Librarian outlines library renovations to Senate

first_imgUniversity librarian Diane Walker presented to student senate Wednesday night on the updates to Hesburgh Library, which is undergoing an extensive, multi-year renovation. “We’ve been thinking about [these renovations] since 2012,” Walker said. “We’ve developed a master plan, because we knew it was going to be a multi-year, multi-phase project, and the master plan was meant to guide us through all of the phases of the project.”Walker said she wanted coherence in the execution of that plan.“In the end, it should all look like one, big connected project, not a bunch of individual ones,” she said. One of the first renovations was taking out the marble wall in the second floor of the library and opening it up so those on the second floor could see the stadium and quad outside. “For those of you who don’t know what it looked like before … it’s hard to appreciate just how difficult it was to navigate and understand what kind of activity we wanted to go on,” Walker said. “One of our goals was to make the intellectual and academic engagement in the library more visible. We wanted to partner with other University groups to provide research and learning services in the Hesburgh Library. We wanted to provide quality and study work space for a whole use of the library.”That “whole use” of the library, she said, applies to students, faculty and the almost 200 people who work in the libraries across campus. “We need to manage our effective growth,” Walker said.So far, the entrance and the first, second, fourth and tenth floors have undergone major renovations.“What’s important to note here … is how dark it [used to be],” Walker said. “And now you have windows looking out onto the courtyard.” Jessica Kayongo, a sociology librarian, said the next phases of the project — the complete first and second floors — should be completed by spring or summer 2018. “It’s all behind construction walls right now, and we’re sorry because we know that takes up study seats, but we think you’ll be pleased once we emerge from this project,” Kayongo said. There are intentionally many windows in the space, Kayongo said, lending themselves to natural light and transparency. “That’s a result of a lot of student feedback, saying there was not a lot of natural light in the library,” Kayongo said. “And … the artificial light was just not good, so we want to allow as much light to pass through as possible and make our activities as transparent as possible.”Additionally, there will be what is known as the “Grand Reading Room” in the location where the Fishbowl currently is by 2020. “There are a lot of seats in this space, so it would sort of be your quiet, heads down study space,” Kayongo said. “It will be a two-leveled space with a connecting stairwell.”Finally, there will be a museum-quality update to the special collections area. “This houses some of our most rare materials, and what we need to do is showcase it a bit more,” Kayongo said. “We think this is a great way to do that.”Tags: Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame Student Senate, renovationlast_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Who Should Star in the New Production of Joseph?

first_imgThe staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. We’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Show every Wednesday.Last week, we asked you to rank the Broadway dance numbers that get your toes tapping. The results are in, and “A Musical” from Something Rotten! came out on top! This week, in honor of the 50th anniversary production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the works, we’re dreaming of dreamy dudes who could headline the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Site Producer Joanne Villani posted her list of top ten picks here!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Show! View Commentslast_img read more

Nicholas Afoa, Star of London’s The Lion King, on Finding a Brotherhood of Simbas

