August 4, 2021

Search for new Dean of Undergraduate Admissions down to 3 finalists

first_imgprintThe search for the next Dean of Undergraduate Admissions is narrowed down to three finalists who will each take place in a question and answer session this week.The finalists include; Heath Einstein, the interim Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at TCU, Michael Elgarico, the Director of Undergraduate Admissions at California Lutheran University and Jason McGrath, the Associate Director of Admissions at Vanderbilt University.The three will be meeting with various groups of faculty, staff, students and members of the administration in the coming week.Each candidate will also outline their vision on the major challenges facing higher education today and how they can meet those challenges at TCU in a forum open to all members of the TCU community. Einstein’s meeting will be Wednesday, Elgarico’s Monday and McGrath’s Tuesday. All three meetings will be from 2:30 to 3:30 in the Scharbauer Hall Debate Chamber.Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nowell Donovan said in an email that he encourages everyone to participate and requests their feedback on the candidates.A committee established to search for the new dean operated under the leadership of Dr. Leo Munson, Associate Provost for Academic Support, and a national search firm.Donovan said he hopes a decision will be made in the next few weeks. Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articlePolice: TCC student found dead near TCU knew killerNext articleA&J Podcast – May 2, 2017 Elizabeth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare ReddIt TCU commons. Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ WATCH: Former Chief of Staff for Obama talks Trump administration, Democrats, liberal arts education ReddIt Linkedin Twitter CRES negotiates move to interdisciplinary unit amid student resistance TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Alumna joins ‘Survivor’ reality show in quest for a million dollars Facebook Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Twitter Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ + posts Facebook Elizabeth Campbell Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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Poplawski lives lifelong dream of playing for hometown school Syracuse

first_imgWhen Taylor Poplawski walked out through the tunnel of the Carrier Dome on Sunday and onto the turf for her first home game, she had many thoughts run through her mind.It was the same field that she had watched her heroes play on from the stands while she grew up. It was the same field that she had practiced on in front of nearly 50,000 empty seats.But that day, it was, for the first time, her home field.And she was nervous.“I just tried to do what I could. Just mellowed myself out,” Poplawski said. “And focused on what I needed to get done. Focused on some major points of what to do.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow a freshman for the Orange, Poplawski, a Syracuse native, is having an incredible start to her freshman season. She ranks third on the team in goals scored with 10 and is seeing significant playing time behind attacks Alyssa Murray and Kayla Treanor, on the nation’s top-scoring team.Poplawski will look to continue her impressive start when the Orange travels to Boston College on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. start in Chestnut Hill, Mass.“It’s not like she’s coming in trying to do too much,” Murray said. “She’s just really playing off of us really well and taking our advice and the coaches’ advice and just striving off of that.”In her first Dome game last Sunday against Canisius, she scored a game-high four goals. She score three of those in the span of 1:40 to end the first half, which put the game out of the Golden Griffins’ reach.“It was pretty amazing. It was a pretty cool experience,” Poplawski said. “I was nervous but I tried to stay composed and do my best.”Poplawski stands at just 5 feet, 2 inches. Her stature doesn’t intimidate. Her voice doesn’t boom. It’s her confidence that helps her stand out.When asked when she started to realize that Syracuse might be a legitimate possibility for her during high school, she paused. She tried to think of a specific time.But there wasn’t one. Syracuse was the only school that she could ever picture herself playing at.“To be here is literally a dream come true,” Poplawski said. “I’ve worked so hard my high school career to be here and play for such a great team. It’s really an honor.”She grew up playing high school lacrosse with Taylor Gait at the Christian Brothers Academy. SU head coach Gary Gait, who is Taylor Gait’s father, would watch them play and was impressed with what he saw from Poplawski.Gary Gait wanted Poplawski, and Poplawski wanted Syracuse. It was a mutual fit.“She developed into a great high school player and we were definitely interested in having her come to Syracuse pretty young,” Gait said. “We got to see her play, and thought she’d be a good fit here.”Coming into the season, Poplawski was one of the few freshmen that Gait predicted would have an immediate effect on his team, and he was right.But even though Poplawski is turning heads in just her first four games for the Orange, she still insists she has to prove what it takes.Poplawski knows the team she is on is stacked with experienced, championship-caliber players. It’s made people expect a lot of her, and she’s not shying away.“There is a lot of pressure,” Poplawski said. “But I do feel like I play better knowing that there is that pressure, knowing that we do have expectations.“Not only for myself, but for the team.” Comments Published on February 25, 2014 at 11:01 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Men’s basketball looks to rebound against Oregon

