Identity Project of Notre Dame prepares for annual Edith Stein Conference

first_imgUnder the theme “Even Unto Death: Embracing the Love of the Cross,” the Identity Project of Notre Dame is hosting its 13th annual Edith Stein Conference, the largest student-run conference on campus. The event will start Friday at 1 p.m. and end Saturday with a banquet starting at 6:15 p.m. in McKenna Hall.Co-chair and senior Molly Weiner said the conference embraces a unique mix of academic and personal topics. The speakers range from professors at Notre Dame to students from other colleges across the country.“It’s a mix between a lecture from a professor, and then the next talk will be a self-help — this was my experience, this is how to change this part of your life,” she said.The event will feature two keynote lectures and various other talks on a range of topics relating to identity and relationships, Weiner said.“The conference in general was made for an opportunity for people on campus to come together and talk about topics related to relationships and friendship and personal identity and dignity that kind of isn’t really covered on campus because we’re more focused on our academics, and if we are in our friend group, sometimes we’re scared to talk about certain topics,” she said.Weiner said the conference tries to focus on the needs of students.“We do talk about things like dating, discernment, what you want to do with your life, sometimes how student life can be difficult,” she said.Junior Theresa Gallagher, who is in charge of fundraising, said the conference is relevant to students in the sense that it discusses issues that are directly applicable to their lives.“It just changes the way you think about relationships when all of the sudden you hear a talk about the cross as a gift of love,” she said. “It provides a space to hear those reflections, to think about them, to talk about them with other people, and it transforms the way you look at your everyday life. I’m not thinking about these things every single minute of every single day, but to have this place where it can provide that lens to see your whole life, your whole experience, in a different way.”For club president and junior Emily Hirshorn, the best parts of the conference are outside the formal sessions.“My favorite times are in between all the talks when there’s food out and students come together and really get to foster meaningful conversations about the speakers we just heard,” she said.While registration for the conference is open, Weiner said students can choose to attend the talks they want without registering in advance. She said the club itself is a continuation of the conversation at the conference, and Hirshorn said the club provides a lot of flexibility to discuss different topics.“It’s all about fostering conversations that matter,” Hirshorn said.Weiner said she began her role in April of last year and brainstormed topics over the summer. She began to book speakers and logistics in September.“It is a very difficult task to do something like this, but it’s worth every minute of it,” she said.Hirshorn said the conference is particularly important in that it encourages students to learn how to approach certain problems in life.“If we really take the time to learn how to approach difficult subjects, especially in light of the Catholic faith that a lot of us share, that can have a really transformative power,” she said. “… Suffering, in particular, is a topic I think we all struggle with in different forms, especially when it seems undeserved.”Tags: Edith Stein Conference, identity, Identity Project of Notre Dame, relationshipslast_img read more

Education, food outlets rule Jakarta malls as department stores give way

first_imgGandaria City is an upscale mall in South Jakarta. (Shutterstock.com/antoni halim)Dewi Aristyowati, a 51-year-old mother of three, epitomizes the new consumer trend. Her youngest son Fandi takes lessons at Wall Street English in Gandaria City mall and at music education center Yamaha Music School in Pondok Indah Mall, both in South Jakarta.“We chose the places because they’re close to our house,” she said. “Our family would meet him after music practice on weekends, have dinner, go shopping and go home.”Since his second year at junior high school, Fandi liked to hang out at the mall with his friends after class, said Dewi. Fandi even tried to synchronize his schedule with his friends, so they could watch a movie together or share a meal, she added.Fandi, now in his second year of high school, still attends both English and music lessons.Ivy of Pakuwon Jati said doing more than just shopping had become increasingly common at malls in the last five to 10 years, especially in big cities like Jakarta and Bandung.“Going to the mall has become a lifestyle, and people seek experiences now,” she said, adding that the trend would continue, especially for locals and domestic tourists, while it was usually foreigners who came to shopping malls to actually do shopping.Read also: 115 million Indonesians not yet economically secure: World BankOne reason behind such behavior, Taylor of JLL said, was the growing urban middle class.