Epic hands out another $100,000 in educational grantsSecond round of Unreal Dev Grants funds 10 contributorsRachel WeberSenior EditorWednesday 17th February 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleEpic GamesEpic launched the $5 million Unreal Dev Grants initiative almost a year ago, and today it’s announcing its second round of academic and educational funding for contributors. “A few months ago we awarded more than $75,000 in educational grants to individuals creating outstanding learning resources for Unreal Engine 4,” commented Luis Cataldi, education evangelist at Epic Games. “We couldn’t be happier with the results, and so today we are issuing $100,000 to instructors, tutorial creators, book authors and formal educators whose noteworthy contributions are helping people achieve success with Unreal. Keep it coming, folks. We love and support these amazing efforts.”A list of the recipients of this latest round is below, Andrzej Koloska – $14,000 – Andrzej Koloska – ShooterTutorialBen Tristem – $13,000 – Ben Tristem – Game developer and educatorLeonard Gonzalez – $11,000 – Leonard Gonzalez Environment and visual effects artistLayoutVR – $14,000 – Online community Kenichiro Igari – $11,000 – “Unreal Challenge” program Greg Benicourt – $8,000 – Developer and trainer Nick Marks – $14,000 – Co-founder of UCodeThe following contributors are also being “re-awarded” funds:Tesla Dev – $5,000 – Unreal Engine 4 tutorial provider and trainer for hireRama – $5,000 – Unreal Engine 4 community memberJames Butcher – $5,000 – Senior Games Development lecturer at Staffordshire University Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic vs Apple – Week One Review: Epic still faces an “uphill battle”Legal experts share their thoughts on the proceedings so far, and what to expect from the coming weekBy James Batchelor 15 hours agoEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 18 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan on making PS5 more successful than PS4″I’ve done them all, and this has easily been the most extraordinary PlayStation launch of any of them.”Christopher DringHead of Games B2BThursday 29th October 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareOver the past few weeks, PlayStation head Jim Ryan has received more than his usual share of emails.From the moment PS5 sold out (within minutes), there’s been people clamouring to get hold of one for launch day, and who better to help them get one than the guy in charge? That bit is not surprising. Ryan has been around for the launch of every PlayStation there has ever been — he’s used to this.But what has taken PlayStation’s CEO by surprise are the types of people who are sending the emails. “Since the pre-orders went live, every day I open my inbox to some very emotional and heart-wrenching emails from lots of people,” Ryan says. “But so many of them are from people in the mid-50s, who say they’ve been a PlayStation gamer since 1995, and they’re asking us to help them get hold of a PS5. “With PS4, we were coming out of a very lacklustre PS3 platform… Now we are starting with 100 million gamers” “I am astonished at the number of people who are like that and writing to me. It’s really taken me back. It’s indicating that demographically the age profile is expanding rapidly with each generation. And at the same time, I get emails from really young gamers, frequently beautifully written… better written often than the 53 year-old gamers. They’re just as passionate, just as interested and just as excited by PlayStation as somebody who is old enough to be their father, maybe even their grandfather.”This isn’t Ryan gloating about the sheer popularity of the PlayStation brand; it’s actually part of a conversation about how PlayStation 5 might be able outsell PlayStation 4, which has now shipped almost 114 million consoles worldwide. Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki said during the company’s second quarter earnings call that the company is “committed” to surpassing what PS4 has achieved. That’s not going to be an easy feat. Ryan’s anecdote about his inbox highlights the opportunity he sees of different age groups playing on PlayStation. Yet I countered his story with one of my own. I’m in my mid-30s, and all of my friends who spent their youth playing Metal Gear Solid and Crash Bandicoot are now busy with careers and kids. Very few of them are even considering a PlayStation 5 as a result. PlayStation CEO Jim RyanThe phenomena of people ‘ageing out’ of games consoles is a very real one in my world right now, and that’s perhaps one reason why there hasn’t been a huge amount of audience growth for the console industry over the past 20 years.”First of all, I think — and this is hypothesis — but maybe some of the 50 year-olds [who emailed me] did tune out for a few years while they were having their kids and growing up, and then came back to us when they had more time and money,” Ryan suggests. “A lot of this comes down to the stickiness and tribal nature of the community that we create. That sense of community probably didn’t exist to the same extent. It certainly existed, but it was more two mates sitting on a couch playing FIFA together, which by its very definition required a physical proximity, and was therefore harder to organise.PS5 launches next month”We have the data to support this — the networked nature of entertainment these days allows for communities to be massively more sticky, and kind-of homogeneous. The concept of stickiness is that once you’re stuck it’s hard to unstick. That probably gives us an