President Obama Reveals Lineup For South By South Lawn Festival At White House

first_imgIf Barack Obama wasn’t the most hipster president of the U.S. before, he certainly is now. President Obama recently announced the creation of a new event, South by South Lawn, which combines arts, music, and important discussions on key social issues. Taking place next Monday, October 3rd, Obama has detailed some of the festival’s events, which is being organized in conjunction with SXSW.The fest will see performances by The Lumineers, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and DJ Beverly Bond, and will also feature Leonardo DiCaprio premiering his new film Before The Flood, which features music from Trent Reznor and Mogwai. SXSL will also include a number of important discussions about change, tackling difficult problems, feeding the hungry, and more.You can see the full program information here. Additional artists are expected to join the lineup, and also the cast of Stranger Things will be on site to curate a student film showcase.last_img read more

Rasheeda Speaking’s Cynthia Nixon on Making Her Directing Debut

first_img Rasheeda Speaking Rasheeda Speaking, which also features Darren Goldstein and Patricia Connolly, plays The Pershing Square Signature Center through March 22. Opening night is set for February 11. Even though she’s psyched about her directorial debut, Nixon admits she likes keeping it simple: “It’s four characters; it’s one set. It’s an office that’s very realistic. People are seated at desks for a lot of the play. It’s sort of psychological warfare rather than big crowd scenes and fight scenes and dance numbers and that sort of thing.” “The themes of it are very big, but it’s very contained,” Nixon tells about Joel Drake Johnson’s play, which explores racial tension and office politics. She adds that she’s “eternally grateful” to New Group Artistic Director Scott Elliott, who saw her potential as a director and brought her the piece. “Whether I go on to direct a million plays or this is the only one I ever direct, this opportunity has been so wonderful.” Cynthia Nixon has never directed anything…until now. Best known for Sex and the City, Nixon’s been working as an actor nonstop since she was a teenager. Now the Tony winner is finally taking on the role of director with the New York premiere of the New Group’s Rasheeda Speaking, starring Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Sororities adjust recruiting

first_imgThe Panhellenic Council has changed the official schedule for formal recruitment for the upcoming fall semester. Due to the first home football game taking place after the first week of classes, formal recruitment will begin with the symposium — the first event of the recruitment calendar — on the Friday before the first week of class.Following the symposium, conversation days will take place on Saturday and Sunday, with house tours on Monday and Tuesday, slide show night on Wednesday and house preference selection on Thursday. The week will conclude with Bid Night on the Friday before the football game.According to Panhellenic Council President Katherine Grabar, the schedule change was implemented to eliminate a gap between the first recruitment stages and Bid Night.“We were comparing it to the schedule two years ago [when] we had a home game the first week of class,” Grabar said.Grabar explained how that year the schedule was laid out in order to allow the home football game to be the middle of the recruitment process.“We started conversation days on Sunday and Monday, then we had house tours on Tuesday and Wednesday, then narrowing it down to four houses was Thursday,” Grabar said. “Then, the max of two houses was on Friday. We then took a break for the game day.”Grabar also discussed how the university has previously been reluctant to schedule formal recruitment early in the school year.“The university has typically been hesitant to have early fall recruitment because the university wants the students to assimilate into USC first,” Grabar said.Grabar explained, however, that the change in recruitment schedule is more academically beneficial for potential new members going through the recruitment process.“The most intensive part of recruitment would occur before classes start,” Grabar said. “Sunday was typically a really intense day for conversation days for those with early Monday classes.”Panhellenic Vice President of Recruitment Cat Brackett discussed how pausing the recruitment schedule for the football game can also create potentially dangerous situations.“This mid-recruitment social activity … left potential new members alone to fend for themselves and monitor their own alcohol intake on their first game day,” Brackett said. “This was dangerous and devastating for many potential new members and may have caused a number of new member hospital transports in the past.”Brackett also discussed the benefit of changing formal recruitment scheduling.“Our recruitment counselors will even have a less stressful first week as well by not having the overwhelming task of conflict scheduling conversation days around each of their potential new members’ class schedules,” Brackett said. “This makes the process easier not only for many of our chapters and for potential new members, but for the Panhellenic recruitment team as well.”Gwen Holst, a sophomore majoring in philosophy, politics and law, political economy and neuroscience and a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, commented on how the first home game can potentially be a bonding experience for new members.“Come [game day], once recruitment results are known, the pilgrimage to the Coliseum will be an excellent opportunity to rendezvous either with members of a new organization or friends made during the recruitment process,” Holst said.Some, however, disagree with the decision.Lindsay Dale, a junior majoring in communication and a member of Alpha Chi Omega, believes that an earlier recruitment schedule might make the recruitment more difficult for both active and new members.“It’s an awful inconvenience for sorority actives and rushees alike,” Dale said. “This means that everyone already in sororities will have to cut their summer even shorter to prepare for rush.”last_img read more

Leicester City hit by FA fine

first_img1 Leicester have been hit with a £20,000 fine from the Football Association after a mass brawl at the end of last Saturday’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa.The incident occurred following a challenge by Leicester’s Matty James on Villa’s Jores Okore. Villa’s Ciaran Clark reacted by knocking the Foxes midfielder off his feet.As the duo pulled each other’s shirts, players from both sides surrounded them and became involved in a melee, at the end of which James and Clark were each shown a red card.City have subsequently admitted an FA charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour, resulting in the fine.Villa have admitted the same charge. However, their case is to be heard by an Independent Regulatory Commission in due course.It is the third time this season Villa have been hit with such a charge following similar incidents in the matches with Spurs on November 2 and Manchester United on December 20, resulting in £20,000 and £30,000 fines respectively. Leicester City and Aston Villa players brawl last_img read more