Oteil, T-Ham, Melvin Seals, Duane Trucks, More Announce Two-Night Jerry Garcia Birthday Celebration

first_imgJerry Garcia would be turning 76 years old on August 1st. His birthday is more worthy of celebration than ever, so, on August 17th and 18th, the Jerry Garcia Birthday Band will get together for two nights in Vail. Following last year’s 75th birthday celebration at Red Rocks, the tradition will continue with longtime Jerry Garcia Band members Melvin Seals, Jacklyn LaBranch, and Gloria Jones with their musical co-conspirators and friends, Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), and Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic).Returning to under the stars in Colorado, the Jerry Garcia Birthday celebration will take place at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, a spectacular outdoor venue with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. The special two-night birthday run also coincides with the annual Colorado Classic, a circuit race for elite cyclists.A limited number of two-day and single day tickets will be available via the Jerry Garcia Fan Ticketing page beginning at 8 a.m. MT on Monday, June 4th. An Enhanced Experience option, which includes a pre-show gathering, photo with members of the Garcia Family, and a limited-edition screen print by Status Serigraph, will also be available. General on-sale begins at 10 a.m. MT on Friday, June 8th, via AXS.com. For more information, head to the event’s website.last_img read more

January at the Business School: SIPs year three

first_img Read Full Story Early in the morning on Jan. 22, it was 14 degrees Fahrenheit. But inside Shad Hall’s basketball court it was steamy, a DJ was blasting remixes, and three brothers were leading a huge group fitness class. These weren’t just any brothers, and this was not a standard Shad bootcamp class. This was Rob, Gordie, and Chris Gronkowski, and the workout included HBS students as well as business founders such as Christina Tosi (Milkbar), Matt Van Horn (June oven), and Michael Lastoria (&pizza).The workout kicked off day two of Moving Beyond DTC, one of nine Short Intensive Programs (SIPs) that ran this year from Jan. 21-24. Now in its third year, SIPs are no-credit, no-fee elective courses, offering MBA students an opportunity to engage deeply in a single subject for four days with professors, practitioners, and experts in the field. We decided to take a closer look at the classes and spent time in four: Moving Beyond DTC, Africa Rising, Agile at Scale, and the Life and Role of the CEO.Moving Beyond DTC, led by Professor Len Schlesinger and Matt Higgins of RSE Ventures, featured a lineup of 29 principals in the Direct-to-Consumer market, Lori Greiner of QVC, Jordana Kier and Alexandra Friedman of Lola, Christina Tosi of Milkbar, and those Gronkowskis (Rob is an investor and brand ambassador for CBD Medic, Chris is the founder of the Ice Shaker, and Gordie is a partner in Gronk Fitness Products).In 60-80 minute class sessions, students offered their opinions on where the business should go next and answered questions from Schlesinger and Higgins. Then, each founder presented their own story—their inspiration, dilemmas, questions, and decision (if determined) on where the business was heading next.last_img read more

Should hateful speech be regulated on campus?

first_imgDoes hateful speech on campus constitute an act of violence? Yes, said psychology Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett, arguing that it inflicts measurable neurological damage. Ethical leadership Professor Jonathan Haidt disagreed, viewing it more as a necessary evil that arms students for the outside world.The two squared off Friday during the inaugural Rappaport Forum at Harvard Law School in a session titled “When Is Speech Violence? And Other Questions About Campus Speech.” Barrett, who teaches at Northeastern University, is author of “How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.” Haidt, a New York University social psychologist, co-authored “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.”Moderator and HLS Professor Jeannie Suk Gersen began by asking what it means to think of speech as violence. The talk proved so vigorous that it was nearly an hour later that Haidt asked if Gersen had a second question.The forum is the brainchild of Jerome Rappaport, a Law School graduate, developer, and philanthropist, and is intended to promote rigorous discussion of government and social issues. As a new One L in March 1946, Rappaport launched the Harvard Law Forum with a panel on war crimes in the midst of the Nuremberg trials. Over the years the forum has hosted various influential thinkers, among them John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, and Martin Luther King Jr. Now 92, Rappaport was present for the new forum’s launch, which HLS Dean John Manning introduced. Praising Rappaport’s ideal of thoughtful disagreement, Manning said, “A great university must be a place of open inquiry.”Barrett pointed out that stress has a metabolic effect on the neurons, potentially leading to depression and even heart disease. Further, scientific evidence shows that verbal aggression causes stress similar to that triggered by physical aggression and some forms of sexual abuse. “This doesn’t mean you will suffer physical illness if somebody says something you don’t like,” she said. “What it does mean is that if you are chronically stressed, the words are likely to pile on and add to that. That is hard to accept as a culture because we believe in individual freedom.”,Haidt agreed with Barrett’s premise that words cause harm, and that hate speech should be subject to some restrictions. But he argued against its classification as violence, noting that a certain amount of unpleasant speech is crucial to the educational experience. “You have opened up a giant can of worms here that we are responsible for what we say, and that there are bureaucratic measures that will enforce it,” he said. “You’re opening up room for students to say that speech we don’t like, even academic claims that we find to be threatening, are violence. That does a huge disservice to what we are trying to do at universities.”He noted the danger of pushing sensitivity too far, saying that his children’s grade school now classifies teasing as bullying. “We don’t want to protect kids so much that we ban teasing,” he said. “We’d be adapting them to an extremely low-stress environment, preparing them for a world that doesn’t exist. And I fear that we’re doing the same thing on our campuses. We are saying, ‘We are going to do everything we can to clear out microaggressions. So that when you go out into the real world and try to find a job, you will find that completely intolerable.’”One audience member said that if heightened sensitivity on campus is bad preparation for the real world, why not condemn the real world and act as a standard bearer? “I see the logic, but let’s play that out,” Haidt replied. He suggested that even if it became possible to regulate speech in some places, graduates would still be likely to find themselves working in other parts of the world and that it would never be possible to escape hateful speech altogether.Barrett said that she is not looking for enforced hypersensitivity, only for greater awareness of the neurological factors. “We are not snowflakes; we are people with nervous systems. I agree that teasing is not the same as bullying, but when you have a child who has been bullied, that child will respond as if it has been bullied when it is exposed to teasing. That’s the reality of the nervous system, and I think it’s important to recognize that.”last_img read more

Author Alice McDermott believes the Catholic Church is in need of transformative change

first_imgMaeve Filbin | The Observer Author Alice McDermott appears at the annual Christian Culture Lecture to discuss her writing, the Catholic Church and her sometimes complicated relationship with her own Catholicism.When asked to reflect on this sentiment in light of the growing number of allegations of sexual abuse with the Catholic clergy, McDermott said it is imperative these accusations remain part of the conversation.“We can’t not talk about this,” McDermott said. “You know, a few years ago, I would talk to Catholic groups and [they would say], ‘Oh, do you have to bring that up?’ And I think we must. As a matter of fact, this is really what I’m going to end up talking about tonight.”To turn away from the controversies of the Church and allow things to go on as they always have would be an overturning of everything Catholics believe, McDermott said.“You know, as Christians, we believe that pain and suffering is transformative,” she said. “The Church is in a lot of pain now and has caused a lot of suffering and the people of the Church are suffering. I think because of the degree of pain that the Church is in and that the Church has caused, redemption — which means change, transformative change — is absolutely necessary. And the Church is not so bad, you know, they can do it. We can do it.”McDermott said she understands why young people have left and continue to leave the Catholic Church, as it is challenging to remain in the midst of such spiritual and social turmoil.“A friend of mine said, ‘It’s a wonderful time to be Catholic because either we’re seeing the end of the Church or we’re seeing the beginning of a new church,’” McDermott said, “But we’re seeing something.”In the same conversation with “Image Journal,” McDermott said the ultimate undoing of the Catholic Church will be its attitude towards the ordination of women. Further expounding upon this belief, she said life as a woman of the Catholic Church, a historically male institution, can be a challenge.“A few years ago, you could say, ‘Oh, we can be patient,’” McDermott said. “But I think the times call for us all to raise our voices. It’s the 21st century.”Church leaders tend to explain the role of women in the Church in terms of custom, McDermott said.“They’ll pull out stupid things like, ‘Well there were no women at the Last Supper,’” McDermott said. “Number one, you don’t know that, because only the men were taking notes. And Christianity didn’t begin with the Last Supper, Christianity began with the resurrection and the first person to know that Christ was risen was a woman. Now, if you believe in this faith, nothing’s arbitrary. It’s what makes … the story of Christ’s life such a good novel, because there are no superfluous details.”Ultimately, McDermott said, excluding women from ordination is a form of prejudice.“It’s saying that someone of the opposite gender is less than,” McDermott said. “I think about what it would mean for the young people in the Church, for the women in the Church, and I think, for the body of Christ as a whole, for the Church to say, ‘Oh yeah, everybody is welcome.’ Isn’t that what Christ said?”The ordination of women — and perhaps other sources of necessary redemptive evolution — could give the Catholic Church a fresh start, McDermott said.“What a way to renew,” McDermott said. “What a wonderful thing to come out of the tremendous suffering that we’re going through right now.”McDermott said she explores the theme of rebellion within the faith in “The Ninth Hour“ and her other works. As “The Ninth Hour“ is her eighth published novel, McDermott holds years of creative writing experience.Growing up with two talkative brothers who would later become lawyers, McDermott said she rarely got a chance to contribute in conversation, and instead turned to writing.“As a kid, you look for way to take control of the world,” McDermott said. “You draw pictures, or you sing songs or you get good at some niche sport. For me, it was writing — it was always just using the written word. So, it was always there for me.”McDermott said some life-changing professors recognized her talent and let her know “what [she] had to say was worth hearing,” encouraging her to pursue her passion.When giving advice to aspiring student writers, McDermott said she encourages them to identify the same passion within themselves.“It’s sort of tongue-in-cheek and sort of not,” she said. “I tell students the best piece of advice is, if you can do anything else, do it. I mean, especially in the literary world, as in any of the arts, if you don’t feel that the art that you practice is absolutely necessary, if you’re doing it for some reward, rather than because you believe it’s necessary, you’re headed in the wrong direction.”With the right momentum, McDermott said, students can find success in their writing.“If you do feel, ‘I must do this,’ you’ll do it,” she said. “Trust me, it will happen. It always does. I’ve been teaching a long time. It always does. If that is there … then you should write all the time and you should read everything.”Tags: Alice McDermott, Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal, Catholicism, Christian Culture Lecture, The Ninth Hour, women in the Church In her novel, “The Ninth Hour,” award-winning author and professor Alice McDermott explores the Catholic faith through the lens of multiple generations of women, telling the story of a young widow, her daughter and the group of religious sisters who care for them. Before appearing at Thursday’s Christian Culture Lecture to discuss her written works, McDermott reflected on her own Catholicism and her relationship with the Church.In an interview with “Image Journal,” McDermott said “[she sees] the Church not as something that can evolve, but something that must evolve.”last_img read more

Jenkins congratulates Holtz on Presidential Medal of Freedom

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins congratulated Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame football coach, on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump.Holtz served as the head coach at numerous universities and in the NFL, but he is perhaps most known for leading Notre Dame to the national championship in 1988. Holtz is the only college football coach to advance five different teams to a bowl game, and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.“A great college coach and engaging sports commentator, Lou Holtz was honored in 2011 with an honorary degree from Notre Dame for his leadership of students and generosity of spirit on and off the gridiron,” Jenkins said. “On behalf of the University, I extend congratulations to Lou on the occasion of his having been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”Tags: Donald Trump, Lou Holtz, Presidential Medal of Freedomlast_img read more

Peruvian Army Appoints First Female Colonels

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo March 28, 2019 Peruvian Army officers Lourdes Aurelia Barriga Abarca and María Magdalena Dibós Mori were promoted to the rank of colonel in October 2018, becoming the first women to hold that position. The officers belong to the first generation of female cadets at Colonel Francisco Bolognesi Chorrillos Military School in Lima, Peru. The country opened military careers to women in 1996. “In the military, not all officers, and not only women, can reach the highest ranks,” Col. Dibós, head of the Psychology Department at the Peruvian Central Military Hospital, told Diálogo. “You need to keep up a rigorous and constant readiness in different areas, such as daily discipline, physical training, and academic life.” “Here I am with six bronze stripes on my shoulder, after participating with equal opportunities against other male officers in the promotion process. My family has always supported me through this hustle and bustle,” said Col. Barriga, head of the Army’s Science and Technology Institute (ICTE, in Spanish), a position no woman held before. Col. Barriga was also the first woman to enroll at the Peruvian Army War College (ESGE, in Spanish), and was a military observer at the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In addition, she participated in an expedition to Antarctica, headed the Peruvian Army General Library, and currently serves as an ESGE professor. Col. Dibós was an instruction officer at the Peruvian Army Technical School and the Chorrillos Military School. “We support service members’ work to strengthen the institution,” Col. Dibós said. “We are part of this great team. We come to contribute, not to change.” Step by step Col. Barriga stressed that the Army was just doing its job and granting the rank to those who deserve it. “My command recognized my efforts and dedication during my 21-year-long career. It’s a short-lived emotion, because the upcoming challenge is harder. The institution trusted me and my capacities to lead ICTE.” In January 2019, Col. Barriga got the institution accepted as a member of the Latin American and Caribbean University Network for Disaster Risk Reduction, based in Guatemala, to exchange experiences and knowledge on prevention and security with other experts. “In April [2019] the institute will conduct a seminar entitled Armies’ Participation in Natural Disasters, in coordination with the Latin American network,” said Col. Barriga. According to the officer, international cooperation with institutions of other countries, such as the United States, fosters scientific, technological, and humanitarian research, as well as knowledge and experience exchanges to contribute to consolidating the institution. “We will do this step by step,” said Col. Barriga. “Challenges are ongoing.” Balance to improve The Peruvian Army presents itself as a modern, professional, and inclusive institution, prepared to take on the new challenges of the 21st century. In addition to guarding and defending the national territory and participating in the country’s social and economic development, “[members of the military] know that defending the nation also means fighting against inequality and exclusion,” Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra told the press. In the quest for balance to improve operations with gender equality, “the Army is becoming part of a trend that supports women’s empowerment,” said Col. Barriga. “We have to adapt to changes, because this is a century of changes,” Col. Dibós added. “What’s important is teamwork, [refining] the military approach, and knowing what we’re here for.” According to Col. Dibós, the main challenge is to change Peruvian society’s mindset, because some people think service members aren’t educated, that they are alienated from the population, and will only protect them in times of war. “The Army is taking part in national security more and more, as well as in the fight against violence toward women,” she said. The Armed Forces fights violence against women with awareness programs to eradicate any form of abuse and promote equal opportunities among men and women in the force. “I want to tell the more than 9,500 women in our military to rest assured that their example, integrity, and strength have only made our Army, Navy, and Air Force greater,” Peruvian Minister of Defense José Huerta Torres told the press. “To strengthen the role of women, it’s essential to not view military career or promotion to higher ranks as things women can’t do. There are no men and women in the Peruvian Army; we are all the same, with the same opportunities,” said Col. Dibós. “Our objective is to move toward the same goal,” Col. Barriga concluded. “The Peruvian military’s values are a mixture of the best values human beings can have, in which dedication dominates.”last_img read more

Gunfire at the Castle: Who Shot Oheka’s Owner? And Why?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The sprawling mansion estate-turned-luxury hotel and wedding hall Oheka Castle in Huntington was the scene of a botched hit Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, when its owner, Gary Melius, was shot in the head by a masked gunman while sitting in his car in a side parking lot at about 12:30 p.m., and survived. The would-be assassin is still on the loose and the subject of an intense police investigation.Gary Melius exited a side door of his palatial mansion estate and entered his Mercedes-Benz parked in its back courtyard.It was about 12:30 p.m., a Monday, and the developer-turned-owner of Oheka Castle—a historic 127-room French-style chateau tucked behind rolling hills and residential homes in Huntington—was reportedly about to meet his pal, former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato, for lunch.Then, gunfire.A lone masked shooter blasted through the car window and struck the 69-year-old in the head before speeding away, reportedly in a Jeep Cherokee. Bleeding profusely, Melius stumbled back toward the castle. His daughter rushed him to Syosset Hospital. Later he was transferred to North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Manhasset, where Melius underwent surgery for what police described as a “penetrating head wound.”Once Melius was in stable condition, a who’s-who of local politics have been visiting him in the hospital in a show of support—D’Amato, of course, plus former Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, among others.Who shot Melius and why? The power-broker castle owner is a politically connected developer who frequently hosts lavish luncheons, formal dinners, cigar-filled poker games and a variety of other galas at Oheka, the former opulent residence of financier Otto Kahn. Officials from both sides of the political aisle have often been his guests. D’Amato told reporters gathered at the hospital that the shooting was an “assassination” attempt. Was it related to politics, as one source with close ties to Melius who did not want his name used adamantly tells the Press? Was the hit related to the castle’s multi-layered financing? Melius’ myriad business dealings? Or was the gunman simply a disgruntled employee of the Gold Coast castle?One thing’s for sure: Someone wants Gary Melius dead.Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius was shot in the head by a masked gunman Feb. 24, 2014 as he sat in his car at the luxury hotel.(Photo by Paul Prince)HUMBLE BEGINNINGSMelius may be the proprietor of one of Long Island’s glitziest estates from the Gold Coast era, but in dress and demeanor he always strikes a very down-to-Earth pose as befits his roots as a kid from Queens.In the hallowed halls of this ornately refurbished mansion-turned-luxury hotel, catering and wedding hall, Melius would often be spotted without a tie and wearing blue jeans. At the “power lunches” he’d host in the mahogany-paneled dining room with an assortment of Long Island luminaries and wanna-bes—like New York Giants football stars showing off their heavy Super Bowl rings to enterprising businesswomen showing off their décolletage—Melius would not put on airs or adopt an attitude. He’d take a seat at the polished table, hang out and listen, and if the topic could include his pet politics, the Independence Party, he’d be grateful and never preach. He’d make his case that the two major parties had failed the republic and then move on. And if there were a pressing problem requiring immediate attention, he’d be the first one to be hands-on, as you’d expect from a guy who once was a plumber, long before he became the king of the castle.But even Oheka—which borrows from the name of its originator, Otto Herman Kahn—has had some interesting reincarnations, too. The financier had created the 109,000-square-foot manor in 1919. Orson Welles used its exterior to shoot some scenes there in 1940 for his American classic Citizen Kane.Melius, who’d worked as a bowling alley pin setter and a plumber’s helper before striking it rich in real estate, acquired the property in 1984 for $1.5 million and reportedly contemplated tearing it down because vandals had had the run of the place for several years. He stuck with it but the costs of renovation were steep, and so in 1988 he sold Oheka to a Japanese businessman for $22 million. But something about the castle must have had a deep hold on him because he could not walk away from it. By 2003 he was its rightful owner again, having bought it back for $30 million and spending almost an equal amount over the years on its upkeep and restoration.Melius once was nearly $6 million in debt, according to the Daily News, and owed the Trump Taj Mahal some $100,000 in 1992. He had also faced three criminal convictions as a younger man, according to the paper.Melius has clearly gambled his life on Oheka Castle. He reportedly renegotiated its $27.9-million mortgage last August and had defaulted on the loan in 2012.But at Mangano’s second inauguration, Melius was basking on stage as one of the honored guests seated in rows behind the podium, where he chatted with Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington). Not bad for a guy who’d bankrolled the entire losing campaign of Mangano’s supposed opponent, Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick, for $23,000.Throughout the years Melius has been impartial in his campaign contributions, doling out hundreds of thousands of dollars to politicians without party preference, according to state finance records.Melius’ political dealings have also resulted in some controversy.It was Melius’ call to former Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale requesting Randy White, a Roosevelt resident, be charged with perjury in an election lawsuit that made headlines last December—resulting in White’s arrest and Dale’s resignation following a Nassau County District Attorney probe that ultimately cleared the developer, Dale and Mangano of criminality, but infuriated Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs for giving the Mangano administration a pass.WHODUNNIT?Following a 911 call to police, officers, dogs and a police helicopter descended on the estate. Authorities set up “informational checkpoints,” interviewing passing motorists and anyone else who might have seen something useful. They have reviewed the castle’s video surveillance footage, but it reportedly did not catch the face of the would-be killer.They’ve vowed to investigate “every aspect” of Melius’ life. The 69-year-old went into shock immediately after he was shot and his recollection of the shooting are hazy, police say.To enter from the castle’s main entrance, visitors must follow a long winding road and pass through a gated driveway equipped with surveillance cameras. The employees’ entrance at the rear of the property, however, has no such security—and provides a quicker exit.The FBI has also offered assistance, an agency spokesperson tells the Press.Melius remains concerned for his welfare and that of his family, telling investigators he has no idea who is behind the hit.Politicians from both parties have sent well-wishes to the wounded power broker, including those who’ve clashed with him, like Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs.“The whole thing is awful,” Jacobs told the Press shortly after the shooting. “I’ve had my differences with Gary politically but this is really just a tremendously awful act… I hope that he does well and pulls through this. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.“This is shocking and sickening,” he added.Independence Party Chairman Frank Mackay, a close confidante of Melius, was in Louisiana with his family when the shooting occurred and was almost overcome with worry. “I think he’s going to make it!” he told the Press when he was reached. “Thank God!”A day after the attack, Melius posted a statement on Oheka’s Facebook page, thanking those who have offered prayers and expressing his desire to return to the castle and to get back to work.“If this near- death experience has done anything it is a reminder to live each day, celebrate life and embrace your family. I happen to be blessed with a very very large extended family who rallied to my side during the past 24 hours. God bless you all.”As of press time, there had been no suspects named nor arrests made in the case. What is known, is that the king and his castle will never be the same.last_img read more

First responder loans cover critical costs

first_imgFirst responders who need to replace a turnout coat or purchase a new pair of boots, but don’t have the money to do so, now have an option.Aventa Credit Union in Colorado Springs, Colo., introduced a loan program earlier this year that helps first responders purchase equipment they need to replace or upgrade—costs a stipend or their department don’t always cover.“We can give back to our firefighters, police officers, and other first responders,” says Karin Kovalovsky, vice president of corporate communications and marketing for the $163 million asset credit union, which serves city employees in three counties.Individuals who show proof of employment or volunteer affiliation with a first responder unit can receive up to $5,000, repayable over a three-year term at a fixed 3% annual percentage rate.First responders can use the loans to purchase equipment and apparel such as radio holsters, dry suits, patrol jackets, and helmet-mounted lights. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Soros’ $600m investment push

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