Leon Bridges Gives The National Anthem Some Soul In This New Musical Interpretation [Watch]

first_imgLeon Bridges shows his stars and stripes in this performance for a new series on the National Anthem from ESPN and The Undefeated. The Texas soul sensation reinvents “The Star-Spangled Banner” by turning the song into 6/8th time and delivering an emotionally moving rendition.“I felt that the original version is a little bit too straightforward musically,” Bridges told ESPN in an interview. “I felt it was kind of dope to give a little 6/8, groovy feel to it. Something that felt comfortable for me to sing. I felt that the National Anthem needed a little bit of soul.”Check out Leon Bridge’s beautiful recreation below:last_img read more

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Moving IT-as-a-Service from Conversation to Transformation

first_imgAnyone who thinks of EMC in terms of our storage portfolio won’t be surprised to find out that we typically have about 1,000 storage conversations every quarter through our WW Executive Briefing Center program.But it might surprise you to hear that we are also having about 1,000 customer conversations every quarter on various aspects of private cloud, ITaaS, and overall IT Transformation.And these discussions often get the highest ratings we’ve seen in terms of quality and impact.But we almost always end up with a question rather than an answer: “What are our next steps to help us accelerate our transformation?”And –Is our IT Transformation program ahead or behind the competition?How are we doing against our best-in-class competition?What are the top priorities that will accelerate our progress?It seems the #1 thing mid-size and large enterprises are most interested in is, “How are we doing relative to everyone else?”  It’s human nature—wanting to be better than the other guy. But it’s also driven by the desire to gain a competitive advantage by making IT more relevant to the business.To get to the answers, EMC has an emerging “best practice” that we’ve been sharing with customers for the past several months. It’s a different kind of Executive Briefing that we run either at your site or ours: a half-day working session we’re calling the IT Transformation Workshop. You can learn more about it here.The purpose of the (free) workshop is to share our experiences helping other customers transform their IT models in an effort to help more enterprise IT organizations prioritize their own IT initiatives and accelerate their transformations. It provides a structured review of your readiness to transform at the infrastructure, application, operation, and IT Service Strategy level. The key is in assessing where you are today versus where you want to be, and then comparing that to industry peer benchmarks based on data from about 1,000 customers that we’ve collected across a variety of industries.Here’s how it works:First, prior to the workshop, there’s a simple survey designed to capture your organization’s current level of readiness for delivering IT as a Service along the dimensions of service strategy, infrastructure, applications, and operations. From here, we’ll prepare a benchmark report that shows your current state of readiness against your own target state, as well as industry averages and best-in-class peer groups.Next, during the workshop itself, we’ll use the benchmark results to facilitate an interactive discussion, and then present findings and recommendations.Finally, after the workshop, we’ll generate a report that includes the benchmark data, along with results of the workshop prioritization and recommendations for next steps.Based on some of the workshops we’ve already done, the topic areas will span a fairly broad range, including strategic areas such as:Establishing service-based costing to provide financial transparencyAnalyzing the impact of converged infrastructure on Capex and OpexSegmenting end users to determine best targets for desktop virtualizationTraining developers in modern application development processes and toolsIntegrating management tools with the virtualized environment for greater automationConducting a skills audit to drive career path decisionsThese are just a few recent priorities that we’ve surfaced during workshop sessions. The net result for customers is an action plan with specific recommendations to help make IT more relevant to the business. If you’re interested in learning more—share your comments below and let me know!last_img read more

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Tales of Transformations: New Belgium Races to Win

first_imgWhat do you think about when you see a huge wooden keg full of tasty craft beer? A nice evening on the porch with friends? Well, Travis Morrison, IT Director, and Erin Williams, Sr. Systems Engineer, from New Belgium Brewery, see access and data points, laden with sensors, providing them what they need to know to keep their production line running smoothly.As the 4th largest craft brewer in the US, New Belgium relies on technology as a crucial component of operations. To transform their IT infrastructure, they partnered with Dell EMC and VMware to adopt a hyperconverged solution.Learn how Travis and Erin are enabling New Belgium’s employees to use data to make better business decisions (and even tastier beer). Here is their Tale of Transformation:While machines are crunching the numbers, people get to taste new craft beers, and New Belgium serves happy customers. It’s a win-win-win situation for all.Are you ready to transform your IT? Then learn how Dell Technologies can help you here.last_img read more

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SMC seniors host Dad’s Weekend

