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first_imgCapacitor Design Network, a full service graphic design company, whose principal Josh Brown is located in Hinesburg, Vermont, recently designed a new website for Los Angeles based Houndstooth Radio. The URL is is external)The site is run by Kurt St. Thomas who is an award winning filmmaker, author, and disc jockey. He can currently be heard on the airwaves of 106.7 KROQ in Los Angeles, CA.He worked at the radio station WFNX in Boston from 1987 to 1995 as Production Director, Music Director, and ultimately as Program Director. At 7pm on August 29, 1991, St. Thomas over the WFNX airwaves gave Nirvana’s album Nevermind its world premiere by playing the album from start to finish. The album Nevermind went on to sell over 10 million copies in the US and 26 million copies worldwide. St. Thomas co-authored a book on Nirvana entitled The Chosen Rejects published by St. Martin’s Press of which Capacitor created the jacket design.On January 29, 2008 St. Thomas launched Houndstooth Radio an internet radio station that broadcasts from the garage of his house in Los Angeles. The station features mostly new independent artists. Houndstooth is ranked in the top 200 out of 18,000 of online radio stations (in terms of listenership) listed on which is one of the main service providers.last_img read more

first_imgBlue Ridge Brews from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.In honor of Virginia Craft Beer Month, we sat down with four of the region’s local breweries (and one cidery for good measure!) to see what they have to say about their companies.Soundtrack is Up On and Over by Bronze Radio Return, who we featured on July’s Trail Mix.last_img

first_imgUser conflicts are a growing problem in the Blue Ridge, ranging from vandalism and trash-laden trails to the closure of trail systems due to overuse.We often borrow the euphemism “loved to death” to describe these problems, but are we really loving a place if our activities are causing so much harm? Maybe we should be asking a deeper question: are outdoor enthusiasts losing their conservation ethic?As education director of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Ben Lawhon grapples with user conflicts daily. Lawhon focuses on a handful of outdoor destinations named “hotspots” for their higher-than-normal amount of challenges. The Blue Ridge has featured prominently on that list, with Linville Gorge, the Appalachian Trail’s southern terminus, and the Red River Gorge all making the cut.Lawhon says many sustainability issues share a common thread. “There is an education gap, and it is critical,” he says, since users “may not have the skills or the knowledge to recreate in a way that protects the environment.” And the ease of sharing new destinations and behaviors via social media can throw fuel on that fire. “Managers are reporting not only spikes in visitation but increased impact as a result of social media postings,” Lawhon says.There are hard data to back up that prospect. A few years ago, my college students and I surveyed more than 300 social media users who were also outdoor enthusiasts across Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee. Of those 300 people, over 90 percent reported placing a high conservation value on the outdoors. Sounds great, right? It does only until you dig deeper. Despite that interest, just 40 percent of those same people reported knowing how to find reliable conservation information. Fewer still personally knew a natural resource professional.Other studies by social scientists show a clear link between engagement in outdoor activities and support for the environment. We need a strong tie to a place to have an interest in conserving it, even if the sources of those ties differ. A minimalist backpacker might develop the same love for protecting a national forest as a deer hunter or car-campers chugging PBR around a bonfire.A 2009 study by researchers at Pennsylvania’s Red Rock Institute showed that passion can even translate into financial support, finding that each hiker or backpacker translates into $200-300 in donations pumped into conservation nonprofits annually. If you want to protect the environment, that’s a strong argument for getting more people into it.Signage along the Appalachian Trail in Virginia warns hikers of ongoing human-bear conflicts.Ultimately, this sets up a frustrating paradox. If advancing conservation means getting more people outdoors, how can we do it without damaging the very places we’re trying to protect?Increasing recreation opportunities and securing more public lands is one approach, since it could relieve pressure from overuse while also protecting habitats and wildlife. This strategy is already underway in the Blue Ridge as state governments, private land trusts, and communities develop new parks and connect existing ones. But there’s still a lot of work to do, and campaigns to privatize public lands or slash management budgets can offset those efforts.Addressing how users interact with the landscape is also critical. One of the lessons the Leave No Trace Center has learned is that engagement matters more than finger-wagging when it comes to educating users. “We’re not the social media police. We know that sort of tactic doesn’t really change behavior,” Lawhon