Grant supports music program

first_imgArtists in Notre Dame’s sacred music program received a $400,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which will immediately be used to fund innovative interdisciplinary projects. Carmen Helena Tellez, professor of conducting in the Department of Music and concurrent professor of sacred music in the Department of Theology, will serve as the principal investigator and producer of the project as a whole. “The grant will fund the investigation and production of three interdisciplinary works that will join faculty and students in examining important humanities topics through innovative performance and audience interaction,” Tellez said. “We have labeled it the Mellon Sacred Music Drama Project because all civilizations have had a form of music drama where the great concerns of the society – especially religious ideas – would be experienced through an enacted performance.” Tellez said exploring the relationship between the humanities and the arts is a key component of the project. “An interdisciplinary work is one that marries many arts, but also possibly the humanities, science, and digital technologies,” Tellez said. “I see it more like a true resonance between languages and methodologies, not only a mere combination of arts on a stage. There is always a message and a reflection – one can say that liturgy is one of the earliest forms of interdisciplinary art.” The sacred music program at Notre Dame currently has 15 students pursuing masters of sacred music degrees. Tellez said the degree is artistic, though it is affiliated with the Department of Theology, and it complements the pastoral duties of a church music director. “Sacred music at Notre Dame is a young initiative of the University, devoted to the formation of proficient artists in the field of sacred music and to the exploration of the significance of sacred music to our civilization,” Tellez said. “Sacred music is considered the handmaiden of liturgy and religion because it may open the spirit, generate a sense of bonding, and bring peace to the mind to ready it for theological reflection.” The sacred music program at Notre Dame collaborates with South Bend churches to place its graduate students in supervised church music director positions, Tellez said. This allows them to practice the discipline of an artistic relationship with a pastor and a congregation. Tellez said she will contribute to the musical direction of the project as needed, collaborating with other participating faculty and students. “The projects funded by the grant will permit the student to explore the merits of certain artistic methodologies and performance formats, some of which will be very innovative,” Tellez said. “This will invite them to explore the ways in which they can be more inspiring and compelling in sharing sacred music with their congregations.”last_img read more

Cuomo Adds Medical Marijuana to 2014 Agenda

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his fourth State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2013.Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed tentatively legalizing medical marijuana during his election-year State of the State address Wednesday, meaning New York State may become the 21st state in the nation to do so.The much-anticipated-yet-still-controversial idea was expected, although the governor didn’t spend as much time discussing it as he did offering updates on earlier initiatives such as building casinos, strengthening public corruption laws and passing a Women’s Equality Agenda—in addition to a few new items on his agenda.“We have to make New York healthier,” Cuomo told the audience while outlining his plan to launch a pilot program that allows up to 20 hospitals to provide medical marijuana to patients being treated for serious illnesses. “Research suggests that medical marijuana can help manage the pain of cancer and other diseases.”His announcement came a month after state lawmakers held a hearing  in Mineola on a medical marijuana proposal.The address came a day after Vice President Joseph Biden and Cuomo announced a plan to “re-imagine” New York with $16 billion worth of public works projects to rebuild upstate bridges, modernize New York City airports and storm-proofing subway tunnels—a plan they called a national model.Key issues he raised for Long Island—aside from taxes—included spending $100 million statewide on affordable housing, building strategic fuel reserves to pre-empt gas lines like those after Sandy and enhancing storm early detection systems.He also unveiled new plans to freeze property taxes for two years to help homeowners, reform the corporate tax structure to make the state more attractive to business and lower the estate tax so that it’s aligned with other states.Other new plans Cuomo outlined in his address include establishing the nation’s first college specifically for emergency preparedness and homeland security, ensuring three-time drunken-driving convicts lose their licenses for good and offering full scholarships to the top 10 percent of high school graduates who pursue degrees in math or science and agree work in New York for five years after graduation.He announced his support for an existing proposal that would ensure 16 and 17 year old minors would no longer be automatically charged as adults when accused of committing non-violent crimes—a distinction New York shares only with North Carolina.On the casino front, Cuomo said requests for proposals for four upstate Las Vegas-style casinos will be issued in March with bids due in June and winners will be announced in early fall.He additionally tried to defuse bickering sparked by his Moreland Commission on public corruption, co-chaired by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, which began investigating the New York State Legislature in the wake of the latest string of lawmakers’ arrests.“It reflects badly on all of us, because people don’t distinguish,” Cuomo said. “And it goes to the essence of what were trying to do.”He wants new anti-bribery and corruption laws, publicly financed elections and lawmakers to disclosure outside clients with business before the state, among other changes that some in the state Senate and Assembly have resisted.State Senate Co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who issued a statement after the address saying that Republicans are “prepared to pass legislation that attacks corruption in government,” signaled that Cuomo’s proposed Women’s Equality Agenda is still a point of contention.While state Assembly Speak Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) stated after the address that Democrats are prepared to once again pass all 10 parts of the proposal, Republicans in the state Senate have backed all but one: reinforcing a woman’s right to an abortion.“Let’s enact a women’s equality bill that protects all women from discrimination in the workplace and ensures equal pay for equal work,” Skelos said, without mentioning the hot-button reproductive rights issue that sank the legislative package last year.“It’s just been another year where government has failed to act on behalf of women,” Cuomo had said during his address. “Stop playing politics with women’s rights.”last_img read more