first_imgAfter a three-game home stand, the USC men’s basketball team will head up to the Pacific Northwest to take on Oregon and Oregon State.The Trojans (9-8, 1-4) are coming off three straight home games that saw them go 1-2. After winning the first against the California Bears, the Trojans have lost two straight  games to Stanford and crosstown rival UCLA.USC will come into the game relatively fresh, as the Trojans have had the past week off, and they hope the extra practice time will pay off following a disappointing loss the UCLA Bruins last Wednesday. Despite keeping the game close in the first half, the Trojans were blown out in the second half and ultimately fell 83-66.Second-year big man Nikola Jovanovic had a strong game, scoring 20 points and grabbing five rebounds. However, the rest of the team struggled and couldn’t get the offense going. As a team, the Trojans shot just 41 percent from the field and were out rebounded 41-20 by the Bruins.“We just got to be tougher. Simple as that,” Clark said. “They outplayed us. They out-toughed us on the boards. We got punked.”The Bruins were led by backcourt duo Bryce Alford and Norman Powell who combined for 43 points. The Bruins had their way in the paint and had a drastic advantage on the boards due to their size advantage.The Trojans will look to turn things around when they take on the Oregon Ducks (12-6, 2-3). The Ducks are coming off two straight losses of their own and will look to turn their fortune around against the struggling Trojans.Senior guard Joseph Young, the second-highest scorer in the   Pac-12, highlights an experienced Oregon squad. The Ducks will also cause problems for the Trojans in the front-court. Led by forwards Elgin Cook and Dwayne Benjamin, the Ducks average roughly 40 rebounds per game. Freshman Jordan Bell also averages the second-most blocks per game in the Pac-12 with 3.5 and rounds out a solid front court rotation for the Ducks.After being killed on the glass against the Bruins, USC will need to put extra emphasis on boxing out and rebounding as a team. USC has struggled mightily this season with rebounding as highlighted by Jovanovic after the UCLA loss.“As a team we didn’t do a good job boxing-out or squeezing the ball with our hands,” Jovanovic said. “I tried to do my best but everyone needs to contribute. That’s why we lost. We need to put our things together.”Jovanovic, who started out the season slowly after being hyped up for his offseason play with the Pac-12 All Stars, has started to find his groove. The Serbian has scored in double digits in 12 straight games while shooting well above 50 percent during that stretch.The Trojans know what they have from their second-year big man, but will need their young core of freshmen to step up if they hope to compete on the road. Freshman guard Jordan McLaughlin has struggled since returning from an elbow injury.Fellow freshman Malik Martin has failed to contribute in the past few games, with bench player Darion Clark steadily outplaying him. With Oregon having such a strong front court and Clark averaging almost double the amount of rebounds as Martin per game, don’t be surprised if head coach Andy Enfield opts to give the second-year player a couple of extra minutes.Oregon has been extremely susceptible to the 3-point shot this season and with Ducks having one of the best shot blockers manning the paint, the Trojans should take full advantage of the outside shot.The Trojans have struggled mightily against Oregon in years past, their last win coming in 2009. If the Trojans can continue to grow and play as a team- they have shown flashes this season, they can give the Ducks a run for their money.USC will face Oregon on Thursday, Jan. 22 in Eugene, Oregon. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. PST and will be aired on the    Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

