January 18

The Last Ship’s Sting & More Receive Kennedy Center Honors

first_img Among the performers and presenters for the event were Christine Baranski, Laura Benanti, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, Jane Lynch, Reba McEntire, Jessie Mueller, Kelli O’Hara, Martin Short, Meryl Streep and the cast of The Last Ship, according to CBS. The ceremony was hosted by Stephen Colbert. The 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony took place on December 7, and a slew of artists with Broadway ties were recipients of the prestigious distinction. The Last Ship scribe Sting, Tony winner Lily Tomlin, Tony nominees Tom Hanks and Al Green and New York City Ballet alum Patricia McBride were recognized this year to their contributions to American art and culture. The gala ceremony will be broadcast on CBS on December 30. View Commentscenter_img A 16-time Grammy Award winner, Sting wrote the music and lyrics for The Last Ship, inspired by his childhood in Wallsend, England. Beginning December 9, he will step into the show as Jackie. He made his Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera. Comedian and screen star Tomlin has had two one-woman shows on Broadway, and won a Tony for her performance in the second: The Search for Signs of Intelligent Live in the Universe. Hanks, who took home Oscars for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, made his Broadway debut in 2013’s Lucky Guy. Grammy winner Green’s memorable soul hits include “Let’s Stay Together” and “Tired of Being Alone;” he received a Tony nomination for his performance in Your Arms Too Short to Box with God. McBride danced with the City Ballet for almost 30 years—nearly all of them as a principal.last_img read more

