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Instagram account shares University course recommendations, reviews

first_imgNotre Dame students who use Instagram may have received a follow on the photo-sharing app from an account with the username of “Whichprofessornd.” With the goal of sharing course recommendations and the tagline of “Why aren’t CIFs public information?” the page has amassed over 700 followers, with their first post being uploaded April 9. Students are encouraged to fill out CIFs (course instructor feedback) at the end of each semester with the incentive of receiving their final grades about one week early. Students can leave detailed reviews of their instructors and their courses through a comments section after filling out a survey for each. Whichprofessornd contains categories like “Uni Requirements,” “Arts & Letters,” “Menbroza,” and “Science.” The account specializes in giving recommendations of professors and classes to register for, as well as occasionally professors and courses to steer clear of. Until now, the account’s owner has maintained anonymity, save for a few close friends. Although reluctant to reveal her identity, Leilani Tiara, a junior majoring in Science Business, said she believes it is frustrating the CIFs students are encouraged to fill out are not available to younger students.“I feel like I always get screwed over by people saying, ‘Oh, that class is easy,’ but then I don’t know what the workload is like,” Tiara said. “Or, you know what the workload is like but you don’t know what the professor is like … the information is just so vague. I used to fill out CIF’s religiously, like every semester. But the past two years, after freshman year, I never filled out a CIF again. I was like, ‘What’s the point, the information isn’t even going to even be available for the younger kids.” Tiara was prompted to begin the account after asking friends through her personal Instagram about which course to take for her major. Although there are sites like Rate My Professor, Tiara said, “those aren’t updated nearly enough.”“I actually didn’t expect a lot,” she said. “I was having trouble deciding on a management class, and I put a poll on my own Instagram. I got so many responses, and I thought, ‘Why not just put this onto a dedicated account?’ I guess I didn’t expect it to get big. … I think opening it up during DARTing season really helped a lot. … I felt like starting the Instagram could reach a lot more people — not just your friend group.”Through Instagram’s direct-messaging feature, Tiara receives comments and recommendations on courses she posts on her public Instagram story. She said she receives around 30 to 40 responses for posts asking about courses that are University requirements. “It get so confusing. … It depends on the class,” Tiara said. “If i put recommendations for like, theology one — something everyone has to take — I get like 30, 40 responses. A lot of people give pretty good descriptions, but a lot of people request really specific classes, but I try to only do those once in a while.”Tiara said she thinks CIFs are not public information because of the negative nature of some comments.“I think they aren’t public because, at least for me, I only fill out CIFs if I really didn’t like the professor … so it might be negative, and I think the University would have to filter out the comments and it would be too much work for them,” she said. Tiara hopes to continue the account into next year and beyond. “I want to give it to someone else as long as there is still a need,” she said.Tiara said she thinks that as of now, there is a great need for the information in CIFs to be public.“I think CIFs should be public because there is no animosity between the students, everyone here is willing to help,” she said. “That’s the spirit of Notre Dame, so if you need a class, I will tell you honestly how I felt about it. I’m not trying to tell you fake information to screw you over. Since we are a top university in the nation, I can’t believe we still don’t have a proper system for [CIFs] that’s honest. Tags: CIFs, Instagram, teacher evaluations, Whichprofessorndlast_img read more

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Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) Extends Off-Broadway

first_img The cast includes Sterling K. Brown, Louis Cancelmi, Peter Jay Fernandez, Jeremie Harris, Russell G. Jones, Jenny Jules, Ken Marks, Jacob Ming-Trent, Tonye Patano and Julian Rozzell Jr. Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) will extend off-Broadway through November 30; it had originally been set to shutter on November 16. Directed by Jo Bonney, the show officially opened on October 28 at the Public’s Anspacher Theater. Father Comes Home From the Wars consists of three plays performed as one. In Part 1, “A Measure of Man,” Hero, a slave who is accustomed to his master’s lies, must now decide whether to join him on the Confederate battlefield in exchange for a promise of freedom. Part 2, “The Battle in the Wilderness” follows Hero and the Colonel as they lead a captured Union solider toward the Confederate lines as the cannons approach. Finally, in Part 3, “The Union of My Confederate Parts,” the loved ones Hero left behind question whether to escape or wait for his return—only to discover that for Hero, freedom may have come at a great spiritual cost. Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014last_img read more

