Music Department awards $236,000 in 2013 fellowships

first_img Read Full Story The Music Department awarded $236,735 in 2013 awards and fellowships to support the scholarly and artistic work of its current graduate and undergraduate students. Research awards were given for projects ranging from the study of gospel music in Houston to Ugandan language study, and fieldwork in Israel, Finland, China, and Benin. The funds will also support research in archives and libraries throughout the world including Italy’s Nono Archive and the Paul Sacher Archive in Basel, Switzerland.In addition, awards were given to both graduate and undergraduate composition students for original work, and to six members of the Class of 2013 to support post-graduation study in dance, contemporary and electronic music, composition, and research on musical theater’s impact on community and political advocacy.last_img read more

Midmar Mile: the true spirit of sport

first_imgThe family race produced wonderful scenes with mothers, fathers, grandparents, and children all sharing in the magic of the event. Joy, the thrill of achievement, and family love were common themes in the smiles of the finishers. Experience tellsJohannesburg-born Kerri-Anne Payne, who represented Great Britain at the Beijing Olympic Games in the 10-kilometre open water swimming event and won the silver medal, used her experience from previous Midmar Miles to claim victory in 18:48. It was her fourth victory in the race. In the next edition of the famous Guinness Book of World Records, the Midmar Mile will proudly occupy two entries. Former SA national lifesaver Stacey Bowley topped the 31 to 40 age group, but Heather Morris-Eyton, first in the 41 to 50 category, was fourth overall. Chad Gifford, who has no lower limbs, reached the finishing line where he was helped onto a board with four wheels beneath it. He then pulled himself across the timing mat. Blind successMike “Buthy” Arbuthnot, one of the founders of the race and the only man to officially swim every Midmar Mile, assisted Neville Lawrence, a blind swimmer, to cross the dam. Arbuthnot and Felicity Kromhout swam backstroke either side of Lawrence to guide him in the right direction as he made his crossing. He was closely followed across the line by 2000 Sydney Olympics silver medal winner in the 200 metres breaststroke Terence Parkin. The deaf star allowed Groenewald to win as they both exited the water at the same time, but Parkin, knowing he had another seven mile-crossings ahead of him, graciously waved Groenewald ahead of him. In the second event, the company relay, Terence Parkin, a two-time winner of the main race, the men’s open event, was first across the finishing line in 21:59, which mirrored his time in the first race. Better than the IronmenSouth African Paralympic ace Craig Groenewald showed strong form to win the disabled title, beating the first of the Ironman finishers for the twelfth time in 12 attempts at the Midmar Mile. Roy Rees was the oldest finisher at the age of 85 as he completed his tenth crossing. He first swam the race at the age of 75! Lorna Cochran, slightly younger, but also aged 85, was the oldest female swimmer. Ross Leech led the way in the 41-50s, but Mike Semple was 26 seconds faster than Leech, even though he was contesting the 51-60 category. Geoff Grylls was the leading competitor in the 61-and-over age group. Humbling and inspiringFurther down the field, the sight of some athletes with severe handicaps was both humbling and inspiring. Rita Townsend, the mother of SA swimming star Darian Townsend, topped the 51 to 60s, while Bev Shuttleworth, like Townsend a long time star of the Midmar Mile, was first in the 61-and-over group. Under-13s top over-30sA superb swim by Brandon Murray saw him win the equivalent men’s race in 19:47 after he fended off a strong challenge from Henk Markgraaff, who finished second in 19:56, and topped the 31 to 40 age group. Gareth Fowler, the only three-time winner in the history of the Midmar Mile along with Ryk Neethling, finished second, while Brett Clark took third place. Parkin swam as part of the Game Charity Challenge Eight Mile Club. Each member of the club is required to raise at least R10 000 for charity and before the first event had even been swum the target of R1-million had already been bettered. It took 45 minutes, during which photos and film were reviewed, before Schoeman was declared the winner, with both men clocking 17:34. ‘I’ve never seen anything like it’Interviewed after the race, Germany’s Pastor, a first-time Midmar Mile competitor, was asked for her thoughts on event. “Honestly,” she said, “I’ve never seen anything like it: the number of swimmers, the crowds, the organisation, and the beautiful setting.” South Africa’s Melissa Corfe was the first woman to finish, taking sixth place overall. Germany’s Nadine Pastor followed Corfe across the line. Hendrik van der Merwe, a victim of polio, was lifted into his wheelchair at the finish by Sibusiso Mogale, whose arms end at the elbow. It was lump-in-the-throat stuff and a number of spectators shed a quiet tear. The first event of the day, the disabled category, as well as the Ironman Triathlon and Biathlon categories got proceedings off to a good start. Family relayIn Saturday’s final event, the family relay, defending men’s champion Shaun Dias led his family to victory over a stiff challenge from the Mower family. He was first across the line, followed by his brother Paul. The only