Black Desert franchise tops $1 billion in revenues

Posted On May 12 2021 by

first_imgBlack Desert franchise tops $1 billion in revenuesPearl Abyss says multiplatform MMORPG franchise has reached milestone in less than four yearsBrendan SinclairManaging EditorTuesday 9th April 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articlePearl AbyssRelated JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Black Desert has seen a lot of green. Pearl Abyss today announced that its fantasy MMORPG franchise has topped $1 billion in total gross sales since its launch in 2015.”We’re proud of what this achievement represents – the hard work and dedication from our teams over the past four years and the support from a community of fans around the world,” Pearl Abyss CEO Robin Jung said. “With over 30% of gross sales for Black Desert stemming from mobile platforms, which saw an initial release in Asia in the past year, we’re confident that sales are accelerating. Pearl Abyss is optimistic for the future of Black Desert and we look forward to launching Black Desert Mobile globally by the end of the year.” The PC and Xbox One versions of Black Desert are premium games with in-game monetization as well, while the iOS and Android games use a free-to-play business model with in-app purchases. The PC version alone has launched in 150 countries and boasts a registered user base of 10 million.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. Enter your email addressMore storiesBlack Desert Online has made $1.7bn in revenue to datePearl Abyss reports its five-year-old MMO has brought in around $700m in the last 17 monthsBy Alex Calvin 8 months agoKorean developer Pearl Abyss to open US officeBlack Desert Online developer announces new Manhattan branchBy Haydn Taylor 2 years agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more


PROFILE – Vaccilating Viking: Bertel Haarder

Posted On Apr 20 2021 by

first_imgHis free-market orientation has earned him the opprobrium of more left-leaning deputies. Eurosceptic MEP Ole Krarup describes him as “one of the very few politically gifted people in the Danish government” but adds: “Adam Smith [father of capitalist economics] would be quite progressive in comparison to Haarder”.“There is not much social liberalism in his policies,” said Krarup. “He has very paranoid views about the left in Europe and Denmark. He hates trade unions; according to the Liberal approach, trade unions contradict their idea of a free society.”Hailing from the province of South Jutland, Haarder is a strong supporter of the so-called high school system. In effect, these high schools are more akin to debating societies than their American namesakes, giving budding public figures a chance to hone their speaking skills.They also provide opportunities for socialising. While deputies from other countries use July to wind down before their annual break, Danish Liberals normally organise a high school outing near Strasbourg. Haarder frequently brought his wife to these events. He’s reputed to be both a brilliant raconteur and a dab hand at satirical poetry and song-writing. “Whenever there is a birthday party, Bertel will prepare a song for it,” remarked one colleague.Others say that his ditties can veer from the light-hearted to the acerbic. There was ample evidence of this during his 11 years as education minister. In the early days of the government he tended to pen lyrics which complimented its key players. That ceased to be the case as the government became embroiled in infighting during its latter years.Maybe the most common criticism which colleagues level at Haarder is that he can try to do too much. “We have this Danish expression – he sometimes has too many irons in the flames,” explains one. Yet they are confident that his analytical mind will be a major asset for Copenhagen in the coming months. And, if we’re lucky, he may even write some delectably savage songs about leading EU figures. Yet despite this masochistic streak, both his allies and opponents regard him as a sensitive soul and a liberal by conviction.This was proved during his seven years as an MEP, when he became an impassioned defender of human rights, especially those of asylum-seekers. In 2000, for example, he authored a parliamentary report which stated that a common EU-wide asylum system must be based on “high protection