SMC Sophomore Parents Weekend welcomes families to campus

first_imgSaint Mary’s welcomed families to campus Friday for the annual Sophomore Parents Weekend. Despite rainy weather and Friday’s breaking news of College President Jan Cervelli’s resignation, students and parents gathered for a variety of activities organized by Saint Mary’s Class Council.Family members participated in activities spanning from a Saturday brunch to pumpkin painting and carriage rides at Saint Mary’s annual Oktoberfest. These events were followed by a closing mass Sunday morning.  “Our main goal is to have events promoting unity for the school,” sophomore class representative Meg Hemmert said. “This year we have a brunch followed by Oktoberfest, [which was] sponsored by Student Activities Board. On Sunday morning, we have a sophomore class Mass at the Church of Loretto.” Tom Pantelleria, who attended the events with his daughter, sophomore Emily Pantelleria, said the Saturday brunch was an especially exciting event.“We got to meet [new interim College President Nancy Nekvasilt on Saturday], which was a relief to us parents,” he said. “We got to talk about the school’s mission of developing confidence and critical thinking amongst the women here. We’re all confident that these young women will grow up to be the next great leaders of our country.” Many families, including sophomore Alison Schibi’s, arrived on-campus from across the country for this weekend. “We flew from Kansas, which is always an adventure itself, but it’s always worth it to see Alison,” Kelly Schibi said about her daughter. “Every opportunity to come up and visit campus is exciting because we just love it here.” Eric Schibi, Alison’s father, said it was an interesting weekend to visit campus after the shocking news of Cervelli’s resignation.“We are so shocked to hear the news,” he said. “It’s very surprising and interesting that all this just happened.”Alison said she was “so happy” that she got to spend time with her family. “I loved having my parents and sister come visit me this weekend,” Alison said. “I know that a lot of sophomore students did not have parents come, so I am very thankful I was able to see mine and spend time with them.” For many families, the weekend was a special time to relax with their daughters.“I’m most happy about seeing my daughter,” Geri Pantelleria, Emily Pantelleria’s mother, said. “That’s most exciting because I have missed her so much.” Emily expressed a similar sentiment, voicing the joy she felt combining her two homes for the weekend.“I love every opportunity to blend my Saint Mary’s family with my real one,” Emily said. “Saint Mary’s is my second home.”Tags: families, parents, Saint Mary’s Class Council, Sophomore Parents Weekendlast_img read more

Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda Latest Gig: Star Wars?!

first_img Hamilton from $149.00 View Comments We’ve said that Hamilton maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda has too much on his mind, but does the man listen to us? Thankfully, the answer is a decisive “no.” In addition to the upcoming Disney film Moana, the certified genius has contributed tunes for another highly anticipated movie: freaking Star Wars.While on The Tonight Show, Star Wars: The Force Awakens writer and director J.J. Abrams revealed to fellow Hamilfan Jimmy Fallon that when he saw the Broadway megahit, Miranda joked that he’d write a new cantina song for his movie. Perhaps the composer possesses Yoda-levels of the force, because Abrams was looking for someone to do just that, as John Williams was focusing on the actual cinematic score and not the one song.According to Miranda, he and Abrams collaborated during his break on two-show days. “J.J. is the best. Can’t wait to see,” he tweeted. Even Questlove, Fallon’s bandleader and Hamilton album producer, wasn’t in on it, which makes us wonder: what other unannounced projects does Lin-Manuel Miranda have up his sleeve?Star Wars: The Force Awakens heads to theaters on December 18. Until then, may the memes be with you! Related Shows Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Fileslast_img read more

What credit unions need to know about cannabis banking during the COVID-19 crisis