December 18

Sea Cliff: Long Island’s Artistic Masterpiece

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Old, tarnished knives spill onto the floor in front of a table on which a rustic suitcase rests alongside a small vase of red roses. A woman and man sit in complete silence beneath a single spotlight.“I happen to like cold pizza!” screams the man, ripping the flowers from the vase and madly stuffing them into his mouth.Tribal beats pulsate from the walls and fill the room. The couple clutch the knives, their limbs jerking in robotic motions as their heads bob to the rhythm. They remain perfectly in sync with one another, sporadically stabbing the blades into the table.Without warning, the man leaps from his chair onto the floor and slithers gracefully beneath the table while the woman proudly watches him with lingering eyes.Each move is engaging as he seems to float across the floor in a dreamlike trance. Contorting and twisting into pretzel-like poses and positions, the man collapses onto a vintage rug and convulses, violently. The music stops.“Okay, guys, good job,” says 22-year-old Sarah Mustek. Taylor Morrison, 25, rises from the floor, smiling, and Julie Mounsey, 22, hops from the chair, giggling.All three are members of Small Claims Court, an art performance group rehearsing vignettes from their debut production, “The Fall of Rome,” in the back of the Creative Arts Studio, one of dozens of art spaces, studios and galleries dotting Sea Cliff, the one-square-mile bohemian enclave hidden atop the breathtaking precipices of LI’s famed Gold Coast.Art performance group Small Claims CourtThe storybook town is unlike any other on Long Island. Grand Victorian homes—some more than a century old—jut from sloping, curving streets bordering pristine beaches and more than a dozen parks. Artists nightly serenade the sunset. There are annual arts and crafts fairs, music festivals and a strong sense of community among its residents— who comprise a colorful collage of free-spirited painters, sculptors, musicians, families and business owners proud of their shared uniqueness. In the summertime visitors will find many locals walking the village barefoot; they may also likely catch a glimpse of Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy, upside-down, performing headstands on his paddleboard just offshore its whimsical beachfront.“The thing about Sea Cliff is: Everyone takes ownership of this village,” he says, seated among dozens of onlookers at the annual Sea Cliff Palooza July 13—a music festival hosting an array of acts in a gazebo set right in the sand. “It’s the people’s. They take ownership, they take pride, and they care. With that, you end up with a community unlike any other.“This is the most non-judgmental and accepting place you are ever going to come across,” smiles Kennedy, sporting a tie-dye t-shirt. “We are truly special people.“This was my creation; this is my vision of what Sea Cliff is: a celebration of the arts,” he boasts, pointing enthusiastically to the gazebo. “We wanted a place where musicians can perform, where plays can happen, where kids can dance! It’s important for government to embrace the arts and encourage the talent in others. It brings a community together. It is everything.”MEMORABLE MELODIES: Besides yearly arts and crafts fairs, Sea Cliff is also home to an annual Palooza festival, which showcases local musicians and provides attendees a day full of music.(All photos by Cassidy Kammerer/Long Island Press)Sea Cliff has a rich history steeped in the arts. Originally a Methodist campground and religious meeting site during the mid-1800s, the town emerged as the setting for live theatrical performances by the turn of the century.“Sea Cliff always had a flare to it,” explains Sea Cliff Beach Committee member Elaine Neice, 41, who grew up in the village and whose group has been sponsoring Palooza for the past three years. “There were a lot of artists who lived here, and there were a lot of celebrities who would take the ferry across from the city and spend their summers here. It always had that community vibe.”That “vibe” reverberates through Sea Cliff to this day—and it’s hard to shake, says John “Superfly” Skvarla, a 37-year-old professional BMX biker, artist and resident who was MCing the Palooza.“It wasn’t until I left Sea Cliff and moved back that I had a new respect for it and appreciation for it,” he says. “I lived in Texas for a winter, and then lived in Brooklyn until I moved back here. It’s such a small town where everyone really knows each other. I have the mayor’s phone number; the trustees text us jokes back and forth—there really is no place like it.”“It’s the people that draw people to Sea Cliff because it’s a very special place,” agrees soft-spoken Andy Gertler, a 53-year-old self-titled “Ephemeral Extremist.” “Look at this,” he smiles, stretching his arms to the crowd. He is donating free sandcastle-sculpting lessons at “Sand Castle University”—a gigantic sand box in his backyard—for a raffle. Sea Cliff is “just different,” he says, high-fiving the kids walking by. “It’s filled with artists, writers and musicians; it’s a fantastic place to be.”Gertler travels the globe creating improbable sculptures from ice, sand, pumpkins and snow. His work has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Sand Masters, and he’s done commissions for major clients such as Yahoo, Oprah’s O Magazine and Atlantis Beach Resorts in the Bahamas.The village’s multiple arts fairs, its largest and most well-known being the annual Sea Cliff Arts and Crafts Fair, which took place this year on July 14, offer many locals their first chance to debut their creations to the world.