“But consumer habits are also a factor,” he said. “Now people are more likely to spend their money on experiences rather than tangible goods.”A 2018 Euromonitor International survey found that Indonesians’ spending habits were shifting from the purchase of products to services, which entailed experiences like traveling and dining.The research company noted that two categories – consumer food services and travel – had seen great growth over the last five years, compared to other categories, such as clothing and household goods.Euromonitor also found three megatrends that would shape Indonesian consumer behavior in the future, one of which is the emphasis on experience.JLL’s Jakarta Property Market Update for the fourth quarter of last year also found that new malls expected to be completed in 2020 and 2021 would add around 210,000 square meters to retail space supply this year.Last year, the shopping malls occupancy rate for Jakarta was about 90 percent. It is expected to drop to a still healthy 85 percent this year because of the new supply.Topics : Education institutions, food and beverage outlets and fast fashion retailers are gradually replacing department stores at Jakarta shopping malls as the emerging middle class increasingly looks for experience rather than tangible goods, a recent report suggests.Property consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Indonesia’s Jakarta Property Market Update 4Q19 issued in January showed that department stores, which were traditionally anchor tenants to attract cross-section visitors, are now being replaced by so-called “mini anchors”.JLL research and digital markets head James Taylor said education institutions, specifically English schools, were one type of tenant that had taken up mall space—sometimes in locations where department stores have closed.“Other tenant types that have taken this kind of space are food and beverage outlets, entertainment facilities like cinemas, fast fashion stores and gyms,” he told The Jakarta Post in an email.English education institutions, such as Wall Street English and English First (EF), have recently been opening new branches in shopping malls. Wall Street English branches in Jakarta are found in shopping malls Kota Kasablanka, Central Park, Mal Kelapa Gading 3, Pacific Place and Gandaria City. Meanwhile, EF has branches in Pejaten Village, ITC Permata Hijau, Mal Pluit and Taman Mini Square, among others.Kota Kasablanka developer Pakuwon Jati said the learning institutions inside shopping malls were targeted more toward adults, because they offered experiences other than just education.“The education institutions also have seminars, talk shows and are a good place for networking,” Pakuwon Jati business development director Ivy Wong told the Post over the phone on Wednesday. “Malls are also [easily] accessible, and students can hang out after class.”last_img read more

Holton Water Main Repair

first_imgHolton Water Corporation will be repairing a water main break for the next 3-4 hours.The areas north of Fairground, 850 W, 425 N, and Flatrock are affected.There is no boil advisory at this time.last_img

MLAX : SU, Maryland feature senior classes with same goal but different motivations in quarterfinal

first_imgWhen John Desko walked on to the field at Gillette Stadium last month before Syracuse’s game against Providence, the memories flooded his mind. The thoughts of the two championships his team won on that same field took over.He knew his senior class felt the same way.‘When we played this year, the upperclassmen obviously walked on the field, even myself, walking on the field brought back some good memories,’ said Desko, the Syracuse head coach. ‘It felt good to be there.’That senior class, the winningest in program history, will get the chance to notch one more victory on that field Sunday (noon, ESPNU) in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal game. But the top-seeded Orange (15-1) is going up against an unseeded Maryland (11-4) team that’s also led by a group of seniors determined to play beyond this weekend. And both classes are not only the most experienced, but also the most productive players for their respective teams.Maryland’s seniors haven’t even advanced past the NCAA quarterfinals, let alone win an NCAA title. Syracuse’s seniors, though, have two national championships under their belts. They won a championship in their freshmen and sophomore seasons before suffering a painstaking loss to Army in the first round of the tournament last season. As far as Desko is concerned, this team can only go as far as the seniors will take it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I think you draw on the experience and leadership of your seniors,’ Desko said. ‘They’ve been in championships and won championships, also have the memories of last year losing in the first round.’Senior attack Grant Catalino is tied for the team lead in goals with 25. His senior counterpart at SU, Stephen Keogh, leads the Orange with 33 goals. All three of Maryland’s starting close defenders are seniors, while the Orange starts two seniors on its close defense line. Both long-stick midfielders in the game, Maryland’s Brian Farrell and SU’s Joel White, are considered two of the best at the position. At every spot on the field lies experience.Maryland head coach John Tillman said that will show itself in a strong sense of urgency. The seniors on both sides want to make sure this isn’t the final time they put on a college lacrosse jersey. For Tillman, that means making sure his seniors don’t get carried away with the possibility of that happening. Tillman said it’s OK to show some emotion, but not too much.