Bonnie Tyler Performs “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” During The Solar Eclipse

first_imgWatch the original music video below:[H/T Rolling Stone] Most of America watched today’s solar eclipse, whether from a state in the path of totality or from the comfort of their own live stream. The song choices have been on point across the board, with nods to “Dark Side Of The Moon,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “Moonage Daydream,” and so many more. Of course, the karaoke favorite “Total Eclipse of the Heart” has been thrown into the mix, and was even performed live by the original artist Bonnie Tyler and DNCE on Royal Caribbean’s Total Eclipse Cruise.Hilariously, the 1983 classic was performed in two minutes and 40 seconds, the exact length of the 2017 solar eclipse. Now that the moon has officially passed across the sun, it’s a better time than ever to get down to the 2017 “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”last_img read more

Early Action returns

first_imgEarly Action has returned to Harvard College after a four-year absence.  A total of 4,245 students have applied, and this year’s applicant pool is considerably more diverse ethnically and socioeconomically than that of any previous Early Action cycle. Compared with the Class of 2011, when 4,010 applied early, African-Americans now comprise 9.1 percent of the pool, a 61 percent increase; Latinos comprise 9.1 percent, a 31 percent increase; Native Americans make up 1.1 percent, a 29 percent increase; and financial aid applicants are nearly 72 percent of the pool, a 9.4 percent increase.“We are delighted to have such a diverse applicant pool,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid.  “One of our major concerns about Early Action in the past was a lack of diversity.  The additional travel we conducted in nearly 20 cities with Princeton and the University of Virginia may have played a part in changing that.  We look forward to sustaining that outreach in the future even though all three of us have returned to early admission.  All three institutions have also emphasized the public policy benefits of inclusionary admissions and financial aid policies in other recruitment, particularly important in these challenging economic times,” he said.Harvard’s Nov. 1 application deadline for Early Action was extended to Nov. 4 in response to the storm that affected the eastern part of the nation.  Applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee’s decisions on Dec. 15.  Early Action at Harvard is nonbinding for admitted students, who are free to apply to other institutions and need only reply to Harvard by May 1, the National Common Notification Date.Admitted financial aid applicants will be informed of their financial aid awards as soon as they complete their financial aid forms.  All applicants to Harvard, Early or Regular (Jan. 1 application deadline for March 29 notification) have access to Harvard’s new Net Price Calculator, a simple, one-page application available on Harvard’s website that provides an estimate of a family’s eligibility under Harvard’s generous need-based financial aid program.Families with annual incomes of $65,000 or less and normal assets are no longer required to contribute to their children’s educational expenses.  Those with incomes from $65,000 to $150,000 pay on a sliding scale up to 10 percent of annual income, and there is also need-based aid available to families with incomes greater than $150,000.  Home equity and retirement funds are not considered in the calculations, and students are no longer required to take out loans.  More than 60 percent of Harvard students receive need-based financial aid and receive grants averaging more than $40,000.last_img read more

What is the promise of big data?

first_img 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Kassing Jay Kassing is President of MARQUIS, a Texas based provider of marketing analytics solutions including MCIF/CRM software, MCIF services, profitability, compliance, consulting and direct mail creative/fulfillment. Jay has … Web: www.gomarquis.com Details Big Data and Data Analytics promise one primary thing for Marketing and Sales: Completely Automated, Predictable, Marketing and Sales Action.Let’s not get confused. Big Data is not about a lot of different things to different people. Not in banking. Sure, many of the different groups in banking can benefit from information that is generated from Big Data and Data Analytics. In fact, being able to visualize data in simple, straightforward ways via business intelligence (BI) tools is cool and needed. But few executives at financial institutions will sustain a continued interest in seeing the same old charts and graphs, even when updated for them.The primary Benefit of Big Data and Data Analytics is realized in Marketing and Sales.Neither the sales team, nor the marketing staff, has time to collect, analyze, interpret, or determine best strategies for information derived from Big Data and Data Analytics. No time equals zero results. And, candidly, few financial institutions are fortunate enough to have a skilled analyst on the team who can find the actionable gold in all of the data, let alone one who also knows how best to act upon and harvest that gold. And all of this automation must enable your institution to reach an audience of one. Yes, just one.The best way to imagine this benefit is to think of Amazon. If you’ve ever searched for something, anything on Amazon, you cannot help but notice that they will recommend something else to you, based on your predictable behavior.What if this same process was automated for your marketing and sales efforts, with and for your clients? What if the data collection was done for you, every day, automatically? What if the analysis was also done for you so that predictable opportunities for loan and deposit growth, retention, cross-sales, onboarding, etc., were all automatically tabulated and scored? Then, what if each essential and predictable sales and marketing opportunity was acted upon automatically, every day, for you? Big Data and Data Analytics should deliver on this primary benefit for you seamlessly, from data collection through direct mail/email fulfillment. Automatically. Every Day.“Completely Automated, Predictable, Marketing and Sales Action” is the primary benefit of Big Data and Data Analytics. This unique ability is how your financial institution will monetize the investment for Big Data and Data Analytics. This is where the results will be both obvious and provable. Automated, predictable marketing action turns into clearly identifiable revenue and profit – and better client engagement.In a world where more is expected of everyone in sales and marketing, the prize in Big Data is the power of automation and the power to leverage data and predictable behavior. Shouldn’t your sales and marketing departments be doing this too?We can all agree that the information derived from Big Data and Data Analytics is really cool. That said, Marketing and Sales are the clear beneficiaries, especially when they enjoy the primary benefit of Completely Automated, Predictable, Marketing and Sales Action.This is the promise of Big Data and Data Analytics.last_img read more