Yesterday, we reported on the forthcoming new record by Umphrey’s McGee called it’s not us, to be released in honor of the band’s 20th anniversary. Set to be released on January 12th, it’s not us is somewhat of a mystery, with very few details released at this time. However, buried in the list of releases scheduled for this year’s Record Store Day Black Friday, the band announced a limited edition vinyl single, each side occupied by a new song from it’s not us.On November 24th, Umphrey’s will release one thousand 12″ custom die-cut records with one track from it’s not us on either side: “The Silent Type” on Side A, and “Looks” on Side B. Both are brand new songs that haven’t even been road tested before. The description lists “The Silent Type” as “classic UM: its infectious riff rock, the musical equivalent of the record’s unique shape, sawing through your turntable.” “Looks” is described as “an uptempo driving composition penned by virtuoso guitarist Jake Cinninger.”“Classic UM;” “infectious riff rock;” “uptempo driving composition;” These phrases should get any fan of Umphrey’s McGee really excited. If you are in fact excited and interested in purchasing this record, you can check if your local record store will be carrying “The Silent Type” / “Looks” by visiting the Record Store Black Friday website.
Fitbits, the activity tracking wristbands, have become a popular identifying feature of Notre Dame freshmen this year. Five hundred Fitbit-wearing freshmen are participating in a study called NetHealth, which aims to explore the relationship between social networks and health.Notre Dame sociologists David Hachen and Omar Lizardo, in conjunction with University computer scientists Aaron Striegel and Christian Poellabauer, are conducting the study. Hachen said the National Institute of Health is funding the study through a $3 million grant.“The National Institute of Health is very interested in the social conditions that influence peoples’ behaviors, like sleep, diet and activity,” Hachen said.According to the NetHealth website, the Fitbit devices will be used to track each student’s sleep and fitness, while a monitoring app on their smartphones will record social activity. The study therefore attempts to find a connection between social activity and health, one already seen by freshman Brian Quigley, who is participating in the study.“I can see my friends on Fitbit and how many steps they have, and so I always want to have more steps than them,” Quigley said. “It’s a way to compete in a friendly manner.”Hachen said he believes “our patterns and health related behaviors are amplified by the people we hang out with.” The challenge, though, he said, will be determining the direction of the causality between friendship and health.“The biggest puzzle is we believe we are affected in our behaviors, attitudes, and taste by who we hang out with,” Hachen said. “… It’s also the case that we tend to choose as our friends people that are similar to us, so we’re trying to disentangle whether your networks are influencing you, or you select the networks to be like you.”In looking to solve that puzzle, Striegel said one of the major questions in this study is, “Do you conform to the group, or do you change the group?”Hachen said the researchers plan to note changes in each student’s social groups over time, which is made possible by the continuous data collection from the Fitbits and smartphones.“People’s networks are much more fluid than most social scientists have ever thought,” Hachen said. “So we want to look at how people’s networks change, because if I’m not healthy and I hang out with someone who is healthy, I could become more healthy, or I could stop hanging out with them. I could change my network.”Hachen also said the study’s use of Fitbits and smartphones will make it more accurate than similar past studies, which usually rely only on surveys for information.“On surveys, you may not tell the truth, you may not remember or recall your social networks. … By this method, we get continuous, reliable data that’s probably better than the self-reports that come from surveys.”In addition, Striegel said the study can be used to “improve the health of the network,” since the researchers receive data on how many times people try and fail to connect to the network in different locations on campus, thus allowing them to identify the network’s weaker points.Hachen said in the next few months the study will be expanded to include about 400 more students — without Fitbits — who, through smartphones and surveys, will further contribute to the data collection. Further, Hachen said in the future he hopes to perform the same study at different universities and with different age groups.Tags: Fitbit, NetHealth, sociology
