Students consider midterm elections

first_imgJunior Drew Webster said he feels like he’ll pay more attention to politics and voting when he is older. “I know there are elections, but being away at school, I don’t really pay attention to Chicago politics,” junior Drew Webster said. Midterm elections begin tomorrow. Some students said they are politically aware, but they have gotten caught up in school and being away from home. While most said they know there is an upcoming election, some noted they haven’t really thought about the issues. “I’m registered and voted before, but it didn’t even cross my mind [this year],” sophomore Ella Bergmann said. Some students said they have found that being away from their home states doesn’t just remove them from the issues; it makes the process of voting more difficult. Registering to vote with an absentee ballot is different in each state, but most of the deadlines fall in mid-October, according to longdistancevoter.org. “I didn’t vote because I didn’t get all my paperwork done. I wasn’t registered before this,” freshman Rayven Moore said. Early voting is also an option for some students attending school outside their home states. However, not every state offers this and many states require the votes to be cast in specific locations. “I voted early, but there was some drama,” freshman Amy Klopfenstein said. “They didn’t get my registration, so I filled out an emergency registration form so I could vote.” The students who voted were not just looking at the issues; they said also considered candidates and political parties into their decisions. “I wrote in my votes for senate and governor, because I didn’t like either candidate,” Klopfenstein said. “I also voted for a few issues that are important to me.” Other students that voted have kept up on what is going on in their state politics regarding certain issues and are looking forward to see the outcome on Election Day. ” I voted absentee for California,” junior Ryan Geraghty said. “I’m interested to see what happens with [Proposition 19, the ballot proposition for legalizing some marijuana use].” Some students said that while being educated on the issues and candidates is important, the campaign ads candidates run are annoying. While many were home over break, they said seemed to be bombarded with political ads at every turn. “I’ll just be happy to see the campaign ads stop,” Geraghty said. “California’s been called out on the amount of money spent on and the content of the ads. It made me want to vote for a third party just to spite [Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry] Brown and [Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg] Whitman.”last_img read more

University announces 3.7 percent tuition increase

first_imgThe University announced undergraduate tuition and fees will increase 3.7 percent for the 2016-17 academic year to $49,685 in a press release Friday.“Average room and board rates of $14,358 will bring total student charges to $64,043,” the release stated. “The percentage increase matches that of last year and is the lowest at Notre Dame in more than a half century.”The increase in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 was 3.8 percent.“The charges were set by the Board of Trustees at its Jan. 29 meeting,” the release stated.According to the 2015-2016 Bulletin of Information, the basic fee for an on-campus student for the academic year ranges from $30,881.50 to $31,137.50 per semester. The tuition and fees for the full-time off-campus student is $23,964.50 per semester for the 2015–2016 academic year.Tags: Board of Trustees, Tuition, tuition increaselast_img read more

Watch Misty Copeland Discuss Starring (& Singing) in On the Town

first_imgHot on the heels of the news that Misty Copeland will be the first African-American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, came the announcement that she will make her Broadway debut in On the Town. How is she going to fit in headlining the tuner? During her summer holiday from ABT, of course! The hard-working star stopped by CBS This Morning on July 6 and explained that she’d seize the “time to dive into a new challenge.” Copeland also revealed: “I’ve never really sung in front of a big crowd before.” Well, we’re sure it’s something she can learn in twenty-four hours! Check out the interview below and then Copeland in On the Town at the Lyric Theatre August 25 through September 6. View Comments Related Shows On the Town Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015last_img read more