standards”.It came as a surprise, then, that after Liberal Party leader Anders Fogh Rasmussen swept to victory in last year’s election on an anti-immigration ticket, he chose Haarder for arguably the most controversial cabinet post. Heading the new ministry for refugees, immigrants and integration, 57-year-old Haarder has since introduced the harshest asylum law of all EU states. Haarder is expected to spend much of the next six months in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg as one of the most prominent faces of his country’s EU presidency. Somewhat to his irritation, though, responsibility for European affairs seems to have been tagged on to his sprawling portfolio almost as an afterthought, with the result that the Danish public and media associate him almost exclusively with migration issues.He deeply wants to be seen facilitating tangible progress in the talks on the Union’s eastward expansion. To do this he will have to grapple with political hot potatoes, ranging from direct payments to farmers to the division of Cyprus.MEP Anne Jensen, a party colleague, attributes Haarder’s driving ambition to the fact he is the youngest of five children and therefore constantly had to prove himself. She says he is “very good at finding solutions”, as was displayed when he was the education minister in 1982-93. Then, as now, he belonged to a minority government so he had to beseech members of opposition parties to back him when he wanted to pursue new initiatives.Those constraints notwithstanding, he managed to usher in quite sweeping reforms during that period.Among the most radical was a shake-up in the grants system for high-level education. Before he took the reins at the ministry, Denmark gave some of the most generous grants to students in the world; they were so generous, in fact, that many seemed to stay in college indefinitely.Haarder felt this system wasn’t providing enough incentives to would-be entrepreneurs and insisted that the payments had to be subject to clear-cut conditions. By challenging the status quo, he inevitably provoked the ire of student unions and many teachers. Due to come into effect on 1 July – the same day Denmark starts its EU presidency – the legislation aims to make it difficult for asylum-seekers to be reunited with family members who have remained in their home countries.It will forbid asylum-seekers under 24 from marrying in Denmark, while those who wish to ask permission to bring a spouse into the country will have to deposit 7,000 euro in a Danish bank account. To secure a residence permit, a test proving an asylum-seeker has the same command of the Danish language as a 14-year-old native will have to be passed. And only people under 60 will be able to apply for the right to Danish protection.The law has been met with a chorus of condemnation from policy makers and campaigners in other parts of Europe. Among its most severe critics is Haarder’s counterpart in Stockholm, Mona Sahlin. “At a time when xenophobic parties in Europe are on the rise,” said the Swedish immigration minister, “it is terrifying that the Danish government is giving them some legitimacy.”This was a not very subtle jibe at how Haarder appears to have done a deal with the extremist Danish People’s Party (DPP). Led by the openly racist Pia Kjaersgaard – who recently claimed Muslims have a “taste” for mass rape – the opposition DPP has agreed to row in behind the ruling Liberal-Conservative coalition to ensure the law gets majority backing in the national parliament. Two DPP deputies, Soren Krarup and Jesper Langballe, are believed to have applied particularly strong pressure on Haarder to make the law as stringent as possible. Both also happen to be fundamentalist clergymen.One politician who has known Haarder for the past two decades said that in private conversation the minister rails against the influence that the DPP have had on asylum policy. “I’m quite sure that he thinks the law goes too far,” the politician added. “If it was up to him, he would not go for it.”A Danish journalist said that Haarder is miffed by the level of outrage the new law has aroused. “When we ask how is it to be criticised by other member states on the policies of immigration, he says ‘Yes, but all these other countries have their own problems’. He says a lot of things but won’t give simple answers.”last_img read more