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David Mark: FG Should Take Sports Devt Serious

first_imgGeorge Okoh in MakurdiFormer Senate President, Senator David Mark has urged governments at all levels to take sport development seriously as a way to check all forms of social ills in the country.Mark who spoke yesterday after teeing off a golf competition in commemoration of his 68th. birthday celebration at the Otukpo Golf and Country Club, said sports was also a veritable platform for national integration. The former Senate President also urged youths to take advantage of sport facilities and competitions in the country to develop themselves and become better citizens.Mark said, “here in Otukpo we long initiated and started a golf academy which has over 400 membership strength and still counting and in so doing we have raised champions at various competitions across the globe, the initiative has helped the children and youths focus their lives towards greatness.“Aside golf I’m also encouraging and supporting football and athletics all in the spirit of ensuring that our children and youths engage in gainful ventures in order to become useful citizens.”The tournament drew both amateur and professional golfers from across the country.Earlier on on Friday Mark marked his 68th birthday with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Agatu local government area of Benue State rendered homeless aftermath of the massacre that left hundreds of people dead.He was at one of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Aila community of Agatu local government area where he distributed relief materials, food stuff, clothes and toiletries to them.Senator Mark who distributed the relief materials through his wife, Mrs. Helen Mark said:” I identify with you. I share in your pains and frustrations. But don’t lose hope. Help will come your way.”He said spending time with the IDPs gave him a sense of fulfilment “because I have devoted the rest of my life to serve God and the less privileged in the society.“Nothing can be more fulfilling for me on my birthday than bringing joy and relief to the IDPs in Agatu. I will do whatever I can to improve their condition. The situation is not palatable. But we must give them hope.”Senator Mark also urged Corporate Institutions as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to come around to assist the IDPs.He specifically pleaded with Benue State government to collaborate with the Federal government in order to initiate an action plan towards rebuilding and resettling the survivors of the Agatu massacre.Receiving the relief materials on behalf of the people, District Head of Aila community, Chief Michael Magaji expressed appreciation to Senator Mark for the gesture.Chief Magaji however requested the authorities to increase security presence in the war ravaged communities to enable the survivors return to their ancestral homes.The call he said has become imperative now to enable people go into the farming season.Meanwhile, life has started returning to the some communities in Agatu local government. A handful of people were seen in make-shift structures trying to pick their pieces as soldiers parades the communities to guarantee security.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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CROOK AND THIEF FRANCOIS LOSES ANOTHER €4.6M

first_imgTHE French crook who swindled millions of euro out of gullible Donegal investors has had €4.65M seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau.Francois de Dietrich, who ran his scam from Ballybofey offices, has already had more than €20M seized in the North.The money seized by CAB was uncovered in 11 bank accounts in the State, Belgium, Estonia and Luxembourg following a year-long investigation by the them, the garda fraud bureau and international authorities. Donegal people will now be paid back some of their investment on a pro-rata basis when PricewaterhouseCoopers, which was appointed liquidator on both sides of the Border to Etic Solutions Ltd, owned by Mr De Dietrich, has completed its inquiries.The probe, which also involved the PSNI, the Financial Services Authority in the UK and police forces in Estonia, Belgium and Luxembourg, identified 400 investors in Etic Solutions.Inquiries established that many of the investors were still awaiting a return. Advertisement The Ballybofey company was put in liquidation and Mr De Dietrich left Donegal. He is hiding in France.Despite the latest revelations, roly-poly crook Francois says he’s innocent. CROOK AND THIEF FRANCOIS LOSES ANOTHER €4.6M was last modified: December 22nd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crookFrancois de Dietrichfraudsterlast_img read more

