Primavera Sound Festival Announces Lineup

first_imgPrimavera Sound Festival in Barcelona has announced an impressive multi-genre lineup featuring The Black Keys, The Strokes, The Replacements and many more. The festival will take place May 27-30, 2015. Tickets are on sale here.So, who’s ready to take a quick trip over to Spain?Primavera Sound Lineup:The StrokesThe ReplacementsBlack KeysBelle and SebastianRideSleater-KinneyPatti SmithRun the JewelsFoxygenInterpolThe Julie RuinJames BlakePanda BearThe New PornographersDeath From Above 1979SpiritualizedtUnE-yArDsTwin ShadowMac DeMarcoSwansIceageHiss Golden MessengerFucked UpKelelaAriel PinkMikal CroninOughtMineralalt-JSunn O)))The Thurston Moore BandTyler, the CreatorThe HotelierJulian Casablancas + the VoidzPerfume GeniusUnderworldPallbearerCaribouUnknown Mortal OrchestraMournTorresMy Brightest DiamondHEALTHBabes in ToylandThee Oh SeesSingle MothersEx HexShellaclast_img read more

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Reaches No. 1 On Billboard ‘Hot 100’ 25 Years After Release

first_img[H/T Billboard] It only took a quarter of a century, but arguably the most popular American holiday song of the 20th century, Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, has finally peaked atop Billboard‘s “Hot 100” pop singles chart for the first time.The feat was confirmed by the industry media outlet on Monday, and marks the first time that Carey has had a chart-topping single since “Touch My Body” arrived back in 2008.Related: L4LM Monthly Mix – December 2019 Listening Guide [Listen]Originally released in October 1994, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was the lead single to appear on Carey’s debut holiday album, Merry Christmas. The song has since established itself as a repeat favorite on holiday playlists, car ride sing-a-longs, and karaoke nights with the co-workers. According to Billboard, the song’s long-deserved landing of the song at the No. 1 spot on the “Hot 100” chart marks Carey’s 18th time doing so as a songwriter, and 14th No. 1 as a producer.Carey now holds the Billboard record for the longest span of No. 1 singles on the “Hot 100” with a span of 29 years, four months, and two weeks. Her first time at No. 1 dates back to the week of August 4th, 1990 with the song, “Vision of Love”. The previous record-holder was that of Cher, who’s span between No. 1’s was an equally impressive 27 years and five months.The song’s landing at No. 1 this week also marks just the second holiday song which has peaked at the top of the chart since “The Chipmunk Song” (with David Seville) held that spot for four weeks in 1958-59.Listen to Carey’s holiday classic in full below.Mariah Carey – “All I Want for Christmas Is You”[Video: Mariah Carey]While it is surprising that it took so long for the song to reach No. 1 on the “Hot 100,” the feat should come as a surprise to no one born after 1980. Last holiday season, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” managed to break Spotify’s single-day streaming record on Christmas Eve with 10,819,009 total plays on the popular music platform.Congrats Mariah.last_img read more

Safety for Seagulls: Detangling California Fishing Piers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThanks to a new university project, the sight of gulls or pelicans with fishing hooks in their mouths or fishing line wrapped around their legs will be less common on California beaches. Beginning this week, the California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project at the University of California Davis is commencing a yearlong effort to remove discarded fishing hooks and slice tangled lines from pier pilings, and establish fishing-line recycling stations to make the coastal ocean safer for wildlife as well as people. “Fishing-line-related injuries are a problem for many of our coastal wildlife species,” said Kirsten Gilardi, executive director of the SeaDoc Society, a program of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center. “Our goal is to remove as much of it as we can from around fishing piers, and then make it easy for anglers to dispose of their used hooks and line properly in the future.” From Santa Cruz to the Mexican border, trained volunteer scuba divers will use knives and shears to remove accumulated fishing line from the pilings at 16 public-access fishing piers. Working in close cooperation with the cities and ports that manage the piers and with local nonprofit organizations, SeaDoc will install custom bins at each pier to encourage anglers to discard their unwanted hooks and line in the bin instead of into the water. Collected monofilament will be recycled. Crews will be cleaning up the Avila pier today and tackle the rest before June 2007. Locations include Santa Cruz, Goleta, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, San Clemente, Oceanside, Ocean Beach in San Diego and Imperial Beach. Monterey pier was where the project debuted on March 20. To date, working closely with commercial fishermen, the California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project has retrieved nearly 10 tons of fishing gear from around the Channel Islands. The pier cleanups represent the project’s first efforts taking place on the mainland. The $200,000 California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Marine Debris Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The project was established with grants from those organizations and by the California Ocean Protection Council and State Coastal Conservancy. Visit their Web site for more information.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Former Michael Jackson Guitarist Gets Stolen Guitar Back Thanks to Alert Pedestrians