opportunity to retain those people, where in the past maybe they’ve gone.”We have been speaking about how PS5 might outsell PS4, but install base is actually quite an outdated way of judging the performance of a console. If we measure success by install base alone, then PlayStation peaked over a decade ago with its PS2. “It’s become a lot more nuanced,” Ryan agrees. “For example, one reference point, we sold a lot of PS2s, but many of them were at $99, on a format that was very, very heavily pirated. Right now the metric is engagement, and that obviously can be judged across two axis: the number of people who engage with you, and the amount of time that each of those people spend engaging with you. “We are increasingly bullish in terms of the number of people that we think may engage with PS5. Firstly, because we don’t begin from a standing start like we did with PS4, when we were coming out of a very lacklustre PS3 platform, with a low level of networking across the community. Now we are starting with 100 million gamers, who we hope to transition very, very rapidly onto PS5. And it’s an engaged, tribal, networked community, who will be deeply and profoundly engaged with their PlayStation 5, we hope, from a very early moment.”The work we’ve done with female protagonists, we see that resulting in increased presence of the female demographic within the PlayStation community” “The second is that the PS5 has been built as a networked device, with features and functionality coming out of the experience from the last six or seven years, designed to give networked gamers a better, richer, deeper, faster, more seamless network gaming experience. I’m sure you’ve seen the [PS5] UX unveil — which is very difficult to do remotely, but I think the guys did a pretty good job… All of those adjectives that I used just earlier, they were in mind when we designed that UX.”Install base isn’t the only measure of success for PlayStation 5, but it is clearly an important one. There is still that goal for PS5 to outsell PS4, and it’s going to be a challenge. PS4 may have arrived on the back of a disappointing PS3, but it also launched while its direct competitors at Microsoft and Nintendo were floundering. Ryan says the expanding demographics and “stickiness” of the PlayStation experience is one way in which it’ll bring in more customers. But there are other opportunities. “A lot of the work that we’ve done with female protagonists in gaming, we definitely see that resonating and resulting in increased presence of the female demographic within the PlayStation community,” he says. “And then there’s obviously geography. The PS4 generation saw us make huge strides in Germany and the Middle East, and I think there is further progress to be made in both of those areas. But equally, I think Asia — outside of Japan — has huge potential for us. And Latin America has huge potential for us.”The geographical reach of PlayStation is already very strong. The brand has a significant presence in markets where its competitors barely touch, including parts of Eastern Europe. And it’s an advantage the business plans to make the most of.”When I was in charge of Europe, we had a pretty clear template for the way that we would open up markets,” Ryan continues. “Some markets opened up faster than others. Germany took some time, but we got there. Middle East, some parts of that were very difficult, but we got there. Having very competent, on-the-ground teams with simple but focused distribution, and proper investment in the brand and proper marketing, can quite quickly yield significant dividends.Sony announced it would acquire Insomniac last year”Latin America in particular can be very difficult. Currencies, import tariffs… very complicated geopolitical situations in a lot of countries. I won’t pretend that it will be easy, but when you look at the statistics, the maths of it, there are definitely opportunities that we should seek to exploit.”With the launch of PS5 just a few weeks away, much of the conversation has focused on the future of that platform. It’s going to be a big launch. Ryan reiterates the fact that there will be more PS5s at launch than PS4s — “Considering everything we’ve had to contend with, that’s a considerable achievement,” he says, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic.But PS4 will remain an important platform for a while yet. There are over 100 million customers on that device, and recent hits like The Last of Us: Part 2 show how engaged that audience remains. In fact, with the coronavirus pandemic, the PS4 install base is as engaged as it’s ever been. It’s no wonder that Sony is planning to make several of its upcoming titles playable across both PS4 and PS5. “Obviously, our eyes and our horizons have lifted with regards to what’s possible with that PS4 community, based on what we’ve observed over the last six months,” Ryan says, referring to an increase in players as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns. “That can be quite powerful, because in 2021, 2022… that PS4 community that we’ve spoken about, they will be the vast majority of people on PlayStations during that time. It is crucial that we keep them engaged and happy. And the last six months have demonstrated that we could do that to an extent that we didn’t think possible when we were setting our minds pre-COVID.””I invite anybody to look at the launch window line-up of PS4, or PS3, and compare it to what we are going to bring on PS5. There’s no comparison” If launching a new console during a pandemic wasn’t tough enough, the other challenge for PlayStation is the competition. Nintendo is in a strong position right now, whereas Xbox has been rapidly buying new studios to ensure it can capture more customers for its Game Pass subscription service.Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda for $7.5 billion raised a few eyebrows, but it’s really just a headline moment for an industry that’s been consolidating for some time. More games companies have been going public and using those funds to go and acquire, while giants like Microsoft and Tencent have been actively seeking teams to buy. Sony, too, has been getting involved with its $229 million acquisition of Spider-Man developer Insomniac. Ryan says that more acquisitions are possible, but he was eager to remind us that Sony’s existing studios have grown considerably over the last generation. “It’s probably not widely appreciated or understood, to what extent that we have grown our own game development capability organically over the course of this generation,” he says. “Obviously, it’s been helped by the acquisition of Insomniac, and it’s wonderful to have them as part of the family. I would just invite anybody to look at the launch window line-up of the PS4 generation, or PS3 generation, and compare it to what we are going to bring in the equivalent phase of PS5. There’s just no comparison.”That is the fruit of not massive spending sprees, but of very, very steadily, carefully planned organic growth. Probably the best example I give… I could obviously talk about Naughty Dog, but they’ve always been making great games. But let’s talk about Ghost of Tsushima, which has been a critical delight and certainly a commercial delight to an extent that we didn’t think it would be. That speaks volumes to the work that Sucker Punch has done to build on their previous canon of work.Related JobsCRM Manager Games F2P Studio – Germany UK & Europe Big PlanetSenior UX Researcher F2P Studio – Germany UK & Europe Big PlanetAssistant Lead Gameplay Programmer – Major AAA Studio – Remote or UK Midlands Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games “We are lucky enough to have five or six studios who fall into that category… But it isn’t luck, because we’ve been working on this for years and years. Very quietly, in a very PlayStation way, we’ve been building something quite special with these studios. You can do it with frenzied acquisition, or measured acquisition, or you can do it organically.”With changes across the industry, reinvigorated competitors, a global pandemic, and a troubling economic situation, PS5 arrives at a strange moment for the world and the video games business. But with a promising line-up for the next 12 months, and an engaged group of PS4 players to pull in, Ryan remains positive over what Sony’s new machine will deliver. “It’s really exciting now,” he concludes. “We are right on the brink. Everybody is four or five years into this, and it’s really great to be so close to the big moment. You know, I’ve done them all, and this has easily been the most extraordinary of any of them.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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When you have an initial encounter with a fragrance, you start to form connections that intertwine the smell with emotions. While a pleasant fragrance can help you stand out immediately in the crowd, on the other hand, an unpleasant one can be an instant turn off.Years of research has proven that fragrances have a significant impact on your personality. You can get an understanding of a person by the fragrance he chooses.The Right Way To Select A FragranceI recently got in touch with various perfumers globally. The one conversation that stood true was with Mr Pulkit Malhotra and Mr Parth Malhotra, Cofounders, Mocemsa Perfumes. “You should first spray a small amount of the perfume on your wrist and wait around 30 seconds. It shall allow the alcohol to dissolve and then you can gently inhale it to know about the fragrance,” explained Pulkit, an experienced perfumer.A perfume has 3 distinct notes. The top, middle and base notes. While the base note of a perfume is the strongest and lasts the longest, the top note is what lasts the shortest and evaporates the fastest.And, hence, you should try to find a perfume with a base note that soothes your nerves. Moreover, you must trust your instincts and if you like the fragrance right away, you must pick the perfume.Brands like Chanel, Viktor & Rolf and Mocemsa among the others, for instance, offer a wide range of fragrances that have a higher concentration. Their perfumes will help you feel good and would stay longer as you step out in style.The concentration of a fragrance determines the strength of a fragrance. Perfumes with higher fragrance concentrations have more perfume oil and less alcohol. Fragrance concentrations are of many categories like parfum, Eau de parfum, eau de cologne, eau de toilette and Eau Fraiche. After learning from my interactions with these perfumers, I have listed down the categories of fragrances, which shall help you understand several dosages of fragrance:ParfumParfum has the highest fragrance concentration. Among all scents, perfumes are the most expensive ones and people with sensitive skin might do better with parfum. People with sensitive skin types can prefer parfums as they do not contain harm causing chemicals.Although many existing brands claim a concentration of 15% to 40% fragrance, they fail to deliver the same.Eau de ParfumEau de parfum (EDP) occupies the next spot when it comes to concentrations. Eau de parfum has a fragrance