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Panspermia Discounted: Life Had to Start Here

first_imgSome prominent biologists have pointed to a back door on the stage of life’s origin.  They have argued that even if the probability for the first cell was unlikely on Earth, life could have been brought here from space.  Francis Crick promoted this view; so did Fred Hoyle.  Most recently, even the ardent atheist Darwin promoter Richard Dawkins allowed room for this view.  In the movie Expelled, he told a surprised Ben Stein that biologists might be able to detect the presence of intelligent design in Earth-based life as a sign it was brought here by aliens – but he reassured him that it would have had to originate on another world by a Darwinian means.  Is there really a back door entrance for life on Earth?    Leslie Mullins wrote on this for Space.com.  Her article includes a picture of Louis Pasteur; she described how he had disproved spontaneous generation.  The challenge facing molecules-to-man evolution is to get life started in spite of Pasteur’s Law of Biogenesis (life begets life).  Mullins pointed out that Pasteur and Darwin came to opposite conclusions.  Pasteur had experiments to back up his belief; Darwin’s theory only “implied” something that Pasteur’s results forbade:Pasteur’s experiments and Darwin’s theory led to opposing conclusions regarding the origin of life on Earth.  Pasteur claimed that his work lent support to the belief that God created life.  Just as life could not arise spontaneously from inanimate matter, the first life on the early Earth could not have arisen without the aid of a divine creator.  Yet Darwin’s theory of life evolving over time implied that the first life on Earth could have evolved naturally from inanimate matter.For those committed to following Darwin’s implication, Mullins explored the options.  You may not have known that there are several flavors of Panspermia.  She described the work of Iris Fry who had written on the history of the idea.  The 19th-century Panspermia proposed that packages of life were pushed to the planets by radiation.  Transpermia is the more modern version that arose after it was discovered that the universe had a beginning.  A third option hypothesizes that only the building blocks of life (e.g., amino acids) were delivered from space.    Mullins ended up discounting these ideas: “life would have to endure quite a lot to get here,” she said.  “The conditions in space are extremely hostile to Earth-based life, which tends to die when exposed to an airless vacuum and extremes of temperature and radiation.”  What’s more, tests by European scientists have cast doubt that the material, alive or not, could survive the fiery entry through the atmosphere.    That leaves one option: life began here.  She finds that not so implausible.  “Some scientists even question whether organic material delivered by comets and meteorites was necessary for life’s origin, since the early Earth may have had plenty of organic material of its own.”  Iris Fry takes that position: “I don’t see why life couldn’t have started here.”Iris and Leslie don’t see why because they haven’t read our online book.  If they were regular readers of CEH, they would be filled with despair trying to keep hope alive that life could arise on this planet (or anywhere in the universe) without a Creator.  The gig is up.  It’s time to face reality.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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FNB pours R40m into local football

