SMC Alum featured in art gallery

first_imgMoreau Art Galleries is featuring Saint Mary’s alum Kristin Stransky alongside Marilyn Minter, an artist recently featured in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Though the two exhibits, which opened Friday, Aug. 30 are wildly different in medium, their themes overlap. Tiffany Bidler, assistant professor of art and director of the galleries, said her aim is to provide students with professional and educational pieces that are challenging and innovative in both content and media. “My first consideration is whether or not I feel the work will inspire students,” Bidler said. Secondly, she seeks works that engage the various missions of the college. “We educate women at Saint Mary’s College and so I try to bring in the work of women artists whose work touches on issues of gender,” she said. The Galleries’ director believes the Stransky and Minter’s exhibits, located in the Sister Rosaire and the Hammes Gallery, respectively accomplish that mission. “The Marilyn Minter exhibition that I curated considers makeup’s materiality and its role in gendered performances that elicit desire and construct femininity,” Bidler said. “My favorite work by Stransky is “Landing Strip.” It’s a brilliant piece about sexuality and boundaries.” Technology plays an integral role in both the conception and process of Stransky’s pieces, Stransky said. “Ultimately, I saw art as a vehicle to explore both ideas and creation, both intellectual and hands on,” she said. The Little Theater and Sister Rosaire galleries also previously featured Kristen Stransky’s pieces. The Saint Mary’s alumna is currently pursuing a master of fine arts in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver. “Coding and other technical formats often require adherence to strict processes and syntax to create a working unit, and I like to think that I bend those rules through meaning and the application of technology to craft and sculptural mediums,” Stransky said. Bidler, an art historian, said she likes to spend time comparing works of art, especially in her classes. “Marilyn Minter is an internationally renowned contemporary artist. I first saw Green, Pink, Caviar while it was on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The video is very sensuous, colorful, and hypnotic – it draws you in,” Bidler said of Minter’s piece. Bidler said she loves the hypnotic quality of the Minter video, which sucks the viewer into a world of color and pleasure. “I love that the context Minter provides about the photograph of her mother is at odds with some of the assumptions we might make about her mother based on a cursory glance at the photograph. I enjoy having my assumptions challenged by other artists,” she said. Bidler said the exhibition is a comparison of early work by Marilyn Minter and a late work by Marilyn Minter, at a basic level. “It seeks to draw out themes that persist over time in her work,” she said. As for the connection between Stransky and Minter, Bidler encourages students to make their own conclusions. “I have some ideas about the thematic ties between the Kristin Stransky and Marilyn Minter exhibitions, but I’d love for viewers to come in and make these connections for themselves,” Bidler said. Moreau Center for the Arts will feature the free exhibits until Sept. 20.last_img read more

Parents must teach kids responsibility

first_imgIt’s a shame parents are looking to the government to solve the problems of shootings at schools and their children getting into trouble. Parents should be held responsible for raising their children, not the usual excuse — I pay taxes, you do it.It seems that nowadays the kids are always right and the authorities are always wrong. Parents are always taking the kids’ side. I would like to share this list of “How to Raise a Crook.”1) Give him anything he wants. This way, he’ll grow up to believe that the world owes him a living.2) Never give him spiritual training. Wait until he’s 21 and let him decide for himself. 3) Avoid using the word “wrong.” It might make him feel guilty and his school work may suffer.4) Don’t make him work at home. Do his work for him so he’ll learn at an early age to leave responsibility to others.5) Let him watch anything he wants so he can learn from television how to get along in the world.6) Give him spending money so he won’t be frustrated by having to earn it himself.7) Don’t make rules for him. You might make him angry at you.8) When he gets bad grades, blame the teacher.9) When he loses his job, blame the boss. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img 10) When he gets caught drunk driving, blame his friends.11) Let him experiment with sex, drugs and alcohol.12) Buy him a car as soon as he can drive.If parents can’t discipline their kids, how can anyone else expect to?Frank J. KakelyWiltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…last_img read more

LPFA to conduct sector-wide covenant checks on colleges, universities

first_img“It is only right that, within our fund’s overall governance procedures, we do all we can to understand the strength of employer covenants and minimise risk,” said Williams. He said having a better understanding of the challenges presented by each sector and employer meant the LPFA could try to get assurance or security from the employer, or else set employer contribution rates at a level reflecting their covenant strength and aim to make sure they were fully funded as quickly as possible.The authority said the move to sector-wide covenant checks was a next step following individual employer checks.Requirements for the sector-wide checks had been developed in conjunction with government funding bodies such as the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Skills Funding Agency, the LPFA said.In the individual employer covenant checks this year, the authority said it took a new risk-based approach as part of the 2013 valuation process.As a result of this approach, it said it was now implementing security arrangements totalling £311m, which had been secured as part of the process. The London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) is consulting employers in the pension fund on new sector-wide covenant checks for colleges and universities, which are to be implemented this autumn.The LPFA, which runs a £4.8bn (€6.1bn) multi-employer, public-sector pension fund, said it was also planning another consultation on charities and housing associations in the next few months.Tony Williams, the authority’s employer services team manager, said: “Fairness to all employers in the fund is the key driver for this covenant check approach.”If an individual employer in any local government pension fund cannot meet its liabilities, he said, there is a risk those liabilities will then fall on other employers – the local authority and ultimately taxpayers. last_img read more