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA priceless one-of-a-kind electric guitar belonging to Michael Jackson’s touring guitar player, Jennifer Batten, was stolen from her car outside a restaurant on Saturday night.The guitar, decorated with an image of Masai tribesmen, was made especially for her and was covered with autographs of her fellow guitar players, including Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.The good news followed a few days later when a pair of alert neighbors found the instrument and wanted to return it. (WATCH the video below or READ the story from KGW-TV) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Professors show of unique talents

first_imgAs a way for students to interact outside of the classroom with professors, Legends of Notre Dame hosted the fourth annual ‘Professors Unplugged’ event Tuesday night. This event gives freshmen a chance to see their professors’ unique talents. ND Ignite, a program in the First Year of Studies, organized this year’s event to increase interaction between professors and freshmen, professor and event coordinator Sean Wernert said. “We planned and worked with them [the students] to make the event something that they can be proud of and informative,” Wernert said.  “As we continue the event each year, we work with first-year students to remake and design the event as something that they will find interesting.” “We want students to see the path that professors have taken in their careers – what brought them to their chosen academic field and how they got to Notre Dame,” Wernert said. “We also want students and faculty to interact outside the classroom in an informal environment.” Hugh Page, dean of the First Year of Studies, kicked off the event by reading three personally written poems. The first of those poems, entitled ‘First Book,’ stressed the importance of embracing and examining self.   “We are the first book we are ever given, but the one we read last and least attentively,” Page said. Following Dean Page, Abby Palko, professor of gender studies, chronicled her journey to Notre Dame, which included an eight-year stint as an 8th grade teacher.   “When I finally went to Notre Dame for my Ph.D after teaching I couldn’t believe I was being paid to read,” Palko said.  “It was incredible.” Many of the professors revealed musical talents.  Professors Annie Coleman and Josh Kaplan performed a duet together with an ukelele and a trumpet.   Sociology professor Eugene Halton impressed with his harmonica playing skills.  His music style was varied, ranging from Beethoven on a miniature harmonica to train sounds on a traditional harmonica.  Between songs, Halton recalled his time at Princeton as a track and field athlete and the road that led him to Notre Dame. Others, such as Professor Anre Venter, amused the crowd with wit and sarcasm.   “My talent is to use ridicule and sarcasm as the basis for good teaching,” Venter said.  “It is always done with love and respect.” Students who attended the event said they felt the event was a success. “I’m really glad I went,” freshman Sophie Loftus said.  “They were all really talented and had great life stories.” Contact Drew Pangraze at apangraz@nd.edulast_img read more

Phyllis Ann Cheatem

first_img Phyllis also leaves 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly as well as a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives including cherished nieces Ava Prescott, Angela Gasper and Dena Panza. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2020 at New St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Claude Comeaux Jr. officiating with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time.Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery. Phyllis is preceded in death by her late husband Willie Gus Cheatem, her parents Clarence & Beaulah Hulin as well as four sisters; Marion Prescott, Helen Hulin, Wanda Hulin and Brenda Hulin.Phyllis leaves to cherish her precious memories one son, Michael (Felicia) Hulin of San Diego CA; five daughters, Sonya Hulin, Jennifer Hulin, Stephanie Hulin, Tina Hulin and Cassandra Hulin all of Port Arthur, TX; four brothers, Irvin (Anne) Hulin Abbeville, LA., Clarence Hulin, Gregory Hulin and Michael Wayne Hulin all of Port Arthur, TX; five sisters, Linda Hulin, Joycelyn (Malcolm) Gros, Pastor Lisa (Richard) Sweet, Juanita Hulin and Carol (Abra) Young, all of Port Arthur, TX.center_img Phyllis Ann Cheatem passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, February 28, 2020 to natural causes.She was a graduate of the Abraham Lincoln High Class of 1965 and a member of New St. John Missionary Baptist Church for many years.last_img read more


