Beloved jam group moe. has announced plans to return to New York City, hitting the Midtown venue PlayStation Theater on July 21st. As the show is scheduled during the first night of Phish’s newly announced thirteen night residency, moe. will be performing in the late night spot, treating fans to some post-Phish jammed out action. Their show is set to begin at 12:30 AM.The band’s last trip to NYC also occurred at the PlayStation Theater, when they visited the city for a three-night run last March. As moe. hails from Buffalo, the band has always found a second home within the Big Apple. Perhaps there is no greater evidence of this than their song “New York City,” in which they sing, “New York City, I’m coming home again!”moe. is currently on a winter tour, which started aboard Jam Cruise and wrapped around to venues throughout the Southeast. The band has been working some Allman Brothers material into their setlists, including recent covers of “Southbound” and “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed,” as well as a subtle politically themed setlist with transitions like “Captain America > Mexico.”The band continues their tour tonight, January 31st, and has a lot of big plans set for 2017, including the return of moe.down Music Festival. Between that event, scheduled tours, and this newly announced performance in NYC, there’s no telling just how big moe. is going to go in 2017! We’re excited. You can find details here.
Notre Dame students studying French will have a new study abroad option when the University offers a program in Africa in the spring of 2012. Dakar, the capital city of the West African nation of Senegal, will be added to the list of study abroad locations for next year’s applicants. The Office of International Studies (OIS) and the French Department worked to find a country outside of Europe with a francophone, or French-speaking, population. Senegal seemed to be a natural choice, not only linguistically, but also because of its rich history, Kathleen Opel, director of OIS, said. She said the combination of slave history and French language in the country provides for a unique and rewarding study abroad experience. “Students can improve their French and get an African perspective while living in a safe and vibrant city,” Opel said. “They can learn about the transition from colonization to a democracy.” Opel said Dakar also possesses cultural depth that pairs well with francophone and Africana studies. “I think this program could appeal to students who are interested in development and the arts,” she said. “There is a rich cultural tradition in Senegal, including dance and mask-making.” Opel also said the strong presence of Islam in the region would have an impact on students studying in Senegal, which is 90 percent Muslim. “That should prove to be an interesting dynamic,” she said. The program will be small, with only three to five students accepted. “We see this as a niche program. It is going to be relatively small with students who speak French and want an African perspective,” Opel said. Students applying to the program should demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the region, as it is very different from any of the other French language sites that are offered by OIS, she said. “It becomes very clear which students are more comfortable with a western program as opposed to one in Africa,” she said. “What the students tell us in the courses they take and their experiences will tell us if they are right for the region.” Students who study in Dakar will stay with a host family and take classes at a university with a mix of African and North American students. Students are required to take at least two semesters of French prior to studying in Dakar, and once in Senegal, there will be several requisite courses that will help acclimate students to the region, Opel said. “Depending on how students place into courses, they will have to take a French course and one in Wolof, the local language,” she said. “There is also a core course called Senegalese Culture and History.” Opel said travel will also play an integral role in the Dakar program, especially in relation to the history of slavery in the country. “Throughout the semester, there are trips such as one to Gorée Island, where slaves were kept once they were brought from different parts of Africa,” she said. In addition to their time in the capital, students will also have a special opportunity to travel to rural areas. Overall, she said the opportunities for travel, the history and the culture of Dakar will help make the program unique.
