Saint Mary’s professor connects care for the environment, sustainable living

first_imgProfessor Chris Cobb admits he probably spends more time in Science Hall than most of his colleagues in the humanities department. The Saint Mary’s professor has served as both the English department chair and a professor of environmental studies.“What I use from teaching English when I am teaching Environmental Studies is primarily the teaching of observation of detail … looking deeply at a text or looking deeply at, say, a patch of forest,” Cobb said.Detail, Cobb explained, is so very important in both of these contexts, despite how different the subjects might seem.Now in his 12th year at Saint Mary’s, Cobb said he is playing a different role this year as he is on sabbatical.“I have environmental projects and Shakespeare projects for my sabbatical … so far, I have been working mainly on the environmental projects,” Cobb said.On campus, Cobb is working with the “Sustainability at Saint Mary’s” course, which is part of the Holy Cross Charism tri-campus class. He is also working with a group seeking to establish a sustainable farm at the College.Off campus, Cobb is part of a group that is developing a network of environmental organizations for northern Indiana.Ideally, these organizations would enable people who are concerned about the environment to work proactively for better environmental policies in the region, Cobb said.Around campus, Cobb is known for his environmentally-friendly practices, including riding his bike to campus. In fact, Cobb said, he doesn’t drive at all, biking where he can, then choosing to take public transportation and cabs when necessary.Cobb said he has been working on implementing sustainable practices into his daily life for about 15 years. These changes have come about gradually, Cobb said, just as his interest in environmental issues developed over time.“I try to eat local, eat organic and keep my meat consumption low,” Cobb said.In addition to these dietary choices, Cobb said he has made his home greener, using various methods to reduce electricity use. His home includes a high-efficiency furnace instead of a traditional Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system for heating and cooling. It also includes solar panels that produce nearly as much electricity as his home uses and a water heating pump that utilizes heat transfer rather than electricity. Cobb said he also does his yard work with hand tools instead of ones powered by gasoline or electricity.Students should care about their impact on the environment for a number of reasons, Cobb said.“It’s about the future of the world,” he said. “The conditions that enable our civilization and the ecosystems of the planet on which our civilization depends and that allow it to flourish are changing. That change is a violently disruptive process … these are catastrophic events.”This summer’s three devastating hurricanes are among the more noticeable environmental catastrophes, bringing to light questions about what human actions can do to the natural world, Cobb said.If something isn’t done about environmental practices, Cobb said, these natural disasters could become the new normal. He said this concern drives his efforts to live in a way that conserves energy and resources. Cobb said he would also encourage others to implement these practices into their lives.“It’s basic care for the world around us and for us having a livable future to do something about these things,” Cobb said.Tags: English Department, environmental studies, sustainabilitylast_img read more

Power feed problem causes electrical outage

first_imgA power feed malfunction caused a power outage in 13 buildings at 12:25 a.m. Saturday, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email. Of the 13 buildings, six residence halls were affected — Lyons, Carroll, Fisher, Pangborn, Dillon and Alumni. “All but Fisher were back online by 6:07 a.m.,” Brown said. “Fisher was put on a generator while repairs are made.”Tags: fisher hall, power feed malfunction, power outagelast_img

Seneca Allegany Casino Hit With Layoffs

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.SALAMANCA — Employees at the Salamanca Allegany Casino and Resort have been laid off as part of a system-wide layoff by the Seneca Gaming Corporation.A casino spokesman declined to breakdown the action by casino or to elaborate beyond a previously released corporate statement.The most recent jobs loss, 300 employees across the casinos in Salamanca, Buffalo and Niagara Falls, is in addition to 150 layoffs in August.Corporation officials are blaming the COVID-19 pandemic for lower attendance at the three casinos, meaning a sharp loss in revenue. Officials said they will work with the furloughed employees to try to place some in other positions across the company.In 2008, the corporation laid off 210 employees across all three casinos. In addition, the company froze the salaries of employees making $70,000 a year or more, suspended year-end bonuses and cut senior managers’ pay by as much as 15 percent. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Small Business Revolution’s New Season Features People, Businesses In Fredonia

