Ties to the past

first_img 14Neatly boxed in an archive at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design are six bow ties once owned by celebrated architect Walter Gropius (1883-1969), founder of the Bauhaus school. 13Brown, bronze, varietal, and blue, 5appealed to professors: It’s so. 3we have Gropius’ copious, brilliant bow ties. 6horizontal, bright, dashing cravats 10Still, for men in times so old 1to keep such ties to have and to hold. 9such lively, lovely neckwear 8just marked an era, truth be told. 7Five and more decades ago 4Now bound in tieless Two Thousand Fourteen, We all know how hard it is to get your hands around the past. So why not put the past around your neck?That’s possible in theory in the case of six bow ties once worn by the celebrated architect Walter Gropius (1883-1969). The half-dozen slender cravats are housed in a segmented archival box at the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Frances Loeb Library. “It was the architecture gear of a certain era,” said Benjamin Prosky, GSD’s assistant dean for communications (and a tie-free, open-shirt kind of guy).Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus school and a visionary with nonconformist views, fled his native Germany in 1934 after receiving threats when the Nazis took control. Following a sojourn in London, he began teaching at Harvard in 1937.Photographs show that he favored bow ties, in earth tones or daringly bright prints. This sartorial habit was less Gropius’ personal taste and more a fixture of the era in which he lived. Men wore hats, suit jackets, and ties, often of the bow variety.“These brilliant little butterflies were Grope’s only vanity,” wrote his wife Ise in 1969, using his nickname in a note written a few months after he died. She had written to Gropius friend and collaborator Chester Nagel, and gave him the six ties for Christmas that year, “as a small token,” she wrote, “of the friendship that united the two of you.”The ties indicate that Gropius preferred natural materials (in this case, cotton) and straight bow ties rather than varieties with ends that resemble “bat wings” or “thistles,” and that he liked ties with a dash of color. Perhaps that last illustrates the architect’s desire “to make beauty a basic requirement of life,” as Nagel wrote in an essay on Gropius, “to make of living a joy.”Bow ties today, in a cinematic context, denote the well-turned rake, the professor, or sometimes the skinny-necked nerd. In an earlier age, they signified the architect, the professor (again), the well-educated man with a streak of rebellion, or the well-dressed archconservative.But bow ties, first worn by 17th-century Croatian mercenaries, had martial origins. Appropriate for Gropius: This man of peace and collaboration was also a four-year combat veteran of World War I who won the Iron Cross (“when it still meant something,” he confided to Nagel). Gropius escaped death many times, once fleeing machinegun fire on horseback, but not before taking bullets through a shoe heel, a coat pocket, and his hat.Gropius went on to help make architecture modern, to become an influential educator, and to define design in terms of joy. “It brings inert materials to life by relating them to the human being,” he said of architecture. “Thus conceived, its creation is an act of love.”In a final written testament before his death, he repeated only one sentiment twice: “Love is of the essence.” Gropius also left this final wish: “Wear no signs of mourning.” 12the bow ties of Gropius 2Lucky Harvard, and lucky Loeb 11were earthy or bold in hue.last_img

Lawyer, now prosecutor, accused of sex assaults on clients

first_imgA Pennsylvania county prosecutor is accused of sexually assaulting women who were his clients in criminal and child custody cases when he worked as a defense attorney. Bradford County District Attorney Chad Michael Salsman was charged Wednesday with three counts of sexual assault, five counts of indecent assault, witness intimidation, obstruction, and promoting prostitution. A grand jury investigation heard women describe being coerced and assaulted. Salsman is a 44-year-old Republican who was elected in November 2019 to serve as top prosecutor in the rural county along the New York line. Salsman’s lawyer says he denies all the allegations and expects to defend the charges at trial.last_img

Odds & Ends: Nicolette Robinson & Leslie Odom Jr. Expecting & More

first_img View Comments Nicolette Robinson & Leslie Odom Jr.(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Here’s a quick roundup of stories videos and Instagrams you may have missed over the weekend. Nicolette Robinson & Leslie Odom Jr. Expecting a BabyNicolette Robinson and her hubby, Leslie Odom Jr., are expecting their first child together. “Little one, you’re on our mind all the time. Keep eating and growing! We love you and we’re already so proud of you! Love, your mom and dad,” the Hamilton Tony winner wrote in an adorable Instagram post. Congratulations to them both from us all here at Broadway.com! Ben Vereen on Doing the Time Warp AgainBroadway vet Ben Vereen will soon be seen as Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again and he stopped by The Today Show on October 17 to discuss Fox’s upcoming film. “It’s a tribute to the original, you cannot reinvent, you cannot touch the original, so we are paying homage to those who went before us,” said the Tony winner. Check out the charismatic star, who has a plethora of projects on the horizon, below. Leslie Odom Jr. Star Files Leslie Kritzer Taps B’way Talent for Taco VideoLeslie Kritzer found her taco truck! She’s penned and starred in this hysterical video, alongside Rory O’Malley, Josh Lamon, Larry Owens, MiMi Scardulla, MJ Rodriguez and Miriam Rodriguez. Helmed by Randy Blair, Andrew Keenan-Bolger was director of photography, with choreography by Scardulla, and it has be seen to be believd!last_img

