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SUB movie committee brings award-winning films to campus

first_imgThough many students associate room 101 in DeBartolo Hall with large classes such as chemistry or biology, the lecture hall becomes a movie theater on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights with the help of the Student Union Board’s (SUB) movie committee members.Junior Daniel Riley heads the committee, which is comprised of dorm representatives and student SUB members. In total, the ten committee members work with graphic designers and a publicity team to bring 10 movies to campus each semester.The committee members work on the movie lineups for half a semester at a time, ensuring they will have access to the movies, since release dates often change. To pick the movies, Riley said the committee members first peruse the list of available films from two third-party sites that deal directly with movie production companies for the rights to a film, which organizations can then rent. Then the committee members who have seen the films give input about the movies on the list.“We find out which ones are the popular ones that we think the majority of the student body would like, as well as maybe some of the hidden gems that we think are worth showing that maybe there’s not a huge following for,” Riley said.The committee members also look for movies from a variety of genres, Riley said.“We do search for a little bit of diversity,” he said. “We try to get one family movie in [during a half semester period] … We don’t want it to be all comedy or all drama.”Once the committee members have made their selections, Riley emails his contacts at the sites. The committee gets the movies either through a pre-released DVD or downloading and streaming from a router box, and must return the movies when they are finished with them.“Because we are a college campus, we do get a bit of an advanced screening on it,” he said. “For example, ‘La La Land’ — my guess is it won’t be out on DVD for another month or so, at the earliest. … You actually get to see them before you would have the access on pay-per-view, Netflix, DVD, things like that.”While attendance varies with different movies, Riley said a weekend’s showings will typically average between 100 and 300 people, although “Moana” attracted over 600 people. Riley said most people attend the 8 p.m. showings on Fridays or Saturdays.Because bringing the movies to campus is not free, the committee uses its budget and revenue from people who attend the movie to fund the movie nights. While the committee can cover all costs with some movies, Riley said, it takes a loss on others.One such film, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” is Riley’s favorite film of the ones he has brought to campus. Riley called the film a “special gem,” and said while the attendance for the film was small, the people who saw it enjoyed it.“We don’t make all our money back from the cost of renting a movie like that, but it does make me very happy [to see] how the student body gets excited for it as well,” he said.The rest of this semester’s SUB movie lineup features Academy Award-nominated films “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight” and “Fences,” as well as “The Lego Batman Movie.” The committee will also be showing “The Breakfast Club” for AnTostal week.Students who are interested in following the movies on campus for a given week can email Riley at driley2@nd.edu to be added to the movie email list. Riley said the email list has over 150 members, and members receive information about the schedule and special movie promotions.Tags: movie nights, Student Union Board, SUB movieslast_img read more

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The “Social Network” beckons to the “Financial Network”

