Midrange Storage: Use the Momentum

first_imgThe offer just keeps getting better…Market figures – and portfolio convergenceWe have seen great momentum in the market – Dell EMC Midrange Storage has had a strong product cadence over the last 12 months, a great customer loyalty program, and rich channel programs. “Midrange storage revenue, which accounted for nearly 55% of total external storage revenue in 1Q18, grew 17% year-over-year reaching $3.4B according to IDC. In 1Q18 Dell Inc. gained 4% share in midrange storage revenue compared to the year-ago quarter.¹” It’s clear, Midrange storage is the place to be.“Since the merger almost two years ago, we’ve delivered major midrange portfolio updates, adding significant new features to both Dell EMC Unity and SC Series storage arrays, demonstrating the power of what we can do together to delight our customers,” said Jeff Boudreau, President, Dell EMC Storage. Unity OE 4.4 and SCOS 7.3 – new featuresAnd there is more: we continue to invest in both platforms with new updates to Unity OE 4.4 and SCOS 7.3 – powerful new non-disruptive features at no additional cost that can be managed by CloudIQ (cloud-based analytics and monitoring) and are designed to give your customers even more confidence in their Dell EMC investments. Here is the scoop:SCOS 7.3 enhancements deliver more power, functionality and manageability:Game changing performance boost across all SC platforms (All-Flash and Hybrid): All SC arrays have 2x MAX IOPS performance increase & 50-100K IOPS increase in real world‘Manage anywhere’ simplicityCloudIQ support for cloud-based analytics and monitoringEasier, more cost-effective upgrades and expansionMore enterprise-class efficiency and availabilityUnity OE 4.4 provides a more complete replication story. It delivers a rich set of new features, enhanced performance, and exceptional quality including: MetroSync for Dell EMC Unity – leveraging NAS for critical data and applicationsTwo-way NDMP – providing direct data transfer to the tape library unit, and significant improvements to backup timesThird-party data migration – Consolidated storage and reduced managementSecurity enhancements – LDAP/AD features and capabilities to improve scalability and performanceUnity has now shipped 1 exabyte of flash storage“With this release, we’re driving innovation across our entire midrange portfolio to deliver huge performance improvements, easier management, better security and greater efficiencies. We’re helping our customers modernize their data centers and solve their top business challenges.” – Jeff Boudreau.It all adds up to an offer with momentum that shows no signs of slowing down. So why not ride that wave?We have a rich arsenal of tools for you to reference and use for more information:IDC Whitepaper: Midrange Customers Demand High-End Functionality at Affordable PricesOverview Teaser VideoCustomer Reaction VideoAnnouncement ArticlePress ReleaseUnity 4.4 BlogSCOS 7.3 BlogDell EMC SCOS 7.3 – SC Series Enablement CenterDell EMC Unity OE 4.4, visit the Dell EMC Unity Knowledge Centerlast_img read more