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Sequence 8 Will Fly Into New York City Center Next Spring

first_img Directed by two of the company’s seven artistic directors, Shana Carroll and Sébastien Soldevila, Séquence 8 premiered in Lyon, France in 2012, and has been produced in 15 countries worldwide. The production marks the company’s first full-length work for New York audiences since 2011’s Traces. View Comments Roll up, roll up to City Center! Séquence 8, the internationally acclaimed nouveau cirque spectacular, will make its New York premiere next spring. The show will begin performances at New York City Center on April 16, 2015 and play through April 26.center_img From the inventive circus company behind Broadway’s Pippin comes Séquence 8, a nouveau cirque show that explores human emotions so intense that they explode into highflying acrobatics. Starring eight performers from the Montreal-based Les 7 Doigts de la Main (The 7 Fingers), the emotionally intimate Séquence 8 redefines the meaning of the word “circus” through a unique fusion of acrobatics, hip-hop, humor and propulsive music.last_img read more

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Hit the Road

first_imgTake to the highway for the best weekend adventures in the Blue Ridge.When school lets out and the heat index begins to climb, it’s time to head for the mountains. No need to pack a month’s worth of provisions for a road trip in the Southeast. You can pack in more in a long weekend than most can in a whole summer. The adventure of a lifetime is within striking distance of even the most carsick-prone traveller.Few things symbolize the spirit of this country as acutely as the great American road trip. Packing up the car and hitting the open highway is a summer tradition that runs back to horse and buggies making their way to county seats. When one thinks of American road trip icons such as Kerouac, Steinbeck, or Griswold, they are tied together by a craving of adventure and a willingness to go out into the world and seize it. Whether you are traveling across the country or across the state, anything can, and will, happen on the road. Of course, you’ve mapped out a route and planned everything down to the minutest detail, but if everything went according to plan, it would be called a road operation, and not a trip.Along with fuel and tunes, flexibility is one of the key components of a successful road trip. Don’t let your weekend jaunt turn into the Donner Party by losing your cool. Weather changes, campsites fill up, roads shut down; the ability to adapt on the fly will make or break the trip—especially as tempers and temperatures rise and the A/C breaks and someone has to use the potty and you sat on my sunglasses.But the road trip is not just about the road traveled and the sights from the car window. The journey may be the reward, but the destination is still the destination. Experiencing new and exciting places is the reason you got in the passenger seat to begin with, so don’t skimp on the outside adventure. Here are five easy weekend getaways.Fly fishing on the NolichuckySOUTHWEST VIRGINIA DO IT ALLDAY 1: RIDE EXPLORE PARKLocated just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 115 outside Roanoke, Va., Explore Park is an easy respite from the rigors of the road. The 1100-acre park borders the Roanoke River with access to fishing, and paddling along with a beautiful river walk with nature observation and picnic areas. Also located in the park is the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center where you can pick up literature on the Parkway and some keepsakes from the gift shop. Explore is home to a living history museum as well as historic buildings and a restaurant; unfortunately, all are temporarily closed.No worries, mate. The big draw of Explore Park is the mountain biking that lies within its borders, and the trails are always open. Over nine miles of rolling singletrack loop through its hardwood forests. The trails were built by volunteers from the International Mountain Biking Association. Warm up those car legs with a spin on the one-mile beginners’ trail before hitting the longer and slightly more intense intermediate trail. If you feel up for it, take the expert trail down to the river.Stay: Plenty of places to stop for the night in Roanoke, or head for Roanoke Mountain Campground at milepost 120.5. Be sure to pop into Cardinal Bicycle for all your bike needs.Play: If riding is not your thing, take a stroll on the self-guided nature walk that connects with the bike trails. No bikes allowed, so you don’t have to worry about looking over your shoulder for downhillers.DAY 2: GRAYSON HIGHLANDS STATE PARKYou cannot travel in southeast Virginia and not stop by the highest point in the state, Mount Rogers. Though there is plenty to do in the Mount Rogers