UL drops out of top 500 universities

first_imgWhatsApp University of Limerick appoints first ever woman president of an Irish university Email Breaching the gender barrier at UL The main building at the University of LimerickThe University of Limerick has dropped out of the world’s top 500 universities.The 2016 World University Rankings, published last week, ranks UL in the 501-550 band, a significant fall from its previous position of 471.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Irish Universities Association (IUA) has responded to this news by referring to a decade of austerity and its “corrosive effect” on our higher education system.Stating that the “continued slide” of the Irish Universities should be “greeted with alarm” the IUA said that positive strides in research and the internationalisation of the staff and student cohort was being “undermined by the negative impact of underfunding on key indicators such as the student:faculty ratio.”IUA Chief Executive, Ned Costello said: “We can no longer hide from the corrosive effect which years of cutbacks are having on our higher education system. At a time when we are more dependent than ever on the talent of our people for our economic future, we simply must invest in our universities.”“An immediate injection of funding is required in the upcoming Budget and Estimates to fund more lecturers, deliver smaller group teaching and restore quality in our system,” Mr Costello concluded.Between 2007 and 2014, state funding for universities in this country fell by 28%, from €722.8m in 2007 to €522.2m in 2014.Conversely there was an increase in full-time enrollment in Irish universities of 18%, from 78,577 in 2008 to 93,023 in 2014.Reacting to these figures, the General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), Mike Jennings, said, “It is shocking to realise that student to academic staff ratios were worse in 2011 than those described in the report of the Commission on Higher Education (1967) and increased from 19:1 in 2007 to 23:1 in 2011.”Mr Jennings echoed the need to address this issue in this year’s budget, “The forthcoming Budget must address this crisis as a priority. The government must provide adequate funds to enable universities to recover from a decade of what now seems like deliberate neglect and downgrading of third-level education,” he said.All but one of Ireland’s universities have dropped in the listings, with only National University of Ireland in Galway improving upon last year’s position by rising from 271st to 249th.Trinity College Dublin remains Ireland’s highest ranked university in 98th place. For the fifth year running the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been rated as the world’s best university.Out of the 32 OECD countries featured in the rankings, Ireland’s expenditure on third-level institutions was the fourth lowest. Linkedin Twitter Previous articleSocials – Press Ball 2016 LaunchNext articleLimerick councillors fobbed off by transport authority Editor Advertisement Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students center_img Print NewsEducationUL drops out of top 500 universitiesBy Editor – September 8, 2016 995 TAGSUL Facebook University of Limerick came out on top at this years Smedia Awards Intermediate Care Facility patients benefiting from holistic healthcare model RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Post Show | CSSI 2020last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Casey Russell Talks Prince, Jazz Fest, & The Magic Beans

