Video of police tasing Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown could be released today

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRon Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) — Milwaukee police are expected to release video Wednesday that shows officers tasering Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown in an incident stemming from a parking violation, according to the basketball player’s attorney.Brown’s attorney, Mark Thomsen of Gingras, Cates and Wachs, told ABC News he expects the police body camera video to be released Wednesday afternoon.Several sources who have seen the video told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that it does not show Brown do anything to provoke police during the January encounter, which is contrary to how the police report describes the incident.According to the police report, the incident began around 2 a.m. on Jan. 26 when officers saw a vehicle parked across two handicap spaces at a Milwaukee Walgreens drugstore. According to the report, officers approached the vehicle and were informed by an unidentified passenger that the driver – later identified as Brown – was inside the store. When Brown came out of the store, the police report says, officers repeatedly asked him to step back which he refused. The report says Brown became “very aggressive” and “physically resisted” the officers’ attempts to handcuff him.“A taser had to be employed to get Brown in control with handcuffs,” the police report states.Brown was arrested on possible misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing an officer, but after police reviewed the incident – including the body am footage slated to be released – they failed to refer the case to prosecutors for charges. Ultimately, the NBA player was cited for a parking violation.Brown played in a game later that day with bruises on his face, but would say only that it was a “personal issue” when asked by reporters how he had been injured.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports police have reportedly prepared community leaders for possible backlash from the video’s release, including showing it to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett who called the video “disturbing.”Just a day before the video’s expected release, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales released a video, promising to defend officers, but also admit when they make mistakes.“If there is ever an incident when one of our members makes a mistake,” Morales said in the video, “I”m going to be honest and transparent about it.”Morales took over as police chief in February, weeks after Brown’s arrest.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. May 23, 2018 /Sports News – National Video of police tasing Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown could be released today Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim hits, kills pedestrian: Police

first_imgFebruary 21, 2019 /Sports News – National Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim hits, kills pedestrian: Police FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRich Barnes/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) — Syracuse University men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a pedestrian late Wednesday night on a Syracuse, New York, road, according to local police.Boeheim stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, Syracuse Police said in a news release.The coach underwent “field sobriety and alco-sensor tests” which “were negative for any signs of impairment,” according to police.The deadly accident took place around 11:20 p.m.The victim, 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez of Syracuse, had been in a car that lost control on the highway, hitting a guard rail. The car was in the middle of the road when the accident occurred, according to police.Jiminez and his passengers were walking along the highway when Boeheim allegedly noticed the vacant vehicle and tried to avoid it, according to police.“As a result, the driver, James Boeheim, 74, struck the victim who was standing on the side of the road,” according to the police statement.No tickets have been issued, the police department said.Boeheim’s speed was not immediately clear, according to police, but Onondaga County Didstrict Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick told ABC Syracuse affiliate WSYR the coach was driving at an appropriate speed.The crash came shortly after Syracuse won its home game against the University of Louisville.“We are saddened by the death of a member of our Central New York community,” Syracuse Athletics Director John Wildhack said in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to all impacted by this tragic accident.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

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‘Some agents aren’t taking Coronavirus seriously and are still doing viewings’

