Surviving Beach Boys To Reunite For Radio Q&A After Years Of Feuding Between Brian Wilson & Mike Love

first_imgSiriusXM‘s The Beach Boys channel has announced that the surviving members of the band’s classic lineup will reunite for an on-air Q&A session hosted by director Rob Reiner. The discussion is to be aired on August 10th. The segment will see classic band members Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and David Marks, as well as longtime member Bruce Johnston, reunite for the first time since their 50th-anniversary reunion tour in 2012 to discuss the band’s legacy.The conversation is sure to be an interesting one. While the music of The Beach Boys has always radiated “good vibrations,” the relationships between the group’s members have been fraught with tension and outright vitriol for years. In particular, cousins and founding members Brian Wilson and Mike Love have been perpetually at odds over the handling of the band’s brand, including who is allowed perform under the Beach Boys banner.Love is currently in the midst of a tour with “The Beach Boys,” a lineup in which he is the only original band member. Wilson—billed as Brian Wilson, not the Beach Boys—has also toured performing the Beach Boys’ catalog extensively in recent years, including a massive world tour celebrating the 50th anniversary the band’s 1966 studio masterpiece, Pet Sounds.Back in 2012, while The Beach Boys 50th-anniversary tour was still underway, Wilson expressed surprise when he heard that Love had already booked more shows as The Beach Boys with a lineup including Johnston, but no other original members. “I wasn’t aware that Mike had some shows in South America,” Wilson told Rolling Stone. “News to me.” As Al Jardine noted to Rolling Stone in an earlier interview, “You’ve got the Love band, who’ve been together for years and have developed a style. Brian’s band has been going for a long time, too – so we’ve been coming from three different places.”The apparent confusion caused some immediate friction with Love’s aforementioned dates. A performance by Love’s outfit at Winnie, TX’s Nutty Jerry’s was canceled by the promoter to avoid any potential backlash over misleading advertising. As the venue said in a statement, “The group that was scheduled to perform at Nutty Jerry’s is not the same lineup as the current ‘Beach Boys 50th Anniversary’ tour. As a result, Nutty Jerry’s did not feel that we could advertise the show as the ‘original’ Beach Boys. Nutty Jerry’s regrets the misunderstanding and any inconvenience to our loyal customers.”With so much history between these old cohorts, both good and bad, this SiriusXM on-air discussion is sure to provide some fascinating insight into the state of the Beach Boys in 2018 and beyond.[H/T Relix]last_img read more

Double Take Storm

first_imgThere has been a storm brewing in North Carolina and it is one that will prove to beautify our landscapes across the country. The Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center team in Mills River, North Carolina, already horticultural heroes of sorts with their incredible, white-flowered ‘Sweet Tea’ Mountain Gordlinia, are now bringing to the landscape the Double Take Storm flowering quinces with the most shocking blooms you ever imagined.The three selections are ‘Scarlet Storm,’ ‘Pink Storm’ and ‘Orange Storm.’ They are all double flowered and will cause you to first think of a camellia. With a group of three that now fall under a series called Double Take, you will most likely find Double Take ‘Scarlet Storm.’Botanically speaking, they are all selections of Chaenomeles speciosa, which is native to China. It is the breeding program at North Carolina State University, however, that is bringing us these shrubs that will reach approximately 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide at maturity, boasting dazzling double flowers with huge petal counts.The old-fashioned flowering quince always seems to be bare of flowers on the tips or tops of the plant, but these blooms that reach up to 2.5 inches in diameter stretch outward to the tip of the stem. That means the blossoms are almost as large as a tennis ball. Here at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia, they have been sensational. They are cold hardy from zones 5 through 9 and are deer resistant.When you get yours, select a site in full to partial sun. These great flowering quinces deserve to be planted in a well-prepared shrub bed. Incorporate 3 to 4 inches of organic matter along with about 2 pounds of a 5-10-5 fertilizer per 100 square feet of planting area. Till your soil deeply and dig your hole about three times as wide as the rootball, but no deeper. Place the flowering quince in the hole and backfill to two-thirds. Tamp the soil and water to settle. Add the remaining backfill and repeat the process, getting all of the air pockets out and providing a great start for acclimatization of your new shrub.These plants bloom on old wood, so remember not to get pruning-happy when they are in their deciduous or dormant state of winter. If any pruning is needed, make these cuts after the spring bloom. Of course, these make breathtaking cut flowers, so select as needed.These blooms sequence nicely with spring-blooming bulbs like Dutch iris, daffodils and the iridescent blue of the Peruvian lily, Scilla peruviana, which is cold hardy to around zero degrees Fahrenheit. Try clustering three in front of evergreen hollies. I notice that our Chinese snowball viburnums and ‘Scarlet Storm’ are blooming. They are, however, in different parts of the garden.To me, the flowering quince has always been that harbinger of spring. It’s the one plant that shouts with its colorful blooms, “You have survived winter!” Even though I loved those old blooms, they pale in comparison to a plant like ‘Scarlet Storm.’ Spring is early in the South, so gardeners here may want to start shopping. Elsewhere in the country, you can procrastinate a little, or better yet, go ahead and let your favorite nurseryman know you are coming soon to pick up three.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru.last_img read more