‘We always talk about playing with emotion, but not being emotion,’ Tillman said in a phone interview. ‘I think there’s a big difference there. … Once you get to the emotional side of it, that’s when your brain goes out the window.’One of the Terrapins’ seniors, attack Ryan Young, suffered the death of his mother on April 17. Maria Young passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Since the day she died, Maryland has only lost once, coming in its 10-8 defeat to Colgate a seemingly meaningless game after the Terrapins had already clinched an NCAA tournament berth by winning the ACC tournament.Tillman said Maria Young was given three months to live but fought for three years. This is the final chance Ryan Young has to win a national championship. That’s one more reason for Maryland’s seniors to feel some extra motivation.‘They’re excited for him and want to play hard for him,’ Tillman said. ‘What we’ve really focused on is if Maria Young can battle cancer for three years, and people only gave her three months, I don’t think practicing hard for two hours a day and playing hard for two hours is too much to ask.’Young has 19 goals on the year, part of what SU goaltender John Galloway called a ‘senior-laden attack’ that he’ll have to be constantly aware of. And as a senior himself, Galloway knows just how hard his Maryland counterparts want to win this game especially considering a win over No. 1 Syracuse to get to the final four would change the legacy of this Maryland senior group entirely. After all, the Terrapins came into the season ranked No. 4 in the country in the preseason poll.‘They have a very strong senior class,’ Galloway said. ‘It usually takes a good senior class to get far in the playoffs, and I think they have that.’But Syracuse does too. And the SU bunch has experience playing in big games. It’s gone into Gillette Stadium and won. It knows how to handle the environment.Sunday, the question becomes whether that experience and talent is enough to deter a Maryland team on a mission.‘Both senior classes don’t want to lose,’ Keogh said. ‘It’s going to be a tough game.’ Comments cjiseman@syr.edu Staff writer Zach Brown contributed reporting to this article Published on May 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Alejandro Agag Is The Elon Musk Of Motorsports

first_img Agag Moves From CEO To Chairman Role For Formula E Musk is revolutionizing road cars. Agag is electrifying motorsports.Alejandro Agag stands side-by-side next to Elon Musk as an EV visionary. The similarities between the two men are uncanny and it’s only a matter of time before Agag, like Musk, becomes an international celebrity and household name. It’s hard to remember the time – really not so long ago – when Elon was unknown and musk was just an animal secretion. In the early days, when he founded SpaceX with plans for interstellar travel, analysts like John Pike said, “He doesn’t know what he’s doing. He has fallen into the hands of a bunch of people who have convinced him that they are smarter than everybody else.”Recent Formula E News When Musk took over as CEO of Tesla in 2008 – and started talking about ridding the world of internal combustion and turning his employees into “special forces” – people thought he was crazy. When he began draining his personal fortune earned as a founder of PayPal to keep the company afloat, the internet scoffed and launched “Tesla Deathwatch” blogs.Musk’s 2008 Tesla Roadster was sent into outer space in February.Alejandro Agag faced the same kind of derision when the all-electric Formula E racing series launched four years ago. Many auto enthusiasts scoffed at the notion that battery-powered vehicles whizzing around city circuits could ever become a viable form of racing. Bernie Ecclestone, F1’s former boss, dismissed electric Formula cars as “lawn mowers.”Now, on the eve of the opening race in Formula E’s fifth season – which starts tomorrow in the Saudi city of Ad Diriyah – nobody is making jokes about the electric racing series. In fact, there are clear signs that Formula E is gaining ground on Formula One, just as Tesla’s market cap is bigger than GM’s and Ford’s.The Ad Diriyah eprix at Riyadh Street Circuit on December 14, 2018.Those who continue to disregard electric racing fail to see the bold new vision of mobility that Formula E represents – or the outsized talent of Alejandro Agag, the former businessman and politician who founded and continues to run the series. As with Elon Musk at the helm of Tesla, a company that also was dismissed at its start, Agag is a visionary leader who stared down EV naysayers to guide Formula E to its meteoric rise.Faster, Longer, SexierWhat separates Musk and Agag from those who previously pushed for electric mobility is how they express the vast potential of EVs through spectacularly sexy machines. The imperfect-yet-seductive Tesla Roadster led to the throbbing Model S, the vehicle that showed the world that an electric car can be muscular, comfortable, long-range, and fast as hell. It beat Maserati and Aston at its game. Tomorrow on the outskirts of Riyadh, we will see the second-generation Formula E vehicle in action. It’s also a game-changer.The second-generation Formula E car could serve the Caped Crusader.Unlike the first-gen Formula E model, which was just cool enough, the new FE car is being universally praised. It’s commonly compared to the Batmobile. More importantly, it ups energy storage from 28 kilowatt-hours to 52 kWh so that drivers no longer need to hop from one car