On Sunday night, October 14th, Umphrey’s McGee continued their ongoing fall tour with a stop at the storied Port Chester, NY rock palace, The Capitol Theatre.Following an opening set from Memphis, TN rising stars Southern Avenue, Umphrey’s took the stage swinging with “The Floor” and “Draconian”, which moved smoothly into “Mulche’s Odyssey”. “The Pequod” made a rare appearance next, followed by “You & You Alone”, written by Brendan Bayliss for his wife on their first 2018 release, it’s not us.Next, the band fired up one of the standout jams of the night, “Bridgeless”, which stretched toward the 16-minute mark before moving into a “Hajimemashite” sing-along. To close out the first set, the band welcomed Southern Avenue vocalist Tierinii Jackson and guitarist Ori Naftaly for a cover of The Beatles‘ “Come Together”, marking the song’s first appearance at an Umphrey’s show since 2007 (more than 1,200 shows prior) and just its second play ever.Umphrey’s McGee w/ Tierinii Jackson, Ori Naftaly – “Come Together” [The Beatles cover]Set two kicked off with “The Triple Wide” > “Seasons”, followed by yet another relisten-worth “jazz odyssey” in “Plunger” featuring a surprise appearance on keys by guitarist Jake Cinninger. “What We Could Get”, a track from the band’s second 2018 release, it’s you, made just its fourth-ever appearance next.The highly sought-after Flock of Seagulls cover, “I Ran”, came next and was dedicated to The Cap’s resident impresario Peter Shapiro, who they joked had to leave the show early so he could wake up to get his kids to school in the morning. The band’s fourth-ever cover of ZZ Top classic “La Grange” (and first since 2013) flowed in from there, followed by one last extended jam in the set-closing “Ocean Billy”. For their encore, the band began with “Kula” before making their way back into the “Bridgeless” they began during set one to round out the performance.Below, you can watch full pro-shot video of the performance via Umphrey’s McGee’s YouTube channel:Umphrey’s McGee – The Capitol Theatre – 10/14/18 – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: Umphrey’s McGee]Umphrey’s McGee’s Fall Tour continues Thursday night, October 18th at the Canopy Club in Urbana, IL. The band also just announced an early-2019 Winter Tour. For a full list of Umphrey’s McGee’s upcoming dates, head to the band website.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 10/14/18Set One: The Floor, Draconian > Mulche’s Odyssey, The Pequot, You and You Alone, Bridgeless > Hajimemashite, Come Together*Set Two: The Triple Wide > Seasons, Plunger, What We Could Get, I Ran, Resolution > La Grange > Ocean BillyEncore: Kula > Bridgeless*w/ Tierinii Jackson and Ori Naftaly of Southern AvenueYou can stream a full soundboard recording of the performance now via nugs.net.
Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, one-half of the electronic dance music duo, has released a new single “Riga (Take 5)”. The 14-minute track is a rare solo release for the French DJ, as 43-year old Bangalter soars through sonic textures on the new electronic masterpiece.According to RollingStone, “Riga (Take 5)” , which surfaced online on October 25th courtesy of Bangalter’s former manager Busy P’s current label Ed Banger Records, is an alternate version of a song from his soundtrack for the 2017 Latvian film Riga (Take 1).IMDb ‘s plot synopsis for the film, Riga (Take 1), explains: “Four women: Elita, an impassioned actress, Elina, her daughter, Iveta, a tourist guide and Paulina, a teenage ballet dancer. All are in love and going through strong emotions. A free-style composition about passion and arts, a visually stunning cinematic jazz partition.”Take a listen to Thomas Bangalter’s new track “Riga (Take 5)” below:Thomas Bangalter – “Riga (Take 5)”[Video: DaftLegends]You can also take a peak at the trailer for the upcoming film Riga (Take 1) below:Riga (Take 1) Trailer[Video: Davis Kanepe][H/T Consequence of Sound]
Harvard University researchers have resolved a conflict in estimates of how much the Earth will warm in response to a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.That conflict — between temperature ranges based on global climate models and paleoclimate records and ranges generated from historical observations — prevented the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from providing a best estimate in its most recent report for how much doubled CO2 emissions will warm the Earth.“Historical observations give us a lot of insight … but there is no perfect analogue for the changes that are coming,” said Professor Peter Huybers. Eliza Grinnell/SEASThe researchers found that the low range of temperature increase — between 1 and 3 degrees Celsius — offered by historical observations did not take into account long-term warming patterns. When these patterns are introduced, the researchers found that not only do temperatures fall within the canonical range of 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius but that even higher ranges, perhaps up to 6 degrees, may also be possible.The research is published in Science Advances.Slow climate mode reconciles historical and model-based estimates of climate sensitivitySEAS researchers Peter Huybers and Cristian Proistosescu resolved a major conflict in estimates of how much the Earth will warm in response to a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.It is well documented that different parts of the planet warm at different speeds. The land over the northern hemisphere, for example, warms significantly faster than water in the Southern Ocean.