CU Traditions: Commencement

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Learn more about these traditions and more at the Commencement website. You know the tune, and as the familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” waft through your memory, let’s take a moment to reflect on the traditions that make the commencement ceremony at the University of Colorado Boulder such a special time.One item that really puts the “pomp” into this celebratory occasion is the academic regalia of campus officials and our graduates. In 1896, the colleges and universities in the United States adopted a uniform code governing academic dress.The Oxford cap, usually referred to as a mortarboard, has a long tassel that is fastened by a button on the top. Candidates for baccalaureate degrees wear the tassel pendant over the right front of the cap before the degree is conferred, and over the left thereafter. Doctoral regalia headwear often consists of a velvet four-, six- or eight-sided tam, and this is what many of our faculty wear as well.Those who are receiving a master’s or doctoral degree from the University of Colorado wear hoods lined with the university colors, silver and gold. While these silver and gold hoods are obviously the most commonly seen at our commencement ceremony, if you look closely you will notice faculty and commencement marshals wearing many different styles and colors of caps and hoods, each one representing the degrees conferred upon them and the universities from which their degrees were conferred. Those graduates who leave our campus and go on to pursue careers in academia can carry their CU silver and gold with pride in other institutions.CU-Boulder has several other commencement traditions that make its ceremony unique and a reflection of the university’s heritage.The Norlin Charge to the GraduatesAt each ceremony, a special guest is invited to read the charge that the late University President George Norlin addressed to the class of 1935. Dr. Norlin was a professor of Classics at CU from 1899 to 1942. For 23 of those years, he served as President of the University, and the library he helped plan during that time now bears his name. He devoted his career to two great causes:  the life of the mind and love of this university, which he articulated in this charge to CU graduates:The university is not the campus, not the buildings on the campus, not the faculties, not the students of any one time — not one of these or all of them. The university consists of all who come into and go forth from her halls, who are touched by her influence and who carry on her spirit. Wherever you go, the university goes with you. Wherever you are at work, there is the university at work. (President George Norlin)You can read the full version of the Norlin Charge on the commencement traditions page.The Presidential Chain of Office and the University MaceMany attendees of our commencement ceremony may wonder about the significance and meaning of these two items. The mace, carried by the commencement marshal, is the more visible item during the ceremony, but if you look closely you can also see university President Bruce Benson wearing the chain of office.Both items are constructed from materials that symbolically and uniquely represent the State of Colorado and our university. Colorado gold and silver are used in both pieces to symbolize the importance of these minerals to the history of the state. The chain’s gemstones also consist entirely of minerals from Colorado, and the shaft of the mace was carved from a black walnut tree thought to have been one of the saplings given to the settlers of the Colorado Territory by President Abraham Lincoln.For more information about the history and meaning of both objects, visit the Mace and Chain page on the CU Heritage Center website.The Alma MaterThe words “Alma Mater” can mean both the school that you have graduated from, as well as the song of your school. CU-Boulder’s Alma Mater provides a reflection on our newly-minted graduates connection to their institution, as they step from the world of the student into the role of alumni, and Forever Buffs:Hail, all hail our Alma Mater!Ever will our hearts be true:You will live with us forever,Loyal we will be to you.We will sing forever your praises,Ever more our love renew,Pledge our whole devotion to you.Dear old CU! Published: Dec. 16, 2015 Categories:AcademicsCampus Communitylast_img read more