9 reasons to love credit unions (and not big banks)

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Allison MartinWhile out and about, you may have passed by the local credit union without looking twice. You have no need for their services, right? Well, at least that’s what you thought.Are you aware of how credit unions operate and what they entail? If so, you may be inclined to open an account at one close to you or even switch from your bank.What exactly is a credit union and why is it better? defines credit unions as “not-for-profit organizations that exist to serve their members rather than to maximize corporate profits.” They operate similarly to banks, as they make loans to members and accept deposits.So, why should I choose the local credit union over big boy banks?1. MotivesThe sole purpose for a credit union’s existence means that it should have your best interests at heart and not the bottom line of the institution. Big banks, on the other hand, are there to turn a profit and will seemingly do whatever it takes to meet their numbers. continue reading »last_img read more

FDA cites problems at peanut butter plant; recall expanded

first_img FDA outbreak page Also today, FDA officials announced that PCA is expanding its recall to cover all products produced at the plant since Jan 1, 2007. It was unclear, however, what type of testing was initially done and what the chances were of the tests producing false-positive results. The earliest case mentioned in the FDA’s report was in June 2007. Screening tests take about a day, while confirmatory tests take from 3 to 5 days, Besser said. Storage of raw peanuts next to roasted peanuts; sometimes the raw and finished products were visually indistinguishable Also, FDA investigators found mold on the ceiling and walls of the finished product cooler, along with water stains running down from the cooler’s fans, located directly above where the finished products were stored. Also, finished products were stored beneath skylights and ceilings that showed evidence of rainwater leakage. The FDA released its full investigative report on the PCA plant, called form 483, today on its Web site. The report includes a list of observations that Rogers classified as deviations from Good Manufacturing Practices, some of which he said are violations of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. FDA officials observed several instances in which finished products were vulnerable to contamination, including: The identification of specific Salmonella serotypes should have told the company that there was a problem either with the testing or with the peanuts, he said. “The lack of clarity with regards to these tests really points to a lack of credible information for the entire investigation,” he said. “It’s hard to make decisions if the information is piecemeal or potentially incorrect.” John Besser, PhD, clinical laboratory manager at the Minnesota Department of Health, reviewed the FDA’s investigation report and told CIDRAP News that the company used screening tests in the instances where it detected an unidentified Salmonella serotype and used confirmatory testing methods in the three instances where it identified a serotype. Jan 28, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released its inspection findings on the Georgia peanut butter plant that has been linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak, saying the company shipped products that had initially tested positive for Salmonella and citing various other questionable practices. Clarification needed on test methodsMichael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, said that despite dramatic headlines about the PCA releasing products that tested positive for Salmonella, more information is needed about methods the company used in its initial product testing. Cleaning deficit, storage errorsThe FDA report also said the company did not clean the peanut paste production line after Salmonella Typhimurium was found in the paste on Sep 26, 2008. The report said the company did not clean the line until the FDA began inspecting the plant on Jan 9. In a statement yesterday, the American Peanut Council expressed shock that PCA “knowingly released a product with potential salmonella contamination into the food supply, as released by the Food and Drug Administration.” Other developmentsSundlof, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, told reporters yesterday that though investigators have wrapped up their investigation at the plant, the FDA, along with state officials, has visited about 1,000 food manufacturers that used potentially contaminated peanut butter and peanut paste in their products and was still testing products and reviewing distribution records. He said he expects the list of recalled products to expand. Rogers also commented that it “is sometimes possible to get negative and positive results from the same product lot.” Tauxe noted that people with no Internet access can call the CDC hotline at 1-800-232-4636 