ND strives to save energy

first_imgWhile students and residence halls are competing to see who can save the most energy during the Office of Sustainability’s month-long Dorm Energy Competition, the University is doing its own part to conserve as well. Though the University itself is not doing a particular push for the month of November to save energy, there are various programs effective all year long, according to Rachel Novick, Education and Outreach Programs Manager for the Office of Sustainability. “The University recently started work on stage two of its energy conservation measures,” Novick said. This $6.5 million investment means contractors will be around campus evaluating how to make the University more energy efficient. The Office of Sustainability is also involved in a trial run with Eaton, an engineering company with which the University has partnered. “We have an electric car on loan from Eaton,” Novick said. “We’re just trying it out and lending it to people on campus in order to explore the possibility of getting electric vehicles on campus.” The Office of Sustainability is also concerned about excessive waste in the dining halls. “The energy impact of food is tremendous, and people aren’t always conscious of how much energy and water went into the dining hall food,” Novick said. Co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and GreeND, the eND Hunger campaign runs during Wednesdays in the dining halls. “The big focus is to raise donations for the food bank in northern Indiana, but it also includes a clean plate program at dinner on Wednesdays during November,” Novick said. Novick added that small-scale projects, such as turning off lights in unused classrooms was also “something we’ve been trying to work on.” “There is no reason for lights to be on at night in empty classrooms, and that’s definitely been something we are working on with the building staff,” she said. “We’re exploring ideas about how to involve students in some sort of ‘turn off the lights’ committee. If we can build a partnership with students and staff, we can be really successful.” There have been some improvements made to the process of reducing unnecessary lighting around campus, such as renovations that include lights with timers or motion sensors and emergency lighting that only turns on when a movement triggers it, rather than lights that stay on all night just for precaution. “Reducing our carbon footprint is our biggest focus,” Novick said. “Climate change is a global problem, and reducing our contribution to it will have an impact on the rest of the world.” On a local scale, Novick said saving energy results in the reduction of overall emissions and the result is cleaner air in our region. The grand total of both the monetary and energy savings from the Dorm Energy Competition won’t be announced until the end of the month, Novick said. “It always surprises people how much energy can be saved,” she said. “All the actions people do like turning off the light or unplugging unnecessary electronics are all really minor, but with a multiplication factor of 7,000 people on campus doing the same small actions, the numbers grow. Students as a community have a huge potential to save energy.”last_img read more

Forbidden Broadway’s Christina Bianco on Being London’s ‘Most Annoying Anglophile’

first_img You also sing—and very well, too!—in your own voice. Do you flinch at being described as an impressionist? I wouldn’t say I flinch, because [doing impressions] has opened so many doors for me, and I enjoy doing it. But being an impressionist is only part of what I do; it doesn’t define me, given that I am an actress and a singer as well. What I don’t like so much is the word “impersonator,” because that suggests dressing up in order to be that person whereas I like doing the impressions with my voice and my face. You’re not going to see me dressed up as Celine Dion in concert any time soon [laughs]. In Forbidden Broadway, have you ever found yourself performing in front of one of the women you channel on stage? Not yet, but I hope that when the time comes they know that I really do it with love and that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. And it’s quite possible what you’re describing will be coming up soon, since word is that Elaine [Paige] is coming to our show and I do have to do her. Have you been running around the West End seeing all the shows that you’ll be sending up? The answer, I’m ashamed to say, is no. I did the last five shows at the Menier Chocolate Factory [where this production ran through the summer], and then I had four days before I went into my own show at the Hippodrome so there wasn’t time. I’m looking forward to trying to get to whatever matinees I can so that I can see some of the shows I get to parody. And now you’re the lone American in the West End company of Forbidden Broadway with two Australians (Ben Lewis and Damian Humbley) and England’s inimitable Anna-Jane Casey. I’m so over the moon about this! When I did Forbidden Broadway in New York, I always thought that was the coolest job for an actor to have and I thought at the time, `Hey, I’ve got a job for life.’ I was so sad when it ended having had eight months with the show which seemed such a short time, so to get to come back and do it six years later – and in London – feels like a real “pinch me” moment. I am so grateful! American performer and YouTube sensation Christina Bianco hasn’t exactly been sitting idle since moving to London. Not only is she in previews for the West End transfer of Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre, but she just concluded a sold-out cabaret run at the Hippodrome on September 7—the same evening, Bianco made a late-night appearance at West End Bares. Was she tired the next morning? If so, she didn’t sound it in her chat with Broadway.com, as her bubbly and savvy take on her ever-ascending stardom makes clear. Your cabaret includes an astonishing A-Z of impressions, from Bernadette Peters and Patti LuPone to Shania Twain. Is there anyone you can’t capture vocally? There are a few people, like Eartha Kitt, who I think you sort of have to nail and I’m not sure I can. It’s about getting the right age in your voice, as well. I’ve been trying to do Angela Lansbury, and the age isn’t really in my own voice yet. It sounds quite forced, and if I’m going to do someone as brilliant as she is, I don’t want to make it sound as if I am in any way making fun of her. It was clear from your cabaret act, which I was at, that London is taking you to its heart. I’ve said this before, and it’s really true: I’ve always felt I was born on the wrong continent. I’m the most annoying Anglophile, so it’s been incredibly lovely to be embraced by the theater community here. You’re quite the YouTube phenomenon, building your career online in a way that wouldn’t have been possible for a previous generation. And what’s amazing is that I am still learning about it. I can’t believe that with a click of a button my entire career changed and that I could reach so many people around the world. [Bianco singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in 19 different voices has received over 6 million hits on YouTube.] I never thought I would have fans in Singapore, Beijing, Australia, and there’s a responsibility that comes with that.center_img I hope you get to do Bernadette in Forbidden Broadway—your take on her is especially brilliant. Yes, I’m doing Bernadette and Elaine Paige, who I’ve always loved, and Kristin [Chenoweth] again, reprising a number I did in New York but with updated lyrics. And I’m now doing the Idina [Menzel] “Let It Grow” number which is exciting because of the success I’ve had [on YouTube] with “Let It Go.” View Comments Are there any obvious candidates you’ve never tried to do? Hmmm. There are some where it just hasn’t worked because it’s difficult to ascertain what it is about their voice that you can pull out and exaggerate—Maria Friedman, for instance. But in terms of never trying? I’ve never tried to do Betty Buckley, which I know sounds silly. I will get on to that as soon as possible! Do you imagine possible Forbidden Broadway sketches every time you sit down to watch a show? [Laughs.] Yeah, I do—it’s unfortunate. I do that with impressions, too. It’s hard not to, since I have an ear for it now and a responsibility in that I can’t do the same impressions for the rest of my life. I have to change what the current topic and who the current celebrities are. It’s funny, when Forbidden Broadway first played London over 20 years ago, several British critics thought it was too mean. The thing is, [the show] really is all done with love. Some of the lyrics are more biting than others, but if what we were about was just complaining and being rude, nobody would come and see it. It’s all done with joy and respect because we’re actors as well, though at the same time, if something needs a bit of fun poked at it, then Forbidden Broadway does so. You’ve been having quite a time of it since crossing the Atlantic! Don’t I know it? Just yesterday, I finished the last of my three nights at the Hippodrome and was off immediately to a midnight performance at West End Bares. That was my first Bares experience, and it was so much fun and much louder than I could possibly have imagined [laughs].last_img

