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first_imgFollowing public requests from students and faculty asking Notre Dame to improve inclusion of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community, the University announced Wednesday it would not add sexual orientation to its non-discrimination clause. University Spokesman Dennis Brown declined to provide an explanation for why sexual orientation would not be added and would not say who made the final decision. The announcement came in the wake of increased pressure to create a more inclusive atmosphere for LGBTQ members of the Notre Dame community. Student and Faculty Senates recently passed resolutions asking for sexual orientation to be included in the non-discrimination clause. The Student Senate resolution also asked that the University publicly address why the phrase is not included. When asked when and if the University would provide such a public response, Brown declined to comment. However, Notre Dame announced in a press release it would take other steps to enhance inclusion of LGBTQ members. For example, the University plans to reaffirm and spread awareness about the University’s existing non-discrimination policies. The University’s handbook, du Lac, includes a “Spirit of Inclusion,” which states that Notre Dame welcomes its LGBTQ community and seeks to create an environment in which “none are strangers and all may flourish.” University President Fr. John Jenkins affirmed the Spirit of Inclusion in the press release. “In all of our efforts, we seek within the context of Church teaching to better realize the ideals expressed in the University’s ‘Spirit of Inclusion’ statement – to create an environment of mutual respect, hospitality and warmth,” he said. The University also condemns harassment and discrimination toward LGBTQ individuals in its discriminatory harassment policy, which is designed to protect current students and employees. The non-discrimination clause primarily addresses discrimination against prospective students and employees in areas such as admissions, employment, scholarships and athletics. The current clause states that the University “does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, veteran status or age.” In response to student suggestions, the University will make ally training more widely available, improve hall staff training and continue communication between administration and student leaders regarding LGBTQ issues, according to the press release. Notre Dame also plans to improve the structure and functioning of the Core Council for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Students, a group comprised of administrators and students that advises the Vice President for Student Affairs on LGBTQ needs. Brown also said some changes have already been made to improve inclusion of LGBTQ students, such as providing Core Council with permanent space in the LaFortune Student Center. “There have been some things that have been done,” he said. “That’s an example.” Brown said the University plans to solidify a specific plan for enhancing inclusion of LGBTQ students in the upcoming months. “Those are going to be things that will be in discussion with students over the summer and early in the fall semester to put details in place,” he said. Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Tom Doyle said Notre Dame has made progress over the past 15 years in its support for LGBTQ students and said the University appreciates student input on the subject. “We’ve always emphasized the desire to continuously improve and to be responsive to student concerns,” he said in the press release. “The conversations between students and the administration both recently and over the past several years have been very important.” Sophomore Alex Coccia, co-president of the Progressive Student Alliance (PSA), said the University’s release is a step in the right direction. “With such a statement from the University, it is important that each individual respond according to his or her own vantage point,” he said. “I believe that it is important to acknowledge the initiative of the administration both to release a public statement regarding first steps for inclusive and to recognize expressed student suggestions.” Coccia, who is also a columnist for The Observer’s Viewpoint section, is actively involved in the 4 to 5 Movement, an initiative of PSA in which allies promote an environment of inclusion for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff. “I want to commend all of the students, faculty, and staff who, through the 4 to 5 Movement, have worked tirelessly and at much personal expense this entire year for full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning members of the community,” Coccia said. The 4 to 5 Movement released a video in February titled, “It Needs To Get Better,” in which students, faculty and staff call for a more inclusive environment for the LGBTQ community. The video has over 20,000 views on YouTube.   The video specifically asks that Notre Dame include sexual orientation in its nondiscrimination clause and that the University approve a gay-straight alliance (GSA) as an official club. AllianceND, which is currently the campus’s unofficial GSA, applied for official club status in February. Brown said the University’s decision regarding the nondiscrimination clause is separate from a decision regarding a GSA, which will be made through the Student Activities Office (SAO).   