Revue relocates to Stepan

first_imgThe students behind the 2011 edition of the Keenan Revue boast that this year’s variety show is “Too Big for Saint Mary’s,” as the event’s move to Stepan Center means the venue and production will be larger than ever. After the O’Laughlin Auditorium at Saint Mary’s College chose not to renew Keenan Hall’s contract last spring, Revue director Grayson Duren and producer Chase Riddle, both juniors, began their search for a new venue for the envelope-pushing production. “We and the previous director and producer looked at alternate spots, including Washington Hall and the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend,” Duren said. “But we didn’t want to take it off campus to a place that was more professional than our show.” Riddle said keeping the production free for students was also a factor in choosing a new location for the show. “At the ticket distribution for the Revue, people always pull out their credit cards or ask how much it is, but we wanted to keep the event free for students,” Riddle said. “We needed a venue that could make the show free for nearly 4,000 people.” With convenience, capacity and cost in mind, Duren and Riddle looked into using Stepan Center for the Revue. Duren said the building was especially appealing because of its location. “Since our main focus was making the show free for students, Stepan was a great option because it’s on campus, so students wouldn’t have to pay for tickets or for transportation to get to an off-campus venue,” Duren said. Once Keenan secured Stepan Center as its venue, Duren and Riddle knew the larger arena would require expanded lighting and sound technology than the standard equipment provided in previously used venues. Riddle said that because he and Duren are amateurs at their jobs, they enlisted the help of the Student Activities Office for the production. “We don’t have any experience with shows, so we had to go out of our element in a big way to make decisions about stuff we don’t really know about,” Riddle said. “Peggy Hnatusko [director of student activities programming for Student Activities] got us in contact with the right people to help us with the show’s production.” Hnatusko helped Duren and Riddle get in touch with Shannon Stewart, an independent production manager and live sound engineer and consultant at Stewart Independent Production LLC who has worked on several productions at Notre Dame over the past 17 years. Stewart, whose previous projects at Notre Dame include a Billy Joel concert, a Vince Vaughn comedy show and the B1 Block Party, agreed to provide sound and lighting technology for the Keenan Revue at a reasonable price, Riddle said. “The lights and sound will be much better quality than they were at Saint Mary’s for about the same price,” Riddle said. “[Stewart’s] workers are practically working for free and paying for their hotels out of pocket so the public doesn’t have to pay for tickets to the Revue.” Duren and Riddle said Stewart made it a point to come to Notre Dame because of his long history of producing events at the University. “[Stewart] wants it to be good because it has his name and Notre Dame’s name on it,” Riddle said. “He’s like a saint because we’re paying for technology and service that would be four to five times as much otherwise.” Stewart said he views his job as much more than just providing basic lighting and sound. “Our goal is to create a hybrid between a concert and a theatrical event using professional sound reinforcement and lighting,” Stewart said. “We’ve created a theatrical production with a punch.” Stewart said working with Notre Dame has always been a positive experience, especially with events in Stepan Center. “We’re here to provide the client with the tools they need to bring their hard work and vision to life,” Stewart said. “It’s been a pleasure working with the Keenan guys and Fr. Dan [Nolan, Keenan Hall rector], and we always enjoy coming down here to do shows because it’s a great place.” The Keenan Revue will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Stepan Center.last_img read more