first_img14 December 2010First National Bank, one of South Africa’s four major banks, is to invest R40-million (US$5.8-million) in developing the country’s young footballers over the next few years.The bank will sponsor the national under-17 boys’ and girls’ teams, as well as school football tournaments. It has already built four pitches in as many communities, and another will be finished in 2011.FNB’s investment, announced on 9 December, is part of the bank’s legacy programme following the 2010 Fifa World Cup, into which it pumped R30-million ($4.3-million).“We’re happy to announce this, especially at a time when I can assure you that things are not easy in corporate South Africa,” said FNB brand director Derek Carstens.The government and the South African Football Association (Safa) praised the bank for its pledge.The biggest chunk of the sponsorship will go to the under 17-boys’ and girls’ teams, respectively known as Amajimbos and Abantwana. FNB has already channelled R18-million ($2.6-million) into these teams, which are eyeing spots in the next Fifa World Cups for their age groups.“The key objective we’ve set ourselves is that Amajimbos and Abantwana qualify for the World Cup in 2012 and 2013,” Carstens said.FNB has been involved with the Amajimbos for a number of years now, but the Abantwana sponsorship is a new venture. “We look at male and female sports as equally important,” he added.Bringing the Beautiful Game back to schoolsThe FNB Festivals are tipped to become the next biggest fad in school football. A total of 162 schools will participate in the inaugural event in 2011, after which it will become an annual fixture.Twenty schools will battle it out in the Lucas Radebe Tribute Festival, which is the Soweto leg of the competition in south-west Johannesburg. St Davids Marist in Sandton, Johannesburg will see 42 schools slugging it out for glory.Grey College in Bloemfontein will host 20 schools, while a further 32 schools will use Durban’s Kloof High School as their battlefield. Victoria Park and Benoni High, schools located in Port Elizabeth and east of Johannesburg respectively, will each host 16 school teams.The schools’ competition is viewed as a great way to get pupils back into the swing of the Beautiful Game. Local football experts agree that the sport has long lost its ground in both urban and rural schools, which has impacted negatively on talent development. This is blamed for the current under-performance of national squads.“Our football in schools, I must say, is dead,” said Serame Letsoaka, Safa’s technical director. “This is where we tapped in for talent.“Thank you FNB for creating this opportunity to go back to schools.”R15-million on turfsThe bank channelled about R15-million ($2.2-million) into the development of football pitches before the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The pitches were created in Thohoyandou in Limpopo, Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, Mthatha in the Eastern Cape and George in the Western Cape.A pitch in Kimberley, Northern Cape, will be completed by June in 2011, the bank said.Community leagues will play their matches here, and may also host touring international junior teams. “We’re looking at teams like Boca Juniors of Argentina to bring their under-17s to play at the turfs,” said Carstens.Carstens said they have partnered with local municipalities in the areas to maintain the grounds.Coaches will be groomed for all the venues. Letsoaka, a coach himself, is excited about coaching clinics that will be run at the pitches. “We have been saying, let’s produce developmental coaches. These are the areas where we’ll develop coaches,” he said.Lucas Radebe, the former Bafana and Leeds United captain, has been appointed the ambassador of FNB’s legacy programme and he’ll oversee activities on the pitches.Intensifying Soccer Classic ClashesThe bank’s Soccer Classic Clashes competition, which was launched in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, in 2007, will also be extended. Starting in 2011, there will be far more venues and matches than in previous years, according to FNB.Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula said: “This legacy programme will impact on thousands of lives. A number of Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana (national male and female teams) will be drawn from this programme.”First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Top Five Tips for Creating a World-Class Geocache