Recreation Area, bagging the 5,000-foot peak is at the top of the list. Combine that with a chance to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail, and this landmark is a road tripping must.Begin by parking at the Massie Gap area at Grayson Highlands State Park off Rt. 58. Parking will cost you a few bucks, but it will be worth it. Grab a trail map at the Visitor’s Center before striking out for Mount Rogers via the A.T., hiking through upland pastures and thickets of rhododendron. Keep an eye out for wild ponies on the four-mile hike to the Thomas Knob Shelter and the base of Mount Rogers. A half-mile spur trail puts you at the top of Virginia.Stay: There is ample camping near the shelter.Play: Take Route 600 to the parking area almost at the top of Whitetop Mountain, the second highest peak in Virginia and northernmost bald in the Appalachians, to take in the views. Damascus is just east on Route 58, and is known as Trail Town, USA, the friendliest town in America. Be sure to stop in for lunch or dinner.DAY 3: PADDLE THE NOLICHUCKYJust over the Tennessee border is the Nolichucky River, holding some of the wildest whitewater in the Southeast. From its headwaters at Mount Mitchell, the Nolichucky snakes through the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi, providing a dynamic backdrop as you run its Class II-IV rapids. The walls of the gorge rise from the river to over 5,000 feet, which will make you feel totally isolated. Though the upper section can be challenging, outfitters will take kids as young as 9 or 10.If you are looking for a more leisurely trip, skip the upper section and opt for just the lower section with gentler Class II-III. Outfitters like Cherokee Adventures launch from Erwin, Tenn., and have a range of trip options from scenic full day to half-day whitewater. The Nolichucky has something for everyone.Stay:The Nolichucky Gorge Campground at the takeout has primitive campsites along with cabins or bunkhouses if you are with a group. Be sure to hit up River’s Edge at the base of Devil’s Looking Glass Cliff for the most scenic barbecue sandwich you’ve ever had.Play: Erwin sits inside Cherokee National Forest with 150 miles of hiking trails, plus the Appalachian Trail. If you are feeling adventurous, check out Worley’s Cave for stalagmites, stalactites, and rooms with 100-foot ceilings.UPPER SHENANDOAH VALLEY JEWEL OF THE BLUE RIDGEDAY 1: CYCLE SKYLINE DRIVEOne of the best ways to see Shenandoah National Park is on two wheels via the Skyline Drive. The little brother of the Blue Ridge Parkway bisects the upper portion of the park and is full of the long climbs usually seen out West. The 50 miles from Front Royal to Big Meadows is a classic that will test even the strongest rider.From Front Royal to the north, the ride climbs over 3,000 feet in the first 20 miles and over 7,000 feet total on the way to Big Meadows Campground. This campground is vast, but make a reservation first, so you don’t have to slog the 50 miles back to your car.Stay: The campground is the natural choice here, but you can also reward yourself and opt for the rustic luxury of the Big Meadows Lodge just down the road.Play: Go nuts—you’re smack dab in the middle of Shenandoah National Park! If you want something more subterranean, check out the most popular cave system in the East, Luray Caverns just west in Luray, Va.Brown TroutDAY 2: FISH MOSSY CREEKIf you are a fly fisherman or fly fisherwoman, it would be reprehensible to pass up the opportunity to fish Mossy Creek. This spring-fed stream wanders through open fields and is one of the most famous stretches of water in Virginia for its huge brown trout and consistent dry fly action. Mossy is open to the public through a partnership with landowners, Trout Unlimited and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and is stocked each fall, with significant holdovers. By mid-July and August, terrestrials or over-sized streamers are your best bet for coaxing hogzilla out from that undercut bank, so pack plenty of ants, hoppers, and double bunnies.Along with the usual Virginia fishing licenses, you’ll also need a free Mossy Creek permit from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries office in Verona, just north of Staunton. Be sure to stop into Mossy Creek Fly Shop in Harrisonburg to pick up some bugs and get the latest news on how the creek is fishing. As the name suggests, these guys know this water inside and out.Stay: Camping is available at nearby Natural Chimneys Regional Park, in the shadows of its 100-foot rock towers. With Harrisonburg just to the north and Staunton just to the south, there are plenty of bed and breakfasts to choose from.Play: Stop into Historic Staunton, a sleepy little mountain town with a lot going on. Stop by the tasting room at Ox-Eye Vineyards downtown before grabbing a bite and maybe taking in a show at Mockingbird, which features both national and regional bands on their stage.DAY 3: MOUNTAIN BIKE SHERANDOThe Sherando Lakes Recreation Area inside the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest is known as the jewel of the Blue Ridge, but the riding here is no walk in the park. Sandwiched between Waynesboro, Va., the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Wintergreen Resort, the hills climb sharply from the lake. This makes for some epic up and down, big mountain riding through lush forest and rocky terrain.There are several trails emanating from the Sherando Lakes Recreation Area, and most have a significant amount of climbing involved. The punishment is worth the reward, though, as stunning vistas of the Blue Ridge await each summit. Plus, there is always the ride down. By linking up the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is possible to have a 10-mile descent back to the park.The best bet is to set out from the Mill Creek parking area and head up the Mill Creek Trail to the Parkway before descending down the Slacks/White Rock Gap trials via the upper Torry Ridge. If you’re feeling brave, take on the epic rock gardens of the lower Torry Ridge Trail, but don’t say we didn’t warn you. Or skip the switchbacks and shuttle a car from the Parkway’s Bald Mountain Overlook.Stay: The Sherando Lake Recreation Area has ample camping on site, along with several privately run campgrounds in the vicinity. Take a break at Devils Backbone Brewing Company at the base of Wintergreen Resort for local brews and vittles.Play: Plenty to do at Sherando with its trails and two spring-fed lakes. Relax with a picnic on the beach or hike into the adjacent Saint Mary’s Wilderness for a little small stream trout fishing.WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA HIT THE HIGHLIGHTSFunnel Top ViewDAY 1: PADDLE THE NANTAHALAFor all the outdoor adventure immediately available in Western North Carolina, nothing defines the region as acutely as its rivers. From steep Class V creeking to casual floats on big water, Western North Carolina seems to have it all, and so does the Nantahala.Featuring Class II-III rapids, the 9-mile float from the dam to the Nantahala Outdoor Center is fun for the whole family, with just enough thrills to keep everyone happy. The NOC provides guided trips or rentals for the more experienced. Got your own boat? Feel free to take out at the NOC. Have a beer on the premises and watch the pros on the world-class slalom course or the man-made play wave. Just don’t miss the take-out or you’ll be heading over Greater Wesser Falls, which is not where you want to be.Stay: The NOC has a bevy of lodging options, from hostels to cabins.Play: The Appalachian Trail literally runs right through the NOC, so take a hike up to the A. Rufus Morgan shelter, which thru-hikers usually bypass in favor of the NOC hostel. A new play wave and slalom course also provides entertainment from the footbridges crossing the river.DAY 2: BIKE TSALITsali is one of the most well-known and well-traveled mountain biking systems in the United States. Do not let this deter you, however, as the trail system can handle the load.Over 40 miles of trails trace the border of Lake Fontana, adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As the smooth and swift trails climb, enjoy the view before tearing down to the lake and taking a dip to cool off. Trails alternate daily between bike access and horse access, so make sure to check the signs before heading out. It’s also just another excuse to spend the night and get the whole experience.Stay: The Tsali Recreation Area has camping on site, and there are plenty of B & B and motel options in Bryson City.Play: Head for a hike to Deep Creek Falls at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and stop through Bryson City on your way. This mountain town is building its reputation as an outdoor mecca. Nantahala Brewing Company offers tastings, and you can grab lunch at the Filling Station.Davidson RiverDAY 3: FISH THE DAVIDSON RIVERThe Davidson River outside Brevard is one of the Southeast’s premier trout hatcheries, and for good reason. Consistent hatches, gin-clear water, and big trout make this stream hard to pass up if in the area. Pack your 4wt., 7x tippet and small bugs in order to fool these experienced and occasionally quite large rainbows. They see a lot of pressure, so presentation and patience are the keys to success. Check in with the guides at the Davidson River Outfitters in Brevard for the river beta before heading out.From Brevard, Highway 276 follows the river all the way to the hatchery 4 miles upstream. Car pullouts are ample, but the fishing gets more technical the farther upstream you travel, so pick your spots. More technical fishing usually means bigger fish, though, so