What motivates you to get up every day? For me, the answer is pretty simple, I’m inspired by the work of our customers and partners. I’m talking innovative solutions that have the power to radically transform lives and improve business productivity – whether it’s an MRI machine in a hospital, a way for farmers to measure and improve crop growth, a smart building that is responsive to occupant needs or an industrial-strength PC helping to run a factory line more smoothly. At the end of the day, it’s all about technology simplifying things, improving lives and making business more efficient.In fact, the whole focus of the Dell EMC OEM division is to help our customers and partners bring their innovative solutions to market as quickly as possible. That’s precisely why Dell EMC OEM is the first (and only) tier-one technology vendor to offer VMware Embedded.VMware Embedded – a Way to Expand Into the Virtual SpaceVMware Embedded is a pre-configured, turnkey virtualization solution that offers a new way for OEMs to increase revenue and expand into the virtual space. In a nutshell, this offering, with a resellable licensing model, enables OEMs to sell more products, more efficiently. Additionally, customers have the option to purchase VMware Embedded with Dell EMC hardware, such as PowerEdge servers, or as a standalone product to streamline their supply chain.Why Virtualization MattersWe have all seen the trend of businesses tapping into virtualization to gain longer solution life cycles, take advantage of cloud agility, reduce downtime and improve security. As a result, virtualization has become a key priority for a majority of enterprise solutions, built by OEMs and ISVs.Now with VMware Embedded, customers have the option to run it as a virtual appliance, install on a physical appliance or use in Dell EMC OEM’s datacenter as a managed service offering. This maximizes efficiency and lifecycle across the OEM’s solution, ultimately benefiting the end customer.Why VMware Is Great for OEMsAs an OEM, you can deliver VMware updates as a value-add service – and at a release cadence that matches your timelines – while serving as the single point of contact for support. To help decrease costs of goods sold and speed time-to-revenue, Dell EMC OEM will work with you to validate designs, align go-to-market strategies and create roadmaps. OEMs can also choose from a wide range of licensing and pricing models, including OEM sublicensing and global distribution rights, without multiple contracts.For me, this is the main benefit of VMware Embedded – it enables our OEMs to provide quality support of VMware across all deployment models, offering advantages to customers in multiple markets, including manufacturing, video surveillance, communications, gaming, financial services, energy, healthcare, storage and networking.But don’t take my word for it – this is what Darren Waldrep, vice president of strategic alliances at Datatrend, a Dell EMC OEM Preferred Partner, had to say. “Dell EMC and VMware’s embedded offering is a competitively priced solution that we are excited to offer our customers. VMware Embedded creates a much easier route to market for Dell EMC OEM partners and integrators, like ourselves.” Waldrep specifically highlighted Dell EMC’s and VMware’s “best of breed technologies” and our commitment to truly enabling the channel to deliver best pricing and experience for the end customer.As we move deeper into the era of digital transformation, the need for speed will be imperative – no matter the industry. Understanding the unique needs of our customers and helping them to adapt to the constantly changing market is what will allow you as an OEM to thrive.Check out the datasheet or visit Dell EMC OEM in the Dell EMC booth #400 at VMworld, Aug. 27-31 in Las Vegas. We hope to see you there!
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Three trees in the Sierra Nevada have been added to the list of tallest sugar pines known to exist. Michael W. Taylor has been charting some of the largest trees in the West for more than a decade. He recently documented two in Northern California nearly as tall as the length of a football field. At 267 feet, 6 inches, and 267 feet, 1.8 inches, the two trees in the Tahoe National Forest west of Lake Tahoe are the second and third tallest sugar pines ever recorded. The Tahoe Daily Tribune reported that the third, found in the Stanislaus National Forest, checks in at sixth on the all-time list at 253 feet, 2 inches.
