Update: Tales From The Golden Road, the esteemed program on the Grateful Dead channel on SiriusXM, confirmed this news as well. See their post below.With Dead & Company hitting the Citi Field stadium in New York, NY, organizers of the LOCKN’ Festival naturally are taking the opportunity to promote their festivals to the New York heads. The festival flyer features all of the Grateful Dead-inspired bands, including previously announced artists like Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, Circles Around The Sun, and Garcia’s Forest.The big surprise, however, is at the top of the flyer: Phil Lesh & Friends. See the flyer below.Of course, this doesn’t say anything about which of his “Friends” will be included in the lineup. With so many great artists on the Lockn’ lineup, the possibilities are practically endless! We can’t wait.
Over the past year, the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Assault has been gathering information to lay the groundwork for interventions to lower the incidence of sexual assault, harassment, and other misconduct at Harvard, as well as for improvements in supporting students who have experienced such misconduct.This week, the task force is launching its most far-reaching effort yet, sending out a Web-based survey to 20,000 members of the student body, targeting all degree candidates as part of a national effort involving 28 universities to understand the extent and nature of the problem, both on their home campuses and across the country.The task force’s work is just the latest effort to get a handle on the problem at Harvard. Last year, the University adopted policies and procedures to address sexual assault and harassment and opened a new Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Dispute Resolution. In addition, the issue has been discussed by different Schools. Last week, for example, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study sponsored a panel discussion on how government policies affect the incidence and tolerance of gender-based violence.The Gazette sat down with the task force’s chairman, Steven Hyman, a professor of stem cell and regenerative biology and Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, and David Laibson, the Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics, who participated in the survey design. The two discussed the survey, what students can expect to be asked, and the potential benefit of taking a hard look at a difficult issue.GAZETTE: The Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Assault is sending out a survey to students. What is the task force hoping to learn and why is the survey needed?HYMAN: First, the mission of this task force is twofold: one is prevention of sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct, and the other is making sure we do our best to support people who have experienced sexual assault and misconduct.In order to prevent these unwanted behaviors, we have to know what the risk factors are that contribute to their occurrence. We also have to know how many episodes there are each semester in order to have a chance of knowing whether our interventions are succeeding.To design effective preventive interventions for the Harvard context, the task force has undertaken three complementary efforts. One endeavor was a very intensive effort to listen within small and large meetings involving many different groups across Harvard’s schools. Stephanie Khurana took the lead for the College and provided important intellectual leadership.A second effort was to review the academic literature to determine what was really known about assault and harassment. Lisa Berkman of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health took the lead. This effort was complemented by hearing reports from other universities, including Brown and MIT, and interviewing experts at other Universities.The third effort was to design and implement the survey that is about to be released at Harvard. Not only is this a way to learn about our own institution, but also to benchmark ourselves against similar institutions. Among many advantages of surveying multiple institutions with the same instrument is the possibility of learning from differences and understanding best practices for intervention.“First, the mission of this task force is twofold: one is prevention of sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct, and the other is making sure we do our best to support people who have experienced sexual assault and misconduct,” said Steven Hyman, the task force’s chairman. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerGAZETTE: How many institutions are involved with the survey and what kinds of things will you be asking?LAIBSON: The survey is a collaboration, primarily with the AAU, the Association of American Universities, which is a consortium of 62 research universities in the U.S. Twenty-eight will be participating in the survey.We participated in every stage of the process of creating the survey. We had a set of local conversations and convened an Ivy Plus consortium group, which is a conversation among the Ivies and a few additional schools.There were three bids from external survey research firms, and Westat emerged with the strongest bid. Then a survey design committee organized by the AAU took over. That committee, which we participated on, met once to twice a week working with Westat to design the survey. The design process started in October and continued until just a few weeks ago.We were the first school to pretest the survey, and we did that in January. The word “pretest” is a little bit odd because on the one hand it sounds like people actually took the survey, but we didn’t want that. We really wanted students to react to the