Overturned semi on 421 near proving grounds

first_imgMadison, IN— U.S. 421 has been closed since around 6 am between County Road 400 North and State Road 250 in Jefferson County due to an overturned semi. INDOT reports there is significant roadway damage. Please avoid the area and seek an alternate route if possible as the road will be closed for some time for clean-up and road repair.  Officials report the driver, hauling steel on the trailer, sustained injuries in the accident, but no official cause of the accident has been declared.last_img read more

All-women hackathon promotes diversity

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Kelly LampotangKelly Lampotang hacks — and she wants to see more women take a crack at it, too.Lampotang, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering and computer science, founded AthenaHacks after participating in hackathons her freshman year and realizing she was frequently the only female team member.“Every single time, I was always the only girl on my hackathon teams,” she said. “The friends that you would usually go to hackathons with were always guys. There aren’t many women in hackathons.”Less than 20 percent of hackathon attendees are women, according to Lady Problems Hakathon, an organization that examines issues regarding women in technology. A hackathon features developers of varying skill levels banding together to cultivate technology solutions to issues in everyday life.After attending an all-female hackathon in the Bay Area, Lampotang was inspired to host one for Southern California and expand the idea of an all-female hackathon to the region.“I expected it to be really great, but it was not as great as it could have been,” Lampotang said. “I wanted to make something for SoCal that was as great as a real hackathon, but also all females.” Fellow Viterbi undergraduates Catherine Chung, Ilona Bodnar, Sampurna Basu and Yingyu Sun joined Lampotang as the five co-founders of AthenaHacks. They then recruited 10 other women to help plan the event and work toward their mission of supporting and nurturing women in tech.Yingyu Sun, a sophomore majoring in computer science, is one of the five founding females of AthenaHacks. She also recognized the need for such an event to take place.“This is something that’s pretty rare,” she said. “There aren’t a lot of all-female hackathons in the country even.” In addition to hosting the hackathon, AthenaHacks will host a slew of skill-building, social and professional workshops for all who identify as female. According to Lampotang, the workshops range from introduction to programming to advanced skills and technical specialty workshops; however, they are normally for beginners.“These are usually geared towards people who haven’t been to a hackathon before,” Lampotang said. “Find something that you want to work on, gain some basic knowledge, then go in with your actual team and build something from what you learn.”Sun also said she wanted AthenaHacks to focus on beginner’s workshops. “Hackathons can be pretty scary to start, especially if it’s your first time,” she said. “What we really want AthenaHacks to be is a way for beginners to learn more about what they can do and have that support system there for them to do what they want to.” Corporations such as Facebook will send representatives and host a workshop. Others, like Zynga, will sponsor prizes. Marsela Sulku, a sophomore majoring in computer science, stated that the accessibility of companies surprised her. “It’s cool to know how connected we are,” she said. “It opened my eyes.” According to Lampotang, a diverse array of companies were willing to help. “A lot of companies are excited about the idea [of having] an all-female hackathon for the diversity aspects,” she said. “And I think that they recognize that there’s a huge imbalance right now in how many women currently attend hackathons.” Sulku and Sun both acknowledge that they have seen this imbalance recently. They were the only two girls in a group of six for a group project. “I think people use girls in tech almost as a token of diversity,” Sun said. “But I think there’s more to that than just having them be there. People need to realize that we’re not just there to make things diverse.” Sun credits faculty and staff from USC for helping bring the vision to life and rallying for their cause. “People are really responsive, and if they can’t do anything, they’ll forward us to someone else,” she said. “It’s nice to know that people out there care.” The hackathon will also be providing free feminine products and donating money to local women-centric charities in the hackathon’s winners’ names. “I think AthenaHacks provides an area where everyone’s on the same boat,” Sulku said. “It’s the first step to feeling more comfortable in this industry, which is important.” AthenaHacks will be held from April 8 to 9. In addition to undergraduate and graduate students, high school girls are also eligible to participate. “The whole goal is to get more women to go to [AthenaHacks],” Lampotang said. “Maybe they’ll see that it’s a good environment, be less intimidated by the whole thing and go to more hackathons.”last_img read more


first_imgAn Grianan Theatre has confirmed there is an issue with the theatre’s roof which has resulted in leaks to the administrative office and first dressing room.The Letterkenny theatre was at the centre of a safety scare after a former committee members expressed concern at the leak.Paddy O’Connor said action needed to be taken immediately to prevent the leak from becoming a major issue. A spokesman for An Grianan said “These spaces are adjacent and are based on the upper right hand side of the building. Presently the leaks are confined to these spaces.“The rest of the theatre building in fully functional and open to the public and the theatre’s user groups. There is no health and safety issue for any members of the public, performers or theatre staff.”He added the leaks in the administrative office have inconvenienced theatre staff and as a result the administrative team has relocated to the meeting room space in the down stairs area of the theatre.The knock on effect of using the meeting room space for office accommodation means that the meetings and classes which were held in that space have to be relocated to other places. “We are using the stage for classes when it is free and other classes have been accommodated by our colleagues in the RCC.”An Grianan Theatre is owned by the Donegal County Council and the Council is fully aware of the situation regarding the roof.The Council’s Facilities Manager Mr Paddy Mullan has been active and helpful in investigating the problem with the roof.He has commissioned a report which identifies the cause of the problem and makes recommendations to address it. That report was recently sent to senior management with in the Council and we are currently awaiting their response. AN GRIANAN CONFIRM LEAK AT THEATRE BUT SAY REPORT SENT TO COUNCIL was last modified: February 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An Grianan TheatreDonegal County Councilleaklast_img read more