Twitter Twitter The know-it-all’s guide to getting your textbooks Facebook printStudents who came to the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom Tuesday looking for answers about diversity discovered they are the key to change.“To the undergraduates in this room, it’s up to you, it’s in your hands,” said Dr. Albert Camarillo, director of the Center for Comparative Studies in race and ethnicity at Stanford University. “You are the leaders of the next generation and where this society goes you will take it.”About 800 people: faculty, students, staff and members of the community, filled the ballroom for the event “Why Diversity Matters.” It was hosted by the university’s newly formed Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Department, which as of this spring offers a major and minor.Camarillo, one of the founders of the field of Mexican American history, told the audience: “There’s no turning back and we are a better society for what we’ve achieved, but there’s still real problems.”Students, faculty, and community interact with speaker, Dr. Camarillo.Liz Diaz, a Fort Worth resident, said the event was “informative, interesting, and eye opening.”First-year student Ally Elliott said the talk reminded her of what diversity means. “I think it [diversity] is just a matter of time to embrace what others have to offer, that’s different from us.”Sophomore Kate Moore compared the talk to the TCU mission statement: “As part of TCU’s campus I think diversity is really important as part of our mission statement is ‘developing ethical and global leaders’ so in order to do that we need to be part of the global community and understanding people from different walks of life.”Jennifer Martinez, a TCU sophomore, said the lack of diversity at TCU took a little getting used to.“Coming to TCU was a cultural shock as it’s a predominantly white school,” Martinez said. “But it’s really nice to see people different from you that are willing to make a difference. I think it’s good to see that they are trying to incorporate us into society,” she said. “I really liked the event and think they should have more so everybody can become aware that we’re here too and someone listening and willing to make a difference.”Moore said she was also encouraged by the event. “I think TCU is doing a great job trying to figure out how do we address the issue of diversity and this is definitely a great starting point of getting students involved and getting the information out in front of people and I think that’s step one.”Student interacting with Dr. Camarillo.The event was sold out with 802 reservations and about 91 on the waiting list, said Lynn Herrera, who helped organize of the event as a core staff member of CRES.“It was a fantastic turnout and I’m pleased with the number of students that came that didn’t have to come. A lot of local teachers and community members also attended,” said Herrera, who is assistant to the dean of the John V. Roach Honors College.The event turnout.Elliott said it wasn’t important why students came. “Even if they are just coming for extra credit, it is spreading the word and getting students involved.” World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Madison Fowler is a senior communication studies major and journalism minor. When she is not writing for TCU 360 she is most likely fostering dogs and reminiscing on her travels abroad. + posts Sustainability on campus shows progress but has further to go Madison Fowlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madison-fowler/ Madison Fowler Madison Fowlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madison-fowler/ Women’s basketball attendance is still “not where it needs to be” Madison Fowlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madison-fowler/ Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Soccer stadium receiving new playing field, lights and drainage system Madison Fowlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madison-fowler/ ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Previous articleLuken Baker takes first baseNext articlePitcher Howard makes his last run as a frog Madison Fowler RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin ReddIt
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Rajya Sabha Elections For Kerala Seats Must Be Held During Present Assembly Term : High Court Directs ECI
News UpdatesRajya Sabha Elections For Kerala Seats Must Be Held During Present Assembly Term : High Court Directs ECI Lydia Suzanne Thomas12 April 2021 2:22 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court on Monday directed the Election Commission of India to hold elections to three Rajya Sabha seats from Kerala during the term of the present assembly.A single bench of Justice PV Asha directed the elections to the three seats, which are falling vacant on April 21, to be held before May 2, the date of results of the recently held assembly elections.The Court passed the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court on Monday directed the Election Commission of India to hold elections to three Rajya Sabha seats from Kerala during the term of the present assembly.A single bench of Justice PV Asha directed the elections to the three seats, which are