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CNBC: "Immigration fees jump for the first time since 2010, making it tougher for would-be Americans"

01/03/2017

CNBC: "Immigration fees jump for the first time since 2010, making it tougher for would-be Americans"

Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein | Corbis | Getty Images

While the nation continues to focus on illegal immigration as a controversial political issue, every Friday in New York City alone, approximately 500 citizens from around the world officially become Americans after taking an oath at a brief ceremony run by the Department of Homeland Security.

. . . Glenn Martin Miller, an immigration attorney and adjunct professor at Pace University in New York, said the new fee hike will be a problem for some applicants, even with the reduced filing waivers.

"The percentage increased will be a burden for a family of two," said Miller, citing guidelines that say an immigrant's household income must be at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guideline to qualify for the program.

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Compliance Week: "Will Europe go it alone on financial regulation following Brexit? Don’t count on it"

01/03/2017

Compliance Week: "Will Europe go it alone on financial regulation following Brexit? Don’t count on it"

. . . the single biggest obstacle to fundamental change to EU financial regulations is the simple fact that it may not be necessary, explains Professor John James, chairman of the Center for Global Governance, Reporting, and Regulation at Pace University in New York City.

“I would be more interested in the why,” he says. “Is it to tighten up the enforcement procedures? Because they’re still pretty light compared to some of the member states. Why would they want to change it, to go away from the U.K. and U.S.? This could be another area of government reacting against the EU establishment. In other words, the populist bug has gone from the population to the local government and from the local government to the EU overseers, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

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The Hill's Pundits Blog: "Trump's model of the American economy may actually work"

01/03/2017

The Hill's Pundits Blog: "Trump's model of the American economy may actually work"

"Before and after his election as president of the United States, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would do what is right for America," writes Narendra C. Bhandari, Ph.D., professor of Management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. "He won’t be sworn in for another few weeks, but he isn’t waiting to make moves for the country.

"He has persuaded Carrier Corporation to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in Indiana instead of moving them to Mexico. He has complained that Boeing’s cost of building a new 747 for future presidents is out of control and urged the federal government to cancel the order.

"Trump is against skyrocketing drug prices. Under the current system, Medicare and Medicaid buy products from the drug companies without competitive bidding. People wonder why the Department of Defense must make its purchases through competitive bidding. Trump plans to allow Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate prices too. This would bring drug prices down in general and would be a major relief for the public.

"Trump is critical of Lockheed Martin’s skyrocketing cost of its F-35 fighter jet program, which is a multinational, multibillion-dollar program primarily funded by the United States. Some U.S. allies, including members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), also participate in the program. Each jet costs more than $100 million.

"The program has been criticized for problems with its design, procurement and testing. Trump wants to bring down the cost of military hardware. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has called for similar action.

"Trump tweets about corporations, such as Boeing and Lockheed, when he disagrees with the ways they do business. Some have complained that it is unfair to shareholders because the tweets send stock prices falling. Some have argued that the companies may have to increase automation, reduce employment and outsource jobs, in order to cut costs. That would defeat Trump’s objective of keeping and creating jobs in America.

"These are some examples of Trump’s efforts to fulfill his promises even before he has taken the oath of the office. His message is clear. The industry should control costs, reduce prices, increase productivity, and keep and create jobs.

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OnStage Names Pace University’s School of Performing Arts the “Best Theatre College” in New York State for 2017

12/21/2016

OnStage Names Pace University’s School of Performing Arts the “Best Theatre College” in New York State for 2017

Pace School of Performing Arts is among the top 50 in the nation.

New York, NY – December 21, 2016 – OnStage has named Pace University’s School of Performing Arts the “Best Theatre College” in New York for 2017. The school is among the top 50 in the nation, one from each state, selected in the theater industry news outlet’s first-ever ranking of college theater programs.

The Connecticut-based outlet’s mission is to cover theater, no matter the size or location. OnStage is the most active theater-related page on Facebook, with a weekly audience of more than 2,000,000 readers.