“This month is the first time I’ve ever sold any paintings,” says Julia Cagney, a first-time exhibitor, with a grin.Though she resides in Bayville, the 66-year-old former Roslyn art teacher often frequents Sea Cliff. She is kept up-to-date on festivals and shows as a member of the village’s arts council. Cagney has received multiple invitations to present her work, but never felt her art was quite ready to be shown to the world until this year.“They kept sending me invitations to art shows, and I kept saying, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, someday.’ It was just the right time,” she says of her premier at a mini-show in the spring. “The people were so sweet to me. The other artists showed me how to set up and what to do.”“I love Sea Cliff,” says Cagney, as she greets a potential buyer. “I think people in Sea Cliff are looking for artsy stuff… I’m watching people walk by and they look like artists; they’re dressed like artists. They appreciate it.”Identical twins Alicia Andrus and Michele Sabatino sure do.Having grown up in the next town over, Glen Head, the 38-year-olds spent much of their youth exploring Sea Cliff. Now they balance their love of art and creativity with their day jobs as speech pathologists.“I went down to the beach yesterday and someone came up to me and said, ‘Oh, you’re the bracelet lady,’” laughs Michele. “I got that reputation now.”“People come to Sea Cliff with the thought in mind that you’re going to find more handmade stuff,” adds Alicia, whose arms, like her sister’s, were covered in a half-dozen custom-made bracelets sliding from elbow to wrist with each movement, sometimes clanging together.“You’re not going to come here and find a bunch of stuff that was made somewhere else,” she adds.ART HAVEN: Sea Cliff, just one square mile, is dotted with various quaint and quirky shops and galleries.“It’s a very artsy town,” says Michele. Sculptor, jeweler and former marine biologist Christina Bjenning, 41, loves wearing her handmade creations, too—forged from rocks and shells and accompanied by semi-factual back stories which she provides.“Sometimes I want to know if someone buys a piece because of the stone or because of the story,” she smiles. “There’s something about Sea Cliff, the people that live here; it’s almost like there’s a net that catches everybody and brings them back. People took a trip in the ‘60s and never left.”Perhaps it’s because art is part of the village’s very makeup itself, embedded in its DNA.Music and laughter flood the streets from pubs and restaurants. Eye-catching creations—such as a rotary-dial telephone hanging from a neighbor’s tree, a lawn sculpture born from a pile of bicycle frames and a random wall of mirrors—pull at passersby from nearly every direction.Barefoot residents still in their beachwear walk the streets with a smile on their faces while other residents strum guitars from their porches. From blankets in Hippie Park generations of dreamers gaze at melting sunsets smearing orange and pink into the waters of Hempstead Harbor.Quaint bungalows splashed with pastels hidden amid Tim Burton-esque fairytale landscapes line Sea Cliff Avenue, the main drag. Vintage street lamps adorned with hanging baskets of flowers decorate sidewalks along old storefronts displaying unfurled American flags. Outside Bart’s Barber Shop, where Joe Mazzeo has been cutting hair for more than 50 years, an old-fashioned red, white and blue barber pole hangs.“You’re a stranger here but once, and you’ll always want to come back,” he says, standing amid the walls of his shop plastered with photos he’s collected over the years. “There aren’t really many villages that have a real village feel like this anymore— just the vibe of it here, it’s very comfortable.”Creative Arts Studio’s façade seems to sum up Sea Cliff’s mission in one word.“Inspire” proclaims the white block lettering hanging in its main window, next to the late artist Herb Arnold’s “The Buddha Americana”—a breathtaking sculpture created from welded toy car parts, soda cans, nuts and screws.“Art not only can be used as an expressive means, but a way to bring a community together,” says Tracy Arnold Warzer, 55, the studio’s founder and director, as the members of Small Claims Court prepare for their next scene.Sam Mayer, a 22-year-old text developer from Texas, tinkers with his laptop to ensure that the music will be just right while Warzer’s daughter Rebecca, 19, stands atop a ladder fixing a projector.“It’s a small town and that is very welcoming; its incredible artistic support is pretty overwhelming,” Warzer says. “I just really love Sea Cliff. It’s just not like any other place on Long Island.”last_img read more