don’t play it too safe.Stay: Try the Davidson River Campground that borders the river or head up to the Sweet Peas Hostel in Asheville. The space is more hotel than hostel and sits adjacent to the Lexington Avenue Brewery.Play: Hiking trails abound in Pisgah. If there are too many rods on the Davidson, try the Avery tributary or head up the Boylston Highway to fish the North Mills River. For a history lesson, stop by the Cradle of Forestry inside Pisgah National Forest for a look at America’s first school for forestry.CANAAN VALLEY GO WILDDAY 1: BIKE DAVIS, WEST VIRGINIAWhen the snow is flying, Davis is a magnet for skiers from all over the East, but over the years, Tucker County, centered around Davis, W.Va., has become a premier mountain biking destination. This is a distinction in a state known for its singletrack. Ride out from downtown in any direction and you will hit a trailhead within a few blocks, then ride all day on interconnected trail systems. From the CVI to Moon Rocks to Plantation, the terrain around Davis varies from cruiser fire roads to supremely technical singletrack and everything in between. If going uphill doesn’t suit you, head for Timberline Resort just south of town for lift accessed downhill and more cross country riding, including the 24 hours of Canaan racecourse.There is more trail than one town should have, so the best way to decipher it all and find the best suited for you is to pick a local’s brain. Stop into Blackwater Bikes downtown for a map and local knowledge. This town has embraced its mountain biking status and welcomes all who ride, so don’t be afraid of being a tourist.Stay: Davis is chock full of motels and B & B’s to accommodate travelers. Blackwater State Park has ample camping with hot showers and laundry, plus a deluxe 54-room lodge.Play: Blackwater Falls is one of the most visited falls in West Virginia, but the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge offers relaxing trails and unique flora and fauna observation opportunities. Or head for the Dolly Sods area, with its highland plateau environment reminiscent of Canada.Seneca RocksDAY 2: CLIMB SENECA ROCKSClimbers love the Seneca Rocks area because of its pillars of Tuscarora quartzite rising above the headwaters of the Potomac River. Even non-climbers, however, can appreciate the stunning beauty of these gray columns piercing the sky. The area holds hundreds of single and multi-pitch trad climbing and scrambling on routes ranging from 5.1 up to 5.11, so experience is necessary if striking out on your own. Don’t worry, though, as guides and classes are available from Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides or Seneca Rocks Climbing School.Stay: Camping at Seneca Shadows or Yokum’s Princess Snowbird will put you in the heart of climbing culture. For cabins, Harman’s North Fork Cabins are located five miles to the north and sit on privately stocked trout waters.Play: Nelson Rocks Via Ferrata will give you the feeling of high altitude climbing without the finger and toeholds. Fixed anchors and ladders allow even the most novice to summit their exposed fins.DAY 3: PADDLE THE NEW RIVERThe 53-mile stretch of the New River that runs through New River Gorge National River area is one of the brawniest in the South. As the river flows north from Bluestone Dam and gets choked into the gorge, the intensity of the river picks up dramatically. The southern (lower) portion of the river flows nicely over Class III rapids and long pools, perfect for a family-friendly leisure trip.When the river hits Thurmond, things get interesting; Class IV and Class V rapids make this section a popular destination for expert paddlers. You cannot go wrong with either section. ACE Adventure, North American River Runners and dozens of other outfitters run trips all summer long.Stay: National Park campsites are numerous inside the New River Gorge National River; try the Army Site or Glade Creek, both right on the river. Several outfitters, including ACE and NARR offer deluxe and rustic lodging on site.Play: The New River Gorge offers an abundance of hiking and running trails along the river. Mountain bike the impressive new Arrowhead IMBA trails or wet a line for trout in Glade Creek.CUMBERLAND PLATEAU ELEVATION EXHILARATIONDAY 1: BIKE BIG SOUTH FORK The trails inside the boundaries of 125,000-acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area are some of the only national park trails you can bike in the Southeast. Riders are rewarded with great lookouts and vistas of this Cumberland River tributary. Most trails inside the park are shared use between hikers, horses and bikes, but there are multiple bike-only options to choose from. Hit this on Friday or Monday to ride the Grand Gap Loop trail that hooks up to the John Muir Trail; this portion is closed to mountain bikes on