for information on product recalls. “There is concern of potential Salmonella contamination, including Salmonella strains not associated with the current outbreak,” Dr. Stephen Sundlof of the FDA said at a late afternoon news briefing. But he said the agency has not yet seen any illnesses involving strains other than the outbreak strain, Salmonella Typhimiurium. He said there was not enough information to tell if there was a problem with the confirmatory tests or if the company had inadequate testing procedures. “No matter how you cut it, there was some type of negligence,” Besser said. Placement of pallets of finished product within 3 feet of a cooler floor where authorities isolated Salmonella Mdbandaka In other comments at today’s briefing, Sundlof said the FDA still sees no evidence of any contamination in national name-brand peanut butter. He said national brand manufacturers have assured the agency that they never bought any peanut products from PCA. The report said the facility lacked a ventilation system to prevent potential contamination from airflow from the areas that handled raw peanuts to the finished product areas. Also, some areas of the plant lacked segregation between raw and finished products. At today’s briefing, the FDA’s Rogers said the agency is aware of the labs used by PCA for its internal testing and has no information suggesting problems with the labs or their test results. However, he said that unless there are mitigating circumstances, the practice of releasing a product after first getting a positive test result and then a negative result is not common in the industry and “is certainly a deviation from current Good Manufacturing Practices.” Half of the cases have occurred in children younger than 16, Tauxe reported. He said 108 people have been hospitalized, and eight deaths may be associated with the outbreak, all of them in people older than 59. Michael Rogers, who directs the FDA’s field investigation division, told reporters at a press conference yesterday that FDA investigators found that the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) plant in Blakely, Ga., detected Salmonella in some of the products it made in 2007 and 2008, but later released them after testing by an outside firm found no contamination in the products. Other findings included product residue buildup on and near production equipment, dirt and grime on washroom equipment and walls, and evidence of roaches in a washroom adjacent to the production and packaging areas. At today’s briefing, Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, deputy director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Foodborne, Bacterial, and Mycotic Diseases, said the case count in the outbreak remained at 501 in 43 states, plus one case in Canada. He said the outbreak appears to be ongoing, though the number of new cases has modestly decreased. Osterholm said there was no question that the FDA found Salmonella in the PCA plant. But he said detailed information about the initial tests the company used could help clarify what went wrong and that public health officials need to know if those tests produced true-positive Salmonella findings. That would help clarify whether the company released products it knew might be contaminated, he said. The report says the FDA identified 12 instances in which peanut products tested positive for Salmonella on internal testing between June 2007 and September 2008, but the company then released the products after further testing was negative. Initial testing found Salmonella Typhimurium once, Salmonella Anatum twice, and unspecified strains nine times. “The findings of the FDA report can only be seen as a clear and unconscionable action of one irresponsible manufacturer, which stands alone in an industry that strives to follow the most stringent food safety standards,” said Patrick Archer, president of the trade association. Although the firm recognized that the roasting step was the key to eliminating contamination in raw peanuts, it didn’t verify that the temperature, volume, and belt speed of its roaster were adequate to kill pathogenic bacteria, the report said, adding that temperature documentation was incomplete for several time periods. FDA officials told CIDRAP News that an independent private laboratory conducted PCA’s initial testing, but that the FDA didn’t have any information on the testing methods used. Storage of finished products within 15 feet of a floor crack where investigators isolated Salmonella Senftenberg See also: Given the expanded PCA recall, the FDA expects that food companies will check their supply chains to determine if they have products on the market containing ingredients covered by the expanded recall, Sundlof said. He advised consumers to check the FDA’s Web site to see which products have been recalled and said if they are unsure whether a peanut-containing product is potentially contaminated, they should avoid eating it or feeding it to pets. American Peanut Council statement read more

