first_imgTwitter Frog Aides helps supports local businesses with on-campus ‘state fair’ event Linkedin ReddIt Frog Corps continues to grow, promote school spirit Matt Johnson Previous articleTCU students react to an increase in drug violationsNext articleStudents paint bacteria in cross campus learning Matt Johnson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Matt Johnsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/matt-johnson/ Matt Johnsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/matt-johnson/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Matt is a senior film major and journalism minor from The Woodlands, Texas. He covers Arts, Entertainment and Media for TCU360. New library renovation plans draw mixed reactionscenter_img printAfter a strong audience turn-out for the first three showcases, TCUnderground is planning for a bigger show.At the end of April, TCUnderground is having a festival to celebrate a successful first semester as an organization on campus. Unlike the usual showcases, the upcoming festival is looking to have the best artists come together on one stage to perform.TCUnderground held auditions this past Tuesday in order to find the best rappers and musicians in the local TCU and Fort Worth community.032416_MJ_TCUndergroundAuditions from TCU Student Media on Vimeo.Nia Brookins, the founder of TCUnderground, said the audition process was vital because it allowed those who hadn’t been to any showcases to come and show off their work.“We have a lot of talent on campus and the local Fort Worth community that I wasn’t even aware of come out to audition,” Brookins said.Video Playerhttp://www.tcu360.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Clip15.m4v00:0000:0001:08Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“Displaying this festival will give artists something to work toward for next year, and give the campus another musical event with people right here in the DFW area,” Brookins said.TCUnderground is now working to market themselves.“We utilize social media and word of mouth tremendously, and we are hosting fundraisers leading up to the event to fund the equipment as well,” Brookins said.Even though marketing for the festival hasn’t started yet, some students say they are already excited for the idea.Lance Montgomery, a junior film-television-digital media major, said the event will be a success after all the support the organization has gained since officially starting in January.“I definitely believe the organization can pull off this festival,” Montgomery said. “The genius in having several small events throughout the semester is that by now they have acquired a following.”With just one month until the actual festival takes place, the organization has time to really put together a big event with numerous acts.“Expect a very well put together group of artists with drive and dedication to their craft,” Brookins said.The time and location for the festival has not been released yet, so anyone interested should follow the group on Facebook for further updates. Matt Johnsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/matt-johnson/ TCUnderground promotes community and diversity through artistic expression Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Twitter Matt Johnsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/matt-johnson/ Facebook theEnd looks to capitalize on new arena space + posts ReddIt Linkedinlast_img read more

first_img —————————————————————————-UpdateOn April 8, Manipur High Court revoked the detention of Kishorechandra Whangkhem after having to spend 130 days behind bars. RSF welcomes this decision and calls on authorities to guarantee the journalist recovers his full freedom as soon as possible. —————————————————————————–Kishorechandra Wangkhem, a reporter and editorialist with the TV channel ISTV, was formally notified of the decision by the Manipur authorities today. IndiaAsia – Pacific Religious intoleranceOnline freedoms ImprisonedFreedom of expression News Kishorechandra Wangkhem (left) is to be jailed for a year for daring to criticize Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh (centre) and his support for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (photos: Archives Wangkhemcha Wangthoi – AFP / PIB). Organisation to go further Receive email alerts RSF_en IndiaAsia – Pacific Religious intoleranceOnline freedoms ImprisonedFreedom of expression News The Manipur authorities said he will be detained for a year in order to “prevent him from acting in any matter prejudicial to the security of the state.” India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media RSF issued an “incident report” in July about the danger that India will fall further in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. It is currently ranked 138th out of 180 countries. Refusing to accept defeat, the authorities then resorted to the National Security Act to have Wangkhem arrested again on 26 November. This draconian law allows the authorities to detain anyone preventively on national security grounds for up to a year without any form of trial. March 3, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img December 19, 2018 – Updated on April 9, 2019 Indian journalist to be jailed for a year for criticizing Hindu nationalism “The determination with which the Manipur authorities have punished Kishorechandra Wangkhem with New Delhi’s blessing is a shocking warning for the entire journalistic profession. We demand his immediate release, especially as the arbitrary nature of this detention order is unworthy of Indian democracy.” Follow the news on India A year in prison without any trial “It is unacceptable that a journalist should be imprisoned for a year just for criticizing the government,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of