Stage Exposed

first_imgEmma JenkinsonMagdalen College, 3rd YearActressEmma last starred in the Edinburgh Fringe’s critically acclaimed How I Learned To Drive, and played Titania in Merton’s Trinity production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.How much acting had you done before you arrived at Oxford?I didn’t do too much actually; LAMDA exams, some school stuff and Am Dram musicals. I can’t sing so always played the evil people; some say I was typecast but I beg to differ. What were your first experiences of Oxford Drama?I did Cuppers with some friends. We weren’t very good but it was so much fun. I then auditioned lots and lots, before being cast as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.What are your fondest memories of thesping?Cast parties are always a lot of fun; very drunken and almost always sordid. As for stories, I find that when retold they always sound a bit weird, in-jokey, and very uncool. There have been a few ‘interesting’ moments though. Once while rehearsing Harold Pinter’s The Lover in a freezing cold barn in South Wales, we did a particularly intense scene to the delightful sound of rutting pigs. What was it like taking a show to the Fringe?What I liked about Edinburgh was that there are no expectations. It’s a complete unknown in terms of acting – there are no previous reviews, or productions, so you are judged solely on your performance in that play at that particular time. Of course if it goes badly then there are no other shows to turn back to as evidence of your acting ability, so it can also be quite daunting. But, as a break from the Oxford environment, it’s a refreshing, and I think, very constructive change. I loved it. It gave me such a rush. Also Edinburgh is just very very cool, and inexplicably full of extraordinarily good-looking men.Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?Oh, married, three kids, house in the country, chickens and a gin habit. Or more hopefully, standing on a stage somewhere – it’s my favourite place to be.ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2005last_img read more

