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BoysThe Lakers defeated the Hornets 26-19. David Kobryn scored 10 points and Christian Szyskowski and Agostino Petrillo each added 8 points for the Lakers. Chance Fischer had 17 points and Raiden Doherty 2 points for the Hornets.The Pirates defeated the Rams 32-14. Anthony Novello scored 16 points, TJ Santos 7 points, Logan Servodio 4 points, Kendrich Tibay 3 points and Angelo Squiteri 2 points for the Pirates. Joseph Olmo had 9 points, Justin Sgotto 4 points and Anthony Gonzalez 1 point for the Rams.The Blue Devils defeated the Knicks 24-14. Savun Raparelli scored 10 points, Nolan Raparelli 6 points, Ian Geisler and Christian Russel each 4 points for the Blue Devils. Brooklyn Kalafat had 6 points for the Knicks and Ryan O’Connor and Tony Olacio each 4 points for the Knicks. GirlsThe Blue Devils defeated the Pirates 22-14. Julia Hester had 12 points and Shelia O’Neill 10 points for the Blue Devils. Grace Iszczyk scored 8 points and Madison Beebe, Megan Beebe and Julia Potls each added 2 points for the Pirates.The Rams defeated the Lakers 21-13. Kayla Santopietro had 8 points, Payton Maguire 7 points and Samara Porch 6 points for the Rams. Sophia Rivera scored 8 points, Ella Janeczko and Alexis Kamrowski each 2 points and Avery Chrzanowski 1 point for the Lakers.
The Disco Biscuits have announced a pair of late-night shows in New Orleans during Jazz Fest, set to take place on April 26th and 27th, 2019. The shows will take place at the brand new Fillmore New Orleans, set to open on Friday, February 15th, and Saturday, February 16th, 2019, with a pair of headlining performances from Foo Fighters. The new 2,000-capacity venue’s opening was initially announced during a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the iconic Fillmore West in San Francisco.As noted by the band, a BiscoTix presale lottery is now open until Tuesday, October 23 at 4 p.m. (CST), with fans being able to choose between one or two-night passes. Head here for the 26th, and here for the 27th. Public on sale begins next week, Friday, October 26 at 10 a.m. (CST) via Live Nation.Next up for the Disco Biscuits is a two-night run at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on October 19th and 20th, followed by a three-night run at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. For more information on upcoming tour dates and tickets, head to the Biscuits’ website here.
Engineering graduate William Marks departs Harvard with a hat trick of achievements: a Fulbright Scholarship, which will send him trekking across northern India this fall; a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which will pay for his doctoral studies at Cambridge University in England; and an offer of admission to Harvard Business School’s 2+2 M.B.A. program.Three very different prospects await him, but concerns about culture shock haven’t crossed his mind. His undergraduate biomedical research has already taken him to at least six countries — including Norway, the United Arab Emirates, and China — and he’s fluent in Mandarin and Spanish.“I believe the best way to get to know someone is to have a conversation in their own language,” he says. “At some point, Arabic would be a good pick-up, and I guess while I’m in India I’ll try to learn Hindi. That’ll take care of another sizeable chunk of the world population.”He’s not joking. Marks’ drive to connect and to build community is matched only by his urge to improve the quality of medical care for people around the world.“When he knows what he wants to accomplish, he doesn’t let anything stand in his way,” says Marks’ former adviser, Sujata Bhatia, assistant director for undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). “He is sincerely motivated to make a positive difference using the tools of biomedical engineering, both at Harvard and worldwide.”“When I go to a hospital or see a doctor,” Marks says, “the first thing I do is look around: What kind of cool ‘toys’ and gadgets do they have around the office? What do they do? How do they work?”In India, he will visit city hospitals and rural clinics to learn about the nation’s health care system and try to identify opportunities for improvement. One effective device, he explains, can amplify the knowledge and efforts of individual clinicians and improve the quality of care for perhaps millions of patients. And Marks has a particular aptitude for innovative design, rooted in technical knowledge, as well as the problem-solving mentality of an Eagle Scout.“Sometimes it’s those kinds of solutions that you would normally not envisage being possible, useful, or practical that end up working really well,” says Marks, who admits having used dental floss to add the finishing touches to a blood filtration system he designed in his senior year at Harvard.It’s an attitude he attributes to Maurice Smith, associate professor of bioengineering, who taught Marks as a freshman in ES 53, “Quantitative Physiology as a Basis for Bioengineering.”“If, at the beginning of my career, there was one professor who made a difference, it was Maurice,” Marks says. “He’s responsible for giving me the bug for engineering. He just approached things in such a different way from everyone else. It was exciting. His methodology was to look at a problem and see what you had and where you could go from there — not looking at what everyone else had done and trying to figure out what came next.