the Asia-Pacific desk at Reporters Without Borders (RSF). June 10, 2021 Find out more In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival In the offending video, posted on Facebook, Wangkhem referred to the region’s chief minister as a “puppet” of Prime Minister Modi and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS, National Volunteer Organization), a Hindu nationalist paramilitary group. An Indian journalist in the northeastern state of Manipur is to be jailed without any form of trial for a year under the preventive detention provisions of the National Security Act simply for criticizing Hindu nationalism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Manipur’s chief minister in a video. RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 After posting the video, Wangkhem was initially arrested by the police in Imphal, the state capital, on a criminal code charge of sedition on 21 November. But a judge quickly released him on bail, saying the video was “a mere expression of opinion against the public conduct of public figures.” Help by sharing this information News Newslast_img read more

first_imgTop StoriesAfter SC Takes Suo Motu Cognisance Of Migrant Workers’ Plight, Original Petitioners Seek Intervention To Assist Court [Read Application] MEHAL JAIN4 Jun 2020 7:43 AMShare This – xAfter the Supreme Court last Tuesday took Suo Motu cognisance of the miseries of migrant labourers stranded across the country amidst the COVID lockdown, activists Anjali Bharadwaj and Harsh Mander, besides Jagdeep S. Chhokar, former Dean, IIM-Ahmedabad have prayed for permission to assist the Court in the matter.Vide their intervention application, it is urged that “the applicants would like…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAfter the Supreme Court last Tuesday took Suo Motu cognisance of the miseries of migrant labourers stranded across the country amidst the COVID lockdown, activists Anjali Bharadwaj and Harsh Mander, besides Jagdeep S. Chhokar, former Dean, IIM-Ahmedabad have prayed for permission to assist the Court in the matter.Vide their intervention application, it is urged that “the applicants would like to assist the court by placing on record” the PILs previously filed by them “with regard to the plight of migrant workers in the aftermath of the country wide lockdown for which no prior intimation was given and which created panic across the country and led to an instantaneous loss of jobs and wages of millions for migrant workers”. The first petition, on behalf of Bharadwaj and Mander, had sought directions to the Central and the State governments to jointly and severally ensure payments of wages/ minimum wages to all the migrant workers whether employed by other establishments, contractors or self-employed, as they are unable to work and earn wages, during the period of the lockdown. The second, by Chhokar, sought directions for the safe return of all migrant workers to their home towns without any payment for transport and with adequate food for the duration of their journey.It is sought to be pointed out that “Both the above mention petitions were disposed off after brief hearings”. “Since this Hon’ble Court has now taken suo motu cognisance of the misery of the migrant workers, the applicants humbly seek to intervene to assist the court with regard to the various issues that the migrant labour have been facing since the lockdown. The applicants being responsible and prominent social workers and academics of this country and since the lockdown have been working for the welfare of migrant workers”, it is pleaded.Observing that that the country has found itself in an unusual state of affairs and that the stakeholders involved were trying to do their best, a three-judge bench of the apex court had on April 21 disposed off the PIL seeking payment of wages to Migrant Workers who are in dire straits in light of the lockdown imposed due to the COVID19 pandemic.”The learned Solicitor General, Mr. Tushar Mehta, has filed a status report and submitted that various measures are in place to address the issues concerning the migrant workers. He further argued that helpline number has been provided to report issues concerning the implementation at the ground level,and that whenever any complaint is received, the authorities are attempting to address the same immediately. Taking into consideration the material placed before us, we call upon the respondent-Union of India to look into such material and take such steps as it finds fit to resolve the issues raised in the petition”, the Court had summarily stated, in disposing of the writ petition.As regards the second PIL, the court had attached much weight to the SG’s submissions that “the reliefs which have been claimed in the writ petition, have been substantially granted since theGovernment has issued order on 29.04.2020 accepting for movement of workers, who were migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists and students who had stranded at different places and could not move from one place to another”. “It is further submitted by Mr. Tushar Mehta that the above was already under contemplation even before filing of the writ petition and the Government was considering the same. He further submits that subsequently further orders have been passed on 01.05.2020 (where the Railways has decided to run “Shramik Special” trains to move migrant workers) and thereafter for facilitating the movement of the aforesaid category of stranded persons, Government is taking all steps with regard to mitigating the hardship of migrant workers who had stranded”, the top court had noted. “Necessary modalities for such transportation has to be implemented by the concerned States/Union Territories in collaboration with