other man to swim every Midmar Mile (although one of his crossings was an unofficial swim because he was representing South Africa at the World Masters Lifesaving Championships in New Zealand on the actual weekend of the race), Mike Pengelly, also made the mile. 9 February 2009 The leading swimmers were tightly bunched up to the 800 metres hot spot, after which they selected a number of different lines into the finish. Rounding off the weekend was the men’s 13 to 30 race and it, too, proved to be a humdinger. The goal of achieving a world record for the largest overall event – made up of the total number of finishers from the eight events of the Midmar Mile – was also met. South Africa’s Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swimming event, captured the true spirit of sport on the weekend. Where else would you find a field ranging from pre-teenagers to octogenarians, including both able-bodied and disabled swimmers, and led by world-class competitors? There was a poignant moment that I personally witnessed when Tadgh Slattery quietly went up to race organiser Wayne Riddin and handed him his Team South Africa Paralympic tracksuit top, saying he wanted him to have it in thanks for including Slattery in the Midmar Mile. Gareth Dias finished fifth to ensure the Dias brothers won the title – the top three finishers times are added together to determine the winners – and Caitlyn Mower, the youngest of the sisters and still under-13, finished tenth to grab second place for her family. Ryk and NatalieThe second day of competition saw the arrival of two of South African swimming’s favourite stars, Ryk Neethling and Natalie du Toit, who were seen graciously signing autographs and taking photographs with fans throughout the day, including with a team of nine Hungarian Olympians whose adulation of Neethling showed his status in the world of swimming. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The action in the water began with the girls’ 13-and-under category and the women’s 31-and-above events. As is the usually the case, the under-13 winner was the fastest swimmer in the event, with Michelle Weber taking victory in 21:53, two seconds clear of Juane du Plessis. Germany’s Christian Reichert, a birthday boy, who had won the five-kilometre and 10-kilometre titles on the Thursday and Friday preceding the big weekend, edged Bryan Ryckeman for the win in a time of 20:20. They were followed across the line by South Africa’s Jasper Venter, who erred by taking a line too far to the left of the course. Side-by-sideSouth Africa’s Riaan Schoeman and David Verraszto managed to open the slightest gap on the chasing Ho and Germany’s Christian Reichert as they approached the finish. They exited the water side-by-side and dashed up the slipway. It was close. Extremely close. Event number seven, the women’s 13 to 30 category produced outstanding racing of the highest order. The fact that eight of the top 10 finishers competed in the Beijing Olympics is testimony to this. Class fieldAmong the top five, only Reichert didn’t compete in Beijing, but he did top the European open water rankings in 2008, as did his girlfriend, Nadine Pastor; once again, the class of the field was evident in the closely-contested and very fast racing. World record achievedThe first of the Guinness Book of World Records attempts took place in event three, the non-company relay. The record for the most finishers in a single race stood at 3 070 and, with 3 400 starters, that mark was under threat. It duly fell as 3 110 swimmers completed the distance. Germany’s Nadine Pastor took second place, three seconds behind Payne, with Hungary’s Evaline Verralzto capturing third place. SA Olympian Chad Ho made the early running, capturing the first two hot spots at 400 and 800 metres. Then, as had happened in the women’s race, the swimmers adopted different lines. Ho was third in 17:35, Reichert followed in 17:37, and Belgian Olympian Bryan Ryckeman ended fifth in 17:42. Defending champion Shaun Dias finished in seventh spot. The race also offered an opportunity for some of the big guns to have a trial run ahead of Sunday’s feature events. Kirsten Mower took third spot and her sister Courtney was fourth. Conditions were ideal; the dam was at 100 percent capacity, with water flowing freely over the wall and the water ending only metres from the start and finish lines. The weather, too, played along. Some scattered clouds lined an otherwise beautiful blue canopy and hills featuring different shades of green surrounded the dam itself. The top South African finisher was Melissa Corfe, who ended fourth, one place ahead of Cassie Patten, the bronze medal winner in the open water swimming race in Beijing. Kathryn Meaklim, the winner of more races than any other woman in last year’s Fina World Cup Series, was sixth across the finishing line. The opening day of the 2009 Halfway Telkom Midmar Mile produced heart-warming scenes in the disabled category and family events, a world record-sized field in the non-company relay, and an opportunity for the big guns to learn about the course ahead of the big open races on the Sunday. The race featured a number of South African Paralympic stars, including Shireen Sapiro, who won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in a world record time in the 100 metres backstroke, and Tadgh Slattery, a long time Paralympic star and gold medal winner at that level, who was swimming at part of the eight-mile club.last_img read more

