ND, SMC students attend Model UN conference

first_imgTags: Harvard University, Model UN Seven Saint Mary’s College students traveled to Harvard University from Feb. 13-16 to compete at the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference. On Tuesday, as part of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) lunchtime series, five participants shared their experience at Harvard.Model United Nations is a classroom club that attends conferences where the participants role-play as delegates of the United Nations. Each school is given a country and then appoints delegates who are then assigned to different committees, junior Maddie Madvad said.“The delegates for each committee are assigned topics,” Madvad said. “They have to research the topics and then form political opinions based on whatever country they are assigned so that they can represent them at the conference.”In each committee, participants debate topics they have researched and try to create resolutions that address various political issues, Madvad said.The Harvard conference is slightly different from the other United Nation conferences around the country, sophomore Grace Morrison said.“This conference is the largest, oldest and most prestigious conference of its kind,” Morrison said. “It is staffed entirely by Harvard undergrad students [and] has over 3,000 students and faculty that come together from all across the globe. Every single continent except Antarctica is represented. It is the most diverse conference around.”SMC and the Notre Dame teams combined because neither school had enough members to go on their own, senior head delegate Alex Penler said. The team was given two countries, Costa Rica and Madagascar.Morrison, who served on the social, humanitarian and cultural committee, said she learned the importance of international relationships and how important it is to participate in the conference.“The Harvard conference really helps to make a difference in the world because it brings attention to a lot of issues in relevance,” Morrison said. “The cultural experience was amazing. It gives you the opportunity to connect with people all over the world that you wouldn’t have the opportunity to meet.“Even though they are from however many miles away, they care about the same type of issues that we do.”Penler said in her four years, she spent most of her time traveling around the world through her history and political science classes, which gave her  real world experience to work with at the conference.”I actually want to work in international development and global health, so conferences could be something that influences the rest of my life,” Penler said.Nicole O’Toole, a junior political science major and business minor, said she learned about international law and can apply many of the things she learned at the conference to her studies.“[International law is] something I’m interested in going to in to. It relates to my education at Saint Mary’s because a lot of things that I have studied will help me make a difference in the world, O’Toole said. “We met so many people from so many different countries. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”Senior Ariane Umutoni said she learned how to put herself in others’ shoes.“I think this [conference] helped me see how people see their own self versus other people’s opinions and beliefs,” Umotoni said. “From now I think I will focus more on listening. Everything has another story.”last_img read more