concentration of between 15% and 20% and it lasts up to four to five hours. It is also less expensive than a parfum but it is still suitable for sensitive skin types. Eau de parfum is one of the most commonly used fragrances as people prefer to wear it for the normal occasion.Eau de ToiletteDerived from a French word, Eau de Toilette means getting ready. The fragrance concentration Eau de Toilette (EDT) varies from 5% to 15%. Although it is cheaper than the two perfumes listed above, it is still one of the most popular fragrances among people. It lasts lesser than Eau de Parfum and usually lasts for less than four hours. Eau de Toilette is usually worn during the night.Eau de CologneEau de cologne generally has a 2% to 4% per cent concentration and has quite a high concentration. It is cheaper than other types of fragrance and is not suitable for sensitive skins. It will only last for two hours. Eau de Cologne needs to be applied in more amount and they generally come in bigger bottles.Eau FraicheEau Fraiche is almost similar to Eau de Cologne and it can last for up to two hours. However, it’s of even lower concentration, which is normally only 1% to 3%. It has a low fragrance concentration but it does not contain a high amount of alcohol.Along with the types of perfume listed above, there are many veils of mist, aftershaves, and other fragrances available which are highly popular among people. Many brands offer a wide range of perfumes which can help you smell great.Enhance your persona and let yourselves shine.
Coal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Facebook Con Edison says Sept. 11 response cost $400 million New York’s electricity supplier said fourth quarter earnings more than doubled to 59¢/share on net income of $125.1 million, up from 22¢/share, including nonrecurring items, on net income of $46.1 million in the year ago quarter. CEO Eugene McGrath attributed the earnings increase to cost cutting. Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today By the OGJ Online Staff HOUSTON, Jan. 17, 2002 — New York’s Consolidated Edison Inc. Thursday estimated its emergency response to the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center will cost $400 million. Electric sales for Con Edison of New York, after excluding the effects of weather, increased 2.4% for the year 2001 when compared to the prior year, and firm gas sales increased 2.8%. The company’s unregulated businesses contributed 5¢/share to earnings in 2001, compared with 4¢ in 2000. Most of the costs are expected to be capital in nature, the company said. Con Edison said its insurers will cover an estimated $65 million of the costs. The company also is seeking federal government reimbursement of the remaining costs. The company capitalized $54.9 million of such costs as utility plant and deferred $31.9 million of expense as a regulatory asset at the end of 2001. By chloecox – The New York utility holding company said the total includes temporary and, subsequently, permanent restoration of electric, gas, and steam transmission and distribution facilities damaged in the attack. The company lost a substation and other equipment when two planes hijacked by terrorists flew into the buildings causing them to collapse. Linkedin Twitter 1.17.2002 TAGSConEd Twitter Previous articleOntario Power to cut 2,000 jobs, take restructuring chargeNext articlePG&E Co. files $4.1 billion lawsuit against state of California chloecox Facebook Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Mississippi Power cutting stakes in coal-fired, gas-fired stations to reduce excess MW, emissions Con Edison said it expected 2002 earnings will be $3.15-$3.25/share, flat compared to 2001, reflecting lower electricity demand and prices. The consensus estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Financial/First Call was for earnings of $3.25-$3.40/share this year. No posts to display
Toni Gerona about Serbia: Nobody expected such a good start Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items:croatia, hrvatska, Manuel Strlek, Momir Ilic, rukomet, serbia, Slavko Goluza, srbija Recommended for you WORLD BEST LEFT WING 2020? Click to comment Hrvoje Horvat to lead Croatia! ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe Croatian and Serbian handball players played their last preparation game before the World Championship 2015 in Qatar which commences on the 15th of January. Croatia already won in Umag once, and the following day they defeated Serbia yet once again, but with much more difficulty. In front of full hall in Rijeka and where attack proved stronger weapon for both teams than their defence, the Slavko Goluza boys were able to celebrate 34:30 (16:14) victory over Serbia. Manuel Strlek scored 6 goals for Croatia, while Momir Ilic was the most top scorer of the match with 8 goals. ShareTweetShareShareEmail
