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Sarah B Horton

IIRAIRA at 20: Still Punitive and Unequal

Sarah B Horton | September 30, 2016 | Politics
Co-authored by Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz and Sarah Horton (bios below) Today marks the 20th anniversary of an immigration bill that has irrevocably damaged the prospects of millions of undocumented immigrants to ever change their legal status. Passed on September 30, 1996, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act...

Syria Decimated Under World Watch: A Letter from Syrians Working with US, UK, And European Funded Organizations

#AleppoIsBurning | September 30, 2016 | World
We Syrian actors work for US, UK and European organizations or implement US, UK and European-funded programs both remotely and in Syria. Months ago, many of us signed a statement warning that our work was endangered due to escalated Assad regime and Russian attacks.
Hugh McIntyre

Tiësto's Partnership With Budweiser Is Actually Pretty Badass

Hugh McIntyre | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
Alcohol and music go together perfectly in so many different ways. Audiences love a good drink while they're dancing the night away at their favorite club or at a music festival, and alcohol has helped plenty of musicians put on phenomenal shows and create the tunes that everybody loves. It's a cycle that is always turning, and the two worlds are becoming more intertwined than ever before with musicians starting their own brands, and those that are already leaders in the space partnering with the hottest acts in every genre to help them get closer to their consumers. Sometimes these partnerships can be rather uninspired, and sometimes even pretty lame. Any musician can shell for any brand, and some will take any paycheck they can get and run. On the other side of the business are those companies that are willing and ready to think outside the box and try new things, just to see if they excite the fans and get people talking. That's exactly what Budweiser and Tiësto did this summer at Tomorrowland, one of the biggest and most important EDM festivals in the world. In a recent call, Tiësto talked briefly about working with Budweiser, and how easy it was for him to maintain the creative control that artists everywhere should demand when working with a brand, and he can perhaps explain the massive beer company's feelings from the get-go better than I can: "Budweiser approached me, I think, one and a half years ago and they were like, 'You know, we're ready for anything! If you have any crazy ideas or want to do something special, just let us know.'" The two powerhouses came together to show those in attendance at Tomorrowland something they'd never seen before, and then the longstanding alcohol brand took things one step further to let fans continue the experience weeks and even months after the set was done. Tiësto was, if you can believe it, the surprise opener for the weekend-long Belgian festival, and his time on stage was supposed to be a "surprise." Well, when the name is that big, nobody can keep it to themselves, and he wound up playing to tens of thousands of people who came one night early to start their partying right. During his set, Tiësto played his new song "Infected," which Budweiser asked him to create. Again, the company stepped back and let the DJ (who selected up-and-coming talent Jauz to collaborate with) work his magic, and the result is a single and a music video that is exactly what his fans love. Just when things seemed like they couldn't get any cooler, a giant Budweiser truck, complete with fireworks and flames, rolled out and added a whole new element to the already-insane experience. That is something that neither the DJ nor the company had ever tried before, but they were both up for whatever, and it paid off. As it turns out, that truck was filled with beer, which the company is now selling to hardcore Tiësto fans in the U.K. That's right, if you are a huge EDM lover and you could use a beer, take a look in local supermarkets for a bottle that bears the producer's logo, as the liquid inside has actually been to Tomorrowland and back (and it's still worth drinking, I swear). He has "infected" it with his sound...and if you don't believe that, it's still pretty cool that the beer you're drinking probably had a better spot at the festival than you did. Was all of this branding? Yes. Was it advertising? Yes. Was it a multinational, billion-dollar business marketing its product to potential customers? Absolutely, but it was all of these things done right, and instead of detracting from an experience, they actually added to it, and those in attendance didn't feel like someone was just trying to sell something to them, but rather just be included in the party. Alcohol brands, take note: Tiësto and Budwesier have raised the bar (pun...
Liesha Petrovich

How Your Tiny eStore Can Compete with Amazon this Holiday Season

Liesha Petrovich | September 30, 2016 | Business
Who wants to fight crowds on Black Friday when you can shop in your jammies on Cyber Monday?
Dr. Jane Greer

Beyonce and Jay Z: A Balancing Act?