first_imgNicholas Afoa in ‘The Lion King'(Photo: Disney) Nicholas Afoa has only ever been in one professional musical ever and it happens to be that globe-trotting crowd-puller The Lion King. Having first played adult Simba in Australia, the 30-year-old New Zealander has now stepped into the same role at London’s Lyceum Theatre for a year-long run in the West End. caught up with the engaging performer about shifting from sports to the stage and his new life in a familiar show away from home.You were a successful rugby player back home when an injury necessitated a change of career, and now here you are starring in arguably the biggest musical of all!Yes, and I feel in a way as if my two passions have come hand in hand in terms of music and sport having both been a huge part of my life. Not everyone gets to make it in both areas, but I’m very lucky that they have both come my way.Did you feel you had to choose?Well, I always thought I would make it in the sporting arena but I was playing rugby in Singapore some years ago when I was 23 when my knee gave way underneath me, and that was pretty much the beginning of the end of rugby. I did rehabilitation and tried to come back [to the sport] but it was never really the same, so I needed to make those tough decisions. I had to make a living, so I decided not to play anymore.What happened next?I have a very loving and supportive family, especially my parents, and having grown up with this rugby dream, I had always been told, “Look, son. This world in sport is not always a given, and you can be injured and it’s all over.” The thing is, I never thought that would happen to me, so when it did, I was kind of like, “OK, let’s see what else is out there.”Did you go straight to the stage?The stage thing didn’t happen right away. I had many years of hardships trying to find out what my next purpose in life was. I went and got a BA in social sciences at university in Auckland [New Zealand] and worked for a while with troubled youth, which was wonderful because it was about giving back. When the opportunity to audition for The Lion King came along, that changed my whole outlook. I never thought it would happen like that.How did you prepare for your audition?I had YouTube’d it a million times and seen any scene or song that was available, and I had read a lot about some of the Simbas that had played the part in the past—like Jason Raize, and how beautifully he portrayed the character. I also watched quite a few others and came to see that there are so many different ways to play the role—so many different qualities—that it wasn’t just a carbon cut-out that they wanted. At the end of the day, they wanted the truth. You needed to look good and to be able to sing, but at the top of the list, you needed a certain truth.What is it about the role that you respond to?Simba’s journey resonates with everybody, which is why the show has done so well not just in America and England but all over the world. It’s universal and timeless.Does the experience feel the same here in London as it did back in Australia?Of course, it’s the same script and the same songs, but the energies are different so in some ways it has felt like an entirely new show. I got tears when I heard the first notes here in London because they reminded me of my friends back home and of my first professional experience in a theater show. But we’ve got a new Nala and Pumbaa, among many other cast changes, so it still feels fresh. After 800 performances, I’m finding new things. It’s great to be able to do that.Is there a community of past and present Simbas?It’s funny you say that: a few months after I started, I contacted all the Simbas and acquainted myself with them. It’s been really nice to connect with people I haven’t ever met but still feel I know because we share a role.Has any particular advice stuck with you?Jonathan Andrew Hume was great in allowing me to put a face to the name. We met up a couple of times, and he kept telling me to be gracious with myself and to give myself more time. I was anxious about doing a good job in the West End, and he assured me that they wouldn’t have asked me to come [to London] if they didn’t think I could do it.Does London now feel like home?Home will always be New Zealand, but for now, I’m contracted here for a year and after three months, I can already say that I could see myself here for another year or so. My wife and I will at some point decide whether London is a place where we could see ourselves [longterm], but I’m keeping my options open.How would you characterize your singing voice?I like to consider myself a crooner and really love Michael Buble and that sort of sound. I’m not quite a classical tenor and can’t hit the Pavarotti notes, but I’m not quite a classical baritone either. I guess you could call me a bari-tenor.Do you see yourself ever returning to professional sports?I don’t think given the impact and contact that come with rugby that my body—and especially my knee—could withstand that pressure. For now, I’m enjoying just running on a stage without people trying to tackle me; I like it like that. View Commentslast_img read more

Board acts on ethics and professionalism matters

first_img September 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Board acts on ethics and professionalism matters Board acts on ethics and professionalism matters Senior EditorA Bar committee will continue to explore exactly how to define lawyers’ “prior professional relationships” following action by the Board of Governors last month.The board also agreed with the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics that a lawyer could not buy a judgment and sue a former client in a case where the lawyer had represented the client before trial.Overall, the board acted on five recommendations on ethics and advertising matters from the BRCPE at its August 22 meeting, including one about installment payments for buying a law practice.The prior professional relationship matter involved an attorney who wanted to do a direct mailing for a seminar being sponsored by his law firm. Bar rules require that direct mailings be labeled as advertisements unless they go to those with whom the firm or lawyer had a prior professional relationship.Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert said the inquiry included several different types of relationships, such as fellow members of a charitable board on which the attorney had served, or fellow members of civic organizations.“The bottom line is what is the definition of prior professional relationship? Once that is determined, the rule speaks for itself,” said committee Chair Henry Latimer. “The committee voted [5-1] the prior professional relationship be defined as prior or current attorney-client relationships.”Committee member Louis Kwall, who cast the dissenting vote, said the definition was too narrow, adding, “I think it needs a lot more time than the six of us gave it yesterday.”Board member Ervin Gonzalez noted the seminar, while it might bring in business for the firm, could also be primarily educational and might therefore not be covered by the advertising rule.“I think professional relationship was used with some discretion [in the rule] in that it was broader than the attorney-client relationship,” board member Nancy Gregoire said.The board voted to reject the committee’s recommendation, and Latimer said the panel would work on a different definition and invited input from board members.The board, however, agreed with the committee in the case of a lawyer who wanted to sue a former client.Latimer said the lawyer had represented the client but had been dismissed before the case went to trial. After the client lost the case, the lawyer wanted to buy the judgment and sue the former client as a way to collect disputed fees. He said the committee by a 4-1 vote found that was not allowed under Bar rules.Kwall noted he was the dissenting vote because he felt it made a difference that the lawyer had not represented the client at the trial which resulted in the judgment.The board also agreed with the committee’s recommendation on another case and asked the Professional Ethics Committee to prepare an ethics opinion on issues raised in a purchase arrangement for a law practice.Latimer said the matter arose when a lawyer bought a practice from a deceased lawyer’s estate. The contract called for installment payments over five years, with the amount reduced if the sold practice failed to generate a certain amount of revenue.The PEC examined the issue and requested guidance from the board on whether it lacked authority to act because the inquiry did not involve a prospective action, even though the contract contained a provision that could be modified if the Bar found ethical problems.“The narrow position that the committee took is ‘you’ve entered a contract and now you come to us for an opinion on it. We’re not going to do it,’” Latimer said. “But because it had consequences for future contracts. . . we wanted to get an opinion from the committee to govern that situation.”Under Bar rules and policies, the PEC cannot answer questions from lawyers about actions that have already been taken, but it can address matters at the direction of the Board of Governors.The board also approved two BRCPE recommendations on advertising appeals, both of which overturned Standing Committee on Advertising positions.In the first, the BRCPE said using the language “You deserve results” in a Yellow Pages ad was not promising results, something prohibited by Bar rules.In the second, the committee said it was not misleading to say in an ad, “Does experience matter when choosing a lawyer? You bet it does.”last_img read more