falling vacant on April 21, to be held before May 2, the date of results of the recently held assembly elections.The Court passed the order allowing two petitions filed by the Secretary of the Kerala Legislative Assembly and CPIM leader S Sharma, challenging the decision of the ECI to defer the elections which were originally proposed on April 12.The bench held that the legislative intent was that the election process to the Rajya Sabha seats must be completed before the retirement of the incumbent members.”On an overall reading of the provisions contained in Rule 14, 30, 39, etc of the RP Act read with the provisions contained in Article 80(4) of the Constitution of India it can only be concluded that the intention is not to keep the seats unfilled but to complete the process of election before the retirement of the members, so as to have the full strength of members in the Upper House to represent the State. A different view is warranted only when there is any law and order situation or any practical impossibility”, the Court said in the judgment.What is envisaged under Section 12 is to fill up the vacancies as soon as the incumbents retire and for that purpose election has to be completed by the date of retirement, the Court held.”It is true that it is completely within the purview of the Commission to fix the schedule; but th epostponement of election is not envisaged either in the Constitution or in the rules, in the absence of good and sufficient reasons”.The Court observed that the Election Commission of India, which is an independent body as per Article 324, cannot be expected to be influenced by a reference from the Union Ministry.”The fact that it is upto the Commission to fix the schedule of election would not mean that the Commission can fix any date”, the Court said. The Court also noted that if the stand of the Election Commission that it need only notify the elections before the date of retirement is accepted, it will lead to an anomalous situation whereby nomination is made by the existing assembly and the voting is done by another assembly.”The Commission, which is fully aware of its duty conferred under Article 324 of the Constitution of India in its true spirit, has therefore to expedite the proceedings so as to see that the representation in the upper House from the State of Kerala is always in full swing and to avoid situations as pointed out by the learned Senior Counsel for the petitioners, where the nomination is made by the existing assembly and voting by another assembly”, the Court said in its 37-page judgment”When the Commission itself has admitted that it is duty bound to conduct the election and complete the process at the earliest, it is only appropriate that it takes expeditious steps without further delay to complete the election before another electorate comes into existence on 02.05.2021. Ordered accordingly”, Justice Asha said in conclusion of the judgment.The High Court said that Supreme Court precedents show that the process of election has to be accelerated and that Constitution does not envisage a situation of keeping the seats unfilled.The Court had reserved judgment on last Friday, April 9, on the petitions after hearing the arguments of Senior Advocate CS Vaidyanathan (for Assembly Secretary), NN Suganapalan(for S Sharma) and Deepu Lal Mohan, ECI Standing Counsel.The petitions filed by the Secretary of the Legislative Assembly and S Sharma challenged the Election Commission’s decision to keep in abeyance elections to the Rajya Sabha seats falling vacant from the State. The ECI had initially proposed the elections on April 12. Later, on March 24, it informed that the date has been deferred.While announcing its decision to keep the election in abeyance, the Election Commission had mentioned a reference received from the Ministry of Law and Justice.In a statement produced in Court on Friday, the Election Commission stated that the Ministry of Law and Justice expressed a concern that if the Rajya Sabha elections were held on April 12, 2021 as suggested, the popular will as expressed in the Assembly Elections held on April 6, may not be reflected. The Commission was therefore requested to revisit the issueThe poll body contended that the requirement of Section 12 of the Representation of Peoples Act was that elections must be notified before the occurrence of vacancies. The provision does not say that the elections have to be completed before the vacancies, the ECI argued.Describing the stance of the Election Commission as anomalous, the Counsel for the petitioners sought the holding of elections during the currency of the sitting Assembly.Senior Advocate CS Vaidyanathan, representing the Secretary of the Kerala Assembly, submitted that the stand of the Election Commission was anomalous.”If elections are notified before April 21, it means that the nominations have to be given based on proposal of existing members. As per Section 30 of RPA, the nominations have to be filed within 7 days of notification. If they notify on April 21, the last date for nominations will be April 28. If ECI proposal is accepted, it means one set of members will be proposing and another set of members will be voting. This is anomalous”, the senior counsel said.”The candidates who