At the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive over 100 artists are slated to perform 35+ sets across two days of fantastic musical collaborations in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Leading the charge on a pair of exciting Brooklyn Comes Alive sets is guitar master Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce), who will participate in the event’s Rooster Conspiracy set in addition to hosting an all-star Eric Krasno & Friends set.Soulive, Scofield, Marcus King, & The Shady Horns Play “Liz Reed” And “Lovelight” At Bowlive [Videos]Serving as the focal point of the collaboration, iconic jazz-fusion guitarist John Scofield will link up with Kraz to form a dual-guitar attack for the ages.Cyril Neville, famed percussionist/vocalist from The Meters and The Neville Brothers, will bring his New Orleans elder statesman presence to Brooklyn for the performance, sharing percussion duties with Louis Cato of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert house band Stay Human. Renowned bassist Chris Loftlin will hold down the bass duties, and Krasno’s Lettuce teammate and frequent collaborator Nigel Hall will add keyboards and his signature vocals. Finally, NOLA royalty and The Meters bassist/vocalist George Porter Jr. will be on hand to add to the madness as a special guest during this landmark gathering of funk icons.Kraz And Taz: A Look At Eric Krasno and Brandon Niederauer’s Greatest CollaborationsAlthough this particular lineup for the “Eric Krasno & Friends” is a one-off deal, he has no lack of experience collaborating with many of the Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 artists on the Brooklyn Bowl stage. For Soulive‘s traditional annual “Bowlive” run each year, Krasno, Neal Evans, and Alan Evans (who will also play a pair of sets at the festival) welcome an enormous list of talented names you’ll recognize from the Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup. George Porter Jr. John Scofield. Nigel Hall. Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. The list goes on and on…Brooklyn Comes Alive Announces Supergroup Formations, Daily LineupsBelow, you get a small sampling of the magic that happens when so many talented artists end up in one place, ready to make magic happen. Watch Krasno link up with Scofield and Hall during Soulive’s 2012 “Bowlive” residency at Brooklyn Bowl, (courtesy of YouTube user marcmillman1), as well as a video of Krasno with Porter (and Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer, another exciting Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 artist) at “Bowlive” 2015 (courtesy of YouTube user Barry2theB):“Stratus” – Soulive w/ John Scofield, Nigel Hall, and more:“Just Kissed My Baby” – Soulive w/ George Porter, Jr., Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer, and more:[Cover photo via Barry2theB Videos]You can catch Eric Kraso, George Porter, Jr., John Scofield, Nigel Hall, Alan Evans, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and so many more fantastic artists at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive! Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive will turn three fantastic Williamsburg venues (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) and the surrounding city streets into a music lover’s game board for two full days on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick, James Casey, and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! ***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.
News that special counsel Robert Mueller has empaneled a second grand jury in Washington, D.C., and has hired 16 top attorneys to work on the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the last U.S. election has stoked accusations in conservative media that the probe’s outcome is likely to be unfair and illegitimate.President Trump and his top aides have led the outcry. They say that because several attorneys assisting Mueller and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe either have donated to Democratic candidates or have spouses who accepted political donations from Democrats, Mueller’s findings should be questioned.Maya Sen is a political scientist and associate professor at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) who studies the politics of the legal profession, including those of lawyers, judges, law professors, and clerks. The Gazette spoke with Sen about the influence of politics in the law.GAZETTE: Your research into the political leanings of lawyers finds that campaign donations don’t reliably predict bias. Why not?SEN: A really important point of clarification is there’s a difference between whether your partisanship could influence your decision-making or how you carry out your job versus whether Bob Mueller went out and chose people on the basis of their party donations or party affiliation and whether that calls into question whether Mueller is an impartial special counsel. Those are two different questions.On the second question, that’s where the Trump administration surrogates [have found] an argument that’s really resonated. It’s that “Bob Mueller can’t really be trusted with this investigation and his investigation is inherently partisan because he’s amassed a team where many members have donated more money to Democrats.” That’s the argument to which my research speaks. I’ve looked extensively at the party affiliations and the donation patterns of the legal profession, and what’s interesting about it is that if Bob Mueller was throwing darts at a wall and the wall had names of elite attorneys [on it], and he was randomly choosing, he would choose a team where the people mostly donate to Democrats. The reason why is because lawyers tend to be liberal. According to our research, 68 percent of lawyers who’ve made any political contributions give more money to Democrats than to Republicans. That pattern is even more striking when you