IMCA Executive Director of Competition Dave Brenn heads up tech inspection at Osborn. OSBORN, Mo. – Opening night events this weekend at US 36 Raceway and Bethany Speedway bring IMCA drivers from across the nation to the Show-Me State. IMCA Modified, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod entries are also in hand from Colorado, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas, as well as Missouri. As previously announced and emphasized by Boller, social distancing guidelines will be maintained in the pits and grandstand each night. Track officials will ask all race teams to stay within their respective pit area and that everyone attending wear a mask or other appropriate facial covering. Questions about the season-opening weekend can be directed to Boller at 816 752-3645. “We had more than 100 cars practice last Saturday. Once we got to 100, we stopped counting,” continued Boller, looking forward to watching the stars of IMCA vie for the only IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, E3 Spark Plugs State and track points to be awarded in Missouri this weekend. “We’ll take as many cars as we can get in the pits using social distancing.” “We’re expecting to get drivers from a couple more states, too. It seems like the number of entries goes up every time I look at my phone,” said promoter Jon Boller Jr., who noted the strong contingent of RaceSaver Sprint Cars making the trip from out east. IMCA drivers from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana join competitors from closer to home on season-opening cards Friday, May 8 at Osborn and Saturday, May 9 at Bethany.
“The idea with ‘Ascension’ was that we wanted everyone in attendance to feel like being at the event put them in line with their future,” Chilaka said. “I wanted the event to be bigger, to ascend into a bigger thing so that it continues.” Performers and attendees flocked to McCarthy Quad on Saturday. where the Black Student Assembly’s Creative Experience Committee hosted the 10th annual GearFest. This year’s theme, “Ascension,” served as the festival’s mission statement: to elevate and empower Black students, artists, musicians, performers, creatives and vendors to find their higher calling. The music festival component of the event primarily highlighted student talent, save for the headliner — Maryland-born, Los Angeles-based singer Brent Faiyaz — and special guest Troi Irons, a Los Angeles-native musician. The lineup included performances from student artists Ayoni (Ayoni Thompson), Kabwasa (Etienne Kabwasa Green), JAiRUS (Jairus Edwards) and Vietta (Stephenie Lawrence). For photo ops, the committee set up a reflective, three-tiered pedestal with a wicker chair beside it to evoke an iconic photograph of Black Panther Party leader Huey Newton. Since summer, the Creative Experience team has been working to make this year’s GearFest a reality. Creative Experience co-director Gogo Chilaka developed the theme as early as last summer. Chilaka, a senior majoring in business administration, spearheaded the event alongside her co-director Kionte Hickman, a junior majoring in architecture. GearFest featured more than just music. In line with the event’s name, the festival hosted a fashion show in which students sported gear made by stylists from the USC community. A month before the event, Creative Experience crowdsourced its models by sending out a casting call on Instagram. Tents lined the quad displaying artworks, crafts and clothing made by students and community members. Companies like The Dublife Co., which creates Western clothing with African aesthetics and BLEX, which features prominent Black figures on their clothing, sold their products to festival goers. Opposite the quad from the stage, Creative Experience set up installations, including a chalkboard for attendees to write how they will ascend and an immersive experience dubbed “Vibe Check” where students could have their tarot cards read in a tent made of holographic, multicolored material. Attendees were satisfied with how the festival met its goals through art, culture and community. “USC, how y’all feeling?” Faiyaz asked the crowd of USC students gathered at McCarthy Quad. “This is a good ass crowd, I’m fucking with y’all. Appreciate the love, for real.” “It was really nice to see such a diverse and inclusive cast of models being represented at USC,” said Netra Bhat, a freshman attendee majoring in mathematics. “The clothes in the show were unlike anything I’d ever seen before.” “I feel happy — it went well, I’m really glad,” Chilaka said. “To have gone through that whole process to get [Faiyaz] here and then to have been there felt really good, felt very full circle.” One of the standout student sets of the day came from JAiRUS, accompanied onstage by a nine-person band composed of Thornton School of Music jazz students and alumni, brought a soulful energy indicative of his musical origins — he grew up singing in his church. When Faiyaz took the stage for his headlining performance, he seamlessly transitioned between songs from his latest release “Fuck the World” and select cuts from his 2017 project “Sonder Son.” He played nearly every track from “Fuck the World,” including crowd favorites “Been Away,” “Let Me Know” and the album’s title track. “There was a lot more participation with student artists [and] vendors selling stuff, so I like that in comparison to last year,” Hickman said. “We had three community vendors that we reached out to and then we had six student vendors that reached out to us.” “I’m really pleased with how everything came out and everything that I heard,” said JAiRUS, a junior studying music (jazz voice). “The crowd’s energy was really great and I thought it was a pretty groovy time … I tried to apply [this year’s Ascension theme] to my own message that I like to give about love, so taking love to the next level.” Thornton junior Jairus Edwards, who performs under the name JAiRUS, brought his R&B style to an audience of hundreds during the music festival portion of the event. (Caleb Griffin | Daily Trojan )
Share StumbleUpon Submit Pentasia emphasises developing ‘learning environments’ as new industry workforce dynamic November 26, 2018 Share Related Articles Pentasia relocates European hub to Barcelona August 16, 2016 Pentasia launches new website to reflect gambling’s global vision November 28, 2019 Alastair Cleland – PentasiaPentasia, global gambling’s biggest recruitment and executive search firm has confirmed that it has acquired fintech specialist recruitment agency Headcount.Issuing a market update, Pentasia stated that its acquisition of Headcount was led by the increasing synergies its is witnessing between the gambling and fintech sectors.Pentasia and Headcount will merge operating capacities, but Headcount will retain its brand identity servicing talent resourcing for the burgeoning fintech market.Confirming the deal, Pentasia governance stated that with its newly secured enlarged capacity, the company would target becoming the outright leading global recruitment/search firm for gambling, fintech and payment sectors.Furthermore, Pentasia sector clients would benefit from a significantly expanded talent pool, servicing key value chain functions such as project management, tech, development, marketing and compliance.Backing Headcount, Pentasia’s Managing Director, Alastair Cleland stated: “Pentasia has tracked Headcount’s progress for a number of years and there are clear synergies between the two businesses. Combined, we now provide our respective clients base with access to a new candidate pool and recruiter expertise from a wider range of industries.“Neill and I have worked closely over the past few months on the acquisition. We and the combined senior management team are incredibly excited about the future, and believe we are ideally placed to achieve our ambitions including expansion into new markets, functions and locations“Headcount was founded in 2001 by Neil Butcher (CEO), servicing talent resources for the changing dynamics of the global payments and brokerage sectors amid new digital challenges. Today Headcount services talent resources for the payments, fintech, data and crypto markets.Neill Butcher – HeadcountCEO of Headcount, Neill Butcher: “I am delighted that Headcount now forms part of Pentasia. This is a game-changing move for the business. Since our foundation in 2001, we’ve developed an exceptional reputation for delivery and have built an impressive international portfolio of clients that we’ve been able to service from our London headquarters.“Now, as part of Pentasia, our increased bandwidth and capacity enables us to provide talent across the full range of business functions. This move has always been about providing more choice and really is a win-win for all parties concerned.