ND grad competes for acting award

first_imgTyler Langdon, a 2008 Notre Dame graduate, hopes that winning a 2010 Yahoo Hollywood Movie Award will jumpstart his acting career. Langdon is currently one of 10 nominees for Yahoo’s Hollywood Discover Award, in which aspiring actors submit monologues for voters to view and vote on the Hollywood Movie Award website. “The award is for up-and-coming talent in Hollywood,” Langdon said. A resident of Dillon Hall while at Notre Dame, Langdon studied business and thought his performing career was over. “I did a lot of acting before I came to Notre Dame.” Langdon said, “I absolutely loved speech, but as fun as it was, I had to be practical, so I went to business school.” However, Langdon couldn’t shake the acting bug. After graduation, he moved to California to attend a management program through Hillstone Restaurant Group. “All the servers and cooks in the restaurant were actors and they were always talking about auditions and roles they had,” Langdon said. “Everything I had done before rushed back.” Langdon decided to pursue his dream and quit his restaurant job after two months to begin auditioning for acting roles. “It takes a very long time to make it in this industry,” he said. “Most actors you recognize have been doing this for seven or eight years.” Even though his career has not followed a traditional path, Langdon said his parents support his decision to try and make it in the acting business. “My parents always support whatever I do that makes me happy as long as it brings respect to myself and my family,” Langdon said. “They just don’t want me to compromise myself for Hollywood.” His film credits include roles in “Pushing Daisies” and “The Pacific,” according to his website. He also hosted two different shows about Thai food. Langdon eventually hopes to act on a sitcom and work in both comedic and dramatic films. “I love the comedy on ‘The Office’ and ‘30 Rock,’ with more subtle humor and good writing and natural actors,” he said. Langdon recently landed a role for an upcoming movie about a man suffering from social anxiety disorder and his relationship with a female friend who studies his disorder for her graduate work. “He’s just a really dynamic character,” Langdon said. The transition from acting on stage and for speech competitions was different and a challenge for Langdon. “The speech and debate gave me confidence, but it’s just so big,” Langdon said, “Acting teachers kept telling me to relax my face and think and play my emotions.” Langdon hopes that someday he could work with Leonardo DiCaprio, his favorite actor. “He’s a fantastic actor and has had some amazing roles,” Langdon said. While still in the restaurant business, DiCaprio came into the restaurant Langdon managed and the servers sent him out on the floor acting like a bus boy so he could see him. “I was nervous just cleaning the table next to him,” Langdon said. Online voting for the Yahoo Hollywood Movie Awards started on Oct. 5 and closes Thursday.last_img read more

Student government to provide online access to New York Times, discontinue paper copies

first_imgNotre Dame student government has arranged for a student body-wide digital subscription to The New York Times effective Aug. 26, the organization announced in a Saturday press release.Previously, student government provided 120 paper copies of the Times in each dining hall, as well as 120 digital passes students would claim with a different login each day.Now, students just have to sign into the subscription once with their NetID and will subsequently have access to the Times until they graduate, the release said.The press release cited three main reasons for the change — an ability to give all students access to the Times should they want it, decreasing paper usage and saving money. The decision to transition to an online subscription will save $7,000, according to the release, which can be reinvested in student programming.The release said a survey of 140 students revealed 60% expressed support for an online subscription and 40% desired a scenario in which some paper copies of the newspaper remained. A plan that would provide for some paper copies in addition to the online access was initially favored but rejected after complications arose, the release said.“Decreasing the amount of paper copies would decrease online seats by the same number, and a decrease would potentially cause regional distribution partners to stop delivering papers to [Notre Dame],” the release said. “Therefore, it was determined that an online program was the best way forward.”Tags: Journalism, New York Times, Student government, student journalismlast_img read more

Credit union regulator will pay for losing audit data

first_imgThree months after examiners from the National Credit Union Administration lost a thumb drive containing names and account numbers of a credit union’s members during an audit, the federal regulator said it will reimburse the credit union for its costs in the breach, Bank Info Security reported.The NCUA said its board approved payment of up to $50,000 to Palm Springs Federal Credit Union, which was being audited on Oct. 20, 2014, when the drive went missing. The credit union notified its members on Oct. 30 that the drive, containing member names, addresses, Social Security numbers and account numbers, had been lost.But weeks after the breach, the NCUA still hadn’t publicly acknowledged that its personnel had lost the drive. However, the agency’s chairwoman, Debbie Matz, said NCUA was considering whether it should require credit unions to encrypt consumer data before it’s shared with examiners — a proposal that wasn’t received well by credit unions.In its statement about the breach-related payment, NCUA finally took responsibility for the breach. “As a result of a failure to follow longstanding agency policies on securing sensitive data, a thumb drive given to an examiner was lost during an examination of Palm Springs Federal Credit Union,” the NCUA said, adding that it was taking “appropriate action with staff involved” and would improve training and adopt additional safeguards to avoid any repeat. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

RSG hosts annual spring leadership conference

first_imgOn Sunday, Residential Student Government hosted its second annual Spring Showcase student leadership conference in King Hall. The conference was attended by each of the 16 different building governments, one from each of the university’s residential communities.Each of the building governments officials who were elected by students in their respective residential communities, delivered presentations on programming and advocacy efforts executed last semester, and also laid out plans for this semester.RSG purchased mugs that read “I make a difference. I am BG.” for the conference’s 100 attendees.“They all do amazing work, and this is a chance for them to get recognized for all that they do,” said Michael Tong, RSG’s National Residence Hall honorary president.“It’s a really great way for our building governments to get recognition for the work they are doing for their communities and for their residents, and also for them to gather new ideas to try for this semester,” Tong said. “The building government members came into the conference nervous for the semester but left confident and ready to really make an impact in their residence halls … it really meant a lot to me.”“The conference is a great way for the building governments to share what they did last year and get re-motivated to inspire their communities this semester,” said RSG President Sera Choi, who created the Spring Showcase conference last year.“I really liked the opportunity to see what the other building governments have been up to.  I loved some of their ideas to boost participation and attendance at programs,” said Peter Bergmann, a freshman who serves as president of Birnkrant building government. “While the Spring Showcase was a chance to reflect on our past semester and see what we could do to improve. The atmosphere is always filled with energy, so even though we started early on a Sunday morning, we were able to get some good work done.”New to this year’s conference was a roll call ceremony, during which all delegations performed songs and dances to introduce their governments.“The ice breakers at the conference really helped [us] bond. RSG’s recognition of our accomplishments motivated us to reach our goals this semester,” said Katie Han, a freshman who serves as president of Marks Tower’s building government.“The Spring Showcase really engaged building government members to think about how they can best lead and serve their respective buildings … For my team personally, it also sparked new ideas and ways in which we can continue to connect with our residents,” said Tayanna Todd, a freshman who serves as president of Webb Tower’s building government. “As a building government president, it was great to see my entire team engaged in the event and taking pride in the fact that we are part of the larger group dynamic that is really making a difference on this campus”This month, Residential Student Government will also be hosting its annual Spring Into Service community outreach fair, where students can learn about the many community service organizations on campus. The event will be held at McCarthy Quad on Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.last_img read more