McVities’ shift in culture works wonders

first_imgMcVities’ shift in culture works wondersOn 12 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article McVities’ food processing plant in Leicestershire has cut its staff absencerate by nearly 5 per cent by letting employees choose their own shift patterns.The company has abolished overtime and introduced annualised hours, whichhas increased employees’ contracted earnings by a quarter. The 1,000-strong workforce is divided into teams and these co-ordinate theirown shift patterns. It has enabled the plant to cover peak production andholiday times more effectively, while giving staff more job flexibility. The absence rate among the plant’s staff has been reduced from 7 per cent to2.5 per cent. Neil Smith, senior HR officer of McVities, explained that the new shiftpatterns have benefited both staff and the business. “We had a culture of employees working six-day weeks of up to 60 hourswith high stress, absenteeism and sickness levels, which led to poor industrialrelations,” he said. “By letting the teams devise their own shift patterns we have cateredfor the mix of requirements. The reduction in absenteeism levels is a bigresult,” Smith said. Comments are closed. last_img read more

National Association of Realtors among biggest donors to “sedition caucus”

first_imgShare via Shortlink From left: Sen. Roger Marshall, Sen. Josh Hawley, Sen. John Kennedy, Sen. Ted Cruz and Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (Getty, iStock)Big banks and major corporations are rethinking their political donations in the wake of last week’s violence in Washington — a decision the real estate industry must now confront.According to, which is affiliated with the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics, the industry is among the largest donors to the members of Congress who contested President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win last week.All told, the real estate industry donated over $16.3 million to members of Congress who contested the election results— which some critics have dubbed the “sedition caucus.” Only two other categories — “retired” and “Republican/conservative” donors gave more.The National Association of Realtors was among the top contributors. The trade association’s political action committee, Realtor PAC, funneled $1.27 million into the campaigns of legislators who voted to overturn the results.The group’s contributions to individual objectors were typically for $16,000 or less. They included $10,000 to Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, $5,000 to Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas and $1,000 each to Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.In total, Realtor PAC donated about $1.7 million to Republican candidates in the 2019-2020 election cycle and about $1.88 million to Democrats.While the trade association did not announce any change to its stance on political contributions in the wake of Wednesday’s unrest, it did say it would “closely monitor events in Washington” before President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.In a statement, a spokesperson for NAR said its donations “are made in accordance with requests from state associations and approved by state trustees.”“Decisions regarding our involvement in the 2022 federal elections will be made by following the same procedures and considering a multitude of factors impacting our nation and its real estate sector,” the statement continued.Other top industry contributors to the legislators who challenged the Electoral College results include the National Association of Home Builders, which put $679,500 into their campaigns.Among the industry players who have given generously to Republican lawmakers, some — including Blackstone’s Stephen Schwarzman, a prolific Trump campaign contributor — swiftly condemned the violence at the Capitol and Trump’s role in inciting it.“The insurrection that followed the president’s remarks [Wednesday] is appalling and an affront to the democratic values we hold dear as Americans,” Schwarzman said in a statement. “I am shocked and horrified by this mob’s attempt to undermine our Constitution. As I said in November, the outcome of the election is very clear and there must be a peaceful transition of power.”[OpenSecrets] — Amy Plitt Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img TagsDonald TrumpNational Association of RealtorsReal Estate and Politicslast_img read more

