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CES announces student grant winners

first_imgThe Center for European Studies has announced its 2011-12 student grant winners, continuing its long tradition of promoting and funding student research on political, historical, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual trends in modern or contemporary Europe. Thirty-nine undergraduates will pursue thesis research and internships in Europe this summer, while 16 graduate students have been awarded support for their dissertations over the coming year.CES undergraduate senior thesis travel grants fund summer research in Europe for juniors in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences preparing senior theses. Graduate summer travel grants and graduate dissertation research fellowships fund students who plan to spend either a summer or up to a year in Europe conducting dissertation research, while graduate dissertation writing fellowships are intended to support doctoral candidates as they complete their dissertations. These grants and fellowships are funded by the Krupp Foundation and by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.For more information about the grant winners.last_img read more

Philippines protests new China law as `verbal threat of war’

first_imgMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines is protesting a new Chinese law that authorizes its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy other countries’ structures on islands it claims. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says the Chinese law “is a verbal threat of war to any country that defies” it. He says failure to challenge the law “is submission to it.” China’s Coast Guard Law, which was passed on Friday, empowers the force to “take all necessary measures, including the use of weapons, when national sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction are being illegally infringed upon by foreign organizations or individuals at sea.”last_img read more

Showers Dampen OK Go Performance

first_imgAlternative rock band OK Go returned to Notre Dame Friday for a high-energy performance, but rain and wild behavior by band members underwhelmed students. Though rain and lightning postponed the concert for one hour, the band was still “pretty high energy” when they came out, freshman Nate Marti said. Marti said first year students mostly attended the concert.   The event, held outside Legends of Notre Dame, featured a rock wall and trampoline in addition the concert. Because it was held outdoors, inclement weather challenged concert-goers and performers alike. “[Due to the rain], they should have moved the concert inside because it was a small enough crowd,” senior Alex Penler said. Penler said the event did not draw a large crowd, though he said he enjoyed the concert. “There wasn’t as much dancing as one might expect, because the crowd was so small,” Penler said. “If it hadn’t been game weekend with all the Irish shenanigans, more students would have attended.” Senior Deborah Parks said she is happy she attended the concert, despite the poor weather.  “The rain made it kind of gross,” she said, ” but they were a good band.” Despite the rain, she “would choose to go again.” The band used Notre Dame fans’ pre-game excitement to its advantage, heightening the crowd’s energy by telling them Notre Dame was “going to smash Temple,” Marti said. Marti said they also got the crowd involved with clapping and coming out into the crowd, but he said some students seemed frustrated by the band’s behavior.   Lead singer Damian Kulash “dropped five or six f-bombs while onstage,” Marti said. Penler also said she felt OK Go should have behaved differently during their performance at Notre Dame. “[The band] was obviously drunk … and used the f-word more than was appropriate for catholic school,” Penler said. Still, some of the students who turned out for the show said they were long-time fans of the band. Junior Kenny Kraynik said he listened to the band in middle school. He said a highlight for him was when the band broke out hand bells and played their normal songs “with cool harmonies.” OK Go filmed their music video, “This Too Shall Pass,” while on campus with the Notre Dame Marching Band in 2010. Before they left, OK Go tweeted a picture of the music video and a message that read, “Thank you to the marching band who stayed at school over fall break so they could be in the video.”last_img read more

