Six Star Abby Mueller Offers Quarantine Advice: ‘Have Some Self-Compassion’

first_imgAbby Mueller(Photo by Emilio Madrid for; Graphic by Ryan Casey for Abby Mueller Six Related Shows Star Files Six was supposed to have its Broadway opening night on March 12, but that day it was announced Broadway was shutting down all shows because of COVID-19. Abby Mueller, who has the role of Jane Seymour in Six, was getting ready for her big night when she was told about the decision. “The good news was I hadn’t started to get my makeup on, so then I just got to go home,” she said to’s Paul Wontorek on #LiveAtFive: Home Edition. “My parents were in town.”It was supposed to be a celebratory week for the Mueller family: Abby Mueller’s sister Jessie was appearing on Broadway in The Minutes, while her brother Matt was finishing up his final week as Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Instead of going out and celebrating, the Mueller family “came over to my house and we ate burgers and fries, and we had a nice little toast.” It wasn’t what they planned but, “this is absolutely the right thing to do,” said the Six star and vlogger. “Yes, it’s disappointing. Yes, it’s inconvenient, but not in the big scope of things. We knew everybody else was in the same boat, everyone on Broadway—as well as the arts communities across the whole friggin’ country. Everybody is bummed. And the most important thing is to all do the right thing and be safe and be healthy.” View Comments While she’s been at home, Mueller’s been spending time with her cat Chaunce, staying in touch with her fellow Six co-stars via group text and doing some adult coloring books. “I sure did pull out the Notes From the Universe Coloring Book,” said Mueller. “Remember when that was like all the rage?” Though she comes from a showbiz family, Mueller considers herself an introvert. Thus, she’s been embracing the stillness, through meditation, yoga and not pressuring herself to be productive. “If you need to just lay down and snuggle under a blanket, if you feel like you want to do a lot or if you feel like you don’t, now’s the time to tune into what you need,” said Mueller. “Have some self-compassion.” Though she does admit she has been asking herself, “Why the heck haven’t you finished your taxes yet?”Mueller’s also looking forward to Six having its opening night in the future. Though she has been on Broadway in Kinky Boots and Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, Six is her first time originating a role on Broadway. “I love what the piece says. I love that it celebrates women,” she said. “We are all different shapes and sizes and walks of life, but we’re still this fierce girl group.” Mueller’s also looking forward to connecting with the Queendom again, the Six fans who have made her experience on the show that much more joyful. “To be a part of something that is making other people feel happy and empowered and healed,” she said, “is all I could ask for in this career. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.”Watch the rest of Mueller’s #LiveAtFive: Home Edition interview here, where she also shares a Six costume secret.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration -:-Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. from $79.00last_img read more

Survey: College administrators see problems as more students view marijuana as safe