questions and tell us whether they were clear, comprehensible, personally relevant; appropriate in every conceivable way.GAZETTE: Can you describe the content of the survey? How long is it, how many questions, and what kind of topics do the questions cover?LAIBSON: Length is better summarized with time than by a number of questions, because it’s conditional. If people are reporting incidents of an assault, we’re going to follow up on that. So if you say yes, that opens up more questions.We’ve thought a lot about good survey methods and the burden on our respondents. Since we would like a high response rate, we wanted to create a survey that wouldn’t drive people away because 45 minutes into it they’ve got to go to dinner. We worked very hard to keep the survey down to 20 to 30 minutes for a typical respondent.We also want to emphasize that confidentiality — really anonymity — is important. We’re sending people a link. When they click on that link, any identifiers — to email or to name — is severed.HYMAN: At no time in the process does Harvard University possess any identifying data, like IP addresses. The survey is performed on the Westat site and we get data back stripped of all identifiers. Even the emails to students are sent from Westat and not from Harvard.GAZETTE: What should students expect? And if it’s not from Harvard, how does it get through spam filters?LAIBSON: We have been “white-listed” in the Harvard email system, but of course it cannot be white-listed in every email system. So that means if someone is forwarding all their emails to Hotmail, it could get spammed in Hotmail. So if students didn’t see it in their inbox at the end of the day on the 12th, they should check their spam filters, particularly if they’re forwarding their mail to another service.It’ll come from Westat, they won’t see Harvard.edu. It’ll contain an invitation from Drew Faust to participate, but it won’t be from her address. There will be a link, they’ll click on the link, and at that point their identity is severed from the survey. All we will know is what we collect on the survey.We’re going to ask them about demographics, about their living situation, many things about the climate at Harvard. We’re trying to cover a lot of territory. First we’re going to be asking about sexual harassment and, of course, about sexual assault. We’re going to be asking about intimate partner violence, and about stalking.Sexual assault is very complex and problematic, so we’re not going to ask generic questions like, “Have you been the victim of a sexual assault?” We’re instead going to be very explicit and talk about very particular situations with very precise wording and ask, “Did this happen to you?”“The survey is a collaboration, primarily with the AAU, the Association of American Universities, which is a consortium of 62 research universities in the U.S.,” said Professor David Laibson, who participated in the survey design. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerHYMAN: We want to know about specific experiences and behaviors, not how people have labeled them, because labels can be understood very differently among the members of our community.LAIBSON: Sexual assault can take many forms: through force, through attempted force, through incapacitation, so all of these different channels will be measured.Then we’ll follow up and ask detailed questions about the characteristics of the event, the reporting, follow-up, etc. We want to get a relatively full picture of the circumstances and context of the incident, and then how the incident was or was not followed up and whether those follow-ups were satisfactory.So we’ll have a pretty complete picture of the characteristics of each incident plus an overall measure of prevalence by category.GAZETTE: Are there any questions aimed at perpetrators?LAIBSON: We decided not to ask those particular questions because we were concerned about length of the survey and we didn’t think we’d get honest answers. There may be ways to ask those kinds of questions, but not on this type of a survey.HYMAN: We think it’s very important. It’s been alleged based on some research that a small number of repeat offenders are responsible for a substantial fraction of assaults. It would be very important to know if that is true, but that would require a very different survey.GAZETTE: Is there a concern that the survey might be painful for someone who has had a bad experience and been assaulted?HYMAN: I would describe the survey’s language as direct and precise. If we were to focus overmuch on the risks of upsetting people, we would not be able to obtain the information we need. We would then be sacrificing the ability to make the situation better for others. So we hope that students will be poised enough to understand that even if it’s unpleasant, it’s important.LAIBSON: I want to reiterate that point. In getting student feedback during the pretest, one of the concerns was how they reacted to the language. And across the wide swath of the student community, including activist groups, there was uniform support for the approach that we took.There is also a link to reporting and support services directly from the survey. Anyone who’s feeling traumatized in taking the survey is encouraged to stop if they want to. Our goal is not to make people take it who don’t want to take it.GAZETTE: But at the same time, it’s important to get an accurate view of what’s going on?HYMAN: If we don’t get a large and representative sample, it will be very hard to know how to design preventive interventions and very hard to know whether they have been successful. It’s just of critical importance that our students participate and take this seriously.After we design and the University implements