first_imgEstate agency owner Steve Wayne has endured a tough few days, as many thousands of other agents across the UK have since the Coronavirus pandemic struck.But despite having to mothball his business and furlough his 17 staff, Wayne is surprisingly positive given the extraordinary position he now finds himself in.“I’m working from home running my business pretty much single handed, most of which involves taking calls for our block management part of the business as the sales have disappeared,” he says. “It’s quite a nice thing to do – I’m understanding my business again and I’ve already learned eight or nine things we can do better once we’re up and running again.“It’s horrendous what’s going on but you’ve got to look at the positives – and for me that includes a once in a lifetime opportunity to step back and look at my business and really plan where we’re going over the next six months after Coronavirus.”Wayne says he took the decision over the weekend to close and furlough the staff because, he believes, a business like his has social responsibilities.It’s also why he’s been refusing requests for viewings, patiently explaining to callers who ask why they can’t view an apartment if they’ve been watching the news.“The phone has been off the hook this week – it’s crazy how many people still want to do viewings for rented properties.But although he’s refusing viewings, Wayne says some agents in his area aren’t taking Coronavirus seriously. “There’s a split in agents now; those who are good, conscientious ones and the old-school ones who just care about money. And I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re the ones still doing viewings.”Wayne says his firm decided to furlough its staff because he couldn’t see how they could turn around to some and say ‘we’re paying you, but not you’.“We discussed it as a business and everyone was happy to take 20% less and be furloughed – but I think the way Spicerhaart handled the same process was absolutely disgraceful,” he says.“The only thing I can think of is that they didn’t know what was coming and they jumped. Our staff told me they were grateful because we held our nerve and waited for the government announcement.”Visit the Benjamin Stevens website.  Benjamin Stephens coronavirus spicerhaart Steve Wayne March 26, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » ‘Some agents aren’t taking Coronavirus seriously and are still doing viewings’ previous nextAgencies & People‘Some agents aren’t taking Coronavirus seriously and are still doing viewings’The Negotiator talks to one estate agency boss about his experiences since the virus struck in earnest, including his decision to furlough its 17 staff.Nigel Lewis26th March 202003,849 Viewslast_img read more

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Assistant Secretary of U.S. Navy Kicks Off Tour to Japan

first_img Share this article View post tag: U.S. View post tag: Japan August 28, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Tour Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN)(Manpower and Reserve Affairs), Honorable Juan M. Garcia III, kicked off a tour to the region Japan U.S. military installations with a visit to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) Aug. 27.During his tour of the region, Garcia is scheduled to visit a total of five region Japan area installations including CFAY, Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni.“We’re here visiting the region for three reasons,” said Garcia. “First, in a time of enormous change in the Navy and Marine Corps which includes a new budget, a new national defense strategy and significant personnel policy changes, we need to address some possible misperceptions, give you the ground truth as we know it, and hopefully alleviate some anxiety.”Garcia held an all hands call at CFAY where he highlighted the “21st Century Sailor and Marine”, a new initiative rolled out by the Secretary of the Navy and senior leaders, which is designed to maximize the personal readiness of Sailors and Marines in order to sharpen the effectiveness of combat forces.“We know that the new national defense strategy which includes a rebalance to the Pacific is a sea service strategy,” said Garcia. “It’s about the Navy and Marine Corps, and most importantly the great folks that are out here on the tip of the spear. We want to make certain that they have the tools needed to excel and that’s what the 21st Century Sailor and Marine is all about.”During the all hands call, Sailors and Marines had the opportunity to ask Garcia questions and address their concerns regarding recent personnel policies.“I was impressed by Assistant Secretary of the Navy Garcia’s responses to our questions. He spoke about a lot of good information regarding the new initiatives,” said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Theodore Mitchell. “It makes Sailors feel good that he’s taken the time to come and speak to us about our concerns. He didn’t just talk around the subjects; he addressed them right at our level.”The position of ASN is to act on matters that affect manpower and personnel policy within the Department of the Navy. His duties include issues that affect active duty and reserve Sailors, Marines, and Department of the Navy civilians.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 28, 2012; Image: Navy View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Assistant Secretary of U.S. Navy Kicks Off Tour to Japan center_img View post tag: Kicks View post tag: off Assistant Secretary of U.S. Navy Kicks Off Tour to Japan View post tag: Secretary View post tag: Assistant View post tag: Naval Authoritieslast_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE: OxMatch breached data protection law