first_imgWelcome to new mexico, the Land of Enchantment! In the middle of New Mexico you will find Bernalillo County stretching from just east of the Sandia Mountains to the Volcano Cliffs on the west mesa. Bernalillo County has a population of 676,773 and is home to the city of Albuquerque, the county seat, and Kirtland Air Force Base.The county offers many historical and cultural attractions, plus modern amenities. In addition to its wide-open landscapes, open skies and peaceful natural settings, there are archeological sites, museums and parks. Outdoor activities abound, including fishing, golfing, whitewater rafting and camping.There are also shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities for residents to explore: Annual events and festivals celebrate everything from Native Americans to the hot air balloon fiesta that showcases the vibrancy of New Mexico.last_img read more

The Best Buckley AFB Schools: Daycare – High School (2021 Edition)

first_imgIntroductionSo you’ve just been assigned to Buckley Air Force Base. There’s a ton of things for you to do, but if you’re a parent, one of the first things you need to do when relocating to a new area is figure out where your kids are going to go to school and what your options are when it comes to childcare. You’ve got several choices here, whether you opt for a public or private school. Choosing the best school district is a big part of that. Luckily, there are several options available to you.Suggested Read: Buckley AFB: In-Depth Welcome Center Schools in Buckley AFBBuckley AFB Child CareBuckley Air Force Base offers two Child Care Centers that accept children from 6 weeks old to kindergarten age. A-Basin CDC offers space for 150 children, while Crested Butte CDC has space for 215. Both have waiting lists, and parents will have to register their children. Parents will have to create an account on to request childcare.Aurora Public School DistrictIf you live in privatized housing on Buckley Air Force base, you will be a part of the Aurora Public School District. You can find their information below:Aurora Public School DistrictEducational Services Center 115701 E. 1st Ave.Aurora, CO 80011Phone: 303-344-8060There are four schools that serve those who live on-base: one goes from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. Another goes from kindergarten to eighth grade. There’s also a school that goes from pre-k to post-secondary, and a high school that covers 9th-12th grade.Elementary/Middle Schools in Buckley AFB1. Edna and John W. Mosley, P-855 N. Salida WayAurora, CO 80011Phone: 1 (303) 366-28072. Murphy Creek, P-81400 S. Old Tom Morris Rd.Aurora, CO 80018Phone: 1 (303) 366-05793. Vista PEAK Exploratory, P-824551 E 1st AveAurora, CO 80018Phone: 1 (303) 364-3757High Schools in Buckley AFB4. Vista Peak Preparatory, 9 -1224500 E. 6th Ave.Aurora, CO 80018Phone: 1 (303) 340-01215. Vista Peak Preparatory, 9 -121300 S. Sable BlvdAurora, CO 80012Phone: 1 (303) 755-7160Schools Near Buckley AFBFamilies living off-base have several great schools and daycare facilities to choose from in Aurora, Arapahoe County, and the greater Denver area. Check out the websites below to get more information.Daycares Near Buckley AFBMaking a decision about who should take care of your child can be hard. When you’re on the hunt for the right daycare facility or in-home daycare service, it helps to search for places like and Yelp for reviews. It also helps to visit any facilities you might be considering, as well.Public Schools Near Buckley AFBFamilies that choose to live off-base will have to enroll in a school within the district associated with their address. Public school districts generally don’t allow out-of-district enrollment. There are three public school districts near Buckley Air Force Base:1. Aurora Public Schools DistrictEducational Services Center 115701 E. 1st Ave.Aurora, CO 80011Phone: 1 (303) 344-8060Aurora Public Schools is the district that serves most of the area around Buckley Air Force Base. Most kids in the area will likely be enrolled at one of the 27 elementary schools, 6 P-8 schools, 7 middle schools, or 8 high schools if you don’t live on-base. The district’s site has a tool to locate the school closest to you based on your new address.2. Cherry Creek School District4700 South Yosemite StreetGreenwood Village, CO 80111Phone: 1 (303) 773-1184The Cherry Creek School District serves over 55,000 students across 8 municipalities in grades pre-k through 12th. It contains 45 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, and eight high schools. Their website includes a detailed directory dedicated to helping parents understand the ins and outs of athletics, health and wellness, college and career, transportation, and other services the district has to offer.3. Denver Public Schools District1860 Lincoln StreetDenver, CO 80203Phone: 1 (720) 423-3200The Denver Public School District serves over 93,000 students and is home to dozens of schools at every level, so finding the right one for your children might take a little work. Luckily, their website has a tool that can help you locate the school closest to you. The website also has detailed information on school choice, transportation, and other resources available to families within the district.Private Schools Near Buckley Air Force BaseParents who opt to send their children to a private school near Buckley Air Force Base will have no shortage of options. According to the Private School Review, there are 53 private schools in the area. While there are several that are religiously affiliated, many are nonsectarian. Here are some of the best private schools in Arapahoe County.1. Aspen Academy5859 S University BlvdGreenwood Village, CO 80121Phone: 1 (303) 346-3500Aspen Academy was established in 2005 and is a nonsectarian school. The school serves a little over 400 students, but keeps its class sizes small. There are about 8 students per teacher, and an average of 16 students in a class.2. Humanex Academy2700 S Zuni StreetEnglewood, CO 80110Phone: 1 (303) 783-0137Humanex Academy is an independent, nontraditional nonsectarian school serving children with learning differences like ADHD and autism. The school serves students in grades 6-12. With a small student of about 35 students and an average class size of 8 students, Humanex is an impressive school that meets a specific need.3. Saint Mary’s Academy4545 S University BlvdEnglewood, CO 80113Phone: 1 (303) 762-8300Saint Mary’s Academy is a Catholic school that was founded in 1874. The school is co-educational from K-8th grade and also has an All Girls High School. The school is noted for academic excellence and has a high percentage of faculty members with advanced degrees. Saint Mary’s serves nearly 700 students, but class sizes are small, with an average of 15 students per class.4. All Souls Catholic School4951 S Pennsylvania St.Englewood, CO 80113Phone: 1 (303) 789-2155All Souls Catholic School is affiliated with the church of the same name. The school serves students from K-8th grade and has a rather large population of 390 students. The ratio of students to teachers, however, is rarely low at 21:1.5. Ambleside School of Colorado1510 E. Phillips AvenueLittleton, CO 80122Phone: 1 (720) 468-0464Ambleside is a K-8 school with a small population of a little over 100 students. This allows them to keep class sizes small – around 15 students per class. The school touts a challenging academic curriculum that focuses on art, nature study, music, math, and science.ConclusionMoving is stressful, and finding the best school or daycare for your child can be a time-consuming process. Thankfully, there are plenty of options in and around Buckley Air Force Base and the larger Denver area to make sure your child’s mental and physical well-being will be taken care of. We hope the above information helps make your search easier and allows you to spend more time with your family as you settle in.last_img read more

Brattleboro’s Carbon Harvest files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

first_imgBrattleboro Carbon Harvest LLCCourtVermont Bankruptcy CourtCase number5:13-bk-10302Assets$1,000,001 to $10 millionLiabilities$1,000,001 to $10 millionJudgeColleen A. BrownChapter7FiledApr 23, 2013TypevoluntaryUpdatedApr 26, 2013Last checkedApr 26, 2013 DebtorCarbon Harvest Algae, LLC130 Intervale RoadBurlington, VT 05401CHITTENDEN-VT DebtorCarbon Harvest Energy, LLC130 Intervale RoadBurlington, VT 05401CHITTENDEN-VTTax ID / EIN: xx-xxx0195 Carbon Harvest Energy, LLCCourtVermont Bankruptcy CourtCase number5:13-bk-10300Assets$0 to $50,000Liabilities$1,000,001 to $10 millionJudgeColleen A. BrownChapter7FiledApr 23, 2013TypevoluntaryUpdatedApr 26, 2013Last checkedApr 26, 2013 BANKRUPTCY FILINGS Carbon Harvest Algae, LLCCourtVermont Bankruptcy CourtCase number5:13-bk-10301Assets$0 to $50,000Liabilities$1,000,001 to $10 millionJudgeColleen A. BrownChapter7FiledApr 23, 2013TypevoluntaryUpdatedApr 26, 2013Last checkedApr 26, 2013 Lebanon Carbon Harvest LLCCourtVermont Bankruptcy CourtCase number5:13-bk-10305Assets$1,000,001 to $10 millionLiabilities$1,000,001 to $10 millionJudgeColleen A. BrownChapter7FiledApr 23, 2013TypevoluntaryUpdatedApr 26, 2013Last checkedApr 26, 2013 DebtorBrattleboro Carbon Harvest LLC130 Intervale RoadBurlington, VT 05401CHITTENDEN-VTTax ID / EIN: xx-xxx9913 Represented ByRaymond J Obuchowski PO Box 60 1542 Vt. Rt. 107 Bethel, VT 05032-0060 (802) 234-6244 Fax : (802) 234-6245 Email: sends e-mail)TrusteeDouglas J. Wolinsky PO Box 1489 Burlington, VT 05402-1489 (802) 864-0880 by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine A Brattleboro company that sought to grow vegetables, make bio-diesel and raise fish from the power generated by a closed landfill filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week. Creditors met on Friday, April 26. The only operating part of the Brattleboro business as of today is the methane, resource-recovery electric facility. Both private and public investors lost money, but to what extent will not be known until the final bankruptcy court ruling in a couple of months.The company basically ran out of money in October, said Steve Magowan, who is serving as president since founder and former president Don McCormick resigned in January.Magowan was appointed president and represents a private investor. He said he does not expect to get any investor money back. He said it was a risky equity investment to begin with. He said the methane plant is only producing $11,000-$12,000 in revenues a month and could not support what seemed like a good idea at the time.The idea behind Carbon Harvest, founded in 2009 (under various LLCs, see bankruptcy filings below), was to use the energy and heat produced by the methane plant at the former Brattleboro landfill off Ferry Road to power and heat a greenhouse, a tilapia fish farm, which operated out of the old Book Press building off Putney Road, and a bio-diesel facility using byproducts of the other operations to grow algae. The secondary operations were closed last fall.Vermont Development Secretary Lawrence Miller said that while a lot of money was earmarked for the various projects, not all of it was distributed.For instance, according to Miller, the Vermont Economic Progress Council authorized VEGI incentives totaling $569,000 for Carbon Harvest/Carbon Harvest Brattleboro. But in December 2012, VEPC staff received an email from Don McCormick stating that CH must reorganize, will not complete the Brattleboro project, and was choosing to not complete the necessary filings to complete their 2011 VEGI (Vermont Employment Growth Incentives) claim (they had filed an incomplete claim).VEPC voted to terminate the incentives on December 13, 2012. The VEGI money was thus never distributed.Nor was the Vermont Community