UVU Men’s Basketball Hosts Lamar Thursday Evening

first_imgNovember 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball Hosts Lamar Thursday Evening Tags: Lamar Basketball/UVU Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-As the BBN Showcase ensues, Utah Valley men’s basketball (3-2) returns home to face the Lamar Cardinals (3-1) of the Southland Conference at the UCCU Center Thursday.With new Wolverines head coach Mark Madsen having won three of his first four games as a collegiate head coach, his squad leads the nation in blocked shots (39).Utah Valley ranks fourth nationally in blocked shots per game at 7.8 swats per contest.Wolverines senior forward Emmanuel Olojakpoke is tied for sixth nationally in blocked shots (16) with George Conditt of Iowa State and Penn State’s Mike Watkins. Furthermore, senior forward/center Brandon Morley is tied for 27th nationally with 11 block shots. Morley shares this ranking with Abdul Ado of Mississippi State, Harvard’s Robert Baker, James Banks III of Georgia Tech, Seton Hall’s Romaro Gill, Sean Good of Lafayette, Utah State’s Kuba Karowski, Shamarkus Kennedy of McNeese, UNLV’s Cheikh Mbacke Diong, Filip Rebraca of North Dakota, Drake’s Liam Robbins, Kevin Samuel of Texas Christian and Xeyrius Williams of Akron.The Wolverines also have the 11th-longest winning streak in the nation, having won their last 8 home games.Utah Valley scores 75 points per game, ranking them 142nd nationally as they are tied with Abilene Christian, Virginia Tech and UC Santa Barbara in this category.Senior guard TJ Washington leads the Wolverines in points (16.3) and assists (3.7) per game.Redshirt junior guard Brandon Averette (15.2 points per game), junior guard Isaiah White (14 points, a team-best 10 rebounds per game) and sophomore guard Trey Woodbury (10 points per game) all score in double figures on-average for the Utah Valley. Averette also has a team-best 5 steals for the Wolverines.Utah Valley ranks 163rd nationally in scoring defense, giving up 67.5 points per game.The Cardinals are coached by veteran college basketball coach Tic Price. In his seventh season at Lamar, he is 88-81 (.521).Price also has coaching stints at New Orleans (1994-1997), Memphis (1997-1999) and McNeese (2001-2006).In his overall collegiate coaching career, Price is 255-203 (.557).The Cardinals score 81 points per game. They are tied for 68th nationally in scoring offense with Eastern Illinois, Tulane and Portland State.Senior guard/forward T.J. Atwood (19.3 points, 6.5 rebounds per game) leads Lamar statistically.Sophomore guard Davion Buster (16.5 points, 4.8 rebounds per game) also scores in double figures on-average to bolster the Cardinals’ offense.Senior guard V.J. Holmes leads the Cardinals in assists (20) and is tied for the team leads in steals (12) with Buster.Junior forward/center Avery Sullivan leads Lamar with 6.8 rebounds per game.Defensively, the Cardinals give up 57 points per game, ranking them 25th nationally in scoring defense.Freshman forward Corey Nickerson has 5 blocked shots on the season to lead the Cardinals in that category.This series is tied 1-1 all-time. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Van Oord orders green cable-laying vessel

first_img Van Oord orders green cable-laying vessel. (Credit: Van Oord.) Van Oord has ordered a next-generation custom-built green cable-laying vessel. The vessel will be delivered from VARD in Norway and equipped with the latest sustainable technologies. The vessel will be fully operational in 2023.This investment is part of Van Oord’s strategy to strengthen its leading position in the growing offshore wind market. Van Oord has a leading role in the laying and burying of offshore wind power cables. It highlights Van Oord’s drive to continuously reinforce its market position by investing in state-of-the-art sustainable technology. Van Oord has a dedicated cable unit to support all its cable projects.The new vessel has been designed with the latest sustainable technologies in order to reduce the carbon footprint during operations and port standby. Apart from the possibility to run on bio fuel, this hybrid vessel has future fuel ready engines with built-in flexibility to anticipate e-fuels. It will have a large battery pack, a shore supply connection and a state-of-the-art energy management system. This sustainable set-up will result in a more energy-efficient vessel in order to reduce CO2, NOx and SOx emissions.Pieter van Oord, CEO of Van Oord said: “Van Oord is committed to reducing CO2 emissions to become carbon-neutral by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. This investment emphasises our commitment to net-zero emissions.”The new DP2 vessel will be equipped with a below-deck cable carousel and a second carousel on deck, with total cable-carrying capacity of 8,000 tonnes. The vessel will mainly be deployed on inter-array grid and export cables of offshore wind projects. The vessel is also able to install High Voltage Direct Current cables. Van Oord’s highly innovative cable trenchers can also be operated from this vessel.This new vessel is Van Oord’s second cable-laying vessel in addition to the Nexus. Its intelligent cable lay control system will be a further evolution from Nexus. It measures 130 metres in length and 28 metres across the beam and will be Dutch flagged. Source: Company Press Release Van Oord has a leading role in the laying and burying of offshore wind power cableslast_img read more

