Saint Mary’s students lead discussion on “The Hunting Ground”

first_imgCaitlyn Jordan | The Observer Saint Mary’s students examine “The Hunting Ground” and the issue of sexual assualts on college campus during a Monday panel.The Student Center Atrium at Saint Mary’s was standing room only as ten student panelists and the audience discussed CNN’s documentary “The Hunting Ground” and how to take action against sexual assault. The discussion was co-sponsored by the Justice Education Program and the Gender and Women’s Studies department.Senior and panel moderator Elizabeth Maloney said she has two friends at Harvard Univeristy and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, neither of whom had heard of the documentary. She expressed gratitude for the College’s screening.“I want to thank Saint Mary’s for showing [‘The Hunting Ground’] here,” Maloney said. “Saint Mary’s empowers women to seek change, and we are here today to talk about change.”Panelists were senior Callie Brown, junior Angge Rocal, junior Maggie Langenfeld, junior Kaitlyn Baker, senior Amy Piekosz, junior Bri O’Brien, sophomore Caylin McCallick, senior Meredith Mersits, freshman Alex Shambery and freshman Nicole Caratas. (Editors note: Caratas is a news writer for The Observer.)Brown, president of the Student Diversity Board, said her initial reaction to the documentary was fear for herself, peers, faculty and staff.She said the documentary showed that sexual assault is happening not only at Saint Mary’s and at Notre Dame but across the nation.Brown said “The Hunting Ground” showed the difficulties of faculty being penalized for advocating for student rights.“I think it’s very sad that professors or administrators would treat me with anything but trust and respect, could be targeted or terminated for standing up for what they believe in and advocating for students, when I think it’s an educator’s first priority to advocate for students and act on their behalf,” she said.Brown said college and university marketing campaigns and statistics are partially to blame for the low number of sexual assaults handled appropriately.“I think that something that is the most difficult aspects of this issue to change, but probably the most important, is how universities market and brand themselves,” Brown said. “I think it’s time for universities to stop branding themselves as, ‘University X proudly reports zero sexual assaults a year, but University X, which reports 100 sexual assaults and 100 expulsions a year.’ I think that’s at the core of this problem and absolutely needs to be changed, and I think Saint Mary’s could be a leader and should be.”Lagenfeld said one of the biggest things students can do is to change the way they talk and educate about sexual assault and consent.“Being asleep doesn’t mean yes,” Lagenfeld said. “Being drunk doesn’t mean yes. Wearing a short skirt does not mean yes.”Baker, the Saint Mary’s student body president, said she wants to understand the concerns of students moving forward,.“My plan is to continue the conversation with the students and the administration, and my goal is to act as the liaison and make sure [the administration] is hearing us and that we’re hearing them as well.“I want to make sure [the administration] knows where we’re coming from and make sure they know that we’re not attacking them, and we’re just trying to have this conversation and trying to move forward as a college.”Baker said she attended the screening of “The Hunting Ground” at Notre Dame last Friday and heard the panel discussion.“I know that a lot of [Notre Dame] students are ready to talk to Saint Mary’s [students],” she said. “They are ready to have this conversation with us and they want to change the way our relationship is. They want to change the way they talk about Saint Mary’s women.”Baker said she plans to work with Notre Dame’s student body president and student government to address to issue of sexual assault on both campuses.Junior and audience member Vanessa Troglia addressed the email sent out to students answering questions about “The Hunting Ground.” She said the email was the first time she had heard Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame addressed as two separate entities.”Ever since I came to Saint Mary’s, everything has been about Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s as one community, whether it be through academic, extracurricular or socially,” Troglia said. “The thing that I critique most about that email is saying that we are two separate entities. We are not two separate entities, we are one community. We may have been admitted to two distinct schools but we are one community.”Piekosz said she felt unbelievable sadness after watching the documentary. She said she wanted more explanation from President Mooney after the screening of the film on April 9.Piekosz said “The Hunting Ground” shows viewers that sexual assault is not just a Saint Mary’s problem.