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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

NCAA Injury Report

The NCAA Tournament has its first official injury. 

The Georgia Bulldog was benched due to the equivalent of a pulled hamstring.

The bulldog was undergoing rigorous training jumping on and off the couch.

Three Stooges at Steel Pier, Atlantic City -- 1938

Women stand up

‎"Somethin's happenin' here ... what it is ain't exactly clear ..."
Conservative media figures, led by Rush Limbaugh, have continually distorted and exaggerated the content of Sandra Fluke's testimony before Democratic members of Congress.

Take Flight and Soar on the Winds

Changes for fall enrollment

        There are several changes that may impact student enrollment for fall 2012 semester classes.
            Please make sure you are aware of the following changes so that we may all work to help students experience a smooth enrollment process and a successful fall semester.

Payment due date is June 1:
            Early registration begins May 1 and the payment due date for students who register early for fall 2012 classes is June 1. Payment or payment arrangements (whether paying out of pocket or with financial aid) must be made by this deadline or students’ enrollment may be canceled. Registration re-opens for all students on June 4, after which time payment is due at 11:59 p.m. on the day of registration.
            The use of this “rolling” enrollment cancellation process will help ensure CSN does not shutdown the entire registration system for all NSHE institutions as we did last fall.
            The following steps will help students protect their enrollment from cancelation:
· Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form before May 30;
· Pay the balance due before 11:59 p.m. on June 1; or
· Sign up for a payment plan online via MyCSN and pay the minimum amount due by 11:59 p.m. on June 1, (or do so in person at a campus cashier’s office during regular business hours).
Residency application materials are due Aug. 1, 2012:
            To apply for in-state residency for the fall 2012 semester, students submitting residency applications must turn in their complete application with all supporting documentation no later than Aug. 1, 2012.
Changes affecting students who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent:
            Incoming students seeking a degree or certificate of achievement from CSN must have a high school diploma or its equivalent, to be admitted to an academic program at CSN and to be considered for financial aid.
An incoming student without a high school diploma or its equivalent may apply for admission to CSN as a degree-seeking student under alternative criteria but will not be eligible for financial aid. Incoming students may be admitted under alternative criteria by satisfying one of the following requirements:
Placement testing scores sufficient for entry into ENG 100 and Math 095 or higher; or
Transfer credits equivalent to NSHE’s ENG 100 and Math 095 with grades of “C” or better from another accredited college or university; and have good standing at any previously attended institutions, including but not limited to, records of disciplinary action.

Subject to the approval of appropriate high school and college officials, junior and senior high school students who are at least 16 years old may be admitted and enrolled at CSN.
            Due to changes in federal regulations, students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent to be considered for financial aid.
Current degree-seeking CSN students without a high school diploma or its equivalent receiving financial aid (including students satisfying the Ability-to-Benefit requirement) will be allowed to complete that program with financial aid assistance but will not be able to change their declared majors after June 30, 2012 without first earning their high school diplomas or its equivalent.
            Therefore, current students who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent should verify that their declared major/degree programs in the MyCSN Student Center are accurate. If the major/degree listed is incorrect, a student must submit a change of major form in person to the Office of the Registrar prior to June 30, 2012.
            If students have not graduated high school and would like to take the GED (offered in English or Spanish), they can prepare for and take the GED exam at CSN. They must pre-register in person with a proper government-issued picture ID at CSN’s Testing Center, located at each campus. CSN also provides GED preparation classes.  For a paid class ($135), contact 702-651-4747. For a free course at CSN’s Sahara West Center, please call 702-651-4487.
            In conclusion, please help us communicate to students that they must plan ahead for the June 1 payment due date and submit their FAFSA forms before May 30 if they intend to use financial aid to pay for courses this fall. I appreciate your assistance in helping us to disseminate this information to help students succeed at CSN.


