In late-March, Ghost Light released their long-awaited debut studio album, Best Kept Secrets. The album has been in the works for the better part of two years. During their time on the road since work on the project began, Ghost Light has become one of the most exciting and in-demand live bands on the circuit.Recently, Ghost Light stopped by Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Studios for a special Echo Sessions performance. Presented by iAmAVL, the band—comprised of Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, Raina Mullen, Dan Africano, and Scotty Zwang—worked through a majority of Best Kept Secrets material, including “Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear”, “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”, “Best Kept Secret”, and “Diamond Eyes”, along with a cover of American Babies‘ “Streets Of Brooklyn”.Watch pro-shot video of Ghost Light’s lengthy Echo Sessions performance below:Ghost Light – Echo Sessions (Pro-Shot)[Video: Iam AVL]Ghost Light’s 2019 spring tour continues on Thursday, May 9th with a performance at Hamden, CT’s Space Ballroom. For a full list of upcoming dates, see below. For more information and ticketing, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Ghost Light | Echo Sessions | Echo Mountain Studios | Asheville, NCSet: Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear > Keep Your Hands To Yourself > Don’t Come Apart Just Yet, My Dear, Best Kept Secret > Keep Your Hands To Yourself > Diamond Eyes, Streets Of Brooklyn (American Babies ) > Best Kept SecretGhost Light 2019 Tour Dates:5/9 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom5/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl5/11 – Portland, ME – Portland House of Music5/15 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre5/16 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club5/17 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar5/18 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton5/19 – Corolla, NC – Mike Dianna’s Grill Room5/24 – 5/26 – Long Creek, SC – Long Creek Music Festival5/24 – 5/26 – Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival5/25 – Martinsville, VA – Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival6/6 – 6/8 – Wellston, MI – Camp Greensky Music Festival6/6 – 6/9 – Stephentown, NY – Disc Jam6/27 – 6/30 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival7/5 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater7/6 – Dillon, CO – Dillon Amphitheater7/18 – 7/21 – North Plains, OR – Northwest String Summit7/20 – Roseberry, ID – Summer Music Festival at Roseberry7/25 – 7/28 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival7/26 – 7/27 – Burlington, VT – Tumble Down Festival8/2 – Johnstown, PA – Flood City Music Festival9/22 – East Aurora, NY – Borderlands Music Festival1/7 – 1/2, 2020 – Miami, FL – Jam CruiseView Tour Dates
E-mentoring is a way to connect with the future E-mentoring is a way to connect with the future Mark D. Killian Managing Editor participating in the new e-mentoring program, lawyers can be “the spark of change you want to see in the Bar” by assisting future lawyers while they are still in school, according to Katherine Silverglate of the Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism.“This is the one grassroots movement that can change the face of the Bar forever — one lawyer at a time,” Silverglate said.More than 1,000 law students and 700 lawyers are already involved in the e-mentoring project, which pairs students with experienced lawyers willing to share stories and give advice via e-mail, and the committee is encouraging more lawyers to get involved.The goal, Silverglate said, is to provide a safety net for young lawyers before they leave law school, before they pass the bar, and before they take on the responsibility of representing the interests of clients in Florida.Silverglate said today’s students need the advice of working lawyers who have on the job experience. While Florida law students get top-notch legal training from their academic programs, they need the benefit of experience to find out what else they need once they become lawyers, she said.Because it is often difficult to find the time to meet face-to-face, given the busy schedules of lawyers and students, Silverglate said e-mentoring has the advantage of transcending geographic boundaries and time constraints. Online you can meet anytime. “The easy thing is in an e-relationship you never have to do anything other than answer e-mails,” Silverglate said.Silverglate said the Center for Professionalism is also now designing an online CLE mentor training program so that all those involved in the program “are of like mind” and have the benefit of training on how to mentor someone through an e-mentor program.“Our goal is to have it be online so that anyone can go online and do the entire training session right there on their computer,” Silverglate said. “We believe that is what is going to take it to the next level because it gives mentors an additional reason to get involved. It is very hard to get professionalism and ethics credits, and not only would lawyers be getting professionalism and ethics credits, they would be furthering their relationships with the protegees.”The Center for Professionalism also has begun a mentoring outreach program to attract new mentors. The center will soon send postcards touting the program to the leaders of all the voluntary bars for distribution to their members in hopes it will increase the amount of mentors available.“We need the voluntary bar organizations to make it part of their process,” she said.Marion County Judge R. James McCune, Jr., said he became an e-mentor because each lawyer has a responsibility to the profession “to do what we can to strengthen and promote the values of the profession and share what distinguishes us as a profession.”Judge McCune said most lawyers are fully disconnected from law schools once they start practicing, and participating in this program draws you back.“It is fun to have that tie to people who are just coming in, who are so full of excitement and enthusiasm and hopes,” he said.“What I learned in the program is that while it’s important to focus on my studies, it is even more important to maintain family relationships and a good balance,” said Eilene O’Malley, one of Judge McCune’s protegees and a student at the University of Florida. “My mentor writes me by e-mail every other month, and I have met him once. He is very nice and quite realistic. He knows that being a lawyer can be draining, but he advises that I should have a private life that is separate from my professional one.”O’Malley said she signed up for the program not knowing how it might help, and she immediately received helpful advice. O’Malley also said it was not difficult to establish an on-line relationship.“It’s really whatever you want to make of it,” O’Malley said. “I just got really lucky to have someone who wants to help me.”“A lot of their questions, not all, but a lot of their questions are very practically oriented, such as how to get ready for the bar exam, what would be a good internship for me to have,” McCune said. “I respond directly, but also share my sense of the big picture.”McCune said the relationship he has with his protegees has grown over time and was not difficult to get going.