first_imgTrinity Term saw the creation of OxMatch, a matchmaking service with the tagline “remote Trinity doesn’t have to be lonely”. Cherwell has found that this service has violated GDPR laws along with their own privacy policy (shared with those who sign up at the beginning of their matchmaking form). All data regarding these infringements was obtained in the public domain.  OxMatch’s own Privacy Guidelines and Data Practices, effective from November 20th 2020, were shared with each of the participants at the beginning of their form. It stated: “We also gather metadata: statistics about how the student population as a whole answered. This is just for fun posts on our Facebook: it’s always anonymised, and we’ll only use data aggregated across at least 15 people.” Individuals who wish to know what data any company holds on them can make a subject access request under GDPR law. This request can be made via email, social media or any other reasonable means of communication. By the same method, these individuals can request that their data is deleted. In December 2020, OxMatch collaborated with student paper The Flete to release an “OxMatch Campus Report”,  running through the answers of those who signed up, including answers to a series of questions like which subjects signed up, political leanings, crushes and a diagram of kinkiness levels at each college.  Students who signed up received unexpected emails; OxMatch’s November Privacy Policy (used for Michaelmas matching) states: “We add you to our mailing list so that we can let you know about your match” and that “we use your email and contact information to communicate with you regarding your match.” Furthermore, Chapter 2, Article 5 of the General Data Protection Regulations notes that data must be “kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed” and declares that all data must be “collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes”. OxMatch told Cherwell: “In accordance with GDPR, we process and release data only in anonymous forms for statistical analysis. All data is kept anonymous and identifiable data is not shared with any third parties.”  OxMatch refused to confirm how long data is kept or how data is stored.center_img While the “purposes” outlined in OxMatch’s privacy policy pertained to communicating regarding their match, students also received emails about signing up to MyTutor, a new version of Oxfess and new rounds of OxMatch. Students were also identified by name in some of these emails. One email, sent on the 1 January 2021, included the name of the student emailed in the subject line, asking if they wanted to join the OxMatch team and “become the next Cupid?” Another was sent urging students to like a variation of the Oxfess page – this was not described by OxMatch as a “sponsored post”. A third, which was described as a “sponsored post” by OxMatch, sent on 13 December 2020, included the name of the student emailed in the subject and body of the email and continued: “We’re writing to let you know about MyTutor, where you can earn up to £20 an hour, all within reaching distance of the kettle”. The footer of the email read: “You are receiving this email because you signed up for OxMatch… Sponsored posts like this allow us to run OxMatch and also go towards supporting our access initiative”. OxMatch did not respond to Cherwell’s queries regarding why such emails would be sent, especially as they appear to be “incompatible” with the purpose of communicating regarding a match and this use was not specified within the sign-up form. However, MyTutor confirmed to Cherwell that the email was sponsored – although not for a “substantial” amount. They continued: “OxMatch reached out to propose we sponsor one of their emails, and we were disappointed to learn that the message may not have been sent in line with their privacy agreement with users. As such we won’t be working with them again, and will be updating our due diligence process when sending sponsored messages via third parties in future. We note that OxMatch have updated their privacy guidelines to refer to third party marketing but that should not be taken as meaning that we endorse or have approved this update.” While the data was anonymised and no individual student response was revealed, this “metadata” was released to an online student publication with an unclear transfer of data – not “fun posts on our Facebook”. Beyond this, OxMatch promised that “we’ll only use data aggregated across at least 15 people”. OxMatch told The Flete that they had “over 4500 signups since its inception in Trinity Term 2020” and then broke down the subject makeup for signups. The smallest groups were “Physics and Philosophy as well as Classics with Modern Languages, accounting for just 0.2% and 0.3% of sign-ups respectively”. Making the generous assumption that the full signup figure was 5000 – and that all of these were included within the RAG and standard Michaelmas versions to which the statistics pertain, rather than any being made in Trinity Term 2020 – this is equivalent to 10 Physics and Philosophy students, below the 15 promised in OxMatch’s Privacy Policy. For Classics with Modern Languages, this sums to exactly 15 students. In OxMatch’s Privacy Policy, they also wrote that: “We will not publish any information that could lead to personal identification (such as the case of small colleges/subject groups)”. The Flete confirmed to Cherwell that they were not informed this data was in breach of OxMatch’s privacy regulations. OxMatch has now returned for another round of matchmaking with an updated privacy policy which explicitly states sponsored emails to be sent to those who sign up: “By signing up to OxMatch, you consent to us occasionally sending you sponsored emails.”last_img read more