“The historical pattern of warming is that most of the warming has occurred over land, in particular over the northern hemisphere,” said Cristian Proistosescu, Ph.D ’17, the first author of the paper. “This pattern of warming is known as the fast mode — you put CO2 in the atmosphere and very quickly after that, the land in the northern hemisphere is going to warm.”But there is also a slow mode of warming, which can take centuries to realize. That warming, which is most associated with the Southern Ocean and the Eastern Equatorial Pacific, comes with positive feedback loops that amplify the process. For example, as the oceans warm, cloud cover decreases, and a white reflecting surface is replaced with a dark absorbent surface.The researchers developed a mathematical model to parse the two modes within different climate models.“The models simulate a warming pattern like today’s, but indicate that strong feedbacks kick in when the Southern Ocean and Eastern Equatorial Pacific eventually warm, leading to higher overall temperatures than would simply be extrapolated from the warming seen to date,” said Peter Huybers, professor of Earth and planetary sciences in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science, and of environmental science and engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the co-author of the paper.Huybers and Proistosescu found that while the slow mode of warming contributes a great deal to the ultimate amount of global warming, it is barely present in present-day warming patterns. “Historical observations give us a lot of insight into how climate changes and are an important test of our climate models,” said Huybers, “but there is no perfect analogue for the changes that are coming.”This study was funded by the National Science Foundation.
During the fall semester of her freshman year, doctors diagnosed junior Courtney Rauch with breast cancer. Two years and numerous surgeries later, Rauch is now cancer-free and is actively involved in breast cancer research on campus. “[Breast cancer has] kind of given me the mentality that you don’t wait for things,” Rauch said. “I try to make the most out of everything that I do here. Coming in, I knew I only have four years here and I have to make the most of college, but the fact that I had to miss school and, occasionally, I thought I would have to stay home an entire semester … I dedicate myself to everything I do as much as I can.” Rauch said her family and friends supported her throughout the past two years as her cancer returned over and over again. She stayed in school, but traveled home multiple times for doctors’ visits and surgeries. “I have tremendous thanks for all of my friends, because freshman year — that’s a lot to handle,” Rauch said. “My friends did such a great job of keeping me positive.” As an applied mathematics major and a breast cancer patient, Rauch said she was immediately drawn to a research opportunity with Department of Applied Mathematics chair Steven Buechler. “He’s doing research where he’s not really finding a cure for cancer, but he’s finding out ways to group breast cancer patients so you know which treatment … they would respond to,” Rauch said. “The way it is now, a lot of people get chemo when they don’t actually need chemo. The chemo isn’t necessarily the best treatment to help them.” Her experience with cancer helped Rauch dedicate herself to Buechler’s project. “His research won’t necessarily affect me, but it is going to help other people who were in my position,” Rauch said. “Knowing how that felt — literally I was sitting there, and they were saying I could choose what I wanted my treatment to be. I was like, ‘I’m 19 years old, and I don’t know anything about this.’ Having that experience helps me understand what other women are going to feel.” In his research, Buechler is developing an affordable test to determine the chance of relapse for breast cancer patients through genetic data. The test will allow oncologists and patients to make more educated decisions about cancer treatment. “[The test offers] added information for the patient and the oncologist about what is really going on in that specific disease so you can plan a treatment that makes sense,” Buechler said. “[Courtney is] helping to understand when oncologists decide to give a certain type of drug or not … Identifying the right drug for them, that might be a lifesaver.” Buechler became interested in applying math to disease five years ago. Breast cancer was a natural choice for his project focus because so much information was available on the disease, he said, and he began to compile genetic data from the National Institute of Health for his project. “My test identifies four genes that, if they are turned on at a high level, the patient has a poor prognosis,” Buechler said. Once marketed commercially and applied to real patients, the test would allow labs to compare a genetic sample to past samples and predict how the cancer will act in the future. In order to understand the more technical biology behind breast cancer, Buechler consulted oncologist Dr. Rudolph Navari, the director of the Harper Cancer Research Institute. The Institute is a partnership between the Indiana University School of Medicine and Notre Dame. “Right now we have about six people on campus, both at Notre Dame and the School of Medicine, who are doing