“But he also just taught me to persevere in problem-solving. Even if a problem makes no sense whatsoever, you can still find a way to get at it. That’s a skill that’s served me well in many different facets of life.”A native of Hollywood, Fla., Marks attended boarding school in New Jersey and spent several summers in China. He ran out of math classes in high school and applied to colleges as a junior.For a young man who ultimately would devote his spare time to leading prospective students on official tours of SEAS, Marks had a fairly unusual approach to college visits. He’d stand on a street corner interviewing students as they walked by: “What do you like about this place? What don’t you like? Where would you have gone if you didn’t come here?”Finally, though, Marks’ decision came from the gut. Paused outside Holworthy Hall one October day, he watched the students lounging in the Yard. “They just looked really happy,” he recalls, “and for whatever reason I decided that Harvard felt right.”When he arrived on campus that fall, he says, he “just sort of fell into the place.”His résumé reflects it. Marks became president of the Harvard College Engineering Society, statistician for the Harvard football team, finance director for the Harvard College Entrepreneurship Forum, “re-founding” member of the Harvard Shooting Club— founded in 1883, the team was disbanded in 2003 and restarted in 2009 — and a three-time winner of the Harvard College Innovation (I3) Challenge. He also served as chairman of the Fellow Selection Committee at the Institute of Politics, reviewing applications from world leaders to spend a semester at Harvard.“When you’re interviewing people who you see on TV on a regular basis, it’s pretty cool,” Marks says with a shrug.Understated but intensely driven, Marks contributed at Harvard to many design projects, including a deep-sea turbine to generate electricity for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; a moon-landing robot for a NASA competition; a biocompatible, injectable gel that solidifies as it warms to body temperature; and a software program called Shoesy, which analyzed biomechanical data to identify the best-fitting pair of shoes.“William has an incredible ability to quickly learn new things, process information, and apply what he has learned,” remarks his adviser, Bhatia. “He’s exceptionally good at thinking on his feet.”Marks graduated in May 2013 with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering sciences (and a secondary field in computer science). He now has the opportunity, if he chooses, to pursue a Ph.D. in medical materials at Cambridge and an M.B.A. here at Harvard.
Having recently joined Dell as the lead for Corporate Sustainability in EMEA, one of the areas I wanted to learn more about was how Dell supports women- and minority-run businesses by integrating them into our supply chain.Women-owned entities represent more than 30 percent of registered businesses worldwide (International Finance Corporation). Yet according to WEConnect International, a global network that connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world, those women-owned businesses are earning less than one percent of the money large corporations and governments spend on vendors. It’s just one example of how these diverse businesses are missing out on opportunities.At Dell, we are working to change this. Our customers come from every nation, culture and walk of life, so it’s important all aspects of our business reflect that diversity – including our supply chain. In FY16, we spent more than US$4 billion with small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses. Plus, over the last decade, we have provided mentoring, training and networking programs to help thousands of our diverse suppliers to scale their businesses and find success.To understand how this relationship is helping women-owned businesses to succeed, I sought out one of our women-owned suppliers OrangeDoor founder, Elizabeth Heron (pictured above).Here’s what she had to say:Tell us a little bit about OrangeDoor, how did you get started?I originally started out in a very corporate environment alongside Boots Pharmaceutical on the launch of Nurofen in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Those were incredibly tough yet exciting and formative years which broadened my knowledge of the industry.Before I knew it, I was running fully integrated, highly innovative marketing campaigns for some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. However, it was a hard, heartless environment and I soon realised it wasn’t what I wanted. It was clear, 16 years ago, that something was missing.I took the plunge to start OrangeDoor from my back bedroom in Bromley. Over 16 amazing years we have grown and built our reputation, becoming specialists in integrated marketing and events while creating a positive work environment – especially for women. I now have the pleasure of leading a team of 30 people providing that powerful secret ingredient clients look for: opening up emotional and targeted insights and delivering amazing results through attention to detail.What were some of the challenges you faced when you started out?The corporate environment was a completely different one to today. It was the era of power dressing, shoulder pads and women who fought their way into business. Women had to be, or at least look, invincible. Of course this wasn’t sustainable and we all felt pressured into presenting a hard, “iron lady” façade – and even worse, we were discouraged to discuss family or loved ones within the work place.We have a more modern mindset for the way we work at OrangeDoor. We have nurtured and developed many young women, giving them countless opportunities, showing them respect, and encouraging them to always push their limits with confidence.As a small business owner, there were some very quick learning curves to be understood without the support of senior departments and specialists, but corporate mentors help fill that