NDVotes renews partnerships, plans for post-election programming

first_imgNDVotes will carry on its partnerships with the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) and the Rooney Center and to continue pushing for the student body to participate in “civic engagement.” Post-election season, sophomore Kylie Ruscheinski and junior Andrew Pott, co-chairs of NDVotes, said the renewal marks a new start for NDVotes. “There’s a sort of rebranding of NDVotes,” Ruscheinski said. “A lot of people seemed to appreciate the void that was filled on campus for civil engagement and staying informed about the election, but civic engagement doesn’t necessarily stop after the election season, so finding a way to provide that platform and a space for students to be engaged in politics in the off season is important. We’re still going to do voter registration, but next steps also, like how do you stay involved in local politics.”While NDVotes will have a slightly different focus, Ruscheinski said both the Pizza, Pop and Politics events and the dorm liaison program will continue. This new focus, Ruscheinski said, will be on increasing the “effectiveness of engagement.” “We used to have voter registration tables, but since there isn’t an election in the next few years, we’re thinking of replacing those tables with civic engagement tables, so basically stuff about how to write letters to your congressmen, who your congressional representatives are,” Pott said. To kick off the “rebranding,” the next Pizza, Pop and Politics event will center on the effectiveness of protests. “Our next speaker is about the sociology of protest; is protest the best way to get your voices heard by your leaders? What are the strategies for calling your representative or writing in? Basically, it’s how to stay involved in the process with more than just your vote,” Ruscheinski said.Future events might be focused on local elections and interpreting the “new media,” including “alternative facts,” “fake news” and “how to get reliable information when everyone has an agenda.”  Pott said ND Votes was valuable because it “fills a void” on campus.“I can’t think of any other organization that consistently has some sort of really interesting political talk like we do — maybe Bridge[ND] — but College Democrats and College Republicans bring in interesting speakers, but it might just be once a semester,” he said. “ … There’s also no slant to ours, or at least we try for there not to be.”Part of what makes NDVotes important and valuable is how accessible it is, Ruscheinski said.“We have professors come and speak, so they’re people you can continue the conversation with and see on campus,” she said. “The present it in a very approachable way for everyone to understand and follow along. Our last event, we filled Geddes Coffee House. It was standing room only. I think that shows people are interested and if you provide the service, they’ll come.” Tags: civic engagement, College Democrats, College Republicans, NDVoteslast_img read more

13th annual Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon raises money for Riley Hospital

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Theresa McSorley This year, the Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon became the fifth dance marathon in Indiana to raise $1,000,000 over the course of its history. The event’s funds support Riley Hospital for Children.Dance Marathon members begin fundraising at the beginning of each academic year to support the Riley Hospital for Children, senior and operations co-executive Theresa McSorley said.In the past, Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon has had several high schools who fundraised to help reach the group’s goal, but this year was different due to having just one high school participate, senior and Dance Marathon president Meg Brownley said in an email.McSorley said this decrease affected fundraising for the event.“We lost a lot of high schools that bring in major parts of fundraising for Dance Marathon this year,” she said.Despite this setback, members of the club knew they wanted to have an exceptionally good year because Saint Mary’s was set to have raised a total of $1,000,000 during its years participating in Dance Marathon.“We are the fifth Dance Marathon in the state of Indiana to reach a cumulative total of $1,000,000,” Brownley said.Executives of the club attribute this achievement to more involvement from the surrounding community.“This year, we had a 30 percent increase in fundraising compared to last year,” Brownley said.This increase came from the individual members of the club who began their fundraising in August, as well as the more than 300 people who registered to participate in Dance Marathon.“It helped that we opened it up to Notre Dame and Holy Cross students to really advertise our Dance Marathon on their campuses,” senior and personal relations executive Alaina Murphy said.The event itself lasted 12 hours — time the operations committee arranged to be filled with entertainment that included a performance by Bellacapella — the Saint Mary’s acapella group — animals from the Potawatomi Zoo, visits from Notre Dame baseball and football players and face painting.“We’re so grateful for all the groups from the tri-campus community that came,” Corcoran said. “It shows that our sense of community is strong.”During the time of the 12-hour marathon, the organization raised about $27,000, Murphy said.Patients at the Riley Children’s Hospital and their families attended the event and shared stories of how the hospital’s care has impacted their family, junior and letter-writing executive for the organization Grace Ward said.McSorley said this visit was a Dance Marathon tradition.“Every year, the Riley kids come, and either they or their parents speak and tell their stories,” McSorley said.Seeing the children benefitting from the fundraising makes participating in Dance Marathon an emotional experience for some, McSorley said.“People think you’re just dancing for 12 hours, but it’s so much more than that,” McSorley said. “It sounds so painful, but the minute you sit down after that 12 hours, you realize that the pain you feel is nothing compared to what those kids go through.”Tags: Dance Marathon, Pfeil Center, riley hospital, riley hospital for children, Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon, SMC Dance Marathon Members of the tri-campus community gathered at the Pfeil Center at Holy Cross College on Saturday for this year’s Saint Mary’s Dance Marathon.This was the 13th year the fundraising club has hosted the event for the Saint Mary’s community, and its theme was “Get Wild for the Life of a Child,” according to junior Madeleine Corcoran, co-executive of operations for the club.last_img read more