first_imgYou’ve found them, seen them in blog posts, heard about them from other geocachers, and see the load of Favorite Points next to their names. What are they? They’re the best of the best: amazing geocaches. The time and effort that goes in to creating these geocaches is incredible.The Tin Man (GC4B6BB), a great example of thinking outside the ammo can from geocacher Ecylram.With every Geocache of the Week post I write, I always ask the geocache creator, “What criteria do you use to make sure the geocaches you create are so awesome?” We’ve taken the answers to this question. We’ve combined them with responses from geocachers about what makes a great find. And we’ve create the Top Five Tips for Creating a World-Class ‘Cache. Feel free to add your tips or ideas in the comments.1. Love Your GeocacheIf you love your geocache, others probably will too. Show your geocache some love by making sure it’s well-maintained. This includes ensuring the log stays dry, the container stays in good shape, keeping the geocache details page updated and responding promptly to “Needs Maintenance” logs. This is easier when you place a geocache that’s close to home or in a place that you’re able to access easily.2. Get CreativeSome geocaches are just there to be found, and that’s okay. Everyone plays the game differently. But great geocaches actually evoke a reaction or emotion from the finder. Sometimes it’s a laugh, and sometimes it’s an “OMG!” Geocacher Ecylram has a great piece of advice, “the find needs to bring something unique or uncommon for the cacher, and the sum of the experience needs to be memorable.” Think of it this way: a geocache is like a piece of art. Yours may not be liked by everybody, but if it causes a reaction or emotion—it’s a masterpiece. So get creative and think outside the ammo can. If you need some inspiration, check out this video about creative geocaches.This is the “OMG” look we’re aiming for.3. Location, Location, LocationI’m sure you knew this one was coming. Geocachers love to discover new and amazing places. While that railing may not have a micro geocache attached to it, do you think geocachers will be enjoy that location? Think more along the lines of parks that few people know about, hidden gems in your area, a great place for a sunset or sunrise, scenic vistas and other great spots.4. Go Big or Go HomeWe love swag, trading trackables and writing great logs. Unfortunately, the smallest geocaches aren’t conducive to these things. So if your hiding spot has enough room, place the largest geocache that will fit, while still remaining hidden. This typically means, avoiding hiding really small geocaches in really large forests. This will give geocachers the chance to trade trinkets and trackables.A great spot for a geocache. Photo by geocacher acaferreira5. Great Geocaches Deserve Great DescriptionsThink of the geocache description as your artist’s statement. Some geocachers create epic stories about their geocaches or create an adventure for other geocachers to take part in. While you don’t have to go this far for every hide, a nice paragraph or two introducing the geocache, describing the area, dropping subtle hints and giving any pertinent details will suffice. Check out the story that accompanies Das Vergessene Portal (The Forgotten Portal) (GC3HWBE). (You might have to translate it from German.)We continually see amazing creativity come out of the geocaching community. We’re still amazed by the thought and dedication that goes into keeping our favorite hobby fun. Now that you’ve read our Top Five Tips for Creating a World-Class ‘Cache, we’d like to see your examples of great geocaches and read your tips.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedSnooping near Snoopy — Take a Deep Breath (GC4M0KY) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 16, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”Catching a ‘Cacher — How to Build a Better…(GC29F60) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 31, 2013In “Community”5 Tips to Achieve Geocaching StardomFebruary 4, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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Meet The Ubuntu Women – They’re More Involved Than You Think

first_imgTake a quick look around the Ubuntu forums and IRC channels and you can miss the pattern: it’s mostly men. That is not to say that there is no diversity in the open source community, only that you need to look a little deeper to find it.According to a recent survey, only 12% of professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are women. So I felt especially lucky to “sit-down” with Ubuntu Women members Elizabeth “Lyz” Krumbach and Cheri Francis over a Google+ hangout to discuss the work they are doing with the organization.Why Ubuntu? All jabs at Unity aside, it is still one of the most popular Linux distributions and this group is doing its best to promote that message while also encouraging women to become more involved.From its humble beginnings in 2006, the Ubuntu Women mission has been clear – to encourage women to use and contribute to Ubuntu. The organization is not political, so you’ll find no mentions of feminism or the like, but rather a safe place where women, curious about the Ubuntu developer community, can come and ask questions without fear of intimidation or condescension. The group’s membership has grown to over 300 (including myself) with support from everyone from Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth himself to other community leaders and project teams. veronica henry Tags:#2010 in Review#hack Why You Love Online Quizzes What exactly do the Ubuntu Women Do Anyway?MentorshipThough efforts at a formal mentorship program fizzled, the team was not deterred. After some retooling, what emerged was a more informal, but much more effective system. When new members reach out, usually via mailing list or the IRC chat room, someone from the team immediately responds and puts them in touch with a community member who can help get them going.ContributionsContributions to the Ubuntu and open source community are as varied as they are numerous. Here’s just a snapshot of some of the areas where the Ubuntu Women as individuals and a team have made a significant impact:• IRC channel support• Documentation• Education• O’Reilly Linux DevCenter blogging• Package maintenance• Development & testing• Local community leadershipRecently elected to the Ubuntu Women leadership team, Lyz Krumbach just won the O’Reilly Open Source Award for her open source contributions. And she will soon be traveling to Ghana to help San Francisco non-profit Partimus – which provides repurposed computers running free software to students and schools in need – with deploying Ubuntu systems.Cheri Francis, another member of the leadership team, is the spearhead behind the group’s monthly Career Day. She also heads up her local community group, ReLoCo and also participates with the accessibility and NGO teams.One of Francis’ proudest moments is introducing Ubuntu to her mom, who has multiple sclerosis. Ubuntu offers the customization she needed to modify the system to make it easier for her mother to use and remember things. This has allowed her to do more than she has with any other computer.Also sitting on the Ubuntu Leadership team is Amber Graner. She is the co-author of The Official Ubuntu Book, and a frequent organizer and speaker at open source events around the world.EducationEach month, the group hosts a Career Day chat on IRC in the Ubuntu Classroom #ubuntuclassroom. Cheri Francis spearheads this initiative, frustrated by the lack of information available about IT careers that could help her and others make more informed career decisions.An IT industry professional attends the online chat and posts information about her career – like how to break into the field, skills needed and what a typical day is like. Each session lasts about an hour, with time included for questions and answers. The next chat will be October 18, 2012, featuring Silvia Bindelli, a computer science engineer who will discuss her work as an engineering software release coordinator.Needs The open source community backbone is comprised of a legion of fiercely dedicated volunteers. Still, the needs are many. In addition to the obvious need for technical talent – developers, QA, designers and the like – there is also a need for writers, bug triage, organizers and everything in between.If you’d like to join the Ubuntu Women, contact anyone on the leadership team, or check out the #ubuntu-women and #ubuntu-women-project IRC channels. Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