Dr. Jane Greer | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
Their attempt to balance the responsibilities of parenthood and two careers is a great example of how spouses can support each other, but it isn't always easy to reach that point. How can two people who each want what they want reach a place where they are both getting what they and their family need?
Shannon Ullman

How to Stay Safe & Healthy While Traveling

Shannon Ullman | September 30, 2016 | Travel
To be able to travel is like a dream come true for many. When most people think about traveling, they have thoughts of adventure, glamour and culture floating through their minds. It seems though, that not many wanderlusters out there are thinking about the health and safety issues that sometimes creep up during traveling.
Anne E. Huot

Engaging Students in Politics and World Issues Means a Brighter Future

Anne E. Huot | September 30, 2016 | Education
As we approach another U.S. presidential election, and many state and local elections, I keep thinking about the immense responsibility that is shouldered by the faculty and staff of Keene State College, and the many higher education institutions across the country, to further instill in our students the importance of active participation in our political process and issues that affect our world and lives every day.
Brie Witherspoon

Paws on Wheels Presents: 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

Brie Witherspoon | September 30, 2016 | Business
Buying a car is an important decision and one that tends to be based on the answers to a multitude of questions. But the most important question you should always remember to ask yourself is, how well does this vehicle suit the needs of my entire family, including pets?
Daniel Wagner

Malaysia's Dangerous Path

Daniel Wagner | September 30, 2016 | World
Muslims from around the world have long chosen Malaysia as a holiday destination, being widely viewed as a moderate Muslim country, where people of diverse ethnicity and religion live in harmony. Muslims account for approximately 60 percent of the population (most of them being ethnic Malay), with Chinese and Indian...
George Friedman

The Public and Private Lives of Candidates

George Friedman | September 30, 2016 | World
They may not respect each other privately, but as candidates for president, they claim to be leaders. If you are going to lead you have to set an example of how to treat those who disagree with you. I thought decorum was called for in this place and time.
Megan Brame-Finkelstein

3 Jobs You May Have Not Thought Of To Help Pay For College

Megan Brame-Finkelstein | September 30, 2016 | College
If you're looking for a way to pay for school that doesn't involve schlepping diet coke's or fighting with a fax machine, give one of these 3 flexible jobs a try.
Stephanie Heckman

Listen Up: We Have Something to Say! A Message from Grassroots Leaders

Stephanie Heckman | September 30, 2016 | Impact
In August 2016, One World Children's Fund, ACODEV and the African Diaspora Network convened the first Grassroots Forward meeting and workshop in Kampala, Uganda. More than 50 participants from over 10 countries across Africa spent the day together to discuss how we can push Grassroots Forward.
Christopher Zoukis

How To Send Money To Someone In Prison

Christopher Zoukis | September 30, 2016 | Crime
While thinking of how best to send money, it's also important to keep in mind how much the inmate may really need - not enough money, and they could do without some essential hygiene products, too much, and they could be targets for others, although the amount they are able to access weekly may be limited.
Lee Bycel

Where Is the Conscience of the World

Lee Bycel | September 30, 2016 | Impact
As I prepare to welcome in the Jewish New Year on Sunday night, I am plagued by the plight of the Syrian people.
Sharda Sekaran

Shonda Rimes And Norman Lear Tackle Challenging Issues With Famous Faces In 'America Divided'

Sharda Sekaran | September 30, 2016 | Politics
Two larger than life figures from the world of television, Norman Lear and Shonda Rimes, have joined forces to produce a thought-provoking 5-part docuseries airing today on the network EPIX called "America Divided." The show takes viewers across the country to tackle some of our most...
David Brendel

Stepping Into a Strategic Leadership Role: Lessons from Ancient Chinese Philosophy

David Brendel | September 30, 2016 | Business
A daunting challenge facing many workers is developing the skills necessary to function as effective managers and strategic leaders.
Caroline Beaton

The Oldest Millennials Just Turned 35: How Gen Y Is Growing Up, Getting Wise And Beating The Odds

Caroline Beaton | September 30, 2016 | Good News
The oldest millennials, born in 1981 according to Pew Research Center, just hit undeniable adulthood. And, at age 35, they should have it together. Yet research and the media alike paint Generation Y as lost, poor, heavily in debt, apolitical and unemployed.
Jay Walljasper

6 Reasons Creative Businesses Should Look at Indianapolis

Jay Walljasper | September 30, 2016 | Business
Few people dream of visiting or moving to Indianapolis. At least not yet. But after a weeklong visit--zipping all over town from world-class arts institutions to world-class dive bars--I came away distinctly surprised.
Deborah J. Levine

Ironman Chattanooga and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Deborah J. Levine | September 30, 2016 | Business
I'm surrounded by super-fit bodies in athletic gear as I drive over the Walnut Street Bridge for a local program on a global topic -- the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). For a third year, the Ironman endurance event transforms the Scenic City of Chattanooga, the smallest of the major cities in Tennessee.
Ted Merwin

Caught in the Mirror of Jewish Texts Before the High Holy Days

Ted Merwin | September 30, 2016 | Religion
Yom Kippur came early for me this year. It was one of the last weekends of the summer at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, where my wife serves as educational director. An extraordinarily skilled Bible teacher, Aron Freidenreich, was giving a class for the rabbis, staff and spouses who were up for the weekend.