Mining for Gold in Worldwide Centers of Excellence

first_imgWith the ever-growing flood of data hitting today’s enterprises, we’re in the midst of a new gold rush. To twist around a line from a Mark Twain character, you might say “there’s gold in them thar hills of data.” But this is true only for those organizations that can put high-performance computing systems, data analytics and artificial intelligence to work to capture nuggets of business value from streams of data.So how do you get started down this path? Mining value from business data is, arguably, a lot more complicated than panning for gold in mountain streams. To be successful, you need a clear view of your business use cases, the help of experts who have been there and done it successfully, and hands-on experiences with the tools of the trade.This is where Dell EMC HPC and AI Centers of Excellence enter the picture. These worldwide hubs for innovation and expertise help your organization jumpstart efforts to put the latest technologies to work in order capitalize on data. The centers provide a place where people come together to experience thought leadership, test new technologies, and share research findings and best practices.People are a big part of the CoE equation. Our HPC and AI Centers of Excellence cultivate local industry partnerships and provide direct input to a wide range of Information Technology creators. Through collaborative efforts, the Centers of Excellence open the door to the vast know‑how and experience in the community, including that of technology developers, service providers and end-users. Even better, the technology companies in the CoE community are eager to incorporate your feedback and needs into their roadmaps.Let’s get more specific. In Dell EMC HPC and AI Centers of Excellence, you can gain a closer understanding of topics like these:High speed data analytics that help you discover new ways to process, visualize and predict future needsAI, machine and deep learning expertise, best practices, testing and tuning on a wide array of the latest technologies to optimize resultsVisualization, modeling and simulation of complex data sets using a range of high powered visual computing solutions across multiple locationsPerformance analysis, optimization and benchmarking to help you find the right technology for the right application and optimize application performanceSystem design, implementation and operation together with monitoring and I/O benchmarking to help avoid performance bottlenecks, decrease power and cooling needs, and address reliability and resilience issuesAdvancing blockchain research at a CoEFor an example of the groundbreaking work being done at Dell EMC Centers of Excellence, look no further than the San Diego Supercomputer Center. The Center provides HPC computational resources, services and expertise to accelerate AI research and discovery in academia, industry and government. At this CoE, professionals from Dell Technologies are working with staff from SDSC, industry companies and academic partners to run a blockchain research lab called BlockLAB.In this hands-on research lab, participants are developing strategies to explore and implement the principal technologies and business use cases for blockchains, distributed ledgers, digital transactions and smart contracts. Among other outcomes, this research is expected to yield a state-of-the-art, end-to-end solution based on a VMware© blockchain stack in a hybrid cloud environment that leverages Virtustream Enterprise Cloud.[1]That’s the kind of leading-edge research that takes place every day at Dell EMC HPC and AI Centers of Excellence around the world — from North America and Europe to Africa, Asia and Australia.To learn moreFor a closer look at the work taking place in our CoEs, visit the HPC and AI Centers of Excellence site. To explore technologies that help your organization capitalize on the power of HPC, data analytics and AI, visit dellemc.com/hpc. And for a more technical view, check out the performance benchmarks at hpcatdell.com.[1] Dell EMC, “Dell Technologies Advances Blockchain Research Through BlockLAB,” September 25, 2018.last_img read more

Dell Brings the Ultimate Screen Performance to AdobeMax

first_imgWe are often inspired by creators who see the world in the widest range of colors. Emerging technologies and tools continue to provide content creators with more precise, accurate and consistent color experiences, maximizing their creative potential. A recent Dell-sponsored IDC research study1 further concluded that with the adoption of immersive technologies, it will necessitate more advanced monitors designed to support new emerging workloads like data-centric and design tasks. As the world’s number one monitor company2, we are relentless in our pursuit to help unleash creativity and maximize productivity for the ultimate visual experience.Today at Adobe MAX, Dell is excited to introduce the Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor (UP2720Q) – the world’s first 27-inch 4K monitor with a built-in colorimeter and ThunderboltTM 3 connectivity3 for content creators who require color-critical performance.Beginning in January 2020, photographers and still or motion picture editing professionals will be able to use this monitor to fully maximize the Adobe RGB color gamut and create brilliant content with precise color and amazing detail. The Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor offers 100% Adobe RGB, 98% DCI-P3 and 80% BT2020, providing a wide range of color reproduction across different color space standards. DCI-P3 is increasingly being adopted as a color standard on more devices like smartphones, web browsers and television due to the larger color gamut and higher color accuracy, leading to more content being developed in the DPC-P3 color gamut space.The built-in colorimeter helps users stay productive and get work done faster with quick and easy calibration – on-demand or scheduled after hours for consistent and optimized color performance every time. Users will also experience a more efficient workflow with a responsive built-in colorimeter that maintains consistency from production to delivery. The UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor is a CalMAN® Ready monitor and works seamlessly with CalMAN® color calibration software (sold separately) to perform a variety of tasks, including calibration with a built-in or external colorimeter.Creative professionals will also appreciate the finer details that show up crisply with 4K Ultra HD resolution. The high contrast ratio and low dark luminance offer impressive contrasts and deep blacks. Any unwanted glare and reflection on the monitor from sunlight or overhead lights can be reduced using the easy-to-attach shading hood.This performance-packed monitor offers ThunderboltTM 3 with speed up to 40Gbps4 – the fastest5 and most versatile connectivity with two ThunderboltTM 3 ports, and can charge up to 90W to a connected notebook while simultaneously transferring video and data signals6. You can daisy chain up to two 4K monitors with ThunderboltTM for multitasking efficiency and increase your productivity by up to 21%7. Finally, the Picture-By-Picture (PBP) feature is ideal for comparing visual content side by side, allowing users to view the same image in different color spaces, or compare images from two different sources.The Dell UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor will be available Jan. 15, 2020 worldwide starting at $1,999.99 USD.Be sure to stop by our booth at Adobe MAX, located at booth #901 to check out the monitor as well as other creative solutions from Dell Technologies! For more information, see the press kit here.__________________________________________________________________________[1] Source: Based on IDC Infobrief – Future of Work Embracing New Dynamics, Creating New Experiences, sponsored by Dell, September 2019. Full report: https://www.dellemc.com/resources/en-us/asset/white-papers/dell_monitors_idc_infobrief_fow_embracing_new_dynamics_creating_new_experiences.pdf[2] Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker, Q2 2019[3] Based on Dell analysis of publicly available data, July 2019[4] Data transfer speeds may vary among different USB devices, system configurations, and other factors.[5] As compared to other PC I/O connection technologies including eSATA, USB, and IEEE 1394 Firewire†. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software used. Must use a Thunderbolt-enabled device.[6] Thunderbolt™ 3 provides DisplayPort, which can natively connect to all displays with DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort, and via adapters can connect to all other modern display interfaces, including HDMI, DVI, and VGA.[7] Source: Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell, “Improve productivity with the new Dell P Series monitors in a dual-display configuration”, November 2018. Actual results will vary. Full report: https://www.principledtechnologies.com/Dell/P2419H_monitor_productivity_1118.pdflast_img read more