propose the candidates must be in a position to vote. Otherwise it will be an anomaly”, he added.Stressing that the Election Commission was supposed to be an independent body, he said that it cannot be playing games. “If they have decided to notify the elections, what is holding them back from actually notifying it. Which is the mysterious hand which is holding them back?”, Vaidyanathan submitted.The ECI Standing Counsel said that the term of the present assembly is till June 2, 2021 as per Article 172 of the Constitution.Vaidyanathan replied that it has to be presumed that the present assembly will be dissolved soon after the declaration of results on May 2.The Union Government denied that there was any “arm-twisting” from its part in making the ECI defer the polls.”If somebody wants to cast an aspersion on the Central Govt that it was trying to arm twist the ECI, it is wrong”, Assistant Solicitor General P Vijayakumar told the bench.He said that the election to Rajya Sabha is a representative election, which should reflect the mandate of people must be reflected. The mandate of people is sealed on April 6. If the members are elected based on current assembly, it will exceed the life of the next assembly. It will not reflect the mandate of the people.”Fair election must reflect the will of people. Whether a past assembly should be permitted to decide? It is not correct to say that Centre was trying to arm twist the Election Commission. In fact, it is the petitioners who are trying to arm twist the Commission”, the ASG said.The issue pertains to the Rajya Sabha seats of Indian Union Muslim League’s Abdul Vahab, CPI(M)’s KK Ragesh, the Congress’s Vayalar Ravi, who are retiring on April 21.On March 30, the Standing Counsel of the ECI had made a statement that the elections will be held during the term of the present assembly itself. However, the standing counsel immediately changed the stand after the Court recorded the statement in its order.Click here to read/download the judgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Twitter Bishop of Raphoe publishes Christmas Pastoral Letter I am very conscious of the many Donegal people who have made their homes in other parts of the world and send special greetings to them. This year is especially hard for those who can’t come home for Christmas. Please remember, Christmas is about more than just one day. Mass on any of the days from Christmas Day to the Epiphany is a fitting celebration of Christmas. Christmas Masses will also be widely available over webcam and social media; we strongly encourage families to join with those who are gathering in their local parishes in welcoming the birth of the Christ child. This might be more suitable for people who are elderly or vulnerable. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Is beannaithe an bomaitea rugadh Mac na hÓighei meán oíche i mBeithili lár an gheimhridh ghairbh. Homepage BannerNews ‘Christ is at the Heart of Christmas’ Act of ContritionGníomh Dóláis Pinterest Act of Perfect ContritionFor many of us Advent is a time to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It may not be possible for all who wish to go to Confession to safely avail of the sacrament this year. Still this is a perfect time of year to review our lives, acknowledge what needs to be acknowledged and bring it to the Lord. When we can’t go immediately to the sacrament it is a very worthwhile thing to prayerfully acknowledge our sins and our need for mercy and make an Act of Perfect Contrition. ‘Perfect’ contrition is a prayer from our whole heart, expressing sorrow for sin for the simple reason that God is so good.[ii] It will be impossible for our usual large congregations to attend Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and I remind Catholics that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains suspended during the pandemic. WhatsApp [i] Twitter Facebook Blessed is the momentthe Son of the Virgin was bornin the middle of the night in Bethlehemduring the rough winter. Christmas brings out the best in us.One of the blessings of the Covid times has been that we’ve seen so many people step forward and give of their time and energy to help the community, neighbours and strangers alike. And now with Christmas coming so many people are thinking of others more than themselves; people are planning to cook dinners for their neighbours and are seeking ways to be with people who are alone. St Vincent de Paul and other community groups are working very hard to reach out to people in need. Trócaire, as well as many other agencies supported by you, are reaching out to help people in regions still ravaged by war and famine. In this past year their fundraising campaigns have been frustrated by the Covid pandemic. It is important that we remember them, if we can, at Christmas. Gathering around the Dinner table this Christmas I encourage you to remember all the people who have ensured that throughout this pandemic that we have had access to food. The farmers, food producers, delivery drivers and the staff who have worked in all of our local shops and stores. I include a Christmas family Grace before meals for the Christmas season.