October 19

Australia’s Melbourne to close retail, scale back other industries until mid Sept

first_imgAustralia’s second-biggest city Melbourne already under night curfew announced fresh restrictions on industries on Monday, including retail and construction, as it steps up desperate efforts to contain the spread of a resurgent coronavirus.From Wednesday night, Melbourne will close retail, some manufacturing and administrative businesses as part of a six week lockdown which is expected to hit 250,000 jobs, roughly the number already impacted.The state of Victoria declared a “state of emergency” on Sunday due to a surge in community transmissions. Topics : Production at meatworks will be cut by one third and workers will be kitted out in protective gear, while construction activities will also be scaled back.Supermarkets will remain open along with restaurant takeaway and delivery services, but many other retail outlets will close.Andrews announced A$5,000 ($3,570) payments for affected businesses and flagged more announcements over penalties, enforcements and education on Tuesday. Schools will move to remote learning from Wednesday.”This is a very tough day, and there are many more of those to come before we get to the other side of this,” Andrews said.Restrictions announced on Sunday include curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. that will be in place for six weeks, barring the city’s nearly five million people from leaving their houses except for work or to receive or give care.”This is devastating … nobody wanted it to get to this,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told Nine News television.”There is only one way out and that is to stem the tide of new cases. This is a big kick in the guts to thousands of small businesses right across the state,” he added.Victoria makes up about a quarter of the national economy.The state reported 429 new cases on Monday, down from 671 new infections on Sunday, but 13 more deaths was the second highest daily death toll.Fears of spreadWith an eye on how quickly the virus swept through Victoria, bordering states announced fresh precautionary measures.New South Wales, which had 13 new infections overnight, strongly recommended the use of masks in all indoor venues, while South Australia, with two fresh cases, reduced gatherings inside the home to 10 people from 50, and said only those seated at venues can be served alcohol.”We are very concerned about seeding,” South Australia’s premier Steven Marshall told media.”We are proactively putting these restrictions in place to avoid the kind of situation we are seeing in Victoria.”The Victorian outbreak has scuppered Australia’s hopes for a quick economic rebound from the country’s first recession in nearly three decades.The surge in new cases will also see an Australia-New Zealand travel bubble delayed indefinitely, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said.”Part of our criteria is anywhere we have quarantine-free travel, they have to be free of community transmission for a period of time, 28 days,” she told New Zealand’s network Three.”That is going to take a long time for Australia … so that will be on the backburner for some time.”Both countries had previously said international travel between the two could restart as soon as September. center_img Australia has fared better than many countries, with 18,361 coronavirus cases and 221 deaths, but now risks losing control of the virus in Victoria state which has imposed the country’s harshest movement restrictions to date.Neighboring states of New South Wales and South Australia have also stepped up precautions.”As heartbreaking as it is to close down places of employment… that is what we have to do in order to stop the spread of this wildly infectious virus,” Victoria’s state premier Daniel Andrews told a news conference.”Otherwise we are not in for six weeks of restrictions we’ll be in for a six month stint.”last_img read more

September 28

Brisbane home prices could grow 5pc next year: SQM Research

first_imgSQM Research predicts home prices to fall further in Sydney in 2019. Image: AAP/Joel Carrett.SQM Research forecasts peak to trough price falls of at least 12 per cent to 17 per cent by the end of 2019 in the country’s two biggest housing markets.Managing director Louis Christopher said it was likely the RBA would be forced to intervene to prevent the possibility of even greater price falls.“We do take the view that the downturn in Sydney and Melbourne will be a significant negative for the overall economy, and so the central bank will eventually respond at some point and cut interest rates,” Mr Christopher said.“The looming changes of negative gearing and capital gains tax are increasingly weighing on investor sentiment. “Quite frankly, implementing these changes during a housing downtown is very risky and may trip the economy into a recession.”Mr Christopher believes Brisbane’s housing market would respond well to an interest rate cut and would be less influenced by a Labor win at the next federal election.“The influence of negative gearing changes would not be as big in Brisbane because it’s more fairly valued rents are increasing,” he said.Brisbane home prices rose a modest 0.4 per cent this year, according to SQM, but have the potential to rise more over the next 12 months. SQM Research is bullish about the Gold Coast housing market in 2019. Picture: Jerad Williams.But SQM is bullish when it comes to the Gold Coast housing market.It expects home prices to rise between 2 and 6 per cent next year and rents to increase between 2 and 5 per cent.“There was a slowdown post the Commonwealth Games, but vacancy rates are trending down again — about 2.2 per cent — and they’ll keep falling as we go into the summer months,” Mr Christopher said. SQM Research predicts Brisbane home prices could rise up to 5 per cent next year if certain factors are in play. Image: AAP/Darren England.BRISBANE home prices could grow as much as 5 per cent next year and buck the national trend if interest rates are cut in response to rapidly falling prices in Sydney and Melbourne. A new report from leading independent property analyst, SQM Research, also has warned of the risk of an economic recession if Labor win the federal election and implement changes to negative gearing during the current housing downturn. The 2019 Housing Boom and Bust Report predicts further price falls for Australia’s housing market next year, led by Sydney and Melbourne. RELATED: Brisbane housing market ‘back on the map’ SQM Research predicts Brisbane home prices could rise up to 5 per cent next year if certain factors are in play. Image: AAP/Darren England.It will depend on a number of factors, including the RBA’s response, the economy and whether negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions will be repealed as per the Labor Party’s policy.SQM’s base case forecast for Brisbane is for home prices to grow by up to 2 per cent in 2019, assuming no changes in interest rates and a Labor win at the next federal election with negative gearing repeal and CGT changes coming into effect on July 1, 2020. If the Liberals hold government, prices could rise up to 3 per cent next year. MORE: Hamilton Hill mansion’s secret sale More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoHouses and apartment buildings in the Brisbane suburb of Hamilton. Image: AAP/Darren England.And if interest rates are cut by 0.5 per cent in the second quarter of 2019, SQM predicts Brisbane home prices could rise as much as 5 per cent.“We think Brisbane would better respond to an interest rate cut,” SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said.He said the impact of a Labor win at the next federal election would also be felt less in Brisbane.“The influence of negative gearing changes would not be as big in Brisbane because it’s more fairly valued rents are increasing,” Mr Christopher said.SQM Research predicts Brisbane rents will rise 3 to 4 per cent next year, driven by an increase in interstate migration.“We think Brisbane’s housing market is being affected by credit restrictions, but nowhere near the extent of Sydney and Melbourne,” Mr Christopher said.“But stock levels are still elevated and it’s going to take some time to absorb that stock, so it’s hard to be bullish on Brisbane house prices with so much stock on the market right now.” SQM Research says home price rises will depend partly on the Reserve Bank of Australia’s movements. Image: AAP/Brendan Esposito.Mr Christopher said it was possible the peak to trough falls in Sydney and Melbourne could be even worse, if the RBA did not intervene.“But we do take the view that the downturn in Sydney and Melbourne will be a significant negative for the overall economy, and so the central bank will eventually respond at some point and cut interest rates,” Mr Christopher said.“The looming changes of negative gearing and capital gains tax are increasingly weighing on investor sentiment. “Quite frankly, implementing these changes during a housing downtown is very risky and may trip the economy into a recession.” SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher.AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver also believes the decline in home prices in Sydney and Melbourne has “much further to go”; predicting top to bottom price falls of around 20 per cent spread out to 2020 — particularly if negative gearing and capital gains tax arrangements are changed.Mr Oliver expects Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart to experience moderate price growth.last_img read more