‘The Hunting Ground’ producer discusses work, problem of sexual assault

first_imgAfter creating films that have helped inform changes to university administrative processes, new government legislation and multiple congressional hearings, documentarian Amy Ziering was chosen to be the keynote speaker for the Student Union Board’s (SUB) Literary Festival on Tuesday night.Ziering — who recently produced “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary that examines sexual assault on college campuses and the institutional responses to these incidents — said she tries to create films that will affect change in society.“What I really do like to do is I like to ask questions, and I like to hear other people’s stories and I like to put them on screen,” she said. “ … Really, my work is all about, sort of, the importance of [being] rigorous and the importance of storytelling.”Ziering said her road to becoming a documentarian stemmed from an interest in academia. Her first film was a documentary about French philosopher Jacques Derrida, whose “thinking about dismantling unquestioned social norms was extremely formative” for Ziering, she said. It took about a year of Ziering pursuing him for Derrida to agree to be the subject of the film, Ziering said, and he remained a reluctant subject throughout the filmmaking process.“What I realized, and began to appreciate, is that he wasn’t being difficult,” she said. “He was being pedagogical. Not because he didn’t see the value in storytelling — and this is important — but because, for him, storytelling is something to be taken very, very seriously. It’s important and difficult. Words and what you say matter, and you have to take care — there’s a profound responsibility involved.”This responsibility stayed with Ziering as she embarked upon her career as a filmmaker. In 2006, Ziering said, she came across an article by author and journalist Helen Benedict, which alerted Ziering to the “epidemic” of rape in the U.S. military.“What was so problematic was not just the crimes themselves, but the fact that these victims had no access to any kind of impartial system of justice,” she said. “ … I asked her if her article had been picked up and gone wider and she said, much to her surprise, it had not. No one, she said, wanted to hear about it, no one was very interested.”After discovering that, according to the Department of Defense, “every day in our military, 49 men and women are sexually assaulted,” Ziering said she spent about a year trying to secure funding for a film exploring this subject before she and co-director Kirby Dick decided to produce the film on their own.“We had no money to make this film, and just walking around and talking to these people, it was the obligation, it was that responsibility,” she said. “I heard their stories and I was like, I’m all in. I don’t care, we’re going to make this somehow, someway, and I just felt responsible to make that film, even though everyone said I was so crazy.”Ziering and Dick premiered their film, “The Invisible War,” at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival to standing ovations and an outpouring of support.“It broke the story of the epidemic of rape in our military, and unleashed a tsunami of outrage,” Ziering said. “I have a lot of incredible stories I could tell you about what happened in its wake … I knew we had an opportunity here, a possibility.”Part of the aftermath of the film included the introduction of over 35 new pieces of legislation, as well as over 500,000 soldiers viewing the film as part of military training. Ziering said none of this would have been possible without the support of the military.“We made a conscious decision — a creative decision, one could say — that the film would be pro-military,” she said. “We wouldn’t make a film that was anti-military because we realized strategically that regardless of what we might think of certain things that our military was doing at the time, it needed to appeal to and be received by everybody … the military really did watch that film, and as I said, it’s because they felt it wasn’t an attack.”The same campaign that contributed to various instances of political reform also led to the production of “The Hunting Ground,” Ziering said.“Part of what led to all of these policy changes was we did this outreach campaign, and we simply showed the film on campuses,” she said. “And the strange thing that happened was every time we showed it on a campus, a survivor of campus assault would come up to us and say, ‘You know, this happened to me here.’”Once people started coming forward with their stories of surviving campus assault, Ziering and Dick felt an “obligation” to shine a light on the problem of campus sexual assault, she said.“It’s very hard to make these kind of films,” Ziering said. “It’s hard technically, obviously, but it’s hard emotionally. You don’t really end up coming out the same. I had developed secondary PTSD, which I — who knew? But again, we just felt like someone’s got to do this [and] we’re in a good position to do it.”The impact of the film made the arduous filmmaking process worth it, Ziering said.“What’s so interesting and instructive about the importance of storytelling — or this echo effect — is how everybody sort of gets empowered by when you do share and open up, if you feel comfortable doing so, and what a powerful impact it has,” she said.In an interview with The Observer, Ziering said the response from campuses across the country to screenings of “The Hunting Ground” has been “extraordinary,” and urged students to engage in honest conversations about sexual violence.“I’d love for Notre Dame students to watch the film ‘The Hunting Ground’ and talk about it,” Ziering said. “ … The truth is, most men are not rapists. It’s a small percentage of men that commit these crimes, but our rape culture protects them. And it’s time for us to stop protecting perpetrators and start protecting victims and survivors.”Tags: Documentary, notre dame literary festival, sexual assault, sexual assault awareness, The Hunting Groundlast_img read more

Jamestown Christmas Tree To Be Harvested, Installed Next Week

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Will the city still hold the annual parade due to covid-19 concerns? File image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – It may only be early November, but the first signs of the Holiday Season will soon be popping up in the Jamestown area.Officials with the City of Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department will be harvesting this year’s Christmas Tree next Monday at 9 a.m.They say the tree is expected to arrive at City Hall around 10 a.m. on Monday.This year’s tree is a 40-foot tall White Spruce that is being donated by the Carl and Donna Mazzurco Family. The tree will be harvested from their residence on Cole Avenue in Jamestown.Once the tree is removed by a crew from the City’s Parks Department, along with the assistance from the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, it will then be loaded onto a truck and trailer that is donated and driven by Lake Shore Paving.Once the Spruce is transported to city hall, a BPU crane will raise and hold the tree in place while it is secured in preparation for decorating with nearly 4,000 energy saving LED lights by parks staff members.The White Spruce Tree will tower approximately 40 feet above its base on Tracy Plaza.Officials say a ceremonial lighting of the Christmas Tree will be announced at a later date.last_img read more

The Great American Eclipse

first_imgA total solar eclipse will grace the skies of the continental U.S. later this month for the first time in 38 years. Here’s everything you need to know about the eclipse and how to see it. What Is The Great American Eclipse?A total eclipse of the sun is when the moon slides directly in front of the sun, causing that bright orb of light in the sky to go dark. When viewed from Earth, both the sun and the moon are about the same size, which results in a near-perfect overlap. The only visible part of the sun is an ethereal ring of light, known as its atmosphere, or corona. A partial eclipse, on the other hand, looks not unlike some softer variation of Pac-Man, or a normal crescent moon. Those in the direct line of the 2017 Great American Eclipse’s path will see the total solar eclipse, while the rest of North America and parts of Central America will see a partial eclipse.A total solar eclipse hasn’t passed through the Southeast since the 1500s.When Can I See The Eclipse?On August 21, the eclipse will begin its diagonal cross-country journey off the coast of Oregon at 10:15 a.m. Pacific Time. From there, it will pass through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, a piece of Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois, before finally reaching the Southeast. By 2:48 p.m. Eastern Time, the eclipse will be gone.The eclipse will take just 90 minutes to travel through four time zones, from the coast of Oregon to the coast of South Carolina. Its shadow will literally be flying faster than the modern commercial jet at a rate of 1,450 miles per hour. If you take a bathroom break during the 90-minute time frame expected for the eclipse to reach totality, you’re likely to miss it altogether—the total eclipse will only be viewable for a maximum of two minutes and 40 seconds.Do Birds Really Stop Chirping During The Eclipse?“Because it gets so dark, the temperature will drop substantially by about 10 to 15 degrees. The animals will probably be a little spooked,” says Dr. Britt Lundgren, an astronomer at the University of North Carolina-Asheville’s Lookout Observatory.One of the oldest Cherokee names for a total solar eclipse, “nvdo walosi ugisgo” means “the frog eats the sun.” Total solar eclipses were usually accompanied by loud and frantic dancing or chanting, which the Cherokee believed would scare the giant frog away and alleviate the sun’s suffering.Other cultures around the world had similar beliefs. In China, it was a dragon, not a giant frog, that ate the sun. Scandinavians theorized that a pack of wolves ran rampant in the sky, chasing both the sun and moon, which they would, occasionally, catch and devour. Lundgren is hopeful that these fascinating histories and the eclipse itself will inspire younger generations to ask more questions and become more curious about the celestial events that take place more regularly, such as the orbit of the International Space Station and Perseid and Leonid meteor showers.Where Is The Best Location To See The Eclipse?“If we have good weather, this is the place to be,” says Outdoor 76 co-owner Rob Gasbarro of Franklin, N.C. “Franklin is literally in 100 percent totality for almost the max time. We have families from Florida to Wisconsin staying at our house. Every bed in town is booked that weekend.”Eclipse Viewing TipsView the eclipse safely and efficiently with these 5 tipsExpect a big crowdPlan to get to town early and factor in extra travel time to and from the eclipse viewing. If you can’t find an available (or affordable) room, go camping.Be readyThe max total solar eclipse viewing time is only two minutes and 40 seconds. You can look up specific partial and total eclipse start times for your area at You can also download the eclipse app from to be outdoorsThat means bringing sunscreen, snacks, water, and appropriate layers for hanging out under the sun.Watch the weatherHave a Plan B and even a Plan C in case your first choice is under the weather (pun intended). The Eclipse Resource Center at STAR_Net also has eclipse-day weather forecasts.Buy a pair of eclipse glassesYes, they are kinda dorky. No, you can’t just use the ones you got from the IMAX theater. The real eclipse glasses are available online ( and should have ISO 12312-2 certified printed on the back. When the eclipse is in its partial stage, it is dangerous to look at the sun directly, even if you have sunglasses on. When the eclipse reaches totality, it is safe and encouraged to remove those special glasses so you can soak in the eclipse.last_img read more