LONDON (AP) — Online fashion seller Asos has bought Topshop, which once boasted designs by Kate Moss and Beyonce, along with three other brands for 265 million pounds ($363 million) as rivals scoop up bargains after the collapse of Britain’s Arcadia retail group. The deal, announced Monday, puts thousands of jobs at risk because Asos acquired the Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge’s and HIIT brands but none of their stores. Asos said it plans to keep only about 300 of the brands’ employees. Asos said it also planned an additional cost to build stock.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Bennett has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease but it hasn’t quieted his legendary voice. The singer’s wife and son reveal in the latest edition of AARP The Magazine that Bennett was first diagnosed with the irreversible neurological disorder in 2016. The magazine says he endures “increasingly rarer moments of clarity and awareness.” Still, he continues to rehearse and twice a week goes through his 90-minute set with his longtime pianist, Lee Musiker. The magazine says he sing with perfect pitch and apparent ease. His wife tells the magazine: “When he sings, he’s the old Tony.”
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers are taking aim at Twitter, Facebook and other tech giants over free speech and censorship. Gov. Ron DeSantis accused the companies Tuesday of targeting conservatives as they crack down on social media posts he says might be contrary to the political sensibilities of Silicon Valley. Proposals before the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature would seek to limit Big Tech’s ability to disable or suspend a person’s account. One bill was introduced after Twitter suspended the account of President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. A new proposal expected to be filed Tuesday would allow consumers and the state attorney general to sue the companies.
NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix built on its recent dominance at scooping up Golden Globe TV nominations Wednesday, getting 20 nods, nearly three times as many as its closest competitor, HBO. Netflix, which beat its own record of 17 TV nominations from last year, secured three out of the five nominations for best drama TV series, “The Crown,” “Ozark” and “Ratched,” and four of the five acting nods for best actress in that category for Olivia Colman, Emma Corrin, Laura Linney and Sarah Paulson. HBO Max scored nominations with “Lovecraft Country” and “The Flight Attendant,” which also earned “The Big Bang Theory” veteran Kaley Cuoco her first Globe nod.
Four years ago, the Class of 2010 arrived on Notre Dame’s campus, ready to make new friends and start a new life beneath the shadow of the Golden Dome.Now, as Commencement approaches, seniors say they are ready to move on but will miss the community they have found here on campus.“My favorite part of Notre Dame is the people I’ve met here,” said Jenny Heil, a senior from Pasquerilla West Hall. “I’ve made phenomenal friends, and I’ll miss them all. I’ve gotten the chance to meet all kinds of people, and I’ll miss those faces you pass every day as well.”Pasquerilla West senior Lauren Demeter also said she will miss the community she has found at Notre Dame.“I don’t think the Golden Dome epitomizes Notre Dame. I think the group of people does,” she said.Senior Scott Andrews, a resident assistant (RA) in Siegfried Hall, said his senior experience was unique because of his ability to help build dorm community as an RA.“Being an RA was awesome because my last everything was my freshmen’s first everything,” Andrews said. “I got to be a senior but also relive everything that was exciting freshman year.”Andrews said dorm life is one of the things he’ll remember most about Notre Dame.“Siegfried is only a cinderblock building, but it’s home. I never thought I’d become attached to one place so much,” he said. Although students had mixed feelings about the end results of many football games, they said the sense of spirit Notre Dame students share is exceptional, and cannot be found at other schools.“My favorite football memory over the last four years was at the UCLA game in 2006. I’ll always remember that touchdown pass to Jeff Samardzija with seconds left in the game,” said Kevin Hurley, a senior from Dillon Hall. “I’ll definitely come back for games in the future. I plan on going to four games next year — two at Notre Dame and two in New York.”Andrews said Notre Dame football contributes to the overall college experience.“We have that class unity and camaraderie,” he said. “My single favorite football memory was the Michigan State away game either my sophomore or junior year. We won, and there was a roar [of cheering] you could hear all the way across campus. Now I could understand that for a home game, but for an away game that’s really something special.” Breen Phillips senior Nicole Overton said she will miss spending time studying what she loves and meeting others interested in the same subject.