Earlier this afternoon, Chuck Berry passed away at the age of 90. According to ABC News, the St. Charles County, Missouri, police responded to a medical emergency around 12:40PM and found Berry unresponsive. He was pronounced dead shortly after. Berry, known for his definitive songwriting in songs like “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” and so many more, was known as the Father of Rock and Roll.On his 90th birthday last October of 2016, Berry announced that he was releasing a new album, and dedicating it to his wife of 68 years who he called “Toddy.” In a statement he said, “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!” Titled Chuck, the album has no release date. According to Berry’s son Charles Berry, who plays on the record along with Ingrid Berry on harmonica, pianist Robert Lohr, drummer Keith Robinson and bassist Jimmy Marsala, who’s played with Berry for 40 years, “These songs cover the spectrum from hard-driving rockers to soulful, thought-provoking time capsules of a life’s work.” More about Chuck here.Rest In Peace, Chuck Berry!
On Tuesday night, comedian Jim Jefferies welcomed perhaps the most controversial pair of musicians in the modern music world as his guests on his weekly comedic news round-up, The Jim Jefferies Show: Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, the two Detroit MCs that collectively comprise the Insane Clown Posse. Jefferies’ on-air introduction of his two guests is all you need to understand the ever-contentious identity of ICP and their loyal fans, known as “Juggalos”: “My next guests are currently on tour across North America. They also just held a rally in Washington, D.C. protesting their fans’ official classificatn as a gang by the FBI.”As the two explain, “Our fans have been labeled as a gang, officially, by the FBI…They put out a list, it’s official.” However, the two rappers and their supporters have been taking steps to change the perception of the fanbase including, recently, their official Juggalo March on Washington.When asked why they, in particular, get this negative attention Violent J speculates, “I think we’re presumed to be easy targets, first of all. There’s a lot of jokes, too. We get the humor of what we do, of outside people looking in.”Jefferies humorously guesses that maybe all the negative attention is just about their name, and offers a few suggestions for a new one, like “The Reasonable Clown Posse,” “The Mentally Stable Clown Posse,” or, “because ‘posse’ does kinda sound like a gang, just be something fun like ‘the Clowns.’”Violent J continues, “If you’ve got six, eight kids in a rural neighborhood all hanging out, just having a barbecue, wearing this shirt [motions to ICP logo on his chain], they’re hanging out together…technically, the police force in the town can call that a gang, and they can get federal funding to combat that gang. And there’s Juggalos in every small town, all across America.”Of course, Insane Clown Posse’s entire thematic and visual aesthetic is about shocking people. But that right to say and do shocking things (and like whatever music you want) so long as it’s not harming anyone. Even in the clip that Jefferies shows of the two speaking at the Juggalo March on Washington, they are intentionally shocking in their choice of language. But the right to such action is at the crux of a free speech debate that is all too important in today’s U.S.A.“It’s not about us. It’s not about our music. It’s not about the people who like our music. It’s about discrimination…flat-out, blatant discrimination,” explains Violent J, “And we’re very happy with the outcome. A lot of people have taken our side on this, it is straight up bullshit. You can’t deny it. It’s not about us or our music, it’s about classifying what could be millions of people as a gang, which is as outrageous as it sounds…”You can watch the full Insane Clown Posse interview on The Jim Jefferies Show below, via Comedy Central:
A celebration honoring the life of Allan Richard Robinson, the Gordon McKay Professor of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Emeritus in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will be held at the Memorial Church on May 7 (2 p.m.). Robinson, a longtime member of the Harvard community who received his A.B. ’54, M.A. ’56, and Ph.D. ’59 degrees in physics from Harvard, died on Sept. 25, 2009, at the age of 76.The celebration will be hosted by his family, and a reception at Loeb House (the entrance is at 17 Quincy St.) will follow at 3:30 p.m. All who knew Robinson are welcome to attend the event.For details and to RSVP, visit the SEAS Web site.
