‘Show Some Skin’ provides anonymous platform for personal stories from Notre Dame community

first_imgThis weekend, monologues that present a wide range of lived experiences, issues and raw emotions will be brought to stage with one promise to their authors: anonymity.These monologues, written by members of the Notre Dame community, will be performed onstage at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center as part of the student production “Show Some Skin.” According to its website, the show “strives to be a catalyst for the campus community’s discovery and appreciation of Notre Dame’s true diversity.” “It could be your roommate’s story. It could be the person you sit next to in class,” Natasha Reifenberg, senior and executive producer, said. “The anonymity aspect is what allows for empathy in ways that other avenues don’t because it could be anyone. It could be someone extremely close to you that has never shared this with you.”This year’s “Show Some Skin” production is called “Try Us,” titled so as to invite writers to “share the parts of themselves that they feared nobody would understand,” according to the event’s Facebook page. Reifenberg said demand has grown exponentially since her freshman year, when there were between 30 and 40 writing submissions. This year, she said, there were 100 submissions and a record number of 75 students who auditioned to perform the monologues on stage. Tickets sold out within hours, and Friday’s performance sold out in 30 minutes.“We go beyond the sanitized diversity and inclusion platform that Notre Dame provides institutionally,” Reifenberg said. “Reading through the monologues this year made me cry, and it made me reflect on how people give so much to us knowing that they’re never going to get any recognition for writing this incredible piece of writing. And it’s because they believe in the show’s mission, and we wouldn’t have a show without people trusting us.”Reifenberg first heard of the student-led production as a prospective student in high school touring Notre Dame. It was the same weekend “Show Some Skin” was showing, and she spoke to student leaders who raved about the production, she said.“I voiced some concerns about coming to Notre Dame as a student who was not conservative or Catholic, and they all said ‘Show Some Skin’ was this incredible platform to give voice to marginalized issues,” Reifenberg said.Before she knew it, Reifenberg was auditioning as a freshman with no prior theatre experience. “It was definitely intimidating, but you have so much adrenaline running through you,” she said. “I also believe that storytelling is what has the power to change hearts and minds. Not arguments.”Senior Liam Kenney, an actor for this year’s show, said he loved the show from watching it the previous year and was convinced to audition after recalling how much he enjoyed his speech and debate club in high school.“People aren’t performing characters in this show,” he said. “In a sense, they’re embodying real people instead of a typical theatre show.”Kenney said he is performing a monologue about a gay man struggling with Catholicism and his sexuality, and that it took lots of practice, reading lines carefully and speaking to people who had similar experiences to be able to deliver it genuinely. He said he thinks anyone can benefit from seeing the show, especially those who may not be as exposed to the themes it presents.“From my perspective as a straight white male, I am the most common Notre Dame student, and in my circles I don’t get to see those experiences,” Kenney said. “It opened my eyes that this is such a domestic issue. This happens at Notre Dame and people at Notre Dame have experienced a wide variety of injustice or uncomfortable situations.”Kenney said the reason the actors become nervous before they perform their monologues is because they want to ensure they do justice to the original writer. He said he worries about forgetting a line that the author may have thought vital to the piece and feels a greater sense of responsibility due to the personal gravity of the content.“Every person’s concern was, ‘How do I give 100 percent of myself to this piece, how do I fully express the sentiment that this person is trying to convey?’” he said.The show has expanded its impact beyond its three days on stage, Reifenberg said. She said the cast has done 75 class visits where they have performed monologues, done thematic performances on sexual assault, incorporated monologues from incarcerated people and done resource panels. They are also partnering with Indiana University South Bend students to put on a community show at the South Bend Civic Theatre on April 7. “My faith has been restored in this campus because of the reaction to the show,” Reifenberg said. “I’ve poured so many hours into this and I’ve been able to see so many people grow and transform, and I’ve seen myself grow and transform.”Reifenberg said it is impossible to fully buy into the community aspect of Notre Dame without giving voice to the marginalized parts of the community, and that’s exactly what “Show Some Skin” strives to do. “We have so few spaces to talk about these issues that have been weaponized politically in human terms and what is at stake for the people who are suffering the most from our inability to go beyond the surface,” she said. “It’s a way to take a magnifying glass to campus to make visible things that you never saw before.”Tags: campus issues, Diversity, sexual assault, sexuality, show some skin, Try Uslast_img read more


Glencore writes off almost $1 billion at Colombian coal mines due to falling European imports

first_imgGlencore writes off almost $1 billion at Colombian coal mines due to falling European imports FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:The economic case against European coal is proving too much for even Glencore Plc.The world’s biggest coal shipper cut the value of its Colombian business — which mostly sells to Europe — by almost $1 billion as it adjusts to the struggling market. It also plans to stop mining coal in Colombia in next 15 years.The announcement is another example of how climate change and Europe’s dwindling demand for coal is starting to reshape the global energy industry. A glut of natural gas, along with a milder winter, and higher costs for carbon-emissions allowances, has tilted the economics of generating electricity away from coal and toward using more gas.Investors are piling on pressure over climate change impacts and last year Glencore agreed to cap coal production. But it’s the economics that are proving decisive. “The Atlantic coal market, I don’t see a big recovery,” Chief Executive Officer Ivan Glasenberg said on Tuesday. “It’s clear the amount of coal being consumed in the Atlantic is decreasing.”The collapse of European coal demand is not just a headache for Glencore. BHP Group, the biggest mining company, is looking to exit the business. One of its assets is Cerrejon, a mine in Colombia it owns with Glencore and Anglo American Plc. In the current market, there are few natural buyers.[Thomas Biesheuvel]More: Europe’s dying coal industry is forcing even Glencore to changelast_img read more


Why millennials are saving at a younger age than any other generation

first_imgBoomers may have spurred the mutual fund industry, but millennials are embracing it at a far younger age—plunking down their first dollars a decade earlier in life, new research shows.The average age that millennial households started investing in funds is 23, according to the Investment Company Institute. That compares with age 37 for older boomers and 32 for younger boomers. Gen X started at age 26.The latest results echo earlier research from Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, which found that millennials began saving at a median age of 22, Gen X at 27, and boomers at 35. Yet it doesn’t tell the whole story.Mutual funds, as we know them today, date to 1928. But their numbers did not soar until the 1980s—well after the first boomers entered the workforce. Those boomers were promised pensions and felt less pressure to save. Meanwhile, to the extent they wanted to invest their own money for long-term growth it was a difficult proposition. Individual stocks were their primary option. continue reading » 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Vehicle sales overcome hurdles for January rise

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Total vehicle sales increased to a rate of 16.8 million annualized units in January – up 0.8 percent from last year.  Of note, strong light truck sales beat expectations and offset a decrease in car sales.“Total unit sales have remained remarkably stable since 2015, but a shift from autos to light trucks over that time has resulted in a large increase in average prices,” said NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long in a new Macro Data Flash report. “The National Automobile Dealers Association projects that this trend will continue in 2020, with light trucks accounting for 75 percent of all light vehicle sales by the end of the year.“NAFCU expects vehicle sales to remain stable through 2020 at just below 17 million units,” Long added.Car sales decreased 6.2 percent to 4.2 million annualized units during the month. Meanwhile, sales of light trucks increased from 12.2 million annualized units to 12.6 million annualized units.last_img read more


Sacking Unai Emery will cost Arsenal £4m before the end of the season but nothing in the summer

first_img Comment Massimiliano Allegri is a potential replacement for Emery (Picture: Getty Images)Max Allegri and Mikel Arteta are thought to be realistic candidates to replace Emery in the Emirates dugout, although latest reports suggest the former is losing interest in the job with Arsenal not competing for the Premier League title or competing at all in the Champions League.Even without a clear replacement, Emery needs to conjure up some much-improved results and do it very quickly to have much chance of holding onto his job beyond December.His first chance to do so is at home to Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday night before a Premier League trip to Norwich on Sunday.MORE: Massimiliano Allegri has doubts over Arsenal job as pressure on Unai Emery growsMORE: Man Utd and Arsenal keeping tabs on Ezequiel Barco as Sporting prepare bid Sacking Unai Emery will cost Arsenal £4m before the end of the season but nothing in the summer Advertisement Unai Emery is going through an increasingly difficult time at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal may be considering sacking Unai Emery as manager, but it will be a lot cheaper to let him go at the end of the season than now.The Spaniard is going through an extremely difficult time as Gunners boss, with his side failing to win any of their last six games in all competitions.The poor string of results and performances has seen Emery’s side drop to eighth in the Premier League and be eliminated from the Carabao Cup.It has also seen fans, players and the board lose face in the manager’s methods and talk of him being sacked growing ever louder and more persistent.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe club held a crisis meeting with Emery after Saturday’s dreadful draw with Southampton at the Emirates and are now in fear of a number of players leaving at the first opportunity.Emery being sacked looks inevitable, but the Arsenal hierarchy may be put off giving him the boot by the huge payout it would cost them.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Daily Mail reports that sacking Emery before the end of the season would cost the Gunners at least £4m, however, letting him go in the summer would cost nothing.The 48-year-old signed a two-year deal at the Emirates in the summer of 2018, with the club holding an option to extend it for a further year.If the board chose not to extend his contract by 12 months, then Emery could be let go for free,The decision-makers in the Arsenal boardroom are going to have to carry out some cost-benefit analysis as they work out what is best for the club in the short and long term. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 Nov 2019 4:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link848Shares Advertisementlast_img read more