Kearney injury concern for Lions

first_img He added: “We want to give him some time. We scanned him in Hong Kong, it came back as a grade one tear and the medics have put in a plan for the next week or so. “We feel like we’ve got cover at the moment with Leigh Halfpenny and Stuart Hogg, and obviously Sean Maitland has played quite a lot at full-back as well. “We will see how Rob progresses. “There have been some markers put in place. If we can hit those in the right timescale we can hopefully bring him back. “But it looks a little bit concerning at this stage.” Leinster full-back Kearney has a hamstring problem and Lions head coach Warren Gatland is planning to keep a close eye on his progress. Gatland said: “He is a little bit of a concern for us at the moment, to be honest. He’s got a grade one tear and we are going to see how he responds, so we’ve got to be potentially prepared that that hamstring might not heal as quickly as we would like.” Press Associationcenter_img Ireland international Rob Kearney has emerged as an early tour injury concern for the British and Irish Lions.last_img read more

Sioux name should remain

first_imgSome things in sports just don’t make sense to me. For example, how is a team nickname like the Fighting Sioux offensive, but the name Redskins or a logo such as the Cleveland Indians’ is not? Struggling to find answers? So am I. Just last week, a lawsuit was settled between the North Dakota Board of Higher Education and the NCAA regarding the University of North Dakota’s use of the Sioux tribal name and logo. The school found out that they have three years to either gain the tribe’s approval to use the “Fighting Sioux” name or else they will have to get rid of it. Not to bore you with historical facts in a sports column, but at least a little bit of background information is necessary to understand the terms of the dispute. The Sioux tribe, also known as the Dakota at one point, called several states home, including Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota. Many famous and important Native Americans were members of the Sioux, including Chief Sitting Bull and Chief Crazy Horse. Clearly, the Sioux played an important role in American history. Why is it, then, that honoring these people is considered offensive? Why is the University of North Dakota being singled out? There are worse team names and mascots out there. Take the Washington Redskins, for instance. If there’s a more blatant example of racism in American sports, I’d like to know. I can’t understand how the NFL team continues to get away with a nickname that stereotypes a certain race with what many people would regard as a derogatory phrase. They were even taken to trial in 2003 to revoke the trademark, but there was apparently not enough evidence to prove that the name was in fact disparaging. The Cleveland Indians, too, have what could be argued as both a racist name — it’s often debated what the politically correct term is — and a racist logo in the smiling Chief Wahoo. Other teams, such as the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Blackhawks and Atlanta Braves also use the names of various tribes or aspects of Native American culture. But in my mind, these names are used to honor those they depict. The Blackhawks, for example, are named after Chief Black Hawk, a prominent Native American in Illinois history. The use of Native Americans in sports doesn’t stop at the professional level. Plenty of other colleges beside North Dakota use tribal names as their nickname. The Florida State Seminoles, Illinois Illini, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and Utah Utes all pay homage to Native Americans in their school’s monikers, yet none of them have been forced to change their names (the Seminoles approved the images used by Florida State and their team nickname). Illinois, however, recently had to do away with its mascot, Chief Illiniwek, after 81 years. If North Dakota does want to keep the nickname, part of the stipulation is that they gain approval from the tribe. This shouldn’t be a problem, as it was shown in a survey conducted two years ago by the Fargo Forum that 95 percent of the state’s residents are not offended by either the name or the logo. Fair enough, you might say, but what about the Native American population of North Dakota in particular? Sixty-one percent of that segment of the population took no offense by the school’s use of their tribe. This raises an important question: Should that remaining 39 percent of those offended be enough to evoke change in the university? In my opinion, no. There is nothing wrong with the majority of team names that use Native American tribes, and the Sioux are no exception. When teams chose a mascot, they often pick one that is a tough or fierce competitor (except for maybe teams like the Minnesota Golden Gophers, whose mascot looks more like a chipmunk). In doing so, the person or people being used in the nickname or mascot are being honored as such. The only names or mascots I take issue with are the Redskins and Indians, neither of which do any merit in honoring or respecting Native Americans. If the team is forced to change its name, much work will have to be done to remove all signs of it, although that shouldn’t be a deciding factor in the decision. It’s estimated that the Ralph Engelstad Arena, home to the hockey team, contains nearly 3,000 Fighting Sioux logos throughout. Imagine that many Bucky Badgers in the Kohl Center. When the Fighting Sioux hockey team comes to town next weekend to take on the Badgers, I’m expecting a great game between two WCHA teams. The controversy over their name will be the least of my concerns. I’ll be too busy worrying about what’s going on down on the ice. Tyler Mason is a junior majoring in journalism. If you would like to share your thoughts on racism in sports, or truly believe a Gopher is a tough mascot, you can e-mail him at read more

Rio 2016: Oyo-Ita Named Matron Nigeria House Project

first_imgAbdullahi had told her that other nations have had to appoint icons and symbols of unity who have excelled in their chosen fields as ambassadors of their houses during the Olympics and after going through the list Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-lta is more than qualified. “As we speak countries already have their houses established in Rio to showcase their potentials. For us, it is all about investments drive in critical sectors like agriculture, solid minerals, health, establishment of schools like universities in Nigeria, housing, real estates, transport and so on.We are aiming to seal bilateral trades and have partnered the Nigeria Brazil Chamber of Commerce and very soon will have an investment forum in Sao Paulo in Brazil. We are saddled with the responsibility of promoting Nigeria’s image in Rio through these critical sectors. In this initiative, Nigeria is not operating in isolation because others countries have brought on board ambassadors as people who are icons and symbols of unity and have achieved in their chosen fields and careers which is why after checking all the lists we felt the Head of Civil Service deserves it and is qualified not just to be an ambassador but Matron of the Nigeria House in Rio during the Olympics.”Reacting, Mrs Ekanem Oyo-Ita said from the detailed explanation of the project coordinator, the trip to Rio will not be a tea party but hard work in order to attract direct foreign investments for the nation and is willing to see that the vision succeeds.“Listening to the project coordinator, l suddenly realized that this is a very big project. When l got the letter appointing me as Nigeria House Ambassador l didn’t really understand the depth of the assignment but coming here today to shed more light has really helped me to fully grasp what the project is all about. From what l can see l am going to do more work in Rio than what l am doing here. I think this is a very noble objective for us to work together to make the 2016 Olympic Games very meaningful to Nigeria as a nation because a lot of Nigerians do not really understand the importance of participating in an international event as the Olympic Games, they only see it from the sports and participation angle.” Oyo-Ita said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Ekanen Oyo-Ita will serve as an ambassador and Matron of the Nigeria House Project in the Rio Olympics in Brazil.The top civil servant, who accepted the appointment, also during a visit by the Nigeria House In Rio Project Committee led by its Project Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer, Mohammed Abdullahi, said she was impressed and highly honored to lead other Nigerians to sell the image Nigeria to the world and bring investments for the nation in Brazil.last_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell to play Sunday vs. Bulls

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — After nursing soreness in his left knee in recent days, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell will play on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls (8-5) at Staples Center.The Lakers (7-6) determined his status after completing pre-game warmup drills without any noticeable limp. Russell also told Lakers coach Luke Walton his knee felt better after missing Friday’s game against San Antonio and Saturday’s practice.The Bulls have significant absences in Dwyane Wade (rest), Doug McDermott (concussion), Michael Carter-Williams (left knee bone bruise, sprained left wrist) and Paul Zipser (lower back strain). But Chicago will field veteran guard Rajon Rondo after nursing a left ankle sprain. Rondo has served as a mentor for Russell after both growing up in Louisville, Ky.Russell has averaged 16.8 points on 42.3 percent shooting and 4.7 assists in 27.2 minutes per game.last_img read more

The world number 100 takes Federer to the limit

first_imgTennys Sandgren (28 years previous) put the ropes on Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of Australian Open. The American, number 100 of the rating ATP, He had seven match balls to remove the Swiss, who managed to overcome them and meet with Djokovic in the semifinals of the first Grand slam of the yr.last_img

WICB wants history of cricket in schools

first_imgWest Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Marketing and Communications Manager Carole Beckford says that the body wants to have the ‘History of Cricket’ added to the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations for Physical Education in the future.Beckford says the intention is to have the younger generation understand how important the sport is to Caribbean unity.”Physical education (PE) is already on the CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) curriculum,” she says. “Because of the strong history of cricket as a subject, we thought it would have been an important partnership with CXC to ensure that the history of West Indies Cricket is being carried on – that people understand how important it is, whether it’s social, business or political. If a young student passes through the region and does physical education, they’ll understand not just the physical part of it, but the historical and the social context as well.”ON THE PANELBeckford was a member of the panel that looked at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) syllabus for physical education.”Physical education is being looked at broadly. For example, at the SBA (School Based Assessment) level, you could jolly well do a cricket project as part of your assessment. It’s just to get it as a subject matter for PE,” she says.She adds that CXC already has a responsibility to foster Caribbean unity.”Caribbean unity [can already be seen] through CXC, CARICOM, Caribbean exports, and all those organisations that seek to unify the region.”CXC is from an academic development perspective, and cricket is a topical subject. The history is important. It’s not just about pride; it’s about carrying on the legacy of what cricket has done and what it continues to do for the Caribbean.”Beckford and the WICB have been meeting with CXC in order to make curriculum addition a reality and she says talks between both organisations are still ongoing.- R.P.last_img read more