Transition Is Enveloping U.S. Electricity Sector

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:The rapid rise of wind and natural gas as sources of electricity is roiling U.S. power markets, forcing more companies to close older generating plants.Wholesale electricity prices are falling near historic lows in parts of the country with competitive power markets, as demand for electricity remains stagnant while newer, less-expensive generating facilities continue to come online.The changing American electricity landscape is pressuring power companies to shed unprofitable plants and reshape their portfolios to favor the new winners. Texas provides a clear example.Citing low gas prices and the proliferation of renewables such as wind and solar, Vistra Energy Corp., a vestige of the former Energy Future Holdings Corp., said it would retire three coal-fired facilities in Texas by early next year and that it plans to merge with independent power producer Dynegy Inc. Exelon Corp., the country’s largest owner of nuclear power plants, placed its Texas subsidiary under bankruptcy protection earlier this month, saying that “historically low power prices within Texas have created challenging market conditions for all power generators.”The average wholesale power price was less than $25 per megawatt hour last year on the grid that coordinates electricity distribution across most of Texas, according to the operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. A decade ago, it was $55.Prices have fallen a similar amount on the PJM Interconnection LLC, the power grid that serves some or all of 13 states, including Pennsylvania and Ohio. A megawatt hour there traded for $29.23 last year, the lowest level since 1999, as far back as the grid’s independent market monitor tracks prices.The price drop at PJM reflects the construction of dozens of new gas-burning power plants, spurred by the abundance of the fuel due to the shale drilling boom. In 2006, 8% of the electricity in PJM was generated by natural gas. In 2016, it was 27%.Weak demand for electricity also has played a role, as Americans purchase more energy-efficient appliances and companies shave power consumption to cut costs. Last year, power demand in PJM grew 0.3% after falling the two previous years.In competitive regions in places like California, wholesale electricity is sold through daily auctions that favor the least-expensive sources of power. The resulting competition—by more power plants to buyers of roughly the same number of megawatts—has most-acutely impacted older coal and nuclear plants, which are struggling to provide competitively priced power. It has even begun to affect older natural-gas-fired facilities that have higher costs.An analysis by investment bank Lazard shows that on an unsubsidized basis and over the lifetime of a facility in North America, it costs about $60 to generate a megawatt hour of electricity using a combined-cycle natural-gas plant, compared with $102 burning coal and nearly $150 using nuclear. By that criteria, Lazard estimates electricity from utility-scale solar and wind facilities is now even cheaper than gas.A megawatt hour of electricity from utility-scale crystalline solar comes in at $49.50 and wind at $45. That metric carries an important caveat, however: It doesn’t factor in that wind and solar are more intermittent producers of power than conventional generation sources, since the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow.“It’s too late,” David Schlissel, a director at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said of the Trump administration’s proposals. “The lesson is if you don’t put your thumb on the scale then gas and renewables will out-compete coal.”More: Electricity Prices Plummet as Gas, Wind Gain Traction and Demand Stalls Transition Is Enveloping U.S. Electricity Sectorlast_img read more

Inside Marketing: Personalized application abandonment process streamlines growth

first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Marketing automation has proved to be a revolutionary technology for the financial services industry. The ability to understand, score and engage with members based on their behavior on the organization’s website and online banking, as well as their interactions with the brand via email and social media, sets those credit unions using marketing automation apart from the 69 percent of the competition who are not leveraging this technology.There are various types of sequence and segmented nurturing programs for multi-layered marketing campaigns that can help members and prospects navigate through the sales funnel toward lead conversion. For instance, $3.1 billion Tower Federal Credit Union, Laurel, Maryland, saw a two- to three-times increase in open and conversion rates for emails aimed at leads for loan products after implementing the Act-On marketing automation solution, prompting a sharp rise in loan applications.These loan applications stand out for financial institutions as a form of measurable growth—the more loan applications, the more members and accounts (and potentially more loyalty from existing customers).last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Randy Salser – Creating momentum (#92)

