Authors address incarceration

first_imgStudents and faculty joined Margie Pfeil, Laurie Cassidy and Alex Mikulich, authors of “The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance,” in a discussion about how to theologically acknowledge the hyper-incarceration of people of color in the United States on Wednesday.  The Center for Social Concerns (CSC) organized the event as part of a yearlong series focused on incarceration.  Susan Sharpe, who leads a teaching team for the CSC’s one-credit seminar on hyper-incarceration, said the authors’ book forces readers to think critically about the issue. “[The authors] challenge us to understand that hyper-incarceration is not a problem to be solved,” she said. “Because it harms so many people, they are asking us to understand that it is an expression of oppression that lives in us and through us as long as we remain oblivious to the meanings and values that are still attached to whiteness in this culture.”   As the discussion continued, Cassidy, associate professor of Christian ethics at Marywood University in Scranton, Penn., asked the group questions about race. “I want to ask you honestly,” Cassidy said. “You’re walking down the street at night … and as a woman I’m going to say this for the females here. You’re walking down the street and you see three black men come forward … How do you feel? Would [you] feel more or less afraid if they were white guys?”  Cassidy said she would feel nervous in this situation. “We’re socialized every single day to feel nervous of black guys walking down the street,” she said.  Cassidy said the authors’ hope is that out of that nervousness, the community can enter into discussion and contemplation about the implications of the feeling.   “As white people [we should be] able to explore that fear and say, ‘Isn’t it interesting that for many of us we have grown up with that inside of us?’” Cassidy said. “So incarceration isn’t just out there. It makes sense because it’s internalized. For all of us, I would ask you, do we have ways in society of meaningfully examining those kinds of representations … that can be inside of us?”  Mikulich, research fellow on race and poverty at the Jesuit Social Research Institution at Loyola University in New Orleans, asked the audience to think about how that nervousness brings about the hyper-incarceration of people of color and what that does to society.  “[The justice system is] a system that for over 30 years has been ripping communities apart and particularly ripping apart communities of color – dividing spouses from each other, children from parents and caregivers,” Mikulich said. “It’s been absolutely destructive.”  Pfeil said the authors hope there would be more safe spaces to discuss this topic in the future.  “This is a very basic theological challenge,” Pfeil said. “If we say that we believe in the creation of every person in the image and likeness of God, and therefore every person is a subject of human dignity, how do we create space in our society then that really takes that seriously?”last_img read more

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Hoping to receive $51.5 million, Saint Mary’s launches a multi-year series of updates

first_imgSaint Mary’s began a major multi-year series of facilities updates this summer, spending over $2.5 million in the months leading up to fall semester. These renovations were made possible after the Board of Trustees designated up to $3 million to be added to the current fiscal year’s capital budget, vice president for strategy and finance Dana Strait said.The College also has approval to issue a bond of up to $51.5 million, with almost $20 million to be used to re-finance existing debt at a lower rate, Strait said.“This is really just the beginning of what the College is putting forward for a two to three-year improvement plan,” Strait said. “We received resounding support from the board earlier this summer for making some improvements in campus spaces with a focus on improving existing buildings and the environment. … It’s really time to focus on tending to those buildings that are beautiful, historical parts of our campus and really emblematic of who we are – think LeMans Hall, Holy Cross Hall – but that really need some love.”Strait said much of the work completed this summer is deferred maintenance accrued over the years, and will go largely unseen.“So things like sewage ejector pumps, drainage, gutters and roofing repairs … things very typical to maintaining buildings like ours,” she said.Other updates, such as aesthetic enhancements made to key academic and student spaces, will be extremely visible to students returning to campus, Strait said. Cushwa-Leighton library is currently undergoing major renovations, with special attention paid to creating useful and accessible student spaces that cater to all needs, she said.“The librarians are currently hard at work clearing out the journal space that used to be adjacent to Trumper, and by fall break they will have half of those journals removed,” Strait said. “… Group study spaces and single study spaces will be installed throughout that space to provide our students with 24/7-hour study spaces. We’re very excited about that.”To facilitate true 24-hour accessibility, even in the winter months, the tunnels leading from LeMans Hall to the library will be re-opened, Strait said.“We also have to ensure that they’re accessible, so that students who are in wheelchairs or who need a little bit more physical assistance … [are able] to get through,” Strait said. “So, part of opening that tunnel this fall will involve installing accessibility ramps so that they can really be used by all students.”Additionally, Sodexo services has provided an automated Starbucks coffee machine for the front of the library, Strait said.“It’s no longer that free coffee machine that used to be there, but it’s good coffee,” Strait said. “And as an alternative, we’ll still be providing that free coffee on the lower level in Trumper. We really wanted to meet that desire for higher quality drinks, while also providing open access coffee for those who don’t want to use their munch money or their credit card.”Strait said student perspectives will play a large role in future facilities updates.“In terms of a plan moving forward, when the College makes decisions about big projects, it’s always made as a community,” she said. “So this fall, I will be hosting the facilities town halls to provide faculty, staff, administration and … students with opportunities to share with us what they would like to see happen.”The updates made to academic buildings and recreational spaces have been made with changing student needs and preferences in mind, Strait said.“We need to be able to make sure that we’re meeting those interests with state-of-the-art facilities,” Strait said. “So, keeping pace with that instead of falling behind.”Tags: debt, LeMans Hall, renovations, updateslast_img read more

