GRCC In the News, 1-29-16

Island vibe, via Michigan

Jan. 28, 2016; The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)

The Outer Vibe describes its work as a musical vacation, and hearing the surf-inflected sound on its latest album Full Circle (not to mention the colorful tropical fruit adorning the cover), you’d never guess the band hailed from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The five-piece, which adds Spokane to its travel itinerary on Monday, has devoted itself to transporting its listeners to an island paradise.

… The members all met while attending or teaching at the music school at Grand Rapids Community College, and they’ve performed with various lineups since the early 2000s. The Outer Vibe’s current lineup has been in place for two years now, but several members have come and gone over the years. The band jokingly likens its early days to Spinal Tap’s constantly rotating lineup, though none of their drummers ever spontaneously combusted onstage.

Area high school grads making an impact on college sports scene

Jan. 28, 2016; MLive

… A pair of Grandville grads are contributing for the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team. Freshman forward Karlee Karpowicz is averaging 4.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Karpowicz is shooting 47% from the floor, and recorded a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds against the Davenport JV team. Sophomore guard Renay Palmer is having a solid all-around season as she is averaging 3.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.

Special Sauce

Jan. 4, 2016; Hour Detroit

Dan DeWall, chef de cuisine at Wright & Co., says he made this pork ragu dish frequently while a student at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in Grand Rapids. Pork shoulder is inexpensive and delicious, he says. He suggests serving it with pappardelle noodles and plenty of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. More good news: DeWall says this dish can easily be frozen and reheated for later use.

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