specific, preventive interventions, we cannot assume that they will improve the situation significantly. We must be able to measure whether we have made a difference in the incidence of assault and harassment. To do that we need good baseline information and then follow-up data over time.GAZETTE: So, in addition to talking in fairly blunt language about what happened, there are questions also about where, when, who?LAIBSON: Yes, we address that, including alcohol.There are also Harvard-specific categories of responses, reflecting, for example, the organization that provides support and reporting services. At Harvard it would be OSAPR [the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response], which obviously wouldn’t exist at another school. We ask about OSAPR here.There are idiosyncratic organizations or living arrangements here and maybe not at other schools, like Houses, so these response categories will vary across all 28 schools in this initial wave of the survey.GAZETTE: How many surveys are going to go out to the Harvard community?LAIBSON: The decision AAU and Westat made is to survey degree candidates. There are 20,000 degree candidates at Harvard. And all of them are going to be surveyed and all will be offered a $5 Amazon card if they participate in the survey.GAZETTE: What do we know already about sexual assault here at Harvard?HYMAN: We simply do not know the true prevalence. Our goal is to gain a good estimate of the behaviors that constitute assault and harassment and to learn how best to increase honest reporting when such events occur.GAZETTE: What are the factors that make the issue such a black box right now? Why don’t we know?HYMAN: Across cultures and populations, sexual assault is underreported. Very often, those who have experienced assault or harassment don’t feel safe reporting for fear of stigmatization, retaliation, or of being retraumatized by an investigation. We have students coming from cultures where women who report having been assaulted may be harmed or marginalized for life.We understand the disincentives to reporting are deeply ingrained in many cultures, including ours. Having a technology that allows people to take a survey and have their identities truly and credibly protected is an important recent development.LAIBSON: This is the first time that an effort like this, with national scale, has ever been conducted. The survey will also give us the ability to compare across schools and identify successes. One thing that might emerge is that we find some schools or subpopulations within schools that have much lower rates of sexual assault. And, if that’s the case, I’d like to learn more about those environments and the mechanisms, the correlates, of that success.If we discover, just as an example, that 24 of the 28 schools have a very high rate of sexual assault but four of the 28 have a very low rate of sexual assault, the first thing I’m going to want to do is call up that community and find out what’s different. It may take a few years to get to the bottom of that, but I think this could be a very important channel for learning about the mechanisms that reduce the problem.HYMAN: We also hope to be resurveying at intervals to learn what has happened and to know whether we are on the right track.GAZETTE: When will results be announced?LAIBSON: Harvard will be releasing its results during the fall semester and I believe that the national results will be released around that time.It’s important for us to be transparent about the results. We’ll be discussing with the community both the national Westat results and the Harvard-specific results. We’ll be transparent about what’s happening here and in comparing our outcomes with the outcomes in the national sample, the 28 schools.For more information about the survey, visit the Sexual Conduct Survey website.
Harvard University Housing (HUH) manages approximately 3,000 apartments, offering a broad choice of locations, unit types, amenities, and sizes to meet the individual budgets and housing needs of eligible Harvard affiliates (full-time graduate students, faculty members, and employees). Harvard affiliates may apply for Harvard University Housing online at www.huhousing.harvard.edu (click on “Start an HU Housing Application”). The website also provides information about additional housing options and useful Harvard and community resources for incoming and current affiliates.In accordance with the University’s rent policy, Harvard University Housing charges market rents. To establish the proposed rents for 2018–2019, Dr. Jayendu Patel of Economic, Financial & Statistical Consulting Services performed and endorsed the results of a regression analysis on three years of market rents for more than 10,000 apartments. The data on apartments included in the analysis were obtained from a variety of sources including rentals posted on the HUH Off-Campus Housing website by private-market property owners, information supplied by a real estate appraisal firm, a local brokerage company, and various non-Harvard rental websites in order to provide comparable private rental market listings for competing apartment complexes in Cambridge, Boston, and Somerville. The results of this market analysis and of other market research indicate that Harvard University Housing 2018–2019 market rents will increase 1 percent on average across the 3,000-unit portfolio relative to last year’s rents, although within the portfolio rents on some units have been adjusted up or down based on current market conditions. As always, all revenues generated by Harvard University Housing in excess of operating expenses and debt service are used to fund capital improvements and renewal of the facilities in HUH’s existing residential portfolio.The