Vinehub: New Social Network Connector to Aggregate, Update Multiple Services

first_imgWhen Google announced the launch of the new Buzz API yesterday at the Google I/O developers conference, I spotted an application in their partner lineup which hadn’t yet crossed my radar: Vinehub. After having initially spotted their logo in the Google blog post containing details regarding the official announcement, I clicked through to the Buzz Featured Apps page to check it out. But here, the service was nowhere to be found. A visit to Vineub.com satisfied my curiosity, though. It appears that Vinehub is a new social network aggregation application, in the same line as FriendFeed or even Buzz itself, except with one major difference: it doesn’t just pull in updates for liking and commenting, it sends them out too. Vinehub: Feels Like Alpha, Claims BetaAfter testing the application, I can see why it wasn’t included on Google’s list. Vinehub is clearly still in beta. In fact, they should probably call it alpha, based on my experiences. The service currently supports adding Facebook and Twitter accounts – at this point, the only Buzz integration offered is the addition of a “Buzz This” button on posts. After announcing a partnership with the on-demand data center and hosting services company NetDepot in November, a press release went out promising MySpace integration, too, but that doesn’t appear to have launched yet. It took me four different tries over the course of two days to finally get the Facebook account added to my stream. For whatever reason, it simply would not take. I had to remove the application’s Facebook permissions and the re-add my account again and again before it finally worked. When at last I managed to get Facebook messages to appear in my stream, the “like” and “comment” buttons beneath the status messages were un-clickable. That is, I could click them, but nothing happened – I was simply redirected back up to the top of the page. Another feature that wasn’t ready for primetime, it appears. Some Facebook messages came in entirely blank, only showing an avatar, name and date. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts center_img Tags:#Product Reviews#social networks#Social Web#web On the other hand, Twitter functionality (reply and retweet) did work. Could be Great, Too Soon to TellHowever, pre-judging Vinehub now based on these issues would be unfair. It’s obvious that the service is still actively being developed, and isn’t ready yet for everyday use. In fact, some of the links at the top of the Vinehub homepage don’t even work yet – they display a “coming soon” message when clicked. Plus, the support email address is also non-functional – an email I sent them for more information was kicked back. That said, the promised functionality is appealing. Instead of simply aggregating your networks like FriendFeed and Buzz do, Vinehub wants you to be able to post back to them and use the essential features they offer, including replies and retweets on Twitter, commenting and liking on Facebook and “buzzing” posts from one network to the next. In the future, the company plans to offer more functionality, too, including editing profiles, viewing friends’ updates, viewing and sharing photos and adding contacts. Another feature in the works is a pro-level account which will allow business and power users an ad-free version of Vinehub with up to 5 accounts per social network. That could be handy for those tasked with keeping track of the social media efforts within an organization. But today, there are several far more robust Twitter clients like CoTweet and HootSuite which offer more features than Vinehub. In its present form, Vinehub doesn’t even come close to competing with those services. Unless Vinehub can ramp up its offerings to be on par with what’s already out there, it will have a hard time gaining business users, despite the other services it offers. Again, though, it’s too soon to tell what kind of application Vinehub will be – it has to get built first. In the meantime, we’ll definitely keep our eye on it, both on the site and via Twitter. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos sarah perezlast_img read more

