Faculty, students, and staff gathered in the Memorial Church on Wednesday evening for a vigil to remember two members of the Harvard community who died in recent tragedies — Angela Mathew ’15 and a 2006 graduate of the College.Solemnly, tearfully, and silently, the crowd of several hundred joined “in memory and in mourning.” President Drew Faust, interim Dean of Harvard College Donald Pfister, Leverett House resident Kaleigh Henry ’15, and Leverett House Master Howard Georgi offered words of reflection. Henry, who was Mathew’s friend and roommate, spoke of her beauty, poise, and smile. Pusey Minister Jonathan L. Walton asked those in attendance to sign memorial boards erected in the church. The boards will remain in place through February for others who wish to offer their thoughts.Walton told the mourners that at times of tragedy, “We are tempted to feel that life can be devoid of meaning.”“But I want to grant everyone permission to begin doing something tonight that can infuse meaning in these cold days and dark nights,” he continued. “I encourage you to love freely, to compliment liberally, and to hug one another unapologetically; to let those in our lives know that we love them dearly, never too consumed by the hustle and bustle to thaw frozen hearts with a kind word or a warm hug.”As the University Choir sang, those gathered exchanged embraces and filtered together from the church into the evening.
Political science professors David Campbell and Geoffrey Layman drive the same kind of car, live on the same street, co-authored a book and share a love of teasing each other. So when they teamed up for the second time to teach a course covering the current presidential election, they made sure to use their “comedic” relationship to enhance the unique atmosphere of their course. “Because we’re friends and have known each other for a long time, I think that makes the dynamic more fun for the students,” Layman said. “It certainly makes it more comfortable for us.” Their course, “Election 2020,” examines the 2020 presidential election as it unfolds. Campbell and Layman teach the course by framing the election in a historical context and teaching the students how to understand the electoral process through the lens of a political scientist, instead of that of a partisan. And because the course covers content in real time, the professors also incorporate current events into the curriculum.“[We] go deep into the campaign as it happens. Which is, for us as professors, really teaching on a wire without a net,” Campbell said. “An event happens, we don’t necessarily know what that’s going to mean for the campaign, but we want to bring it to the students and talk about it.”Campbell and Layman first taught the course during the 2016 election. They were pleased with how the course went that year and received constructive feedback; however, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges for the course’s second go-around.Due to the large class size of almost 150 students, it now takes place in the 840-seat Leighton Concert Hall in order to provide enough seating with adequate spacing. “[Leighton Concert Hall] doesn’t lend itself very well to having a discussion about the events of the campaign, so … we’ve added a number of voluntary discussion sessions through Zoom,” Layman said. Instead of having essays written by individuals, the students team up to write group essays. Ahead of the most recent group essay about the Electoral College, Layman and Campbell debated each other in front of the class.“We just had a group essay about the Electoral College, and so professor Layman and professor Campbell did a debate in class where each of them took a side,” Izzy Grassel, a sophomore political science major, said. “That was actually really interesting to watch just because there’s a lot of debate about if the Electoral College should stay or go.” The class typically consists of each professor lecturing once a week. Occasionally, one of the professors will lecture twice in a row if he is more of a specialist in the subject matter, but the course is structured so Layman and Campbell have the same number of lectures throughout the semester. Also included in the course are several days dedicated to discussing current events surrounding the election.“I would say there are maybe four or five days over the course of the semester that are actually on the syllabus as just days when we’ll talk about what’s going on,” Layman said. One of these days addresses the upcoming presidential debate and will allow students to express their thoughts.“We’ll have a whole class just debriefing about the first debate and allowing students to chime in about what they thought and if it will matter,” Layman said. “We’ll set that up by the class before the first debate being all about presidential debates, how they’ve gone in the past, how they worked and what political scientists know about whether they matter.”Grassel said she enrolled in the course to further her interest in politics and become more informed ahead of the first election in which she will be eligible to vote.