ValueAct To Microsoft: Start Paying Attention To Bottom Line

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… brian proffitt Tags:#Bing#cloud computing#Microsoft#mobile#Office 365#ValueAct#Windows center_img Related Posts Rather than take on activist investor fund ValueAct Capital in a nasty proxy fight so soon after the announced departure of CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft has opted to allow ValueAct regular access to Microsoft management and directors, and even the option for ValueAct president Mason Morfit to join the Microsoft board.According to an 8-K regulatory form filed with the SEC Friday, Microsoft agreed to the deal to prevent ValueAct from launching a proxy fight, talking smack about Microsoft or its management team and trying to pick up more than 4.9% of Microsoft’s common stock shares, among other stipulations.Clearly Microsoft was looking to avoid the proxy fight more than anything, since ValueAct is currently managing an estimated $12 billion in funds, and 5% of Microsoft stocks is currently worth $14 billion.ValueAct and Microsoft representatives have categorically denied that this move, oh-so-conveniently made just prior to the U.S. holiday weekend, is related to Ballmer’s announced 12-month departure, though that seems somewhat disingenuous. Ballmer’s intent to leave the company so soon after he and his management team had announced plans to realign the corporation into a “devices and services” company seemed more than a little strange, and many industry observers now suspect that ValueAct’s moves may have had at least an indirect effect on the timing of Ballmer’s departure.Even if the two events are unrelated, the entrance of ValueAct as a player in Microsoft’s destiny will make a big difference now. The search for Microsoft’s CEO, for instance, will almost certainly happen sooner than later, as ValueAct, which represents the desires of many more high-level investors than just the holdings it manages, will want Microsoft’s stock to climb as soon as possible.If anyone doubted that Microsoft wasn’t in trouble before, this deal with ValueAct should be the wake-up call. Never before has Microsoft had to worry about a proxy fight or the need to allow an activist investor group access to its management, much less a potential seat on the board of directors.This will not be an easy road to travel. Microsoft, while a steady money maker in some sectors, such as software sales on the desktop and server markets, is not seen as a major innovator by the marketplace or business partners.Innovation is the key driver for many investor’s decisions when they look at companies like Microsoft, Google, Oracle or IBM. It’s not just how much money the company is making now, but also how much the company can potentially make down the road.No one can take away the fact that Microsoft is practically printing money from Windows and Office sales, but its innovative moves made on Windows in the last few iterations have been viewed as lackluster at best or complete flops at worst. Office 365 and the migration of SharePoint collaboration software to the cloud is all well and good, but Microsoft is moving software to the cloud that Google has already had there for some time.In areas where Microsoft should be making strides in innovation, such as mobile, cloud and big data, its footprint is scarcely seen. Ironically, one of the technologies Microsoft is being very creative—Bing—is seen as a liability because it’s not generating profit.It is doubtful that ValueAct will be as rough on Microsoft as activist investor Carl Icahn has been on Dell, but there are times of big change for Microsoft ahead, which could be a damper on short-term revenues as enterprises and smaller companies start to wait and see what will become of Microsoft.Image by Adrianna Lee. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Howard, Hornets rally to beat Wizards in overtime