“In some ways it is probably less intimidating and threatening for the mentee to kind of ease into it,” he said, adding the back and forth has become more casual as it progressed.Judge McCune said the program also makes him look at himself and reevaluate his own attitudes and how he treats others.“To some extent, it is kind of like looking in a mirror,” he said. “For someone who takes seriously their oath of attorney, that is something that we need to be doing regularly, doing a reality check on ourselves. It calls for some introspection, it calls for some reaching inside, and I think that is very helpful and something each of us should be doing.”To get word of the program out to students and possible mentors, Silverglate has traveled to most of the state’s law schools and a number of voluntary bar associations to present a one-hour dramatic monologue titled the “Many Fabulous Hats a Lawyer Wears.” Silverglate dons 36 hats and goes into different characters. Each hat represents roles lawyers play, such as counselor, firefighter, police officer, teacher, and magician to name a few — “All the things you have to balance as a lawyer.”Silverglate said as soon as a student’s name goes into the system, it goes into a waiting bay; and as soon as a mentor goes into a system, he or she is instantly matched and an e-mail goes to each saying, “Congratulations, a mentor has been chosen for you,” and the e-mail addresses are exchanged.The Center for Professionalism helps to facilitate the relationship by sending monthly discussion prompts to the mentors and protegees, such as articles that discuss something that happened in a case or something that is happening in the legislature that will affect the profession. The e-mentoring program is entirely voluntary, and mentors and protegees are under no obligation to continue the relationship. Mentors and protegees may request reassignments at any time.To become an e-mentor you must have been a Bar member for seven years or longer (although the committee will consider those with five to seven years experience), be in good standing with the Bar, and “really want to do it,” Silverglate said.To become an e-mentor, log on to www.flabar.org. Once there, click on “Professionalism,” which appears in the left-hand blue filed. Then click on the “I want to be a mentor” link. Once you have signed the requirements, you will then receive a confirmation e-mail and the name and e-mail address of your protegee. January 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News
Allison Moore, 23, will face murder charges this week in Ripley County.Update (3/31)We’re learning this morning that the trial against Allison Moore, 23, has been postponed. According to the Ripley County Circuit Court, the state asked for a continuance on Friday night.No word on when the trial may get underway.Original Post (3/27)A woman accused of murder in the death of a Milan resident will be on trial next week.Nancy Hershman was found dead in her West Ellis Street home in late December 2012.Three suspects from Colerain Township, Ohio, were arrested and charged in January 2013 for their connection with Hershman’s murder.The trial for 23-year-old Allison Moore will be held in Ripley County Circuit Court next week. Jury selection will begin Monday as Moore is facing murder charges.Co-defendant Sean Nichols, 15, pleaded guilty in adult court to Burglary Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury in January, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.The plea deal required Nichols to testify during the trial of Moore and the trial of another juvenile, 17-year-old Daniel Hodge. According to the sheriff’s office, Nichols returned to the Ripley County Jail on Monday, March 24.Hodge will be on trial in July.
Rachelle Dondrea, a freshman majoring in psychology, found herself struggling to pay for school when her Navy ROTC scholarship fell through. She hurried to submit her financial aid documents on time and ultimately had to take out a number of loans to pay her tuition.But what Dondrea did not know is that the Financial Aid Office has a process for considering students’ extenuating circumstances.“I didn’t know about it,” Dondrea said. “I was already a semester late paying for previous tuition. I had to rush and didn’t think I had time.”Most of the students who were scrambling Tuesday night to file their financial aid forms will be given an aid package in July and not think about it again. But a few will find themselves back in the Financial Aid Office, appealing for more money because of changes to their families’ financial situations.Though USC says it doesn’t set aside any money for students who unexpectedly need it, Guy Hunter, assistant dean of Financial Aid, said students who find themselves in trouble should file appeals with the financial aid office because they could get more money.“They’d have to submit documentation, like a loss of employment letter,” Hunter said. “Then we’d re-evaluate their financial aid. If we find that a student’s need increases, we would fund that student.”This year, Hunter said, many students were faced with sudden changes to their financial circumstances, largely because of the economic downturn and a major increase in job losses. He said the number of financial aid appeals filed this year nearly tripled from last year, from 500 to approximately 1,500.Appeals are considered by a committee and based on a standardized system. They are also dependant on the amount of money left to give. Though not all appeals come to fruition, Hunter said it is to a student’s advantage to apply and talk with a counselor.“My guess is anything greater than a $3,000 difference would generate a change [in financial aid],” he said. “But it’s not a dollar-for-dollar thing. If they feel their situation has changed, we encourage students to submit an appeal.”But some students, like Dondrea, are not aware of this opportunity.Dondrea said, after she did not get the aid she needed, she went to the Financial Aid Office to ask what she could do. The only advice she got, however, was to apply for loans.“I had to rush [FAFSA] and didn’t do the CSS Profile. My parents had to take private loans but were already denied because of poor credit scores,” Dondrea said.Dondrea’s parents ended up qualifying for a Parent PLUS loan, which requires a less in-depth background check. She was then awarded $13,000 in university grants and aid but continues to struggle to find ways to pay off her accumulating debt.“I do feel they could have done something more for me,” Dondrea said.USC Financial Aid officials said they do what they can while being fair to all the students who are able to apply for financial aid on time.Hunter said the amount of aid given to students who ask for more financial aid after the deadline depends mostly on how much funding is available after financial aid packages are given out.“There’s not money we set aside; it’s really based on availability of funds,” Hunter said. “We disburse it to students who apply on time, so when there’s no money their funding might be different.”