Proptech firm that claims to predict when people will move home gains US foothold

first_imgA proptech firm with offices in Australia and the UK is set to go global after it was announced that US trade body the National Association of Realtors has taken a stake in the firm.ActivePipe is a highly unusual service because it claims to predict when people are going to move home.This enables sales agents to more easily identify and convert potential buyers and sellers using personalised messages that are sent to their own database of clients.ActivePipe was established in Melbourne, Australia in 2015 with seed funding of AU$1.8 million. Then in February this year it gained a further cash injection of AU$5.9 Series A funding.UK officesIt recently opened an office in the UK and says it already has a significant number of agents signed up here, taking its total in the UK and Oz to 10,000 branches and over 150 companies.ActivePipe will now join an NAR proptech nurturing programme called REach which includes the trade body taking a stake in the company and offering its service to the NAR’s 1.3 million member agents.“Past participants of the REach program have gained materially by participation in accelerating their US market presence,” says Ashley Farrugia, CEO of ActivePipe (pictured).“We hope to take full advantage of the opportunities over the next year.”ActivePipe is one of eight proptech firms involved in the REach programme this year, but only one of two the NAR has invested in.Other participants in the programme include a photo editing firm called Box, an online conveyancing portal called RealKey and a hyper-local marketing system called zavvie.Read more about proptech.proptech National Association of Realtors ActivePipe Ashley Farrugia May 8, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Proptech firm that claims to predict when people will move home gains US foothold previous nextProptechProptech firm that claims to predict when people will move home gains US footholdInnovative proptech firm ActivePipe with offices in Oz and the UK has signed a deal that gives it access to 1.3 million agents in the US.Nigel Lewis8th May 20180954 Viewslast_img read more

Varsity Volleyball team prepare for Tab challenge

first_imgWhat do you get when you achieve a perfect balance between aggression and control, between bluff and power, between swallow-dives to the floor and leaps to the net? Indoor volleyball, that’s what. On Saturday 9th February the Varsity Volleyball matches will be held. I could rhapsodise about the elegance of a quick attack, the satisfaction of setting up a stuff block, the exhilaration of seeing the defender fling themselves forward to pick up a ball, but why bother? Go and watch one of the most exciting sporting events of the year. The men’s dark blue side has a tough task ahead of them, having been beaten by Cambridge twice this year. However, it’s noticeable that when the Tabs are feeling threatened, they lose their nerve and roll easy shots into court. If Oxford can apply some early pressure, the blood will be in the water. According to captain Billy Hwang, “Sure, Cambridge have a good team, but they’re mentally weak. We can take them”. For the women, Oxford has one of the strongest teams we’ve ever seen. Their defence is rock-solid, led by Hannah Ruddick (playing for team GB) while their offence benefits from some highly experienced players. Watch out for waif-like captain Jana Orszaghova, who employs a vicious line-shot. Middle Rebekka Ott has been selected for English Unis, so keep an eye on her too. Volleyball may be a minority sport in the UK, but the Oxford club is doing its best to change that. They run a popular indoor league and a second team which is open to all students. Last year they won the Outreach club award and they’ve just received Clubmark accreditation. They’ve moved on from Deloitte as main sponsor and established ties with volleyball-mad Russia through sponsorship from Delight 2000. Recognising the massive over-crowding at Iffley, the club recently signed a contract with an Oxford school to supply coaching and equipment in return for hall rental. Finally, the club wants to build on a third-place finish at last year’s student beach cup, by working to build a beach volleyball court. If you’re going to come watch the game, here’s a few tips. A point can be won when either serving or receiving. To win, a team has to win three sets, but the fifth set is to 15 rather than 25 points. Every once in a while the referee will stop play and hold up his palm or two fingers. That means a player didn’t get a clean contact with the ball. They’ve either held and thrown it (open palm) or touched it twice (two fingers). The referee is helped by the second ref who checks for net-touches (any nettouch means a point to the opposition) and the line-judges (flag up if the ball went out, down if it went in). On both teams there’ll be one person with a different-coloured shirt. They’re the libero or defensive specialist (like Hannah), who replaces a tall gangly person good at hitting with a fast person who’s good at scooping up balls from all over the court. Each team is divided into three front-court and three back-court players, who rotate round when the team wins the service. If a player is back-court and they want to attack, they have to jump three metres away from the net. That doesn’t stop back-court specialist Darek Nehrebecki. You’ll see the middle attack run a bluff, trying to pull the blockers with him. Then, as the blockers return to earth, the ball goes out to Darek who’ll drill the ball through the resulting gap. Poetry in action. That’s what volleyball is all Paul Swiftlast_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces 2019 “Wheels Of Soul” Tour With Blackberry Smoke, Shovels & Rope