Bernie alumni seek meeting to address ‘sexual violence’ on ‘16 campaign

first_imgThe signees range from field organizers to some of the top officials on the 2016 campaign, according to multiple people involved in the effort. Some of the signees do not expect to join any 2020 campaign while others are open to joining a potential Sanders 2020 bid.The letter also requested the meeting to be in-person with an unrecorded phone line for those who cannot attend and that it include 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver; Sanders‘ chief of staff, Caryn Compton; deputy chief of staff Ari Rabin-Havt; the campaign manager for Sanders’ 2018 re-election effort, Shannon Jackson; and top communications official Arianna Jones, along with Sanders himself.“It is critically important that Senator Sanders attend this meeting to understand the full scope of the issue from 2016 and how the campaign plans to move forward,” the letter states.The letter is just the latest instance of potential Democratic presidential candidates and lawmakers of both parties confronting a culture of zero tolerance for sexual harassment and allegations of sexual assault.Several members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, resigned or announced their retirement in 2017 and 2018 in the wake of allegations about their own behavior or conduct of their top aides. Earlier this month, both chambers of Congress passed legislation to combat harassment that required members of Congress to pay for settlements instead of relying on taxpayer dollars.Democratic professionals and progressive grass-roots organizers, in particular, are pushing the party and its leaders to be more vigilant about misbehavior, especially given the rise of the Women’s March and #MeToo movements. More than two dozen women and men who worked on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign are seeking a meeting with the senator and his top political advisers to “discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign, for the purpose of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle,” according to a copy of letter obtained by POLITICO.“In recent weeks there has been an ongoing conversation on social media, in texts, and in person, about the untenable and dangerous dynamic that developed during our campaign,” they wrote.Organizers of the effort said they did not intend for the letter to become public, but they confirmed that they sent it to senior Sanders officials on Sunday afternoon. The issue is particularly fraught for potential 2020 presidential campaigns. As likely campaigns interview staffers, there has already been a higher level of scrutiny for past predatory or misogynistic behavior, according to several people involved in possible campaigns.A longtime top staffer to Sen. Kamala Harris resigned earlier this month after the Sacramento Bee found that the California Department of Justice had settled a lawsuit against him for $400,000 that included allegations of gender harassment and retaliation while he served under Harris when she was state attorney general.“We were unaware of this issue and take accusations of harassment extremely seriously. This evening, Mr. [Larry] Wallace offered his resignation to the senator and she accepted it,” Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams told the Bee. Also On POLITICO Bernie Sanders: Trump is a ‘pathological liar’ By David Siders Sanders 2020? Many Bernie backers aren’t feeling it By Alex Thompsoncenter_img Friends of Bernie Sanders, the senator’s principal campaign committee, responded to the letter in a statement to POLITICO. “We thank the signers of the letter for their willingness to engage in this incredibly important discussion,” the statement reads. “We always welcome hearing the experiences and views of our former staff. We also value their right to come to us in a private way so their confidences and privacy are respected. And we will honor this principle with respect to this private letter.”The committee also pointed to new policies implemented during the senator’s 2018 reelection campaign that included creating a toll-free hotline run by a third party to report incidents and mandating training for all staff and volunteers.The signees did not describe specific instances of “sexual violence and harassment” that occurred on the campaign. The statement circulated broadly over the past weekend among former staffers who added their names in support and was not specific to people who had experienced harassment or violence.Several people who signed the letter said that their effort is not just about Sanders’ 2016 or 2020 presidential campaigns, but rather about what they called a pervasive culture of toxic masculinity in the campaign world. They stressed that they hoped their letter would not be reduced to reinforcing the “Bernie Bro” caricature, but rather would be one part of a larger reckoning among people running campaigns.“This letter is just a start,” said one of the organizers who declined to be named. “We are addressing what happened on the Bernie campaign but as people that work in this space we see that all campaigns are extremely dangerous to women and marginalized people and we are attempting to fix that.”People involved in the effort said they signed the letter before Sanders (I-Vt.) officially launched a 2020 presidential bid in the hopes that it would lead to real action if and when the senator begins assembling his team. Organizers wrote they wanted the meeting to produce a plan for “implementing concrete sexual harassment policies and procedures; and a commitment to hiring diverse leadership to pre-empt the possibility of replicating the predatory culture from the first presidential campaign.”last_img read more

Long-Running Off-Broadway Musical The Fantasticks Will Close

first_img The Fantasticks, the hit musical with an initial extended run that began in 1960, will close off-Broadway. The musical will end its run June 4 after having played 4,390 performances at the Jerry Orbach Theatre.The original mounting of The Fantasticks opened at the Sullivan Street Playhouse on May 3, 1960 and closed on January 13, 2002. The musical reopened on August 16, 2006 at the the Snapple Theater Center, now called the Theater Center. The venue inside the Theater Center where The Fantasticks plays was later renamed for original Fantasticks star Jerry Orbach.At the time of its closing, The Fantasticks will have played a total of 21,552 performances in New York, including 17,162 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse.Taking over for The Fantasticks at the Jerry Orbach Theatre will be the new play The Crusade of Connor Stephens, which will begin performances on June 17.A modern twist on Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks, with music by Harvey Schmidt and book, lyrics, and direction by Tom Jones, is the story of a boy and girl who fall in love and then quickly grow apart when they realize they want to experience the world. What follows is a story appropriate for all ages. The score includes the songs “Try To Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” and “They Were You.” Show Closed This production ended its run on June 4, 2017 A scene from The Fantasticks View Commentscenter_img The Fantasticks Related Showslast_img read more

Lineas brands locomotive in tribute to people fighting the coronavirus pandemic

first_imgBELGIUM: Freight operator Lineas has unveiled a Bombardier Transportation Traxx locomotive which has been branded to honour people working to fight the coronavirus pandemic.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# ‘This is our way of saying thank you to the many brave people who are at the forefront in this crisis’, said the operator’s Assets & Network Operations director Jeroen Spruyt on April 9.‘Above all, of course, the medical staff, but also people in other relevant roles, such as in supermarkets, pharmacies or in transportation. Even in the tough day-to-day work at Lineas, hundreds of people work to transport essential goods such as food, medicines and disinfectants. We will all get through this together and we hope that this locomotive will encourage everyone who sees it.’Lineas said rail freight demand had decreased by 20% to 30% because many companies have stopped producing, and operators were calling on the Belgian government to support the sector.last_img read more

Struggling Espanyol sack coach for third time this season

first_imgBARCELONA,  (Reuters) – Struggling Espanyol said yesterday they have sacked coach Abelardo Fernandez, the third manager they have dispensed with this season, as they fight to extend their 26-year stay in La Liga. Fernandez was appointed in December after David Gallego and Pablo Machin were each dismissed, but despite a positive start since play resumed following a three-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday’s 1-0 defeat at Real Betis proved the last straw.“Espanyol announce that Abelardo Fernandez has been relieved of his duties as first team coach,” the Barcelona club said in a statement.“This decision has been taken due to the team’s recent performances and with the clear aim of keeping the club in the top flight.” The club added in a later statement that sporting director Francisco Rufete would take charge of the team for the remainder of the season. His first game is a daunting home fixture today against La Liga leaders Real Madrid. In 13 matches in charge, Fernandez earned three victories and five draws as well as five defeats. He leaves Espanyol bottom of the table on 24 points, eight from escaping the relegation zone with seven matches remaining.last_img read more