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Metro: "Conspiracy theorists now claim Las Vegas shooting was an Illuminati ‘blood sacrifice’ ritual"

10/17/2017

Conspiracy theorists now claim Las Vegas shooting was an Illuminati ‘blood sacrifice’ ritual (Metro)

Why would someone make that up?

How do these crazy conspiracy theories spiral so out of control? Three main reasons, Adam Klein, who teaches classes about propaganda at Pace University, told Mother Jones: the absence of a clear motive, politicization of the event and, you guessed it, technology. Zilinsky’s YouTube video and Twitter post clearly prove the last point.

So be careful what you see reported about the Las Vegas shooting and Stephen Paddock. Klein explains that since trusted sources and fake news — and everything in between — freely mingle online, a conspiracy theory can easily run rampant because it works its way through a digital ladder. The theory makes its way onto sites like Reddit, fringe websites and (there it is again) Twitter, “which act as incubators, where they allow some of these conspiracies to grow through hashtags, and they graduate onto a mainstream website, a news channel, or a politician who repeats these narratives.”

Klein also told Mother Jones that conspiracy theorists don’t need to change people’s minds to profit from their posts. “They win simply by injecting doubt into the system,” he explains. And what are they trying to distract you from? The real issues. Like how gun control laws seem to be working in states that implement them, like Massachusetts.

“If we’re talking about conspiracies instead of talking about gun control or mental illness or whatever factor that is a legitimate debate to have around this, then they’re winning,” Klein concluded.

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Broadway World: "Pace School of Performing Arts to Present LYSISTRATA at 3-Legged Dog"

10/17/2017

Pace School of Performing Arts to Present LYSISTRATA at 3-Legged Dog (Broadway World)

"Lysistrata" is presented with a futuristic spin by the School of Performing Arts of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University. It was developed, and will be performed, at the 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center in Lower Manhattan.

Performances will take place at 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center, Studio A, from October 27 through November 5. Wednesday - Saturday performances will be at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 7:00 PM, and matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM. General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased at lysistratapace.brownpapertickets.com.

3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich St. at Rector Street, New York, NY 10006. For directions, visit 3ldnyc.org/contact.html.

The year is 2069. In a country dominated by men and devastated by its leaders' obsession with an endless war, Lysistrata unites the women of Greece by persuading them not to have sex with their husbands until a peace treaty can be reached. This futuristic adaptation of Aristophanes' classical comedy about gender and politics is a visually striking re-imagination directed by Cosmin Chivu, associate professor at Pace University, with an original score by John Coyne and choreography by Maddie Rodrigue.

The cast includes: Brandon Adam, Austin Backus, Essence Brown, Zach Carter, Mazvita Chanakira, Quinn Corcoran, John Coyne, Erin DiIorio, Zane Fair, Kayland Jordan, Kelsey Leland, Michaela Marymor, Jason Marrs, Mesa Story Melton, Rob Milano, Justine Musselman, Zander Pacella, Ellie Pontecorvo, Chrizney Roth, Hannah Sikora, Miles Sullivan, Olivia Vordenberg.

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Monster: "10 things to do senior year of college to set yourself up for career success"

10/16/2017

10 things to do senior year of college to set yourself up for career success (Monster)

Clean up your social media profiles

Regardless of how great you look in that Instagram photo or how funny you think your tweet is, your future employer does not want to see pictures of you twerking at frat parties or read tweets about how you spent every lecture playing Pokemon Go—and yes, they will know. According to a recent SHRM survey, 84% of companies use social media to find candidates. Making sure you don’t have anything publicly available that could damage your chances at securing a job is a good first step in professionalizing your digital footprint.

“Any unprofessional photos, posts, tweets, etc. should be taken down, and all profiles should be set to private,” suggests Jennifer Magas, associate professor of public relations at Pace University in New York City. “Social media is oftentimes the first thing a future employer turns to when considering a new hire, so be sure that all of your public posts and friends are things you’d want to represent yourself.”