September 26

Taiwan gives EC$600,000 to St Vincent for disaster relief

first_imgPrime Minister Ralph Gonsalves (L) receives the EC$600,000 disaster relief cheque from Ambassador Shih. (Photo: Office of the PM)St Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday received EC$600,000 from Taiwan to help with rehabilitation in the north of country following torrential rain on April 11.Taiwan ambassador to Kingstown, Weber Shih, presented a cheque for the amount to Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves at a short ceremony at the Cabinet Room.The monies are the first portion of a US$1.5 million dollar grant, which will be used to rehabilitate the bridge at Langley Park/Basin Hole in Georgetown and to provide for a river defence network in the area.It’s the second contribution from the Taiwan, in relation to damage caused by the torrential rains of April 11.Earlier this year, following a visit by Gonsalves to Taipei, the government received a grant of US$500,000 for relief and rehabilitation.Caribbean News Now NewsRegional Taiwan gives EC$600,000 to St Vincent for disaster relief by: – August 5, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img 17 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

September 24

Penntown Storage announces Grand Opening

first_imgPenntown, In. — Penntown Storage will hold a Grand Opening Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. The facility is located near the intersection of State Roads 46 and 101. tPenntown Storage will offer indoor and outdoor storage spaces. There will be four different sizes of indoor units – 5’ x 10’, 10’ x 10’, 10’ x 15’, and 10’ x 20’.  Phase 1 consists of two 30’ x 180’ buildings, with more planned in the future.  Outside units offered will be 12’ x 20’, 12’ x 30’, and 12’ x 40’.  There will be approximately 50 spaces available.The site is completely fenced, with security lighting on the perimeter as well as the buildings.  A 24-hour camera system will be utilized for security as well.  Autopay will be used for customer’s convenience.  Gate hours are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and reservations can be made by appointment.Future plans include two 30’ x 240’ buildings, as well as temperature-controlled units and an office with regular business hours.  Expanded outdoor parking is also planned.Penntown Storage is a family owned and operated business. The owners are life-long residents who are very proud of their community.  A website is available to make appointments as well as payments.  Their phone number(s) is 812-212-7800 and 812-212-7812.last_img read more

