Of Mice and Men Star James Franco & More Snap Selfies on Steinbeck’s Birthday

first_img View Comments Leighton Meester Of Mice and Men Chris O’Dowd James Franco Screen stars James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester are all making their Broadway debuts in Of Mice and Men this spring, and judging by their Instagram and Twitter feeds, the trio is already hard at work preparing for their new roles. In honor of John Steinbeck’s 116th birthday on February 27, Franco, O’Dowd and Meester hit the books and took selfies while reading some of the legendary author’s celebrated works. (And uh, in the case of Franco, dressed as a gangster and renamed the book Of Mice and Menz.) See their tributes to Steinbeck, then catch the new production beginning March 19 at the Longacre Theatre! Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014last_img read more

John Hollar to run for mayor of Montpelier

first_imgFormer school board chair John Hollar today announced his candidacy for mayor of Montpelier. He made the announcement at Onion River Sports. Hollar, 51, spoke about the positive qualities of Montpelier, including its parks, active citizens, and vibrant downtown.  He also referenced two major challenges the city faces:  Montpelier’s high tax rate, which he said is among the highest in Vermont, and its declining infrastructure. ‘These two competing demands will present us with some very difficult choices in the months and years ahead,’ he said.  ‘But we cannot afford to shy away from them because they are hard.’ Hollar said he chose the sporting goods store as the venue for his announcement because the store epitomizes what is great about Montpelier ‘ its thriving downtown business, great employees and high quality service and merchandise.  Hollar also said that he is an avid biker and cross-country skier.  Hollar said that he would spend the next eleven weeks of the campaign ‘talking to as many people as I can to determine what our community values, and what our priorities are.’ Hollar has practiced law in Montpelier for 21 years and is a partner with Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, where he is co-chair of its Regulated Entities and Government & Public Affairs groups. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (BA 1982) and Georgetown University (JD 1989). He’s lived in Montpelier since 1990.Hollar is married to Jennifer Prescott Hollar, a 5th generation Montpelier resident, and they have three sons.The City of Montpelier uses a city manager type of government. The mayor is elected by the entire city every two years and sits on the City Council. The other six councilors represent three electoral districts and are also elected every two years. The council is the legislative body and the city manager runs the government.12.20.2011last_img read more

Trinity winds up over tax bill row

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Translation easy for Baumann

first_imgGrowing up in Inzlingen, Germany, Moritz Baumann began playing tennis when he was five years old. Sixteen years later, the junior for the No. 43-ranked University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (7-2) is enjoying a great amount of success.Last Sunday, Baumann and his sophomore doubles partner, Marek Michalicka, defeated the No. 1-ranked Wake Forest (5-4) doubles team of Cory Parr and Steven Forman at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Ranked 18th heading into the match, Baumann and Michalicka defeated the Demon Deacons 8-4, despite being down 4-3 at one point, and improved their record together to an impressive 7-0.“It means that we’re up there, probably in the top 10 in doubles and that we can compete with every team out there,” Baumann said of the victory over Wake Forest. “It gives us a lot of confidence thinking about playing in the NCAAs for doubles.”While last weekend’s match was certainly difficult, Baumann is no stranger to challenges. Entering the country and arriving at the UW in January 2006, Baumann has had to adjust not only to tennis in America, but also to a foreign culture.“It was pretty tough for me to adapt to college tennis and the new culture here,” Baumann said. “Being from Germany, they obviously don’t speak the same language here. … The school, the language, getting used to everything was pretty tough.”While Baumann’s difficult beginning here is very understandable, his career has seen very few, if any, struggles. As a result of his tremendous play against Wake Forest, where he also improved his singles record to 9-0, Baumann earned his third weekly Big Ten award of 2009. Additionally, Baumann is ranked No. 36 in the nation in singles. While talent is obviously a large factor in his success, head tennis coach Greg Van Emburgh sees more in Baumann, especially in his doubles play.“They really complement each other really well, and they really just enjoy each other,” Van Emburgh said. “Obviously they’re great tennis players, but part of doubles is communication and enjoying playing with your teammate, so they really have that, and I think that’s a big part of their success.”Michalicka, the No. 60-ranked singles player in the nation, is also an international player from the Czech Republic, and he agrees that Baumann’s success is due to a large variety of factors.“He’s a great guy and a great friend; he’s very reliable, and he’s probably my best friend here,” Michalicka said of Baumann. “We’re both from Europe, so we understand each other well. Also, we are similar types of guys, so that helps a lot.”Not surprising considering the level of success he has already reached, Baumann has hopes of one day playing in the ATP World Tour. In Germany, he grew up watching the tour and followed tennis greats such as fellow German Boris Becker. However, Baumann says, he did not idolize any particular tennis players. Rather, his role models came from two sources outside of tennis: his father, and one of the most famous German athletes to play in America, NBA star Dirk Nowitzki. Van Emburgh recognizes the influence that growing up outside of the country has had on both Baumann and Michalicka.“It helps them as a team,” Van Emburgh said. “They have some similarities, being both from Europe. I think that definitely helps them.”Coming up, the Badgers will host North Carolina State and Notre Dame this weekend at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. With the Big Ten Tournament less than two months away, the team is already looking forward to see how far they can go.“You don’t ever really want to speculate,” Van Emburgh said. “Obviously they beat the number one team in the country, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s how they play on that particularly day, they can play with anybody in the country and obviously have a great chance at winning the match.”Baumann, however, is still enjoying the season as it progresses.“It’s been a great experience so far; I think I’ve improved my game, got a lot of confidence over the last couple of weeks,” Baumann said of his experience this season. “I won all my single matches, and with Marek, we won all of our doubles matches. I feel really good about myself and it gives me a lot of motivation to keep working harder.”Clearly, Baumann has exceeded every expectation that faced him since coming here three years ago. He is enjoying both his past successes and his success so far this season, while also looking forward to a potential professional career after he graduates. Despite this forward-thinking mindset, however, Baumann is not about to forget what he went through to get to where he is now.“I’ve learned a lot of things about myself and about life, and it’s always good seeing other countries and other cultures,” Baumann said of his transition from Germany to Wisconsin. “It’s really helped me a lot, all these experiences.”Baumann has a very good chance to compete at the NCAA tournament in doubles with Michalicka, and also might have an opportunity to compete in singles as well. Having these chances not only provides more opportunities for success, but also allows Baumann to add to the already long list of experiences he has had since leaving Germany for the U.S. The crowning achievement on that list, however, may very well not come until he is long gone from the University of Wisconsin: a chance to win a championship on the ATP World Tour.last_img read more

