SMC-TV goes on the air, revamps office

first_imgWith the new school year, Saint Mary’s students will see new content on channel two of their campus televisions, care of SMC-TV. “We are a station that welcomes the creativity of all of Saint Mary’s students and faculty,” said Christina Midgley general manager of SMC-TV. This fall SMC-TV was officially recognized as a club at Saint Mary’s for the first time. The club has weekly meetings to plan shows, news and events that they will cover. There are many opportunities for Saint Mary’s students to get involved with SMC-TV, Midgley said. The official unveiling of the newly re-vamped station and its new content will be October 4. “You can be a reporter, writer, graphic design artist, producer, director, technician, make-up artist, fashion coordinator, event coordinator, photographer — the list goes on and on and on,” Midgley said. “If there is a job you want, we will make a place for you at SMC-TV.” SMC-TV is a student run television station on Saint Mary’s campus. According to its website, The station was re-established in 2009. It previously broadcast content from classes on campus. This year the station has added content and commercials, as well as lengthening their shows. This also means new programs, including weekly newscasts, interviews and coverage of both athletic and academic events. Lizzie Laughman was also named the station’s production manager. “She was the star of our show, ‘That’s Hot,’ last year. The show dove into celebrity gossip and news,” Midgley said. “Lizzie was great on it and we are excited for more.” SMC-TV has also updated its equipment and how it is used. The station, located in the basement of the library, has even been working with green screen technology. “The green screen will allow us to put our hosts on a different set for their shows and make them look like they are somewhere other than our normal studio,” said Katelyn Grabarek, technical manager of SMC-TV. Grabarek is also a sports writer for The Observer.center_img Midgley said she is hoping the station can reach out to more clubs and organizations on campus to help them get their message out. “There is a way for everyone on campus to be involved in this,” Midgley said. “I want SMC-TV to be everywhere and cover everything that the students and faculty want to see.”last_img read more

Governor Wolf Encourages Pennsylvanians to Use Online Voter Registration as Primary Deadline Approaches

first_img Government That Works,  Press Release,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today reminded Pennsylvanians that Monday, April 17, is the deadline to register to vote in the May primary election. Citizens are reminded of the availability of Online Voter Registration (OVR) as a convenient option to register.“Voting is one of our most fundamental rights as citizens,” said Governor Wolf. “Our secure online voter registration, which has been used by more than 930,000 Pennsylvanians, assists in reducing barriers for participation in the electoral process while also reducing costs for county governments.”On May 16, primary voters who are registered as Republican or Democrat will choose the two parties’ nominees for seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court, Commonwealth Court, the Common Pleas Courts in each county, and Philadelphia Municipal Court.Also on the party ballots will be a wide variety of county, school board, and local seats such as mayor, city or borough council member, township commissioner or supervisor, magisterial district judges, and precinct election officials.Sec. Cortés encouraged eligible citizens to make use of the state’s OVR site, whether they are registering for the first time or updating an existing registration with a change of name, address or party affiliation. As of today, 932,438 users have utilized the OVR application site.“OVR makes registering or updating an existing registration more convenient, secure and accurate than using a traditional paper form,” Secretary Cortés said. “The OVR system ensures that applications are complete when submitted, so there is much less chance for error.”Even applicants who do not have a driver’s license or PennDOT ID card may complete their registration online, thanks to a feature that allows users to easily upload a digital copy of their signature.Individuals wishing to register to vote in the May 16 primary must be:A citizen of the United States for at least one month before the primary.A resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which the individual desires to register and vote for at least 30 days before the primary.At least 18 years of age on or before the date of the primary.In addition to using the OVR site, eligible voters can register by mail or apply in person at a county voter registration office, county assistance offices, Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program offices, PennDOT photo and drivers license centers, Armed Forces recruitment centers, county clerk of orphans’ courts or marriage license offices, area agencies on aging, county mental health and intellectual disabilities offices, student disability services offices of the State System of Higher Education, offices of special education in high schools, and Americans with Disabilities Act-mandated complementary paratransit providers.Applications for new registration, change of address or change in party affiliation must be postmarked or received in county voter registration offices by April 17.Pennsylvania law requires a closed primary, meaning only voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will select nominees to represent their party in the November 7 general election.The Department of State’s website,, available in English or Spanish, offers printable voter registration applications, a polling place locator and county boards of elections contact information.  It also includes tips for first-time voters and members of the military.In addition, voters can familiarize themselves with the voting system they will use in their home county on Election Day.For more information on voter registration, call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit Governor Wolf Encourages Pennsylvanians to Use Online Voter Registration as Primary Deadline Approaches SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 10, 2017last_img read more

State Police Captain and Bartholomew County resident promoted to Major

first_imgThe Superintendent of the Indiana State Police, Douglas G. Carter, has announced the promotion of Captain David P. Travis to the rank of Major.  Major Travis will serve as the Special Operations Commander and oversee the various components therein to include Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (E.O.D.), Aviation, K-9 Teams, Motorcycle Units, and Special Event Planning.Travis, who is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a 1984 graduate of the former Elmhurst High School, and in 1988, he earned his Bachelor Degree in Aviation from Indiana State University.  On December 9, 1990, he graduated from the 48th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy, and was appointed as a Trooper and assigned to the Indiana State Police Post in Seymour, where he served for 19 years.  During that time, Travis had attained the ranks of Corporal and then First Sergeant.In 2009, Travis transferred to the Indiana State Police Post in Sellersburg following the closing of the Seymour Post.  In 2010, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and he served as the Sellersburg District Commander until 2016, when he transferred into the Special Operations Planning Section.In 2017, Travis was promoted to the rank of Captain, and he served as the Assistant Commander of Special Operations until this recent promotion.  During his career, Travis has served the Indiana State Police in the following disciplines:  Field Training Officer, Tactical Intervention Platoon, S.W.A.T, Clandestine Laboratory Team, and Lead Firearms Instructor for the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy.Travis and his wife have four grown children and are residents of Bartholomew County.last_img read more

PNGs Taekwando beaten by Britain in Olympics

first_imgWalkden is the 2015 Taekwondo World Champion and is housemates with fellow Great Britain Taekwondo athlete Jade Jones who has already won gold at these Rio Olympics.With Samantha stepping on the mat as an underdog, she was competitive in defeat especially going against a taller opponent with a far greater reach advantage.Unfortunately Samantha was slayed by her more experienced opponent beating her in a more dominant match.last_img