At this week’s Student Senate, University Director of Auxiliary Services Scott Kachmarik discussed the addition of eight off-campus vendors that have agreed to accept Domer Dollars at their locations. The vendors include Let’s Spoon, Bigby Coffee, Einstein Bagels, Chipotle, Jimmy John’s, Domino’s, Papa John’s and Five Guys. Looking to the future, Kachmarik said he hopes to add locations such as Target, Meijer, 7/11, Martin’s, dorm snack shacks and even cab companies, although certain items will be excluded, like alcohol and tobacco. “We are very pleased to say that as of today we have eight merchants off-campus,” Kachmarik said. “Chipotle is our hottest place. You guys seem to eat a lot of Chipotle. Five Guys originally didn’t commit, but after seeing the success of Chipotle they wanted in. I guess the consumer has spoken.” “We started looking at proximity first, the places that students will use most often. We hope it’s a convenience and that it is working for all of you. We’re going to see how it’s going for us then take it to the next step next fall when I think we’re really going to hit it big.” In order to give more power to the ID card, Kachmarik said the campus card office has been working to combine the student card office in the basement of South Dining Hall with the faculty and staff office on the second floor of Grace Hall. “As of Jan. 1 we have consolidated offices,” Kachmarik said. “We’re looking to create new office space, maybe some self-service kiosks to replace those cards lost at midnight, so that it is just a one-stop shop.” Kachmarik expressed his enthusiasm at the recent accomplishments, especially considering their extended timeline. “We’ve been hearing this request for a while and have always wanted to accommodate it,” Kachmarik said. “What led to the ability to have Domer Dollars off-campus is the organizational shift occurring in the ID card office.” Yiting Zheng, director of the department of campus technology, and Matt Mahan, technology commissioner of Fisher Hall, presented a plan for changes taking place on campus. “We talked to the OIT Help Desk and we were able to set up a system to have one to two technology commissioners for each dorm,” Zheng said. Mahan said the unpaid position provides technology help for solving simple problems like printing and connecting to the internet. “The technology liaison is trained through the OIT Help Desk,” Mahan said. “Basically their job is to give a [Freshman Orientation] presentation to their hall explaining technology on campus. That seemed to be the highlight of the system since it provided everyone with the basic information.” Zheng said this position is intended to serve as a medium between students and the OIT Help Desk. “The reason we created this position is because in the past freshmen were wary to approach an OIT help desk,” Zheng said. “They were scared or felt stupid asking for help, but now that it’s a peer, hopefully they will feel more comfortable.” Since this was the pilot year, Zheng said certain dorms, like Zahm House and Morrissey Manor, were unable to find volunteers for the position, but their goal for next year is to have at least one liaison for every dorm.
Tags: business college, college of business, Mendoza, mendoza cap, mendoza college of business, Notre Dame In order to maintain students’ ability to pursue both business and non-business courses, the University will cap enrollment in the Mendoza College of Business to 550 students per graduating class, starting with incoming freshmen in fall 2015.Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Enrollment Donald Bishop said the policy shift was due to concerns by the Admissions office and the administrations of the Colleges that “evidence of potential growth” in the number of business major intents could shut out non-business students from business courses.Under the current policy, there is no limit to the number of students who can become business majors at any point after their sophomore year. But under the new policy, students intending to major in business must apply for “pre-approval” through the Admissions office to enroll in the business school at the end of their first years, Bishop said.Those who are not pre-approved will be able to compete for a limited number of spots after the beginning of their sophomore year. This process will be open to students who transfer from other universities, who were previously not allowed to transfer into Mendoza, he said.“The Notre Dame philosophy is we want all of our students to be as liberally educated as possible, which means some of our non-business majors taking business courses can be viewed as a strong good,” Bishop said. “To restrict those opportunities because of expected growth in business beyond traditional business class size — we think that’s a negative trade-off.”Dean of the First Year of Studies and Vice President and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Rev. Hugh Page said capping enrollment will keep business class sizes small. This way non-business students can continue to take business classes.“We’re ensuring … that we have both a way to provide educational opportunities for those who have early on identified business as their desired intent, and also sufficient seats for students at other colleges who would like to explore business or who have a supplementary business education in addition to the majors or minors that they have already declared,” Page said.Dean of Mendoza Dr. Roger Huang said the enrollment cap will also allow faculty to maintain close relationships with students, as well as preserve cross-college programs such as the Science-Business major and the Business Economics minor.“One half of our required credit hours are taken outside the business school,” Huang said. “If the business school grows to such a point that other schools are impacted, students won’t have the same choices. Even within the business school we’d like students to have not just one major.”Bishop said the increasing demand for the business school, with 1,888 students enrolled in the 2011-2012 school year, could be due to misperceived career options for the various undergraduate majors as a result of the 2008-2009 economic recession.“What we’re seeing … is this student cohort that’s a little more determined to identify more specific career path planning, and to some degree that can be channeled in a very positive way, provided that they have the sophistication and the information to look at all their choices,” Bishop said. “We think that most high school seniors don’t have the access yet to the information they need to make career choices.”To remedy this, Page said the admissions office and the First Year of Studies are working to provide more information to high school students and freshmen on the different paths to a career in business besides a business major.“We want to map our more clearly students’ relationship with the University,” Page said. “We want to make information more clear and put a greater emphasis on mentoring, to discourage decisions out of fear.”
