ARISE Proves In Its 5th Year That It Is Much More Than A Music Festival

first_imgLoad remaining images This past weekend, the ARISE Music Festival celebrated its 5th year in Loveland, CO, at the gorgeous Sunrise Ranch. While looking around at some of the most beautiful views and landscape you will ever see in a festival setting, surrounded by mountains on all sides, it becomes crystal clear why fans choose to return each year. With a lineup of heavy-hitters such as Lettuce, Atmosphere, Tipper, Brother Ali, Ani DiFranco, Beats Antique, Rising Appalachia, SunSquabi, Break Science, and so much more, it would prove difficult to not have a smile on your face the entire weekend.Boasting a complete sellout this time around, ARISE doesn’t just rely on its solidly diverse musical lineup, but strives to create a truly complete experience. ARISE offers attendees one-of-a-kind yoga classes, various workshops, panel discussions, art installations, live painters and galleries. The festival is also fully committed to its nature component, as they plant a tree for every ticket sold, use products that are environmentally friendly, and maintain a major pledge to the leave-no-trace ethos. Most festivals offer these things in one way or another, but as I walked around seeing large crowds actually committed to what some would call “supplemental activities,” it quickly dawned on me that quite a large percentage of attendees were here just for this reason. Just one example would be seeing the yoga tent absolutely packed at 9am; I’m not talking just 25-30 people, more like 200+ easy, and that lasted throughout the day, every day.As for the music, it’s hard to not give a nod to Lettuce, who proved once again why they are at the forefront of the evolution of funk music, while both Brother Ali and Atmosphere provided the inspired hip-hop vibe with plenty of bumping bass to go around. Colorado’s own SunSquabi, who played two sets over the weekend, threw down a late-night set “with Friends” such as Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Jesus Coomes, Nicholas Gerlach, and more, that provided straight filthy beats from start to finish with inspired jamming galore. The Expendables had a tight grip on the crowd during their set, while Ani DiFranco continued to give evidence of why she is one of the best folk singer-songwriters of her generation. Beats Antique, Rising Appalachia, Desert Dwellers, Dopapod, Jeff Austin, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, Maddy O’Neal, RDGLDGRN….it’s all right there, front and center for you the entire weekend. Non-stop fun in a majestic location, you can’t ask for anything else.ARISE has proven itself to not only be your average, run-of-the-mill music festival. It is a conscious gathering of people designed to make a difference in the world. While walking around the festival, there was barely any trash on the ground, which is no small feat for any festival; but, at ARISE, people were truly cognizant of where they were and what they were doing, creating an example that you can have plenty of fun without destroying everything around you. To actually witness this at a festival, 8,000+ people strong in attendance, with nothing but smiles on their face, is rather impressive, to say the very least.In a short five year span, ARISE has quickly become not only one of the premier festivals in Colorado (outside of Telluride Bluegrass Festival), but arguably the entire country. Festival organizers and staff run a tight ship, ensuring that everybody that is sharing in the groove is having a good time, safe while doing so, and has everything that they need on-site to ensure a positive experience, paying close attention to all the details.With this year’s festivities still fresh in our heads, organizers have already announced two of the initial headliners for next year, with both Slightly Stoopid and Thievery Corporation on tap for the 2018 edition of ARISE (set to take place August 3rd – 6th). A limited number of loyalty tickets are now available on the official event website for $139 at www.arisefestival.com. Check out some video (courtesy of The Chronic Electronic) and a full gallery of pictures below:Tipper w/ Android JonesCalvin Hobbeslast_img read more

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Value Investing Group holds national conference

first_imgThe USC Value Investing Group, an undergraduate business finance organization, hosted a two-day investment conference this weekend with students from across the country.The USC Stock Pitch Competition is the first of its kind to be hosted on the West Coast. The purpose of the competition is to offer a platform for students to showcase their talents in value investing and to network with like-minded individuals and industry professionals. Senior members from the Value Investing Group have participated in similar competitions before at universities like Harvard, University of Michigan and Georgetown but realized that no such competition existed on the West Coast, because the finance industry is centered in New York.Recently, West Coast universities have been sending more students to the finance industry, so the Value Investing Group organized this competition in order to give more West Coast students the chance to participate in this type of event and put USC on the map of finance recruiters.The conference was the final round of a stock pitch competition that began in early February. To participate, approximately 25 teams submitted two page investment theses summarizing a risk profile, industry analysis and a valuation of a company of their choosing with a market capitalization of at least 100 million dollars. The event sponsors then selected the top 13 investment ideas to continue on in the competition.The event kicked off on Friday night with a keynote address from Arthur Lev, the chairman of Morgan Stanley’s investment management division and a current senior advisor to the firm. Following the introductions, students had the opportunity to network with industry professionals from many companies including Morgan Stanley, Capello Global and Solstein Capital. In the first round on Saturday, 13 teams from New York University, USC, University of Texas at Austin, University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego and Washington University in St. Louis presented to panels of judges, recent alumni of USC working in the finance industry. The top three teams were then chosen to present before the three final round judges — Lev, Alexander Capello, the CEO of Cappello Group Inc., and Felix Bernshteyn, a portfolio manager at Solstein Capital.“The main value of this competition is the access these students get to highly influential industry leaders and recent alumni,” Daniel Clancy, president of USC Value Investing Group, said. “The purpose of the club is to try educate younger students about industry analysis, picking stocks, corporate finance and company valuation. The Stock Pitch Competition gives students from across the country the chance to apply these skills.”The winning team was from UT Austin and was awarded $1,000 for their efforts. The members — Phoebe Lin, Vishal Bhat, Arjo Mozumder and Karna Venkatraj — chose Electronics for Imaging, a digital printing firm, as their company of choice.“The preparation process for the competition involved several all-nighters and a lot of work,” Bhat said. “It was worth it, though. I have participated in a national stock pitch competition before, but I really enjoyed the diversity and level of experience of everyone on the career panel here.”The professionals chosen to judge and mentor the students had similarly laudatory comments for the students.“All of the presentations were thoughtful and incredibly impressive,” Lev said. “I have listened to many pitches before, and these students were on par with professionals in the industry.”last_img read more

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