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band is kicking 2019 off in full motion with a packed itinerary this winter. Following their extensive winter tour, which will conclude with a European run of shows in April, the husband-and-wife duo will take some time off before leaping into another marathon this summer for their annual “Wheels of Soul” tour.The multi-band tour will feature special guests Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope for five weeks, kicking off in their hometown of Jacksonville, FL in late June and wrapping up with two nights at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA on August 2nd and 3rd. The Wheels of Soul tour has established itself as a unique concert experience over the last five years, welcoming incredible musicianship, stage collaborations, and unpredictable setlists, on every stop across the country.Previous Wheels of Soul bills have included Drive-By Truckers/Marcus King Band (2018), Hot Tuna/The Wood Brothers (2017), Los Lobos/North Mississippi Allstars (2016) and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings/Doyle Bramhall II (2015).TTB’s Wheels of Soul tour will open up with a hometown show at Jacksonville, FL’s Daily’s Place Amphitheater on June 28th, 2019, followed by stops at Boca Raton, FL’s Mizner Park Amphitheater (6/29); St. Petersburg, FL’s Al Lang Stadium (6/30); Orange Beach, AL’s The Wharf Amphitheater (7/3); Charleston, SC’s Volvo Car Stadium (7/5); Simpsonville, SC’s Heritage Park Amphitheater (7/6); Charlotte, NC’s PNC Music Pavilion (7/7); and Raleigh, NC’s Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek (7/9).The bands then head north with stops at Gilford, NH’s Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion (7/13); Saratoga Springs, NY’s Saratoga Performing Arts Center (7/14); Canandaigua, NY’s Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands PAC (7/16); Cincinnati, OH’s PNC Pavilion (7/19); Huber Heights, OH’s Rose Music Center at The Heights (7/20); Rochester Hills, MI’s Meadow Brook Amphitheatre (7/23); and Indianapolis, IN’s Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park (7/24).Wheels of Soul tour will keep on rolling through to Morrison, CO’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 26th and 27th, following 8 straight sell-out performances at the renowned venue. The bands will wrap up their extensive summer tour with stops at St. Louis, MO’s Fox Theatre (7/30); Brandon, MS’s Brandon Amphitheater (7/31); and will end with a two-night run at Atlanta, GA’s Fox Theatre (8/2 & 8/3).Tedeschi Trucks Band notes that pre-sales for all shows will work a bit differently this year. Swamp Family Fan Club members will have the first opportunity to get tickets for each show, beginning on Tuesday, December 11th at 10 a.m. local time. The pre-sale code for Swamp Family members will be provided in the member section (click here to become a member). At 12 p.m. local time on December 11th, all fans will be able to access pre-sales using the code TRUCKS.Public on-sales for all shows except Boca Raton and St. Petersburg will begin on Friday, December 14th at 10 a.m. local time here.Head to Tedeschi Trucks Band’s website for more information on their upcoming Wheels of Soul tour.Wheels Of Soul Tour 2019 (ft. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Blackberry Smoke and Shovels & Rope):6/28/19 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place Amphitheater6/29/19 Boca Raton, FL Mizner Park Amphitheater (on sale 12/19)6/30/19 St. Petersburg, FL Al Lang Stadium (on sale 12/19)7/03/19 Orange Beach, AL The Wharf Amphitheater7/05/19 Charleston, SC Volvo Car Stadium7/06/19 Simpsonville, SC Heritage Park Amphitheater7/07/19 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion7/09/19 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek7/13/19 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion7/14/19 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center7/16/19 Canandaigua, NY Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands PAC7/19/19 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion7/20/19 Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center at The Heights7/23/19 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook Amphitheatre7/24/19 Indianapolis, IN Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park7/26/19 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre7/27/19 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre7/30/19 St. Louis, MO The Fox Theatre7/31/19 Brandon, MS Brandon Amphitheater8/02/19 Atlanta, GA The Fox Theatre8/03/19 Atlanta, GA The Fox TheatreView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Celebrity Dentist LEAPs to Give Back