to the other in the middle of the race. That was arguably the biggest cause for haters to dump on Formula E.The outgoing car, which has been in place since the series started in 2014, had a top speed of 140 miles per hours. The second-gen car debuting this season can reach about 180 miles per hour. That might not be the 230-mph velocity of a Formula One machine, but it’s well suited to the twists of Formula E’s street circuits. And the rate of improvement in battery range and motor speed is only beginning to ramp up for electric vehicles – with F1 specs looming on the not-too-distant horizon.Laboratories of InnovationHave no doubts that both Musk and Agag will push the limits of battery and motor technology until electric motivation surpasses internal combustion. Tesla and Formula E are not companies as much as they are mad laboratories. The list of Musk-fueled Tesla tech innovations are too numerous to name here, but the greatest hits include the use of commodity cells in an EV battery, camera-based Autopilot self-driving features, and over-the-air updates for core vehicle and dashboard functions. Critically, many Tesla features that were once considered impractical – such as long-range batteries, fast highway charging, and aerodynamic flush door handles – are now considered conventional wisdom by legacy automakers.Tesla had the guts and vision to build its own highway charging network.In season five, all the Formula E cars will use the same standard battery system, designed by McLaren of (ahem) F1 fame. Credit Agag with the vision not to let the team’s development budget get out of control, a real risk if they were to build their own batteries. Instead, as Motorsport.com reported, the teams will continue to fiercely compete on developing cutting-edge motors, gearboxes, inverters, and software.Agag understands that by keeping the batteries standard for now, and capping the team’s size to 20 people and their annual investment to $3.3 million, that Formula E can play the role of small, scrappy disruptor – the Tesla of motorsports. Agag wants to maximize the potential of every dollar of investment to disrupt auto racing and, by extension, the whole automotive industry. “One of the key reasons we got into Formula E is technology transfer,” said James Barclay, Team Manager of Jaguar Panasonic Racing. Jaguar was the first premium automaker to field a Formula E team two years ago. “While our e-motors might not be quite the same on our Formula E car as our i-Pace road car, what we can transfer to our production cars is a benefit to our consumers,” said Barclay. “A race car that can go further for longer is a road car that can go further for longer.”Panasonic Jaguar Racing is in its third season with Formula E.This season brings BMW into the series as the car manufacturer for team Andretti Autosport. “The borders between production and motor-racing development are more blurred at BMW i Motorsport than in any other project,” said Jay Hanson, a BMW spokesperson, in an interview with Popular Mechanics. To ensure tech transfer, the same engineers that develop BMW i electric cars for consumers also work on the electric racing technology.“It’s important for motor racing to show technological leadership,” wrote Agag in April. “Sophisticated control electronics, whose durability and safety have been proved in motorsport, will enable manufacturers to consolidate the operation of onboard systems, making road cars lighter, more energy-efficient, and better-performing.”Making ConvertsTesla’s path from Silicon Valley outlier to mainstream automaker has been a 10-year journey. With the exception of a few Toyota and Honda cars, Tesla delivered more Model 3s in the past few months than any other vehicle on the market, regardless of price or size. It helps in a campaign to convert traditional gas-car buyers to electric when you have a superior product and you can make a legitimate claim on the future. Formula E is using the same strategy to win fans, partners, drivers, and sponsors.F1 veteran Felipe Massa has gone electric. He’s here with two-time Formula E winner Jérôme d’Ambrosio.If you’re not yet convinced that Formula E could one day approach Formula One status, then consider this incredible event come true: Porsche withdrew from the top-tier Le Mans Prototype class (LMP1) in the World Endurance Championship so it could join Formula E starting next year. Audi ditched Le Mans and joined Formula E last year. Add Nissan and Mercedes-Benz to Audi, BMW, and Jaguar on the list of major FE players, and you can practically hear the dominoes starting to fall.Moreover, Formula E’s fifth season brings two additional veteran F1 racers to the electric grid. In May, news broke that Brazilian Felipe Massa, who won 11 grands prix in 15 years as an F1 racer, signed on to the Monaco-based Venturi team, which was co-founded by Leonardo DiCaprio. Massa said that Formula E had appeal because many drivers can win a race, something that’s no longer possible in F1. Alejandro Agag with Leonardo DiCaprio, who has supported Formula E from the start.In October, McLaren Formula One driver Stoffel Vandoorne announced his switch to Formula E, joining HWA, an offshoot from Mercedes’s high-performance division. Massa and Vandoorne join previous F1-to-FE defectors Nick Heidfeld, who raced Formula One for a decade – and reigning Formula E world champion Jean-Éric Vergne, who competed in F1 for Scuderia Toro Rosso from 2012 to 2014.