Post-hardcore legends At The Drive-In have officially released their first new song in 16 years. The new track, “Governed By Contagions”, comes from their forthcoming album, which will be released at some point in 2017. The track features the guitar fireworks that we’ve come to expect from Omar Rodriguez Lopez, pulsating drums, and the incredible vocal range of Cedric Bixler-Zavala, who seems to be all-systems-go after his vocal chord injury earlier this year that forced the band to cancel several of their comeback shows.Listen to “Governed By Contagions” below! We’ll provide more information on the new At The Drive-In album as it’s announced.
OPEN ACCESS operators will be able to use the tracks of Polish State Railways from October 14, when PKP’s automatic monopoly of rail traffic is abolished. The legislation to open up the network has been signed by President Aleksander Kwasniewski, as the first stage of a restructuring programme which could eventually lead to privatisation. The introduction of competition is expected to spur further rationalisation at PKP, with cost saving measures likely to include 12000 redundancies.According to Krysztof Celinski, head of the railway department at the Ministry of Transport, a new financing structure for PKP will be put in place by January 1, together with access charge and subsidy rates, common technical standards for rolling stock and infrastructure, and regulations on staff responsibilities and safety procedures. A rail safety inspectorate will be set up within the Ministry to oversee rail operations. PKP and four steel and coal companies already running their own trains will get operating licences automatically, but new entrants will have to be registered in Poland before submitting a formal application to the Ministry. o
Administrators at Batesville High School are looking forward to an exchange program with a school in China.Batesville Community School Corporation and Pinghu Danghu (China) Senior High School recently signed a memorandum of understanding to share students and teachers beginning in 2014-15.In October, Batesville Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts visited select schools including Pinghu Danghu in China.“I learned a different culture and learned about different schools,” Roberts noted. “It eventually led to the signing of a memorandum of understanding when we had a return visit from a school I visited.”The memorandum was signed Nov. 11.Roberts was impressed with some programs at Pinghu Danghu, and would eventually like to see select programs implemented locally.“They are very aligned with what their mission is as a school and what they expect their students to achieve. Everything they do is directed to achieving that,” expressed Roberts.Roberts explained some differences and similarities between both schools at the Board of Trustees meeting Monday evening. While students at Batesville typically have an 8-3p.m. school day, Pinghu Danghu students attend from 6:40-5p.m., and some until 9 p.m. depending on additional studies.The extended hours pay off, as Roberts noted nearly 99 percent of students at Pinghu Danghu attend post-secondary education after graduation.The exchange program could lead to some students from Batesville attending Pinghu Dangchu for two or three weeks, and vice versa.“A full year is a long commitment. We may not have parents ready to give up their child for a full year necessarily to China, a half a world away,” Roberts said. “But they may be willing to have their children do that for two or three weeks.”Mandarin Chinese language courses will be offered to Batesville students next year, along with the preexisting German and Spanish programs.BCSC Board of Trustees President Chris Lowery hopes the memorandum leads to future sister school relationships internationally.“The next stop for us is o reach an agreement with a school system in Germany,” Lowery said. “[Hillenbrand Inc.] and other companies in town have operations countries where Spanish is the predominant language.”“Just knowing the culture and people of other places in the world are very important,” Lowery added.Other School BusinessSchool Board members approved a calendar change for 2014-15. BCSC students have traditionally attended school on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving, however that will change next year. Due to the high volume of travel associated with the holiday, board members agreed to substitute Presidents Day as an in-school day to allow students a two-day week during Thanksgiving. A replacement day is required by law to fulfill the minimum number of student instruction days.All-State Students RecognizedSeveral student athletes were honored for exceeding on the classroom and on the field. Four members of the girls soccer team, four members of the boys soccer team and 2 cross-country academic all-state recipients were recognized during Monday’s board meeting.Coach Kyle Laker (from left) with Rebecca Roell, Megan Doll, Kelli Hartman, Kelsey Gausman.Members of the girls soccer team include: Rebecca Roell, Senior; Megan Doll, Junior; Kelli Hartman, Junior; and Kelsey Gausman, Junior.Roell plans on studying Exercise Science in college, while Doll hopes to pursue Radiology at the University of Southern Indiana or University of Cincinnati. Hartman will study Pre-pharmacy and Gausman is undecided.Members of the boys soccer team include: Andrew Grossman, Senior; John Krieger, Senior; Matt Weiler, Senior; and Seth Parker, Junior.Boys Soccer Coach Chris Fox (from left) with Andrew Grossman, John Krieger, Matt Weiler and Seth Parker.Coach Lisa Gausman (from left) with Kelsey Gausman and Elizabeth Cuttle.Grossman, who also received a National Merit Scholarship Program Commendation carries a 3.97 GPA at Batesville. He hopes to attend Purdue for Engineering. Krieger, the team MVP looks forward to attending UC, IU or Purdue for Business. Senior Matt Weiler will major in Computer Science at Miami (OH) and Parker is undecided.Kelsey Gausman also received an Academic All-State for Cross Country along with Elizabeth Cuttle, Junior.
The first international Bajram water polo tournament began last night in the capital city of B&H, Sarajevo. It will last for three days.The four teams that are participating are: S.C. Galatasaray from Istanbul, VK Banja Luka from Banja Luka, and two water polo clubs from Sarajevo VK Torpedo and VK Dabar.Two days ago, the Turkish team Galatsaray departed for Sarajevo.The Attaché for Culture and Tourism of the Turkish Embassy to B&H Cengiz Aydin opened the tournament.The trainer of Turkish Galatsaray Bati Ayaslioglu said that they are delighted with B&H, and that the hosts, VK Torpedo, showed great hospitality.According to him, they experienced B&H like their own country.After the opening of the competition, the first match between VK Banja Luka and S.C. Galatsaray began.VK Banja Luka won with a score of 15:6. VK Torpedo and VK Dabar played the second match, and VK Torpedo won with a score of 18:6.