Patchogue al Qaeda Informant to be Freed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Patchogue native who admitted joining al Qaeda but later cooperated with federal authorities investigating the global terrorist organization was sentenced Thursday to eight ½ years time served, plus 90 days in jail.Bryant Neal Vinas had pleaded guilty at Brooklyn federal court in 2009 to conspiring to murder U.S. nationals for helping plot to blow up the Long Island Rail Road. He had faced up to life in prison but will be released by this summer because of his cooperation.“I consulted with a senior al Qaeda leader and provided detailed information about the operation of the Long Island Rail Road system which I knew because I had ridden the railroad on many occasions,” Vinas told a judge, according to the Associated Press.Law enforcement officials told the AP that he provided a “treasure trove” of intelligence about the terror group. He was captured in Pakistan in 2008, a year after he joined al Qaeda follow by his conversion to Islam.“We can proudly state that Mr. Vinas took the worst experience in his life and turned himself into one of America’s greatest weapons against al Qaeda,” his attorneys said, CNN reported.last_img read more

7 things you can do to ward off identity theft

first_imgby: Nancy AndersonWhen I put a list of common financial concerns — 13 Wealth Issues — in front of my clients and ask what is top of mind for them, identity theft is often the first thing they mention as a pressing concern.That fear is not unwarranted —  identity thieves can do serious damage when they have access to your Social Security number, birth date, address, and other sensitive financial information.Unfortunately, I know from experience. My personal information was compromised a few years ago, and it scared the heck out of me.Here’s what happened: A credit card (one that I never applied for) showed up in my mailbox. I’d never set foot in that particular store, since there wasn’t one in my neighborhood. Clearly someone else had used my name and applied for “instant credit” at the store. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Why smart people make dumb decisions

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Did you ever find your self in a mess and wonder how you got there? There’s no guarantee your decisions are always going to be good ones. Too much is unpredictable.However, many of us have had the experience of looking back on a situation and thinking “I should have known better. The warning signs were all there.”Here are 8 reasons smart people make dumb decisions. As you think about a time you ignored the signals, was it for any of these reasons?Understanding the warning signs and why you ignored them can help you avoid repeating these mistakes.1. IsolationA major cause of poor decisions comes from making them a vacuum without having important information. Sometimes people don’t solicit input because they are over-confident and don’t believe others have anything worthwhile to add. Other times it’s because they believe they are supposed to be strong and have all the answers and think soliciting input makes them look weak. People in leadership roles are particularly vulnerable to finding themselves isolated from a huge source of important information – the people in their organization. continue reading »last_img read more