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Dunford Paul is a co-founder & director of program development. Paul oversees the development and management of compliance programs for Green Check’s clients, with a focus on state-level compliance as … Web: Details I doubt whether it’s possible to find an industry that has not had to adjust in response to the COVID-19 crisis and that’s certainly the case with cannabis. With marijuana legal in some form (medical and/or adult-use) in 33 states and the District of Columbia, marijuana-related businesses (MRBs) play a significant role in local economies across the country, contributing tax revenue and offering employment in dispensaries, grow facilities and myriad ancillary businesses that support them. So, let’s look at how COVID-19 has affected MRBs, and why that’s potentially important to your credit union.Business ImpactMost states that have legalized marijuana have designated MRBs essential during this crisis so many have remained open when other businesses have had to close their doors. They have had to adjust to accommodate public health and social distancing concerns, so their day-to-day operations have had to change accordingly, but their sales have remained strong and largely returned to pre-crisis levels following an initial spike. What we’ve seen in practice is that operating models that weren’t previously legal or common under state programs, like curb-side sales and home deliveries, are now the norm.That’s not to say that marijuana-related businesses aren’t facing their own set of challenges. Notable among them is that they aren’t eligible to participate in any of the current federal stimulus programs, like SBA Loans or the Payroll Protection Program, because marijuana businesses remain federally illegal. However, the cannabis industry is pushing back hard against this restriction, citing their status as essential at the state level.Why does this matter to credit unions?If your credit union is already banking MRBs, you should reach out to them to understand how their operations have changed in response to public health concerns and check with your state cannabis authority to see how its program has been adjusted. For instance, medical marijuana businesses may be considered essential but adult-use ones may not.  Also, keep in mind that while these businesses have stayed strong during the crisis, should they find themselves struggling, they aren’t currently able to take advantage of federal stimulus programs.If your credit union has yet to engage with the cannabis industry because of concerns that it would negatively affect your reputation, the fact that many states consider MRBs to be essential demonstrates that the industry is far less taboo than it once was. If the fear of being the “weed credit union” has kept you from offering accounts to MRBs it may be time to reconsider that risk.State Legislative ImpactAt the start of the year, there were 31 formal ballot initiatives on the books in 15 states related to the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, and the odds were that several of them would pass. In the Northeast, common wisdom was that New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut would pass adult-use (recreational) marijuana programs this year, but that’s no longer the case. As legislators have had to understandably refocus their efforts on mitigating the devastating effects of the coronavirus, most if not all of these initiatives are in a sort of limbo, where they are not technically off the agenda but unlikely to come up to a vote before the end of the current session. This has even delayed the rollout of programs that have already been approved, as in the case of Maine where their adult-use program was expected to go live early this summer but has now been postponed.Why does this matter to credit unions?Credit unions that anticipated the opportunity to expand their membership and open new cannabis business accounts may be disappointed this year because it is unlikely that states will expand the scope of their programs.Federal Legislative ImpactOn the federal level, the SAFE Banking Act, legislation that would provide regulatory and law-enforcement protection for financial institutions that provide services to legal cannabis businesses, looks like it has stalled in committee and won’t come to a vote in the Senate during this session. Many credit unions that are interested in offering cannabis banking programs have been waiting for this to pass, but it’s highly unlikely to happen this year.While the SAFE Banking Act isn’t going to pass, as mentioned previously some in Congress have called for state-legal cannabis businesses to be included in economic stimulus packages. To do so would require the federal government to afford protection for those credit unions that would process loan applications and disburse funds.Why does this matter to credit unions?While it is unlikely that the SAFE Banking Act will pass this year, if state-legal marijuana businesses become eligible for stimulus funding it would presumably require that the government extend protections to financial institutions that work with MRBs.If your credit union needs expert guidance on building a cannabis banking program from the ground up, download Green Check Verified’s guide for building a business case here.last_img read more