“I’m an anthropology major and I just love it,” Overton said. “Professor McKenna’s Intro to Anthropology Class really got me interested. In Human Osteology, I got to work with actual human bones. I love coming back and telling my friends about what I did in class.”Most students said they will not be sad to leave behind the gray South Bend sky, whipping wind across South Quad and endless months of snow and cold.Andrew Baroody, a senior in Siegfried Hall, said what he won’t miss about Notre Dame is “the weather.”He will, however, miss being so close to everything all at once — food, friends and entertainment. With friends next door and LaFortune Student Center a short walk away, Baroody said he thinks a Notre Dame student truly has everything he or she needs.At Notre Dame, dorm life plays a central role in a student’s social experience. But some seniors said they have made some of their deepest friendships through activities outside of the dorm.Demeter said she enjoyed trying out all kinds of clubs and organizations during her four years, and she said she did not dedicate all of her time to one particular extracurricular.“There wasn’t one thing that I was involved in specifically,” she said. “That’s pretty typical of a Notre Dame student.”But Pasquerilla West senior Katie Matic said she devoted at least 20 hours a week to Mock Trial.“The best memory was our 12-hour bus ride to Memphis for Nationals this year,” Matic said. “Just all the laughing and fooling around. I’ll always remember that.”Leaving college, Matic said she knows she will also be leaving a tight-knit community that runs on its own schedule, a schedule she has gotten used to over the years.“It’s awesome living with your friends in college and enjoying the experiences that happen late at night, like going to get ravioli from the Huddle at two in the morning.” she said. “I’ll miss that.”Seniors said they agree that while they will miss friends, the Notre Dame campus and power-walks to DeBartolo Hall, they are ready to move on to the next phase in their lives.“I’ll miss Notre Dame a lot, but I’m going to law school next year, ” Matic said. “I’m ready for the next step.”
Thirty-two pages. That was the length of the campaign platform that Pat McCormick and Brett Rocheleau outlined during the spring student body elections. The document, titled “Hope in Action,” detailed major promises for the team to fulfill when they stepped into their positions in April, but they insisted their platform was feasible. Since April, McCormick and Rocheleau have accomplished only some of their goals, while others remain abstract. Playing 4 Peace The first and most ambitious goal in the duo’s platform was to “make Notre Dame the premier forum for nationally-recognized events uniting athletes, entertainers and policy-makers of behalf of social justice.” This semester, McCormick’s administration has continued and developed its Playing 4 Peace movement that combines Notre Dame athletics with peace efforts in Sudan. “The athletics department as a result of Playing 4 Peace has also invested … professional staff support into Playing 4 Peace, which was originally just a project between two athletic teams, student government and social concerns through [the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies],” McCormick said. The fledgling project now hosts regular events, like a soccer tournament earlier this fall, that are well attended by both students and local community members. However, McCormick’s campaign touted his plans for a large charity concert in Notre Dame Stadium, which has been relatively unspoken of this semester. McCormick still promised the concert is in the works in student government. “While there is still work to be done, I am very excited about what is going to happen in January and February of this year,” McCormick said. Fighting for quarter dogs Another major item on the McCormick-Rocheleau platform was their plan to expand student government’s capacity to work with constituent services. “It must also be the case that we not only deliver on issues of a more routine nature, but that we do so even more passionately,” McCormick said. “I think substantively what that looks like is that on midnight of transition, quarter dogs were restored.” McCormick and Rocheleau did this by the newly created Department of Constituent Services, chaired by sophomore Heather Eaton. The new department extended the previous administration’s tradition of “Whine Week” into “Whine Wednesdays,” and Eaton collected student opinion via surveys and an online suggestion box. McCormick and Rocheleau visit Hall Councils in different dorms each week as well. “We’ve been trying to update dorm by dorm on the progress we’re trying to make in building a new student government this year,” McCormick said. Rocheleau said he feels these conversations with students and the work in Constituent Services connects to the complaints students have each day. “It becomes rewarding when I feel like it actually makes a difference, and I enjoy seeing the difference it can make,” Rocheleau said. Concrete progress — quarter dogs and Puppy Days, for example — have come out of this administration and its constituent services projects so far. Taxi reform Student safety both on and off campus was another priority for this administration, and McCormick said he has tried to develop the strong relationships the previous administration built with local officials and law enforcement. “The relationship has been continued to be developed and deepened,” McCormick said. “For the first time, the Safety Summit took place right here on campus on Irish Green.” The Safety Summit in August was hosted at the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend in the past. Student met with local police and leaders to talk about how to live safely in South Bend. Outside of engaging with local law enforcement, McCormick said his administration contributed to city taxi reforms that will protect students in the future. “These were cases where sometimes student safety was being jeopardized, cases where students were being gauged in terms of their prices,” McCormick said. “What we ended up being able to come up with is something that ultimately emphasizes now a predictable cost structure and accountability on the part of the taxi companies that students know their rights.” However, the city of South Bend compiled these reforms long before McCormick’s administration began and McCormick’s role was primarily to support the project. Additionally, students have little input in the reforms themselves. Unaddressed issues Highlighted in the 32-page platform is also the promise to “enable students to customize our curriculum.” The University’s curriculum has been a non-issue in the administration’s major projects thus far, and it lies dormant with several other details in the “Hope in Action” blueprint. The administration’s final promise in its campaign was its most vague — to “amplify student voices in charting a course for the Notre Dame project.” The promise to “amplify student voices” has seen some concrete results as the administration tries to include the student body in larger conversations. McCormick and many sustainability clubs on campus participated in conversations surrounding the University’s recent comprehensive sustainability strategy. However, these conversations began in the Office of Sustainability in 2008, and McCormick’s involvement only began this summer when the plan was in its final stages. Overall, it is commendable that McCormick and Rocheleau set a high bar for their administration and have made strides toward achieving even the most ambitious goals. However, the student body has yet to see the monumental vision that the duo campaigned on come to fruition. Next, the administration should target its energy into a few actionable projects to leave its legacy on the student body.
The Saint Mary’s cheerleading squad gained a new member during Wednesday’s basketball game against Adrian College when 14-year-old Keondia Woodley joined their ranks. Woodley, a cancer survivor who received treatment at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, relished the opportunity to be a part of the Saint Mary’s cheering squad. “[Cheering] was so fun,” Woodley said. “I felt close to all the cheerleaders when I met them.” The Dance Marathon-sponsored “Cheer Your Heart Out” event at Wednesday’s game raised funds for Riley and provided Woodley with the opportunity to cheer with the Belles and share her story with the crowd at halftime. “I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in August of 2008,” Woodley said. “But Riley Hospital for Children, along with the love and support of my family, is why I’m here today.” Students, faculty and fans in attendance were invited to contribute spare change to red Miracle Minute donation buckets at halftime, and all proceeds from the buckets benefitted Riley as well. Juniors and fundraising executive co-chairs Kate Kellogg and Liz Kraig planned the event with two goals in mind. “Cheer Your Heart Out was a unique opportunity,” Kraig said. “It was a time to show school spirit by supporting our fellow Belles as well as a great reminder of the importance and impact Dance Marathon is able to make to the families at Riley.” Senior and Dance Marathon president Becca Guerin said she enjoyed collaborating with other Saint Mary’s clubs and activities in support of Riley. “The game was especially cool because we were not only showing support for Riley, but cheering on our team as well,” Guerin said. “It was great school spirit, but we also had the special connection with Dance Marathon through having Keondia cheer at the game.” Although final collections were not tallied at press time, Kellogg said she was pleased with the returns from the Miracle Minutes. “Every bit counts,” Kellogg said. “We really want to raise awareness because a lot of people have heard of Dance Marathon, but don’t see where the money goes. Having Keondia cheering here on campus just goes to show why Dance Marathon is so special.” Junior Lauren Berry said the event, especially Woodley’s presence, forged a strong connection between Saint Mary’s, Dance Marathon and Riley. “I think it’s great to hold personal events like this to let [Woodley] shine,” Berry said. “It’s one single event, but it makes such a difference. It shows the impact that Dance Marathon has on Riley patients firsthand.” Woodley, now three years in remission from cancer, said she is healthy, happy and settling into her freshman year at Elkhart Memorial High School. “This really meant a lot to me,” Woodley said. “I loved cheering with them and I love all the support everyone has for Riley.” This year’s Dance Marathon will be held March 31 in Angela Athletic Facility.