Zoom into Science

first_imgThe Georgia 4-H Science and Environmental Education Program will be offering new “Zoom into Science” sessions for the fall. This collection of virtual learning lessons allows youth from across the country to connect with scientists, researchers and engineers through an online communication platform, Zoom.  The “Zoom into Science” series began in May, offering five sessions on topics ranging from space, weather and water to prosthetics and paleontology. Due to the success of the summer sessions, plans are underway for more learning opportunities this fall. Each one-hour Zoom session allows participants to learn from specialists and experts, as well as to be exposed to a variety of science-related careers. Each session will include a presentation from an expert or specialist and conclude with a Q&A portion with participants. All sessions are free to attend and open to the public. Overall, the series has reached more than 300 people from across the country.“It is inspiring to see scientists take the time to teach youth about their work,” said Kasey Bozeman, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H specialist for Science and Environmental Education Programs. “Anything we can do to get young people excited about science topics and potentially inspire science careers is a wise investment of our time. I am particularly excited that we will be featuring some researchers from within UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences over the next few months.”The next session, to be held August 6, will highlight plant genetics. Participants will be joined by Wayne Parrott of the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics. During his session, Parrott will share information about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genome editing in plants. Participants can register for the session at tinyurl.com/scizoomplantgenetics.The next session will be held on August 20 and will highlight rats. Idaho State University doctoral student Aimee Bozeman will focus on rats and how they can be used to study human behavior and motion. Participants can register for the session at tinyurl.com/scizoomrats.A session on September 3 will feature Angela Bliss, stormwater specialist with the Chatham County Department of Engineering. She will be sharing information on stormwater, the importance of preventing water pollution and how to label storm drains. Participants can register for the session at tinyurl.com/scizoomstormwater.The following session, on September 17, will focus on the genetics of some of our favorite fruits and vegetables and why they have their shapes. Participants will be joined by UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics Professor Esther van der Knaap. Participants can register for the session at tinyurl.com/scizoomproduce.A session on October 1 will feature Georgia 4-H staff at the Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island. They will be sharing information on sea turtles, and participants will have a chance to meet current turtle patients and hear their recovery stories. Participants can register for the session at tinyurl.com/scizoomseaturtles.The next session, to be held October 15, will highlight food safety. Participants will be joined by Manpreet Singh of the UGA Department of Poultry Science. During his session, Singh will share information about bacteria, food safety and the importance of washing your hands. Participants can register for the session at tinyurl.com/scizoomfoodsafety.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office.last_img

Tech Time: Omnichannel delivery

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Patelco CU gives members flexibility to manage their financial lives how, when and where they chooseby: Tiffani MontezWhile financial services firms have relied in the past on brick-and-mortar distribution points, new and emerging channels have “knocked the brick off the mortar,” so more and more consumers are turning to digital channels as their main channel for everyday banking. Banks and credit unions are building digital experiences to keep up with demand, but few have focused their efforts on building experiences that reflect how consumers actually interact with them—though multiple channels.The idea of omnichannel experiences—the ability for a member to seamlessly move from one channel to another within a service or sales interaction—has been all the rage over the last few years; however, “omnichannel” is a buzzword that has enjoyed little momentum in translating hype into action.According to a 2014 McKinsey & Company study, more than 65 percent of consumers interact with their financial institutions through multiple channels (see Figure 1). Relatively small percentages of consumers interact through only branches (15 percent), the Web (10 percent), phone (5 percent) or ATM (5 percent). (Mobile was not considered in this study.) continue reading »last_img

