गुरुर्ब्रह्मा ग्रुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः । गुरुः साक्षात् परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरवे नमः ॥Needless to say that everyone is well aware of this hymn, isn’t it? But is that really enough? Is life in India all hunky-dory just like the hymns that we recite?Let us all, for the next couple of minutes, peep into the Life of a Teacher, the cornerstone of our Idealistic Education System.Teaching has been a noble profession for time immemorial. To enlighten one’s path is a deed that is righteous in itself. Then why do the doers still suffer? Are they not worthy of the rewards? Where is the fault then?To blame the system completely would be hypocritical and inappropriate because at times we find the system red-handed and at others, the teachers.Faults of the System• Teachers at private institutes, more often, are not blessed with the rewards that they deserve, even after hours of dedicated lectures and satisfied students. I sense exploitation, don’t you?• They do not have the security of their jobs as such. Any moment or any day can turn out to be their Judgement day leaving them helpless without any job/source of income.• False advertisement by private institutes, to draw the attraction of students like moths to a flame, is not unheard of.• People, with no experience of teaching and no degrees to honk about, are given prestigious posts in place of the geniuses with numerous accolades and degrees to their names. Government has a stricter screening process now. The ones with the degrees are chosen.. but what about their teaching methodology? How long before that is considered as the main criteria for selection?• Teacher-student ratio is the worst and no improvement is seen even when unemployment glares into your eyes and laughs shamelessly at your blunders. Reason? Low education budget.. and where does all the hard-earned money of the citizens go?• Teachers should be respected by their students and colleagues alike and not shown their aukaat by the head of the institutes just because they are responsible for their bread.• Teachers, I believe, should be made responsible for the work that they do best i.e. to teach. Instead, they (Govt. teachers) are bestowed with other administrative stuff like census, mid-day meal reports, election duties and what not. Jiska kaam ussi ko saaje, duja kare toh.… bas bas bahut tezz ho rahe ho!Like I said, the system is not the only target to throw your allegations and accusations at. Teachers, too, are responsible.• Teachers, in order to taste the success with minimum efforts, falsely sparkle their achievements, half of which is not true.• More often than not, the methodology followed by them is not interesting and students tend to skip and hate the subject. It mostly includes exam oriented stuff and rarely conceptual.• Government teachers, owing to the regular payments shoved down their pockets, don’t really give a damn about the syllabus. Aur rahi baat unki training ki… woh toh gayi tel lene. But the cherry of the cake is that despite the decent income, many prefer to also engage in private coaching classes for that extra feather on their hats. Consequences – Bacche jo unke coaching attend nahin karte, unhe marks nahin milta hai.• Teachers ( in general) are not updated on various topics. Hence the trend of old school examiners scares the hell out of students because they are often adamant to adapt to the ever-changing answers. Hence the advice – Bacchon agar old examiner ho toh aise jawab dena. Like seriously?Having said the cons, it would be incomplete and insincere to not mention the contributions of teachers who have given their blood and sweat just to lighten the darkness, likes of whom are, Dr. RadhaKrishnan, Sri Swami Vivekananda, Savitribai Phule, Sir Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and many many many more.• They were, are and will continue to be the only hope in the darkest alleys of people’s minds that have the slightest inclination for knowledge.• Many of them help students study for free. They even bear the finances of their children to give proper education to the homeless, books and other stationery like Anand Sir(Super 30) and Padmashree Rao (tea seller)• Not only do they teach, they even inspire us to learn more, making our hunger for knowledge insatiable, such is their enigma!The teachers and the system are to be blamed for degrading the education of students belonging to a country known for producing some of the brightest minds of the century. The consequence? It reverberates and affects not only the students but also the living of teachers. There are many Govt. and Private teachers, who yet deserve their recognition for the work they do. And yet so many who simply occupy the post undeservingly. And about the students? Well, that core debate remains for another day. For now, let’s ponder over this.
WASHINGTON (WJLA) – Several people were injured early Monday morning in a drive-by shooting near Washington’s Sursum Corda neighborhood, police say.