first_img“Dateline November 13, 2019 SAN FRANCISO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google said on Wednesday it will offer personal checking accounts next year through its Google Pay app, initially in partnership with Citigroup Inc (C.N) and a small credit union at Stanford University. The project, codenamed Cache, comes as rivals Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. are expanding their own efforts in consumer finance, a broad area that ranges from digital payment apps to bank accounts, brokerage accounts and loans, and which offer Silicon Valley new sources of revenue and new opportunities to strengthen ties with users. Google spokesman Craig Ewer said the company’s lead partners were Citi and Stanford Federal Credit Union and that more details would be known within months.”“If we try to play like the Yankees in here, we will lose to the Yankees out there.”I recently wrote about it here, and presented to a group of Credit Unions the idea that no matter how much work Credit Unions do to adopt technologies, reinvent member journeys, or analyze data, if their efforts are focused on competing with banking’s “Yankees” (Citigroup, JPMorganChase, BankofAmerica, etc) by adopting the competitive strategies of those “Yankees”, they will lose.Credit Unions Must Find Their Own Way, Even When They Join the “Social Network.”Reuters, in their report rightly noted that traditional banks (and Credit Unions, I might add) have long partnered with companies outside the industry to lure deposits or expand their loan books.  But the move to partner with Google and others in the “social network/network platform” economy creates a challenge previously unseen by Credit Unions.Technologists have been telling Credit Unions for years (I was one) that technology would enable competition and improve community-sized institutions’ abilities to compete with the largest players, the “Yankees” of our industry. And, to some degree, there was truth to this.  Technology widened Credit Unions’ ability to distribute services, helping them to widen their geographic base, and potentially opening up a wider prospective audience for their services.  But the gains are smaller than promised because Credit Unions’ adopted the technology but largely continued with their traditional business model and strategy, while mimicking many of the strategies of those large industry players.The Social Network Became the Network PlatformGoogle, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple have become “GIANTS” in our economy. They dominate our lives in ways unimagined just a few short years ago.  Debate all you want the value of this, or the rightness of this; but note the primary reason why they have succeeded to this degree.Why did these companies grow so big, so fast? The reason, say economists, is simple, and it’s the same in all four cases: All of them benefited from the “network effect.” The network effect is the simple principle that the more members or users a social network has, the more attractive it becomes for other people to join as well, because the usefulness of the network goes up with the number of users.And these networks have become, by tapping into the social networks they created, the platforms for a great deal of commerce in our economy, both online and offline, especially as online commerce has decimated offline commerce in a growing number of markets.Companies large and small have found their way to do business in “partnership” with the large platform companies.  But these partnerships are better understood as “playing the role of ‘provider’ in the network triangle of “consumers-network platforms-providers.” And this triangle, while creating new and attractive opportunities for both consumers and providers, has delivered monopoly-like benefits to the network platform companies.  And what of the benefits to consumers and providers? Consumers have found the benefit of great access to providers (and also challenges working within the constraints of a monopoly-like channel), and providers have found both opportunity and challenges when joining the marketing and distribution channel of these network platforms.The greatest challenge for providers “partnering” with the platforms has proven to be the difficulty of working within this business model. All providers, but especially smaller ones, often find it difficult to distinguish themselves and to profit from that distinction.  This includes the competitive pricing challenge felt by smaller “partners” who lack the market presence, and customer volume, to maintain margins in this new marketing and distribution ecosystem.  In other words, when you decide to play with the “big boys” size matters.Mimicking the strategies and tactics of banking’s “Yankees” will not work and Credit Unions are about to find out why, in a big way.Quotes included in the press release regarding Google’s move into checking accounts illustrate each party’s strategic focus and, to a degree, their relative position of power in this announced “partnership.”The folks at Google wish to access the banking system, without taking on the expense burdens of joining it, in order to bring into their world another large component of our economy: “We’re exploring how we can partner with banks and credit unions in the U.S. to offer smart checking accounts through Google Pay, helping their customers benefit from useful insights and budgeting tools, while keeping their money in an FDIC or NCUA-insured account,” Ewer said in a statement, referring by acronym to two U.S. agencies that insure deposits. To illustrate my point regarding “relative competitive strength” in this new “Financial Network”, Stanford Federal and Citi confirmed their roles and their strategies.Citigroup, a “Yankee”, has the muscle to truly “partner” as a “provider” in the network model, and so they pursue “customer volume”: “This agreement has the potential to expand the reach and breadth of our customer base,” Citi spokeswoman Liz Fogarty said. “Privacy and transparency are, and will continue to be, critical priorities.” Stanford FCU, on the other hand, pursues “relevancy”:  Joan Opp, president and chief executive of Stanford Federal, described the deal as “critical to remaining relevant and meeting consumer expectations.”“The Runt of the Litter, Dies”So said Brad Pitt’s character, Billy Beane, in the movie “MoneyBall.” The film was inspired by a book that, by the way, was further titled “The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.”I’m not here today to condemn the decision of Stanford FCU, nor to mock Ms. Opp’s comment.  Far from it. I believe Stanford FCU is right to enter into this opportunity.  But I also believe, as you can read above, that Credit Unions’ entry into the “network platform economy” is rife with challenges, not just opportunities.  And I believe strongly that “remaining relevant and meeting consumer expectations” is a defensive posture that illustrates clearly the challenge confronting Credit Unions.Credit Unions are the “runt of the litter” and cannot simply enter this space on the coattails of the industry’s largest teams.  All evidence points to the grave threat these network platforms pose for each industry’s marginal players.  And make no mistake, Credit Unions’ boats have risen with the tide, but they remain a small part of the broad financial marketplace.  And it is this type of player who lacks the customer volume, economies of scale and capital to compete within the strictures of the system built and deployed by Google, Amazon and the others.Credit Unions have to join this new economy, it is where future members reside. Credit Union average membership continues to grow older and our younger generations are open to meeting their financial needs within the “social network” models they have adopted as “native” to their experience.  So, Credit Unions have to go there, and I applaud Stanford FCU’s actions. But success, not survival, is contingent on the entire Credit Union movement defining a plan for success that is “fully different from” the efforts of the “Yankees”, the big banks.  Do I know what that plan is?  I do not. But I know it must be found (and we have to look everywhere, even at our FOMs’ internally and externally imposed constraints), for history has shown us, again and again, that you cannot win when playing an unfair game if you are going to follow the path of those who ante up with resources you can only imagine possessing.Credit Union leaders need to recognize that Google’s announcement is a “call to arms”, one I’ve long expected.  And we all need to think anew, think differently.  I hope to talk with many others about this.  I hope some of you have already started. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Crandell Greg Crandell provides strategy, market planning, business development, and management consulting to financial technology firms and their clients – Credit Unions and Banks. For more years than he wishes to admit, … Web: queryconsultinggroup.com Detailslast_img read more

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When should you call 911 during coronavirus pandemic?

first_imgThrough this pandemic they will be here for the community. “If you feel like there are too many people, keep an eye out for a minute. See if they are actually hanging out for a while because a lot of time it is nothing,” she says. “During the past week people are getting a little cabin fever I guess and things like disputes are picking up a little bit,” said Peak. “Everybody in the community has the uncertainties of the pandemic, and they are interacting with the community all day long and then they have to go home and face those same uncertainties at home,” said Ponticiello. “It’s way you find yourself in an emergency situation that you are not able to solve with the resources that you have at hand and there is a life safety risk,” Ponticiello told 12 News Wednesday. He said this a good time to recognize the work of the 911 dispatch. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – April 12 to 18 is National Public Telecommunications Week. Jess Peak has been a 911 dispatcher in our area for the past year. “I think the most exciting is not knowing what your’e answering when you pick up a phone,” Jess Peak says. Peak said she has seen a decrease in overall calls since the coronavirus pandemic got in full swing but they have seen an increase in a certain area. Broome County Emergency Services Director, Mike Ponticiello, said the appropriate time to call 911 hasn’t changed even with the pandemic. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. She said when it comes to calling about social distancing you should wait a minute and keep an eye out before making a call. last_img read more

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