September 20

Six Ellsworth wrestlers go undefeated at Belfast meet

first_img Latest Posts Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Bio BELFAST — Six Ellsworth wrestlers went undefeated on Saturday in a meet at Belfast Area High School.Josh Wright, Peyton Cole, Connor Petros, Dagan Berenyi and Trent Goodman all went 5-0, and Robert Banner finished 2-0.Noah Robidoux and Austin Smith went 4-1, Harry Larrabee and Wally Rumill went 2-3 and Will McDonough went 1-2.“We had a great meet,” said Ellsworth coach JF Burns.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth went 4-1, with wins against Camden Hills, Mount Desert Island, Medomak and Belfast and a loss to Foxcroft.Ellsworth will wrestle next on Saturday at Mountain Valley. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016center_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016last_img read more

September 17

Pedro Agrees Roma Switch from Chelsea

first_imgChelsea winger Pedro will join Serie A side Roma at the end of the season when his contract expires.The former Barcelona forward signed a short-term extension on Tuesday until the end of the season as his deal was going to expire at the end of the month.But Pedro had already agreed a deal in principle with Roma and was waiting for the Serie A club to reduce their wage bill to accommodate him. Chelsea winger Pedro The 32-year-old will be available for all remaining Chelsea games in the 2019-20 season, in the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.Pedro was on the bench as Chelsea won their first Premier League match 2-1 following the restart at Aston Villa on Sunday.The winger won the Premier League during the 2016-17 campaign under Antonio Conte, the FA Cup in 2018 and the Europa League in 2019.The Spain international scored 43 goals in 201 games since joining Chelsea from Barcelona in 2015.Pedro signed for the Blues from Barcelona for a fee of £21million having won five league titles and three Champions League trophies during his time in Spain.The forward has played just 18 times since Frank Lampard became head coach last summer, but will hope to help Chelsea to secure a Champions League place for next season and lift the FA Cup again before he departs.Chelsea have already agreed deals to sign Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner at the end of the season – both players who can play out wide and will help to fill the gap left by Pedro.The Blues played Manchester City in the league last night and to play Leicester City in the FA Cup this weekend.Chelsea have also successfully managed to tie down forward Olivier Giroud and goalkeeper Willy Caballero on short-term arrangements until the end of the season.Chelsea’s final Premier League match of the season will be on July 26 but they could also be in the FA Cup final scheduled for August 1 before the Champions League resumes that month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