Michael Richards, Ph.D.
President, College of Southern Nevada

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SAG/Creative America Documentary

Check out Creative America’s new probing short documentary “Content Theft: The Big Picture” and learn more about the issue. Hear colleagues and peers tell you how it has hurt them. Listen to national experts explain how it happens and who makes money off it. And share this important video with others.

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First posted 12/9/11

Nike Kicks Up Controversy With 'Black And Tan' Shoes

Term Offensive in Northern Ireland, implies Teenage Drinking and promotes only one brand of drinks
One of Nike's latest sneaker creations — dubbed by retailers "The Black and Tan" — is rolling out just in time for St. Patrick's Day. To many Americans the "Black and Tan" is the half stout, half pale ale drink. But to the Irish, it was a brutal paramilitary group employed by the British in the early twentieth century to put down Irish revolutionary fighters. Robert Siegel and Melissa Block have the story.

Black and Tan. That's the name used for a new Nike sneaker arriving just in time for St. Patrick's Day; it's also a nod to the popular beer mash-up. Just one problem: Black and Tan is also a term reviled in Ireland, a sneering reference to the British forces accused of mistreating Irish citizens in the 1920s.

In other words, it would be akin, in some circles, to naming a sneaker the Taliban or the Nazi.

Cue today's "sorry" from the athletic shoe giant: "We apologize," Nike said in a statement to Fox News. "No offense was intended."

Nike said the sneaker had been "unofficially named," even though several online retailers and sneaker websites, such as Kicks on Fire, wrote about the shoe using the name Nike SB Dunk Low "Black & Tan" label. Nike acknowledged that the name "can be viewed as inappropriate and insensitive."

To Americans, a "black and tan" usually refers to a creamy stout beer, such as Guinness, stacked atop a pale ale. And no doubt many an American will down one this weekend in honor of St. Patrick's Day, under the mistaken belief that it's a nod to the Irish.

But you might not want to order a black and tan in Ireland.

The Black and Tans, so nicknamed because of their uniforms, were part of a British escalation of violence and brutality against the Irish in the 1920s. The forces are "remembered for brutality" and "a systematic reprisal policy," according to Irish History.

Not all Irish are opposed to a shoe called "Black and Tan," however.

Over at Irish Central, where news of the Nike gaffe was well read, one sly commenter named "hotdubliner" suggested that Nike critics have it all backward:

"I say wear them proudly! The only place a 'Black and Tan' belongs is underfoot! Every time you kick a ball or pound them down by dancing them into the ground, hold that vision of divine retribution finally having its day!"

Spiderman and other Superheros may be headed to Disney. "Luck" suspends shooting of horses. Hunger Games premieres. Do the books cheapen "The Godfather?"

Photo: Jennifer Lawrence and Joe Drake at the premiere of "The Hunger Games." Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images
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Getting hungry. "The Hunger Games" hasn't even hit theaters yet, but Disney's ABC Family cable channel has already landed a deal for the basic cable rights to the movie. That means if you're not planning on catching it in theaters and don't have pay cable, Netflix or a DVD player, you'll only have to wait 2 1/2 years to see it on television. Details from Broadcasting & Cable.

"The Hunger Games" is the last hurrah for Lions Gate's outgoing president.  "The Hunger Games" premiere Monday night was kicked off by an introduction from a soon-to-be former Lionsgate employee who oversaw the biggest and most important movie in the company's history.

Joe Drake, Lionsgate's former motion picture group president, was the first person to walk on stage in front of thousands of Hollywood professionals and screaming fans at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The executive, who had been involved in shaping "The Hunger Games" movie from its inception, is currently negotiating his exit from the studio.

He was recently replaced by Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachbserger, the former co-chairmen of Summit Entertainment, which Lionsgate acquired in January. The duo are bringing over many of their senior executives from Summit, resulting in a shake-up in the ranks of Lionsgate executives who have managed "The Hunger Games."