[i] Urnaí ag dinnéar na Nollag It was not by accident that God identified with the marginalised. At the end of all our lives he will remind us of this when he will say to us: ‘in so far as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters you did it to me.’ Noble and blessed Infant,have mercy on us.[Ancient Irish Prayer said on each of the Twelve Days of Christmas]. This Christmas take time to notice the acts of generosity and kindness in your community. There are a multitude of people engaged in this generosity – they are the messengers of hope and like the host of heavenly angels on the first Christmas night they proclaim that Christ is among us. We are blessed in the Diocese of Raphoe to have so many beautiful Churches. Your ancestors dedicated their skills in stonework and carpentry and their finances to build Churches for the glory of God. In the days of rest ahead I encourage you to visit a Church, perhaps a time of quiet for yourself or a time with family. Allow yourself to be captivated by the beauty of the Church and most importantly take time before Christ present in the Tabernacle. Kneel before the crib and share your hopes and fears with Jesus. Ask for his continued presence in your life and allow him to speak directly to your heart. I am the Light of the WorldWhen the Word became flesh two thousand years ago it was God’s outrageous effort to be born among us and in our hearts. Jesus longs to be a light in the heart of each one of us. He knows about our darkness and wants to shine in our lives. My prayer is that we will let him into our hearts in a new way this Christmas. When we do he will shine in our own darkness and be a light for the world around us. Achainí don NollaigChristmas Request God Our Father we thank you for the many ways you have cared for us in the past year. We are grateful for each person gathered around this table. Bless us, our food and our company today. Bless those we love who are not with us. Be close to our brothers and sisters who are poor and hungry today. We invite Jesus. Mary and Joseph into our hearts and we join with the Angels in their Christmas song: ‘Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will’. Amen.A Athair, gabhaimid buíochas leat as ucht do chineáltais linn sa bhliain atá thart. Táimid buíoch ar son gach aon duine atá ag an tabla inniu. Beannaigh muidne, ár mbia agus ár gcuideachta. Beannaigh ár gcairde atá ar shiúl uainn. Bí taobh lenár mbráithre agus ár ndeirfiúrachta uilig atá bocht agus gan bia inniu. Iarraimid ar Íosa, ar Mhuire agus ar Sheosamh teacht isteach inár gcroí agus canaimid le lúcháir mar aon leis na hAingil: ‘Glóir do Dhia sna harda agus ar talamh síocháin do lucht dea thola’. Amen Google+ Be pleased to grant us, Jesus,through the influence and honourof your most holy Mother,to spend our lives, our health and our strengthin blessed service to you,through the holy Saviourand his blessed Motherstrengthening us until the glory of Heaven. Deonaigh dúinn, a Íosa,trí bhrí agus onóirdo Mháthar rónaofa,ár saol, ár sláinte agus ár nearta chaitheamh i do sheirbhís bheannaithe,tríd an tSlánaitheoir naofaagus a Mháthair Bheannaitheár dtreisiú go glóir na bhFlaitheas. Pinterest Christmas is a Season and you could use the resource provided by the NPN to have a moment of prayer for each of the 12 days of Christmas.https://www.northernpastoral.network/news–resources/12-days-of-christmas The Bishop of Raphoe has published his Christmas Pastoral Letter, with the impact of Covid-19 featuring prominently.Writing on the theme “Christ is at the heart of Christmas”, Bishop Alan Mc Guckian reflects on the fact that the Holy Family were refugees, and the importance of support within the community.In the letter, Bishop Alan McGuckian says so many of us are dealing with heightened levels of anxiety stemming from loneliness or other hardships made worse by the effects of lockdown.He says he is very conscious of the many Donegal people who have made their homes in other parts of the world, and sends special greetings to them, particularly those who cannot come home for Christmas.He references the Irish tradition of a light in the window to invite the Holy Family into home, and reminds people the Holy Family was forced to seek refuge in a foreign country. They were, he says homeless, refugees and asylum seekers.Bishop McGuckian concludes that one of the blessings of the Covid times has been the sight of so many people stepping forward and giving of their time and energy to help the community, neighbours and strangers alike.There are a multitude of people engaged in this generosity he says, they are the messengers of hopeand like the host of heavenly angels on the first Christmas night they proclaim that Christ is among us.