Iron Chic’s Self-help Punk Rock

SAN BERNARDINO: A Day to Remember gives life to Self Help fest

We all do! Laugh it off, as much as possible, because you know who else took things too seriously? Shia LaBeouf. He took things too seriously, and look what happened after he infamously got caught up in the middle of that recent plagiarism scandal. Instead of admitting he messed up, apologizing, and laughing about the fact that he was such a turd, he retreated into “serious artist” mode and tried to save face by sitting in a room with a paper bag over his head, crying whenever strangers took it off. Don’t Shia LaBeouf it, okay?

The event will be at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino on Saturday, March 22, with A Day to Remember topping the lineup and curating the 15 other bands that share the metalcore, post-hardcore and pop punk ethos. The idea for the festival percolated for about two years among Skaff, singer Jeremy McKinnon, guitarist Neil Westfall, bassist Joshua Woodward and drummer Alex Shelnutt. After forming in 2003, A Day to Remember released its first album in 2005 and over the years built up a steady fan base through shows on the Vans Warped Tour and international tours with bands such as Suicide Silence and The Devil Wears Prada. The band had a hit with the gold-selling single If It Means a Lot to You and recently released its latest album, 2013s Common Courtesy, on its own label with no promotion other than messages on the band members social media networks. The members wanted to use their success to help other artists through the Self Help festival. Skaff said the band took inspiration from how Korn helped like-sounding bands get wide exposure including, Incubus, Limp Bizkit and Staind.

Self-Help Charter School Borrower Testifies Before Congress

E-mail Address CEO of Cleveland’s Breakthrough Schools Speaks to House Education Committee March 12, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Tweet Send to a Friend DURHAM, NC — (Marketwired) — 03/12/14 — The CEO of Breakthrough Schools, a Self-Help charter school borrower in Cleveland Ohio, testified today at a hearing of the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee. Breakthrough CEO Alan Rosskamm highlighted their success in serving inner city students during a hearing to examine the role of charter schools in K-12 education. A network of charter schools in Cleveland, Breakthrough is of particular note for their close relationship http://www.metacafe.com/watch/8908654/psi_seminars_las_vegas_giving_day/ with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and has purchased four closed school buildings from the district. In his testimony, Rosskamm noted that “Breakthrough’s principals and a group of District principals meet regularly for professional development and to share best practices. I feel I have a true partner in District CEO Eric Gordon.” Self-Help, headquartered in Durham, is one of the nation’s top community development lenders, providing home loans, business loans and community facilities loans. Self-Help is an experienced charter school lender, having made loans to 66 schools in 15 states and the District of Columbia. In total Self-Help has loaned $214 million to charter schools from 1997 – 2014. More information about Breakthrough is at: http://www.breakthroughschools.org/ More information about Self-Help’s charter school lending is at: http://www.self-help.org/business/loans-credit/charter-school-loans.html .

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