laxatives.Social isolation because of concern about eating at parties or restaurants.Dry skin and brittle hair.Tooth decay and gum problems caused by stomach acid remaining in the mouth after vomiting.
A new decade means new beginnings, and for the USC men’s basketball program, it could only signal a change from the bitter, not too distant past.Following the resignation of former coach Tim Floyd in 2009, the USC basketball team was in shambles.Former guard O.J. Mayo was found to have received improper benefits and the university decided to self-impose sanctions on a basketball program already trying to cope with the loss of starters DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson and Daniel Hackett, who declared for the NBA Draft.Not only did USC lose these three players, but eight recruits decided to bolt for a better situation than the one they originally had signed up for.The aforementioned sounds like the perfect recipe for a disaster, and that’s surely where it seemed like the Trojans basketball program was headed.Enter Kevin O’Neill (aka K.O.).“We’re thrilled to have Kevin O’Neill as our men’s basketball coach,” former athletic director Mike Garrett said in a release at the time of the hire. “Kevin is the consummate coach. He knows his Xs and Os, he’s an excellent recruiter and he is very in tune with the academic side of a player’s collegiate experience.”Though Garrett might have seen it a bit differently, O’Neill had often been known more for his maniacal character and his constant barrage of four-letter bombs than his coaching resume.But coming to USC, he had one job to do, and one job only.Don’t bleep this one up.For a program reeling from sanctions, the loss of NBA-eligible players and lost recruits, a .500 season in his first year at the helm would have been considered a success.With no pressure to fulfill any sort of expectations, O’Neill exceeded my wildest dreams, leading USC to a 16-14 record.And had it not been for a five-game losing streak to end the year, the Trojans would have been in the thick of the Pac-10 regular season title race.Talk about tempering expectations, but O’Neill also gave the Trojan faithful a glimmer of hope for a brighter future.Then, it was déjà vu all over again.Forward Leonard Washington was dismissed from the team right after the 2009-2010 season ended, and reports mentioned he and K.O. weren’t exactly buddy-buddy.A few months later, Washington announced his decision to transfer.Next up: Freshman center Davis Rozitis.Though Rozitis was a big work in progress, the 7-foot reserve’s intent to transfer wasn’t exactly clear-cut.But given the track record O’Neill has compiled over the years, it’s not a far-fetched idea to examine and see that he is well-known for more than just his crazy style of coaching, but also player turnover.Even at Arizona, it was well documented that he didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with former Wildcats and current NBA players Jerryd Bayless and Chase Budinger.One player who spoke anonymously went as far as to label him bipolar.“He’s a great guy off the court, but he’s bipolar or something,” the player said. “On the court, he’s a madman.”Now with the news that freshman guard Bryce Jones is set to transfer, this can only mean one thing for the USC basketball program: Trouble.Jones’ transfer implies playing time was an issue, and it’s no wonder, since his minutes gradually decreased ever since receiving a technical foul against Lehigh.An already tight rotation shrinks from eight to seven, and that becomes an issue when your starting guards and forwards already average nearly 35 minutes per contest.I hate to say it, but before spring break, this current roster will be run into the ground, which is similar to what happened during O’Neill’s coaching stint in Arizona.But though the health of the players might seem like a big deal, a bigger impact might be felt on the recruiting trail.O’Neill managed to bring in a 2010 recruiting class that featured an ESPNU 100 player in Jones, along with freshmen forwards Garrett Jackson and Curtis Washington, who both ranked in the top 100 at their positions.Now we have one recruit gone, and two left sitting snug on the bench.For next year, K.O. nabbed forward Byron Wesley, who is the 43rd ranked player at his position, and for the 2012 class, three ESPNU Super 60 players are considering USC.That’s some top-notch talent, but who wants to play for a coach who doesn’t utilize that talent, and doesn’t have a good relationship history with his players?Not me — I’d rather take my talents to South Beach.A season that looked so promising after a convincing victory against crosstown rival UCLA has now made a 180-degree turn in just a week and a half.Two very disappointing losses at Oregon and Oregon State, combined with the news of Jones’ transfer surely isn’t helping.Kevin O’Neill, you came in and steered a program in the right direction.You put USC basketball back on the map in Los Angeles, reminding everybody we can compete on the hardwood too.And you recruited enough talent to make the future look bright.Now, my advice to you is simple:Don’t bleep this one up. “In The Zone” runs Thursdays. 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