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 71-69 win at Virginia Tech

first_imgBLACKSBURG, VA — Syracuse (11-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) beat Virginia Tech (13-5, 4-3), 71-69 in a game that nearly fell out of control. The Orange controlled the game in the first half, yet the Hokies cut the lead to three points once and then to just a point with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Despite a game-icing shot misfiring from Elijah Hughes, the Orange held on.Here are three takeaways from the game.In the doghouseAfter an early timeout and Virginia Tech’s second-straight 3-pointer to jump out to a seven-point lead, Bourama Sidibe waltzed to the bench when he was immediately met by a furious Jim Boeheim who wagged his finger in Sidibe’s face. For nearly a minute, Boeheim hollered at Sidibe, who shook his head and slouched his shoulders. Since he had been in the game, a part of a season-long struggle, Sidibe committed fouls, allowed offensive rebounds against smaller players and failed to rotate properly on defense.Sidibe was replaced by Quincy Guerrier, who the Orange found success with. When Sidibe returned, his clear height advantage sometimes showed. Sidibe finished inside when he was open and pulled down an offensive board, but another over-the-back foul caused Boeheim to approach him again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCool it, Buddy During a first-half stretch when Hughes went dormant, Buddy Boeheim erupted for 18 points on 7-13 shooting from the field. Over and over again, Buddy was the first person Syracuse looked for at the beginning of the possession and the last one to watch it fall through the net.Buddy’s first shot was an air-ball that caused the crowd to chant playful jeers, and from that moment the sophomore looked for his shot on every possession. He tried tough step-backs, spot-up 3-pointers and looked to shoot every time of the catch. After Guerrier pulled down an offensive rebound, he dumped the ball out to Buddy to start a new possession, but Buddy fired right away. The shot started an eight-point stretch for Buddy alone, including a tough layup finish and a deep pull-up 3-pointer in transition.SU head coach Jim Boeheim called him “the best shooter on the team” two games prior in a win over Virginia, and Buddy played like it. He took the shots the best shooter takes and made many of them seemingly with ease.A near-collapse Though the shots were not falling, Hughes continued to put his head down and drive into the rim. His first step wasn’t quick enough, so he turned his back to the rim and muscled his way inside. His turnaround floater fell, and Hughes trailed the referee down the court, begging him to look closer at the contact that had caused him so much trouble earlier. The shot was Hughes’ second make in nine attempts. The ball came to him often, but the Orange’s best player didn’t deliver.Buddy had cooled off from an electric first-half, and the Orange searched for alternative options. They still looked to get Buddy shots, but most of the time SU was cut off by a Virginia Tech team that tightened its man defense to deny Buddy the ball. And when the Orange lost its scoring touch, the Hokies gained theirs. The Hokies hit multiple 3-pointers in a row and cut the lead to three. The stretch provided flashbacks to Syracuse’s collapse in the Carrier Dome earlier in the year. Even when it seemed like the Orange inched closer away, a 3-pointer quickly changed the game. In the end, the Orange hung on just enough to get the win. Comments Published on January 18, 2020 at 2:07 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more