Petition Aims to Reverse Bracco’s Clam and Oyster Bar Liquor License Suspension

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An online petitioner is seeking signatures in an effort to reverse the suspension of a rowdy Nautical Mile bar’s liquor license after a string of complaints and a melee earlier this month.The petition nearly achieved its goal Monday of getting 1,000 online signatures that the organizer hopes will help Bracco’s Clam and Oyster Bar on Woodcleft Avenue in Freeport get its license restored. The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) last week suspended Bracco’s license, meaning the bar cannot serve alcohol, and no booze can be consumed on the premises unless an administrative judge reverses the decision at a hearing.“Say what you will, but this establishment has always brought the most people to The Mile, is one of the few that stay open in the winter and is consistent with always something for everyone,” the unidentified petitioner wrote in the call to action. “No business is perfect, but to single out Bracco’s just makes no sense. Without them, you’re just hurting the village in the long run.”The SLA suspended Bracco’s liquor license after Freeport village police reported the bar to the agency after rapper 50 Cent, who was only supposed to be at Bracco’s to promote his Vodka brand, performed for 45 minutes, drawing a rowdy crowd that broke into a brawl and later pelted officers with debris as they made an arrest after the rapper left, officials have said.Police have responded to nearly 100 calls at Bracco’s since May 1, including 20 noise complaints and six arrests, the SLA said. The agency previously fined Bracco’s $2,500 last year, $4,000 in June and $4,500 in July for excess noise, lack of supervision and other charges. It was also fined $2,500 in 2012 for selling after hours.Its latest violations include 21 counts, including assaults, disorderly premises, improper conduct for making misrepresentations to the police, permitting live performances in violation of their license and for becoming a focal point for police attention.Jerry Bracco, the father of the three men who own Bracco’s Clam and Oyster Bar, told the Press that he was unaware of the petition, but called the events that led to their license suspension “an unfortunate incident.”“It’s a family business,” he said. “Nobody has brought more people to the Nautical Mile than us.”Bracco’s Clam and Oyster Bar has remained open for business with a small staff to serve food, it said on its Facebook page. The owners have until Aug. 31 to enter a plea in response to the violations the SLA charged them with. If they plead not guilty, they can appeal the suspension before an administrative judge.last_img read more

Last space let at Broadgate West

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Police lambasted for targeting LGBT community in raid in Jakarta

first_imgCivil groups have criticized the Jakarta Police over the criminalization of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community following a recent raid on a private party in Kuningan, South Jakarta.On Aug. 29, police officers broke into an apartment where 56 males were holding a private gathering. The police later named nine people, who were the party organizers, as suspects, while the 47 attendees became witnesses in the case.Investigators charged the nine suspects under Article 296 of the Criminal Code, which is generally used to charge pimps. They also charged the suspects under Article 33 of the 2008 Pornography Law, which restricts people from funding or facilitating pornographic services, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment. “The state shouldn’t use criminal law to target certain groups. The police shouldn’t justify ways to obtain evidence that violate the suspects’ rights,” the coalition wrote in a statement on Saturday.The coalition also argued that the police had ignored the suspects’ rights to a fair trial during the raid and investigation as the force did not notify their relatives about the arrest. The police only made an announcement about the raid five days later during a press briefing.Read also: ‘Moral panic’ targets Indonesia’s LGBT communityCivil rights groups also lambasted the police for not providing legal assistance to the suspects and witnesses during the investigation, although it is guaranteed by Article 54 of the Criminal Law Procedures Code (KUHAP).“We urge the Jakarta Police to prioritize the fair trial principles and stop using all means that violate the citizens’ privacy. The National Commission on Human Rights [Komnas HAM] should ensure that the case won’t become a precedent for future persecutions against LGBT groups.”Being LGBT is not illegal in Indonesia, but members of the community have persistently faced discrimination from authorities, society as well as radical Islamic groups.United States-based Pew Research Institute found in 2019 that only 9 percent of Indonesians agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society. Although the figure had increased from 3 percent in 2013, it was still far below other countries, including the neighboring Philippines, where 73 percent of respondents responded that they were tolerant of homosexuality. Read also: EDITORIAL: The politics of gay-bashingThe Civil Society Coalition for the Protection of the Rights of Vulnerable Groups criticized the force’s decision to name the party organizers suspects, saying the charge was unsuitable as the organizers did not hold the party for profit.The coalition — consisting of several civil groups including the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR), LGBT rights group Arus Pelangi and the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) — also argued that partying in a private space could not be considered a violation of the law.It went on to say that the police had violated the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which was ratified by Indonesia through Law No. 12/2005, which restricts state authorities from arbitrarily entering citizens’ residences.center_img Topics :last_img read more