basic science work in cancer and breast cancer,” Navari said. “They are working anywhere from developing drugs, to learning how breast cancer grows, to learning how breast cancer spreads.” Genetic tests like Buechler’s could be a key to future clinical treatments for cancer, Navari said. “One of the things that is also important is that if we use a genetic approach to these various cancers and find out which genes are important, then we may be able to alter these genes to prevent breast cancer,” he said. “Breast cancer is still the main disease that is predominantly, if not 100 percent, gene-based.” Buechler said one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime, and more research means more steps toward a cure. “I think it is extremely promising,” Buechler said. “There are a lot of advances that have been made and are being made. Every dime that has been spent has been well spent … It’s also a story of what advocacy can do. [October] is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we’ve heard a lot about it. All of that effort and attention and money and advocacy pays off.” For Rauch, advocating for breast cancer awareness and research will continue to be important. “I think one of the biggest things that I have learned is how much [cancer] affects everyone around me … knowing that it’s not just one person or their close friends,” she said. “It’s everyone that interacts with them on a daily basis … [Cancer research like Buechler’s] is a job I would love to do, to use my degree and help other people.”
The Kellogg Institute for International Studies hosted a panel discussion Thursday afternoon that explored how the Institute could take advantage of the opportunities offered by Notre Dame’s newest college, the Keough School of Global Affairs.Kellogg Institute director Paolo Carozza moderated the panel titled “How Can the Kellogg Institute Flourish as Part of the New School of Global Affairs” in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium. His initial remarks expressed the University’s clear commitment to use the founding of the new college as a way to build the University’s institutes, such as the Kellogg Institute, to a new height.Members of the audience included Notre Dame students, members of the administration and members of the Board of Trustees, as well as scholars from and representatives for various NGOs and governmental agencies.The panel included four academic and policy leaders closely associated with the Kellogg Institute: Wendy Hunter and Joseph Loughrey, both members of the Kellogg Institute Advisory Board, and Joseph Kaboski and Scott Mainwaring, both Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellows.The panelists took turns highlighting how the distinct characteristics of the Institute, such as its research agenda, faculty abilities and outreach and partnerships around the globe, could benefit from the School of Global Affairs.Loughrey said the Institute must continue to follow its initial strategy. The introduction of the School of Global Affairs, however, represents a positive opportunity to achieve that strategy faster than it would without the new college, he said.“We should not lose sight as we move to new entity and have it end up clouding what we said was important to the success of the institution,” Loughrey said.Loughrey said he believes the new school could create a new sense of aura for the University that portrays a university committed to better understanding the world around it and seeking ways to make a difference.Hunter focused her remarks on how the new school should embrace a new approach when hiring faculty, headed by the efforts of the Kellogg Institute.“The School of Global Affairs presents a great opportunity for the Kellogg Institute to make some hires in areas that probably wouldn’t be hired through traditional disciplines,” she said.Hunter said she suggests hiring faculty that compliment, and not replicate, faculty already employed in the traditional disciplines. New faculty should be hired based on who can add a unique value, Hunter said.“New faculty members must have a skill set that many faculty in existing disciplines do not,” Hunter said.Hunter said she believes creating a unique faculty is integral to establishing a distinctive niche for the new school, and the school must rival existing global affair colleges.“I think you have to think long and hard [about] what the distinctive feature of this school is going to be, especially because you have to come to Indiana to come here,” Hunter said.Kaboski said there is a great need in the world for an institution like the Keough School that concentrated on human development and issues of global conflict and peace because the world is becoming increasingly more global.Kaboski said he recognizes the challenge of building a new college.“It seems a daunting venture to come to the middle of Indiana and build what we hope to be a leader of global affairs,” he said.However, Kaboski said he sees the Kellogg Institute as a great foundation for the new college, especially during its initial stages. The Institute must play a leadership role during its opening stages, Kaboski said. He also said he perceives the new college as an opportunity for the Kellogg Institute to help grow a community of scholars that build of off each other.Mainwaring, who spoke last, said the biggest opportunity he sees in the conception of the new college is for Notre Dame to become a national and international leader in human development.The Kellogg Institute is full of students who want to make change, and it should use the new resources and faculty to become national leaders in international development, he said.Mainwaring said new college will be a great asset to improving the gathering and promulgation of important research regarding international development.“The capacity to rejuvenate efforts to get research out into other circles – policy, media – is something we have done pretty well historically, but we should aspire to do better,” Mainwaring said.Tags: Hesburgh Center for International Studies, Kellogg Institute, Keough School of Global Affairs