the weekend. Most bike trails originate from the centrally located Bandy Creek Visitor’s Center just west of Oneida, Tenn. on Route 297.Stay: Bandy Creek offers a range of camping options right at the trailhead, or book a cabin at Big South Fork Wilderness Resorts just outside the park.Play: Rent a duckie or take a guided raft trip down the Cumberland for Class III excitement. For the history buff, ride the Big South Fork Scenic Railway to the Blue Heron Mining Community, an outdoor museum dedicated to life in a mining town during the 1940s.DAY 2: HIKE FOSTER FALLSFoster Falls is a gorgeous 60-foot waterfall that lies inside the Foster Falls Wild Area. A short hike from the parking lot will take you past an observation deck and suspension bridge. From there, scramble down to the base of the falls, or take the Climber’s Loop for a look at some of the best sport climbing in Tennessee. This is one of the wildest and most scenic areas of the Cumberland Plateau, so stop in for a picnic and a dip in the cool waters at the base of the cascade.If you are in the mood for a longer hike, shuttle a car a few miles down the road to the Grundy Forest State Natural Area trailhead off Fiery Gizzard Road. Taking the Fiery Gizzard Trail will put you on a 12.5-mile hike through forests, over boulders, and beside waterfalls. This trail can be difficult at times, so plan accordingly, but the trail ends at Foster Falls, where you can soak your bones and recover. If you make it a day trip, stop for lunch near scenic Raven Point at the midway point, or if you want to overnight, there are two campsites along the trail.Stay: Camping is available at both the Foster Falls and Grundy Forest trailheads. Slip into the Dutch Maid Bakery in Tracy City for a snack at Tennessee’s oldest family bakery.Play: Sport climb the Foster Falls area or head to Signal Mountain right outside Chattanooga.DAY 3: CLIMB DEEP CREEKThe Deep Creek climbing area outside Soddy Daisy, Tenn., wasn’t discovered until 2007, but its rise as a Southern sport-climbing destination has been meteoric. Following a partnership between the Cumberland Trail State Park and the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, and the purchase of land for a parking area, Deep Creek is now accessible. Trad climbing is available but the area consists mostly of sport climbing routes in the 5.11 range, although there are more moderate routes farther up the trail. The wall rises from the confluence of the Big Soddy Creek and Deep Creek and is located deep in a dense hardwood forest, so you can climb all day without overheating in the Tennessee sun. It’s hard to believe this place was a secret for so long.Because the area lies adjacent to private lands with sensitive access issues, check out before heading to the trailhead.Stay: Camping is prohibited at the parking lot or on adjacent private lands, but Chattanooga is right down the road.Play: The Deep Creek wall is part of the Cumberland Trail, so hike a section of the Three Gorges Segment that wanders through the forest following Boardcamp Creek. •THE CUMBERLAND TRAILThe Cumberland Trail is an ambitious project that aims to cut a backcountry traversing the state of Tennessee from south to north. Although the actual trail is still under construction, in 1998 the Justin P. Morgan Cumberland Trail State Park was created as a linear park along the trail. Through the work of the nonprofit Cumberland Trail Conference and volunteers, 175 miles of the planned 300-mile route has been built.The trail will eventually link Cumberland Gap National Park in Kentucky in the north with Signal Mountain outside Chattanooga in the south, tracing the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau, one of the most scenic stretches of land in the Southeast, and through 11 Tennessee counties, two national parks, and one national scenic river area. As ambitious as this sounds, the ultimate goal is to make the Cumberland Trail a southern part of the proposed Great Eastern Trail, a western alternative to the Appalachian trail that will stretch 3,000 miles from Alabama to New York when completed.Find more info at that you know where and what to do, enter our Ultimate Road Trip Giveaway to get you there!ESSENTIAL ROAD TRIP PLAYLISTCrank up the stereo, crank down the windows, and sing at the top of your lungs.“American Girl” (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)“Ramblin’ Man” (Allman Brothers Band)“Running on Empty” (Jackson Browne)“Paradise City” (Guns ‘N Roses)“Graceland” (Paul Simon)“Running with the Devil” (Van Halen)“Radar Love” (Golden Earring)“Truckin’”  (The Grateful Dead)“High & Dry” (Radiohead)“1979” (Smashing Pumpkins)“Windfall” (Son Volt)“Thunder Road” (Bruce Springsteen)“Caravan” (Van Morrison)Neil Young – He may be Canadian, but it doesn’t get any more Americana than Neil.last_img read more