Certification appeal process undergoes review Certification appeal process undergoes review Senior EditorA revamped certification appeals process and several certification rule amendments have been presented to the Board of Governors.The Board of Legal Specialization and Education and the board’s Certification Plan Appeals Committee presented the changes at the board’s May 30 meeting. No vote is scheduled on the alterations until the board’s August meeting.Board member Buck Vocelle and former board member Tom Ervin, representing BLSE, discussed changes on the certification appeal process.Vocelle noted CPAC had been in an awkward position when it considered appeals where certification or recertification had been denied based on confidential peer review reports. That’s because the committee didn’t have access to the reports and had no way to judge if the certification committee and BLSE actions were “arbitrary and capricious,” the standard set in Bar rules.The BLSE was concerned making that material available to first CPAC and then the board (if the case was appealed there) would compromise the confidentiality it feels is necessary for effective peer review, Vocelle said.“BLSE proposed that in order to accommodate the wishes of an appeal committee that the materials be forwarded for appeal, they would consider a reconstituted CPAC that would be final [with no further appeal to the governors],” Vocelle said. “We liked that idea, but only if the committee could be constituted of Board of Governors members.”He also said a majority of those board members should be certified.And that’s where the sticking point arose. Ervin said BLSE thinks while it is okay for some board members to be on the new appeal committee, most should not be board members.“CPAC doesn’t presently have to be composed of all sitting board members,” Ervin noted. “Presidents have in recent years made it all board members.”The board makes policy for handing the appeals, and it would be wise to separate the legislative and adjudicative functions, he said. It could also be difficult because in board discussions on appeal policy, some board members would have access to information that would be denied to most board members, Ervin said.BLSE would actually prefer to keep the current system, he added, but not if that meant giving CPAC and the board access to the peer review reports on appeal, bringing the total number who could see the reports to around 100 people.“I don’t know too many people who think up to 100 disclosures is real confidentiality,” Ervin said. “The perception of confidentiality is almost as important as the confidentiality itself in making the process work.”Appeals could still be taken from the new committee to the Supreme Court, Ervin said, bypassing the Board of Governors.BLSE Vice Chair Jeffrey Cohen presented the certification rule changes, which were advertised in the April 30 Bar News. That includes creation of a certification emeritus specialist category for certified lawyers who have retired or changed professions and hence cannot meet the practice and education standards. The rule would affect judges, mediators, law professors, and similar occupations. The BLSE would also be able to waive the rules for an emeritus specialist for good cause.Other changes include:• Allowing criminal action to be grounds for revoking certification.• Clarifying requirements for civil trial certification, including raising the required percentage of practice devoted to civil trials from 30 to 50 percent.• Clarifying the trial requirements for a workers’ compensation certification, and adding character, ethics, and reputation standards.• Clarifying the standards and requirements for business litigation certification.• Cutting from two years to one the period an applicant must wait to take a certification exam after two consecutive exam failures. July 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News
ST. LEON – East Central football fans can now relive the 2017 Class 3A title march by their Trojans in a newly produced DVD, The Heart and Passion of Champions.The DVD will be available from 1-6 p.m. Friday, February 16 at the school and on ensuing days. The cost per DVD is $20 and a portion of the proceeds benefit the East Central athletic department.“The DVD has an ESPN feel to it,” said executive producer Ray Compton of Compton Strategies. “We have weaved interviews from the players and coaches with game highlights from the season and state tournament. The insight from many of the players and coaches provides an in-depth assessment of the legendary season at East Central.“It was truly a remarkable season molded by coach (Justin) Roden, his assistants and the players. The DVD discusses the wobbly 1-2 start, the huge victories and big plays in the tournament and the enthusiasm unleashed by the Trojan fans.”Hall of Fame announcer Bob Lovell of Indiana Sports Talk narrates the DVD. The DVD is sponsored locally by Indiana University East; Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine; and George’s Pharmacy.“East Central has a lot to be proud of,” said Lovell. “These are outstanding student athletes and are to be congratulated on a special season.”