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See Jessie Mueller, Armie Hammer & the Company of The Minutes in Their First Character Portrait

first_img Blair Brown Cliff Chamberlain Sally Murphy Tracy Letts Related Shows The company of “The Minutes”(Photo courtesy of Polk and Co) View Comments View All (11) Armie Hammer from $49.00 Danny McCarthy K. Todd Freeman The Minutes Star Files Ian Barford Jessie Mueller Austin Pendleton Jeff Still The Minutes, two-time Tony winner Tracy Letts’ new dramedy that unleashes a fracturing American political spirit from within a mundane town hall meeting, will open on Broadway on March 15 at the Cort Theatre. Letts will play the lead role of Mayor Superba—taking on a role in his own play for the first time—and will be joined by a illustrious cast, including Tony winners Jessie Mueller and Blair Brown, as well as Armie Hammer and frequent Letts collaborator Ian Barford (who was last seen in the fall in Letts’ other Broadway play Linda Vista). Take a look at the first portrait of the company above. last_img read more

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IRONMAN 70.3 Latin America TriClub Championship at 2018 IM 70.3 Los…

first_img Related Building upon the success of IRONMAN’s internatinoal TriClub program, the expansion of the Regional TriClub Championship Series has been confirmed – with the addition of the IRONMAN 70.3 Latin America TriClub Championship. The inaugural championship event will be hosted at the IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos triathlon in Los Cabos, Mexico, slated for the autumn/fall in 2018.With the new IRONMAN 70.3 Latin America TriClub Championship, combined with the IRONMAN 70.3 North American TriClub Championship, which will be held at IRONMAN 70.3 Florida in April 2018, top-ranked clubs throughout the Americas will now have the opportunity to compete in a championship event. Special awards will be offered to clubs that field teams to compete in both events.The Regional TriClub Championship series was launched in 2014 with the Asia-Pacific TriClub Championship taking place at IRONMAN Australia. In September 2015, the inaugural European TriClub Championship took place at IRONMAN 70.3 Pula, Croatia.With the addition of the Latin American TriClub Championship in Los Cabos, clubs from most regions around the world will now have the opportunity to compete against each other at a Regional Championship event.The IRONMAN TriClub program has grown to host approximately 3,400 active clubs and, of these clubs, more than half are from North and Latin America and represent over 175,000 athletes.Introduced in 2012, the IRONMAN TriClub Program was designed to help triathlon clubs drive membership, provide networking opportunities and create a sense of friendly competition. Throughout the year, participating clubs earn points every time their athletes cross an IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 finish line. Each club is assigned to a division based on the club’s membership size. The club in each division that accumulates the greatest number of points by the end of the calendar year receives the title of IRONMAN TriClub World Champion.www.ironman.com/loscabos70.3www.ironman.com/triclubslast_img read more