first_imgFeeling bad about much of the news these days? Lucky for you it’s now the season of giving, and take it from this celebrity dentist, giving will help you feel better.“The greatest part about being successful is being able to give back and help. He who gives receives the greatest gift,” Dr. Bill Dorfman told HooplaHa earlier this year. “There’s nothing that makes me feel better than knowing I changed somebody’s life in a positive way.”Dorfman does that not only through his cosmetic dentistry practice which focuses on improving the appearance of people’s teeth, but also through his passion project LEAP Foundation.LEAP is a one-week leadership program for high school and college students from around the world. Its mentor workshop gives students the opportunity to meet accomplished mentors in a variety of fields and industries.A former participant in LEAP’s inaugural program at age 16, Charlie Gallagher went on to become the nonprofit’s executive director two years ago.“There are so many things from LEAP that I learned that I would have never had the opportunity to learn from a curriculum,” Gallagher told HooplaHa. Today, he’s using that knowledge to oversee everything from marketing to finances and communications for the LEAP organization, and leveraging Dell Inspiron desktops to do it.“When it was time to invest in technology for LEAP, there was only one choice,” said Dorfman, who uses a Dell XPS laptop for his dental practice which gained fame when he was featured on the television show “Extreme Makeover.” You may have also seen Dorfman on the daytime talk show “The Doctors.”You can hear more from him and Gallagher about how Dell technology helps them run these two very different businesses in this video:, you can learn more about how Dell Technology Advisors partner with small businesses at read more

College’s professor named Fulbright scholar

first_imgSome of us receive new clothes around Christmas time. But visiting assistant mathematics professor Steven Broad received a free trip to research in Brazil. Broad was chosen as a Fulbright scholar, which will allow him to travel to Brazil in the summer of 2010 to further his current research in differential geometry. “Interestingly enough, I found out I received the grant the day we left for the Christmas holiday,” Broad said. “Right before we were leaving the house, [my wife] went to check the mail and there was a letter from Fulbright. It was paper thin, and that’s supposed to be bad news.” But when his wife opened it, she had good news to share with him.  Broad’s research is in differential geometry. He said the Fulbright is an affordable way to complete his research. “I always sort of knew about the Fulbright,” Broad said. “I have a collaborator who works and lives and Brazil and my dissertation advisor is from there originally. We had to figure out how I could go to Brazil for some extended period of time without having to pay for it.”As an undergraduate, Broad studied mathematics and physics, and before he got a Ph.D., he wanted to be sure of what he wanted to do. He said he worked as a software engineer in order to give himself time to decide what field he wanted to pursue. “I was always thinking about how I was going to get back,” Broad said. After taking courses in analysis and complex analysis, Broad said he found something that interested him. “People think of [mathematicians] as sort of insensitive to beauty and in fact really most of us are all about it,” Broad said. “The reason I study things in mathematics is because to some extent, they are beautiful.”Broad taught at Notre Dame from 2006-09 before coming to Saint Mary’s in the fall of 2009.“This is an extraordinary award and such an honor for Professor Broad and for the department. Having a faculty member of this stature in the math department is evidence of the academic strength of Saint Mary’s College,” Joanne Snow, professor and chair of the mathematics department, said in a press release. “Professor Broad is an asset to the College due to his scholarly excellence as well his commitment to the mission of Saint Mary’s College, which includes helping women to develop their talents and prepare them to make a difference in the world,” Snow said.After completing his time in Brazil, Broad will bring the information back to the United States and share what he has learned with the campus community. “Here at Saint Mary’s, we care very much about the power and beauty of mathematics,” Broad said.last_img read more