Biden ends the drama by promising female VP

Posted On Apr 20 2021 by

first_imgHow commanding, coherent, and credible is Biden as the race’s new frontrunner and increasingly, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the most important leader of the opposition party at a moment of international emergency?A candidate who has been uneven on debate stages and the campaign trail does not suddenly morph into Churchill. Even so, Biden opened the evening with a sober tone and factual recitation of measures he wants to fight the pandemic, including expanded testing via drive-through locations in every state, enlisting the military to help expand the pool of hospital beds, and quick action on spending to help people who have lost jobs and to offset the deadening effect on the economy.Biden appeared more relaxed in a two-person contest, compared to earlier debates when he often receded in the noise or gave answers that bordered on unintelligible.How many rhetorical and substantive blandishments would he offer to Sanders supporters, as he starts to unify the party?Biden was plainly eager to propitiate progressives, offering words of praise for departed candidate Elizabeth Warren and noting that he had spoken with her this week in support of her effort to modify a bankruptcy law that Biden helped pass in 2005.Biden’s pledge to pick a woman as running mate, though plainly planned and not spontaneous, came during a rebuttal to Sanders, who said he intended a cabinet that “will look like America,” and boasted of his superior record on abortion rights and affordable childcare for working women.Biden said in reply that he intended to name a black woman to the Supreme Court, as well as a woman to be his vice president: “There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow.”In a notable new gesture, he said he is opposed to allowing new fracking for natural gas. Sanders wants to end even current fracking. Altitude is a column by POLITICO founding editor John Harris, offering weekly perspective on politics in a moment of radical disruption.The assumption that there is no practical way the Democratic Party can put forward a presidential ticket with two white men has become so widely accepted in journalistic and political circles that a major development at last night’s debate was greeted in some quarters with something of a shrug.But Joseph Biden’s firm public commitment that he would select a woman as his running mate in the event he stays atop the Democratic race and is the party’s 2020 nominee is historically unprecedented: No major candidate has ever made such a pledge based on demographic characteristics, nor has one narrowed the field of potential vice presidential nominees this early in the year, several months before the decision is usually made. While the debate started out with a sense of large moment because of the pandemic, before long it bogged down in sections that, given the broader context, seemed small and backward looking.Sanders peevishly needled Biden for a decade ago backing the Bowles-Simpson budget commission, which contemplated curbing the growth in spending for Social Security, Medicare, and veterans benefits. Biden denied backing the commission, or any plans to cut popular entitlements.“America, go to the website right now,” Sanders brayed. “Go to the YouTube right now.”At times these crabby exchanges sounded like two old men arguing about some ancient dispute at their weekly Rotary Club luncheon.That may well suit Biden just fine. In previous debates he often labored to break through. In this one, all he needed to do was break even. There was nothing over two hours of debate that seemed to fundamentally change the trajectory of the race, and that trajectory right now is favoring Biden. Bernie Sanders, the only other candidate still competing in an election cycle in which debate stages once had to accommodate as many as 20 candidates over two nights, matched Biden’s hard pledge with a soft one, saying that “in all likelihood” he would also name a women as long as she shares his progressive views and that “my very strong tendency to move in that direction.”It is the former vice president, however, who is increasingly in command of the nomination fight, and so it was his forthright declaration of his intentions—with little of the usual stoke-the-drama coyness that usually surrounds such picks—that echoed in such a revealing way.The moment showed Biden signaling that his thoughts are already far advanced into the politics of the general election. In giving up a measure of latitude about his choice, Biden also seemed to be suggesting something about how he views himself and how he wants other Democrats to view him: Not necessarily as the most commanding figure or someone clinging to personal prerogatives, but the sturdiest vessel to accommodate the party’s disparate demographic and ideological blocs.Sturdy, in fact, seemed to be the motif for Biden’s two-hour performance, held without an audience at CNN’s Washington studio.The last time Biden was on a debate stage was two weeks ago, in South Carolina. He was then one of six candidates on stage, with Sanders just coming off an impressive win in Nevada and threatening to take control of the race. Coronavirus was a big and looming story, but it was still days away from escalating into the all-consuming crisis that it is now. History has pivoted in those two weeks, both for Biden and the country.That pivot imposed some new questions on Biden and Sanders both as they entered the debate. Still, there is a distinction between being a unifier and a sycophant. Biden repeated and at times intensified his frequent criticism of Sanders’ plans for such things as mandatory Medicare for All as too expensive and unworkable. He noted with a dig at Sanders that Italy, now suffering from widespread infection from coronavirus and a shortage of hospital beds, has government-run health care of the sort Sanders desires.What is Sanders’ end game, now that he faces an exceedingly narrow path to the nomination?The Vermont senator came eager to debate his ideological arguments—especially on curbing corporate power, expanding health care, and mobilizing to fight climate change—and said he worries that Biden would have problems mobilizing young people in a general election against President Donald Trump.But he did not try to light up Biden in sharply personal ways, in the fashion that Warren did successfully against former candidate Michael Bloomberg in the two previous debates.Instead, Sanders portrayed Biden as well-intentioned but timid. On climate change, for instance, he told Biden: “I know your heart is in the right place, but this requires dramatic, bold action. We’ve got to take on the fossil fuel industry. Your plan does not do that.”This is hardly the kind of language that is impossible to walk back, or that gets in the way of an eventual endorsement, which Sanders says he will give to Biden if his own comeback plans don’t materialize.The debate, which CNN co-sponsored with Univision, was originally supposed to be in Arizona, the Democratic National Committee decided it was irresponsible to hold it before an audience and to make so many people travel to get there. Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio vote in primaries on Tuesday.last_img read more


L4LM Exclusive: Kick Off Jazzfest With Funky George Porter Jr. Video Interview

Posted On Mar 3 2021 by

first_imgThe New Orleans Jazz Fest kicks of today, and to help get you in the mood, here’s a fun lil chat with the “Patron Saint Of Funk” himself, Mr. George Porter Jr.George talks about the evolution of the term “Funk,” how he approaches sit ins and just how eager he is to play “Cissy Strut” for the 14 zillionth time!  Also, we’re including a schedule of his many, many shows around the Crescent City throughout the Festival.  Enjoy!Words and video by Rex ThomsonPhoto by Jeffrey DupuisGeorge Porter Jr.’s Jazz Fest ScheduleApril 24th – The Meter Men w/ Page McConnellApril 25th – The Meter Men w/ Page McConnell & Warren HaynesApril 28th – Porter at The Threadhead Patry, Old Ironworks Band Start time: 5:45pm, End time: 7:05pmApril 29th – Shaggy Fest 8:30pm NOLA Brewing Tap RoomThe Trio Plus One @ The Maple Leaf 11pm hitApril 30th (technically Friday, May 1st) – The Maison 2 AMMay 1st – Mardi Gras World – Fiyafest – 2:40pm-3:40pmPorter with The New Orleans Social ClubPorter @ VOW Fairgrounds – 4:30pm – 7:30pmThe Funky Meters @ Tipitina’s (Uptown) 10:30pm CDTMay 2nd – Porter @ 50th Dead Anniversary The REPUBLIC – 2 AMPorter on Fairgrounds w/Davell Crawford for 12:30pm to 3pmNeville Tribute @ Saenger 8pm-9pmRunnin’ Pardeners @ D.B.A. – 10pm-1AMMay 3rd – Porter @ 50th Dead Anniversary The REPUBLICRunnin’ Pardeners on The Fairgrounds 11:15 to 12:05The Meters on The Fairgrounds 01:55 to 3:10last_img read more


Tomorrowland Releases Unbelievable After-Movie

Posted On Mar 3 2021 by

first_imgTomorrowland, one of the biggest festivals in the world, has become known for its mind-blowing aftermovies. This year is no exception, as the Belgian electronic music festival with massive over-the-top production and pretty much all of the world’s top DJs has put out a 20-minute wrap video that is truly incredible, whether you are into EDM or not. Watch the spectacle below.last_img


David Bowie’s Family Shares Appreciation For ‘Love And Support’ In Public Statement

Posted On Mar 3 2021 by

first_imgThe music community was hit hard recently, as the life of the legendary David Bowie came to an end last Sunday, January 10th. Bowie had been battling cancer for 18 months, and died just two days after his final album, Blackstar, was released.In the passing days since Bowie’s death, nearly every musician and personality has paid their respects in some form. From public statements to musical tributes, and even a vandalized street sign endorsed by the city of Austin, TX, the sheer volume of love for Mr. Bowie has been overwhelmingly touching. As such, Bowie’s family has released a statement showing their appreciation, encouraging “everyone’s celebration of his life as they see fit.”Read the statement, published on Facebook, below:THANK YOUThe family of David Bowie is currently making arrangements for a private ceremony celebrating the memory of their beloved husband, father and friend.They ask once again that their privacy be respected at this most sensitive of times.We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world.However, it is important to note that while the concerts and tributes planned for the coming weeks are all welcome, none are official memorials organized or endorsed by the family.Just as each and every one of us found something unique in David’s music, we welcome everyone’s celebration of his life as they see fit.last_img read more


The Nth Power To Play Earth Wind & Fire Tribute With Members Of Dead & Co, TTB And More During Jazz Fest