gap. I stick with it because the rewards are so immense: the agility and flexibility of your business, the sense of family and cohesion within the team, the quality of the work environment… All these elements are simply irreplaceable and are at the core of who we are as a business.How did you first connect with Dell?In March 2000 I was contacted by a former colleague working in Dell’s EMEA PR team to take part in a competitive pitch for a press event in New York. I was tasked with taking a group of 30 pan-EMEA media members to a conference with CEO and founder Michael Dell, and Joe Tucci. It was a baptism of fire but proved successful!To this day we’ve had continuous year-on-year growth with Dell across the UK and the rest of EMEA, which has helped me grow my team and expand our capabilities to include fully integrated campaigns and engagement programs.How did working with Dell help you grow your business?I always endeavored to surround myself with supportive and likeminded business people and Dell has helped me unlock so many helpful relationships. Today I am supported by WeConnect, which has provided not only excellent professional networking but also exposure to other business owners who face similar challenges.A year and a half ago, we were selected to join Dell’s mentoring programme, which has given us invaluable insight into the way a corporation works. Through this programme, we have gained major understanding of Dell’s procurement issues and processes while strengthening one-on-one relationships with key figures in the business.How important do you think it is for companies to have a focus on supplier diversity?As a female entrepreneur outside the “old boys’ network” you want to show the world you can succeed on your own. But soon you realise that standing on your own feet doesn’t mean having to give up guidance, support and valuable relationships.Dell’s Supplier Diversity programme has provided the support we needed to grow and develop as a business. Dell’s commitment and passion are evident across senior management and there is a genuine desire to recognise opportunity and enable change. It is a privilege to be involved – in fact we now donate some of our time and services at OrangeDoor to extend the program and help other diverse suppliers.Is diversity something you think about when looking for suppliers for your own company?WeConnect unites not only corporates, but also suppliers. As a business at the forefront of our industry, we have a desire to engage with other companies in the group and build relationships that may prove fruitful for both parties. Not only does this add value to the network but allows for smaller companies, who might not otherwise get the chance, to enter the supply chain at a secondary level.If you had one piece of advice for women business owners who are just starting out, what would it be?Put trust in your team and embrace every challenge as a learning curve. Keep learning, growing and surround yourself with like-minded passionate people with integrity. The top of the mountain is a lonely place and the view is much better if you have someone to share it with!To learn about other ways Dell’s Legacy of Good goals are paying off for suppliers, customers, communities and the planet, visit www.dell.com/legacyofgoodupdate. Dell is committed to continually enhancing social and environmental responsibility in our supply chain. Learn more at dell.com/supplychain
Wil Haygood, biographer and journalist for The Washington Post, spoke in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on Tuesday evening about his work in journalism and about his books, including the award-winning “The Butler: A Witness to History,” which was released concurrently with the critically-acclaimed film of the same name.Rosie Biehl | The Observer Haygood, who is visiting campus as a journalist-in-residence of the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, said he was shocked to find that no one had told the story of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served eight presidents, before he did. Haygood said he knew he had to retell the life story of such an interesting man.“I asked Allen if anyone had ever written a story about him. He looked me and said, ‘If you think I’m worthy I believe you’d be the first.’ It hurt me deeply that he didn’t consider his own life worthy of retelling,” Haygood said. “I had no idea how much the story would resonate with readers, but I knew I had a story that would excite me. I knew it was a story that I wanted to write.”Haygood described his intense desire to write as a reporter and the obstacles he faced just getting his foot in the door.“I didn’t have enough experience when I started out to be a full-time reporter so I decided to take a test to be a copy editor and I was hired,” Haygood said. “I was at that position for a year and a half, but I fiercely wanted to write.“So on my days off I used to go around town and talk to people and find stories. So after that time I had over 100 unpaid stories published in order to have some clips to send to other editors.”Haygood said he saw his writing career as a natural progression from his career has a journalist and that the two work together to help him in both pursuits.“A lot of the authors that I had admired had their roots in newspapers,” he said. “I was used to writing 3,000 word articles, and about 45 of those would be about the length of a book. I knew that if I wanted to write books that I would have the skills and the training.“I wanted to have my journalism lead to something else, and books just started calling me and grabbing my interest.”Haygood said for him, writing has always been about telling good stories and getting them to people in a medium that is unlike any other.“I think I’ve always wanted to write, to bring a picture to the page without a picture,” he said. “The best novels can make you see and visualize a whole world without any pictures. That’s what I want to do with my writing.”Tags: Gallivan Program, Journalism Ethics & Democracy, The Butler, The Washington Post, Wil Haygood
Cedric Neal’s Broadway credits include After Midnight and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, but the Texas-born performer is now U.K.-based, to the benefit of audiences that can see him starring as Berry Gordy in the West End premiere of Motown the Musical, which opened this week at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Broadway.com caught up with the charming Neal to talk living legends and hitting that top B-flat.How are you feeling as you make your West End debut?Let me tell you, the whole thing has been a whirlwind experience! I got called into audition for Motown when it was in New York three times, and three times something came up. So it’s divine timing that my husband and I moved over to London and the opportunity came up here.Was the offer always to play Berry Gordy?In New York, I’d had one audition for Stevie Wonder and another for someone else, so I was sure in London that they were going to call me in for Stevie Wonder or Marvin Gaye but they said, no, it’s Berry Gordy!Has Mr. Gordy seen your performance yet?He came to previews and [was there] opening night. The night he was in, he came by my dressing room before the show basically to tell us, “You guys have this” and not to be nervous because he’s notorious for having notes. There’s even a line in the show where Diana Ross says, “Notes, notes, always notes!”In which case, what were his notes?He came backstage after the curtain call and—I call him Pops—I said to him, “So, Pops, are we getting our notes tonight or in the morning?” And he said, “I have no notes at all.” When I posted that on Facebook, a friend responded, “See? Miracles do happen!”It must be daunting playing a figure who is also a producer and the writer on this show.True, but I’m in an interesting position as against Charl Brown [2013 Tony nominee, who plays Smokey Robinson] or Lucy St. Louis [who plays Diana Ross] in that they are playing living legends who are recognizable by face and body, whereas nobody knows the temperament or physicality of Berry Gordy. They only know the artist. So I get to play what Berry Gordy thinks he sounds like when he’s singing.Are you a good fit physically?There’s definitely a resemblance! His longtime assistant Mario said at the last dress rehearsal that I was the one of this show’s various Berry Gordys who looks the most like him.How would you describe the part if you had to do a character breakdown of it?A charismatic, charming, vision-driven male who can sing up to a B-flat—and who happens to be Berry Gordy!You’ve got easily the biggest part in the show—is it a tough sing?The first song he sings in act one is “To Be Loved” which is an emotional roller-coaster right off the bat, and then more than two-and-a-half hours later I’m singing, “Can I Close the Door (On Love),” which is one of the two songs Berry wrote for the show. I call it my Jennifer Holliday moment.What about that inimitable Motown sound: was that part of your DNA?Definitely! My parents had three boys and my younger sister and all of us sang. My dad would be singing The Temptations with me and my brothers as the background singers, while my mom was singing Gladys Knight. It was a very loud household.The music is so infectious that it must be hard to shake off.It is a part of my life, yes. Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life is one of my favorite albums of all time and is always in rotation in my iPad—but one thing I do when I get to the theater is to refuse to listen to any of the music from the show so that it’s fresh when I am in the show.So many of the same musicals are running here and on Broadway: do you feel as you never left home?In a way yes, but in a totally opposite way, I’m very well aware that I’m not in New York anymore. London has been nothing but receptive to my talents and the gifts I have to offer. I’m well aware of divine positioning and believe that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.And in a bigger role than you have so far got to play on Broadway.Well, it’s no secret in New York when casting agents and directors see you as a certain thing that it can be hard to get past that. I was getting wonderful featured ensemble roles in New York, but I don’t think it was easy for them to see me as the leading man because they didn’t know me as one.You’ve been in Dreamgirls before in the U.S., and the show is now coming to London at the end of the year. Any interest in reprising it here?I’ll just say this: I’ve done Dreamgirls three times in the States, twice as James “Thunder” Early and once as C.C., and I think I’ve had my fill of Dreamgirls. I love that show and wish the London production nothing but success, but there are some other roles out there.Do you miss New York?The thing I miss about New York is that I can’t celebrate all the things happening this season with the Shuffle Along cast and The Color Purple cast and the On Your Feet cast. I miss not being able to celebrate with them.But this part surely represents ample compensation.I don’t know how this is going to sound but London is keeping me from missing New York. Cedric Neal in ‘Motown'(Photo: Alastair Muir) View Comments
The International Mountain Bike Association recently released the newest additions to its coveted list of 52 epic trails worldwide: the 22-mile Double Oak Trail near Birmingham, Ala., and the 40-mile MoCo Loop in Maryland.
