first_imgUniversity of Vermont,To what extent do stories we read and watch for fun have an impact on our political views and thinking? A new book by a political science professor at the University of Vermont, based on a national survey of college students, suggests that the influence of the Harry Potter series on the Millennial Generation (1982-2002) may extend far beyond the fantasy world of Hogwarts and wizardry.Harry Potter and the Millennials: Research Methods and the Politics of the Muggle Generation (John Hopkins University Press, 2013) reveals that readers of the seven-book series and viewers of the movie franchise tend be more open to diversity; politically tolerant; less authoritarian; less likely to support the use of deadly force or torture; more politically active; and are more likely to have a negative view of the Bush administration. About 60 percent of those who read all of the books said they voted for Obama in 2008, and 83 percent of the full-series readers said they viewed the Bush Administration unfavorably.”Whether the book provided new perspectives or reinforced those already in their world, the deep immersion in the story and identification with the characters almost guaranteed an alignment of fans’perspectives with those of the wizarding world, perspectives that would differentiate them from their nonfan peers,” says author Anthony Gierzynski, author of four books, including Saving American Elections: A Diagnoisis and Prescription for a Healthier Democracy (Cambria Press, 2011).Gierzynski and students in his “Film, TV and Public Opinion” course collected qualitative data via interviews, essays and an anonymous survey of 1,100 college students from 2009 to 2011. An extensive questionnaire determined levels of Harry Potter fandom on a scale of one through five based on a quiz and readership levels. About 30 percent self-reported as being “very much into Harry Potter” with 35 percent having read all seven books in the series and two-thirds at least some of the books. A total of 45 percent had seen all of the movies and 86 percent at least some of them.The majority of the 1,100 students who took the survey were the same age as the characters in the series (about 11) when the first book was released in 1997. They were enrolled at the University of Vermont, University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Adirondack Community College, California Polytechnic State University, Iowa State and Pacific Lutheran University.Respondents were then asked a series of questions designed to measure the effects of the series’ main lessons on readers. To test whether the acceptance of diversity by Harry and his friends mirrored that of readers, for example, respondents were asked how they felt about groups who have been subject to discrimination in the United States including Muslims, African Americans, undocumented immigrants and homosexuals. Respondents were asked to rate their feelings on a four-point “feeling thermometer” with zero being ‘very cold or unfavorable feeling’and four representing “100 degrees, very warm or favorable feeling.” After adding up each respondent’s total feeling scores toward all of the groups and comparing the results to non-fans, Gierzynski found that readers of all the books, as compared to the rest of the sample, evinced statistically significant warmer feelings toward the different groups.The finding that fans of the boy wizard participate more in political activities than nonfans, “perhaps reflects the story’s lesson on the need to act, and efficacy of doing something to fight what is ‘wrong’in the world,” posits Gierzynski, who used political socialization theory and the effects of learning to determine a set of 10 hypotheses. Other results found that Harry Potter fans (compared to nonfans) value equality more; are less likely to exhibit an authoritarian predisposition (tendency to show obedience to authorities, conform to rules and norms, and to disdain those not part of the in-group); and evince a greater level of skepticism and a lower level of cynicism.While Gierzynki acknowledges correlation does not prove causation, he writes that “there is abundant evidence that Harry Potter fans are different from nonfans on the very subjects that were covered in the lessons of the series.” He likens the impact of Harry Potter on Millennials to that of Star Wars on Generation X, the Beatles on Boomers, and Casablanca on the GI Generation.”It is, ultimately, impossible to prove that the Harry Potter phenomenon caused fans to view politics in ways that reflect the lessons of the books,” concludes Gierzynksi, who took an interdisciplinary approach to the book, pulling from the fields of communications, politics, English literature and psychology, among others. “But the results of the more rigorous statistical tests that we report on, as well as the words of Millennials themselves on this issue, leave us confident that the story of the struggles of the wizarding world against Voldemort did indeed play an important role in the political development of many Millennials.”last_img read more