Peloton (PTON) reports fiscal Q1 2021 earnings, sales beat

first_imgThe company has been a huge beneficiary of more people staying at home in 2020. But with such heightened demand for its products, Peloton has struggled to keep up. Customers have also reported delayed shipments and poor service. The company said Thursday it expects to be operating under supply constraints “for the foreseeable future.”“As we rapidly scale our organization to meet the extraordinary demand for our products, we realize that some of our members have faced extended delays associated with receiving our products or having support requests fulfilled,” CEO John Foley said in a letter to shareholders.Peloton shares whipsawed in after-hours trading and recently were down around 4.5%, having skyrocketed more than 343% this year. The stock closed Thursday up nearly 7%.- Advertisement – Sales surged 232% to $757.9 million from $228 million a year ago, topping expectations for $748.1 million.Peloton said it ended the quarter with more than 1.33 million connected fitness subscribers, up 137% from a year earlier. Connected fitness subscribers are people who pay $39 per month to sync Peloton’s workout classes to their Peloton equipment versus accessing the programs separately through a phone or tablet device and paying just $12.99.Peloton is also proving during the pandemic that once it hooks a new customer, they tend to stick around. It has gained a wave of new users who are no longer paying to go to the gym. Average net monthly connected fitness churn was 0.65% during the latest period, compared with 0.75% in the prior quarter.The company is now predicting its fiscal 2021 churn rate will remain under 0.9%, compared with a prior forecast of under 1%. It said churn for the current quarter should stay below 0.85%.Peloton also expects to have 1.63 million connected fitness subscribers by the end of its fiscal second quarter, and 2.17 million by the end of the fiscal year. It’s calling for second-quarter revenue of $1 billion. Analysts were predicting $939 million.The Sept. 9 launch of the Peloton Bike+, which includes more features than its original spinning bike and costs $2,495, “drove call volumes and unacceptably long wait times, well beyond our expectations,” Foley said.Peloton said it hopes to meet normalized order-to-delivery windows for its bikes by the end of the calendar year but that wait times for its Bike+ “will likely be elevated for the next couple of quarters.”Peloton’s users continue to work out more, too. That’s due, in part, to some households sharing their memberships among multiple people. The company said its connected fitness subscribers are averaging 20.7 monthly workouts, up from 11.7 a year earlier.The company also said it continues to ramp up its content production, making more than 2,400 new classes during the quarter, to make sure its members don’t grow bored of their bikes. It launched a new Bike Bootcamp and Barre classes during the quarter.Peloton has a market cap of $36.9 billion.Find the full Peloton earnings press release here. Here’s what the company reported for its fiscal first quarter of 2021, compared with what analysts were expecting, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:Earnings per share: 20 cents vs. 11 cents expectedRevenue: $757.9 million vs. $748.1 million expectedPeloton said it expects profits to be pressured as it quickly opens new manufacturing facilities and because of the extra shipping-related expenses it will incur during the busy holiday season.For the three months ended Sept. 30, Peloton said earnings rose to $69.3 million, or 20 cents per share, from a loss of $49.8 million, or $1.29 a share, a year earlier. Analysts had expected Peloton to earn 11 cents per share.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Peloton on Thursday reported quarterly sales growth of 232%, exceeding the company’s expectations, as consumers turned to its bikes and treadmills to work out and stream live classes from home during the coronavirus pandemic.The bike maker raised its revenue outlook for fiscal 2021 and now expects to report $3.9 billion or more in total revenue, up from a prior range of $3.5 billion to $3.65 billion. Analysts had been calling for $3.63 billion, according to a Refinitiv survey. Peloton also expects this holiday quarter to be its first billion-dollar quarter for sales.- Advertisement –last_img

Health Insurance Deadline Looms, But Hoosiers Have Other Options

first_imgUninsured Hoosiers have less than one week to meet an important health insurance deadline. The Affordable Care Act open enrollment period to apply for coverage for this year through the Health Insurance Marketplace ends March 31.According to the executive director of Covering Kids and Families of Indiana, David Roos, while there is a deadline under the Act, some families have other options.“Out of the 800,000 individuals in Indiana who are eligible, it’s basically a 50/50 split. A little bit over 50 percent perhaps are eligible for coverage under the exchange, but almost 50 percent are eligible under existing Medicaid,” he said.Those who are eligible can apply for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Healthy Indiana program year round. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 64,000 Indiana residents have already selected a marketplace plan.Roos said there have been successful outreach efforts to help Indiana residents get enrolled, and navigators are available in all 92 counties to help people find the best option.“We’re encouraged here in Indiana; we’ve got a very strong coalition of partners, hospitals, federally-qualified health centers, Community Health Centers, social service agencies who are lending their expertise to help people navigate the new system.”Those who do not sign up for coverage may face a small penalty. But Roos pointed out that there are tax credits available and low-cost plans, depending on income. To enroll or get additional information Hoosiers can go online to Healthcare.gov.last_img

