first_imgA coalition of business leaders is doing everything it can to create jobs in Vermont. A new website, www.vermontcpr.org(link is external), has arrived on the scene to support revision of Vermont’s permitting process in order to pump life into the Vermont economy. The website urges legislative initiatives to make meaningful changes to the Act 250 process this legislative session.Sponsored by the Coalition for Permit Reform (CPR), the goal of the new site is to mobilize individuals to encourage the legislature to enact reform that creates a more consistent, more predictable and more timely permit process, while preserving Vermont’s existing environmental protections.In his inaugural address Governor Douglas stated, “We have two great economic advantages– our natural environment and Vermonters themselves… However, the choice we face today is not between jobs and the environment. It is a choice between both or neither.” The www.vermontcpr.org(link is external) site delves deeper into choices that are ripe now: problems with the current permit process, innovative and sensible solutions, tips for contacting legislators, the text of several reform bills; and a legislative update page and an alert page to follow proposed bills as they move through the House and Senate.Chuck Nichols, Vermont Chamber Senior Vice President and a founding member of the Coalition, noted, “The Coalition developed the site to cut through the rhetoric: as a simple resource for Vermonters, providing accurate information regarding various permit proposals currently in the legislature.”The Vermont Coalition for Permit Reform is a broad-based coalition of statewide and local organizations that are dedicated to enacting common sense reform to Vermont’s environmental permitting process.Nichols observes that the legislature does not operate in a vacuum. “By developing www.vermontcpr.org(link is external), we encourage Vermonters to educate themselves; get involved in the issues. This is a call to action to preserve the environment we all value while ensuring that Vermont remains a viable choice for the quality of life we seek this year, next year, and for our children.”last_img read more


first_imgBarry Shank, professor of American studies, cultural theory and popular music at the Department of Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University, discussed culture in music at a seminar Monday hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.Listening · Professor Barry Shank of the Ohio State University speaks at a seminar Monday about his research into cultural meaning and interpretation of popular music. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanHis presentation “From Sentimental to Interrogative Listening: Clining in the Aural Imaginary” focused on what is called the “aural imaginary” by ethnic studies expert Roshanak Kheshti: “where experiences of musical pleasure are inescapably structured by relations of dominance.”Shank received a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and currently studies the “political agency of music, commercial popular culture and cultural history,” according to his biography on the Ohio State website.Shank is currently working on a project called “Silence, Noise, Beauty: The Political Agency of Music,” which was presented at the lecture.Shank explained the idea that it is impossible for human beings to listen to sounds from various cultures and experience meaning in the same way.“If we only listen to music we already know, that music does nothing but reaffirm our already existing sense of the world and our already existing sense of what we believe,” Shank said.One band of a specific culture that Shank referred to is Tinariwen, whose members originate from the Sahara Desert area of northern Mali. The members of the band met in refugee camps in Libya and many participated as rebel fighters in Mali. Their music sends a strong message about the suffrage of the Tuareg people and other suppressed groups using an instrument familiar to Western listeners: a guitar.Shank said that the melodies of Tinariwen “stage an exchange of articulate voices,” and that the presence of the band’s music all over the world shows the use of a familiar medium to convey a message foreign to many.“What’s sought isn’t your affection, but your respect,” Shank said of the music of other communities around the world. He noted that listeners are often unable to empathize with the messages of people of vastly different cultures, but can still feel the music and note the sense of beauty in the work.Many students who attended the seminar were not familiar with the subject at hand, but were enticed by the implications of Shank’s work.Robert Sarkesium, a first-year Ph.D. student in Annenberg, said he enjoyed Shank’s presentation even though he did not have much experience with the topic.“I am very happy that this work is being done [with] the focus on different cultures and music and different kinds of media,” Sarkesium said.last_img read more