the Railways. Insofar as charging of 15% of Railway tickets’ amount from workers, it is not for this Court to issue any order under Article 32 regarding the same, it is the concerned State/Railways to take necessary steps under the relevant guidelines. The substantial relief in the writ petition having been fulfilled we cannot expand the scope of the writ petition to consider other issues sought to be raised by the learned counsel for the petitioners during course of argument. In view of the aforesaid, no purpose will be served in keeping the writ petition pending”, the Court had said in closing the petition on May 5.Then, on May 26, observing that “the newspaper reports and the media reports have been continuously showing the unfortunate and miserable conditions of the migrant labourers walking on-foot and cycles from long distances” and that “the crises of migrant labourers is even continuing today with large sections still stranded on roads, highways, railway stations and State borders. The adequate transport arrangement, food and shelters are immediately to be provided by the Centre and State Governments free of costs”, the Court had suo motu issued notices to the Centre as well as all State Governments and Union Territories.Subsequently, the Supreme Court on Thursday posed several questions to the Central Government on the issues concerning migrant workers. “The person should have money in their pocket in the first place. No migrant should be charged any fare. There has to be some arrangements between states about who bears the cost”, the bench remarked.”Are these people who are going to be transported, are being asked to shell out any money at any stage? With food surplus available with the FCI, is food being supplied to them while they wait for being transported back?”, the bench asked.”How much time do you need to shift the migrants to where they want to go? What will be monitoring mechanism to ensure that food and basic necessities are taken care of?, the bench continued.Click here to download the Intervention Application Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgLatest Stories Folmar and his wife have kept their home in Birmingham and the decision to return home was driven by the desire to have more time to spend with family.“We have grandchildren who live away and I will only be working about three days a week in a private and urgent care practice and will also be doing some research on new drugs,” he said. “Brundidge has been a very satisfying practice and a unique opportunity for me. I am confident that it will be in very good hands with Dr. Charles Linguiti.”Linguiti was actually recruited by Folmar, who said he wanted to make sure that the people of Brundidge were not left with an empty building as had happened too often before.Linguiti was a private medical contractor at Fort Rucker when Folmar told him of the need of a doctor in Brundidge. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skip Published 10:39 pm Thursday, August 26, 2010 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Taylor, Boozer address Pike Co. Republican Women The Pike County Republican Women held their meeting Wednesday at the American Legion, where they had new and familiar candidates… read more Email the author Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “He told me that he would have to pray about it,” Folmar said. “About five weeks later, he called and said that he had the answer. ‘I’m coming.’”Linguiti is a Pennsylvania native but, his wife, Becky, has relatives in Pike County, so he was “up and down to Troy” when he practiced medicine in Louisiana for 17 years.“There came a time when we knew that it was time to leave,” Linguiti said. “Coming to Troy was a big leap of faith for us. I worked in Montgomery for a while but that door closed. But when one door closes, another one opens.”There was an opening for a contract physician at Fort Rucker but Linguiti knew that it usually takes a long time for a hire of that type. But fortunately, he was offered the job right away.“I did pray about the opportunity in Brundidge and I believe that I am where I am supposed to be,” he said. “I will strive to provide the same excellent care that Dr. Folmar has provided. I am blessed to be here and I hope that I can do what God wants me to do here.”The city of Brundidge is hosting a reception Sunday for Pike Internal Medicine, Dr. Pink Folmar and his staff in appreciation for the outstanding medical care they have provided for the Brundidge community for the past five years. Linguiti has been invited to attend and be introduced to the community. The reception will be from 2 until 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 at Brundidge Station. The public is invited. By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Dr. Pink Folmar said his goodbyes to the Brundidge Rotary Club this week as he returns to Birmingham after five years as the “town” physician and Dr. Charles Linguiti said hello to the community that he will serve as its primary care physician.Saying goodbye is never easy and Folmar said he found it especially hard since he has been the “Brundidge doctor” as well as a member of the community.“When I came to Brundidge the first question I was always asked was ‘how long,’” Folmar said. “I always answered that I had a five-year contract and I planned to be here for at least that long.” Doctors Folmar, Linguiti address Brundidge Rotary Folmar came to Brundidge from Birmingham where he was a partner in a primary care practice.“My wife, Mim, had inherited land here and we would come down on weekends and I really enjoyed being in the country,” Folmar said. “After a while, we decided to move to the country and I was very fortunate to be asked to join the staff of Pike Internal Medicine with Dr. Mickey Dichiara.“When I came to the Peanut Butter Festival in Brundidge, I was overwhelmed to see the way everyone came together and I thought, ‘what a wonderful community’ and I wanted to be a part of it. So, I was excited to be in Pike Internal Medicine’s Brundidge office.”last_img read more