first_imgView comments Howard had 26 points and 13 rebounds, including a key block at the end of regulation and a crucial offensive rebound in overtime, in the Hornets’ 129-124 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.The Hornets improved to 7-2 at home. But they’re still below .500 overall because of a 1-7 road record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We love playing at home,” Howard said. “Thank you, Charlotte. That energy in the building is what keeps us going. But now we need that same energy on the road.”There was plenty of energy in the Spectrum Center as the Hornets rallied from a 9-point deficit with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “We had the game won,” said John Wall, who had 31 points and 11 assists to lead the Wizards. “Give them a lot of credit because they are a team that never stops fighting for sure. They just came and took the game from us.”Hornets guard Nic Batum left the game in the second quarter with a left elbow contusion and did not return. Batum missed the first 12 games of season with a torn ligament in the same elbow.Clifford offered no update on Batum’s injury.If Batum is unable to go, Lamb would return to the starting lineup and rookie Malik Monk would likely see additional playing time.Along with the steal and layup in overtime, Lamb made some big shots for the Hornets with Batum out of the game. That’s become par for the course this year.Lamb is averaging 16 points per game this season, while shooting a career-best 41.3 percent from 3-point range. He’s never averaged more than 10 points per game in his previous five seasons and never shot better than 35.6 percent from beyond the arc.“I just try to make plays,” Lamb said. “Kemba has a lot on his shoulders the whole game so I try to help him on the offensive end at the end of the game because they trap him and I’m left open so I just try to knock down those shots.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Hornets coach Steve Clifford said “nine points in this league — as good as these guys are— is not that big of a deal.”The Hornets battled back behind the gritty play of Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb, who each finished with 24 points.Walker made a driving layup with 17 seconds left and then added two free throws with 2 seconds remaining to tie it. Howard blocked Beal’s baseline jumper at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.Charlotte carried the momentum into the extra period with Walker knocking down a leaning 3-pointer from the top of the key after a scramble for a loose ball. Lamb followed with a block and a coast-to-coast layup for a 5-point lead.Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added a driving layup and Lamb buried a jumper from just beyond the foul line to push the lead to six with 1:24 remaining. But the big basket came when Howard grabbed air-ball from Lamb out of the air and laid it in to beat the shot clock.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LeBron gets stitches, scores 23 in fourth as Cavs beat Nets Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, drives into Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)CHARLOTTE, North Carolina—The Charlotte Hornets keep finding ways to win at home.Now if Dwight Howard and his teammates can figure out how to win away from Charlotte they might become a very dangerous team.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justicelast_img read more

9 months agoCallum Hudson-Odoi & Bayern Munich: Why quitting Chelsea would be career mistake

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi & Bayern Munich: Why quitting Chelsea would be career mistakeby Chris Beattie9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: A move to Bayern Munich? In January 2019? Well, for Callum Hudson-Odoi, that would be a career mistake.Fresh from a first Cup semifinal. A first Wembley appearance. For all that at just 18 years of age. Hudson-Odoi still appears to be leaning towards jumping ship and quitting Chelsea for Bayern.Even the most cynical inside his camp must acknowledge, Chelsea – to a man – are doing all they can to convince the kid to stay. The manager is playing him. The coaching staff are praising him. His senior teammates – those who boast league winner’s medals – are telling him to stick with them and stay. Even an 18 year-old Wayne Rooney, before skipping out on Everton, never was afforded such treatment. Yet with Bayern now reaching the threshold set: £40m – a fourth offer inside ten days. The Germans have also shown Hudson-Odoi how much he is wanted in Bavaria.And having seen the success of good friend Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund. Having been charmed by Hasan Salihamidzic, Bayern’s sporting director. And excited by the career path Bayern have mapped out. The good money is on Hudson-Odoi quitting Chelsea and ‘re-launching’ his first team career in Germany.For this column, such a decision would be a mistake. Not a career killer. But definitely one to set the winger’s progress back. The word is Salihamidzic has convinced Hudson-Odoi with assurances he’ll arrive to replace the departing Arjen Robben. He can even have the Dutchman’s No10 shirt if wants it.Dortmund did something similar when convincing Sancho about leaving Manchester City. The England starlet, at the time still yet to make his first team debut, handed the coveted No7 shirt vacated by Ousmane Dembele after his bitter split to Barcelona.And having watched from afar as Sancho has lit up the Bundesliga this past year, you can understand the attraction. Growing up with Sancho. Regarding him as a friend and a peer. Of course Hudson-Odoi is going to want the same – and fancy himself to achieve just that.But Bayern and BVB are two very different clubs. Two clubs with different demands of their players. And very different expectations. At Dortmund a title challenge is a bonus. At Bayern, it’s a must. The simple argument to be made (and yeah, we’ll throw it in here for the sake of it) is if James Rodriguez, of Real Madrid, the captain of Colombia… if he can’t get a game at Bayern, then just what is going on between Hudson-Odoi’s ears to believe he can?But to be fair, Bayern are undergoing a phase of major transition. Robben will leave in the summer. As will Franck Ribery. And emerging to take their places are the rapidly improving Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman. Youth. Pace. Excitement. Indeed, those in Hudson-Odoi’s corner would cite former Arsenal winger Gnabry as a clear indicator that Bayern will back young players in the mode of both attackers.But Gnabry’s success has been a slow burn. As he even stated before Christmas, “I’ve always had to take two steps back for one step forward”. Five years Hudson-Odoi’s senior, the impact made by Gnabry this season has only come after serving a two season apprenticeship at Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim. And of course before that, there were his problems with Tony Pulis at West Brom…Gnabry has been through the wringer and come out the other side. All that went before has prepared him for the demands of Bayern. For Hudson-Odoi, to leave everything he’s established at Chelsea, to just start again from scratch makes little sense. A foreign country. A foreign language. Where no time is granted a young player to make and learn from his mistakes. Hudson-Odoi would be taking a huge – and unnecessary – gamble.He’ll be leaving a career at Chelsea which is suddenly in motion. A locker room where he has the respect – even admiration – of senior players. Title winners. Leaders of nations. At 18 and at a club the size of Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi is the envy of his peers. Is he really going throw all that away at the risk of becoming the next Renato Sanches…? TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoMan Utd hero Neville: Solskjaer still has work to do