Director of Student Activities for Programming Peggy Hnatusko, who makes the final decision regarding club status, told The Observer on Tuesday that all applications for new clubs were still under review. Hnatusko said she hopes all decisions regarding new clubs will be made by the end of the summer and will send letters to prospective clubs when the review process is finished. However, Coccia said he received verbal commitment from an SAO representative earlier in the semester that a decision regarding GSA’s club status would be made by May 1. Kristen Durbin contributed to this report.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Jackie “The Joke Man” MartlingThe next installment of The Paramount Comedy Series returns Sunday, Feb. 17 with Long Island’s own Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling leading the laughs and sharing the stage with “The Young Comedians,” four up-and-coming (and younger) jokesters: Joey Giarratano, Scott Schendlinger, Chris DiStefano and Harrison Greenbaum.Huntington’s The Paramount has been hosting a bring-down-the-house comedy show every month since early 2011, blending local talent with international and celebrity comic acts. The list of past headliners includes such funnyman and women as Gary Gulman, Maria Walsh and Louie Anderson.Martling, a Mineola native, fondly remembers downtown Huntington as the area where he got his start in comedy and subsequently helped kickstart comedy on Long Island.“I recorded my first album a few doors away from [The Paramount],” he tells the Long Island Press. “I think that’s kind of interesting.”Martling toured with his rock band Off Hour Rockers until 1979, when he decided to start telling his dirty jokes on stage. Two comedy records later, and in 1983 Martling sent a copy of his work to a then little-known radio DJ named Howard Stern.“He loved them,” Martling recalls. “I went in on his program and then I went to the moon.”These are just some of the revealing (and hysterical) details Martling shared recently with the Press during an interview that left this reporter in absolute stitches. Below are a few additional tidbits—for much more, check out the show Feb. 17. Trust us, you’ll be laughing all week long.LONG ISLAND PRESS: What were the early days of Long Island Comedy like?JACKIE: “After my band broke up I played shows on my own. I met a couple comedians and I invited them to come down to my gigs. I’m talking about Rob Bartlett, who’s on Imus now, Eddie Murphy, who of course you know who he is, and Bob Nelson. These guys would all come down [from New York City] because there was no place to get stage time and Richard M. Dixon had a place in the late ’70s but he wouldn’t pay us, so me and my buddy Richie had the idea to set up my microphone and my amplifier and speakers I used when I played gigs by myself.“We started doing shows and bringing people out from the city. We had all the big ones, you know, Seinfeld and Carol Leifer and Dennis Wolfberg. They all came out because they’d make money. And we actually started comedy on Long Island in 1979 at Cinnamon. I started putting up shows everywhere. There isn’t a bar on Long Island where I didn’t have a comedy show. All the major people from New York were going around making five dollars a set, or a hamburger. They’d come out to Long Island and make 40 or 50 dollars. It was like they died and went to heaven. The audiences were great, and after a year Richie and his brother opened the East Side Comedy Club.”LIP: What are the challenges for a comedian trying to work on Long Island?JACKIE: “The thing is, you need hard bark on ya. That’s the important thing. It’s so funny because when your start out and when you start to get the least bit known, a lot of the same stuff happens. You get interviewed and people ask you the same questions and you get sick of saying ‘I don’t know,’ so you get to making an answer for everything. People always say, ‘Jackie I want to be a comedian, what should I do?’“I got to where I had a stock thing that I said. I’d tell them, ‘Well don’t do it, give up, you don’t have a chance.’“It was funny, because it wasn’t just about blowing people off; there was a real reason there. If telling someone you don’t have a chance is enough to stop you, you really haven’t got a chance. [Comedy] is such a tough thing to do and you’re going to hit so many obstacles that if me telling you that you haven’t got a chance is enough to stop you, you might as well give up.”LIP: What was your first impression of Stern?JACKIE: “He was very tall. [Stern and the cast] couldn’t have been nicer, they treated me so well, and they plugged the hell out of Governor’s Comedy Club and my joke phone line. At the time I was working in Levittown at Governor’s and all of a sudden here I am at 30 Rock looking at pictures of Carson and Donahue and I’m going up sitting there in the big time. They were funny and it was fun. I always got a good laugh, so it was a perfect wedding.”LIP: Why radio?JACKIE: “I had no intention of being a radio guy, that totally happened by accident. But I love it. It’s so immediate. You could write a movie and in a year or two, see your work come to fruition. You write a TV show in a couple of months, you get to see your work come to life. You’re a comedian and in a best-case scenario you can come up with something that morning and tell it on stage that night.