explains. “What we try to do is lead by example.”They don’t shame people or rattle off lists of rules governing outdoor activities; they engage outdoor enthusiasts and influencers directly, having more of a conversation about how individuals can cumulatively minimize their impacts.I got to see how productive this approach can be when I joined a sustainable climbing summit at Breaks Interstate Park hosted by The Access Fund, a climbing advocacy group. I arrived expecting to see the usual rifts between resource managers and recreation enthusiasts, or at least the crowd breaking into those cliques once the event started.I couldn’t have been more wrong. Zachary Lesch-Huie, one of the event’s organizers, circled us up and opened not with a list of problems that needed solving but a simple question: “Why are you here?” Together, we spent the better part of an hour laying out our motivations for getting outdoors. For some of us, that meant climbing. For others, it was conserving wildlife or managing natural resources.As we introduced ourselves, it became apparent that we were each taking different routes to the same destination, even if we came from different backgrounds. We didn’t reach any resolutions, but that wasn’t the point. The idea was creating a community that could better find those solutions when we needed them.That kind of inclusive community might be what’s missing from the social media equation that Lawhon mentions, even as online platforms connect more people to the outdoors. Our greatest problem might be not that we’re losing our conservation ethics but that an influx of new users is discovering the outdoors without making the connections needed to gain those ethics in the first place.Lawhon is hopeful that problem can be addressed by the kind of community-building I experienced at the Breaks. “The people on the ground are making a huge difference,” he says. “Despite increased impacts, I don’t think all is lost.”Starting a conversation won’t stop every case of trail abuse, of course, but perhaps it can create the dialogue needed to better prevent those problems from happening—and finding collaborative solutions to them when they do.last_img read more

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Andy BealeA study by the Consumer Federation of America and the Credit Union National Association on planned holiday spending found wide gaps between high- and low-income groups.The groups surveyed 1,009 people on their financial situation and how much they’re planning to spend this holiday season. Based on the results of the survey, they expect holiday spending to fall this year nationwide, but they also found big differences between the planned holiday spending of the rich and the poor.Thirty-seven percent of low-income respondents said they plan to spend less this year than last year, compared to only 19 percent of high-income respondents. This indicates that low-income Americans are less likely to feel their financial situation is improving than high-income Americans.The study also found 63 percent of low-income respondents, compared to only 21 percent of high-income respondents, said they were concerned about debt payments. And 83 percent of low-income respondents said they did not have extra funds available to cover an unexpected $1,000 expense, compared to only 13 percent of high-income respondents that said the same. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgJun 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The United States’ second case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed last week after a series of additional tests were run on samples from a beef cow that had originally tested negative last November. See also: The Western blot test requested by the inspector general was positive the week of Jun 5. USDA scientists ran another IHC test the following week, using different antibodies from those used in the November test, and this time the result was “weakly positive,” the fact sheet states. As described by USDA at the press conference and in a fact sheet, the testing history in the case is complex. Officials also said the IHC test is not a standardized test. Dr. Danny Matthews, an official from the United Kingdom’s Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge, who participated in the USDA news conference, said, “There is no single commercially available off-the-shelf IHC method at the moment. I don’t think there’s any two laboratories, for example, that use identical methods.” But the USDA’s inspector general, Phyllis Fong, was troubled by the conflicting results and asked for the Western blot test early in June, without Johanns’ knowledge or consent, the report said. It said Johanns had been “irked” by her move. The outcome prompted the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to change its BSE testing protocol. From now on, two kinds of confirmatory tests—immunohistochemistry (IHC) and the Western blot—will be done when an initial rapid screening test is inconclusive, officials announced on Jun 24. A Jun 26 Associated Press report said the USDA had resisted calls for more tests on the cow after the IHC test in November was negative. The story said consumer groups and scientists had urged the agency to run a Western blot test and seek confirmation from the lab in England. About 