Clippers coach Doc Rivers hopeful silence is golden

first_imgIt will take perseverance, Paul said.“I think it’s very important to have patience,” he said. “We’re lucky enough to have an amazing coaching staff and amazing leader in Doc who’s been through just about everything you can go through, so I think we’ll be fine.” Ouch! That hurtsFollowing Wednesday’s debacle, Rivers said his team would get swept in four games by the Warriors if the teams played right now in the playoffs. Rivers said it “would be a destruction.”Paul responded to that Friday.“We’re just as disappointed,” he said. “We actually play. It was tough. You hear Coach say stuff like that and it should hit home. He’s probably right. Luckily, it’s not the playoffs yet, so we’ll never know.”Scouting the Trail BlazersPortland has defeated Oklahoma City, Cleveland and Dallas and lost to Sacramento and Golden State. The Trail Blazers have the third-best points differential in the league at plus-8.6. They are scoring 99.8 points per game and allowing 91.2. (The Clippers are tied for 18th with a negative-1.4 differential).The Trail Blazers are led by LaMarcus Aldridge, a 6-foot-11 power forward. He’s averaging a team-high 22.2 points as well as 6.2 rebounds. Shooting guard Wesley Matthews and point guard Damian Lillard are averaging 17.8 and 17.2 points, respectively, and Lillard is doling out 5.0 assists per game. Interestingly, small forward Nicolas Batum is leading the team in assists at 5.8 per game. Center Robin Lopez leads the team in rebounding with an 8.0 average.The Trail Blazers average 47.4 rebounds, the Clippers a league-worst 33.8. When the Clippers were routed 121-104 Wednesday night at Golden State, the Warriors played with incredible passion. The Clippers were passive. Effort is what a team needs night in and night out to compete and win in the NBA. The Clippers, who trailed by as many as 29 points Wednesday, haven’t had that.Coach Doc Rivers knows it. He said as much Friday morning at practice.“There’s a reason why we’re not playing as hard as we should,” said Rivers, whose 3-2 team takes on Portland (3-2) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Staples Center (on Prime Ticket). “I don’t know the reason. As a coach, that’s trouble. I want to find the reason. Sometimes a coach never finds out, the players find out. You hope that’s the case. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “When we watch the film, it’s going to be a silent film. I know it’s not, but I’m going to try to be a silent film. I don’t think I have to say a word today. If they can’t draw their own conclusions by the effort, then we do have a problem.”Jamal Crawford talks pressureThe Clippers were picked by many experts to at least get to the Western Conference Finals this season. Sixth-man Jamal Crawford agreed this could be a factor in the team’s early troubles.“It may be in the back of our heads,” he said. “Obviously, a lot of people picked us to finish near the top or go to the Finals or Western (Conference) Finals. For good reason. We’re a good team.“We won almost 60 games (57) with me missing a month and Chris (Paul) missing a month and a half and J.J. (Redick) missing half the season. People could argue we’re better. I get it. For us, we need to go play.”last_img read more


Ohio State names Justin Fields starting QB

first_img Wisconsin reinstates Quintez Cephus after he’s cleared of sexual assault charges “We’ve decided to name Justin the starter for the first game against Florida Atlantic,” Day said at a news conference.Fields, a sophomore, has never started a college game but saw action as a freshman at Georgia last fall behind starter Jake Fromm. He threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games for the Bulldogs while also racking up 42 carries for 266 yards rushing and four additional scores. Related News The Buckeyes have their new starting quarterback.Ohio State coach Ryan Day on Monday announced Justin Fields will lead the team’s offense under center this season. Fields was the No. 2 overall recruit in the country in 2018, per 247Sports. The Buckeyes, ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press preseason poll released Monday, will look to build on their 13-1 record and Rose Bowl win from last season when they kick off Aug. 31 against Florida Atlantic. Day did not specify Monday whether Gunner Hoak or Chris Chugunov will be the primary backup to Fields.center_img Liberty’s Hugh Freeze has surgery after contracting dangerous staph infection The 20-year-old QB began the transfer process from Georgia in December and later announced in January his commitment to Ohio State.Day told reporters he expects the Buckeyes’ offense under Fields to look quite a bit like it did with Dwayne Haskins running the show last season. “It’s going to be very very similar,” Day said, via the Columbus Dispatch. “He’s a little more athletic and faster. He can run. (But) we’re not going to be drastically different.”last_img read more


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