rents noted in this article have been reviewed and endorsed by the Faculty Advisory Committee on Harvard University Housing* and will take effect for the 2018-2019 leasing season.2018–2019 rents for continuing HUH tenantsCurrent HUH tenants who choose to extend their lease for another year will receive, on average, a 1 percent rent increase, with actual increases ranging from 0 percent to 3 percent. Heat, hot water, electricity, and gas, where applicable, are included in all Harvard University Housing apartment rents; internet service and air conditioning may also be included where available.Harvard University Housing tenants will receive an email in March 2018 with instructions on how to submit a request to either extend or terminate their current lease. Tenants who would like additional information or help in determining their continuing rental rates for 2018–2019 may call the HUH Leasing Office at 617-495-1459.2018–2019 rents for new HUH tenants effective for the 2018-2019 leasing seasonThe annual market analysis for the 2018–2019 rents resulted in a recommendation that average rents for incoming tenants across the portfolio increase 1 percent relative to the prior year. Because Harvard’s rent policy is applied on a unit-by-unit basis, market rental rates for some unit types and locations will increase, while others will experience no change or will decrease, based on current market conditions. Heat, hot water, electricity, and gas, where applicable, are included in all Harvard University Housing apartment rents; internet service and air conditioning may also be included, where available.10 Akron St.: studios $1,824–$2,070; one bedroom convertibles $2,334–$2,622.18 Banks St.: one bedrooms $2,220–$2,502; two bedrooms $2,652–$2,838.Beckwith Cir.: three bedrooms $2,490–$3,096; four bedrooms $2,832–$3,390.Botanic Gardens: one bedrooms $2,214–$2,346; two bedrooms $2,568–$2,718; three bedrooms $3,060–$3,258.472–474 Broadway: one bedrooms $2,178–$2,244.5 Cowperthwaite St.: studios $1,944–$2,196; one bedrooms $2,292–$2,292; one bedroom convertibles $2,352–$2,580; two bedrooms $2,658–$3,246.27 Everett St.: one bedrooms $2,424–$2,538; three bedrooms $3,228–$3,696.29 Garden St.: studios $1,686–$1,938; one bedroom convertibles $2,178–$2,442; two bedroom efficiencies $2,628–$3,000; two bedrooms $2,874–$2,946; three bedrooms $3,462–$3,750.Harvard @ Trilogy: suite $1,566- $1,728; studios $1,938–$2,112; one bedroom convertibles $2,610–$2,742; two bedroom efficiencies $2,970–$3,174.Haskins Hall: studios $1,812–$1,902; one bedrooms $2,022–$2,280.Holden Green: one bedrooms $1,932–$2,214; two bedrooms $2,184–$2,604; three bedrooms $2,748–$3,222.2 Holyoke St.: one bedrooms $2,226–$2,316.Kirkland Ct.: one bedrooms $1,998–$2,382; two bedrooms $2,622–$2,808; three bedrooms $3,258–$3,510.8A Mt. Auburn St.: one bedrooms $2,238–$2,364.Peabody Ter.: studios $1,836–$2,448; one bedrooms $2,190–$2,610; two bedrooms $2,484–$2,958; three bedrooms $3,720–$4,056.16 Prescott St.: studios $1,824–$1,866; one bedrooms $2,100–$2,262.18 Prescott St.: studios $1,728–$1,788; one bedrooms $2,088–$2,292.85–95 Prescott St.: studios $1,878–$2,052; one bedrooms $2,154–$2,496; two bedrooms $2,508.Shaler Lane: one bedrooms $2,040–$2,166; two bedrooms $2,472–$2,694.Soldiers Field Park: studios $1,980–$2,130; one bedrooms $2,178–$2,454; two bedrooms $2,622–$3,684; three bedrooms $3,060–$4,176.Terry Ter.: studios $1,902–$1,962; one bedrooms $2,088–$2,346; two bedrooms $2,544–$2,586.9–13A Ware St.: studios $1,830–$1,914; one bedrooms $2,118–$2,340; two bedrooms $2,574–$2,592.15 Ware St.: studios $2,076; one bedrooms $2,664; two bedrooms $3,156.19 Ware St.: two bedrooms $3,012–$3,102; three bedrooms $3,252.One Western Ave.: studios $1,992–$2,196; one bedrooms $2,076–$2,448; two bedrooms $2,544–$3,234; three bedrooms $3,474–$3,774.Wood Frame Buildings: studios $1,332–$1,788; one bedrooms $1,914–$2,664; two bedrooms $2,430–$3,624; three bedrooms $2,652–$5,106; four bedrooms $4,008.Written comments on the proposed rents may be sent to the Faculty Advisory Committee on Harvard University Housing, c/o Harvard University Housing, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 827, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138. Comments to the committee may also be sent via email to [email protected] Any written comments should be submitted by Feb. 9, 2018.The comments received will be reviewed by the Faculty Advisory Committee, which includes: Nancy Hill, Charles Bigelow Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; William Hogan, Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Howell Jackson, James S. Reid Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Jerold S. Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Graduate School of Design; John Macomber, Gloria A. Dauten Real Estate Fellow, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School; Daniel P. Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and Meredith Weenick, Vice President, Campus Services (Chair), Harvard University.*The rents for tenants of Harvard University Housing are set at prevailing market rates, in keeping with the University’s affiliated housing rent policy. This policy was established in 1983 by President Derek Bok based on recommendations from a study led by Professor Archibald Cox and the Committee on Affiliated Housing. The original faculty committee determined that market rate pricing was the fairest method of allocating apartments and that setting rents for Harvard University Housing below market rate would be a form of financial aid, which should be determined by each individual school, not via the rent setting process. Additionally, the cost of housing should be considered when financial aid is determined.