Development Program grant of $325,000 to the Town of Brattleboro for a loan to Carbon Harvest that was announced in July 2012. The funding has been re-allocated to other projects, according to Miller.The Vermont Economic Development Association did loan the project $360,000. Director Jo Bradley said she expects to get at least most of the money back through either ongoing operations of the electric generating facility or through its sale. She said all of that is still in process.It was a very interesting and innovative project, Bradley said.Like others who had high hopes for the project, she said, It was undercapitalized and a very complicated business to operate, Bradley said.Vermont Agricultural Credit Corp ($450,000) is also listed as a creditor.Miller said, The issue, as I understand it, is that they had gone along fairly well the (electric) facility at the landfill down in Brattleboro but that they had gone on with other projects and over-extended operationally.He said the renewable energy market was not robust enough to support the entire operation.Adding the fish component to the methane generation project added complexity to the operation, Miller said.From a research point of view, he said, they moved the needle.Ellen Kahler, Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, said the VSJF provided $215,000 for the algae/bio-diesel component, which will be completed by the end of April. The VSJF wanted to make sure that the research got completed after the business failed.The money was funded through the US Department of Energy. A YouTube video of the research can be found at VIDEO, (with the Carbon Harvest piece at about the 6:30 minute mark). Carbon Harvest was required to come up with a 20 percent match, Kahler said.We thought this was really going to be an important project for us, she said, so she wanted to see the research part of it completed, which she said has been valuable.We wanted to salvage what we could salvage out of it, Kahler said.The Brattleboro Reformer ran a story last October which provided a warning shot to investors. SEE STORY It said Carbon Harvest, whose parent company is in Burlington, was forced to furlough six of its 11 workers in Brattleboro, President Don McCormick disclosed.Neither McCormick nor another early proponent of Carbon Harvest, Will Raap, immediately returned phone messages to Vermont Business Magazine.Raap is the founder of Gardeners Supply, which is based in Burlingtons interval. Carbon Harvests corporate office is located just down the street. On Raaps website is external), he states: I have spent my career thinking globally and acting locally by building and helping to launch businesses like Gardeners Supply, Intervale Center, Seventh Generation, Living Technologies, and Carbon Harvest Energy.The Reformer quoted McCormick as saying last October rumors of Carbon Harvest’s closure are greatly exaggerated.”But outside the algae research continued by the VSJF, all the secondary operations were closed last fall and by the following January McCormick had resigned.And what about the tilapia?Magowan said, The fish got composted. TITLEASSETSLIABILITIESSTCHFILEDCarbon Harvest Energy, LLC$0-$50k$1M-$10MVT7Apr 23Carbon Harvest Algae, LLC$0-$50k$1M-$10MVT7Apr 23Brattleboro Carbon Harvest LLC$1M-$10M$1M-$10MVT7Apr 23Carbon Harvest Investments LLC$0-$50k$1M-$10MVT7Apr 23Lebanon Carbon Harvest LLC$1M-$10M$1M-$10MVT7Apr 23 DebtorLebanon Carbon Harvest LLC130 Intervale RoadBurlington, VT 05401CHITTENDEN-VTTax ID / EIN: xx-xxx0797 DebtorCarbon Harvest Investments LLC130 Intervale RoadBurlington, VT 05401CHITTENDEN-VT Carbon Harvest Investments LLCCourtVermont Bankruptcy CourtCase number5:13-bk-10304Assets$0 to $50,000Liabilities$1,000,001 to $10 millionJudgeColleen A. BrownChapter7FiledApr 23, 2013TypevoluntaryUpdatedApr 26, 2013Last checkedApr 26, 2013last_img read more