Just Do a Few Key Things Right

first_imgBe Patient– Similar to the progression to large prizes on the TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, it usually takes people a long time to build wealth. The average age of millionaires is 60, meaning that they’ve been investing for about three or four decades. Using the Rule of 72, if an investor earns an 8% average return on a diversified investment portfolio, their money will double in nine years (72 divided by 8). Limit “Shocks” to Finances– Financial shocks include frequent job changes, moving, home purchases, health care expenses, and divorce. Conversely, stability aids in wealth accumulation. Try to control what you can (e.g., good health habits). Unfortunately, military families often move frequently and this lifestyle needs to be factored into decisions such as renting vs. buying a home and a military spouse’s career path. Set Goals- What are you saving for? A nice house? Retirement? College for your children? Keep your eye on your goals and it will be easier to make sacrifices (read: spend less) to reach them. Use this worksheet as a goal-planning tool. Calculate the savings required to reach your goals by dividing the time to save into the dollar cost. Don’t Run Up Your Credit Cards– Going deep into debt for clothes, travel, or restaurant meals will not impress your friends. Instead, impress them with your kindness and sense of humor. Monthly payments on all consumer debts combined (excluding a mortgage) should not exceed 15% -20% of monthly take-home pay. By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] by Endemoniada. CC BY 2.0Personal finance does not have to be complicated. Rather, most people can manage their finances quite well by doing just a few key things right. Below are ten suggestions to consider as New Year’s resolutions to improve your personal finances during 2017:Spend Less Than You Earn– Live below your means. The only way to “find” money to save and invest is to have money left over after expenses. Shop around for bargains (e.g., online promo codes, price matching, and consignment and thrift shops) and ask yourself whether you really need something before you buy it. Purchase Insurance Wisely– Examples of generally unnecessary insurance include extended warranties on appliances and low deductibles on property insurance. Rather, cover big financial risks including adequate liability insurance and disability insurance to protect your family if you are ill and can’t bring home a paycheck.center_img Invest for the Long Term- Don’t trade too much; market timing is very difficult. If you don’t have the time or energy to research individual stocks, keep things simple and invest through no-load mutual funds, index funds, or exchange-traded funds. Never invest with cold-callers and be very skeptical of investments that sound like “guaranteed” winners. Stick with reputable companies and experienced and well-vetted investment advisors. Save at Least 10 Percent of Your Income- Put money into savings automatically via payroll deduction or electronic fund transfers. Many people who have money taken out of their paycheck, for retirement, or their checking account, to invest in mutual funds, say they never miss the money and are a lot more financially secure. If 10% savings is not possible now, save whatever you can and gradually ramp up your savings level over time. Dollar-Cost Average Investment Deposits– This means investing a regular sum (e.g., $100) at a regular time interval (e.g., monthly), preferably through automatic deposits such as payroll deductions for the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Dollar-cost averaging avoids bad market timing and takes the emotion out of investing because regularly scheduled investment deposits take place automatically regardless of market conditions. Congratulate Yourself for Making Progress– If you hear that you need, say, $500,000 or $1 million to retire in comfort, you might feel too depressed to try to save anything. Instead, celebrate milestones such as paying off your credit cards or saving $1,000. You have a lot to be proud of as long as you’re headed in the right direction.last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Cardiff v Man U

first_imgFootball, bloody hell. It is a sport of so many coincidences sometimes you couldn’t write better drama and today gives us a situation that only the Premier League could create. In 2014 Cardiff City sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after being relegated from the Premier League and then making a poor start to life in the Championship.Four years and three months later, Cardiff are back in the Premier League – albeit fighting for their lives – and the visitors today are only Manchester United, led by one… Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The former United legend has been appointed as caretaker manager to the end of the season after a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool proved to be the end for Jose Mourinho. Solskjaer, the scorer of that last gasp winner in the Champions League final, has been loaned from Molde FK where he’d led the club to a pair of runner-up spots in the Norwegian league titles, but has a great deal to prove in the English game.However, the best thing about him might be that he’s not the Special One. The atmosphere around him had been toxic for months and the reactions to his sacking show that many players will be relieved to see the back of the Portuguese. It remains to be seen how they adapt to the change and how Solskjaer adapts to them, but it should be remembered that he has a very capable set of players to work with.It would be no surprise to see a more attacking selection from the Red Devils and with Romelu Lukaku currently on compassionate leave we could then see the return of Antony Martial to the starting XI along with Marcus Rashford giving United more pace and width than previously seen.Cardiff might be struggling at the bottom but they are not an easy trip on the road. All but one of their 14 points has come at home and they have won their last three at the Cardiff City Stadium whilst they went down fighting to Watford 3-2 just last week. For all their flaws they are scoring goals – only Everton have kept a clean sheet against them – and there’s enough uncertainty around United not to take 4/7 on them.Cardiff City v Man UtdPremier League17:30 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)JAN 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-0 CardiffNOV 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Cardiff 2-2 Manchester United*Matches from 21st Century onlyThe 4/5 on over 2.5 goals is far more attractive. United might have a new man but the structural issues that have bedevilled them whilst their defence will not be fixed overnight whilst they have the firepower to outscore Cardiff an this could be an open game.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 2.5 GOALS 10 points at 4/5 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 172.28 pointslast_img read more