first_img Related The Henley Swim team has announced that for the third consecutive year, it will be running a competition, in conjunction with Sport England’s This Girl Can initiative, to give away free places in the Henley Mile on 9 July 2017.Henley Swim is looking for five women, aged 16 or above, who have never swum in an open water swimming event before, but would like to put themselves out of their comfort zone and try something completely new.The five winners will have three and a half months to train to swim a mile in the Thames. During this time they will also be blogging about their experiences, talking about their training, their lives, their mindset, the elements of the swim they are concerned about, and the areas that don’t worry them at all. Although likely to be geographically widespread, the This Girl Can swimmers will get to know one another through a private Facebook group, and will be able to chat in confidence with the group, along with some mentors from Henley Swim.Henley Swim’s co-founder Jeremy Laming said “We are very excited to be running this competition for the third time. We have been lucky enough to meet some incredible and inspirational women from the last two years, and have been amazed by their stories, their motivation and commitment. Many of them are still continuing their swimming journey, others have found new confidence in other areas of their lives as a result of This Girl Can Swim. We can’t wait to see who 2017 brings to us.”Those who are interested in being considered for one of the free places can apply online. The closing date for entries is Sunday 19 March read more

first_img Aronson leads the Board of Bar Examiners December 15, 2011 Annie Butterworth Jones Associate Editor Regular News Administering the bar exam ‘only a fraction of the effort’ the board exhibits Associate Editor T he countless success stories are what keep Alan Aronson entrenched in his work with The Florida Bar Board of Bar Examiners: the law students who undergo fitness hearings and endure intensive background checks, who ultimately make behavior changes and mature into some of the best attorneys in the state. A shareholder in the Miami offices of Akerman Senterfitt, Aronson became chair of the 15-member board on November 1, a reward of sorts for his 15 years of service as both a board member and a bar examination grader. His experience in both arenas opened his eyes to the gravity of the board’s tasks, which he says encompass far more than just the administration of the bar exam.“A lot of Bar members don’t understand what the Board of Bar Examiners does; it’s almost like a secret society to some people,” said Aronson, who was appointed to the board by the Supreme Court in 2007.“They know the board is assigned the responsibility of administering the examination…. But that’s only a fraction of the effort behind the board.”According to Aronson, there are two different aspects of being on the Board of Bar Examiners. The first is the most well-known and obvious: the administration of the bar exam, which consists of both the two-day long exam and the hour-long ethics portion, which is administered separately by the national conference. The board’s second task is to deal with character and fitness issues of bar applicants and to do so, as Aronson described, in a “fair and responsible manner.”These tasks, said Aronson, are becoming increasingly important as more and more lawyers enter the profession. With The Florida Bar growing to well over 90,000 members and a twelfth law school opening in Florida next year — Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Tampa — issues of professionalism and character fitness are bound to occur, and the Board of Bar Examiners must be prepared to tackle those issues head-on.“We’re constantly looking at the different challenges that the profession and legal education present,” said Aronson, a Northwestern University School of Law graduate. “We’re soon to have 12 law schools in Florida, so the number of applicants increases, and we want to make sure that each of those applicants adheres to the minimum standards set forth by the Supreme Court in terms of our overall mission of protection of the public.”Aronson, who is also a member of the Dade County Bar Association and The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section and Continuing Legal Education Committee, said the board’s tasks extend far beyond the standard background checks. He and fellow board members visit the state’s law schools to speak at orientation sessions and inform students about the bar application process. They spend hours aiding applicants through their hearings and background checks.“We’re not in the business of trying to keep applicants out,” explained Aronson. “We’re trying to help applicants understand what it is to be a professional, to understand what it is to be a lawyer and to possess the necessary character and fitness requirements of being a lawyer in Florida, and to help them sort of ‘get it’ so that when they fill out the bar application, they are completely candid and honest and acting as a lawyer should.”The efforts the Board of Bar Examiners displays during the application process is partly for the applicants themselves, to prepare them for their careers as attorneys, and partly for the public, said Aronson. The board is given the responsibility of protecting the public, and that means licensing lawyers who exhibit the highest character, professionalism, and civility. In light of the recent revisions to the Oath of Admission, the ethics portion of the bar exam, said Aronson, will now include questions on professionalism.