“When Formula E started, people said that there was no way this series could ever overtake F1,” said Heidfeld in an interview with Autoweek. “I’m not so sure anymore.” The UK’s Sun reported that even F1 champion Lewis Hamilton is slowly warming up to the potential of Formula E – after he admitted that he was “conflicted” about the emissions produced in Formula One. Hamilton said it might take five to 10 years longer before you could compare the two races. Long-time F1 sponsor Hugo Boss didn’t wait for that day. The German luxury brand shifted its sponsorship to Formula E last year.Go Big or Go HomeDespite these wins, Agag is not letting go of his spirit of radical innovation. It’s the same approach that leads Musk to push ahead for things like the world’s biggest battery factories, electric Semi trucks, and a new version of the Roadster that accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds.Since he started Formula E, Agag has similarly stretched the limits of what’s possible. Formula E engages fans by allowing them to vote online before a race for teams to receive a bonus boost of power several times during a race. In season five, a new feature called Hyperboost will be added to the mix. Drivers can position their cars off the main line to special zones where they claim a temporary power boost much the way Mario Kart cars can grab a gold star.Are these things just gimmicks? Well, that same complaint was levied against Tesla for the Model X’s falcon doors or its use of HEPA filtration system that can be used for defense against bioweapons. But prone to gimmicks or not, Musk and Agag win fans by always erring on the side of outrageous.It’s the same bravado that led both men this year to attempt to buy back their companies. In August, Musk failed to put the pieces together for a $72 billion share buyback bid. This came three months after Agag made a $700 million surprise bid for full control of Formula E. The scale of the two enterprises is very different and both attempts failed, but it shows how Musk and Agag are undeterred by their company’s near-death experiences.Musk recently admitted that Tesla faced a severe death threat in April 2018 when it was ramping up production of the Model 3. “The company was bleeding money like crazy,” he told Axios. Musk is accustomed to running the company on the edge going back to 2018 when Tesla was in dire need of cash after the financial crisis hit. Formula E also faced down a financial collapse during its first season in 2014. After the first three races in Beijing, Putrajaya, and Punta del Este, the company ran out of money. “We were not supposed to be that much on the edge but shit happens,” he said.Musk admits to a few near-death experiences for Tesla.Either company could encounter financial woes again but, despite those challenges, Musk and Agag are willing to bet the farm on an electrified future. Passion persuades. The world is not going to displace the immensely powerful fossil fuel and retrograde automotive industries with cautious, baby steps. Legends in the MakingFor Musk and Agag, the transformation to EVs goes beyond what’s under the hood. It’s about changing the entire conversation, which starts by changing the venue. Musk railed against the idea of selling Tesla vehicles alongside internal combustion cars in an outdated conventional dealership. His viewpoint gave rise to the Tesla retail store which is more about engaging potential buyers in a dialogue about energy, the environment, and the future of transport than it is about moving metal. Similarly, Agag is committed to using city streets as the venue for Formula E races – despite the hassles it brings for event planners.“It adds a huge amount of complication and logistical challenge,” said Agag. “But we just take it on because this is what we are.” Formula E is held in some of the world’s most populated and sophisticated cities. A new generation of young people can access the races near where they live. Fans avoid long queues to get into a stadium. Spectators are encouraged to take public transportation to the events. And the accessible urban setting creates an up-close and personal racing experience filled with twists and turns.Agag repeatedly speaks of Formula E as a race format design for young people. “If we can get children who are 10 years old to be a fan of the series, they will be a fan for life,” he wrote earlier this year.This next generation of enthusiasts is coming of age in a motoring world that’s very different than the one being quickly left behind. If most driving in their lifetime will be behind the wheel of an electric vehicle, as many people predict, then they can credit Tesla as the world’s first great EV company. Elon Musk has undoubtedly earned his legendary status. But when the history of vehicle electrification is recounted to future generations, Alejandro Agag deserves a place next to Musk in the pantheon of EV revolutionaries.What’s most exciting is that we are witnessing the transformation take place before our eyes. See it for yourself starting tomorrow when season five of Formula E kicks off in Saudi Arabia. The series then makes its way through Asia, Europe, and North America through mid-July. See the entire season five race calendar. Formula E Ad Diriyah Track Reveal: Video Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 14, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Formula E: The Hunt – Felipe Massa vs Peregrine Falconlast_img read more