Sierra Leone files appeal against FIFA suspension

first_img0Shares0000Sierra Leone suspended by FIFAFREETOWN, Sierra Leone, Oct 9 – Sierra Leone has appealed against its suspension by world football’s top body on charges of government interference.After a crisis meeting on Monday with the government, the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) sent a letter to FIFA asking it to lift the suspension so that the country can play Ghana in looming qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations. It said it would dispatch a delegation to FIFA headquarters in Zurich for talks.The West African nation was rocked last week when FIFA suspended it for government interference.The bustup is rooted in a move by the country’s anti-corruption commission to sack SLFA president Isha Johansen and general secretary Christopher Kamara during an ongoing probe into corruption and mismanagement.The meeting on Monday took place in State House, the official residence of President Julius Maada Bio, in the capital Freetown, ministers said.“(The) government met with Isha and (her) secretary general so as to commence the mediation process for the lifting of the FIFA ban,” Sports Minister Ibrahim Nyelenkeh told AFP.“We want FIFA to reverse the suspension to enable us (to) participate in a CAF pending game with Ghana this month,” he said.“We are very hopeful that FIFA will lift the suspension after our mediation process.”– Reinstated? –The letter to FIFA, seen by AFP, carried the SLFA letterhead and was signed by Johansen, although it was unclear whether she had been reinstated to her job.On September 20, her deputy, Brima Mazola Kamara, had said that he had replaced her.In addition, Nyelenkeh said that both Johansen and Kamara will be part of the delegation heading to Zurich.Johansen and Kamara were arrested in September 2016 over alleged corruption offences.A year later, they were indicted by the anti-graft agency on six counts of abuse of office and corruption. They deny any wrongdoing.“I want us to resolve all outstanding issues before going to FIFA in Zurich or else it will be difficult to lift the suspension,” Johansen said after the meeting.Sierra Leone play away to Ghana on Thursday, with the return match next Monday.The crisis within Sierra Leone football has been rumbling on for years.Fifteen Sierra Leonean players and officials were suspended in July 2014 over suspect matches including a 2010 World Cup qualifier against South Africa.However, the scandal has taken on the dimension of a political emergency in the light of the showdown with FIFA, which threatens Sierra Leone’s participation in the Cup of Nations.Bio, the opposition challenger, narrowly won a hotly-contested presidential election in March.“We want to organise a high-level delegation to FIFA with all critical football stakeholders involved,” Chief Minister David Francis, the country’s top minister, told reporters.“As a new government we inherited the football problem,” he said, and made a reference to FIFA’s own scandal-ridden recent past.“We are also aware that  FIFA too have been embroiled in series of corruption allegations,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more