Saturday’s football game broke a Notre Dame record — but not because of the football team. For the first time ever in the University’s history, severe weather forced officials to evacuate fans from the Notre Dame Stadium. Twice. Mike Seamon, associate vice president for campus safety and director for Game Day Operations, said he was happy with the way stadium personnel handled the evacuations. “For never having done it before in the history of Notre Dame, we felt it went very well,” Seamon said. NCAA requirements stipulate the Stadium must evacuate if lightning strikes within 10 miles. Notre Dame’s policy existed for decades, Seamon said, but evacuation was never necessary. “It’s been a long-standing policy, longer than anyone here can remember,” Seamon said. “Every year we look at it, review it, update it. We’re constantly paying attention to it.” After severe weather first approached the Stadium, Seamon said stadium official evacuated about 82,000 fans at the end of the first half. Fans huddled in LaFortune Student Center, the Joyce Athletic Center, dormitories and other buildings around campus, waiting to hear that the game would resume. Saturday’s halftime lasted two hours and 10 minutes as the storm approached and then moved over campus, Seamon said. Seamon estimated about 60,000 to 70,000 fans returned for the second half. Tickets could not be rescanned after the first evacuation, so he could not provide an exact number. “Given that the first delay was lengthy, we didn’t know what to anticipate,” Seamon said. “To see that number of people come on back after that two hour delay really speaks to what the Notre Dame family is like.” To the players’ and fans’ dismay, however, the game was delayed another 43 minutes in the fourth quarter with just over four minutes left on the clock. Seamon said lightning struck campus during the storms. “Lightning during the storms was right up on campus, [but] we don’t have reports of any buildings being struck,” he said. “The number of strikes and the closeness to campus underscores the importance to heed the warning to evacuate the Stadium and seek shelter.” Despite the weather, Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) officers also worked to maintain a safe game-day atmosphere. NDSP arrested seven people Saturday, NDSP director Phil Johnson said. Outside the stadium, NDSP officers arrested two people for shoplifting, three for criminal trespass and one for indecent exposure and public intoxication. Additonally, he said one man was arrested for public intoxication at the Stadium. Seamon said intense heat on both Friday and Saturday was a safety issue itself. He said fire and medical teams were “consumed with calls” for heat-related health issues. Officials started tracking the storm well before the game even started, Seamon said. “You had such intense heat in front of it and such drastic cold behind it, something was going to give,” Seamon said. “It was all about tracking when it would hit.” The storm couldn’t have been more “square in the middle” of the game, Seamon said. “We were hoping [it would hit in the] fourth quarter, but as the day wore on we just knew that wasn’t going to be the case,” Seamon said. While Seamon said he was happy with the evacuations overall, he still saw room for improvement. “We’re going to review [the evacuation policy] this week,” Seamon said. “We have several meetings to break it down step by step, what did we do well and what could we do better.”
