Big East Conference (1979–2013)

The Big East Conference was a collegiate athletics conference that consisted of as many as 16 universities in the eastern half of the United States from 1979 to 2013. The conference's members participated in 24 NCAA sports; the conference had a history of success at the national level in basketball throughout its history, while its shorter football program, created by inviting one college and four other "associate members" into the conference, resulted in two national championships. In basketball, Big East teams won seven NCAA Championships. Of the Big East's full members, all but South Florida attended the Final Four, the most of any conference, though Marquette, DePaul, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Pittsburgh made all their trips before joining the Big East. In 2011, the Big East set the record for the most teams sent to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship by a single conference with eleven out of their sixteen teams qualifying. In football, the Big East entered competition as a conference in 1991, after inviting five football colleges to become members of the Big East, joining three teams from the Big East whose football teams were competing as Division I independents to form a new Division I football league.

The strength of this league earned the Big East an automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series, when that series was created in 1998. The Big East won two national football championships, both by University of Miami. Between 2005 and 2012, four of the more successful football schools left the Big East for other conferences, starting a process that led to a complete realignment of the Big East in 2013. On July 1, 2013, the non-football playing schools formed a non-football playing conference that retains the Big East Conference name; the remaining six football-playing members, three of whom had only joined the Big East in 2005 when the earlier exodus had started, joined with four schools from other conferences to become the American Athletic Conference, the Big East's legal successor. The American retains the Big East's football structure and inherited its single automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series. However, both conferences claim 1979 as their founding date, the same history up to 2013.

The Big East referred to as the Classic Big East, was founded in 1979 after new NCAA basketball scheduling requirements caused the athletic directors of independent schools Providence, St. John's, Syracuse to discuss the creation of a conference centered in the Northeast. Other schools invited were Seton Hall, Holy Cross and Boston College, with Rutgers and Holy Cross declining to join. Villanova joined a year in 1980 and Pittsburgh joined in 1982. Before the formation of the conference, many of these schools participated in the ECAC Men's Basketball Tournament in order to receive an automatic bid for the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. In 1982, Penn State was rejected, with only five schools in favor, it was long rumored that Syracuse cast the deciding vote against Penn State, but Mike Tranghese confirmed that this was not the case and that Syracuse had, in fact, voted for Penn State's inclusion. Penn State would loom large over the conference during future rounds of realignment as the Nittany Lions had the potential to shore up the conference once football members began to join.

Following the decisions by Georgetown, St. John's, fellow Pennsylvania school Villanova to vote against Penn State's admission, then-Big Ten administrator and future-Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said the conference would "rue the day" they rejected the Nittany Lions. About a decade after the conference's inception, Big East members decided to become a major football conference and thus added five schools including Rutgers, Temple, Virginia Tech, West Virginia – though only Miami would be offered full all-sports membership immediately; the inaugural Big East football season launched in 1991. West Virginia and Rutgers were offered admission to the Big East as full members starting in the 1995–96 academic year, Notre Dame, committed to its football independence, was offered a non-football membership effective the same year. Virginia Tech would be forced to wait until 2000–01 for full admission, Temple remained a football-only member until 2004, when it was voted out of the conference due to poor attendance figures, lack of playing success, inadequate facilities.

The unusual structure of the Big East, with the "football" and "non-football" schools, led to instability in the conference. In 2003, the ongoing press reports of tensions between the football schools and the basketball-only schools exploded into a months-long public tug-of-war between the Big East and the Atlantic Coast Conference over several Big East members; the end result was that three Big East schools—Virginia Tech and Boston College—moved to the ACC, while five schools moved to the Big East from Conference USA—Louisville, South Florida, DePaul. The addition of the three football schools, along with Big East non-football member Connecticut moving up to the Big East football conference, ensured that the league would keep the minimum eight teams needed to keep its BCS bid. In addition, two traditional basketball teams, DePaul and Marquette, were added to gain the Chicago and Milwaukee television markets and help the solid basketball status of the conference. Meanwhile, Loyola University Maryland

Brad Gooch

Brad Gooch is an American writer. Born and raised in Kingston, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Columbia University with a bachelors in 1973 and a doctorate in 1986. Gooch is a Professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey, he has lived in New York City since 1971. His 2015 memoir Smash Cut recounts life in 1970s and 1980s New York City, including the time Gooch spent as a fashion model, life with his then-boyfriend filmmaker Howard Brookner, living in the famous Chelsea Hotel and the first decade of the AIDS crisis. Gooch is married to religious activist Paul Raushenbush. Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love Gooch, Brad. Flannery: a life of Flannery O'Connor. New York: Little, Brown. Billy Idol |Billy Idol Zombie 00 Scary Kisses The Golden Age of Promiscuity City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara Jailbait and Other Stories The Daily News Hall And Oates Finding the Boyfriend Within Dating the Greek Gods Smash Cut Godtalk Boys Like Us: Gay Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories, Patrick Merla Avon Books.

1996 O'Neill, Joseph. "Touched by evil". The Atlantic. 303: 88–96. Review of Flannery, his book Jailbait and Other Stories was selected by Donald Barthelme for a Pushcart Foundation Writer's Choice Award. His writing has appeared in the Paris Review, Partisan Review, the New Republic, Harper's Bazaar, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, New York, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Nation, Travel + Leisure, American Poetry Review, his most acclaimed work is a biography of City Poet. His book, Finding the Boyfriend Within, calls for gay men to cultivate self-respect by cultivating an imaginary lover. Interview on Boyfriend Review Works by or about Brad Gooch in libraries

Baksey Cham Krong

Baksey Cham Krong was a rock band active in pre-Khmer Rouge Cambodia. They are regarded as first rock band. Baksey Cham Krong formed in 1959, with Mol Kagnol, his brother Mol Kamach, Samley Hong; the Mol brothers were from a wealthy family and were able to listen to Western radio stations, becoming influenced by singers Paul Anka and Pat Boone, plus the guitar-driven music of The Ventures and Chuck Berry. Mol Kagnol, 14 years old at the time and nicknamed "Uncle Solo," played lead guitar while Kamach performed vocals, they likened themselves to Cliff Richard and The Shadows, modeled their stage presence after Richard's 1961 movie The Young Ones. Ben Sisario of The New York Times described the band's sound as "an innocently romantic brand of surf-rock." They gained popularity throughout Cambodia but due to their parents' disapproval, the unlikelihood of turning music into a viable career, the group broke up in 1966. Some members went on to form another group called Bayon Band. Mol Kamach went to college to study finance, Mol Kagnol went on to study engineering.

Kagnol joined the military and was training in the United States when the Khmer Rouge took power in 1975, killing at least 20 of the Mol brothers' family members during the ensuing Cambodian genocide. The band was featured in the 2015 documentary film Don't Think. In an interview with Mol Kagnol, he said that he remembers his brother attracting a lot of girls, that he attracted a lot of boys who wanted to learn to play guitar. According to Folio Weekly, the band "created a tsunami of guitar bands that played everything from hot-rod rock to go-go." Baksey Cham Krong's music exerted a wide influence on the Cambodian rock and pop scene, while older singers like Sinn Sisamouth were inspired by the band's popularity to add rock songs to their repertoires. The band reunited for a performance in New York City in 2015, with another pre-Khmer Rouge rock band, which cites Baksey Cham Krong as one of its influences. Baksey Cham Krong discography at Discogs