Since we know so little about Will Eno’s The Open House, it’s a relief to know something: the cast! Carolyn McCormick, Law & Order ’s Dr. Olivet, and Ragtime’s original Tony-nominated Tateh, Peter Friedman will headline the enigmatic new play at The Pershing Square Signature Center, joined by Hannah Bos (Blood Play, Buddy Cop 2), Michael Countryman (Wit, Dancing at Lughnasa) and Danny McCarthy (Grace, Killing Kennedy). Who or what they play is anyone’s guess at this point. So what’s it about? You try to figure it out from the show’s official description: “Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, ‘Can things really change?’ People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn’t been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop.” Directed by Oliver Butler, the play will run from February 11 through March 23, with opening night set for March 3. Guggenheim fellow and all-around smartie Eno also just set an opening night date for the Broadway premiere of his other new play, The Realistic Joneses, starring Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and Tracy Letts. Related Shows The Open House Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014 View Comments
View Comments Doctor Zhivago Doctor Zhivago is bringing a taste of the Russian Revolution and romance to Broadway this spring! Directed by Des McAnuff, the new musical will feature Tam Mutu and Kelli Barrett as Zhivago and Lara Guishar, respectively. Featuring music by Lucy Simon, lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers and a book by Michael Weller, the stage adaptation begins performances March 27, 2015 at the Broadway Theatre—but first, we’ve got a sneak peek of the stars, who performed selections from the new musical at London’s Sanctum Soho Hotel on January 8. Check out this snapshot of the soon-to-be Broadway stars, then see them in Doctor Zhivago, opening April 21! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 10, 2015
Port preventionTwo DDDI systems have been set up at the Port of Cortez to preventplant diseases and insects from leaving Honduras.”This is one of only a handful of U.S. Customs offices set up inports outside the U.S.,” said Marco Fonseca, a UGA Extensionhorticulturist and native Honduran. “A U.S. inspector checks theshipments, so now agricultural products can go straight into ourmarket.”Fonseca says the U.S. benefits are twofold: The nation is furtherprotected from plant diseases and insects entering its borders, andAmericans get fresher imported fruits and vegetables.”The DDDI system at the port is very valuable in terms ofbiosecurity,” he said. “And it expedites the process on valuable,perishable products. We need to I.D. pathogens and pests at thatpoint, not on our shores.”Inspectors are trained to look for pathogens and pests common tothe region. Fonseca says with insect pests, this includes traininginspectors to recognize all stages of an insect’s life, not justthe adult stage. Pest barrier”Barriers like this slow down the movement of pathogens and pests,”he said. “It’s a defense system to slow down movement. We aren’tgoing to stop the movement of people, so we have to stop themovement of pathogens.”The DDDI systems at the Port of Cortez were two of five installedthrough a UGA partnership with the Zamorano Pan American School ofAgriculture in Honduras. The other three were set up at theuniversity, on a rural ranch and in a farm village.”The extension system doesn’t exist there, so farmers don’t havecounty agents to go to for help,” Fonseca said. “Now there’s a wayfor them to get help from the local agriculture university.”Jean Walter, a UGA Extension agent in Jasper County, Ga., knows howwell DDDI works, pointing to a weed problem she checked in a farmpond.”I took pictures of the pond, close-up photos of the weeds and thenused the