look at elite lawyers.Mueller’s legal team is the cream of the crop in terms of their professional and educational experience. Most members have attended a handful of extremely elite law schools, including those at the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago, Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. Among graduates of those top programs, among those who’ve made a contribution, 76 percent have given more money to Democrats than to Republicans. The pattern we see in the team [Mueller’s] assembled, that’s exactly what we would see if he was not using ideology or partisanship to guide his hiring decisions, which is what the Justice Department’s own rules tell him to do. It would be very surprising if he assembled a team where the majority of his lawyers had donated more money to Republicans than to Democrats. That would be a very unusual pattern for a legal team of this caliber.GAZETTE: Why are lawyers predominantly liberal? Is that an imbalance that needs to be corrected?SEN: That’s a great question. One thing that is important to make clear is this was not always the case. Historically, up until the 1960s, 1970s, the legal profession was pretty conservative. Through a lot of American history, certainly through very important political moments like the New Deal era, the bar was a conservative voice in American politics. Through the 1930s and the 1940s, the bar was opposed to a lot of progressive policies, a lot of redistributive policies, and also was opposed to increased regulation and government oversight.This changed in the 1960s and 1970s with a push toward more engagement with Civil Rights issues and the use of the law in more progressive and Civil Rights-oriented ways. In the last 30 or 40 years, we have seen the bar move toward the left politically as a whole, particularly at the elite levels, as I mentioned. Why is this happening? What sustains this right now? We speculate a little bit because it’s really hard to test this; we don’t have the kind of data that you’d need. But in the United States today, it seems like a really important point in people’s lives is their early 20s. People who might become lawyers, they’ve just graduated from college and they’re trying to think about what career interest they might want to pursue, and one possible thing that could influence their decision about which career to pursue is their own personal politics.So people who are more left of center might be interested in pursuing a career in law or in teaching or in public-spirited progressive sorts of areas, maybe medicine, maybe nursing, whereas people who are maybe more right of center are more interested in pursuing law-and-order professions, or business school, or accounting. We think there might be some ideological sorting that happens in this really important pivotal period in people’s young adulthood that then sets them down a career path where they apply to graduate programs or they pursue a career that’s in line with their developing political and ideological interests.GAZETTE: Does the focus on political leanings or donations lend any credibility to the argument advanced by Trump and his surrogates that these lawyers can’t be trusted to be fair or to live up to their professional responsibility? And doesn’t promoting that correlation help undermine faith in the justice system and sow doubt in the objectivity or validity of the rule of law?SEN: Yes. That is where the critics are going with this: “Well, we know that people’s ideologies and partisan attitudes might shape their decision-making, so if we know that Bob Mueller has hired a lot of people who contribute to Democrats, that could potentially impact the way that they approach this investigation and cause them to act biased in how they pursue this.”There are a couple different problems with that reasoning. One is that Trump himself has given a lot of money to Democrats. He was very candid about this — he was trying to wield political influence, and he was donating strategically — so we can maybe set Trump aside. Even so, members of his family have donated in large numbers to Democrats, and members of his staff have donated in large numbers to Democrats. So by that same reasoning, the argument that Trump surrogates and those in the Trump administration … would have to acknowledge is that if we take this to its logical extreme, then that disqualifies members of Trump’s own administrative team.Secondly, lawyers are a very politically active group. In the 113th Congress, which was several years ago, 156 out of 435 members of the House of Representatives, which is about 36 percent, were lawyers, and 55 senators [were lawyers], so 55 percent. Twenty-five out of 44 presidents, so about 56 percent of presidents, have been lawyers. They have very high representation in our branches of government, not just politically elected branches of government, but also in the judiciary. They have political interests, they’re passionate about American politics. So to say they shouldn’t be expressing their opinions, making contributions, and supporting candidates, that’s almost asking people to act contrary to their own interests and to what drove them to this career.GAZETTE: In a separate paper, you recently looked at what influences public support for Supreme Court nominees. One surprising finding was that those people who are most informed about how the court works are most influenced by what you call “partisan signals.” Can you elaborate?SEN: Candidates to a federal judgeship are presented as being nonpartisan. They’re named by a president, but we’re not introduced to them as a Republican or a Democrat. We’re introduced to them as Judge Neil Gorsuch or Judge Sonia Sotomayor, or Judge Elena Kagan. A lot of time and attention is spent on discussing their professional qualifications, educational experience, personal background, the way they approach legal thinking, and things like that. We don’t really focus