September 17

USG race ends in Edwin-Austin victory

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government announced that USG Program Board Finance Director Edwin Saucedo and USG Director of University Affairs Austin Dunn are the winners of their presidential election during Tuesday’s Senate meeting.The Edwin-Austin ticket received 2,328, or 63.1 percent, of the votes, a 41 percent margin of victory over the rival ticket Charlie Henriquez and Cole Pham. Their ticket gained 834 votes, or 22.6 percent of the total.Newly elected USG President Edwin Saucedo was excited over his win and thanked his supporters.“We’re really excited for what’s to come, and we’re grateful for all the support we got from everyone and from our campaign team. We’re just happy to enjoy this moment,” Saucedo said. “I think opening our student government to the student body to show that we’re working for the student body. We need to make a difference to all of USC.”Saucedo’s running mate and new USG Vice President Austin Dunn was proud of the win despite a lower than expected voter turnout. He highlighted the transparency of their campaign as a key to their victory.“The voter turnout was a little bit lower than we expected, but we did as hard as we could,” Dunn said. “We ran a clean campaign; we were true to ourselves the entire time, very transparent, so this is just the icing on top of the cake. I’m super stoked for next year.”Saucedo and Dunn expressed gratitude for their campaign team and supporters.“Getting the team was the hard part, and getting a team that represented the whole student body or at least tapped into different communities. We don’t want it to look all the same,” Saucedo said.Henriquez was satisfied with his campaign.“It is what it is. I think we ran a great campaign,” Henriquez said. “We definitely stood out. We brought a different campaigning method to the student body. We ran hard; we called out everything we needed to call out.”The senatorial election results were also announced during the meeting. The ballot options changed this year; instead of voters choosing three greek senators, three commuter senators and six residential senators, the constituencies were discarded, and senatorial candidates ran uncategorized.The 12 Senators elected out of 20 candidates were Daniel Million, Paul Samaha, Josh Lurie, Daniel Newman, Kate Oh, Tyler Matheson, Alanna Schenk, Sabrina Enriquez, Tiffany Lian, Emily Lee, Tingyee Chang and Leena Danpour.Samaha promised to continue his advocacy for students and support issues in the face of an unresponsive administration.“I’m excited to continue working on the projects I’m advocating for and also bringing some new projects to the forefront of USG,” Samaha said. “To make sure mental health and college affordability remain two issues we students continue to press the administration on.”Results were announced by Associate Director of Election and Recruitment Logan Dallas. Dallas said 3,700 votes were cast this election. In last year’s election, 6,027 votes were cast. Despite this, she said she wasn’t concerned about voter turnout.“I’m excited for all the candidates that ran. It takes a lot of courage and a lot of work to do this; I’m really proud of everyone regardless of whether they got elected or not,” Dallas said. “Voting is down, but the passion of the people running is up, so I think they’re going to continue this trend of student engagement and making sure issues matter to students.”Current USG President Rini Sampath was nostalgic over the process and had a positive outlook for the future of USG.“I’m so excited for candidates that participated; it’s an exhilarating experience in and of itself, and of course for the candidate who won,” Sampath said. “I know it’s an incredible feeling to put all this work into something and reap the reward. I’m hopeful for the future of our organization and to see this kind of engagement from our campus.”last_img read more

September 17

Annenberg analyzes social media, cigarette brands

first_imgDr. Robert Kozinets, Jayne and Hans Hufschmid Chair of Strategic Public Relations at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, teamed with Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, an advocacy group from Washington, D.C. to conduct research in 10 countries to analyze social media and its hashtags regarding possible  cigarette brand marketing.In 1970, the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act was passed to deregulate cigarette advertising by the tobacco industry. However, instead of television and radio ads, tobacco industries are turning to social media to market their products. “The laws really only cover television, radios, newspapers and magazines,” Kozinets said. “They don’t cover social media, and [tobacco companies] are managing to find a way around those limitations because the laws are so slow-moving.”After five months, the research revealed that some social media users have been paid by tobacco companies or compensated with gifts. The researchers also found that certain parties that had free alcohol and giveaways were encouraging attendees to post pictures of themselves in addition to cigarette logos and design elements, resembling cigarette packages, which were in the background of many photos. “They noticed that tobacco companies seemed to be using social media and having a lot of postings by young people talking about parties and doing interesting things featuring cigarettes,” Kozinets said. “They knew that something was going on in a bunch of countries but they weren’t exactly sure what, so they contacted me to do some research with them around the world.”Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids decided to launch a petition with the Federal Trade Commission to start spreading the word. “I think students at USC and elsewhere need to be very aware that there’s a lot of money at stake when they start smoking as students,” Kozinets said. “When you get someone to start when they’re young, they are a smoker for life. Tobacco companies know this, and that’s why they’ve been made to promise that they weren’t going to advertise, but for some reason, our legislation has not kept up with the fact that influencers in social media are a form of advertising.”According to Kozinets, the University tries to emphasize moral and ethical elements in academics. For example, it offers a course based on ethical marketing. “In the real world, that doesn’t always happen,” Kozinets said. “You get a lot of gray areas where companies do the unethical things rather than the ethical things, and this study points out how important it is for us to do research that can reveal what’s really going on in these areas because it’s really hard to piece it together.”last_img read more