Pamela Wojcik, professor of film, television and theatre (FTT) at Notre Dame, has been awarded the 2020 Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Arts and Letters, associate dean for undergraduate studies Mary Flannery announced in a release Monday.The annual award — first given out in 1970 — recognizes a faculty member in the College “who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching, informed by research, over a wide range of courses while employing innovative and creative teaching methods.”The release said Wojcik is known for sparking an interest in students in writing and film while pursuing her own research in the field which is focused on American film and issues with space, gender, performance and genre.Employed at Notre Dame since 1998, Wojcik currently serves as the chair of the department of film, television and theatre, with concurrent appointments in the program of gender studies and department of American Studies.Former chair of the FTT department James Collins said in the release that Wojcik’s integration of research and teaching makes her an exemplary recipient of the Sheedy Award.“She integrates her research into her courses, not just on occasion, but in practically every course she teaches, whether it be a new elective that grows directly out of an on-going book project or a careful recalibrating of the way we conceptualize our required core courses,” Collins said.Wojcik has taught two required classes for FTT majors, “Critical Approaches to Screen Cultures” and “Global Cinema I,” as well as upper-level electives, including “Sinatra,” “Film and Popular Culture” and “The Movie Musical.”In addition, Wojcik has served as a thesis advisor for numerous seniors within the department.“Years out of schooling, I still keep in constant touch with Professor Wojcik because her role as a mentor in my life did not end when I left the classroom – in fact it has only grown,” one of her previous students and recent alumnus said of Wojcik as an advisor.The Sheedy Award ceremony will take place virtually Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m.Tags: College of Arts and Letters, FTT, Sheedy Award
Freshman Erik Pizzaro was the top receiving target Saturday, hauling in five passes for 50 yards, while Giles lit up the scoreboard. Giles finished the day with three receptions for 161 yards (53.7 yards per reception) and two touchdowns. Redshirt freshman Marcellus Johnson caught four passes for 58 yards and a score, while Garrison Spring recorded four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals’ other TD reception came from tight end Case Robinson.Saturday’s scrimmage wrapped up the 2019 spring camp but it’s not the last time fans will get a chance to see the Cardinals in action. The Red and White will return to the field Tuesday, April 30, for the annual Night of Champions. The strength and conditioning event will begin at 6 p.m. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT — Senior quarterback and reigning Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year Jordan Hoy connected with classmate Zae Giles for a 70-yard scoring strike on the first play of the scrimmage Saturday to lead the LU offense.The Cardinals’ offense scored eight touchdowns against LU’s youthful defense (five passing and three rushing). “Scrimmages are always a good-bad situation,” said LU head coach Mike Schultz. “I was excited that we had some explosive plays on offense. We’ve been working on that. We want to get players like Zae Giles isolated where we can get him the ball and let him do some things.“On the flip side, we allowed too many explosive plays. We have to decrease that number, but we are very young on the back end of the defense. We graduated a huge number on the defensive side from last year. We’re not where we want to be but we’re making improvement and that’s the most important thing,” added Schultz.The coaching staff got a look at three signal callers Saturday as Hoy got the start with the first-team offense, and sophomore Will McBride ran with the second teamers. McBride took several snaps with the first-team offense toward the end of the scrimmage when the coaching staff rotated junior Shane Johnson in with the second squad. The offense scored on its first two possessions and proved their versatility scoring quickly as well as moving the ball methodically down the field for points. Following Hoy’s TD pass – one of three on the day – McBride stepped on the field and guided the Cards on an 11-play drive that ended with a five-year touchdown run from Cole Starnes.The defense had the upper hand on the third series forcing the offense quickly off the field with their first three-and-out of the scrimmage. Big Red’s defense was led by sophomore Hunter Adams who finished the day with three tackles, including two sacks, while junior Tariq Gordon walked away with three tackles and two pass breakups. Junior Isaiah Spencer also added three tackles and a sack.The offense carried the ball 26 times for 213 yards and three scores, while the quarterbacks completed 25 passes for 412 yards and five touchdowns. Hoy led the offense completing 6-of-9 (.667) passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns. McBride was 10-of-16 (.625) for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball three times for 20 yards but had his only rushing touchdown called back due to a holding penalty.Starnes, who sat out the 2018 season due to injuries, led the Cardinals with seven carries for 62 yards and a score, while senior Derrion Randle added three carries for 71 yards and two scores. Randle’s touchdown runs were for 13 and 51 yards.