For the fourth consecutive year, The Shirt Committee selected Alta Gracia as the vendor of the 2015 The Shirt.Junior Abbey Dankoff, president of The Shirt Project, said Alta Gracia’s mission to provide its workers with a living wage played a large role in the committee’s decision.According to Alta Gracia’s website, the Dominican Republic-based college apparel company pays its workers more than three times the minimum wage. Additionally, Alta Gracia is committed to providing its employees with “the right to a safe and healthy workplace, the right to be treated with dignity and respect on the job and the right to form a union.”“I think a major part of why we chose Alta Gracia is that their mission aligns perfectly with our mission, both as an organization and a larger University,” Dankoff said. “Alta Gracia provides its employees with a living wage that allows them to afford life’s essentials. That recognition of the value and integrity of each person is something I think Notre Dame tries to instill in all of its students.”Junior Camden Hill, creative director of The Shirt Project, said he had a good experience working with Alta Gracia in past years. Although the committee considered three other vendors, it ultimately decided to continue its relationship with Alta Gracia for a variety of reasons.“Economically, it made a lot of sense because Alta Gracia does give us competitive prices for each shirt,” Hill said. “There’s a business aspect to our selection which allows us to keep the prices of The Shirt lower, which means more money goes back to the students.”Both Dankoff and Hill have visited Alta Gracia’s factory in the Dominican Republic in past years to see in person the effects of The Shirt Project.“Our contribution and support of their company really does ultimately affect the lives of those working in the Dominican Republic,” Hill said. “We can help employment down there by placing these large orders. The employees were so excited to go to work in this country and very grateful for the opportunity to partner with us.”According to a press release, The Shirt is “the single highest-selling collegiate apparel item in the nation.” The funds raised by The Shirt Project are used to help students in need of financial assistance and to support clubs and organizations on campus.The Shirt Committee is currently working on the design of this year’s Shirt, which is set to be unveiled April 17.“Alta Gracia really enjoys our business, and we really enjoy working with them,” Dankoff said. “We’re excited to continue working with this company that embodies a commitment to social justice, in accordance with Notre Dame’s mission.”Tags: Alta Gracia, alta gracia company, The Shirt, the shirt 2015, The Shirt Project
Paul Kempf, senior director of Utilities and Maintenance at Notre Dame, provided an update on the state of the campus energy strategy in a seminar Friday. The update covered the progress Notre Dame has made toward sustainability and renewable energy goals, such as being coal-free by 2020, as well as plans for future projects, such as a hydroelectric dam on the East Race in South Bend.Kempf said since power is so foundational to Notre Dame, reliability is always important when looking for ways to improve energy conservation, renewable energy and other factors, especially considering the constant growth of the University. “We’re very concerned about being reliable, everyone wants reliable. We don’t like when the power goes out at home or the heat doesn’t work. Obviously, there’s a lot of activities that go on here at campus, we have research, a lot of public events that require reliability so that’s important,” Kempf said. “We also want it to be cost effective. Nobody really wants to spend more on energy than they really have to so that’s important.”A large portion of Kempf’s talk was devoted to an update about the state of the University’s progress toward sustainability and energy goals. The department has multiple plans for the development of increased sustainability and energy conservation at the University. These include a plan which looks out to 2050 and was created not only to set aspirational and meaningful goals, but also to be affordable, resourceful and above all, flexible, allowing for new developments in science and technology, Kempf said. “We set goals of a 50% reduction by 2030, and that goal was based on a 2005 baseline for our carbon emissions,” Kempf said. “And by 2050, we’re looking for a reduction of 83%.”The significant progress that the University is making towards these goals, as well as others, such as the goal to stop burning coal as a fuel source by 2020, is thanks in part to the resources the University has dedicated to the department. “Over the last decade the University has afforded us about $19 million in resources, of which we’ve invested to date