“It’s a problem in school systems across the nation, and if we’re going to fix this, we need to be the spark,” Piekosz said. “We need to be the ones to start that domino effect at Saint Mary’s.“I’m not going to place blame on the administration. What’s done is done. It’s in the past. Let’s move forward and discuss ways we can potentially fix our system.”O’Brien said it is important to note that what was shown in the documentary were short segments, which she said don’t cover the whole story of sexual assault on Saint Mary’s campus.O’Brien said it is not sufficient to say that alcohol is responsible for sexual assaults.“Alcohol isn’t the one assaulting our students; it’s other students.” she said.“The Hunting Ground” revealed that much of sexual assault on college campuses involves repeat offenders, and bystander intervention is not enough, O’Brien said.McCallick said the director of the Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO), Connie Adams, will support students and present students with options for proceeding with a sexual assault charge. BAVO provides resources and education on sexual assault to Saint Mary’s students.McCallick said reporting can be difficult for survivors of sexual assault, and she believes the legal system is skewed in general, though this is not necessarily an issue with BAVO.Mersits said Saint Mary’s is the perfect place to start change.“Often sexual assault feels far away, but this film put it in my face,” Mersits said.Senior and audience member Nora Clougherty said “Take Back the Night” on Wednesday could be the start of making change regarding sexual assault and a demonstration of support by both campuses. “Take Back the Night” is an annual event hosted by BAVO and the Gender Relations Center at Notre Dame for students to show support of survivors of sexual assault.“This is the start of the two campuses working together … ” Clougherty said. “I want all of these people in this room to go, because that’s where we’re going to make a difference and show we care.”Senior and audience member Claire Boyd said the dialogue around sexual assault needs to be a tri-campus conversation.Boyd said a new initiative this year, sponsored by the Office of Residence Life, was “Belles Banding Together.” The initiative is a bystander intervention program for incoming first-year students during orientation.O’Brien said students will not change without the administration on board. She also noted that BAVO is under the administration.“We need to make sure that we are not only putting responsibility on students, but we’re holding everyone accountable,” she said.Shambery suggested further education of first-year students on how to report sexual assaults.Sophomore and audience member Chisom Igwe said students need to look at the sexual language they use on a daily basis.“We can talk about changing the system, but if you don’t stand up in your daily lives, nothing is going to happen,” Igwe said. “ … Individually we need to look at ourselves before we try to change the system.”Student panelists created a recommendation list for the administration, and they asked audience members to help them critique the list, which will be submitted to the administration after they make the suggested edits.One of the recommendations suggests that faculty and staff should undergo training on sexual assault, not limited to Title IX training.Vice President of Student Affairs Karen Johnson, along with other members of the College administration, was present and said faculty and staff go through training regarding Title IX, sexual harassment and sexual assault.Maloney said students attending the panel were able to leave their emails and have the finalized letter forwarded to them for them to sign.Tags: Gender and Women’s Studies, Justice Education Program, saint mary’s, student panel, The Hunting Groundlast_img read more

20 tricks to retiring rich

first_imgWhen you envision your retirement, what do you see yourself doing: Traveling to faraway places? Indulging in hobbies you didn’t have time to enjoy while you were working? Or pinching pennies just to cover the bills?The latter is probably not your ideal retirement, but it will likely be the reality for most people. More than half of Americans are at risk of being unable to cover essential living expenses, according to a survey by Fidelity Investments. That’s because they’re not saving enough now for their future.Sure, it’s easy to put off saving for a retirement that’s years away. But if your nest egg isn’t big enough, you could spend 20 to 30 years struggling to make ends meet. “I’ve never heard anybody complain about having too much money in retirement,” said Kathleen Hastings, a certified financial planner and portfolio manager with FBB Capital Partners. “It sucks to be old. It’s really bad when you have no money.”Even if your savings aren’t on track, you don’t have to resign yourself to a life of poverty in retirement. In fact, you can retire rich enough to have a comfortable lifestyle by following these strategies. Click through to find out what they are. continue reading » 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Premier League Boxing Day fixtures and how to watch them on Amazon Prime