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Julia Wilson Wins Junior Miss Ocean City

first_imgJulia Wilson, 15, of Ocean City, is crowned the new Junior Miss Ocean City 2019 at the Music Pier Saturday night. By Maddy VitaleJulia Wilson never gave up.The 15-year-old Ocean City High School student persevered with tenacity, hard work and a powerful singing performance that commanded the attention of the audience and carried her to the title of Junior Miss Ocean City 2019 on Saturday night at the Music Pier.For Julia, it was her sixth pageant, starting with the Little Miss Ocean City contest, before she graduated into the Junior Miss pageant for girls ages 12-15. However, this was her first win. Last year, she came very close, taking first runner-up honors.Julia Wilson takes her first walk down the runway as Junior Miss Ocean City 2019.After Julia was crowned Junior Miss Ocean City 2019, family and friends rushed to the stage.“I am completely dumbfounded,” she said after her win. Julia, who is active in the Ocean City Theater Company and performs in school drama productions, said, “I work really hard. My favorite thing to do is to be on the stage performing. It is just overwhelming seeing my hard work become a reality like this.”Her beaming parents, Melissa and Tony Wilson, celebrated their daughter’s win with congratulatory hugs and selfies.Junior Miss Ocean City 2019 Julia Wilson gets a selfie with her parents Melissa and Tony Wilson.“I am so proud of her,” Melissa Wilson said with tears in her eyes. “She has worked very hard for this.”Tony Wilson, an Ocean City Councilman said, “She just goes out of her way to make people happy. We are just so proud of her.”She beat out 17 other contestants to win the crown. The first runner-up was Avery Fritsch, 14, second runner-up was Sarah Rodriguez, 14, third runner-up went to Jenna Wilkinson, 14, and fourth runner-up was Alexa Gershon, 15.Fourth runner-up Alexa Gershon sings.To be eligible for the pageant, the contestants must have ties to Ocean City. Contestants competed in the categories of talent, poise and composure, the judges’ interview and an on-stage question.Julia wowed the crowd with a strong performance of “That’s Life,” to resounding applause from the audience.Julia Wilson gives a commanding performance of “That’s Life.”She also won the onstage question portion of the pageant. The pageant was emceed by Miss New Jersey 2019 Jamie Gialloreto. She also hosted the Little Miss Ocean City 2019 pageant on Friday night. The new Little Miss Ocean City Stevie Wright and recently crowned Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan also appeared and added some fun to the event when they discussed what an exciting year it is to come.Junior Miss Ocean City 2018 Hope Aita lights up the room with a vibrant performance.Junior Miss Ocean City Hope Aita 2018 delighted the audience with her opening act to “Dancing Queen” and her finale to “Last Dance.” She engaged the crowd with her dance routines, smile and zaniness, really getting into the 1970s theme for the pageant night, sequins and all. During a farewell video played for the audience, she gave special thanks to former Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer, who created many of the events she and her fellow “crown heads” attended. She also spoke about the support from her family. She said of Pageant Director Michael Hartman, “No words could sum up what you do. You never cease to amaze me.”She also spoke of her bonds with Little Miss Ocean City 2018 Ginger Mumman and Miss Ocean City 2018 Madison Leigh Kennelly and all of the great memories they had together.Junior Miss Ocean City 2018 Hope Aita takes her last runway walk as the reigning queen.Hartman, who also serves as pageant choreographer, gave Hope a key to the city on behalf of the mayor.“Hope, you have had an awesome year,” Hartman said. “I’m very proud of you.”As for the new crown holder, Julia Wilson, she said she is ready to start her reign. She will now take on the duties of ambassador for the city. Along with the other pageant winners, she will make publicity appearances at parades, contests and other special events.Miss New Jersey Jaime Gialloreto jokes with Miss Ocean City 2019 Megan Keenan and Little Miss Ocean City 2019 Stevie Wright.Pageant Director Michael Hartman and Miss New Jersey Jaime Gialloreto get the audience laughing.Backstage, proud parents Melissa and Tony Wilson pose for photos with their daughter, Junior Miss Ocean City 2019 Julia Wilson.last_img read more

