Confucius Institute at Brock presents touring Chinese art troupe

The Confucius Institute at Brock University hosted the Concert of Oriental Charm at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School auditorium on Saturday.Hanban, the concert, was performed by students and teachers from Shandong University Art Troupe and sponsored by Chinese Language Council International.Brock CI was the first stop for the touring troupe, which headed to Regina and Edmonton for further performances in celebration of Confucius Institutes around the globe.Education Consul and Director Xu Weiya from the Toronto Chinese Consulate-General, and Brock University Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Academic, Greg Finn, attended the concert and gave welcome speeches to the Shandong Art Troupe members as well as an audience of almost 500 people.The concert started with a happy and lively folk music tutti The Glad Tidings, followed by another two impressive pieces of tutti folk music Capriccio Confucius and Song of the Hero. The subsequent Dulcimer, Erhu, Sheng and Suona solo performances provided the audience with an exotic feast of traditional Chinese musical instruments. And the live calligraphy and painting show gave the audience a taste of the artistic conception of traditional Chinese visual art. The concert ended with a joyous and festive tutti Blooming Flowers and Full Moon.When the performance was over, all were invited onto the stage for an interactive experience with the musicians and the traditional Chinese folk musical instruments.The Confucius Institute at Brock University is host to many cultural events like this one each year, as well as offering invited guest speakers, language learning and art workshops. The Institute also collaborates with other local organizations on a number of special events – for example on Friday, Sept. 25, CI joins the Brock University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (BUCSSA) to recognize and celebrate the Mid-Autumn or “Moon” Festival as it is more commonly known! All are welcome to join in this special event this Friday evening in Pond Inlet at Brock University at 7:00 pm. Tickets are only $5. For more information: https://brocku.ca/confucius-institute read more

Ohio State mens soccer preview No 18 Buckeyes open with two games

Ohio State sophomore Marcus McCrary (19) dribbles the ball through a group of Michigan players during a soccer game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Nov. 4, 2015. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State Men’s Soccer team will begin its season this Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. as they take on the Virginia Tech Hokies at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The first regular season game comes as part of the 11th-annual Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic.  The No. 18 Buckeyes will conclude the weekend-long tournament at home against No. 13 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. “The guys are excited to get started,” said coach John Bluem. “These preseasons are long and difficult. The guys just want to have a chance to play games that are meaningful and to play here in our stadium where we were very successful last year. We are all looking forward to the opportunity.”The Buckeyes are coming off a Big Ten championship season in which the team finished with a 13-7-3 record (5-2-1 in conference), making it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament where they lost to future national champion Stanford. Seven starters and 12 letter winners will be returning from last year’s team, including four of their top scorers – Yaw Amankwa, Danny Jensen, Abdi Mohamed, and Christian Soldat. On offense, the four combined for 16 goals and 16 assists in the 2015 season. “We got a lot of new players. We are going to have six new starters or something like that,” senior defender Austin Bergstrom said. “UC Santa Barbara and Virginia Tech are two good teams so it is going to be a good test right off the bat. Hopefully we come out with two wins.”Virginia Tech is coming off a 2015 campaign in which they finished 5-9-3 (0-5-3 in the ACC). They went 2-0 this year in preseason exhibition play, recording wins over East Tennessee State and James Madison. The Hokies are lead by captains Alessandro Mion, Andre Thomas, and Ben Lundgaard. Mion, a redshirt senior defender, was part of a Hokie defense that produced seven shutouts and allowed only 22 goals in the 2014 season. Last season, Mion was fourth on the team in points, assists and shots. He appeared in 11 games, starting 10 of them. Thomas, a redshirt senior midfielder, will be in his third year as captain. He started all but one game last season playing 1,515 minutes for the Hokies. Lundgaard, the junior goalkeeper, made 60 saves in 16 starts a year ago which was good enough for a .732 save percentage and 1.373 goals against average. Through the course of the season he faced 178 shots and tallied three shutouts. “Traditionally [the ACC] is one of the best conferences for soccer in the country so I am expecting some really talented attackers,” senior defender Tyler Kidwell said. “It is going to be a tough game, but I think we had a good day of training today so I think we will be ready to go.”On Sunday, OSU takes on No. 13 UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. in the finale of the four-team classic.Coming off a season in which the Gauchos finished with a 14-6-2 record, UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg is aiming to repeat as victors of the Big West North Division. UCSB is led by senior striker Nick DePuy. The Big West Offensive Player of the Year led the NCAA in 2015 with 15 goals in the regular season, eight of which came as game winners. The Gauchos are undefeated all time in matches when DePuy has scored (16-0-4). While players and coaches alike are excited for the season to begin, they know the road ahead will not be an easy one. “People aren’t going to just walk in here and lie over and die because we are the Ohio State Buckeyes,” Bluem said. “ We are going to have to earn everything we get.” read more