first_imgThank you for tuning in to episode 92 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.My guest today is Randy Salser, the President of NAFCU Services Corporation. Listen as we talk about credit unions, leadership lessons learned, and life. Randy shares some great stuff on remote work, keeping teams connected, moving fast, and failing fast. Randy discusses how his team at NAFCU Services is holding up during this pandemic, how he has grown as a leader while leading through a global health crisis, and the changes he has seen credit unions makeover the last six months. They are having success with virtual conferences, but he is ready for in-person conferences to resume human interaction.In the leadership and life hacks section, we learn what inspired Randy to take the position at NAFCU Services and how the inspiration has changed over the years. Momentum is something his team has heard him say often, and Randy shares that he always could make hard decisions; he thinks he does it better now though. When he has a day off, he hangs out with his kids and travels around in their RV to his son’s laCrosse tournaments.We learned that Randy wanted to be a professional football player as a child during the rapid-fire questions, but in high school, that changed to an archeologist. Exercise and reading have become his daily routines, and time has become more important. I think you will enjoy this conversation. Stay well and enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, StitcherBooks mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Randy:Randy Salser, President of NAFCU Servicesrsalser@nafcu.orgwww.nafcu.org/nafcuservicesLinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram  Show notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Check out all the outstanding work that Randy and his team at NAFCU Services are doing here.Event mentioned: NAFCU Innovation SpotlightShout-out: Daniel WeickenandShout-out: Lisa SchlehuberShout-out: Debra SchwartzShout-out: Pete Hilger and his team at Allied SolutionsShout-out: Dan BergerShout-out: Carrie HuntShout-out: Anthony DemangoneShout-out: Randy’s wife Amy and their childrenShout-out: Jill NowackiAlbum mentioned: Greatest Hits by Lynyrd SkynyrdAlbum mentioned: Straight outta ComptonAlbum mentioned: The ChronicShout-out: John SpenceBook mentioned: Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. GwynneBook mentioned: Awesomely Simple by John SpencePrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Pete Hilger, Dan Berger, Carrie Hunt, John Spence, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37, 64 & 82) This Episode:[01:56] – Welcome to the show, Randy![02:10] – Randy shares how everyone is holding up at NAFCU Services.[03:35] – How have you grown as a leader with the pandemic?[05:22] – Randy discusses the changes he has seen over the last few months.[07:42] – Randy hopes that in-person conferences will continue soon, but for now, they still have them virtually, but in the future, they may become hybrid.[10:42] – They speak about staying in touch with the new technology when there are no trade shows to go to.[12:26] – What will you be the proudest of your team’s accomplishments in the next year?[13:34] – Randy shares what inspired him to take the position at NAFCU Services.[15:03] – Listen as Randy speaks about how the inspiration has changed over the last seven years.[16:00] – Randy says that momentum is something his team has heard him say over and over.[16:41] – Have you always had the ability to make hard decisions?[17:42] – Not listening to your team is a mistake he made and believes that today’s young leaders.[18:39] – A common myth that Randy wants to debunk is work smarter, not harder.[19:27] – Fail fast and move on is something they taught him early in his career.[20:35] – How have mentors and advice overall been beneficial in your career?[22:12] – Randy discusses what he likes to do to recharge when he has a day off.[23:55] – Randy was a jock in high school, and he got into fights a lot.[24:35] – When he was young, he wanted to be a professional football player, but he wanted to be an archeologist when he got into high school.[25:31] – Since the pandemic, exercise and reading have been his daily routine.[27:05] – What is the best album of all time?[28:26] – Is there a book you think everyone should read?[29:41] – Time has become more important, and negative energy has become less important.[30:31] – When you hear the word success, which is the first person to come to mind?[31:04] – Randy shares some final thoughts for the listeners.[31:43] – Thank you so much for being on the show! This is placeholder text This post is currently collecting data…center_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

BLOG: Open Data Initiative Will Bring 21st Century Transparency to PA

first_img By: Julie Snyder, Director of Data and Digital Technology Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: Open Data Initiative Will Bring 21st Century Transparency to PA Government Reform,  Government That Works,  Open Data,  The Blog,  Transparency In recent years, governments at the federal, state and local levels have adopted open data initiatives to increase transparency to citizens, spur innovation and economic opportunity, and demonstrate the effectiveness of state policies and programs.Open data refers to data that is in a format that can be retrieved and meaningfully processed by a computer application, making it available to the public to use in any way they would like. Users can take that data and combine it with other data sets, analyze it using software programs, or create new applications.Currently, Pennsylvania is one of just 10 states that does not have an open data portal. This week, Governor Wolf took action to bring Pennsylvania into the 21st century by directing the Office of Administration to create a central repository for open data and work with state agencies to publish data sets.This new open data website will serve as a one-stop shop for commonwealth open data, eliminating the need for users to scour dozens of individual state agency websites for information.We also plan to gather input from cities, universities and other stakeholders on the types of data that interest them in order to ensure that the data being published is valuable and useful to others.This is just one more step in Governor Wolf’s plan to make government more open and transparent. Earlier this year, the Wolf Administration launched Governor’s Goals, a new website that introduces measurable goals to align to Governor Tom Wolf’s three key priorities — Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach, and Government that Works. The beta launch of this website is the first phase in the implementation of Governor’s Goals. Future iterations of the site will track the progress of these administrative goals and make the data used to measure the goals available to the public.As one of 10 states without open data, we have a lot of catching up to do. The Governor’s executive order puts Pennsylvania in a position to be more open and transparent to the people we serve.center_img April 22, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Chelsea open up why N’golo Kante missed first training