dissecting scope to take magnified photos,” she said. Shee-mailed the photos to a UGA researcher, who quickly identified theproblem and recommended how to control it.Farmers and homeowners like the quick turnaround. “With the highprice of gas now, we’re seeing a huge increase in the system’susage,” she said. Disaster preventionAt an aquaculture conference in Panama and later during a churchmission trip in Honduras, Walter got the idea of sharing thetechnology with other countries.”In Panama, I heard farmers talking about the huge loss theircountry’s shrimping industry suffered due to white spot virus,” shesaid. “This system could have saved Panama and other surroundingcountries millions of dollars.”In Honduras, she saw many ways the DDDI system could be used. “Iknow ‘rural poor’ because I’ve seen it,” said Walter, who alsolived in the Philippines for five years. “I know what it’s like tonot have access to health care for people and animals.”Walter gained the support of Fonseca and Don Hamilton, director ofthe DDDI program at UGA. What she still needed was funding. Thatcame from Robert Fowler of Covington, Ga.Fowler is a trustee with the Arnold Fund, a charitable trust fundcreated by the late Robert O. and Florence T. Arnold. The trustfunds scientific and educational programs that strive to make lifebetter for the citizens of Newton County, Ga. and beyond.”Each system costs about $5,000 to set up,” Fonseca said. “Thisincludes two microscopes, a camera that mounts on the microscope,a dissecting scope, a digital camera, a computer and a printer.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaFor eight years, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension countyagents have used digital images, computers and e-mails to quicklydiagnose insect and disease problems. Now a UGA team has installedtheir system in Honduras to protect U.S. farmers and consumers.Called Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging, the system isin most UGA Extension county offices statewide. UGA shared thetechnology with 12 other U.S. land-grant universities and thenadded Honduras as its first international partner.
The University of Georgia Griffin Campus is hosting two intensive commercial Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training programs this spring, including a 1.5-day workshop on termite control and a 10-week Urban Pest Management Program course that will run from April to June.The courses are part of a wide-ranging training series available through the UGA Urban Pest Management Program, which provides education programs for pest control operators.The program includes commercial, school and home IPM workshops as well as workshops on termite control, bed bugs and general pest control education. All seminars, workshops and trainings provide continuing education credits for pest control operators.Several of these lectures are available for growers through the Getting the Best of Pests webinar program, gtbop.com. To receive continuing education credits, growers can visit their local UGA Cooperative Extension office, watch the videos and sign a form. The UGA Extension agent will relay the form through UGA to the Department of Agriculture for credit.“We enjoy continuing the live-webinars for the Green Industry, but the recordings have the potential to be a huge resource for county agents,” said UGA entomologist Dan Suiter. “UGA faculty, who might sometimes need a filler lecture when they have to be absent, can utilize this resource as well.”The next continuing education accredited live webinar is set for March 21. To receive notifications of upcoming webinars, workshops or trainings, contact Beth Horne at [email protected] or Tami Boyle at [email protected] more information on the UGA Urban Pest Management program, visit the website at http://gabugs.uga.edu.