first_imgImage courtesy: Small Business Revolution / YouTube.FREDONIA – An internet streaming series that helps give small town businesses a boost kicked off its latest season this week, featuring the people and businesses of Fredonia.The first episode of Small Business Revolution’s new season focused on Nyce and Clean Auto Detailing.This is the first season that hosts Ty Pennington and Amanda Brinkman have had to help businesses through an additional challenge, the COVID-19 pandemic.This episode of Small Business Revolution is now streaming on Hulu and at The Chautauqua County village entered to win the contest earlier this year, and after competing with other small towns in a nationwide vote, won first place in the contest. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pulitzer-Winning Disgraced Opens on Broadway

first_imgReligion and politics are typically dinner party no-nos, unless, of course, you’re in a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced opens officially on October 23 at the Lyceum Theatre. The production is directed by Kimberly Senior. View Comments Related Shows To celebrate the show’s opening night, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the fiery cast. The portrait features (from left to right) Danny Ashook as Abe, Gretchen Mol as Emily, Hari Dhillon as Amir, Josh Radnor as Isaac and Karen Pittman as Jory. wishes a happy opening to the cast of Disgraced! The next dinner party’s at our place. Can you bring dessert and a mediator (just in case)?center_img Disgraced About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2015last_img read more

Emily Skeggs on Making Her Broadway Debut (in Tighty-Whities) in Fun Home

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 Related Shows View Comments Age: “I’m 35. No, actually I’m 12.”Hometown: New York, NYCurrent Role: A heartfelt and hilarious Broadway debut as Medium Alison, a college student exploring her sexual identity and navigating her relationship with her father in the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home.“I grew up seeing Broadway shows with my parents. When I was four, we saw Guys and Dolls and then I went around the house singing ‘Take Back Your Mink.’ My parents were like, ‘What have we done to her?!’”“My parents used to call me the Wolf Child, because I was a really rambunctious kid. I would get into these horrible temper tantrums where I would snarl and bite people. I was just crazy. My mom would say, ‘Emily, don’t bite.’ And I’d say, ‘I might bite…’”“I admire Jeff Bridges and Frances McDormand because they have a lot of cross-disciplinary careers. He’s an accomplished guitarist and visual artist, and when she won her Emmy, she plugged her show at the Wooster Group. I love that so much.”“Getting cast in Fun Home off-Broadway was really abrupt. I got a call on Monday, I went in the next day for the audition, got the role Wednesday morning and started working that night. The stars aligned!”“It’s definitely awkward being onstage in my underwear—in boys’ tighty-whities. There are some days I forget, and I suddenly realize, oh my god, I’m in front of a bunch of people and I don’t have my pants on! I spent the last couple of months doing a lot of squats.”“Playing a real person going through this very big moment, there’s a little bit of pressure. I want Alison Bechdel to feel that she’s properly represented. But I do get to ask her directly, “How do you feel?” And she gets to say to me, ‘I feel great,’ which is so amazing.” Fun Homelast_img read more

Could a Hugh Hefner Musical Bow on Broadway?

first_img View Comments Could Playboy bunnies soon be heading to the Great White Way?! A musical based on the life of Hugh Hefner is in development. According to a casting notice, Hef will be workshopped this August, with industry performances taking place August 28 through August 30.Directed and choreographed by Bethany Christine Elkin, the show will feature music and lyrics by Justin S. Fischer and book by Elkin and Jaime Donegan.Elkin told “the show is set in Chicago, in the 1950s to 1970s…It focuses on the creation of Playboy and also the life of Hugh Hefner and his secretary Bobbie Arnstein.”The first issue of the infamous magazine was published in December 1953, with Marilyn Monroe on the cover. Arnstein took her own life in 1975; the FBI had been pressuring her to finger Hefner for drug offenses, an allegation that was never proved.No word yet on casting, but we’re obviously already dreaming of how various of our Broadway faves would look donning a silk dressing gown.last_img read more