Black lives, in focus

first_imgAmid the Black Lives Matter movement, as the first African-American president finishes his second term, the inspirational writings of W.E.B. Du Bois resound, as relevant as ever. On Thursday, as eight new recipients of the Du Bois Medal were feted, presenters and honorees alike related the great man’s writing in anecdotes both personal and political.This year’s honorees, who join 22 previous medal recipients, were Ursula M. Burns, chairman and chief executive of Xerox Corp.; David L. Evans, senior admissions officer at Harvard; Pam Grier, actor and activist; Lana “MC Lyte” Moorer, hip-hop artist and activist; David Simon, writer and producer; Jessye Norman, soprano and recitalist; and the 1966 Texas Western Miners men’s basketball team, represented by players David Lattin and Willie Worsley. The medal honors those who have made significant contributions to African and African-American history and culture, and more broadly individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world.Ursula M. Burns, the first African-American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company, recalled how her mother stressed the importance of education as “not only the way up but the way forward.” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerThat the past is present was made clear by Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, which presented the awards. Following the uplifting voices of the Kuumba Singers, an opening prayer by the Rev. Jonathan L. Walton, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, and opening remarks by Glenn H. Hutchins ’77, J.D.-M.B.A. ’83, Gates made the connection both current and specific.After thanking Hutchins and the Hutchins Family Foundation, whose first grant of $15 million made the Hutchins Center possible, for their recent gift of another $10 million to fund the center in perpetuity, he got right to it. “Black Lives Matter is Du Bois’ ‘Talented Tenth’ in jeans and hoodies,” Gates proclaimed in kicking off the event, which would feature readings of works by Du Bois (B.A. 1890, M.A. 1891, and Ph.D. 1895, Harvard’s first to an African-American), interspersed with addresses to and by the honorees. “Black Lives Matter and black studies matter,” Gates said. “The time to act is now.”Professor William Julius Wilson congratulates David Simon as Glenn Hutchins and Hutchins Center Director Henry Louis Gates Jr. look on. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerCornel West, professor emeritus of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary, was up next, honoring Evans by calling him “the best of Harvard.” “Veritas,” West noted, “the condition of truth is always to allow suffering to speak.” But the longtime admissions officer matched West in eloquence, noting the progress people of color have made — and the advances Harvard has been able to make — but warning, “We’ve changed the guard. But changing the guard without guarding the change is movement without maintenance. Don’t let this be the last time all these beautiful things are happening.”Honoring Burns, Michael D. Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, noted not only that she was the first African-American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company but also that she led her Change the Equation educational initiative to educate girls and young women in STEM fields. Accepting her medal, Burns elaborated on this theme, recalling how her own mother stressed the importance of education as “not only the way up but the way forward.”“Bring other people along,” she said. “Change the world.”Introducing television writer and producer Simon, William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, related how, after hearing people discuss Simon’s groundbreaking HBO series “The Wire,” he binge-watched the entire first season on a flight to Bangkok. He then designed a course around the show, aware of how with fiction an artist can portray a deeper truth. “David Simon offers us an unflinching portrait of race, class, and poverty in the United States,” he said.Accepting the award, Simon discussed his time as a crime reporter. “You knew you were too reliant on the police to tell you what happened in an alley,” he recalled. “You knew the game was rigged, but what else could you do?” In these days of cellphone cameras, he opined, that might be changing. “We’re experiencing a little bit of a revolution,” he said. “It is painful, but it will end well.”David Lattin (center) from the 1966 Texas Western National Champions Basketball Team receives his award from Glenn Hutchins (left) as former Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley and Henry Louis Gates Jr. join them onstage. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard President and Lincoln Professor of History Drew Faust introduced the award for Norman, who was unable to be present because of health issues. Citing Norman’s previous awards, including an honorary doctorate in 1988 as well as her charitable outreach (including a tuition-free music program in her hometown of Augusta, Ga.), Faust said of the opera singer, “Her status as a diva is global.”The absent diva was represented by a video that featured her speaking — and, perhaps more vitally, singing.Showing the range of the awards — and of African-American artistry — the next honoree was Moorer. Marcyliena Morgan, professor of African and African-American Studies and founder and executive director of the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at Harvard, announced a “game-changer,” noting her “unmatched contributions to hip-hop and commitment to improving the life of women and girls.”Moorer, the first female rapper Grammy nominee, told of “picking up a mic” at 16, wanting to present an anti-drug message. The Brooklyn native, who released her eighth album in 2015, is founder of the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, which provides scholarships to college students. “I am a practicing activist looking to change the minds of our youth,” she said. “We all have the chance to be and create the change we want to see.”Grier was the next honoree, and presenter Lawrence D. Bobo, the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences and chair of the Department of African and African American Studies, was positively gleeful as he called her “the consummate badass feminist hero, subverting the expectations and creating new ones with her fearlessness, intelligence, and control.”Grier, whose stardom spans films like “Coffy” and “Foxy Brown” in the ’70s through “Jackie Brown” in 1997 and a continuing role in “The L Word,” called the medal “a profound honor.”Describing a family that valued strong women, including a grandfather “who taught all the girls to hunt and fish and be self-sufficient,” she recalled discovering Du Bois growing up in the 1950s and ’60s.“I read W.E.B. Du Bois, and he set my soul on fire,” she said. “He encouraged me to liberate myself. He said: Don’t see yourself through the eyes of others. Be yourself. And that’s what I did.”The final medal was presented by a gracious loser, Pat Riley, president of the NBA’s Miami Heat. In 1966, Riley had been the star of the all-white University of Kansas team that was defeated for the national championship by the little-known Texas Western Miners, which started five black players. The Miners’ win, 12 years after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education to desegregate schools, accelerated the integration of college sports and changed the game forever. The victory by the disciplined, defense-minded team helped desegregate college basketball across the South.After a shoutout to Celtic great Jo Jo White, who was in attendance, Riley reminisced about that game and the grace and strength of the men being honored, who were interviewed at length in a video presentation that stressed their teamwork and their reliance on each other.As Lattin, who was present to accept the award, said in the video. “We were the ‘we’ team, not the ‘I’ team.”SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

Laryn D. Runco named admission director at Champlain College

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College has appointed Laryn D. Runco, JD, as the Colleges new admission director. Runco comes to Champlain with 13 years of experience directing admission and enrollment at John Carroll University in Ohio. She also has a background in marketing, human resources and business development.At John Carroll University, Runco led admission efforts to increase quality and diversity in enrollment. While directing a successful enrollment management operation, she formulated strategic plans, managed a staff of 11 and oversaw a budget in excess of $1 million. She earned a bachelors degree in Spanish and minor in economics from John Carroll University, and she earned a law degree from the University of Akron.In July, Runco takes on her new role at Champlain College, a private, baccalaureate college that offers professionally focused programs balanced by a liberal arts foundation. The College is known for its innovative, rigorous programs and distinctive campus in the historic Hill Section of Burlington.# # #last_img read more