*****************Letter in full -Christmas 2020 Pastoral Message from Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Prayer at Christmas Dinner Christ in our HeartsEven as we acknowledge all of this sadness we Christians remember that the heart of Christmas is Emmanuel. God with us. God is with us. Before he was born in her body the Christ was born in Mary’s heart. He can be, he will be and he is born again in the heart of every Christian even in the midst of sadness and sorrow. That is the heart of Christmas. No matter what, our God is with us and that is the source of our joy. Previous articleNational Ambulance Service to provide help for NI colleagues this weekendNext articleNPHET’s advice to close hospitality sector likely to be accepted News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Christ is the Heart of Christmas2020 has been a tough year. For months on end we have been listening out for the figures: how many new cases today? How many in ICU? How many deaths? Every one of those figures stands for lives frustrated, threatened perhaps changed definitively. As we approach Christmas we pray for those who have died in the past year and our hearts go out to the bereaved. One of the ancient philosophers wrote: ‘be kind with everyone you meet today; you do not know what battles they are fighting’. So many of us are dealing with heightened levels of anxiety stemming from loneliness or other hardships made worse by the effects of lockdown. There are those among us whose livelihoods have been seriously threatened by the pandemic. Family gatherings will be different this Christmas and many people will be missing loved ones from the celebration. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.O, Dhia! Is ró-mhór a ghoilleas sé orm fearg a chur ort, de bhrí go bhfuil tú ró-mhaith agus ró-gheanamhail agus nach bhfuil an peacadh taitneamhach i do láthair; tá rún agam le cúnamh do naomh-ghrásta mo bheatha a leasú ó seo suas agus gan fearg a chur ort arís go bráthach. Amen. O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins because of your just punishments, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ A Naíonáin uasail bheannaithe,déan trócaire orainn.[Paidir le rá gach lá de Dhá Lá Déag na Nollag]. Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ is Bishop of Raphoe. WhatsApp [ii] Christ in our homesFor generations Irish families have put a light in the window to invite Jesus, Mary and Joseph into their homes for Christmas. I invite everybody to bring Christ into their home with family prayer. Light a candle near your crib and gather round it for a moment of prayer. Somebody could read the Gospel from Luke chapter 2 and sing a carol or you could simply say the Hail Mary together asking God’s blessing on everyone in the house and for those who feel isolated, vulnerable or particularly impacted by the pandemic. By News Highland – December 19, 2020 No room at the InnWhen God first appeared in human form it was as part of a family who were out of home, at least temporarily. They were on the brink of being driven from their homeland by political persecution and forced to seek refuge in a foreign country. In the Christmas story we meet a Jesus, Mary and Joseph who were homeless, refugees and asylum seekers. Christ in our ChurchesI acknowledge all of the great work done by priests and parish groups and teams of cleaners and stewards to ensure that Mass can be celebrated joyfully and safely in this most unusual year. Their task, as Christmas approaches, will not be easy, and we appeal to all the faithful to cooperate fully with them. ENDS Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
HOBOKEN –Trader Joe’s newest location will officially open on Friday, May 19, at 9 a.m. at the corner of Fourteenth Street and Willow Avenue.Trader Joe’s carries an array of domestic and imported foods and beverages, including artisan breads, Arabica bean coffees, international frozen entrées, 100 percent juices, fresh crop nuts, deli items, vitamins, and more.“To kick off the official opening, Captain Linda Bilyk, the store’s manager, and the Trader Joe’s crew will gather first thing in the morning for a ceremonial lei-cutting to welcome new customers – Trader Joe’s style,” according to the press release.Opening day will include food demonstrations, giveaways, and more.The Hoboken store is approximately 11,700 square feet and will feature hand painted murals of Hoboken landmarks including the Stevens Gatehouse, Castle Point, Sinatra Park, and Hoboken Terminal.Residents can expect to receive a copy of the Trader Joe’s “Fearless Flyer” in their mailboxes after the store opens which highlights new products the store has to offer.The Hoboken location is scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. ×
Hovis has announced its biggest-ever social media campaign to get consumers talking about bread.Promotional packaging will encourage shoppers to visit the Hovis Wholemeal Facebook page, where they can launch an app that features breakfast ideas, and promises to reward those who meet their goals. When consumers sign up, they are entered into a daily prize draw with the chance to win a £1,000 shopping spree. It is part of a £3m TV advertising push for Hovis Wholemeal throughout January, fronted by Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton. Using the strapline ‘Stop me Snacking’, this aims to encourage more women to eat Hovis Wholemeal for breakfast. Meanwhile, Caroline Jary, who has replaced Jon Goldstone as head of marketing for Hovis following Goldstone’s promotion within Premier Foods, confirmed that the brand’s dispute with Tesco had been resolved. The multiple delisted approximately 11 Hovis breads in October, including Seed Sensations, Granary and Hearty Oat breads, after it refused to accept a price increase, but these are now back on-shelf.