“This recognition is testament to Pace University's deep and expanding commitment to the arts,” said Jorge Cacheiro, Executive Director of Pace University’s School of Performing Arts. “It's an exciting place to be right now.”

In its inaugural assessment of graduate and undergraduate theater programs, OnStage examined every accredited college program engaged in teaching young artists the crafts of acting, directing, musical theater, design, and more. Ranking criteria included tuition, facilities, academic rigor, performing opportunities, career support, and location.

In profiling Pace, OnStage noted that in September 2014 the School of Performing Arts introduced three new progressive performing arts majors geared specifically to today’s job market. Degrees include a new Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs, and Commercials; a BFA in Production and Design for Stage and Screen; and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Stage Management. The BFA in Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs, and Commercials major is the first undergraduate program in the US focused entirely on training the actor for work in front of the camera and microphone. Additionally, the BFA in Commercial Dance is the only one of its kind in New York City offering comprehensive dance training that bridges the gap between classical dance technique and the professional world of commercial dance. Earlier this year, Zelig Williams, a junior at Pace’s School of Performing Arts, auditioned for and joined the cast of the red-hot musical Hamilton on Broadway.

Pace officially unveiled its School of Performing Arts in May 2014, New York City’s first performing arts school in nearly 50 years. Housed within the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, the Pace School of Performing Arts began as the Dyson College’s flourishing Performing Arts Department, which over the last several years has experienced unprecedented growth in applications and enrollment. To accommodate this leap in reputation and popularity, Pace’s School of Performing Arts moved into the 50,000 square foot building at 140 William Street in downtown Manhattan.

The School’s William Street home is a seven-story, state-of-the-art building that hosts acting, movement, and dance studios; a sound stage and screening room; costume and design shops; a digital design lab; and multiple performance spaces. Students also perform and train in Pace's Schimmel Center, Pace’s Schaeberle Studio Theater, and Mainframe and Layton Dance studios.

With the motto of “re-imagining training for the 21st century,” a Pace School of Performing Arts education straddles the fine line between meeting the demands of today’s rapidly evolving entertainment industry and long-established, traditional instruction.

OnStage’s selection of Pace University’s School of Performing Arts as the best in New York is the latest recognition for an institution ranked among the most sought after Performing Arts Schools in the nation. The Hollywood Reporter ranked PPA one of the 25 best undergraduate programs in the world the last two years in a row. Pace also offers a graduate program for actors, directors, and playwrights through the Actors Studio Drama School. In addition, the University serves as home to Bravo’s award-winning Inside The Actors Studio, hosted by the inimitable James Lipton and taped in Pace’s Schimmel Center.

To view the OnStage list of best theater schools for each state, visit www.onstageblog.com.

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences: Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law), as well as numerous courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements. The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media contact: Scott Trent, Pace, 212-346-1152, strent@pace.edu

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NY1: "Sound Advice: Tom Rush"

12/21/2016

NY1: "Sound Advice: Tom Rush"

NY1 VIDEO: The Schimmel Center at Pace University presented Tom Rush, an important figure in the American folk and singer/songwriting traditions. WFUV DJ Eric Holland talks to Rush about songwriting and more in this Sound Advice report.

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Fortune: "What Amazon’s Echo Snag Can Teach Entrepreneurs"

12/20/2016

Fortune: "What Amazon’s Echo Snag Can Teach Entrepreneurs"

The retail giant sold out of Echo and Echo Dot online, but has it stocked in stores.

Amazon’s hit Echo and Echo Dot voice-activated speakers are sold out online, but still available in Amazon stores.

That ironic twist for the world’s biggest online retailer was reported on Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal, which said the top-selling speakers that create a connected home, can still be found at Amazon’s brick-and-mortar stores. Online customers have to wait until after Christmas to receive their orders.

“Due to demand, we encourage customers to purchase an Echo if they see it available,” an Amazon spokeswoman told the Journal. An Amazon spokesperson was not immediately available to comment to Fortune.

The Echo and the smaller Echo Dot connect to Amazon’s interactive, connected-home system called Alexa, introduced in late 2014. The system responds to voice commands, which allow users to create lists, search the web, check weather conditions, or play podcasts, among other things.

The Dot, released earlier this year, was Amazon’s best-selling online item following the Thanksgiving holiday, with sales likely goosed by a 20% discount that brought the price down to $39.99. The Echo and Echo Dot normally retail for $179 and $49.99 respectively.

There’s a lesson here for businesses much smaller than Amazon: You need to be diligent about your supply chain, particularly during the holidays.

“This is why it is so important for small-business owners to stay close to their customers, maintain strong relationships with suppliers, follow market trends, and really know their industry,” says Bruce Bachenheimer, a clinical professor of management at Pace University in New York. “They cannot simply rely on the recommendations of a sales rep and act as stock keepers or inventory managers.”

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Washington Post: "Miss Puerto Rico takes the crown at the Miss World pageant"

12/20/2016

Washington Post: "Miss Puerto Rico takes the crown at the Miss World pageant"

Photo: Miss Puerto Rico Stephanie Del Valle reacts after winning Miss World at MGM National Harbor on Dec. 18 in Oxon Hill, Md. (Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images)

Stephanie Del Valle, a 19-year-old student from Puerto Rico, was crowned Miss World in a splashy ceremony Sunday at the new MGM National Harbor.

What’s Miss World, you ask? The pageant is the lesser-known competitor to Miss Universe — a global beauty contest with a progressive bent, eschewing the swimsuit competition to judge women on their athletic prowess and charitable works, instead. (Also, their modeling skills — it is a beauty competition, after all.)

[Miss World is the biggest beauty pageant you’ve never heard of. What’s it doing in D.C.?]

The contest was presided over by Megan Young, a former Miss World who has local ties — born in Alexandria, Va., she represented the Philippines in the pageant, and subsequently became a huge star in that country. Del Valle’s win was a big upset for the crowd favorite, Catriona Gray of the Philippines, who made it to the top five.

Yaritza Miguelina Reyes Ramirez of the Dominican Republic was first runner-up, followed by Natasha Mannuela of Indonesia. Our own Miss World America (yes, that’s a different pageant from Miss America) Audra Mari of Fargo, N.D., made it to the top 10. And Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin never had a chance — though she made headlines for speaking out against human rights abuses in China, she butted heads with organizers throughout the pageant and was relegated to the back row for some of the dance sequences.

Del Valle is a student at Pace University in New York, studying law and communications, but with an interest in the entertainment industry.

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Military Times: "6 ways to win at group learning — strategies from military-serving colleges"

12/19/2016

Military Times: "6 ways to win at group learning — strategies from military-serving colleges"

. . . How to be a role model and get the most out of a group-learning exercise? Here are six strategies.

1. Learn from everybody. At Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, former Marine communications technician Cpl. Hernan Gallego and his fellow finance students have formed competitive teams to develop hypothetical companies. The group work makes up 15 percent of the grade, and Gallego relies on his teammates to fill in the gaps in his knowledge. “These are finance majors, marketing majors, accounting majors,” he said. “If there is something I don’t know, all I have to do is turn to a teammate, and there is someone there who can help me out.”

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New York Daily News: "President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks reflect his own personal characteristics"

12/19/2016

New York Daily News: "President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks reflect his own personal characteristics"

. . . "It would appear the President-elect is equating similar personal characteristics with loyalty and personal commitment," explained David Caputo, president emeritus and professor of political science at Pace University.

But the "shielding from alternative arguments" likely to arise from ensuing group think "could lead to missteps," he said, especially "in an environment where the processes and the use of power are often different from the private sector world" - where most of Trump's choices have had their careers.

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USA Today: "Travelers, beware! Hacking lurks in plugs and ports"

12/19/2016

USA Today: "Travelers, beware! Hacking lurks in plugs and ports"

. . . Tell your phone to say "no." Disable location services, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when possible. Also, think about the permissions associated with third-party apps, which may have access to your microphone, camera and contacts. "If you need to play games on your mobile, then disable Internet access to those apps," says Darren Hayes, a digital forensics and cybersecurity expert at Pace University.

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