Swing and a Miss! Bronx Bombers to Close on Broadway

first_imgStrike out! Eric Simonson’s Bronx Bombers, starring real-life spouses Emmy winner Peter Scolari and Tracy Shayne, will play its final Broadway performance on March 2 at Circle in the Square Theatre. The production officially opened on February 6, 2014. In addition to Scolari and Shayne, the cast features Francois Battiste (Reggie Jackson), Chris Henry Coffey (Joe DiMaggio), Bill Dawes (Mickey Mantle), Christopher Jackson (Derek Jeter), Keith Nobbs (Billy Martin), John Wernke (Lou Gehrig) and C.J. Wilson (Babe Ruth). View Comments Bronx Bombers Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 2, 2014 Directed by Simonson, Bronx Bombers follows Yogi Berra (Scolari) and his wife Carmen (Shayne) through a century of the New York Yankees’ trials and triumphs, bringing generations of Yankee legends on stage. The play celebrates and explores the timeless legacy of baseball’s most iconic team.last_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Hereafter Musical Off-Broadway

first_imgTickets are now available for Hereafter Musical, a new show by Frankie Keane and Vinnie Favale. The tuner, directed by Terry Berliner, begins performances on September 13. Opening night is set for October 25 at the Snapple Theater Center off-Broadway. Hereafter Musical Hereafter Musical follows three women who have come together at the home of world renowned psychic Jason Richards, desperate to make contact with their loved ones who have passed. Unbeknownst to them, the spirits materialize during the reading, and they, like the living, also have a great deal of difficulty moving on. View Commentscenter_img Keane will also appear in the cast alongside Deborah Tranelli, Pierce Cravens, Jill Shackner, Paul Blankenship, Eileen Faxas, Carolyn Mignini, Courtney Capek, Tanisha Gary, Kissy Simmons, Margaret Kelly and Alan Kalter. Related Showslast_img read more

Weekend Poll: Which Broadway Student Do You Want to Pass Notes With?

first_imgIt seems like just yesterday we were stuffing our winter coats into storage and stocking up on booty shorts, but sadly, the end of summer is already here. But don’t worry—hitting the books doesn’t have to be boring, especially if the students from Spring Awakening, Grease, Heathers and Wicked go to your school! Hey, we can dream, can’t we? So we want to know: Which Broadway student would you like to hang out in the back of the classroom with and pass notes during Algebra II? Vote below! View Commentslast_img read more