Read Full Story Asians in Oakland and Berkeley, Calif., may earn on average $90 less per week or 20 percent less than white hosts when renting out similar one-bedroom apartments that they list on Airbnb’s vacation rental website, according to a study, which appears online in Technology Science, a journal published by the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard University. Authors of the study, Harvard College students John Gilheany, David Wang, and Stephen Xi, looked through rentals from 101 white and Asian hosts in April 2015. After controlling for the quality of the apartment, such as the number of bedrooms and the number of potential occupants, they still found race to be a significant factor in determining the likely price for a weeklong rental. This result builds on the previous finding from Harvard Business School professors Ben Edelman and Michael Luca, which showed blacks in New York City receive 12 percent less for their rentals on Airbnb than other hosts.
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine, announced today the election of 80 new members, including five Harvard faculty and an Overseer, during its annual meeting.Sudhir Anand, D.Phil., professor of economics, University of Oxford, United Kingdom; and adjunct professor of global health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, BostonFriedhelm Hildebrandt, M.D., Warren E. Grupe Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; and chief, division of nephrology, Boston Children’s Hospital, BostonFrank Hu, M.D., Ph.D., professor, departments of nutrition and epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and professor of medicine, Channing Division of Network Medicine, department of medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, BostonBeth Y. Karlan, M.D., professor, obstetrics and gynecology; director, Women’s Cancer Program, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute; and director, division of gynecologic oncology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los AngelesJoan W. Miller, M.D., FARVO, Henry Willard Williams Professor of Ophthalmology and chair, department of ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School; and chief of ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Massachusetts General Hospital, BostonKevin Struhl, Ph.D., David Wesley Gaiser Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, BostonElection to NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. New members are elected by current active members through a selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, healthcare, and public health.“Our newly elected members represent the brightest, most influential, and passionate people in health, science, and medicine in our nation and internationally,” said NAM President Victor J. Dzau. “They are at the top of their fields and are committed to service. The expertise they bring to the organization will help us respond to today’s most pressing health-related challenges and inform the future of health, science, and medicine.” Read Full Story
With limited hours at the dining hall and less on-campus dining options during the campus shutdown and due to the pandemic, Notre Dame students are pivoting to ordering takeout from on-campus retail locations. However, this shift has created long lines and wait times at these locations via the Grubhub app, with some students experiencing wait times of over two hours.Senior director of Campus Dining Chris Abayasinghe said adjustments had to be made in order to pivot to a takeout-only model at the beginning of this school year, and that with students exclusively ordering through Grubhub, there was a learning curve for both Campus Dining staff and the Grubhub app’s algorithm. “So if you’ll imagine as more and more people utilize the app, the app will then run its own algorithm to be able to understand what we find should and could look like,” Abayasinghe said. “However, as to determining what change needed to be made and when, I can tell you that my team continued to pivot and make adjustments as the days went on to really figure out how to manage the amount of orders that were coming in.”Some of the changes, Abayasinghe said, were made to the actual process of making orders at retail locations such as Starbucks and Subway to make the process more efficient.“So like in Starbucks for example, if you recall in the past, you would come in and just order right there and then pick up there or fulfill as you go,” Abayasinghe said. “And now what we’re positioned is, I would work out how to layout … specifically, the orders alphabetically, so on, so those are the sort of tweaks and adjustments we work really, really hard on to improve our speed of service.”When University President Fr. John Jenkins announced that Notre Dame would shut down for two weeks to curb the spread of COVID-19 on campus, Abayasinghe said that while some retail locations closed and others shifted hours, this change affected the pattern of ordering that had developed over the eight days of in-person classes.