388,000 animals have been tested since then. “One positive test result out of 388,000 tests in our enhanced surveillance program indicates that the presence of the disease is extremely, extremely low in the United States,” Johanns said. He said further that the additional testing in this case has probably boosted the credibility of the USDA BSE surveillance program. “Otherwise if you had come to the wider world with data on 400,000 animals that you’d tested but you still had this unresolved [case] in the background, those people who have experience with the Biorad ELISA would have challenged that interpretation and possibly accused you of suppressing that information.” The screening test on the cow in question was inconclusive, and a confirmatory IHC test used at the time was negative. But in early June, at the request of the USDA’s inspector general, a Western blot test was run and came back positive. The USDA then ran further IHC tests and also sent samples to the international BSE reference laboratory in Weybridge, England. Those tests also were positive, the USDA announced. In a March letter to Consumers Union, a USDA official said the Western blot test would not have given a more accurate result and confirmation from the British lab was not needed, the AP reported. News of the second US case came almost precisely 18 months after the first case was revealed on Dec 23, 2003. That case involved a Canadian-born cow in Washington state. The finding triggered a big expansion of the USDA BSE testing program, starting in June 2004. At a Jun 24 news conference, USDA Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. John Clifford said, “We are quite certain we have identified the [cow’s] herd of origin, but we want to be sure. So we’re doing DNA testing.” The cow had a very low level of abnormal prion protein in the brain, and it was distributed unevenly, the agency said. Those findings may explain why the November IHC test missed the signs, officials said. Jun 24 USDA news release Matthews also commented, “I can’t explain how the standard method at Ames [the USDA lab in Ames, Iowa] did not detect this particular case at the time.” In other comments, Clifford said the “molecular protein patterns” seen in the infected cow resembled those seen in BSE cases in France but were unlike those typically seen in British cases. USDA fact sheet on testing history of infected cow Matthews and USDA officials agreed that the rapid screening test used by USDA, the Biorad ELISA, is reliable. “It’s naturally assuring that most if not all of your cattle have been tested using the Biorad ELISA,” he said. The cow had been tested under the USDA’s BSE surveillance guidelines because it couldn’t walk when presented for slaughter. In the news release, USDA Secretary Mike Johanns said, “I am encouraged that our interlocking safeguards are working exactly as intended. This animal was blocked from entering the food supply because of the firewalls we have in place. Americans have every reason to continue to be confident in the safety of our beef.” Henceforth, USDA scientists will consult periodically with Weybridge scientists to determine which of the antibodies available for use in IHC confirmatory tests are best for use in the United States, the agency said. The reference laboratory in England subsequently ran a series of tests on samples provided by the USDA. Among them was an IHC test using different antibodies from those used by the USDA in November; the result this time was positive. However, experts from the lab confirmed the accuracy of the USDA’s November IHC test, concurring that the case could not have been confirmed from the sample used in that test, the USDA said. The USDA said the infected cow was at least 8 years old, born before the government banned feeding of cattle (and most other mammalian) protein back to cattle in 1997. As previously reported, the carcass was kept out of the human food chain and was incinerated. Officials have not revealed where the cow came from. When the confirmatory IHC test was done back in November, USDA scientists also did an additional, experimental IHC rapid test “for academic purposes,” according to the fact sheet. The test showed some abnormalities, but because the test was not a validated procedure and because two approved IHC tests were negative, the abnormalities were not reported. Transcript of Jun 24 news conference “Effective immediately, if another BSE rapid screening test results in inconclusive findings, USDA will run both an IHC and Western blot confirmatory test,” the USDA said in a news release. “If results from either confirmatory test are positive, the sample will be considered positive for BSE.”last_img read more

first_imgJul 13, 2009US to spend another $1 billion on H1N1 vaccinesThe United States will order another $1 billion worth of pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said yesterday, according to Reuters. “There’ll be another $1 billion worth of orders placed to get the bulk ingredients for an H1N1 vaccination,” Sebelius told CNN, without naming the suppliers. Sebelius had announced on May 22 that HHS would spend about $1 billion to buy vaccine antigen and adjuvant and fund clinical studies.[Jul 12 Reuters story]Lurie OK’d as new HHS preparedness headHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the US Senate unanimously confirmed Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, as assistant secretary for preparedness and response. Lurie most recently worked for the Rand Corporation and with federal officials and state and local health departments on pandemic preparedness and other public health issues. Sebelius said in today’s release that Lurie’s “knowledge and expertise will be essential” as the country coordinates its national response to the H1N1 virus.[Jul 13 HHS news release]Botswana confirms first novel flu caseBotswana’s health ministry on Jul 10 confirmed the country’s first novel flu case, Mmegi, a Botswana newspaper, reported today. Confirmatory tests were conducted in South Africa. The patient, who is one of three people with suspected cases, has been isolated at a clinic, and the ministry is tracing his contacts. The health minister said oseltamivir (Tamiflu) will be available to those in high-risk groups and those who have respiratory infections.[Jul 13 Mmegi story]CSL set to launch human trial of H1N1 vaccineAustralia-based flu vaccine maker CSL Ltd said today that it expects to launch a human trial of its novel H1N1 vaccine Jul 22, Bloomberg News reported. In a Jun 29 press release, CSL said it would undertake the trial with a research group in Adelaide and was seeking healthy adults aged 18 to 64 to enroll in the study to compare two injections of a standard dose, administered 3 weeks apart, with a higher dosage. The Australian government has ordered enough vaccine to immunize 10 million people.[Jul 13 Bloomberg News story]last_img read more

first_imgVoters have a chance to vote early this yearElection Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, but for the first time, New Yorkers will be able to vote before then. You may now cast your vote early, beginning Saturday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 3. The early voting sites are: Karen B. Johnson Library, 99 Clinton St., Schenectady; Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Road, Glenville; Niskayuna Town Hall, 1 Niskayuna Circle, Niskayuna; and, ViaPort Rotterdam, 93 West Campbell Road, Schenectady.Voters may go to any of these sites to vote early. All sites are handicap accessible, and there is public CDTA transportation to these locations.The times for early voting at all of the sites are Sat., Oct. 26 and Sun., Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 28 from noon to 8 p.m.; Tues., Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wed. Oct. 30 from noon to 8 p.m.; Thurs. Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fri. Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. Nov 2 and Sun. Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Election Day, Nov. 5 voters must go to their regular assigned polling site.To see if you are registered to vote, visit or the Schenectady County Board of Elections at For information about voting, contact or HatkeSchenectadyThe writer is president of the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County.Holmes offers a kind alternative for mayorA prominent Saratoga Springs Democrat contacted me about my support for Tim Holmes, a Republican. The Democrat, considering voting for Holmes, asked why I don’t support the re-election of Mayor Meg Kelly, who is running as a Democrat.I wasn’t acquainted with Ms. Kelly previously to her request that the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee endorse her candidacy for mayor in 2017. Soon after, I visited the mayor’s office to introduce myself and get acquainted with Meg and Lisa. I was met with abject disdain. I had never been treated so poorly by any government staff.Mayor Kelly routinely treats constituents with cold disdain. The constituencies I hold most dear are those whom she appears to hold with the greatest contempt. Our city deserves a mayor who recognizes that each citizen has value and deserves to be treated with respect. I have had the pleasure of working with Tim on the Open Space Advisory Committee, where his diligence, congenial demeanor, deep understanding of municipal policy and administration is an asset.Please vote for Tim Holmes on Nov. 5.  We are fortunate to have the option of electing a kind, thoughtful and capable person who will work for the good of all Saratoga Springs residents.Suzanne “Zuzia” KwasniewskiSaratoga SpringsPraying for Trump and his speedy trialPresident Trump’s newest ploy is to try and use Hunter Biden to get his supporters up in arms.It seems every time he’s cornered, he throws another Pinocchio tale to distract from the fact that he’s without doubt our worst president.His language shows just how much his intelligence is limited.His audience members bring their children to hear his filthy language as he spews his hate for the news media and clap when he curses. Is it no wonder why these children grow up with twisted minds? How anyone can stand the stench coming out of this man is unbelievable. A draft dodger he is, but he’s willing to start wars where our sons, daughters and grandchildren will die or be maimed.His loyalty to Putin and other dictators instead of America is shown by his actions.Evangelicals look to him as their messiah and have all but forgotten the Christian Bible. They evidently have a different set of commandments than those of us who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.Trump’s language is straight from the gutter and should be condemned by those of every faith. What’s happening to him was brought on by him and he will one day be judged by a power greater than any on Earth. This goes for his supporters. And for that fact, so will I be judged. Will his supporters stay with him when he throws them under the bus? I wish Trump a speedy trial and each day I pray for him.Gary Philip Guido  Rotterdam Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump not making America great for disabledWhile making a trip to the market the other day, I parked in the lot and walked to the store when a big pickup truck cut me off and pulled into the handicapped spot closest to the store.The driver jumped out, and with his bright red “Make America Great Again” hat on, walked briskly into the store.There was nothing on his truck to indicate that he had the right to park in a handicapped spot. But if Donald Trump can make fun of disabled people, then I guess it must be OK to take their parking spots as well.Yes sir, making America great again, one parking spot at a time.        David MorganSchroon Lake More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

first_img Press Association Madejski favours a silence, but with the Royals facing Liverpool – where Thatcher was a particularly unpopular figure – that seems an unlikely outcome. “We have got to appreciate that Margaret Thatcher was a world leader who did so much for this country. So much that she deserves a minute’s silence,” he told Radio Five Live. “The funeral’s going to take place at St Paul’s attended by the Queen and Prince Philip so I think it would be a fitting tribute from the world of football to Margaret Thatcher, one of our greatest leaders.” Reflecting on the possibility of a silence being spoiled by dissenting factions, Madejski added: “Obviously I can appreciate that perhaps some people won’t pay attention to it which is sometimes the way at football but I just think she was such a colossus in terms of the world stage that she deserves that respect from the whole nation. “No colossus like that strides the world’s stage without disenfranchising people at some stage or another, however the positive things that Margaret Thatcher achieved for our country speaks volumes and I think that outshines things that might not be considered so brilliant like the poll tax and so on.” Neither the Premier League nor the Football League have asked clubs to hold a minute’s silence – or applause – in relation to the former Prime Minister. The Football Association, who preside over Wigan’s FA Cup semi-final against Millwall, is also yet to make such a request. Whelan believes a symbolic gesture would be fitting, though and he told BBC Sport: “It is not my decision, it is for the FA to decide, but I would be in favour of wearing an armband out of respect to Mrs Thatcher. We have to say thank you very much for the services the former PM has given us.” center_img Wigan chairman Dave Whelan and his Reading counterpart Sir John Madejski would welcome a tribute to the late Baroness Thatcher during the weekend fixtures.last_img read more

first_img(REUTERS)-India opener Lokesh Rahul fell agonisingly short of his maiden Test double century as he helped his team to 391 for four in a robust reply to England’s first innings total of 477 in the fifth and final Test in Chennai yesterday.The elegant right-hander made 199 before throwing his wicket away and squatting at the crease, head-in-hands, after the anti-climactic end to a stellar 311-ball knock.India, who have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, finished day three at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, on course for a first-innings lead.Karun Nair was batting on 71, his maiden Test fifty, at stumps with Murali Vijay, who dropped down the order following a shoulder injury, on 17 at the other end.Rahul featured in century-plus stands with stop-gap opener Parthiv Patel and number five Nair to provide the bedrock of India’s reply.Resuming on 60 for no loss, the hosts got off to a solid start with their make-shift opening pair of Rahul and Patel adding 152 runs.Rahul was particularly harsh on debutant Liam Dawson, twice stepping out against the left-arm spinner to hit him for sixes in the morning session.Patel made a career-best 71 before falling to Moeen Ali, having impressed as he and Rahul combined to forge India’s first century-plus opening stand in 32 innings.Drafted into the side after the second test to replace the injured Wriddhiman Saha, Patel kept wicket for over 157 overs and then returned to partner Rahul after regular opener Vijay sustained the injury.England claimed two big wickets after lunch with Cheteshwar Pujara edging Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad dismissing the in-form Virat Kohli with a slow leg-cutter which the India captain drove straight to short cover.Kohli made 15 and it was the first time in the series that the Indian run-machine was dismissed for a sub-40 score.Rashid followed it with a tossed up innocuous delivery way outside the off-stump and Rahul offered a reckless shot, lobbing the ball to Jos Buttler at cover point.“I will always have to live with it,” Rahul said of the shot.