PHOTOS: "The Hunger Games" black carpet arrivals
After mentioning the company's chief executive, Jon Feltheimer, and vice chairman, Michael Burns, Drake took the time to personally thank members of his team, some of whose futures at Lionsgate are soon ending or in doubt. Among them:

-- Production president Alli Shearmur, who bought the "Hunger Games" book trilogy in 2008 and oversaw production of the first movie. She has been replaced by Summit's Erik Feig and is expected to sign a producing deal with the studio.
-- Executive vice president of distribution David Spitz, who is remaining with the company but instead of running his department will take the No. 2 spot under Summit's Richard Fay.
-- Marketing president Tim Palen, who designed and oversaw the marketing campaign for "The Hunger Games." His future at Lionsgate is uncertain as the company must decide whether he or Summit's Nancy Kirkpatrick will take the top marketing job, or if the two will share power in some way.
-- Julie Fontaine, executive vice president of publicity for Lionsgate, who has managed press coverage for the film. Her future is uncertain, too, as no decision has been made on whether and how she will work alongside Summit's Eric Kops.

Absent from the list of those thanked by Drake was the Summit team, who were in attendance at the premiere.

"Hunger Games" director Gary Ross, who took the stage after Drake, also thanked Shearmur and Palen by name.

HBO is suspending production of scenes with horses on Luck

Photo: HBO's "Luck." Credit: Gusmano Cesaretti/Associated Press 

No horsing around. After the death of a third horse, HBO's gambling drama "Luck" has suspended shooting scenes that feature horses. The show, which was already renewed for a second season despite lackluster ratings, has been filming new episodes at the Santa Anita racetrack. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has already been loudly complaining about the treatment of horses during the shooting of "Luck." More from Bloomberg.

Daily Dose: The bad economy creeps up as a subplot in two new TV shows. Lifetime's "The Client List" is about a woman who goes to work in a "massage" parlor to make ends meet while CBS' new cop drama "NYC 22" features one character who turns to law enforcement after getting laid off as a newspaper reporter. Too bad I'm too old for the police academy.

Standing in line next to Spider-Man. Walt Disney Co., which bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009, is working on a plan to bring the comic book giant's characters to its theme parks. Of course, Universal owns the rights in perpetuity for its Marvel Super Hero Island attraction featuring many famed characters, so just what Disney has in mind is not clear yet. Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Bob Iger also said at the company's annual meeting that Disney has a plan to hire 1,000 U.S. veterans. Coverage of the annual meeting from the Los Angeles Times and Reuters.

BSkyB next casualty for News Corp.? The never-ending ethics scandal at News Corp.'s British tabloids could affect the company's involvement in British Sky Broadcasting, the satellite giant that News Corp. is a large stakeholder in. James Murdoch, the son of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, may be pressured to resign as chairman of BSkyB. That's just for starters. If the British government decides that News Corp. is unfit to have any involvement in the broadcaster, the company could have to divest. More from the Evening Standard and Financial Times.

Bottomless wallets. ESPN is near a deal to extend its contract to carry the Big 12 Conference. According to Sports Business Daily, the cable sports empire is going to shell out $1.3 billion for a nine-year extension with the conference. Where does ESPN get all this money? Oh yeah, from cable and satellite subscribers like you and me.

Don't ever take sides against the family again. The family of late "Godfather" author Mario Puzo has sued Paramount Pictures for ownership of the classic movie. That suit is in response to Paramount's suit trying to stop the Puzo heirs from publishing another "Godfather" book. Paramount has argued that the books cheapen the value of the movie franchise. Maybe, but didn't "Godfather III" do that too? Details from the Wall Street Journal.

Shrinking window. Fans of CW shows "Gossip Girl" and "The Vampire Diaries" won't have to wait three days anymore to watch them online. The CW, concerned about piracy, is shortening the three-day wait to just eight hours. The network ran some tests and determined that such a small window would not hurt the broadcast ratings of the show. Coverage from Variety.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: "Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd makes the case for California to expand its film credit to boost production here.

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