about $15 million,” Kempf said. However, Kempf also said these advancements in sustainability and conservation do not just reduce carbon emissions and help the environment, but are also financially sustainable. “You’re going to see a sort of payback year by year in what we’ve saved both in fuel and electricity use,” Kempf said. “So we’ve saved the University over $20 million.”The seminar also gave an update on the state of current and future renewable-energy projects at Notre Dame. Initiatives discussed include various geothermal, solar and even wind and hydroelectric power projects.Kempf said, often when trying a new renewable energy project, the department tends to start with something small. “There’s been, to date, three geothermal projects,” Kempf said. “[The first one] was sort of an early pilot project for us to get our feet wet. You’ll see sort of a trend of this, where we like to do small or mid-sized projects so we can understand the technology, understand the engineering behind it and then sort of ramp up.”However, this method can be more difficult to implement when applied to certain forms of renewable energy, like solar power, Kempf said.“The payback in solar is more when you get to scale,” he said. “Little, small projects, unless you’re getting huge tax-credit benefits or things like that, are difficult to pay back.”One of the major up-and-coming renewable energy initiatives discussed in the seminar was a plan for a hydroelectric dam on the St. Joseph River in South Bend. “We’re coming back with sort of the third coming of hydro-power in South Bend,” Kempf said. “What we intend to do is, underground, build a channel system that comes in. And then in the back, there are 10 turbines that will generate electricity and then discharge the water back out.”The plan has been in the works for a while, Kempf said, and while it looks like the project will soon break ground, getting to that point involved planning and communicating with a multitude of groups and organizations. “The turbines are in storage, they’ve already been built. Probably the most difficult of the projects I’ve worked on in my 30 years here. You have to deal with the federal government, the state government, Indian tribes and everything you can imagine,” Kempf said. “We’ll probably complete it in 2020, it’s been an exciting project to work on.”Sophomore Conor McDonough, who attended the seminar for an ethics class, said that he was impressed with the talk and Notre Dame’s progress and commitment to a sustainable future.“I was very surprised at how much goes into keeping our campus sustainable,” McDonough said. “I know it’s a pretty political issue, but at the end of the day it affects everyone. If you have the resources and you’re an institution that people look to for guidance on how to address important issues, then Notre Dame has a responsibility to do as much as it can.”Tags: Paul Kempf, sustainability, Utilities and Maintenance
Broadway’s biggest night is around the corner (and from our offices, we mean that literally.) The 2015 Tony Awards, held on June 7 at Radio City Music Hall, will feature several live performances from this year’s nominated musicals and more. And if our Culturalist challenge is any proof, we suspect that many readers will be happy with this set list.Tony nominees Brian d’Arcy James and Brad Oscar will lead Something Rotten!’s “A Musical.” The cast of An American in Paris, including Tony nominees Leanne Cope, Robert Fairchild, Brandon Uranowitz and Max von Essen, will perform a medley of the title song, “’S Wonderful” and “I Got Rhythm.” Pint-sized Fun Home nominee Sydney Lucas will showcase her big number “Ring of Keys” alongside co-stars (and nominees) Michael Cerveris and Beth Malone. Chita Rivera and the cast of The Visit will perform a medley of “Love and Love Alone” and “I Would Never Leave You.”As for the revivals, Tony nominee (and host!) Kristin Chenoweth and her On the Twentieth Century co-stars will offer a medley of “Life is Like a Train,” “On the 20th Century,” “I’ve Got It All” and “Babette.” Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe, Ruthie Ann Miles and the cast of The King and I will sing and dance their way through “Shall We Dance?” and “Getting to Know You.” Nominee Tony Yazbeck and his fellow sailors in On the Town will also perform a medley, featuring “ Lucky To Be Me,” “New York, New York” and “Times Square Ballet.”Additionally, Vanessa Hudgens, Corey Cott and nominee Victoria Clark lead a performance of “The Night They Invented Champagne” from Gigi, Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and a host of Finding Neverland pirates will perform “Stronger,” and It Shoulda Been You’s Tyne Daly, Lisa Howard and Adam Heller will perform “Jenny’s Blues.” In honor of Jersey Boys’ tenth anniversary, the current cast will perform “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).” As previously reported Josh Groban will perform a medley of show tunes from his album Stages.Expect appearances from several starry presenters, including Neil Patrick Harris, The Way We Get By’s Amanda Seyfried, Tony nominee Bradley Cooper, Debra Messing and more. Chenoweth will co-host with Alan Cumming. View Comments