Barbie Doll Makeover: New Curvy, Petite & Tall Body Types Not Diverse Enough

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Sylvia DurresWell Mattel finally got it right—sorta.The global toy manufacturer introduced its latest line of Barbie dolls Thursday, its new “Fashionistas” crew, and they actually look a little bit more like actual, real, living, breathing women. A wee bit more, at least.Instead of that historic stick-thin frame, Barbie dolls will now be available in three new body types: curvy, petite and tall, sporting a variety of hairstyles and skin tones. Creating dolls that differ even just a little bit from that classic, all-too perfect blonde giant we’ve all come to love and/or loathe is most definitely a step in the right direction, but the toy behemoth has a long way to go in reflecting all the dimensions of actual women—among them, the very same ones who trek down to the toy stores to buy these plastic mutant clones in order to appease their kids.Indeed, it’s a vicious cycle.We’ve heard the criticism for decades: Producing such a popular toy that’s only representative of a certain particular subset of the population and its respective hair color, body shape, size, and height—in Mattel’s “Original” Barbie’s case, blonde, busty and Amazonian-like—distorts young girls’ impression of everything from ideal beauty to their own sense of self-worth.It gives them a distorted view of the world, really. Nobody looks exactly like that classic Barbie! Okay, maybe a miniscule percentage do, and there are plenty of adults injecting Botox and undergoing plastic surgery to closer resemble that mold, admittedly, but still. For the majority of the population, that Barbie look is unattainable, and no one should be brainwashing our youth into aspiring to look like a plastic doll and in the process, psychologically abusing them if they do not fit that mold, and never will, simply because of who they are and what they look like.Humans are perfect in our individual uniqueness! That’s what makes us so great! Every woman is beautiful, no matter what their skin color, hair color, height or chest size, and so, again, while these latest “Fashionistas” are a step in the right direction, Mattel has a long way to go, and should continue creating Barbies that are more reflective, and better representative, of actual women.It seems they will, and for that, Mattel deserves some kudos. From the Barbie website:“Girls everywhere now have infinitely more ways to play out their stories and spark their imaginations through Barbie. Along with more overall diversity, we proudly add three new body types to our line. Here’s a look at why we did this, and the team that made it possible. #TheDollEvolves”“This is just the beginning. From offering products that feature more empowering and imaginative roles to partnering with best in class role models, we believe in girls and their limitless potential. #YouCanBeAnything”Changes such as these (Perhaps even a plus-size Barbie!?) will help build self-esteem and self-worth among its target audience, and teach these youngsters a valuable lesson in the process:#BeautyIsUniversal.last_img read more

Automating vendor invoice auditing to improve the bottom line

first_img This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The impact of unchecked vendor management is estimated to cost organizations an average of 9.2% of their bottom lines; and a big part of the problem is the lack of time allocated for auditing high-value vendor invoices. So we’re sharing insights on using automation to track and audit major contracts and invoices to reduce overhead, increase productivity, uncover cost savings, and improve quality.Key Takeaways:[02:04] Now is the most important time to be looking at back-office operations and trying to determine if there are ways to access low hanging fruit and turn that into some costs savings at a time when that asset is precious. [08:43] Automating is almost like a type of insurance going forward because our contracts are living, breathing things and they change, and therefore the invoice changes. It is also a more professional way to handle vendors.[13:06] You release human capital to be used in other places in your back office. If the machine finds an error you also save the money before you pay the invoice.center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

Owners left with no cover against terrorist strikes

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Partnerships made in heaven?

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