Austrian artist Arik Brauer dies at 92

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Austrian artist Arik Brauer, known for his surreal paintings and murals, has died at the age of 92. Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported Monday that Brauer died late Sunday surrounded by his family. Born in 1929 to a Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia to Vienna, he experienced the rise of National Socialism as a child. His father died in a concentration camp while Brauer himself survived the Holocaust by going into hiding. After the war, Brauer studied art and music, dual passions he would pursue throughout his life. While Brauer’s colorful art enjoyed international success, at home he was also widely known for his Austrian-German songwriting. Funeral arrangements weren’t immediately known.last_img read more

Cyclone causes flooding in Fiji, kills 1 with 5 more missing

first_imgWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A cyclone caused flooding as it crossed Fiji, requiring rescues of residents and sending thousands of people into shelters in the Pacific archipelago. At least one person died and five others are missing. Authorities say more than 10,000 people are sheltering at 300 evacuation centers after Cyclone Ana made landfall Sunday on the main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. The cyclone caused flooding on both islands, including in the capital, Suva. A disaster management official said a river near Suva unexpectedly burst it banks and crews needed to rescue villagers from their homes. The nation’s leader pointed to climate change as a cause of recent deadly storms. Fiji was still recovering from an even more powerful cyclone that hit in December.last_img read more