New Web site not at full speed New Web site not at full speed Free legal research delayed until the server is upgraded An unexpected combination of high usage and technical problems have caused a delay in the full implementation of the Bar’s new Web site design, including the startup of the FastCase free legal research service for members.In a sense, the site became a victim of its own success, which resulted in the number of users and technical demands rising faster than expected, which caused an overload on the Bar’s server.As planned, the Bar’s revamped Web site went online on June 1, but problems immediately occurred. Because of technical demands from the revamped site and its improved navigation abilities, combined with high Web site usage, the Bar’s server slowed response time to a crawl.“The usage went up faster than anticipated,” said George Rudge, director of the Bar’s Information Services Division. “The new Web site design is more complex and between that and increased demand, there wasn’t enough horsepower.”The Bar, seeing the higher usage, had budgeted a new server for the 2005-06 fiscal year, which begins July 1. But it wasn’t anticipated it would be needed so quickly.Rudge said his department is now on a rush course to get the new server installed and running, which should be accomplished by mid to late summer.Much of the higher usage of the Bar’s Web site comes from the storefront section that offers Bar members the online opportunity to pay their annual membership fees, check their CLE hours, and sign up for CLE courses.To combat the initial difficulties, the Bar restored its old Web site for a few days while sorting out problems. Then a limited version of the new site, containing all of the graphic improvements but not all of the technical advancements, was installed. Specifically, the Bar’s goal of being able to reach any information in three mouse clicks or less won’t be fully realized until the new server is up and running.Another service that had to be delayed, hopefully only for a short time, is the Bar’s new free online legal research service from FastCase. Programs Division Director Mike Tartaglia said that had been planned to be added to the site in early June, but the problems have pushed that back. At Bar News press time, he hoped that FastCase free service would be available as this edition reaches readers. Lawyers should look under the Member Services section of the site.Tartaglia said while the free part of the service, which offers access to Florida case law, statutes, rules, and related information, was held up, Bar members can still get the second part of the program immediately. That gives access to FastCase’s national database of cases and laws for $195 annually — a steep discount off the normal price.To subscribe to the FastCase national database program call FastCase at (866) 773-2782 and request The Florida Bar rate. July 1, 2005 Regular News
Hundreds of comments filed on petition to limit contingency fees November 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Court will hear oral arguments November 30 on proposal to limit fees in medical malpractice cases Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The Florida Supreme Court can expect some lively debate during oral arguments November 30 on a petition to amend Bar rules to limit contingency fees in medical malpractice cases.The court received a whopping 218 responses when it requested comments on the proposed amendments. All but a handful opposed the petition filed by former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Grimes and 54 other lawyers. That petition seeks to write into Bar rules fee limits placed in the Florida Constitution when voters approved Amendment 3 in the November 2004 election.“It is no secret that the enactment of this petition would severely curtail the ability of citizens to obtain counsel for medical malpractice claims,” Miami attorney Larry Stewart wrote in his opposition to the petition. “It is apparently not enough for petitioners and their clients that medical malpractice is the most difficult litigation. They seek additionally to prevent cases from even being brought by restricting attorney fees to an unfeasible amount.”The petition proposes to put in Bar rules regulating contingency fees the limits imposed by Amendment 3. That would limit attorneys to receiving 30 percent of the first $250,000 of an award, after expenses, and 10 percent of any award above that amount. Backers of the amendment, particularly the Florida Medical Association which pushed its passage, became concerned after the election when lawyers asked clients to waive their right to the Amendment 3 fee split.The FMA asked Grimes, who represented the organization in its Amendment 3 efforts, to file the rules petition with the court.The Florida Bar Board of Governors voted to oppose the petition, calling it premature, noting the amendment has not been interpreted by the courts, and that issues relating to the substantive rights covered by the amendment are better resolved in the courts rather than the rulemaking process. (See story in the July 1, Bar News. )While the overwhelming majority of comments filed with the court opposed the rule amendment, a couple did not. Grimes filed a follow-up comment, disputing many of the points made by critics of the petition. Raquel Rodriguez, general counsel for Gov. Jeb Bush, also filed a comment supporting the rule amendment, as did the American Medical Association and the Mississippi State Medical Association in a joint filing.“Amendment 3 affords the injured party in a medical malpractice case a greater percentage of the recovery,” Rodriguez wrote in her filing. “The waiver of this right is highly troubling because of the inherent conflict of interest created by the lawyer’s pecuniary interest that is adverse to the client. See R. Regulating Fla. Bar 4-1.8 and comments thereto.. . . The potential for abuse is great, as is the economic loss to the client.”Arguing that the waiver circumvents the will of the voters, she said, “Specious federal constitutional arguments should not thwart Florida constitutional rights afforded to her citizenry; enactment of rules conforming to the people’s will should not be delayed.”Grimes addressed several claims made by opponents, including the Bar’s assertion that the court should wait for the validity of Amendment 3 to work its way through the courts.