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WRAP tackles sandwich and baked goods wastage

first_imgNew research by Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is set to uncover how much waste is generated by pre-packed sandwiches. It is the first big study into the amount of waste in the UK retail supply chain created by pre-prepared food and aims to identify how this can be reduced, so that businesses can make cost and environmental savings.Covering sandwiches, pizzas, quiches and ready meals, the research will develop detailed ‘resource maps’ to highlight waste generated at key stages in the chilled and frozen supply chains.It will also calculate the associated carbon emissions and economic impact, as well as the amount of water used and disposed of during the manufacture of these products.The maps will also include WRAP data on levels of packaging and food waste from households, so that a whole chain can be seen and the ‘hot spots’ identified. Best-practice guidance covering storage, handling and packaging will then be produced.WRAP is urging companies throughout the sector to take part in the research. Data collection will include a comprehensive industry survey and company-specific resource minimisation reviews, covering 80% of the UK market for the products selected.Charlotte Henderson, retail supply chain programme manager at WRAP, said: “Identifying where waste is generated, and the reasons why, will help the development of effective solutions that are tailored to these products, with learnings then applied across the category.“By sharing these with the sector, we aim to help companies at all stages of the supply chain access these commercial and environmental benefits.”Jim Winship, director of the British Sandwich Association, said: “We believe [the project] will both assist businesses to better manage waste and cut costs, while also helping the environment and the drive for greater sustainability.”Businesses interested in getting involved with the project should email [email protected]last_img read more

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Lettuce Carves Their Impressive Legacy Onto “Mt. Crushmore” [Stream/Review]

first_imgHot on the heels of their most recent release, Crush, funk futurists Lettuce return with Mt. Crushmore, a collection of tracks that are easily some of the finest they have produced. Though a majority of the material on their new EP is from the Crush sessions, that speaks more to the amazing quality of that album than it does to the strength of the material here. In fact, with a focus on their spacier and more open and experimental facets, this will quickly become one of the most beloved parts of the band’s already impressive catalog.Listen to the new EP below, and read on for our take on the new release.A majestic, time dilated hook from The Shady Horns provides a regal introduction to the amazing space jam on title track “Mt. Crushmore.” The pulsating, stutter start beat from drummer Adam Deitch is all modern, but the lush instrumentation that surrounds it is pure timeless soul and funk. Simultaneously evoking the spirit of badly dubbed martial arts films and the fiercest dance floors, this disc seems a natural source of tunes for future film makers to mine for super fly sound track fodder.Starting off their EP with what is easily the band’s most pure distillation of their disparate discography is a bold statement about the quality of the material being presented here. On “116th St.”, they show how adept they are at working together. The rhythm section and the melodic side share the duties of driving the musical narrative forward down a slinky, sassy road. A break out solo from Eric “Benny” Bloom sees him skip along the ever speeding melody, neither wanting or needing for a slower pace to shine.That mix of skill and attitude is reflective of the entirety of the player in the Lettuce squad. After the long running “Lude” returns for installment number five, Lettuce plays a game of follow the leader on “Elephant Walk.” Marrying the guitar and organ while using them to double the bass and drums allows the organ and horns to explode from their respective prisons. The use of drama generates lush waves of warm and enveloping madness that sweeps all the world’s cares away.“Ransome” shows the band capable of a slightly sinister side in an ominous opening before getting down to the organ driven boogie that is at the heart of the piece. Guitarists Adam Smirnoff and Eric Krasno turn in a series of performances that, when looked at as part of the body of work that also produced the full length Crush album, have to be taken as some of the finest work in the funk field. The spacier solo work contrasts so perfectly with the sped up rhythm strumming on “Ransome” that this should serve as a text book example of how players can compliment each other and still truly speak in their own musical voice.The penultimate track is also the first single from Mt. Crushmore, “The Love You Left Behind,” and features guest vocalist and frequent collaborator Alecia Chakour in a sultry and stunning display of instant connection. That instant rapport makes her call for embracing the love around you afar more urgent and personal message, a word to the wise from an old and trusted friend. The only negative of the album is realizing that the band most known for their instrumentals could also be producing stellar work like this. Check out the track HERE.Finally, to close out the album, the “Interlude” we have been getting peeks at for some time now is given a bit over a minute to further worm itself into our collective musical subconscious.The real take away from Mt. Crushmore is just how much Earth shattering music Lettuce is creating right now. Even though this album just dropped, another trip into the studio would do us all a world of good. They owe it to themselves and fans of music all around the world to see just how far they can go and how down and dirty their funk can get.Don’t miss Lettuce tonight and tomorrow night at the PlayStation Theater in New York, NY, performing with support from The Floozies and Red Baraat. More information can be found here.last_img read more