SMC Students Use Dooley Grant to Promote Awareness

first_imgThe Katharine Terry Dooley Endowment Fund, established in 2000 to support projects of peace and justice initiated by Saint Mary’s students, awarded junior Brianna O’Brien and senior Jessica Richmond grants this year for taking action against social injustice.Working toward a degree in social work, O’Brien said she hopes to one day go into policy or politics. She will use the grant to address ethical consumption in a project titled “Food for Thought: A Sustainable Approach to Consumption,” she said.Raising awareness of ethical consumerism can foster a natural inclination toward sustainability, O’Brien said.“Know what you are contributing to when you buy something … by buying those out-of-season strawberries, you are contributing to the emission of fossil fuels and use of non-renewable resources,” she said. “The only way these unethical and unsustainable practices can continue is if we keep demanding their products.”Educational events throughout the school year as well as the creation of ethical consumption fact fliers will raise awareness about the issue, O’Brien said. She said she intends to bring in local community leaders such as Chicory Café, the Purple Porch Co-op and the Humane Society to highlight examples of ethical consumption.“At Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame, there is definitely a lack of ethical consumerism,” she said. “Students walk around with clothing items, accessories and foods that directly contradict the way in which our schools’ mission statements call for us to act as responsible, ethical students.”O’Brien said delving into the issue of ethical consumerism opened her eyes to the difficulty of meshing sustainable changes with modern day culture that values Nike shoes over the quality of another human’s life. However, O’Brien said she believes in the saying “knowledge is power” and hopes to use knowledge to influence other students.“I understand that it can be hard to incorporate sustainable, ethical changes into our lives, but this is the world we have to live in,” she said. “There is nowhere else for us to go, and things are going to continue worsening unless we make major changes. … It is as simple as going to the thrift store instead of the mall when in need of a pair of pants.”Senior Jessica Richmond said she plans to use the Dooley Grant to initiate conversation on the objectification of women through a poster campaign and screening of the documentary “Miss Representation” followed by a discussion panel, she said.“The need for women to be respected and valued as a whole is immense,” she said. “By showing this documentary, I see a conversation being started that will spill over into the community. … Hopefully, if nothing else, it will make people aware of the things they condone and possible ways to change that.”By sharing the film with college and local area high school students, Richmond said she hopes to work with the students to address the seeds of female objectification at a young age. Her work with young children at the Early Childhood Developmental Center instilled in her a desire to positively influence the lives of young girls, she said.After watching the documentary as a college sophomore, Richmond said she was inspired to share the message with classmates, friends and family. Through the Dooley Grant, she said she now has the opportunity to achieve this goal.“Women are 51 percent of the population and yet they are facing great adversity on a daily basis,” she said. “This documentary shows the forces which feed this national epidemic of objectification of women.”Richmond said she intends to hold a discussion panel following the documentary to enable viewers to connect the film with issues on and around campus. Such a discussion will also lead to a proactive action conversation, she said.“This project is all about awareness and the ability to be aware of the things we mindlessly condone on a daily basis,” she said. “We are doing the first injustice by staying quiet about issues like this one. We, as an all women’s college, need to be having these sorts of conversations about what society is doing to women.”Through their projects, both Richmond and O’Brien have the opportunity to explore their social justice interests and share these interests with the surrounding community, philosophy professor Adrienne Lyles-Chockley said. By examining the root causes of these social problems and applying this knowledge to create their own responses, Chockley said the two students are excellent examples of the goal behind the Dooley Grant.Tags: action against social injustice, Dooley Grant, Katharine Terry Dooley Endowment Fundlast_img read more

