UB Council student representative elections will run April 23-25 and students can vote online through UBLinked. The 10-member council oversees and advises the university, its president and the administration. The student representative serves as a liaison between the council and the student body and is included in the council’s decision-making process. Student Engagement sent a campus-wide email on Tuesday with a link to the election poll. Here is a breakdown of candidates running for UB Council student representative: Name: Michael Montoro Year: First year Ph.D. Studying: Mathematics Michael Montoro said he understands the council’s role as an oversight to the university and hopes to push them to utilize this if elected. He said he hopes to institute an “open forum” during council meetings. He wants to advocate for “economic justice” at UB, including giving graduate students a “living” stipend, raising minimum … [Read more...] about Meet the candidates: UB Council 2019-20 student representative
COURTESY OF MELANIE HINES The Urban Choral Arts Society featured 16-year-old Mekai Hines as a soloist. The city of Baltimore is no stranger to stories of violence and corruption. In the spring of 2015, Baltimore made national news headlines when Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died from injuries sustained in policy custody. In light of the trauma many of the city’s African American youth experienced, Ronald McFadden, former teacher at Booker T. Washington Middle School, decided to establish a healthy outlet for students to creatively process and work through their own experiences and feelings. The result was the Urban Choral Arts Society (UCAS). In an interview with The News-Letter, McFadden, now the artistic director of the UCAS, explained why he wanted to create the group. “After Freddie Grey was murdered, there weren’t any therapeutic outlets for kids in the area, so I had the kids write and record so they could express how they were … [Read more...] about Urban Choral Arts Society uses music to connect with B’more
Tweet Right now it’s Sunday afternoon. There is large pile of washed, but as yet un-ironed clothes on a seat in my living room. I know the ironing needs to be done, and I’ve tried to motivate myself to do it. Honestly. The ironing board is out, as is the iron, I have lots of interesting things I could watch or listen to while I do the ironing, and I have plenty of free time in which to do it. But instead I’m in my office writing this blog post. Why? The answer is that I simply don’t like doing it. I find it to be the most unpleasant, unrewarding, and ultimately frustrating of all household chores. Cooking I enjoy, and cleaning I can handle, but the pleasures of ironing (if there be any) continue to elude me. If only there was some kind of robot that could do the ironing for me? I would buy one in a heartbeat (money-permitting). But then this raises an interesting question: would it be right to get a robot to do this for me? If I find the task so unpleasant, … [Read more...] about Is there a Case for Robot Slaves?
People are being urged to keep up to date with changing weather before hitting the road. Wet weather is sweeping eastward across the North Island, with a heavy rain warning in place for Taranaki, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Gisborne and Nelson. Weather: Warning to motorists as storm lashes New Zealand Long weekend claims first road death near Huntly Andy Knackstedt from the NZTA says motorists should be careful. "There's some heavy rain in the forecast and there's even hail in parts of the country. It's just really important that people are patient and take their time and make sure that they get home safely." Meteorologist April Clark says rain will affect the roads and cause surface flooding at times today. "Plan for more time, keep an eye on Metservice forecasts and also our rain radar so you can see exactly where that rain band is." Ms Clark says parts of Wellington, Taranaki and Bay of Plenty will see heavy rain in the region. "Places like Wellington are still very cloudy and … [Read more...] about Motorists urged to be careful as rain sweeps across North Island
One person is dead and another has minor injuries after a serious crash in the Waikato. Emergency services were called to the scene of the single car crash on Hākarimata Road in Huntly around 8:30pm on Sunday night. Weather: Warning to motorists as storm lashes New Zealand Road closures and diversions were in place at both the Huntly and Ngāruawāhia ends of Hākarimata Road. It is the first road fatality of the long weekend after seven people died on the roads during the Easter holidays last year. Newshub. … [Read more...] about Long weekend claims first road death near Huntly