Murillo completes the defense of five for the trip to the Bernabéu

first_imgThe medical services del Celta granted yesterday the medical discharge to Jeison Murillo, so Oscar can carry out his plan to play with a five defense, just as he did in the Camp Nou and in Mestalla. The Colombian defender has been a fundamental piece since his arrival in the past winter market. In fact, the numbers guarantee its performance, since its signing has half reduced The number of conceded goals for the whole Vigués. Without Murillo, Celta conceded 29 goals in 15 days (1.5 per game), while with the coffeemaker he only received three goals in four duels (0.75 per encounter). The injury of Jeison Murillo last Sunday against Sevilla alerted the celestial coaching staff, although it was finally a mild ailment and Oscar can count on the defender this same weekend against the Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu. The former Barça player suffered a sprain in the medial collateral ligament of your right knee and he only stayed four days in the olive nursery. Yesterday completed the training with absolute normal together with the rest of the group, without any limitation, and the medical services decided to grant their approval to play at the end of the closed session at the sports facilities of A Madroa. Murillo’s recovery clarify the picture for Oscar at the Bernabéu. The Catalan coach will bet on a five defense, with the Colombian flanked by Aidoo and Araujo on the axis of defense. Kevin Vázquez and Lucas Olaza will act of laneslast_img read more

iPods, Macs help Apple have very fruitful quarter

first_imgAnalysts, on average, were looking for earnings of 64 cents per share on sales of $5.17 billion, according to a poll by Thomson Financial. Apple said it shipped 1.5 million Macintosh computers and more than 10.5 million iPods during the quarter, representing a 36 percent growth in Macs and 24 percent growth in the music players. Sales from its market-leading iPods and other music-related products accounted for 44 percent of the quarter’s total revenue. “We are very pleased to report the most profitable March quarter in Apple’s history,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s chief financial officer. Helped by favorable component price drops, notably in memory parts, Apple achieved gross margins of more than 35 percent, up from about 30 percent in the quarter a year ago. Oppenheimer cautioned analysts during a conference call that such high margins were likely “not sustainable.” He predicted gross margins of 32 percent for the current quarter. SAN JOSE – Apple Inc. blew past Wall Street expectations Wednesday, posting quarterly profits that jumped 88 percent, fueled by strong sales of its iPod players and Macintosh computers. Shares of Apple soared more than 6 percent on the news, reaching above $100 for the first time. In the first three months of the year, the Cupertino-based company said it earned $770 million, or 87 cents per share, up from $410 million, or 47 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Sales were $5.26 billion, up 21 percent from $4.36 billion last year. The company said it expected revenue of about $5.1 billion and earnings per share of about 66 cents in the current quarter, which is the third in Apple’s fiscal year. Apple’s projections are actually lower than the forecasts Wall Street had before Wednesday, but analysts say Apple’s forecasts are typically conservative. Expectations for the iPhone, a cell phone-iPod combination, are continuing to run high, and analysts pressed Apple executives for details Wednesday. Company officials refused to predict the number of units that would be available at launch in late June. Given its arrival late in the current quarter, Oppenheimer said in a phone interview, he did not expect the iPhone to have a significant impact on sales for the period. The iPhone is Apple’s latest big bet into a new product category, and company officials reiterated Wednesday its high hopes for success. When Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the sleek gadget in January, he announced a goal of selling about 10 million units in 2008. Shares of Apple closed at $95.35, up $2.11, or about 2 percent, on the Nasdaq Stock Market, then leaped to $101.90 in after-hours trading. At Wednesday’s closing price, the shares have gained about 11 percent this year, boosted partly by anticipation over the iPhone. Investors have largely remained unfazed by Apple’s stock options troubles, with industry analysts widely predicting Jobs’ position at Apple will remain intact. But legal experts say Jobs is still in legal limbo: An investigation by federal prosecutors continues and new accusations emerged Tuesday from the company’s former chief financial officer, alleging Jobs may have had a more significant role in the backdating of options than previously stated. The new allegations came on the same day the former CFO, Fred Anderson, immediately settled his case with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which filed backdating-related civil charges against Anderson and Apple’s former general counsel Nancy Heinen. The SEC did not charge any other individuals in the lawsuit and said it did not plan to pursue further action against Apple itself. Apple’s board of directors, which includes former Vice President Al Gore and Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt, issued a statement Wednesday saying it would not enter a public debate with Anderson. It also defended Apple’s internal probe last year that cleared Jobs and current management of any wrongdoing. “We have complete confidence in the conclusions of Apple’s independent investigation, and in Steve’s integrity and his ability to lead Apple,” they said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more