“So now we have LaFortune open, for example, right and Duncan is no longer open and now you have Rohr’s and Legends which are also open,” he said. “So now you imagine the students have a smaller number of options to be able to find that and then the system would go through its own adjustments again as we continue to tweak and improve.” Senior Erin Glendon said she tried to order Starbucks — which opened at noon — on a Sunday afternoon and experienced difficulties even as the restaurant had just opened. “I think it was 12:11 [p.m.] when I logged onto Grubhub and the wait was 92 minutes long, so I did not order Starbucks because I don’t know if I [would] want coffee in 92 minutes,” she said. These lines are characteristic of Starbucks most days, Glendon said. “Almost every day when I think about ordering Starbucks, I don’t because the line is pretty long, but that was by far the longest I’ve seen it,” Glendon said.Megan Butler, a senior, had a similar experience when she placed an order at Legends for pickup one evening. She said the app told her incorrect information about when her order would be ready. When she arrived, she said, her order had not begun to be prepared, despite conflicting information displayed on Grubhub. “They were just calling all the numbers in order and there [were] about 70 people in front of me,” she said. “And I waited there for about an hour and a half … they actually closed, I was there for an hour after they closed. And they stopped about, I think, 25 orders ahead of me and said they had run out of food. And then I had to go off campus to find food, because no other places on campus were open.”Butler said she had a similar experience when she ordered Subway, and the time it took for her order to be ready did not correspond with the updates she received from the Grubhub app.“The same thing happened, where it said 20 minutes and then it just kept adding minutes [until it was ready],” she said. These delays are difficult, Butler said, because the delays affect other plans students could make during the day and evening. “You can’t really plan anything, like homework, or make plans with people because you don’t really know when your food is going to be ready,” Butler said.Butler said she believes the lack of variety of food in the dining halls is part of the reason for the influx of Grubhub orders.“I think less people would be ordering through Grubhub if the dining hall food was better, so then they wouldn’t have as many backups, and they wouldn’t be overloading all the Grubhub locations if they had more options in the dining hall and healthier food that students wanted to eat instead of a different form of mashed potatoes every day,” Butler said. Abayasinghe said that he believes that with in-person classes starting up again, the Grubhub experience will continue to evolve and change. “Now we’re going to come back … and as we think about that, a new pattern will emerge from this and I think from [what] my staff has done and continues to do — they’re incredibly flexible folks — and they have pivoted so much. So I see this continuing trend where we will learn what that pattern looks like and and go from there.”Tags: Chris Abayasinghe, grubhub, notre dame campus dining, Starbucks
In the popular Pixar movie, Up, there is a memorable quote: “adventure is out there.” This spirit is shared by the community here at UT Chattanooga. When asked what word comes to mind when she thinks of UTC, one student said, “Family.” One aspect that makes us a family is our craving for experiencing new adventures that the world has to offer us. Here, at UT Chattanooga, we create an environment where students can become part of a family, and with the UTC Outdoors Program, this family can go on as many adventures as they want. Whether it’s falling from the atmosphere on our skydiving trip, or crawling through the labyrinth of cave systems that weave through the region, students at UTC can explore nature from the highest to the lowest possible places.However, nature is not the only thing they explore. I asked Joe Lindsay, a student and long-time participant of UTC Outdoors’ programs, what experiences he took away from our program. “Self-discovery,” he answered. Pushing yourself to do things you never thought you would be doing forces us as people to unearth who we really are and what we are capable of doing. I asked Joe why he kept coming back to the outdoor trips.He responded:I kept coming back to go on the trips because, not only did I get to venture into the great outdoors, but I also got to meet some great people along the way. We all shared stories and exchanged numbers for future trips.As a trip leader, I am able to experience watching students bond with each other while kayaking down a river and camping that night under the stars. The students involved with these trips are always ready and enthusiastic, no matter what the circumstances are. On one of our ski trips, a trip that requires students to be ready to leave by 5am, I could feel the surmounting excitement in the room despite the groggy eyes and mumbled speech. Even though we were half asleep, we were not going to turn down an adventure.Daniel Latto, a coworker and trip leader at UTC Outdoors, has voiced his passion for what he does and the experiences that come with it. As an experienced rock climber, Daniel gets to meet a plethora of students while they visit our popular rock wall. His first time as a leader was on one of the ski trips to Beech Mountain, N.C. Since then he has taken the challenge of creating his own trips to take students on. When asked what he thinks makes UTC’s outdoor program superior to others, Daniel said:I feel as though the UTC Outdoors program is superior to other programs due to the fact that we start out by hiring individuals who are enthusiastic and passionate about many outdoor activities, the program offers a wide variety of trips for the students, and we have all sorts of equipment for the students to rent to use in their own exploration.UTC Outdoors offers a multitude of equipment for our students to pick from. With a $50 deposit check, any student or ARC member can come in and choose whatever equipment they please. Our equipment includes tents, sleeping bags/pads, mountain bikes, whitewater kayaks (plus necessary gear), flatwater kayaks, SUP boards, and much more. As long as the student or member brings back all of the equipment the