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Katie Morrissette Saint Mary’s senior class invited their fathers to a variety of events at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame this past weekend for the annual Senior Dad’s Weekend.Class president CoCo Craig said the tradition of inviting fathers to campus has been part of the Saint Mary’s experience for decades.Craig said she spoke with a professor and alumna of Saint Mary’s who said when she went to Saint Mary’s, dads would come to spend the weekend with their daughters.“There’s always been an event for at least 50 years where dads would come to bond with their daughters,” she said.More than 425 people were registered for the weekend, Craig said, which was about 50 more people than expected. Craig said the weekend started with registration and a welcome reception with snacks and beverages. She said that different vendors from the area had stands at the reception and a percentage of everything the vendors sold went to the class. Saturday started with a tour of Notre Dame Stadium, which included the north tunnel entrance, the locker room and the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign, Craig said. Afterwards, students and their fathers were free to spend the rest of the day on their own, an opportunity which most people took to dine at South Bend restaurants and watch the Notre Dame football game. The Saturday night dinner was held at the Century Center in downtown South Bend, Craig said.“President [Carol Ann] Mooney spoke at the dinner,” Craig said. “We also had a silent auction during the dinner. … It can range from sports game tickets to any kind of goodie basket.”Craig said the weekend is a chance for students to spend time with their fathers while at school. “[Students] have personal time that they wouldn’t normally have at school to hang out with your dad,” Craig said. “They also get to meet everyone else’s family and their fathers. It’s a really fun experience that usually people don’t get to do while at school.” Craig said it is important to have Dad’s Weekend as part of senior year at the College.“At that point, you can show your dad all of the activities you do on the weekends and all of the fun places you like to go,” Craig said. “At the same time, you have your friend group. You know your friends and by that time, you can bond with everyone. All the dads can bond together and all the daughters can bond together. Basically, everyone can have quality time together.”Tags: Class of 2016, saint mary’s, senior dadslast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Rejects Republican Plan to Cut Education; Releases Emergency Funding

first_img Budget News,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today rejected the Republican budget that cuts $95 million from education and is out-of-balance, while directing emergency funding for key services. Last week, Republican leaders walked away from a historic bipartisan budget agreement and passed an irresponsible budget so they could return home to their districts and take holiday vacations.“I’m vetoing the Republican plan to cut $95 million from education, and I’m also vetoing other items that they don’t pay for,” said Governor Wolf. “I’m calling on our legislators to get back to Harrisburg – back to the work they left unfinished last week. At the same time, I’m allowing emergency funding for our schools to get out. I’m also letting funding go out to our human service agencies and to our counties. But this is on an emergency basis only.”“In doing this, I’m expressing the outrage that all of us should feel about the garbage the Republican legislative leaders have tried to dump on us. This budget is wrong for Pennsylvania. And our legislators – the folks we elected to serve us – need to own up to this. They need to do their jobs. This budget is wrong for so many reasons, but especially because it does not balance, increases our deficit and fails to invest in our schools and our future.”Governor Wolf vetoed parts of the budget because Republicans did not pay for their spending and to ensure a more responsible budget, but he is taking action to ensure that schools receive money owed to them through December 31. Governor Wolf limited emergency funding to a half-year appropriation (based on the agreed-to bipartisan budget) for basic education funding, state corrections institutions and medical assistance capitation. In total, the governor released more than $23.3 billion in funding.Further, the governor rejected the legislature’s desired increases for their own funding and instead reverted their appropriations to flat funding from the previous year. Community colleges, state system institutions and other higher education lines are also limited to flat-funding from the previous year. The legislature left for vacation without passing appropriations bills for state-related universities, Penn State, University of Pittsburgh, Lincoln University, Temple University, and the Penn School of Veterinary Science, and other “non-preferred” institutions.Rejecting More Cuts to SchoolsThe Republican budget underfunds education and uses gimmicks that will actually lead to a $95 million cut in funding for our schools. Republicans continue to refuse to adequately fund Pre-K through 12 education and their budget fails to fund $305 million in school construction reimbursements. Instead, they claim to pay for school construction by issuing billions in new debt. However, since the Republican budget fails to take any meaningful steps to fix Pennsylvania’s structural budget deficit – which has already led to five credit downgrades – the commonwealth will be unable to responsibly issue any debt to cover school construction reimbursements this year and likely into the future.The Republican’s failure to provide school construction funding to local school districts and the commonwealth’s inability to responsibly issue debt will lead to a direct cost to the school districts, which will wipe out any marginal funding increases for local school districts. This means that their budget is an effective $95 million cut to school districts after years of cuts under previous Republican budgets.The Republican budget continues the trend of not only underfunding our schools but also fiscal irresponsibility that have led to massive structural deficits and multiple credit downgrades. Now, those decisions will have a direct impact on our ability to pay our bills and issue debt.To view the general fund tracking run, click here.Rejecting Status Quo Fiscal IrresponsibilityAs Governor Wolf has warned for months, Pennsylvania is facing a massive structural budget deficit as a result of years of Republican budgets that were out of balance. This multi-billion dollar deficit cannot simply be wished away. The Republican budget is not balanced and will grow the commonwealth’s multi-billion dollar deficit.This budget spends $30.3 billion dollars without sufficient revenues to pay for it. Assuming that we would certify the current year revenue estimate at the amount recommended by the Independent Fiscal Office earlier this month, if the governor signed this bill, the commonwealth would end the year over a half a billion dollars out of balance with a structural deficit of over $2.3 billion.While Republicans may claim that they have finished the job, they have not. They have not paid for the budget they passed, which would further increase our deficit that stood at $2.3 billion earlier this year. Governor Wolf Rejects Republican Plan to Cut Education; Releases Emergency Funding December 29, 2015 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfWatch Governor Wolf’s remarks on rejecting the Republican plan to cut education (and read the transcript of the remarks).Check out the Twitter Collection of the announcement.BUDGET ANNOUNCEMENT 12/29 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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