Three different bands performed at noon at Tommy Trojan from Tuesday through Thursday as part of a concert series dubbed Launchfest. The event culminates in a larger mystery concert Friday.All artists performed Christian music, as the shows were put together by the United House of Prayer, an underground Christian student organization on campus known for its worship gatherings.Dignit · The F M L Y B N D performed their version of worship music in front of Tommy Trojan on Thursday as part of the Launchfest concert series, which aims to bring Christian music to colleges. – Christine Yoo | Daily TrojanOrganizers said the purpose of Launchfest is to bring Christianity — and more generally, a love of God — to others through music.Jackie Son, a junior majoring in communication and a member of UHOP, led the event. She explained that several different student organizations came together to launch the event.“We just had the idea that music brings people together because music is such a huge part of everybody’s life,” Son said. “We just want to impact the USC community in a good, powerful way with music.”The team of six young adults, who are unaffiliated with USC, aims to bring different Christian artists to various campuses, with UCLA next on the list.Nick Brennt, a member of the Launchfest team, explained the religious background of the event is a crucial facet.“The biggest thing we’re trying to communicate with the music festival … is that when kids would think of God, whether they believe in God or not, is that ‘God loves me, He’s not angry … He’s actually full of love and enjoys having fun and wants everyone to be happy,” Brennt said.The bands who played at Launchfest were mostly found through friends of friends, according to organizers. The bands’ names were not released until the time of the performance in order to build anticipation.Though the featured bands had similar missions, they all had different sounds: Tuesday’s Charles Jones showed off his soulful, gospel voice, Wednesday’s J. Thoven provided a more laid back, indie-folk vibe and Thursday’s The F M L Y B N D introduced a newer, more electronic sound.“We’re all Christian dudes playing to non-Christian people, and trying to win them to Christ just through being human … and I think [college students] are the market that we have to be reaching out to,” said Jake Pappas, a band member of J. Thoven.Though the Christian mission behind the event was not heavily publicized, the shows garnered wide support on campus. The feedback was mostly positive. More than 1,000 people RSVPed on the Facebook event and the crowd size at Tommy Trojan reached 400 people in midday heat for the individual artists.“This definitely breaks down the barrier of what people think of when they think about Christian music; you [usually] think of something kind of cheesy, but this is very relevant,” said Megan Mullis, a senior majoring in business administration. Launchfest’s last and largest concert will take place Friday at 7:30 p.m. on McCarthy Quad and will feature a performance from a mystery guest. Short clips of previous performances can be found on YouTube.UHOP intends to set more frequent, smaller showcases similar to Launchfest to continue spreading its message.
While confirming he had no working relationship with Smith, Schottenheimer seemed puzzled that Spanos made the coach take the fall for his assistants leaving. “That is absolutely unfair in my view,” Schottenheimer told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “We had no control over two guys who became head coaches in this league. We gave two guys an opportunity to be coordinators in this league. We’ve added a couple of guys that people should be very pleased with. The future coach will be very pleased as well.” SAN DIEGO – Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer was fired Monday night in a shocking move by team president Dean Spanos, who cited a “dysfunctional situation” between the coach and general manager A.J. Smith. Less than a month after the team’s NFL-best 14-2 season was wrecked in a home playoff loss to New England, Spanos said the exodus of assistant coaches – the two coordinators became NFL head coaches and two assistants became coordinators – contributed to an “untenable” situation that resulted in the coach being fired. Schottenheimer is due more than $3 million for the final year left on his contract. Schottenheimer did praise Spanos for making a difficult decision. “I don’t disagree with it,” the coach said. “I always put the team first.” Asked if Smith should share the blame, Schottenheimer said: “Uh, I’ll leave that judgment to others.” Schottenheimer added: “There is and has been no relationship” with Smith. Since when? “How long’s he been here?” Schottenheimer said. Smith was promoted in April 2003 after John Butler died of cancer. Schottenheimer tightened up the time frame a bit by saying, “In the last couple of years, there has been very little, if any, dialogue.” It’s believed the Smith-Schottenheimer stems from personnel moves by the general manager, including allowing Drew Brees to leave as a free agent a year ago after the quarterback hurt his shoulder in the 2005 season finale. “I have no idea,” Schottenheimer said. “I’ve made inquiries about it on a number of occasions and he said, `I don’t want to talk about it.’ ” The firing first was reported by ESPN. Spanos said in a statement he had expected the core of Schottenheimer’s coaching staff would remain intact. “Events of the last month have now convinced me that it is not possible for our organization to function at a championship level under the current structure,” Spanos said in a statement. “On the contrary, and in the plainest possible language, we have a dysfunctional situation here. Today I am resolving that situation once and for all.” Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was hired as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was hired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 19. Tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski became Cleveland’s offensive coordinator, and linebackers coach Greg Manusky was hired as San Francisco’s defensive coordinator. Schottenheimer said last week that change was inevitable, but Smith sounded concerned by saying, “Both in the same year – wow.” Schottenheimer was given the power to hire and fire assistants, but neither Spanos nor Smith provided specifics of the “untenable situation” during a conference call. “We both wanted to win a world championship very badly,” Smith said. “It’s just that my approach might have been a little different than his.” Spanos said disagreements over future staffing was “part of it. It’s more the actual working relationship that’s been difficult.” Running backs coach Clarence Shelmon, who’s never been a coordinator, was promoted to replace Cameron. Shelmon accepted only a one-year contract due to what had been Schottenheimer’s lame-duck status. Three days after the 24-21 playoff loss to New England, Schottenheimer declined the team’s offer of a one-year, $4.5 million extension through 2008, which came with a club-option $1 million buyout. Spanos and Smith seemed visibly angry that the coach turned them down. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!