Author examines social mobility, higher education in US

first_imgAmerican author, essayist and social critic Peter Sacks examined the relationship between class and its influence on the American college experience, as well as colleges’ current relationship with social mobility, in a lecture Thursday night.“The American Dream is on life support,” Sacks said in the lecture, titled “Climbing the Class Ladder: Do college and universities help — or do they stand in the way?”Though “we often talk about American higher education as being this meritocracy … [and] we like to think of our schools, colleges and universities as great equalizers,” Sacks said, this is not the case in a modern America where “advantages and disadvantages of class undergird so much of what transpires in higher education.”Sacks said despite the U.S. commonly being thought of as a land with equality of opportunity for all, this status is undermined by the country’s system of capitalism, run by the rule of the survival of the fittest. There is a class divide in education, he said, and colleges and universities are doing a poor job of bridging it.“We live in a democratic society, but it has become one where outcomes are too heavily influenced by money and power, and equal educational opportunity is not immune to the influences of money and power,” Sacks said. “When we talk about the class divide in education, those who benefit from the existing rules of the game might feel threatened. Out in the open, the vastly unequal educational opportunity is exposed.”Sacks said colleges are not doing a good enough job reaching and aiding economically disadvantaged students, as only 21 percent of “college-qualified” students from low-income families eventually complete a bachelor’s degree, and roughly six million college-qualified students do not attend college due to financial restraints alone. Furthermore, Sacks said, while recruited athletes, legacies and under-represented minorities receive a substantial boost in the admissions process, low-income students are given little to no advantage.“Our exclusionary way of running our educational system contradicts our founding ideologies, and so we can’t come out and admit that exclusion on class lines is the primary way we do things,” he said. “ … America is not the land of equal opportunity. So we see that many academic institutions aren’t welcoming places for students from families of low and modest incomes.”“That begs the obvious question: Are colleges and universities the right place to climb the social and economic ladder, or are there other ways to do this?” Sacks said.In fact, he said, there might be better ways, or ways that serve some people better than others. The middle class has declined precipitously since 1979, Sacks said, and that decline is linked with the successful assault on unions by large corporate interests.“A recent paper [was] released by the National Bureau of Economic Research in which the researchers estimated the effects on intergenerational economic mobility from the decline of unionism in the United States. The research found that parents’ unionism has had a significant effect on their child’s well-being,” Sacks said.“The adult children of unionized parents earn higher labor income compared to the offspring of non-union parents, and the children of unionized parents often obtain higher education and better health outcomes compared to those whose parents were not unionized.”These intergenerational benefits from unionization are more powerful for poorer and lesser-educated parents and tend to spill over into the broader community, Sacks said. The result is that although collective action among workers has come under attack across the U.S., there is a proven way through unionization to promote economic mobility beyond college.Sacks also said there are those who claim too many people are going to college. He said critics of higher education deny a link between higher education subsidies and economic growth, as well as that public support of higher education in the U.S. increases economic equality.“These critics of higher education have essentially argued that colleges and universities are useless as a social or economic investment,” Sacks said. “Higher education is both a public good, and investment into it is essential.”Sacks said those born at an economic disadvantage and who drop out of high school have only a one-percent chance of reaching the top income quartile by the time they are 40. Additionally educational attainment is highly correlated with reduced unemployment, public assistance, smoking rates and poverty rates, as well as increased voting rates and volunteerism.Sacks closed by saying the reduction of subsidies for public institutions has caused some to turn private and has created a situation where one’s ability to pay determines whether one deserves a college education. He said students from families who have the ability to pay for admissions slots at universities could become a new, self-perpetuating aristocracy.“At the dinner table, in the real-world, equal opportunity means that parents want their kids to have opportunities they never had. … We have what we have of because of sacrifices and investments in human capital past generations made for us,” Sacks said.Sacks’ lecture was the keynote address for the 2015 AnBryce Forum, which according to its website is “meant to encourage a campus-wide dialogue on the means by which a range of actors attain access to opportunity in the complex landscape of the American 21st century.”Tags: American dream, economic mobility, higher educationlast_img read more

