Kristin Chenoweth on That Wicked Movie That Will Eventually Get Made & More

first_img Star Files Kristin Chenoweth paid a visit to Watch What Happens Live on March 2 to celebrate the 1,000th episode of Andy Cohen’s boozy talk show. Between dishing about a whole lot of Real Housewives with Cohen and Chrissy Teigen, the self-proclaimed pocket diva reaffirmed her willingness to play Madame Morrible once the Wicked movie is finally made—a desire she expressed in the very same WWHL playhouse two years ago. Still no substantial update on that project, by the way. Later, Cheno said her dream role is Mame, in large part due to the costumes. Catch those bits, plus learn which #PumpRules men Chenoweth and Teigen would hook up with, below. Kristin Chenoweth View Comments Kristin Chenowethlast_img

Bills address college admissions scandal

first_imgIn a statement to the Daily Trojan, the University said it is reviewing the new laws. USC did not comment further. Ting said in the press release that the proposed bills aim to make college admissions fairer by making information about alumni and the effect of donor connections on admissions public. According to a press release from the office of Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), who authored one of the bills, the investigation initiated a conversation about the legal ways those with connections in higher education can influence their children’s college applications and sway their admissions decisions.  Gov. Gavin Newsom signed three higher education reform bills into law Friday. The bills are part of a six-bill suite introduced in March by Democratic assembly members following the FBI’s investigation into the college admissions scandal, in which students were accepted to USC and other selective universities through bribe money and falsified athletic profiles. The bill only applies to schools that receive state funding, meaning only the UC and CSU systems would be bound by the policy.  Governor Gavin Newsom advanced legislation to make college admissions processes more equitable following Operation Varsity Blues. The bills aim to make alumni donations more transparent at colleges. (Photo from Steven Pavolov/Wikimedia Commons) AB 1383 restricts publicly funded universities’ ability to admit students who do not meet the standard conditions of admission — a practice known as “admission by exception.” The law states that each case of admission by exception must be backed by specific rationale. AB 136, the third bill in the package, excludes donations made to the Key Worldwide Foundation and the Edge College & Career Network, the organizations accused of running the student-athlete scam, from tax exemption under the Personal Income Tax Law.  William “Rick” Singer, who coordinated the scheme, used the Key Foundation and the Edge College & Career Network as cover-ups for the large sums of money used to bribe athletics staff and university officials to falsely designate applicants as athletic recruits. Assembly Bill 697 will require California colleges and universities to disclose preferential treatment given to applicants with personal relationships within the institution. Colleges will be required to release statistics about the number of applicants with a connection to a donor or an alumnus of the institution and the number of those applicants accepted into the institution whose admissions profile would not otherwise be considered eligible for admission. The law requires three senior campus administrators to approve admissions cases in which applicants do not meet eligibility requirements but show “high potential for success and leadership in an academic or special talent program at the campus” like athletics and fine arts recruitment.   “We must strive for a level playing field in the college admissions process so there can be equal opportunity for all,” Ting said. The press release also stated that the mandatory disclosure of data will be analyzed alongside state funding such as the CalGrant. The law will go into effect in 2020, and colleges and universities will be mandated to release preferential admission data from the 2019-20 academic year by June 30. last_img read more

Boxing: Wright fight for Hopkins

first_imgWright, of St. Petersburg, Fla., trains in Las Vegas. Hopkins, a partner in Golden Boy Promotions, was there playing host to the Golden Boy-promoted welterweight title fight between “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Luis Collazo, won by Mosley. Hopkins, 42, held at least onepiece of the middleweight championship for 10 years before he lost all four belts via split decision to Jermain Taylor in July 2005. It was somewhat controversial in that most ringside observers had Hopkins winning. Taylor again emerged victorious via narrow unanimous decision in a rematch fivemonths later. But six months after that, last June, Hopkins moved up to light heavyweight and beat people’s champion Antonio Tarver with a lopsided decision. Hopkins announced his retirement. But it didn’t last long. “It’s going to be an interesting showdown,” Schaefer said. “It’s Bernard fighting another big fight. For him, it’s fighting one of the best fighters again, one who hasn’t lost in a long time. For Winky, a win over Hopkins, think what what would do. Then he would actually be the only fighter who fought and won against the three guys Oscar lost to. So, it is a very interesting fight. A very big fight.” Wright has two wins over Mosley and a win over Felix Trinidad Jr. Richard Schaefer, CEO of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, said Wednesday that Hopkins and Winky Wright have signed contracts to fight each other July21 at a site to be determined. “It’s signed, sealed and delivered,” Schaefer said. “We signed it (Saturday) in Las Vegas. Different sites are interested. Las Vegas is interested.” Bernard Hopkins, one of the great middleweights in boxing history, recently announced that he wanted to come out of a short retirement. Speculation immediately began as to whom he would fight. Now, the speculation is over. center_img De La Hoya has losses to Mosley, Trinidad and Hopkins. Wright, 35, is the former junior middleweight champion and currently a top-ranked middleweight. He has not lost since 1999. Wright and Hopkins will meet at a catch-weight of 170 pounds, two pounds over the super middleweight limit. Hopkins, of Philadelphia, is 47-4-1 with 32 knockouts. Wright is 51-3-1 with 25 knockouts. Also: Manny Pacquaio was honored as fighter of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, while his trainer, Freddie Roach, was the trainer of the year. Pacquaio won three times in 2006, stopping Erik Morales in two of the fights. Roach was in the corner for all three fights for the 130-pounder from the Philippines. The 122-pound bout in France between Somsak Sithchatchawal and Mahyar Monshipour last March 18 was named fight of the year. Muhammad Ali was honored by the BWAA with the Pat Putnam Award for Perseverance. Other award winners included HBO’s Larry Merchant for long and meritorious service, and Showtime’s Steve Albert for broadcast excellence. Publicists Lee Samuels and Ricardo Jimenez of Top Rank shared the Marvin Kohn Good Guy award. The awards will be presented at the 82nd BWAA annual dinner in June in New York. … Israel Vazquez will defend his WBC super bantamweight championship against Rafael Marquez on March 3 at Home Depot Center in Carson. Vazquez will take a 41-3 record with 31 knockouts into the bout against Marquez (39-14-3, 23 knockouts). The title defense will be the third for Vazquez, who has won nine in a row including seven knockouts. He’s coming off a 10th-round knockout of Jhonny Gonzalez last September. Marquez, the IBF bantamweight champ, has won 15 straight, including 12knockouts. Vazquez, a native of Mexico City, lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Cudahy. Marquez lives in Mexico City. Also on the card, IBF flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (26-0, 21 KOs) faces Victor Burgos (39-14-3, 23 KOs). Associated Press contributed [email protected] (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more