Pitino optimistic about grad transfer Brandon Johnson

first_imgPitino optimistic about grad transfer Brandon JohnsonJohnson will be a factor right away on the court and in a leadership role for the Gophers this season.Brad Rempel / Gopher AthleticsForward Brandon Johnson AJ Condon, Sports ReporterNovember 2, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWith all the new faces coming into the program this upcoming season, no one player should be overlooked. Head coach Richard Pitino has talked about the newcomers and the immediate impact they will have on the team.Grad transfers know that with one remaining year of eligibility, the goal is to make as big of an impact as they can in that time. Last year, the Gophers had Alihan Demir for the season, who was thrust into a starting role after Eric Curry suffered a season-ending injury. This year, the Gophers will rely on forward Brandon Johnson.Johnson graduated and transferred from Western Michigan following the 2019-20 season. He played three seasons for the Broncos while missing what would have been his junior year due to an injury.“He needs to be ready, physically and mentally, to step in right away. It’s not as easy as anybody thinks to jump up a level,” Pitino said.In his three seasons at Western Michigan, Johnson averaged 10.9 points per game and had his best season last year when he averaged 15.4 points per game, playing in 32 games. Year after year, his playing time has increased, as have his points and rebounds per game.“He’s got the size, he’s got the skill, he’s tough, he’s willing to work. He wants it bad, and he’s got a great opportunity in front of him, and I think he’ll be ready to go,” Pitino said. The 6-foot-8 forward will likely be incorporated into the game plan a lot this season. His experience will help develop the younger guys on the team. Johnson has four seasons under his belt, including a year of reflection when he was out due to injury.Sophomores Isaiah Ihnen and Sam Freeman saw the court last year and will continue to see their roles increase. Learning from Johnson will help their development this season and prove to be beneficial for their remaining years.Similar to junior center Liam Robbins, Johnson will have an adjustment period as he makes the transition into the Big Ten. “Fifth-year seniors are highly recruited in our landscape right now. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy for him to come in right away in the Big Ten and be productive,” Pitino said. “That’s gonna take some time; unfortunately for him, he doesn’t have a lot of time.”Pitino praised Johnson’s talents and skillset. He sees similarities between Johnson and Gophers’ great Jordan Murphy, who produced for Minnesota on both ends of the court. “I need him to be like a Jordan Murphy type. He’s similar physically in a lot of ways there,” Pitino said. “I’m not gonna ask him to set single-season records for rebounds, but that’s the way we need him to play.”last_img read more