Keller Williams and bluegrass quintet The Hillbenders have teamed up to form PettyGrass, a group that will perform select Tom Petty covers “in a rollicking bluegrass style.”The new project has its origins in a number of Tom Petty covers that Williams put together for a Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals benefit back in 2015. After Petty’s surprising death in the fall of 2017 Williams and longtime collaborator Jeff Covert released the recordings as a tribute to the rock icon.“There is nothing like a room full of people singing along to the same song,” Williams says in a statement. “With his untimely passing, these songs have been pushed to the forefront of my mind and it seems like as good a time as any to celebrate, publicly, the music of Tom Petty. Luckily, The Hillbenders share my passion for this music and it just so happens that they are kick ass pickers who have amazing attention to detail. These Petty songs lend themselves quite easily to bluegrass and by the end of the night, the audience will more than likely be singing in harmony.”“We’ll do at least 15 songs, the ones everybody knows, and maybe dive into some other Petty stuff, too,” Williams tells Billboard. “Most are three minutes long or so. That’s how simple they are. But we can really dig into these arrangements and kind of find little spaces to stretch out into more of an improv thing and then come back into arrangements. It should be really great.”As Williams explains of the project, “I’m very self-indulgent in terms of entertaining myself first. I put a lot of emphasis on me having fun. I can’t be expected to entertain an audience if I can’t have fun myself, can I?”Williams and The Hillbenders will take PettyGrass on the road this summer for a series of festival sets, including performances at the Redwood Ramble in Navarro, CA and FloydFest in Floyd, VA. You can listen to a number of the Petty covers that Williams released last year below.As previously reported, an autopsy recently revealed that Tom Petty died of a mixed drug overdose. Examiners found a wide array of pain meds in his system, including Fentanyl, oxycodone, and generic Xanax, as well as a sleep aid and an antidepressant.For more information on Keller Williams’ PettyGrass and his various other projects, head to his website.[Photo: Petty: From Super Bowl; Williams: Emily Butler]
Earlier this week, news surfaced that a deal is in the works to sell iconic New Orleans venue Tipitina’s in light of recent lawsuits and financial insecurity, according to a report from local New Orleans news outlet WWL-TV. The reported plans to sell Tipitina’s come as its longtime owner, Roland Von Kurnatowski, faces a number of lawsuits from investors surrounding bounced checks and unpaid debts totalling nearly $3M.Initially, the identity of the venue’s potential buyers and their plans for the space were unclear. WWL-TV now reports that multiple sources close to the negotiations have confirmed that local funk-outfit Galactic has been working on a deal to purchase the iconic Big Easy venue from Von Kurnatowski.Galactic has a longstanding history with Tipitina’s that dates back to the early 1990’s, when the band was called Galactic Prophylactic. Galactic was started by Stanton Moore, Robert Mercurio, Ben Ellman, Jeff Raines, and Rich Vogel, who were students at Tulane and Loyola universities and ended up settling in the Uptown area of New Orleans around Tipitina’s. With their mentor Theryl DeClouet joining the band to assist on lead vocals, Galactic gained popularity around town and quickly started selling out shows at the iconic club. Moore, as well as fellow bandmates, have also had longtime involvement with the Tipitina’s Foundation started by Von Kurnatowski and his wife, Mary, which helps bring and teach music to kids in New Orleans.Tipitina’s was originally founded by a group of New Orleans music fans as a performance venue for local musical legend Professor Longhair. It’s named for one of Longhair’s most famous songs, “Tipitina”, which has since become a beloved NOLA standard. Von Kurnatowski bought the venue in 1996, and while he was reportedly unaware of its particular history, he has since been dedicated to preserving its identity. As WWL-TV notes, the couple would likely have to stop using the Tipitina’s name for the foundation should they choose to sell the venue.WWL-TV also notes that, “Several sources associated with the club have said they hope Galactic buys Tipitina’s to keep it alive as a cultural touchstone on the New Orleans live music scene. Members of the band declined to confirm that the deal was in the works, but people with direct knowledge of the negotiations said it has been for some time and could be finalized soon.”[H/T WWL-TV]