Film and Record Producer Kurt Deutsch is Having a Good Week

first_imgEven before winning his record label’s third Grammy Award on Sunday night, Kurt Deutsch was planning on having a big week. The film version of The Last Five Years that he spearheaded is premiering in New York City tonight and Los Angeles on Wednesday, with releases set for both cities (and video on demand) on Friday. And the movie’s soundtrack is also set for release tomorrow on Sh-K-Boom Records, the label that has been his passion project for 15 years. But a Grammy for the original cast recording of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical? Icing on the cake. Looking ahead, Deutsch is currently developing a new Alice in Wonderland-inspired musical with Spring Awakening authors Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater called Alice By Heart and is looking forward to watching The Last Five Years in movie theaters with fans. Although it will also be released on TVs via video on demand on Friday, the same day as movie theaters in New York and Los Angeles (before opening wider on February 20), he encourages the “leaving-your-house” option. For Deutsch, the rebirth of The Last Five Years is somewhat bittersweet as he’s now separated from Scott, whom he married in 1998 and has one son with, Elijah. “It’s a private matter, but we’ve been living separately,” he said. “Our main focus is the well-being and nurturing of our son.” Both producers of the film, Deutsch and Scott appear together in The Last Five Years on screen opposite Kendrick in a joint cameo. “It’s become this classic cult record,” he said. And a wildly popular one, thanks to Brown’s powerful songs and the now iconic vocals of its stars. “It’s our most successful off-Broadway album,” Deutsch confirms. “And probably the biggest selling off-Broadway album overall since Little Shop of Horrors. The amazing thing about the cast album business is that every year, there’s a new group of people that discover it.” “I felt our chances were good at winning because we had three albums in the category,” Deutsch said. His sister label, Ghostlight Records, is responsible for the nominated cast album for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder and also served as executive producer on Disney’s Aladdin album. “I’m just happy for everyone involved with Beautiful,” he added. “We’re the little independent label always going up against the big guys.” Sh-K-Boom and Ghostlight previously won Grammy Awards in the Best Musical Theater Album category for In the Heights and The Book of Mormon. “To me, musicals are meant to be experienced with an audience,” he said. “So if you can go to the theater and see it together, go and have that experience jointly. But if not, invite some friends over and watch it in your living room! I’m just thrilled everyone is going to get to see it.” View Comments Deutsch always had the idea of turning the musical into a movie so, when acclaimed screenwriter and film director Richard LaGravanese told Scott at an audition that he also had the same thought, she hooked the two men up. Interestingly, LaGravanese had never seen the show, only knowing the story of Jamie and Cathy from first date to marriage to divorce from listening to the album. Get the Sh-K-Boom Records original motion picture soundtrack of The Last Five Years here. LaGravanese’s film adaptation, which stars in-demand Hollywood star Anna Kendrick and Tony-nominated Broadway favorite Jeremy Jordan, succeeds in ways the stage version of The Last Five Years traditionally struggles, Deutsch said. “The movie enlightens elements that the show can’t. You can actually see Cathy’s reaction to Jamie when he’s singing ‘If I Didn’t Believe in You’ and ‘Schmuel.’ And you can see how in love they are during ‘Shiksa Goddess’ and you see Jamie with other women. I think it makes you feel it all deeper.” Originally an actor (he romanced Kristin Davis on Sex and the City and starred on Broadway in A Few Good Men and in Randy Newman’s Faust at La Jolla Playhouse in 1995), Deutsch started Sh-K-Boom in 2000 with wife Sherie Rene Scott with the plan of releasing rock albums for theater stars like Scott, Adam Pascal and Alice Ripley. Cast albums didn’t come into the picture until Scott appeared in the off-Broadway premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years in 2002. The show only survived two months at the Minetta Lane Theatre, so making a cast recording wasn’t high on any record label’s to-do list. But Deutsch was determined and did it himself, with the help of the show’s producers.last_img read more

PL players’ names to be replaced with Black Lives Matter for 12 games

first_img(BBC) – Premier League (PL) players’ names will be replaced on the back of their shirts with ‘Black Lives Matter’ for the first 12 matches of the restarted season.The Premier League will also support any player who chooses to ‘take a knee’ before or during matches.Players in Germany have made gestures of solidarity with people protesting about the death of George Floyd.“We, the players, stand together with the singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice,” read a statement.In a joint message from all 20 clubs, players added that they were committed to “a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for all, regardless of their colour or creed”.A Black Lives Matter badge will feature on all playing shirts for the rest of the season alongside a badge thanking NHS staff for their work during the coronavirus outbreak.Several PL squads have already ‘taken a knee’ in training-ground images shared on social media, and anti-racism charity Kick It Out had asked that players feel free to do so on the pitch.The Football Association has said it will take a “common sense approach” to such protests.Four players, including Borussia Dortmund’s England forward Jadon Sancho, were initially investigated by the Bundesliga authorities for making clear their support for anti-racism demonstrations in the wake of the death of 46-year-old Floyd in police custody in the United States last month.None was subsequently punished and the German Football Association said it would continue to allow such displays of support over the coming weeks.The Premier League resumes behind closed doors on June 17 after a three-month suspension caused by the pandemic.“It’s a great start, but I then want to see something tangible.”Former England, Newcastle and Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who made 280 PL appearances between 2002 and 2013, hopes the campaign for change continues beyond those first 12 games.Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: “It’s brilliant that all the clubs and the players have come together and said that this is what they want. I think it’s a great message because the Premier League is one of the most powerful businesses in the world.“I’m all for it in terms of the representation and for each club and player to be doing it. But I think the question on most people’s lips is: what next?“What about the week after? Does it just fade out and it’s ‘OK, we did our little bit and it’s gone now’. Or are we actually going to see some real change within our game, our own house?“There have been huge conversations about the lack of opportunities for black coaches. We need to quash all of that by starting to implement (diversity) at the hiring level of management, at the top clubs and within the FA.”last_img read more