“The 2016 election really got me into politics in general just because it was an extremely different election. It was one of the first elections I actually paid attention to and it was an interesting situation, especially with the winner of the Electoral College losing the popular vote,” she said. “Also, this is the first election I’ll be voting in and so I just found the whole situation to be super interesting.”The 2020 election has given Grassel a much more complete understanding of components of the electoral process, ranging from Joe Biden’s nomination for his vice presidential candidate to comparing the two national conventions. “I definitely get a better view of both sides of the spectrum,” she said.For Campbell, his goal for the class is to draw students from all areas of study to explore their interest in political science and help them get a better understanding of current events from the perspective of two political scientists. “We’re hoping that this is a class that lots of students can take, and maybe not even political science majors, but students who maybe have an interest in politics but wouldn’t necessarily major in political science,” he said.Campbell hopes that the class will become a staple in the political science department come the fall of every presidential election.“We would like to think of this class as a signature class for the political science department. It’ll be offered every four years, always in the fall of the presidential election year, and we intend to keep it big,” Campbell said. “We want as many students as possible to take this class.” Tags: 2020 presidential election, department of political science, Election 2020, zoom read more
WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN — Jamestown Community College will, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, continue offering courses in multiple formats for the Spring 2021 semester.Officials announced courses will be offered in a mix of formats, both on- and off-campus, during the spring semester. To shorten the semester, classes begin on Jan. 25 and a spring break has been eliminated. On-campus class sessions will begin after Feb. 1.Additional guidelines regarding residence halls, the winter athletic season, and protocols for returning to campus in January are being developed.Advisement and registration for spring courses begins Nov. 2. Courses can be viewed at sunyjcc.edu/courses. “Meeting early with an advisor allows for better course selection and also gives students adequate time to prepare for the spring semester,” academic advisement coordinator Colette Haight explains. “Our student services staff can connect students quickly to the resources they need to be successful.”In-person advisement meetings are available on a limited basis, Haight added. Most sessions are conducted primarily through videoconferencing or by phone.New students are encouraged to visit sunyjcc.edu/advising or contact the Counseling & Career Center in Jamestown (716.338.1007), Olean (716.376.7508), or Dunkirk (716.366.6500) for details. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) read more
Bar’s Animal Law Committee rounds up interested lawyers Bar’s Animal Law Committee rounds up interested lawyers Hold the jokes about dogs needing lawyers — this emerging area of the law is now gaining respect Jan Pudlow Senior Editor After the second meeting of the recently formed Animal Law Committee adjourned, Fred Cohen deadpanned: “My wife wants me to say, ‘I am not a kook.’”Far from it. Cohen, a 61-year-old, late-in-life attorney, who passed the bar exam in 1999, is also a neurological surgeon who was scheduled to perform brain surgery in five days.Practicing law in West Palm Beach, where the county has a designated Animal Court, he’s the very serious chair of the new-kid-on-the-block segment of The Florida Bar. The new Animal Law Committee brings together an array of lawyers with an interest in the growing body of substantive law that is expanding into the speciality of animal law.“This is a mainstream organization with very responsible attorneys from many disciplines, all of whom come together because they have something in common that is someway related to animals in our lives,” Dr. Cohen said.“Since there are so many animals in so many people’s lives, of all sorts, and since animals interface with so many aspects of everybody’s lives, there is probably something for virtually anybody in this committee.”You may wonder: Just what is animal law? Hold the jokes about dogs needing lawyers. This is an emerging area of the law gaining respect. The American Bar Association has a new national animal law committee organized through the Tort and Insurance Practice Section, and animal law is taught at universities across the country, including Harvard, Duke, and Stanford.“It’s a variety of issues. It’s search and seizure. It’s constitutional. It’s tort. It’s contract. It’s real estate. It’s anything in which an animal has some basic involvement,” said Dr. Cohen, as 19 lawyers gathered at the Bar’s recent Midyear Meeting in Miami.