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Fromm Players at Harvard with Ensemble Dal Niente

first_imgThe Fromm Players at Harvard presents its annual two-concert series of new music works February 28 and March 1 at 8 p.m. in John Knowles Paine Concert Hall. This year’s performances, titled “The natural | The artificial,” feature Dal Niente, a 20-member Chicago-based contemporary music collective, who will present two world premieres and two U.S. premieres among the 10 works programmed.Premieres
Wolf Edwards’s the road from Mutlaa to Basra (1991) makes its world premiere on Friday night’s concert (2/28). The piece found its genesis in a 1991 U.S. plane strike that immobilized a convoy on its way from Kuwait to Iraq, then bombed and strafed the resulting traffic jam for hours. On Saturday’s program, Dal Niente will perform the world premiere of Harvard composer Hans Tutschku’s Still Air 3 and two U.S. premieres: Ming Tsao’s The Book of Virtual Transcriptions, and Marianthi Papalexandri’s Yarn, both of which alter the sound of traditional instruments. Works by contemporary composers Erin Gee, Rick Burkhardt, Evan Johnson, Carola Bauckholt, Enno Poppe, and Harvard alumnus Aaron Einbond will also be performed.Ensemble Dal Niente is a 20-member Chicago-based contemporary music collective that presents and performs new music. Described as “super-musicians” and noted for “bracing sonic adventures by some of the best new-music virtuosos around” (Chicago Tribune), Ensemble Dal Niente became the first-ever ensemble recipient of the coveted Kranichstein Music Prize – the top award for music interpretation – at the 2012 International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany.last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s to host first annual National Literary Festival honoring Sister Madeleva Wolff