*May miss AFCON 2019 due to lengthy sidelineDuro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles combative midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, who ruptured his Achilles in his club, Trabzonspor’s 4-1 win at home to Rizespor last Sunday has undergone a successful surgery in Istanbul, Turkey.Trabzonspor posted the good news of the successful surgery of their prized player on the club’s website yesterday.Although the club doctor, Yasar Kibar Guven, who was with the Nigerian at the hospital confirmed that the operation was a huge success, did not specify when the former Lazio player will return to actionOnazi was stretchered off in the 32nd minute and was speculated to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines which may force him to miss Nigeria’s last AFCON 2019 clash with Seychelles.The 25-year old who started 16 out of 17 Super Lig games played by Trabzonspor in the first half of the season and scored twice has been a key part of Karadeniz Fırtınası’s good run which ensured they finished second on the log at the end of 2018.Trabzonspor club President, Ahmet Adouglou was the first to confirm the player’s injury on Sunday also visited Onazi at the hospital after the surgery.Onazi started his professional career in Italy with Lazio, winning the 2013 Italian Cup, before switching to Turkish side Trabzonspor in August 2016.He played for Nigeria at the 2009 Under-17 World Cup on home soil and has scored once since making his senior debut against Liberia in October 2012.Onazi, who has 51 international caps, helped Nigeria win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, and played in all four of his country’s games at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Just recently, Onazi restated his commitment to the Nigerian senior national team after he was overlooked in Super Eagles last three matches of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers due to injuries.His performance in his last appearance away to Seychelles after the World Cup raised question marks over his form and fitness, but the midfielder insists he is back to his best form at Trabzonspor.“It was a tough time I must admit, but despite all the criticisms I remain committed to playing for my country,” Onazi told BBC Sport.“Whenever I go out there to play I give 120%, but unfortunately my achilles tendon problems slowed me down. Now things are looking up again for me at club level, I hope to keep giving my best to my country as well.”Unfortunately, the Achilles tendon problems that kept him outside the Nigeria resurfaced Sunday to now caste doubts over whether he may be able to recover on time for the African football showpiece next summer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ogenyi Onazi
KOLKATA, India (CMC):Captain Darren Sammy courted controversy here yesterday when he hit out at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for its lack of support following his side’s capture of the Twenty20 World Cup.Speaking after West Indies stunned England by four wickets to clinch the title at Eden Gardens, Sammy told post-match presenter Nasser Hussain that while the team had been inspired by the professionalism of the management staff and messages of support from Caribbean nation grouping, CARICOM, they had heard nothing from board officials.”I really want to thank the heads of CARICOM. Throughout this tournament, they have been supporting the team. We’ve got e-mails, we’ve got calls,” Sammy said.”Prime Minister (Keith) Mitchell (from Grenada). I know what he is trying to do and I really want to thank him. He sent a very inspiring message for the team this morning … and I’m yet to hear from our own cricket board. That is very disappointing.”CELEBRATEHe continued: “For today, I’m going to celebrate with these 15 men and coaching staff. I don’t know when I’m going to be playing with these guys again because we don’t get selected for one-day cricket.”We don’t know when we’re going to be playing T20. So, this win, I want to thank you, my team, I want to thank you, coaching staff … everybody knows West Indies are champion!”The comments come against the backdrop of the players’ contracts dispute with the WICB before the start of the tournament back in February, which threatened the side’s participation.Sammy acted as the players’ representative during the brief impasse and while he assured the Caribbean then that West Indies would commit to playing the tournament, he also hinted that the issues were far from settled.Yesterday, he once again alluded to the impasse, noting that the “disrespect” shown to the side by the WICB, along with other criticisms from media personalities, had helped to fire up the team.”We started this journey … we all know we had (issues). People were wondering whether we would play this tournament,” he explained.”We had a lot of issues, we felt disrespected by our board, Mark Nicholas (cricket analyst) described our team as a team with no brains (in a pre-tournament preview). All these things before the tournament just brought this team together.”I really want to thank these 15 men. The ability to just put all those adversities aside and to come out and play this type of cricket in front of such passionate fans, it’s just tremendous.”DIFFICULTIESSammy also praised newly installed manager Rawl Lewis, who, he said, went to extraordinary lengths to sort out some administrative difficulties during the pre-tournament camp in Dubai.”I personally also want to thank the coaching staff. Coach Phil (Simmons), he’s been through a lot, and to come here and the way he’s coached the team, he’s just brilliant,” Sammy noted.”All the other coaching staff who have done their part. We had a new manager in this tournament in Rawl Lewis. He had never managed any team before. He came here, we were at a camp in Dubai, but we had no uniforms, no printing.”He left Dubai, went to Kolkata. That’s where we started. The trouble he went to, to get us in this uniform, I’ve got to give credit to the entire team here. It was us in our own little circle. This win we dedicate it to all our fans in the Caribbean.”West Indies became the first side to win two T20 World Cups when they defeated England by four wickets in the final at Eden Gardens here on Sunday.