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Last night, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama opened the One World Concert with his peaceful, spiritual charm, his contagious laugh and the Syracuse Orange visor he wore for his entire speech.

Prior to admitting that he is not the right person to ask how music affects the soul because he simply “is not interested in music,” he spoke on the idea of teaching our younger generation morality through education.

“Our system is lacking moral education,” he says as the crowd applauded in approval. His Holiness stressed that religion is and will never be a universal form of teaching morality, but education can, and each of us have the potential to help fix this issue. With education, he says that we can use science and purpose as a method of instilling this idea among our youth.

His Holiness concluded his speech around 8:50pm (which was well past his 7pm bedtime) and Whoopi Goldberg took the stage as emcee. After cracking a few jokes and warming up the crowd Whoopi introduced all of the night’s performers. Once they were all on stage, they proceeded to play a rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine” to celebrate and remember his birthday. There are hardly any words to describe the experience – having this performance follow the Dalai Lama had emotions running high. I found myself tearing up and chills running down my spine while feeling empowered and motivated to make a difference in the world. I’m sure this was an experience that everyone in the Dome that night won’t forget.

Following the united performance, artists such as Dave Matthews, Natasha Bedingfield, Phillip Phillips, Matisyahu, Nelly Furtado, and many more performed number one singles that pictured the idea of peace, acceptance, strength and forgiveness. One by one, each song seemed to swell the emotions of the crowd. Dave performed his recent single “Mercy,” after confessing that he has taken a lot of his better lyrics from His Holiness. Matisyahu sang “One Day,” which expresses hope for a day where there would be no wars and all of our children would be able to play together without discrimination, hate and violence. Clearly reflecting the ideas of the Dalai Lama, Matisyahu seemed to hit home. The crowd continued to roar with excitement when artist Andy Grammer, American Idol winner, ran through the audience during his hit single “Keep Your Head Up.” The inspiration did not stop here, the concert was expected to end at 11 PM but instead lasted until 11:46 with no sign of the crowd losing their energy.

Even though each artist moved us with their music, before the concert, singer Natasha Bedingfield said “I think music is quite a powerful thing, it crosses cultural boundaries, it speaks in different languages and touches you in a way even if you don’t understand what they are singing about, you can feel the emotion.” What Natasha said truly summed up the entire concert before it even happened. Even if you had never heard the songs played that night or understood the language they were singing in, you felt those same emotions that every other person felt at that moment in time.

After all of the moving songs and speeches given by the artists and the Dalai Lama, I want to leave you with one statement by His Holiness that I hope every person took from that night –

“You should not consider tolerance and forgiveness as a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.”

-Chelsey Perry

Editors Note: Unfortunately, this article was a victim of oversight. I apologize for the lateness to Chelsey and the readers for the delay in releasing our coverage of the One World Concert. -Charlie

JERKcast episode 7 is available for stream directly from or you can listen/download here!

In this week’s JERKcast the gang is joined by Victoria and Melissa. Lucky for Charlie he can relate with Victoria when it comes to ComicCon. From the crazy costumes to the intense gaming tournaments, Charlie breaks down the topic he knows well and excitingly more than Julia. But she retaliates back with her update about the One World concert. Even though some people were being distracted by texting while the Dali Llama was speaking, it was still insightful. Julia recaps the many bands that performed and gives props to Dave Matthews for chilling in his bus instead of a hotel. The cast moves on to the release of the magazine and focus in on the articles: Political Chicken, Julia’s article High Volume, and Scareacuse where they comment on the big boobed cupcake lady. Hopefully her cupcakes are as good as they look. Make sure to pick up this month’s copy of JERK!

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I don’t know how many of you actually went to the One World Concert, but let me tell you something – it was the longest, but most rewarding concert experience of my entire life.

The show lasted about 5 hours, which is just short of festival length, so it was a long one. At about 11:30pm I was getting restless since I’m an old lady and go to bed around that time every night, needless to say, I was ready to crash. But I needed to see my old friends that make up the Counting Crows. Even though we really aren’t old friends I would like to think we are since we’ve been together musically since middle school. So okay to get to the point – I wasn’t leaving until the dreadlock headed man sang to me.

If you were there, you obviously know, it was an amazing performance. Never have I ever seen a performance that got so deep in such a small amount of time. Round here is a solid track that holds a lot of emotion and without Adam Duritz voice it would never survive. He didn’t just sing the song but turned it into a story/conversational piece/something that’s even more amazing than my words could ever describe.

The video above probably doesn’t give his performance in the Dome justice, but it’s the closest thing to it. I’ll be looking into going to another show of theirs and I hope you guys enjoy the song and potentially look into more of the music since they’re pretty great, especially ‘round here.

-Brooke Leone

If there’s any campus that knows how inspiring Dave Matthews Band can be, it’s Syracuse. DMB will be coming to campus on October 9th to sing as part of the One World Concert two-day event. Aside from the Dalai Lama, Dave Matthews is probably the next biggest figure that will fill the dome to capacity.

In 2010, the band didn’t do much touring because they had been touring for the past 15 to 20 years. For some of you freshman, that’s basically your entire lifetime. So it’s no surprise that the band has taken a break to create new music. In 2011, DMB came back to festivals, concert venues, and the world with their tunes and spirit we all know and love. But yes, they did show up a few places in 2010 but not as much as they usually do.

Now, in 2012, the band finally released their new album, Away From The World on iTunes. The album was available for a preview listen, which I was fortunate enough to experience. The traditional DMB sound and lyrics fill the album and shouldn’t disappoint any fan. The album is available for purchase on iTunes now, and is available for your listening pleasure on Spotify.

Hopefully we will also be hearing some of these songs at the One World Concert. I might be upset if we don’t… As Dave sings, “Mercy, will we overcome this? Oh, one by one could we turn it around? Baby, carry on just a little bit longer, and I’ll try to give you what you need.” I think that screams One World Concert right?

Tracks include:

Broken Things, Belly Belly Nice, Mercy, Gaucho, Sweet, The Riff, Belly Full, If Only, Rooftop, Snow Outside, Drunken Soldier

Take a listen and love it as much as I do! Comment and let me know your thoughts!

-Brooke Leone