University of Southern California
The University of Southern California is a private research university in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1880, it is the oldest private research university in California. For the 2018–19 academic year, there were 20,000 students enrolled in four-year undergraduate programs. USC has 27,500 graduate and professional students in a number of different programs, including business, engineering, social work, occupational therapy and medicine, it is the largest private employer in the city of Los Angeles, generates $8 billion in economic impact on Los Angeles and California. USC is the birthplace of the Domain Name System. Other technologies invented at USC include DNA computing, dynamic programming, image compression, VoIP, antivirus software. USC's alumni include a total of 11 Rhodes Scholars and 12 Marshall Scholars; as of October 2018, nine Nobel laureates, six MacArthur Fellows, one Turing Award winner have been affiliated with the university. USC sponsors a variety of intercollegiate sports and competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association as a member of the Pac-12 Conference.
Members of USC's sports teams, the Trojans, have won 104 NCAA team championships, ranking them third in the United States, 399 NCAA individual championships, ranking them second in the United States. Trojan athletes have won 288 medals at the Olympic Games, more than any other university in the United States. In 1969, it joined the Association of American Universities. USC has had a total of 521 football players drafted to the National Football League, the second-highest number of drafted players in the country; the University of Southern California was founded following the efforts of Judge Robert M. Widney, who helped secure donations from several key figures in early Los Angeles history: a Protestant nurseryman, Ozro Childs, an Irish Catholic former-Governor, John Gately Downey, a German Jewish banker, Isaias W. Hellman; the three donated 308 lots of land to establish the campus and provided the necessary seed money for the construction of the first buildings. Operated in affiliation with the Methodist Church, the school mandated from the start that "no student would be denied admission because of race."
The university is no longer affiliated with any church, having severed formal ties in 1952. When USC opened in 1880, tuition was $15.00 per term and students were not allowed to leave town without the knowledge and consent of the university president. The school had an enrollment of 53 students and a faculty of 10; the city lacked paved streets, electric lights, a reliable fire alarm system. Its first graduating class in 1884 was a class of three—two males and female valedictorian Minnie C. Miltimore; the colors of USC are cardinal and gold, which were approved by USC's third president, the Reverend George W. White, in 1896. In 1958, the shade of gold, more of an orange color, was changed to a more yellow shade; the letterman's awards were the first to make the change. USC students and athletes are known as Trojans, epitomized by the Trojan Shrine, nicknamed "Tommy Trojan", near the center of campus; until 1912, USC students were known as Fighting Methodists or Wesleyans, though neither name was approved by the university.
During a fateful track and field meet with Stanford University, the USC team was beaten early and conclusively. After only the first few events, it seemed implausible USC would win. After this contest, Los Angeles Times sportswriter Owen Bird reported the USC athletes "fought on like the Trojans of antiquity", the president of the university at the time, George F. Bovard, approved the name officially. During World War II, USC was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission. USC is responsible for $8 billion in economic output in Los Angeles County. On May 1, 2014, USC was named as one of many higher education institutions under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights for potential Title IX violations by Barack Obama's White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. USC is under a concurrent Title IX investigation for potential anti-male bias in disciplinary proceedings, as well as denial of counseling resources to male students, as of 8 March 2016.
In 2017, the university came into the national spotlight when the Los Angeles Times published information about Carmen A. Puliafito, the dean of USC's medical school. After accusations of drug use, he resigned from his position as dean in 2016 and was fired from the school the following year after the news stories were published, his medical license was subsequently suspended pending a decision. The following year, the Los Angeles Times broke another story about USC focusing on George Tyndall, a gynecologist accused of abusing 52 patients at USC; the reports span from 1990 to 2016 and include using racist and sexual language, conducting exams without gloves and taking pictures of his patients' genitals. Inside Higher Ed noted that there have been "other incidents in which the university is perceived to have failed to act on misconduct by powerful officials" when it reported that the university's president, C. L. Max Nikias, is resigning. Tyndall was fired in 2017 after reaching a settlement with the university.