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Roeland Park chooses community center as site for free Google Fiber hookup

first_imgThe Roeland Park Community Center will be the recipient of a free Google Fiber hookup if signups for the service in the area are sufficient.When Roeland Park, as many cities in northeast Johnson County, signed contracts with Google in 2013, part of the agreement included the possibility of providing free service to public locations that the city could choose. A proposal submitted to the city council this week from Mayor Joel Marquardt said Google Fiber has notified the city that the company will provide one free connection if it is located “close enough to a planned Google Fiber line.” The city was asked to choose the location.The mayor proposed the community center as the first choice, which was approved by the council, with Roesland Elementary school as an alternative if it is not feasible to make a connection at the community center. The community center programming is managed by Johnson County Parks and Recreation.The council briefly discussed the Cedar Roe library as a site, but noted that the library system is currently involved in a facilities strategic planning process which has cast some uncertainty over the long-range future for the library location.Google Fiber has begun the process of locating equipment huts to provide service in much of Johnson County.last_img read more

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6-Year-Old Girls Already Have Gendered Beliefs About Intelligence

first_imgThe Atlantic:“There are lots of people at the place where I work, but there is one person who is really special. This person is really, really smart,” said Lin Bian. “This person figures out how to do things quickly and comes up with answers much faster and better than anyone else. This person is really, really smart.”Bian, a psychologist at the University of Illinois, read this story out to 240 children, aged 5 to 7. She then showed them pictures of four adults—two men and two women—and asked them to guess which was the protagonist of the story. She also gave them two further tests: one in which they had to guess which adult in a pair was “really, really smart”, and another where they had to match attributes like “smart” or “nice” to pictures of unfamiliar men and women.…“It’s an excellent, important, and well-designed paper,” says Alison Gopnik from the University of California, Berkeley, who studies the minds of babies and children. “The pattern it reports is very consistent with other studies which show the emergence of gender stereotypes at around age 6.”Read the whole story: The Atlantic More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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I-CAR Announces 2016 International Board Of Directors And Executive Committee

first_imgI-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced its 2016 International Board of Directors and executive committee following its strategic planning session and annual membership meeting in Orlando, Florida, held during the week of March 7. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementThe board of directors is comprised of representatives from each of the following six industry segments:collision repair; insurance; OEM vehicle manufacturers; equipment, tools and supplies; education, training and research; and related industry services.James Roach (American Honda Motor Co.) will lead as chair of the executive committee. In addition, the following will serve on the executive committee: Timothy O’Day, Gerber Collision & Glass (vice chair); Chris Evans, State Farm Insurance Co. (treasurer); Mark Woirol, Tech-Cor (secretary); Ron Vincenzi, Oakland Auto Body, A Cooks Collision Company (member-at-large); Eugene Scambray, Copart (member-at-large); and Joseph Laurentino, National General Insurance Co. (immediate past chair).The remaining directors include:­Mark Algie, 3MMark Allen, Audi of AmericaJohn Donley, IAnetJohn Eck, General Motors Co.Jim Guthrie, Car Crafters Inc.Tim Hession, GEICORobert Hills, Universal Technical Institute (UTI)Richard Perry, Chief Automotive TechnologiesRoy Schnepper, Butler’s Collision Inc.Randy Stabler, Pride Collision Centers Inc.Kyle Thompson, USAAMarcy Tieger, Symphony Advisors LLCRick Tuuri, AudaExplore ­- a Solera Company, Education Foundation RepresentativeGary Wano, GW & Son Auto Body, Inc.Michele Wyatt, Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Co.Roach said, “Every vehicle owner expects that their collision-damaged car will be properly and safely repaired. Our industry is obliged to meet these expectations, despite the challenges posed by more sophisticated and rapidly changing vehicle technology. The I-CAR Board of Directors has never been more committed to fulfilling its vision of providing every person in the industry with the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer.”AdvertisementThe overall strategic direction for I-CAR is set by the board of directors. In addition, the board of directors also assists in obtaining resources in support of the I-CAR Mission.last_img read more

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Pluto LNG project contract award

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BCGA updates waste management guidance

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