first_img Image: St1 selected ÅF Pöyry to provide engineering services to the HVO manufacturing unit in Sweden. Photo: courtesy of Ken Toshima from Pixabay. Finnish energy company St1 has selected the Swedish design and consulting company ÅF Pöyry to provide engineering services for the SEK1.5bn ($156.1m) Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils (HVO) manufacturing unit in Gothenburg, Sweden.With the HVO manufacturing unit, the company aims to start the production of renewable diesel at the St1 Refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden.Under the contract, ÅF Pöyry will be responsible for all the engineering, procurement and scheduling services of the project.Expected to be operational in the beginning of 2022, the new plant will produce 200,000 tonnes of renewable fuel annually in the form of HVO, which is a renewable transportation fuel that can be blended into diesel or can be replaced with diesel.St1 Refinery managing director Bo-Erik Svensson said: “The objective of our renewable fuels strategy is to meet the ambitious 2030 climate targets in our home markets of Finland, Sweden and Norway.“A key area for us is significantly reducing the CO2 emissions of transportation fuels from own production.“We have chosen ÅF Pöyry as an engineering partner to be able to carry out the project according to the desired standard and on time.”Details of St1’s renewable fuel projectThe project, which is said to be the largest single investment in St1’s history, involves construction of new units, revamp of existing units and new storage facilities.It is part of St1’s efforts to become a major producer and seller of CO₂-aware energy. The St1 Refinery is expected a key role in fulfilling the company’s long-term advanced renewable fuels strategy.ÅF Pöyry business unit manager process industries Jörgen Katz said: “Our target is to be a part of our customers’ success by creating sustainable solutions for the future.“We look forward to cooperating with St1 in this project and making future for future generations together.”In 2018, St1 partnered with Swedish forest products company SCA to produce renewable fuels from tall oil. ÅF Pöyry will be responsible for the engineering, procurement and scheduling services of the projectlast_img read more

first_imgMarilyn Odendahl for www.theindianalawyer.comFive graduates of Indiana Tech Law School have filed appeals with the Indiana Board of Law Examiners to have their bar exams reviewed, according to the law school’s dean Charles Cercone.The Fort Wayne law school had only one graduate of its charter classpass the July 2016 Indiana Bar Exam. However since the results were announced, the school has maintained the pass rate could not be determined until the appeals process has been completed.Cercone, speaking publically for the first time since the bar exam results were announced, said he is confident the law school will turn the results around. The school is offering a “very expensive re-taker program” to the graduates free of charge and is offering other bar prep and doctrinal courses to the graduates and the current third-year students.“If they do what we tell them to do, they’ll pass,” Cercone said.At the start of classes in August, Indiana Tech Law School welcomed its largest class ever with 55 new students. Cercone said the law school had a meeting with the student body about the bar results and the students are supportive and committed to working together.“This is more of a media story than reality because all of them recognize that 12 students is not any kind of representation of our program,” the dean said, referring to the total number of graduates who sat for the July exam.Cercone was angry about the attention the law school has received since the results were publicized Sept. 12. He said the graduates have been put under a level of scrutiny that graduates of other Indiana law schools have not had to face.“I understand it’s your job and the media’s job to make law schools look bad, but you overlooked in your zeal to make us look bad that you hurt young men and women trying to take the bar,” Cercone said. “Now these people will be branded for the rest of their careers.”Cercone said the law school has shared a number of facts internally with the university as to the reasons for the disappointing bar results. He declined to share the details of that memorandum, saying enough damage had been done to the graduates’ reputations.Going forward, the dean said he is not worried about Indiana Tech Law School’s provisional accreditation, which was granted by the American Bar Association in March 2016. Both he and Barry A. Currier, managing director of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, said the ABA has not been in contact with the school about the bar passage rate.“I don’t think the ABA would take any action based on one test with 12 students,” Cercone said.Currier declined to answer whether the dismal passage rate could put the school’s provisional accreditation in jeopardy. Currier said the Council and Accreditation Committee may review a provisionally approved law school’s ongoing efforts to meet compliance standards. But, he noted, that is a confidential process and he declined to speculate about or have any public comment on the matter.Retired Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard, who led a national examination of law schools as chair of the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education, pointed out the 12 graduates who took the bar was a very small sample and Indiana Tech is just starting to graduate law students.Still the law school has work to do.