first_imgSister Madeleva Wolff, the third president of Saint Mary’s, was known as the “lady abbess of nun poets,” and often invited artists and authors to campus. Saint Mary’s will continue this tradition with the first annual National Literary Festival, hosted by bestselling author and Saint Mary’s alumna Adriana Trigiani (‘81), beginning Friday.“This event honors former Saint Mary’s College president Sister M. Madeleva Wolff, and her bestselling memoir, ‘My First Seventy Years,’” Trigiani said in a press release. “She was a visionary who brought the great artists of her time to our campus. Luminaries including Helen Hayes, Clare Boothe Luce, Irene Dunne, Jean Charlot, Norman LaLiberte, Walter Kerr and Maria Augusta Trapp came to campus, created art, performed and inspired the students.”Continuing the celebration of the College’s 175th anniversary, in addition to Trigiani, the festival will host ten bestselling authors, poets and artists, according to the release. Interim Saint Mary’s President Nancy Nekvasil said the goal of the literary festival is not only to bring the arts to Saint Mary’s students, but to engage with the local community in general.“We have a very, very strong humanities program here, with the different areas in the arts, you know, from the art Fine Arts all the way through our English and humanistic studies,” Nekvasil said. “And so I think it’s really important for us to honor Sister Madeleva in a way of maintaining that as a outward facing activity that we do with the community.”Nekvasil said she sees the festival as an opportunity for Saint Mary’s to interact with the tri-campus community and beyond, and invite others to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the College’s founding in 1844.“I think sometimes we stay a little bit more isolated than we should as a community,” Nekvasil said. “You know, everybody’s busy and has a lot to do, and the students are busy and faculty are busy, staff, administrators, everybody is busy. But we have a lot to offer this community. And so not only our beautiful facilities … but also just what we have here from an intellectual standpoint, and again, as part of the 175th bringing other people into that celebration, I think is really important.”As a former biology professor, Nekvasil said she has always encouraged more women to enter the STEM fields. Saint Mary’s as an institution, however, challenges its students to educate the “whole person,” she said, through its multi-disciplinary Sophia Program.“I come out of the sciences — I come out of biology, and there is a huge push across the nation for women in STEM,” she said. “And I don’t disagree with that. I think it’s absolutely essential. I think that’s a world where men have pretty much dominated and so it’s really important for women to move into there. But what we offer at Saint Mary’s is broader than that. And so even our STEM women are taking courses in English and having to learn to write and to communicate. And so part of it is that for me, that is the whole of the person, if we continue to engage in the liberal arts and, and celebrating that on campus, and not to become siloed in particular disciplines.”Students from all academic concentrations can benefit from studying and celebrating the arts, Nekvasil said.“To me, the arts really cover everything,” she said. “You would be a very poor physician if your mindset or intellect was only in the sciences. You are a much better physician if you can relate to all of your patients and part of that means, you know, understanding the arts, being able to read, being able to appreciate, you know, literature and all of that.”Sister Madeleva, whose broad worldview inspired the community-oriented spirit embodied by the festival, Nekvasil said, was a big proponent of the arts.“Sister Madeleva, interestingly, knew lots and lots of people,” Nekvasil said. “She was a friend of presidents and all these people. And so she was really this … kind of this outward facing representative of Saint Mary’s to the world, and in her love of and her own authorship of poetry and writing, and things like that, I think really reached out to say to people that that is an important aspect of your own personal development. In just thinking about creativity and appreciation of what God has put in front of us to appreciate in that you develop as a whole person when you can stretch that part of you no matter what your personal preferences is in terms of what you want to learn.”Author Adriana Trigiani, who will host the festival, was the first to suggest that Saint Mary’s revitalize Sister Madeleva’s tradition of inviting artists and authors to campus, Nekvasil said.“This really started when Shari Rodriguez, our vice president of college relations, and I visited Adri in her home in New York,” she said. “We were sitting around the living room and just talking about authorship and [Trigiani] having students come and do internships for her and the benefit of that and that’s then where this idea was born.”Trigiani selected and invited the writers to attend the festival, Nekvasil said, and planned to host the event around their individual book releases.“We wanted to do it before Christmas as a way to also encourage people maybe to think about getting books for friends and relatives for Christmas,” Nekvasil said.Nekvasil said Trigiani’s experience in the literary world made her the perfect person to host the College’s inaugural festival. As a co-founder of The Origin Project, Trigiani mentors middle school students living in the Appalachian region of the U.S. According to her website, the program began in 2014 with 40 students, and now serves more than 1,600 students from 17 schools.Through The Origin Project, the students write journal entries throughout the school year, and later publish their work in an anthology, Nekvasil said.“So she’s really the ideal person to do this because she not only writes and, of course, has made her living as an author, but she deeply believes in helping others to learn to write,” Nekvasil said. “Not everybody’s going to be a polished writer, a published writer, but everybody can write their own story. Everybody can learn how to express the things that they’re feeling or thinking on paper in their own way. And so I just think she’s the ideal one, really, to help us get [the festival] off the ground because of her love of encouraging and helping, in this case, kids that have very, very little exposure to books or even being told that they can write.”Two of the festival’s artists are alumnae of the College, including Trigiani (’81) and author and professor Anna Monardo (’77). Nekvasil said it’s important that current students meet alumnae who have found success after graduating from Saint Mary’s, who can serve as a source of encouragement and inspiration.“We have alumnae who are Congresswomen, we have alumnae who are authors, we have alumnae who rescue people off Mount Everest when there’s an avalanche,” she said. “It’s possible. And so I think it helps them just to see possibility in their own lives for what, what they can achieve, and that nothing should hold them back.”Located in such close proximity to Notre Dame, a much larger research institution, Saint Mary’s can sometimes be overshadowed, Nekvasil said.“I think it’s really important for us to have something that is our very own that we do,” Nekvasil said. “You know, we have our own published authors, from the faculty, from the staff. We have alums that have published a variety of different kinds of books and I think it’s just so important for us to say that, first of all, we value it. We value the heritage that we have through Sister Madeleva and others who have been prolific writers and lovers of the arts. It’s taken a lot of people many, many hours to put this together. And it’s just a testament to the love that we have for our alumnae, for what Sister Madeleva started long ago, to honor her, and I just think it’s really important that we do this.”A Monday report stated that nine bestselling authors will be attending the Saint Mary’s College National Literary Festival. In addition to Trigiani, there will be ten authors present. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: Adriana Trigiani, Alumnae, Interim President Nancy Nekvasil, literary festival, national literary festival, Sister Madeleva Wolfflast_img read more

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