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Did Alfred Hitchcock Actually Direct the Psycho “Shower Scene”?

first_imgThe most famous scene of Alfred Hitchcock’s career may have actually been shot by famed illustrator, Saul Bass.Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho reigns as one of the most critically acclaimed movies of all time. The film has scared audiences for 54 years and the directoral genius Alfred Hitchcock gets most of the credit. But in some breaking news, first reported by Vashi Nedomansky, the famous ‘Shower Scene’ may have not actually been shot by Hitchcock. Rather, there’s now compelling evidence to suggest that illustrator Saul Bass was the actual director of the scene.Photo Courtesy of filmmakeriqHitchcock and Bass both claim to have directed the scene but evidence of Saul’s involvement extends far past speculation. Bass was commissioned as a Pictorial Consultant for the scene, for which he created 48 stylized storyboards. Which bear striking resemblance to the actual shots used in Psycho. Moreover, Bass had the following to say about his experience shooting Psycho:“When the time came to shoot, I was on stage near Hitch, who was sitting in his elevated director’s chair in his Buddha mode, hands folded on his belly. He asked me to set up the first shot, as per my storyboard. After I checked it through the camera, I turned to him and said ‘Here it is.’ Then Hitch said ‘Go ahead, roll it.’ It was an amazing moment. On Hitch’s set, no one would issue orders other than Hitch. So I swallowed hard, gulped and said ‘Roll camera! . . . Action!’ He sat back in the chair, encouraging me, benignly nodding his head periodically, and giving me the ‘Roll’ signal as I matched each shot to the storyboard.”The story seems too vivid to have been made up but to accept it’s validity is to take credit away from Hitchcock. Hitchcock obviously denied the claim by stating:“He [Saul Bass] did only one scene, but I didn’t use his montage. He was supposed to do the titles, but since he was interested in the picture, I just let him lay out the sequence of the detective going up the stairs, just before he is stabbed.”The world will probably never definitively know who shot the famous “shower scene” but what we do know is Bass’s illustrations are strikingly incredibly similar to the final shots in Psycho. Furthermore, Bass was paid $17,000 for his work, which would have been a lot of money for a commissioned illustrator, but not for a hired director.The following video by Vashi Nedomansky shows Bass’s illustrations side by side with the actual shots from the scene. Take a look and let us know what you think. Was the most famous scene in Psycho shot by Saul Bass? Tell us in the comments below.last_img read more

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