first_imgPremier League Boxing Day fixtures and how to watch them on Amazon Prime Metro Sport ReporterThursday 17 Oct 2019 5:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link55Shares Leicester host Liverpool on Boxing Day (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)The Boxing Day schedule has been announced and all 10 fixtures will be available to watch on Amazon Prime for those who have a membership.There are matches at four different kick-off times, with all the 3pm kick-offs also available to watch via match choice.Amazon Prime are also showing all the Premier League fixtures over 3-5 December, which include the Merseyside derby and Manchester United vs Tottenham.Here are all the games that you will need an Amazon Prime account to watch and how to get your hands on one.ADVERTISEMENTBoxing Day fixtures12.30pm – Tottenham vs Brighton3pm – Bournemouth vs Arsenal3pm – Chelsea vs Southampton3pm – Aston Villa vs Norwich3pm – Everton vs Burnley3pm – Sheffield United vs Watford3pm – Crystal Palace vs West Ham5.30pm – Man Utd vs Newcastle8pm – Leicester vs LiverpoolAdvertisementAdvertisementHow to get Amazon PrimeYou can sign up for Amazon Prime here and get a 30-day free trial, which will then cost £7.99-per-month when the trial ends.To include the Boxing Day fixtures in your 30-day free trial, start it on 27 November or later.You will be able to watch the games on your TV, tablet, phone or laptop, with all the details here.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOther Premier League fixtures on Amazon Prime3 DecemberCrystal Palace vs BournemouthBurnley vs Man City4 DecemberLeicester vs WatfordWolves vs West HamSouthampton vs NorwichChelsea vs Aston VillaMan Utd vs TottenhamLiverpool vs Everton5 DecemberSheffield United vs NewcastleArsenal vs Brighton“We are always looking to add more value to Prime, and we’re delighted to now offer, for the first time, live Premier League matches to Prime members at no extra cost to their membership,’ said Jay Marine, vice president of Prime Video in Europe.‘The Premier League is the most watched sports league in the world.‘Over these two December fixture rounds Prime members will be able to watch every team, every game, so no matter which Premier League team you support, you’re guaranteed to see them play live on Prime Video.’MORE: Sir Alex Ferguson accused of fixing Man U match for a RolexMORE: Mauricio Pochettino does not want any January signings and calls on his Tottenham squad to fight Commentcenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Badgers defense own the night once again in 20-7 win over Gophers

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — In a frigid border battle between two Big Ten foes, it was the[media-credit name=”Andy Fate” align=”alignright” width=”336″][/media-credit]Wisconsin football team’s commanding defensive play that heated up the field in TCF Bank Stadium to bring the highly coveted Paul Bunyan’s Axe back to UW.It was performance that by all standards seems remarkable, holding a Minnesota (8-3, 4-3 Big Ten) team that entered the battle riding four-straight conference victories scoreless against the Badgers’ (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) defensive squad.“It’s a tough-minded group, the defense played extremely well, they did a nice job of getting out of the drives, being physical and taking care of business,” head coach Gary Andersen said. “I was proud of them.”Yet, for Wisconsin, it has become somewhat of a routine as the defense has now allowed a touchdown in three-straight Big Ten meetings — against Iowa, Indiana and now Minnesota. The last time the defense gave up a seven-point score in conference play was back on Oct. 19 against the Fighting Illini.The Golden Gophers’ only score of the game came early in the second quarter as redshirt junior linebacker Aaron Hill completed a textbook pick-six, sniping a pass from redshirt sophomore quarterback Joel Stave and running 39 yards into the end zone to put the Minnesota up 7-3.The first time UW has fallen behind on the scoreboard since its 6-0 deficit to open play against Iowa, the Badgers’ defense made sure Minnesota would not see itself dancing into the maroon and gold end zone again.It wouldn’t be until its final possession of the game that UM entered Wisconsin’s red zone, and it was senior linebacker Chris Borland who halted the late Gopher attack with a tackle on fourth down at the Wisconsin 13-yard line to seal in UW’s 10th-straight victory over Minnesota.