University President Fr. John Jenkins discussed Notre Dame’s contraception policy, the new housing requirements, the University’s sexual assault policies and other campus issues in his annual address to the faculty senate Tuesday.Jenkins addressed a recently settled lawsuit involving the University and the Department of Health and Human Services regarding insurance coverage for contraceptives that came about as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The act required organizations to provide contraception as part of insurance plans, and while certain religious institutions were exempted, universities were not.“This policy, which departed from a long tradition of federal law, was the result not of legislative process but administrative decree,” Jenkins said. “We found it gravely concerning, for if the government can decide unilaterally which religious organizations — to what extent and on what issues — can claim exception on the basis of their religious teaching, then they have lost any meaningful religious freedom in the face of the imposition of governmental power.”It was to defend this principle of religious freedom that Notre Dame joined other institutions in a lawsuit, Jenkins said.After a legal back and forth, a settlement was reached with the Department of Justice, a result Jenkins said the University “welcomed.”“As I have said from the start, the University’s interest has never been in preventing access to those who make conscientious decisions to use contraceptives,” Jenkins said. “Our interest, rather, has been to avoid being compelled by the federal government to be the agent in their provision.”Employees will receive “contraceptive services” directly from insurance providers Meritain and Optum without the University’s involvement, Jenkins said.During the address, Jenkins also gave an overview of the new undergraduate housing policy. He showcased the results of a survey given to graduating seniors about their Notre Dame experience. The school received high marks for its sense of community, and the “most highly rated” factor behind this sense of community was residence hall life. Though overcrowding has become an issue in recent years, the construction of Dunne and Flaherty helped relieve that problem, he said.“Having taken these steps, we turned our attention to a concerning trend for upper class women and men, and particularly seniors, to move off campus,” Jenkins said. “Due to the moves off campus and study abroad, on average, 64 percent of the students living in our traditional halls are first-years and sophomores.”The problem with this trend is fourfold, Jenkins said. First, it means that upperclassmen do not have leadership opportunities in their dorms. Second, living off campus gives students fewer safety nets. Third, moving off campus segregates students. Fourth, students who leave campus are less likely to be intellectually or socially engaged with the community.There are two main components of the new residency policy, Jenkins added. Students will have to live on campus for their first six semesters and the school will present incentives for seniors to stay in the dorms.“We will offer a collection of incentives to keep seniors in the residence halls,” Jenkins said. “Among these are flexible dining hall plans, financial incentives for students who commit early to staying on campus in their senior year and new roles with modest financial remuneration for seniors to provide leadership in the residence halls.”Jenkins also answered questions from the audience, covering topics such as Notre Dame’s sexual assault policy, the decision to close University Village and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).One audience member asked if the University will continue to follow the “preponderance of evidence” standard in finding responsibility for sexual assault, even though the Department of Education recently released guidelines calling for a higher standard of evidence. The audience member also asked if waivers will be granted allowing survivors of sexual assault to opt out of the required six semesters on campus.“I think the answer to the first one … is yes. And the second is I think we’re developing those waivers and certainly that’s critical,” Jenkins said.Multiple questions focused on the University’s decision to close University Village, which currently houses graduate students and married undergraduates. Audience members raised concerns primarily about the lost sense of community. Jenkins said the facility serves a relatively small population and is so dilapidated that it would have cost tens of millions of dollars to repair. He said there are facilities off campus that house large numbers of graduate students that the administration believes can meet students’ community needs.The final question related to what actions the University has taken since the Trump administration announced it was ending the DACA program and what will be done to protect DACA students.“These students are so talented and so wonderful and add so much to this country, so I feel strongly about it,” Jenkins said. “I don’t need to tell you the politics in this country are really pretty crazy. I would say a few weeks ago I felt very optimistic. Speaker [Paul] Ryan was here and I mentioned this to him and he said, ‘We’re going to get something done.’”Jenkins said he has also discussed his concerns with Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indianna.“Since that time — and I talked to Senator Donnelly as well — as you may know, President Trump has put certain conditions on, after there were indications that he wouldn’t, legislation that would achieve that goal. Is that political posturing? I have no idea,” he said. “Your guess is as good as mine. So I was very optimistic from both the Republican and Democratic side that something would get done. But I think since then the situation has changed. As I’m sure you know from reading the paper, it’s all tax reform all the time right now. So I don’t expect anything to be done soon, but I am hopeful.”Notre Dame’s process of “internationalization” has been “one of the most significant accomplishments of the past decade,” Jenkins said. He noted that former White House chiefs of staff Andrew Card and Denis McDonough have visited campus recently, and he spoke of his visit to Brazil to award the Notre Dame Award to Sergio Moro. Moro has been a leader of “Operation Carwash,” an anti-corruption probe that has brought down leaders of Brazil’s political and business classes. Jenkins said Moro’s bravery in prosecuting the crimes was one of the reasons he was invited to be the Commencement speaker this spring.