“I’d be sitting next to Howard and an idea comes to my head and I’d write it down and put it in front of him. Five seconds later he reads it and immediately 15 million people are laughing. It is so immediate and personal and in your face just knowing that you’re telling jokes on Jackie’s Joke Hunt and there’s a couple hundred thousand people listening, it’s just so fun.”The Paramount’s Box Office is located at 370 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743; 631-673-7300. The Paramount Comedy Series Presents: Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling & the Young Comedians Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.; Doors open at 7 p.m. For tickets, click here. The Feb. 17 date is a rescheduling from its original Saturday, Feb. 9 date, due to inclement weather. Refunds are available through point of purchase if unable to attend the rescheduled date. For questions, please contact The Paramount at 6310673-7300.last_img read more


first_imgStatement on the Passing of State Representative Florindo Fabrizio July 24, 2018 Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the passing of State Representative Florindo “Flo” Fabrizio, who served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 16 years:“Representative Fabrizio’s life was one of passion and he spent his career fighting for the people he represented in Erie. Flo was a loyal and loving husband, father, colleague, friend and representative. He was a personal friend to me and I will never forget his zeal for life, even in his most difficult days. His legacy in Erie and across Pennsylvania will live on for years to come and I encourage all Pennsylvanians to keep him, his family and all those mourning in their thoughts today.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAs both teams trudged off the field after the first half of the NCAA semifinal in Avaya Stadium on Friday, the Trojans looked as if they might be facing the end of their run in the tourney.From the start, Georgetown possessed. In the first seconds of the game, a forward took a hard shot that barely went wide and into the side netting. The tone was set from there. With well-structured attacks and an uptempo pace, the Hoyas put the Trojans back on their heels. The stat card reflected the frustration of the half — the Trojans earned six fouls and took only one shot. Georgetown, meanwhile, leveled five shots at goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme, forcing her to make sliding saves off her line to keep the Trojans alive.But in the locker room, head coach Keidane McAlpine told his players to do one thing — breathe.“We were on our back foot for most of the first half,” McAlpine said. “Second half, we caught our breath and found a way to get back in the game.”Maybe it was a rousing halftime speech, or endurance, or just the sheer chemistry of the team. But in the second half, the Trojans exploded with their typical intensity, spreading the field wide and carving up the Georgetown defense. The increase in energy made the difference as USC went on to win 1-0, advancing to the College Cup final for the first time since the program won it all in 2007. The Trojans will face West Virginia for the championship on Sunday. It wasn’t a dominant second half for either team. But the Trojans began to string together set pieces and thoughtful attacks, maintaining long chunks of possession that provided movement and allowed flank players to stretch the field. All that USC needed was one moment to change the course of the game.That spark came in the 59th minute, when senior midfielder Morgan Andrews passed a ball from the right flank to Johnson, who had backed her defender up only feet away from the goal. Redshirt senior forward Johnson took a touch to her right, turned and slotted a shot into the left corner. The ball flew too wide and low for the keeper to ever have a chance at making the save.It happened so fast that Johnson, laughing, admitted afterwards that she couldn’t remember much of the play herself. But with 20 minutes left in the game, the Trojans took a lead that they held steadily until the final whistle.The lead put the Trojans back in control, a position they’ve become comfortable in throughout this season. This USC squad isn’t used to losing — after dropping its first two games of the season, the Trojans made a decision as a team to relentlessly refuse to accept anything besides victory.Since then, they lost only two and tied two more, with Prudhomme setting the school record for shutouts on her way to becoming Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year. In most of those games, the front line crafted a dominant style of play that kept defenses on their heels and the ball far from Prudhomme’s line.That wasn’t the case with Georgetown. Even after scoring their goal, the game remained back and forth at a brutal pace that forced both defenses to remain constantly on edge. But that brought out another edge of the USC team that has quietly aided this year’s high-scoring success — the wealth of talent in the backline.The defense-focused game showcased Prudhomme and senior Pac-12 Defender of the Year Mandy Freeman. The pair slowed a Georgetown attack carrying all of the game’s momentum into the second half, disrupting passes and minimizing time spent in the goal box. And even into the final seconds, the senior leaders made sure their voices were heard as they rallied their defense to maintain the shut out.