on their ideological positions (we, meaning the public, the media, and also political actors). We use other signals to try to triangulate. The point the paper makes is that in the absence of asking Judge Gorsuch who he voted for in the last election, which would give us a really good signal about how he would vote on really politically important cases, we use other cues. We use the fact that he’s a white, middle-aged man, who comes from a Republican family, who was recommended by the Heritage Foundation, who had written a doctoral dissertation on the right to die — which he didn’t believe there was — whether he was affiliated with the Federalist Society, and things like that. So we use other cues to try to triangulate more precisely his actual stances on important topics that have political salience.Judge Gorsuch is one example, but you could flip that and say Judge Sotomayor, when she was going through the course of her confirmation, it was somewhat similar in that she was never asked who she’d voted for, what political candidates she supported, or what her explicit political positions were … In the absence of really clear signals about a candidate’s partisan leanings or ideological position, members of the public look to things like race and gender and possibly religion and previous professional experience to try to figure out what that candidate stands for politically.GAZETTE: Why is it important to study the politics of lawyers, clerks, law school professors, and judges? What conclusions can we fairly draw from that, and what else in this arena merits further analysis?SEN: Why is it important to study the ideology of this group? Well, it’s because they turned out to be the most politically important professional class [given the predominance of lawyers in government and politics]. I think the criticism being made against the Mueller team nicely illustrates the importance of this work. It’s not appropriate to draw the conclusion of bias based on this one fact [of donations] alone. That Mueller has assembled a team that looks like this, that is not sufficient to support a claim of bias. To show a real claim of bias, we’d need to see evidence that they’re not carrying out the investigation carefully and methodically, that they’re not representing their client, which is the people of the United States, to the best of their capacities and as fairly and impartially as possible. It really would be unfair to undermine or dismiss or otherwise try to discredit the conclusions being made by this team based on the previous history of political donations that they’ve made.One really important question in all of this is: Is this something that maybe the legal profession and other highly educated professions need to take seriously in terms of diversity of viewpoints? We have a separate paper that looks at law professors. Lawyers tend to be pretty left of center, but if you look at law professors, they’re really quite liberal. One of the points we make in the paper is that this does seem to be undermining the credibility of the legal academy in terms of making important recommendations on policies that affect the legal profession, legal education, and, more broadly, law and politics.The example we look at is when Jeff Sessions was named by President Trump to be attorney general, there was a letter that was circulated and signed by something like 1,000 law professors [criticizing the move]. It was very quickly dismissed by political observers and by political actors. At Sessions’ hearing, the letter was brought up and mocked, everyone had a good laugh and then it was just set aside. That speaks to the fact that having more ideological diversity would benefit the legal academy and the legal profession more broadly. It would allow the recommendations to be taken more seriously and as a measure of something that’s not driven out of party interests. I think it’s important to think about that in terms of moving forward. One of the lessons to learn from this is that ideological diversity is important inherently, but it’s also important for engaging with public issues and gaining public credibility and public trust.The other issue I think is important is that the legal profession leans more to the left than other similarly educated professions, but, as a whole, the election in 2016 was one in which education was really predictive of vote choice. Hillary Clinton garnered a strong majority of support among whites who had college degrees. (I think there might be some exceptions in terms of white men, but I think for the most part, she captured that group.) And Donald Trump was very successful among people who did not have college degrees — people with high school degrees or even less than a high school degree.In addition to that, we’ve seen increased rhetoric that attacks expertise across different areas, not just law, so across climate science, across environmental science, the NIH [National Institutes of Health], that’s also been felt. Legal expertise is another version of that. I think it’s a little worrisome that expertise is being made a partisan issue. If expertise is made a partisan issue, then I think we’re in very dangerous territory in terms of moving policy forward and making policy decisions that have some basis in evidence. I’m not sure where this is going to go. Obviously, my research is not quite there yet, but I think that’s a really important question for researchers to think about, and for a conversation to be had about.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
Chris Collins | The Observer Students congregate in the new Duncan Student Center Tuesday. The new center, which was inaugurated by University officials on Monday, will serve as a new hub for many different student activities and groups.Associate vice president of student affairs Brian Coughlin said the Duncan Student Center stands out from the rest of the Campus Crossroads project — which includes the new O’Neill Hall and Corbett Family Hall — due to its centrality to student life at Notre Dame.“I think it’s the one building that is solely designed with you all in mind,” he said. “ … I think this was really intentionally put on this side of the stadium — closest to DeBartolo and Mendoza — so that there would be this flow between those buildings during the academic day, that you could see this as really part of your day-to-day experience.”While student feedback influenced much of the design of the building, including the innovation lab on the first floor, Chris Abayasinghe, senior director of Campus Dining, said these opinions were particularly crucial when determining what new dining options would be available in the center.“As we think about the restaurants themselves and the conceptualization, one of the main driving points for us was with our students,” he said. “We engaged them early on in the process. What we wanted to do was, we wanted to find restaurant concepts that speak to the trends of the future.”These “micro-restaurants” — Star Ginger Asian Grill and Noodle Bar, Modern Market and Haggerty Family Cafe — focus particularly on diverse and organic food options, Abaysinghe said. The addition of these restaurants, he said, is expected to attract more community members to Campus Dining services each year.“So historically, our program serves, on the student dining side, 2.1 million meals a year, and then on the retail side, about another two million,” he said. “We anticipate, with the addition of these three new restaurants to our restaurant portfolio, that we should see at least a 20 percent lift on those.”In addition to an increased number of dining facilities, RecSports’s move from the Rolfs Sports Recreation Center to the third floor of the Duncan Student Center has allowed the program to increase the number of fitness machines and activities studios available, Mark Williams, director of RecSports, said.“We’ve increased the amount of treadmills, for example, from nine to 28,” he said. “… One of our goals is to make sure that there are no waiting lists for anyone. Before you had to sign up and you would wait, but now I think we have enough equipment where the students, the faculty and the staff will have more of an opportunity to come in at their leisure.”Students played a role in determining what the focus of the RecSports facilities would be, Coughlin said.“At first there was more of an emphasis on courts, and now we switched it during the process to be getting more pieces of equipment and more activities studios,” he said. “The shape of the track — we heard that people didn’t want just an oval, they wanted something unique and something different to run on each day. So if you go up there, it’s kind of a funky shape.”The facilities feature state-of-the-art equipment, 98 percent of which is brand new, Williams said, including a 37-and-a-half-foot climbing wall, a spin room and personal viewing screens connected to the internet on the cardio machines.“You could watch ESPN, you could watch Netflix, whatever,” he said. “… We tried to make it where you could have a space where, if you really needed to, be engaged with social media or whatever, and another space where if you didn’t want to — if you just wanted to come up and just ride the bike or walk the track.”Hoffmann Harding said she is most excited to watch students discover the extent of the building’s capabilities and features, such as numerous outlets throughout the center, private study areas and meeting spaces for student groups.“It’s going to take time for everyone to live into the space to see everything that it does,” she said. “There are probably only about five people on campus … who have knowledge of all of the pieces of furniture and all of the spaces and their capabilities, so it’ll be fun to watch.”The office of student affairs is hosting a “Best of Duncan” event to introduce students to the building’s features, director of communications for the office of student affairs Kate Morgan said, which will offer performances by student groups, giveaways, food samples and interactive RecSports classes.“It’s being held just like Best of LaFortune would be, only it’s in conjunction with Walk the Walk Week,” she said. “So we will have student group performances throughout the building, I think using those various spaces on the stairs [and] in Haggerty Family Cafe. … I would say that that’s the next biggest event that is coming up in this space — to really show it off to students.”While Coughlin said parts of the Duncan Student Center were designed with specific uses in mind, he said his greatest hope is that students “use it how [they] want to use it” and come up with creative ways to take advantage of the facilities.“If all we do is move currently existing programs or dances into the [Dahnke] Ballroom and into the space, then I think we’ve failed,” Coughlin said. “My hope is that the students and all the programming groups on campus create new programs to put in that Ballroom and to put in these spaces. The story of it’s unwritten.”Tags: Campus DIning, duncan student center, Erin Hoffmann Harding, Office of Student Affairs, RecSports, Student Life After years of planning and construction, the Duncan Student Center officially opened to the entire Notre Dame community Monday.The new student center, which vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said is meant to complement the LaFortune Student Center, sits on the west side of Notre Dame Stadium and houses RecSports, the Career Center, most student media and three new campus dining options.The decor of the building features homages to the Notre Dame football program — such as wood from the stadium’s old benches — and incorporates student art.“It has, we hope, a very lofty feel, but with nods to the stadium nearby, but really the ownership of the student body itself in many of the touches that you see around,” Hoffmann Harding said.
