We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.HERE’S WHAT’S ON OUR MIND TODAYOver several years, government watchdog groups have expressed concerns that changes made to casino gaming laws were seemingly motivated by donations to the right political persons or political groups. We wonder why one of these governmental watchdog groups hasn’t asked the proper law enforcement authorities to look into any possible wrongdoing by anyone involved in the writing of the recently approved casino legislation.The only local State Representative who voted against the controversial gaming bill was Ryan Hatfield (D) from Evansville.Oh, please take time and read the new “LEFT JAB, RIGHT JAB” article, sit back, and watch CCO posters Ronald Reagan and Joe Biden intellectually slug it out on national issues that might interest you.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers’ Poll” question is: Do you feel that some influence peddling was involved in the passing of the new Casino law?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] LinkEmail
Mr. Andrew Elrick has been named Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), to begin Feb. 1. Elrick will depart his position as Director of Administration of the Global Initiative at the Harvard Business School (HBS). He will take the helm of one of the most active area studies centers at Harvard, managing a staff of nearly thirty carrying out activities in main office in Cambridge as well as overseas offices in Santiago de Chile, São Paulo, Brazil, and Mexico City. Elrick brings 15 years of experience at Harvard, including work at LASPAU, HBS, and as the interim Executive Director at the Harvard University Shanghai Center. Elrick holds an undergraduate degree from Tulane University in Latin American Studies and international relations and a Masters in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Elrick speaks both Portuguese and Spanish and has lived and studied abroad in Venezuela, Portugal, and Spain. He has spent much time in Latin America in his professional endeavors, including two years researching telecommunications markets for the Economist Intelligence Unit.Outgoing DRCLAS Executive Director Ned Strong will be retiring this spring after many years of service to the University, including four years as Executive Director at DRCLAS, four years as director of the DRCLAS Regional Office in Santiago, Chile, and many years as Executive Director of LASPAU.DRCLAS was founded in 1994 with the mission of promoting teaching and learning about Latin America and related fields at Harvard, strengthen ties between Harvard and institutions throughout Latin America, and enhance public understanding of Latin America in the United States and abroad. Read Full Story
Anna Camp had an aca-awesome guy cheering from the audience on opening night of her new off-Broadway show Verite on February 18: Skylar Astin! Her boyfriend and Pitch Perfect co-star stopped by (in the midst of some exciting news about his new TV gig) to cheer her on and hang out at the post-show party. Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and written by Nick Jones, Verite tells the story of Jo (Camp), a stay-at-home mom and struggling writer who tries to make her life exciting enough to publish a memoir. Check out these shots by Jenny Anderson of Camp celebrating with Astin and her co-stars Jeanine Serralles, Matt McGrath, Danny Wolohan, Oliver Hollman, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Robert Sella, then see the new Lincoln Center Theater production at the Claire Tow Theatre. View Comments Verite Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2015
With recent uprisings in Egypt and Libya and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, USC is facing dilemmas regarding students and offices abroad. Two USC students who were studying in Egypt this semester have come home, and eight out of the 17 students in Japan have returned to the United States, while the others are currently on break in different countries and have not yet decided what to do about their studies abroad, according to Michael Jackson, vice president of student affairs.The USC administration cannot force these students to return to the United States, because it is each individual’s decision.“I would encourage people to come home,” Jackson said. “But people are in different stages of their educational career. Each student with his or her family has to make the best decision in the long-run.”Although the university cannot force students to leave, it is still taking preventative measures to ensure student safety. Certain USC activities in Japan have been cancelled, such as this summer’s Global Fellows Internship Program, according to Fumiyo Stark, director of the USC Japan office.USC is continuing to monitor the situation in Japan, assisting other universities abroad as best it can.“I don’t know what the situation is going to be with the nuclear plant and some of the other issues,” said Ken McGillivray, vice provost of global initiatives. “We’re in constant touch to determine whether or not there are things we can do to assist institutions.”If Japan continues to have problems which threaten to students’ safety and health, the USC offices will restrict students from studying abroad in the area, Jackson said.This does not, however, mean, USC is terminating its programs in these affected areas.“It’s a global university, we’re not withdrawing from the world,” Jackson said. “Sometimes we have to be more cautious about where we send people.”At the moment, the university is interested in reassuring students about safety while abroad.“The key is that we’re organized so that if something happens, we can reach out and help them,” Jackson said.The record-keeping begins before students leave campus for their studies abroad. USC has a well-developed database that displays which students are going abroad, to what countries with what programs they’re joining and an emergency contact for the university, according to Jackson.“We don’t have offices in every country, the key is that students are in really good programs that are supervised by professionals who have lots of experience who can work with us to get students out of harm’s way if crises occur,” Jackson said.USC does have offices in locations of strategic importance, however.“[These offices] allow us to be much quicker in terms of reacting to particular situations, good and bad,” McGillivray said.For instance, USC maintains a wide presence in Asia, having one or two overseas offices in most Asian countries, according to Saori Katada, associate professor of international relations.“[They] can operate as the key agent in getting communication between students and USC,” Katada said.