“The willingness of Judge Moro to be present to receive the Notre Dame Award, to be our 2018 Commencement speaker and the international coverage these events were given speaks to the growing international reputation of Notre Dame and the role the University can play, not only in this nation, but in the wider world,” Jenkins said.In keeping with the international theme, Jenkins called attention to the recent opening of the Keough School of Global Affairs, saying that its first class represents a “talented and internationally diverse” group of masters students. He also noted the establishment of the Ansari Institute, which will focus on relations between different faith traditions.Jenkins also listed the new University facilities that have opened in the past year: Nanovic Hall, Jenkins Hall, Corbett Family Hall, Duncan Student Center and O’Neill Hall.“These new facilities have been built to last for centuries by skilled laborers from this region and neighboring states,” Jenkins said. “According to our long-standing custom, we were proud to pay these workers union wages, and we were delighted with the aid this construction gave to the local economy.”After a brief discussion of commercialization and innovation at the University, Jenkins discussed the school’s finances.“Aside from a handful of institutions that stand out from the rest in terms of financial resources, Notre Dame is one of the most financially healthy,” Jenkins said.Jenkins said much of the University’s spending is funded by the endowment, which means the school can implement new programs without raising tuition. However, it also means that market trends can affect the school’s budget.“Though we have had a number of years of strong markets, our endowment spending remains at the top of the acceptable range,” Jenkins said. “In coming years, we will need to bring this spending rate down, which will require us to lower spending to a degree. Although somewhat painful in the short term, this will provide the latitude we need to maintain spending when markets turn down.”Jenkins said he was concerned with a provision of the recently released Republican tax plan that would levy a tax of 1.4 percent “on investment income of private colleges and universities with endowments reaching a certain threshold.”In September, Jenkins attended an event in Chicago where retired Notre Dame professor emeritus Alvin Plantinga was honored with the “prestigious” Templeton Prize. Jenkins said Plantinga was an example of the “significant work” Notre Dame faculty are a part of.The president commended faculty for the fact that research funding in the 2017 fiscal year has nearly doubled from $74 million ten years ago to $138 million today, thanks to “strategic research investments.” This result was achieved despite more stringent government policies regarding university research funding, Jenkins said.Jenkins also talked about recent and upcoming Notre Dame events that will aim to foster religious dialogue. These events include a conference at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway and a recent prayer service involving clergy from different denominations.“Notre Dame is unapologetically a Catholic institution, and one committed to facilitating dialogue, deeper understanding and greater collaboration among religious groups. We are in a position to make an important contribution in this area, so badly needed in our world today,” Jenkins said.During the address, Jenkins also described his involvement with beginning of the year activities to honor the University‘s 175th anniversary. Though he described anniversaries as “somewhat artificial temporal mileposts,” Jenkins said they offer opportunities for reflection.“I do not doubt that Sorin and his companions would be impressed and perhaps amazed at how far we have come from those days when Notre Dame was simply an aspiration,” he said. “We should be proud of that progress. Yet the surest way for us to fail in our time is to cease to reflect on the vision and mission that animated the founding and growth of the University, and to stop grappling with the question of what it means for us today.”Jenkins closed his speech by thanking the faculty for their work.“It is your talent, creativity, accomplishments and dedication to scholarship and teaching that are the foundation that makes this University strong enough to withstand any challenges. Thank you for providing this foundation, thank you for listening and thank you for all you do for Notre Dame,” Jenkins said.Tags: Address to the Faculty, contraception policy, DACA, Faculty Senate, Housing policy, sexual assault, University Village