Editor’s note: This is the second part in a series exploring the experiences of low socioeconomic students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s.When sophomore Eric Kim was ranking colleges for his QuestBridge application, he added Notre Dame because he applied to “any school that had a business program.” It wasn’t until after he was matched with the University that he began to understand the campus culture.“When I applied, it didn’t hit that this was a Catholic institution; it didn’t hit that we are financially wealthy; it didn’t hit that this was a white-dominated university,” he said. “I lived in an area that was 50 percent Asian, so it was a culture shock coming here. It is a culture shock for many people who live in California who are low-income, minority and low socio-economic status.”As the QuestBridge liaison for the Quest Chapter of Notre Dame, Kim works with many low-income students who might be having similar experiences and helps them find resources on campus. The Office of Student EnrichmentOne resource Kim said he and his executive board “push as available” is the Office of Student Enrichment. The office’s assistant director, Consuela Wilson, said they were created almost three years ago to “formalize” what used to be called the Rector Fund and provide financial resources and programming to first-generation and low-income students. “As the need [for resources] grew, more people were trying to tap into the Rector Fund,” she said. “It seemed to need more than that one person in Student Affairs. But also, having an office such as this is a direction that more and more schools are moving into: having dedicated personnel in resources and programming for first-generation or low-income students.” Wilson said there are two main funds available: the Experience Fund, which is used for club dues, seminars, retreats, football tickets and the like; and the Opportunity Fund, which assists with funds for laptops, winter clothing, professional attire and travel for emergency purposes. There are also programs to help bring parents and families to campus for both Junior Parents’ Weekend and Commencement. “We don’t want a lack of funding to keep a student from having the type of experience they would like to have here,” Wilson said. While rectors have remained an important reference point even after the change in name, Wilson said “word of mouth has been really crucial” to informing students of the resources available. “Word of mouth, especially here at Notre Dame, goes really, really quickly,” she said. “We’ve utilized some of the different classes — the junior class, the senior class — to get the word out about the assistance programs for JPW and Commencement. Often the clubs will know, so if there are members of a club who are having trouble paying their dues, often those treasurers will know and will make them aware of that.”Income disparityKim said he personally believes Notre Dame generally does a “good job” and that he has been “appreciative” of the efforts in the Office of Admissions to recruit more low-income students, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t areas to improve. “I really am thankful being here at Notre Dame,” he said. “I’m really thankful for financial aid, really thankful for admissions counselors who have reached out to me, who have helped me through this whole process, my friends here, the professors here — everyone at this University I’m really thankful for. But of course, no matter what school you go to, there will be flaws to look into. So it’s a matter of us taking action towards it.”Describing his home in southern California, Kim said he didn’t “really face much income disparity.” “Coming here, you do see some divide between income disparities,” he said. “Not that students flaunt their wealth, but you see that these students are privileged and sometimes they don’t understand people of low socioeconomic status and their struggles, and they don’t need to understand that. “It’s one thing that is kind of controversial, I would say: How much help can we get without being stigmatized?”Kim tried to study abroad in Spain during the summer but, as financial aid does not transfer to the summer, he was unable to do so. “I had this encounter with a person who asked me if I’m studying abroad,” he said. “And I said, ‘No, I can’t afford it.’ And she was saying, ‘But, there’s this scholarship, the SLA grant.’ And I said, ‘That’s only $5,500 of the $9,000 dollars you have to pay.’ And she said, ‘That’s still $5,500.’ And I’m like, ‘Even $1,000, itself, I can’t afford.’”Minor comments can make it clear students are “oblivious” to the experiences of some of their classmates, Kim said. “If you’re not living that lifestyle, you don’t need to know,” he said. “You don’t want to know.” Looking forwardDon Bishop, associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment, has spent the last few years looking at how to recruit and admit more students from low-income backgrounds, raising the percentage of Pell Grant recipients at Notre Dame from 8 percent to 11 percent between 2001 and 2014.Notre Dame is not the only school making the push to enroll more low-income students. Thirty elite colleges — including Princeton, Vanderbilt and the University of Michigan — banded together over a year ago with the goal of enrolling an additional 50,000 low- and moderate-income students at top institutions by 2025. “Our goal is to not only keep the students that we have, we want to grow in the number of low income just like a fair number of our peers are doing right now,” Bishop said. “ … We’re seeing the Princetons and some of the others, most of them are at between 15 and 20 some-odd percent Pell. So, when can Notre Dame get there, and why isn’t Notre Dame there now?“I do think that that assurance campaign that Stanford or Northwestern [has], Notre Dame needs to develop that and that’s in front of us. We haven’t accomplished that yet. And part of it, we were trying to see how much we could raise in fundraising, so that if we’re going to do an assurance program, can we fund it?”When the Office of Student Enrichment was created, they really wanted to “formalize the financial assistance part first,” Wilson said. Looking forward, though, she said more focus is being put on creating programming opportunities beyond the leadership development and budgeting workshops they currently offer. “Programming is — and will be — a really big part of what we feel like we are are charged to do in helping students with [culture shock],” she said. “Not just preparing, but giving them a space to talk about that with people who may understand or may have that shared experience.”Expanding the financial resources available is also in the talks, Wilson said. “Right now, we don’t assist with anything that would be over the summer. We only assist with asks that are during the year,” she said. “ … I think it’s because we needed to wait and see how our funding stretched for these first couple of years with students for that academic year, before we made that jump. So, that’s something we’re in the talks about. That’s one thing that I can see will be a challenge of ours. Not to say that it’s not doable, but it’s a challenge of ours.” Access to financial and social resources on campus is taken into consideration before students are even on campus. Bishop said the hardest part of his job was figuring out how to strike the right balance when deciding which students who might be more of a “risk” should be admitted.“Part of my responsibility as a University administrator in charge of enrollment and admissions is, do I put them in that situation or not?” he said. “Where’s the ethical line for Notre Dame to put a student into a level of opportunity or to sit there and say, ‘Are we exploiting this student?’ Where it feels good to put them in our statistics, but how do they feel about being here? We have to be honorable about that, and caring.”Kim said he’s not sure how much the University will — or even can — stand up to “what is going on in our culture.” “It’s also hard for us to make any changes because no one wants to talk about it,” he said. “And because no one wants to talk about it, it’s hard to find anything to change, when no one knows what there’s to change. So that’s why I’m trying to voice my opinions. Because who will?”Tags: financial aid, financial resources, income inequality, low-income students, Office of Student Enrichment
Granite Hills Credit Union announced the expansion of its Community Charter to Orange County. Already open to anyone who lives orworks in Washington County, the Credit Union recently received approval from Vermont’s Department of Banking and Insurance to offer its services to anyone who lives or works in Orange County.”In this highly competitive marketplace, we see this as a positive step towards insuring the continuity and viability of the Credit Union,” said Granite Hills CEO Susan Poczobut. “We look forward to providing our own personalized brand of financial products to the folks in Orange County.”Granite Hills Credit Union offers a wide array of personal financial products and services, including free checking, savings, money marketaccounts, debit and credit cards, low-rate vehicle loans, home loans, online banking, electronic bill pay and a network of close to 100 Falcon® ATMs throughout Vermont.Founded in Montpelier in 1952 as the National Life Employees Credit Union, Granite Hills Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative with headquarters at 266 North Main Street in downtown Barre.
