Saturday, September 20, 2014


By Elena Shore New America Media

Thousands of UC students soon could receive a check to offset some of their college-related expenses through a new state program aimed at assisting middle-class families.

UC officials estimate that roughly 24,000 UC students qualify for funding through California’s Middle Class Scholarship, which was approved by the legislature earlier this year and will make its first contributions to eligible students this fall.

Targeted at families with incomes up to $150,000, the program is designed to shave a bit off the college tab for those who don’t qualify for other forms of need-based aid. UC students with family incomes below $80,000 who qualify for financial aid have systemwide tuition fully covered through the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan, and often receive state and federal assistance.

“We know that many families who are just out of reach of need-based aid struggle to pay for their children’s education,” said Christopher Carter, director of student financial support at UC Office of the President. “This could really help.”

The scholarship is designed to be rolled out over four years, with the amount students can receive increasing progressively until the program is fully funded in 2017.

In its first year, eligible students will receive up to $1,700. That may not significantly reduce tuition, but it can defray costs such as textbooks and other expenses, said Kerry Franzetta, policy and program analyst for student affairs at UC Office of the President. 

Once fully implemented, however, the scholarship could provide a far more significant contribution: 10 to 40 percent of tuition and fees, depending upon a student’s level of need. Based on the cost of a UC education today, that could amount to as much as $5,000 a year. “That’s $20,000 over the course of a person’s education,” Franzetta said. “That could be a real decision-maker for a student.”

A new source of aid

State officials determine eligibility for the Middle Class Scholarship once all other state, federal and institution-based assistance has been taken into account. For that reason, funds awarded through the scholarship likely will lag other assistance, which is given to students in the spring.

Cal Grants, Pell Grants, UC grants, the Cal Vet fee waivers, and other awards specifically targeting tuition offset a student’s eligibility for the Middle Class Scholarship. However, certain other awards — such as those that are merit-based — do not affect what a student may receive. Nor does any form of student loans.

To qualify for the program, students must fill out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), the same application used to determine other types of financial aid. Undocumented students should fill out the California Dream Act application.

Students should complete the FAFSA or the California Dream Act application even if they don’t consider themselves eligible for aid, UC officials said. “A lot of students screen themselves out thinking they won’t qualify,” said Franzetta. “Especially with this new funding, they might be leaving assistance on the table.”

Funds to arrive in time for spring term

There have been a few hiccups in implementing the program as state officials have worked to iron out exactly just who is eligible, and for how much.

The California Student Aid Commission, which administers the program, initially had planned to notify students about their awards over the summer. That now has been pushed back to mid-September. While the timing of the awards likely will be too late to be used for fall tuition, they can be put toward other education-related expenses or toward payment for upcoming terms.

There are a few other provisos. Because the pool of money set aside for the scholarship for the 2014-15 school year is capped at $107 million, the funds available to each student may be reduced if more students qualify than were anticipated. The program’s rollout also depends upon continued funding by the state legislature, which must set and approve its budget each year.

Despite such limitations, UC officials point out that it represents a new avenue of assistance for students who traditionally haven’t been eligible. “When it comes to paying for college, every bit helps,” said Carter.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


(CNN) -- Robin Williams -- who first made America laugh and eventually touched "every element of the human spirit" in a remarkable range of performances -- died at his Northern California home this past Monday.

Williams apparently took his own life, law enforcement officials said. He was 63.

"He has been battling severe depression of late," his media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN. "This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

Coroner investigators suspect "the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia," according to a statement from the Marin County, California, Sheriff's Office.

Williams married graphic designer Susan Schneider in Napa Valley, California, ceremony in October 2011.

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken," Schneider said.
"On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."

Word of Williams' death stunned the entertainment community and beyond Monday. Those who worked with him knew him to be a genius and the rarest of talents. After news of his shocking death spread, his friends and professional admirers expressed their love for the man Steve Martin called a "great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."

President Barack Obama's statement sent from the White House summed it up:

"Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between.  But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien -- but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.  He made us laugh.  He made us cry.  He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most -- from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets."

Comedian Steve Martin tweeted, "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."

Former CNN host Larry King said he would remember Williams as "a genuine caring guy.  Not just a funny man, but a guy who cared about people."

Robin Williams in the movie "Good Morning Vietnam"
Marin County deputies responded to an emergency call from Williams' home in unincorporated Tiburon, California, at 11:55 a.m., reporting "a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing," the release from the sheriff said.
Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m., it said.

Williams was last seen alive at his home, where he lives with his wife, at about 10 p.m. Sunday, the sheriff's statement said.

"An investigation into the cause, manner and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff's Office," the sheriff's statement said.
"Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made."

An autopsy is scheduled for this Tuesday, the sheriff said.

Williams made at least two trips to rehab for drug treatment, including a visit this summer, and he underwent heart surgery in 2009.

Williams, born in Chicago on July 21, 1951, studied theater at Juilliard School before taking his stand up act to nightclubs. He was cast as Mork, an alien visitor to Earth, for a 1978 episode of television's "Happy Days."

"Happy Days" star Henry Winkler said it was "unimaginable that this is the reality today, that this incredible human being, incredible, delicate, funny, dramatic human being is gone."

Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–82), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting.

His film career included such acclaimed films as The World According to Garp (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards

Robin Williams delighted fans with his off-the-wall, high-energy comedy that took unexpected turn after unexpected turn. He was a comedic inspiration for many performers, but he also was a brilliant dramatic actor on stage and on the big screen.