Corpora speaks on Year of Mercy

first_imgWith Pope Francis’ declaration of 2016 as the Jubilee Year of Mercy, one of Pope Francis’ Missionaries of Mercy spoke at Coleman-Morse Center on Wednesday night. This Missionary of Mercy, Fr. Joe Corpora, a Holy Cross Priest, director of university-school partnerships in ACE, and priest in residence at Dillon Hall, spoke on the power of mercy and his personal experiences as a Missionary of Mercy.“I believe that God gave Pope Francis an extraordinary grace to look at the signs of the times and to read them, and looking at the signs of the times the Holy Father sensed this dire need for mercy, that it might have been the one thing the world needed more than anything else,” Corpora said.Corpora said Francis has made great strides in the understanding of mercy.“Pope Francis goes as far as to say mercy is God’s name,” Corpora said, “He’s moved the understanding of [mercy] from something that God does … to something that He is. He is mercy.”With this declaration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Francis set about spreading this message of mercy by calling out for missionaries of mercy. Corpora was nominated and chosen to be one of these missionaries, an act which he said was incredibly emotional for him.“Well, I just wept,” Corpora said, “I was overcome with joy and gratitude.”This position as a Missionary of Mercy allowed Corpora the opportunity to travel to the Vatican where he met with other missionaries and Pope Francis himself. Corpora said the Pope was “entirely the person you see on TV.”“There is nothing I wouldn’t tell him about my life. He just exudes grace and mercy,” Corpora said.After leaving the Vatican, Corpora said he set about spreading this message of mercy.“I received a lifetime of mercy, so what else could I do but give it away?” Corpora said.One of the most important aspects of this mercy, Corpora said, was the act of confession. Corpora talked on his own approach to confession through mercy.“I try in each instance to help the person see that the mercy of God is bigger than any possible sin than any person could possibly commit. That our sins are like little blips on the screen of God’s mercy, that God’s mercy trumps and overcomes any sin that anyone could have committed,” Corpora said.Corpora also spoke on how anyone could go about fulfilling this message of mercy. Corpora said that all must go about, “practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.”“Whatever work of mercy we practice must bring us into contact with people, whether it’s a corporal work of mercy, giving food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, visiting the prisoners. It brings us into contact with people,” he said.One must undertake this mission of mercy in a way that focuses on human to human interaction, Corpora said.“Imagine how much our lives would be different if we engaged with each other from that perspective, which is basically human to human. Instead of, as we often do, we engage with others as Mexican to Anglo, African American to Asian, gay to straight, documented to undocumented, rich to poor, but rather as human to human … which is basically I have something good to give, and something good to receive from another person,” Corpora said.Corpora said he has faith this message of mercy will endure.“We’ve had a lot of these thematic years in the last ten years — the year of family, the year of faith, the year of consecrated life, but they began with a big flourish and you didn’t hear about them until they were over, but the Year of Mercy just keeps growing,” Corpora said.Tags: Joe Corpora, Missionary of Mercy, Pope Francis, Year of Mercylast_img read more

Professor researches origin of Star of Bethlehem

first_imgThe story of the birth of Jesus is among the most well-known stories in the Bible, and details, such as the star over Bethlehem that led the Magi to Christ’s manger, are familiar to nearly everyone with some knowledge of Christianity. However, these details, such as whether the star of Bethlehem was even a star at all, may not be fully understood.Grant Mathews, professor of physics, believes the sign that the Magi followed was actually and extremely rare planetary alignment and that the “star” was, in fact, Jupiter. Since 2005, Mathews has been interested in finding a possible scientific explanation for the legendary biblical occurrence.“We looked at a bunch of things — whether there was a comet or an asteroid or a supernova or a nova,” Mathews said. “Historically, it’s possible, but you have to look at what the Magi would have actually been thinking, since they’re the ones that show up and say, ‘Well, we saw this thing. Where’s the newborn king of the Jews?’ And nobody else in Judea apparently had noticed it, so it had to be something fairly subtle, not something bright in the sky.”Mathews said he believes the Magi were likely Zoroastrian astronomers from Babylonia or Mesopotamia and would likely have primarily been interested in the planets, which were believed to determine destinies as they moved. Mathews said first-century astronomer Claudius Ptolemy wrote a book about how the constellation Aries corresponded with Judea. Astronomical occurrences with Aries, then, would have been interpreted as relating to Judea, Jesus’ homeland in modern-day Palestine.“There were several things that happened in this rare alignment: Jupiter, Saturn, the moon, the sun are all there at once and the other planets — Venus, Mercury — are nearby,” Mathews said. “What was significant is that Jupiter is in what’s called retrograde motion, and it actually comes to stop [relative to Earth]. Translating from the Greek in the old testament ‘and the star came to rest over where the child was’ [from Matthew 2:9]. “Jupiter literally comes to a stop in its retrograde motion in the place where the child is born, in Bethlehem, it comes to a rest in Aries, so it’s kind of consistent with that whole description. Jupiter was the symbol of the ruler, Saturn was about bringing life, and Aries was on the vernal equinox, so Aries meant the bringing of spring and the bringing of life, that sort of thing. It had all the significance of a life-giving ruler appearing in Judea at this time.”This theory of a planetary alignment was initially proposed by Michael Molnar, former professor of astronomy at Rutgers University, and described in his 2000 book, “The Star of Bethlehem: The Legacy of the Magi,” which Mathews cites as one of his inspirations for beginning his own inquiries into the Star of Bethlehem and writing a book on the subject, which has not yet been published. After considering other possible astronomical explanations, Mathews believes Molnar’s theory to be the most plausible.“I worked on some other ideas, the comets, the supernova thing, because we had a lot of new NASA archives to scan, but in the end, I think [Molnar] hit on the right conclusion,” he said.Mathews ran his own calculations to determine when this alignment might occur again.“The planets are like cars going around a racetrack, and they’re all going different speeds,” he said. “How often is it that they all line up within this little 30 degree patch of the sky along with the sun and the moon at the same time. It’s not that complicated of a calculation. Assuming I did it right, the next alignment was 16 thousand years or so, but it wasn’t in Aries, and it wasn’t in the vernal equinox, so it wouldn’t have the same significance. I ran it forward, and I didn’t see anything for 500,000 years, so it looked really rare.”Tags: aries, astronomy, christmas, Star of Bethlehemlast_img read more