Image by Falconer Central Schools.FALCONER – This weekend, Falconer Central School’s Drama Club will present “Fiddler on the Roof.”Image by Falconer Central Schools.The musical is based on the life of a philosophical Jewish milkman, Tevye, who explains the customs of the Jewish people and their lives in the Russian town of Anatevka in 1905.Image by Falconer Central Schools.Since December, around 45 students in the cast, crew and orchestra have been practicing for this weekend’s performance.The show’s directors say audience members will be treated to well-known musical selections such as “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker,” and the iconic “If I Were a Rich Man.” The memorable characters are portrayed successfully by Matt Gullotti as Tevye, Tesika Kilmer as Golde, his sharp-tongued wife, Eliza Schrantz as Tzeitel, Alexis Adam as Hodel, and Cierra Waterman as Chava, the oldest daughters.Image by Falconer Central Schools.Other colorful villagers include Erika Binkley as Yente, the town matchmaker, Kaden Bianco as Lazar Wolf, the butcher, Davin Riel as Motel, Jacob Thierfeldt as Perchik, and Hunter Gruber as Fyedka, as well as many other falconer students completing the cast.Performances will take place Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m. at the Falconer High School’s auditorium. Tickets are $8 sold at the door.Also, happening this weekend Chautauqua Lake Central School presents “Cast Party” Friday and Saturday; Frewsburg High School presents “Grease” Friday and Saturday;Next week, Randolph Central School will present “Sister Act” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.Later this month, Cassadaga Valley Central School will present “Seussical” Friday, March 20, Saturday March 21, Friday March 27 and Saturday, March 28.Jamestown High School will present “Once Upon A Mattress” Thursday, March 26, Friday March 27, and Saturday March 28. 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)
In addition to starring as Jean Valjean on Broadway, Karimloo played the role in the recent Toronto production of Les Miz and in the West End. He originated the role of the Phantom in the West End run of Love Never Dies and also starred in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End and in the 25th anniversary concert filmed at Royal Albert Hall. Star Files Ramin Karimloo Karimloo will show us his backstage life at the Imperial Theatre, where he and his Les Miz co-stars prepare to storm the barricades eight times a week in the epic musical. We’re also hoping he’ll serenade us with sweet bluegrass and show us how he deadlifts more than Wolverine. Vlogger 24601 begins on April 22, and will run every Tuesday for the next eight weeks. Related Shows Les Miserables Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 View Comments Another story must begin! Ramin Karimloo, who is currently making his Broadway debut in the revival of Les Miserables as Jean Valjean, is Broadway.com’s newest video blogger. Look out for the hunky leading man in the series, Vlogger 24601: Backstage at Les Miserables with Ramin Karimloo.
Scout your garden daily for problems and to enjoy the myriad of butterflies and other life that will come. Return the mulch and pine straw to the freshly planted area, and fertilize your whole garden. Water in the fertilizer thoroughly, and weed occasionally, as needed. Butterfly Photo Gallery Avoid Pesticides Water thoroughly after fertilizing and often during dry spells. Weed occasionally, and remove spent flowers to keep more flowers coming. Provide the butterflies and hummingbirds nectar all spring, summer and fall. Plant the food source, or forage, for the butterfly species you want. One of the most popular gardening specialties is butterfly and hummingbird gardening. The key is to select the widest array of nectar-producing flowers you can. To have a successful butterfly and hummingbird garden, consider several things before planting. Location Most butterflies prefer to rest and feed in full sunshine, so the ideal place would have six or more hours of daily sunlight in June. Fertilize twice more, on May 21 and June 15. Don’t fertilize again after July 1. Freshly planted perennials may need extra care. Picture how you and others will view the garden and the butterflies. Putting larger plants to the rear and smaller plants up front makes sense. So does putting a butterfly feeding dish or birdbath where you can easily see it. Maintenance More on Butterfly Garden:Best Butterfly Plants Forages and Attractors Place for Water, Rest Attracting Hummingbirds After a killing frost, let your plants dry down naturally. Around Thanksgiving, or Christmas if we have a warm fall, cut your butterfly bush and ‘Miss Huff’ Lantana stems to 6 inches high. Add several bushels of compost, rotted pine bark or manure. Then till again until the soil is loose. Your plants will thrive in well-drained soil with lots of organic matter. Spring Replanting One way to control pests is to gently wash the bugs off plants with a pressure nozzle on the garden hose. Many will drown. Insect predators will eat others on the ground. Around May 1, scrape away mulch where you want new butterfly plants and install them as you did your first planting. If the site is grassy, remove the grass first. Tilling may work, but some grasses, such as Bermuda and centipede, can sprout by the millions from the chopped-up pieces. You may need to use a contact herbicide. After Frost Soil Preparation With your lawn mower blade on high (3 inches or so), mow everything but the butterfly bush, lantana and other woody shrubs. It’s best if you use a mulching blade. If your garden is a good source of nectar and forage, butterflies will inhabit it all season. Hummingbirds will be more apt to nest and hang around all summer, too. Fertilize again in late May and again in mid-June. Don’t get fertilizer on the flowers and leaves. It will burn them. Location Soil Preparation Avoid Pesticides Maintenance After Frost Spring Replanting Anything used to kill bugs won’t be good for a butterfly garden. Leave the debris on the ground, and cover it with an inch or two of fresh pine straw. Mound leaves around the Lantana and butterfly-bush trunks. Fertilize your garden the day you plant it or clean it up after winter, around March 15. Evenly sprinkle about 1 pound of 10-10-10 for every 100 square feet of soil surface. The single most important thing you can do for your garden is prepare the soil. Use a shovel or tiller to turn it up 12 inches deep over the entire area. Ready access to water will make watering and watching more convenient. A small bench or chair nearby will make the butterfly garden a great morning or evening resting spot. Photo by Paul Thomas Do this in the morning, when bugs are active, to let the foliage dry before night. A few chewed leaves is a small price to pay for your butterflies’ health.