On behalf of our magazine EL NOTICOTO MAGAZINE we would like to extend our condolences to his family, friends and fans all over the world.

Rest in Peace Robin Williams we will miss you!

Saturday, August 2, 2014


CRISTELA Series premier Fridays at 8:30PM starting October 10

Breakout comedienne Cristela Alonzo  (Variety's "10 Comics to Watch in 2014," Cosmo's "13 Female Comedians to Watch For in 2014") stars as a woman laughing her way to the new American dream in "Cristela," a family comedy loosely based on her life and stand-up routine.

Cristela's dream of becoming a lawyer is something her traditional Mexican-American family doesn't quite understand. She's entering her sixth year of law school after juggling home obligations and working multiple jobs to pay her way.

Cristela lives in cramped quarters with her sister Daniela, her long-suffering brother-in-law Felix and their two young kids. The senior member of this extended family, all living under one roof in Dallas, is Cristela's old school mom, Natalia, who tells her "somebody could have been a doctor two times in the time it's taken you not to become a lawyer." Daniela loves her sister but balks when she tries to bring her modern views into family life. Felix resents how Cristela pays no rent and worst of all, always drinks his last beer. After six years of setbacks, her mom Natalia worries that becoming a lawyer might not be in the cards for her and doesn't want Cristela to be hurt by a dream that might not come true.

Felix's cousin and co-worker Alberto flirts shamelessly with Cristela, but the only feeling she has for him is a shared passion for the Cowboys.

Then, Cristela's life begins to look up. Lawyer Trent Culpepper, who is unapologetically politically incorrect about Latinos and just about everyone else, offers her an internship at his prestigious firm. She'll be working - unpaid - with Culpepper's pampered daughter Maddie and good-natured fellow intern Josh.

Her family can't believe she's going to work for free. But when a turn of events shows just how effective Cristela can be when she works her lawyer knowledge for the greater good of the family, they decide it's worth (begrudgingly) supporting her as she follows her dreams - which might not be so impossible after all.

"Cristela" stars Cristela Alonzo as Cristela, Carlos Ponce as Felix, Terri Hoyos as Natalia, Andrew Leeds as Josh, Sam McMurray as Trent, and Jacob Guenther as Henry.Stand-up sensation Gabrielle Iglesias ("The Fluffy Movie") appears in a recurring role as Alberto.

"Cristela" was co-created by Cristela Alonzo and Kevin Hench. Executive producers are Kevin Hench, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements and Shawn Levy. Alonzo is co-executive producer. "Cristela" is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

Friday, June 13, 2014


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Tuesday, June 3, 2014



The provisional squad lists for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ have been confirmed, with all 32 teams selecting the players who will represent their nations on the global stage between 12 June - 13 July.
Each coach now has until 2 June to trim down their selection to the final 23-man squad to compete at the tournament. That final side will be announced on 5 June at 12:00 CET, along with extensive profiles for all the players who will be taking part.
To see the confirmed preliminary selections for each team at Brazil 2014, as well as details such as their international caps and goals, positions and clubs, click o Release list of players  For even more in-depth statistics and information on all 32 teams taking part - from the coaches and previous performances, right down to the kits they'll wear in Brazil, check out our 2014 FIFA World Cup Teams Stat Kit.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Enjoy a beautiful and pleasant morning or afternoon, at the beautiful Getty Villa in Malibu.

Getty Villa Inner Peristyle
The Getty Villa in Malibu is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.

17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, California 90272

Please note that access to the Getty Villa entrance is only from the northbound right-hand lane of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).

Phone Number
(310) 440-7300

See hours, directions, parkingfor directions.

Admission Is Free
Admission to the Getty Villa is always FREE; an advance, timed-entry ticket is required. Parking is $15.

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What to See
  • Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities arranged by themes including Gods and Goddesses, Dionysos and the Theater, and Stories of the Trojan War
  • Roman-inspired architecture and gardens

History of the Getty Villa
This film describes the history, collections, and setting of the Getty Villa.

Public Transportation
Get to the Getty Villa via public transport! The Getty Villa is served by Metro Bus 534, which stops at Coastline Drive and Pacific Coast Highway directly across from the Getty Villa entrance. To find the route that is best for you, call 323-GO-METRO (323-466-3876) or use the Trip Planner on, the Web site of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. (Please note that passengers riding the bus to visit the Getty Villa must have their Villa admission ticket hole-punched by the driver before exiting the bus.)

See suggested bus and rail routes to the Getty Villa.

On-site parking is available for all ticket holders and is $15 per car or motorcycle, but $10 per car or motorcycle after 5:00 p.m. for all evening public programming, including theater, music, film, lectures, and other special programs held after 5:00 p.m.

Visitors to the Getty Villa are not permitted to park anywhere other than the Getty Villa as a condition of the Conditional Use Permit issued by the City of Los Angeles.

No pedestrians may enter the Villa except for ticket holders arriving by public transportation. Passengers must have their Villa admission ticket hole-punched by the driver before exiting the bus in order to enter the Villa.

For more parking information, see hours, directions, parking andfrequently asked questions.

Opening Hours
Hours for the Getty Villa site and galleries:
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays and on January 1, July 4 (Independence Day), Thanksgiving, and December 25 (Christmas Day).

Group Visits
Groups are welcome! For information on reservations, parking, dining options, and free tours and activities, please see tips for groups.

Event Calendar
For exhibitions and events including performances, lectures, and free family programs, check our event calendar.

The Getty Villa is ADA accessible. See more in accessibility.

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