“The current goal of the committee, actually, is to make available to all practicing attorneys in the state of Florida information about the expanding field. It is a growing field of substantive law that will help them perhaps enlarge their practice or include some animal-type cases in their practice.”It was First Amendment lawyer Tom Julin who shepherded the idea for the fledgling committee through the bureaucratic hoops at The Florida Bar’s Program Evaluation Committee that approved the committee’s application in August.Julin had done a couple of cases, one representing Shirley McGreal, founder of the International Primate Protection League that challenges the illegal capture and trade in primates, and another representing the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida in a libel case. Through that work, he was enlisted in 2002 to help organize the committee.“We looked around the country and saw there were a lot of different bar associations that have animal law committees,” Julin said. “We looked at the law schools and saw where this was becoming a real big curriculum item. And there were all kinds of legal issues in Florida, the pregnant pig amendment and the feral cat controversy. There are so many different issues animal law raises. That is really how it got going. We put together a proposal for the Bar that summarized what is going on across the country.”Part of that proposal included support letters from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center Dean Joseph Harbaugh and Florida International College of Law Dean Leonard Strickman. Because legislation regarding animals is prolific, politicians weighed in with their support, including U.S. Congressmen Robert Wexler and Peter Deutsch, of Florida, as well as Florida Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres.Initially, Julin said, the members of the Board of Governors were “somewhat skeptical about what this thing was. There was the reaction: Is this really an animal activist movement, or what is this? We had a long session with the Program Evaluation Committee. the end of it, they all thought, ‘Yeah, this is a real thing and it needs to be dealt with, because it’s a complicated, difficult issue and is absolutely growing. It seems to be a real trend across the country.’”Heather Veleanu, vice chair of the committee, is also managing director of the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, but she keeps those roles separate.“The purpose of the committee is to provide information on the development of animal law, not to be an advocacy group,” Veleanu said. “We understand that. So we have members who are on both sides of animal law-related issues. There is no animal rights law. There is animal law. Just like we have a family law section; it’s not an advocacy group. There are individuals there who are concerned about the rights of children. Then there are lawyers who practice in other areas of family law.”Veleanu said the lawyers on the committee come from “a whole host of backgrounds. We are interested in members who practice in areas of veterinary malpractice on both sides, who practice in areas of landlord-tenant issues on both sides, and certainly individuals who are prosecuting or defending animal cruelty cases.” For more information about the Animal Law Committee, contact Maria Johnson, Bar liaison, at 850-561-5811 March 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News read more
“Cause Marketing” is all around us with campaigns like Product Red, Hanes for Good, Boston Strong Tee, and many others including our own Credit Unions for Kids cause. These campaigns raise awareness for altruistic movements via larger organizations or corporations.Well, this type of thinking or marketing is quite synchronous with credit unions, as well. And we invited the folks from CafeGive on the show to dig a little deeper into how this marketing works and how it jibes so well with the credit union movement — ultimately benefiting both. CafeGive’s CEO Sandra Morris and Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships Alan Robinson visited us to discuss this very topic. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more
CORNING N.Y. (WBNG) — The Corning Police Department says they are investigating a dead animal and a brick found in the home of Congressman Tom Reed. Police say the investigation is ongoing. They ask anyone who has information regarding the event to come forward and contact them. To contact the Corning Police Department call (607)962-0340 ext. # 1500. Anonymous information can be shared at 844DrugTip.com. Police say evidence from the scene is being investigated by the New York State Police Crime Lab in Albany, and they are continuing to work with both state and federal agencies. Corning Police say they received a complaint this morning of a dead animal and a brick being found in Congressman Reed’s home.