“We played all the way to the last second,” Prudhomme said. “We didn’t want anyone losing their head for a minute, so for me I’m just constantly reassuring them that I’m behind them. You get caught up in a game, you just gotta keep talking.”If past games are anything to go by, Sunday’s championship game against West Virginia will be similarly focused. The last six games of the tourney have ended in 1-0 scoresheets, including West Virginia’s late win over North Carolina earlier on Friday.But if Sunday comes down to a battle of defenses, the Trojans can be confident in one thing — they’ll bring one of the best in the country to the field.last_img read more


first_imgRedding >> The Red Bluff High School Swim team enjoyed much success at the EAL Championships at Enterprise High School Thursday; the varsity girls finishing in 3rd place as a team, the varsity boys 4th overall and the JV girls in 4th place as well.The highlights of the day were the three school records that were broken. The first one to fall was in the girls 200 Medley Relay. The previous record was set in 1987 and was 2:04.21. The relay team of Julia Brandt, Jayne Brandt, Ellie Fletcher and …last_img


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the kickoff of the #gotyourback campaign, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is moving the topic of mental health on the farm forward. The initiative, of which Ohio Farm Bureau is a proud partner, was created to let farmers know they are not alone in their struggles and to give them resources to seek professional, confidential help when stresses on the farm become overwhelming.ODA Director Dorothy Pelanda“So many factors in farming are out of the farmer’s control,” said Dorothy Pelanda, ODA director.“Wondering if the weather will cooperate and working long hours alone can all affect a farmer’s mental health and well-being.”Earlier this year, Director Pelanda visited with farmers across the state who were faced with the most devastating economic losses they have ever experienced due to the excessive wet weather during the planting season.“Many of them told me they felt as if they had the weight of the world on their shoulders,” Pelanda said. “Imagine working for an entire year and not being paid. That is exactly what some farmers will face this year.”At a news conference to introduce the #gotyourback campaign and the website GotYourBackOhio.org, Pelanda wanted farmers to know that they are not alone and that help is available to those dealing with the stresses of farming.Highland County farmer Nathan Brown, who represents District 20 as an Ohio Farm Bureau trustee, was also a part of the news conference. He shared that even before he began his farming career, mental health and mental wellness had been a part of his life. Many members of his family struggled with depression and he has dealt with anxiety.“For all of us, it can be a challenge to navigate life from time to time and agriculture can magnify those moments,” Brown said. “Farmers sometimes feel that they only have themselves to blame if things don’t go right. It is completely on them if their crops fail or if their farm goes bankrupt and they will very rarely talk with others about what might be going wrong on the farm.”Brown looks forward to working with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to bring this statewide initiative to the local level as well. He believes having mental health professionals on the ready in farm communities will be crucial in helping people in rural Ohio that find themselves in a crisis situation.last_img read more


first_imgThe first autonomous car race, named Roborace, occurred this weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a prelude to the Formula E championship. Two self-driving racecars took to the track, but sadly one crashed before the race ended.The Devbot electric vehicle misjudged a corner while travelling at over 150km/h, faster than most self-driving car tests carried out by Google, Tesla, and other automakers.See Also: Ford to skip Level 3 autonomy to keep sleepy drivers happy“One of the cars was trying to perform a manoeuvre, and it went really full-throttle and took the corner quite sharply and caught the edge of the barrier,” Roborace’s chief marketing officer Justin Cooke told the BBC.“It’s actually fantastic for us because the more we see these moments the more we are able to learn and understand what was the thinking behind the computer and its data.”Speeding past the wreckageThe other self-driving vehicle was able to complete the course, reaching a top speed of 186km/h (116mph) and turning a few difficult corners without issue.Roborace was created in part to promote the idea of self-driving to a new audience, but also to test artificial intelligence and autonomous systems at high speed. This data may be shared in the future with other automakers.The next race, which will include ten cars, takes different AI concepts and pits teams against one another. Some Formula 1 fanatics have criticized the competition, saying it removes the human element from car racing. Others have said it opens the competition to more customization and lets engineers take the forefront. David Curry IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Related Posts center_img Tags:#autonomous cars#driverless#featured#Formula 1#Formula E#Roborace#Self-Driving#top For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more


first_imgWest Indian Chris Gayle hammered a 16 ball 44 and Tillakaratne Dilshan hit an unbeaten 52 as Bangalore beat Kochi by nine wickets in the 50th IPL match of the season at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday. Score | PhotosChasing 126, Bangalore were off the mark – Usain Bolt style as they reached the target on the first ball of the 14th over.In fact, calling their opening a flyer would be an understatement as Gayle and Dilshan were busy pounding the opposition bowlers.Gayle was especially brutal. The left-hander hit Prasanth Parameswaran all across the park scoring a record 37 runs off him in the third over of the innings. A six was followed by another six off a no ball, which again was followed by two fours and two sixes and finally a four to complete the over. And Gayle raced to 44 off 13 balls and the team total jumped to 66.Kochi managed to get their man in the next over with an R Vinay Kumar ball penetrating his defence to strike against his off stump when the team total was 67. But the damage was already done and there was little Kochi could to avoid that. Gayle scored 44 off 16 balls hitting three fours and five over the fence shots on the way.Then Virat Kolhi and Tillakaratne Dilshan batted with ease against a bowling attack that had already been rendered toothless post Gayle charge.In 10 overs Bangalore were sitting pretty on 109/1 and on the first ball of the 14th over they were home with 128/1 on the board.advertisementDilshan (52 n.o.) and Virat Kohli (27 n.o.) were at the crease when Bangalore cruised to an impressive nine-wicket win.Kochi inningsEarlier, Bangalore bowlers struck at regular intervals as Kochi managed to score 125/9 during their IPL match.Earlier, Kochi captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to bat in the 50th IPL match of the season. Kochi openers Michael Klinger and Brendon McCullum started the innings with ease gradually increase the run rate. But their plan met a road block when Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori got rid of McCullum in the sixth over on 22 when the team total was 43.With McCullum back in the dugout, Klinger too lost his rhythm and fell in the ninth over with Chris Gayle uprooting his middle stump on 24. Kochi were 64/2 post his fall.Then on the last ball of the 10th over Vettori scalped Kochi captain Mahela Jayawardene cheaply to reduce the opposition to 72/3. On the second ball of the next over Parthiv Patel got run out on 19 and Kochi were reduced to 73/4.There was no respite for the Kochi batsmen as Bangalore bowlers struck thick and fast. Bangalore’s left-arm medium-pacer Sreenath Aravind too joined the party by scalping Aussie Brad Hodge in the 14th over Zaheer Khan performing the final honours at short fine leg. Kochi were down to 89/5.Aravind struck again in the 18th over to despatch Raiphi Gomez and reduce Kochi to 106/1.With the Kochi tail visible, things became easy for the Bangalore bowlers as they quickly wrapped up the innings. However, Ramesh Powar and Prasanth Parameswaran remained unbeaten as Kochi managed to post 125/9 in 20 overs.last_img read more


first_imgFrom the moment the heartbreaking news broke that 12 young Thai soccer players and their 25-year-old coach were stuck in a cave complex near the Myanmar border, the world has been glued to the rescue and recovery details. For over two weeks, the facts of how the group ended up in the cave and the subsequent mobilization of rescue workers around the globe has been a testament of just how powerful human spirit can be. But as each boy has been pulled out, there remains many questions that needs to be answered. Operation Thai cave rescue will be the first documentary to explore and unpack every angle of this remarkable rescue operation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfProduced in association with ITN Productions, Discovery’s Operation Thai cave rescue – which will telecast on July 20, 9 pm – unpacks the human and scientific drama behind one of the most difficult and heart-palpitating rescues attempted in human history. With exclusive early access to men and women – including family members – who have been living and breathing the events, the operation focuses on the triumph of the human spirit and the extraordinary scientific and technological innovations used to complete this miracle rescue.Featuring interviews with medical and mental health experts, renowned cave diving instructors and the world’s leading cave diving rescue experts, the film paints a full picture of what the boys and their rescuers were experiencing and how these heroic divers could recover what was thought initially to be an impossible feat.last_img read more