way it was rented out to them, they get their check back.This system makes our equipment rentals practically free, as we only keep the check should they damage or lose the equipment while it’s in their care. The amount of rentals each semester is certainly incredible, as is the number of trips and quality customer service has to offer.However, none of this would be possible without Anna Muller, Coordinator of Outdoor Programming. Anna has been COP since August of 2009 and has been a huge benefit to the program. I inquired about Anna’s time with UTC Outdoors.RR: Why do you like working for the outdoor program?AM: I love teaching others how to be successful when participating to outdoor adventures and chose to take this position so I could lead others to be successful in their outdoor pursuits and share those experiences.RR: What has been your experience as director?AM: UTC has provided me with so many adventures. Working with UTC Outdoors, I have had opportunities to share my love of nature and outdoor sports with thousands of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We have travelled all over the Southeast and across the country. Some of my favorite moments have been the ones in which I was able to share the outdoors with someone for their first time.Anna and her legendary staff have become the figureheads of the family that is UTC Outdoors. This family welcomes all and shuns none. We offer 20+ trips a semester and weekly clinics and events for the UTC community. Our program has certainly come a long way since its origin in the 1970s. We plan to continue growing and reach out to more who have a desire to explore the world around them as well as themselves. My closing question for Anna was what one word she would choose to describe the future of UTC Outdoors. She exuberantly responded with, “Adventure!” Our program motto for the last 6 years has been, ‘It’s all part of the adventure.’ And as we know, adventure is out there!– Randall Ramaswamy
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Westbury woman has been arrested for allegedly injuring a 92-year-old, wheelchair-bound Melville nursing home resident and then trying to cover up the wound two years ago.Claudia Desulme pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Suffolk County court to charges of falsifying business records, endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person and wilful violation of health laws.“Our healthcare workers have a basic duty to care for their patients, to keep them safe and not to injure them further,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.Prosecutors said the 32-year-old woman moved the resident—who suffered from dementia and who is dependent on others for care—from her wheelchair to her bed without the assistance of another staffer, as required by the resident’s care plan, at Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation on Dec. 18, 2012.The victim suffered a seven-centimeter-long laceration to her right leg. Desulme and another aide, who was not charged, allegedly bandaged the wound and failed to report the injury, authorities said. When questioned by nursing home staff, Desulme allegedly lied multiple times in an attempt to conceal her crimes, claiming that another aide helped with the transfer and that the patient was not injured, according to investigators.Judge Paul Hensley released her without bail. Desulme, who no longer works at the facility, faces up to four years in prison, if convicted.
One sure way to become a better leader is to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, think differently than you and challenge you. Before this can happen, we need to be the kind of leaders that understand that title alone doesn’t mean we have the right answer all the time.To set up this kind of environment, a leader must understand the value of a team and create the safe environment needed for opinions and ideas to be challenged. James Kerr, global chair of N2Growth, lists three ideas that leaders can adopt to shape these kinds of teams. His three ideas include:Be deliberate in building a team that provides a variety of perspectives and is rich in diversity of thought. Look to hire and promote people who think differently than you do. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » One of the biggest ways FinTech firms have been able to gain a competitive edge on traditional banks, for small business (SMB) customers, is through relationship-building.Banks are shuttering their physical branch locations at the fastest pace in years, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Small business financial services (FinServ) experts have warned that a lack of access to human bank representatives is harming SMB owners’ ability to not only obtain the bank products they need, but the advisory services they crave from their financial service providers. The implications of this can be significant.“For business owners, the absence of branches and the face-to-face relationships that go with them can complicate everything, from getting financing to depositing earnings to making payroll, and local economies can suffer as a result,” said Fortune in August, covering news that Chaseannounced plans to open 400 more bank branches to support SMBs affected by industry-wide branch closures.While exact data is sparse, credit unions (CUs) are often lumped into commentary about branch closures and their impact on small businesses. However, Trevor Dryer, co-founder and recently former CEO of small business lending technology firm Mirador, said that unlike large banks, credit unions often offer a more localized and personalized approach to servicing their small businesses. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr