SMC objects to violence

first_imgIn 2009, Saint Mary’s College received a three-year grant valued at $299,893 from the U.S. Department Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, which the College used to create Bells Against Violence Office (BAVO), a program that addresses the various forms of violence women may encounter. According to Assistant Director for BAVO Connie Adams, the program strives to educate women about violence. “The aim of the Belles Against Violence Office is to increase the College’s capacity to appropriately and effectively respond to violence students might experience and head off future incidents by educating students on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking,” Adams said. Adams said one in every six women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime, and college-aged women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted. Adams said BAVO concentrates on the issues of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking in a three-part method. “Professional staff provide support and advocacy for students in a confidential environment,” Adams said. “Students who experience violence or abuse are able to find a listening ear and discuss options and resources with BAVO staff.” According to Adams, BAVO strives to educate women about these issues. “Events are offered throughout the year to raise awareness of violence against women issues and provide opportunities for students to take a stand against violence and abuse,” she said. BAVO will also provide training opportunities for students to learn how to handle violent situations that may arise in their lives. “With the aim to enhance the response of the Saint Mary’s College community to violence and abuse, training sessions are offered to students, staff and faculty,” Adams said. On Sept. 2, BAVO hosted a kick-off event where over 100 students had the opportunity to decorate t-shirts to take a “stand against violence.” “BAVO also plans to start one-day training sessions that will provide an opportunity for students to find actions which they can realistically incorporate into their lives,” Adams said. Adams said students should contact BAVO directly for more information at 574-284-4081 or [email protected]last_img read more

Author lectures about women’s dietary health

first_imgBy dieting in accordance with their menstrual cycles, women can feel satisfied with their bodies and their emotions, “Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition” author Marilyn Shannon said at a lecture Monday. The lecture was part of Saint Mary’s first official Food Week, which provides students tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle. The week’s events focus on food choices, nutrition facts and sustainability in food. Shannon said women who improve their overall health will also improve their menstrual cycles because irregularities, such as cramps, long cycles and premenstrual syndrome, are caused by poor diets. Shannon said women must better their diets and take essential vitamins to make their cycles more regular. Adequate sleep, moderate exercise and proper weight gain or loss also contribute to healthy cycles, she said. “Nutrition is the number one way to improve the body, but so is eating whole foods and taking the right vitamins,” Shannon said.   Shannon said women who have no or little premenstrual syndrome take in more vegetables, dietary fiber, vitamins and vegetable oils than other women. These reduce symptoms, but also improve a woman’s health. Shannon said there are 12 rules women should follow for better nutrition, including eating plenty of whole plant foods, avoiding trans fats and drinking pure water instead of soft drinks and caffeinated beverages. “When you go to the store, choose a variety of food and change the routine,” she said. “Pick something you usually don’t eat.” Variations in the diet allow the body to obtain the essential vitamins found in different food groups, Shannon said. She said women must be confident in their dieting and follow the 80-20 rule. “Follow your diet or nutrition balance 80 percent of the time, but you can have 20 percent for things outside of the diet,” she said.   Shannon said self-care for better cycles and fertility makes a difference in women’s lives. “Improved nutrition is the natural way to start,” she said.last_img read more

Professor inhabits Lyons

first_imgWhen accounting professor Edward Hums graduated from Notre Dame in 1975, he never imagined he would return to campus as a resident, let alone in a women’s residence hall. Hums and his wife Shirley have made Lyons Hall their home this academic year after the Office of Student Affairs approached them last year about the possibility of moving into a residence hall and becoming Notre Dame’s first faculty-in-residence. The couple accepted the offer and moved into Lyons in August, along with their cat Squeak.   “I hope it’s working out well,” Hums said. “I think it is. My wife and myself have really enjoyed our time here [in Lyons].”   Hums, who has taught at Notre Dame since 1989, said he and his wife are test driving the faculty-in-residence program. “Because we’re the only faculty-in-residence at Notre Dame, we’re kind of the point people, kind of the pathfinders for this,” Hums said. “Hopefully, if things work out [in Lyons], it’s an opportunity to expand this program in other halls.” Hums said they have not yet determined whether he will continue to live in Lyons next year, and whether the faculty-in-residence program will be expanded. A native of Mishawaka, Hums said he did not live in a residence hall during his time at Notre Dame, so living in Lyons marks his first time as an on-campus resident at the University. Hums said he decided to move into the residence hall because he perceives as a growing disconnect between students and faculty. “I sense that somehow the faculty and students, when Notre Dame was a little smaller, were closer, and over time they have grown more apart,” Hums said. “I just sense that more and more, students and faculty do not have the opportunity to meet as much as we used to, and I thought it was a good idea to take some steps to change the situation.” Hums said he is used to making himself available to students, but living in a residence hall is a good way to be even more accessible. “The best thing about living in a dorm is surrounding yourself with students,” he said. “I’m a Notre Dame graduate and my wife has a master’s degree from Notre Dame. It gives us an opportunity to be with students and gives us an opportunity to learn from students. It gives the students an opportunity to learn from us.” Hums said that Squeak the cat is a “great icebreaker” to encourage students to visit. “Our secret weapon is our cat,” Hums said. “Students like to come over to pet the cat because they have pets at home and they miss their pets.” Despite its benefits, dorm life still takes some getting used to, Hums said. “It is a change. There are some challenge.,” he said. “Obviously, student hours are not the same as faculty hours. Some of us are up and teaching at eight in the morning. Students don’t go to bed at 11 o’clock at night.” Contact Nicole McAlee at [email protected]last_img read more

Professor discusses Northern Irish poetry and conflict

first_imgOn Friday, Eric Falci, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, presented a lecture titled “Northern Irish Poetry after the Troubles,” in which he explored and analyzed the effects of modern political and social strife in Ireland on the art of Northern Irish poetry.Falci, who spoke as part of Keough Naughton Institute for Irish Studies’ Lectures and Public Talks Series, focused his talk on a twofold question of how poets responded to conflict and what patterns emerged therein.“My question about Northern Irish poetry after the Troubles … is considering the very different social and political conditions in Northern Ireland in the past 20 years, how have poets addressed those conditions,” Falci said. “The second part of that question is what type of formal shapes have emerged?”Falci concentrated on several specific poetic examples, including Michael Longley’s “Ceasefire,” Sinéad Morrissey’s “Thoughts in a Balck Taxi,” “In Belfast,” and “Signatures” and Allan Gillis’s “Laganside.” Of these works, Falci said “Ceasefire,” which was published in “The Irish Times” three days after the 1994 ceasefire between the north and south factions of Ireland, is the most famous.“Longley’s great poem, the most famous public poem of the Troubles, approaches the complex particulars of the political situation from the flank,” he said. “Even as it is manifestly about the contemporary situation in Northern Ireland and responsive to events there in a stunningly impressioned way, it stages multiple forms of displacement.”Falci said the poem, which uses Homer’s Iliad as an allegory for the Troubles, reflects the uncertainty of the ceasefire and its surrounding events.“I think ‘Ceasefire’ emphasizes the partial, unfinished quality of both the events of the poem, it was only a pause in the Trojan War, and the events in Northern Ireland to which the poem points,” he said. “There had been IRA ceasefires before. The fracture quality of the sonnet serves to forestall any too quick acceptance or even belief in the solidity of the peace.Falci said poets in Northern Ireland took on a more influential and political role during the Troubles, which resulted in their poetry assuming a dislocated quality.“From the start of the Troubles in 1968, poets, more than any other kind of cultural figure in Ireland, were called upon, and perhaps more felt themselves to be called upon, to respond to the outbreak of violence,” he saidFalci said many Irish poets resisted the call to act as political or ideological spokespersons, or to provide some kind of artistically minded social commentary, from the start.Falci said the full impact of the Troubles on Northern Irish poetry cannot be measured, but regardless, the turmoil profoundly affected poets and their work.“It is impossible to say whether the social and political crisis in Northern Ireland spurred great poetry or whether the great poetry would have happened anyway,” Falci said.“However we choose to understand the great unlikelihood of so many great poets in such a short time and in such a small space, it is certainly the case that the Troubles becomes a kind of structuring principle for that work and especially for its reception.”Tags: Irish Studieslast_img read more

Voter turnout increases in student body election

first_imgJudicial Council released official percentages for voter turnout and election results from the race for student body president and vice president in an email Thursday morning.According to the email, the winning ticket — junior Corey Robinson and sophomore Rebecca Blais — garnered 59.41 percent of the votes cast in Wednesday’s election.Overall, voter turnout this year was 59 percent of the undergraduate student body, up from 45 percent in last year’s student body election and 46 percent the year before.Juniors Louis Bertolotti and Elizabeth Fenton came in second place with 19.55 percent of vote, and juniors Dominic Alberigi and Jenn Cha came in third with 15.63 percent. In addition, 5.41 percent of voters chose to abstain, according to Thursday’s email.Robinson and Blais will take office April 1.Tags: Judicial Council, Robinson-Blais, Student Body Electionlast_img read more

State Police Take Coronavirus Precautions

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Image.ALBANY – New York State Police are taking precautions to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus.In a news advisory Tuesday, troopers asked community members who are placing an emergency call to advise dispatchers if they, or any members of their household, are experiencing flu-like symptoms.Police say the information will ensure first responders can prepare to prevent the spread of any illnesses.In addition, New York State Police are suspending employment fingerprinting, along with child safety seat checks until further notice. “Public safety is a mission priority for our Troopers,” said a statement from New York State Police. “While we understand that suspending these services is an inconvenience to the public, this is an extraordinary circumstance. The State Police are committed to doing what we can to assist the State’s emergency response to COVID-19.”Police say they will notify the public when these services, both employment fingerprinting and child safety seat checks, will once again be provided.last_img read more

Reed Calls For Trump To Face Justice, Believes He Shouldn’t Be Impeached

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Where was Tom Reed during all the summer protest? There are 100’s of his colleagues calling them peaceful as literally cops were being attacked, police vehicles were being set on fire, businesses broken into , burned down. Where were you then TOM REED? I personally don’t know anyone whom will ever vote Republican again….. YOU ARE SWAMPRemember, dictators don’t get censored, Dictators are the ones who do the censoring. Currently Amazon is petitioning for a Pentagon Defense Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract. Do we really want Amazon to have this much power?,Trump SHOULD ALSO BE CHARGED for ALL the foreign wars he put us into…. WWIII, Trump was definitely against bringing Our Troops Home… He kept saying it, and all that Peace in the Middle East… Who would want that??Send all our children out for foreign wars, Congress & the Senate are our RULERS,“Could damage the integrity of our system of justice” what a crock of Bullshit, Trump has damaged our system of Democracy, an attempted coup, Capital insurrection. None of that matters? He belongs in our Justice system as an inmate. Trump paid 750 dollars in taxes for two out of twelve years, I pay more income taxes in a year than he paid for in twelve years and he put his name on the stimulus check, what a joke. It cost approx. 6.4 million a year for his golfing trips, it cost $650 per night per person with him for a room at his golf courses on his golf trips, now do you understand why he doesn’t want to step down?,I am glad we can ALL finally agree, that Rioting is wrong, where were you all summer?Glad your finally aboard,,Republican Rep. Tom Reed in an op/ed published Monday evening in The New York Times backed censuring President Donald Trump over impeaching him during his final days in office. But Reed, a lawmaker from New York’s Southern Tier region, also opened the door to barring Trump from holding federal office again in the future.“Such options include censure, criminal proceedings and actions under the 14th Amendment, after a complete and thorough investigation into the events leading up to the assault on the Capitol,” Reed wrote in the op/ed. “I intend to join with my House colleagues in the introduction of a censure resolution Tuesday to ensure accountability occurs without delay for the events of Jan. 6. We must also look at alternatives that could allow Congress to bar Mr. Trump from holding federal office in the future.” WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed is calling for President Donald Trump to face justice following last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol, yet, believes the leader shouldn’t be impeached.In an op-ed published in the New York Times on Monday, the Republican says there is inadequate time to reasonably investigate, present and debate articles of impeachment against the President.“All responsible parties, including President Trump, must face justice. Yet, the manner in which President Trump and others are held accountable is a difficult question that demands more scrutiny,” said Reed. “If our leaders make the wrong decision in how to hold him accountable, it could damage the integrity of our system of justice, further fan the flames of division, and disillusion millions of Americans ─ all while failing to accomplish anything.”The Representative says while the president’s words were unwise, intemperate and wrong, they may not qualify as incitement. He says the House’s article of impeachment a “Incitement of Insurrection” is an impeachable offense.“A snap impeachment will undoubtedly fuel the divisions between our citizens at a time when the wounds of Jan. 6 are still raw,” Reed furthered. “With the start of a new administration and a new Congress, there is a real opportunity to build bridges and unite the American people around our shared values.”Reed says a “too-quick” impeachment will not suddenly change the minds of millions of Americans who still do not recognize the election of President-elect Biden as legitimate.He believes rushed proceedings will be seen as validating the view that impeachment is part of a multiyear campaign to delegitimize Mr. Trump’s 2016 election.Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced a single charge of impeachment on Monday against the President.The Democratic-controlled House is expected to take up the matter Wednesday after calling on Vice President Mike Pence to start the U.S. Constitution’s 25th Amendment process of removing Trump from office.That resolution is expected to pass, but Pence is unlikely to act.Read the full op-ed by clicking here.last_img read more

Ethel Sings Will Play Off-Broadway

first_img Written by Joan Beber, Ethel Sings follows Ethel Rosenberg, the determined mother, singer, writer and actress, and her husband Julius, who become swept up in the fatal Red Scare hysteria of the 1950s. Julius’ need to “save the world” becomes his undoing, and Ethel’s love for her husband becomes hers. In addition to Michailidis as Ethel, Butler as Julius, Moore as Loraine and Isola as Roy Cohn, the cast will include David Fierro, Tanesha Gary, Sheira Irving, Kenneth Lee, Joel Leffert and Serge Thony. The play will feature set design by John McDermott, lighting design by Joyce Liao and costumes by Whitney Locher. Related Shows View Comments Ethel Sings Show Closed This production ended its run on July 13, 2014 Ethel Sings, which examines the life of convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg, will receive its off-Broadway premiere at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre. The play, directed by Will Pomerantz, will star Tracy Michailidis (Beauty & the Beast), Ari Butler (Old Jews Telling Jokes), Adrienne Moore (Orange Is The New Black) and Kevin Isola (Almost, Maine). Ethel Sings will begin performances on May 31 and run through July 13. Opening night is set for June 6.last_img read more

Tickets for Off-Broadway’s Sex with Strangers Now Available

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 31, 2014 Tickets are now on sale for Laura Eason’s Sex with Strangers, starring Breaking Bad Emmy winner Anna Gunn and Tony nominee Billy Magnussen. The Second Stage production, directed by David Schwimmer, will begin performances on July 8 and open officially on July 30. Star Files Billy Magnussen The play will feature set design by Andromache Chalfant, costume design by ESosa, lighting design by Japhy Weideman and sound design by Fitz Patton. Sex With Strangers follows sex blogger Ethan (Magnussen) as he tracks down his idol, a gifted but obscure novelist named Olivia (Gunn). Their attraction turns to sex as they inch closer to getting what they want. The drama challenges the dark side of ambition and the near impossibility of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away. View Comments Related Shows Sex With Strangerslast_img read more

Comedy Icon Joan Rivers Dead at 81

first_img Rivers is survived by her daughter Melissa and grandson Cooper. Legendary comedian and Tony nominee Joan Rivers died on September 4, following surgery complications, according to Reuters. As previously reported, Rivers stopped breathing while undergoing a throat procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy on the Upper East Side and was rushed to the Mt. Sinai Hospital. She was 81 years old. Most recently, Rivers remained in the public eye as a co-host of E!’s Fashion Police, reviewing the latest red carpet fashion hits and misses. She also starred in the WE TV reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, alongside her daughter, fellow television personality Melissa Rivers. Her many one-woman specials include Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress, Joan Rivers: The Now or Never Tour and Joan Rivers: Before They Close the Lid Tour. She was the subject of the 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work and the author of several books, including Diary of a Mad Diva and I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me. Rivers was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 1984 for her comedy album, What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? She was reportedly gearing up to reprise her performance in Sally Marr…and her escorts, which she wrote alongside Erin Sanders and Lonny Price. Earlier this month, she shared a picture on Twitter with costume designer William Ivey Long, presumably in preparation for her return to the stage. Born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn in 1933, Rivers graduated from Barnard College with a degree in English literature and worked in various media jobs before turning to a career in show business. She appeared as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, receiving recognition for her already signature comedic style. She went on to become the host of The Late Show, and in 1989, The Joan Rivers Show, for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award. In addition to performing, Rivers was a frequent theatergoer, making appearances at shows including Rocky, Mothers and Sons and Romeo and Juliet. On Show People with Paul Wontorek, Rivers expressed her love for the stage performances of the likes of Patti LuPone and Scarlett Johansson. While she may be remembered for her sharp tongue and brutally honest opinions, Rivers told, “I love actors I love actress. I always think we’re such a sorority or fraternity—a little group—a band of brothers.” In 1959, Rivers starred in the off-Broadway play Driftwood, opposite a relatively unknown Barbra Streisand. She appeared on Broadway three times in her career; she made her debut in Fun City;in 1972 and went on to perform in Broadway Bound. In 1994, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in Sally Marr…and her escorts. Last year, she contributed material for off-Broadway’s Stars of David View Commentslast_img read more