Jeremy Corbyn regrets referring to Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends,” the Labour leader said Monday.“It was inclusive language I used, which with hindsight I would rather not have used,” he told the U.K. parliament’s Home Affairs Committee.In 2009 Corbyn said: “It will be my pleasure and honor to host an event in parliament where our friends from Hezbollah will be speaking … I’ve also invited our friends from Hamas to come and speak as well.” On Monday he said, “I regret using those words, of course.”Corbyn appeared before the committee to discuss the report led by Shami Chakrabarti into anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.Questioned by MPs about whether Chakrabarti was sufficiently independent, Corbyn said “she became a member of the Labour Party after ceasing to be a director of Liberty,” a U.K. human rights organization.“Is she politically independent, no,” Corbyn said. “Is she independent in the sense of how one approaches issues of, objectively, racism and other things, yes I believe she is.”The Labour leader also defended himself against the charge that he had equated the behavior of Israel to ISIL at the report’s launch last week. He said he was misquoted as saying Jewish people were “no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic state [sic] or organizations.”“I used the words Islamic states not state,” Corbyn said, indicating he was not referring to the Islamist terror group, ISIL, also known as Islamic State. Also On POLITICO Jeremy Corbyn vows to stay on to ‘unite’ Labour By Vince Chadwick Jeremy Corbyn is offering Labour MPs a peace deal By Jeanette Minns
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2017) — NASCAR TrackPassu2122, the sport’s first digital subscription product developed specifically for the international market, will now offer live racing action to more NASCARu00ae fans than ever before. Fans around the world can watch all 38 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Seriesu2122 and 33 NASCAR XFINITY Seriesu2122 events either through NASCAR’s local television partner or by subscribing to NASCAR TrackPass. The product will be available in 120 countries and territories at launch, with plans to continue expanding the NASCAR TrackPass footprint throughout 2017.NASCAR TrackPass will offer full race replays and features like a live leaderboard and highlights to give fans the complete race experience. International NASCAR fans in most territories outside the U.S. and Canada can go to TrackPass.NASCAR.com to subscribe to the product or download the application for Android and iOS through the iTunes and Google Play stores. Subscription costs start at $125 per year and $15 per month and vary by individual country and territory.“Exploring new distribution channels for race content across both broadcast and digital platforms allows NASCAR to continue strengthening its global presence and diversify the sport’s fan base,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “Given their experience in the sport and expertise around live streaming, NBC was a natural choice to lead our development of NASCAR TrackPass, providing our international fans more choice than ever before.”NASCAR Track Pass is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service providing end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.International viewers can subscribe now to kick off the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season by watching the DAYTONA 500u00ae at Daytona International Speedway this Sunday, Feb. 26.
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina emerged as a fierce advocate for victims of all forms of sexual abuse in 2018, when she sentenced convicted serial child molester and former USA Gymnastics national team doctor and Michigan State University osteopathic physician Larry Nassar to 40 to 175 years in prison for the sexual abuse of minors.Video from within the courtroom shows Aquilina, a streak of magenta visible in her dark hair, delivering her final statements to Nassar following his sentencing. In the clip, Aquilina reads aloud excerpts from a letter written by Nassar, in which he claims to have been a “good doctor” and that the media had “convinced [the victims] that everything I did was wrong and bad.” Aquilina concludes the reading with a measured stare, then tosses Nassar’s written statement to the bench, eliciting gasps from those watching in the court room.Aquilina, as well as Grace French, Louise Harder and Melissa Hudecz, three “sister survivors” of abuse by Nassar, visited Saint Mary’s Sunday night for a screening of the HBO documentary “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal” and a discussion panel.Before the screening, Aquilina, French, Harder and Hudecz sat down with Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) coordinator Liz Coulston, the BAVO Student Advisory Committee and representatives from the Saint Mary’s Athletic Department to discuss sexual violence prevention, intervention and response.In her introduction of the panelists, Coulston said while the Nassar case received a lot of attention in the media, focus should also be turned towards what the sister survivors have done in the year following the trial.“[The sister survivors] have kind of said that the case was only the beginning, and now they’re really working to educate the public and create advocacy around this issue on how to better protect our children and our athletes,” Coulston said. “We can’t change these issues of sexual violence and relationship violence and stalking without talking about them. So we’re creating these safe spaces for us to talk about them and learn about them in a healthy, safe way.”At the start, only six survivors had agreed to use their name when they testified. As the number of those willing to testify on public record grew and more victims came forward, the group grew to 156.Aquilina said she named those who testified in the trial the “sister survivors” because of the close relationships she watched form and flourish within the courtroom, and witnessed the empowerment the women gave to themselves and each other.“When they came in — and you can see them on the screen — they said, ‘Your honor, may I address the defendant?’,” Aquilina said. “And many of them started out the same way: ‘I am not a number. I am a name.’ I watched them grow and become empowered and then I spoke to them and … I could literally feel them drop their pain and then walk to the back of the room and be joined by others — and I knew that they did not all know each other,” she said. “They were hugging and crying together. I was watching a family be formed. I could feel it. I mean, if you were in that courtroom, you felt this energy of these people with this common crime that was so vile against them joining together, empowering each other and coming together in strength and I started calling them sister survivors, an army of sister survivors. And it just stuck because that’s what they were.”The survivors began to lean on each other for support, Aquilina said, finding strength in a group of strangers who would later become as close as biological sisters.“They started supporting each other, one after the other and aligning themselves together,” she said. “It was magnificent. It was almost biblical. I mean, they joined together as a force against this crime. And I couldn’t help but call them sister survivors, because they became sisters in those moments.”In 2018, sister survivor Grace French, a 22-year-old woman from Ann Arbor, Michigan, founded The Army of Survivors, a nonprofit organization with the mission of bringing “awareness, accountability, [and] transparency to sexual violence against athletes at all levels.”Louise Harder, survivor and board director and strategist for The Army of Survivors, said this sisterhood was born out of a shared understanding and compassion for each other.“There’s some unspoken language between survivors,” she said. “We didn’t have to rehash the story. We didn’t have to say anything at all, yet, the people next to me knew exactly what’s going on and that has continued to be a bond. There are still sister survivors that I am in fairly frequent contact with and still reach out to. They’re lasting bonds, and again, like I said, you don’t have to say anything. It’s just kind of this unspoken, unwritten type of relationship.”Sister survivor Melissa Hudecz, an occupational therapist and the reporting and research chair for The Army of Survivors, said these relationships were built under extreme circumstances, within a short period of time.“The intensity happens so fast,” she said. “People you hardly know, all of a sudden, you realize know all of your deepest secrets, thoughts, and it’s just unspoken support for each other.”Aquilina, who also serves as a board director for The Army of Survivors, said she is traveling the world to discuss the first steps to fixing “a broken legal system” and a “broken medical community,” while giving a voice to those who feel silenced.“We need to go back to basics and that’s really what I’m talking about. Changing the basics, changing the language, doing what we do in the military when there’s a problem: retrain,” Aquilina said. “Making sure that everyone, from the least-ranked soldier to the top, is trained and educated. … And I’m not just saying this about sexual assault. There’s domestic violence, there’s physical violence, there’’s emotional violence, there is child abuse, there is the sex trade industry, sex trafficking, sexual assault, all of these things, and we need to start training people. I’m talking about how you recognize grooming, how you recognize if someone’s being sold, how you converse with people. So I’m trying to use my power to give voice and retrain us.”Athletes are trained to work through the most incredible forms of pain, Aquilina said, fighting through broken bones and torn muscles. The fact that sexual abuse has touched even the strongest of women is a testament to how pervasive the issue has become, she said.“I really think that as much as a tragedy as this has been, it’s also been a gift to the world to say this can happen to even the strongest of us,” she said. “And if this can happen to us, it can happen to you, it can happen to your best friend. Let’s keep the conversation going. Let’s eradicate this together.”When asked about the impact of speaking to students at a women’s college such as Saint Mary’s, Aquilina said she was happy to be connecting with young women seeking change.“There’s no corner in the world where we shouldn’t be having this conversation,” Aquilina said, “And what better place than a university where we have young minds who are eager to learn and to go out in multiple different professions, and talk about change, and teach change and work within a system for change as part of eradicating. I think that’s really the goal of the army of sister survivors and of all of the survivors.”Though Aquilina invited Saint Mary’s students and administrators into an important conversation, she said this discussion should ultimately extend beyond the College campus. The sharing of the sister survivors’ stories not be limited to female audiences, she said.“So [Saint Mary’s] is the perfect place,” Aquilina said. “Every university ought to watch this film, every university ought to listen to these survivors. And it’s not just about women. This is an all-women’s university. This is a conversation for men, women, boys and girls. They all ought to be part of the equation. If we say that this is a women’s issue, then we are doing what men have done to us to shut us up and shut us down. We need to be inclusive, not exclusive, and include them in the equation to eradicate this once and for all.”Tags: Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, Larry Nassar, Michigan State University, sexual abuse, sister survivors, The Army of Survivors, USA gymnastics