UK to use firefighters to deliver food, collect bodies in coronavirus crisis

first_imgAs well as collecting those who die should there be mass casualties, firefighters can drive ambulances, and take food and medicine to the vulnerable under the agreement.To cope with the outbreak, Britain has already asked tens of thousands of retired doctors and healthcare workers to return to work, while hundreds of thousands of people have volunteered to assist the state-run National Health Service.On Friday, the capital’s ambulance service appealed to former paramedics and control room staff for help, and London’s police force asked officers who have retired in the last five years to come back.”It is important that we take all reasonable steps to bolster our numbers,” London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said.Britain claps Britons across the country took to their balconies and front doors on Thursday evening to applaud health workers and bang pots and pans to show support for those working for the nation’s much-loved NHS.There has been criticism that the government has not acted quickly enough to provide protective equipment to frontline healthcare staff and it is also scrambling to source thousands of ventilators to treat those with severe breathing problems caused by the virus.The government has admitted that it missed an opportunity to join a European Union procurement scheme to source the equipment because of an email mix up.”There was an issue in terms of communications so the tendering process on those schemes had already started,” Business Secretary Alok Sharma told BBC radio on Friday. The United Kingdom will use firefighters to help deliver food, retrieve dead bodies and drive ambulances as it braces for the looming peak of the coronavirus outbreak that has already claimed the lives of more than 22,000 people across the world.Britain initially took a strikingly modest approach to the worst health crisis since the 1918 influenza epidemic but then changed tack to impose stringent controls after projections showed a quarter of a million British people could die.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a virtual lockdown of the world’s fifth largest economy to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus banning Britons from leaving their homes for all non-essential reasons. So far, 578 people in the United Kingdom have died after testing positive for coronavirus and the number of confirmed cases has risen to 11,658. The UK toll is the seventh worst in the world, after Italy, Spain, China, Iran, France and the United States, according to a Reuters tally.Under a deal struck between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), Fire chiefs and Fire and Rescue Employers, firefighters will continue to respond to their usual emergencies but will now also carry out new tasks.”We face a public health crisis unparalleled in our lifetimes. The coronavirus outbreak is now a humanitarian emergency and firefighters rightly want help their communities,” said Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary.”Many fear the loss of life in this outbreak could be overwhelming and firefighters, who often handle terrible situations and incidents, are ready to step in to assist with body retrieval.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Charles M. “Bud” Steuver

first_imgCharles M. “Bud” Steuver, 89, of Aurora passed away Monday December 10, 2018 at Ridgewood Healthcare in Lawrenceburg.  He was born Thursday June 6, 1929 in Clay Township, Dearborn County, the son of William Leonard and Mildred Mary (Snyder) Steuver.  Charles graduated from Lawrenceburg High School and Indiana State University with a double major in music and history.  He started his teaching career in Dillsboro 1951-1956, as the band director and music teacher for all 12 grades. He then went to Danville, Indiana for 1 year and then was band director at Lawrenceburg High School until 1971.  At that time, he started teaching general education and social studies at the Aurora Jr. High School until his retirement in 1984.  Charles was an accomplished musician playing the alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, along with the string bass and clarinet.  He played in both the Terre Haute and Indiana State University Symphonies.  He also had played in various dance bands in his early career.  In later years, he loved working on cars, camping, and traveling.  He enjoyed John Wayne movies and was a Civil War buff who enjoyed traveling to the locations of where the different battles had been fought. He also knew the history behind every one of those battles.  Charles was a member of the First Presbyterian Church at Aurora and was a former member of the Hopewell Presbyterian Church and Hopewell F&AM Masonic Lodge in Dillsboro.Survivors include daughter, Linda K. (Dennis) Schmidt of Bright, sons Douglas P. (Beverly) Steuver of Mustang, Oklahoma, Joseph W. Steuver of Beaver Creek, Ohio and Thomas A. (Lisa) Steuver of Bright, sister Elizabeth Ferber of Ft. Myers, Florida, grandchildren Nicholas, Jacob, Michelle, Olivia, Victoria and Charles Steuver, James Thatcher II, Jillian Brown, Jennifer Caldwell, Stephanie Carter, Stephen Thomas, Melissa Grijalva, Craig Schmidt, Tyler Schmidt, Chelsea Eckstein, 15 great grandchildren, and a host of friends and former students.A service celebrating his life will be 11AM Friday December 14, at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home in Dillsboro with Pastor Robert Northcutt officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery at Dillsboro.  Family and Friends may gather to honor and remember Charles Thursday 5-8 PM also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in his memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Aurora or the Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Dillsboro. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 12887 Lenover Street, Box 146, Dillsboro, Indiana 47018, (812)432-5480. You may go to filterdevriesmoorefuneralhome to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more