Tix Now Available to See John Sanders & More in Cloud Nine

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 1, 2015 Cloud Nine Tickets are now on sale to see John Sanders and more Broadway alums in the revival of Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine. Directed by James Macdonald, the production will officially open on October 5 at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater.Set in colonial Africa and 1979 London, Cloud Nine is about power, politics, family, Queen Victoria and sex. The modern classic has not been seen in a major New York production since 1981, when it ran for over two years.Along with Sanders the cast also includes Brooke Bloom, Sean Dugan, Lucy Owen, Chris Perfetti, Izzie Steele and Clarke Thorell.The production will play a limited engagement through November 1. View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Get a First Look at The Wiz Live!’s Costumes & More

first_imgTaissa Farmiga Set for Buried Child has confirmed that American Horror Story’s Taissa Farmiga will make her off-Broadway debut in Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Buried Child. As previously reported, Oscar nominees and real-life husband and wife Ed Harris and Amy Madigan will headline the New Group revival, under the direction of Scott Elliott. Performances are scheduled to begin in February 2016 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.Robert Lawrence DeMichiell Jr. Dead at 57Robert Lawrence DeMichiell Jr., famed for his NYC-based entertainment and culture illustrations as well as his signature art for many Broadway shows, passed away on October 12 in Manhattan after a three-year battle with cancer. Aged 57, he died peacefully at home with his husband Jeffrey M. Wilson at his side.’s thoughts are with DeMichiell’s family and friends.Nick Offerman Set for Brooklyn Nine-NineNick Offerman is a busy man. Along with returning to the boards in A Confederacy of Dunces in Boston (next stop Broadway?), he has lined up another TV role. According to The Wrap, the stage and screen star is set to appear in Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Thanksgiving-themed episode as Captain Holt’s (Andre Braugher) ex boyf. The show will air on November 22.B’way Songs Cut From Live-Action Beauty and the BeastSome more concrete news about Disney’s eagerly anticipated live-action Beauty and the Beast. “The songs from the movie are in,” composer Alan Menken told EW, referring to the 1991 animated film. “Actually, none of the songs from Broadway made the film.” However, Menken has penned, along with Tony and Oscar winner Tim Rice, more material for the project. “There’s actually three new songs written for the movie,” he added. We can’t wait to hear them! Which is a little unfortunate, as the Bill Condon-helmed project, starring Emma Watson as Belle, won’t hit movie theaters until March 17, 2017. We’ll be watching this on repeat in the meantime. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Get a First Look at The Wiz Live!’s CostumesEverybody rejoice! We’re beginning to get excited about easing on down the road with The Wiz Live!, which stars Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelly, Davai Alan Grier, Uzo Aduba, Amber Riley and more. Check out the below video as newcomer Shanice Williams, who will play Dorothy, takes us behind the scenes of the team’s first photo shoot, allowing us a first look at some INCREDIBLE costumes. The NBC telecast will air on December 3. View Commentslast_img read more

Trip of Love Sets Closing Date Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016 Trip of Love Nia Sioux(Photo by Mia Pink) Related Showscenter_img You’ve not got long to see Dance Moms’ Nia Sioux in Trip of Love. The 1960’s pop music spectacular will shutter off-Broadway on August 7. At time of closing, the production will have played 24 previews and 335 performances and is the longest running show at Stage 42.Darlene Love will now begin performances on August 5 and play the final four performances through August 7; she was previously set to start on July 28.Trip of Love brings the ‘60’s to life with over 25 of the decade’s biggest hits including “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “Born To Be Wild,” “California Dreamin’,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “White Rabbit,” “You Don’t Own Me” and many more.Created, directed and choreographed by James Walski, the cast also includes Joey Calveri, David Elder, Kelly Felthous, Bahiyah Hibah, Austin Miller and Tara Palsha customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. View Commentslast_img read more