The Bald and The Beautiful raises money and awareness for cancer research

first_imgHair can often be a means of self-expression. However, sometimes no hairstyle at all can say more than even the most elaborate updo. The Bald and The Beautiful, one of the largest student-run philanthropy events on campus, gives students the opportunity to either shave their heads, donate eight inches of hair or buy hair extensions to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.“It’s cool when you shave your head and you’re walking around campus and you see somebody else that you didn’t know was shaving their head or a girl who got her hair cut super short, it’s just like a cool little bond you share,” Bart Bramanti, a junior and co-chair for the event, said.This year, The Bald and the Beautiful will be held on April 3 and 4 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and April 5 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Duncan Student Center on the Hagerty Family Cafe Stage. Participants can either donate eight inches of their hair for free, shave their head for $15 or purchase colored hair extensions, each color representing a different type of cancer, for $10.Organizer and senior Rachel Belans said she hopes the central location will help make the fundraiser more successful this year.“We switched the location this year,” Belans said. “It used to be in [LaFortune Student Center] so we’re hoping that the new location will be really exciting and maybe help us get more participation this year.”Last year, the event raised around $10,000 and the organizers are hoping to either match that amount or reach $15,000 this year. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $300,000 for pediatric cancer research.The money raised is split between Memorial Hospital in South Bend and St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on childhood cancer research. However, the efforts of The Bald and The Beautiful go beyond just raising money. The event has also sponsored a playroom called “The Bald and The Beautiful Room” in Memorial Hospital and the group also organizes visits to Memorial Hospital a few times a month. On Wednesday, children from the hospital will be coming to the fundraiser for arts and crafts.“We wanted to support the children’s hospital here because those were the kids we could interact with and it’s in South Bend,” Bramanti said. “And the St. Baldrick’s Foundation was the research-related side of it. … We want to donate to a fewer number of places and make more substantial contributions.”The Bald and The Beautiful began in 2009 when some members of the Freshmen Class Council began planning a service event in honor of one of their classmates, Sam Marx, who had been in a battle with cancer during his time on campus. The goal of the event was to keep Sam’s vibrant presence alive on campus after he left for further treatment and to raise awareness for cancer research. At the first The Bald and The Beautiful, 126 students came out to shave their heads.Last year, 258 people preregistered for the event and this year they have 100 individuals registered for donations — including 15 girls who are planning on shaving their heads. Around 500 people ended up participating last year, as people can also walk up the day of and participate.“I have not participated in The Bald and the Beautiful before,” Elisabeth Lasecki, a sophomore who will be donating eight inches of her hair, said in an email. “I decided to participate because I was already planning to chop my hair, so I might as well do it for such an incredible cause.”Bramanti has shaved his head the last two years.“It’s funky. You feel like you have Velcro all over your head,” he said.While shaving your head my not be for everyone, Belans said it lends one a strong emotional connection to those going through cancer.“It [shaving your head] requires a lot of bravery and is a huge emotional challenge for people to go through and do that big empathic thing to stand in solidarity with people with cancer,” she said.Belans has donated her hair three times to The Bald and The Beautiful.“There’s all kinds of things we take for granted and one of the easiest ones is a full head of hair,” Bramanti said. “But on a shaving-your-head basis, you’re stepping into someone else’s shoes and seeing what it’s like. It’s an interesting experience. When you shave your head and you’re off campus where people don’t know you, you can get looked at kind of funny, like ‘why does this kid have a shaved head’ and maybe that’s something that people who are going through chemo have to deal with as their hair is growing back. It’s just trying to understand and get a little appreciation for how blessed we are to live the kind of lives we do and do what we can to help those who have to deal with the things we don’t.”Lasecki is still apprehensive about the approaching date for her big haircut, but it excited to do her part for those battling cancer.“I’ve wanted to cut my hair for a while now, but I’m definitely still a bit nervous,” Lasecki said. “I haven’t had short hair since I was pretty young. Nevertheless, I’m just grateful I can do my small part in the ongoing fight against cancer.”Bramanti said if shaving your head has even crossed your mind before, it’s definitely a risk worth taking.“I think everyone will get a little nervous when they think about shaving their head,” Bramanti said. “But, I never looked back. I’m very happy I did it the two times I did. If you haven’t done it and it’s something you’re thinking about, take a little leap of faith. You always have a conversation starter.”Tags: cancer, haircut, philanthropy, the bald and the beautifullast_img read more