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Glass Door: "A Successful Performance Review Is Guaranteed With These 8 Tips"

10/16/2017

A Successful Performance Review Is Guaranteed With These 8 Tips (Glass Door)

Data Talks

Preparation is key to your success. So give yourself plenty of time to reflect as you populate the requisite forms, and amass data to accompany them.

While your manager likely has a good sense of your contributions, s/he doesn’t know the particulars like you do. Jennifer Lee Magas, Vice President of Magas Media Consultants, LLC and a Clinical Associate Professor of Public Relations at Pace University, advises conducting a thorough self-evaluation:

“The main goal of the self-evaluation is to highlight your accomplishments. . . List any leadership roles, internal processes or systems that you redesigned or improved, money you saved the company or the client, any special projects you worked on/led, any new programs, systems or processes you designed or implemented, any courses you’ve taken or certificates you’ve achieved, all awards and recognitions you won.” 

Don’t leave it to your manager to track your success.

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Bustle: "How To Build Your Personal Brand On LinkedIn, According To Experts"

10/16/2017

How To Build Your Personal Brand On LinkedIn, According To Experts (Bustle)

...You can add keywords to your LinkedIn profile so that people searching for users with your skills or experience can find you, Jennifer Lee Magas, MA, JD, VP of Magas Media Consultants, LLC and a Clinical Associate Professor of Public Relations at Pace University, tells Bustle. Think about what words someone might enter if they want to find someone like you, and fill in all your education and work experience so nobody misses you.

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Mother Jones: "Trump Supporters Are Promoting Insane Conspiracy Theories About the Vegas Shooter"

10/16/2017

Trump Supporters Are Promoting Insane Conspiracy Theories About the Vegas Shooter (Mother Jones)

...According to Adam Klein, who teaches courses on propaganda at PACE University, there are three main factors that breathe life into conspiracy theories. The absence of a clear motive, as is the case with the Las Vegas massacre, creates a vacuum that conspiracy theorists are able to fill, he says. (It hasn’t helped that the official timeline of events has now changed multiple times.) And it’s made easier when attacks are politicized, which, Klein points out, happens on both the left and the right. “The authors here are lighting fuses and they’re supposed to lead back to some secret, explosive connection: ‘Oh, this is all about gun control at the end of the day.’ Or, ‘This is all about the anti-fascists’—this provides a great justification for why the Antifa movement is so dangerous. Or the other narrative, that the FBI is trying to hide proof that ISIS is spreading and Paddock is the next example of that. That can all fall under the category of political score keeping and people trying to prove that this is part of a left wing conspiracy.”

Klein says the biggest factor is technology. “The Internet itself provides kind of an x-factor because, yes it’s a place a lot of false information forms, but it also coalesces with trusted sources and trusted information,” he says. Conspiracies travel from fringe websites to political blogs and on to Twitter and Reddit, “which act as incubators, where they allow some of these conspiracies to grow through hashtags, and they graduate onto a mainstream website, a news channel, or a politician who repeats these narratives.”

With the Las Vegas massacre, Klein says we’re still at the “Infowars stage,” but some mainstream figures, like Ann Coulter, are beginning to bite. The media has been “strangely reluctant” to pursue details on gunman Stephen Paddock, she said on Fox News Insider. Tomi Lahren, a conservative political commentator at Fox News, tweeted to her nearly one million followers, “It’s been over a week. There’s no way it takes this long to get answers. Something is off. I assure you, we won’t forget. #lasvegasmassacre”

What people consider to be reputable sources these days, moreover, has morphed. Infowars claims an audience of five million, and President Trump once praised its barking and often shirtless host Alex Jones for his “amazing” reputation. The Gateway Pundit, which has a mixed batting average for accuracy, was reportedly encouraged by President Trump’s team to send a correspondent to the White House, which it did, and its publisher, Jim Hoft—who wrote the article misrepresenting Rukmini Callimachi’s work—has close ties to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. And those on the so-called fringe, people like Laura Loomer, command massive audiences; she reaches nearly 90,000 followers on Twitter.

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A Futuristic Spin on Aristophanes’s LYSISTRATA presented by Pace School of Performing Arts

10/16/2017

A Futuristic Spin on Aristophanes’s LYSISTRATA presented by Pace School of Performing Arts

NEW YORK October 16, 2017 – "Lysistrata" is presented with a futuristic spin by the School of Performing Arts of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University.  It was developed, and will be performed, at the 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center in Lower Manhattan.  

Performances will take place at 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center, Studio A, from October 27 through November 5. Wednesday – Saturday performances will be at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 7:00 PM, and matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM. General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased at lysistratapace.brownpapertickets.com

3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich St. at Rector Street, New York, NY 10006. For directions visit http://3ldnyc.org/contact.html

The year is 2069. In a country dominated by men and devastated by its leaders' obsession with an endless war, Lysistrata unites the women of Greece by persuading them not to have sex with their husbands until a peace treaty can be reached. This futuristic adaptation of Aristophanes' classical comedy about gender and politics is a visually striking re-imagination directed by Cosmin Chivu, associate professor at Pace University, with an original score by John Coyne and choreography by Maddie Rodrigue.

The cast includes: Brandon Adam, Austin Backus, Essence Brown, Zach Carter, Mazvita Chanakira, Quinn Corcoran, John Coyne, Erin DiIorio, Zane Fair, Kayland Jordan, Kelsey Leland, Michaela Marymor, Jason Marrs, Mesa Story Melton, Rob Milano, Justine Musselman, Zander Pacella, Ellie Pontecorvo, Chrizney Roth, Hannah Sikora, Miles Sullivan, Olivia Vordenberg.

The creative team includes Ryan Goff (Set Design), Sammy Mainzer (Costume Design), Griffin Proctor (Lighting Design), Steven Medina (Projection Design), Jordan Porch (Sound Design), Stephen Stanec (Production Stage Manager), Holly Wright (Associate Director), Borna Ben Barzin (Assistant Director), and Trent Soyster (Assistant Choreographer).

About the Pace School of Performing Arts

The Pace School of Performing Arts is one of the most sought-after undergraduate training destinations in the United States. Dedicated to providing the finest possible pre-professional education, our groundbreaking programs re-imagine how young artists are trained for today’s industry. In addition, Dyson College’s strong liberal arts curriculum provides students with a solid educational foundation that enriches their professional development as artists, giving students a deeper understanding of themselves and the world. The school’s mission is to prepare students for careers as performers, designers, and technicians in today’s ever-changing entertainment industry. We believe the best way to do this is with curricula that train students for both the world of theater and dance as well as film and television. At the Pace School of Performing Arts, curricula are taught by leading artist-educators from across our many disciplines. With more than 50 productions a year in New York City and internationally, intense training led by more than 125 prominent artists and teachers, and unique networking opportunities across the entertainment industry, the Pace School of Performing Arts is the place for aspiring artists to pursue their dreams. http://performingarts.pace.edu.

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). 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, N.Y., 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

About 3LD

The production company, 3-Legged Dog Media + theater group, operates 3ld art & technology center, the 1000 person capacity art space, performance venue and integrative technology lab. 3-Legged Dog is a community-oriented and artist-run production development studio for emerging and established artists and organizations that create large-scale experimental artworks of all kinds. From our home 3LD Art & Technology Center in Lower Manhattan, 3LD has built an unrivaled talent magnet, drawing artists from around the globe to New York to create large-scale, immersive and technology-driven projects in New York City. Since opening in 2006, we have hosted thousands of artists through our 3LD Residency Program, offering a unique experience with 24/7 access to specialized equipment, flexible space and expert knowledge, as well as the desperately needed time to fully realize their visions. www.3ld.org

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Backstage: "Lindsay Mendez Joins Broadway’s ‘Carousel’ + More New York Theater News"

10/13/2017

Lindsay Mendez Joins Broadway’s ‘Carousel’ + More New York Theater News (Backstage)

On Broadway and beyond, a curtain can rise as quickly as it can fall; a star can be swapped as easily as Bernie Telsey can say, “That’s enough.” Theater is the beating heart of New York show business and, if you want to make it here, it’s crucial you’re up to date on incoming projects, latest castings, and other industry news. Don’t worry, Broadway baby, Backstage has your back. Every week, we’re rounding up the can’t-miss stories no thespian should live without, so you can focus on important matters like hitting your high F. Curtain up and light those lights! 

Mendez steps in for Wolfe.
Following the somewhat shocking news that Betsy Wolfe would depart the forthcoming Broadway revival of “Carousel” after her casting was announced, the golden age tuner has found its new Carrie Pipperidge. Lindsay Mendez, who has played Elphaba in “Wicked” on Broadway and was most recently seen in last season’s play, “Significant Other,” has joined the cast along with Tony nominee John Douglas who will be playing the Starkeeper. They round out an ensemble led by Tony winner Jessie Mueller and Tony nominee Joshua Henry. Previews begin at the Imperial Theatre Feb. 28, 2018.

Casting shakeup showers “Meteor Shower.”
Another casting shakeup that’s rocked the Great White Way: Just weeks before its first preview performance on Nov. 1, Steve Martin’s “Meteor Shower” has seen previously announced cast member Alan Tudyk replaced by Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos. Tudyck leaves the production due to “creative differences,” departing a cast that includes Laura Benanti, Amy Schumer, and Keegan-Michael Key. The comedy will play a limited engagement at the Booth Theatre.

Broadway is about to get Rocked.
“Rocktopia,” a live concert event combining rock songs with classical music, is heading to Broadway. The brainchild of recording artists Rob Evan and Maestro Randall Craig Fleischer, the show will play the Broadway Theatre March 20–April 29, 2018, and will star a bevvy of vocalists from the realms of theater, rock, and classical music including Evan, Chlow Lowery, Kimberly Nichole, Alyson Cambridge, and Tony Vincent.

“Pretty Woman” adds a man.
Ahead of its out of town tryout in Chicago, the Broadway-bound stage adaptation of “Pretty Woman” has added stage veteran Jason Danieley to the cast, in the role of Philip Stuckey (played in the film by Jason Alexander). He joins a cast that includes Tony winner Steve Kazee, Samantha Barks, and Tony nominee Orfeh, leading the production that will bow on Broadway at a to-be-announced Nederlander theater in fall 2018. 

Young actors will get political.
Young actors Lilla Crawford (“Annie”) and Tony nominee Sydney Lucas (“Fun Home”) have been tapped for the forthcoming “American Scoreboard: The Trump Administration,” the latest in a series of political readings. This presentation, which will depict the confirmation hearing of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, will be held at Pace University’s Schimmel Center Oct. 23, and will see Crawford as Senator Patricia Murray, Lucas as Senator Elizabeth Warren, Sam Poon as Senator Bernie Sanders, and Nicholas Barasch as Senator Al Franken.

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My Record Journal: "Castle Craig Players in Meriden holding 25th anniversary gala this month"

10/12/2017

Castle Craig Players in Meriden holding 25th anniversary gala this month (My Record Journal)

MERIDEN — Castle Craig Players is celebrating 25 years of live theater with a two-night fundraiser gala next weekend.

The event, called “Let’s Start at the Very Beginning,” will feature the community theater group performing a medley of songs from past productions with some actors reprising their roles.

The official gala on Oct. 21 was capped at 50 people and has sold out, but the group added another event on Oct. 22, with a 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. performance, auction items and light snacks.

There are about 30 tickets left for the Oct. 22 event, available at www.castlecraig.org.

Melanie Del Sole, Castle Craig Players board president, said money raised will help fund upcoming productions and improvements to the Almira F. Memorial Playhouse at 59 W. Main St., including the goal of buying a new HVAC system.

Del Sole’s father, Warren Stephan, founded Castle Craig Players in 1992.

Del Sole said her father, who died in 2013, was a renowned singer, who performed with Del Sole and her three sisters around New England.

Almira Stephan, Del Sole’s mother, died in 1996. Warren Stephan, with the board’s approval, named the Castle Craig Players’ theater after her to “honor the support she gave,” Del Sole said.

“They were both born and raised in Meriden and had a strong belief in bringing theater back,” she said.

The city of Meriden donated the approximately 1,625-square-foot building to Castle Craig Players in 1997. The group’s first show produced in the theater was the musical “Guys and Dolls,” which will be the first show featured in their gala performance.

Castle Craig Players had been active for five years before moving their performances downtown.

“We did a lot of musical reviews at community organizations, local churches,” Del Sole said.

The group’s first official show was Christmas 1992 at the YWCA annex building, “which they let us use as our first home theater space,” Del Sole said.

The group had used their future home as rehearsal space for several years.

“Then we decided, why couldn’t we perform here?” Del Sole said.

After a lot of hard work, they cleaned up the bathrooms and basement. Maurice Poirier, board member at large, built dressing rooms and, along with Warren Stephan, the 450-square-foot stage where the group still performs.

“Over the years we’ve tried to constantly upgrade,” Del Sole said. “It’s an intimate space but has a lot more flexibility.”

Today, the theater is equipped with stage lights, a soundboard, lighting board and projector. The first stage lights were floodlights inside coffee cans.

“We still have some to remind us where we came from,” Del Sole said.

Ian Galligan, board vice president, grew up in the Castle Craig Players.

He played Tiny Tim in “A Christmas Carol” at age 8 in 1996, under director Warren Stephan.

“I was in almost every musical they did there” during his school years, he said. “It was such a big part of my life; I grew up on that stage. More importantly, I grew up as part of the Castle Craig family.”

He attended Pace University in New York City, majoring in theater and graduating in 2009.

After working professionally in the industry, “I found myself back in Meriden, with a creative urge, and I transitioned to directing,” he said.

He currently works at the Shubert Theatre, and continues to perform in and direct Castle Craig Players productions.

“Castle Craig was there and they welcomed me back like any family would,” he said. “It really has come full circle for me and shaped my career.”

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Daily Voice: "Work By Pace To Abolish Nuclear Weapons Awarded Nobel Peace Prize"

10/12/2017

Work By Pace To Abolish Nuclear Weapons Awarded Nobel Peace Prize (Daily Voice)

Pace University students found their efforts to abolish nuclear weapons rewarded Tuesday with the ultimate prize.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to establish a nuclear weapons ban treaty. Pace students and professors Matthew Bolton and Emily Welton, who are married to each other, had been working for three years on the negotiations.

Welty is the Vice Moderator of the World Council of Churches Commission on International Affairs which is a member of ICAN and main representative to the United Nations for the International Peace Research Association. Her focus has been primarily been on mobilizing communities of faith to speak out on nuclear disarmament.

Bolton was part of a specific ICAN team that advocated successfully for the treaty to include victim assistance and environmental remediation provisions, as well as obligations on states to provide international cooperation and assistance to countries affected by nuclear weapons use and testing.

"The nuclear weapon prohibition treaty is the most significant shift in nuclear politics since the end of the Cold War," Bolton said. "It is wonderful that the Nobel Peace Prize recognized the thousands of people around the world who made it happen.

Two Pace juniors, Terrie Soule and Sydney Tisch, have made advocacy calls to all of the diplomatic missions who had voted in favor of the treaty at the negotiating conference this summer and urged states to sign and ratify the treaty.

“Nuclear disarmament is an important issue to me because I believe that long-lasting peace cannot be achieved through threats to destroy one another,” said Tisch. However, I believe it can be achieved through meaningful dialogue and cooperation, for which a ban on nuclear weapons sets an amazing precedent."

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