Tony Award winner visits Saint Mary’s

first_imgIn recent years, Saint Mary’s students have welcomed various theater professionals to the college, including actor Glenn Close and comedian Lily Tomlin. Tony Award-winner and Broadway actress Donna McKechnie joined that list when she hosted a master class for students Monday. “How fortunate we are that our students are able to learn from the masters like Donna McKechnie and Lily Tomlin, both Tony Award winning-actresses,” Mark Abram-Copenhaver, a theatre professor at the College, said in a press release. “Ms. McKechnie is a master of not only the theater, but of what makes theatre sing — music and dance.” McKechnie, who teaches an acting class in New York, told the students in Monday’s class why teaching others to act is important to her. “My job in a class with students I teach in New York is to ask them, ‘How do we make this more real for you?’” McKechnie said. She said it is important to personalize a role and not to let fear cause hesitation. “We have to stay out of our own way,” she said. McKenchie won a Tony Award for best actress for her role as Cassie in “Chorus Line,” according to the press release. Other credits include “On the Town,” “Promises, Promises” and “State Fair.” “My soapbox in life is American musical theater,” McKechnie said. “I learned with people who are incredible. I am a professional student and I have studied and I will continue to study.” During master class, held in the studio in Regina Hall’s basement, four Saint Mary’s theater students came before McKechnie and performed a musical number each had been working on, and she supplied them feedback. After each performance, McKechnie gave the student direction and they worked through the song with her. Throughout the musical numbers, McKechnie said students need to put their fear aside. “We try to show because we aren’t in complete relaxation with ourselves,” she said. “Really feel it before you say it. It’s not about pain, it’s about freeing ourselves.” McKechnie said the difficulty in acting is bringing all the elements together. “We’re integrating the words and the feeling and all of this,” she said. “That’s why it’s so complicated.”last_img read more

Vermont Public Television’s John King Appointed to Two Boards

first_imgJohn King, president and CEO of Vermont Public Television, the statewidepublic television network, has been appointed to two boards. He waselected treasurer and executive committee member of NETA, the NationalEducational Telecommunications Association. NETA is a professionalassociation based in Columbia, S.C., that serves public televisionstations and educational entities. Its mission is to provide qualityprogramming, educational resources, professional development, managementsupport and national representation for its members.King has also been appointed to the Assembly of Overseers ofDartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H. The overseers act asadvisers to the board of trustees on hospital affairs and customer andcommunity relations.He holds a master’s degree in public administration from HarvardUniversity, a bachelor’s degree from Johnson State College and anassociate’s degree from Champlain College. He and his family live inColchester.last_img read more

West Java teen falls victim to ‘sextortion’ by online ex-boyfriend

first_img“We have obtained photos of E and his address for submitting to the police,” KPAID Tasikmalaya head Ato Rianto said on Thursday.The KPAID is accompanying the victim in reporting the incident to police. Ato explained that the student and E met about 11 months ago on Facebook and shortly thereafter, they decided to start a romantic relationship, although they had not met in person. About two months into the relationship, E asked the girl to have phone sex with him by video call, and she agreed. They had phone sex  several times, and E reportedly recorded each call without the girl’s knowledge. A 15-year-old junior high school student in Tasikmalaya, West Java, has reportedly fallen victim to “sextortion” following months of an online romance with a man she never met offline.The 23-year-old man, identified as E, allegedly threatened the victim to distribute intimate videos of her that he had recorded without her knowledge if she did not give him money, according to the Tasikmalaya Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAID).The teen said that she had transferred Rp 350,000 (US$23) to E, but that he still sent the video to her classmates anyway. The couple ended their relationship in February after a disagreement, and E subsequently started blackmailing the girl through online correspondence, kompas.com reported.  The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) had earlier stated that children were prone to online sex crimes, citing 679 of such incidents  it had recorded in 2018, up from 608 cases in 2017. “The ever-developing information technology makes it easier for children to access the internet nowadays. If children are not monitored [closely], they can easily be exposed to negative content like pornography,” KPAI pornography and cybercrimes commissioner Margaret Aliyatul Maimunah stated at a press conference recently. As a result, children could become victims of sexual abuse and other forms of online abuse. Worse, they could also become perpetrators of such crimes themselves, said Margaret.The KPAI recorded at least 250 cases of online sex crimes and pornography targeting children in 2018.It also recorded a growing number of underage sex offenders – below the age of 17 – in cyberspace, from 94 offenders in 2016, to 102 in 2017 and then to 96 in 2018. The data indicated a rapid increase in such offenders from just 16 cases in 2013. Margaret thus urged parents to monitor their children’s internet use regularly to protect them from online sex crimes, including sextortion. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to move to 2-0 with win over Iona Tuesday night

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (1-0) takes on Iona (0-1) Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. The Orange is coming off a 77-45 season-opening win over Cornell while the Gaels got nipped by Albany, 69-67. Tyus Battle led all scorers with 18 points against the Big Red, while Geno Thorpe and Oshae Brissett chipped in 12 and 11, respectively. Bourama Sidibe and Matthew Moyer led the way on the glass with 10 rebounds apiece. Our beat writers make picks and discuss Syracuse’s second game of the season.Sam Fortier (1-0)Iona USyracuse 62, Iona 51Syracuse played another traditional Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team last season in Monmouth and dispatched them 71-50. Granted, this is a more inexperienced Syracuse but the Gaels are weakened too by losses of its top three scorers. If the Gaels shoot well from beyond the arc, then the team could win, but right now that seems too unlikely to pick.Matthew Gutierrez (1-0)Gael forceSyracuse 66, Iona 57Don’t sleep on the Gaels, an up-tempo, 3-point-heavy team that matches up well against the 2-3 zone. Iona is coming off of a MAAC title and NCAA Tournament appearance, but the Gaels lost its top three scorers and top two rebounders from a year ago. The Orange will sneak away with a victory and improve to 2-0 in what’s probably its toughest nonconference game until Maryland visits at the end of the month.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTomer Langer (1-0)Back-to-backSyracuse 72, Iona 56Iona is a better team than Cornell is, but it’s missing a lot of its pieces from last year’s 22-13 team, namely its top three scorers. Like Sam said, if Iona gets hot behind the arc, because it will put up a lot of shots, then it has a chance. But the Gaels made just 4-of-22 3-pointers against Albany to start off their season. Until I see something different, I imagine Syracuse will start off slowly in the first half but will pull away in the second. Comments Published on November 14, 2017 at 8:51 amlast_img read more