“Clearly, if an applicant comes to us and has not demonstrated professionalism either during law school or. . . when they’re in undergraduate or a nonprofessional setting, a look at their past behaviors may be indicative of if they will act in a professional capacity or an unprofessional manner,” said Aronson. “That gives us pause and causes us to give a second look at that applicant.”In his years working with and on the board, Aronson said he has never ceased to be impressed by the “highly dedicated” people who serve and aid applicants through the entire application process. Their dedication, he said, is essential for the amount of time and effort that goes into each bar application. That effort is worth it when the applicant succeeds.“What’s gratifying to me is that when you have an applicant and see the growth of that applicant.“Some applicants come to us and have to go to investigative hearings or formal hearings because there’s something in their background, and you can see the growth in the applicant from the time they first submitted an application to the time that they’re admitted, when they finally understood the concerns of the board.”Every Bar member should experience that kind of satisfaction, said Aronson.“I think every member of the Bar owes a responsibility to give something back, and that can be done in a variety of ways.“The Bar has quite a few committees, quite a few task forces, whether it’s a mentoring program, being heavily involved in a section, or joining the Board of Bar Examiners. It’s really a giving back of service to the Bar and helps ensure the integrity of the legal profession in Florida.”Gail E. Sasnett, assistant director for public programs at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida, will serve as vice chair of the Board of Bar Examiners this year. Sasnett is the associate dean emeritus of the UF Levin College of Law.The Supreme Court also appointed two new members to the Board of Bar Examiners:Gregory A. Hearing of Tampa and Victoria Vilchez of West Palm Beach. Hearing, the managing partner of Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez, & Hearing, P.A., is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Law and was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1989.A sole practitioner in West Palm Beach for 28 years, Vilchez focuses on criminal law, family law, and mediation. She received her juris doctorate from Mercer University and was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1980.center_img Aronson leads the Board of Bar Examinerslast_img read more

first_img News and Notes David Tilton of Trent Cotney, P.A., in Tampa earned safety certifications and training from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Ronald Fieldstone of Arnstein & Lehr in Miami published a column titled “Bill by Sens. Leahy and Grassley Would Revamp EB-5 Program” published in the Daily Business Review. Nicolette Vilmos of Broad and Cassel in Orlando has been invited to join the fellowship of the Litigation Counsel of America. Kenneth D. Pratt, senior vice president of governmental affairs for the Florida Bankers Association in Tallahassee, discussed “Political/Regulatory Environment in the US, in Relation to International Banks” at the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services International conference in Nassau, Bahamas. Karyl Argamasilla of Bilzin Sumberg in Miami has been appointed to the Women’s Leadership Council Executive Committee at the United Way. Linda J. Fresneda of LAWCRAFT in Plantation co-wrote the article “What Do Prisoners and Zoo Animals Have in Common?They Have More Protection from Physical Violence than School Children in Nineteen States” recently published in the University of Miami Race & Social Justice Law Review. Kathryn P. Jones of Forster Boughman & Lefkowitz in Orlando has been appointed to MicheLee Puppets’ Board of Directors. John A. Chiocca of Chiocca & Chiocca in Wellington has been elected as co-chair of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. Mark J. Rose of Roig Lawyers in Deerfield Beach has been elected to a two-year term to the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. Jonathan Pollard of Ft. Lauderdale was a panelist at an evening town hall meeting titled “Saving Our Sons and Daughters: All Lives Matter” that was part of the 2015 Urban League National Conference in Ft. Lauderdale. Ben Briggs of the Law Offices of Cynthia N. Sass in Tampa discussed “Using the NLRA to Our Clients’ Advantage” at the Strategies for Winning Employment Cases Conference sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association. Keith Fernandez, legal counsel and director of communications for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, wrote