David Cook in a promo shot for “Kinky Boots”(Photo: Matthew Murphy) David Cook straps on his boots on April 3 for a Broadway-debut run as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots. The talented American Idol winner is slated to appear in the Tony-winning musical for a limited run through May 5. Cook replaces Jake Shears, who played his final performance as planned on April 1.”I am so thrilled and honored that I am going to be part of this show and get to work with so many amazing people!” Cook said. “I love the collaborative aspect of theater, the idea of being part of a creative team and working it out in front of an audience each night. I can’t wait to join this incredible cast in Kinky Boots including the very talented Wayne Brady and Kirstin Maldonado!”Cook launched to stardom following his season 7 American Idol win. He broke several Billboard-chart records when 14 of his songs debuted on the Hot Digital Songs chart and 11 of his songs debuted on the Hot 100, going on to sell more than 1.5 million albums, including his certified-platinum eponymous album. Cook will release his brand-new EP Chromance on February 16. The release is teased by the first single, “Gimme Heartbreak,” which is currently available via all digital platforms.The winner of six 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots features a Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell. Kinky Boots View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019
View Comments Dolly Parton in “Christmas on the Square” The merry trailer for Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square, which is slated to premiere on Netflix on November 22, has arrived. Directed by Debbie Allen, the musical holiday special stars two-time Tony winner Christine Baranski, Broadway alums Jenifer Lewis and Josh Segarra and more. Baranski plays the town “Scrooge” Regina Fuller, who intends to evict the entire town of Fullerville on Christmas Eve—that is until she’s visited by a rhinestone-bedazzled angel, played by Parton, who guides her on a musical journey of redemption. Have a Dolly holiday, and watch the trailer below!
CEDIA has named Jenn McGuire global member services manager. The promotion elevates McGuire to the head of the global organization’s membership department. She will remain based in the CEDIA EMEA office in the United Kingdom.“Jenn has been with the organization for four-and-a-half years and brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and excitement to the global member services manager position,” says CEDIA Managing Director of EMEA Matt Nimmons. “As the lead in the launch of our successful Member of Excellence program, Jenn’s focus on providing the highest level of service to our members was on display. She has a keen grasp of the global reach of our organisation and brings great energy to the massive opportunities available to connect with members and industry contributors. We’re thrilled to have Jenn continue to serve CEDIA in this leadership role.”McGuire joined CEDIA in 2015, initially focusing on outreach in the EMEA office. Prior to joining CEDIA, McGuire worked in the events planning industry. In her time with CEDIA, McGuire has concentrated on supporting members in the EMEA. In February, the CEDIA Member of Excellence program, a global initiative led by McGuire, debuted.In her new role, McGuire’s responsibilities include managing the global membership team and all of its initiatives.In addition to McGuire’s promotion, CEDIA is in the process of recruiting another team member to bolster the membership staff in the EMEA office. Connect to that listing by clicking here.Those interested in learning more about membership benefits or member programs can find more information on CEDIA’s website here.
More than 50 students from the Institut voor de Opleiding van Leraren, Suriname, enjoyed a tour of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana, on Friday.The students were shown various sections of the CARICOM Secretariat, and Deputy Secretary-General of the CARICOM Secretariat, Amb. Manorma Soeknandan PhD., stopped in and had a discussion with the students about the workings of the Caribbean Community and the CARICOM Secretariat.See photo highlights of the tour below. Students during the tour CARICOM DSG Amb. Manorma Soeknandan PhD., engages with the students Project Officer, Documentation Centre and Registry, Ms. Mignon Bowen-Phillips (c) and Clerk in the Documentation Centre Ms. Petal Dodson (l) engage with the students The students were guided on the tour by Communications Officer Jascene Dunkley-Malcolm Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Windsor Forest Primary tours CARICOM HeadquartersStudents from the Windsor Forest Primary School on Wednesday got the opportunity to tour the CARICOM Secretariat. The students were guided on the tour by Communications Officer at the CARICOM Secretariat Ms. Jascene Dunkley-Malcolm and Senior Clerk Ms. Gloria Whitney. The students got a brief walk through of the Secretariat’s…February 26, 2016In “CARICOM”CARICOM Secretariat partners with Guyana for Girls in ICT DayThe CARICOM Secretariat, in collaboration with the Guyana Ministry of Education, including the Department of Culture, Youth and Sports – National Archives; MIS Unit; the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD) and the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), will host a number of activities in Guyana from April 28– 29, 2016,…April 21, 2016In “CARICOM”Be smart – CARICOM ASG advises Guyana, Suriname animatorsBe smart in the business of animation. That’s a bit of sound advice that Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Joseph Cox offered animators from Guyana and Suriname. The animators from the Guyana Animation Network and the Suriname Animation Network visited the CARICOM Secretariat on…August 28, 2016In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp