Linkedin Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ printThe TCU showgirls squad features 28 members who perform on the sidelines at sporting events, but senior captain Destiny Boos said it is more than just members on a team dancing together.It is young women who are making the best of their experiences by remembering why they love and value the opportunity to be a showgirl, she said.Boos, one of three captains on the squad and the team’s only senior member, said she has learned a lot from her experiences as a showgirl.Life of a showgirlBoos started dancing when she was just two years old. It is that love of performing and dancing that has gotten her to where she is today, she said.Boos said performing on game day is one of her favorite parts of being a showgirl. The fan atmosphere and being actively involved in game day is incredible, she said.For the showgirls, game day starts four hours before kick-off. They get to the field, stretch and make sure everything is ready before running through pregame with the band. Then, they change and go through their halftime performance. After they watch the band practice, they practice their third quarter routine with music, Boos said.Being on the field is a good time to make sure all the little things are in place, like practicing with the yard lines, figuring out spacing on the field and running through routines with the loudspeaker system to make sure it all works, she said. It’s the mechanical aspects to make sure everything is ready that are the most important on gameday, Boos said.During the game, the team performs both a halftime and third quarter routine, but also stands on the steps by the student section to cheer on the Horned Frogs.“Then, the game is over and we do it all again next week.” Boos said.Game days are a lot of performing and intense work, but it’s worth it, she said.“It’s the feeling of doing the alma mater and seeing all the fans looking down on everyone on the field,” Boos said. “You feel very honored to be at TCU and to be a showgirl.”Life outside of showgirlsOther than being on showgirls, Boos also has a required internship for her social work major. She works 16 hours through the internship, takes 12 hours of classes, and leads practices as one of the captains for showgirls.She said being on showgirls has taught her how to be aware of time commitments, how to organize and how to be a communicator. She takes her days one at a time, then her weeks one at a time.More than just time commitments, being a leader on a team has taught her the importance of making sure each team member feels valued and that they are important, she said.“We love having them on the team,” Boos said.Being the only senior on the team and one of three captains, Boos takes on the role of guiding the team.Boos said even with a diverse mix of personalities and a big group of girls, they get along well. She said no one else at TCU has the experience of dancing together like they do, so it’s something they all hold close to them.She shares advice with them on how to make sure they aren’t getting too wrapped up in the perks and the beauty aspects of the program. It’s easy to compare yourself to others and beat yourself down, she said.“I try to encourage them to hold onto why they do it specifically and individually.” Boos said.She tells them that their experiences are not dependent on how the year is. She reminds them to make the best of their own experiences and cherish the friendships and memories that come, she said.Boos will ask them: “When you perform, what do you want TCU to see from you?”She said by putting it in that perspective, the showgirls discover so much about themselves.“I can look back and say, ‘Wow I’ve grown so much from this program,’” Boos said. “I took away so much from it: dancing for a school that I love so much.” ReddIt Twitter TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Linkedin Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ + posts Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Kacey is a junior journalism major from Friendswood, Texas. She is a managing editor for TCU360. TCU vs Georgia: “Playing to win” TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello ReddIt TCU falls to Georgia in AutoZone Liberty Bowl Kacey Bowen Twitter Facebook Previous articleVideo: cello ensemble closes out semester with winter concertNext articleTCU student is an internationally known ‘cheerlebrity’ Kacey Bowen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support for seniors on Senior Day Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Kramer claims 100th career win Facebook
Starbucks has launched its first evening offering in the UK at Stansted Airport, offering hot and cold food, wine and beer.The coffee shop has been running its Evening Programme in 30 locations in the US, and is now to roll it out across the UK.The programme runs from 4pm, and will offer a range of what the company call ‘shareable’ savoury items and desserts- along with wines and beers which have been selected to pair with the food offering.The first evenings have been launched at the coffee shop giant’s Stansted Airport store, which is run by SSP UK.Ian Cranna, vp marketing and category for Starbucks EMEA said: “We are delighted to launch the first Evenings Programme in the UK. Providing a welcoming coffeehouse environment has always been our focus and now we can offer something new for the evening too. I think our customers will love the new range of terrific food and carefully selected wines and beers which will provide even more choice and reasons to visit us later in the day.”Simon Smith, chief executive UK and Ireland for SSP UK, commented: “We are delighted to support our partner Starbucks with the new Evenings Programme at Stansted Airport.“Starbucks is a brand which is synonymous with great coffee and introducing this programme will tempt our coffee lovers to experience a new range of delicious foods and carefully selected alcoholic beverages in our newly renovated store.”Starbucks said it had plans to expand the programme to additional stores.
Lauren Weldon Editor’s note: This is the sixth day in a series on disability at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Today’s story focuses on the resources available for faculty and staff with disabilities at the University. While students with disabilities rely on the Sara Bea Center for Students with Disabilities for accommodations, University employees with disabilities look to the Office of Institutional Equity for resources.Monique Frazier, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) program manager, said she joined the office in 2014. “My main role is to work with faculty and staff and their department and physician in a collaborative, interactive process, in which we find workplace accommodations that will help them complete the essential functions of their job,” she said. Faculty and staff must self-identify as disabled to receive accommodations, Frazier said, so the burden is initially on the faculty member to begin the process of requesting accommodations. “They can initiate that when they first start, they can initiate it three years down the line. They can initiate it at any time,” she said. “After they have initiated that process, the burden is then going to be on the University, the supervisor, the chair of that department to provide the resources and initiate that interactive process.” The accommodations available to faculty and staff vary widely, “depending on their medical condition and the type of work they do,” Frazier said. “I work really closely with their physician to get documentation to confirm their disability and to seek recommendations seeing what would be best regarding the accommodations in place,” she said. “If we need to make changes regarding their schedule, sometimes they might work in the morning and we change their position to an evening position, just based on their medical condition.”Frazier said the office works with the office of Risk Management and Safety to do ergonomic assessments of workspaces.“If there’s any workplace equipment that they might need, if they need a certain type of software — say if it’s for visual disability — we provide larger screens, we provide different chairs if it’s for back issues,” she said. Available accommodations include changes of lighting, for faculty and staff who have migraine conditions or light sensitivity, Frazier said, and employees with diabetes could receive extra breaks to perform insulin checks or have snacks. While the office is not able to provide the exact number of employees who have self-disclosed a disability to the University, Frazier said including any temporary faculty and staff members, the number is fewer than five percent of all active employees. “It’s a very small number, just based on the fact that it’s self-disclosure, so obviously if it were required it would be a lot higher number,” she said. Tags: disability, Office of Institutional Equity
But BlackRock said this would bring notable opportunities for global investors.“Economies outside the US continue to struggle, and emerging markets are likely to remain under pressure, although some adjustment has already occurred in anticipation of rate normalisation,” it said.“Equities may also find it difficult to advance in the face of an appreciating dollar and stagnant corporate earnings, placing greater importance on investment selectivity.“We prefer stocks, particularly European and Japanese equities, over bonds, and market-neutral strategies such as long/short equity and credit.”Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management said its outlook for 2016 was unchanged.Its CIO Stefan Kreuzkamp said: “We remain constructive on developed market equities, with a slight preference for Europe and Japan over the US. Sector-wise, technology, consumer cyclicals and financials remain in focus. The latter sector has historically outperformed as central bank interest rates start rising.”He added: “We acknowledge the market risks associated with the Fed hike – for example, fund flows out of higher-risk asset classes such as US or emerging market high-yield bonds.“We would, however, view pronounced equity market weaknesses in the aftermath of the Fed hike as a tactical buying opportunity.”The rate rise signals the divergence in monetary programmes between the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank (ECB), according to James Rutherford, CIO at Hermes Sourcecap.“Furthermore,” he added, “there are signs disinflation across the euro-zone may soon pick up. As a result, we expect the ECB to further reduce its deposit rate this December in an attempt to kick-start bank lending.”He said this would be good for investors.“European equities could outperform US equities as excess liquidity struggles to find a home in the real economy and is parked in asset markets instead,” he said.“With global growth slowing, earnings expectations being reined back and an increasingly divergent stance in monetary policy between the US and Europe, we expect 2016 to be a year in which the euro-zone markets, awash with excess liquidity, reward those companies that produce an increasingly scarce commodity – consistent earnings growth.”Turning to fixed income markets, David Lloyd, head of institutional public debt portfolio management at M&G Investments, said: “It seems likely low rates will have caused some investors to take extra – and, perhaps, unfamiliar – risks in pursuit of yield.“Similarly, some players may have taken advantage of minimal rates to increase borrowing (leverage). It will take some time before we will be in a position to assess the effect of higher rates on such decisions.”Ian Kernohan, an economist at Royal London Asset Management, said: “While we agree the Fed will stick to a gradual path initially, the market can often underestimate the pace of tightening in a rate cycle.“If the labour market data remains robust through the rest of the winter, combined with a further rise in headline inflation, the market may have to revisit its benign view about the likely path of US interest rates.”In that case, he said: “Bond markets would be most vulnerable to such a reappraisal – in particular government bonds, which have enjoyed a multi-decade bull run of falling yields.”Meanwhile, Ken Taubes, head of US investments at Pioneer, said: “Our overall outlook for fixed income markets is fundamentally unchanged. We have seen corporate credit spreads widen despite the fact US economic activity is recovering, and we are seeing some recovery in Europe as well.“So wider credit spreads may represent a good opportunity.” While the US Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates by 0.25 percentage points – the first increase in nearly a decade – was widely expected, market players have warned that what matters most now is the path of future rate increases.“The increase in borrowing costs may feel like a seismic change, but that’s primarily because it’s been so long since rates have been increased,” said BlackRock strategists.“The Fed said it expects rates to stay subdued, and the hiking cycle to be gradual, which should allow markets to absorb the increases with relative ease.”Having raised rates to a range of 0.25% to 0.5%, the Federal Reserve signalled it was likely to make four further increases of 0.25% each during 2016.
METAMORA, Ind. — Two Greensburg residents have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Metamora.According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Cody M. Young, 26, and the passenger Laura Hitch, 42, were injured after the rear tire of the motorcycle blew, causing it to overturn.Emergency crews responded to the 911 call at US 52 and Shack Road on Friday after 7:00 PM.The two were airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment of their injuries.
By Tad Arensmeier [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsIndianapolis, In. — One of the most deadly snakes in the world will call the Indianapolis Zoo home next year. Officials say a Black Mamba and other exotic snakes will populate the Deserts Dome beginning Memorial Day 2019.The reptile can grow up to 14-feet long and is considered one the fastest, most deadly snakes on the planet. They are native to the savannas of Africa.
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