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Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell is an American actor and singer. A powerful baritone, he has been one of the central leading men of the Broadway theatre since the 1990s, he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2000 for his performance in Kate. Mitchell was born in Seattle, the youngest of four children of George Mitchell, an electronics engineer, his wife Lillian, a school administrator. Mitchell grew up at various U. S. military bases overseas, where his father was a civilian engineer for the U. S. Navy; as a young boy, he lived in San Diego, where he began acting in school musicals. He did not attend college, having begun performing professionally in high school, although he did have private teachers in both acting and voice in his teen years, he has said that he studied film scoring and conducting through UCLA. Prior to Ragtime, he was known professionally as Brian Mitchell. Mitchell first performed on Broadway in the musical Mail in 1988, with music by Michael Rupert and lyrics by Jerry Cocker, winning the Theatre World award.
His Broadway credits include an all-black revival of George and Ira Gershwin's Oh, Kay!, Jelly's Last Jam based on the works of jazz artist Jelly Roll Morton, Kander and Ebb's Kiss of the Spider Woman. He performed the role of Coalhouse Walker Jr, in the musical Ragtime, which opened on Broadway in January 1998, he received a 1998 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. He appeared in the 1999 revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate as Fred Graham / Petruchio, winning the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, he appeared on Broadway in King Hedley II in 2001 and Man of La Mancha in 2002. He appeared in the New York City Center Encores! Staged concert productions of Jule Styne's Do Re Mi, Bob Merrill's Carnival!, Kismet and The Band Wagon in 2014. He played the title role in the 2002 Kennedy Center production of Sweeney Todd, part of the Stephen Sondheim celebration. On June 9, 2005, Mitchell appeared in a concert version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific at Carnegie Hall.
He starred alongside Reba McEntire as Nellie Forbush and Alec Baldwin as Luther Billis. The production was taped and telecast by PBS in 2006. Of his performance, Ben Brantley wrote in The New York Times, "As for Mr. Mitchell, his place in the pantheon of romantic musical leads is now guaranteed."Playbill Records released his debut solo CD, Brian Stokes Mitchell on June 6, 2006. Mitchell has performed in a Christmas concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir released as a CD and DVD entitled Ring Christmas Bells, his second solo CD, "Simply Broadway," was released October 2012, by CD Baby. Mitchell returned to Broadway to star with Patti LuPone in the musical version of the Pedro Almodóvar film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which opened at the Belasco Theatre in November 2010. A new musical titled Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, based on the making of Shuffle Along opened on Broadway on March 14, 2016 in previews on April 21 at the Music Box Theatre.
Mitchell plays "F. E. Miller", with Audra McDonald as "Lottie Gee", Billy Porter, Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon. Mitchell plays Nicholas Prophet in Wolverine: a scripted podcast serial. Mitchell has a number of television and film credits, including the role of John Dolan in Roots: The Next Generations, a seven-year stint as Dr. Justin'Jackpot' Jackson on Trapper John, M. D. from 1979 to 1986. Mitchell made several appearances as a celebrity panelist on episodes of $25,000 Pyramid and $100,000 Pyramid in the 1980s, was considered one of the game's better celebrity players, he played recurring roles as Hilary Banks' news anchor fiancé Trevor Newsworthy/Collins on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and on Frasier as Dr. Frasier Crane's upstairs neighbor and nemesis Cam Winston, he supplied the singing voice of Jethro in the animated feature The Prince of Egypt. He guest starred in March 2010 in Ugly Betty as Don, he has done voice-overs for animation including Animaniacs, Capitol Critters, Tiny Toon Adventures, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, The Further Adventures of SuperTed, Kid'n Play, New Kids on the Block, Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf, Gravedale High, Potsworth & Co.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers, The Tom and Jerry Kids Show, Yo Yogi!, Fantastic Max, Pound Puppies, The Addams Family, California Raisins, The Angry Beavers, James Bond Jr. Batman: The Animated Series, Paddington Bear and the Brain, Defenders of Dynatron City, The Hot Rod Dogs and Cool Car Cats, Master Detective, the Last Dinosaur, Mighty Max, Don Coyote & Sancho Panda and the two Flintstones animated movies Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby and I Yabba-Dabba Do!. He appeared on the 57th episode of Glee, titled "Heart" in 2012, the 58th, titled "On My Way," as one of Rachel's dads along with Jeff Goldblum, he has been cast in a recurring role on the USA Network series Mr. Robot as Scott Knowles, CTO of E Corp; the series began in June 2015. Mitchell is the Chairman of the Board of the Actors Fund of America, having been elected in 2004, he received the 2016 Tony Award Isabelle Stevenson Award "for his commitment to supporting members of the entertainment community in crisis or transition through his work with The Actors Fund."