“I think early on they were moving the ball. I have a lot of respect for Minnesota’s offense. They are very physical and maybe that caught us a little bit by surprise. It is hard to emulate that in the week,” Borland said. “We responded well and adjusted to that and to not let up any points to a team that has at least been moving the ball against some good defenses. It’s a performance to be proud of.”A continuing sign that Borland is one of the nation’s top linebackers, No. 44 silenced an exuberant crowd all afternoon, recording a team-high 12 tackles. Though his performance all game assisted UW in its domination over the Gophers, it was Borland’s pair of fumble recoveries that may have been the difference maker.In their first offensive drive following the pick-six touchdown score, the Gophers looked to extend the four-point lead. Redshirt senior offensive linebacker Brendan Kelly would have no part in that, sacking sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson for a loss of six yards and stripping the ball loose for Borland who returned the ball nine yards to midfield.Looking for an extra opportunity, or simply another yard, Borland even attempted to push the ball off into the hand of sophomore linebacker Joe Schobert, who was steps ahead but was moments too late as Gopher junior center Tommy Olson came in for the tackle.After Wisconsin added its final seven points to the board, the senior standout again came up big in the third quarter on the opening Gopher offensive play. Going in for a tackle of running back David Cobb for a loss of three, Borland managed to end the play with the ball himself.“He is a leader of the defense. There are a lot of leaders on the defense,” Andersen said. “He is one of the highlighted guys and deserves to be. There are a lot of […] seniors that are on that defense that played a lot of snaps.”It was a standout night for Kelly as well, as the Minnesota native recorded four tackles and a team-high two sacks including the forced turnover on Nelson in the second quarter.“The biggest thing is when those were happening. Minnesota had some momentum driving there, so a couple turnovers is huge,” Kelly said.The forced turnover by Kelly made for a Wisconsin offensive drive that took just five plays for 49 yards to give UW a 10-7 lead, and one they would not let down for the remainder of play.While the UW linebacker contingent once again owned the day for Wisconsin, its secondary play that has received mixed scrutiny all season long came together for an equally impressive performance. Completing just seven of his 23 pass attempts, Nelson and his Gopher offense were held to just 83 passing yards on the day after an average of 198 passing yards in its past four conference games.Dropped passes and missed opportunities appeared to be the theme of the night for the Gopher offense, but it was a combined effort of the young Badger secondary, led by sophomore safety Michael Caputo with four tackles. Redshirt freshman Nate Hammon and redshirt sophomore cornerback Darius Hillary also each recorded three tackles on the night, with Hammon forcing the first Gopher turnover of the game to start the second quarter.“We had some good pieces to the puzzle and had to replace some people in the back end. If you look at that crew it is pretty amazing,” Andersen said, looking at the progress of his defense this season. “There are a lot of kids playing in that back end and that was the challenge, to put it together and it’s a credit to the kids.”last_img read more

UFC 235: Mickey ‘CM Punk Guy’ Gall predicts first-round finish against Diego Sanchez

first_imgMickey Gall took an unconventional route to competing on the biggest stage in the sport, but three years into his UFC career, the 27-year-old welterweight is buzzing with excitement as he readies to take the next step forward.After winning his professional debut with Dana White and Matt Serra in attendance, the Green Brook, New Jersey native lobbied the UFC President for the opportunity to face recently signed former WWE champion CM Punk when the “Straight-Edge Superstar” made the walk to the Octagon the first time. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearRather than grant the neophyte an immediate bout with Punk, White agreed to give Gall a chance to earn the fight in the cage, pairing him off with Houston-area combat sports jack-of-all-trades Mike “The Truth” Jackson in a preliminary card bout dubbed the “CM Punk Sweepstakes” in early February 2016.Gall won the fight in 45 seconds, dragging Jackson the canvas and submitting him to set up his meeting with Punk, who entered the cage to congratulate the man he would face in his mixed martial arts debut. Following a three-month delay, the duo finally squared off in the middle of the main card at UFC 203 in Cleveland, Ohio, with Gall once again earning a first-round submission win by rear-naked choke.Just for good measure, the confident newcomer wrapped up his rookie campaign in the UFC with a third consecutive victory, venturing into the second round for the first time in his career before making Sage Northcutt tap to a rear-naked choke as well.A loss to Randy Brown at UFC 217 knocked Gall from the ranks of the unbeaten, but after a nine-month layoff and a move to Los Angeles, he got back into the win column with another first-round rear-naked choke finish in August.Now fully settled with his new squad and starting his 2019 campaign off nice and early, Gall is eager to start stacking wins and making headway in the welterweight division, beginning with his preliminary card pairing with Diego Sanchez this weekend at UFC 235 in Las Vegas.“I’m stepping up my game,” said Gall, who now trains alongside kickboxing standout Joe Schilling and retired lightweight legend Yves Edwards when speaking with Sporting News on Tuesday. “I realize the opportunity I’ve been granted getting into the UFC at 1-0 and I’ve been trying to make the most of it. I’ve been getting as good as I can, as fast as I can and these guys are really helping me expedite that process.“I’m learning on the job in a lot of ways and just improving things every time, and I’m coming in here as the best version I’ve ever been. I can confidently say that physically, mentally, the evolution continues and if things keep going like this, how am I not going to be the champ?“I’m just going to keep getting better and better and I think it will be really cool to have “The CM Punk Guy” as the UFC champ,” he added. “It’ll be a cool thing, like, ‘isn’t it crazy that’s the way he came in and now he’s the champ?’ That’ll be really cool.”While he carries championship aspirations, Gall isn’t trying to skip any steps as he makes his way up the divisional ladder.Following his win over George Sullivan in Nebraska last summer, Gall used his time on the microphone to put forth a few names of possible opponents for UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby to pair him up with next. Included in that collection was Sanchez, who was a month away from stepping into the cage against Craig White.When the 37-year-old veteran secured the victory, his 17th inside the Octagon in 28 starts, the UFC reached out to Gall about facing “The Nightmare” and the ambitious upstart wasted no time in agreeing to the matchup.“He’s a legend. He’s the first Ultimate Fighter winner,” he said when asked why he had singled out the veteran Jackson-Wink MMA representative as someone he wanted to fight. “I grew up watching him and he’s had some really great wins.“When that name was floated to me by the UFC, I got really excited about it. I never thought I would be fighting Diego Sanchez and now we’re (a few) days away from me getting to put my fist through his face.“This is my step towards greatness,” added Gall. “I’ve had big evolutions and big breakthroughs. I’m on fire right now. Everything is stepping up. Everything is getting better. My game has evolved and improved a lot — as it’s supposed to — but with my work ethic and who I’ve surrounded myself with, it’s just going to keep going up and up and up. “I’m ready to rack up a bunch of wins.”Three years into his UFC career, Gall is 4-1 and has handled a unique, pressure-packed entrance onto the biggest stage in the sport with aplomb.Not many competitors with limited experience would be able to deal with being thrust into the spotlight and having their first year as a professional fighter dissected and scrutinized or shaken of whispers that he didn’t belong after suffering their first defeat, returning to make quick work of a 24-fight veteran who started competing professionally when Gall was just 14 years old.Now that he’s solidified his place on the roster, the talented grappler is making sure to dial things back a little and bottle up the excited energy coursing through his system as he counts down the hours until he steps into the cage with Sanchez on Saturday night. But once he does, Gall is confident he’ll come away with another impressive stoppage win.“I’ve made a point to slow down and enjoy things — take it slow, while being focused and not being as intense,” he offered. “But when that time comes, I’ve seen it a million times and I’ve seen a million ways for me to win and I’m going to deliver a beautiful performance on ESPN.“Whether I get my first knockout or the first time Diego Sanchez has been submitted, I will render him unconscious in the first round.”last_img read more