“I didn’t get a double hundred, I played a horrible shot. It will take some time to sink in. I thought I would get a double hundred with ease. I just have to come back stronger,” he added.ENGLAND 1st innings 477 (M. Ali 146, J. Root 88, L. Dawson 66no, A. Rashid 60)India 1st innings (Overnight: 60-0)L. Rahul c Buttler b Rashid 199P. Patel c Buttler b Ali 71C. Pujara c Cook b Stokes 16V. Kohli c Jennings b Broad 15K. Nair not out 71M. Vijay not out 17Extras (lb-2) 2Total (for 4 wickets, 108 overs) 391Fall of wickets: 1-152 P. Patel,2-181 C. Pujara,3-211 V. Kohli,4-372 L. RahulTo bat: R. Ashwin, R. Jadeja, A. Mishra, I. Sharma, U. YadavBowling: S. Broad 18 – 4 – 46 – 1,J. Ball 15 – 1 – 50 – 0, M. Al 24 – 1 – 96 – 1,B. Stokes 9 – 1 – 37 – 1, A. Rashid 17 – 0 – 76 – 1,L. Dawson 23 – 3 – 72 – 0, J. Root 2 – 0 – 12 – 0.last_img read more

first_imgIn Great Company, an all-inclusive media startup community, aims to help women become entrepreneurs of the future. Founded by Caitlin Tran, a senior studying arts, technology and the business of innovation, the organization chartered in Fall 2017 at USC to serve the needs of female student and alumni innovators. IGC currently has a USC chapter, which is exclusive to the Trojan family, and an additional online community of 450 people in its Facebook group.An In Great Company team member hosted a discussion with Talia Goldstein (right), the founder of the matchmaking service Three Day Rule in hopes of inspiring future women entrepreneurs. Photo courtesy of In Great Company.The group’s mission was inspired by Tran’s realization of the disparity between male and female entrepreneurs, especially in the tech industry. IGC aims to provide members with opportunities to review pitches, strategies for venture capital funding and entrepreneurship-related resources via a weekly newsletter. In addition, the community will host a consistent speaker series to feature female entrepreneurs.“I’ve noticed most of the guest speakers we had on campus were white males, which isn’t a problem,” Tran said. “But it is a problem when the only perspective or role models you’re constantly seeing are the same group of people. I think it’s really important for everyone — not just young women, but also people of color and different sexual orientations — to have someone to look up to that reminds themselves that the model of success doesn’t have to look like this every time.”Annie Oh, a freshman majoring in arts, technology and the business of innovation, leads In Great Company as its founding member and chapter president. Oh found the gender disparities in the technology industry alarming and jumped at the opportunity to make a difference.“The tech industry is just not a level place in terms of gender equality,” Oh said. “And that is one of the problems that In Great Company tries to solve on a micro-scale. Ultimately, when you have diversity with founders and diversity in startups, you have diversity in solutions and the solutions you create are more inclusive.” IGC aims to stand apart from other clubs on campus by catering to a specific group of students. According to Oh, the club’s motto is  “Helping Women Start the Next Billion-Dollar Startup.”“There is an archetype venture capitalists used to look for: the college dropout guy in the hoodie who later founds Facebook,” Tran said. “But when they’re doing that, they’re really underestimating a large group of young founders.”In Great Company is chiefly concerned with entrepreneurship and venture capital funding for startups, which is considered a different culture than the “classic entrepreneurship” that comes to mind; it is in many ways considered a niche scene. Oh highlighted the club’s ongoing female speaker series and its importance for aspiring female innovators that have begun since last semester. Some previous speakers include Talia Goldstein of matchmaking and dating website Three Day Rule and CEO and Co-Founder Beatrice Fischel-Bock of the augmented reality interior design app Hutch.“When you hear women come in and give tangible experiences … it’s so real,” Oh said. “When you hear them say it in front of you, it becomes so tangible.”Additionally, the depth of what In Great Company provides for members and participants varies. “[IGC offers] very specific instructions and resources for women who are very serious about starting up,” Oh said. “This is for women who have an idea and want to get into the scene, but don’t know how. That’s where IGC comes in.”While the club focuses on women in the entrepreneurial realm, it tries to remain as inclusive and accessible as possible for students of all genders, Oh says. In exchange, In Great Company asks that the members are allies of female empowerment and female entrepreneurship.“Female empowerment is not just women working, it’s men adapting,” Oh said. “You can’t achieve change unless men also realize [they] have subconscious biases.” In addition to the speaker series, In Great Company offers office hours or working times with founding members and a “Pitch and Catch” event where members can practice their pitches and receive criticism and advice. The next upcoming event for In Great Company will be a collaborative panel with another club on campus called Girls in Tech. Taking place next month, it will feature female entrepreneurs on their experiences and accomplishments.last_img read more