Australia’s COVID-19 hotspot cases inch up, but officials optimistic

first_imgNew daily coronavirus infections in Australia’s hotspot of Victoria climbed back to double digits on Sunday with 12 cases recorded but authorities said the state is on track to be able to ease its social distancing restrictions in coming weeks.The dozen new coronavirus cases follow eight infections reported on Saturday and single-digit numbers for most of the past week.Melbourne, Victoria’s capital, has been under a strict lockdown for nearly three months. Retail and restaurants operate only on take away or delivery orders only, while people can exercise or socialise outdoors for a maximum of two hours a day and must wear masks in public places. Most restrictions will be eased when the average number of new daily cases over a two-week window falls below five. The 14-day rolling case average for Melbourne has been going steadily down and it is now at 11.9.”We are so, so close,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews told a televised briefing.”If we continue these numbers, continue this trend, we are ready to take that step. All things being equal, that will be just a couple of weeks.”With temperatures reaching 28 Celsius (82.4 Fahrenheit) over the weekend, the highest in months, police said they were stepping up patrolling as hundreds of Melbourne residents flocked to beaches..Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state, accounts for 90% of national COVID-19 deaths. Australia, with 894 fatalities, has fared far better than many other developed countries.Australia has had just over 27,000 infections, according to health ministry data.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal make offer to sign Layvin Kurzawa on free transfer

first_img Comment Advertisement Kurzawa’s contract at PSG expires this summer (Picture: Getty)Football in Spain and the UK has been suspended due to the health crisis and it is unclear when postponed games will be able to be played.If matches do resume it will be this summer and that could have a big effect on clubs’ transfer business, if the opening of window itself is not delayed.Kurzawa, however, is eager to resolve his future and Arsenal have made an ‘interesting’ offer to lure him to London.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe left-back’s agent Kia Joorabchian has warned Barcelona about the rival interest in his player and told them his client won’t wait around for a decision to be made.Arsenal are not the only club trying to take advantage of Barcelona’s stalling, with Italian side Napoli also making an offer. Mikel Arteta is keen to find further cover in defence and signed Cedric Soares from Southampton on loan to do just that.But the Portuguese is yet to play due to injury and his loan deal at Arsenal could well have expired by the time the 2019/2020 season resumes. Hancock: Premier League footballers should take pay cut ‘and play their part’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:29FullscreenHancock: Premier League footballers should take pay cut ‘and play their part’ is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Kieran Tierney names Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as favourite player of all timeMORE: Man Utd and Arsenal target Thomas Lemar set to be offloaded by Atletico Madrid this summerFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal make offer to sign Layvin Kurzawa on free transfercenter_img Coral BarrySunday 5 Apr 2020 11:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Kurzawa almost left PSG in January (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have made an offer to Layvin Kurzawa in a bid to sign the Paris Saint-Germain star ahead of Barcelona, according to reports.The full-back is available on a free transfer this summer and has a host of suitors, including Premier League leaders Liverpool.Arsenal were close to signing Kurzawa last January before the defender decided to see out the remainder of the season with PSG.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTSpanish outlet Sport claim Arsenal have again made a move to sign Kurzawa and have done so with Barcelona stalling in their bid to land the Frenchman.AdvertisementAdvertisementKurzawa prefers a switch to Barcelona and would like to have his transfer move wrapped up as soon as possible.Barcelona view the 27-year-old as a cheap option for them to strengthen their defence, but the Catalan giants do not want to commit to any deal during the coronavirus pandemic.The Spanish side also want to offload Junior Firpo before they bring in another left-back. Advertisementlast_img read more

India Women’s Basketball Team Lose to Chinese Taipei in 18th Asian Games

first_imgJakarta: India’s women’s basketball team suffered a 61-84 defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei in group A match of the 18th Asian Games here on Sunday.It seemed that India had not learnt from its mistakes at the Commonwealth Games as lack of proper defence structure and accuracy cost them the match.For India, Palanilkumakalayil Skaria Jeena (13) Raspreet Sidhu (12) scored maximum points while Szuchin Peng (14) and Pingjen Huang (11) were the major contributors for the Chinese Taipei. The match started with both the teams attacking each other. In the first two quarters India gave a good fight and maintained the pace of the game. India scored 17 points in the first quarter and 11 in the second. But the last two quarters saw India lose the plot.The Chinese Taipei upped the ante and started putting pressure on the Indian defence and as a result Indian girls failed to stop them.Regular attacks from their opponents saw India only score 17 and 16 points as compared to Chinese Taipei’s 31 and 20. India ended the game with 23 turnovers which is 11 more than their opponents. They will now face the Unified Korean team in the third match. IANSlast_img read more

Now I have to return to Barcelona: Philippe Coutinho

first_imgMADRID: Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho came on as a second half substitute for Bayern Munich in Sunday night’s Champions League final, but failed to rule out a return to parent club FC Barcelona for the coming season.Barcelona’s record signing spent this season at Bayern after struggling to make an impact in the previous 18 months at the Camp Nou, but now with his loan over, Barcelona will have to decide if he can form part of their rebuilding plans, or whether they will look to sell him to raise funds for new signings. Speaking on Spanish TV at the end of Sunday’s final, the player admitted he had not had the chance to consider what the future might hold, reports Xinhua news agency. “I haven’t thought about that. For the moment, I have only been thinking about the final,” he commented. “Now I have to return (to Barcelona),” he continued, adding “what I can say is that I am looking forward to working and being successful and we will see what happens.” Coutinho looked back on Bayern’s 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain, which sees the German side claim the continental treble after also winning this season’s German league and cup. “We had a great season, we prepared very well and I think we deserve the triumph,” he said. IANS Also Watch: Koch-Rajbongshi groups meet with CM to discuss their Demands.last_img read more

Syracuse runners turn in great weekend at Florida Relays, Stanford Invitational, Sam Howell Invitational

first_imgThe Syracuse track and field team finished a superb weekend, setting 14 personal records and one school record.The sprinters traveled down south to Gainesville, Fla., to compete in the Florida Relays. The distance runners split into two different groups, traveling west to California for the Stanford Invitational and south to Princeton to compete at the Sam Howell Invitational.At the Florida Relays, sprinters Sabrina Cammock, Bria Goodson, Rebecca Robinson and Shaina Harrison set a school record in the 4×100 meter race with a time of 45.46 seconds to finish 16th out of 52 schools.The mark was 0.21 seconds faster than the previous record set more than 10 years ago.Harrison set a new personal record in the 100-meter dash, sprinting to a 13th place finish, out of 59 runners, with a time of 11.56 seconds. She was just 0.07 seconds away from breaking the school record.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s men’s hurdlers had an excellent performance in the 110-meter hurdles. Senior Donald Pollitt captured seventh, racing to his best time of the season with a 13.76 mark. Freshman Freddie Crittenden and junior Darren McCluskey each set new personal records in the event, finishing at 13.96 and 14.52 seconds respectively. At the Stanford Invitational sophomore MJ Erb captured first in his section in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and sixth overall with a personal record of 8:50.01.Junior Martin Hehir continued his successful year racing to a personal best and one of the top times in the NCAA East in the 5,000-meter run, coming in at 13:50.88, just four seconds shy of the school record.Senior Reed Kamysek and junior Juris Silenieks both set new personal records in the 10,000-meter run with times of 29:08.84 and 30:26.24, respectively.Senior Max Straneva, junior Daniel Lennon and redshirt junior Andrew Palmer all also set personal records in the 5,000-meter run with times of 4:00.45, 14:12.23 and 14:08.32, respectively.Freshman Kevyn Hoyos also set a new personal best in the same event at the Princeton Invitational, taking fifth overall with a time of 14:23.08.Redshirt senior Sarah Pagano set a new personal record in the women’s 5,000-meter race, running her first-ever sub-16 minute time with a 15:48.87 finish.Sophomore Margo Malone also set a new personal best in the race, clocking in at 16:21.51.Sophomore Elizabeth Reynolds set a new career best in the 8,000-meter run, finishing with a time of 2:17.75.
Syracuse next competes on April 17 at the ACC Outdoor Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C.compiled by Ari Gilberg, staff writer, Comments Published on April 7, 2014 at 12:44 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Majority not ready for college, ACT study shows

first_imgThe majority of first-year college students in the United States do not have the fundamental skills to be successful in college, according to a recently released ACT report.The ACT reported that only 25 percent of students in 2011 met all four of the subject area benchmarks. The standardized exam, which has been testing students’ college readiness since 1959, tests high school students’ English, math, science and reading skills.The ACT defines college readiness as the acquisition of the knowledge a student needs to be successful in their first year of courses in a post-secondary institution.Quentin Berger, an assistant professor in the department of mathematics at USC who primarily teaches freshman students, said the fundamental skills acquired during high school prove important in collegiate level classes.“Students must know the basic concepts to move on in higher college level math,” Berger said. “Many of the students I have taught so far this year have needed a refresher in basic concepts.”Some freshmen said they have also experienced the need to review the fundamentals to succeed in their classes.“I’m in Thematic Option, and with my writing class, I had to relearn the format and learn the right way to phrase things for an analytical paper,” said Dan Graham, a freshman majoring in international relations.When looking at first-year students enrolled in a four-year private institution, the percentage of students who have attained the fundamental skills for college is higher. Sixty-four percent of students met three or more of the ACT-determined benchmarks.Over the years, USC’s average ACT score has slowly risen, showing the rise in academic expectations for its incoming students. For this year’s freshmen class, the middle 50 percent of students had a composite ACT score between 29 and 33. The highest possible score for the ACT is 36.Director of Undergraduate Admissions Kirk Brennan said that test scores are an important factor in admission decisions, but they are not the only factor.“Scores are worried about too much,” he said. “We’re also aware of [the tests’] limitations … I think that we know when to make a bet on a student who might show other strengths where we think that the score might not be an indicator of future success. Too often people worry about the score when they should worry about pursuing rigorous thought and intellectual growth.”Thomas Leonard, a freshman majoring in business administration, said he doesn’t agree that the ACT is an adequate measure of a student’s college readiness.“I don’t know if [the ACT] shows ability,” Leonard said. “Standardized tests show how hard you can study and who has the most money for tutors to help them study.”Katie Murphy, a freshman majoring in electrical engineering, said her own personal experiences show why standardized tests are not always the best predictor.“I didn’t do as well on the science portion as the rest of the test even though I took AP science classes in high school,” she said. “The science section wasn’t, ‘Do you know how to do this?’ but more of, ‘Can you read this graph quickly?’”Despite some USC students’ concerns that their ACT scores don’t have a strong correlation to their actual academic ability, many still said they believe some benchmark test is needed.“There has to be some sort of standard to show someone’s ability,” Leonard said. “You have to take tests.”Though tests carry significance, students believe that standardized tests should highlight other strengths a college-bound person might possess.“Some students have talents in other areas that a test cannot show,” Graham said. “Some individual talents that make students exceptional cannot always be shown on a standardized test.”last_img read more