“[T]he Bar can hardly question validity because Amendment 3 is a part of the constitution, and the amendment clearly demonstrates its intent to limit attorney’s fees in medical liability claims,” he wrote. He also noted in its opinion approving Amendment 3’s ballot language, the Supreme Court majority wrote that the amendment would conflict with or override the Bar’s contingency fee rules.As for the claims by many objectors that the fee limitations would mean many, if not most, injured patients would be unable to find competent counsel, Grimes said that was speculative and irrelevant.“The people of Florida have concluded that $150,000 is a sufficient attorney’s fee when obtaining a $1,000,000 medical malpractice recovery,” Grimes argued. “This court cannot second-guess the wisdom of this policy choice made by the people.”Other states, Grimes noted, have passed similar fee restrictions which have been upheld by courts.As for waiving the right to a lower fee, he argued, “To permit such a practice would appear to put the lawyer in an unethical position and fly in the face of the constitutional mandate overwhelmingly approved by the Florida voters.”He agreed that enumerated rights in the federal and state constitutions can be waived, but added, “Often such right may only be waived upon the advice of counsel. Clearly, none of these constitutional rights are ones which may be waived upon the advice of counsel which stand to directly benefit from the waiver.”Grimes also said other claims that the lower fees would deny access to the courts for some claimants was speculative, and similar arguments had been rejected in other states.The AMA and the Mississippi doctors’ group argued that restricting fees will prevent windfall fees to lawyers and help contain health care costs and promote improved access to health care.They argued that Amendment 3 is presumptively valid and therefore should be upheld, and that there was no basis for asserting clients could waive the fee limits. They also said the issue has ramifications beyond the court, affecting the way doctors practice medicine, including the choice of how and where they practice and the use of “defensive medicine” to prevent lawsuits.West Palm Beach attorney Bard Rockenbach, representing Floridians for Patient Protection, Inc., disagreed with the arguments from petition supporters. (Floridians for Patient Protection is backed by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, which opposed Amendment 3, but supported two other amendments giving patients better access to records of medical accidents and tightening discipline on errant doctors.)Rockenbach said the petition supporters are trying to have it both ways. While they argued to the Supreme Court, when it considered the ballot language of Amendment 3, that the only people who would benefit are plaintiffs in medical malpractice actions, they now take a different approach on whether those same plaintiffs can waive the amendment’s fee limits, he said.“Since the purpose of the constitutional amendment was described to this court as only benefiting the individual plaintiff, and to ensure that the plaintiff gets a greater share of the recovery, there is no public interest in whether the plaintiff actually gets more of the recovery,” he wrote. “The individual who was given the right should be able to waive that same property right. It affects only one person.”Further, the amendment proponents argued to the court that the ballot language and summary were not misleading and they than made no comment about the inability to waive the fee limits, Rockenbach said.“However, now that the proponents. . . have come forward again and argued that the right created by the amendment cannot be waived, it is clear that the summary of the amendment and the wording of the amendment did, in fact, contain misleading discrepancies,” he wrote. “.. . Since all constitutional personal rights may be waived, a finding by this court that the right discussed herein cannot be waived amounts to a re-writing of the amendment after the election.”Voluntary bar associations that have filed comments opposing the rules amendment include the Dade County Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association, the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association, the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association, the Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Jacksonville Bar Association. The Florida Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section also filed comments opposing the proposed amendment.The section argued, among other things, that the petition is an abuse of the rule amendment procedures. That’s because the real proponents are not the lawyers who signed the petition, but rather their clients who include the FMA and other proponents of changes in the tort system, according to the section.The section noted that 19 of the petition signers work for Holland & Knight, including Grimes who represents the FMA, three work for the FMA, 21 are current or former lobbyists whose clients have promoted tort “reform”; four are employees of FPIC, the state’s largest medical malpractice insurance company; and 11 work for the law firm that lobbies for FPIC.“Thus, it is clear that this is not a disinterested petition to improve the administration of justice, but a bold attempt to seek a litigation advantage against their opponents in court and interfere with the ability of a victim of medical malpractice to obtain representation by a member of The Florida Bar,” the section argued.The petition and all of the comments and responses can be found at the Supreme Court’s Web site, www.floridasupremecourt.org. Hundreds of comments filed on petition to limit contingency fees