‘Dome-ish’ to explore on-campus diversity

first_imgIn spite of its fame, Notre Dame’s Golden Dome has yet to be featured in the name of a television program. That changes Wednesday with the premiere of “Dome-ish”, a four-part sketch comedy series reflecting issues of diversity at Notre Dame.The show’s producers — seniors Coty Miller, Chandler Turner and Geralyn Smith — said they hope “Dome-ish” will tell stories about minority groups on campus.“We really want students to kind of understand the positions that minority students have been placed in and hopefully see that and want to either change their views, change how they approach situations,” Miller said. “[We want students] to sympathize more.”The miniseries, which will consist of four 15-minute episodes, was created in collaboration with Multicultural Student Program and Services (MSPS) and NDtv, Miller said. The program aims to counter stereotypes and educate the campus community about diversity in a “comedic way.”“Think of it as the funny ‘Show Some Skin,’” Turner said.Each episode will feature roughly three skits highlighting specific issues, Miller explained. Examples of issues include the experiences of students who come from families with low socioeconomic status, stereotypes surrounding athletes and the daily struggles students of color and the LGBTQ community.“In our promo video, we talked about how a lot of times professors can’t tell the difference between different black students, or even students of color in general,” Miller said.The production process aimed to involve as many students who were interested in getting film production experience as possible, the producers said. Anyone can submit a skit for the producers’ consideration. The show will also include skits written by the producers.Once the producers have decided to use a skit, they reach out to people to help out with production. Both Miller and Turner expressed hope that “Dome-ish” will continue to be produced in future semesters.“In the beginning, before we started writing content and all of that, we reached out to see who was interested in general,” Miller said. “A lot of people got back to us and they just wanted to get involved with production and acting in general, and so based on that interest those are the people we reach out to automatically. More and more people start reaching out the more they hear about it, so we try to include as many people as possible.”The title “Dome-ish” is derived from the ABC sitcom “Black-ish” and its spin-off, “Grown-ish.” The producers said that it is meant to signify the fact that many minority students do not get the full “Notre Dame experience” while they are students at the University.“We kind of played off the whole ‘Black-ish’ and ‘Grown-ish’ ideas where they’re saying they’re ‘black-ish,’ so what people typically expect black people to be like, they’re kind of like that in terms of … cause they’re black and they do have some similarities with the stereotypes and black experiences, but it’s an ‘ish’ kind of thing,” Miller said. “We’re saying these students kind of get that Notre Dame experience being here, they get a lot of the same experiences other students do but there’s a lot of experiences that they’re not able to get and their experiences are different.“So, the typical Notre Dame experience people get and walk with and tell people about, which is a good experience, they’re kind of getting that. They’re unfortunately not able to get that typical Notre Dame experience and that’s where the ‘ish’ comes from.”Turner said one of the key goals of the “Dome-ish” project is to tell the stories of students who are often forgotten or overlooked.“One goal of mine is to add to the Notre Dame narrative,” Turner said. “A lot of times Notre Dame just pushes one type of Notre Dame student or one type of narrative and with this visual representation of a lot of the students that go here that don’t feel represented quite so right. So, we’re giving students the chance to write their own narratives and that’s really important to us.”Tags: Diversity, Dome-ish, MSPS, NDTvlast_img read more