a column for Elite Daily on why millennials should get involved in politics. Thomas D. Oates of Law Offices of Oates & Oates, P.A., was named treasurer of The Broward County Bar Association’s Board of Directors. Angela Morrison of Morrison Environmental Law in Tallahassee has been appointed to the Council of the ABA’s Environment, Energy, and Resources Section. Forrest J. Bass of the Farr Law Firm in Punta Gorda will participate in the Florida Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel inaugural Florida Fellows Institute. Murray B. Silverstein of Greenberg Traurig in Tampa has been reappointed to the Florida Courts Technology Commission. Thomas Newcomb Hyde of Tampa presented “Resolving Professionalism Complaints” to students and faculty of WMU – Cooley Law School on behalf of the 13th Judicial Circuit’s Professionalism Committee. Hal Schuhmacher of Marathon has been elected secretary of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Keith Poliakoff of Arnstein & Lehr in Ft. Lauderdale was quoted in an article titled “Market Map: 4 Recent Trends in Miami Real Estate Deals” published on August 31, 2015, in Law360. Keith Rizzardi of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach travelled to Beijing to teach environmental negotiation at the China University of Political Science and Law. Dale A. Evans, Jr., of The Soto Law Group in Ft. Lauderdale presented “A Primer on Florida Lien and Bond Law” at the Construction Association of South Florida, Young Leaders Speaker Series. Robin Doyle of Doyle Conflict Resolution in Naples has been approved as a dispute resolution arbitrator through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which operates the largest securities dispute resolution forum in the United States. Frank Scruggs of Berger Singerman in Miami has been selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Robin S. Moselle of LAWCRAFT in Plantation was sworn in as the 90th president of the Broward County Bar Association. Jacqueline Simms-Petredis of Burr & Forman in Tampa spoke with future attorneys about the culture of professionalism within The Florida Bar, as well as the standards to which students will be held as practicing attorneys at Cooley Law School. Yvette Everhart of the Law Offices of Cynthia N. Sass in Tampa discussed “Structuring Settlement Agreements & Related Tax Considerations in Employment Cases” at the Strategies for Winning Employment Cases Fall Conference of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Laws Association in St. Petersburg. Christine Hanley of Ford Harrison in West Palm Beach presented “Manage Your Employees or Get Out of the Way: 10 Rules for Effective Management” for the Palm Beach Community Manager’s Association. Bari Goldstein of Ford Harrison in West Palm Beach presented “Exemptions Under the Fair Labor Standards Act – Understanding the Present and Predicting the Future” for the Boys & Girl Clubs of America. Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale presented “The Importance of the United States Constitution” to students and faculty at Keiser University’s Pembroke Pines campus, as part of the university’s celebration of Constitution Week 2015. Craig P. Liszt ofRoig Lawyers in Miamihas been invited to join the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. Daphne M. Robinson Shaw of has been selected as a “Model of Success” by Dunedin Fine Art Center and participated in its “Wearable Art Eleven” fashion show. Oscar A. Sanchez of Akerman in Miami was elected chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Florida Law Center Association. William J. Simonitsch of K&L Gates in Miami has become a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Membership. Dale A. Evans, Jr., of The Soto Law Group in Ft. Lauderdale presented “A Primer on Florida Lien and Bond Law” at the Construction Association of South Florida, Young Leaders Speaker Series. Pablo R. Velez of the City of Miami City Attorney’s Office spoke at the annual meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association on “Sunshine and Public Records Laws and the Cone of Silence in Hollywood, Florida.” Robert D. Pritt of Roetzel in Naples has been certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a circuit court (civil) and appellate court mediator. Stefanie C. Moon of S.C. Moon Law in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation in recognition of a career that has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the profession, service to society, and commitment to the ideals and objectives of the American Bar Association. Paul S. Kimsey of Kimsey Law Firm, in Tampa has been named adjunct professor in the MBA Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he teaches advanced negotiation. Craig H. Blinderman of Kurkin Brandes in Aventura has been appointed to Nova Southeastern University’s Ambassadors Board. Anthony A. Garganese, city attorney for the cities of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Orchid, and Winter Springs, was appointed president of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association. Scott M. Grossman of Greenberg Traurig in Ft. Lauderdale was sworn in as president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida. Gigi Rollini of Messer Caparello in Tallahassee was elected president of America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, a regional food bank serving 11 counties and 130 partner agencies. Michael Okaty of Foley & Lardner in Orlando was named vice chair of the Senior Housing and Assisted Living Group, a part of the ABA’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. Freddi Mack of K&L Gates in Miami has been appointed vice chair of the Use and Disposition Subcommittee of the ABA’s Business Bankruptcy Committee. Thornton Brad Henry of The Karp Law Firm has been accepted into the inaugural class of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Suzanne E. Gilbert of Holland & Knight in Orlando received a Star of the Bar Award from the Orange County Bar in recognition of her service with the American Bar Association. A. Daniel Vazquez of Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano in Gainesville was elected vice president of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association Young Lawyer Division. William J. Sarubbi II of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer in West Palm Beach completed the National Football League Players Association certification exam and is now a certified NFL agent and contract advisor. Dane Leitner of Ward Damon in West Palm Beach was appointed to serve on the hYPe Steering Council.  Douglas Harrison, an assistant city attorney with the City of Miami City Attorney’s Office, has been appointed to the South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners. Alex Cuello of the Law Office of Alex Cuello, P.A., in Miami presented a live lecture at the National Workers’ Compensation Judiciary College titled “When Is a Guardian Needed for an Injured Worker?” Denise Dell-Powell, of Burr & Forman in Orlando led the 2015 Women’s M&A Dealmakers Conference in Atlanta. Vin Marchetti of Stearns Weaver Miller has joined the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation’s Executive Committee. Email News and Notes and On the Move submissions to . October 15, 2015 News and Notes October 15, 2015 News & Noteslast_img read more

first_imgMaracay Homes, a wholly owned company of the Tri Pointe Group, has closed on the $9 million purchase of 84 homesites in Chandler, Arizona.Located on nearly 36 acres near the southeast corner of Chandler Heights and Cooper roads, the 80-foot x 135-foot homesites sit on five parcels assembled by JEN Arizona 20, LLC. Maracay Homes will immediately begin land development for the gated, single-family home neighborhood, which is planned to open for sales in January 2017.Tom Lemon, Maracay Homes’ vice president of land acquisitions and development, said the company is in the process of working with architects to design an all new series of single-story floor plans specifically tailored to the market opportunity at this location.  Sizes are expected to range from 2,900 to 3,800 square feet.Lemon praised the site for its highly desireable south Chandler location —  near the Price Road Corridor, accessible to other employment hubs in Tempe and Scottsdale via the Loop 101 and Loop 202 freeways and with quality schools – saying it is a perfect fit for the Maracay portfolio. “This is one of the few remaining parcels of its size in Chandler and is practically considered infill,” Lemon said. “Maracay is known in the market for building attractive, thoughtfully designed neighborhoods in premium locations and this site fits that criteria.”The acquisiton is Maracay Homes’ fifth Chandler neighborhood, joining Artesian Ranch, Layton Lakes, Sendera Place and Vaquero Ranch.last_img read more

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first_imgLNG World News Staff Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) said that the two LNG storage tanks for Crowley Maritime’s shore-side bunkering facility on Talleyrand Marine Terminal have been set on their foundations. The tanks arrived at Talleyrand aboard the BBC Chartering vessel, Moonstone, from Hamburg, Germany. Each of the two tanks weighing 260 tons has the capacity to hold 1 million liters of liquefied natural gas and have been built by Chart Industries in Europe.The facility, being built in cooperation between Crowley Maritime, Eagle LNG and Jaxport, will serve Crowley’s new Commitment class, LNG-powered, combination container/Roll-on Roll-off (ConRo) ships, which are under construction at the VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, for use in the U.S. mainland-Puerto Rico trade.The first of the two LNG-fueled vessels, the El Coquí was launched at the VT Halter Marine shipyard last month.The vessel, like her sister ship Taíno, will be able to transport up to 2,400 twenty-foot-equivalent container units (TEUs) and a mix of nearly 400 cars and larger vehicles in the Ro/Ro decks.The El Coquí is set to begin service in the second half of 2017 and with the second vessel expected to start service in the first half of 2018, according to Crowley Maritime.last_img read more

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