EIA Says Coal Output, Share of Electricity-Generation Market to Continue Falling FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star Tribune:Coal’s share in the nation’s electricity mix is predicted to fall to 29 percent this year, as natural gas-fired power continues to increase, according to the Energy Information Administration’s Short Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday.Coincidently, coal production is expected to decline, though that slide may take place in the Appalachian coal region more than Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Wyoming mines provide about 40 percent of the coal burned in U.S. power plants, more than the next six coal-producing states.Wyoming coal production took a steep dive in 2016, when three of the largest coal companies that operate mines in Wyoming were in bankruptcy. Additionally, weak demand for coal in the electricity sector at the time, and competition brought by cheap natural gas took a toll on Wyoming mines. The industry rallied last year, though hope of a return to previous norms has dimmed.Coal production is predicted to fall this year by 3 percent nationally, down to 751 million short tons. The amount of coal that is used in the country, particularly by coal-fired power plants, will be down as well.The outlook also touched on coal’s competitor, natural gas. The national spot price, Henry Hub, is expected to average about $3 this year, rising to an average $3.11 in 2019. At that price point, coal firms argue they can still compete. But as coal’s contribution falls, natural gas will take the largest slice of the electricity mix in 2018, rising to 34 percent compared to 32 percent last year.Most of the new power capacity built this year is also expected to be in the form of natural gas plants. There are no new coal plans in development nationally.More: Report: Coal To Cede More Of Its Share In The Electricity Mix This Year
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:A group led by Mitsubishi beat out other bidders including Shell in reaching a €4.1 billion ($4.5 billion) deal to buy Dutch energy company Eneco, which the Japanese conglomerate intends to make the centerpiece of its growth in the European energy market.The winning consortium includes Mitsubishi, with an 80 percent stake, and Japanese utility Chubu, with the remaining 20 percent. Owned by several dozen Dutch municipalities, Eneco is the second largest electricity supplier in the Netherlands and is also active in Germany and Belgium. The company operates about 2 gigawatts of wind capacity, roughly a quarter of it offshore, alongside nearly 300 megawatts of solar.Mitsubishi is already a substantial investor in Europe’s electricity market, including a 20 percent stake in U.K. electricity supplier OVO. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, part of the Mitsubishi Group, is co-owner of offshore wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas.Eneco offers “a platform to further grow in the European market, in which we intend to have a leading position in the energy transition,” Takehiko Kakiuchi, CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation, said in a press statement.Offshore wind is at the center of an existing collaboration between Eneco and Mitsubishi dating back to 2012. The two companies have jointly invested in a trio of offshore wind farms, all of them using MHI Vestas turbines, as well as in a 48-megawatt battery in Germany.More: Mitsubishi eyes leading position in Europe’s energy market with Eneco acquisition Mitsubishi to expand in Europe with $4.5 billion purchase of Dutch energy company
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An upstate New York man has been arrested for allegedly rear-ending a motorcycle in drunken-driving, hit-and-run crash that left a man and woman dead over the weekend, New York State police said.Luis Munoz was charged Monday with vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated.Police said the 24-year-old Ossining man was driving on the New York State Thruway in the Town of Woodbury when he hit a motorcycle driven by Rafaelito DeJesus, 23, of Valley Stream, at 1:10 a.m. Sunday.DeJesus and his passenger, 25-year-old Melissa Rupa of Mineola, were pronounced dead at the scene.Bail for Munoz was set at $250,000 cash or $1,000,000 bond.Troopers are continuing the investigation are ask anyone with information to contact them at 845-782-8311.