Joshua Park, Broadway’s Tom Sawyer, Dies at 38

first_imgJoshua Park, a stage and screen alum who starred in the title role of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on Broadway, has died following a brief illness. He was 38 years old.Soon after graduating from North Carolina School of the Arts, Park made his Broadway debut in 2001 in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It was the first Great White Way show he had ever auditioned for. “This is not what school prepared me for at all,” Park told Broadway.com at the time. “School prepared me for: ‘You’re not gonna work for the next five years, so get ready, kid.’” Though the musical, which also featured Kristen Bell, Jim Poulos and Tom Aldredge, only played the Minskoff Theatre for just over two weeks after opening, Park received a Theatre World Award for his performance.Later that year, Park appeared in the Irish Repertory Theatre’s off-Broadway revival of Streets of New York and A Celtic Christmas in 2002. His additional stage credits included the off-Broadway musical Prodigal opposite Christian Borle and Kerry Butler, ”Master Harold”…and the Boys ad the Westport Country Playhouse and the title role in the Goodspeed Opera House and subsequent national touring production of Pippin.On screen, Park appeared in a series of low-budget horror films: The Bog Creatures, Fort Doom and Blood Relic. He also participated in many developmental readings and festival stagings of new works, including A Merry Jewish Christmas and Like You Like It. View Commentslast_img read more

Allegiance, Starring George Takei & Lea Salonga Will Record Cast Album

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 14, 2016 View Comments Oh my! George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung and the company of Allegiance will head to the studio to record a cast album on December 7. Produced by Lynne Shankel and Joel Moss, the album is scheduled to be released digitally on January 30, 2016.Directed by Stafford Arima and based on Takei’s childhood experience in a Japanese-American interment camp, Allegiance features music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito. A story of family, love and patriotism set during World War II and beyond, the show follows veteran Sam Otsuka and his sister Kei as they find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country.The cast also includes Katie Rose Clarke, Michael K. Lee, Christopheren Nomura and Greg Watanabe.Allegiance is running at the Longacre Theatre. Related Shows Allegiancelast_img read more

Broadway.com TV Special At the Tonys to Air Tony Weekend

first_img‘Broadway.com Presents at the Tonys with Imogen Lloyd Webber’ View Comments Let’s prep for the Great White Way’s biggest night together! Broadway.com has joined forces with CBS to produce a pre-Tony Awards TV special. Broadway.com Presents At the Tonys, hosted by our own Senior Editor Imogen Lloyd Webber, will air on WCBS 2 in New York and across the country this weekend.The half-hour special is set to shine the spotlight on the Tony Award-nominated productions for Best Musical, Best Play, Best Musical Revival and Best Play Revival, as well as featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with the creative teams and actors who have received nods this year. Expect to see your favorites from Bright Star, Hamilton, School of Rock, Shuffle Along, Waitress, The Color Purple, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me, Spring Awakening, Eclipsed, The Father, The Humans and many more.Broadway.com Presents at the Tonys with Imogen Lloyd Webber will debut on WCBS 2 on June 11 at 7PM in the New York metropolitan area, in addition to 38 markets nationwide. Check out the schedule below!ATLANTA, GA: CW69 on Saturday, June 11 at 3:30PMALEXANDRIA, LA: NALB-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 1PMBALTIMORE, MD: WJZ-TV on Saturday, June 11 at 1:37AMBILOXI, MS: ELOX-TV on Saturday, June 11 at 5PMBINGHAMTON, NY: WBNG on Sunday, June 12 at 2:30PMBOSTON, MA: WBZ-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 2.30PMBOWLING GREEN, KY: ENKY-TV on Saturday, June 11 at 1PM & Sunday, June 12 at 1:30PMCHICAGO, IL: WBBM-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 10:30AMCOLORADO SPRINGS, CO: KKTV on Sunday, June 12 at 12:30PMDALLAS, TV: KTVT-TV on Saturday, June 11 at 5PMDENVER, CO: KCNC-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 11:30AMDETROIT: WWJ-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 1PMEUREKA, CA: KVIQ-TV on Saturday, June 11 at 11AM & Sunday, June 12 at 3:30PMHOUSTON, TX: KHOU-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 1:30PMIDAHO FALLS, ID: KIDK-TV on Saturday, June 11 at 12:30PM & Sunday, June 12 at 1:30AMJACKSON, TN: GBBJ on Sunday, June 12 at 1:30PMJONESBORO, AR: NJNB-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 5PMKNOXVILLE, TN: WVLT-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 12:30PMLAFAYETTE, LA: KLFY-TV on Saturday, June 11 at 12:30PMLANSING, MI: WLNS-TV on Friday, June 10 at 7:30PMLEXINGTON, KY: WKYT-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 2:30PM & 6:30PMLOS ANGELES, CA: KCBS-TV on Sunday, June 12 4:30PMMACON, GA: WMAZ-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 2:30PMMERIDIAN, MS: WMDN-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 5PMMIAMI, FL: WFOR-TV on Saturday, June 11 at 7PMMINNEAPOLIS-ST.PAUL, MN: WCCO-TV  Friday, June 10 at 2:05amNEW YORK, NY: WCBS-TV on Saturday, June 11 at 7PMPHILADELPHIA, PA: KYW-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 11:30AMPITTSBURGH, PA: KDKA-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 12PMPORTLAND, ME: WGME-TV on Saturday, June 11 at 7PMPORTLAND, OR: KOIN-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 5PMRALEIGH-DURHAM, NC: WNCN-TV on Saturday, June 11 at 7PMSACRAMENTO, CA: KOVR-TV on Saturday, June 11 at 4:30PMSAN FRANCISCO, CA: KPIX-TV on Saturday, June 11 at 7PM & Sunday, 6/12 at 4:30PMSEATTLE, WA: CW11 on Saturday, June 11 at 4PMSOUTH BEND, IN: WSBT-TV on Saturday, June 11 at 10:30PMSPRINGFIELD, MO: KOLR-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 1:30PMTUCSON, AZ: KOLD-TV on Friday, June 10 at 4:30PMWEST PALM BEACH, FL: WPEC-TV on Sunday, June 12 at 1PMlast_img read more

Census of Agriculture

first_imgThis year, for the first time, the census is conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’sNational Agricultural Statistics Service. Before, the Census Bureau had conducted theagricultural census. U.S. farmers and ranchers have until Feb. 2 to report their 1997 operations to be counted inthe 25th Census of Agriculture. The census offers a complete accounting of U.S. farmproduction. To make it easier to report, this year’s census forms ask questions about basic subjects.Among them are land use and ownership, crop acreage and quantities harvested, livestock andpoultry inventories, value of crops and livestock sold and farm operation characteristics. The census also provides a national history of agriculture. It was taken every 10 years from1840 to 1920 and every five years from 1925 until 1974. The law was then changed to gatherdata on years ending in two and seven, beginning with the 1982 census. “The dynamic nature of agriculture makes the census important,” said University of Georgiaexpert Horace Hudson. He heads Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education andCommunication in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Federal law requires farmers to answer the census. The same law also protects the privacy oftheir reports. They may be seen only by sworn USDA employees and used only for statisticalpurposes. Copies submitted by farmers are immune from legal processes. Farmers and ranchers who need help completing the census form may call their countyExtension Service office. Or they can call the NASS office at (888) 424-7828. Furtherinformation is also on-line at www.usda.gov/nass/. * Farm organizations use census data to evaluate and propose programs and policies that canhelp farmers. * Rural electric companies use it to forecast future energy needs for farms and farmcommunities. The data provided by the census has many uses: “I don’t think people realize how much a part of their communities agriculture is,” said SueBoatright. The data collection coordinator for the CAES department of agricultural and appliedeconomics, she is also a coauthor of the annual Georgia County Guide. * Colleges and universities use it in research programs to develop new and improved ways toincrease production. * Elected representatives use the data to develop programs to protect and promote U.S.agriculture. “Constant, significant changes happen every four or five years in agriculture. And we need tohave a record of those changes,” Hudson said. “We also have several commodities in Georgia,like kenaf, that are in their infancy, and we need to chart their growth.” The census, the only source of uniform, comprehensive farm data for every U.S. county, is atool to help determine acres planted and harvested by crop. It gives valuable information tofarm organizations and business planners. Policy makers also use the information in proposingnational farm policy. “Most important for farmers, it’s not just a help. It’s the law,” Hudson said. * Agribusinesses use the data to develop market strategies and to learn the most effectiveplaces of service to farmers. About 25 percent of the farms will be asked other questions on production expenses,machinery inventories, market value of land and buildings and income from farm-relatedsources. “The census gives information about the counties that isn’t available anywhere else,” she said.”It tells just how much of the economy is dependent on agriculture and agribusiness.” last_img read more

Reusing Plastic

first_img Granberry said the plastic the farmers use was developed specifically for use in fields. “The manufacturer incorporates a UV inhibitor that slows the breakdown of the material by UV rays,” he said. “Regular plastics, like garbage bags, break down relatively fast in sunlight.” Scientists and plastic mulch makers are working to learn how to recycle the plastic mulch after farmers remove it from their fields. But Granberry said it’s slow going. Soil and plants stick to the plastic, making the process expensive and difficult. “Until we figure out how to get it out of the field cleanly,” he said, “recycling isn’t practical.” “It’s harder and riskier to raise vegetables without plastic,” Granberry said. “Of course, it’s risky, period, to grow vegetables. But farmers are looking to minimize that risk while doing what they can for the environment.” Benefits of plasticulture A typical cycle follows this pattern: * Lay irrigation drip tape and plastic mulch in one operation. * Plant, grow and harvest the first crop. Cut the plant stems within one inch of the mulch. * Cut new holes in the plastic mulch. Plant, grow and harvest the second crop. Cut the stems. * Inspect the mulch for tears and damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. If it’s still usable, punch new holes and raise a third crop. * Pull up the mulch and drip tape. Treat the field for insects or disease problems if they’re present. Dispose of the plastic. Begin the cycle again. The plasticulture cycle Specially developed for fieldscenter_img Using plastic mulch offers many benefits to vegetable growers. It extends the growing season by warming the soil faster, so farmers can plant earlier in the spring. The mulch keeps moisture in the soil by preventing evaporation. In-place irrigation puts water right at the roots, and the plastic helps keep it there. Granberry said disease problems are minimal in plastic fields, too. By watering below the soil, farmers don’t wet the foliage, where most disease problems start. The plastic also keeps weeds around the plants to a minimum. So farmers don’t have to use as much herbicide as in bare-ground fields. Overall, plastic mulch helps farmers produce more, higher-quality vegetables with the least added cost. Granberry, an Extension Service vegetable horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said Georgia farmers raise peppers, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries on plastic-covered rows. They plant watermelons, also on plastic, in 12- or 18-inch beds, rather than the 32- to 34-inch beds they grow other produce on. Because of that difference, they can’t include melons in the produce rotation that uses plastic mulch repeatedly. Most produce grows from planting to harvest in 60 to 90 days. That allows for three growing seasons each year in much of south Georgia. But using one application of plastic mulch over several growing seasons helps cut the amount of plastic they use. Georgia vegetable farmers count on plastic-mulched beds to raise top-quality produce efficiently. They also count on the plastic to last more than one growing season. “Growing vegetables on plastic is not cheap,” said University of Georgia scientist Darbie Granberry. “So scientists and farmers worked to learn how to use it for two or three growing seasons to spread out the cost.” Plasticulture in Georgialast_img read more