“This number will have to improve a lot if they are going to achieve permanent accreditation,” Shepard said, noting the ABA is considering a rule change that would require law schools to post at least a 75 percent bar passage rate. “Ultimately they will need to achieve a lot better performance to say accredited.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_img[UPDATE 4/23/18] Dell is now shipping systems with Windows AutoPilot for customers in the United States, Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, with other countries to follow soon. Customers who are interested in AutoPilot should contact their Dell sales representative for more details.Today’s workplace is changing fast – in all industries, organizations need to embrace new technology to be successful in their business. The workforce transformation is happening everywhere. But in most cases, their business isn’t IT – it’s finance, retail, manufacturing, hospitality or healthcare. For them, IT is the cost of doing business.IT departments today are faced with more complexity and constrained resources than ever before. Within their environment there are multiple devices, multiple operating systems, and they need to find a way to manage that complexity with constrained resources. They need to simplify the deployment and management of PCs so that they can devote their time, energy and budget to higher-priority activities. And on top of that, their end users have high expectations. They want to be in newer tech faster and their deployment experience is purchasing a mobile phone, taking it home and downloading their apps – why can’t getting a new office PC be that easy?With that, organizations are looking at new ways to simplify PC management to save them time and money, and make their end users happy. Dell is responding to this industry shift by offering new ways to deploy and manage Windows 10 PCs – and more importantly offer our customers a choice in how they do so because we believe that one size doesn’t fit all.Today, we introduced with VMware new ways to deploy and manage Dell Windows 10 PCs.  Windows 10 Provisioning by AirWatch simplifies the deployment of new Dell PCs for IT and improves the experience for end users by simply by-passing the highly manual imaging and configuration processes of the past. The AirWatch agent is pre-loaded on Dell PCs shipped from the factory. Once a user powers on the device and enters in their credentials, AirWatch configures the device from the cloud with all of the relevant company policies, security settings and applications a user needs. Once up and running, AirWatch continues to manage the device and provides a number of self-service options, including the ability to download approved apps and reset passwords, greatly reducing the need to contact the help desk.We also introduced integrations between Dell and VMware AirWatch with Dell Client Command Suite to manage devices from one console and manage them at the firmware level in addition to the OS.I’m proud to say that Dell is the only PC manufacturer with this depth of visibility into PC health and status both above and below the OS – this is something that’s very important for our customers, and is very important to us in delivering PCs that are the easiest to manage in the industry. Check out the AirWatch blog to learn more about how both of these solutions work.You may have heard last month that Microsoft announced its AutoPilot feature as part of Microsoft 365 to provide streamlined deployment and management for Windows 10 PCs powered by Microsoft 365. We are happy to announce that we will also be participating in this program with Dell Windows 10 commercial devices starting in early to mid-2018. With Windows AutoPilot, IT can customize the Windows out-of-box set-up through the cloud and provide self-service deployment experience for the end user. Many of our customers have told us that they want this solution and we firmly believe in offering customers the choice in how they want to deploy and manage their PCs.With all of the solutions here, there is one thing in common that we’re hearing from IT loud and clear. They want a new model for managing PCs with a lighter touch, and Dell can offer them a solution that works for their IT environment.last_img read more

first_imgAlthough the Blais-Shewit administration has achieved many smaller goals so far, it has not yet accomplished much of what it promised to have done at this point in its term and has had to re-evaluate and adjust the timeline of several of its major platform points. The group has set a solid foundation for the rest of its term through outreach and relationship-building, but it remains to be seen whether or not it can follow through with the projects it has started.Grade: BTags: 2017 Student Government Insider, blais-shewit, Callisto, sexual assault, Student government, sustainability, University Health Services As the first half of their term draws to a close, student body president Becca Blais and vice president Sibonay Shewit said they have been working hard to integrate student feedback into their initiatives.“We’re still in the process with the [student government] website and a few other things, but just [focusing on] changing the image of student government and going to Moreau classes,” Blais said. “We’ve been working with a lot of business classes now lately and just getting the name brand out there, redoing the social media.”In order to increase their visibility and collect student input, the administration has conducted a “Town Hall On-The-Go” initiative and visited every hall council, Shewit said.“Like we said when we were campaigning, people don’t think student government does anything, and part of us addressing that was focusing more on working on what students are saying that they want,” Shewit said. “ … I think we’ve found if we don’t put so much absolute effort on our communications and getting out to students, we can’t expect them to know what’s going on in our office.”Throughout this semester, student government has also worked to foster connections with the South Bend community, junior and chief of staff Prathm Juneja said.“The area I think we’ve had our strongest focus in is the community engagement and outreach portions,” he said. “Student governments often neglect the South Bend relationship and I think our director, [senior] Adam Moeller, has done just the most incredible job there.”While the administration has not yet reached a partnership with the Awake campaign — a campaign that would donate five cents to a local community partner every time a student brings a reusable cup to a coffee vendor on campus, which was one of the administration’s main platform points — Juneja said student government has accomplished some of its other sustainability initiatives. These achievements, he said, include a Styrofoam ban, and working with campus dining to implement anaerobic digestion, an alternative to composting.“We’re still working on the Awake campaign, but in the meantime, our director of sustainability was able to change the way the Huddle treats plastic bags,” Juneja said. “They were able to get people to stop offering bags. You used to always get a bag with your stuff at the Huddle — we were sending out thousands of bags a week and that’s not happening anymore.”The cabinet has also implemented several of its diversity and inclusion initiatives, such as auditing resident assistant training and hiring a third diversity and inclusion officer, Blais said. In addition, the University’s statement of diversity and inclusion will also be incorporated into prospective students’ acceptance packages.“They do the initial acceptance letter and then they follow immediately with your package and [the statement] is going to be in the package,” Blais said. “We’re still pushing for it to be in the initial acceptance letter, but we have the second one confirmed.”Though the University Counseling Center (UCC) had already begun to discuss internal reviews, Blais said student government also played a key role in ensuring that the UCC underwent evaluation by the Jed Foundation, which is currently wrapping up its review.While they have implemented certain items from their platform, however, many of the administration’s initiatives regarding sexual assault remain in the works.According to their platform, one of Blais and Shewit’s top priorities was to implement Callisto — an online tool which allows students to submit time-stamped reports of sexual assault — by fall of 2017. However, Callisto is still being evaluated by the committee for sexual assault prevention (CSAP) and Blais said they hope to implement it in 2018 at the earliest.“We had to go over the technology logistics and go over data security, over is it is right for Notre Dame?” Blais said. “Are there competing apps or services or anything, which we found there aren’t — things like that. So it is actually moving forward with a decision soon, which is extremely promising and exciting, especially for such a large new service to the University.”Blais and Shewit also planned to create a way for students to call Notre Dame Security Police by typing a key code into buildings. However, they are now instead looking into implementing a safety app which will allow students to contact Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) on the go, Blais said.“If they don’t pilot a new app — because there are challenges with looking at a new app — then they would either embed it directly into ND Mobile or they want to have a direct call button in ND Mobile for NDSP,” Blais said. “So we’re looking to bring the emergency call system to your pocket.”After further conversations with University Health Services, Blais said, the cabinet also reevaluated its goal of implementing a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) rape kit administration program on campus, a platform point passed down from the Robinson-Blais administration.“In terms of safety, it’s actually better to have [rape kits] at the hospital because those nurses are trained to use them,” Blais said. “And we could train our nurses but they administer them more often, so they have experience with them. You can’t mess up a rape kit, and they’re very easy to mess up. But we have transportation from campus to those rape kits that’s free of charge.”Although the cabinet may not accomplish every item on its platform, Juneja said, it will work to advance each initiative as much as possible.“I don’t think we will achieve every single bullet point on that platform, but I do think that we will leave on April 2 and feel like at least we started pushing on everything,” he said. “So I don’t think we’ll have any regrets.”last_img read more

first_img Lea Michele View Comments Star Files Darren Criss Don’t you approve? As previously reported, the April 8 episode of Glee features gleeful (and one not so gleeful) performances of some Stephen Sondheim classics. Check out this first look of Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Chord Overstreet and Kevin McHale’s a cappella rendition of “No One Is Alone” from Into the Woods, which takes place during a candlelight vigil after Kurt (Colfer) is attacked because of his sexual orientation. Michele and company sound wonderful, but we’re also eagerly anticipating hearing Anna Kendrick sing the Sondheim tune on the big screen later this year!last_img

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