The Latest: Sevens rugby world series canceled

first_imgThe Hong Kong, Singapore, Langford, London and Paris legs were postponed but World Rugby canceled them after discussion with all of the host unions.New Zealand was awarded the titles for leading the standings when the coronavirus pandemic stopped the series after six of the 10 men’s rounds and four of the five women’s rounds.South Africa was second and Fiji third in the men’s series. Australia was second and Canada third in the women’s.___More AP sports: and June 30, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The rest of the rugby sevens world series has been canceled and New Zealand declared winners of the men’s and women’s titles. Associated Press The Latest: Sevens rugby world series canceledlast_img read more

Visiting Bears top Women of Troy

first_imgWind and unseasonably cool temperatures didn’t treat the No.13 USC women’s tennis team well, as the No. 9 Baylor Bears defeated the Women of Troy 5-2 Tuesday at Marks Stadium.The Bears (10-2) were USC’s third top-10 opponent in four matches and looked as good as advertised in their dual meet with the Women of Troy (8-5), capturing the doubles point and then rattling off three straight singles wins to clinch the victory.The Bears’ first doubles pair of Csilla Borsanyi and Lenka Broosova took advantage of a late break in the first doubles match of the day against freshman Valeria Pulido and junior Maria Sanchez to capture a quick 8-6 victory.After freshman Danielle Lao and sophomore Alison Ramos hit the Bears back with an 8-5 victory at the second doubles slot, an intense battle at the final doubles pairing decided the doubles point.Throughout a back-and-forth match, senior Sarah Fansler and junior Lyndsay Kinstler were unable to get ahead of the Bears’ pair of Nina Secerbegovic and Jelena Stanivuk and eventually dropped the set 9-7.With the doubles point in hand, Baylor began taking care of the singles points, first with a victory in the sixth singles matchup, where Kinstler was unable to hang with Baylor’s Karolina Filipiak, losing 6-2, 6-3.After Lao and Pulido also dropped their singles matches, the Bears had clinched their victory, and the fifth singles match between Fansler and Stanivuk was stopped with Fansler up a set, giving the Women of Troy their first point of the match.No. 21 Ramos would end up dropping her three-set affair with Secerbegovic at the No. 2 singles position 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3, leaving only No. 3 Sanchez with a chance to claim a final point for USC.Sanchez came through for the Women of Troy, posting a tough three-set victory over Broosova, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5).The Women of Troy will next take to the courts against Arizona State this Saturday at noon in Tempe, Ariz.last_img read more