By Olufemi Terry / ShareAmerica September 27, 2019 At a celebration of World Indigenous Day in Caracas, Venezuela, on August 9, Maduro said the indigenous peoples of Venezuela are in “active resistance” against efforts to isolate his regime. That view makes a mockery of the recent experience of the Pemon, an indigenous community of 30,000 people who live in a part of Venezuela that potentially holds great wealth.The Maduro regime, squeezed by sanctions and its own mismanagement of oil production, is desperate for revenue. In 2016, the regime launched the Orinoco Mining Arc Project to exploit more than 111,000 square kilometers of land in Venezuela’s middle belt that is believed to hold some of the world’s largest gold deposits as well as diamonds, coltan and bauxite.Venezuelan soldiers acting on the regime’s orders, armed gangs and Colombian militants have created a lawless atmosphere of illegal mining and logging in the region, as a result of rampant corruption and the rule of law breaking down.The Pemon have come under attack from the army and other armed groups as they attempt to defend their lands against illegal miners and loggers as well as against corrupt and brutal soldiers.In February, government troops killed two Pemon and injured as many as 25 while sealing the border to prevent humanitarian aid coming in.Since then, as many as 1,300 members of Venezuela’s Pemon community have fled across the border to Tarauparu village in Brazil, where other Pemons live, according to a U.N. Refugee Agency report.“With the collapse of Venezuela’s economy and the resulting food and medicine shortages, crippling inflation and widespread social upheaval,” says the report, “it’s not clear when — or even if — the hundreds of Pemons who have found safety in Brazil will return to Venezuela.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The much-ballyhooed reboot of Fox’s nearly-decade long hit-show 24 became a reality Monday with a two-hour premiere that figures to once again explore politically charged issues relevant to America today, while also digging deep into the tortured soul of Jack Bauer, the troubled protagonist. The 12-episode “event,” as Foxies keep calling it, is set in London where President James Heller (formerly the Secretary of Defense in a previous season) is hoping to secure a deal with the British about America’s drone wars. He’s met there by hundreds of rowdy protesters who will surely be emboldened by (spoiler alert) a drone strike that kills four soldiers, two of them British. The deadly strike in Afghanistan was perpetrated by a savvy hacker who manipulated the system and took control of the drone, which appears to be part of a larger plot to disrupt the treaty negotiations and embarrass the United States. Those behind the renegade drone strike are also the same people seeking to assassinate Heller in London.Cue Jack Bauer. The former chief of CTU, responsible for saving thousands of lives, emerges from hiding only to get himself captured by the CIA in an incredibly thought-out plan reminiscent of Bauer’s glory days—though the chips—or whatever they were—implanted into his wrists were a new—and unexpected—touch, making him kind of a cyborg Bauer. The plan: intentionally get captured; force the CIA to transfer him to a secret interrogation unit (which is apparently operated by one well-dressed agent), and break out Chloe O’Brian, his former partner-in-saving-the-world-from-near-oblivion-multiple-multiple-times. Several battered bodies, bruised egos and explosions later, Bauer and O’Brian are free, though we quickly learn Bauer didn’t risk permanent detention—or worse—just to save Chloe, probably the first big surprise of the night. Bauer wanted to infiltrate the WikiLeaks-like group O’Brian now aligns herself with after leaking 10,000 classified Defense Department documents so he could find, and probably brutally torture, another hacker who he believes is involved in the plot to assassinate the president. That’s when the questions begin: How exactly does a man who has been in hiding for four years who-knows-where intercept valuable intelligence that just so happens to reveal a plot to murder the Leader of the Free World? Additionally, how does the CIA—the agency mandated to covertly gather intelligence—not know about such a deadly plot? (We’re sure their close-knit relationship is in a file somewhere, or maybe they’re still trying to get to the bottom of Benghazi.) And possibly the most head-scratching question that goes unanswered: How does the CIA not know that Chloe O’Brian is being held in the same black site where Bauer was taken for interrogation?We’re hoping celebrated Executive Producer Howard Gordon—he also of Homeland fame—provides a logical answer to those burning questions. Despite all that, the premiere had all the hallmarks of previous 24 seasons: an impending threat to the nation, Bauer battling his inner demons in the face of imminent doom, a president forced to make quick—and sometimes unpopular—decisions. But as we quickly uncover, this won’t be a season of hug-filled reunions for Bauer. He admonishes O’Brian for leaking classified documents—insisting that she’s not that naive, and the “terrorist” label that he’s earned—wrongfully or not—appears to be eating away at him, making it incredibly difficult to envision a scenario in which Bauer returns to the States at the request of an appreciative government.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Prevent future financial missteps by conducting a debt post-mortem.by: Geoff WilliamsAutopsies aren’t just for corpses.Post-mortem examinations can be helpful for looking at anything that went wrong, be it a business deal or a soufflé that went south. But pinpointing where you erred in money management can be particularly useful. After all, you aren’t going to ruin your life if you never learn to bake a soufflé. But you may find yourself in dire financial straits if you never improve your money management skills.So with that in mind, see if your life’s situations match up with any of these. Perhaps you can learn from these people who got in over their heads before you get too deep into debt.1. Your life is changing quickly and dramatically.Why mistakes are made. You haven’t learned the rules and ropes that go along with your new life. You go to college, or leave college, and that’s a big adjustment. You marry. You have a baby. As a general rule, people who enter new chapters in life adjust by purchasing the tools they feel that they need, whether it’s a futon for a college dorm or a house because you’re married. Whatever you’re buying, it probably costs a lot.Amanda Collins, who lives in Phoenix and owns a content marketing firm called The Grammar Doctors, says her finances started going awry when she began hitting some life milestones. continue reading »
However, responses were divided on the question of whether ESG considerations should be formally added to the investment manager’s fiduciary duty. The only country showing a majority in favour of this was the Netherlands with 57%, while Spain supported that idea the least, with only 34% calling it a good idea.Nearly three quarters (72%) of respondents opposed a legislative mandate that would override what clients wanted managers to consider as relevant investment factors.Svi Rosov, director of capital markets policy at CFA Institute and the report’s author, said: “Our survey highlights that a majority of investment professionals across the European Union are already using ESG factors in the investment analysis process, to ensure that all material impacts on the potential investment are considered.“These ESG factors are part of the standard mix when analysts are assessing their portfolio investments, yet there is great concern whether the regulator should legally mandate ESG or any other factors considered by the investment profession.”The EC’s sustainable finance action plan, published in May 2018, contained four proposals:The mandatory disclosure of sustainability risk by financial market participants;the introduction of a sustainability taxonomy, or rulebook, which would apply to products marketed as sustainable investments;the introduction of low-carbon and positive carbon impact benchmarks by the EC; andthe amendment of existing legislation so that clients’ ESG preferences become part of investment advice provision.In the run up to the action plan’s publication, the CFA said, some stakeholders had felt that explicit consideration of ESG factors should be made part of the fiduciary duty of investment managers. Policymakers should not attempt to force ESG considerations onto investors through new rules, research by the CFA Institute has said.The CFA surveyed 645 investment professionals and reported that, while the majority believed environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors should be taken into account in investment decisions, they rejected the idea of being legally forced into this.Some 85% of respondents said they believed it appropriate for institutional investors to take ESG factors into account when making investment decisions.The institute said few respondents favoured a regulatory requirement for ESG, as has been proposed by the European Commission: 60% agreed that any mandate to consider ESG factors during investment analysis should not translate into forcing the manager or client into an ESG investment policy.
The home has a resort-style pool area.“The home wraps around the entertainment area so it is all in the one space.“The first thing we liked about the house is that it was in a good location — Clifton Beach is so nice. When we saw the house, the style of the house, the brickwork, was different and we knew what we could do with it. “We brought it into today’s style but we didn’t want it to look like it was renovated. “In every little corner inside and out, we have tried to put in some kind of feature. Whether it is the front or back corner of the house, it’s designed to draw you to every part of the block.“Every part of the house gets used. Out the front there is a big balcony, there is a big undercover area, and out the back is the entertaining area, with a fire pit, showers and the lawn area.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago 40 Satellite St, Clifton Beach“This breathtaking home is virtually brand new and exudes a sleek yet soothing vibe.“Absolutely nothing left to do but move in and enjoy, with only a short stroll to either the quiet Clifton Beach or the hustle and bustle of Palm Cove.”A workshop or storage area in the backyard has also been cleverly designed to blend in with landscaping. There’s also an outdoor shower.The home was named best backyard in Queensland as part of the Landscape Queensland awards thanks to Mr Saunders’, a landscaper himself, use of recycled items. Selling agent Michelle Champion of Champions in Real Estate said the first impressions of the home were “truly charming”. “The home’s exterior incorporates an array of recycled materials, weathered steel, stone gathered from the original landscape, hand crafted bamboo screening and recycled paved paths,” she said.“The kitchen is exceptional with black Caesarstone benchtops, a black resin double sink and a statement Ilve 900mm wide oven/cooktop. 40 Satellite St, Clifton BeachONE of the first things you notice about 40 Satellite St, Clifton Beach is how every part of the house has a purpose.Owners Will and Tracey Saunders were drawn to the home’s unusual brickwork and Californian bungalow feel when they bought the house seven years ago.The pair spent the ensuing years putting their touch on the place and making the home a unique space to be enjoyed daily.“It is hard to say which part of the home has been the most used because the whole thing works so well. The way the house is in a U shape means we use the whole area. Everything is central,” Mr Saunders said. 40 Satellite St, Clifton Beach“The astutely configured floorplan places the deluxe main bedroom in its own private zone at the front of the home with stunning windows, a built-in robe and beautiful ensuite. “This home is not only about design and lifestyle, it is also extremely practical with under cover parking for three vehicles with extra room for trailers, extra storage is available down the side of the home with the added bonus of side access and a storage shed/workshop blends beautifully into the landscaped gardens.