first_imgThe New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been a staple the final week of April since 1970. Since its inception, the festival has expanded, with fans now treated to two jam-packed weekends of non-stop music and plenty of shows during the week between. The fun doesn’t stop when Jazz Fest’s main stages shut down at 7 pm; rather, Jazz Fest late-night parties serve as the main attraction for some people’s entire journeys down to New Orleans.Jazz Fest late nights are not just for the fans, instead, giving musicians a chance to collaborate and honor our most beloved heroes, both past and present. Almost exactly two years ago, America lost one of its greatest musical figures, Prince, the man in purple. It’s no easy feat to bring together a noteworthy cast of musicians to commemorate such a larger than life human, but Casey Russell from Magic Beans has done just that.To close out the final night of Jazz Fest, keyboardist Casey Russell has brought together an all-star band of funky players, including members of Prince’s band, Turkuaz, The Main Squeeze, The Motet, Snarky Puppy, Thievery Corporation, Allen Stone, The Magic Beans, and Mama Magnolia, to present a stacked tribute set to Prince dubbed the Purple Party. The late-night dance party on Sunday, May 6th, at the Maison on Frenchmen Street will immediately follow Joey Porter‘s tribute to Herbie Hancock. Fans are encouraged to come clad in purple.Live for Live Music’s Sam Berenson got a chance to sit down with musical director of the Purple Party, Casey Russell, for a chat about all things Prince, Jazz Fest, his musical roots, and more.Live for Live Music: The Purple Party is an extra-fitting event for you to be leading. Tell us a little bit about where you grew up.Casey Russell: I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, land of the purple funk, which also happens to be the home of Bob Dylan. Prince and Bob are two of the most influential musicians of all time. I grew up about five minutes from Loring Park, where Prince recorded the infamous Loring Park Sessions at the age of 19, and 15 minutes from his famous Paisley Park Studios. In Minneapolis, we show unconditional love for Prince. It’s an honor for me to be able to pay tribute to his music in such a capacity.L4LM: What significance has Prince played in your musical career?CR: His music has always been a huge inspiration. If you know me, you know I love funk. Prince’s inspirations were all the old school funk cats, like Sly and the Family Stone, Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown, etc. He was able to expand upon their music, creating a sound of his own that would influence generations to follow. I’m a part of one of those generations. Prince has played a huge part in informing my decision on what’s funky or dope.Also, shout out to my dad, Jimmy Russell, who had the incredible opportunity to play with Prince in 1999 (and on the song “1999”) on New Year’s Eve in Minneapolis alongside George Clinton, Morris Day, and The New Power Generation. I was just a kid, but Prince has been on my radar ever since that night.The Magic Beans – Prince Tribute – Pittsburgh, PA – 9/20/2016[Video: Artpua]L4LM: What’s your favorite Prince album or era of Prince?CR: I’m all about the old-school funky records. A few of my favorite albums are For You, Dirty Mind, and the self-titled Prince album. We’ll be playing a bunch of tunes from those records. The Loring Park Sessions is right up there too, so we’ll be playing a few of those tunes as well. We’re even playing a hit by 94 East, one of Prince’s older bands in the late 70’s, named after an interstate that passes through Minneapolis.L4LM: Do you share any history with these fellow musicians partaking in the Purple Party?CR: I have played with Ryan Jalbert, Lyle Divinsky, Jeff Franca, Corey Frye, and Steve Watkins in Colorado a few times in the past. Megan Letts and Will Trask are my good friends and musical comrades. This will be my first time gigging with Sput, MonoNeon, Shira [Elias], Sammi [Garett], and the Snarky Horns. I’m very lucky to be a  part of such an incredible lineup!L4LM: What’s your favorite memory of New Orleans?CR: The first time I went to Jazz Fest. Magic Beans had a 10 p.m. gig at the Dragon’s Den just off Frenchman street. We finished the gig, and Joey Porter had put us all on the Motet guest list for the Motet show at the Maison at midnight. We had the best time ever! This was our first time at Jazz Fest and also our first time in New Orleans. We didn’t quite realize how late the party kept going. We were pleasantly surprised when our good friend who was going to Tulane at the time took us to the House of Blues at 2 a.m. to catch the New Mastersounds and then to the Maple Leaf to end the night with Johnny Vidacovich and company. We were getting very loose that night, but I will never forget it.L4LM: What does adding Mononeon of Prince’s live band add to this show?CR: Beyond having a member of the band who actually played with Prince for a time, it adds the funkiest bass-playing imaginable.L4LM: Changing gears, Magic Beans just released a new album, Casino Cabaret. How have things been going since your latest studio release?CR: Things in Magic Bean land have been great! We are very pumped on the album, and we’re gearing up for an East Coast tour right now, which will conclude with a date at the Fillmore in Philly supporting the Disco Biscuits on 4/20. Heady.L4LM: The current Magic Beans lineup has solidified over the past few years with the addition of bassist Chris Duffy, formerly of Dirty Paris. What are your goals as a band for 2018?Casey Russell: The same goal as every year: Try to take over the world!… Or at least play Red Rocks. We couldn’t be happier with Chris Duffy holding down the low-end!L4LM: Beanstalk Music Festival has a very special lineup this year. Are there any acts that you’re particularly excited to see?CR: Beanstalk is the best. I’m personally looking forward to Cory Wong. I just had the chance to see his band at Cervantes, and I also played with him the next night at the Dance Party Time Machine. He is one seriously talented individual. I think it will be a crowd favorite.L4LM: Who are three artists you’re listening to in your free time right now?CR: PHO from Minneapolis, Mama Magnolia, and The Runnikine, both from Colorado. Also, lots of Prince.If you’ll be in New Orleans For Jazz Fest, don’t miss Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince featuring members of The Main Squeeze, Turkuaz, The Motet, Snarky Puppy, Thievery Corporation, Allen Stone, and more at the Maison in New Orleans on Sunday, May 6th. For more info, click here; to purchase tickets, click here. For more info, click here; to purchase tickets, click here. For our full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here.last_img read more

On Your Feet Star Ana Villafane on Her Dream Diva Roles, Fake Equestrian Skills & More

first_img On Your Feet! Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017 Star Files Age: 26Hometown: Miami, FLCurrent Role: A star-making performance singing such iconic songs as “Conga,” “The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” and “1-2-3” as Grammy-winning sensation Gloria Estefan in Broadway’s On Your Feet, which charts the rise of Estefan and her husband Emilio.Stage and Screen Cred: A Broadway newbie, Villafañe racked up a number of stage and screen credits while living in Los Angeles, including Rent, Magic City Memoirs, Hiding, Max Steel, Los Americans, Rizzoli and Isles and South Beach. View Comments Related Shows Ana Villafañelast_img read more

Benefit dinner for Kevin Beggs and family will be held Saturday, Aug. 3

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There will be a benefit dinner for Kevin Beggs and family on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus at 201 E. Harvey Ave. Also carry out will be available for those who can not stay for dinner.There will also be a bake sale at the same time coordinated by Jane Cole. You can contact her with baked goods at 326-5500.The dinner will include pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, dessert and drink for $7 a plate. Any donation is thankfully accepted.All proceeds will go to the family. An account has been established for Kevin at Panhandle Credit Union titled “The Kevin Beggs Family Benefit Fund.”last_img read more