With the project of Diocletian’s Palace made of chocolate, Kraš transformed the top art of its masters into a product, which will participate in the most beautiful way in creating memories of one of the oldest and most beautiful cultural monuments in Croatia.Diocletian’s Palace made of chocolate, as a unique souvenir, a small but beautiful and sweet contribution to the rich Croatian, and thus European heritage.The Chocolate Palace was built according to the original shape of the palace from the year 305.The reconstruction of the model is based on sixty years of scientific research work by the architect Jerko Marasović (1923-2009). His daughter, the architect Katja Marasović, made a detailed design on the basis of which the sculptor Frane Šitum made a model. The model of Diocletian’s Palace was cast in white chocolate weighing 330 grams, while the box contains a bilingual booklet in Croatian and English, which, along with photos and floor plan, provides detailed information on the history and shape of the Palace.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”After a “walk” through the chocolate Diocletian’s Palace, the sweetest part follows – enjoying the taste of premium chocolate. A cool and interesting story, and certainly a unique souvenir and reminder of Croatia and Split. I am sure that most chocolates will end up as a souvenir, which will stand in a visible place in the homeland of our tourists and thus convey the story of our tourism throughout the year, which gives the whole story added value.</p>
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The state will now require COVID-19 testing of all workers at high-risk facilities such as meat, poultry and seafood processing facilities and supermarket distribution centers. Tests will also be carried out on all workers at aged care sites.Australia has so far reported more than 27,000 COVID-19 cases and 886 deaths, with Victoria accounting for 75% of infections and 90% of deaths.New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, reported no locally acquired case of COVID-19 for a fifth day in a row. Topics : Australia’s coronavirus hotspot of Victoria state maintained its steady downward trend in new infections on Wednesday as states began easing internal border closures, fuelling optimism about a return to normal.Victoria’s quick containment of a second wave of the outbreak prompted Western Australia state to relax its travel restrictions, allowing travelers from the southeastern state to quarantine at home rather than in a hotel from Monday.Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House, a national symbol, said it would work to reopen its venues from November after the New South Wales state government raised the seating capacity in theatres to 50% from Thursday. Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state, said cases rose slightly from the previous day but the key indicator of 14-day average cases in the state capital of Melbourne fell below 17.Authorities have promised to ease more curbs in Melbourne from Oct. 19, as long as average cases fall below five a day, although Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has said the state will be flexible on the target.Victoria on Wednesday reported 13 new cases, sharply down from a peak of more than 700 cases logged in early August.”Just three more weeks and we’ll be able to take a very big step,” Andrews told reporters. “We are so close to seeing this off.” read more
Rising equity markets lifted the fund’s total assets to a record level at the end of June, Svarva added.In the second half, the return on the equities portfolio was 4.7%, while the bond portfolio generated 2.2%, Folketrygdfondet reported.The pension fund has a strategic allocation of 60% in equities and 40% in bonds.The Norwegian equities market – the Oslo All Share index – rose by just 1.1% in the second quarter, according to data from Financial Express.“The Oslo Stock Exchange was marked by weak development in the energy and materials sectors, while development was positive for retail and consumer goods sectors,” Folketrygdfondet said in its report.But in other Nordic countries where the fund can invest, there was an overall increase of 9% in equities measured in Norwegian kroner, it said. Norway’s smaller domestic-focused sovereign wealth fund returned 3.7% in the first half, beating its benchmark by 0.2 percentage points.The NOK220.1bn (€23.7bn) Government Pension Fund Norway (GPFN), the smaller domestic counterpart to the Government Pension Fund Global, recorded gains of NOK7.8bn in the first half of 2017, according to the fund’s manager Folketrygdfondet.The fund – which invests 85% of assets in Norway and the rest elsewhere in the Nordic region – outperformed its benchmark in this period even though in the second quarter its return fell 0.1 percentage points short of the benchmark, the data showed.Olaug Svarva, chief executive of Folketrygdfondet, said: “We see that fresh growth in the world economy, better earnings in the business sector and optimism on financial markets has raised the value of the portfolio.” read more
The pension fund has stipulated that managers must have integrated collateral management and cash flow management, and no credit risk in the collateral.They should have at least CHF1bn invested in the asset class, and CHF5bn in total company assets under management. The pension fund requires a track record of at least three years, although it would prefer one of at least 10 years.It has specified as “optional” items such as selection optimisation, and also said managers could hold collateral in Swiss francs if their benchmark was hedged in the currency.Interested parties should state performance gross of fees to 31 October.The deadline is 12 December at 5pm UK time.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected] A Swiss pension fund has tendered for two direct global commodities mandates for worth up to CHF300m (€265m) via IPE Quest.According to QN-2496, the investor is looking to select two managers for mandates of CHF100m-150m each. It is seeking an active commodity investment approach with a tracking error in the range of 2-6%.The benchmark should be the Bloomberg Commodity ex-Agriculture and Livestock Total Return index, which reflects the return on fully collateralised futures positions and is quoted in dollars. read more