Posted On Mar 3 2021 by

first_imgThe Nth Power knows how to throw a party! The beloved soul/funk ensemble will play a very special Jazz Fest late night concert, titled Earth Wind & Power. The soulful tribute to Earth Wind & Fire founder Maurice White will feature a who’s who of performers, including members of Dead & Company, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trey Anastasio Band and more.The “Earth Wind & Power” show will see the Nth Power perform alongside Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, James Casey, Skerik, and Farnell Newton, playing on April 28th at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans. Tickets for this one-of-a-kind performance are available here.The full spring tour, announced last Friday, begins on March 10th and runs consistently through May 21st. On the heels of their powerful 2015 release, Abundance, the group will play all across the nation, including shows with Turkuaz, The Motet, Jennifer Hartswick Band, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, The Fritz, Dumpstaphunk and The London Souls.The group will also be performing at the inaugural Fool’s Paradise Festival, hosted by Lettuce, and featuring performances from GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue, Goldfish, Cory Henry and more! Be sure to head down to St. Augustine, FL from April 1-2, as the new festival promises one of a kind music, just minutes away from the beach. What better way to funk out could there be?! Tickets and more information can be found here.The Nth Power Spring Tour Dates3/10 – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH *3/11 – Trolly – Dayton, OH *3/12 – Martyrs – Chicago, IL *3/13 – Founders – Grand Rapids, MI *3/15 – The Acoustic – Bridgeport, CT %3/16 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY %3/17 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA %3/18 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT %3/19 – Bearsville Theater – Woodstock, NY %3/20 – Funk N Waffles – Syracuse, NY +3/24 – Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME 3/25 – Snow Barn (Mount Snow) – West Dover, VT 3/26 – The Haunt – Ithaca, NY &3/30 – Sidebar – Tallahassee, FL3/31 – Biscuit Fest @ The Funky Biscuit – Boca Raton, FL 4/1 – Dunedin Brewery – Dunedin, FL !4/2 – Fool’s Paradise – St Augustine, FL 4/5 – The Pour House – Raleigh, NC4/6 – The Rabbit Hole – Charlotte, NC #4/7 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN #4/8 – Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA #4/9 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC #4/10 – Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC4/11 – The Camel – Richmond, VA4/13 – Iron Works – Buffalo, NY ^4/14 – The Rex – Pittsburgh, PA ^4/15 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC $4/16 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA $4/22 – Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA4/27 – FIYA FEST – New Orleans, LA4/28 – One Eyed Jack’s – New Orleans, LA / “Earth, Wind & Power” event *** 5/5 – The Bluebird – Denver, CO ^5/6 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO ^5/7 – Hodi’s Half Note – Ft. Collins, CO ^5/8 – Schmiggity’s – Steamboat Springs, CO5/10 – Town Square – Jackson, WY5/11 – Pub Station – Billings MT5/12 – Top Hat Lounge – Missoula, MT ^5/13 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR5/14 – Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA ^5/18 – Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA ^5/19 – The Mint – Los Angeles, CA ^5/20 – Atrium @ The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA ^5/21 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA ^(*) w/ Jonathan Scales Fourchestra supporting(%) w/ Jennifer Hartswick Band supporting(+) w/ Joe Driscoll supporting(&) w/ Fall Creek Brass Band supporting(***) “Earth, Wind & Power” special event(!) w/ S.P.O.R.E. supporting(#) w/ The Fritz supporting(^) opening for Turkuaz($) opening for The Motetlast_img read more


St. Vincent Releases Remix Of Beck’s “Uneventful Days” [Listen]

Posted On Mar 1 2021 by

first_imgSt. Vincent and Beck have been developing a close working relationship as of late. After performing together at the Nirvana reunion show, St. Vincent has released a funked-up remix of Beck’s “Uneventful Days”.The song, which appears on Beck’s latest release, Hyperspace, tells the story of a person struggling to cope after a breakup. The Beck and Pharrell Williams-penned lyrics describe a relatable situation of loss and the feeling of despair that follows. “Uneventful days, uneventful nights/Living in that dark, waiting for the light/Nothing you could say could make it come to light/I don’t have a way to make you change your mind”. Furthermore, the video for the song, directed by Blood Orange, paints an equally dismal image.Meanwhile, St. Vincent was hard at work putting her own touch on the tune. She took the melancholic original and laced it with her jubilant flair. A funky bassline dominates the remix. Similarly, funk guitar and synth sit comfortably over the mix, creating a stark contrast between the vocals and music.Listen to the remix below.Beck – “Uneventful Days” – (St. Vincent Remix)[Video: Beck]Watch the original music video below.Beck – “Uneventful Days” – [Official Music Video][Video: Beck]The two musicians look to continue collaborating later this month. On January 28th, both Beck and St. Vincent will perform in the Prince tribute show dubbed “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince”. Along with Common, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Earth, Wind & Fire, Gary Clark Jr., and others, the two will perform a variety of Prince songs to pay tribute to his illustrious career.Additionally, Beck has several festival dates lined up this year, including Something In The Water festival in Virginia Beach on April 20th-26th. Visit his official website for more information. St. Vincent has no scheduled tour dates, however, fans can visit her website to stay up to date on her scheduled performances.last_img read more


Kolimat USA Now Offers Custom Financial Alternatives

Posted On Mar 1 2021 by

first_imgCliff McKenzie, President of FinanciaLogic Inc. helped Kolimat USA to create a customized and affordable solution to financing the purchase of the Kolimat DTW1.0. The program is specifically tailored to meet the needs of all sizes of fleets.Kolimat USA’s DTW1.0 is truly the next step in fleet management and safety. According to Cliff McKenzie, CLP, president of FinanciaLogic, “This is a natural extension for FinanciaLogic. As the nation’s largest financer of direct store delivery (DSD) mobile technology, the Kolimat USA’s solution promotes a more attuned commercial driver, resulting in fleet savings and safety.” Who is FinanciaLogic? FinanciaLogic creates manufacturer & channel partner “branded” financing alternatives for their customers. Financing or leasing, we offer the full array of financial alternatives. Medical to banking to logistic technology, FinanciaLogic is able to create solutions that allow customers to tie investments to profits. This allows for your solution to pay for itself. Contact:Cliff E. McKenzie, CLPFinanciaLogic, Inc.972-747-5000 Ext. [email protected] Or visit: www.kolimat.com/newslast_img read more