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Nassau County Sheriff illegally supplied prosecutors with at least one recording of a phone conversation between a jail inmate and his attorney, violating the suspect’s constitutional rights, a lawsuit filed Monday alleged.The suit also states that an assistant Nassau district attorney prosecuting the case attempted to enter the recording into evidence, but the request was denied by the judge. The use of such tactics “stifles” the suspected criminal’s defense by making it difficult to freely discuss the case by phone, according to the plaintiffs. But, prosecutors said in a statement, there are exceptions to the law granting attorney-client privilege, and prosecutors are trained never to listen to privileged, confidential calls.“The Nassau Sheriff and Nassau DA have failed, and continue to fail, to provide [the inmate] with due process of law in connection with the recording of telephone calls, and thus are violating their constitutional rights,” wrote attorney Steven Raiser of Mineola-based Raiser & Kenniff in the suit on behalf of three clients.The suit, first reported by the New York Post and filed at New York State Supreme Court in Mineola, is calling on the court to prohibit the sheriff’s office from directly handing over recordings of phone calls made from Nassau County Correctional Facility in East Meadow to the district attorney’s office, and from releasing such recordings without a subpoena.Shams Tarek, a spokesman for Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, who is running for Congress, said that prosecutors follow the law when it comes to private communications between inmates and attorneys.“The law does not prohibit non-confidential jail recordings from being given to investigators and prosecutors, and we follow the law in this process,” he said in a statement. “The use of non-confidential jail calls is a longstanding and widely accepted investigative tool that has uncovered criminal schemes such as witness intimidation and false alibis.”In the lawsuit, Raiser said the issue first came to his attention during a trial last year when an assistant district attorney sought to enter into evidence a phone conversation between Raiser’s client and his office. The judge declined the prosecutor’s request after Raiser objected.“The privilege applies when the defendant is speaking to his attorney; not [to] the secretary in the office,” the prosecutor argued before the judge, according to a redacted transcript contained in the lawsuit. “When he is saying, ‘This is [redacted] on the phone,’ at that point we are allowed to listen to calls. When counsel answers the phone, and he’s answering, at that point we don’t listen.”The suspect in the case was eventually acquitted.Raiser’s suit is limited to attorney-client privileges and doesn’t seek to broadly challenge the sheriff department’s system of recording and monitoring inmate phone calls. The suit claims that Raiser’s phone number is on a registered list that the sheriff’s office uses to filter out calls between an inmate and attorney, but the call was still recorded anyway.Nassau County Sheriff Michael Sposato defended the department’s policy in a statement through a county spokesman. “All of the actions taken by the sheriff’s department with respect to the monitoring/recording of inmate telephone calls, or the production of those materials to other law enforcement agencies in furtherance of law enforcement activities, is completely lawful in all respects,” the statement read.Sposato added that signs warning inmates that calls are either monitored or recorded are posted near telephones and the system includes audible prompts that warn both parties when a call is being recorded.
Are you a coin tosser? Horoscope reader? Eenie-meenie-miney-moe’r? Whatever your preferred method of making a decision between equal contenders, there are certain matters that require more in-depth research during the decision making process. When it comes to a credit union core conversion, most will agree this is one of the most crucial decisions within a CU. And while it is doubtful any would leave this decision to chance, there are many around the country who stick with their existing credit union core processor because they do not recognize the signs that they should leave. So, should you stay or should you go? Here are some reasons to consider before embarking down the path of indecision:Reasons you should change your core:Costs – If the terms keep changing and fees keep increasing unjustifiably, you may want to consider a core system review. Avoid contract entrapment and check your agreements. In recent years, many core providers have not only employed but embraced a staggered contract strategy in a deliberate effort to entrap clients.Unsatisfactory technical support – If you’ve experienced a breach, constant outages or configuration mishaps after an update and rather than solving the issue you spend hours on hold, you should research alternatives.Distrust – Do you find yourself wondering if your account manager is feeding you mistruths to cover up mistakes, or perhaps you aren’t convinced they fully understand your issues? Find your peace of mind and begin the steps to conversion.Development Halt – If your core is stuck in the stone ages and does not have development plans to keep you on pace with the market and competition, consider a change.Non-Compliant – Your core is to blame for compliance on exams and audits? Seek a core conversion. This is too important to risk losing a charter and paying fees.Inefficient – If your core’s outdated system keeps your staff from being productive, you should change your core. continue reading » 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr