July 15, 2008 Regular News HBACF to host election debates H BACF to host election debatesThe Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida, in partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, La Prensa newspaper, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, WONQ Radio, Barry University School of Law, and the Lou Fry Institute of Politics and Government at the Univerity of Central Florida will be hosting a series of Central Florida election debates to promote voter education.The program dubbed “Decisiones ’08” will spotlight congressional district races, state Senate and House races, the state attorney’s race, Orange County sheriff’s race, and the Orange County Commissioner District 1 race. The first series of primary election debates will be held on August 12 and 13 from 6–9 p.m. at Barry University School of Law and the second series of general election debates will be held on October 6 and 7 from 6–9 p.m. at UCF’s downtown Orlando campus.Each of the debates will be divided into one-hour segments during which questions will be presented to the candidates by a panel of the sponsors. A moderator will facilitate further discussion of the issue presented, including direct exchange between the candidates.Through its support and participation in this program, the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida hopes to promote voter education and to allow the public to hear and see the candidates offer and defend their positions on critical issues affecting the Hispanic community in Central Florida.
A football building included in the athletics department’s $190 million facilities plan is slated to displace the school’s outdoor track, home to 136 student-athletes, 87 of which are women.One member of the Gophers track team said student-athletes haven’t been told where the new facility will be built, but that the St. Paul campus is an option.Athletics Director Norwood Teague recently wrote in an email to student-athletes that the University and Gopher Athletics “will cooperate fully with the investigation,” which he expects to begin in February.If the OCR finds the University to be out of compliance with Title IX, it risks losing federal funding.The Daily reported in September that the OCR was investigating the University for a separate complaint alleging that the school didn’t take effective steps to end sexual harassment by a former volunteer assistant coach for the women’s gymnastics coach. University will undergo investigation for alleged Title IX violationsA complaint was filed with the Office for Civil Rights. Betsy HelfandJanuary 23, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintA federal office will investigate a complaint alleging that the University of Minnesota has discriminated against women on the basis of gender, according to a government document and a press release.The complaint was filed with the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to explore whether the school had violated Title IX, which protects against gender-based discrimination.Specifically, the complaint alleges that the University fails to provide women with the same opportunities as men in areas including equipment and supplies, scheduling, facilities, and athletic scholarships, according a letter from the Office for Civil Rights obtained by the Minnesota Daily. Last summer, before the University received the complaint, it hired a gender-equity consultant to review the athletics department, a press release said.“The University and Gopher Athletics are committed to Title IX compliance,” the release said. “We focus on the student-athlete experience to ensure our student-athletes are provided equitable experiences and opportunities.”An anonymous party filed the complaint in November. That party wrote in an email to track athletes that the complaint’s intent was to “prevent the destruction of the current outdoor track or force the construction of a new track — before the 2016 outdoor season.”
NAIOP Arizona’s events can draw a crowd. About 750 people attended the group’s signature Night at the Fights event in 2015. However, commercial success was an effort of dozens of chairmen, formerly referred to as presidents. In fact, one former chairman joked that all you had to do was miss the wrong meeting to be “awarded” the role. Now, the list of chairmen, even from the early days, are accomplished and recognized industry- wide for success.“It’s the preeminent national real estate development organization and I believe then and now that I needed to be involved in the organization,” says John Strittmatter, chairman of Ryan Companies US, Inc., whojoined NAIOP-AZ in 1994, when Ryan Companies opened an office in Arizona. “I got more involved as this office became more active.”John DiVall, senior vice president and city manager of Liberty Property Trust’s Arizona region, came from the Midwest to start business in a new region for the company.“Nobody knew me or my company. As much as I put into (NAIOP), it came nowhere near what I got out of it. I encourage people to get involved in our industry. As willing as you are to get involved, the more you get out of it. It helped me get integrated into the real estate community here.”With a continuing goal of expanding membership, the chapter imported events like Night at the Fights, borrowed from a successful Orange County chapter. The chapter was ona mission for a signature event that could raise resources for the group. Now, it has multiple signature events.“The goal wasn’t to make a lot of money, but to make a lot of friends,” Bob Mulhern says about the group’s first golf tournament, held at The Raven. “Over the next five years, we became the organization that offered bigger relationship-building events.”David Krumwiede was talked into joining by his then-employer and former NAIOP President Tom Roberts in 1986.When he eventually became president, akin to what’s now the role of chairman, Phoenix was coming out of the savings and loan crisis and considered an up-and-coming market. It was time, Krumwiede says, for signature events. At the time, NAIOP had 40 members. Even Krumwiede’s secretary doubled as the organization’s admin during his presidency.“We didn’t have a big budget, so we rolled the dice by throwing a big, signature event,” he recalls. That event was the first Night at the Fights.The event was held at the Ritz and drew a crowd of 250 people. Many of which, Krumwiede says with some amusement, didn’t even know what to expect or had ever seen live boxing. At the 2015 Night at the Fights, the event capped out at 750 attendees.“It was such a big event, if it didn’t go well, we weren’t going to be a chapter anymore,” Mulhern says.“Some of us weren’t sure if it would be successful,” Strittmatter admits. “I was sort of on the fence about it and (Dave) Krumwiede always kids me on this … If you look at who is in the organization and who is in the events, it’s people I deal with daily. It’s an opportunity for me to create and find resources for Ryan (Companies) to use.”Events like Night at the Fights, that helped bring NAIOP-AZ into the black paved the way for a stronger legislative presence due to its ability to donate to PACs and lobby at the Legislature. The chapter has a legacy of bringing in more than just figurehead presidents, Mulhern says.“It’s like any business. It’s being seen a lot of places, doing a lot of stuff, volunteering. You become friends with all these people,” says Bolton. “When you call, they know who you are. Is there one person, is there one event? Nah.”Bolton also brought one more important thing to the table — a recommendation for Tim Lawless.Lawless has been the CEO for nearly 10 years.“They really go in there and pour a lot of time and energy into it,” Mulhern says. “It just amazes me how much each person adds.”The networking events are a gateway to NAIOP-AZ’s role as an advocate for commercial development.When Craig Coppola was chairman of NAIOP, Arizona’s commercial real estate taxes were among the top five most expensive in the nation.“We were at a distinct competitive disadvantage competing for new company relocations,” Coppola says. “Additionally, the entire commercial real estate industry was disjointed, with each segment looking out for its own specific interests. NAIOP was the group that could organize, coordinate, and advocate for commercial real estate. At the time, this was our sole focus because it had so much impact on the future.”Bolton recalls, in 2000, “the biggest, largest, most dreadful attack on commercial real estate in Arizona” was initiated by the Sierra Club. The group was attempting to put a development restriction ring around every municipality that had 2,500 or more citizens, akin to Portland.“That was a huge referendum that NAIOP, along with many others, were able to get the real information out to the market, to the citizens and they voted no,” Bolton says. “That was the legacy … (Arizona was the) only state in the country trying this. We beat them so handily, they dropped it in other places.”Bolton was also the member who brought Lawless to NAIOP, whose main focus has been property tax reform.“Our voice has adopted a consistent, focused, and reasoned approach to help make Arizona competitive in taxation and meaningful job creation,” Coppola says. “We have had some major wins for our industry, but those wins have really helped Arizona’s economy grow markedly. Within the organization, the average member knows that our collective efforts matter and are encouraged to be thoughtful business citizens. I think this results in a more effective and productive trade organization.”
Share on Facebook Researchers at Case Western Reserve University may have found a new way information is communicated throughout the brain.Their discovery could lead to identifying possible new targets to investigate brain waves associated with memory and epilepsy and better understand healthy physiology.They recorded neural spikes traveling at a speed too slow for known mechanisms to circulate throughout the brain. The only explanation, the scientists say, is the wave is spread by a mild electrical field they could detect. Computer modeling and in-vitro testing support their theory. “Others have been working on such phenomena for decades, but no one has ever made these connections,” said Steven J. Schiff, director of the Center for Neural Engineering at Penn State University, who was not involved in the study. “The implications are that such directed fields can be used to modulate both pathological activities, such as seizures, and to interact with cognitive rhythms that help regulate a variety of processes in the brain.”Scientists Dominique Durand, Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Case School of Engineering and leader of the research, former graduate student Chen Sui and current PhD students Rajat Shivacharan and Mingming Zhang, report their findings in The Journal of Neuroscience.“Researchers have thought that the brain’s endogenous electrical fields are too weak to propagate wave transmission,” Durand said. “But it appears the brain may be using the fields to communicate without synaptic transmissions, gap junctions or diffusion.”How the fields may workComputer modeling and testing on mouse hippocampi (the central part of the brain associated with memory and spatial navigation) in the lab indicate the field begins in one cell or group of cells.Although the electrical field is of low amplitude, the field excites and activates immediate neighbors, which, in turn, excite and activate immediate neighbors, and so on across the brain at a rate of about 0.1 meter per second.Blocking the endogenous electrical field in the mouse hippocampus and increasing the distance between cells in the computer model and in-vitro both slowed the speed of the wave.These results, the researchers say, confirm that the propagation mechanism for the activity is consistent with the electrical field.Because sleep waves and theta waves–which are associated with forming memories during sleep–and epileptic seizure waves travel at about 1 meter per second, the researchers are now investigating whether the electrical fields play a role in normal physiology and in epilepsy.If so, they will try to discern what information the fields may be carrying. Durand’s lab is also investigating where the endogenous spikes come from. LinkedIn Share on Twitter Email Share Pinterest