Erin Elizabeth (Gardner) Speakman, 30

first_imgErin Elizabeth (Gardner) Speakman, 30 passed away on March 25, 2020 in Columbus, OH. She was born on November 29, 1989 in Columbus, Indiana the daughter of Jeff Gardner and the late Julie (Bailey) Gardner. Erin was a 2008 graduate of Greensburg High School where she participated in soccer and cheerleading. She married David Speakman and together had one son, Nash Speakman. Erin worked at Walgreens as a pharmacy technician. She will be missed by many because of her love, kindness and outgoing personality. She was a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend.Survivors include: Husband- David Speakman; son- Nash Speakman; father- Jeff Gardner; sister- Leah Shields; Nephews- Carsyn and Ryder Shields; aunt- Brenda Koors and Jill (Chris) Schroeder; uncles Gary (Julie) Bailey; grandmother- Judy Dent; and father and mother-in-laws- Alan and Olinda Speakman. She was preceded in death by mother- Julie Gardner; and grandparents Glenn and Beverly Gardner and Max Bailey.A visitation and funeral will be held privately at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Rev. Allen Collier will be officiating.  Memorial contributions can be made to the family for her son Nash. Please leave your fondest memories and condolences for the family on Erin’s guest book at www.gilliland-howe.com, those memories will be printed into a book and given to the family.last_img

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMEN’S T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLSeton Hall beats ButlerNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sandro Mamukelashvili hit an off-balance shot in the lane at the buzzer to give No. 16 Seton Hall a stunning 74-72 victory over No. 21 Butler. The game-winning shot came on an inbounds play after the officials reviewed a missed shot by Quincy McKnight and added two tenths of a second, putting 0.6 on the clock. McKnight inbounded the ball and Mamukelashvili caught it and tossed it at the basket. It hit the rim and rolled in, breaking a two-game losing streak for the Pirates (19-7, 11-3 Big East). Butler (19-7, 7-7) made three 3-pointers in the final 64 seconds to wipe out a five-point deficit. Sean McDermott hit the last two, tying the game at 72 with 8.8 seconds left. — Houston infielder Aledmys Díaz, Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin all won their salary arbitration cases, cutting the teams’ advantage to 6-4 in decisions this year with three cases remaining. Díaz was awarded $2.6 million rather than $2 million, Aguilar $2,575,000 instead of $2,325,000 and Goodwin $2.2 million rather than $1.85 million. A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday. Two players remain scheduled for hearings this week: Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and reliever Héctor Neris.— Ultilityman Brock Holt and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a one-year contract. The deal includes a team option for 2021. The 31-year-old left-handed batter had spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015. He hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs in 295 plate appearances while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field.— The Baltimore Orioles have claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians. The 25-year-old Velazquez joins a crowded competition for infield spots with Baltimore. The Orioles designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment.— Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros’ scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. No players were punished by MLB, and opponents from other teams have expressed dismay over that fact since spring training opened last week. Many have also called for Houston to be of its 2017 World Series title.— The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition in an attempt to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field. The “Win Pack’’ lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend for a total of $99. If the Rays win all four, the fan gets a voucher redeemable for a free ticket to another game. McKnight led the Pirates with 18 points and Myles Powell had 16. Mamukelashvili and Romaro Gill added 15 points apiece.Kamar Baldwin had 20 to lead the Bulldogs, while Bryce Golden added 17 points before fouling out with 2:19 to play.In other T25 hoop news:— Jordan Nwora scored 17 points, Dwayne Sutton added 16 and No. 11 Louisville routed Syracuse 90-66 to end a two-game losing streak. The Cardinals never trailed the Orange after losses at Georgia Tech and Clemson dropped them from the conference lead. They stretched a 41-34 halftime lead to double digits early in the second half before an 18-2 run made it 69-44. Nwora shot just 5 of 18 from the field and 2 of 7 from beyond the arc but regrouped from scoring just seven points the past two games. Buddy Boeheim had 15 points and Quincy Guerrrier for Syracuse.— Anthony Edwards’ big night for Georgia has left No. 13 Auburn with its second straight loss. Edwards scored 18 points, including a late 3-pointer to slow Auburn’s comeback attempt, and the Bulldogs beat the Tigers 65-55. Auburn fell to 22-4 overall and 9-4 in the Southeastern Conference, thanks to its second straight loss to a team with a losing record. The two straight losses followed seven straight wins. Georgia ended a four-game losing streak. J’Von McCormick led Auburn with 22 points. Georgia’s Toumani Camara sank seven of eight free throws in the final minute to help protect the lead. DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep’s (HAL’-ehp) first match since losing to Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) in the Australian Open semifinals was a tough three-set win over Ons Jabeur at the Dubai Championships. Halep will meet Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals after Sabalenka beat Elise Mertens in straight sets. Anett Kontaveit beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and will play Petra Martic, who defeated Barbora Strycova in straight sets. Jennifer Brady will play Muguruza in the quarterfinal after Brady beat Marketa Vondrousova and Muguruza defeated Veronika Kudermetova, both in three sets. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings read more