Designs combat sexual assault

Posted On Feb 8 2021 by

first_imgAccording to the University’s Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP), the majority of sexual assaults on college campuses involve alcohol. Senior design students Laurel Komos and Mia Swift decided to raise awareness of the link between sexual assault and alcohol in a creative way. For the first part of their campaign, “Proof of Consent or it’s 100% No,” they designed a tag, one side displaying a parodied image of an alcohol brand’s signature container and the other a message about obtaining consent, and tied them around alcohol bottles at Belmont Beverages in South Bend. “We did it the Friday before the [Brigham Young] game, so it was going to be a big weekend for people buying alcohol for tailgates, etc.,” Komos said. “So if you wanted to go buy a bottle of Malibu, you had this note and this message that hopefully got people to go to our Tumblr page [http://proofofconsent.tumblr.com] and interact.” The project is part of Design for Social Good: Affecting Positive Change, an elective where students learn about the social model of design, or designing for a good cause, Robert Sedlack, professor of visual communication and design and instructor for the course said. In addition to designing projects for charities, non-profits and new businesses, class members create social awareness campaigns centering on a single issue, he said. Sedlack said he and the class chose to focus on sexual assault awareness this semester after the number of sexual assault alert emails increased this fall and after Christine Caron Gebhardt, co-chair of CSAP and director of the Gender Relations Center, suggested such a project. “I like to keep the project as topical as possible,” Sedlack said. “After the shootings in Newton we did a project on gun control, and after that awful incident where fried chicken was placed in the [mailboxes of two African American student organizations], we did a project on racism. … I don’t really know what the project will be until about a week before I assign it.” Sedlack said Caron Gebhardt spoke to the class and gave them background on sexual assault prevention. Each group in the class then tackled a different aspect of the issue. In addition to tying tags around alcohol bottles, Komos and Swift put stickers in restrooms in bars, dorms, LaFortune Student Center and the football stadium and created a Tumblr page, Komos said. The campaign centers around four “rules” of consent and publicizes messages such as, “Nothing you’ve already done gives you permission to do the next thing,” and “True consent is especially difficult after a few shots of tequila,” she said. “Our [campaign] is more on the preventative side, trying to get people aware of what sexual assault actually is and how to help people that have gone through it and how to avoid it happening to you or to your friends or to anyone that you’re with. That’s why I was drawn to this angle,” Komos said. Senior Emily Hoffmann [Editor’s note: Hoffmann is a graphic designer for The Observer.] said she and her project partner, senior Eileen Murphy, wanted to target younger women who went to dorm parties. For their campaign, “Write It On the Wall,” they hung clear posters in the women’s restrooms of male dorms. The posters contained a statistic on sexual assault, a list of resources and an invitation to write on the poster with a Sharpie, starting a written dialogue about sexual assault. “The girl’s bathroom is kind of like that safe zone where it’s judgment-free, or it’s the place where you go if you’re in an uncomfortable situation or you just want to get away from the party or you actually have to go to the bathroom, and girls seem to always go in pairs,” Hoffmann said. “It seemed like a good avenue to start this forum about sexual assault.” Komos said in the days since their campaign began, images on the Tumblr page had been shared several times, and friends had asked her for stickers for themselves. She said she hoped the next phase of the project, which began Wednesday, would get the message to a younger audience. “We’re going to finish making the stickers,” Komos said. “I have a lot of friends who are RAs, and we’re going to take them to dorms and start putting them in dorm bathrooms to try to get the awareness more away from the over-21 crowd and more into the younger crowd that would also be susceptible to these decisions.” Hoffmann said when she and Murphy checked the dorm restrooms Monday, most of the posters had been taken down, but the ones that were still up showed that a dialogue had started. “We took pictures of them, two of them in particular,” Hoffmann said. “There were about 20 different stories about either sexual assault that had happened to these girls or sexual assaults that had happened to friends of whoever was writing. There were definitely 20 different handwritings on the posters, some of them in response to others.” “The most rewarding part was … some that said, ‘Thanks for doing this.’” Contact Emily McConville  at [email protected]last_img read more