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House moves JNC bill

first_img April 1, 2001 Managing Editor Regular News House moves JNC billMark D. Killian Managing Editor A bill that does away with the Bar’s appointments to judicial nominating commissions and gives the governor the power to select all nine members of each JNC passed the full House March 22. Bar President Herman Russomanno said the measure would set the state back 30 years in the way it selects judges and would reintroduce party politics into the selection process. The first to speak against the bill on the House floor was Rep. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, who has been a lawyer for 32 years and served on a JNC. “I oppose a scheme that would put one person in control of the judicial selection process,” Joyner said. “I oppose a proposal that guarantees our judges are selected in the most partisan manner possible. I oppose this bill, my fellow colleagues, because I remember what it was like before we created a system that sought to reduce partisanship and take our judges out of the spoils system.. . . Don’t take us back. I’ve been there. And it’s no place that you want to be.” The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Fred Brummer, R-Apopka, however, said judicial selection is an executive function, and the governor’s role should not be limited by giving the Bar some of the appointments. Brummer also said CS/HB 367 which passed by a vote of 65 50 would make the process more accountable since the governor is directly elected by the people, and the Bar’s Board of Governors is not. Under current law, the Bar selects three members, the governor selects three, and then those six select three more to fill each of the state’s 26 JNCs. The Brummer bill would allow the governor to make all nine appointments to each commission, but would require that five of the governors appointments be lawyers. The terms of each JNC member also would expire with the governor who appointed them. Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Ft. Lauderdale, said couching this bill as a way to bring diversity into the process is disingenuous, because 47 percent of the 234 JNC members statewide now are made up of women and minorities. Seiler also said laymembers now have a leadership role in the JNC process, even chairing two commissions. “I submit to you that this is going to be a very dangerous bill,” Seiler said. “This bill serves as an attack on the independence of our judiciary, an attack on our bench and an attack on our Bar.” House Majority Leader Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, spoke in favor of the bill that would dilute the role of the Bar in nominating judges. “At least when the governor, whomever it may be, a Republican or a Democrat, makes appointments, he or she will be accountable for their actions to the people back home. But that special interest group, The Florida Bar, is accountable to no one.” While Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, supported the bill, he also defended the Bar. “When we attack a group like The Florida Bar, we detract from the substance of the debate,” Kottkamp said. “One of the reasons I support this bill is because it ensures that five members of the Bar sit on the JNCs, and who better than the people who are in court every day to play an active role in deciding who should be nominated for judge?. . . We should view the Bar as our partner in this process, and not the adversary they have been made out to be.” In advocating for the passage of the bill that gives greater power to the governor to appoint the judiciary, Kottkamp continued: “We hear arguments all the time that this is going to make it more political. There is already plenty of politics in the process. This simply brings it out in the open. And we’re all about government in the Sunshine. The bill — which came to a vote under a closed rule which allowed for no amendments from the floor — has no Senate companion, but is similar to SB 1470, sponsored by Sen. Anna Cowin, R-Leesburg. That bill had yet to be assigned to a committee as this News went to press. “Any reasonable person who looks at this bill can see its only purpose is to give the governor more power over the selection of judges,” said Rep. Doug Wiles, D-St. Augustine, who also spoke against the bill. Wiles said Gov. Bush has been “fairly good” about making appointments in the best interest of the state and not to reward political patronage. But, Wiles said, Bush will not always be governor and that is where the danger lies. “Some may say this is a little bill that makes a little change in the process of appointing judges,” Wiles said. “But I say there are no little changes in the judiciary, that anything we do risks injecting politics into the process and opens it up for something that we all will regret.” Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Dania Beach, said the Bar does a fine job representing the people of this state and Florida’s JNCs are a model for the nation. “Don’t support a punitive and retaliatory effort to pack the JNCs,” Ryan said. “Florida’s judiciary is highly respected, let us not regress with this bill.” Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, said Florida needs a judicial system free of partisanship and urged: “Don’t go back to something we were ashamed of.” Representatives of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida Retail Federation also supported the bill. Speaking a week earlier before the House Council for Smarter Government, Wade Hopping, Jr., lobbying for the chamber, said the bill “seems reasonable” in that it still ensures lawyers are represented on the commissions. Brummer said the bill also addresses a “separation of powers conflict” wherein Bar members, who are officers of the judicial branch, make appointments to an executive branch function. “With the public sentiment about the bench not being partisan, why are we giving the governor all the appointments and allowing it really to become a spoils system?” asked Rep. Ken Gottlieb, D-Miramar. Russomanno said the JNC system which was established when voters amended the constitution in 1976 has worked well and produces high quality judges. He also said there has been no public outcry to change the system and that you “can count on one hand” the problems that have arisen with the system in the past 30 years. “The Bar is proud to be involved in this process, and we work so closely with the governor from the standpoint of selection of candidates that are sent to the governor for his selection,” Russomanno said, noting Gov. Bush’s former general counsel, Carol Licko, and his current general counsel, Charles Canady, work with the Bar in its JNC member education efforts. “And since there has been no data that we have seen, no public call for change that the system is not broken why fix it?” Russomanno also said, like the governor, the Bar is committed to diversity and has done a good job in increasing the number of minority representation on the JNCs. Council Chair Gaston Cantens, R-Sweetwater, who is a former director of the Cuban American Bar Association, asked why then did it take the Bar 30 years to appoint the first Hispanic lawyer to the 11th Circuit JNC. “It is inexcusable, and there is no explanation,” Russomanno responded. “And I would state the same question if you went back to our governors. If a governor took so long to do it. . . . No one should be proud of that because we believe in diversity.” Russomanno did, however, note the makeup of the current 11th Circuit JNC consists of five Hispanics, three African-Americans, and one white women. “Do you feel that a person of the stature of the governor of the State of Florida is incompetent to make nominations to the nominating commissions, but yet some attorneys of The Florida Bar board are competent to make such a determination?” asked longtime Bar critic Rep. Jerry Melvin, R-Ft. Walton Beach. “Absolutely not,” Russomanno said. “This governor is committed to having a diversified bench, a bench that has the vision of the State of Florida. But the governor himself, in an open letter to the members of the Bar, talked about how his administration respects and will do nothing to interfere with the integrity and independence of the judicial nominating commissions.” Russomanno said Gov. Bush has made no public pronouncements that the JNC process is in need of amending, and the proponents of the bill have shown no evidence that the system as it now stands is not working. Responding to a question from House Majority Leader Fasano, Russomanno said the Bar would be willing to participate in a legislatively created task force to examine the JNC system much like it did in last year’s Supreme Court Workload Study Commission. But without any supporting data of any abuses, he said, it would be a “rush to judgment” to amend the JNC process now. Rep. Stacy Ritter, D-Coral Springs, said when she was growing up her mom taught her that if you didn’t have anything nice to say, you should say nothing at all. “Therefore, I’m going to make my mom proud today and say to the sponsor of this bill, `I have nothing to say,’” Ritter said. House moves JNC billlast_img
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Suffolk Pols OK Feds Settlement of Police Probe