He has a son, Ellington. Sources: Playbill BroadwayWorld 2016 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award 2011 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical -, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 2003 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical -, Man of La Manch
Anthony C. Lund
Anthony Canute Lund was the director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah from 1916 until 1935. Lund was a professor of music at Brigham Young University. Lund was born of Danish immigrant Anthon H. Lund in Utah Territory, he began taking organ lessons at the age of eight. At 18, he was made choir director in Ephraim. In 1891, Lund graduated from Brigham Young Academy as valedictorian of his class, he studied at the Royal Conservatory in Leipzig. He did studies in London and Paris. In 1895, at the age of 25, Lund served as the youngest member of the Utah Constitutional Convention, which allowed the Utah territory to become a state in America. In 1897, Lund became head of what was the Brigham Young Academy Music Department. Under his direction it was changed from being a department to being a school of music in 1901, he continued as head of the music department. Lund served as the president of the BYU Alumni Association from 1904 to 1905, he was on the faculty of the Utah Conservatory and the McCune School of Music.
Lund served on the LDS Church's first General Music Committee, established in 1920. Lund's left BYU to direct the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 1916, BYU had difficult replacing him. Lund replaced Evan Stephens as choir director, he implemented a European choral sound, directed the choir in its first electrical recordings on the Victor Label. Lund held the position of choir director until his death in 1935, he was succeeded as director of the choir by J. Spencer Cornwall. Lund composed music; some of Lund's most popular compositions include "Day Follows Night", "Build Thee More Stately Mansions, O My Soul", "Bring, O Heavy Heart, Your Grief to Me". He worked in collaboration with Herbert S. Auerbach on these songs. Lund married Cornelia Sorenson on December 21, 1902; the two met at Brigham Young Academy. They had six children together. Lund died at home on June 1935 of a heart attack and kidney trouble. A public funeral service was held in Lund's honor on June 16, 1935. Over 6,000 people were in attendance of the services held at the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
An additional memorial service was held in Lund's hometown of Ephraim the same day. Utah Artists Project - Julia Farnsworth Lund Wassner at www.lib.utah.edu Campus Photos: Browse at contentdm.lib.byu.edu This link includes two photos that contain Anthony C. Lund Anthony C. Lund notes and talks, MSS 276 box 4 folder 4, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University Lund, Anthony C. UA 909 Series 1 box 110 folder 29, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University
The choirs at Brigham Young University consist of four auditioned choirs: the BYU Singers, the Concert Choir, the Men's Chorus, the Women's Chorus. Each choir is accomplished and performs from an extensive repertoire. Together, the choirs have released a total of 23 albums; the choirs perform throughout the academic year. Admission into each choir is by audition, carried out in the weeks leading up to the fall semester; each ensemble requires a two-semester commitment. BYU Singers is a small, flexible group of 40 musicians. Founded in 1984 by Ronald Staheli, the choir's repertoire encompasses a range of musical eras and styles, including Renaissance through contemporary choral music, they have performed in Western and Eastern Europe, including the former Soviet Union, Jordan, Australia, New Zealand, Benin and South Africa. The group performs in concerts throughout the United States and has appeared on national television in four programs created for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. BYU Singers is the only choir to sing at all three of America's top choral conventions in the same year.
They were invited to open the ACDA Convention in Los Angeles in 2005, were one of four collegiate choirs invited to perform in San Antonio, Texas for the first conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization in 2006. Jo-Michael Scheibe, former president of ACDA Western Division, has said of the choir, "If I had to settle on just one adjective for ensemble, it would be `stunning'! I am not alone in this opinion... group's ability to change the choral sound within the variety of musical styles was astounding. The combination of superb musicianship and flexibility produced some of the finest musical sound ACDA has heard."In April 2009, the BYU Singers attended the Cork International Choral Festival where they were awarded the PEACE Award. The PEACE Award "is awarded to a choir who touched the hearts’ of all who heard them and exemplified the intentions of the trophy’s benefactors, the P. E. A. C. E. Movement, Cork... Festival audiences are many and varied, they are represented not just by those who attend the Gala Concerts and Competitive Sessions, but by those who listen to choirs in their church visits, informal performances throughout the week of the festival."
BYU Singers has been featured on eight solo recordings, including two collections of works by Eric Whitacre, on several other recordings with the combined choirs at BYU. Singers.com has praised the group saying, "the Brigham Young University Singers present a captivating performance of vocal music...and enthralls audiences of every kind." Andrew Crane became the director of the choir following the retirement of Staheli in 2015. The BYU Concert Choir is a mixed chorus of 90 men and women; this select group performs a wide variety of choral repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to modern, all from memory. The choir was first organized in 1984 by Mack Wilberg, who has written a number of songs and arrangements for the ensemble; when Wilberg left BYU in 1999 to become an assistant conductor for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Rosalind Hall stepped in to conduct the Concert Choir. The choir has performed at the American Choral Directors Association convention and with the Utah Symphony; the Concert Choir performs in the de Jong Concert Hall on the BYU Campus, with an occasional trip to other local venues.
The choir has released two albums on Tantara Records: "All Creatures of Our God and King" and "Beautiful River". The latter recording, featuring "Five Hebrew Love Songs" by Eric Whitacre, has been praised by singers.com saying that it "proves to us that the is ready to take its place as one of the best mixed choirs in the world." In 2006, the Concert Choir performed the premiere of two works by Mack Wilberg: "Till All Eternity Shall Ring," and "Dances to Life." The BYU Men's Chorus, the largest collegiate male choir in the United States started in 1901 at BYU as "Male Glee". Anthony C. Lund directed the choir until the 1920s. In 1955, the Male Chorus became an official class at BYU, conducted by Ralph Woodward, until his retirement in 1984. Mack Wilberg became conductor of the ensemble in 1984, the name was changed to Men's Chorus. Men's Chorus increased its reputation and gained fame through performances on the BYU campus and on short tours, as well as through nationally broadcast videos on PBS of "A Celebration of Christmas", "A Thanksgiving of American Folk Hymns" and "Songs of Praise and Remembrance".
In 1999, Wilberg was replaced as choral director by a native of Wales. The choir has performed at the ACDA conventions, performs to sold-out audiences. Over 400 men audition for the choir yearly, with between 170 and 185 of them chosen to join the choir; the repertoire includes Latin and classical pieces, folk songs from various countries, LDS music, well-known American pieces. The choir released two albums of anthems, folk songs, hymns under the direction of Wilberg. Under the direction of Hall, the choir has released three additional albums. "Praise Him", released by Tantara Records in 2005, was a third volume of anthems, folk songs, hymns as a follow-up to the successful previous two albums. In 2008, "Live and Kicking," an album of live performance recordings of more upbeat repertoire, self-produced
David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances; when he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on "Star Search 2". In 2008 he finished second on the seventh season of "American Idol". In August 2008, Archuleta released "Crush," the first single from his self-titled debut album; the album, released three months debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. In October 2010, he released a third album, The Other Side of Down, featuring lead single "Something'Bout Love". On March 28, 2012, Archuleta left on a two-year hiatus to be a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile, but stated that he will continue his music career after that; as of February 2012, Archuleta had sold 3,327,000 tracks in the United States. In March 2012, Archuleta released his fourth album, "Forevermore" in the Philippines.
This was his first Original Pilipino Music album, composed of several covers of Filipino songs. The album was certified gold in the Philippines as of June 2012. Archuleta's fifth album, was released on August 7, 2012, in the United States. A compilation album titled No Matter How Far was released on March 26, 2013, his sixth studio album, Postcards in the Sky, was released on October 20, 2017 and his second holiday album, Winter in the Air, was released in 2018. Archuleta was born on December 28, 1990, in Miami, to Guadalupe Mayorga, a salsa singer and dancer, Jeff Archuleta, a jazz musician, his mother is from Honduras and his father is of Spanish descent. He speaks fluent Spanish. Archuleta has four siblings. Archuleta's family moved to the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, when he was six years old, he attended Murray High School, graduated in 2009. When Archuleta, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was 21, he volunteered for two years as a full-time missionary in Santiago, Chile.
Archuleta is Acting School in Salt Lake City. Archuleta resides in Hendersonville, Tennessee, he started singing at the age of six, inspired by a Les Misérables video. "That musical is what started all of this," he said. He started performing publicly at the age of 10 when he participated in the Utah Talent Competition, singing "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton. In 2003, Archuleta sang on several episodes of the television show Star Search, he wound up as the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2, losing the Junior Grand Champion title to Tiffany Evans. On one episode, he competed against then-11-year-old Alexandréa Lushington, who became a "top 20" semi-finalist on "American Idol" alongside Archuleta. Around the second year of being on "Star Search" he started focusing on the lyrics, "I didn't pay attention to the lyrics when I was 12, 13."Archuleta's competing on "Star Search" was preceded by an appearance on "The Jenny Jones Show," meeting the finalists from "American Idol"'s first season, for whom he performed a spontaneous a cappella rendition of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from "Dreamgirls."
He received praise from Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson, the episode led to appearances on CBS's "The Early Show." The year after "Star Search," he found out he had partial vocal paralysis but declined risky surgery and has said he feels he is fully recovered. He limited his singing to specific occasions, like Stadium of Fire, the Independence Day celebration at Brigham Young University Stadium. Archuleta made initial attempts at songwriting and arranging music after his "Star Search" experience and has written at least three songs, his first singles in 2002 written by his father and Sunny Hilden "Dream Sky High" and a song he had written by Yani Gileadi "Don't Tell Me." Archuleta received his ticket to the Hollywood auditions at the San Diego tryouts – held at Qualcomm Stadium at the end of July 2007 – with a performance of John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change" with judge Randy Jackson spontaneously joining in to sing the background "waiting" in the song. He was sixteen during the Hollywood auditions and attended school while a part of American Idol's seventh season.
A parent/guardian was required to be there. Archuleta took advantage of the decision to allow contestants to play musical instruments when he accompanied himself on piano for his performances of "Crazy," "Another Day in Paradise," and "Angels." During the 1970s themed week Archuleta sang the John Lennon song "Imagine," omitting the earlier verses in favor of the last one. "Los Angeles Times" columnist Ann Powers speculated that he wanted to avoid singing "no religion too" because of his faith. "As a Mormon, he's unlikely to espouse the song's agnostic ideal," she wrote. However, he did sing the entire song on "Good Things Utah" when he was 13. Asked by judge Randy Jackson why he didn't sing the first verse, Archuleta said the third verse was his favorite because it has "a great message."After his performance of "We Can Work It Out," which judge Simon Cowell called "a mess," "Entertainment Tonight" reported that Archuleta was feeling pressure from his father, who "reportedly yelled at" his son after a recording session the previous night.
Jeff Archuleta, in an interview with Us Weekly", denied the claim. A May 2008 Associated Press article reported that Jeff Archuleta had his son add a lyric from the Sean Kingston song "Beautiful Girls" into an interpretation of "Stand by Me", increasing the costs for licensing, that this had resulted in Jeff Archuleta being banned from A
Ebenezer Beesley was a Latter-day Saint hymn writer and composer. The music for twelve of the hymns in the 1985 English-language hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was written by him. Beesley was born in Bicester, England, his parents joined the LDS Church when he was quite young and he was baptized a member of the church on 22 September 1849. In 1859, Beesley emigrated to Utah Territory in the George Rowley Handcart Company with his family, including first wife Sarah Hancock Beesley, they first lived in Tooele, but they moved to Salt Lake City. In the 19th Ward in Salt Lake City, Beesley served as both choir director and music director for Sunday School, he studied under George Careless. In 1863, Beesley joined the Salt Lake Theatre Orchestra. In 1869 he had 6 children with her, he became the father of 16 children in total between the years 1860 and 1883. Beesley was a contributor to the Juvenile Instructor magazine, he was one of the men appointed by John Taylor to oversee the publication of the 1860 Latter-day Saints' Psalmody, the first LDS Church hymnbook to include music.
In 1880, Beesley became the director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In September of that year, Beesley led the choir's first excursion outside of Salt Lake City on a trip to American Fork, Utah where they performed with the local choir for a large group of citizens. Beesley served as the choir director until 1889. After serving with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Beesley taught music in Tooele, for a time in Lehi, Utah, he moved back to Salt Lake City where he died. In the 1985 LDS Church hymnal the music for the following hymns was composed by Beesley: 5 "High on the Mountain Top" 16 "What Glorious Scenes Mine Eyes Behold" 32 "The Happy Day at Last Has Come" 76 "God of Our Fathers, We Come unto Thee" 77 "Great Is the Lord" 156 "Sing We Now at Parting" 177 "Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love" Tune name=Hancock 185 "Reverently and Meekly Now" 232 "Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words" 280 "Welcome, Sabbath Morning" 282 "We Meet Again in Sabbath School" Works by or about Ebenezer Beesley at Internet Archive