first_imgVermont Business Magazine A majority of college administrators in a new survey say that more students believe marijuana to be “safe,” drawing concern that changing attitudes about marijuana might have downstream effects on college campuses. Administrators say the number of students with marijuana-related problems has either increased (37 percent) or stayed the same (32 percent), while almost none say such problems have lessened. And while they report a variety of negative impacts of marijuana use, and acknowledge the need to address the problem, they are also dealing with gaps in information and policy. A Presidents’ Panel with the associated presentation event included University of Vermont President Tom Sullivan.These are among the findings in a groundbreaking new survey of higher education officials by the Mary Christie Foundation and the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy in conjunction with the National Association of System Heads (NASH). The survey of 744 professionals in academic affairs, student affairs and student health was conducted by The MassINC Polling Group and released today at a national forum on college student substance use at the University of Maryland College Park.According to the survey results, administrators agree colleges should implement strategies to reduce student marijuana use, but relatively few think their own campuses are emphasizing the issue. Survey respondents said barriers to tackling the problem include lack of information about effective approaches, and limited coordination and training. Their responses also indicated more awareness of the problem among officials on the front lines of student health compared to those in academic affairs or other administrative roles.”This survey underscores what many of us have been worried about: although data show that consistent marijuana use is a serious threat to students’ wellbeing and academic performance, there is a lack of urgency to address the problem in meaningful ways,” said Robert Caret, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, Vice Chairman of the Mary Christie Foundation, and Chairman of NASH. “While is it encouraging that administrators see a role for colleges in addressing this issue, we need more active leadership to share information and coordinate the response.” Public health experts have long warned that regular marijuana use among college students can lead to impaired memory, lack of motivation (i.e., skipped classes), and problems with information processing and executive functioning. Marijuana use also overlaps significantly with excessive drinking and other substance use, rather than being a substitute, and is associated with mental health problems and an increased risk for psychosis in vulnerable individuals, among other health risks. The survey demonstrated significant knowledge gaps on these issues among college administrators, but the need for training to learn more was clearly acknowledged.Between 2014 and 2016, the annual prevalence of marijuana use among college students increased by 14 percent. In addition, the perception of harm and risk associated with regular marijuana smoking among 18- to 22-year-olds has decreased from about 58 percent in 2000 to about 33 percent in 2015, just as more states have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use.”Colleges find themselves on the front lines of this shift in attitudes and are playing catchup, in terms of education and training, as problems continue to grow,” said Nick Motu, Vice President of the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy. “We know marijuana is not benign, and we need to continue to educate our young people on the risks of marijuana use and help those who develop problems. This is a serious issue for students, their families and our wider society as schools prepare students for the demands of a rapidly changing and highly competitive workplace.”Among the key findings:Seven in 10 administrators said that the number of students with marijuana-related problems on campus had either increased (37 percent) or stayed the same (32 percent) over the past three years. A majority (54 percent) of respondents believe the number of students who perceive marijuana to be safe has increased over the past three years.A majority (55 percent) report marijuana use in college residence halls; 41 percent have observed academic problems related to marijuana use, and 36 percent have seen student mental health issues. 63 percent agreed that students who use marijuana are more academically disengaged than non-users.Eight in ten (79 percent) believe college campuses should implement policies and programs to effectively reduce marijuana among college students, but only a third think their campus is putting a great deal (5 percent) or a fair amount (28 percent) of emphasis on preventing marijuana use right now.Majorities think that a lack of resources, coordination and information are barriers to successful marijuana prevention and enforcement on campus. Student opposition is also seen as a concern. There is a large gap in knowledge and perception of the issue between administrators on the frontlines of combatting substance abuse (health and wellness, prevention, residential life, and campus safety) and those a step removed (academic and student affairs). Majorities of the first group think that marijuana use is a serious problem on their campuses, while majorities of the latter group think it is not.One way to address this gap could be to improve training and information sharing. Majorities of all types of administrators are interested in receiving training on how to handle various aspects of marijuana use among students, including impacts on student health and well-being and academic success.Administrators say marijuana is not treated as seriously as alcohol. Screening for marijuana use is less common than screening for alcohol, and administrators are not fully aware of research that shows marijuana is associated with as many academic problems as drinking and that a majority of marijuana users also drink to excess. Experts are urging colleges to collect more regular data regarding the scope and consequences of student marijuana use and to utilize evidence-based public health approaches to intervention. They are also calling for better coordination among college departments and top-down communication that puts all those who support students on the same page.”The primary mission of every institution of higher education is to promote student success,” said Dr. Amelia Arria, Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. “These new data from the unique vantage point of college administrators indicate that marijuana use is a barrier to student achievement. Therefore, leaders of these institutions should intensify their efforts to develop comprehensive, scientifically-informed solutions to reduce student substance use.”The new survey was released at today’s national forum entitled, “College Substance Use: New Solutions to a Perennial Problem,” at the University of Maryland College Park. National leaders in higher education, policymaking and substance use prevention and treatment convened to discuss the latest trends, challenges and innovations in preventing and addressing substance use on America’s college campuses.Hosted by the Mary Christie Foundation, the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy and the University of Maryland School of Public Health, the event featured a panel of five university presidents, and several notable speakers. The Presidents’ Panel consisted of:Marty Meehan (President of the University of Massachusetts)Kim Schatzel (President of Towson University)Wayne Frederick (President of Howard University)Gregory Crawford (President of Miami University)Tom Sullivan (President of the University of Vermont)Video of the entire event can be viewed at is external), and the full survey results are available at is external).About the PollThese results are based on a national survey of college campus officials conducted online between September 4 and 25, 2017. Seven-hundred forty-four officials began the survey, and 523 completed it. Respondents were contacted via an email distributed by the National Association of System Heads (NASH) to its members, to be shared with relevant administrators on campuses. The survey was also distributed to members of the American College Health Association (ACHA) via their listserv. The final data were weighted to better match the distribution of higher education institutions across census regions, using data from the National Center for Education Statistics. The poll was conducted by The MassINC Polling Group for the Mary Christie Foundation and the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy in conjunction with NASH.About the Mary Christie FoundationThe Mary Christie Foundation is a thought leadership and philanthropic organization dedicated to the health and wellness of teens and young adults. With world-renowned experts in health care policy, public health, behavioral health and higher education, the Foundation contributes to the examination and resolution of the most pressing, and often overlooked, health issues facing young people. Learn more at is external).About the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery AdvocacyOur mission is to provide a trusted national voice on all issues related to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery and to facilitate conversation among those in recovery, those still suffering and society at large. We are committed to smashing stigma, shaping public policy and educating people everywhere about the problems of addiction and the promise of recovery. The Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy is part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit treatment provider. Learn more at is external) and on Twitter @hbfinstitute(link is external).SOURCE COLLEGE PARK, Md., Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is external)last_img read more

Remembering the past through art

first_imgJudith Salmon New survey showcases work of Jamaican artist Judith SalmonThe stories of the past, if cherished, can both transcend and challenge across generations and national borders. This power of memory shared, particularly among the Caribbean Diaspora, will be the focus of renowned Jamaican-born artist Judith Salmon’s new exhibition, “Memories and the Carriage of Feet,” which opened this week at the KROMA Gallery in Miami.The exhibit surveys a significant body of her work, including paintings, mixed media and installations. The same show was also recently exhibited at the popularly received Explorations 111 show at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Audiences who visited Salmon’s exhibits had the opportunity to interact with her “Pockets of Memories” piece, where they could share a memory by leaving a note or token in the crochet pockets.“Pockets of Memory” is also include in Salmon’s show at KROMA Gallery, and South Florida visitors will also be encouraged to continue the engagement and interaction with the work. These items will later be consolidated to create a new work, tying the shared memories of the Diaspora into a thought-provoking installation. The show runs until March 13.Judith Salmon was born in the Caribbean island of Jamaica in 1952, and is now based in Florida. She has received several awards for painting from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, and received a Professional Artist Development Grant from the Pinellas Arts Council in Florida. Salmon is the latest artist being featured by KROMA, new collective art space located on Grand Avenue in the heart of Coconut Grove, dedicated to showcasing creative works from the African Diaspora.last_img read more