first_imgN’Golo Kante was granted compassionate leave to miss Chelsea training because of his fears over the Premier League restart. Kante, 29, returned to training on Tuesday as part of the league’s phase one training ahead of a potential resumption of England’s top flight. Kante isn’t the only high-profile Premier League player to not return to training as Watford captain Troy Deeney has refused to train due to COVID-19 fears. “We’re due back in this week. I’ve said I’m not going in,” the 31-year-old told Talk The Talk podcast. “We’re all in this week – every Premier League club, at some point, they’re back in. I’ve said personally I’m not going back in. It’s nothing personally to do with, I know Joey mentioned it, It’s nothing to do with financial gain. But the midfielder is understood to hold concerns over the safety of a return to training amid the coronavirus crisis and was allowed to miss Wednesday’s training session with full consent of Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, according to The Telegraph. The Frenchman had a health scare in 2018 when he passed out in the dressing at Chelsea’s training base. While cardiology tests did not show any underlining issues, he was forced to withdraw from the subsequent fixture. He also suffered family tragedy before the World Cup in the same year as his older brother Niama sadly died after suffering a heart attack.Advertisement Read Also: Premier League: Two Chelsea stars pen new deals “Hand on heart, if I were to go into full detail about my personal situation, everyone here would go ‘no problem, I fully understand what you’re saying.’ “Within the meeting, I’ve asked very simple questions – for black, Asian and mixed ethnicity, you’re four times more likely to get the illness and are twice as likely to have long lasting illnesses, is there any additional screening, heart stuff to see if anyone has got problems from that? No. Okay, well I feel like that should be addressed.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Disney Male Role ModelsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyHe Didn’t Agree With His Character Becoming Gay And Quit A Role10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Chukwueze’s Villarreal miss out on UCL after Sociedad loss

first_img Loading… Real Sociedad had been fourth when La Liga resumed last month but, in contrast, their form collapsed. This victory was only their second in nine games but at least gives them of making the top seven. Atletico and Sevilla are both nine points clear of Sevilla with two games left. They will join Barcelona and Real Madrid as Spain’s four representatives in the Champions League next term. Willian Jose and Diego Llorente both headed in to put Real Sociedad in control but Santi Cazorla’s consolation strike could prove important for Villarreal, as it prevents la Real owning the superior head-to-head record. Villarreal beat Real Sociedad by the same scoreline in January. Fifth place for Villarreal would mean avoiding the qualification phase of the Europa League. They sit three points clear of Ogenekaro Etebo’sGetafe and Real Sociedad in sixth and seventh respectively.center_img Read Also: Video: The moment Mourinho walks out of virtual press conference Etebo’s Getafe were unable to take advantage as they were held to a goalless draw by relegation strugglers Alaves. The stalemate earns what could prove a vital point for 17th-placed Alaves, who have a four-point cushion over Kenneth Omeruo’s Leganes and Real Mallorca with two games left. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Samuel Chukwueze’s Villarreal hopes of Champions League qualification are over after a 2-1 defeat to Real Sociedad on Monday night confirmed Atletico Madrid and Sevilla will finish in La Liga’s top four. An excellent run of form since the restart had thrust fifth-placed Villarreal into Champions League contention but they were unable to close the gap and will now have to focus on securing a spot in the Europa League.last_img read more

Lukaku interest from Spurs – Agent

first_imgRomelu Lukaku’s agent claims to have spoken to Tottenham about his client. Chelsea striker Lukaku is currently in the middle of a second successful loan spell away from his parent club, playing a key role with Everton in their bid for Champions League football. His 13 goals for them come on the back of 17 for West Brom last season, with his form making observers question why Chelsea have not given him a first-team chance. It remains to be seen whether he will get one next season too, and agent Christophe Henrotay says he has been speaking to other clubs – of which Tottenham are one – about the 20-year-old. He told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad: “I’m looking for a club for Romelu. And yes, I’ve talked to [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy once, but that doesn’t mean Romelu will definitely join Spurs. That’s not a talking point at this moment.” He added that not every club will be able to afford Lukaku should Chelsea decide to sell him. “There aren’t 20 teams that can afford to buy Romelu,” he said. “He won’t go from Everton to, let’s say, Swansea. There’s also a difference between Everton that plays against relegation and an Everton that fights for European football.” Chelsea’s decision to loan Lukaku out for a second season has become an increasingly difficult one to understand, with Blues boss Jose Mourinho constantly bemoaning his poor options up front. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more