This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Raj Salhotra, who will graduate with a J.D. from Harvard Law School (HLS), has always had mentors to show him the way — from his parents to professors to politicians in his native Houston.But Salhotra, 27, knows not everyone is so lucky. And he has a plan to help those less fortunate.“The responsibility of privilege is to pay it forward,” Salhotra said. “I’m lucky that I have been able to meet people and build a network. It’s my responsibility to connect folks in my network to those who are striving but aren’t there yet.”Salhotra said he’s passionate about education policy, and believes that improved access to higher education can lessen societal inequality. In 2015, he and a friend in Houston launched SWAG to College (the SWAG stands for “Students With Ambition Go”), a nonprofit that provides peer mentors to help underserved high school students get into college, college students graduate, and college graduates enter the workforce.The idea came to Salhotra in 2015. Ordering lunch at a Subway restaurant, he asked the register clerk about his college plans. The clerk answered he wanted to go to the University of Houston, but even though he was on track to graduate high school and had a job, he didn’t know where he’d get the money for tuition.To Salhotra, the clerk personified a tremendous need. Teenagers at private schools get help navigating the path to college, but qualified public school students tend to get less support securing financial aid and other basics.“You realize that there are far too many students who are working hard and have a dream and they’re not able to reach their dreams,” Salhotra said. “We started SWAG to College because we knew people need mentors to succeed. I knew firsthand.”His own first mentors were his parents, who were driven to realize the American Dream. Salhotra’s father, an environmental engineer, came from India to America as a graduate student with only $42. His mother arrived from India as a child, became a microbiologist, and taught at the University of Houston.At first, Salhotra shared their wish that he study business at Rice University. But a White House internship at which he helped high school students complete their college applications inspired him to change course and pursue public education policy. When the next semester began, Salhotra signed up for classes in social inequality and educational inequity.After graduating in 2013, Salhotra decided not to a pursue advanced degrees in education. Instead, he applied to HLS to learn the skills of a practicing lawyer that he said would prepare him for a career in politics and public policy.Salhotra has distinguished himself at HLS, said Mark Jefferson, the School’s director of Community Engagement and Equity. Jefferson, who has known Salhotra throughout his Harvard career, said he is naturally inquisitive and respected by classmates for his ability to make connections.“I think Raj has a unique combination of keen intellectual ability and real emotional intelligence,” Jefferson said. “You know how many smart lawyers there are? Lots of them. The challenge will be what else do you bring to the table to be successful. Raj gets that part. He gets that it has to do with people and relationships and connections.”Salhotra said mentoring can only do so much to break down barriers to social equality, which is why he plans to run for public office at some point after returning to Houston.“A mentor can guide you on a path, a mentor can open doors for you,” he said. “But a mentor cannot breakdown systemic barriers. That takes policy solutions.”Salhotra said he saw that as an intern working for the city of Houston, where he helped officials scour the budget to find funding for deserving programs. After Commencement he’ll return there to work for one of the city’s most prominent law firms, Baker Botts. And while he can’t say when, he said he “absolutely” plans to run for elective office in Houston.“A public official has the opportunity to really shape policy and provide opportunities for folks who maybe aren’t able to reach their dreams or don’t have equal opportunities right now,” Salhotra said.