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Marcelo LuceroSuffolk County lawmakers have approved an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that settles a probe into the police department’s handling of hate crimes committed against Latinos in years past.The county legislature unanimously passed the measure Tuesday, the last scheduled meeting of the year, two weeks after federal authorities announced the conclusion of their investigation launched after a group of teenagers killed an Ecuadorean immigrant in Patchogue five years ago.“The community did not have to wait for the Department of Justice to know that something was wrong,” said Joselo Lucero, who became an advocate for immigrants’ rights after the slaying of his brother, Marcelo. “We gotta change the tone.”The agreement calls for Suffolk police to implement policies that ensure its officers don’t discriminate against members of the Hispanic community.The agreed-upon policies, many of which have already been implemented, include enhanced training and investigation of allegations of hate crimes, improved access to police services for people with limited English proficiency and strengthening the department’s outreach efforts in Hispanic communities.“They had no findings of discriminatory policing in Suffolk,” Suffolk Police Commissioner Ed Webber told the legislature before the vote, estimating the new policies are expected to cost the department more than $600,000.Legis. Dr. William Spencer (D-Centerport) was the only member of the panel to wonder aloud what the point of approving the settlement was without such a finding.“If there are no findings of any wrongdoing…how do [federal investigators] have any leverage to make any sort of demand that we enter into an agreement?” he asked before voting for the measure.Advocates such as Lucero expressed dismay that the report released after the federal probe did not address specific cases that critics alleged the department did not investigate, but mostly remained optimistic.“We are very encouraged that this is a new more welcoming era in Suffolk County,” said Maryann Slutsky, executive director of Long Island Wins.last_img read more

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ISRO Launches PSLV-C49 With EOS-01, Nine Other Satellites

first_img– Advertisement – ISRO has put up a live feed of the launch on Twitter. The space organisation also tweeted that all nine customer satellites separated successfully and has been injected into their planned orbit.EOS-01 is intended for applications in agriculture, forestry and disaster management support, ISRO said. The customer satellites are from Lithuania (1), Luxembourg (4) and the US (4). ISRO said that the customer satellites are being launched under a commercial agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), Department of Space.Due to COVID-19, the launch viewing gallery remained closed during the launch.- Advertisement – For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.Related Storiescenter_img India’s PSLV-C49 carrying its latest earth observation satellite EOS-01 and nine customer satellites lifted off from the spaceport here on Saturday. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C49/EOS-01) blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 3:12pm at the end of a 26-hour countdown.The lift off was originally scheduled for 3:02pm but was delayed by 10 minutes due to debris on the path of the vehicle, ISRO said. This is the first mission by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) this year.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Shoppers back in town again

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DDB to release P5M for Bacolod rehab center

first_imgSaavedra also urged village officialsin this city to support the government’s barangay drug clearing program.  The BCDTRC will rise on the cityproperty adjacent to the City Agriculture Office Demo Farm. It will include anadministration building, male and female quarters, multi-purpose and messbuilding, and pavilion. Undersecretary Earl Saavedra,executive director of DDB, said on Friday the additional budget will bereleased this year, after the initial P10 million they provided for the projectin 2018. “That is our commitment to MayorEvelio Leonardia in terms of putting up a state-of-the-art rehabilitationfacility for drug users in Bacolod, and nearby localities, who also needintervention,” Saavedra added. The facility will accommodate drugsurrenderers with severe substance use disorder.  BACOLOD City – The Dangerous DrugsBoard (DDB) has allocated a P5-million augmentation fund for the constructionof the drug treatment and rehabilitation center (BCDTRC) in Barangay Alijishere.center_img Undersecretary Earl Saavedra, executive director of the Dangerous Drugs Board, speaks during the anti-illegal drugs strategy orientation in Bacolod City on Friday. PNA PHOTO BY NANETTE L. GUADALQUIVER “The PDEA has already released thelist of drug-affected barangays and definitely, this will be an important stepin creating drug-free communities by 2022,” said Saavedra.(With a report from PNA/PN) Meanwhile, during the groundbreakingfor the P35-million drug rehabilitation center in August last year, Leonardiaand DDB Chairman Catalino Cuy signed a memorandum of agreement for the releaseof the initial P10-million financial assistance. The remaining fund requirement, nowdown to P20 million, will be shouldered by the city government.last_img read more

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