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Polygon (website)

Polygon is an American video game website that publishes news, culture and videos. At its October 2012 launch as Vox Media's third property, Polygon sought to distinguish itself from competitors by focusing on the stories of the people behind the games instead of the games themselves, it produced long-form magazine-style feature articles, invested in video content, chose to let their review scores be updated as the game changed. The site was built over the course of ten months, its 16-person founding staff included the editors-in-chief of the gaming sites Joystiq and The Escapist, its design was built to HTML5 responsive standards with a pink color scheme, its advertisements focused on direct sponsorship of specific kinds of content. Vox Media produced a documentary series on the founding of the site; the gaming blog Polygon was launched on October 2012, as Vox Media's third property. The site grew from technology blog The Verge, launched a year earlier as an outgrowth of sports blog network SB Nation before Vox Media was formed.

Vox Media's chief executive officer, Jim Bankoff, approached Joystiq editor-in-chief Christopher Grant in early 2011 about starting a video game website. Bankoff considered video games to be a logical vertical market for Vox, whose sites attracted an 18- to 49-year-old demographic, he saw games to be an expanding market in consideration of mobile and social network game categories. Forbes described Bankoff's offer as a "serious commitment to online journalism" in an age of content farms and disappearing print publications, but Grant did not trust the offer and declined. Upon seeing the effort that Vox Media put into The Verge, their Chorus content management system, the quality of their content and sponsorships, Grant changed his mind and returned to pitch Bankoff. Grant wanted the new site to compete with top gaming websites GameSpot and IGN, but still be able to run longform "magazine-style journalism" that could be of historic interest; as part of the site's attempt to "redefine games journalism", Vox Media made a 13-part documentary series of the site's creation that tracked the site's creation from start to launch.

Forbes described Polygon's original 16-person staff as "star-studded" for including the editors-in-chief from three competing video game blogs. Grant left Joystiq in January 2012 and brought the editors-in-chief of Kotaku and The Escapist, Brian Crecente and Russ Pitts. Other staff included Joystiq managing editor Justin McElroy as well as weekend editor Griffin McElroy, staff from UGO, IGN, MTV, VideoGamer.com, 1UP.com. Ben Kuchera joined the site after The Penny Arcade Report closed in November 2013; the Polygon team works remotely from places including Philadelphia, West Virginia, San Francisco, Sydney and Austin, while Vox Media is headquartered in New York City and Washington, D. C; the site was developed over the course of ten months, where the staff chose the site's name and set standards for their reporting and review score scale. Polygon staff published on The Verge as "Vox Games" beginning in February 2012 and ending with their October launch; the site's name was announced at a PAX East panel in April.

It refers to a polygon—"the basic visual building block of video games". After raising money in a second round of funding in late 2013, Vox Media announced that they would be investing further in the site's video product, such that the site's experience would feel "as much like TV programming as magazine publishing". Polygon announced that it would run fewer features in June 2014, with the departure of features editor Russ Pitts, their video director, video designer. Polygon hired Susana Polo, founder of The Mary Sue, in 2015, which marked a transition in the site's scope to add pop culture and entertainment alongside their video game coverage. GamesIndustry added that the hire marked a changing cultural sensibility in game and tech media towards the acceptance of progressive, feminist principles in the wake of Gamergate. Vox Media created several sites dedicated to specific video games with editorial staff from Polygon and SB Nation: The Rift Herald in March 2016, The Flying Courier and Heroes Never Die in June 2017.

Brian Crecente left Polygon for Rolling Stone's gaming website Glixel in July 2017, Chris Plante replaced him as Executive Editor. Polygon video producer Nick Robinson left Polygon in August 2017, following allegations of inappropriate online sexual advances. Video producers Brian David Gilbert and Jenna Stoeber were hired soon after. In 2018, Griffin and Justin McElroy announced their departure from Polygon. In July 2019, Editor-in-Chief Christoper Grant was elevated to the position of Senior Vice President of Polygon and The Verge by Vox Media. Grant was replaced as Editor-in-Chief by Christoper Plante. Polygon publishes video game news, entertainment and video, they sought to set their content apart from other games journalism outlets by focusing on the people making and playing the games rather than the games alone. At the site's outset, Polygon planned to run multiple longform feature articles weekly, which they intended to be comparable in intent to the cover stories of magazines, they decided to allow their game review scores to be updated as the games were updated, so as to more adequately reflect games that had changed with downloadable content and updates since their original release.

The site received criticism for its comparatively low review score given to The Last of Us, increased with the game's remastered edition. In consideration of games that may differ in quality before and after release, Polygon began to mark pre-release reviews as "provisional" to defer final scoring until after their public release. Star

Lubiąż Abbey

Lubiąż Abbey commonly known in English as Leubus Abbey, is a former Cistercian monastery in Lubiąż, in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship of southwestern Poland, located about 54 km northwest of Wrocław. The abbey, established in 1175, is one of the largest Christian architectural complexes in the world and is considered a masterpiece of Baroque Silesian architecture; the area of the roofs is about 25,000 square metres. The façade, with a length of 223 m, is the longest in Europe after that of El Escorial in Spain. In the crypts are 98 well-preserved mummies of Silesian dukes. Built over centuries, the abbey - the biggest Cistercian abbey in the world - is rated in the highest class of landmarks of the world's cultural heritage; the abbey is situated near a ford across the Oder river, where a Benedictine monastery and church of Saint James may have been established about 1150, but had been abandoned before 1163. At this time the area belonged to the Duchy of Silesia, bequeathed by Duke Bolesław III Wrymouth of Poland to his eldest son Władysław II in 1138.

In a fratricidal conflict of the Polish Piast dynasty, Władysław was expelled by his younger brother and fled to Altenburg in the Holy Roman Empire. With the aid by Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, his sons were restored to their Silesian heritage in 1163. Władysław's eldest son, Duke Bolesław I the Tall, had spent several years in German exile; when he assumed the rule of Lower Silesia, he invited Cistercian monks from Pforta Abbey on the Saale River and settled them in Lubiąż as the first of their order in Silesia. The first monastery complex was under construction up to 1175, when Duke Bolesław I issued the official foundation charter at Grodziec Castle. Through drainage works the monks reclaimed land in the swampy environs of the monastery, implemented three-field crop rotation and laid out vineyards, their efforts were successful and marked the beginning of the medieval German Ostsiedlung to Silesia. About 1200 the abbey church was rebuilt, at that time the first Brick Gothic building in the region.

When Duke Bolesław I died in 1201, he was buried here. The rise of Leubus continued under the rule of his son Duke Henry I the Bearded and his consort Hedwig of Andechs. In 1202 the couple established Trzebnica Abbey, which in 1220 became a daughter house of Leubus by order of Pope Honorius III, it was followed by the establishment in 1222 of Mogiła Abbey in Lesser Poland and Henryków Abbey in 1227. In 1249 the monks of Leubus took over the former Augustinian abbey of Kamieniec and in 1256 established a monastery at Byszewo in Kuyavia, relocated to Koronowo in 1288. From 1249 to 1844, the place held town privileges. In 1327 the Silesian duke Henry VI the Good declared himself a vassal of King John of Bohemia, when he died without male heirs in 1335, his lands including Leubus fell to the Kingdom of Bohemia; the monastery complex was devastated by the Hussite Wars, furthermore the monks were expelled by warlike Duke Jan II the Mad in 1492, who turned the abbey into a hunting lodge. The Cistercians were not able to return until Jan II retired to Frankfurt an der Oder in Brandenburg.

In the 16th century the abbey had to deal with the Protestant Reformation and the inheritance of the Lands of the Bohemian Crown by the Austrian House of Habsburg. During the Thirty Years' War, Leubus was occupied and plundered by Swedish troops in 1638; the painter Michael Willmann, after his conversion to the Catholic Church, was patronized by the abbey from about 1660. The Cistercians were expelled from Lubiąż in 1810 by King Frederick William III of Prussia. During World War II, the buildings of the former abbey were used for secret research laboratories and manufacturing facilities, among other things for the development of radar components, housed a company named "Schlesische Werkstätten Dr. Fürstenau & Co. G.m.b. H.", saw production of engines for V1 and V2 rockets. At the end of the war, the former abbey housed soldiers of the Red Army, a Russian military psychiatric hospital, with significant damage. Decades of neglect followed. Since 1989, the abbey has become a significant tourist destination.

Each year in early June, a Festival of alternative culture, called SLOT Art, takes place here. Bolesław I the Tall Michael Willmann Lubiąż Foundation Attribution This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed.. "Leubus". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton

Elaine Elliott

Elaine Elliott is a former head coach of the women's basketball team at the University of Utah. During a year-long leave of absence to consider retirement, former Assistant Coach Anthony Levrets took over as head coach, she is the winningest basketball coach in school history, having compiled a career record of 582–234. She has led the Utes to 15 appearances in NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2006; the Utes came within 3 points of knocking out the eventual National Champions, the Maryland Terrapins. She has recorded nineteen 20-win seasons as well, she formally retired as head coach on March 23, 2011. Starting with the 2011-12 season, Elaine Elliott was an assistant coach at Salt Lake City's Westminster College. Elliott was born in Washington, she earned a master's degree from the University of Utah. Career profile