Senior Editor The Bar’s Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee is seeking input on whether nonlawyer foreclosure companies are committing UPL.The committee will hold a public hearing at 10:30 a.m. on January 15 during the Bar’s Midyear Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Miami.“It’s an industry that has popped up over the past several years and it’s causing a lot of problems,” said Bar UPL Counsel Lori Holcomb. “We’ve prosecuted several of these people.”Janet Morgan, staff counsel in the Ft. Lauderdale office who has investigated several complaints, said the foreclosure assistance companies get the names of homeowners sued in foreclosure from public records. They then direct mail advertise or contact the homeowners in some other way to pitch their services.“Generally, they tell these people in some fashion they can help them save their house or get their house out of foreclosure and they need to sign up with them right away,” Morgan said.It can be an irresistible urge to someone about to lose their home.The homeowners are typically charged $750 to $850 for help, although at least one company charged a homeowner $1,275, Morgan said.What happens next can vary. Morgan said some companies do very little. In some cases, they try to negotiate with the lender or the lender’s lawyer. Or they give the homeowner advice on how to respond to the suit. Some companies have even drafted customer’s answers and motions, with or without lawyers, or have taken other actions in the foreclosure suit, she said. (Even if a company had a lawyer draft a motion, it’s against Bar rules and case law to pass that through to a client for whom the lawyer does not directly work.)What help did homeowners get for their money?“They either ended up losing their houses anyway, or they handled it themselves after the company did nothing,” Morgan said, “and they were out the company’s fee which they could ill afford to lose.”“The Bar’s position is that the foreclosure companies are essentially negotiating the settlement of a lawsuit, which is the unlicensed practice of law,” Morgan said. “They are generally causing harm to the customer, to the people who are coming to them for help.”One elderly man nearly lost more than just the fee. Morgan said the man had always relied on his wife to handle the finances, but after she died, he was left with the finances for the first time. Unbeknownst to him, his wife had taken a second mortgage with the same lender, requiring two separate payments. When the man paid the correct total amount, but mistakenly in a lump sum using only one loan number, the mortgage company began to show one loan in default, and the other with extra payments.The mortgage company filed a foreclosure suit, and the man, who was unaware of his valid defense, sought assistance from one of the nonlawyer foreclosure companies. The nonlawyer company did not recognize the underlying error, and treated his case like a standard foreclosure, nearly resulting in the loss of the home.Fortunately, before the house was lost, the homeowner consulted a lawyer, who was able to straighten out the problems.“Not only aren’t these foreclosure companies trained to look for all the possible defenses, they’re not supposed to be giving legal advice anyway,” Morgan said.She added that most of the companies reported to the Bar were located in Broward County, and that the Bar’s enforcement activities have closed several down.After the public hearing, the Standing Committee on UPL can draft a proposed opinion and submit it to the Florida Supreme Court, which has final say. The committee is seeking input on whether any of the following actions constitute the unlicensed practice of law when performed by a nonlawyer on behalf of a party to a mortgage foreclosure action pending before a Florida court:• Negotiating with the lender or lender’s attorney to modify, reinstate, or restructure the mortgage loan which forms the basis of the foreclosure action;• Drafting documents which memorialize the negotiations as the representative of a party to the foreclosure action;• Reviewing and explaining to the party to the mortgage foreclosure action documents drafted by the lender or lender’s attorney, which memorialize the negotiations;• Inducing the party to the mortgage foreclosure action to rely on the nonlawyer to handle all aspects of the foreclosure action for the party; and/or• Preparing pleadings and other documents to be filed in the court in connection with the mortgage foreclosure action.• Whether a nonlawyer who negotiates the modification, reinstatement or restructure of a mortgage loan outside of the foreclosure context engages in the unlicensed practice of law.Anyone who wants to submit written comments may submit them to Jeffrey T. Picker, assistant UPL counsel, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300. December 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News UPL Committee examines foreclosure companies UPL Committee examines foreclosure companies
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