Gigot hosts ‘Idea Challenge’ at ND

first_imgIdeas ranged from the high tech to the socially and environmentally conscious to the bizarre at the third annual Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies’ Idea Challenge, held yesterday in the Mendoza College of Business. Ideas included everything from laser pointers to automated urinal carnival games. Each student is given one minute to present their idea in front of an audience, which then votes on the best. The objective is to simulate an “elevator pitch” — the opportunity to present potential investors or partners with an original idea. “The goal of the Gigot Center is to really look at the idea of venture development as a spectrum from idea to enterprise,” Laura Hollis, director of the Gigot Center, said. The event is meant to kick off the rounds of competitions that come later, such as the main McClosky Competition, which gives students the opportunity to present their business plans in the hopes of the $15,000 grand prize, according to Gigot’s website. Students can be intimidated by the prospect of presenting their ideas, so this event is supposed to help ease that anxiety, Hollis said. Both the Idea Challenge and McClosky Competition are open to all Notre Dame students, no matter the major. “The best projects are usually interdisciplinary,” Hollis said. After all of the students have presented, the audience votes. There are two overall winners in two categories, Best Social Venture and Best Health care Venture. The Best Social Venture award went to a plan to set up medical kiosks around the world so that doctors in developing nations could learn about medical procedures while providing data for the study of disease, Hollis said. A plan to apply mobile technology to fighting diabetes in developing nations won the Best Health care Venture category. Casey Cockerham and Joe Miller won the general competition, both garnering new iPads for their ideas. Cockerham’s idea was to put bar codes on posters in order to instantly obtain digital information about the event in question. “It was one of those back of the envelope sketches,” he said. Now that it appears to have earned a certain amount of attention, he plans on developing it further, Cockerham said. Miller’s idea consisted of putting a Bluetooth connection in digital cameras, to allow for instant sharing of pictures.last_img read more

Media critic examines advertising and gender

first_imgAlthough many Americans argue advertising images do not impact them, Dr. Jean Kilbourne argues that the impact comes from repeated, subconscious and instant exposure. This inundation shapes cultural norms, especially with regard to acceptable forms of female beauty and behavior, she said in her talk “The Naked Truth: Advertising’s Image of Gender,” on Tuesday night in DeBartolo Hall.“They stay with us and we process them over and over again, and we process them subconsciously,” Kilbourne said. “To a great extent, advertising tells us who we are and how we should be.”Kilbourne, an author and filmmaker, spoke as part of the Gender Relations Center’s (GRC) “Love Your Body Week.”She said Americans view an average of 3,000 ads every day and spend two years watching television commercials in their lifetimes. She said it is impossible to completely ignore this constant messaging, which creates a toxic cultural environment that sacrifices health for corporate profit.“What they’re selling us is image,” Kilbourne said. “… People are willing to spend a lot more money to buy that image while at the same time they believe they aren’t influenced by advertising.”Having studied advertising since the late 1960s, Kilbourne said that American advertising has created an unrealistic ideal for female beauty, telling women and girls that they must spend incredible time and money to achieve the impossible standards portrayed in advertisements by unhealthily thin and often airbrushed models.“What this does is it creates the idea that there is something wrong with [women who see the advertisements] … and creates the image that women can be perfectly thin and beautiful if we try hard enough,” Kilbourne said.Citing multiple examples of computer-manipulated photos, Kilbourne said these artificial and constructed pictures damage women’s self-esteem and also cause men to have unrealistic expectations for females.“Failure is inevitable because success is based on absolute flawlessness,” she said. “No one looks like this, including her … yet real women and girls measure themselves against these ideals everyday.”Kilbourne said if an eating disorder meant having a disordered attitude toward one’s body or food, 65 percent of America would qualify. She said an obsession with becoming thinner and thinner prevents women to value themselves for anything but their bodies and teaches girls that they will be judged in life for how they look and what they wear, not what they accomplish.“On a deeper level, the obsession with thinness is about cutting girls down to size,” she said. “Girls are taught to aspire to become nothing”Kilbourne said advertising’s obsession with perfect female bodies has caused the prevalence of body-altering products and services like “The Wonderbra” and plastic surgery. She said 91 percent of plastic surgery patients today are women and women are getting surgeries at a younger age.“Nowadays we’re supposed to go further; we’re supposed to get surgery,” she said.With damaging ads running in teen magazines targeted at audiences as young as 12, she said the image of the ideal woman causes a girl’s self-esteem to plummet in adolescence.“Girls are getting the messages so young that they need to be thin and perfect looking and hot and sexy, and there is no way they can succeed,” she said. “Part of this wall [of self-esteem] is this terrible emphasis of physical perfection.”Kilbourne said an over-emphasis on thinness and dieting pairs logically with the obesity problem in the U.S., where both fast food and diet pills are commonly advertised. She encouraged a realization of natural, healthy body-sizes.“We need to transform our attitudes as a culture about how we eat and how we exercise,” she said. “Eating should be one of life’s joyful experiences.”Kilbourne said objectifying women by showing only a body part like legs or a stomach or by transforming a woman into a beer bottle can lead to violence.“It is part of a cultural climate in which women are seen as things, as objects … which is almost always the first step of being violent against someone,” Kilbourne said. “It is a chilling but logical result of this kind of objectification.”Kilbourne said many ads also show women in victimized, passive positions that glorify battery, murder and submission. She said these advertisements are dangerous in the U.S., where one-third of female murder victims are killed by their romantic partners.Kilbourne said objectification of male bodies has become increasingly common, although men often assume poses of power, dominance and violence that contrast with the passive rag-doll positions of females. She said male models often receive computer-enhanced muscles instead of the waifish look for female models.“It’s a perverse kind of equality, and it’s not okay; it’s not ever okay to be objectified,” she said. “… Men and women inhabit very different worlds. Men don’t live in a world where their bodies aren’t routinely stereotyped and judged.”According to Kilbourne, the body language in advertisements has grown increasingly graphic and pornographic. She said ads have more frequently portrayed young girls sexually, but she said an APA study suggests that girls exposed to sexual images at a young age have higher chances of developing eating disorders, depression and low self-esteem.“Girls learn from a very young age that their sexual behavior affects them,” Kilbourne said. “… Girls learn to turn themselves into objects. When the culture offers women and girls only one way to be sexy, it can hardly be portrayed as a choice to choose it.”Kilbourne said American children receive their sex education from the media, through sexualized video games, music videos and advertisements because the U.S. has no regulated education program. She said this could be one reason why the U.S. has the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and sexual diseases of any industrialized nation.When asked how she stays hopeful despite advertisements growing worse since she started her work decades ago, Kilbourne said society must work together for change. She said after showing one of her documentaries, “Killing Me Softly,” to the British Parliament, a politician introduced legislation to label Photoshopped images and to enforce a minimum body mass index for models.“The big thing that’s changed is I’m no longer alone, which I was when I started talking out about it,” she said. “What’s at stake for all of us … is the ability to have authentic and freely-chosen lives and relationships, and we all deserve that.”Tags: advertising, Body Image, gender, Gender Relations Center, GRC, Jean Kilbourne, Love Your Body Week, medialast_img read more

Billy Joel concert at Notre Dame Stadium postponed to summer 2021

first_imgIn a Thursday press release, Billy Joel announced that his summer 2020 concert at Notre Dame Stadium will be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The concert, originally scheduled for June 20, will be held June 26, 2021 instead. All ticket sales for the original concert date will be honored by Ticketmaster for the 2021 date unless ticket holders would like a refund.“Ticketmaster will contact via email all who purchased tickets with refund options for those unable to attend next year,” the release said.Those who wish to get a refund will have 30 days to respond to the email.Tags: billy joel, Concert, Notre Dame Stadium, ticketmasterlast_img

GMP files annual report

first_imgGMP Employee GMP Employee 12 38 2006-12-04T15:51:00Z 2007-03-23T18:23:00Z 2007-03-23T21:19:00Z 1 210 1203 Green Mountain Power Corporation 10 2 1411 10.2625 Print 2.85 pt 2 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;}March 23, 2007                  Upon request, shareholders may receivefree of charge a hard copy of the Annual Report on Form 10-K, includingcomplete audited financial statements, by emailing collins@greenmountainpower.biz(link sends e-mail),calling 1-802-655-8410, or mailing Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane,Colchester, VT 05446, attn: Corporate Relations. GREEN MOUNTAIN POWER FILES ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K           COLCHESTER, VT& Green Mountain Power (NYSE: GMP)today announced that it has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissionits Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31,2006.  The filing was made on March 13, 2007and is available electronically on Green Mountain Power’s website at www.greenmountainpower.biz(link is external). Underthe section entitled “Who We Are,” users should select “Investors.”    Green Mountain Power(www.greenmountainpower.biz(link is external))is an electric utility operating company that transmits, distributes and sellselectricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermontin a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’spopulation. It serves approximately 90,000 customers. -30-           For further information, pleasecontact Dorothy Schnure, Manager of Corporate Communications, at 802-655-8418.last_img read more

Video: Brand New Fishing Ship Sinks in Chile

first_imgThe 2017-built fishing vessel Seikongen has ended its sailing career too soon as the vessel sank off the port of Chonchi, Chile on October 18.Seikongen’s master reported that the ship was taking on water in the morning hours while it was south of the Yal Canal, according to data provided by the Chilean Navy.The navy said it sent four vessels in an effort to prevent water pollution in the area, adding that anti-pollution equipment was also deployed at the site.El Subcentro de Combate a la Contaminación de la #Armada en #Castro desplegó elementos de contención y recuperación de sustancias oleosas pic.twitter.com/2RwBZLwxee— Armada de Chile (@Armada_Chile) October 18, 2017At the time of the incident, there were 11 crew members aboard the 70-meter-long fishing vessel, all of whom were evacuated from the ship and were brought to safety, the navy confirmed.Relevant authorities have been assigned to investigate the cause of the sinking.World Maritime News Staff; Image/Video Courtesy: Chilean Navy&nbsp;</p><p>World Maritime News Staff; Image/Video Courtesy: Chilean Navylast_img read more

Tottenham chase Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi,

first_img Turkish newspaper Aksam claim that Spurs bid for Kosovo international Muriqi earlier in the window, before turning their attentions towards Edinson Cavani. Read Also:‘Embarrassing’ Man Utd suffer fresh woe, Tottenham boost top four bid But with the Uruguayan set for Atletico Madrid, Tottenham are set to launch a renewed £20million bid for Muriqi. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tottenham Hotspurs’ striker search this month is set to take another twist as they chase Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi, according to reports. Muriqi has been on Spurs’ radar for a while, but the North Londoners have also looked elsewhere. As they have struggled in the absence of Harry Kane, and even before the England skipper’s injury, Tottenham are trying to get a deal for a striker over the line  before next week’s deadline.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content9 Great Actors Who Will Always Be Defined By One Role10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney Princesses10 Completely Unexpected Facts About The US President’s DaughterTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?last_img read more

MassKara revelry ‘generally peaceful’

first_imgIn the three-day highlight of thefestival, BCPO recorded only 27 street crimes – 62.79-percent lower compared tolast year’s 43. BACOLOD City – Peaceful andsuccessful. This was how the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) assessed the21-day staging of this year’s MassKara Festival. He also cited the gun ban and mobilephone signal shutdown in some areas. The BCPO also reported onerape-related incident, two robberies and nine theft cases. No incidents ofcarnapping or motornapping were recorded this year./PN Photo by Ian Paul Cordero/PN BCPO spokesperson Lieutenant ColonelAriel Pico said there were no major crimes from Oct. 7 to 27. “These security protocols contributeda lot in reducing the crime rate during the festival,” he said. He added that this year, there were nocases of murder or homicide, while the number of physical assault cases droppedto only four. Last year, there were 14 recorded incidents.  Pico attributed this to stringentsecurity measures not just at festival sites but also in strategic placesacross the metro. “The eight focus crimes includedmurder, homicide, rape, physical injury, robbery, carnapping, motornapping, andtheft,” Pico said. “The public was prohibited frombringing knapsacks, pointed sticks, bottled beverages, and deadly weapons forthe safety of the revelers,” said Pico. last_img read more

Former Bulldog Standout Blake Walsman Named All-American BY NAIA & NCCAA

first_imgCongratulations to Blake Walsman on being named All-American by both the NAIA and the NCCAA.The Batesville native finished the season averaging 21.4 ppg, 14.3 rpg, while shooting 61.4% from the floor. Walsman led the nation in rebounding & double-doubles (25) during the regular season, finished 11th in field goal percentage, and 17th in scoring per game.Blake is one of two players in NAIA DII to grab 12 offensive rebounds in a game this season. He is also one of three players to grab 19 defensive rebounds in a game this season. Walsman was able to also grab 20+ rebounds in 7 games this season.During his Junior campaign, Blake Walsman broke the CCU record for Career Rebounds (904) since joining NAIA and moved into second place All-Time in scoring for CCU (1,541) since joining NAIA.Blake Walsman ‘s 2017-18 Season AccoladesNAIA All-American (Second Team), NCCAA All-American (Third Team), River States Conference Player of the Year Runner-Up, First Team All-Conference (RSC), and First Team All-Mid-West Region (NCCAA).last_img read more

Texana adding IMCA Modifieds to Saturday shows

first_imgEDNA, Texas (Feb. 26) – Interest generated by a Modified race held at Edna last fall led to the IMCA division being sanctioned there this season. IMCA Modifieds join Saturday programs at Texana Raceway Park beginning with opening night on March 30. Another 13 events are scheduled at the 5/16-mile clay oval through season championship night on Sept. 28. Located approximately 100 miles southwest of Houston, Texana Raceway Park will field a strong group of local Modified drivers while getting cars from the San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Houston areas. “This is another great addition to our South Central Region,” noted IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard, “and a great track for RaceSaver Sprint Car events as well.” Specials on the 2019 schedule are the Aug. 30-31 Jim Scribellito Memorial, held in honor of the former Shady Oaks Speedway promoter, and the Oct. 25-26 Aaron Hudgeons Memorial.  Texana, which was sanctioned in 2005 and 2006, will be part of IMCA’s Razor Chassis South Central Region for Modifieds and will also host a number of IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car events. “There was a lot of interest. We polled the drivers and it was unanimous that they wanted to go with IMCA,” said promoter Rachel Densman, who purchased the track two years ago with her husband Kenny, a former Modified driver. “IMCA is a well-known organization. We like the rules and we like that our drivers will be eligible for point funds.”last_img read more

Woodrow Smith February 6, 1940 – April 26, 2019

first_imgWoodrow Smith, age 79 of New Trenton, Indiana passed away Friday, April 26, 2019 in Harrison, Ohio. Born in Ogle Creek, Kentucky the son of Rev. Gayle and Hazel (Swafford) Smith.Woodrow married Nadine Broughton on December 24, 1960 in Barbourville, Kentucky. Worked as a Union carpenter for many years. Member of Smyrna Baptist Church New Trenton, Indiana.Woodrow is survived by his wife Nadine Smith of New Trenton, Indiana. Father of Sondra Smith, Danny Smith and Darrell Smith. Papaw of Stephanie, Devon, Garrett, Cameron, Morgan and Courtney. Great grandpa of Lillie, Colt and Brielle. Brother of Cloyd and Ruby Smith.Preceded in death by his parents Rev. Gayle and Hazel Smith, siblings RJ, Ethel, Honour and Chelsea Smith.Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Funeral Services will be Thursday, May 2, 2019 11:00 A.M. at Smyrna Baptist Church 4047 US 52 West Harrison, Indiana 47060 with Pastor Chuck McMahan and Pastor Shawn Crisman officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Haven Cemetery Harrison, Ohio.Memorials may be directed to American Heart Association and or Smyrna Baptist Church.last_img read more