first_imgMan Utd hero Neville: Solskjaer still has work to doby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must continue to prove he can permanent manager of the club.Sunday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur took Solksjaer’s record to six wins from six since taking over as caretaker manager in December.But Neville believes his former teammate still has prove his worth to win the top job.”Before the game, I said if Manchester United lost the game, the result should not determine the outcome of the next United manager,” Neville told Sky Sports.”One thing I will say is because Manchester won, it shouldn’t determine the outcome of the Manchester United manager.”It shouldn’t be like that. We shouldn’t flip from week to week as to whether Solskjaer should be the Manchester United manager at the end of the season or not.”It’s something that I think will need to be looked at in April or May when there’s been a body of work put in.”But it’s been a wonderful start. I’m delighted for him as a person because he’s a brilliant person. He’s a thinker of the game and you’ve seen that in the first half against Tottenham.”He’s come through the coaching ranks in the right way.”He’s done his grounding, if you like, in the reserves at Manchester United. He’s gone away to Norway and done well at Molde. He’s come back and had his bad experience at Cardiff which I think most managers would say that you need. He’s gone back to Molde and now he’s got a little break.”It might be the break of his life but there’s still a lot of work to do. He won’t be getting carried away because he’ll recognise there’s still a lot of work to be done.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Former Michigan Star Chris Webber Discusses Fab Five, Thinks Ex-Teammates Exaggerate Their Importance

first_imgdan Patrick talks with Chris Webber about a Fab five.dan patrick chris webber fab fiveFormer NBA and Michigan basketball star Chris Webber went on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday morning. The current NBA analyst for Turner Sports discussed a number of things with Dan Patrick, including, most notably, his time with the Wolverines and ESPN’s 30 for 30 “Fab Five” documentary, which Webber was not a part of. While on that topic, Webber seemed to criticize some of his former teammates, who he says exaggerated their importance in the film. “My whole thing has been it’s always been about us five,” he told Patrick. “And so when one guy has a million highlights in there of himself like he was the leading scorer, like when the stories are all after and embellished it’s just a little hard for me. But I think it was entertaining, there was a lot of truth in it.”Here’s the full interview: last_img read more

Florida Panthers sign Manitoba product

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA First Nations hockey player has signed a pro contract with the NHL’s Florida Panthers.Brady Keeper, 22, hails from Pimicikamak (Cross Lake) in northern Manitoba and plays defence for the University of Maine Black Bears.Prior to signing the two-year deal, Keeper played for the Opaskwayak Cree Nation Blizzard and was named most- valuable player in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.last_img